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2013 Draft Prep: American League Rotisserie auction

Senior Fantasy Writer
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Our AL-only auction had as many participants, as many roster spots to fill and as shallow of a player pool as our NL-only auction just a couple days earlier. But it had a different feel to it.

Granted, that's to be expected when the personnel changes. The cast for this one was as follows ...

1. Tim McLeod, RotoRob
2. Scott White, CBSSports.com
3. Jeff Boggis, FantasySportsEmpires.com
4. Greg Morgan, Mastersball.com
5. Grey Albright, Razzball
6. Al Melchior, CBSSports.com
7. Derek Carty, DerekCarty.com
8. Keith Cromer, Patton & Co
9. Nando Di Fino, CBSSports.com
10. Dean Peterson, Stats LLC
11. Mike Kuchera, FanDuel.com
12. Mike Gianella, Baseball Prospectus

Still, the differing approaches also say something about the two player pools.

The owners as a whole left more money on the table in this auction. A lot more. We're talking double-digit dollars for some. Obviously, that's not the goal. Any money unspent is money wasted. So why did it happen? The distribution of talent from start to finish caught some owners by surprise.

While the AL is heavy in elite talent, allowing players such as Jose Bautista, Evan Longoria, Adrian Beltre, Dustin Pedroia and Ian Kinsler to go for less than $30, it's light in the mid-level talent -- the Rickie Weeks, Andre Ethier and Adam LaRoche types -- that fill the bulk of NL-only rosters. Yeah, you'll find some decent players in the $15-20 range -- such as Nick Markakis, Michael Morse and Nelson Cruz -- but not enough for you to build a team on them. Stashing away money for the later stages will more likely stick you with a roster full of Matt Joyce and Trevor Plouffe types.

Of course, the AL-only pool is fairly deep in those lower-end types, allowing for such bargains as Mitch Moreland at $4, Ervin Santana at $4 and Josh Donaldson at $1. But at that point in the auction, enough people have already spent enough money that the prices go only so high for the ones who haven't.

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Not everyone was as committed to getting a closer in this auction as the NL-only version even though the closer crop is equally thin in both leagues. While the NL-only owners placed a premium on closers, investing $14-19 in just about all of them, several AL closers fell short of that range. Having gotten shut out on the closer front in the NL-only auction, I felt pretty good getting Jim Johnson at $15 early in this one. In the end, though, I would have rather had the $3 I could have saved on Joel Hanrahan or Glen Perkins.

A few other observations ...

I'm not really sure what happened with Jose Reyes, who ended up tying Justin Verlander as the fourth-most expensive player at $34. The demand for some of the lower-end steals specialists wasn't at all that high, and shortstop, at least relative to second and third base, is fairly deep in the AL.

The R.A. Dickey skeptics are more likely to show themselves in deeper leagues, where whiffing on a pick could be catastrophic. While seemingly lesser pitchers like Yu Darvish, Max Scherzer and Chris Sale went for more than $20, Dickey went for $18 -- one less than Brett Anderson.

Alex Rodriguez went for $3. Yes, in an AL-only league. How the mighty have fallen.

The Ernesto Frieri bid came well after all the true closers had gone off the board and when one owner in particular still had an insane amount of money to spend. Safe to say he won't go for $2 more than Joe Nathan in most leagues.

Some of the more reliable non-strikeout pitchers got the cold shoulder in this auction, with Mark Buehrle going for $4 and Jason Vargas going for $3. Look, they'll still give you more strikeouts than a middle reliever would. They're worth purchasing at that price for the wins alone.

