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2014 Draft Prep: NL-only auction

Senior Fantasy Writer
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Every auction is going to look a little different from the last, and single-league formats may have even more fluctuation -- bidders may be timid or overzealous at first, scarcity (magnified in the single-league format) may drive up the price of a middling outfielder, players who should have gone for $8 may go for $2 because they slipped through the cracks. So, while the dollar values paid in our Feb. 20 NL-only Expert Rotisserie League Auction are very solid guides for your own NL-only auctions, don't view the numbers as strict limitations. Things will change over the next month-and-a-half, and unique scenarios in each auction could cause minor blips.

Additionally, some fairly big-name free agents are still unsigned. And we have a standing rule in the single-league formats -- if you want to spend the money on a player here, go ahead. But if he signs with a team in the other league, you lose him. As of now, Kendrys Morales (to use an example) could sign with the Mets, Orioles, Mariners or some other mystery team. His value is going to be depressed in this format until he signs with a team -- at which point it will probably go up by about $15 (if he goes to the NL), or he'll be out of the player pool (if he signs in the AL).

These values are obviously helpful for Fantasy owners who play in an auction format, but they can also give a good sense of where players are valued for owners who build teams through a draft. Just copy and paste the dollar values, sort from highest to lowest, and you have a vague set of rankings, compiled by some of the best minds in the industry. Just to kick that off, the top 10 players, ranked by dollar value in this auction:

Paul Goldschmidt ($41)
Andrew McCutchen ($40)
Clayton Kershaw ($37)
Carlos Gonzalez ($36)
Hanley Ramirez ($34)
Bryce Harper ($34)
Joey Votto ($34)
Troy Tulowitzki ($32)
David Wright ($32)
Carlos Gomez/Freddie Freeman ($32)

Some other stray observations from our auction:

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• I'm not sure why this group caught my eye, but six interesting players went for $26: Starling Marte, Billy Hamilton, Madison Bumgarner, Craig Kimbrel, Mark Trumbo and Jose Fernandez.

• The magic number for closers in this auction was $16. Steve Cishek, Addison Reed, Jason Grilli and Jonathan Papelbon all fetched that price. Kimbrel was the most expensive closer, with Aroldis Chapman coming in second, at $23.

• Bounceback candidates Starlin Castro and Carl Crawford each went for $18. The next-cheapest players at those positions were Andrelton Simmons ($17) and Khris Davis ($16).

• The Phillies roster is full of could-go-either-way Fantasy assets. Ben Revere and Ryan Howard both went for $15, Jimmy Rollins went for $10 and Carlos Ruiz went for $9. Maikel Franco cost $6, while Cody Asche sold for $8.

• In case you wanted a feel for the front-runner in Colorado's left field race, Corey Dickerson cost $10 while Drew Stubbs went for $4

• Some notable $1 deals included Josh Beckett, Stephen Drew, Brandon McCarthy and Tommy La Stella.

Our participants:

1. Grey Albright/Rudy Gamble, Razzball.com
2. Ryan Carey, Mastersball.com
3. Keith Cromer, Patton & Co
4. Nando Di Fino, CBSSports.com
5. Andrew Fiorentino, Rotowire.com
6. Mike Gianella, Baseball Prospectus
7. Daniel Kelley, FakeTeams.com
8. Mike Kuchera, FanDuel.com
9. Christopher Kreush, Mastersball.com
10. Al Melchior, CBSSports.com
11. Philip Ponebshek, Patton & Co
12. Scott White, CBSSports.com

