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2013 Draft Prep: National League Rotisserie auction

Senior Fantasy Writer
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In most auctions, the freedom to pursue whomever you want would motivate you to go the extra dollar on the high-end types, content to fill in the back of your roster with a collection of low-dollar sleepers knowing that you can always fall back on the waiver wire.

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Then, there's our 12-team NL-only auction, where anyone and everyone with a job goes off the board.

Just about, anyway.

With standard 23-man starting lineups and seven bench slots, a full 360 players are rostered in this league. Only 375 are rostered in the actual NL.

In other words, there is no waiver wire to speak of, so while some owners may still opt for the studs-and-duds approach, few take it to the extreme. Only Ryan Braun reached the $40 threshold in this auction. Sick of getting goose eggs from the garbage players who normally go for $1 in this format, I personally opted for a more balanced approach, spending no more than $30 on any one player.

Compared to shallower mixed leagues, closers were in short supply here. You couldn't get one at a discount, not unless you wanted to gamble on Brandon League, who went for $9, holding off Kenley Jansen, who went for $8. Other than Craig Kimbrel, who went for a whopping $25, the rest pretty much all went in the $14-$19 range. Nobody really cared which one they got, but everybody wanted at least one.

Not everybody got one, though.

A shortage of corner infielders also led to some inflation in the middle stages of the auction. First base was expected, to a degree, with most of the elite types residing in the AL. The result was that players you'd normally consider mid-level types went for elite money or close to it, such as Freddie Freeman for $27, Paul Goldschmidt for $25 and Anthony Rizzo and Ike Davis for $24. Third base thinned out quicker than expected, though, which accounted for my one notable overpay of Matt Carpenter at $13. But I certainly like him as a sleeper in this format, particularly given his versatility. And just imagine if he wins the starting second base job in St. Louis. Quadruple eligibility? Yowzah!

At the risk of oversimplifying by applying a rigid term to an entirely fluid process, some other "overbids" that may have resulted from personal favoritism or unfortunate timing include Giancarlo Stanton at $39 (the result of a man crush, I presume), Martin Prado at $25 (yup, third base), Michael Young at $15 (ditto), Jean Segura at $14 (someone else's Carpenter), Starling Marte at $17 (last of the "safe" steals guys), Adam Eaton at $19 (steals again -- I was in on that one), Cameron Maybin at $15 (steals, aaah!), Jayson Werth at $20 (what am I missing?) and Kyuji Fujikawa at $6 (getting creative for saves).

Some of my favorite picks were A.J. Burnett for $9, Travis d'Arnaud for $8, Wade Miley for $7, Ryan Vogelsong for $6 and Bobby Parnell for $5. All were made at a point in the auction when owners' funds were dwindling, forcing them to hold out for need. Chances are if those players were nominated earlier, they would have gone for more.

And just who were making these picks? For a league this deep, we had to call in the reinforcements:

1. Andrew Fiorentino, RotoWire.com
2. Scott White , CBSSports.com
3. Mike Kuchera, FanDuel.com
4. Paul Sporer, Baseball Prospectus
5. Nando Di Fino, CBSSports.com
6. Grey Albright and Rudy Gamble, Razzball
7. Phil Ponebshek, Patton & Co
8. Jason Hunt, FakeTeams.com
9. Ryan Carey, Mastersball.com
10. Scott Pianowski, Yahoo! Sports
11. Al Melchior, CBSSports.com
12. Christopher Kreush, Mastersball.com

Editor's note: Utilize the sortable functionality to get a sense of the auction. View by team, dollar amount and position.

The 84 players that show up as $0 bids were selected in the seven-round reserve draft that immediately followed the auction.