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
360Scott Downs, LAAP$0Baseball Prospectus
359Danny Valencia, BAL3B$0FanDuel.com
358Brent Morel, CHW3B$0Stats LLC
357Alex White, HOUP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
356Daniel Bard, BOSP$0Patton & Co
355David Cooper, TOR1B$0DerekCarty.com
354Ryan Sweeney, BOSOF$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
353Jake Odorizzi, TBP$0Razzball
352Roberto Hernandez, TBP$0Mastersball.com
351Brian Duensing, MINP$0Fantasy Sports Empires.com
350Michael Choice, OAKOF$0CBSSports.com (White)
349Rubby De La Rosa, BOSP$0RotoRob
348Tanner Scheppers, TEXP$0RotoRob
347Franklin Morales, BOSP$0CBSSports.com (White)
346Daric Barton, OAK1B$0Fantasy Sports Empires.com
345Jeff Kobernus, DET2B$0Mastersball.com
344Taijuan Walker, SEAP$0Razzball
343Pedro Ciriaco, BOS3B$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
342Ryan Kalish, BOSOF$0DerekCarty.com
341Josh Thole, TORC$0Patton & Co
340Jair Jurrjens, BALP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
339Jimmy Paredes, HOUOF$0Stats LLC
338Casper Wells, SEAOF$0FanDuel.com
337Blake Beavan, SEAP$0Baseball Prospectus
336Kelly Shoppach, SEAC$0Baseball Prospectus
335Shelley Duncan, TBOF$0FanDuel.com
334Mauro Gomez, BOS1B$0Stats LLC
333Robert Andino, SEA2B$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
332Stephen Pryor, SEAP$0Patton & Co
331Rick Ankiel, HOUOF$0DerekCarty.com
330Ryan Flaherty, BAL2B$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
329Wesley Wright, HOUP$0Razzball
328Chris McGuiness, CLE1B$0Mastersball.com
327George Kottaras, KCC$0Fantasy Sports Empires.com
326Quintin Berry, DETOF$0CBSSports.com (White)
325Hector Santiago, CHWP$0RotoRob
324Jacob Elmore, HOUSS$0RotoRob
323Jesse Crain, CHWP$0CBSSports.com (White)
322Joel Peralta, TBP$0Fantasy Sports Empires.com
321Jackie Bradley, BOSOF$0Mastersball.com
320Hank Conger, LAAC$0Razzball
319Luke Hochevar, KCP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
318Nick Franklin, SEASS$0DerekCarty.com
317Junichi Tazawa, BOSP$0Patton & Co
316Robbie Ross, TEXP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
315Conor Gillaspie, CHW3B$0Stats LLC
314James Paxton, SEAP$0FanDuel.com
313Dewayne Wise, CHWOF$0Baseball Prospectus
312Sean Burnett, LAAP$0Baseball Prospectus
311Elliot Johnson, KCSS$0FanDuel.com
310Pedro Strop, BALP$0Stats LLC
309Aaron Crow, KCP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
308Jordan Lyles, HOUP$0Patton & Co
307Sean Doolittle, OAKP$0DerekCarty.com
306Nate Freiman, HOU1B$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
305Matt Diaz, NYYOF$0Razzball
304Al Alburquerque, DETP$0Mastersball.com
303Jarrod Dyson, KCOF$0Fantasy Sports Empires.com
302Grant Green, OAKOF$0CBSSports.com (White)
301Jonathan Schoop, BAL2B$0RotoRob
300Oswaldo Arcia, MINOF$0RotoRob
299George Springer, HOUOF$0CBSSports.com (White)
298Jared Burton, MINP$0Fantasy Sports Empires.com
297Steve Johnson, BALP$0Mastersball.com
296Kevin Correia, MINP$0Razzball
295Brian Dozier, MINSS$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
294J.A. Happ, TORP$0DerekCarty.com
293Vinnie Pestano, CLEP$0Patton & Co
292Daisuke Matsuzaka, CLEP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
291Joakim Soria, TEXP$0Stats LLC
