Here is where the outfielder Peter had to be robbed to pay Paul over at first base. Outfielders normally- and with good reason- go for much more than they did this year, as only three reached the $40 mark. All the budget money blasted early at 1B made for some very nice bargains in the outfield. Let’s see where the money went…(cost and my position ranks in parenthesis)
Matt Holliday ($46, 3) A bit more than he was expected to cost, which makes him one of the few outfielders to exceed price expectations.
Carl Crawford ($42, 4) I still do not get why he goes for so much. If he does not steal 50+, he’s an upscale B.J. Upton.
Ryan Braun ($40, 1) Protected. He would have went for over $40 if he were not.
Grady Sizemore ($34, 7) One of the bigger question marks coming into the auction, he settled at about the price everyone thought he would.
Bobby Abreu ($31, 16) No, I don’t understand why, either.
Jason Bay ($30, 13) The cavern known as Citi Field knocked his price down a little.
Matt Kemp ($30, 2) Protected for a second year. The owner who protected him is in first place right now. Yes, that is a cause and effect…
Adam Dunn ($29, 12) Went for a few extra dollars because of first base eligibility, but not so many that he became outrageous.
Carlos Beltran ($28, 50) Every league has at least one owner who likes to go to Vegas, the track, and gamble on injury comebacks. One of ours bet big on Beltran- whether he is right or not will dictate where he finishes.
B.J. Upton ($26, 24) You pay for steals in our league.
Andre Ethier ($25, 17) Solid price for a #1 outfielder.
Andrew McCutchen ($24, 34) More than I would have paid for a player with only ½ a season on his resume, but not a bad gamble to take on this kid.
Jacoby Ellsbury ($24, 6) Protected by us. See B.J. Upton comment.
Jayson Werth ($24, 15) If he had been protected from last year, he would have cost a reasonable $25. A player whose cost surely dropped because of the first base spending spree.
Curtis Granderson ($23, 10) We won him, and were shocked that we did. We only threw out a bid in order to get to play, since we had not bid on anyone in a while. When we found that we won him for $23, it took us two nominations before we were able to pull ourselves together and refocus. A great steal at $23.
Carlos Lee ($23, 9) Notice the prices dropping on quality outfielders? Peter, meet Paul.
Nick Markakis ($22, 8) Would have been worth the $28 he went for last year.
Carlos Gonzales ($21, 51) A risk play that could pay off big.
Ichiro Suzuki ($21, 14) $21? Only $21? Man…
Johnny Damon ($20, 36) Becoming a Detroit Tiger only moved him up a few extra dollars.
Hunter Pence ($19, 19) Under $20 is a nice price for Pence.
Torii Hunter ($19, 28) Sounds about right.
Magglio Ordonez ($18, 47) More than one owner bid on a bounceback year.
Jay Bruce ($18, 21) We went the extra dollar for 25+ HR.
Shane Victorino ($18, 23) Number two outfielder for a number three price.
Josh Hamilton ($18, 27) Plenty of number two guys went in this range, which is normally what you pay for a number three quality OF.
Austin Jackson ($17, 72) Hot Rookie + Hometown Team=Overpriced.
Adam Jones ($17, 37) A fair price for Adam.
Michael Cuddyer ($17, 35) Always produces more than his cost.
Carlos Quentin ($16, 20) Another bargain pickup at the price.
Jason Heyward ($16, 66) We dropped out at $13. I can see why someone went to $16, though.
Manny Ramirez ($16, 22) How much do steroids cost? About $20 in auction price, according to Manny.
Alfonso Soriano ($16. 39) Number three OF for a number three price, but no bargain.
Justin Upton ($15, 5), Adam Lind ($15, 11), Nelson Cruz ($15, 18), Shin-Soo choo ($15, 25), Ben Zobrist ($15, 26), Michael Bourn ($15, 38) All Protected at $15, which are very nice keeper prices, indeed.
As for the rest of the outfielders, you can separate them into the following three categories:
Franklin Gutierrez ($12, 45) Under $15 for a potential 20/20 guy is always good.
Colby Rasmus ($10, 56) A much better risk than Dexter Fowler, who went for $11.