Position by Position
Catchers
Order Player Price
4 Buster Posey, SF $23
40 Jonathan Lucroy, MIL $22
6 Yadier Molina, STL $22
43 Wilin Rosario, COL $21
58 Wilson Ramos, WAS $16
51 Miguel Montero, ARI $13
61 Devin Mesoraco, CIN $11
169 Welington Castillo, CHC $10
103 Jarrod Saltalamacchia, MIA $10
163 Travis d'Arnaud, NYM $9
72 Carlos Ruiz, PHI $9
177 Russell Martin, PIT $8
84 Yasmani Grandal, SD $7
180 Ryan Doumit, ATL $6
133 A.J. Ellis, LAD $5
184 Nick Hundley, SD $3
195 George Kottaras, CHC $2
264 Chris Snyder, WAS $1
220 Gerald Laird, ATL $1
207 Michael McKenry, COL $1
205 Martin Maldonado, MIL $1
201 Brayan Pena, CIN $1
181 Jose Lobaton, WAS $1
First Basemen
Order Player Price
19 Paul Goldschmidt, ARI $41
8 Joey Votto, CIN $34
20 Freddie Freeman, ATL $32
31 Mark Trumbo, ARI $26
44 Allen Craig, STL $24
23 Adrian Gonzalez, LAD $24
47 Anthony Rizzo, CHC $23
21 Matt Adams, STL $23
66 Brandon Belt, SF $21
96 Justin Morneau, COL $19
148 Ryan Howard, PHI $15
122 Adam LaRoche, WAS $12
140 Yonder Alonso, SD $11
164 Garrett Jones, MIA $10
91 Ike Davis, NYM $9
226 Mark Reynolds, MIL $3
217 Gaby Sanchez, PIT $3
212 Juan Francisco, MIL $3
246 Kendrys Morales, n/a $2
240 Mike Olt, CHC $2
251 Casey McGehee, MIA $1
Second Basemen
Order Player Price
17 Matt Carpenter, STL $22
75 Jedd Gyorko, SD $20
80 Aaron Hill, ARI $19
74 Daniel Murphy, NYM $19
85 Brandon Phillips, CIN $18
70 Chase Utley, PHI $17
146 Anthony Rendon, WAS $16
167 Neil Walker, PIT $14
77 Dan Uggla, ATL $10
128 Kolten Wong, STL $8
114 Emilio Bonifacio, CHC $8
113 Alex Guerrero, LAD $8
215 DJ LeMahieu, COL $6
165 Scooter Gennett, MIL $6
170 Marco Scutaro, SF $5
248 Josh Rutledge, COL $3
232 Rickie Weeks, MIL $3
272 Mark Ellis, STL $1
260 Tommy La Stella, ATL $1
244 Danny Espinosa, WAS $1
241 Darwin Barney, CHC $1
Third Basemen
Order Player Price
29 David Wright, NYM $32
52 Ryan Zimmerman, WAS $25
24 Pedro Alvarez, PIT $23
38 Martin Prado, ARI $20
64 Chase Headley, SD $19
41 Pablo Sandoval, SF $19
48 Aramis Ramirez, MIL $18
118 Nolan Arenado, COL $15
194 Chris Johnson, ATL $14
136 Todd Frazier, CIN $11
158 Cody Asche, PHI $8
65 Maikel Franco, PHI $6
219 Juan Uribe, LAD $4
257 Luis Valbuena, CHC $1
255 Eric Chavez, ARI $1
214 Kris Bryant, CHC $1
Shortstops
Order Player Price
1 Hanley Ramirez, LAD $34
11 Troy Tulowitzki, COL $32
50 Ian Desmond, WAS $28
30 Jean Segura, MIL $27
62 Everth Cabrera, SD $22
97 Starlin Castro, CHC $18
115 Andrelton Simmons, ATL $17
98 Jhonny Peralta, STL $13
175 Jimmy Rollins, PHI $10
187 Zack Cozart, CIN $7
174 Jordy Mercer, PIT $6
197 Chris Owings, ARI $4
178 Rafael Furcal, MIA $4
150 Dee Gordon, LAD $4
224 Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA $2
172 Brandon Crawford, SF $2
259 Stephen Drew, n/a $1
258 Javier Baez, CHC $1
222 Arismendy Alcantara, CHC $1
Outfielders
Order Player Price
27 Andrew McCutchen, PIT $40
28 Carlos Gonzalez, COL $36
33 Bryce Harper, WAS $34
54 Carlos Gomez, MIL $32
3 Yasiel Puig, LAD $30
2 Ryan Braun, MIL $30
49 Giancarlo Stanton, MIA $29
73 Hunter Pence, SF $27
46 Justin Upton, ATL $27
37 Jay Bruce, CIN $27
34 Matt Kemp, LAD $27
26 Billy Hamilton, CIN $26
14 Starling Marte, PIT $26
25 Jayson Werth, WAS $25