290Eric Thames, SEAOF$0FanDuel.com
289Matt Thornton, CHWP$0Baseball Prospectus
288Rick Porcello, DETP$0Baseball Prospectus
287Avisail Garcia, DETOF$0FanDuel.com
286Luis Mendoza, KCP$0Stats LLC
285Rich Harden, MINP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
284Michael Pineda, NYYP$0Patton & Co
283Garrett Richards, LAAP$0DerekCarty.com
282Brennan Boesch, DETOF$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
281Carter Capps, SEAP$0Razzball
280David Phelps, NYYP$0Mastersball.com
279Travis Hafner, NYYDH$0Fantasy Sports Empires.com
278Nick Castellanos, DET3B$0CBSSports.com (White)
277Colby Lewis, TEXP$0RotoRob
276Sean Rodriguez, TB3B$1FanDuel.com
275David Ross, BOSC$1Baseball Prospectus
274Octavio Dotel, DETP$1FanDuel.com
273Jake McGee, TBP$1Baseball Prospectus
272Carlos Carrasco, CLEP$1FanDuel.com
271Luke Scott, TBDH$1Baseball Prospectus
270Austin Romine, NYYC$1FanDuel.com
269Francisco Cervelli, NYYC$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
268Chris Getz, KC2B$1Baseball Prospectus
267Zach Britton, BALP$1FanDuel.com
266Craig Gentry, TEXOF$2Stats LLC
265Russ Canzler, BALOF$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
264Mike Carp, BOSOF$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
263David Robertson, NYYP$1Baseball Prospectus
262Philip Humber, HOUP$1FanDuel.com
261John Lackey, BOSP$1Stats LLC
260Drew Smyly, DETP$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
259Brendan Ryan, SEASS$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
258Koji Uehara, BOSP$1Baseball Prospectus
257Jose Valverde, DETP$1FanDuel.com
256Josh Fields, HOUP$1Stats LLC
255James Loney, TB1B$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
254Andrew Bailey, BOSP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
253Jason Bay, SEAOF$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
252Erik Bedard, HOUP$1Baseball Prospectus
251Bartolo Colon, OAKP$1FanDuel.com
250Bruce Chen, KCP$1Stats LLC
249Scott Sizemore, OAK3B$2Baseball Prospectus
248Joe Blanton, LAAP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
247Ryan Raburn, CLEOF$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
246Joe Saunders, SEAP$1Baseball Prospectus
245Lucas Harrell, HOUP$3CBSSports.com (White)
244Martin Perez, TEXP$1Stats LLC
243Liam Hendriks, MINP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
242Jose Molina, TBC$2Patton & Co
241Kyle Gibson, MINP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
240Wilson Betemit, BAL3B$6Mastersball.com
239Mike Olt, TEX1B$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
238Chris Tillman, BALP$4Fantasy Sports Empires.com
237Phil Coke, DETP$1Baseball Prospectus
236Brett Myers, CLEP$3Fantasy Sports Empires.com
235Jeremy Guthrie, KCP$2CBSSports.com (Melchior)
234Jose Quintana, CHWP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
233Chris Stewart, NYYC$2Patton & Co
232Miguel Gonzalez, BALP$5Mastersball.com
231Alberto Callaspo, LAA3B$11DerekCarty.com
230Franklin Gutierrez, SEAOF$2Baseball Prospectus
229Ernesto Frieri, LAAP$15DerekCarty.com
228Scott Diamond, MINP$2CBSSports.com (Melchior)
227Ervin Santana, KCP$4Stats LLC
226Alexi Casilla, BAL2B$1Stats LLC
225Wade Davis, KCP$3Patton & Co
224Ubaldo Jimenez, CLEP$3Patton & Co
