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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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Report: Nats, Doug Fister not making progress in extension talks
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(12:52 pm ET) The Nationals made pitcher Doug Fister an extension offer in the spring after acquiring him in a trade with the Tigers. Both sides weren't able to agree to terms at the time. According to James Wagner of the Washington Post, both have not made any progress in extension talks "for months"

Fister is entering a contract year after going 16-6 with a 2.41 ERA in 25 starts. He'll make $7.2 million in 2015.


Report: Royals trade RHP Crow to Marlins for lefty Flynn
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:24 pm ET) The Royals have swapped right-hander Aaron Crow to the Marlins for southpaw Brian Flynn, according to Fox Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal, who has further reported that minor league righty Reid Redman is also heading to Kansas City in the trade.

Crow, who had been pitching for Kansas City since 2010, struggled at times in 2014 despite a 6-1 record. His 4.12 ERA was nearly a point higher than what he compiled the previous year. Flynn has pitched in just six major league games over the past two seasons.


RHP Anthony Swarzak opts for free agency
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:04 am ET) Right-handed reliever Anthony Swarzak has declined an assignment by the Twins to Triple-A Rochester in favor of free agency, a team source has told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Swarzak had been a mainstay since 2009 in Minnesota, but struggled in 2014, compiling a 4.60 ERA and allowing 100 hits in 86 innings pitched.


RHP Michael Kohn dispatched by Rays to Durham
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:59 am ET) The Rays have outrighted right-hander Michael Kohn to Triple-A Durham a week after designating him for assignment.

Kohn has twice cleared waivers, but could get a chance in spring training to earn a spot on the 40-man roster or land with the big club.


RHP Jason Frasor staying with Royals
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:46 am ET) The Royals have maintained strength and depth in their bullpen by re-signing right-hander Jason Frasor to a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2016. The deal guarantees Frasor $1.7 million

Frasor, who was added in July, sported a 3-0 record and 1.53 ERA in 23 appearances for Kansas City in 2014. He won both his decisions in the postseason.


Report: Melky Cabrera not interested in playing on artificial surface
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:48 am ET) The chances of free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera returning to the Blue Jays aren't looking good, and it may be because of Toronto's playing surface.

According to Buster Olney of ESPN on Thursday, Cabrera's preference is to sign with a team other than the Blue Jays so he doesn't have to play his home games on artificial surface. The Blue Jays play in Rogers Centre, which uses Astroturf Gameday Grass. At home last season, Cabrera slashed .304/.352/.454 with seven home runs and 38 RBI over 273 at-bats.


Shane Victorino: 'I should be the starting right fielder' for Red Sox
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:33 am ET) Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino believes he should be the team's starting right fielder in 2015 amidst a crowded group of contenders, WEEI.com reports.

"If you think there’s somebody better in right, be my guest," Victorino said. "Obviously health will dictate that. But if I’m healthy if there’s a better outfielder in right field then show me and go out there and do it. I’m not saying that in a cocky or arrogant way. It’s just how confident I am to know I should be the starting right fielder. There are things to come into play and situations to be discussed.

"I plan on being healthy and out there and ready to go. Like I said, it’s my job. I don’t think there’s anybody can tell me differently. If they feel there is from an organization’s standpoint it is what it is. As I’ve said, whatever uniform it may be I’m going to go out there and give 100 percent and be the best I can be. Obviously I want it to be a Red Sox uniform and be a right fielder, but I can’t control decisions that are made from up top."

Victorino will swing a bat Monday for the first time since undergoing back surgery. "Everything feels great," he said. "There hasn't been any setbacks."


Report: Tigers, White Sox show interest in Justin Masterson
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/27/2014) The Tigers and White Sox have joined the Royals, Twins and Cubs as teams to show interest in free-agent pitcher Justin Masterson, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Masterson's agent is scheduled to meet with teams over Thanksgiving weekend. The pitcher struggled in 2014, going 7-9 with a 5.88 ERA in 25 starts.


Reds sign Brennan Boesch to minor league deal
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2014) The Reds have signed outfielder Brennan Boesch to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training. Boesch, 29, is a career .256/.309/.412 hitter over five seasons for the Tigers, Yankees and Angels.

He was in the minors for most of last season, hitting .332 with 25 homers for the Angels Triple-A affiliate. 


Royals acquire infielder Ryan Jackson from Dodgers
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2014) The Royals have acquired infielder Ryan Jackson from the Dodgers for cash considerations. Jackson was out for most of last season with a wrist injury. 

Jackson hit .278 with 34 RBI at Triple-A Memphis, playing 122 games at shortstop and third base in 2013.


 
 
 
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