59 Matt Holliday, STL $24
63 Jason Heyward, ATL $23
86 Curtis Granderson, NYM $22
95 Michael Cuddyer, COL $21
32 Domonic Brown, PHI $20
93 Will Venable, SD $19
100 Carl Crawford, LAD $18
69 Evan Gattis, ATL $18
102 B.J. Upton, ATL $16
68 Khris Davis, MIL $16
60 Christian Yelich, MIA $16
152 Michael Morse, SF $15
149 Ben Revere, PHI $15
124 Angel Pagan, SF $14
142 Peter Bourjos, STL $13
110 Denard Span, WAS $13
42 Marcell Ozuna, MIA $13
168 Carlos Quentin, SD $11
154 Ryan Ludwick, CIN $11
132 Eric Young, NYM $11
112 Marlon Byrd, PHI $11
130 Cameron Maybin, SD $10
120 Andre Ethier, LAD $10
104 Corey Dickerson, COL $10
90 Nate Schierholtz, CHC $10
78 Junior Lake, CHC $10
126 Gerardo Parra, ARI $9
71 Chris Young, NYM $9
173 A.J. Pollock, ARI $6
211 Oscar Taveras, STL $4
202 Gregory Polanco, PIT $4
182 Darin Ruf, PHI $4
166 Drew Stubbs, COL $4
144 Lucas Duda, NYM $4
204 Jose Tabata, PIT $3
231 Seth Smith, SD $3
188 Justin Ruggiano, CHC $3
138 Andrew Lambo, PIT $3
125 Nate McLouth, WAS $3
234 Juan Lagares, NYM $2
228 Jon Jay, STL $2
227 Charlie Blackmon, COL $2
216 Jordan Schafer, ATL $2
192 Chris Denorfia, SD $2
274 Gregor Blanco, SF $1
271 Roger Bernadina, CIN $1
270 Brandon Barnes, COL $1
269 Skip Schumaker, CIN $1
267 Ryan Sweeney, CHC $1
254 Travis Snider, PIT $1
252 Nelson Cruz, n/a $1
242 Kyle Blanks, SD $1
237 Cody Ross, ARI $1
236 Chris Heisey, CIN $1
Pitchers
Order Player Price
12 Clayton Kershaw, LAD $37
7 Adam Wainwright, STL $31
15 Stephen Strasburg, WAS $29
16 Cliff Lee, PHI $28
13 Madison Bumgarner, SF $26
9 Craig Kimbrel, ATL $26
5 Jose Fernandez, MIA $26
35 Kenley Jansen, LAD $24
22 Aroldis Chapman, CIN $23
36 Trevor Rosenthal, STL $21
79 Matt Cain, SF $20
67 Zack Greinke, LAD $20
10 Cole Hamels, PHI $19
88 Gio Gonzalez, WAS $18
83 Jordan Zimmermann, WAS $18
45 Michael Wacha, STL $18
101 Tony Cingrani, CIN $17
92 Rafael Soriano, WAS $17
87 Sergio Romo, SF $17
76 Mike Minor, ATL $17
57 Gerrit Cole, PIT $17
56 Homer Bailey, CIN $17
55 Julio Teheran, ATL $17
107 Jonathan Papelbon, PHI $16
106 Steve Cishek, MIA $16
99 Jason Grilli, PIT $16
89 Addison Reed, ARI $16
81 Shelby Miller, STL $16
39 Patrick Corbin, ARI $16
143 Doug Fister, WAS $15
117 Jim Henderson, MIL $15
116 Bobby Parnell, NYM $15
109 Francisco Liriano, PIT $15
108 Huston Street, SD $15
82 Mat Latos, CIN $15
119 Andrew Cashner, SD $14
105 Johnny Cueto, CIN $14
94 Kris Medlen, ATL $14
121 Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD $13
153 Rex Brothers, COL $11
139 Jeff Samardzija, CHC $11
134 Lance Lynn, STL $11
123 Zack Wheeler, NYM $11
159 Tyson Ross, SD $10
155 Jose Veras, CHC $10
131 Marco Estrada, MIL $10
129 A.J. Burnett, PHI $10
127 Tim Lincecum, SF $10
185 Brandon Beachy, ATL $9
157 Yovani Gallardo, MIL $9
145 Matt Garza, MIL $9
135 Ian Kennedy, SD $8
111 Alex Wood, ATL $8
179 Dan Haren, LAD $7
171 Josh Johnson, SD $7
160 LaTroy Hawkins, COL $7
151 Jonathon Niese, NYM $7
53 Bartolo Colon, NYM $6
233 J.J. Putz, ARI $5
199 Wade Miley, ARI $5
162 Bronson Arroyo, ARI $5
156 Dillon Gee, NYM $5
141 Mark Melancon, PIT $5
191 Joaquin Benoit, SD $4
189 Charlie Morton, PIT $4
183 Kyle Lohse, MIL $4
161 Carlos Martinez, STL $4
147 Tim Hudson, SF $4
18 Jhoulys Chacin, COL $4
