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2014 Draft Prep: 12-team mixed auction

Senior Fantasy Writer
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You know that friend who keeps saying that you have to see Breaking Bad!? And it gets to the point where you just relent because the nagging has gotten annoying? You watch it, you're ... hooked, you regret waiting so long to see it, and you become that guy telling everyone else to see it? That's pretty much what an auction is -- the viral Fantasy equivalent of an AMC show.

Auctions invite a special brand of chaos to team building, one that you won't find in the neatly-wrapped homogeneity of a snake draft. Bidding on players can rage out of control, All-Stars will sneak through toward the end for a pittance, and you'll finish the ordeal out of breath, slightly dizzied, and wanting to tell everyone you see about the $3 Huston Street you managed to buy.

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Our 12-team mixed league auction took place this week, and it featured plenty of fireworks (it can be heard on our March 11 and March 15 podcasts, which we recorded as the auction was being held). Scott White played an extreme "Stars and Scrubs" gambit, as he spent $62 on Miguel Cabrera and $51 on Mike Trout. The next-highest player was Clayton Kershaw ($43), followed by Bryce Harper ($42), Andrew McCutchen ($41), Carlos Gonzalez ($41), and Paul Goldschmidt ($39). Ryan Braun fetched $32; Jose Reyes went for $25.

For those of you new to auctions -- and trying to make sense of these numbers -- each team has a $260 budget (of fake money) to fill in a Fantasy lineup (2 Cs,1B, 2B, SS, 3B, 5 OFs, U, MI, CI and nine pitchers). It's as much about money management, market quirks, patience, reading your opponents, and restraint as it is about baseball knowledge (maybe not really, but you get the point). You can be in love with the upside of Eric Hosmer, for instance, but you may not have enough money in your budget to spend more than $18 on him. An auction is alternately a damningly frustrating and wholly satisfying experience.

For the seasoned veterans of auctions, some of these values may surprise you. Jedd Gyorko landed on Scott White's team for $23 when Scott price enforced my bid of $22. He thought I would go to $24 -- mainly because I announced to the office that, "I'd go as high as 24 on Gyorko!" as he was being bid on -- and I bowed out in order to save money for other endeavors (including a $15 Elvis Andrus and $5 Hisahi Iwakuma). The prices paid for Cabrera and Trout also stand out, but Scott was trying to prove a point that these two players are way above the rest of the crop in terms of talent and value, and it's fine to pay top dollar for them in this format, as there will be bargains later.

The "bargains later" section included Chris Archer ($1), Carl Crawford ($2), Anthony Rendon ($2), Alex Wood ($2), CC Sabathia ($3), Victor Martinez ($3) and a bevy of others (as you can see below).

Like any auction, if we did this again, the values would mostly be about the same (at least in a $1-2 window), but you'd see some fluctuations based on when the player was nominated for bidding (maybe he went late, when not a lot of people had money left) and what everyone's team looked like at certain points (you're going to bid up the last good second baseman with your remaining money if you have a hole there). Combine these results with our Roto auction values, and you have a nice base from which to begin your prep.

The results of the mixed auction are below:

Our participants (with special thanks to Brian Flood, Keith Cromer, and Philip Ponebshek):

1. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
2. Adam Aizer, Host, Fantasy Baseball Today
3. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
4. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
5. Matt Snyder, Baseball Writer, CBSSports.com
6. Keith Cromer, Patton & Co.
7. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
8. Jameson Fleming, Social Media Editor
9. Joe Polito, Social Media Manager
10. Chris Cwik, Fantasy Writer
11. Philip Ponebshek, Patton & Co.
12. Brian Flood Contributing Writer, Sports Illustrated

