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2014 Draft Prep: AL-only auction

Senior Fantasy Writer
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You may have heard it before, but it bears repeating: No two auctions are the same. How can they be? When every owner has a shot at every player, the civilities of turn order are lost.

The "appropriate time" to take a player has no meaning. It all boils down to who you like and for how much. Throw in variations in nomination order, which introduces the element of timing, and all predictability goes out the window.

With so many variables in play, sometimes you have to ditch your plan and adjust on the fly. Our recent AL-only auction demonstrated just that.

The format was standard -- traditional 5x5, 12 teams, 23 roster spots, with a seven-round reserve draft to follow. The participants were from all over the Internet. Guys we know. Guys we trust. Specifically, these guys ...

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1. Mike Kuchera, FanDuel.com
2. Keith Cromer, Patton & Co
3. Tim McLeod, RotoRob
4. Paul Sporer, Baseball Prospectus
5. Ryan Carey, Mastersball
6. Nando Di Fino, CBSSports.com
7. Derek Carty, DerekCarty.com
8. Dean Peterson, Stats LLC
9. Al Melchior, CBSSports.com
10. Jeff Boggis, Fantasy Sports Empire
11. Grey Albright, Razzball
12. Scott White, CBSSports.com

So what happened? Chalk it up to great minds thinking alike.

While the stars-and-scrubs approach is perfectly viable in a mixed league, where the scrubs aren't actually scrubs but low-dollar sleepers, the bottom of the AL-only player pool isn't nearly as forgiving, making a more balanced approach a more advisable one.

Except when everybody else is doing it.

Nobody wanted to extend themselves for the high-dollar players in this auction, causing just about all of them to go for less than I had projected. It started with the very first nominee, Mike Trout, who I was praying I could get for my projected $45, thinking it'd be worth it to keep me from overspending on batting average and stolen bases later (both seemed like they'd be in short supply). I got him for $43.

Robinson Cano then went for $5 less than I had projected. Jacoby Ellsbury for $3 less. Yu Darvish for $3 less. And so on.

I could have taken the discrepancy as a sign my projected values were flawed, but something didn't add up to me. Those dollars I had projected to go to those three (and others like them) still had to go somewhere, and if they weren't going to other elite players, they'd end up trickling down to the middle tiers, making some of that group even bigger reaches than the elites, relative to production.

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So I called an audible. I zigged while everyone else zagged, first by preempting a David Freese or Matt Dominguez type at third base (my original plan) by nabbing Manny Machado for $18, or $6 less than I had projected, and then by eschewing whichever of David Ortiz or Billy Butler slipped through the cracks (again, the original plan) by landing Chris Davis for $32, or $4 less than I had projected. Yes, the dollars were so out of whack that I considered one of my "bust" picks a value compared to what would soon follow. Is nothing sacred?

The showstopper was probably Dustin Pedroia for $24, a good $10 less than I had projected and a significant upgrade from Brian Dozier, who I had targeted for second base. Not long after that, Jose Altuve went for $25, validating my concerns about the middle tiers. While Carlos Santana went for $19, Salvador Perez went for $23. While David Ortiz went for $22, so did Norichika Aoki and Carlos Beltran.

In what world is that justified?

Granted, in every auction, you'll find a handful of players who go for too much or too little as a result of poor timing, but when a pattern develops that could drastically change the distribution of dollars the rest of the way, you have to anticipate it.

My approach to this one wasn't even close to the way I had made out my budget beforehand, but I think it delivered a better overall team. Not because the original plan was flawed, but because the original plan, with this particular group, wouldn't have been feasible.

A few other observations ...

• My biggest regret: Spending $12 on Jose Quintana. He's a fine pitcher and probably worth $12 in a vacuum, but my bid on him came at a point in the auction when the dollars were still flowing. A couple rounds later, I could have Justin Masterson or C.J. Wilson for about the same price, and both have higher ceilings.

• My greatest triumph (other than the audible): I liked landing Jed Lowrie for $13, particularly where I did. Guarding against injury is one thing, but I get the sense some experts are only willing to see the downside with him. They wound up spending $15 on Alcides Escobar and Erick Aybar soon afterward.

• The unsigned players -- most notably, Nelson Cruz, Ervin Santana and Kendrys Morales -- went for significantly less than projected, but that's because they're useless in this league if they end up signing with NL teams. Drafting them is a gamble.

• Closers. In league-specific formats, don't expect to get one for cheap. The Astros situation is one thing, but among the 14 with the inside track on a job, none went for less than $13.

The rest you can see for yourself. Apart from the bids being too bunched in the middle, preventing extreme highs and lows, I'd say it's a fine representation of what the AL player pool has to offer.