243 Tyler Clippard, WAS $3
230 Wily Peralta, MIL $3
223 Tanner Roark, WAS $3
206 Travis Wood, CHC $3
263 Kevin Siegrist, STL $2
249 Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, PHI $2
239 Edwin Jackson, CHC $2
238 Mike Leake, CIN $2
225 Wandy Rodriguez, PIT $2
221 Brett Anderson, COL $2
213 Vic Black, NYM $2
209 Jenrry Mejia, NYM $2
203 Nate Eovaldi, MIA $2
198 Noah Syndergaard, NYM $2
193 Drew Storen, WAS $2
190 Archie Bradley, ARI $2
137 Jason Hammel, CHC $2
276 Sean Marshall, CIN $1
275 Joe Kelly, STL $1
273 Gavin Floyd, ATL $1
268 Randall Delgado, ARI $1
266 Tyler Chatwood, COL $1
265 Brian Wilson, LAD $1
262 Francisco Rodriguez, MIL $1
261 Paco Rodriguez, LAD $1
256 Santiago Casilla, SF $1
253 Alex Torres, SD $1
250 Brandon McCarthy, ARI $1
247 Trevor Cahill, ARI $1
245 Jacob Turner, MIA $1
235 Ryan Vogelsong, SF $1
229 Josh Beckett, LAD $1
218 Paul Maholm, LAD $1
210 Jameson Taillon, PIT $1
208 Burch Smith, SD $1
200 Robbie Erlin, SD $1
196 Jaime Garcia, STL $1
186 Chad Billingsley, LAD $1
176 Henderson Alvarez, MIA $1
Reserve Draft
Pick Player
1 Pedro Strop, P, CHC
2 Jake Arrieta, P, CHC
3 Didi Gregorius, SS, ARI
4 Kyle Kendrick, P, PHI
5 Andrew Heaney, P, MIA
6 Wilmer Flores, 3B, NYM
7 Kyle Parker, OF, COL
8 Eddie Butler, P, COL
9 Jake Marisnick, OF, MIA
10 John Mayberry, OF, PHI
11 Eric Stults, P, SD
12 Logan Schafer, OF, MIL
13 Jorge De La Rosa, P, COL
14 Daniel Descalso, SS, STL
15 Lyle Overbay, 1B, MIL
16 Ross Detwiler, P, WAS
17 Tsuyoshi Wada, P, CHC
18 Cesar Puello, OF, NYM
19 Ruben Tejada, SS, NYM
20 Tyler Moore, OF, WAS
21 Tyler Thornburg, P, MIL
22 Josh Satin, 1B, NYM
23 Brad Ziegler, P, ARI
24 Scott Hairston, OF, WAS
25 Jason Motte, P, STL
26 Andres Torres, OF, SF
27 A.J. Ramos, P, MIA
28 Edinson Volquez, P, PIT
29 Will Smith, P, MIL
30 Ervin Santana, P, n/a
31 David Carpenter, P, ATL
32 Alexi Amarista, OF, SD
33 Caleb Gindl, OF, MIL
34 Joey Terdoslavich, OF, ATL
35 Donovan Solano, 2B, MIA
36 Hector Sanchez, C, SF
37 Cliff Pennington, SS, ARI
38 Tom Koehler, P, MIA
39 Ed Lucas, 3B, MIA
40 Jeff Locke, P, PIT
41 Clint Barmes, SS, PIT
42 Reymond Fuentes, OF, SD
43 Joc Pederson, OF, LAD
44 Derek Dietrich, 2B, MIA
45 Jonathan Gray, P, COL
46 Rafael Montero, P, NYM
47 David Hernandez, P, ARI
48 Sean Halton, 1B, MIL
49 Roberto Hernandez, P, PHI
50 Reed Johnson, OF, MIA
51 Jeff Baker, OF, MIA
52 Matthew Wisler, P, SD
53 Jordan Pacheco, 1B, COL
54 J.J. Hoover, P, CIN
55 Carlos Torres, P, NYM
56 Daisuke Matsuzaka, P, NYM
57 Tony Campana, OF, ARI
58 Carlos Marmol, P, MIA
59 Kyuji Fujikawa, P, CHC
60 Josh Collmenter, P, ARI
61 Brian Bogusevic, OF, MIA
62 Juan Nicasio, P, COL
63 Rob Brantly, C, MIA
64 Antonio Bastardo, P, PHI
65 Jordan Walden, P, ATL
66 Jonathan Broxton, P, CIN
67 Rymer Liriano, OF, SD
68 Taylor Jordan, P, WAS
69 Kyle Farnsworth, P, NYM
70 Yusmeiro Petit, P, SF
71 Luis Avilan, P, ATL
72 Chris Nelson, 3B, CIN
73 Daniel Hudson, P, ARI
74 Jonny Venters, P, ATL
75 Kyle Crick, P, SF
76 Omar Quintanilla, SS, NYM
77 Seth Maness, P, STL
78 Jorge Soler, OF, CHC
79 Chris Capuano, P, LAD
80 Franklin Morales, P, COL
81 Justin Turner, 3B, LAD
82 Chone Figgins, OF, LAD
83 Juan Pierre, OF, MIA
84 Tony Watson, P, PIT
 