Position by Position
Catchers
Order Player Price
25 Joe Mauer, MIN $23
70 Buster Posey, SF $21
108 Carlos Santana, CLE $15
80 Yadier Molina, STL $14
120 Jonathan Lucroy, MIL $13
91 Wilin Rosario, COL $12
147 Brian McCann, NYY $8
151 Salvador Perez, KC $8
83 Matt Wieters, BAL $7
188 Yan Gomes, CLE $3
201 Jason Castro, HOU $3
234 Wilson Ramos, WAS $3
213 Travis d'Arnaud, NYM $2
215 Miguel Montero, ARI $2
225 Devin Mesoraco, CIN $2
227 Mike Zunino, SEA $2
222 Jesus Montero, SEA $1
236 Jarrod Saltalamacchia, MIA $1
238 Dioner Navarro, TOR $1
251 Tyler Flowers, CHW $1
263 Yasmani Grandal, SD $1
266 A.J. Pierzynski, BOS $1
276 Carlos Ruiz, PHI $1
First Basemen
Order Player Price
4 Paul Goldschmidt, ARI $39
16 Chris Davis, BAL $37
38 Prince Fielder, TEX $32
73 Edwin Encarnacion, TOR $30
48 Joey Votto, CIN $29
31 Freddie Freeman, ATL $26
33 Mark Trumbo, ARI $22
96 Albert Pujols, LAA $19
94 Eric Hosmer, KC $18
47 Adrian Gonzalez, LAD $17
122 Allen Craig, STL $16
118 Jose Abreu, CHW $13
117 Matt Adams, STL $11
199 Brandon Moss, OAK $11
132 Anthony Rizzo, CHC $10
158 Brandon Belt, SF $8
220 Mike Napoli, BOS $5
203 Mark Teixeira, NYY $3
217 Kendrys Morales, SEA $3
219 Chris Carter, HOU $2
224 Nick Swisher, CLE $2
229 Ryan Howard, PHI $2
240 Yonder Alonso, SD $1
Second Basemen
Order Player Price
8 Robinson Cano, SEA $36
115 Dustin Pedroia, BOS $26
59 Jason Kipnis, CLE $24
22 Jedd Gyorko, SD $23
29 Matt Carpenter, STL $23
68 Ben Zobrist, TB $16
113 Jose Altuve, HOU $14
137 Ian Kinsler, DET $14
110 Daniel Murphy, NYM $8
165 Brian Dozier, MIN $7
192 Chase Utley, PHI $7
131 Aaron Hill, ARI $6
161 Jurickson Profar, TEX $5
175 Brandon Phillips, CIN $5
186 Kolten Wong, STL $2
255 Anthony Rendon, WAS $2
231 Howie Kendrick, LAA $1
Third Basemen
Order Player Price
12 Miguel Cabrera, DET $62
5 Adrian Beltre, TEX $32
17 David Wright, NYM $32
21 Evan Longoria, TB $32
41 Ryan Zimmerman, WAS $21
55 Josh Donaldson, OAK $18
44 Chase Headley, SD $10
119 Martin Prado, ARI $10
157 Manny Machado, BAL $10
127 Pedro Alvarez, PIT $8
138 Kyle Seager, SEA $8
169 Brett Lawrie, TOR $8
208 Pablo Sandoval, SF $8
63 Xander Bogaerts, BOS $7
193 Nolan Arenado, COL $4
187 Will Middlebrooks, BOS $3
202 Mike Moustakas, KC $3
150 Maikel Franco, PHI $2
181 Matt Dominguez, HOU $2
261 Aramis Ramirez, MIL $1
Shortstops
Order Player Price
7 Hanley Ramirez, LAD $37
27 Troy Tulowitzki, COL $34
56 Jose Reyes, TOR $25
64 Ian Desmond, WAS $24
58 Jean Segura, MIL $23
82 Elvis Andrus, TEX $15
93 Everth Cabrera, SD $13
100 Andrelton Simmons, ATL $11
152 Starlin Castro, CHC $9
124 Brad Miller, SEA $7
112 J.J. Hardy, BAL $6
65 Jonathan Villar, HOU $5
163 Jed Lowrie, OAK $5
61 Derek Jeter, NYY $4
198 Dee Gordon, LAD $3
218 Jhonny Peralta, STL $3
216 Alexei Ramirez, CHW $1
Outfielders
Order Player Price
2 Mike Trout, LAA $51
19 Bryce Harper, WAS $42
3 Andrew McCutchen, PIT $41
6 Carlos Gonzalez, COL $41
15 Yasiel Puig, LAD $33
1 Ryan Braun, MIL $32
45 Adam Jones, BAL $31
30 Jacoby Ellsbury, NYY $30
69 Giancarlo Stanton, MIA $30
32 Shin-Soo Choo, TEX $28
84 Jose Bautista, TOR $26
35 Billy Hamilton, CIN $25
40 Jay Bruce, CIN $25
9 Matt Kemp, LAD $24
28 Starling Marte, PIT $24
81 Carlos Gomez, MIL $24
37 Jayson Werth, WAS $23
11 Josh Hamilton, LAA $22
