|CHeadley, NYY||39||Jason Collette 65||Mike Podhorzer 35||Rob Leibowitz 19|
|Ron Shandler 20||Larry Schechter 14||Jeff Erickson 11|
|Andy Behrens 1|
|AWebster, Bos||5||Steve Moyer 15||Jeff Erickson 4||Rob Leibowitz 3|
|Mike Podhorzer 2||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0||Mike Podhorzer 0|
|LHoes, Hou||1||Andy Behrens 1|
|CCapuano, NYY||1||Mike Podhorzer 5||Steve Moyer 7||Rob Leibowitz 3|
|Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|ASanchez, Tor||1||Rob Leibowitz 8||Chris Liss 0|
|CTaylor, Sea||1||Larry Schechter 14||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0||Chris Liss 0|
|ASwarzak, Min||1||Lawr Michaels 8|
|DYoung, Bal||1||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1|
|CLewis, Tex||0||Mike Podhorzer 3|
|MMikolas, Tex||0||Chris Liss 0|
|JoRamirez, Cle||0||Steve Moyer 0|
|JThole, Tor||0||Jason Collette 0|
|NCotts, Tex||0||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|JAdduci, Tex||Larry Schechter 6|
|ESogard, Oak||Andy Behrens 1||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|RGoins, Tor||Andy Behrens 1||Steve Moyer 0|
|KHerrera, KC||Steve Moyer 0|
Rob Leibowitz' Commentary
Jason Collette is probably a happy camper this morning. Not only did he outbid six other combatants for Chase Headley, it only took 39 of his 65 bid meaning he's still in the running for more crossover players should there be some activity later this week.
The latest Red Sox youngster to get a crack at the rotation, Allen Webster, attracted the second most attention this week and it was justified as the righty could be here to stay. Webster is a four-pitch pitcher with multiple swing and miss offerings. He is, however, prone to having some issues with his command, so it would not be surprising to see some dominant starts and god awful starts out of him as he adjusts to the Majors. Brandon Workman and Anthony Ranaudo are waiting in the wings for Jon Lester to be dealt or for Webster or Rubby de la Rosa to struggle.
Chris Capuano actually drew three bids and one higher than the winning bidder with Moyer’s purchase of Webster superseding the bid.
Larry Schechter’s bargain basement purchase of Chris Taylor might be the purchase of the week. Taylor has the defense to stay at short, draws walks and gets on base, has 20-plus stolen base speed, and doubles/mid-single digits home run power and has hit .328/.397/.497 in Triple-A this year. That’s a Triple-A inflated line that is beyond Taylor’s abilities, especially given the righty’s high strikeout rates when contrasted against his modest power potential. Still, there is a potential .270s hitter here and Brad Miller owners need to be very concerned.
What an odd year in the American League. The hammer at the deadline has 79 FAAB units with the next 58 and then 43 after that. This is the first time I can remember such a weird scenario. Or course, the reason is there have been several very good players floating in over the past few weeks. What I'm curious to follow is the price it takes to buy any further decent crossover players. The dynamic of spend or hold is fascinating and I'm looking forward to seeing the bang for the buck each owner gets relative to who they purchased and when.
|JPeavy, SF||42||Tristan H. Cockcroft 56||Derek Carty 41||Gene McCaffrey 26|
|Phil Hertz 19||Steve Gardner 18||Mike Gianella 16|
|Peter Kreutzer 4||Brian Walton 4||Lenny Melnick 1|
|APierzynski, StL||39||Todd Zola 67||Derek Carty 38||Seth Trachtman 35|
|Steve Gardner 30||Gene McCaffrey 26||Peter Kreutzer 17|
|Mike Gianella 10|
|YSolarte, SD||34||Scott Wilderman 52||Derek Carty 33||Brian Walton 20|
|Mike Gianella 14||Peter Kreutzer 14||Lenny Melnick 11|
|Tristan H. Cockcroft 8||Seth Trachtman 7|
|DRuf, Phi||15||Steve Gardner 30||Derek Carty 14||Lenny Melnick 11|
|Brian Walton 10||Seth Trachtman 9||Mike Gianella 4|
|Gene McCaffrey 3||Tristan H. Cockcroft 3|
|JTurner, Mia||6||Phil Hertz 8||Derek Carty 5||Seth Trachtman 0|
|BPaulsen, Col||4||Peter Kreutzer 4||Steve Gardner 18||Tristan H. Cockcroft 5|
|Seth Trachtman 4||Gene McCaffrey 3||Lenny Melnick 2|
|Mike Gianella 1|
|BHand, Mia||1||Gene McCaffrey 4|
|JBroxton, Cin||1||Peter Kreutzer 2|
|ZWalters, Was||0||Peter Kreutzer 0||Scott Wilderman 0|
|KFrandsen, Was||0||Peter Kreutzer 0||Steve Gardner 0|
|JBaker, ChC||0||Seth Trachtman 0|
|ARamos, Mia||Peter Kreutzer 0||Tristan H. Cockcroft 0|
|CStewart, Pit||Todd Zola 0|
|JMathis, Mia||Todd Zola 0|
|DLutz, Cin||Steve Gardner 0|
|JArias, SF||Steve Gardner 0|
|NEvans, Ari||Steve Gardner 0|
|DButera, LAD||Seth Trachtman 0|
|TGosewisch, Ari||Seth Trachtman 0|
|AlMarte, Ari||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|AVarvaro, Atl||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|JFrancoeur, SD||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|TSnider, Pit||Peter Kreutzer 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
To be honest, writing these reports the past few weeks has been a bit boring. Not this time, as $115 was spilled on three players coming into the National League from the American League East.
