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Thursday 21st 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.

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.




RRua, Tex 9 Ron Shandler 18 Mike Podhorzer 8 Larry Schechter 8
Joe Sheehan 6
TTelis, Tex 1 Mike Podhorzer 3
AWilkins, CWS 1 Mike Podhorzer 10
EOFlaherty, Oak 1 Larry Schechter 2
ASanchez, Tor 1 Joe Sheehan 10
KPillar, Tor 0 Steve Moyer 0
CRasmus, LAA 0 Steve Moyer 0


FLindor, Cle Ron Shandler 9 Steve Moyer 0
KHerrera, KC Joe Sheehan 4
CCorporan, Hou Mike Podhorzer 3
EKratz, KC Mike Podhorzer 3 Ron Shandler 0
DRobertson, Tex Steve Moyer 0
ALoup, Tor Steve Moyer 0
RIbanez, KC Steve Moyer 0
ARosales, Tex Ron Shandler 0
JParedes, Bal Ron Shandler 0
TMay, Min Ron Shandler 0

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Ranger Ryan Rua ran the only AL Tout FAAB competition this week as Shandler Park's main man, Ron, outbid three other owners earning the rights to the third sacker for $9.

One other interesting crapshoot was Larry Schechter's sharp selection of Oakland's Eric O'Flaherty for just a dollar, gambling that the lefty will be the Oakland closer till the return of Sean Doolittle.

Two additional $1 bids--Toronto hurler Aaron Sanchez to Joe Sheehan, and Mike Podhorzer's selection of Rangers catcher Tomas Telis--and Steve Moyer obtained Kevin Pillar and Cory Rasmus for $0, one of the Tout FAAB rules I really love.

Todd's Take

I'm a little surprised there wasn't more of a fight for O'Flaherty and Sanchez. There's five teams between 45 and 49 saves and two more ties at 40. Larry and Joe aren't complaining as both are in that group.




DiHerrera, NYM 26 Seth Trachtman 37 Lenny Melnick  25 Derek Carty 21
Tristan H. Cockcroft 15 Phil Hertz 16 Mike Gianella 11
Scott Wilderman 6
MMcBride, Col 15 Peter Kreutzer 21 Scott Wilderman 14 Gene McCaffrey 3
MGonzales, StL 12 Brian Walton 26 Peter Kreutzer 11 Tristan H. Cockcroft 6
FDoubront, ChC 12 Peter Kreutzer 13 Seth Trachtman 26 Tristan H. Cockcroft 11
Gene McCaffrey 3
LWatkins, ChC 4 Scott Wilderman 17 Gene McCaffrey 3
DAxelrod, Cin 1 Peter Kreutzer 13
ALambo, Pit 1 Derek Carty 3
NReimold, Ari 1 Derek Carty 1
JTurner, ChC 1 Derek Carty 7 Phil Hertz 4
RGrichuk, StL 1 Mike Gianella 1
JDiaz, Cin 1 Phil Hertz 5
ASusac, SF 0 Scott Wilderman 0
DDescalso, StL 0 Derek Carty 0 Scott Wilderman 0


JLobaton, Was Scott Wilderman 0
MSzczur, ChC Derek Carty 0
CNelson, SD Derek Carty 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

With plenty of FAAB remaining in owners’ kitties, four players went for double-digit amounts this week in National League Tout Wars.

Dilson Herrera was the most in-demand free agent this week. With Daniel Murphy injured, the Mets made a surprising move to promote the 20-year-old from Double-A. It may be a lot to expect the shortstop to be a fantasy impact player during the final month, but Seth Trachtman paid $26 for the potential.

First baseman/outfielder Matt McBride should continue to get playing time with the Rockies while Justin Morneau is injured. McBride joined Peter Kreutzer’s roster for $15 and has the added bonus of catcher eligibility.

Rotoman also picked up Cubs pitcher Felix Doubront for $12. A reliever in Boston, Doubront made his first start for Chicago on Saturday and threw seven one-run innings at the Cardinals. He has earned more chances as the Cubs continue to evaluate youngsters.

In that same vein, in the same doubleheader as Doubront appeared, the Cards started rookie Marco Gonzales. Unimpressive in two mid-season starts, the lefty was solid in his MLB return on Saturday, tossing six innings of one-run ball against the Cubs. With St. Louis’ trade acquisition Justin Masterson struggling, Gonzales is well-positioned to take over that rotation spot – at least temporarily. But he may still lose out depending on Michael Wacha’s progress in his minor league rehab currently underway. I paid $12 to see what I can get from Gonzales this time around.

Todd's Take

Several weeks back it was recommeded not to worry if you have some FAAB left after the MLB trade deadline as there will be some chances to use it in September - this week is case and point, Of course, getting a player for several months as opposed to four weeks is preferred but the point was not to go goofy in August just because you have some spare budget.