52 Justin Upton, ATL $22
66 Wil Myers, TB $21
76 Matt Holliday, STL $21
71 Hunter Pence, SF $19
79 Alex Rios, TEX $19
86 Jason Heyward, ATL $19
89 Domonic Brown, PHI $18
88 Yoenis Cespedes, OAK $17
129 Evan Gattis, ATL $12
90 Curtis Granderson, NYM $11
97 Alex Gordon, KC $11
42 George Springer, HOU $10
121 Leonys Martin, TEX $10
10 Kole Calhoun, LAA $9
101 Alfonso Soriano, NYY $9
104 Khris Davis, MIL $7
128 Shane Victorino, BOS $7
134 Desmond Jennings, TB $7
136 Michael Cuddyer, COL $7
144 Nelson Cruz, BAL $7
146 Carlos Beltran, NYY $7
106 Nick Castellanos, DET $6
140 Coco Crisp, OAK $6
166 Will Venable, SD $6
164 Christian Yelich, MIA $5
179 Adam Eaton, CHW $5
130 Norichika Aoki, KC $4
196 Kelly Johnson, NYY $4
204 Austin Jackson, DET $4
249 Ben Revere, PHI $4
142 Corey Dickerson, COL $3
143 Torii Hunter, DET $3
156 Michael Bourn, CLE $3
230 Brett Gardner, NYY $3
252 B.J. Upton, ATL $3
154 Avisail Garcia, CHW $2
176 Rajai Davis, DET $2
190 Eric Young, NYM $2
200 Marlon Byrd, PHI $2
205 Carl Crawford, LAD $2
214 Michael Morse, SF $2
258 Oswaldo Arcia, MIN $2
170 Angel Pagan, SF $1
174 Darin Ruf, PHI $1
241 Marcell Ozuna, MIA $1
246 Alejandro De Aza, CHW $1
270 Melky Cabrera, TOR $1
Designated Hitters
Order Player Price
116 David Ortiz, BOS $17
180 Billy Butler, KC $6
259 Victor Martinez, DET $3
Pitchers
Order Player Price
13 Clayton Kershaw, LAD $43
14 Yu Darvish, TEX $35
26 Stephen Strasburg, WAS $33
20 Max Scherzer, DET $30
24 Justin Verlander, DET $30
43 Adam Wainwright, STL $30
36 Jose Fernandez, MIA $29
49 Cliff Lee, PHI $29
23 Felix Hernandez, SEA $28
18 Chris Sale, CHW $27
54 Madison Bumgarner, SF $25
39 Craig Kimbrel, ATL $23
51 Michael Wacha, STL $21
67 David Price, TB $20
60 Kenley Jansen, LAD $17
92 Zack Greinke, LAD $17
57 Anibal Sanchez, DET $16
50 Joe Nathan, DET $15
75 Aroldis Chapman, CIN $15
53 Mike Minor, ATL $14
77 Mat Latos, CIN $14
105 Matt Cain, SF $14
87 Greg Holland, KC $13
133 Tony Cingrani, CIN $13
72 Trevor Rosenthal, STL $12
95 Jered Weaver, LAA $12
102 Homer Bailey, CIN $12
109 Julio Teheran, ATL $12
145 Gerrit Cole, PIT $11
153 Alex Cobb, TB $11
98 Danny Salazar, CLE $10
99 Koji Uehara, BOS $10
126 Shelby Miller, STL $10
148 Gio Gonzalez, WAS $10
162 Jordan Zimmermann, WAS $10
103 Cole Hamels, PHI $9
111 Jason Grilli, PIT $9
167 James Shields, KC $9
62 Rafael Soriano, WAS $8
123 David Robertson, NYY $8
197 Masahiro Tanaka, NYY $8
34 Hiroki Kuroda, NYY $7
125 Sonny Gray, OAK $7
155 Steve Cishek, MIA $7
223 Johnny Cueto, CIN $7
46 Brandon Beachy, ATL $6
78 Taijuan Walker, SEA $6
85 Ubaldo Jimenez, BAL $6
107 Corey Kluber, CLE $6
114 R.A. Dickey, TOR $6
135 Glen Perkins, MIN $6
139 Sergio Romo, SF $6
160 Doug Fister, WAS $6
168 Jeff Samardzija, CHC $6
184 Andrew Cashner, SD $6
209 Patrick Corbin, ARI $6
221 Lance Lynn, STL $6
228 Grant Balfour, TB $6
74 Jim Johnson, OAK $5
149 Ernesto Frieri, LAA $5
159 Fernando Rodney, SEA $5
172 Jon Lester, BOS $5
173 Hisashi Iwakuma, SEA $5
182 Francisco Liriano, PIT $5
189 Justin Masterson, CLE $5
194 Matt Moore, TB $5
239 Casey Janssen, TOR $5
171 Jonathan Papelbon, PHI $4
183 Nate Jones, CHW $4
185 Marco Estrada, MIL $4
211 Addison Reed, ARI $4
244 Neftali Feliz, TEX $4
141 John Lackey, BOS $3
177 A.J. Griffin, OAK $3
