The bids may seem tepid here, but this is a salary cap league and most of the teams in contention are at their cap or very close to it. Most of the bids were from contenders, but it was a team playing for 2013 that won Oswalt with a $55 bid. It might seem like folly to buy a player who will be difficult to trade, but prior to the trading deadline there's nothing wrong with grabbing a guy like Oswalt and letting the teams in the running worry about their cap issues and roster flexibility. If you don't work out a dump trade for a high priced FAAB commodity, you lost nothing.
Derek Norris $12. Other bids $11, $10, $8, $2, $1.
I'm not a Norris believer, but in an A.L.-only you have to bid in the $8-12 range for Norris. John Sickels has said that Norris could be a Mike Napoli/ Mickey Tettleton type, with a high HR/low BA combination that would be offset in real life by a high walk rate. I am underwhelmed by Norris' weak AAA numbers, though Sacramento isn't the bandbox that other PCL venues are. If I had a dead spot or a back up on my active roster, I'd push Norris to at least this price and maybe higher. It looks like Norris is going to get most of the at bats in Oakland in favor of Kurt Suzuki. If he does, 8-10 HR the rest of the way isn't an unrealistic expectation.
After dominating hitters in 2011, Holland has struggled for most of this season. Holland's peripherals aren't bad, though his walk rate has spiked, which is usually a cause for concern. Jonathan Broxton seems to have a death grip as the closer in Kansas City, though Broxton is a trade candidate and Holland could very well assume the gig if that happens.
Robbie Ross. Claimed by 7th and 1st place teams.
Ross has been one of the best Roto relievers in the American League so far this season, and while middle relievers are subject to radical performance swings due to the smaller amount of innings they pitch, Ross is a must own in A.L.-only right now. There's almost no chance he closes this year, particularly the way Joe Nathan is pitching, but Ross is a must own nonetheless.
Jose Lobaton. Claimed by 1st place team.
Slowly but surely, Lobaton seems to be taking the catching job away from Jose Molina in Tampa Bay. I'm not sure how much of a fantasy asset Lobaton will be - his minor league track record is meh and he's 27 years old - but at bats in deep leagues are at bats. Lobaton is more valuable i
n OBP leagues than in BA formats.