Team by Team
Baseball Prospectus
Player Pos. Price
Russell Martin, PIT C $8
Michael McKenry, COL C $1
Justin Morneau, COL 1B $19
Yonder Alonso, SD 1B $11
Josh Satin, NYM 1B
Chase Utley, PHI 2B $17
Aaron Hill, ARI 2B $19
Juan Uribe, LAD 3B $4
Jimmy Rollins, PHI SS $10
Didi Gregorius, ARI SS
Matt Holliday, STL OF $24
Chris Young, NYM OF $9
Will Venable, SD OF $19
Angel Pagan, SF OF $14
Ben Revere, PHI OF $15
Carlos Quentin, SD OF $11
Jeff Baker, MIA OF
Andrew Cashner, SD P $14
A.J. Burnett, PHI P $10
Matt Garza, MIL P $9
Tim Hudson, SF P $4
Yovani Gallardo, MIL P $9
Tyson Ross, SD P $10
Josh Johnson, SD P $7
Kyle Lohse, MIL P $4
Wade Miley, ARI P $5
A.J. Ramos, MIA P
Rafael Montero, NYM P
Yusmeiro Petit, SF P
Kyle Crick, SF P
Nando Di Fino
Player Pos. Price
Travis d'Arnaud, NYM C $9
Ryan Doumit, ATL C $6
Ryan Howard, PHI 1B $15
Garrett Jones, MIA 1B $10
Jedd Gyorko, SD 2B $20
Anthony Rendon, WAS 2B $16
Danny Espinosa, WAS 2B $1
Todd Frazier, CIN 3B $11
Hanley Ramirez, LAD SS $34
Clint Barmes, PIT SS
Matt Kemp, LAD OF $27
Ryan Ludwick, CIN OF $11
Gregory Polanco, PIT OF $4
Travis Snider, PIT OF $1
Ryan Sweeney, CHC OF $1
Alexi Amarista, SD OF
Stephen Strasburg, WAS P $29
Gio Gonzalez, WAS P $18
Addison Reed, ARI P $16
Tony Cingrani, CIN P $17
Henderson Alvarez, MIA P $1
Brandon Beachy, ATL P $9
Noah Syndergaard, NYM P $2
Robbie Erlin, SD P $1
Francisco Rodriguez, MIL P $1
Eddie Butler, COL P
Tsuyoshi Wada, CHC P
Daisuke Matsuzaka, NYM P
Jordan Walden, ATL P
Franklin Morales, COL P
FakeTeams.com
Player Pos. Price
Buster Posey, SF C $23
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, MIA C $10
Paul Goldschmidt, ARI 1B $41
Juan Francisco, MIL 1B $3
Marco Scutaro, SF 2B $5
Chase Headley, SD 3B $19
Starlin Castro, CHC SS $18
Chris Owings, ARI SS $4
Stephen Drew, n/a SS $1
B.J. Upton, ATL OF $16
Cameron Maybin, SD OF $10
Darin Ruf, PHI OF $4
Chris Denorfia, SD OF $2
Oscar Taveras, STL OF $4
Andres Torres, SF OF
Reed Johnson, MIA OF
Clayton Kershaw, LAD P $37
Kenley Jansen, LAD P $24
Julio Teheran, ATL P $17
Mark Melancon, PIT P $5
Jose Veras, CHC P $10
Paul Maholm, LAD P $1
Wily Peralta, MIL P $3
Mike Leake, CIN P $2
Brandon McCarthy, ARI P $1
Jake Arrieta, CHC P
Brad Ziegler, ARI P
David Hernandez, ARI P
Luis Avilan, ATL P
Jonny Venters, ATL P
FanDuel.com
Player Pos. Price
Jose Lobaton, WAS C $1
Martin Maldonado, MIL C $1
Mark Trumbo, ARI 1B $26
Gaby Sanchez, PIT 1B $3
Sean Halton, MIL 1B
Brandon Phillips, CIN 2B $18
Aramis Ramirez, MIL 3B $18
Chris Nelson, CIN 3B
Ian Desmond, WAS SS $28
Zack Cozart, CIN SS $7
Javier Baez, CHC SS $1
Jason Heyward, ATL OF $23
Curtis Granderson, NYM OF $22
Jose Tabata, PIT OF $3
Juan Lagares, NYM OF $2
Brandon Barnes, COL OF $1
Scott Hairston, WAS OF
Jose Fernandez, MIA P $26
Cole Hamels, PHI P $19
Rafael Soriano, WAS P $17
Johnny Cueto, CIN P $14
Jonathan Papelbon, PHI P $16
Tim Lincecum, SF P $10
Josh Beckett, LAD P $1
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, PHI P $2
Brian Wilson, LAD P $1
Pedro Strop, CHC P
Jason Motte, STL P
Roberto Hernandez, PHI P
Daniel Hudson, ARI P
Mastersball.com (Carey)
Player Pos. Price
Wilin Rosario, COL C $21
A.J. Ellis, LAD C $5
Freddie Freeman, ATL 1B $32
Brandon Belt, SF 1B $21
Daniel Murphy, NYM 2B $19
Alex Guerrero, LAD 2B $8
Donovan Solano, MIA 2B
Chris Johnson, ATL 3B $14
Brandon Crawford, SF SS $2
Daniel Descalso, STL SS
Michael Cuddyer, COL OF $21
Andre Ethier, LAD OF $10
Gerardo Parra, ARI OF $9
Justin Ruggiano, CHC OF $3
Jordan Schafer, ATL OF $2
Cody Ross, ARI OF $1
Juan Pierre, MIA OF
Aroldis Chapman, CIN P $23
Zack Greinke, LAD P $20
Mike Minor, ATL P $17
Sergio Romo, SF P $17
Alex Wood, ATL P $8
Charlie Morton, PIT P $4
Trevor Cahill, ARI P $1
Santiago Casilla, SF P $1
Randall Delgado, ARI P $1
Eric Stults, SD P
Tom Koehler, MIA P
Kyuji Fujikawa, CHC P
Juan Nicasio, COL P
Mastersball.com (Kreush)
Player Pos. Price
Wilson Ramos, WAS C $16
Chris Snyder, WAS C $1
Hector Sanchez, SF C
Allen Craig, STL 1B $24
Josh Rutledge, COL 2B $3
Mark Ellis, STL 2B $1
Pedro Alvarez, PIT 3B $23
Luis Valbuena, CHC 3B $1
Dee Gordon, LAD SS $4
Cliff Pennington, ARI SS
Ryan Braun, MIL OF $30
Marcell Ozuna, MIA OF $13
Carlos Gomez, MIL OF $32
Christian Yelich, MIA OF $16
Skip Schumaker, CIN OF $1
Gregor Blanco, SF OF $1
Logan Schafer, MIL OF
Brian Bogusevic, MIA OF
Craig Kimbrel, ATL P $26
Bartolo Colon, NYM P $6
Matt Cain, SF P $20
Kris Medlen, ATL P $14
Doug Fister, WAS P $15
LaTroy Hawkins, COL P $7
Carlos Martinez, STL P $4
Joe Kelly, STL P $1
Sean Marshall, CIN P $1
Jorge De La Rosa, COL P
Josh Collmenter, ARI P