223Joaquin Benoit, DETP$1DerekCarty.com
222Juan Rivera, NYY1B$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
221Fernando Martinez, HOUOF$4Razzball
220Josh Donaldson, OAK3B$1Mastersball.com
219Raul Ibanez, SEAOF$4Patton & Co
218P Unaffiliated Kyle Lohse, $1CBSSports.com (White)
217Johnny Giavotella, KC2B$3RotoRob
216Felix Doubront, BOSP$3Razzball
215Pedro Florimon, MINSS$1FanDuel.com
214Seth Smith, OAKOF$5Patton & Co
213Jonny Gomes, BOSOF$6Patton & Co
212John Danks, CHWP$3Patton & Co
211Maicer Izturis, TOR3B$3DerekCarty.com
210Nolan Reimold, BALOF$2DerekCarty.com
209Brett Wallace, HOU1B$3Razzball
208Vernon Wells, LAAOF$1Mastersball.com
207Roy Oswalt, TEXP$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
206Chris Archer, TBP$2Mastersball.com
205Mike Aviles, CLESS$3RotoRob
204Michael Brantley, CLEOF$15DerekCarty.com
203Yunel Escobar, TBSS$5DerekCarty.com
202Zach McAllister, CLEP$3RotoRob
201Jake Arrieta, BALP$2FanDuel.com
200Gavin Floyd, CHWP$4DerekCarty.com
199Rajai Davis, TOROF$7RotoRob
198Vance Worley, MINP$6Razzball
197Matt Dominguez, HOU3B$3CBSSports.com (Melchior)
196Sergio Santos, TORP$4Fantasy Sports Empires.com
195Justin Masterson, CLEP$3Stats LLC
194Aaron Hicks, MINOF$9CBSSports.com (White)
193Ricky Romero, TORP$7CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
192Matt Joyce, TBOF$11DerekCarty.com
191Ivan Nova, NYYP$3DerekCarty.com
190Nate McLouth, BALOF$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
189Wei-Yin Chen, BALP$9RotoRob
188Jason Vargas, LAAP$3DerekCarty.com
187Tommy Hanson, LAAP$8Fantasy Sports Empires.com
186Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE3B$10Stats LLC
185Justin Maxwell, HOUOF$9Mastersball.com
184Justin Smoak, SEA1B$4CBSSports.com (White)
183Andy Pettitte, NYYP$4CBSSports.com (White)
182Dylan Bundy, BALP$3RotoRob
181Lance Berkman, TEX1B$10DerekCarty.com
180Colby Rasmus, TOROF$13Mastersball.com
179Derek Holland, TEXP$7Stats LLC
178Mark Buehrle, TORP$4CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
177Casey Janssen, TORP$12DerekCarty.com
176Addison Reed, CHWP$15Stats LLC
175Jason Castro, HOUC$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
174Jeff Francoeur, KCOF$8Mastersball.com
173Alex Rodriguez, NYY3B$3Razzball
172Jeff Niemann, TBP$4Mastersball.com
171Mitch Moreland, TEX1B$4RotoRob
170Danny Hultzen, SEAP$1CBSSports.com (White)
169J.D. Martinez, HOUOF$5CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
168Lorenzo Cain, KCOF$20Mastersball.com
167Jason Hammel, BALP$8Razzball
166Drew Stubbs, CLEOF$14Mastersball.com
165Dan Straily, OAKP$6Mastersball.com
164Chris Perez, CLEP$14RotoRob
163John Jaso, OAKC$11Mastersball.com
162Andy Dirks, DETOF$8DerekCarty.com
161Carlos Pena, HOU1B$4Patton & Co
160Tommy Milone, OAKP$10Razzball
159Geovany Soto, TEXC$3Razzball
158Ryan Lavarnway, BOSC$3CBSSports.com (White)
157Jarrod Parker, OAKP$13RotoRob
156Greg Holland, KCP$13Razzball
155Clay Buchholz, BOSP$6CBSSports.com (White)
154Torii Hunter, DETOF$13DerekCarty.com
153Jon Lester, BOSP$14CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
152Kevin Youkilis, NYY3B$10RotoRob
151Chris Iannetta, LAAC$7Fantasy Sports Empires.com
150Ryan Doumit, MINC$16RotoRob
149Chris Carter, HOU1B$12Stats LLC