178 Scott Kazmir, OAK $3
195 Jim Henderson, MIL $3
206 John Axford, CLE $3
207 Bobby Parnell, NYM $3
232 A.J. Burnett, PHI $3
235 CC Sabathia, NYY $3
247 Tommy Hunter, BAL $3
248 Zack Wheeler, NYM $3
250 Huston Street, SD $3
210 Ivan Nova, NYY $2
212 Tim Lincecum, SF $2
233 Archie Bradley, ARI $2
237 Jose Veras, CHC $2
242 C.J. Wilson, LAA $2
254 Jarrod Parker, OAK $2
256 Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD $2
257 Alex Wood, ATL $2
260 Rex Brothers, COL $2
191 Jose Quintana, CHW $1
226 Dan Straily, OAK $1
243 Tyson Ross, SD $1
245 Chris Tillman, BAL $1
253 Matt Garza, MIL $1
262 Bartolo Colon, NYM $1
264 Chris Archer, TB $1
265 Tim Hudson, SF $1
267 Clay Buchholz, BOS $1
268 Dan Haren, LAD $1
269 Pedro Strop, CHC $1
271 Josh Fields, HOU $1
272 Joakim Soria, TEX $1
273 Yovani Gallardo, MIL $1
274 Ervin Santana, KC $1
275 Joaquin Benoit, SD $1
Reserve Draft
Pick Player
1 Michael Pineda, P, NYY
2 Corey Hart, 1B, SEA
3 Neil Walker, 2B, PIT
4 Adam Lind, 1B, TOR
5 Drew Smyly, P, DET
6 Martin Perez, P, TEX
7 Rick Porcello, P, DET
8 Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN
9 Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE
10 Dexter Fowler, OF, HOU
11 Denard Span, OF, WAS
12 Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI
13 Tyler Skaggs, P, LAA
14 Hector Santiago, P, LAA
15 Justin Morneau, 1B, COL
16 Nick Markakis, OF, BAL
17 Josh Reddick, OF, OAK
18 Jake Peavy, P, BOS
19 Gregory Polanco, OF, PIT
20 Josmil Pinto, C, MIN
21 Chris Johnson, 3B, ATL
22 Kyle Lohse, P, MIL
23 Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR
24 David Freese, 3B, LAA
25 Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL
26 Yordano Ventura, P, KC
27 Travis Wood, P, CHC
28 Javier Baez, SS, CHC
29 Chris Young, OF, NYM
30 Noah Syndergaard, P, NYM
31 Stephen Drew, SS, BOS
32 Phil Hughes, P, MIN
33 Wei-Yin Chen, P, BAL
34 Josh Johnson, P, SD
35 Dillon Gee, P, NYM
36 Jesse Crain, P, HOU
37 Oscar Taveras, OF, STL
38 Kris Medlen, P, ATL
39 LaTroy Hawkins, P, COL
40 Alexi Ogando, P, TEX
41 Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC
42 Carlos Quentin, OF, SD
43 Carlos Martinez, P, STL
44 Matt Davidson, 3B, CHW
45 Jonathon Niese, P, NYM
46 Wade Miley, P, ARI
47 Ricky Nolasco, P, MIN
48 Ian Kennedy, P, SD
49 Adam Dunn, 1B, CHW
50 Daniel Nava, OF, BOS
51 Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS
52 Darren O'Day, P, BAL
53 Wily Peralta, P, MIL
54 Grady Sizemore, OF, BOS
55 Chad Qualls, P, HOU
56 Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX
57 Logan Morrison, 1B, SEA
58 Dustin Ackley, OF, SEA
59 Matt Lindstrom, P, CHW
60 Mark Melancon, P, PIT
61 Brandon Morrow, P, TOR
62 Alcides Escobar, SS, KC
63 Felix Doubront, P, BOS
64 Mike Leake, P, CIN
65 Henderson Alvarez, P, MIA
66 Nick Franklin, 2B, SEA
67 Jake Odorizzi, P, TB
68 Junior Lake, OF, CHC
69 Addison Russell, SS, OAK
70 Jorge De La Rosa, P, COL
71 Danny Farquhar, P, SEA
72 Juan Francisco, 1B, MIL
73 Danny Duffy, P, KC
74 Kris Bryant, 3B, CHC
75 Michael Brantley, OF, CLE
76 Josh Willingham, OF, MIN
77 Erik Johnson, P, CHW
78 Dayan Viciedo, OF, CHW
79 Sergio Santos, P, TOR
80 Emilio Bonifacio, 2B, CHC
81 Erasmo Ramirez, P, SEA
82 Lucas Duda, OF, NYM
83 Byron Buxton, OF, MIN
84 Mark Reynolds, 1B, MIL
 