Tony Watson, PIT P
Al Melchior
Player Pos. Price
Jonathan Lucroy, MIL C $22
George Kottaras, CHC C $2
Ike Davis, NYM 1B $9
Casey McGehee, MIA 1B $1
Jordan Pacheco, COL 1B
Darwin Barney, CHC 2B $1
Tommy La Stella, ATL 2B $1
Derek Dietrich, MIA 2B
David Wright, NYM 3B $32
Andrelton Simmons, ATL SS $17
Jayson Werth, WAS OF $25
Andrew McCutchen, PIT OF $40
Corey Dickerson, COL OF $10
Nate McLouth, WAS OF $3
Seth Smith, SD OF $3
Roger Bernadina, CIN OF $1
Tyler Moore, WAS OF
Adam Wainwright, STL P $31
Jhoulys Chacin, COL P $4
Trevor Rosenthal, STL P $21
Shelby Miller, STL P $16
Francisco Liriano, PIT P $15
Vic Black, NYM P $2
Wandy Rodriguez, PIT P $2
Tyler Chatwood, COL P $1
Gavin Floyd, ATL P $1
Andrew Heaney, MIA P
Will Smith, MIL P
Taylor Jordan, WAS P
Seth Maness, STL P
Patton & Co (Cromer)
Player Pos. Price
Welington Castillo, CHC C $10
Brayan Pena, CIN C $1
Adrian Gonzalez, LAD 1B $24
Adam LaRoche, WAS 1B $12
Neil Walker, PIT 2B $14
Ryan Zimmerman, WAS 3B $25
Justin Turner, LAD 3B
Jhonny Peralta, STL SS $13
Jordy Mercer, PIT SS $6
Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA SS $2
Hunter Pence, SF OF $27
Billy Hamilton, CIN OF $26
Peter Bourjos, STL OF $13
Denard Span, WAS OF $13
A.J. Pollock, ARI OF $6
Tony Campana, ARI OF
Caleb Gindl, MIL OF
Jake Marisnick, MIA OF
Jordan Zimmermann, WAS P $18
Gerrit Cole, PIT P $17
Bobby Parnell, NYM P $15
Bronson Arroyo, ARI P $5
Travis Wood, CHC P $3
Edwin Jackson, CHC P $2
Brett Anderson, COL P $2
Jacob Turner, MIA P $1
Ryan Vogelsong, SF P $1
Antonio Bastardo, PHI P
Ross Detwiler, WAS P
Jeff Locke, PIT P
Patton & Co (Ponebshek)
Player Pos. Price
Miguel Montero, ARI C $13
Nick Hundley, SD C $3
Rob Brantly, MIA C
Lyle Overbay, MIL 1B
Emilio Bonifacio, CHC 2B $8
Martin Prado, ARI 3B $20
Kris Bryant, CHC 3B $1
Eric Chavez, ARI 3B $1
Ed Lucas, MIA 3B
Troy Tulowitzki, COL SS $32
Bryce Harper, WAS OF $34
Carl Crawford, LAD OF $18
Lucas Duda, NYM OF $4
Michael Morse, SF OF $15
Drew Stubbs, COL OF $4
Charlie Blackmon, COL OF $2
Chris Heisey, CIN OF $1
John Mayberry, PHI OF
Joey Terdoslavich, ATL OF
Chone Figgins, LAD OF
Madison Bumgarner, SF P $26
Cliff Lee, PHI P $28
Huston Street, SD P $15
Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD P $13
Jason Hammel, CHC P $2
Jonathon Niese, NYM P $7
Dan Haren, LAD P $7
Joaquin Benoit, SD P $4
Drew Storen, WAS P $2
Carlos Marmol, MIA P
Razzball
Player Pos. Price
Devin Mesoraco, CIN C $11
Gerald Laird, ATL C $1
Anthony Rizzo, CHC 1B $23
Dan Uggla, ATL 2B $10
Scooter Gennett, MIL 2B $6
Pablo Sandoval, SF 3B $19
Nolan Arenado, COL 3B $15
Cody Asche, PHI 3B $8
Rafael Furcal, MIA SS $4
Omar Quintanilla, NYM SS
Starling Marte, PIT OF $26
Justin Upton, ATL OF $27
Khris Davis, MIL OF $16
Junior Lake, CHC OF $10
Nate Schierholtz, CHC OF $10
Steve Cishek, MIA P $16
Marco Estrada, MIL P $10
Lance Lynn, STL P $11
Ian Kennedy, SD P $8
Jeff Samardzija, CHC P $11
Rex Brothers, COL P $11
Dillon Gee, NYM P $5
Jaime Garcia, STL P $1
Burch Smith, SD P $1
Kyle Kendrick, PHI P
Tyler Thornburg, MIL P
Edinson Volquez, PIT P
Jonathan Gray, COL P
Matthew Wisler, SD P
Kyle Farnsworth, NYM P
RotoWire.com
Player Pos. Price
Carlos Ruiz, PHI C $9
Yasmani Grandal, SD C $7
Joey Votto, CIN 1B $34
Mike Olt, CHC 1B $2
Kendrys Morales, n/a 1B $2
Kolten Wong, STL 2B $8
DJ LeMahieu, COL 2B $6
Maikel Franco, PHI 3B $6
Everth Cabrera, SD SS $22
Yasiel Puig, LAD OF $30
Carlos Gonzalez, COL OF $36
Giancarlo Stanton, MIA OF $29
Andrew Lambo, PIT OF $3
Jon Jay, STL OF $2
Kyle Parker, COL OF
Cesar Puello, NYM OF
Reymond Fuentes, SD OF
Patrick Corbin, ARI P $16
Michael Wacha, STL P $18
Jim Henderson, MIL P $15
Jenrry Mejia, NYM P $2
Tanner Roark, WAS P $3
Tyler Clippard, WAS P $3
Alex Torres, SD P $1
Paco Rodriguez, LAD P $1
Kevin Siegrist, STL P $2
David Carpenter, ATL P
Carlos Torres, NYM P
Jonathan Broxton, CIN P
Chris Capuano, LAD P
Scott White
Player Pos. Price
Yadier Molina, STL C $22
Matt Adams, STL 1B $23
Mark Reynolds, MIL 1B $3
Matt Carpenter, STL 2B $22
Rickie Weeks, MIL 2B $3
Wilmer Flores, NYM 3B
Jean Segura, MIL SS $27
Arismendy Alcantara, CHC SS $1
Ruben Tejada, NYM SS
Domonic Brown, PHI OF $20
Jay Bruce, CIN OF $27
Evan Gattis, ATL OF $18
Marlon Byrd, PHI OF $11
Eric Young, NYM OF $11
Kyle Blanks, SD OF $1
Nelson Cruz, n/a OF $1
Joc Pederson, LAD OF
Rymer Liriano, SD OF
Jorge Soler, CHC OF
Homer Bailey, CIN P $17
Mat Latos, CIN P $15
Jason Grilli, PIT P $16
Zack Wheeler, NYM P $11
Chad Billingsley, LAD P $1
Archie Bradley, ARI P $2
Nate Eovaldi, MIA P $2
Jameson Taillon, PIT P $1
J.J. Putz, ARI P $5
Ervin Santana, n/a P
J.J. Hoover, CIN P

