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2013 Draft Prep: Standard Rotisserie auction

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Are you one of those owners who likes to spend freely on top-shelf talent? Then you would have fit right in with the 12 owners who took part in our recent mixed league Rotisserie auction.

The early nominations tend to set the tone for the rest of the auction, and that was certainly the case here. After the proceedings were kicked off with a $10 winning bid on Nationals' closer Rafael Soriano, the bidding got serious with four of the next five nominees (Miguel Cabrera, $45; Mike Trout, $44; Robinson Cano, $47; Ryan Braun, $45) netting more than $40. The aggressive bidding continued, as eight of the next 17 nominations drew winning bids of at least $30, and several others wound up in the upper 20s.

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With so much money spent early on, there were plenty of bargains to be found throughout much of the auction. While Craig Kimbrel required a $25 bid with the 16th nomination, no other projected closer went for more than $12. Similarly, potential aces like Matt Cain, Jered Weaver and R.A. Dickey went for $20 or less. Dustin Pedroia ($27), Ian Kinsler ($26), Evan Longoria ($26) and David Wright ($24) may not have technically been bargains, but they all cost far less than Cano or Cabrera. Judging by average draft position, Cano and Cabrera are the consensus top players at their respective positions, but given the gap between their prices and those of the other top second base and third base options, it might have made sense to refrain from heated bidding in the early going.

Then again, auctions can be unpredictable. While bidding on midrange first basemen typically topped out in the lower-to-mid teens, Billy Butler ($24) cost substantially more, even though Paul Goldschmidt, Freddie Freeman, Anthony Rizzo and Mark Teixeira were still on the board. When Rizzo went for $18, the impact of position scarcity appeared to be kicking in, but then Freeman was available for $13 just eight nominations later. Bidding on Joe Mauer also defied the general pattern, as he cost only $18 despite the healthy bidding that was taking place in the early going. And Josh Beckett for $22? That was the artifact of a motivated owner who was flush with funds after spending modestly early on.

Here's the roster of our mostly spend-happy bidders.

1. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
2. Peter Madden, Director, Fantasy Sports
3. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
4. Ed Gauna, Fantasy Writer
5. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
6. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
7. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
8. Igor Mello, Fantasy Writer
9. Adam Moore, Fantasy Writer
10. Bill Passonno, Fantasy Writer
11. Michael Hurcomb, Fantasy Editor
12. Adam Aizer, Fantasy Video/Podcast Host

And here's how the bids unfolded in descending order of value. If you want to see them ranked by winning owner or bid amount, you can resort them and relive the auction however you choose.