148Jhonny Peralta, DETSS$7CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
147Bud Norris, HOUP$4Razzball
146Kelvin Herrera, KCP$3Patton & Co
145Glen Perkins, MINP$12Mastersball.com
144Michael Saunders, SEAOF$11Stats LLC
143J.P. Arencibia, TORC$12CBSSports.com (Melchior)
142David Murphy, TEXOF$16RotoRob
141Jeremy Hellickson, TBP$12DerekCarty.com
140Hisashi Iwakuma, SEAP$13RotoRob
139Salvador Perez, KCC$20Fantasy Sports Empires.com
138Jeff Keppinger, CHW3B$10RotoRob
137Jed Lowrie, OAKSS$8Razzball
136Anibal Sanchez, DETP$12Mastersball.com
135Ryan Madson, LAAP$8CBSSports.com (Melchior)
134Anthony Gose, TOROF$1CBSSports.com (White)
133Bruce Rondon, DETP$10CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
132Brett Gardner, NYYOF$20Stats LLC
131Brandon Moss, OAK1B$14CBSSports.com (Melchior)
130Adam Lind, TOR1B$7Baseball Prospectus
129Dayan Viciedo, CHWOF$18CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
128Mike Moustakas, KC3B$21Patton & Co
127Jesus Montero, SEAC$15Razzball
126A.J. Griffin, OAKP$11CBSSports.com (White)
125Derek Norris, OAKC$3Stats LLC
124Josh Willingham, MINOF$16Fantasy Sports Empires.com
123Mark Reynolds, CLE1B$10Mastersball.com
122Ryan Cook, OAKP$3Razzball
121Matt Harrison, TEXP$8RotoRob
120Paul Konerko, CHW1B$17Patton & Co
119Alexei Ramirez, CHWSS$15Mastersball.com
118A.J. Pierzynski, TEXC$11DerekCarty.com
117Justin Morneau, MIN1B$15CBSSports.com (Melchior)
116Doug Fister, DETP$14Mastersball.com
115Nick Swisher, CLEOF$17RotoRob
114Trevor Plouffe, MIN3B$11Fantasy Sports Empires.com
113Jarrod Saltalamacchia, BOSC$9CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
112Ryan Dempster, BOSP$9Fantasy Sports Empires.com
111Mike Napoli, BOSC$17DerekCarty.com
110Tyler Flowers, CHWC$9FanDuel.com
109Adam Dunn, CHW1B$13Razzball
108Nelson Cruz, TEXOF$17RotoRob
107Will Middlebrooks, BOS3B$18CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
106Jamey Carroll, MIN2B$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
105Peter Bourjos, LAAOF$13RotoRob
104Joel Hanrahan, BOSP$12Patton & Co
103Josh Reddick, OAKOF$19Razzball
102Alexi Ogando, TEXP$11DerekCarty.com
101Phil Hughes, NYYP$8CBSSports.com (Melchior)
100Grant Balfour, OAKP$13Stats LLC
99Joe Nathan, TEXP$13DerekCarty.com
98Alex Cobb, TBP$11CBSSports.com (White)
97Trevor Bauer, CLEP$5CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
96Jake Peavy, CHWP$18Fantasy Sports Empires.com
95Kendrys Morales, SEA1B$17Patton & Co
94Erick Aybar, LAASS$18Stats LLC
93J.J. Hardy, BALSS$12Baseball Prospectus
92Coco Crisp, OAKOF$17Baseball Prospectus
91Chris Young, OAKOF$9FanDuel.com
90Matt Wieters, BALC$18Stats LLC
89Jurickson Profar, TEX2B$8Fantasy Sports Empires.com
88Tom Wilhelmsen, SEAP$15Patton & Co
87Ichiro Suzuki, NYYOF$17DerekCarty.com
86Mark Trumbo, LAAOF$22CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
85Hiroki Kuroda, NYYP$12Mastersball.com
84Austin Jackson, DETOF$24Razzball
83Emilio Bonifacio, TOROF$17FanDuel.com
82Alcides Escobar, KCSS$20Fantasy Sports Empires.com
81Asdrubal Cabrera, CLESS$18Baseball Prospectus
80Carlos Santana, CLEC$20Mastersball.com
79Eric Hosmer, KC1B$20Fantasy Sports Empires.com
78Chris Parmelee, MIN1B$7CBSSports.com (Melchior)
77C.J. Wilson, LAAP$16Patton & Co
76Howard Kendrick, LAA2B$19Razzball
