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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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Rockies' Jhoulys Chacin ready for bounce back 2015 season
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:46 am ET) Rockies pitcher Jhoulys Chacin had a tough 2014 season. After injuring his shoulder in spring training, Chacin struggled in 11 starts, posting a 1-7 record with a 5.40 ERA in 63 1/3 innings. He suffered right rotator cuff strain, which forced him to miss nearly half the season.

However, manager Walt Weiss is happy with Chacin's progress this offseason.

"He's doing great. He's been throwing and working out really hard. He's had a really good offseason," Weiss said to The Denver Post.

Teammate and pitcher Jorge De La Rosa thinks 2015 will be much kinder to Chacin.

"He surprised me a lot," De La Rosa said. "He was playing catch with me every day (in Scottsdale, Ariz.), and his arm looks really good. His ball really had some life, and he's lost some weight. I think he's getting stronger. He's going to have a good year."


Report: Braves sign reliever David Carpenter
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) The Braves signed relief pitcher David Carpenter, reports Baseball America.

Carpenter spent the last three seasons pitching for the Angels. During his career, Carpenter has pitched 43 innings and produced a 5.23 ERA.


Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki wants to move past injury concerns
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has heard the rumors about being injury-prone and he said it only motivates him to play better, reports MLB.com.

Tulowitzki only appeared in 91 games during the 2014 season and said his main goal for 2015 is to stay on the field.

"I've heard that I'm injury-prone. I've heard that I'm getting older. I like it," he said. "That stuff fuels me. It makes my workouts better. It makes me want it that much more. I just want to prove that I can do it. For so long, I've worked so hard to try to stay on the field. That's what keeps driving me - to stay on the field, help this team win and try to solidify myself as the best player in the game."

He added that he wants to play between 140 and 160 games, but he knows it will be a challenge as he gets older.

"It's been a battle for me, no doubt," Tulowitzki said. "I do everything I possibly can to prepare for the season and make myself healthy."


Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez confident he can play outfield
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) When Hanley Ramirez makes his spring training debut, he’ll be trying to learn new teammates and a new position.

The Red Sox signed Ramirez in the offseason with the intent of having him play in left field. Ramirez has never played in the outfield during his career, but has been working on outfield mechanics, including tracking balls and hitting the cutoff man. Ramirez believes the switch from the infield to the outfield will be seamless, once he receives enough experience, reports ESPN.com.

"I think if I put in all the work that I need to put to get better it's not going to be that hard," Ramirez said.


Tigers sign pitcher Al Alburquerque for $1.725 million
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) The Tigers have re-signed pitcher Al Alburquerque to a $1.725 million contract with a $12,500 bonus for 75 appearances, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Alburquerque originally filed for $2.05 million in arbitration while Detroit offered $1.375 million, according to Heyman. The five-year veteran went 3-1 in 2014 with a 2.51 ERA in 72 games. 


Astros ask third baseman Matt Dominguez to learn first base
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) With the Astros recently acquiring infielder Luis Valbuena, third baseman Matt Dominguez has been asked to start learning how to play first base, reports the Houston Chronicle.

"You get a bigger glove, so it can't be that hard," Dominguez said.

Dominguez has spent the last two seasons as the full-time third baseman for the Astors, but he will compete with Valbuena for the starting role this season. If Valbuena wins the third base job, the Astros want Dominguez to be able to switch to first base.

"[Astros manager A.J. Hinch] thinks I'm going to be a third baseman, but he wants to also help me try to make the team by adding a little more versatility and move around a little bit more," Dominguez said. "Do whatever I need to do."


Citing health, Allen Craig hopes to play well for Red Sox
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) After declaring himself healthy, Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig hopes to justify the Red Sox’s decision to trade for him, reports the Boston Herald.

Craig suffered a ligament tear in his left foot in 2013 and struggled throughout 2014, hitting .215 with eight home runs and 46 RBI.

"I'm just going to go to spring training and compete wherever I'm at and just play the game like I always have," Craig said. "The Red Sox traded for me because they believe in me, so I want to go out there and play well."


White Sox C Tyler Flowers: 'It's my job to lose' behind the plate
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers told reporters he doesn't plan on giving up his starting job easily, per MLB.com. On Thursday, Geovany Soto signed a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training.

"I really don't think there's much of a question going in there," Flowers said. "I would definitely say it's my job to lose. Barring an injury, there's really no doubt I'll be the guy catching opening day."

Flowers avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal, worth $2.675 million for this season. The 28-year-old hit .241/.297/.396 with 15 homers and 50 RBI over 407 at-bats in 2014.

"At this point, there's no reason to move off of that," general manager Rick Hahn said. "Competition is good. It brings out the best in people. And if someone comes in and fights for that job and earns it, I'm sure we'll be flexible. But certainly, we view Tyler as the starter."


Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia: 'I plan on playing 162' games
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who is coming off September wrist surgery, told reporters he plans to play all 162 games this season, per Comcast SportsNet Northeast.

"I plan on playing 162," said Pedroia. "[Farrell] said that because my numbers were impacted [by the injury]. But I don't look at it any different. I mean, I played 178 games (in 2013) with a torn thumb. Obviously, I'm human -- the next year, you're going to have a tough time."

Pedroia has been limited the past three seasons due to a number of injuries. He injured his wrist in the home opener and wasn't the same the rest of the way. The 31-year-old Pedroia hit just .278 with seven home runs, 33 doubles and 53 RBI in 135 games last season. He has hit fewer than 10 home runs in two straight seasons.

Pedroia reiterated that he's at 100 percent to start spring training.

"I'm back...you'll see," Pedroia said. "I'm good, ready to go. If [the season] started tomorrow, I'd be good. I'm very excited. Obviously, after last year, it didn't go very well, so we've got a lot of stuff to prove.'"


Report: Brandon Beachy finalizing deal with new team
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) Free agent pitcher Brandon Beachy is zeroing in on an agreement with a new team, reports Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities on Saturday. Beachy, who drew interest from several teams this offseason, is not expected to return to Minnesota, per the report.

The 28-year-old missed all of 2014 while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He owns a 3.23 career ERA along with a 275:86 K:BB ratio in 267 2/3 innings across 46 starts.


 
 
 
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