2013 Mixed Fantasy Auction Draft (sortable)
OrderPlayerPosPriceBid Won by
360Brandon McCarthy, ARIP$0Adam Moore
359Justin Maxwell, HOUOF$0Ed Gauna
358Will Venable, SDOF$0Peter Madden
357Drew Stubbs, CLEOF$0Adam Aizer
356Ervin Santana, KCP$0Jeff Tobin
355Travis Hafner, NYYDH$0Bill Passonno
354Gerrit Cole, PITP$0Michael Hurcomb
353Alex Rodriguez, NYY3B$0Nando DiFino
352Zack Cozart, CINSS$0Al Melchior
351Justin Masterson, CLEP$0Chris Towers
350Vernon Wells, LAAOF$0Igor Mello
349Vinnie Pestano, CLEP$0Scott White
348Brandon Beachy, ATLP$0Scott White
347Raul Ibanez, SEAOF$0Igor Mello
346Felix Doubront, BOSP$0Chris Towers
345Nolan Arenado, COL3B$0Al Melchior
344Dan Straily, OAKP$0Nando DiFino
343Sergio Santos, TORP$0Michael Hurcomb
342Yunel Escobar, TBSS$0Bill Passonno
341Oscar Taveras, STLOF$0Jeff Tobin
340Jeff Keppinger, CHW3B$0Adam Aizer
339Darin Mastroianni, MINOF$0Peter Madden
338Delmon Young, PHIOF$0Ed Gauna
337Mark Buehrle, TORP$0Adam Moore
336Gaby Sanchez, PIT1B$0Adam Moore
335A.J. Ellis, LADC$0Ed Gauna
334Kurt Suzuki, WASC$0Peter Madden
333Edwin Jackson, CHCP$0Adam Aizer
332Josh Donaldson, OAK3B$0Jeff Tobin
331Rick Porcello, DETP$0Bill Passonno
330Darin Ruf, PHIOF$0Michael Hurcomb
329Tyler Greene, HOU2B$0Nando DiFino
328Chris Parmelee, MIN1B$0Al Melchior
327Travis Snider, PITOF$0Chris Towers
326Gordon Beckham, CHW2B$0Igor Mello
325Adam Lind, TOR1B$0Scott White
324Erasmo Ramirez, SEAP$0Scott White
323Hiroyuki Nakajima, OAKSS$0Igor Mello
322Cody Ross, ARIOF$0Chris Towers
321Chris Carter, HOU1B$0Al Melchior
320Drew Smyly, DETP$0Nando DiFino
319Jeff Francoeur, KCOF$0Michael Hurcomb
318Lucas Duda, NYMOF$0Bill Passonno
317Jason Vargas, LAAP$0Jeff Tobin
316David Murphy, TEXOF$0Adam Aizer
315Kelly Johnson, TB2B$0Peter Madden
314Trevor Plouffe, MIN3B$0Ed Gauna
313Michael Brantley, CLEOF$0Adam Moore
312Matt Joyce, TBOF$0Adam Moore
311Mark Reynolds, CLE1B$0Ed Gauna
310Rajai Davis, TOROF$0Peter Madden
309Chris Tillman, BALP$0Adam Aizer
308Dylan Bundy, BALP$0Jeff Tobin
307Rob Brantly, MIAC$0Bill Passonno
306Yonder Alonso, SD1B$0Michael Hurcomb
305Tyler Colvin, COLOF$0Nando DiFino
304Justin Ruggiano, MIAOF$0Al Melchior
303Dillon Gee, NYMP$0Chris Towers
302Jason Hammel, BALP$0Igor Mello
301Ryan Vogelsong, SFP$0Scott White
300Lance Berkman, TEX1B$0Scott White
299Jurickson Profar, TEX2B$0Igor Mello
298Juan Pierre, MIAOF$0Chris Towers
297Aaron Hicks, MINOF$0Al Melchior
296Tommy Hanson, LAAP$0Nando DiFino
295Bobby Parnell, NYMP$0Michael Hurcomb
294Trevor Bauer, CLEP$0Bill Passonno
293Hisashi Iwakuma, SEAP$0Jeff Tobin
292Hyun-Jin Ryu, LADP$0Adam Aizer
291Wei-Yin Chen, BALP$0Peter Madden
290Mike Olt, TEX1B$0Ed Gauna
289Carlos Quentin, SDOF$0Adam Moore
288Jason Kubel, ARIOF$0Adam Moore
287Bruce Rondon, DETP$0Ed Gauna
286Jean Segura, MILSS$0Peter Madden
285Matt Harrison, TEXP$0Adam Aizer
284Coco Crisp, OAKOF$0Jeff Tobin
283Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE3B$0Bill Passonno
282Adam Dunn, CHW1B$0Michael Hurcomb
