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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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(11:30 pm ET) Blue Jays pitcher Daniel Norris tossed a strong start in his first spring appearance on Thursday.

Norris is competing for the fifth spot in the team's rotation, and got off to a nice start. Norris allowed one hit and one walk over 1 2/3 innings. He struck out two during the outing. 

Norris said he was glad to be taking on a strong lineup his first time out, according to the Toronto Sun. "I liked the fact I was facing a good lineup. You have to bring your 'A' game" Norris said. While it wasn't a perfect outing, Norris was pleased with his stuff.

"I struggled a little with it (staying closed) in the first, but was much better in the second inning," said Norris. "Years back in spring training, I can remember my stuff not doing much."

The 21-year-old posted a 5.40 ERA over 6 2/3 innings in the majors last year. 


Pirates' Jeff Locke wants to remain with team if he doesn't start
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11:00 pm ET) Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke said he prefers to remain with the club even if he loses out on the fifth starter spot, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Locke is stuck in a battle with Vance Worley, but Worley is considered to have a leg up in the competition. Both players are out of options, and would be considered for the bullpen if they lose out on the rotation spot. While a trade is possible, Locke said he would rather remain in Pittsburgh.

"If it comes to them saying, 'Would you rather be a starting pitcher on (another) team or be a (reliever) on the Pirates?' this is where I'd want to be," Locke said. "This is where my loyalty sits. This is the team I want to win with. It's never going to be about anything more than that."

The 27-year-old Locke posted a 3.91 ERA over 131 1/3 innings last year. 


Orioles' Chris Davis goes yard on Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:51 pm ET) Orioles infielder Chris Davis crushed a home run on Thursday against the Blue Jays. 

Davis, who is coming off a poor season, is attempting to get back to his previous level of performance. His ability to hit for power has never been a question, and he proved that again on Thursday. With two men on, Davis took a fastball out to right center for a three-run shot in the third inning. 

Manager Buck Showalter said Davis' hard work has paid off thus far. "He's been working real hard," Showalter said. "Get a little return on it. Nothing wind-aided tonight, thick air. He had to square it up."

The 28-year-old Davis hit .196/.300/.404 over 450 at-bats last year. 


Rays' Alex Colome still not in camp
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:26 pm ET) Rays pitcher Alex Colome still hasn't reported to camp due to a visa issue, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Colome was a candidate for the fifth spot in the team's rotation, at least until Matt Moore was able to return from Tommy John surgery. He's been able to put in work at the club's facility in the Domincan Republic, and manager Kevin Cash doesn't want to rule him out just yet. 

"Colome is getting his work in. We know that. We’ve had communication on that," Cash said. "As I’ve said the whole time, we’d like to have him here. I don’t think it’s fair to punish a guy for being held up, so he’s still very much a factor."

Colome, 26, posted a 2.66 ERA over 23 2/3 innings last year. 


Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia 'I knew I was back to normal'
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:21 pm ET) Red Sox infielder Dustin Pedroia is over last season's wrist injury, according to the Boston Herald

Pedroia got to prove that on Thursday, going 3 for 3 with a grand slam. Following the game, Pedroia told the media that his performance proves he's feeling good right now. "I knew I was back to normal in the offseason," he said. "Obviously I told you guys that, but you can only believe me if you see it. So there you go." 

The 31-year-old hit .278/.337/.376 over 551 at-bats last year. 


Mets' Juan Lagares taking it easy with his elbow
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:14 pm ET) Mets outfielder Juan Lagares is taking it easy with his elbow thus far, according to MLB.com.

Lagares missed the final two weeks of 2014 due to an elbow injury, but said he doing well now. "I feel great right now," Lagares said. "I feel 100 percent. I just want to take it easy -- not easy, but I don't want to throw everything I've got right now."

Lagares has had opportunities to throw out some base-runners this spring, but has erred on the side of caution. Manager Terry Collins said he's completely fine with that strategy. 

"He did it the right way and I'm real proud of him," Collins said. "He could have sent a message to everybody -- 'Look, I'm fine.' And he was smart enough to say, 'I'll worry about it in April.'"

Lagares, 25, hit .281/.321/.382 over 416 at-bats last year. 


Tolleson, Feliz, Scheppers likely to make Rangers
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:09 pm ET) The Rangers are likely to put Shawn Tolleson, Neftali Feliz and Tanner Scheppers in the bullpen this season, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Manager Jeff Banister implied that all three players would make the team out of camp. That's not necessarily a surprise for Tolleson, who led the team in relief appearances last year, but both Feliz and Scheppers had been mentioned as fringe candidates thus far. 


Padres' Wil Myers hoping to prove the doubters wrong
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:43 pm ET) Padres outfielder Wil Myers is hoping he can prove the doubters wrong this season, according to MLB.com.

Myers not only has a lot to prove at the plate, but he also wants to show that he can handle his new defensive position. "Going into this year, I have a lot of doubters out there. I not only want to prove them wrong but prove to myself that I can play a good center field," Myers said.

He continued, "I've played a lot there in the minor leagues. And hearing everyone say, 'I don't think he can play center field,' is going to motivate me to play a great center field."

Manager Bud Black seems encouraged by Myers' defensive play thus far. "He's looking good, good angles, good routes, good hands, athletic," Black said. "His speed is fine. His strides look good tracking fly balls. He's an athletic guy. From what we've seen so far [it's been] all good."

The 24-year-old hit .222/.294/.320 over 325 at-bats last season. 


Red Sox SP Kelly on spring debut: 'I know what I need to work on'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:04 pm ET) Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly surrendered four earned runs on seven hits in 1 2/3 innings in his spring debut Thursday, striking out two and walking none.

"Stuff wasn't as crisp as it usually is," Kelly said after his outing. "88 mile fastball, don't think I've done that since I was 13. I know what I need to work on. ... I threw 44 pitches, will look to build up to 100 pitches. I'm not going to beat myself up. Will watch some video, work on things. ... Four-seam not as crisp as I would like. Just not there yet, but that will come. I threw all four pitches today, that's a plus."

Kelly said during the offseason that he planned on winning the AL Cy Young Award in 2015. He went 6-4 with a 4.20 ERA and 66:42 K:BB ratio in 96 1/3 innings between the Cardinals and Red Sox last season.


P Yoan Lopez to make debut for Diamondbacks on Saturday
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(9:03 pm ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Yoan Lopez will make his spring training debut this Saturday, according to MLB.com. 

The 21-year-old Cuban right-hander is competing for a spot in Arizona's rotation this spring. Lopez signed a deal that included a signing bonus of over $8 million. 


 
 
 
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