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Thursday 19th Oct 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.

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




JorDanks, CWS 1 Jeff Erickson 5 Andy Behrens 0 Steve Moyer 0
Chris Liss 0
RRay, Det 1 Jason Collette 8 Chris Liss 0
ARomine, Det 1 Joe Sheehan 1
TWilhelmsen, Sea 1 Joe Sheehan 1
FAbad, Oak 1 Joe Sheehan 1
NFreiman, Oak 1 Lawr Michaels 7
MTanaka, NYY 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
THolt, Cle 0 Andy Behrens 1 Chris Liss 0 Steve Moyer 0
BBoesch, LAA 0 Steve Moyer 1 Andy Behrens 0
NMartinez, Tex 0 Chris Liss 1


RRaburn, Cle Lawr Michaels 2
AParrino, Oak Andy Behrens 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

You can really tell the season is moving towards a close as the moves are mostly triage in nature with a few interesting speculative plays here and there. The grab of Tanaka for a $1 was a low-risk/high-reward move if the Japanese right-hander can somehow make it back to the Majors in September. If the Yankees didn’t have a shot at the wild card, Tanaka would have been shut down, period.

Robbie Ray started yesterday for Detroit and will pick up at least one more start due to injuries to the rotation. The 22-year has pitched solidly, but not dominantly, in Triple-A and alarmingly has seen his K/9 drop 3 points since last season. The left, who has never been known for the consistency of his command, profiles as a #3 or #4 type starter at best.

Todd's Take

To further embellish the Tanaka move, Tout Wars rules require all players purchased in FAAB to be active for the entire transaction period so not only are Colton and the Wolfman taking a chance Tanaka comes back, they're taking a zero from a pitching spot this week. It's a calculated risk, one they feel won't cut into their double-digit lead.




MTaylor, Was 15 Todd Zola 23 Scott Wilderman 14 Steve Gardner 12
Derek Carty 5 Peter Kreutzer 4 Tristan H. Cockcroft 3
KCorreia, LAD 3 Todd Zola 7 Tristan H. Cockcroft 2 Steve Gardner 0
MDunn, Mia 1 Steve Gardner 2 Peter Kreutzer 0
JWilliams, Phi 1 Mike Gianella 10
JAffeldt, SF 0 Peter Kreutzer 1
EHerrera, Mil 0 Peter Kreutzer 1
JNix, Pit 0 Derek Carty 1


MRojas, LAD Todd Zola 7 Derek Carty 0
MSzczur, ChC Peter Kreutzer 1
AOttavino, Col Todd Zola 0
ARamos, Mia Todd Zola 0
AVarvaro, Atl Peter Kreutzer 0
CaVillanueva, ChC Todd Zola 0
DDescalso, StL Peter Kreutzer 0
JArias, SF Steve Gardner 0
JMachi, SF Todd Zola 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
RSantiago, Cin Derek Carty 0
SSchumaker, Cin Steve Gardner 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

"All FAABed up and no place to go" pretty much sums up my position in NL Tout. Thanks to a $13 recovery from the release of the disappointing Cliff Lee, I have $36 in my kitty, second-most in the league.  

The bad news is that there is almost no one to buy. Waiver trade activity across MLB is basically at a standstill as Bud Selig's goal of parity was enhanced by the creation of the second wild card. Sellers are at a minimum, with teams like the Phillies that should be selling remaining on the sidelines.

Not only were there no trades this past week, top prospects predicted to come up in September are also gone. Every name-brand prospect is already taken and stashed away in this league. I have one such player in the Phillies' Maikel Franco.

As I remained on the sidelines, our own Lord Zola won both free agents this week to go for more than $1. Washington's Michael Taylor was the lone double-digit price acquisition, with Todd's $23 offer reduced to $15. As long as Jayson Werth's shoulder injury situation remains unclear, Taylor should continue to see at-bats in the Nats' outfield.

