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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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(12:09 am ET) The Padres are "in touch" with the Phillies in an attempt to land pitcher Cole Hamels, FOX Sports reports.

The Padres have made plenty of upgrades across the roster since general manager A.J. Heller took over, and it's possible they don't have the ammunition to land the Philadelphia ace in a deal. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said last week that he didn't expect Hamels to be traded before the start of the season. Hamels went 9-9 with a 2.46 ERA and 198 strikeouts in 204 2/3 innings in 2014.


Report: Orioles sign Mark Hendrickson to minor-league deal
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(1/31/2015) The Orioles have signed Mark Hendrickson to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training, CSNBaltimore.com reports.

Hendrickson, who last pitched in the majors in 2011, spent 2014 with York of the independent Atlantic League, posting a 1.54 ERA and 34:11 K:BB ratio in 52 2/3 innings over 55 appearances.


Rangers' Matt Harrison expects to open season on 60-day DL
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(1/31/2015) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison said Saturday that he expects to open the season on the 60-day disabled list as he continues to recover from spinal fusion surgery, the Dallas Morning News reports.

"My job is to just get as healthy as I can and get myself right so I don’t have something happen like it did last year when I tried to come back," Harrison said. "I’m just going to focus on that and get ready to contribute whenever it may be."

Harrison is dealing with some stiffness in his right side, which will cause him to throw from a distance of 90 feet for a second consecutive week rather than progress to 105 feet. He hopes that he'll get his hips to rotate more and loosen up with more stretching and more throws from the 90-foot distance.


Report: Rays sign Ronald Belisario to minor-league deal
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(1/31/2015) The Rays have signed pitcher Ronald Belisario to a minor-league deal with an invitiation to spring training, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Belisaro made 62 appearances with the White Sox in 2014, posting a 4-8 record, 5.56 ERA and 47:18 K:BB ratio in 66 1/3 innings. He'll compete for a bullpen spot during the spring.


Dodgers SP Zack Greinke hasn't decided whether to opt out
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(1/31/2015) Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke said Saturday that he's yet to decide whether to opt out of his contract at the end of next season but added, "There's not really better options anywhere besides here," the Los Angeles Times reports.

Greinke is set to make $23 million in 2015, and he's due another $71 million over the following three seasons if he remains under his current contract. The Dodgers said earlier this offseason that they wouldn't discuss a contract extension with the pitcher during the winter.

Greinke went 17-8 with a 2.71 ERA and 207:43 K:BB ratio in 202 1/3 innings in 2014.


Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez hoping to bounce back in 2015
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(1/31/2015) Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez can't wait to get on the field and get past the 2014 season.

"I can’t wait," Jimenez said at Saturday’s FanFest event. "Whatever happened in 2014 is in the past. There's nothing I can do about it now. I can just look forward and now I’m going to do everything in spring training to get myself ready the best I can for the season and help the team."

Jimenez, who signed a four-year, $50 million deal with Baltimore in 2014, went 6-9 with a 4.81 ERA in 125 1/3 innings pitched. 

"It was pretty hard, coming in with a new team and signing a contract like that and not to do what everyone is expecting you to do, it’s hard," Jimenez said. "It’s hard not to be there for the team, but regardless what happened, I fought a lot. I think I was trying to find a way to survive to be there for the team and do whatever I can do the best. We got really far. I didn’t help a lot, but I tried to do whatever I could with whatever I had."


Royals' Alex Gordon plans to take it slow in recovery
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(1/31/2015) Royals outfielder Alex Gordon is still recovering from his wrist surgery this offseason and plans to take it slow in his rehab.

"We really don’t have a timetable," Gordon said. "We’re just going to see how it feels. Obviously, it’s spring training. So we don’t want to rush anything. If it feels good, we’ll be aggressive with it. But if it’s not feeling good, we’ll take it slow."

Manager Ned Yost wants to continue to take things slow with Gordon.
"We’ll just take it slow," Yost said. "We’ll see how he feels. We’ll play him one day. Then we’ll give him a day off. Play him another day, five or six innings, then give him a day off. We’ll just see how he’s doing."
Gordon hit .266 in 2014 with 19 home runs and 74 RBI.

Angels, Garrett Richards settle on $3.2 million for 2015
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(1/31/2015) The Angels and pitcher Garrett Richards have agreed to a contract for 2015 for $3.2 million, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Richards was asking for $3.8 million while the Angels offered $2.4 million. Richards posted a 13-4 record in 2014 with a 2.61 ERA and 164 strikeouts for Los Angeles.


Orioles' Manny Machado expects to be ready for spring training
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(1/31/2015) Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is progressing through his rehab and says he's "ready to roll" for the upcoming season.

"I have a lot of time to get ready. That is the key: having a regular offseason," Machado said Saturday. "Was doing my rehab in Sarasota and then went to Miami to do my regular weightlifting and get ready for the season. Been exciting. Looking forward to spring training."

Machado has taken part in baseball activities for the past few weeks since having surgery on Aug. 27 after tearing a ligament in his knee.

"It will be awesome," he said of the prospect of having a normal spring. "I'm dying to get back on the field. Spring training is key for a lot of players to get your at-bats and your reps. I think some take it for granted but it's a very big key for success for the year."

Machado hit .278 in 2014 with 12 home runs and 32 RBI for Baltimore.


Bud Norris remains without update for contract extension
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(1/31/2015) Orioles pitcher Bud Norris said Saturday nothing has changed between he and the organization for a new contract.

"I haven't heard anything of that," Norris said. "I don't see a reason why I'd want to leave, but that's out of my control."

Norris and the Orioles are preparing for arbitration, when Norris filed for $10.25 million and Baltimore offered $7.5 million. He went 15-8 with a 3.65 ERA and 139:52 K:BB ratio in 165 1/3 innings over 28 starts in 2014.


 
 
 
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