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Tuesday 19th Sep 2017


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 four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. The Mixed leagues use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. 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 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.

*PLEASE NOTE - We have slightly altered the presentation in an effort to help you reconstruct the actual bidding a little better. The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

Also included is "Todd's Take" where Lord Zola will share his unique perspective focusing on FAAB strategy, game theory and league dynamics.




YPino, Min 13 Andy Behrens 32 Steve Moyer 12 Larry Schechter 7
Chris Liss 3
EnChavez, Sea 5 Andy Behrens 6 Steve Moyer 4
JMaxwell, KC 5 Larry Schechter 12 Steve Moyer 4 Jeff Erickson 3
MBetts, Bos 2 Rob Leibowitz 6 Chris Liss 1
BMills, Oak 1 Steve Moyer 5 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
CParmelee, Min 1 Jeff Erickson 3 Larry Schechter 5
TMay, Min 1 Chris Liss 1
EMujica, Bos 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0


ENavarro, LAA Jeff Erickson 1
YMedina, Sea Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Sometimes when the free agent pool is so thin you have to take a longshot. Well, Mookie Betts really is not that much of a longshot after there was some recent buzz that the 21-year old might get a call-up soon. A right-handed hitter, Betts has cruised through the minors and both Double-A and Triple-A this season showing some modest power, plus stolen base skills, and leadoff hitter on-base skills at the plate with a .400-plus OBP at both levels of the minors. While it is unclear just how much, if at all, Betts will play for Boston this year, it is hard not to take a small risk on a player who could be quite an asset if that opportunity does occur.

Journeyman Yohan Pino got a good amount of attention from the Touts after a strong MLB debut. Andy Behrens continues to make large bids as he tries to climb his way back up into the standings, taking care to get the guy he is targeting. Pino had been stellar in Triple-A with a 9 near 9:1 K/BB ratio and has a very long history of being a strikezone pounder with above average control and solid secondary stuff, but a high eighties tops fastball. There is enough skill here to make Pino’s stay in Minnesota a long one, but ideally suited as a #4 or #5 starter.

Todd's Take

To put Rob's point about the thin pool in perspective, there are presently 13 available hitters in AL Tout that played last week. Of the baker's dozen, 7 squat behind the plate for a living. Four more stepped to the dish four or fewer times last week. That leaves two non-catchers that played in more than one game: Munenori Kawasaki and Dan Robertson. Kawasaki will likely continue to play as Brett Lawrie is probebly going to be out more than 15 days after breaking a finger. Robertson is platooning with Leonys Martin and hitting leadoff when he plays. I'm actually a little surprised he's available. Personally I prefer Robertson over Justin Maxwell but agree Endy Chavez (at least now) will play more.

Who wants to make a gentlemen's wager that Robertson and Kawasaki will both be in the successful bids part of the report next week? I say yes.




JPanik, SF 18 Brian Walton 22 Peter Kreutzer 17 Phil Hertz 12
Scott Wilderman 7 Derek Carty 3
EJackson, ChC 8 Seth Trachtman 45 Steve Gardner 7 Derek Carty 6
Phil Hertz 6
DBuchanan, Phi 4 Scott Wilderman 4 Phil Hertz 3
MBolsinger, Ari 1 Derek Carty 2 Scott Wilderman 0
ADeSclafani, Mia 1 Gene McCaffrey 5 Seth Trachtman 0
JNicolino, Mia 1 Phil Hertz 1
TKahnle, Col 1 Steve Gardner 1
TWada, FA 1 Seth Trachtman 1
CHatcher, Mia 0 Scott Wilderman 0
DEveland, NYM 0 Scott Wilderman 0
JBaker, ChC 0 Mike Gianella 0
KGiles, Phi 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Steve Gardner 0
MRojas, LAD 0 Derek Carty 0


ZDuke, Mil Steve Gardner 0 Scott Wilderman 0
BMorris, Mia Steve Gardner 0
AVarvaro, Atl Scott Wilderman 0
JDiekman, Phi Scott Wilderman 0
ZDuke, Mil Scott Wilderman 0
ZDuke, Mil Scott Wilderman 0
WNieves, Phi Mike Gianella 0
CHernandez, Phi Derek Carty 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

Three players went for crooked number prices in NL Tout this week.

I hate myself for joining those populating the long list of bad puns, but one might assume that I was in Panik mode by bidding up to $22 for new Giants infielder Joe Panik. Rotoman, Peter Kreutzer, set my price at $18 by Vickrey Rule. My logic in making the hefty offer is simple. I need infield at-bats. Reid Brignac injured his knee this past week, joining Jedd Gyorko on my disabled list and third baseman Chase Headley has one foot on the proverbial banana peel with a creaky back. Panik hit .321 with a .382 OBP in Triple-A but offers limited power and speed.