2013 AL-only Fantasy Auction Draft (sortable)
OrderPlayerPosPriceBid Won by
352Alex Castellanos, LADOF$0Baseball Prospectus
345Brad Boxberger, SDP$0Baseball Prospectus
328Kevin Slowey, MIAP$0Baseball Prospectus
321Alex Presley, PITOF$0Baseball Prospectus
304Ramon Hernandez, COLC$0Baseball Prospectus
297Casey Kelly, SDP$0Baseball Prospectus
280Jerry Hairston, LAD3B$0Baseball Prospectus
231Eric Chavez, ARI3B$1Baseball Prospectus
220Tyler Moore, WASOF$4Baseball Prospectus
218Kolten Wong, STL2B$4Baseball Prospectus
208Collin Cowgill, NYMOF$5Baseball Prospectus
196Ryan Hanigan, CINC$3Baseball Prospectus
184Brandon Crawford, SFSS$3Baseball Prospectus
182Gerrit Cole, PITP$2Baseball Prospectus
167Andrew Cashner, SDP$5Baseball Prospectus
160Josh Beckett, LADP$8Baseball Prospectus
148Logan Forsythe, SD2B$9Baseball Prospectus
142Carlos Quentin, SDOF$11Baseball Prospectus
135Domonic Brown, PHIOF$6Baseball Prospectus
129Trevor Rosenthal, STLP$6Baseball Prospectus
122Wilson Ramos, WASC$10Baseball Prospectus
121Lance Lynn, STLP$17Baseball Prospectus
117Huston Street, SDP$17Baseball Prospectus
100Jayson Werth, WASOF$20Baseball Prospectus
76Norichika Aoki, MILOF$22Baseball Prospectus
74John Axford, MILP$18Baseball Prospectus
71Yovani Gallardo, MILP$18Baseball Prospectus
45Allen Craig, STL1B$27Baseball Prospectus
27Dan Haren, WASP$15Baseball Prospectus
22David Wright, NYM3B$29Baseball Prospectus
353Reid Brignac, COLSS$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
344Brandon Inge, PIT3B$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
329Tony Cingrani, CINP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
320Evan Gattis, ATLOF$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
305Randall Delgado, ARIP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
296Scott Feldman, CHCP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
281Nick Punto, LAD3B$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
276Antonio Bastardo, PHIP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
275Nate Eovaldi, MIAP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
274Edinson Volquez, SDP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
273Chone Figgins, MIAOF$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
261Casey Kotchman, MIA1B$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
252Rod Barajas, ARIC$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
249DJ LeMahieu, COL2B$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
242Drew Pomeranz, COLP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
216Francisco Liriano, PITP$4CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
166Santiago Casilla, SFP$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
158Brian Wilson, SFP$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
155Tyler Colvin, COLOF$16CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
153Russell Martin, PITC$9CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
128Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA3B$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
127Matt Harvey, NYMP$15CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
123Jason Kubel, ARIOF$14CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
110Starling Marte, PITOF$17CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
87Ian Desmond, WASSS$28CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
70Mat Latos, CINP$20CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
64Ryan Zimmerman, WAS3B$28CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
61Shin-Soo Choo, CINOF$26CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
