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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
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
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
249Scott Sizemore, OAK3B$2Baseball Prospectus
246Joe Saunders, SEAP$1Baseball Prospectus
237Phil Coke, DETP$1Baseball Prospectus
230Franklin Gutierrez, SEAOF$2Baseball Prospectus
130Adam Lind, TOR1B$7Baseball Prospectus
93J.J. Hardy, BALSS$12Baseball Prospectus
92Coco Crisp, OAKOF$17Baseball Prospectus
81Asdrubal Cabrera, CLESS$18Baseball Prospectus
45Nick Markakis, BALOF$19Baseball Prospectus
41James Shields, KCP$19Baseball Prospectus
28Brandon Morrow, TORP$18Baseball Prospectus
24Adrian Beltre, TEX3B$28Baseball Prospectus
20Joe Mauer, MINC$21Baseball Prospectus
17Felix Hernandez, SEAP$27Baseball Prospectus
13Alex Rios, CHWOF$21Baseball Prospectus
1Mike Trout, LAAOF$40Baseball 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)
269Francisco Cervelli, NYYC$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
265Russ Canzler, BALOF$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
260Drew Smyly, DETP$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
255James Loney, TB1B$1CBSSports.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)
169J.D. Martinez, HOUOF$5CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
153Jon Lester, BOSP$14CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
148Jhonny Peralta, DETSS$7CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
133Bruce Rondon, DETP$10CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
129Dayan Viciedo, CHWOF$18CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
113Jarrod Saltalamacchia, BOSC$9CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
107Will Middlebrooks, BOS3B$18CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
97Trevor Bauer, CLEP$5CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
86Mark Trumbo, LAAOF$22CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
69Stephen Drew, BOSSS$13CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
63Jose Altuve, HOU2B$24CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
60Mariano Rivera, NYYP$16CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
31Dustin Pedroia, BOS2B$28CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
15Curtis Granderson, NYYOF$20CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
11Albert Pujols, LAA1B$33CBSSports.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)
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)
222Juan Rivera, NYY1B$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
197Matt Dominguez, HOU3B$3CBSSports.com (Melchior)
190Nate McLouth, BALOF$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
175Jason Castro, HOUC$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
143J.P. Arencibia, TORC$12CBSSports.com (Melchior)
135Ryan Madson, LAAP$8CBSSports.com (Melchior)
131Brandon Moss, OAK1B$14CBSSports.com (Melchior)
117Justin Morneau, MIN1B$15CBSSports.com (Melchior)
106Jamey Carroll, MIN2B$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
101Phil Hughes, NYYP$8CBSSports.com (Melchior)
78Chris Parmelee, MIN1B$7CBSSports.com (Melchior)
65Josh Johnson, TORP$16CBSSports.com (Melchior)
59David Ortiz, BOSDH$19CBSSports.com (Melchior)
56Jason Kipnis, CLE2B$22CBSSports.com (Melchior)
55Shane Victorino, BOSOF$22CBSSports.com (Melchior)
35Melky Cabrera, TOROF$20CBSSports.com (Melchior)
19Jose Reyes, TORSS$34CBSSports.com (Melchior)
5Justin Verlander, DETP$34CBSSports.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)
245Lucas Harrell, HOUP$3CBSSports.com (White)
218P Unaffiliated Kyle Lohse, $1CBSSports.com (White)
194Aaron Hicks, MINOF$9CBSSports.com (White)
