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

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Rangers pitcher Nick Tepesch admits to pressing too hard last spring
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(12:41 am ET) Rangers pitcher Nick Tepesch is still pushing to earn a spot on the team's starting rotation this spring, but he knows he pushed a bit too hard last year, reports the Dallas Morning News.

"I was just trying to do a little too much," said Tepesch, who threw a scoreless inning on 14 pitches in Sunday's intrasquad game. "I was trying to make perfect pitches and staying who I am. Getting sent down allowed me to look at what made me successful and try to own those types of things. It was beneficial. I also now know that I can only control what I do. If I stay focused on that, pressure takes care of itself."


Tigers' Blaine Hardy hoping to reign in his accuracy in 2015
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Tigers pitcher Blaine Hardy is using this spring training to work on his control. Hardy struggled in 2014 with his control, walking 20 batters in 39 innings pitched.

"Last year I walked more people than I would've liked," he said to MLB.com. "That's definitely a learning point, learning the strike zone. It's a little bit different, a little bit smaller, but more consistent. With that being said, I felt like I had a good year, and hopefully I'll be able to come in and do the same thing with less walks."

Manager Brad Ausmus didn't think Hardy's season was as bad as people believe it was.

"I thought he did a good job for us, quite frankly," Ausmus said. "It kind of irks me a little bit when people want to split players' seasons up: Player X had a good year, but he really struggled in the second half. He still had a good year.

"Guys are going to struggle at some point in the season. It's probably more likely they struggle in the second half as they tire, but you can't discount what they did in the first half. Those games are just as important to win."


Rockies' Jhoulys Chacin faces hitters for first time Saturday
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(3/1/2015) Rockies pitcher Jhoulys Chacin is feeling good about his health so far in camp. Good enough, in fact, that the 27-year-old faced hitters Saturday for the first time this spring.

Sunday, Chacin said he was without pain.

"Today I feel normal -- not like before," Chacin said. "I threw everything and felt good. I need to get into games to really feel back to normal, like it did two years ago [14-10 with a 3.47 ERA in 31 starts]. I know I've got a long way to go. I don't know what my velocity was, but it'll come up a little."

Chacin injured his rotator cuff in the middle of last season, forcing him out of action for nearly half the season.


Indians P Gavin Floyd comes out of live BP session pain free
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Following his first live batting practice of spring training, Indians pitcher Gavin Floyd came away without any pain the elbow he broke last season.

With the Braves in 2014, Floyd fractured his elbow in a game against the Nationals on June 19. The injury required surgery, which ended his season. Sunday morning's batting practice marked the first time he'd thrown to a batter since that game. 

"It's just another step," Floyd said via MLB.com. "It's the first time I had a significant bullpen, cooled down for a little bit and then got back out there. I felt really good. I've just got to continue to make progress and build up strength. Usually, that's just by doing it over and over again, and using spring to do that."


White Sox's Gordon Beckham working at multiple infield positions
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Gordon Beckham's main goal this spring training is to win the White Sox's starting second baseman position. 

But for now, the White Sox are planning to use him at multiple positions in the infield during Cactus League play, according to MLB.com. This is somewhat new for Beckham, as he played second base during his first five-plus Major League seasons with the White Sox. 

Though Beckham is looking to earn the starting job at second base, he seems to be enjoying playing multiple spots so far. 

"I'm actually kind of enjoying running around," Beckham said. "I like popping around the infield. I know the coaches and the people making the decisions know I can play second base and know I can play it well. There has been an emphasis on them just telling me to get some work in other places."

Beckham actually played shortstop in college at the University of Georgia and played that position, as well as third base, after the White Sox traded him to the Angels. He was brought back to Chicago on a one-year deal. 

Beckham hit a single-season worse .226 for both the Angels and White Sox a season ago. 


Giants' Tim Lincecum to 'piggyback' starter this week
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Giants manager Bruce Bochy said pitcher Tim Lincecum will see a relief appearance early this week, according to MLB.com

Lincecum is generating rave reviews for his performance early on in spring training. However, he won't be getting a start this week. Bochy said Lincecum will "piggyback" either Madison Bumgarner (Tuesday), Jake Peavy (Wednesday), Ryan Vogelsong (Thursday) or Yusmeiro Petit (Friday) this week. 

This means Lincecum will come in and get a starter's workload in relief. 


Giants' Jake Peavy to start Wednesday for Giants
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Following Madison Bumgarner's exhibition start on Tuesday, the Giants will go with Jake Peavy to start Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Athletics, manager Bruce Bochy announced via MLB.com

Ryan Vogelsong will pitch Thursday against the Cubs and Yusmeiro Petit will go Friday against the Rangers. 


White Sox's Gordon Beckham working at multiple infield positions
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Gordon Beckham's main goal this spring training is to win the White Sox's  starting second baseman position. 

But for now, the White Sox are planning to use him at multiple positions in the infield during Cactus League play, according to MLB.com. This is somewhat new for Beckham, as he played second base during his first five-plus Major League seasons with the White Sox. 

Though Beckham is looking to earn the starting job at second base, he seems to be enjoying playing multiple spots so far. 

"I'm actually kind of enjoying running around," Beckham said. "I like popping around the infield. I know the coaches and the people making the decisions know I can play second base and know I can play it well. There has been an emphasis on them just telling me to get some work in other places."

Beckham actually played shortstop in college at the University of Georgia and played that position, as well as third base, after the White Sox traded him to the Angels. He was brought back to Chicago on a one-year deal. 

Beckham hit a single-season worse .226 for both the Angels and White Sox a season ago. 


Phillies pitcher Paul Clemens fighting for spot in bullpen
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Phillies pitcher Paul Clemens has been told he has a great arm. But Clemens, who posted a 5.51 ERA in 48 appearances with the Astros over the last two years, knows it'll take more than that.

"Some pitching coaches tell me how incredible my arm is and that I could play for a long time, so I think I've been showing some guys what I bring to the table," Clemens said. "I had a couple really good conversations with front office and some guys around here, so it's definitely motivating."

He wants to be able to pick out his spots better during spring training, knowing he has to impress as a non-roster invitee.

"Sometimes I think I get too overzealous with my fastball and I just pound it and pound it and pound it. So picking my spots more, being smarter. You can't really challenge guys at this level. Once in a while you've got to pick your spots, but you can't challenge too many guys, even the guys you don't really know their names as much. You've still got to pitch."


Athletics to ease Coco Crisp into action this spring
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(3/1/2015) Athletics manager Bob Melvin wants to take things slow with veteran outfielder Coco Crisp this spring, reports MLB.com.

"I'll probably hold him out the first few because I'm going to cut down on his workload," Melvin said Sunday.

Crisp, who is dealing with a case of pinkeye, was held out of an intrasquad scrimmage, even though he was able to take part in batting practice.


 
 
 
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