33Hanley Ramirez, LAD3B$31CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
28Carlos Gonzalez, COLOF$37CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
359Sean Gilmartin, ATLP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
338Jon Rauch, MIAP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
335Tim Federowicz, LADC$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
314John Lannan, PHIP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
311Jose Fernandez, MIAP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
290Ryan Wheeler, COL3B$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
287Gorkys Hernandez, MIAOF$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
265Chris Denorfia, SDOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
256Jorge Soler, CHCOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
247Juan Nicasio, COLP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
226Tony Campana, ARIOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
215Donovan Solano, MIA2B$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
189Welington Castillo, CHCC$5CBSSports.com (Melchior)
175Frank Francisco, NYMP$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
174Kurt Suzuki, WASC$3CBSSports.com (Melchior)
163Kyuji Fujikawa, CHCP$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
157Jaime Garcia, STLP$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
145Wade Miley, ARIP$7CBSSports.com (Melchior)
130Ryan Ludwick, CINOF$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
105Sergio Romo, SFP$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
97David Freese, STL3B$17CBSSports.com (Melchior)
93Chase Utley, PHI2B$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
90Matt Garza, CHCP$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
83Everth Cabrera, SDSS$13CBSSports.com (Melchior)
79Freddie Freeman, ATL1B$27CBSSports.com (Melchior)
75Jon Jay, STLOF$14CBSSports.com (Melchior)
50Juan Francisco, ATL3B$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
42Adam Wainwright, STLP$20CBSSports.com (Melchior)
21Cliff Lee, PHIP$26CBSSports.com (Melchior)
4Ryan Braun, MILOF$40CBSSports.com (Melchior)
350Jim Henderson, MILP$0CBSSports.com (White)
347Yasiel Puig, LADOF$0CBSSports.com (White)
326Matt Davidson, ARI3B$0CBSSports.com (White)
323Wilmer Flores, NYM3B$0CBSSports.com (White)
302Carlos Villanueva, CHCP$0CBSSports.com (White)
299Mike Adams, PHIP$0CBSSports.com (White)
278Mike Baxter, NYMOF$0CBSSports.com (White)
271Wily Peralta, MILP$2CBSSports.com (White)
268Brandon Beachy, ATLP$2CBSSports.com (White)
267Zack Wheeler, NYMP$1CBSSports.com (White)
259Gerald Laird, ATLC$1CBSSports.com (White)
223Dee Gordon, LADSS$3CBSSports.com (White)
221Jacob Turner, MIAP$2CBSSports.com (White)
202James McDonald, PITP$3CBSSports.com (White)
134Mike Minor, ATLP$13CBSSports.com (White)
124Oscar Taveras, STLOF$6CBSSports.com (White)
120Yonder Alonso, SD1B$13CBSSports.com (White)
111Ian Kennedy, ARIP$16CBSSports.com (White)
107Justin Ruggiano, MIAOF$12CBSSports.com (White)
86Matt Carpenter, STL1B$13CBSSports.com (White)
67Pablo Sandoval, SF3B$22CBSSports.com (White)
58Matt Holliday, STLOF$27CBSSports.com (White)
53Corey Hart, MIL1B$17CBSSports.com (White)
47Danny Espinosa, WAS2B$18CBSSports.com (White)
46Marco Estrada, MILP$12CBSSports.com (White)
44Shelby Miller, STLP$8CBSSports.com (White)
40Jason Heyward, ATLOF$28CBSSports.com (White)
16Troy Tulowitzki, COLSS$30CBSSports.com (White)
14Carlos Ruiz, PHIC$8CBSSports.com (White)
2Billy Hamilton, CINSS$3CBSSports.com (White)
356Arodys Vizcaino, CHCP$0FakeTeams.com
341Martin Maldonado, MILC$0FakeTeams.com
332Jake Marisnick, MIAOF$0FakeTeams.com