Position by Position
Catchers
Order Player Price
11 Joe Mauer, MIN $24
47 Salvador Perez, KC $23
2 Brian McCann, NYY $21
23 Carlos Santana, CLE $19
35 Matt Wieters, BAL $16
50 Yan Gomes, CLE $16
58 Jason Castro, HOU $15
82 A.J. Pierzynski, BOS $12
75 Mike Zunino, SEA $11
128 Dioner Navarro, TOR $10
94 Alex Avila, DET $9
84 Geovany Soto, TEX $8
97 Derek Norris, OAK $8
26 John Jaso, OAK $7
106 Kurt Suzuki, MIN $5
218 Hank Conger, LAA $3
221 Chris Iannetta, LAA $3
240 Josmil Pinto, MIN $3
249 J.P. Arencibia, TEX $2
250 Stephen Vogt, OAK $2
229 Ryan Hanigan, TB $1
231 Tyler Flowers, CHW $1
237 Josh Phegley, CHW $1
268 John Buck, SEA $1
First Basemen
Order Player Price
16 Prince Fielder, TEX $33
28 Chris Davis, BAL $32
29 Albert Pujols, LAA $30
33 Edwin Encarnacion, TOR $30
18 Eric Hosmer, KC $29
24 Jose Abreu, CHW $21
59 Mike Napoli, BOS $19
117 Brandon Moss, OAK $18
119 Mark Teixeira, NYY $18
102 Corey Hart, SEA $16
107 Adam Lind, TOR $16
127 Nick Swisher, CLE $16
129 Chris Carter, HOU $15
38 Mitch Moreland, TEX $11
178 Justin Smoak, SEA $11
141 Logan Morrison, SEA $10
139 James Loney, TB $9
166 Adam Dunn, CHW $8
122 Kendrys Morales, SEA $5
246 Paul Konerko, CHW $1
262 Jon Singleton, HOU $1
Second Basemen
Order Player Price
3 Robinson Cano, SEA $34
13 Jason Kipnis, CLE $26
52 Jose Altuve, HOU $25
42 Dustin Pedroia, BOS $24
78 Ian Kinsler, DET $23
48 Ben Zobrist, TB $22
57 Jurickson Profar, TEX $17
72 Brian Dozier, MIN $17
161 Howie Kendrick, LAA $9
163 Omar Infante, KC $9
186 Gordon Beckham, CHW $5
180 Jemile Weeks, BAL $3
184 Ryan Flaherty, BAL $3
190 Brian Roberts, NYY $3
192 Nick Franklin, SEA $2
201 Jonathan Schoop, BAL $2
252 Maicer Izturis, TOR $1
255 Ryan Goins, TOR $1
Third Basemen
Order Player Price
4 Miguel Cabrera, DET $43
27 Adrian Beltre, TEX $31
30 Evan Longoria, TB $29
46 Josh Donaldson, OAK $25
45 Brett Lawrie, TOR $21
100 Kyle Seager, SEA $19
14 Manny Machado, BAL $18
92 Will Middlebrooks, BOS $16
87 Xander Bogaerts, BOS $15
145 Mike Moustakas, KC $12
133 David Freese, LAA $11
197 Matt Dominguez, HOU $6
183 Matt Davidson, CHW $4
196 Mike Aviles, CLE $3
210 Trevor Plouffe, MIN $3
227 Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE $2
234 Miguel Sano, MIN $2
233 Marcus Semien, CHW $1
248 Alberto Callaspo, OAK $1
Shortstops
Order Player Price
41 Jose Reyes, TOR $29
70 Elvis Andrus, TEX $29
60 Brad Miller, SEA $19
67 Jonathan Villar, HOU $17
151 J.J. Hardy, BAL $16
169 Alcides Escobar, KC $15
173 Erick Aybar, LAA $15
125 Asdrubal Cabrera, CLE $14
134 Alexei Ramirez, CHW $14
153 Jed Lowrie, OAK $13
53 Jose Iglesias, DET $7
162 Derek Jeter, NYY $6
152 Yunel Escobar, TB $4
219 Stephen Drew, BOS $3
230 Eduardo Nunez, NYY $1
253 Francisco Lindor, CLE $1
269 Pedro Florimon, MIN $1
Outfielders
Order Player Price
1 Mike Trout, LAA $43
5 Jacoby Ellsbury, NYY $34
40 Adam Jones, BAL $34
17 Jose Bautista, TOR $27
21 Alex Rios, TEX $27
34 Shin-Soo Choo, TEX $27
77 Wil Myers, TB $27
25 Josh Hamilton, LAA $25
66 Alex Gordon, KC $25
65 Yoenis Cespedes, OAK $24
76 Leonys Martin, TEX $23
43 Carlos Beltran, NYY $22
55 Norichika Aoki, KC $22
88 Desmond Jennings, TB $21
73 Coco Crisp, OAK $20
79 Shane Victorino, BOS $20