Kevin Correia seems to be on about his eighth of nine lives, but the veteran hurler had a decent debut as a member of the Dodgers and has a first-place offense behind him. Zola, who was looking for a replacement for injured Charlie Morton, could have done much worse for $3.

Todd's Take

The battle for 60 points. As a few have us have talked about throughout the season, Tout Wars has a rule designed to keep as many engaged as possible. AL and NL Tout owners are docked a FAAB dollar for each point they finish below the threshold of 60. I'm at 53.5 now (was at 57 yesterday) so there's some work to do. I actually have one bullet left in terms of a trade with Dee Gordon but I also had a hole in the outfield and am hoping Taylor sees some at bats for a few more days while I go about finding a new owner for Gordon. I'd like to think I'd be doing this anyway, but the rule is definitely a motivating factor as well.




MCuddyer, Col 17 Scott Swanay 35 Zach Steinhorn 16
CCarrasco, Cle 10 Derek Van Riper 15 Ray Flowers 9 Fred Zinkie 3
AGarcia, CWS 9 Fred Zinkie 30 Zach Steinhorn 8 Nando DiFino 7
TCahill, Ari 2 Scott Pianowski 5 Derek Van Riper 15 Ray Flowers 4
Tim Heaney 1
JTurner, LAD 1 Ray Flowers 6
SRomo, SF 1 Ray Flowers 4
JCosart, Mia 1 Ray Guilfoyle 5 Ray Flowers 6 Fred Zinkie 0
JFamilia, NYM 1 Ray Flowers 6
EInciarte, Ari 1 Ray Flowers 3
RGrossman, Hou 1 Scott Pianowski 6 Fred Zinkie 5 Ray Flowers 3
TSnider, Pit 1 Paul Singman 7 Scott Swanay 35 Fred Zinkie 5
Scott Pianowski 5 Ray Flowers 2
JWilliams, Phi 1 Patrick Davitt 3
ZWalters, Cle 1 Nando DiFino 3 Fred Zinkie 0
MMoustakas, KC 1 Nando DiFino 7 Fred Zinkie 0
JHapp, Tor 1 Scott Pianowski 5
SGreene, NYY 1 Paul Singman 6 Fred Zinkie 3
JSoler, ChC 1 Ray Guilfoyle 30
ABurnett, Phi 1 Tim Heaney 1
MTaylor, Was 1 Al Melchior 15
KCorreia, LAD 1 Fred Zinkie 5
BPena, Cin 0 Scott Pianowski 1


RMontero, NYM Derek Van Riper 15
DBuchanan, Phi Derek Van Riper 15
RRay, Det Derek Van Riper 15
JSchafer, Min Fred Zinkie 12
LMorrison, Sea Nando DiFino 3 Fred Zinkie 0
DValencia, Tor Ray Flowers 3
JPanik, SF Ray Flowers 3
WVenable, SD Scott Pianowski 5 Nando DiFino 2 Ray Flowers 2
WFlores, NYM Ray Flowers 3 Nando DiFino 2
EStults, SD Ray Flowers 2
ACallaspo, Oak Derek Van Riper 1
TFlowers, CWS Nando DiFino 1
CCapuano, NYY Patrick Davitt 0
KNegron, Cin Scott Pianowski 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Two weeks ago, Scott Swanay picked up the previously injured Josh Reddick, who was dropped earlier in the season by Scott Pianowski in exchange for a FAAB rebate. This week, Swanay snagged another FAAB reclaim casualty in Michael Cuddyer, and I’m very surprised that Cuddyer garnered only two bids. Unfortunately, I was the second bidder. In his first game action since early-June, Cuddyer wasted no time getting to work, going a combined 5-for-10 with a homer, three RBI and four runs scored in Sunday’s doubleheader. Oh, and he also hit for the cycle in the late game. With his power and on-base percentage (.346 career OBP) contributions, he could have been a key addition in my quest for the title. Too bad.