184Justin Smoak, SEA1B$4CBSSports.com (White)
183Andy Pettitte, NYYP$4CBSSports.com (White)
170Danny Hultzen, SEAP$1CBSSports.com (White)
158Ryan Lavarnway, BOSC$3CBSSports.com (White)
155Clay Buchholz, BOSP$6CBSSports.com (White)
134Anthony Gose, TOROF$1CBSSports.com (White)
126A.J. Griffin, OAKP$11CBSSports.com (White)
98Alex Cobb, TBP$11CBSSports.com (White)
74Kyle Seager, SEA3B$19CBSSports.com (White)
72Desmond Jennings, TBOF$24CBSSports.com (White)
68Derek Jeter, NYYSS$16CBSSports.com (White)
50Wil Myers, TBOF$12CBSSports.com (White)
48Edwin Encarnacion, TOR1B$27CBSSports.com (White)
40Jim Johnson, BALP$15CBSSports.com (White)
38Darin Mastroianni, MINOF$7CBSSports.com (White)
29R.A. Dickey, TORP$18CBSSports.com (White)
21Ben Zobrist, TBOF$27CBSSports.com (White)
14Mike Zunino, SEAC$3CBSSports.com (White)
3Prince Fielder, DET1B$32CBSSports.com (White)
2Eduardo Nunez, NYYSS$6CBSSports.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
231Alberto Callaspo, LAA3B$11DerekCarty.com
229Ernesto Frieri, LAAP$15DerekCarty.com
223Joaquin Benoit, DETP$1DerekCarty.com
211Maicer Izturis, TOR3B$3DerekCarty.com
210Nolan Reimold, BALOF$2DerekCarty.com
204Michael Brantley, CLEOF$15DerekCarty.com
203Yunel Escobar, TBSS$5DerekCarty.com
200Gavin Floyd, CHWP$4DerekCarty.com
192Matt Joyce, TBOF$11DerekCarty.com
191Ivan Nova, NYYP$3DerekCarty.com
188Jason Vargas, LAAP$3DerekCarty.com
181Lance Berkman, TEX1B$10DerekCarty.com
177Casey Janssen, TORP$12DerekCarty.com
162Andy Dirks, DETOF$8DerekCarty.com
154Torii Hunter, DETOF$13DerekCarty.com
141Jeremy Hellickson, TBP$12DerekCarty.com
118A.J. Pierzynski, TEXC$11DerekCarty.com
111Mike Napoli, BOSC$17DerekCarty.com
102Alexi Ogando, TEXP$11DerekCarty.com
99Joe Nathan, TEXP$13DerekCarty.com
87Ichiro Suzuki, NYYOF$17DerekCarty.com
66Tyler Greene, HOU2B$10DerekCarty.com
7Miguel Cabrera, DET3B$39DerekCarty.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
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
201Jake Arrieta, BALP$2FanDuel.com
110Tyler Flowers, CHWC$9FanDuel.com
91Chris Young, OAKOF$9FanDuel.com
83Emilio Bonifacio, TOROF$17FanDuel.com
71Jemile Weeks, OAK2B$9FanDuel.com
70Gordon Beckham, CHW2B$15FanDuel.com
64Dustin Ackley, SEA2B$15FanDuel.com
51Mark Teixeira, NYY1B$25FanDuel.com
49Michael Morse, SEAOF$17FanDuel.com
43Jacoby Ellsbury, BOSOF$31FanDuel.com
36Jered Weaver, LAAP$26FanDuel.com
32Fernando Rodney, TBP$18FanDuel.com
27Evan Longoria, TB3B$29FanDuel.com
9Jose Bautista, TOROF$29FanDuel.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
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
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
151Chris Iannetta, LAAC$7Fantasy Sports Empires.com
139Salvador Perez, KCC$20Fantasy Sports Empires.com
124Josh Willingham, MINOF$16Fantasy Sports Empires.com
114Trevor Plouffe, MIN3B$11Fantasy Sports Empires.com
112Ryan Dempster, BOSP$9Fantasy Sports Empires.com
96Jake Peavy, CHWP$18Fantasy Sports Empires.com
89Jurickson Profar, TEX2B$8Fantasy Sports Empires.com
82Alcides Escobar, KCSS$20Fantasy Sports Empires.com
79Eric Hosmer, KC1B$20Fantasy Sports Empires.com
57Brett Anderson, OAKP$19Fantasy Sports Empires.com
53Max Scherzer, DETP$23Fantasy Sports Empires.com
47Adam Jones, BALOF$29Fantasy Sports Empires.com
26Brett Lawrie, TOR3B$27Fantasy 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
240Wilson Betemit, BAL3B$6Mastersball.com
232Miguel Gonzalez, BALP$5Mastersball.com
220Josh Donaldson, OAK3B$1Mastersball.com
208Vernon Wells, LAAOF$1Mastersball.com
206Chris Archer, TBP$2Mastersball.com
185Justin Maxwell, HOUOF$9Mastersball.com
180Colby Rasmus, TOROF$13Mastersball.com
174Jeff Francoeur, KCOF$8Mastersball.com
172Jeff Niemann, TBP$4Mastersball.com
168Lorenzo Cain, KCOF$20Mastersball.com
