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2014 Draft Prep: 12-team mixed auction

Senior Fantasy Writer

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,
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
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
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
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
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
Player Pos. Price
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
Player Pos. Price
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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Report: Yelich, Hechavarria turn down offers from Marlins
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(11:21 am ET) The Marlins are no longer discussing multiyear contracts with outfielder Christian Yelich and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, reports the Miami Herald.

A significant gap between Yelich and the Marlins has caused contract talks on a long-term deal to stall. Hechavarria turned down the Marlins' multiyear contract because the offer was not significant enough. He can become a free agent after the 2018 season, while Yelich can become a free agent after 2019.

Rockies' Jhoulys Chacin ready for bounce back 2015 season
by Brandon Wise |
(12:46 am ET) Rockies pitcher Jhoulys Chacin had a tough 2014 season. After injuring his shoulder in spring training, Chacin struggled in 11 starts, posting a 1-7 record with a 5.40 ERA in 63 1/3 innings. He suffered right rotator cuff strain, which forced him to miss nearly half the season.

However, manager Walt Weiss is happy with Chacin's progress this offseason.

"He's doing great. He's been throwing and working out really hard. He's had a really good offseason," Weiss said to The Denver Post.

Teammate and pitcher Jorge De La Rosa thinks 2015 will be much kinder to Chacin.

"He surprised me a lot," De La Rosa said. "He was playing catch with me every day (in Scottsdale, Ariz.), and his arm looks really good. His ball really had some life, and he's lost some weight. I think he's getting stronger. He's going to have a good year."

Report: Braves sign reliever David Carpenter
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(1/24/2015) The Braves signed relief pitcher David Carpenter, reports Baseball America.

Carpenter spent the last three seasons pitching for the Angels. During his career, Carpenter has pitched 43 innings and produced a 5.23 ERA.

Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki wants to move past injury concerns
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(1/24/2015) Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has heard the rumors about being injury-prone and he said it only motivates him to play better, reports

Tulowitzki only appeared in 91 games during the 2014 season and said his main goal for 2015 is to stay on the field.

"I've heard that I'm injury-prone. I've heard that I'm getting older. I like it," he said. "That stuff fuels me. It makes my workouts better. It makes me want it that much more. I just want to prove that I can do it. For so long, I've worked so hard to try to stay on the field. That's what keeps driving me - to stay on the field, help this team win and try to solidify myself as the best player in the game."

He added that he wants to play between 140 and 160 games, but he knows it will be a challenge as he gets older.

"It's been a battle for me, no doubt," Tulowitzki said. "I do everything I possibly can to prepare for the season and make myself healthy."

Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez confident he can play outfield
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(1/24/2015) When Hanley Ramirez makes his spring training debut, he’ll be trying to learn new teammates and a new position.

The Red Sox signed Ramirez in the offseason with the intent of having him play in left field. Ramirez has never played in the outfield during his career, but has been working on outfield mechanics, including tracking balls and hitting the cutoff man. Ramirez believes the switch from the infield to the outfield will be seamless, once he receives enough experience, reports

"I think if I put in all the work that I need to put to get better it's not going to be that hard," Ramirez said.

Tigers sign pitcher Al Alburquerque for $1.725 million
by Brandon Wise |
(1/24/2015) The Tigers have re-signed pitcher Al Alburquerque to a $1.725 million contract with a $12,500 bonus for 75 appearances, according to Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Alburquerque originally filed for $2.05 million in arbitration while Detroit offered $1.375 million, according to Heyman. The five-year veteran went 3-1 in 2014 with a 2.51 ERA in 72 games. 

Astros ask third baseman Matt Dominguez to learn first base
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(1/24/2015) With the Astros recently acquiring infielder Luis Valbuena, third baseman Matt Dominguez has been asked to start learning how to play first base, reports the Houston Chronicle.

"You get a bigger glove, so it can't be that hard," Dominguez said.

Dominguez has spent the last two seasons as the full-time third baseman for the Astors, but he will compete with Valbuena for the starting role this season. If Valbuena wins the third base job, the Astros want Dominguez to be able to switch to first base.

"[Astros manager A.J. Hinch] thinks I'm going to be a third baseman, but he wants to also help me try to make the team by adding a little more versatility and move around a little bit more," Dominguez said. "Do whatever I need to do."

Citing health, Allen Craig hopes to play well for Red Sox
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(1/24/2015) After declaring himself healthy, Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig hopes to justify the Red Sox’s decision to trade for him, reports the Boston Herald.

Craig suffered a ligament tear in his left foot in 2013 and struggled throughout 2014, hitting .215 with eight home runs and 46 RBI.

"I'm just going to go to spring training and compete wherever I'm at and just play the game like I always have," Craig said. "The Red Sox traded for me because they believe in me, so I want to go out there and play well."

White Sox C Tyler Flowers: 'It's my job to lose' behind the plate
by Igor Mello |
(1/24/2015) White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers told reporters he doesn't plan on giving up his starting job easily, per On Thursday, Geovany Soto signed a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training.

"I really don't think there's much of a question going in there," Flowers said. "I would definitely say it's my job to lose. Barring an injury, there's really no doubt I'll be the guy catching opening day."

Flowers avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal, worth $2.675 million for this season. The 28-year-old hit .241/.297/.396 with 15 homers and 50 RBI over 407 at-bats in 2014.

"At this point, there's no reason to move off of that," general manager Rick Hahn said. "Competition is good. It brings out the best in people. And if someone comes in and fights for that job and earns it, I'm sure we'll be flexible. But certainly, we view Tyler as the starter."

Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia: 'I plan on playing 162' games
by Igor Mello |
(1/24/2015) Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who is coming off September wrist surgery, told reporters he plans to play all 162 games this season, per Comcast SportsNet Northeast.

"I plan on playing 162," said Pedroia. "[Farrell] said that because my numbers were impacted [by the injury]. But I don't look at it any different. I mean, I played 178 games (in 2013) with a torn thumb. Obviously, I'm human -- the next year, you're going to have a tough time."

Pedroia has been limited the past three seasons due to a number of injuries. He injured his wrist in the home opener and wasn't the same the rest of the way. The 31-year-old Pedroia hit just .278 with seven home runs, 33 doubles and 53 RBI in 135 games last season. He has hit fewer than 10 home runs in two straight seasons.

Pedroia reiterated that he's at 100 percent to start spring training.

"I'm'll see," Pedroia said. "I'm good, ready to go. If [the season] started tomorrow, I'd be good. I'm very excited. Obviously, after last year, it didn't go very well, so we've got a lot of stuff to prove.'"