317Christian Yelich, MIAOF$0FakeTeams.com
308Marlon Byrd, NYMOF$0FakeTeams.com
293Daniel Hudson, ARIP$0FakeTeams.com
284Kyle McPherson, PITP$0FakeTeams.com
245Hector Sanchez, SFC$2FakeTeams.com
236Julio Teheran, ATLP$3FakeTeams.com
229Jonny Venters, ATLP$2FakeTeams.com
228Daniel Descalso, STL2B$4FakeTeams.com
224Scott Baker, CHCP$1FakeTeams.com
219Clint Barmes, PITSS$2FakeTeams.com
201David DeJesus, CHCOF$6FakeTeams.com
198Ty Wigginton, STL1B$2FakeTeams.com
192Tyler Clippard, WASP$5FakeTeams.com
178Chad Billingsley, LADP$3FakeTeams.com
149Lucas Duda, NYMOF$10FakeTeams.com
141Zack Cozart, CINSS$13FakeTeams.com
139Kenley Jansen, LADP$8FakeTeams.com
115Garrett Jones, PIT1B$12FakeTeams.com
109Jonathan Lucroy, MILC$16FakeTeams.com
106Carlos Beltran, STLOF$20FakeTeams.com
95Dan Uggla, ATL2B$17FakeTeams.com
81Ben Revere, PHIOF$17FakeTeams.com
78Daniel Murphy, NYM2B$9FakeTeams.com
72Tim Lincecum, SFP$19FakeTeams.com
10Stephen Strasburg, WASP$30FakeTeams.com
8Giancarlo Stanton, MIAOF$39FakeTeams.com
3Kris Medlen, ATLP$20FakeTeams.com
351Jonathan Herrera, COLSS$0FanDuel.com
346Jack Hannahan, CIN3B$0FanDuel.com
327Ryan Theriot, SF2B$0FanDuel.com
322Chris Snyder, WASC$0FanDuel.com
303Tyler Pastornicky, ATLSS$0FanDuel.com
298Joe Kelly, STLP$0FanDuel.com
279Anthony Bass, SDP$0FanDuel.com
272Jake Westbrook, STLP$1FanDuel.com
260Jerry Sands, PITOF$1FanDuel.com
255Patrick Corbin, ARIP$2FanDuel.com
251Henderson Alvarez, MIAP$1FanDuel.com
241Brent Lillibridge, CHCOF$1FanDuel.com
232Todd Helton, COL1B$2FanDuel.com
230Kirk Nieuwenhuis, NYMOF$1FanDuel.com
213Stephen Lombardozzi, WAS2B$6FanDuel.com
207Carlos Lee, MIA1B$1FanDuel.com
183Ruben Tejada, NYMSS$7FanDuel.com
171Johan Santana, NYMP$6FanDuel.com
138Jason Grilli, PITP$16FanDuel.com
133Delmon Young, PHIOF$7FanDuel.com
132A.J. Burnett, PITP$9FanDuel.com
88Rafael Soriano, WASP$19FanDuel.com
66Johnny Cueto, CINP$19FanDuel.com
54Zack Greinke, LADP$24FanDuel.com
39Buster Posey, SFC$31FanDuel.com
37Ryan Howard, PHI1B$21FanDuel.com
30Carl Crawford, LADOF$19FanDuel.com
26Yasmani Grandal, SDC$10FanDuel.com
24Pedro Alvarez, PIT3B$17FanDuel.com
6Matt Kemp, LADOF$39FanDuel.com
357Michael Olmsted, MILP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
340Josh Vitters, CHC3B$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
333J.J. Hoover, CINP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
316Javier Vazquez, MIAP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
309Jesus Guzman, SDOF$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
292Greg Dobbs, MIAOF$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
285Matt Adams, STL1B$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
222Scott Hairston, CHCOF$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
210Brett Jackson, CHCOF$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
206David Hernandez, ARIP$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
200Placido Polanco, MIA3B$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
190Darin Ruf, PHIOF$7Mastersball.com (Carey)
188A.J. Ellis, LADC$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
185Ross Detwiler, WASP$3Mastersball.com (Carey)
181Travis Snider, PITOF$7Mastersball.com (Carey)
176Ryan Vogelsong, SFP$6Mastersball.com (Carey)
165A.J. Ramos, MIAP$1Mastersball.com (Carey)
159Kyle Lohse, STLP$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
126Jordan Zimmermann, WASP$20Mastersball.com (Carey)
119Miguel Montero, ARIC$15Mastersball.com (Carey)
116Shaun Marcum, NYMP$9Mastersball.com (Carey)
113Logan Morrison, MIAOF$14Mastersball.com (Carey)
96Josh Rutledge, COLSS$17Mastersball.com (Carey)
94Homer Bailey, CINP$12Mastersball.com (Carey)
