The Tout NL auction commenced at 9 am this morning. With the moves made in Tout, getting back to the core of the members of the league nominating participants, a more diverse and extremely competitive collection of players assembled (in fact, though the AL has garnered the bulk of attention over the past few years, all three leagues now boast formidable rosters of participants).
Anyway, player one nominated by Mike Lombardo--the convincing winner of the past three NL titles--was Mets third sacker David Wright who promptly gobbled up $39 of Tristan Cockroft's money. Albert Pujols followed to team Cory Schwartz for $38.
Tim Lincecum led the pitcher's price list going for $32, to Johan Santana's $31.
The closer barometer was set in the $18-$22 range, with Krod and Brad Lidge topping the list. Heath Bell ($19), then Francisco Cordero, Jose Valverde, Jonathan Broxton, and Francisco Cordero all clocked at $18.
For shortstops, Hanley and Jose Reyes both cost $41, with Rollins $34. Of the second tier, Drew was $22, Furcal $20, and Troy Tulowitski $18.