Ryan Ludwick ($9, 42) That’s a lot of cheap HR’s for nine bucks.
Vernon Wells ($8, 33) The one player I most regret not having the extra dollar to get.
Garret Jones ($8, 62) he won’t give you last year’s production, but he will give you more than $8 worth.
Nolan Reimold ($8, 46) When his manager realizes that playing 32-35 year old outfielders is stupid when your starting pitchers average 12 years of age means you should really be building around young talent, Remold will then become a bargain.
Chase Headley ($8, 65) A quality #3/4 OF who also will qualify at 3B for $8? That’s a bargain every day of the week.
J.D. Drew ($7, 49) Over $10, no bargain. Under $10, nice bargain.
Chris Coughlin ($5, 44) When you can get a potential #3 OF for roster filler price, grab him.
Cameron Maybin ($5, 71) At this price, the best bet on a young outfielder, including Jason Heyward at $16.
Cody Ross ($4, 52) 20 HR’s for the price of a backup SS? Yowza!
Jeff Francoer ($3, 58) Ridonkulus.
Josh Willingham ($3, 63) The right-handed Cody Ross.
Dexter Fowler ($11, 70) Double figures for a guy without a set position is a risk unless he has a big minor league track record.
Carlos Gomez ($10, 87) Way too much for a guy with his swing.
Michael Stanton ($7, 92) Even if he does come up sometime this year, he will be abused by MLB pitchers.
Alex Rios ($15, 29)
Denard Span ($15, 40)
Brad Hawpe ($14, 30)
Corey Hart ($14, 32)
Nyjer Morgan ($14, 43)
Nate McLouth ($13, 31)
Jason Kubel ($12, 41)
Raul Ibanez ($11, 48)
Kyle Blanks ($11, 73)
Juan Pierre ($10, 54)
Juan Rivera ($9, 53)
Matt LaPorta ($9, 57)
Nick Swisher ($8, 61)
Chris Young ($8, 75)
Rajai Davis ($7, 59)
Travis Snider ($6, 55)
Delmon young ($6, 68)
Conor Jackson ($6, 80)
Lastings Milledge ($6, 81)
Sean Rodriguez ($6, 94)
Carlos Guillen ($6, 102)
Milton Bradley ($5, 78)
Coco Crisp ($5, 86)
Jack Cust ($4, 107)
Scott Podsednik ($5, 113)
Jermaine Dye ($4, 60)
Drew Stubbs ($4, 69)
Brett Gardner ($4, 74)
Marlon Byrd ($4, 77)
Skip Schumaker ($4, 83)
Nate Schierholz ($4, 118)
Will Venable ($4, 120)
Mike Cameron ($3, 64)
David DeJesus ($3, 67)
Seth Smith ($3, 103)
Melky Cabrera ($2, 82)
Elijah Dukes ($2, 85)
Desmond Jennings ($2, 95)
Michael Brantley ($2, 96)
Kosuek Fukudome ($2, 101)
Rick Ankiel ($2, 112)
Matt Joyce ($1, 76)
David Murphy ($1, 79)
Aaron Rowand ($1, 84)
Ryan Raburn ($1, 88)
Ben Francisco ($1, 89)
Jeremy Hermida ($1, 90)
Xavier Nady ($1, 98)
Matt Diaz ($1, 100)
Jose Bautista ($1, 104)
Ryan Sweeney ($1, 105)
Randy Winn ($1, 106)
Scott Hairston ($1, 109)
Jose Guillen ($1, 110)
Eugenio Velez ($1, 122)
Willie Harris ($1, 123)
Felix Pie ($1, 125)
Gabe Gross ($1, FA)
Tony Gwynn ($1, FA)
Willy Taveras (FA, 111)
Fernando Tatis (FA, FA)
Gary Matthews Jr. (FA, FA)
Upshot- Plenty of options at great prices, but very few owners with any money. Ones who were able to hoard a few dollars were rewarded with some wonderful bargains.
Best Buys in OF- Good Gravy, where to start! Bargains up and down the list, with Granderson ($23) and Vernon Wells ($8) being the best at the top and bottom.