281Dayan Viciedo, CHWOF$0Nando DiFino
280Vance Worley, MINP$0Al Melchior
279Lorenzo Cain, KCOF$0Chris Towers
278Leonys Martin, TEXOF$0Igor Mello
277Angel Pagan, SFOF$0Scott White
276Zack Wheeler, NYMP$1Michael Hurcomb
275David Phelps, NYYP$1Michael Hurcomb
274Andy Pettitte, NYYP$2Adam Moore
273Starling Marte, PITOF$1Michael Hurcomb
272Wade Miley, ARIP$2Adam Moore
271Domonic Brown, PHIOF$1Michael Hurcomb
270Phil Hughes, NYYP$1Adam Moore
269Mitch Moreland, TEX1B$1Ed Gauna
268Jed Lowrie, OAKSS$1Michael Hurcomb
267Colby Rasmus, TOROF$1Adam Moore
266Jose Veras, HOUP$1Ed Gauna
265Brandon League, LADP$1Peter Madden
264Brandon Belt, SF1B$1Bill Passonno
263Michael Young, PHI1B$1Michael Hurcomb
262Colby Lewis, TEXP$1Al Melchior
261Travis d'Arnaud, NYMC$2Scott White
260Denard Span, WASOF$1Adam Moore
259Jayson Werth, WASOF$3Ed Gauna
258Casey Janssen, TORP$2Adam Aizer
257Trevor Cahill, ARIP$2Bill Passonno
256Daniel Murphy, NYM2B$1Bill Passonno
255Hunter Pence, SFOF$8Chris Towers
254Welington Castillo, CHCC$1Nando DiFino
253Homer Bailey, CINP$2Ed Gauna
252Stephen Drew, BOSSS$1Chris Towers
251John Jaso, OAKC$1Scott White
250Logan Morrison, MIAOF$2Chris Towers
249Adam LaRoche, WAS1B$4Igor Mello
248Clay Buchholz, BOSP$3Bill Passonno
247Chris Iannetta, LAAC$1Adam Aizer
246Brett Anderson, OAKP$11Bill Passonno
245Chris Perez, CLEP$3Scott White
244Josh Beckett, LADP$22Nando DiFino
243Shaun Marcum, NYMP$4Adam Moore
242Danny Espinosa, WAS2B$4Peter Madden
241Addison Reed, CHWP$4Igor Mello
240Yasmani Grandal, SDC$2Igor Mello
239Michael Cuddyer, COLOF$5Adam Moore
238Carlos Marmol, CHCP$3Scott White
237Erick Aybar, LAASS$2Scott White
236Alexi Ogando, TEXP$4Chris Towers
235Howard Kendrick, LAA2B$1Bill Passonno
234Justin Morneau, MIN1B$9Michael Hurcomb
233Rafael Betancourt, COLP$3Scott White
232Jason Grilli, PITP$5Al Melchior
231Ben Revere, PHIOF$2Bill Passonno
230Alex Avila, DETC$8Adam Aizer
229Russell Martin, PITC$4Bill Passonno
228Nick Swisher, CLEOF$1Adam Moore
227Carlos Beltran, STLOF$3Igor Mello
226A.J. Griffin, OAKP$5Peter Madden
225Alex Cobb, TBP$4Igor Mello
224Grant Balfour, OAKP$7Jeff Tobin
223Doug Fister, DETP$5Scott White
222Joel Hanrahan, BOSP$6Jeff Tobin
221John Axford, MILP$9Nando DiFino
220Michael Morse, SEAOF$1Al Melchior
219Alfonso Soriano, CHCOF$1Chris Towers
218J.P. Arencibia, TORC$6Michael Hurcomb
217Johan Santana, NYMP$3Jeff Tobin
216Chad Billingsley, LADP$4Ed Gauna
215Dexter Fowler, COLOF$4Igor Mello
214Asdrubal Cabrera, CLESS$10Adam Moore
213Ryan Ludwick, CINOF$3Adam Aizer
212Greg Holland, KCP$8Michael Hurcomb
211Andrelton Simmons, ATLSS$2Adam Aizer
210Austin Jackson, DETOF$13Bill Passonno
209Pedro Alvarez, PIT3B$3Nando DiFino
208J.J. Putz, ARIP$8Michael Hurcomb
207A.J. Burnett, PITP$4Chris Towers
206Jarrod Saltalamacchia, BOSC$4Jeff Tobin
205A.J. Pierzynski, TEXC$4Peter Madden
204Sergio Romo, SFP$7Igor Mello
203Alejandro De Aza, CHWOF$3Chris Towers
202Josh Reddick, OAKOF$4Peter Madden
201Marco Estrada, MILP$3Scott White