Tops at $42 was Jake Peavy. Tristan H. Cockcroft is banking on improvement in the new Giant’s return to the Senior Circuit. Tristan was willing to go $56, but required “just” $42. Three earned runs in six innings in Peavy’s San Francisco debut on Sunday night is a “meets minimum” for a quality start, but Tristan won’t get those results as these transactions are effective Monday.
A.J. Pierzynski isn’t going to win any Mr. Nice Guy contests but wasn’t unemployed long after being dumped by Boston. With Yadier Molina out, the Cardinals needed help behind the plate and the fit seems good. Lord Zola pushed a whopping $67 to the center of the table, but needed $39 to get the job done. Interestingly, the catcher received the broadest big-money interest, with five bids at $25 or more.
One of the big stories of the first half was the rise of Yangervis Solarte from the scrap heap to a credible showing for the Yankees in A-Rod’s absence at the hot corner. The Bombers sent Solarte to San Diego as part of the take for Chase Headley this past week and continued at-bats seem assured. Scott Wilderman won the bidding at $34, though he was willing to go $52 if needed.
Sadly (for him), Derek Carty played the enforcer’s role to the max. Not only did he have the second-highest bids for all three players above, he did the same thing for Steve Gardner’s $15 Darin Ruf. Carty ended up being shut out this week, but not for trying.
So my unintentional hoarding of FAAB netted me A.J. Pierzynski? Talk about rubbing salt in the wound. My colleague Lawr expressed some optimism Pierzynski would have a decent last couple of months (and anything can happen in 8 weeks), but I'm not nearly as warm and fuzzy. Busch Stadium is a terrible park for power (not that Pierzynski is known for homers) but what little pop he has will be squashed. Keep in mind he's played in a some of the best hitter's parks (U.S. Cellular, Arlington and Fenway).
So why did I go nearly all-in for him? My catching situation is terrible (by design). Hector Sanchez is on the 7-day concussion DL. Regardless what I think, it's a significant upgrade for me and who knows what else will be coming over. I wasn't in the top-two so I went with bird-in-hand and will hope Lawr is right and I'm wrong. It wouldn't be the first time.
|NFeliz, Tex||12||Zach Steinhorn 22||Ray Flowers 11||Tim Heaney 7|
|VWorley, Pit||2||Derek Van Riper 15||Ray Flowers 2||Patrick Davitt 1|
|JPetricka, CWS||1||Derek Van Riper 15||Zach Steinhorn 8||Ray Flowers 7|
|Tim Heaney 3|
|SVanSlyke, LAD||1||Patrick Davitt 3|
|KHendricks, ChC||1||Patrick Davitt 3||Tim Heaney 1|
|CAnderson, Ari||1||Tim Heaney 3|
|OArcia, Min||1||Al Melchior 2|
|ADeAza, CWS||1||Fred Zinkie 2|
|JReddick, Oak||Tim Heaney 3||Fred Zinkie 0|
|MGonzalez, Bal||Ray Flowers 3|
|BBoxberger, TB||Ray Flowers 2||Tim Heaney 1|
|AOttavino, Col||Ray Flowers 2|
|BNorris, Bal||Ray Flowers 2|
|HSantiago, LAA||Ray Flowers 2|
|JCollmenter, Ari||Ray Flowers 2|
|JFields, Hou||Ray Flowers 2|
|VNuno, Ari||Ray Flowers 2|
|YPino, Min||Ray Flowers 2|
|YSolarte, SD||Patrick Davitt 1|
|JTurner, LAD||Patrick Davitt 0|
|GBlanco, SF||Fred Zinkie 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
Considering the exorbitant prices that closers have been going for in FAAB this year, I figured there was no chance a $22 bid would be enough to land Neftali Feliz. Since I don’t particularly have a need for saves, I entered in the bid more as a price-enforcing measure. With Joakim Soria now in Detroit, Feliz is the clear favorite to become the Rangers’ new full-time stopper. While the skeptics are correct that his stuff isn’t as dominating as it was in his pre-Tommy John surgery days, Feliz does sport a 2.38 ERA and 0.88 WHIP through eight appearances this season, and he successfully converted his first save chance over the weekend. So now I have four closers, and Feliz will likely head to my bench next week (Tout Wars rules require that all players picked up via FAAB need to be active for the first week) since I can’t afford to lose points in wins and strikeouts. But I’m fine with spending 12 bucks on a guy who, as long as he’s not terrible and loses the ninth inning gig, could at the very least net me a useful piece in a trade.