63 Alfonso Soriano, NYY $19
81 Kole Calhoun, LAA $19
54 George Springer, HOU $18
89 Brett Gardner, NYY $18
109 Austin Jackson, DET $18
148 Oswaldo Arcia, MIN $18
155 Josh Reddick, OAK $18
71 Michael Bourn, CLE $17
143 Adam Eaton, CHW $17
36 Avisail Garcia, CHW $16
85 Torii Hunter, DET $15
90 Nelson Cruz, TEX $15
113 Alejandro De Aza, CHW $15
126 Colby Rasmus, TOR $14
138 Michael Brantley, CLE $12
142 Dexter Fowler, HOU $11
174 Nick Castellanos, DET $11
131 Lorenzo Cain, KC $10
135 Nick Markakis, BAL $10
185 Kelly Johnson, NYY $10
108 Dustin Ackley, SEA $9
114 Melky Cabrera, TOR $9
158 Dayan Viciedo, CHW $9
159 Josh Willingham, MIN $9
140 Matt Joyce, TB $6
132 David Murphy, CLE $5
206 Jackie Bradley, BOS $5
150 Ichiro Suzuki, NYY $4
171 Michael Saunders, SEA $4
193 Daniel Nava, BOS $3
215 Rajai Davis, DET $3
198 Raul Ibanez, LAA $2
207 Craig Gentry, OAK $2
209 Robbie Grossman, HOU $2
220 Delmon Young, BAL $2
224 Jesus Guzman, HOU $2
156 L.J. Hoes, HOU $1
236 David Lough, BAL $1
239 Abraham Almonte, SEA $1
243 David DeJesus, TB $1
245 Grady Sizemore, BOS $1
254 Jason Kubel, MIN $1
257 Andy Dirks, DET $1
259 Jeff Francoeur, CLE $1
260 Alex Presley, MIN $1
263 Jonny Gomes, BOS $1
267 Michael Choice, TEX $1
271 Aaron Hicks, MIN $1
276 Ryan Raburn, CLE $1
Designated Hitters
Order Player Price
22 David Ortiz, BOS $22
123 Billy Butler, KC $19
116 Victor Martinez, DET $14
213 Henry Urrutia, BAL $3
Pitchers
Order Player Price
6 Yu Darvish, TEX $32
49 Max Scherzer, DET $29
31 Chris Sale, CHW $27
7 Felix Hernandez, SEA $26
10 Justin Verlander, DET $26
39 David Price, TB $23
8 Masahiro Tanaka, NYY $21
37 Jered Weaver, LAA $21
80 James Shields, KC $21
15 Greg Holland, KC $19
51 Koji Uehara, BOS $19
61 Anibal Sanchez, DET $19
74 Glen Perkins, MIN $19
9 Danny Salazar, CLE $18
64 Alex Cobb, TB $18
69 David Robertson, NYY $18
91 Jim Johnson, OAK $18
19 Joe Nathan, DET $17
93 Neftali Feliz, TEX $17
99 Fernando Rodney, SEA $17
120 Matt Moore, TB $17
20 Ernesto Frieri, LAA $16
32 R.A. Dickey, TOR $16
83 Hisashi Iwakuma, SEA $16
86 Casey Janssen, TOR $16
95 Jon Lester, BOS $16
101 Corey Kluber, CLE $16
110 Grant Balfour, TB $16
56 Sonny Gray, OAK $15
103 A.J. Griffin, OAK $15
146 Taijuan Walker, SEA $15
44 CC Sabathia, NYY $14
62 John Axford, CLE $14
111 Nate Jones, CHW $14
96 Tommy Hunter, BAL $13
98 Ubaldo Jimenez, CLE $13
121 Hiroki Kuroda, NYY $13
68 Scott Kazmir, OAK $12
112 Drew Smyly, DET $12
115 Jose Quintana, CHW $12
144 Justin Masterson, CLE $12
105 Michael Pineda, NYY $11
149 Dan Straily, OAK $11
154 Ivan Nova, NYY $11
181 Chris Tillman, BAL $11
124 Clay Buchholz, BOS $10
147 C.J. Wilson, LAA $10
164 Rick Porcello, DET $10
175 Chris Archer, TB $10
157 John Lackey, BOS $9
191 Felix Doubront, BOS $9
118 Josh Fields, HOU $8
170 Jake Peavy, BOS $8
182 Jarrod Parker, OAK $8
136 Phil Hughes, MIN $6
199 Matt Harrison, TEX $6
12 Miguel Gonzalez, BAL $5
104 Mark Buehrle, TOR $5
130 Jesse Crain, HOU $5
137 Ervin Santana, KC $5
172 Yordano Ventura, KC $5
208 Hector Santiago, LAA $5
211 Cody Allen, CLE $5
160 Chad Qualls, HOU $4
176 Garrett Richards, LAA $4
177 Derek Holland, TEX $4
205 Alexi Ogando, TEX $4
222 Erik Johnson, CHW $4