75Chris Davis, BALOF$20Stats LLC
74Kyle Seager, SEA3B$19CBSSports.com (White)
73Erasmo Ramirez, SEAP$7RotoRob
72Desmond Jennings, TBOF$24CBSSports.com (White)
71Jemile Weeks, OAK2B$9FanDuel.com
70Gordon Beckham, CHW2B$15FanDuel.com
69Stephen Drew, BOSSS$13CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
68Derek Jeter, NYYSS$16CBSSports.com (White)
67Billy Butler, KC1B$27RotoRob
66Tyler Greene, HOU2B$10DerekCarty.com
65Josh Johnson, TORP$16CBSSports.com (Melchior)
64Dustin Ackley, SEA2B$15FanDuel.com
63Jose Altuve, HOU2B$24CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
62Leonys Martin, TEXOF$14Stats LLC
61Victor Martinez, DETDH$18Stats LLC
60Mariano Rivera, NYYP$16CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
59David Ortiz, BOSDH$19CBSSports.com (Melchior)
58Kelly Johnson, TB2B$8Mastersball.com
57Brett Anderson, OAKP$19Fantasy Sports Empires.com
56Jason Kipnis, CLE2B$22CBSSports.com (Melchior)
55Shane Victorino, BOSOF$22CBSSports.com (Melchior)
54Manny Machado, BAL3B$15Razzball
53Max Scherzer, DETP$23Fantasy Sports Empires.com
52Matt Moore, TBP$18Razzball
51Mark Teixeira, NYY1B$25FanDuel.com
50Wil Myers, TBOF$12CBSSports.com (White)
49Michael Morse, SEAOF$17FanDuel.com
48Edwin Encarnacion, TOR1B$27CBSSports.com (White)
47Adam Jones, BALOF$29Fantasy Sports Empires.com
46Omar Infante, DET2B$10Razzball
45Nick Markakis, BALOF$19Baseball Prospectus
44Ian Kinsler, TEX2B$27Mastersball.com
43Jacoby Ellsbury, BOSOF$31FanDuel.com
42Yoenis Cespedes, OAKOF$31Stats LLC
41James Shields, KCP$19Baseball Prospectus
40Jim Johnson, BALP$15CBSSports.com (White)
39Yu Darvish, TEXP$25RotoRob
38Darin Mastroianni, MINOF$7CBSSports.com (White)
37Michael Bourn, CLEOF$26Patton & Co
36Jered Weaver, LAAP$26FanDuel.com
35Melky Cabrera, TOROF$20CBSSports.com (Melchior)
34Brian Roberts, BAL2B$3Patton & Co
33Alex Gordon, KCOF$24Razzball
32Fernando Rodney, TBP$18FanDuel.com
31Dustin Pedroia, BOS2B$28CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
30Alex Avila, DETC$11RotoRob
29R.A. Dickey, TORP$18CBSSports.com (White)
28Brandon Morrow, TORP$18Baseball Prospectus
27Evan Longoria, TB3B$29FanDuel.com
26Brett Lawrie, TOR3B$27Fantasy Sports Empires.com
25Alejandro De Aza, CHWOF$17Razzball
24Adrian Beltre, TEX3B$28Baseball Prospectus
23Chris Sale, CHWP$21Patton & Co
22Ryan Roberts, TB3B$2Patton & Co
21Ben Zobrist, TBOF$27CBSSports.com (White)
20Joe Mauer, MINC$21Baseball Prospectus
19Jose Reyes, TORSS$34CBSSports.com (Melchior)
18Elvis Andrus, TEXSS$21Patton & Co
17Felix Hernandez, SEAP$27Baseball Prospectus
16CC Sabathia, NYYP$24Patton & Co
15Curtis Granderson, NYYOF$20CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
14Mike Zunino, SEAC$3CBSSports.com (White)
13Alex Rios, CHWOF$21Baseball Prospectus
12Josh Hamilton, LAAOF$30Patton & Co
11Albert Pujols, LAA1B$33CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
10Hiroyuki Nakajima, OAKSS$9RotoRob
9Jose Bautista, TOROF$29FanDuel.com
8Robinson Cano, NYY2B$36Stats LLC
7Miguel Cabrera, DET3B$39DerekCarty.com
6David Price, TBP$30Mastersball.com
5Justin Verlander, DETP$34CBSSports.com (Melchior)
4Jose Veras, HOUP$8Razzball
3Prince Fielder, DET1B$32CBSSports.com (White)
2Eduardo Nunez, NYYSS$6CBSSports.com (White)
1Mike Trout, LAAOF$40Baseball Prospectus