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Astros GM seeking to bolster fifth spot in rotation
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:19 pm ET) The surprising start of the Astros has general manager Jeff Luhnow considering moves he wouldn't have thought prudent otherwise.

"(The early success) makes it more likely that we're going to be making moves to have an immediate payback and potentially even moves that come at a cost long-term," he told the Houston Chronicle. "The more we feel like we've got a chance to be relevant all summer and potentially relevant in October, the more we can be focused on what we can do to bolster this team."

It certainly needs bolstering in the starting staff.

"Really, the only area that's obvious is in the rotation," Luhnow added. "We probably will explore rotation adds that make sense for our team, because we've had a lot of rotating doors so far in the fifth spot."

Among those that have tried to lock down that fifth spot are Brad Peacock (disabled list), Asher Wojciechowski (demoted) and Brett Oberholtzer (injured). Samuel Deduno is the current fifth starter. The veteran right-hander performed well in his lone start, though he was lifted after four innings.


Farrell: Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli 'taking some good swings'
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:04 pm ET) Scuffling Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli has received encouragement from John Farrell, who claims those struggles are not a result of a poor approach at the plate.

"He's taking some good swings, just missing some pitches," Farrell told MLB Network Radio. "When he's in the mix our lineup takes a completely different look."

Napoli has just two hits in his last 22 at-bats. It appeared he might be coming out of his slump when he slugged a three-run homer Sunday, but he took the collar Monday.


McClendon on James Paxton: 'I feel good about where he is right now'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:57 pm ET) Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton heads into Tuesday's start against the Angels coming off a very promising start against the Astros.

Paxton had a few rough outings after a strong performance in his first start April 7 against the Angels, but manager Lloyd McClendon feels Paxton is on the right track after missing time during the spring due to a forearm injury.

"I feel like he's been building since the injury in spring training. I feel real good about where he is right now," McClendon said, per MLB Network Radio.

The lefty pitcher is 2-2 with a 2.67 ERA and 0.82 WHIP in five career starts against the Angels.


Marlins announce release of C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:36 pm ET) The Marlins have released veteran catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. A trade that had been rumored never materialized.

Saltalamacchia, who turned 30 on Saturday, might not be out of a job long. Several teams are reportedly interested in him, including the Diamondbacks, Rays and Royals.

His slow start at the plate cost him his spot. Saltalamacchia, whose production dipped dramatically last year, owns a disturbing slash line of .069/.182/.207.


Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado no longer flying under the radar
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:26 pm ET) There's no question that Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has been developing into something truly special over his first two-plus seasons in the big leagues. He's already won two Gold Gloves and he's being mentioned in early MVP talks this season.

And, although he just turned 24 years old a couple of weeks ago, his name is also being mentioned along the likes of Todd Helton and Troy Tulowitzki in regards to Rockies' cornerstones. But to his credit, Arenado wants to make his own name for the Colorado franchise. 