91Brandon Phillips, CIN2B$24Mastersball.com (Carey)
62J.J. Putz, ARIP$16Mastersball.com (Carey)
38Jedd Gyorko, SD3B$11Mastersball.com (Carey)
29Carlos Gomez, MILOF$20Mastersball.com (Carey)
25Justin Upton, ATLOF$32Mastersball.com (Carey)
19Starlin Castro, CHCSS$28Mastersball.com (Carey)
360Josh Harrison, PIT2B$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
337Edward Mujica, STLP$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
336Logan Schafer, MILOF$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
313Xavier Paul, CINOF$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
312Dioner Navarro, CHCC$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
289Jeff Karstens, PITP$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
288Alex Gonzalez, MILSS$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
257Jhoulys Chacin, COLP$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
248Jorge De La Rosa, COLP$3Mastersball.com (Kreush)
244Sean Marshall, CINP$2Mastersball.com (Kreush)
240Erik Kratz, PHIC$2Mastersball.com (Kreush)
238Ted Lilly, LADP$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
227Gregor Blanco, SFOF$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
209Chris Nelson, COL3B$10Mastersball.com (Kreush)
203Gerardo Parra, ARIOF$10Mastersball.com (Kreush)
197Wandy Rodriguez, PITP$4Mastersball.com (Kreush)
193Nate Schierholtz, CHCOF$4Mastersball.com (Kreush)
168Tim Hudson, ATLP$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
131Travis d'Arnaud, NYMC$8Mastersball.com (Kreush)
103Michael Cuddyer, COLOF$21Mastersball.com (Kreush)
84Adam LaRoche, WAS1B$21Mastersball.com (Kreush)
69Jason Motte, STLP$18Mastersball.com (Kreush)
63Juan Pierre, MIAOF$17Mastersball.com (Kreush)
57Jimmy Rollins, PHISS$24Mastersball.com (Kreush)
55Ike Davis, NYM1B$24Mastersball.com (Kreush)
48Chris Johnson, ATL3B$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
36Darwin Barney, CHC2B$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
12Andrelton Simmons, ATLSS$12Mastersball.com (Kreush)
9Craig Kimbrel, ATLP$25Mastersball.com (Kreush)
5Clayton Kershaw, LADP$31Mastersball.com (Kreush)
355Luis Valbuena, CHC3B$0Patton & Co
342Jose Valverde, N/AP$0Patton & Co
331Kyle Blanks, SDOF$0Patton & Co
318Charlie Blackmon, COLOF$0Patton & Co
307Jonathan Sanchez, PITP$0Patton & Co
294Anthony Rendon, WAS3B$0Patton & Co
283Nolan Arenado, COL3B$0Patton & Co
270Travis Wood, CHCP$1Patton & Co
263Wilton Lopez, COLP$1Patton & Co
254Ian Stewart, CHC3B$1Patton & Co
250Michael McKenry, PITC$2Patton & Co
234Mark Rogers, MILP$1Patton & Co
211John Mayberry, PHIOF$5Patton & Co
204Gaby Sanchez, PIT1B$2Patton & Co
199Willie Bloomquist, ARISS$1Patton & Co
187Drew Storen, WASP$3Patton & Co
172Rafael Furcal, STLSS$5Patton & Co
170Luke Gregerson, SDP$2Patton & Co
118Alfonso Soriano, CHCOF$10Patton & Co
114Brian McCann, ATLC$13Patton & Co
101Angel Pagan, SFOF$18Patton & Co
80Jonathan Papelbon, PHIP$19Patton & Co
77Dexter Fowler, COLOF$16Patton & Co
60Andre Ethier, LADOF$19Patton & Co
49Michael Young, PHI1B$15Patton & Co
41Gio Gonzalez, WASP$20Patton & Co
23Madison Bumgarner, SFP$22Patton & Co
20Rickie Weeks, MIL2B$21Patton & Co
18Cole Hamels, PHIP$26Patton & Co
7Joey Votto, CIN1B$37Patton & Co
354Freddy Garcia, SDP$0Razzball
343Justin Turner, NYM2B$0Razzball
330Ronny Cedeno, STL2B$0Razzball
319Tyler Cloyd, PHIP$0Razzball
306Chris Narveson, MILP$0Razzball
295Laynce Nix, PHIOF$0Razzball
282Rex Brothers, COLP$0Razzball
262Taylor Green, MIL1B$1Razzball
253Andres Torres, SFOF$1Razzball
233Roger Bernadina, WASOF$1Razzball
205John Buck, NYMC$3Razzball
195Dillon Gee, NYMP$5Razzball
186Mark Ellis, LAD2B$6Razzball