Larry Schechter is recognized as one of the more successful players in industry leagues (and rightfully so) but Fred Zinkie is quietly establishing quite the track record, and he's at it again - leading the Tout Auction league by 16 points. I'm not saying 16 points is an insurmountable lead with two months left, far from it. But I am curious (seems I'm curious about a few things today) the activity in this league versus the draft version (which is closer).
|RElias, Sea||4||Greg Ambrosius 9||Tom Kessenich 3||Grey Albright 1|
|JPeavy, SF||3||Eno Sarris 3||Nicholas Minnix 3||Tom Kessenich 3|
|Ray Murphy 2|
|JUribe, LAD||3||Tom Kessenich 12||Adam Ronis 2|
|SDrew, Bos||2||Paul Sporer 12||Scott Engel 2||Tim McLeod 1|
|CTaylor, Sea||2||Scott Engel 3||Tim McLeod 1|
|EHernandez, Hou||1||Eno Sarris 1|
|NAoki, KC||1||Tim McLeod 4||Eno Sarris 1|
|CAnderson, Ari||1||Grey Albright 1||Eno Sarris 1|
|JFields, Hou||1||Eno Sarris 1|
|JDeLaRosa, Col||1||Grey Albright 2||Greg Ambrosius 5||Tom Kessenich 1|
|APierzynski, StL||1||Greg Ambrosius 9|
|CHart, Sea||1||Greg Ambrosius 7|
|VWorley, Pit||1||Ray Murphy 6|
|ENavarro, LAA||1||Perry Van Hook 2||Nicholas Minnix 0||Tim McLeod 0|
|FCervelli, NYY||1||Anthony Perri 1|
|BPena, Cin||1||Tom Kessenich 3|
|JGuthrie, KC||1||Tom Kessenich 1|
|JBradley, Bos||0||Nicholas Minnix 0|
|DAckley, Sea||0||Tim McLeod 0||Perry Van Hook 0|
|JArencibia, Tex||Greg Ambrosius 7||Tom Kessenich 1||Anthony Perri 0|
|WFlores, NYM||Tom Kessenich 3|
|KHendricks, ChC||Grey Albright 2|
|RRivera, SD||Greg Ambrosius 8||Tom Kessenich 2|
|YSolarte, SD||Greg Ambrosius 5||Scott Engel 3||Tom Kessenich 2|
|Nicholas Minnix 0|
|JDiekman, Phi||Eno Sarris 1|
|JSchoop, Bal||Tom Kessenich 1|
|KGibson, Min||Eno Sarris 1||Tom Kessenich 1|
|MAviles, Cle||Tom Kessenich 1|
|OArcia, Min||Tim McLeod 1|
|AWebster, Bos||Eno Sarris 1|
|BMorris, Mia||Eno Sarris 1|
|CCorporan, Hou||Tom Kessenich 1|
|DEspinosa, Was||Nicholas Minnix 0|
|DGregorius, Ari||Scott Engel 0|
|WVenable, SD||Tim McLeod 0|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
In a week where there wasn’t much available, there were actually two $12 bids – Paul Sporer had to use only $2 of his to roster Stephen Drew, while Greg Ambrosius was pushed to $4 for Mariner starter Roenis Elias.
Curiously, a new catcher is usually pursued by teams in need in a deep mixed league like this, but former Red Sox, now Redbird backstop A.J. Pierzynski cost Ambrosius only one dollar of his $9 bid.
My offense was very good this week, but trying to improve every slot, I threw back Robbie Grossman and replaced him with recalled Angel Efren Navarro (1B/OF), who had quite a good week and should see more at-bats with the hot start, especially if Josh Hamilton has more knee problems.
A subtle difference between the Tout auction and draft leagues is the auction league allows FAAB reimbursement based on purchase price while the draft league doesn't have a similar system in place (though they might next season as we're talking about installing a conversion system where draft round is converted to price). The extra available FAAB may be adjusting prices though Vickrey is the great equalizer. Still, even in a mixed league with FAAB, leaving money on the table is leaving assets on the table. I like the fact that there were so many bids this week, even if they were small bids.