Well, if you read my Tout Wish List piece published Saturday morning, just before the American League Tout Wars auction, you can see the prelude to what I actually drafted (which follows).
I did get mostly what I wanted, not so much in terms of players--though I did nab a few on that wish list--as achieve the objective of filling my roster with as many everyday players and at-bats as I could.
So, let's simply cut to the chase and get to what I bought:
C: J.P. Arencibia ($14)-20-homer power, and his average will rise.
C: Kelly Shoppach ($3)-I was looking at Tyler Flowers for this spot, but Shoppach came up and I think will produce as well for the anticipated price (about what I thought Flowers would cost). So, I simply went for it.
1B: Mitch Moreland ($14)-I had targeted Moreland and his outfield/first base eligibility at $13. This works.
2B: Ben Zobrist ($24)-Again, wrote down a stat base and put Zobrist's name after it and wrote in $24. Again, position flexibility. I had wanted Howie Kendrick for this slot, but he went for $25 (I anticipated $20) so that was a little too far out of range. I already had Zobrist in the outfield, so I adjusted accordingly with my roster.
3B: Danny Valencia ($14)-I was hoping to get Mark Reynolds here, but he went for $21. Though Valencia should cost around $11, but this is fine. He should begin really stepping it up with the average in his third season.
SS: Erick Aybar ($20)-I thought I could get Aybar for $17 so this is a little more, but I like what he can do and I like it even better hitting in front of that Albert Pujols guy.
MI: Ryan Raburn ($12)-Yet again multiple positions, and 14 homers last year, with 15 and 16 before that respectively, the guy could break out seriously.
CI: Kyle Seager ($4)-My understanding from the Mariners brass is he will be the third baseman: that a line drive hitter such as Seager has to play every day, and that Figgins will spell third, outfield, and maybe some second. Seager can also cover short, and the $4 is exactly what I anticipated.
OF: Nick Swisher ($21)- Just a little more than the $19 I hoped, but Swish is ever so consistent, and for that reason I just love having him on my roster.
OF: Ben Revere ($13)-Right at range (anticipated $14) I think Revere will hit well and steal.
OF: Dayan Viciedo ($11)-Was hoping to grab Coco Crisp for an outfield slot, but he went for $20 which was enough more than the $15 I was thinking. And, Viciedo gets to start and can hit, for sure.
OF: Ryan Kalish ($1)-Some early injury questions, but the kid has a gig if he can get healthy fast enough. Nice price if it works: I am not out much if not.
UT: Brendan Ryan ($5)-Again, the Seattle front office loves him as long as he stays healthy. I hope he does and their devotion is justified.
SW: Jeff Niemann ($8)-The Swingman experiment for me, I decided to blow my gamble on pitching (only two others did) figuring you really can never have enough pitching. Ideally I can grab some extra at-bats from my reserve list and the free agent pool. Or, at worst make a trade because someone will need a starter.
SP: C.C. Sabathia ($26)-Highest priced item, but he is so consistent, and offsets a lot of bad performances elsewhere. Not to mention he seems so durable.
SP Derek Holland ($15)-A gamble, but one with whiffs and potentially high reward.
SP: Brandon McCarthy ($14)-Thought I could get him for $13, so this is just fine. He is good. Now, if he can repeat.
SP: Justin Masterson ($9)-Always been a fan, and after last year, I like him more. Nice price.
SP: Luke Hochevar ($8)-I was looking at Ogando for this slot, but Alexi went for $10 and that was too much. This is fine, though in fact I already got a trade offer for him.
RP: Jose Valverde ($19)-Wrote in $19 for a closer. Bingo.
RP: Vinnie Pestano ($4)-Kind of surprised I got the interim Cleveland closer this cheaply. But, I have no problem with it.
RP: Louis Coleman ($1)-Was really hoping for Tim Collins or Aaron Crow here, but I thought they might cost a little more. And, I thought someone would bid two, but again, for a buck, the guy has good stuff and I can live with it.
RP: Tony Sipp ($1)-My first nominee and acquisition, Sipp is just fine as a middle guy, and even better backing Pestano.
RES: Chris Tillman-A good spring and a lot of talent and hope. Maybe his time has finally come.
RES: Brandon Inge-Probably makes the team, and probably gets to start while Miguel Cabrera nurses his damaged cheekbone.
RES: Michael Saunders-Getting a chance to play so as a reserve pick, can't lose.
RES: Munenori Kawasaki--31-year old Japanese rookie who can do all the basics. And play all the infield positions.
Again, nothing flashy, but steady. So, I am happy to be the tortoise. He did win, you know.