Avisail Garcia was the other player I placed a bid on this week, and as it turned out, I was the runner-up. Again. Garcia wasn’t even expected to return this season, so what makes losing out on him even more of a bummer is that I happen to be a Dayan Viciedo owner. The more playing time Garcia receives, the worse it will be for Viciedo, who now has added pressure to produce on a more consistent basis.

Derek Van Riper threw the same $15 bid at four different starting pitchers. As it turned out, he secured his first choice in Carlos Carrasco, who is coming off a seven shutout inning performance against a potent Orioles lineup, which was proceeded by a five shutout inning performance against a not as potent Yankees lineup. We’ve been waiting for Carrasco to achieve his potential for awhile now, but if he can close out the season strong, it could go a long way towards helping Derek in his quest for the title.

Todd's Take

Don't look now but Mixed Tout Auction is shaping up to have a very compelling final six weeks. The top six teams are within 11 points with a 22 point drop to the 7th place team. Team management is going to get very interesting with so many teams in play. Just like in pennant races when a team beats a rival and you hear the announcers call it a two-game swing, there are several two-point swings that could help one owner leapfrog the other. You can access the standings by clicking on the header for this section, today above Michael Cuddyer.




JPaxton, Sea 7 Tim McLeod 7 Adam Ronis 6 Perry Van Hook 4
Eno Sarris 3 Charlie Wiegert 1
CCrawford, LAD 4 Nicholas Minnix 7 Scott Engel 3 Eno Sarris 2
ODespaigne, SD 1 Eno Sarris 1
KCorreia, LAD 1 Charlie Wiegert 4
RHernandez, LAD 1 Perry Van Hook 4 Charlie Wiegert 1
NFreiman, Oak 1 Anthony Perri 2
OArcia, Min 1 Tim McLeod 1 Anthony Perri 1
TSnider, Pit 1 Scott Engel 2 Anthony Perri 0
JDyson, KC 1 Scott Engel 2
BPena, Cin 1 Tom Kessenich 3
JoRamirez, Cle 1 Adam Ronis 4
CWilson, LAA 1 Adam Ronis 3 Perry Van Hook 4
JMarisnick, Hou 1 Perry Van Hook 6


CColon, KC Perry Van Hook 6
LMorrison, Sea Perry Van Hook 6
ARosales, Tex Adam Ronis 4
CPennington, Ari Adam Ronis 2
YEscobar, TB Adam Ronis 2
CCapuano, NYY Charlie Wiegert 2
JJay, StL Scott Engel 1 Tim McLeod 0
AWebster, Bos Charlie Wiegert 1
JCosart, Mia Charlie Wiegert 1
KGibson, Min Charlie Wiegert 1
MAviles, Cle Adam Ronis 0
ZCozart, Cin Adam Ronis 0
CBuchholz, Bos Charlie Wiegert 0
HNoesi, CWS Charlie Wiegert 0
BGuyer, TB Scott Engel 0
BBoxberger, TB Tim McLeod 0
KGiles, Phi Tim McLeod 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

With Hyun Jin-Ryu on the DL I wanted to get another starting pitcher and having activated Adam Lind from the DL last week I had dropped Delmon Young and moved Prado from CI to OF, so I wanted an outfielder to replace Prado there so my bids were

  -- $6 to reserve Prado and add Jake Marisnick (HOU), Logan Morrison (SEA), or Christian Colon (KC)

I got Marisnick for one dollar.

 -- $4 to replace the DLed Ryu to add Roberto Hernandez (LAD) with two starts at home; C.J. Wilson (LAA) two road starts for the surging Angels; or James Paxton (SEA) one start @PHL

I got Hernandez for one dollar.

Todd's Take

The draft side of Tout Mixed may not have as many teams within striking distance but the three that are have a small 3.5 point gap between them. They've been jockeying for the top spot for a couple weeks and this should continue throughout the rest of the season. The key to this race could be which owner does the best job of managing categories, finding the spot where by focusing assets, they can gain the most while losing the least elsewhere. This isn't always a function of where they are in that category but rather where they are nestled among the category distribution.

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