KQuackenbush, SD 10 Ray Flowers 14 Al Melchior 9 Fred Zinkie 3
VNuno, Ari 7 Tim Heaney 9 Fred Zinkie 7
BBoxberger, TB 1 Ray Flowers 8 Fred Zinkie 3 Tim Heaney 3
JoRamirez, Cle 1 Ray Flowers 3 Tim Heaney 1
GBeckham, LAA 1 Patrick Davitt 1
DNava, Bos 1 Scott Pianowski 5 Tim Heaney 1
CLewis, Tex 1 Tim Heaney 7
GBlanco, SF 1 Tim Heaney 3
MGonzalez, Bal 1 Fred Zinkie 9
ASusac, SF 0 Scott Pianowski 0


EOFlaherty, Oak Ray Flowers 14
ZPutnam, CWS Ray Flowers 8
SRomo, SF Ray Flowers 8 Tim Heaney 3
JTurner, ChC Tim Heaney 3
ODespaigne, SD Tim Heaney 3 Fred Zinkie 0
TClippard, Was Fred Zinkie 3
ZCozart, Cin Ray Flowers 3
CTaylor, Sea Ray Flowers 3
AWilkins, CWS Tim Heaney 2
DYoung, Bal Tim Heaney 2
JLamb, Ari Tim Heaney 2
SDrew, NYY Tim Heaney 1
IDavis, Pit Tim Heaney 1
JFrancisco, Tor Tim Heaney 1
CCapuano, NYY Fred Zinkie 0
DPomeranz, Oak Fred Zinkie 0
DRuf, Phi Tim Heaney 0
ECampbell, NYM Tim Heaney 0
GJones, Mia Tim Heaney 0
JGuthrie, KC Fred Zinkie 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Kevin Quackenbush earned his first career save back on August 20th. As long as Joaquin Benoit continues to experience shoulder discomfort, there will be more save opportunities in Quackenbush’s future. The rookie righty has been impressive all year, carrying a 2.70 ERA and 1.04 WHIP into the season’s final month. He could be just what Ray Flowers needs to squeeze out a couple more points in the saves standings. Being one of the teams barely ahead of Ray in the category, I’m obviously not too happy about this.

Speaking of needs, a trade to Arizona seems to be just what Vidal Nuno needed. Upon being dealt by the Yankees to the Diamondbacks in early-July, Nuno sported a 5.42 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. He’s been an entirely different pitcher since, however, registering a 3.23 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. But Nuno still makes me nervous, and Tim Heaney has more to lose in ERA than to gain. This could work out all right for Tim, but it’s a risky move.

With the ERA standings all bunched up, I’m in full protect mode, as I’ve been playing four closers and only five starters for awhile now. So barring injuries, I likely won’t be very active on the FAAB pitcher front in September, fearing that a waiver wire starter could blow up my ERA and squash my league title hopes. I’ll see how things play out over the next week or two and might have to adjust accordingly if the strategy is costing me too much in wins and strikeouts.

Todd's Take

My performance in a couple of public leagues this season precludes me from statements like "they should have done thus and so" so I'll just say I am surprised Quackenbush and Brad Boxberger were both available, even in a mixed league. I think the usefulness they afford, along with Wade Davis is vastly underestimated.




JSoler, ChC 31 Adam Ronis 37 Perry Van Hook 30 Charlie Wiegert 23
Ray Murphy 20 Nicholas Minnix 8
LMartin, Tex 3 Charlie Wiegert 5 Adam Ronis 12 Nicholas Minnix 8
Eno Sarris 2 Tim McLeod 1
ASanchez, Tor 1 Eno Sarris 3
KQuackenbush, SD 1 Nicholas Minnix 8 Tim McLeod 0
YPetit, SF 1 Charlie Wiegert 8
WFlores, NYM 1 Ray Murphy 1
RHernandez, LAD 1 Perry Van Hook 1
MGonzalez, Bal 0 Nicholas Minnix 0
CBuchholz, Bos 0 Nicholas Minnix 6
RRivera, SD 0 Tim McLeod 0
AEllis, LAD 0 Tim McLeod 0


EOFlaherty, Oak Adam Ronis 6 Perry Van Hook 1
LMorrison, Sea Ray Murphy 1
RoPerez, Cle Tim McLeod 0
JPanik, SF Nicholas Minnix 0
ESuarez, Det Nicholas Minnix 0
AAlmonte, SD Nicholas Minnix 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

My plan had been to perhaps make one minor tweak to my pitching staff for next week given I would be getting Hyun-Jin Ryu back for a two start week and then hopefully find a nice September call up who could help next week, especially since there were several teams with more FAAB units.

But one minor leaguer arrived in the last week of August and Jorge Soler did so with AUTHORITY.  So much for my plan. While I doubted it would be enough I put 30 of my 33 units on the table for Soler. It doesn’t feel great to be first runner up but Adam Ronis had bid $37 which was more than I had so that makes it realistic.

I did get Roberto Hernandez for a dollar for a good two start week at home in Dodger Stadium and I will get Ryu back late in the week.

Todd's Take

Similar to above, I'm a little surprised no one took advantage of the Tout Wars rule allowing farm players to be drafted while still in the minors, provided they're active that week. Though, to be fair, Soler's call-up came with little notice and it's harder taking a zero in a mixed format than AL or NL only where you probably have a back-up player active so you're only using a handful of at bats.

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