232 David Phelps, NYY $4
167 Tyler Skaggs, LAA $3
187 Erasmo Ramirez, SEA $3
194 Wei-Yin Chen, BAL $3
195 Martin Perez, TEX $3
223 Brandon Morrow, TOR $3
228 Colby Lewis, TEX $3
238 Danny Farquhar, SEA $3
168 Trevor Bauer, CLE $2
179 Ricky Nolasco, MIN $2
188 Brad Peacock, HOU $2
189 Bud Norris, BAL $2
202 Jason Vargas, KC $2
203 Joakim Soria, TEX $2
204 Zach McAllister, CLE $2
212 Felipe Paulino, CHW $2
214 Kevin Gausman, BAL $2
216 Jake Odorizzi, TB $2
225 James Paxton, SEA $2
165 Scott Baker, SEA $1
200 Carlos Carrasco, CLE $1
217 Danny Duffy, KC $1
226 Luke Gregerson, OAK $1
235 Sergio Santos, TOR $1
241 Jeremy Hellickson, TB $1
242 John Danks, CHW $1
244 Jarred Cosart, HOU $1
247 Joe Smith, LAA $1
251 Brett Oberholtzer, HOU $1
256 Marcus Stroman, TOR $1
258 Dane De La Rosa, LAA $1
261 Jeremy Guthrie, KC $1
264 Brandon Workman, BOS $1
265 Scott Feldman, HOU $1
266 Bruce Chen, KC $1
270 Heath Bell, TB $1
272 Edward Mujica, BOS $1
273 Luke Hochevar, KC $1
274 Neal Cotts, TEX $1
275 Jake McGee, TB $1
Reserve Draft
Pick Player
1 Anthony Gose, OF, TOR
2 Brett Wallace, 1B, HOU
3 Addison Russell, SS, OAK
4 Mike Carp, OF, BOS
5 Shaun Marcum, P, CLE
6 Leury Garcia, 2B, CHW
7 Nolan Reimold, DH, BAL
8 Byron Buxton, OF, MIN
9 Robbie Ross, P, TEX
10 Brett Cecil, P, TOR
11 Erik Bedard, P, HOU
12 Max Stassi, C, HOU
13 Darren O'Day, P, BAL
14 Tanner Scheppers, P, TEX
15 Travis Hafner, DH, NYY
16 David Cooper, 1B, CLE
17 Grant Green, 2B, LAA
18 Sean Doolittle, P, OAK
19 Drew Pomeranz, P, OAK
20 Jeff Keppinger, 2B, CHW
21 Bruce Rondon, P, DET
22 Kyle Zimmer, P, KC
23 Eric Sogard, 2B, OAK
24 Justin Maxwell, OF, KC
25 Al Alburquerque, P, DET
26 Jarrod Dyson, OF, KC
27 Daniel Webb, P, CHW
28 Logan Forsythe, 2B, TB
29 Tommy Milone, P, OAK
30 Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B, DET
31 Alex Meyer, P, MIN
32 Kevin Correia, P, MIN
33 Domingo Santana, OF, HOU
34 Tommy Hanson, P, TEX
35 Ryan Cook, P, OAK
36 Jesus Montero, C, SEA
37 Matt Albers, P, HOU
38 Kyle Gibson, P, MIN
39 Scott Sizemore, 2B, NYY
40 J.A. Happ, P, TOR
41 Zach Britton, P, BAL
42 Joel Peralta, P, TB
43 Francisco Peguero, OF, BAL
44 Nate Freiman, 1B, OAK
45 Rubby De La Rosa, P, BOS
46 Drew Hutchison, P, TOR
47 Moises Sierra, OF, TOR
48 Engel Beltre, OF, TEX
49 Alfredo Aceves, P, BAL
50 Kelvin Herrera, P, KC
51 Jesus Aguilar, 1B, CLE
52 Marc Krauss, OF, HOU
53 Eduardo Escobar, SS, MIN
54 Jerome Williams, P, HOU
55 Dylan Bundy, P, BAL
56 Ronald Belisario, P, CHW
57 Danny Valencia, DH, KC
58 Vance Worley, P, MIN
59 Johan Santana, P, n/a
60 Japhet Amador, 1B, HOU
61 Garin Cecchini, 3B, BOS
62 J.D. Martinez, OF, HOU
63 Vernon Wells, OF, NYY
64 Josh Tomlin, P, CLE
65 Chia-Jen Lo, P, HOU
66 Tyler Colvin, OF, n/a
67 Wade Davis, P, KC
68 Danny Hultzen, P, SEA
69 Steve Delabar, P, TOR
70 Suk-min Yoon, P, BAL
71 Elliot Johnson, 2B, CLE
72 Samuel Deduno, P, MIN
73 Ramon Hernandez, C, KC
74 Tom Wilhelmsen, P, SEA
75 Junichi Tazawa, P, BOS
76 Allen Webster, P, BOS
77 David Ross, C, BOS
78 Jeremy Jeffress, P, TOR
79 Mark Appel, P, HOU
80 Daric Barton, 1B, OAK
81 Vinnie Pestano, P, CLE
82 Christopher Amador, 2B, CHW
83 Mike Pelfrey, P, MIN
84 Kyle Drabek, P, TOR
 