179Hyun-Jin Ryu, LADP$6Razzball
177Rob Brantly, MIAC$8Razzball
173Edwin Jackson, CHCP$6Razzball
164Will Venable, SDOF$9Razzball
161Brandon League, LADP$9Razzball
156Chris Capuano, LADP$4Razzball
136Rafael Betancourt, COLP$15Razzball
125Mike Fiers, MILP$9Razzball
112Brandon McCarthy, ARIP$8Razzball
92Hunter Pence, SFOF$19Razzball
73Neil Walker, PIT2B$16Razzball
59Jean Segura, MILSS$14Razzball
52Anthony Rizzo, CHC1B$24Razzball
34Aramis Ramirez, MIL3B$24Razzball
32Aroldis Chapman, CINP$17Razzball
31Adrian Gonzalez, LAD1B$26Razzball
13Jay Bruce, CINOF$29Razzball
1Bryce Harper, WASOF$29RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
349Freddy Galvis, PHI2B$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
348Tyler Thornburg, MILP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
325Carlos Martinez, STLP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
324Tim Stauffer, SDP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
301Brandon Lyon, NYMP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
300Mike Leake, CINP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
277Robbie Erlin, SDP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
266Skip Schumaker, LAD2B$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
258Didi Gregorius, ARISS$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
239Jose Tabata, PITOF$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
217Chris Heisey, CINOF$5RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
212Devin Mesoraco, CINC$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
180Luis Cruz, LAD3B$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
169Hunter Morris, MIL1B$4RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
162Carlos Marmol, CHCP$8RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
154Cody Ross, ARIOF$10RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
151Bobby Parnell, NYMP$5RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
150Jonathan Broxton, CINP$14RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
147Trevor Cahill, ARIP$9RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
146Cory Luebke, SDP$4RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
140Brandon Belt, SF1B$16RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
137Steve Cishek, MIAP$14RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
102Adam Eaton, ARIOF$19RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
99Wilin Rosario, COLC$18RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
98Todd Frazier, CIN3B$17RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
82Jonathon Niese, NYMP$15RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
56Roy Halladay, PHIP$19RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
43Paul Goldschmidt, ARI1B$25RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
15Jeff Samardzija, CHCP$18RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
358Fernando Salas, STLP$0Yahoo! Sports
339Brad Ziegler, ARIP$0Yahoo! Sports
334Yorvit Torrealba, COLC$0Yahoo! Sports
315Jordan Schafer, ATLOF$0Yahoo! Sports
310Reed Johnson, ATLOF$0Yahoo! Sports
291Yuniesky Betancourt, PHI2B$0Yahoo! Sports
286Jason Marquis, SDP$0Yahoo! Sports
269Tyler Skaggs, ARIP$2Yahoo! Sports
264Barry Zito, SFP$1Yahoo! Sports
246Ricky Nolasco, MIAP$1Yahoo! Sports
243Jordany Valdespin, NYMOF$2Yahoo! Sports
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White Sox's Alexei Ramirez drives in two runs in comeback win
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11:23 am ET) White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez went 1 for 4 with two RBI in his team's 4-3 win over the Indians Monday.

