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

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(1:12 am ET) The Red Sox are looking at pitcher Brandon Workman as a reliever this spring, according to the Boston Herald

Manager John Farrell seemed to think Workman would be more than adequate in the role. "His mentality is one that embraces those higher leverage type of innings," Farrell said. "In one-inning stints, his stuff plays up a little bit more with power, a little bit more swing-and-miss ability with his fastball."

Workman seems open to the change. "If John tells me that’s where I’m going to fit in, that’s where I’ll fit in," he said.

The 26-year-old Workman posted a 5.17 ERA over 87 innings last year. 


Twins' GM believes Kyle Gibson can get to the next level
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(12:44 am ET) Twins general manager Terry Ryan believes pitcher Kyle Gibson can get to the next level, according to the Star Tribune.

"The guy has too good of stuff not to be more consistent," Ryan said. "I don’t think it’s 'if' he makes another jump. He’s going to make a jump. It’s a matter of how high."

Gibson showed flashes of promise in 2014. While his overall numbers were just average, Gibson was solid during the first half of the year. He posted a 3.92 ERA over 101 innings to start the year, but struggled with a 5.17 ERA in the second half. Gibson said the reason for his success last year had to do with execution.

"The reason for the jump was my focus on executing pitches," Gibson said. "In 2013 I got caught up in all the information and the scouting reports instead of realizing this is the pitch I need to execute so let’s execute it."

Gibson said he's hoping to increase his strikeout rate this season, but wants to make sure he can still retain his strong ground ball rate. The 27-year-old posted a 4.47 ERA over 179 1/3 innings last season. 


Rays manager believes Grant Balfour will be ready for opening day
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(3/2/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash believes pitcher Grant Balfour will be good to go by opening day, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Balfour is currently in Australia, tending to his sick father. Cash said Balfour was still working out, and expects the pitcher to be ready for the start of the regular season. The 37-year-old posted a 3.46 ERA over 62 1/3 innings last season. 


Rays' Alex Colome may miss the start of the season
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(3/2/2015) Rays pitcher Alex Colome may not be ready for the start of the regular season, according to the Tampa Tribune

Colome has been delayed by visa issues thus far, though he's been able to throw at the Rays facility in the Dominican Republic. Colome is facing hitters, but manager Kevin Cash still expressed some doubt about his availability once the regular season begins. 

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


Diamondbacks' Randall Delgado facing a roster crunch
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(3/2/2015) Diamondbacks pitcher Randall Delgado is facing a roster crunch, according to azcentral.com.

Delgado had some success after adding a slider last season, but faces a lot of competition this spring. While the competition for the fifth starter spot contains a lot of players, Delgado's experience in the bullpen last year could help him make the club. On top of that, he's out of options, giving him a better chance of breaking camp on the 25-man roster. 

Bullpen coach Mel Stottlemyre said he believes Delgado could get the job done. "He can be a valuable piece in that bullpen, knowing that there might be some guys that are going to get protected," Stottlemyre said. "The fact that he can pitch in some different roles — he can give you some length, he can come in and strike a guy out. I saw this guy go through the middle of lineups on some good ballclubs and make the hitters look bad. It's there."

The 25-year-old Delgado posted a 4.87 ERA over 77 2/3 innings last season.


Nationals sign Tony Gwynn Jr. to a minor-league deal
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(3/2/2015) The Nationals have signed outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. to a minor-league deal, the team announced. 

Gwynn will be invited to major-league camp with the deal. The 32-year-old hit .152 over 105 at-bats with the Phillies last season. 


Nationals' Matt Purke hoping to get on a mound soon
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(3/2/2015) Nationals pitcher Matt Purke is hoping to throw off a mound in a few weeks, according to MLB.com.

Purke had Tommy John surgery last May, and has struggled with injuries since being selected in the third round of the 2011 draft. Purke was actually released by the club during the offseason, but came back on a minor-league deal. 

Purke said he was frustrated by the injuries, but understands he has to take it all in stride. "It's just something you have to take in stride, keep moving forward," he explained. "I'm ready to keep progressing the best I can and really get myself out there and pitch and perform. When my number is called, I'll be able to help when I can."

Purke is currently in the middle of a throwing program. He's been able to long toss, and hopes to throw off a mound in a few weeks. The team is still unsure when Purke will be ready for game action.


Twins' Danny Santana learning to play multiple positions
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(3/2/2015) Danny Santana came to the Twins in 2007 playing primarily shortstop. Now, Santana is playing in the outfield and learning how to transition to a new position on the field.

"I didn't know how to play the outfield and I needed a lot of work," he said to MLB.com. "It wasn't hard, because I have the ability to play many positions. But the hard part was being in center field and throwing to the bases. At shortstop, you throw from different angles. In the outfield, you need to be on top to throw."

Santana hit .319 with 40 RBI and 70 runs scored in 405 plate appearances in 2014.

"There's a lot of people here who believed in Danny Santana's future for a long time. We were able to get a glimpse of that last year," manager Paul Molitor said. "I have a lot of confidence in that kid. He's going about his business very professionally. He's really a good listener and applier. Some guys listen well and have trouble taking it out there. He's pretty good at taking information and putting it into play."


Padres' Cameron Maybin to hit leadoff in first spring game
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(3/2/2015) Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin will hit leadoff in the team's first spring game, according to MLB.com.

Manager Bud Black basically confirmed the news, though he wouldn't make it official as he prefers to let the player know before the media. Maybin is the forgotten man in the team's outfield heading into camp. While he's proven he can play center field, the club is expected to go with Matt Kemp, Wil Myers and Justin Upton when the regular season starts. 

Maybin, 27, hit .235/.290/.331 over 251 at-bats last season. 


Giants experimenting with Norichika Aoki in the leadoff spot
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(3/2/2015) The Giants are experimenting with using outfielder Norichika Aoki in the leadoff spot, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Aoki will hit leadoff on Tuesday with Angel Pagan sidelined. While Pagan is expected to claim the role once the regular season begins, manager Bruce Bochy said he would consider using Aoki in the leadoff role occasionally. When that happens, Pagan would hit in the third spot in the order. 

Aoki, 33, hit .285/.349/.360 over 491 at-bats last year. 


 
 
 
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