200Hiroki Kuroda, NYYP$6Adam Aizer
199Matt Garza, CHCP$2Ed Gauna
198Fernando Rodney, TBP$8Igor Mello
197Josh Rutledge, COLSS$9Igor Mello
196Emilio Bonifacio, TOROF$1Al Melchior
195Anibal Sanchez, DETP$7Jeff Tobin
194Alcides Escobar, KCSS$4Bill Passonno
193Tommy Milone, OAKP$1Scott White
192Ryan Dempster, BOSP$3Adam Moore
191Andre Ethier, LADOF$4Scott White
190Nelson Cruz, TEXOF$4Jeff Tobin
189Tim Lincecum, SFP$9Chris Towers
188Kendrys Morales, SEA1B$4Bill Passonno
187Dan Uggla, ATL2B$7Michael Hurcomb
186Carl Crawford, LADOF$4Bill Passonno
185Mike Moustakas, KC3B$7Nando DiFino
184Chris Davis, BALOF$4Nando DiFino
183Jonathon Niese, NYMP$5Chris Towers
182Chase Utley, PHI2B$8Peter Madden
181Tyler Flowers, CHWC$2Nando DiFino
180Brandon Morrow, TORP$9Al Melchior
179Torii Hunter, DETOF$2Ed Gauna
178Ichiro Suzuki, NYYOF$4Peter Madden
177Jaime Garcia, STLP$2Al Melchior
176Huston Street, SDP$7Nando DiFino
175Corey Hart, MIL1B$3Scott White
174Jake Peavy, CHWP$9Chris Towers
173Todd Frazier, CIN3B$5Nando DiFino
172Jon Jay, STLOF$3Jeff Tobin
171Jordan Zimmermann, WASP$14Michael Hurcomb
170David Freese, STL3B$7Igor Mello
169Tim Hudson, ATLP$3Jeff Tobin
168Joe Nathan, TEXP$12Adam Moore
167Tom Wilhelmsen, SEAP$9Adam Moore
166Desmond Jennings, TBOF$13Peter Madden
165Miguel Montero, ARIC$8Michael Hurcomb
164Norichika Aoki, MILOF$5Jeff Tobin
163Shane Victorino, BOSOF$7Al Melchior
162Neil Walker, PIT2B$3Adam Aizer
161Jon Lester, BOSP$13Nando DiFino
160Martin Prado, ARIOF$8Peter Madden
159Josh Johnson, TORP$12Igor Mello
158Manny Machado, BAL3B$4Igor Mello
157Ryan Madson, LAAP$3Adam Aizer
156Dustin Ackley, SEA2B$1Adam Moore
155Mariano Rivera, NYYP$10Adam Aizer
154Marco Scutaro, SF2B$5Al Melchior
153Jarrod Parker, OAKP$5Jeff Tobin
152Matt Moore, TBP$14Chris Towers
151Ian Kennedy, ARIP$8Ed Gauna
150Mat Latos, CINP$16Nando DiFino
149Roy Halladay, PHIP$13Nando DiFino
148Brandon Moss, OAK1B$1Al Melchior
147Brian McCann, ATLC$6Chris Towers
146Billy Hamilton, CINSS$1Igor Mello
145Ernesto Frieri, LAAP$2Peter Madden
144Alexei Ramirez, CHWSS$3Peter Madden
143Wil Myers, TBOF$5Scott White
142B.J. Upton, ATLOF$16Nando DiFino
141Alex Rios, CHWOF$14Michael Hurcomb
140Mark Trumbo, LAAOF$14Nando DiFino
139Jason Motte, STLP$11Adam Aizer
138Kenley Jansen, LADP$3Michael Hurcomb
137Ryan Zimmerman, WAS3B$26Michael Hurcomb
136Peter Bourjos, LAAOF$5Ed Gauna
135Jesus Montero, SEAC$7Bill Passonno
134Pablo Sandoval, SF3B$11Chris Towers
133Julio Teheran, ATLP$1Scott White
132Paul Konerko, CHW1B$6Peter Madden
131Kyle Seager, SEA3B$4Al Melchior
130Aroldis Chapman, CINP$14Michael Hurcomb
129Brett Gardner, NYYOF$6Adam Aizer
128Ryan Doumit, MINC$7Al Melchior
127Yovani Gallardo, MILP$14Michael Hurcomb
126Dan Haren, WASP$9Bill Passonno
125Jonathan Papelbon, PHIP$10Peter Madden
124Yu Darvish, TEXP$18Adam Aizer
123Gio Gonzalez, WASP$16Peter Madden
122C.J. Wilson, LAAP$10Igor Mello
121Matt Carpenter, STL1B$2Jeff Tobin
120Ryan Howard, PHI1B$9Adam Moore
