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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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(5:12 pm ET) Royals outfielder Alex Gordon is still recovering from his wrist surgery this offseason and plans to take it slow in his rehab.

"We really don’t have a timetable," Gordon said. "We’re just going to see how it feels. Obviously, it’s spring training. So we don’t want to rush anything. If it feels good, we’ll be aggressive with it. But if it’s not feeling good, we’ll take it slow."

Manager Ned Yost wants to continue to take things slow with Gordon.
"We’ll just take it slow," Yost said. "We’ll see how he feels. We’ll play him one day. Then we’ll give him a day off. Play him another day, five or six innings, then give him a day off. We’ll just see how he’s doing."
Gordon hit .266 in 2014 with 19 home runs and 74 RBI.

Angels, Garrett Richards settle on $3.2 million for 2015
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(4:32 pm ET) The Angels and pitcher Garrett Richards have agreed to a contract for 2015 for $3.2 million, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Richards was asking for $3.8 million while the Angels offered $2.4 million. Richards posted a 13-4 record in 2014 with a 2.61 ERA and 164 strikeouts for Los Angeles.


Orioles' Manny Machado expects to be ready for spring training
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(4:18 pm ET) Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is progressing through his rehab and says he's "ready to roll" for the upcoming season.

"I have a lot of time to get ready. That is the key: having a regular offseason," Machado said Saturday. "Was doing my rehab in Sarasota and then went to Miami to do my regular weightlifting and get ready for the season. Been exciting. Looking forward to spring training."

Machado has taken part in baseball activities for the past few weeks since having surgery on Aug. 27 after tearing a ligament in his knee.

"It will be awesome," he said of the prospect of having a normal spring. "I'm dying to get back on the field. Spring training is key for a lot of players to get your at-bats and your reps. I think some take it for granted but it's a very big key for success for the year."

Machado hit .278 in 2014 with 12 home runs and 32 RBI for Baltimore.


Bud Norris remains without update for contract extension
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(12:24 pm ET) Orioles pitcher Bud Norris said Saturday nothing has changed between he and the organization for a new contract.

"I haven't heard anything of that," Norris said. "I don't see a reason why I'd want to leave, but that's out of my control."

Norris and the Orioles are preparing for arbitration, when Norris filed for $10.25 million and Baltimore offered $7.5 million. He went 15-8 with a 3.65 ERA and 139:52 K:BB ratio in 165 1/3 innings over 28 starts in 2014.


Orioles' Chris Davis calls using Adderall in 2013 'a moment of weakness'
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(11:56 am ET) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis told reporters Saturday he was denied an exemption for Adderall in 2013 but he took it anyway.

"It was a moment of weakness," Davis said. He was diagnosed with ADD in 2008 and it isn't a performance enhancer for someone who needs it for medical reasons, according to Davis.

"For me, it was off the field, just an everyday life thing," he said. "I was a little overwhelmed, just kind of with everything that was going on with the (oblique) injury. There were a lot of different things that were taking my focus away from baseball. It was a mistake that I wish I could undo, but I can't, so I've just got to move forward."

Davis has one game remaining on his 25-game suspension for amphetamines, which he test posted for in September last year. He finished with a .196 batting average with 26 home runs and 72 RBI.


Report: David Aardsma to throw bullpen next week for teams
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(10:07 am ET) Free-agent pitcher David Aardsma will throw a bullpen session for interested teams next week, according to his agent, Jamie Murphy.

"(Aardsma) is looking to showcase added velocity after a change in mechanics and an extremely intense offseason workout regimen," Murphy told FoxSports.com senior baseball writer Ken Rosenthal.

Aardsma missed the entire 2014 season after suffering a torn adductor muscle. He was last with the Mets in 2013 when he posted a 2-2 record with a 4.31 ERA and 36 strikeouts.


Orioles' Jonathan Schoop trying to cut weight for upcoming season
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(9:37 am ET) Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop wants to raise the level of his game for the 2015 season. The 22-year-old is hoping to be more mentally and physically prepared for the grind of the 162-game season.

"My weight is lower than last year. I want to have more range and be faster. Trying to steal some more bases and be faster for the team on the bases to help put more pressure on the defense." Schoop said. "I learned a lot from my teammates. They helped me a lot. One year of experience. I'm better than last year. Mentally and physically, everything. My ups and downs helped me a lot to know myself better too."

Schoop, who hit .209 with 16 home runs and 45 RBI in 2014, is also taking more advice from his teammates about his approach at the plate.

"Be patient. Don't chase too many pitches. Let them throw strikes and swing at strikes. Just have to work on getting better pitches to hit. See how they pitch you. If I can do that, I'll be better," he said. "I worked on everything (this winter). I want to get faster. You have to work on all of it, speed, defense. I want to be a better player than last year."


Twins' Byron Buxton named No. 1 prospect by MLB.com
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:00 am ET) Twins outfielder Byron Buxton was named the top prospect in baseball by MLB.com Friday.

Buxton played just 31 games in 2014 due to wrist and concussion issues and finished with a .240/.313/.405 line along with four home runs, 16 RBI and six stolen bases in 121 at-bats with high Class A Fort Myers. He also went 0 for 3 at the Double-A level. Buxton is making his second straight appearance atop MLB.com's top prospect list.

The rest of MLB.com's top-five prospects (in order) are Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, Astros shotstop Carlos Correa, Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor and Cubs shortstop Addison Russell. None of the quartet appeared in the top five of last year's MLB.com prospect list, though all four cracked the top 12.


Red Sox designate Drake Britton for assignment
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) The Red Sox designated pitcher Drake Britton for assignment Friday, clearing a roster spot for pitcher Alexi Ogando.

Britton appeared in seven games with the Red Sox in 2014, tossing 6 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out four batters and walking two. He posted a 5.86 ERA and 37:38 K:BB ratio in 58 1/3 innings with Triple-A Pawtucket.


Peter Moylan 'doing fantastic' in return from Tommy John
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) Free-agent pitcher Peter Moylan indicated Friday that he's "doing fantastic" in his return from his second Tommy John surgery, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"I’m doing fantastic, mate. Dropped 35 pounds," Moylan said. “My goal is to be 100 percent by end of spring. Ball is coming out great, though. Probably have to throw for some teams right around the start of spring to gauge interest, but there have already been some nibbles, which is encouraging."

Moylan underwent the procedure last March after receiving a non-roster invitation from the Astros. He's throwing from about 70 percent strength off a mound and in the process of deciding whether to sign a a deal in the near future or after the season begins. He hopes to resume pitching in the big leagues by midseason at the earliest.

Moylan has made 309 appearances since debuting in 2006, compiling a 21-9 record, 2.80 ERA and 213:121 K:BB ratio in 276 innings.


 
 
 
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