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

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(1:31 pm ET) Free-agent pitcher Brandon Beachy has decided to delay his decision on which team he'll pitch for in 2015, his agent told FOXSports.com.

The former Braves pitcher is recovery from Tommy John surgery and wants to wait until closer to spring training before making his decision. Beachy did not pitch in 2014 because of the injury.


Nationals' Jayson Werth pleads guilty, sentenced to 5 days in jail
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12:24 pm ET) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth will serve five days in jail after pleading guilty to reckless driving, reports The Washington Post.

Werth was pulled over in July by Virginia State Police after driving 105 mph in a 55 mph zone and Werth did not necessarily disagree with the assessment.

"It's possible I exceeded 90 miles per hour," Werth said in court.

Werth was initially convicted of reckless driving Dec. 5, but appealed the verdict. He was originally sentenced to 10 days in jail, but it was reduced to five after Werth's guilty plea.

The prosecutor said Werth will turn himself in Friday and begin serving his sentence, according to NBC4's Northern Virginia Bureau. 


White Sox DFA Dayan Viciedo to see if any trade interest remains
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:07 am ET) White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said putting outfielder Dayan Viciedo on waivers could be the final step to trading him, which is something the team has explored all offseason. Viciedo was designated for assignment Wednesday, which means Chicago has 10 days to trade, release or outright him to the minors.

"It got to the point where Dayan didn’t very likely fit on this club in a meaningful way for 2015,"  Hahn said, per CSNChicago.com. "The thought with designating him was flesh out any interest over the next 10 days or so and find him a better home going into the next season."

Viciedo, who will turn 26 years old on March 10, has hit more than 20 homers in two of the last three seasons. But he has yet to reach his full potential, batting just .254 with a .424 slugging percentage in five MLB seasons. 

The White Sox seem OK if they deal Viciedo and he finally reaches his full potential with another team.

"He's still young and he still has a world of talent and a great deal of power that we’ve all seen on display over a number of years," Hahn said. "It's not going to surprise any of us in the least if he goes on to have a very successful career elsewhere."


Reds' Price 'realistically' targets Mesoraco to catch 145 games
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:54 am ET) Reds manager Bryan Price indicated catcher Devin Mesoraco could see a lot more time behind the plate in 2015, per the Dayton Daily News. He appeared in 114 games in 2014, starting 109 at catcher.

“I’ve been asked that question a lot about Mesoraco playing first base,” Price said. “How much would he play? Only if (Joey) Votto was injured. Realistically, I see him as a Yadier Moilina-type guy, who is going to catch 145 games a year, more so than I see him catching 110 a year and playing 20 or 30 at first base.

“It stood out more last year because I linked up Johnny Cueto with (Brayan) Pena catching. I anticipate Mesoraco catching a lot more games this year, especially if he stays healthy. We won’t pair Pena with Cueto as much. Devin did a real nice job with Johnny the times he caught him.”


Report: Blue Jays making a push to sign Ronald Belisario
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1:32 am ET) The Blue Jays are making a push to sign reliever Ronald Belisario, according to FoxSports.com.

The 32-year-old Belisario posted a 5.56 ERA over 66 1/3 innings with the White Sox last season. While his performance looks spotty on the surface, Belisario managed to cut his walk rate by three percent last season. He had awful luck with men on base, which may have contributed to his struggles. Belisario actually posted a 3.54 FIP, so there's a chance at a possible rebound. 

The Blue Jays have been linked to a number of free-agent relievers, including Rafael Soriano, Francisco Rodriguez and Burke Badenhop. 


Report: Blue Jays looking at multiple free-agent relievers
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2015) The Blue Jays are looking at multiple free-agent relievers, according to FoxSports.com.

The team has been in contact with Francisco Rodriguez, Rafael Soriano and Burke Badenhop. Both Rodriguez and Soriano have closer experience, while Badenhop has only saved four games over his career. Badenhop, however, did post the lowest ERA of the bunch last year, coming in at 2.29. 

Rodriguez, 33, posted a 3.04 ERA over 68 innings last year. He saved 44 games with Milwaukee.

The 35-year-old Soriano posted a 3.19 ERA over 62 innings last season. He lost his closer role late in the season after going into a bit of a slump.


Marlins designate Arquimedes Caminero for assignment
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2015) The Marlins have designated pitcher Arquimedes Caminero for assignment on Wednesday, according to MLB.com.

The 27-year-old Caminero spent most of the year in Triple-A. He posted a 4.86 ERA over 63 innings. Caminero was briefly promoted to the majors, posting a 10.80 ERA over 6 2/3 innings with Miami.


Giants release Marco Scutaro
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2015) The Giants have released second baseman Marco Scutaro, according to MLB.com.

Scutaro was designated for assignment by the club Jan. 21. Scutaro underwent back surgery in December, and was expected to miss 4-6 months due to the surgery. The 39-year-old was limited to five games last season due to back issues. He hit .297/.357/.369 over 488 at-bats back in 2013.


Mets, Jenrry Mejia avoid arbitration
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2015) The Mets have avoided arbitration with pitcher Jenrry Mejia, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Mejia agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.595 million. The 25-year-old Mejia emerged as the team's closer last season. He posted a 3.65 ERA over 93 2/3 innings. 


Matt Moore targeting June return
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2015) Rays pitcher Matt Moore is targeting a June return, according to MLB.com.

Moore underwent Tommy John surgery last season, but was able to throw off a mound for the first time on Tuesday. Moore said he's hoping he can return to a major-league mound in June. "I hope June, [to pitch] in a Major League game, he said. "I think that's about right -- 14 months [after the surgery]. So we should know a lot more in the next month as I start to get on the hill and things have a chance to respond."

Moore started just two games last season before undergoing surgery.


 
 
 
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