119Jedd Gyorko, SD3B$3Adam Aizer
118Ike Davis, NYM1B$8Peter Madden
117Andrew Cashner, SDP$3Bill Passonno
116Jeremy Hellickson, TBP$7Peter Madden
115Aramis Ramirez, MIL3B$12Michael Hurcomb
114James Shields, KCP$14Al Melchior
113Jonathan Lucroy, MILC$7Al Melchior
112Shin-Soo Choo, CINOF$18Nando DiFino
111Matt Holliday, STLOF$17Michael Hurcomb
110J.J. Hardy, BALSS$7Jeff Tobin
109Ricky Romero, TORP$2Nando DiFino
108Freddie Freeman, ATL1B$13Chris Towers
107Michael Saunders, SEAOF$3Ed Gauna
106Eric Hosmer, KC1B$7Jeff Tobin
105Lance Lynn, STLP$10Peter Madden
104Everth Cabrera, SDSS$4Jeff Tobin
103Jim Johnson, BALP$7Peter Madden
102Michael Bourn, CLEOF$12Adam Aizer
101Adam Eaton, ARIOF$7Nando DiFino
100Anthony Rizzo, CHC1B$18Igor Mello
99Victor Martinez, DETDH$7Ed Gauna
98Paul Goldschmidt, ARI1B$13Bill Passonno
97Carlos Ruiz, PHIC$4Jeff Tobin
96Aaron Hill, ARI2B$12Ed Gauna
95Curtis Granderson, NYYOF$12Michael Hurcomb
94Madison Bumgarner, SFP$21Bill Passonno
93Alex Gordon, KCOF$12Scott White
92Mike Minor, ATLP$10Scott White
91Rickie Weeks, MIL2B$14Igor Mello
90Brandon Phillips, CIN2B$11Chris Towers
89Jason Kipnis, CLE2B$13Nando DiFino
88Elvis Andrus, TEXSS$14Ed Gauna
87Kyle Lohse, STLP$1Chris Towers
86Jimmy Rollins, PHISS$12Chris Towers
85Kyuji Fujikawa, CHCP$2Al Melchior
84Steve Cishek, MIAP$8Chris Towers
83Nick Markakis, BALOF$7Ed Gauna
82Felix Hernandez, SEAP$31Igor Mello
81Shelby Miller, STLP$4Igor Mello
80Carlos Gomez, MILOF$8Scott White
79Mark Teixeira, NYY1B$11Al Melchior
78Jered Weaver, LAAP$18Bill Passonno
77Matt Cain, SFP$20Adam Moore
76Wilin Rosario, COLC$13Ed Gauna
75Yadier Molina, STLC$16Adam Moore
74Chris Sale, CHWP$18Ed Gauna
73Billy Butler, KC1B$24Scott White
72Matt Wieters, BALC$16Igor Mello
71R.A. Dickey, TORP$17Scott White
70Carlos Gonzalez, COLOF$32Al Melchior
69James McDonald, PITP$1Adam Aizer
68Will Middlebrooks, BOS3B$11Jeff Tobin
67Evan Longoria, TB3B$26Bill Passonno
66Jason Heyward, ATLOF$25Chris Towers
65Adam Jones, BALOF$23Adam Aizer
64Justin Upton, ATLOF$27Bill Passonno
63Derek Jeter, NYYSS$7Nando DiFino
62Kevin Youkilis, NYY3B$5Adam Aizer
61Ben Zobrist, TBOF$23Scott White
60David Wright, NYM3B$24Ed Gauna
59Jeff Samardzija, CHCP$15Jeff Tobin
58Jacoby Ellsbury, BOSOF$22Bill Passonno
57Mike Fiers, MILP$3Al Melchior
56Max Scherzer, DETP$19Nando DiFino
55Adam Wainwright, STLP$18Jeff Tobin
54Adrian Gonzalez, LAD1B$26Chris Towers
53Joey Votto, CIN1B$35Adam Aizer
52Salvador Perez, KCC$14Ed Gauna
51Josh Willingham, MINOF$10Adam Moore
50Johnny Cueto, CINP$17Adam Aizer
49Chase Headley, SD3B$25Scott White
48Dustin Pedroia, BOS2B$27Jeff Tobin
47Brett Lawrie, TOR3B$14Scott White
46Jose Reyes, TORSS$29Nando DiFino
45Tyler Skaggs, ARIP$1Adam Aizer
44Jose Altuve, HOU2B$17Al Melchior
43Mike Napoli, BOSC$19Peter Madden
42Carlos Santana, CLEC$20Adam Moore
41Jonathan Broxton, CINP$6Nando DiFino
40Jay Bruce, CINOF$26Nando DiFino
39Kris Medlen, ATLP$15Igor Mello
38Matt Harvey, NYMP$10Bill Passonno
37Edwin Encarnacion, TOR1B$26Adam Aizer