Team by Team
Baseball Prospectus
Player Pos. Price
Brian McCann, NYY C $21
Ryan Hanigan, TB C $1
Edwin Encarnacion, TOR 1B $30
Brandon Moss, OAK 1B $18
Jon Singleton, HOU 1B $1
Ryan Flaherty, BAL 2B $3
Logan Forsythe, TB 2B
Xander Bogaerts, BOS 3B $15
Alberto Callaspo, OAK 3B $1
Asdrubal Cabrera, CLE SS $14
Wil Myers, TB OF $27
Alfonso Soriano, NYY OF $19
David Murphy, CLE OF $5
Abraham Almonte, SEA OF $1
Michael Choice, TEX OF $1
Marc Krauss, HOU OF
Mike Carp, BOS OF
Justin Verlander, DET P $26
Greg Holland, KC P $19
Anibal Sanchez, DET P $19
Corey Kluber, CLE P $16
Ivan Nova, NYY P $11
Phil Hughes, MIN P $6
Chad Qualls, HOU P $4
Marcus Stroman, TOR P $1
Edward Mujica, BOS P $1
Allen Webster, BOS P
Steve Delabar, TOR P
Rubby De La Rosa, BOS P
Bruce Rondon, DET P
DerekCarty.com
Player Pos. Price
Joe Mauer, MIN C $24
Chris Iannetta, LAA C $3
Mitch Moreland, TEX 1B $11
Omar Infante, KC 2B $9
Jemile Weeks, BAL 2B $3
Trevor Plouffe, MIN 3B $3
Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE 3B $2
Stephen Drew, BOS SS $3
Jose Bautista, TOR OF $27
Carlos Beltran, NYY OF $22
Coco Crisp, OAK OF $20
Torii Hunter, DET OF $15
Melky Cabrera, TOR OF $9
Tyler Colvin OF
David Ortiz, BOS DH $22
Nolan Reimold, BAL DH
Felix Hernandez, SEA P $26
Jered Weaver, LAA P $21
Joe Nathan, DET P $17
Jake Peavy, BOS P $8
Alexi Ogando, TEX P $4
David Phelps, NYY P $4
Colby Lewis, TEX P $3
Zach McAllister, CLE P $2
Felipe Paulino, CHW P $2
Mark Appel, HOU P
Dylan Bundy, BAL P
Joel Peralta, TB P
Alex Meyer, MIN P
Sean Doolittle, OAK P
Nando Di Fino
Player Pos. Price
Tyler Flowers, CHW C $1
John Buck, SEA C $1
Justin Smoak, SEA 1B $11
Jurickson Profar, TEX 2B $17
Brian Roberts, NYY 2B $3
Stephen Lombardozzi, DET 2B
Leury Garcia, CHW 2B
Adrian Beltre, TEX 3B $31
Matt Dominguez, HOU 3B $6
Miguel Sano, MIN 3B $2
J.J. Hardy, BAL SS $16
Shin-Soo Choo, TEX OF $27
Josh Hamilton, LAA OF $25
Leonys Martin, TEX OF $23
Andy Dirks, DET OF $1
Jonny Gomes, BOS OF $1
Francisco Peguero, BAL OF
David Price, TB P $23
Alex Cobb, TB P $18
Tommy Hunter, BAL P $13
Hiroki Kuroda, NYY P $13
Clay Buchholz, BOS P $10
Chris Archer, TB P $10
Ervin Santana, KC P $5
Joakim Soria, TEX P $2
Jeremy Hellickson, TB P $1
Jeremy Jeffress, TOR P
Wade Davis, KC P
Jerome Williams, HOU P
Drew Pomeranz, OAK P
FanDuel.com
Player Pos. Price
Carlos Santana, CLE C $19
Derek Norris, OAK C $8
Ramon Hernandez, KC C
Albert Pujols, LAA 1B $30
Adam Dunn, CHW 1B $8
Jose Altuve, HOU 2B $25
Mike Moustakas, KC 3B $12
Elvis Andrus, TEX SS $29
Alcides Escobar, KC SS $15
Nelson Cruz, TEX OF $15
David Lough, BAL OF $1
Grady Sizemore, BOS OF $1
Jason Kubel, MIN OF $1
Alex Presley, MIN OF $1
Aaron Hicks, MIN OF $1
Engel Beltre, TEX OF
Justin Maxwell, KC OF
Anthony Gose, TOR OF
James Shields, KC P $21
Glen Perkins, MIN P $19
R.A. Dickey, TOR P $16
Hisashi Iwakuma, SEA P $16
A.J. Griffin, OAK P $15
Derek Holland, TEX P $4
Luke Gregerson, OAK P $1
Bruce Chen, KC P $1
Neal Cotts, TEX P $1
Samuel Deduno, MIN P