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Player Pos. Price
A.J. Pierzynski, BOS C $1
Dioner Navarro, TOR C $1
Edwin Encarnacion, TOR 1B $30
Matt Carpenter, STL 2B $23
Adrian Beltre, TEX 3B $32
Mike Moustakas, KC 3B $3
Ian Desmond, WAS SS $24
J.J. Hardy, BAL SS $6
Alcides Escobar, KC SS
Jacoby Ellsbury, NYY OF $30
Jay Bruce, CIN OF $25
Desmond Jennings, TB OF $7
Torii Hunter, DET OF $3
Michael Morse, SF OF $2
Byron Buxton, MIN OF
Denard Span, WAS OF
Victor Martinez, DET DH $3
Greg Holland, KC P $13
Homer Bailey, CIN P $12
Gio Gonzalez, WAS P $10
Cole Hamels, PHI P $9
Masahiro Tanaka, NYY P $8
David Robertson, NYY P $8
Jon Lester, BOS P $5
Nate Jones, CHW P $4
Jose Quintana, CHW P $1
Matt Lindstrom, CHW P
Kris Medlen, ATL P
Dillon Gee, NYM P
Hector Santiago, LAA P
Keith Cromer
Player Pos. Price
Buster Posey, SF C $21
Mike Zunino, SEA C $2
Kendrys Morales, SEA 1B $3
Mark Teixeira, NYY 1B $3
Adam LaRoche, WAS 1B
Ben Zobrist, TB 2B $16
Daniel Murphy, NYM 2B $8
Chase Utley, PHI 2B $7
Neil Walker, PIT 2B
David Wright, NYM 3B $32
Ryan Zimmerman, WAS 3B $21
Ryan Braun, MIL OF $32
Billy Hamilton, CIN OF $25
Josh Hamilton, LAA OF $22
B.J. Upton, ATL OF $3
Marcell Ozuna, MIA OF $1
Michael Brantley, CLE OF
Joe Nathan, DET P $15
Jason Grilli, PIT P $9
Rafael Soriano, WAS P $8
Hiroki Kuroda, NYY P $7
Jeff Samardzija, CHC P $6
Brandon Beachy, ATL P $6
Matt Moore, TB P $5
Jim Johnson, OAK P $5
Bobby Parnell, NYM P $3
Jorge De La Rosa, COL P
Wade Miley, ARI P
Travis Wood, CHC P
Kyle Lohse, MIL P
Chris Cwik
Player Pos. Price
Jonathan Lucroy, MIL C $13
Yasmani Grandal, SD C $1
Joey Votto, CIN 1B $29
Brandon Belt, SF 1B $8
Mike Napoli, BOS 1B $5
Anthony Rendon, WAS 2B $2
Kolten Wong, STL 2B $2
Nick Franklin, SEA 2B
Evan Longoria, TB 3B $32
Everth Cabrera, SD SS $13
Stephen Drew, BOS SS
Justin Upton, ATL OF $22
Alex Rios, TEX OF $19
Domonic Brown, PHI OF $18
Christian Yelich, MIA OF $5
Melky Cabrera, TOR OF $1
Carlos Quentin, SD OF
Jose Fernandez, MIA P $29
Matt Cain, SF P $14
Julio Teheran, ATL P $12
Jordan Zimmermann, WAS P $10
Johnny Cueto, CIN P $7
Steve Cishek, MIA P $7
Andrew Cashner, SD P $6
Addison Reed, ARI P $4
Chris Tillman, BAL P $1
Sergio Santos, TOR P
Chad Qualls, HOU P
Jake Peavy, BOS P
Rick Porcello, DET P
Nando DiFino
Player Pos. Price
Yan Gomes, CLE C $3
Tyler Flowers, CHW C $1
Mark Trumbo, ARI 1B $22
Chris Carter, HOU 1B $2
Yonder Alonso, SD 1B $1
Juan Francisco, MIL 1B
Adam Dunn, CHW 1B
Robinson Cano, SEA 2B $36
Dan Uggla, ATL 2B
Nolan Arenado, COL 3B $4
Will Middlebrooks, BOS 3B $3
David Freese, LAA 3B
Jose Reyes, TOR SS $25
Elvis Andrus, TEX SS $15
Bryce Harper, WAS OF $42
Leonys Martin, TEX OF $10
Avisail Garcia, CHW OF $2
David Ortiz, BOS DH $17
Tony Cingrani, CIN P $13
Jered Weaver, LAA P $12
Alex Cobb, TB P $11
Gerrit Cole, PIT P $11
James Shields, KC P $9
R.A. Dickey, TOR P $6
Hisashi Iwakuma, SEA P $5
Ernesto Frieri, LAA P $5
Jonathan Papelbon, PHI P $4
Danny Duffy, KC P
Ian Kennedy, SD P
Michael Pineda, NYY P
Jameson Fleming
Player Pos. Price
Salvador Perez, KC C $8
Jason Castro, HOU C $3
Chris Davis, BAL 1B $37
Matt Adams, STL 1B $11