"I'm a huge fan of Tulo. I would love to be like Tulo, or Todd (Helton)," Arenado said Monday, per the Denver Post. "I would love to play like them. But those are their roads. I want to build my own road."

Arenado's stellar defense is even getting the respect from the competition in his own divsion. 

"His defense is maybe the best in the league," Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt said. "It stinks when you're hitting and you know if you hit anything even close to him, he's going to rob you of a hit. He's a stud. He's an unbelievable player. Has some power, good strike zone judgment. He's aggressive but can be patient too. He really does everything really well."

Arenado is seeing the ball well over his last 10 games, as he enters play Tuesday batting .317 with three home runs and seven RBI in that stretch.


Nationals' Zimmermann feels good despite reduced velocity
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:24 pm ET) Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann didn't see his average fastball velocity dip below 93.8 mph in any of his starts last season, but he's had to deal with a reduction in velocity this season, with his fastball averaging at least 93 mph just once in his six starts, per Brooks Baseball.

Despite the dip in velocity, Zimmermann doesn't seem concerned, the Washington Post reports.

"Don’t really care about velocity," Zimmermann said Monday. "As long as I make my pitch. You can throw 85 and make your pitch and get guys out up here, as long as you execute and mix it up. I’m sure it’ll come back later in the season. It’s just down a little bit right now."

The reduced velocity has led to more contact by hitters this season. However, Zimmermann feels that he's been improved in recent starts, and he expressed confidence in all three of his secondary pitches Monday night for the first time this season.

"I feel good," he said. "It was hit or miss early in the season, but I feel good now. Fastball command is there and breaking pitches are there, so I feel good."

Zimmermann saw his fastball velocity leap to its normal level against Atlanta on April 29, but it was back down Monday, when he worked seven innings of one-run ball. He's 2-2 with a 4.15 ERA and 22:6 K:BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings. He's striking out 5.7 batters per nine innings after posting an 8.2 K/9 rate in 2014.


Nationals' Fister on reduced velocity: I'm 'dialing in the mechanics'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:15 pm ET) Nationals pitcher Doug Fister has seen his average fastball velocity dip to 87.03 mph this season after his fastball sat at about 89 to 91 mph over the last four seasons, per Brooks Baseball. Fister indicated that he needs to become more consistent with his mechanics, the Washington Post reports.

"I’m really just dialing in the mechanics," Fister said. "There’s a flash or two of where I normally am during the game, but not consistently, and that’s what I’ve gotta get to. It’s a work in progress."

Fister, who has also had some issues with his sinker, was able to pitch 6 1/3 scoreless innings in his last start.

"I was staying back a little bit better, and that was a focus. Before, I was really getting out in front and my legs weren’t coming, I was just using all arm," Fister said. "That’s been a struggle all year long, and I’ve really tried to focus on, for a week or so, trying to take care of it."

Though Fister was able to avoid walking a batter for the first time this season, he didn't see an increase in velocity in the quality performance.

"(Velocity) is something I keep in the back of my head, just to gauge where I’m at, what I’m doing, but when I’m throwing my typical 86-88 sinker anyway, it’s all about location as opposed to velocity anyway," Fister said. "Yes, I’d love to make it better, but at this point I’ve got to deal with what I’ve got and it’s something I’m still trying to continue to get stronger for the year."

Fister is 2-1 with a 2.61 ERA and 14:9 K:BB ratio in 31 innings.


Report: Rays lefty Jake McGee set to rehab at Durham
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:12 pm ET) Southpaw reliever Jake McGee, who is coming off elbow surgery, will join Triple-A Durham Tuesday night, the Tampa Bay Times has reported. He has made two appearances in Class A and is expected to make three or four more before rejoining the Rays.

McGee, who hasn't pitched at the big league level since September, was lights-out in 2014 and considered a possible closer coming into this year. He recorded a 1.89 ERA with 90 strikeouts and just 48 hits allowed in 71 1/3 innings.


Black: C Austin Hedges will 'get playing time' for Padres
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:52 am ET) Bud Black confirmed Tuesday that newcomer Austin Hedges will receive a significant opporunity to play behind the plate for the Padres.

"I think he makes our roster better," Black told MLB Network Radio. "Derek Norris is our catcher but Austin is going to get playing time."

Norris has certainly not done anything at the plate to warrant a decrease in work. He owns a slash line of .323/.343/.500 with two home runs and 16 RBI. Hedges has been equally impressive in Triple-A with a .343 mark and two homers in 67 at-bats.

Black offered that Norris could be moved on occasion to first base when Hedges catches.


Angels 1B/DH C.J. Cron continues to struggle in loss on Monday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:39 am ET) After having the previous two games off, Angels slugger C.J. Cron was back in the lineup on Monday against the Mariners. He went 0 for 3 in the 3-2 loss as the team's first baseman. Cron, who broke out in 2014 with 11 home runs, has left the yard just once this season. 

Cron's struggles, which includes an underwhelming .229 batting average, has caused him to lose playing time. He has appeared in just 19 of the team's 26 games thus far, and with several other DH options at manager Mike Scioscia's disposal, Cron could be in danger of seeing even less time if he doesn't improve at the plate.


 
 
 
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