Alfredo Aceves, BAL P
Al Alburquerque, DET P
Fantasy Sports Empire
Player Pos. Price
Salvador Perez, KC C $23
Jason Castro, HOU C $15
Eric Hosmer, KC 1B $29
Brian Dozier, MIN 2B $17
Maicer Izturis, TOR 2B $1
Christopher Amador, CHW 2B
Scott Sizemore, NYY 2B
Josh Donaldson, OAK 3B $25
Jonathan Villar, HOU SS $17
Derek Jeter, NYY SS $6
Adam Jones, BAL OF $34
Raul Ibanez, LAA OF $2
Jesus Guzman, HOU OF $2
David DeJesus, TB OF $1
Jeff Francoeur, CLE OF $1
Ryan Raburn, CLE OF $1
Vernon Wells, NYY OF
Travis Hafner, NYY DH
David Robertson, NYY P $18
Matt Moore, TB P $17
Ernesto Frieri, LAA P $16
Jon Lester, BOS P $16
Taijuan Walker, SEA P $15
Scott Feldman, HOU P $1
Heath Bell, TB P $1
Luke Hochevar, KC P $1
Jake McGee, TB P $1
Vance Worley, MIN P
Tommy Hanson, TEX P
Brett Cecil, TOR P
Mastersball
Player Pos. Price
A.J. Pierzynski, BOS C $12
J.P. Arencibia, TEX C $2
David Ross, BOS C
Mike Napoli, BOS 1B $19
Nate Freiman, OAK 1B
Ian Kinsler, DET 2B $23
Jonathan Schoop, BAL 2B $2
Jeff Keppinger, CHW 2B
David Freese, LAA 3B $11
Matt Davidson, CHW 3B $4
Eduardo Nunez, NYY SS $1
Eduardo Escobar, MIN SS
Jacoby Ellsbury, NYY OF $34
Norichika Aoki, KC OF $22
Avisail Garcia, CHW OF $16
Kelly Johnson, NYY OF $10
Matt Joyce, TB OF $6
Robbie Grossman, HOU OF $2
Chris Sale, CHW P $27
Koji Uehara, BOS P $19
Drew Smyly, DET P $12
Dan Straily, OAK P $11
Jarrod Parker, OAK P $8
Jesse Crain, HOU P $5
Hector Santiago, LAA P $5
Cody Allen, CLE P $5
Garrett Richards, LAA P $4
Danny Hultzen, SEA P
Tommy Milone, OAK P
Shaun Marcum, CLE P
Al Melchior
Player Pos. Price
Yan Gomes, CLE C $16
Stephen Vogt, OAK C $2
Logan Morrison, SEA 1B $10
David Cooper, CLE 1B
Robinson Cano, SEA 2B $34
Evan Longoria, TB 3B $29
Marcus Semien, CHW 3B $1
Yunel Escobar, TB SS $4
Pedro Florimon, MIN SS $1
George Springer, HOU OF $18
Austin Jackson, DET OF $18
Dexter Fowler, HOU OF $11
Lorenzo Cain, KC OF $10
Josh Willingham, MIN OF $9
Domingo Santana, HOU OF
Billy Butler, KC DH $19
Danny Valencia, KC DH
Yu Darvish, TEX P $32
Sonny Gray, OAK P $15
John Axford, CLE P $14
Scott Kazmir, OAK P $12
Scott Baker, SEA P $1
John Danks, CHW P $1
Brett Oberholtzer, HOU P $1
Dane De La Rosa, LAA P $1
Brandon Workman, BOS P $1
Vinnie Pestano, CLE P
Josh Tomlin, CLE P
J.A. Happ, TOR P
Robbie Ross, TEX P
Patton & Co
Player Pos. Price
John Jaso, OAK C $7
Josh Phegley, CHW C $1
Mark Teixeira, NYY 1B $18
Paul Konerko, CHW 1B $1
Brett Wallace, HOU 1B
Ben Zobrist, TB 2B $22
Ryan Goins, TOR 2B $1
Elliot Johnson, CLE 2B
Eric Sogard, OAK 2B
Miguel Cabrera, DET 3B $43
Jose Reyes, TOR SS $29
Alex Gordon, KC OF $25
Desmond Jennings, TB OF $21
Brett Gardner, NYY OF $18
Rajai Davis, DET OF $3
Craig Gentry, OAK OF $2
Delmon Young, BAL OF $2
Moises Sierra, TOR OF
Jarrod Dyson, KC OF
Masahiro Tanaka, NYY P $21
Fernando Rodney, SEA P $17
CC Sabathia, NYY P $14
Miguel Gonzalez, BAL P $5
Brandon Morrow, TOR P $3
Bud Norris, BAL P $2
Jason Vargas, KC P $2
James Paxton, SEA P $2
Jeremy Guthrie, KC P $1
Tom Wilhelmsen, SEA P