Corey Hart, SEA 1B
Dustin Pedroia, BOS 2B $26
Pablo Sandoval, SF 3B $8
Maikel Franco, PHI 3B $2
Kris Bryant, CHC 3B
Jonathan Villar, HOU SS $5
Jhonny Peralta, STL SS $3
Matt Holliday, STL OF $21
Hunter Pence, SF OF $19
Shane Victorino, BOS OF $7
Austin Jackson, DET OF $4
Angel Pagan, SF OF $1
Daniel Nava, BOS OF
Colby Rasmus, TOR OF
Clayton Kershaw, LAD P $43
Madison Bumgarner, SF P $25
Lance Lynn, STL P $6
Sergio Romo, SF P $6
Justin Masterson, CLE P $5
Marco Estrada, MIL P $4
John Axford, CLE P $3
Jim Henderson, MIL P $3
John Lackey, BOS P $3
Danny Farquhar, SEA P
Ricky Nolasco, MIN P
Yordano Ventura, KC P
Brian Flood
Player Pos. Price
Devin Mesoraco, CIN C $2
Jesus Montero, SEA C $1
Prince Fielder, TEX 1B $32
Jurickson Profar, TEX 2B $5
Pedro Alvarez, PIT 3B $8
Xander Bogaerts, BOS 3B $7
Derek Jeter, NYY SS $4
Dee Gordon, LAD SS $3
Yasiel Puig, LAD OF $33
Starling Marte, PIT OF $24
Wil Myers, TB OF $21
Nick Castellanos, DET OF $6
Rajai Davis, DET OF $2
Darin Ruf, PHI OF $1
Dayan Viciedo, CHW OF
Grady Sizemore, BOS OF
Gregory Polanco, PIT OF
Stephen Strasburg, WAS P $33
Felix Hernandez, SEA P $28
Michael Wacha, STL P $21
Kenley Jansen, LAD P $17
Taijuan Walker, SEA P $6
Alex Wood, ATL P $2
Jarrod Parker, OAK P $2
Pedro Strop, CHC P $1
Bartolo Colon, NYM P $1
Jake Odorizzi, TB P
Carlos Martinez, STL P
Noah Syndergaard, NYM P
Martin Perez, TEX P
Al Melchior
Player Pos. Price
Joe Mauer, MIN C $23
Matt Wieters, BAL C $7
Josmil Pinto, MIN C
Adrian Gonzalez, LAD 1B $17
Brandon Moss, OAK 1B $11
Brandon Phillips, CIN 2B $5
Brett Lawrie, TOR 3B $8
Matt Davidson, CHW 3B
Andrelton Simmons, ATL SS $11
Andrew McCutchen, PIT OF $41
Jayson Werth, WAS OF $23
George Springer, HOU OF $10
Alfonso Soriano, NYY OF $9
Coco Crisp, OAK OF $6
Kelly Johnson, NYY OF $4
Corey Dickerson, COL OF $3
Junior Lake, CHC OF
Chris Young, NYM OF
Adam Wainwright, STL P $30
Mike Minor, ATL P $14
Koji Uehara, BOS P $10
Danny Salazar, CLE P $10
Sonny Gray, OAK P $7
Fernando Rodney, SEA P $5
Scott Kazmir, OAK P $3
Jose Veras, CHC P $2
Tyson Ross, SD P $1
Erik Johnson, CHW P
Wily Peralta, MIL P
Drew Smyly, DET P
Joe Polito
Player Pos. Price
Wilson Ramos, WAS C $3
Travis d'Arnaud, NYM C $2
Freddie Freeman, ATL 1B $26
Mitch Moreland, TEX 1B
Jose Altuve, HOU 2B $14
Emilio Bonifacio, CHC 2B
Manny Machado, BAL 3B $10
Chase Headley, SD 3B $10
Todd Frazier, CIN 3B
Starlin Castro, CHC SS $9
Jed Lowrie, OAK SS $5
Giancarlo Stanton, MIA OF $30
Shin-Soo Choo, TEX OF $28
Curtis Granderson, NYM OF $11
Ben Revere, PHI OF $4
Eric Young, NYM OF $2
Alejandro De Aza, CHW OF $1
Lorenzo Cain, KC OF
Josh Reddick, OAK OF
Max Scherzer, DET P $30
Chris Sale, CHW P $27
Zack Greinke, LAD P $17
Trevor Rosenthal, STL P $12
Doug Fister, WAS P $6
Francisco Liriano, PIT P $5
Neftali Feliz, TEX P $4
CC Sabathia, NYY P $3
Chris Archer, TB P $1
Henderson Alvarez, MIA P
Phil Hughes, MIN P
Phil Ponebshek
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Miguel Montero, ARI C $2
Carlos Ruiz, PHI C $1
Allen Craig, STL 1B $16
Ryan Howard, PHI 1B $2
Adam Lind, TOR 1B
Ian Kinsler, DET 2B $14
Howie Kendrick, LAA 2B $1
Aramis Ramirez, MIL 3B $1
