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

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