The White Sox entered the bottom of the ninth inning stuck in a 3-0 deficit, but the offense was able to engineer a win by racking up six hits and a walk with one out in the inning. Ramirez drove in the first two runs of the inning with his double with men on second and third base.

The double was the third of the year for Ramirez, who has hit .184/.250/.263 with no home runs and eight RBI in 38 at-bats.


Cubs OF Jorge Soler remains on roll with four-hit game
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:22 am ET) Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler didn't just extend his hitting streak to seven games Monday night against Pittsburgh. He did it in style.

Soler slammed four hits, including a seventh-inning double that contributed to a three-run inning that gave his team the lead for good. He is 12-for-32 during his tear and now boasts a slash line of .320/.364/.520 with two home runs and nine RBI in just 12 games.


Indians' Ryan Raburn slugs first home run Monday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11:20 am ET) Indians designated hitter Ryan Raburn went 2 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 4-3 loss to the White Sox Monday.

Raburn was slotted into the fifth spot of the lineup for the first time this season and rewarded manager Terry Francona for the move. The designated hitter entered the game with plenty of success against starter John Danks, hitting .341 with three home runs in 44 career at-bats, and he followed the trend with a second-inning home run, his first of the season.

Raburn has hit .316/.333/.684 with four doubles and five RBI in 19 at-bats. He could have trouble cracking the starting lineup in the coming week with the team set to face a string of right-handed pitchers.


Mets 1B Lucas Duda proving to be late bloomer
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:16 am ET) Greatness is generally achieved at a younger age than 29 by players that have it within them. But Mets emerging standout Lucas Duda isn't about to complain that he's just now reaching a very high peak.

Duda is off to a blistering start with a .347/.396/.551 slash line and eight RBI in 13 games. He is making more consistent contact for a team that has been the surprise of baseball in 2015.

"He is on the verge of absolute stardom, right on the cusp," Mets hitting coach Kevin Long told the New York Post. "He has strength and size and ability and aptitude and work ethic. He is hitting lefties and he is going to keep hitting lefties. I think he is close to having no deficiencies."

Duda is 5 for 9 against left-handers this season.


Athletics' Dan Otero earns win Monday with four scoreless innings
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:48 am ET) Athletics relief pitcher Dan Otero came up big for his team Monday, giving up just one hit in four scoreless innings of relief while striking out four and walking none to earn the win in his team's 6-3 victory over the Angels.

Otero (1-1) combined with Evan Scribner and Tyler Clippard to throw six scoreless innings of one-hit ball after starter Kendall Graveman lasted just three innings.

"That's big," Melvin said after the game, per MLB.com. "Confidence for a lot of guys, too. You're talking about Otero getting a little confidence back, Scribner used in a little different role and getting three key outs and finally getting to Clippard in a save situation. We hadn't been able to do that this year."

Otero came into Monday's game with a 6.75 ERA in four innings over five appearances. He said catcher Stephen Vogt spotted something with his left shoulder in his delivery last week, and he's been working to adjust.

"I was just kind of turning my left shoulder in a little bit," he said. "Getting a little too rotational. That's something I've been cognizant of throwing in the outfield, warming up every day. Noticed it tonight it was good, and it helps all my other pitches when I can stay in line, can stay through the catcher instead of spinning off to the first baseman."

Otero has now posted a 3.38 ERA and 6:0 K:BB ratio in eight innings.


Tigers' Greene on trade from Yankees: 'I felt like I got dumped'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:41 am ET) Tigers pitcher Shane Greene has given up just one earned run in 23 innings in his first three starts and has played with a chip on his shoulder after being traded by the Yankees this offseason, the Wall Street Journal reports.

"I felt like I got dumped," Greene said of being traded.

Greene went 5-4 with a 3.78 ERA and 81:29 K:BB ratio in 78 2/3 innings with the Yankees last year during his rookie season.

"I proved to myself that I was good enough," Greene said. "I guess I didn’t prove it to everybody else."

Greene is the only starting pitcher not scheduled to face the Yankees during the team's current four-game series. He expected to pitch during the series in spring training after being penciled in as the No. 5 starter, but the injury to Justin Verlander altered the team's rotation plans.

"I knew," Greene said. "April 22 would have been the day if I was No. 5."

Greene's next chance to face the team that traded him will come when the Tigers travel to the Bronx in June.