166Drew Stubbs, CLEOF$14Mastersball.com
165Dan Straily, OAKP$6Mastersball.com
163John Jaso, OAKC$11Mastersball.com
145Glen Perkins, MINP$12Mastersball.com
136Anibal Sanchez, DETP$12Mastersball.com
123Mark Reynolds, CLE1B$10Mastersball.com
119Alexei Ramirez, CHWSS$15Mastersball.com
116Doug Fister, DETP$14Mastersball.com
85Hiroki Kuroda, NYYP$12Mastersball.com
80Carlos Santana, CLEC$20Mastersball.com
58Kelly Johnson, TB2B$8Mastersball.com
44Ian Kinsler, TEX2B$27Mastersball.com
6David Price, TBP$30Mastersball.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
242Jose Molina, TBC$2Patton & Co
233Chris Stewart, NYYC$2Patton & Co
225Wade Davis, KCP$3Patton & Co
224Ubaldo Jimenez, CLEP$3Patton & Co
219Raul Ibanez, SEAOF$4Patton & Co
214Seth Smith, OAKOF$5Patton & Co
213Jonny Gomes, BOSOF$6Patton & Co
212John Danks, CHWP$3Patton & Co
161Carlos Pena, HOU1B$4Patton & Co
146Kelvin Herrera, KCP$3Patton & Co
128Mike Moustakas, KC3B$21Patton & Co
120Paul Konerko, CHW1B$17Patton & Co
104Joel Hanrahan, BOSP$12Patton & Co
95Kendrys Morales, SEA1B$17Patton & Co
88Tom Wilhelmsen, SEAP$15Patton & Co
77C.J. Wilson, LAAP$16Patton & Co
37Michael Bourn, CLEOF$26Patton & Co
34Brian Roberts, BAL2B$3Patton & Co
23Chris Sale, CHWP$21Patton & Co
22Ryan Roberts, TB3B$2Patton & Co
18Elvis Andrus, TEXSS$21Patton & Co
16CC Sabathia, NYYP$24Patton & Co
12Josh Hamilton, LAAOF$30Patton & 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
221Fernando Martinez, HOUOF$4Razzball
216Felix Doubront, BOSP$3Razzball
209Brett Wallace, HOU1B$3Razzball
198Vance Worley, MINP$6Razzball
173Alex Rodriguez, NYY3B$3Razzball
167Jason Hammel, BALP$8Razzball
160Tommy Milone, OAKP$10Razzball
159Geovany Soto, TEXC$3Razzball
156Greg Holland, KCP$13Razzball
147Bud Norris, HOUP$4Razzball
137Jed Lowrie, OAKSS$8Razzball
127Jesus Montero, SEAC$15Razzball
122Ryan Cook, OAKP$3Razzball
109Adam Dunn, CHW1B$13Razzball
103Josh Reddick, OAKOF$19Razzball
84Austin Jackson, DETOF$24Razzball
76Howard Kendrick, LAA2B$19Razzball
54Manny Machado, BAL3B$15Razzball
52Matt Moore, TBP$18Razzball
46Omar Infante, DET2B$10Razzball
33Alex Gordon, KCOF$24Razzball
25Alejandro De Aza, CHWOF$17Razzball
4Jose Veras, HOUP$8Razzball
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
217Johnny Giavotella, KC2B$3RotoRob
205Mike Aviles, CLESS$3RotoRob
202Zach McAllister, CLEP$3RotoRob
199Rajai Davis, TOROF$7RotoRob
189Wei-Yin Chen, BALP$9RotoRob
182Dylan Bundy, BALP$3RotoRob
171Mitch Moreland, TEX1B$4RotoRob
164Chris Perez, CLEP$14RotoRob
157Jarrod Parker, OAKP$13RotoRob
152Kevin Youkilis, NYY3B$10RotoRob
150Ryan Doumit, MINC$16RotoRob
142David Murphy, TEXOF$16RotoRob
140Hisashi Iwakuma, SEAP$13RotoRob
138Jeff Keppinger, CHW3B$10RotoRob
121Matt Harrison, TEXP$8RotoRob
115Nick Swisher, CLEOF$17RotoRob
108Nelson Cruz, TEXOF$17RotoRob
105Peter Bourjos, LAAOF$13RotoRob
73Erasmo Ramirez, SEAP$7RotoRob
67Billy Butler, KC1B$27RotoRob
39Yu Darvish, TEXP$25RotoRob
30Alex Avila, DETC$11RotoRob
10Hiroyuki Nakajima, OAKSS$9RotoRob
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
266Craig Gentry, TEXOF$2Stats 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
226Alexi Casilla, BAL2B$1Stats LLC
195Justin Masterson, CLEP$3Stats LLC
186Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE3B$10Stats LLC
179Derek Holland, TEXP$7Stats LLC
176Addison Reed, CHWP$15Stats LLC
149Chris Carter, HOU1B$12Stats LLC
144Michael Saunders, SEAOF$11Stats LLC
132Brett Gardner, NYYOF$20Stats LLC
125Derek Norris, OAKC$3Stats LLC
100Grant Balfour, OAKP$13Stats LLC
94Erick Aybar, LAASS$18Stats LLC
90Matt Wieters, BALC$18Stats LLC
75Chris Davis, BALOF$20Stats LLC
62Leonys Martin, TEXOF$14Stats LLC
61Victor Martinez, DETDH$18Stats LLC
42Yoenis Cespedes, OAKOF$31Stats LLC
8Robinson Cano, NYY2B$36Stats LLC

