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2013 Draft Prep: American League Rotisserie auction

Senior Fantasy Writer

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

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