Kelvin Herrera, KC P
Razzball
Player Pos. Price
Matt Wieters, BAL C $16
Kurt Suzuki, MIN C $5
Nick Swisher, CLE 1B $16
Chris Carter, HOU 1B $15
Will Middlebrooks, BOS 3B $16
Brad Miller, SEA SS $19
Alexei Ramirez, CHW SS $14
Jose Iglesias, DET SS $7
Josh Reddick, OAK OF $18
Alejandro De Aza, CHW OF $15
Michael Brantley, CLE OF $12
Nick Markakis, BAL OF $10
Dustin Ackley, SEA OF $9
J.D. Martinez, HOU OF
Victor Martinez, DET DH $14
Nate Jones, CHW P $14
Justin Masterson, CLE P $12
C.J. Wilson, LAA P $10
Rick Porcello, DET P $10
Felix Doubront, BOS P $9
Josh Fields, HOU P $8
Mark Buehrle, TOR P $5
Tyler Skaggs, LAA P $3
Erasmo Ramirez, SEA P $3
Mike Pelfrey, MIN P
Johan Santana P
Kyle Gibson, MIN P
Ryan Cook, OAK P
Tanner Scheppers, TEX P
Erik Bedard, HOU P
RotoRob
Player Pos. Price
Dioner Navarro, TOR C $10
Hank Conger, LAA C $3
Prince Fielder, TEX 1B $33
James Loney, TB 1B $9
Jesus Aguilar, CLE 1B
Jason Kipnis, CLE 2B $26
Howie Kendrick, LAA 2B $9
Kyle Seager, SEA 3B $19
Mike Aviles, CLE 3B $3
Addison Russell, OAK SS
Shane Victorino, BOS OF $20
Kole Calhoun, LAA OF $19
Oswaldo Arcia, MIN OF $18
Jackie Bradley, BOS OF $5
Ichiro Suzuki, NYY OF $4
Henry Urrutia, BAL DH $3
Max Scherzer, DET P $29
Danny Salazar, CLE P $18
Neftali Feliz, TEX P $17
Yordano Ventura, KC P $5
Wei-Yin Chen, BAL P $3
Danny Farquhar, SEA P $3
Kevin Gausman, BAL P $2
Danny Duffy, KC P $1
Joe Smith, LAA P $1
Junichi Tazawa, BOS P
Suk-min Yoon, BAL P
Drew Hutchison, TOR P
Daniel Webb, CHW P
Kyle Zimmer, KC P
Stats LLC
Player Pos. Price
Mike Zunino, SEA C $11
Alex Avila, DET C $9
Corey Hart, SEA 1B $16
Adam Lind, TOR 1B $16
Daric Barton, OAK 1B
Gordon Beckham, CHW 2B $5
Nick Franklin, SEA 2B $2
Grant Green, LAA 2B
Brett Lawrie, TOR 3B $21
Erick Aybar, LAA SS $15
Alex Rios, TEX OF $27
Yoenis Cespedes, OAK OF $24
Michael Bourn, CLE OF $17
Colby Rasmus, TOR OF $14
Nick Castellanos, DET OF $11
Dayan Viciedo, CHW OF $9
Byron Buxton, MIN OF
Jim Johnson, OAK P $18
Grant Balfour, TB P $16
Michael Pineda, NYY P $11
Matt Harrison, TEX P $6
Erik Johnson, CHW P $4
Martin Perez, TEX P $3
Trevor Bauer, CLE P $2
Ricky Nolasco, MIN P $2
Carlos Carrasco, CLE P $1
Chia-Jen Lo, HOU P
Ronald Belisario, CHW P
Zach Britton, BAL P
Kevin Correia, MIN P
Scott White
Player Pos. Price
Geovany Soto, TEX C $8
Josmil Pinto, MIN C $3
Jesus Montero, SEA C
Max Stassi, HOU C
Chris Davis, BAL 1B $32
Jose Abreu, CHW 1B $21
Kendrys Morales, SEA 1B $5
Japhet Amador, HOU 1B
Dustin Pedroia, BOS 2B $24
Manny Machado, BAL 3B $18
Garin Cecchini, BOS 3B
Jed Lowrie, OAK SS $13
Francisco Lindor, CLE SS $1
Mike Trout, LAA OF $43
Adam Eaton, CHW OF $17
Michael Saunders, SEA OF $4
Daniel Nava, BOS OF $3
L.J. Hoes, HOU OF $1
Casey Janssen, TOR P $16
Ubaldo Jimenez, CLE P $13
Jose Quintana, CHW P $12
Chris Tillman, BAL P $11
John Lackey, BOS P $9
Brad Peacock, HOU P $2
Jake Odorizzi, TB P $2
Sergio Santos, TOR P $1
Jarred Cosart, HOU P $1
Kyle Drabek, TOR P
Matt Albers, HOU P
Darren O'Day, BAL P