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Red Sox closer Koji Uehara not utilizing fastball this season
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1:02 am ET) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara has been throwing an unusual amount of offspeed pitches to start the season. Uehara has thrown fastballs on just 15 percent of his pitches this season, compared to 50 percent over the last three years, according to the Boston Herald.

Manager John Farrell isn't reading too much into it.

"He's going to go with what he feels," Farrell said. "Every 3 mph is about a foot distance in traveling to home plate. So there's a little bit different reaction time. But regardless of velocity there still needs to be the use of (the fastball) just to create separation between his fastball and his split."

Uehara is 1-1 so far this season with a 4.15 ERA and three saves in 4 1/3 innings.


White Sox send reliever Daniel Webb back to Triple-A
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/26/2015) White Sox reliever Daniel Webb , who was called up Sunday as the 26th man for the team's doubleheader against the Royals, was sent back down to Triple-A Charlotte after the game. 

Webb pitched in 57 games last season for the White Sox but was one of the team's final cuts in spring training. 


Diamondbacks struggling to fill in void at third base
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale knew his team wasn't going to go the entire season without an injury. But the skipper was hoping to avoid the issue he currently has at third base, according to AZCentral.com.

With Jake Lamb on the disabled list with a foot injury, Aaron Hill and Yasmany Tomas have struggled to put it together, combining for a .559 OPS in the last five games.

"Yeah, that's huge," Hale said. "You're going to have injuries all year. There's going to be a multitude of them for every team. If you can't make the adjustment — if guys can't come in and fill the void — then you're going to be in trouble as a club."

Tomas is hitting .286 in 14 at-bats this season while Hill is scuffling along at .156 in 45 at-bats.


Phillies pitcher Chad Billingsley allows seven runs in rehab start
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Phillies pitcher Chad Billingsley allowed seven runs in five innings of work in his third rehab start in Triple-A Lehigh Valley, according to Philly.com.

Billingsley, who is currently on the 15-day DL with an elbow injury, added three strikeouts and two walks in the appearance. He has yet to appear in a major league game since 2013 while dealing with multiple elbow injuries.


Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez still working out of funk
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has yet to put things together at the plate so far this season. Gonzalez is hitting just .197 with two home runs in 66 at-bats and it's wearing on him a bit, according to the Denver Post.

"I'm not in a good place. I'm still hitting (.197)," he said. "But I'm happy that I'm healthy, and that I'm playing, and that we are winning. I think we are having a good month so far as a team."

Manager Walt Weiss thinks he's really close to seeing Gonzalez get all the pieces together and go on a run.

