Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well as the runner-up bids. There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 13-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.
Tout Wars uses a modified Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.
Included with each league report will be commentary from a Mastersball staff member participating in that league. We invite you to ask questions and post comments at the bottom of the report.
All contingency bids for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this is a bid tied to a player that the owner received, so at times the bid amount is larger than the winning bid. We are including it to provide as much information and context as possible with each report.
|DCooper, Tor||17 Berry||17 Wolf/Colton||8 Siano||5 Erickson||4 Behrens||3 Schechter|
|DSutton, TB||50(10) Moyer||5 Collette||3 Berry||3 Erickson||3 Behrens||0 Wolf/Colton|
|QBerry, Det||8 Michaels||6 Wolf/Colton||5 Erickson||5 Siano||4 Liss||4 Behrens|
|OHudson, CWS||6 Siano||8 Berry||6 Collette||5 Erickson||3 Behrens||0 Wolf/Colton|
|SKelley, Sea||5 Wolf/Colton|
|TBlackley, Oak||4 Michaels||1 Erickson||0 Wolf/Colton|
|SFeldman, Tex||3 Behrens||1 Erickson|
|JQuintana, CWS||2 Berry||4 Michaels||0 Siano||0 Erickson|
|KWhelan, NYY||1 Shandler|
|ACunningham, Cle||1 Liss||0 Erickson|
|SDelabar, Sea||1 Erickson||5 Wolf/Colton||0 Berry||0 Wolf/Colton|
|KCalhoun, LAA||1 Erickson||0 Siano|
|CStewart, NYY||0 Wolf/Colton||0 Siano|
|CDeVries, Min||0 Wolf/Colton||0 Erickson|
|MMaier, KC||0 Wolf/Colton|
|TCollins, KC||0 Siano||0 Moyer||0 Leibowitz|
|LMarson, Cle||0 Siano|
|RHill, Bos||0 Moyer|
|NHagadone, Cle||0 Leibowitz||0 Moyer|
|OVizquel, Tor||0 Collette||0 Berry|
UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS
|STolleson Bal||3 Berry|
|CGimenez TB||0 Siano|
|DButera Min||0 Siano|
|JMcGee TB||0 Siano||0 Erickson||0 Leibowitz|
|JNorberto Oak||0 Moyer|
|LCarlin Cle||0 Siano|
|LLuetge Sea||0 Erickson|
|MLowe Tex||0 Leibowitz|
|NJones CWS||0 Moyer||0 Siano|
|RHill Bos||0 Moyer|
Todd Zola (pinch-hitting for Rob Leibowitz) Commentary:
David Cooper was a popular target this week as Ben Francisco's injury combined with the fiasco that is Adam Lind has created an opening in the Blue Jay lineup. However, keep in mind Vladimir Guerrero looms so Cooper's stint could be short as Edwin Encarnacion can cover first. Working to Cooper's advantage is he has a great eye, often walking more than he strikes out, which minimzes the potential of a slump, increasing his chance for success, especially in the short term.
Drew Sutton drew some attention as the Rays continue to find stop gaps until regulars Evan Longoria and Desmond Jennings are ready. Jennings looks to be about a week away, giving Sutton another week to impress as he plays second, pushing Ben Zobrist to chasing flies until Jennings returns. If Sutton hits, he could then be part of the fill-ins at the hot corner.
The return of the O-Dog, Orlando Hudson to the Junior Circuit saw some spirited bidding. Hudson is playing some third while Brent Morel is on the DL but could later see time at his more familiar second if Gordon Beckham does not show some consistency. Hudson's steals picked up in the NL and so far it looks like he will keep up his running ways back in the AL.
|MHague, Pit||19(10) Walton||8 Kreutzer||7 Gianella||5 Melnick||1 Cockcroft|
|SBurnett, Was||8 Gardner||7 Kreutzer||5 Melnick|
|SCamp, ChC||6 Gianella||6 Hertz||5 Melnick||4 Ravitz||2 Gardner||0 Zola|
|JRussell, ChC||6 Cockcroft||6 Gardner||5 Melnick||1 Hertz||0 Zola|
|CRansom, Mil||5 Melnick|
|IDeJesus, LAD||4 Kreutzer|
|MHarvey, NYM||1 Hertz|
|JThatcher, SD||0 Zola|
|JAffeldt, SF||0 Melnick|
|ABastardo, Phi||0 Melnick|
UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS
|NEovaldi LAD||4 Walton||1 Zola|
|DMurphy Fla||2 Kreutzer|
|CBrown Was||1 Walton|
|MDavidson Ari||1 Melnick|
|CYoung NYM||1 Hertz|
|BLyon Hou||0 Zola|
|KLoe Mil||0 Zola|
|DSolano Fla||0 Kreutzer|
|JaWilson Atl||0 Kreutzer|
|MGonzalez Hou||0 Kreutzer|
|RChoate Fla||0 Zola|
Brian Walton's Commentary:
Enjoy your holiday!
Recently, National League Tout has been all about Matt at first base. Last week, Cardinals prospect Matt Adams drew a winning bid of $68, the largest of the season to date. This time around, Pirates' first sacker Matt Hague was the man. Back from the minors, the right-handed hitter is being given another chance to win the regular job. Hague drew a half-dozen bids, with my $10 ($19 Vickrey) the winner, just $2 more than the next closest offer. My take is that Adams is a better prospect and has begun strongly, but will soon face serious playing time competition from Allen Craig. Hague has an open field - if he hits this time around - and if so, $10 should be a better value.