With few starting pitchers on the waiver wire, Chicago's Edwin Jackson was alluring to Seth Trachtman of The Sporting News - so much that the league co-leader would have gone $45, almost half his annual FAAB stipend, if necessary. As it turned out, $6 and $7 bids by others were all he had to top. If Trachtman breaks the code as to when to start and when to sit the frustrating Jackson, he could make a mint with the information.

Scott Wilderman of onRoto spent $4 for Phillies pitcher David Buchanan. He needed the full amount to top Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ. The right-hander dominated the struggling Cardinals hitters on Thursday, lowering his season ERA under five. A favorable home matchup against the Marlins is ahead this week.

Todd's Take

By means of reminder, Tout Wars has a rather innovative rule that takes the fifth outfield spot and makes it a swingman spot, able to be occupied by any hitter or a pitcher. The reason for the rule is to help alleviate the roster crunch emanating from MLB teams keeping 12 if not 13 pitchers on their 25-man roster. When the Founding Fathers originally came up with the 14-hitter, 9-pitcher fantasy roster, MLB clubs carried only 10 or 11 hurlers.

I thought it may be interesting to see how many on the NL Tout Warriors are using the SW spot for a pitcher. With the caveat that rosters can be adjusted until Monday evening's first pitch, there are presently five squads using ten pitchers. As the person who led the charge getting this rule added, I'm happy to see so many taking advantage of the flexibility it provides. If you play in a deep 12-team AL or NL only format, think about proposing the change this winter.




CMartinez, StL 13 Derek Van Riper 22 Nando DiFino 12 Ray Flowers 9
Al Melchior 7 Tim Heaney 4
JDMartinez, Det 9 Tim Heaney 13 Fred Zinkie 8 Scott Pianowski 7
Nando DiFino 6
JMarisnick, Mia 5 Scott Pianowski 5 Nando DiFino 4 Tim Heaney 1
SPearce, Bal 4 Ray Flowers 6 Tim Heaney 6 Fred Zinkie 3
KGibson, Min 4 Al Melchior 27 Ray Flowers 3 Scott Pianowski 3
Tim Heaney 3
JLocke, Pit 4 Fred Zinkie 6 Scott Pianowski 3 Tim Heaney 3
Ray Flowers 2 Patrick Davitt 1
CGillaspie, CWS 2 David Gonos 12 Cory Schwartz 1
DDietrich, Mia 2 Fred Zinkie 8 Cory Schwartz 1
TWatson, Pit 1 David Gonos 9
PNeshek, StL 1 David Gonos 6
JTurner, LAD 1 Cory Schwartz 1 Ray Flowers 2
DBuchanan, Phi 1 Ray Flowers 2
MShoemaker, LAA 1 Scott Pianowski 3
VWorley, Pit 1 Tim Heaney 2 Al Melchior 0
JFamilia, NYM 1 Al Melchior 2
ERamirez, Sea 0 Patrick Davitt 0


MMoustakas, KC Ray Flowers 6 David Gonos 4 Tim Heaney 3
CGillespie, Sea Ray Flowers 6
LMorrison, Sea Ray Flowers 4
CWhitley, NYY Scott Pianowski 3 Ray Flowers 2
JMayberry, Phi Ray Flowers 3
YPino, Min Tim Heaney 2 Fred Zinkie 0
DJeter, NYY Scott Pianowski 2
JSchoop, Bal Ray Flowers 2
EMujica, Bos David Gonos 2
AAmarista, SD Ray Flowers 2
ACallaspo, Oak Ray Flowers 2
ODespaigne, SD Tim Heaney 1
TMedica, SD Tim Heaney 1
TDArnaud, NYM Fred Zinkie 0
BRoberts, NYY Fred Zinkie 0
HNoesi, CWS Patrick Davitt 0
JPanik, SF Fred Zinkie 0
KKendrick, Phi Patrick Davitt 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

In a Martinez-themed week, it was Carlos Martinez who both fetched the highest bid and went for the highest price. A former top prospect, Martinez pitched almost exclusively out of the bullpen in his rookie season last year (one start) and began this season in the bullpen. But he made two spot starts last week and will now remain in the rotation for the foreseeable future with Jaime Garcia and Michael Wacha sidelined indefinitely. Through two starts, Martinez has allowed three runs over nine innings while striking out eight, so for the reasonable price of $13, there’s certainly upside to be had here.

J.D. Martinez, another former top prospect, showed some flashes over parts of three big league seasons with the Astros but could never quite carve out an everyday job. Now with the Tigers, the streaky slugger isn’t exactly guaranteed regular at-bats, but as long as he’s producing like this (4 HR, 13 RBI over his last nine games), the club will find room for him in the lineup. J.D. is a worthy speculative addition for Tim Heaney, but if history has taught us anything, Martinez’s bat is liable to turn ice cold at any moment.