Chris Johnson, ATL 3B
Troy Tulowitzki, COL SS $34
Addison Russell, OAK SS
Javier Baez, CHC SS
Carlos Gonzalez, COL OF $41
Adam Jones, BAL OF $31
Matt Kemp, LAD OF $24
Michael Cuddyer, COL OF $7
Will Venable, SD OF $6
Norichika Aoki, KC OF $4
Josh Willingham, MIN OF
Cliff Lee, PHI P $29
Craig Kimbrel, ATL P $23
Aroldis Chapman, CIN P $15
Rex Brothers, COL P $2
Archie Bradley, ARI P $2
Tim Lincecum, SF P $2
Yovani Gallardo, MIL P $1
Dan Haren, LAD P $1
Matt Garza, MIL P $1
Darren O'Day, BAL P
Jonathon Niese, NYM P
Matt Snyder
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Yadier Molina, STL C $14
Brian McCann, NYY C $8
Albert Pujols, LAA 1B $19
Anthony Rizzo, CHC 1B $10
Mark Reynolds, MIL 1B
Aaron Hill, ARI 2B $6
Kyle Seager, SEA 3B $8
Hanley Ramirez, LAD SS $37
Alexei Ramirez, CHW SS $1
Jimmy Rollins, PHI SS
Jose Bautista, TOR OF $26
Alex Gordon, KC OF $11
Carlos Beltran, NYY OF $7
Nelson Cruz, BAL OF $7
Michael Bourn, CLE OF $3
Carl Crawford, LAD OF $2
Oscar Taveras, STL OF
Yu Darvish, TEX P $35
Justin Verlander, DET P $30
Anibal Sanchez, DET P $16
Grant Balfour, TB P $6
Patrick Corbin, ARI P $6
Casey Janssen, TOR P $5
Joaquin Benoit, SD P $1
Joakim Soria, TEX P $1
Clay Buchholz, BOS P $1
Brandon Morrow, TOR P
Mark Melancon, PIT P
Jesse Crain, HOU P
Tyler Skaggs, LAA P
Jeff Tobin
Player Pos. Price
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, MIA C $1
Paul Goldschmidt, ARI 1B $39
Jose Abreu, CHW 1B $13
Logan Morrison, SEA 1B
Jason Kipnis, CLE 2B $24
Josh Donaldson, OAK 3B $18
Martin Prado, ARI 3B $10
Matt Dominguez, HOU 3B $2
Brad Miller, SEA SS $7
Asdrubal Cabrera, CLE SS
Carlos Gomez, MIL OF $24
Jason Heyward, ATL OF $19
Yoenis Cespedes, OAK OF $17
Evan Gattis, ATL OF $12
Kole Calhoun, LAA OF $9
Khris Davis, MIL OF $7
Nick Markakis, BAL OF
David Price, TB P $20
Mat Latos, CIN P $14
Glen Perkins, MIN P $6
Corey Kluber, CLE P $6
Ubaldo Jimenez, BAL P $6
A.J. Griffin, OAK P $3
Ervin Santana, KC P $1
Josh Fields, HOU P $1
Tim Hudson, SF P $1
Erasmo Ramirez, SEA P
Mike Leake, CIN P
Alexi Ogando, TEX P
Wei-Yin Chen, BAL P
Scott White
Player Pos. Price
Carlos Santana, CLE C $15
Wilin Rosario, COL C $12
Eric Hosmer, KC 1B $18
Nick Swisher, CLE 1B $2
Justin Morneau, COL 1B
Jedd Gyorko, SD 2B $23
Brian Dozier, MIN 2B $7
Miguel Cabrera, DET 3B $62
Jean Segura, MIL SS $23
Mike Trout, LAA OF $51
Adam Eaton, CHW OF $5
Brett Gardner, NYY OF $3
Oswaldo Arcia, MIN OF $2
Marlon Byrd, PHI OF $2
Lucas Duda, NYM OF
Dustin Ackley, SEA OF
Dexter Fowler, HOU OF
Billy Butler, KC DH $6
Shelby Miller, STL P $10
Huston Street, SD P $3
Zack Wheeler, NYM P $3
Tommy Hunter, BAL P $3
A.J. Burnett, PHI P $3
Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD P $2
C.J. Wilson, LAA P $2
Ivan Nova, NYY P $2
Dan Straily, OAK P $1
Felix Doubront, BOS P
LaTroy Hawkins, COL P
Josh Johnson, SD P
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Erick Aybar nothing but a singles hitter in July
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:29 am ET) An inability to hit anything but singles has limited the production of Angels second baseman Erick Aybar recently.