The Cubs closer situation continues to draw a lot of attention. I had given up on lefty James Russell last week since he wasn't being given opportunities. Then again, a 12-game losing streak can seriously limit the chances. Rafael Dolis caused several of the defeats and because he couldn't hold the hot potato, Russell drew five bids on the rebound. Shawn Camp has not yet collected his first save for the Baby Bears, either, but the potential threat represented by the return of Carlos Marmol did not deter the Tout warriors. Camp attracted five bids, same as Russell. Even more coincidentally, both Russell and Camp went for $6, so a shot at Chicago's saves drew $12 of action.
The Camp bidding outlined an interesting quirk in the Tout rules that might apply to your league as well. The tie breaker for identical bids is position in the standings. What was not clear until this same situation occurred last season is whether Saturday night or Sunday night standings are used. In this case, had Sunday night been the answer, Phil Hertz would have won Camp. Those are the standings prominently displayed on the site currently. However, as of Saturday night, Mike Gianella had fewer points and actually took the tie-breaker because the two had flip-flopped in the standings as the result of Sunday's action. Make sure your league constitution is clear in this area to avoid confusion and potential discord.
Speaking of Seans, Washington's Burnett picked up one save this past week and was purchased in NL Tout for $8, edging out $7 and $5 offers. It is worth noting that winner Steve Gardner lives in the DC area. This is another job that has changed hands multiple times this season. Though Nats skipper Davey Johnson had resisted for two months using set up man Tyler Clippard in the ninth inning, Clippard was 3-for-3 in opportunities last week and seems ahead of the lefty Burnett in the current pecking order. Or maybe Gardner's $8 indicates that he knows something...
|TWilhelmsen, Sea||17(10) McCaffrey||7 Van Riper||1 Heaney||1 Flowers||1 Schwartz|
|ACobb, TB||9 Davitt||7 Van Riper||1 Heaney||1 Flowers||0 Zinkie|
|JPacheco, Col||6 Mack||1 Flowers||1 Zinkie|
|QBerry, Det||2 Zinkie|
|CRichard, SD||2 Schwartz||1 McCaffrey||0 Zinkie||0 Steinhorn||0 Flowers|
|SCamp, ChC||2 Heaney||1 Flowers||1 Minnix||1 Van Riper||1 Van Riper||1 Schwartz|
|MAdams, Tex||1 Van Riper||0 Heaney|
|SDelabar, Sea||1 Van Riper|
|TDArnaud, Tor||1 Singman|
|HSanchez, SF||1 McCaffrey||0 Singman|
|JSands, LAD||1 Mack|
|BMatusz, Bal||1 Heaney||0 Mack|
|FLiriano, Min||1 Flowers||0 Heaney|
|DCooper, Tor||1 Flowers|
|ACasilla, Min||1 Davitt||0 Mack|
|TCollins, KC||1 Davitt||0 Flowers||0 Minnix|
|NHundley, SD||0 Swanay||0 Singman|
|ECabrera, SD||0 Minnix||1 Flowers|
|NAoki, Mil||0 Minnix|
|SDiamond, Min||0 Minnix|
|CPennington, Oak||0 Mack|
|KDrabek, Tor||0 Mack|
UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS
|SPodsednik Bos||5 Mack||0 Minnix|
|EJohnson TB||1 Davitt|
|RChoate Fla||1 Flowers|
|TGreene StL||1 Flowers||1 Mack||0 Minnix||0 Zinkie|
|CCoghlan Fla||1 Mack|
|JArias SF||1 Mack|
|EMujica Fla||1 McCaffrey|
|JArrieta Bal||1 Schwartz|
|SBurnett Was||1 Schwartz||1 Heaney||1 Flowers||1 McCaffrey||0 Mack|
|TWood ChC||1 Van Riper|
|BParnell NYM||0 Flowers|
|JBenoit Det||0 Flowers|
|JGuerra LAD||0 Flowers|
|RCook Oak||0 Heaney||0 Flowers|
|RTejada NYM||0 Mack|
|GKottaras Mil||0 McCaffrey|
|JHarrison Pit||0 Minnix|
|RRoss Tex||0 Minnix|
|BPena KC||0 Swanay||0 McCaffrey||0 Zinkie|
|DRoss Atl||0 Swanay|
|HQuintero KC||0 Swanay|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
More times than not this year, the most expensive Mixed Tout FAAB purchase has been the hot closer pickup of the week, and this week was no different. Even though he has yet to record a save, Tom Wilhelmsen, the leading candidate to handle ninth inning duties for the Mariners in place of the demoted Brandon League, cost Gene McCaffery the Vickrey adjusted price of $10. There’s a good chance that League gets the job back at some point, but since Gene’s only closers right now are Scott Downs and Casey Janssen, both fill-ins, his aggressive $17 bid is perfectly understandable. This week’s runner-up award goes to Alex Cobb, who is fresh off a strong performance on the road vs. the Red Sox and is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA since taking over for Jeff Niemann in the Rays’ starting rotation. Cobb pitched fairly well in limited action last year, posting a 3.42 ERA over nine starts, so he definitely has staying power.
As for myself, I had the genius idea of putting in a $0 bid for Petco Park specialist Clayton Richard, as he has a couple of home starts on the horizon. The problem was that four other owners had the same idea, and Cory Schwartz was willing to shell out two bucks for Richard. You just can’t sneak anything past these Touts! I should’ve known better.