I really like what Al Melchior did in scooping up Jeurys Familia for $1 before his FAAB price would skyrocket in the event that he ascends to the Mets closer role. Being that Familia’s overall numbers are way better than Jenrry Mejia’s and considering Mejia’s uneven performance in the ninth inning, I would not at all be surprised if a change is made sooner rather than later.

Todd's Take

.Another rules quirk in Tout Wars is designed to keep everyone playing things out all season. There's a threshold number of roto-points one needs to surpass lest one is penalized via FAAB dollars the following season. While this is less important in the Mixed leagues, especially with Vickrey bidding, it does set a tone that Tout Wars expects its participants to play hard all 26 weeks.

The reason I bring this up is there was a little bit of curious bidding this week. Note David Gonos concentrated on middle relievers while there were several viable starters available. Perhaps he's chasing cheap saves or perhaps he's chasing ERA/WHIP points.

Looking at the standings, it appears David is doing what I'm doing in Mixed LABR - scratching for as many points as possible to get out of the cellar. I'm using the opposite pitching strategy of foregoing ratios for wins and whiffs but the point is we're both still engaged - playing for pride. If I'm in Mixed Tout Auction, I note David is still looking to make a move and approach him about a trade. I may not even have anything specific in mind. I just know he's trying to gain points and may be willing to do some creative category management to get it done.

The lesson is sometimes you can glean how a competitor is thinking via their FAAB requests. And if you can't figure out exactly what they're planning, activity shows they're at least planning something thus might be open to trade talks.




MMelancon, Pit 14 Tom Kessenich 33 Adam Ronis 13 Grey Albright 6
Anthony Perri 3
JDMartinez, Det 10 Adam Ronis 13 Charlie Wiegert 9 Greg Ambrosius 8
Tim McLeod 4 Scott Engel 3 Nicholas Minnix 3
Eno Sarris 3 Perry Van Hook 2
KGibson, Min 5 Tom Kessenich 5 Adam Ronis 4
JLocke, Pit 3 Nicholas Minnix 8 Tom Kessenich 3 Perry Van Hook 2
JMercer, Pit 2 Grey Albright 5 Scott Engel 1
JDyson, KC 1 Nicholas Minnix 6 Perry Van Hook 2
JJay, StL 1 Charlie Wiegert 9
VWorley, Pit 1 Perry Van Hook 2 Tom Kessenich 2
MShoemaker, LAA 1 Anthony Perri 1
RLudwick, Cin 1 Greg Ambrosius 6
MBetts, Bos 1 Tim McLeod 3
SPearce, Bal 1 Perry Van Hook 2
JMarisnick, Mia 0 Nicholas Minnix 0


DPeralta, Ari Charlie Wiegert 9
EEscobar, Min Charlie Wiegert 5
JGuthrie, KC Tom Kessenich 5
JMayberry, Phi Greg Ambrosius 4
WVenable, SD Charlie Wiegert 3 Nicholas Minnix 0
TMedica, SD Charlie Wiegert 1
WMiley, Ari Tom Kessenich 1
JCosart, Hou Tom Kessenich 1
JRuggiano, ChC Nicholas Minnix 0
GBlanco, SF Nicholas Minnix 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Is there a new closer available? Check

Is there a very large bid on said pitcher? Check

One minute after midnight Tom Kessenich’s $33 bid on Mark Melancon was Vickrey reduced to a $14 winning bid to beat Adam Ronis who did manage to win the hitting star this week as his other $13 bid was reduced to $10 to win J.D. Martinez.

Elsewhere a lot of small winning bids – for me $1 for Steve Pearce one of the Orioles hottest hitters and Vance Worley now pitching pretty well after being recalled by the Pittsburgh Pirates. I didn’t want to spend a lot on Melancon with a decent position in saves with my two closers but would love to have nabbed Joel Hanrahan for a dollar in this league but fending off the field couldn’t voluntarily put up a zero in one of my pitching slots as I did in LABR.

Todd's Take

It's subtle but Perry is making an interesting point as pertains to FAAB bidding and risk tolerance. The Captain is currently leading this league but he's not resting on his laurels. On the other hand, he's not taking chances; he's looking for steady over risky to keep all his roster spots productive. This is one reason there were multiple bids on J.D. Martinez (including Perry) but only Perry bid on Steven Pearce. Pearce has been available week after week. He's a platoon player but at least is getting regular at bats. Martinez is on fire and the league is chasing that upside but yet not one put in a contingency on Pearce. 


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