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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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Carter Capps' return from DL could come soon
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(12:19 pm ET) Marlins reliever Carter Capps could return to the team shortly after rosters expand Sept. 1, MLB.com reports Friday.

Capps, who has been out since late May with an elbow injury, began his minor-league rehab assignment at the team's Gulf Coast League affiliate earlier this week. He had a 3.00 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 12 innings prior to injuring his elbow. 


Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez likely to get first taste of the majors
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:11 pm ET) Phillies pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez has thrived since making the switch to the bullpen at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, and the Philadelphia Inquirer reports Friday is "almost a lock" to join the team when rosters expand next week.

Gonzalez has appeared in 11 games out of the bullpen at Triple-A, posting a 1.72 ERA with 17 strikeouts and eight walks in 15 2/3 innings. The 27-year-old struggled mightily at Class A Clearwater earlier in the season, before the switch to the bullpen was made, after a disappointing run in spring training.

"He wasn't sharp, he wasn't strong in spring training," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "So to see what he's doing now, see what that looks like, anxious to see that if he's one of the guys. He should be one of the guys."


Jorge De La Rosa blocked on waivers
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:43 am ET) Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa was claimed on waivers and will not be traded prior to Monday's deadline, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman Friday.

It is not clear which team claimed De La Rosa, but it was apparently done solely to block a trade to a possible contender. The Rockies looked to trade De La Rosa before the non-waiver deadline in July, but he will not head into free agency, where the Rockies intend to make him a qualifying offer before trying to re-sign him.  

He has a 4.19 ERA and 13-9 record in 154 2/3 innings on the season. 


Nelson Cruz, Orioles open to long-term deal
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:39 am ET) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz has been a bargain this season while working on a one-year, $8 million deal, and CBSSports.com Baseball insider Jon Heyman reports Friday the arrangement could become a long-term one this offseason.

The Orioles and Cruz have not begun early negotiations on an extension, both sides have expressed a willingness to continue to relationship beyond this season. Cruz leads the league with 34 home runs, and is hitting .256/.324/.510 with 88 RBI in 130 games overall.  


Mets discussing Travis d'Arnaud position change
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:30 am ET) The Mets have had preliminary conversations with catcher Travis d'Arnaud about possibly changing positions to keep him healthy, the New York Daily News reports Friday.

"We've talked about it,” manager Terry Collins said. "We’ve brought it up. Obviously, with what he's started to do offensively, we've got to see if these concussions are leading to anything. Is he changing his position (defensively), where he is positioning himself behind the hitter, to get less foul tips?"

d'Arnaud has had four reported concussions in his career, an issue that is only exacerbated by playing behind the plate. Despite that, Collins does not think it is likely to happen at this point.

d'Arnaud has made himself an indispensable part of the club's long-term plans with his play this season. Since returning from his latest concussion in June, he is hitting .265/.308/.486 over his last 50 games. 


Joe Thatcher's mound session 'didn't go well'
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:20 am ET) Angels reliever Joe Thatcher tried to throw off a mound recently, but his sprained ankle continues to bother him, and he told the Orange Country Register Thursday the session went poorly.

Thatcher is still aiming to return in mid-September, but it is not clear if he has a timetable to throw off a mound again at this point. Once his ankle is healed, however, Thatcher expects to return quickly.

"My arm is in shape," he said. "So as soon as my ankle is ready, I'll be ready to go. There's no build-up process."


Searching for answers, Justin Masterson to pitch out of stretch
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:16 am ET) Cardinals starting pitcher Justin Masterson is looking for a solution to his ongoing woes, and he told the St. Louis Dispatch his next start will feature a drastic change.

After trying it out during a bullpen session Wednesday, Masterson told reporters he will pitch exclusively out of the stretch in his start against the Cubs. The decision comes after Masterson has allowed 19 runs in his first 23 innings since the Cardinals acquired him, and the hope is that simplifying his deliver will lead to better results.

"For the most part, I was pitching out of the windup, and things would get better out of the stretch at times," Masterson said. "So we simplified it. I went only out of the stretch (in the bullpen). Less moving parts. You don't have to worry about step back, turn around, ready to throw."

Masterson feels like he can pitch out of the stretch without sacrificing velocity or overall effectiveness. He has struggled mightily with out of the stretch this season, however, allowing a .312/.414/.455 line with runners on base. 


Fernando Salas picks up win No. 5 in extras
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10:53 am ET) Angels reliever Fernando Salas kept his record perfect on the season as he picked up the win in a 4-3 victory over the A's Thursday.

Salas pitched a perfect top of the 10th inning, striking out one batter and retiring the side in order on 14 pitches. He picked up the win when the Angels scored in the bottom half of the inning, moving his record to 5-0 while lowering his season ERA to 2.23 in 48 1/3 innings of work. 


Slumping Ryan Cook loses it in extras
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10:40 am ET) Athletics reliever Ryan Cook struggled yet again Thursday, and this time the offense would not bail him out in a 4-43 loss to the Angels.

One night after blowing a save by allowing two runs, Cook had trouble setting the Angels down in the bottom of the 10th. He allowed a leadoff walk followed by a single, and then lost the game on Howie Kendrick's game-winning sacrifice fly.

Cook allowed one run in two-thirds of an inning, raising his season ERA to 3.45 in 44 1/3 innings. He has allowed 17 runs overall on the season, seven of which have come in his last six outings. 


Josh Donaldson homers, reaches four times in loss
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10:33 am ET) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson had gone more than two weeks since his last home run before going deep in a 4-3 loss to the Angels Friday.

Donaldson tied the game with his sixth inning solo home run, a shot that eventually sent the game into extras. He went 2 for 3 overall in the game, while added a pair of walks in the loss.  

Donaldson has found his swing again in the month of August, though he has just three home runs in 85 games. He is still hitting .294/.419/.482 with 12 RBI and nine runs scored in the month.


 
 
 
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