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(8:09 pm ET) Pitcher Wandy Rodriguez is traveling to Philadelphia in order to take a physical, according to Phillies Spanish play-by-play man, Angel Castillo. 

If that physical goes well, Rodriguez is expected to sign with the club. The 35-year-old had knee surgery in June, but decided to pitch in winter ball in order to show major-league teams he had something left in the tank. Rodriguez posted a 6.75 ERA over 26 2/3 innings with the Pirates before he was shut down for the season. 


Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to return to Japan
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:05 pm ET) Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda will return to pitch in Japan next season, confirms CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. A Hiroshima newspaper was the first to have the report.

The 39-year-old Kuroda spent seven seasons in the United States. He posted a career 3.45 ERA over 1319 innings. After spending the first four seasons of his career with the Dodgers, Kuroda joined the Yankees. He remained with the organization for three seasons, but made sure his contract went year-to-year so that he could return to Japan when ready. Kuroda plans to continue his baseball career in Japan, and will pitch for the Hiroshima Carp next year. 


Report: Giants my look at Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:14 pm ET) The Giants may look into acquiring Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist, according to Gammons Daily. 

Gammons notes that several general managers believe the club will deal prospects to acquire the 33-year-old Zobrist. San Francisco is currently slated to start Joe Panik at second, but Zobrist can play multiple positions. It's unclear where the Giants would elect to use Zobrist the most. He hit .272/.354/.395 in 570 at-bats last season. Zobrist is entering the final year of his contract, and is due $7.5 million next season.


Report: Yankees have yet to be informed of Hiroki Kuroda's plans
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:57 pm ET) The Yankees have yet to be informed of pitcher Hiroki Kuroda's plans for next year, according to the New York Times.

A Hiroshima newspaper reported Kuroda will return to Japan next season, ending a seven-year run in the United States. The 39-year-old posted a 3.71 ERA over 199 innings with New York last season. Kuroda had signed one-year deals the past couple of offseasons so that he could return to Japan when ready.


1B Clint Robinson hooks up with Nationals
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:05 pm ET) The Nationals have signed first baseman Clint Robinson to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Robinson had been in the Dodgers organization. He compiled a strong .312/.401/.535 slash line at the Triple-A level a year ago.


Report: RHP Hiroki Kuroda heading back to Japan
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:58 pm ET) Veteran right-hander Hiroki Kuroda is heading back to Japan, thereby ending his career with the Yankees, per various reports.

Kuroda, who will be 40 years old in February, pitched seven seasons in the major leagues, including the last three in the Big Apple. He finished 2014 with an 11-9 record and 3.71 ERA.


Astros LHP Downs, IF Petit heading to Fresno
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:07 pm ET) The Astros have outrighted left-hander Darin Downs to Triple-A Fresno after having cleared waivers. 

The team has also announced that infielder Gregorio Petit has accepted an assignment to Fresno. He and Downs are set to join the squad in spring training.


Nationals taking chance on 2B Dan Uggla
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:48 am ET) Second baseman Dan Uggla, who has spent most of his recent years creating a breeze at the plate, has signed a minor league deal with the Nationals with a spring training invite.

Uggla received a career-low 141 at-bats last season with Atlanta and San Francisco. He compiled a disturbing slash line of .149/.229/.213 with 46 strikeouts. His batting average has fallen in each of the last four years.


Diamondbacks bring in LHP Dan Runzler
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:57 am ET) Left-hander Dan Runzler did not stick around in Japan for long. He spent the last two months of the 2014 season there, but is back in the states after signing a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks.

Runzler compiled a 3.30 ERA and fanned 53 in 46 1/3 innings at the Triple-A level for San Francisco last season before bolting to Japan.


RHP Juan Gutierrez remains with Giants
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:52 am ET) The Giants have re-signed right-hander Juan Gutierrez to a minor league contract. The deal likely includes an invitation to spring training, per Baseball America.

Gutierrez appeared in 61 games for San Francisco in 2014, compiling a 3.96 ERA and allowing 60 hits in 63 2/3 innings.


 
 
 
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