"I’ll get that chance," he said. "That time will come."


Brewers' Braun has favorable history against Reds' Marquis
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:36 am ET) Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun finally connected for his first home run of the season Monday against the Reds. Still, despite the home run, Braun has gotten off to a slow start in 2015.

Although, he might be able to keep the momentum of Monday's performance going Tuesday.

On the hill for Cincinnati will be veteran right-hander Jason Marquis. Braun has fared pretty well against Marquis in his career. He is batting .520 (13 for 25) with one home run, five doubles, six RBI, three walks and three strikeouts against Marquis.


Padres' Wil Myers on being traded by Rays: 'I felt they'd given up on me'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:27 am ET) Coming into 2015, you could make the argument Padres outfielder Wil Myers hadn't yet reached his full potential or lived up to the hype that followed him as a top prospect in the minors. Apparently, any type of talk like that didn't sit too well with the 24-year-old outfielder.

"He told me early in spring training that he heard little whispers this winter that maybe he was not the player everyone made him out to be," Padres manager Bud Black said, per MLB.com. "I think that bothered him."

Myers has already been traded twice in his young career, with the latest deal being in December that shipped him from the Rays to the Padres. 

"More than anything, I am playing with a chip on my shoulder," Myers said. "Last year was the first bad year I had in my pro career. When Tampa traded me away, I felt they had given up on me.

"Almost everything I do is to be able to prove (the Rays) wrong."

Thus far, Myers is off to a good start to his Padres career. Myers, who is primarily hitting leadoff, is batting .283 with one home run, five doubles, eight RBI and 13 runs in 14 games.

"He told me early in spring training he was going to show that he should hit third, fourth or fifth," Black said. "I said, 'Wait a minute. You are not going to hit third or fourth because of the two guys [Justin Upton and Matt Kemp] we have here. Let's go in my office and sit down. Let's put a projected team together out there. You don't want to hit leadoff, so who's going to hit leadoff?' I told him, 'If you hit leadoff every day you might get the most at-bats in the NL,'" 


Royals' Paulo Orlando makes triples history Monday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:25 am ET) Royals right fielder Paulo Orlando went 1 for 3 with a triple, a walk and two RBI in Monday's 7-1 win over the Twins.

The triple was Orlando's fifth in his first seven games, setting a new major-league record for the fewest games to hit five triples to open a career, MLB.com reports. He said he knows pretty soon after making contact whether he has a chance at a triple.

"Usually when it gets over the infielder's head," he said. "… The whole game, I tried to pull everything. But the last pitcher, we got a report that he threw a little cutter, so I tried to think right side."

Orlando has an added chance at collecting base hits at home due to Kaufman Stadium's spacious gaps.

"It helps," manager Ned Yost said of the bigger ballpark. "But if you watch him fly around the bases, he's going to hit triples in any ballpark when he puts the ball in the gap."

Orlando has hit .269/.345/.654 in 26 at-bats.


Astros' bullpen steps up in win vs. Mariners Monday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:18 am ET) The Astros bullpen delivered five innings of one-run ball Monday to play a key role in the team's 7-5 victory, with lefty Tony Sipp picking up the win after delivering 1 1/3 perfect innings.

"You can tell everyone out there has confidence," Sipp said after the game, per MLB.com. "You can flip a coin and put any guy out there at any given time. And you know it's like a friendly competition -- see who can be the best guy out there and you know, hopefully we're all out there sitting on ones [ERA] at the end of the year, high-fiving, trying to see who can get down to point zero something. It's one of those things like winning [being] contagious; successful bullpens kind of feed off each other also."

The bullpen has delivered a 2.06 ERA in 48 innings, giving them the third-best mark in the majors. Astros relievers have also struck out 49 batters while issuing just 11 walks.

"The way we're lined up, we've got a lot of weapons in the bullpen," manager A.J. Hinch said. "Eventually, we'd like to not use them so often and so early, but tonight we needed everything we could."


 
 
 
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