Aybar has hit safely in 17 of his last 21 games, but 19 of his 22 hits during that stretch have been singles. He has no triples or home runs in that period. He has just five runs scored and six RBI since July 6. Aybar owns a decent .281/.317/.403 stat line on the season. His slugging percentage has fallen 30 points in July, but he has been productive overall in 2014 with 50 runs scored and 51 RBI.


Kurt Suzuki backed by teammates
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:07 am ET) Twins surprisingly productive catcher Kurt Suzuki has received interest from several teams in need of players at that position, but closer Glen Perkins is hoping he stays put and is offered a contract extension.

"That would be ideal," he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I think everyone else would agree. Not even just pitchers. He's fit in the clubhouse great, too, with everybody."

General manager Terry Ryan expressed satisfaction with Suzuki despite admitting he rates poorly in regard to pitch-framing.

Toronto, San Francisco and Baltimore are believed to be most interested. All three had scouts at Twins games over the weekend.


Jordy Mercer emerging as option to bat second vs. LHPs
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:06 am ET) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer was slotted second in the batting order Monday against the Giants for the third time this season and second time in three games.

Mercer has become an option to hit second when a left-handed starter is on the hill, as was the case Monday with Giants hurler Madison Bumgarner.

"I think he gives us, against left-handed pitching, probably the best dynamic in that spot right now," manager Clint Hurdle said, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "From last season into this season, he’s been one of our better hitters against left-handed pitching. He’s a guy we’ve used to play some small ball with, a guy who’s shown an ability to barrel the ball. He’s leading the team in RBIs against left-handed pitching in probably less at-bats than the other guys had."

Mercer is batting .319 with a .351 on-base percentage, .458 slugging percentage and .809 OPS in 40 games against lefties this season.


'Still a good chance' Joaquin Benoit gets dealt
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:00 am ET) A major-league source told MLBDailyDish.com that there is "still a good chance" the Padres trade reliever Joaquin Benoit, who has taken over the closer's role since San Diego traded Huston Street to the Angels. The Pirates and Indians could be two teams still interested in acquiring the veteran reliever.

Adam Eaton on a roll for White Sox
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:50 am ET) White Sox leadoff hitter Adam Eaton has remained steady and productive since a mini-slump in late June and early July.

Eaton has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games with 22 hits in 58 at-bats during that stretch. He has scored six runs in the last eight games and has sweetened his stat line to .285/.355/.383. The lone mild disappointment has been his 10 stolen bases in 16 attempts.


Report: Brewers among teams interested in Jon Lester
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:47 am ET) The Brewers are among several teams trying to trade for Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Dodgers, Mariners, Pirates and Orioles are among other teams reported to have inquired about Lester.

Seth Smith continues to rake against righties
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:42 am ET) Padres left fielder Seth Smith continues to give his team what it expects - a strong bat against right-handers and a fixture on the bench against lefties.

Smith is arguably enjoying his finest season for the offensively challenged Padres with a stat line of .295/.392/.510. He is coming off a 12-for-21 stretch in which he scored five runs and drove in four. He has 11 homers and 44 walks, but just 30 at-bats against left-handers this season with seven hits.


Deep league owners need Billy Burns
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(10:38 am ET) On Monday night, Billy Burns made his major league debut, pinch-hitting for Josh Reddick and lining out. It's wasn't an auspicious beginning for the Athletics' callup, but there should be better times ahead.

Though he had not advanced beyond Double-A, Burns had already demonstrated Fantasy potential with his blazing speed. Burns stole 51 bases in 56 attempts for Double-A Midland after notching 74 steals across two levels in the Nationals' system in 2013. He has very little power, but Burns has shown good plate discipline and has some potential to help owners with batting average and on-base percentage.

Even as just a pinch-running specialist, Burns would have value for owners in AL-only leagues, but he will be more than that. According to MLB.com, Burns will fill the role vacated by Craig Gentry, who went on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right hand. That means he will platoon in center field against left-handed pitchers. That additional playing time gives Burns some appeal in deeper mixed leagues.


Chris Archer earns praise for standing up to David Ortiz
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:28 am ET) Rays starter Chris Archer has earned the respect of his teammates for his reaction to the showmanship of Red Sox slugger David Ortiz in flipping his bat and taking his time rounding the bases after blasting a home run against the right-hander.

Archer claimed Ortiz feels he's bigger than the game. Ortiz said Archer had no business reacting that way as a player with "two days" in the game. Archer countered by noting that classy Hank Aaron never flipped his bat.

"My initial thought was you're never too youthful to tell the truth and say things how you see them," Archer told the Tampa Tribune.

Archer standing up to Ortiz prompted praise from David Price, who has his own feud going with the Red Sox stud.

"Not only did he earn respect here, but in all of baseball," Price said about Archer. "He said what he needed to say. He said it well. I wish I would've said it as well."


Report: Royals interested in adding Andrew Miller
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:17 am ET) The Royals are seeking to bolster one of the premier bullpens in the bigs by adding Red Sox fireballing southpaw Andrew Miller, WEEI.com has claimed.

Miller is reportedly on the trading block. The failed starter has thrived as a short reliever in recent years. He has been most dominant this season with 25 hits allowed in 40 1/3 innings, 13 walks and 65 strikeouts. He has only allowed two home runs, which bodes well for spacious Kauffman Stadium.


 
 
 
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