"I saw real good signs from CarGo, hitting the ball hard the opposite way," Weiss said. "It wasn't just the couple of hits he got. It was the way he got them. Those are things that he had been working on. Then, to get results like that, is always encouraging."

Report: Josh Hamilton trade expected to be completed Monday
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/26/2015) The trade of outfielder Josh Hamilton from the Angels to the Rangers is expected to be completed Monday, with Hamilton then reporting to Texas' spring training site in Arizona to continue his rehab from offseason surgery, per MLB.com. 

The trade was rumored to have been completed Sunday, but complications arose in finalizing the deal. The Rangers are expected to hold a press conference announcing the trade on Monday. Hamilton is expected to play several games in Triple-A before being called up to the Rangers. 


Dodgers' Jimmy Rollins not concerned with early slump at the plate
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins isn't worrying just yet about his struggles at the plate, according to the Orange County Register.

"Well, some people like to panic. That has never been my MO," he said. "I have, what, 50, 60 at-bats, I'm not sure. So if these are my worst 50 at-bats this year – I'm glad they're happening now. (If they are his worst at-bats) it’s going to be a very good year."

Rollins is hitting just .186 in 70 at-bats so far this season. He believes he's still been taking good swings at the plate, just not finding the gaps in the defense.

"It's hard to compute if you just look at numbers," he said. "I'm getting myself in good counts, just not finishing it off. I know it's coming. I'm hitting some off the end, some are getting in just a little bit. But the swing path is right. It's just a click here, a click there.

"The process is good. You have to continue to trust in the process and believe in the process. You get oriented in just results – especially at times like this – then you're trying to make all these technical changes and that's when you go from one to two to 100. So the process is right. Executing it is about fine-tuning."


Angels OF Matt Joyce hopes hit signals end of slump
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/26/2015) Angels outfielder Matt Joyce saw his eight-game hitless streak come to an end Sunday with an eighth-inning single that ended an 0-for-26 skid. The right fielder, who figures to be a fixture in Los Angeles' lineup with the expected departure of Josh Hamilton, said he hopes the small start will lead to bigger things, according to the Los Angeles Times

"Sometimes it's a tough game," Joyce said. "It seems like you try everything, and you put in so much time and effort and work, it gets to be frustrating. It gets to be hard to swallow and accept it, and hard to keep showing up and grinding it out."

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he will continue to stick with Joyce, who is hitting just .140 on the season. 


Mets starter Jonathon Niese struggles vs. Yankees
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/26/2015) Mets starter Jonathon Niese was not sharp Sunday in the finale of the Subway Series against the Yankees, lasting just five innings while allowing six runs and eight hits. Niese was betrayed somewhat by his defense, which committed four errors behind him, leading to two unearned runs. 

Niese was spotted a 2-0 first-inning lead, but he quickly gave it back, allowing a first-inning homer to Alex Rodriguez and then giving up four second-inning runs as the Yankees broke the game open. 

"You can't look into it too deeply," Niese said to MLB.com. "It's a loss. It's a tough loss. Obviously we want to win, but we've just got to get through it, learn from it, move on and play better."

Niese, who threw 86 pitches, saw his ERA rise to 2.74 in absorbing his first loss of the season. 

"I just wish I could have a couple pitches back," Niese said. "But I threw them. The results were what they were. I've just got to move on."

Niese will look to get back on track Saturday against the Nationals.


Nationals considering keeping Yunel Escobar at third base
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams will have a decision to make when his regular third baseman Anthony Rendon comes back from injury. With Rendon on the shelf, Yunel Escobar has shifted to third and Williams is considering leaving him there even after Rendon returns, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The team is unsure yet what will happen when Rendon returns, but one theory has Escobar staying at third and Rendon shifting to second base, according to Heyman.

Escobar is hitting .292 with five RBI in 65 at-bats while slotted at third base.


 
 
 
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