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

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(12/17/2014) The Athletics have released pitcher Jorge De Leon, according to SB Nation.

De Leon was designated for assignment by the club last week, and the team couldn't find a way to deal him. De Leon appeared in eight games last season, posting a 4.91 ERA over 7 1/3 innings. 


Report: Padres' Seth Smith popping up in trade talks
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) Padres outfielder Seth Smith has come up in trade talks recently, according to ESPN.

If the Matt Kemp and Wil Myers trades go through, the team would have a surplus in the outfield. On top of those two players, San Diego would also have Carlos Quentin, Will Venable, Cameron Maybin and Smith. The 32-year-old Smith hit .266/.367/.440 over 443 at-bats last year. 


D-Backs, David Hernandez avoid arbitration
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) The Diamondbacks have reached an agreement with David Hernandez on a contract, according to the azcentral.com.

Hernandez was eligible for arbitration, but settled on a $2 million salary figure for next season. The 29-year-old posted a missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.


Report: Three teams showing interest in Jake Peavy
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) The Marlins, Braves and Giants are showing interest in pitcher Jake Peavy, according to FoxSports.com.

The 33-year-old Peavy is coming off a season in which he posted a 3.73 ERA over 202 2/3 innings. Peavy had some issues in Boston, posting a 4.72 ERA to start the season, but settled in once he joined the Giants. With San Francisco, Peavy had a 2.17 ERA over 78 2/3 innings. The Marlins interest in Peavy is dependent on whether Dan Haren decides to pitch. If Haren comes back, the team would not have interest in Peavy.


 
 
 
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