Worst Buys in OF- Abreu at $31 is the only one that really stands out…
As in every year, not a lot of money was spent at this position. The one major surprise was the $42 spent on Victor Martinez, and that was only due to his eligibility at first base. Aside from that, catching went pretty much how you would expect- Joe Mauer cost a lot, Brian McCann cost some, someone spent big on the potential of Matt Wieters, and everyone else filled in roster spots. Here’s the breakdown…
Victor Martinez ($42, 3) Not worth $42 as a catcher, not worth $42 as a 1B. A ridiculous amount for V-Mart.
Joe Mauer ($34, 1) We may be the only league in America where Mauer was not the most expensive catcher.
Brian McCann ($25, 2) He always goes for $25, and will for the foreseeable future. He sets the ceiling for any catcher not named Mauer.
Matt Wieters ($21, 4) A bit much for a speculative play at catcher.
Ryan Doumit ($17, 14) Too much for a guy who will only give you 400 AB’s regardless of what position he plays.
Russell Martin ($16, 11) A spring training injury brought his price down a few dollars, making him a good buy at $16.
Jorge Posada ($15, 6) Protected. Start off the annual “Find a starter between $10 and $15” run!
Miguel Montero ($14, 8) Nice price until he tore up a knee. Risk you run at this position.
Kurt Suzuki ($14, 8) See the trend?
Yadier Molina ($12, 12), A.J. Pierzynski ($12, 13) Same player, same cost.
Mike Napoli ($11, 7) OK, if Angels manager Mike Scosia doesn’t want him starting at catcher, I can understand. What I don’t understand is why a team lacking in power won’t start him at DH.
Bengie Molina ($11, 10) Overrated in real baseball, underrated in fantasy as long as his manager refuses to play anyone under 30 without a cool nickname like “Kung Fu Panda”.
Geovany Soto ($10, 9) His owner from last year pulled a slick move by “toppering” him, which means he could be retained for $1 more than the highest bid. He gambled that Soto’s 2009 would bring down his price considerably, and he was proven right. A very nice buy at this price.
Rod Barajas ($8, 29) His two early-season homers notwithstanding, $8 for Barajas is about $5 too much.
Carlos Santana ($6, 31) The highest price paid for a prospect, and a good gamble.
Chris Ianetta ($6, 17) Only the platoon situation in Colorado kept him from going for double digits.
Gerald Laird ($6, 36) There is always one hometown fan in any league, and he overpaid for a guy who really should have been a free agent.
Other Catchers of Note:
Kelly Shoppach ($4, 19) Had breakout potential before getting hurt.
Tyler Flowers ($3, 32) Moves way up should anything happen to Pierzynski.
Buster Posey ($2, 22) Will be worth double figures the nanosecond someone in Frisco realizes that Bengie Molina sucks.
Miguel Olivo ($2, 18) Merge he and Ianetta together into one catcher and you have a $15 guy.
Ramon Hernandez ($5, 20)
Alex Avila ($5, 23)
Jarrod Saltalamacchia ($4, 16)
Carlos Ruiz ($4, 26)
John Baker ($4, 15)
Ivan Rodriguez ($4, 24)
Jesus Flores ($4, 25)
John Buck ($3, FA)
Adam Moore ($3, 37)
Rob Johnson ($1, FA)
Nick Hundley ($1, FA)
Dioner Navarro ($1, 27)
J.R. Towles ($1, FA)
Taylor Teagarden ($1, 34)
Jason Kendall ($1, FA)
Lou Marson ($1, 38)
Gregg Zaun ($1, 33)
Jason Castro (FA, 21)
Upshot- Not much to say here, as catcher is the most boring position to fill in fantasy baseball. Aside from the craziness involving Victor Martinez, everything went pretty much according to tradition this year.
Best Buys at Catcher- Russell Martin (416) and Geovany Soto ($10) stand out.
Worst Buys at Catcher- Did I mention someone paid $42 for Victor Martinez? Doumit at $17, Barajas at $8, and Laird at $6 were also pretty bad.
Next Up- Starting Pitchers!