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Brewers talking to reliever Neal Cotts
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:10 pm ET) The Brewers are talking to reliever Neal Cotts, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Cotts, 34, spent the last two seasons with the Rangers. After an exceptional comeback in 2013, Cotts regressed a bit in 2014, posting a 4.32 ERA. While the two sides have talked, it's unclear if a deal is close. If the Brewers were to reach a deal with Cotts, the team would have to remove a player from the 40-man roster. 


Phillies designate Cesar Jimenez for assignment on Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:01 pm ET) The Phillies have designated pitcher Cesar Jimenez for assignment on Thursday, the team announced.

Philadelphia signed pitcher Chad Billingsley to a one-year deal, and needed to make room on the 40-man roster. In order to do so, Jimenez was designated for assignment. The 30-year-old Jimenez posted a 1.69 ERA over 16 innings with the major-league club last year.


Chad Billingsley signs with Phillies
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:57 pm ET) The Phillies have signed pitcher Chad Billingsley, according to MLB.com.

Billingsley is set to make $1.5 million next year. He's eligible to make more based on whether he can reach certain performance bonuses in the contract. Billingsley has pitched just 12 innings in the majors since 2012 due to elbow issues. He had Tommy John surgery in 2013, but experienced more elbow issues while rehabbing after the surgery. He had season-ending surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in the same elbow, ending his 2014. The Dodgers opted to decline an option on Billingsley, making him a free-agent. 

The 30-year-old has compiled a 3.65 ERA over 1175 1/3 career innings. 


Red Sox add LaHair, Paulino and Quintero on minor-league deals
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:32 pm ET) The Red Sox have added Bryan LaHair , Felipe Paulino and Humberto Quintero on minor-league deals, according to the Boston Globe

All three players will receive invites to spring training. LaHair, 32, spent last season in the minors. He hit .223/.309/.318 over 453 at-bats. He was an All-Star with the Cubs back in 2012.

Paulino spent last season with the White Sox. After four starts in the majors, he was demoted. It was revealed Paulino was dealing with a shoulder injury. He missed most of the season recovering from the issue.

Quintero, 35, hit .290/.311/.425 in Triple-A last season. He received just two at-bats in the majors.


Braves sign pitcher Eric Stults to minor-league deal
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5:49 pm ET) The Braves announced Thursday they signed pitcher Eric Stults to a minor-league deal, per MLB.com. He also was invited to spring training.

The 35-year-old Stults went 8-17 with a 4.30 ERA in 32 starts last season for the Padres. He is 4-2 with a 4.26 ERA in four career outings (two starts) at Turner Field.


Red Sox's Daniel Nava agrees to $1.85M salary to avoid arbitration
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5:43 pm ET) The Red Sox announced Thursday they agreed to terms with outfielder Daniel Nava, avoiding arbitration. Nava's 2015 salary will be $1.85 million, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Nava is in his first year of arbitration. He made $556,500 in 2014.


Rockies SP prospect Tyler Anderson will be limited at start of camp
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5:39 pm ET) The Rockies announced Thursday starting pitcher prospect Tyler Anderson will not be ready to pitch when spring camp opens Feb. 21, per The Denver Post.

"We are taking our time with this and we think it's best to take a conservative approach," trainer Keith Dugger said. "He will participate in camp, but he won't pitch. He'll take part in PFP (pitchers' fielding practice) and other activities. We think the prognosis is good for the long term."

Anderson had his season end in the Double-A playoffs last season due to elbow soreness. General manager Jeff Bridich said in December that Anderson's rehabilitation was going well and said it was "conceivable" he would be in the mix for a roster spot this spring. However, his slow recovery from the elbow injury could hinder his chances of making the opening day roster.

Anderson had a great year in 2014 before getting hurt. He went 7-4 with a 1.98 ERA in 23 starts for Double-A Tulsa. The 2011 first-round pick is 23-10 with a 2.39 ERA in 59 minor-league starts.

"We are going to do what's best for Tyler's long-term future with our club," Bridich said of having no specific timetable for Anderson.


Twins OF Torii Hunter plans to mentor Aaron Hicks, Byron Buxton
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:38 pm ET) Twins veteran right fielder Torii Hunter said one of his goals this season will be to mentor outfielder Aaron Hicks and top outfield prospect Byron Buxton, per MLB.com.

"I know Hicks can play, but with Buxton -- I haven't seen video or seen him play, but every word I hear is good about him," Hunter said. "I definitely think when we get to spring training we'll sit down and I'll work out with them and evaluate what they're doing right and what they're doing wrong."

Hicks said he will lean on Hunter this spring, as he competes with Jordan Schafer for the starting job in center field.

"I'll be all in his ear the whole time," Hicks said. "He might get annoyed I'll be in his ear so much. He's definitely a guy I'm going to go to.

"I believe that I have the ability to play center field here for a long time. I've just got to go out there and show people that I can be the center fielder that everybody wants me to be and also that I want myself to be."


Latest MRI on Jurickson Profar's shoulder comes back clean
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3:43 pm ET) The latest MRI on Rangers second baseman Jurickson Profar’s shoulder appears to show the shoulder is healing properly and Profar can increase his workload, reports FOXSports.com/southwest

Profar has been throwing from 60 feet, but will begin throwing from 75 feet starting next week. He'll also begin taking dry swings from the right side.


Free-agent pitcher Brandon Beachy delays contract decision
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(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.


 
 
 
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