36Starlin Castro, CHCSS$23Ed Gauna
35Prince Fielder, DET1B$29Jeff Tobin
34Josh Hamilton, LAAOF$26Peter Madden
33Joe Mauer, MINC$18Chris Towers
32Ian Desmond, WASSS$18Al Melchior
31Adrian Beltre, TEX3B$27Michael Hurcomb
30Cliff Lee, PHIP$22Peter Madden
29Glen Perkins, MINP$8Ed Gauna
28David Ortiz, BOSDH$14Al Melchior
27Allen Craig, STL1B$21Ed Gauna
26Cole Hamels, PHIP$24Michael Hurcomb
25Ian Kinsler, TEX2B$26Adam Aizer
24Buster Posey, SFC$28Adam Moore
23Giancarlo Stanton, MIAOF$37Igor Mello
22Matt Kemp, LADOF$38Adam Aizer
21David Price, TBP$29Al Melchior
20Yoenis Cespedes, OAKOF$29Jeff Tobin
19Cameron Maybin, SDOF$3Adam Moore
18Albert Pujols, LAA1B$37Peter Madden
17Troy Tulowitzki, COLSS$35Adam Moore
16Craig Kimbrel, ATLP$25Al Melchior
15Melky Cabrera, TOROF$16Igor Mello
14Zack Greinke, LADP$23Ed Gauna
13Jose Bautista, TOROF$30Igor Mello
12Justin Verlander, DETP$36Ed Gauna
11Bryce Harper, WASOF$27Chris Towers
10Stephen Strasburg, WASP$28Bill Passonno
9Clayton Kershaw, LADP$36Chris Towers
8Andrew McCutchen, PITOF$36Peter Madden
7CC Sabathia, NYYP$25Adam Moore
6Ryan Braun, MILOF$45Jeff Tobin
5Robinson Cano, NYY2B$47Scott White
4Hanley Ramirez, LAD3B$27Adam Moore
3Mike Trout, LAAOF$44Scott White
2Miguel Cabrera, DET3B$45Al Melchior
1Rafael Soriano, WASP$10Jeff Tobin

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by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:16 pm ET) Red Sox manager John Farrell said Tuesday that Boston remains in the mix to bring back starting pitcher Jon Lester, even though the Red Sox just agreed to big free-agent deals with Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez.

"Like everyone else in the free-agent market, that’s to be determined. He’s earned the right to get to this point in his career," Farrell said, per WEEI.com. "I’m sure there’s a lot of teams that have a lot of interest in him and deservedly so. Confident that we’re making every attempt internally here and the hope would be to get him back here. We’ll get a better read on that in the coming weeks. … We’re probably a quarter or a third of the way through the offseason so there’s time and a lot of options still available to us and it will be interesting to see what ends up on our roster."


Padres VP of scouting: Reports on Grandal 'were all good'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:09 pm ET) Padres vice president of scouting operations Don Welke said he heard good things about catcher Yasmani Grandal, who hit .328 with a .469 on-base percentage in the Dominican winter league. He also had seven doubles, two homers and 14 RBI in 19 games, while totaling 18 walks against 15 strikeouts.

"The reports were all good on Grandal," Welke said, per MLB.com. "He looked sharper offensively and defensively. You know he's doing good when quite a few teams express interest in him. I think he's got a chance to have a lot of impact."


 
 
 
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