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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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(1:02 am ET) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia dropped roughly 15 pounds during the offseason, according to MLB.com.

"I've been eating healthy, working real hard at the gym, Garcia said. "I have to be ready for spring training. I can't go there and be fat." With the weight loss, Garcia is hoping to keep his power potential. "I don't want to lose speed, I don't want to lose power," Garcia said. "I want to be in the middle. I know I can do a little bit of everything, so that's why I've been working really hard on speed, power, hitting and defense, so I can help my team win."

Garcia hit .244/.305/.413 over 172 at-bats last year.


Athletics' Billy Butler would welcome return to Royals
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(12:35 am ET) Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler said he would love to return to the Royals later in his career, according to the Kansas City Star.

After spending the first eight seasons of his career in Kansas City, Butler signed a three-year deal with Oakland during the offseason. Though he left the Royals, Butler said there is no hard feelings. "It’s disappointing, but you understand that the game’s a business and I didn’t leave on bad terms," Butler said. "I’d be more than happy to come back. That’s home for me. I’ll always be forever tied to the Royals organization and the community there."

The 28-year-old hit .271/.323/.379 over 549 at-bats last year.


Indians to consider multi-year extension for Corey Kluber
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(1/25/2015) The Indians will consider a multi-year extension for pitcher Corey Kluber, according to MLB.com.

General manager Mark Shapiro didn't indicate that the two sides were close to a deal, but said Kluber has all the aspects the team looks for when considering a long-term deal. "Corey represents all of the things we look for in players: dependable, reliable person, committed to his work ethic, talented." Shapiro added, "it's something we'll probably look at over the next couple of months. He has all the precursors that we would look for to enter into a multiyear agreement."

The 28-year-old Kluber is set to make the league-minimum next season, and won't be available for arbitration until 2016. He's under team control through 2018, so there's no hurry for either side to agree to a new deal. 

Kluber posted a 2.44 ERA over 235 2/3 innings last year.


Twins' Glen Perkins says he's 100 percent
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(1/25/2015) Twins reliever Glen Perkins said he's 100 percent heading into the season, according to MLB.com.

Perkins missed the last two weeks of the regular season due to a forearm injury, but said that's no longer a problem. He took two weeks off once the season concluded, and went for a precautionary MRI just to make sure the injury wasn't serious. "I took two weeks off and started doing shoulder stuff as part of the rehab to strengthen it and everything went well," Perkins said. "I started throwing again in mid-December. The way I've been able to ramp up throwing, everything has been good."

The 31-year-old Perkins posted a 3.65 ERA over 61 2/3 innings last season.


Tigers' Miguel Cabrera not expected to miss much time with injury
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(1/25/2015) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is not expected to miss much time with his ankle injury, according to the Detroit Free Press

Cabrera had ankle surgery to remove bone spurs shortly after the season, and has been recovering during the offseason. He was recently cleared to ditch his walking boot, and will be re-evaluated by team doctors on Feb. 15. General manager Dave Dombrowski told reporters Cabrera shouldn't miss much time due to the injury. "We're hopeful at that point he gets turned loose," Dombrowski said. "If he's not ready for Opening Day, it's going to be very, very close."

The 31-year-old Cabrera hit .313/.371/.524 over 611 at-bats last year. 


Twins' Joe Mauer says his legs feel strong heading into 2015
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(1/25/2015) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer said his legs feel strong heading into 2015, according to the Star Tribune.

Mauer was able to fully participate in an offseason training program after injuries prevented him from doing so last year. Mauer said his left knee, which has given him trouble in the past, feels strong now. :It’s tough to hit when the knee I’ve had problems with isn’t right," Mauer said. "That’s where you get your power from and the ball jumps. I feel good. I’m excited to get out there."

The 31-year-old Mauer is coming off a season in which he hit .277/.361/.371 over 455 at-bats.


Report: Yankees looking to void milestone bonuses for A-Rod
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(1/25/2015) The Yankees are looking to void milestone bonuses in Alex Rodriguez 's contract, according to the New York Daily News.

When Rodriguez signed his deal with the club in 2007, it contained bonuses as Rodriguez tied or passed the top home run hitters. Rodriguez, who has 654 career home runs, is just six away from tying Willie Mays, which would trigger a $6 million bonus. He is also set to receive an additional $6 million once he ties Babe Ruth, and another $6 milliion if he ties Hank Aaron.

The team, however, now views those bonuses as worthless due to his 2014 suspension. The team will argue that these bonuses were signed under false pretenses. The club is apparently willing to fight the player's union over the decision should Rodriguez file a grievance. 

Rodriguez, who hasn't played since 2013, has already found it difficult to mend the fences with his team. Rodriguez proposed a meeting with the club where he would publicly apologize for his actions last season, but the team declined the offer. "This is a relationship that is never going to be repaired," one source told the Daily News.


Orioles, Ryan Flaherty avoid arbitration
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(1/25/2015) The Orioles have avoided arbitration with infielder Ryan Flaherty, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

Flaherty will make $1.075 million next season. He can make an additional $25,000 if he receives 400 plate appearances. The 28-year-old Flaherty hit .221/.288/.356 over 281 at-bats last year.


Angels' Josh Hamilton setting lofty goals for 2015
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(1/25/2015) Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is ready to set some lofty goals for 2015, according to MLB.com.

Hamilton said he's aiming to hit .300, with 30 home runs and 100 RBI this year. After struggling through injuries in 2014, Hamilton said his offseason has been mostly normal. The 33-year-old hit .263/.331/.414 over 338 at-bats last year. 


Angels' Jered Weaver bulked up during offseason
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(1/25/2015) Angels pitcher Jered Weaver decided to bulk up during the offseason, according to MLB.com.

Weaver went from 199 pounds to 224 pounds during the offseason. He said the goal was to get bigger and stronger so that he can pitch deeper into games next year. The 32-year-old Weaver posted a 3.59 ERA over 213 1/3 innings. 


 
 
 
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