Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars and LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids.
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 bid is 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.
Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR is available below.
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. All 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.
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.
|JBradley, Bos||10||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 16||Mike Podhorzer 9|
|CColabello, Tor||9||Rob Leibowitz 9||Mike Podhorzer 9||Lawr Michaels 8|
|Steve Moyer 6||Jason Collette 5||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|CPerez, LAA||9||Andy Behrens 18||Larry Schechter 8||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6|
|Ron Shandler 3||Mike Podhorzer 2||Seth Trachtman 1|
|JPirela, NYY||7||Seth Trachtman 11||Steve Moyer 6||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6|
|MAndriese, TB||1||Seth Trachtman 1||Lawr Michaels 0|
|JButler, TB||1||Steve Moyer 6||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|ABellatti, TB||1||Jason Collette 4|
|PTucker, Hou||1||Jason Collette 1||Jason Collette 5||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 16|
|CCorrea, Hou||1||Chris Liss 34|
|AWojciechowski, Hou||0||Lawr Michaels 0|
|BWilson, TB||0||Seth Trachtman 0||Mike Podhorzer 0|
|JAlvarez, LAA||0||Ron Shandler 0||Jason Collette 0|
|LHochevar, KC||0||Chris Liss 0||Jason Collette 2||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|JWilson, NYY||0||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|JFields, Hou||0||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|CHerrmann, Min||0||Mike Podhorzer 0|
|JRuggiano, Sea||Chris Liss 13|
|TWilson, Bal||Ron Shandler 1|
|JBerrios, Min||Chris Liss 1|
|EFrieri, TB||Ron Shandler 0|
|TMcFarland, Bal||Ron Shandler 0|
|ERosario, Min||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|JRuggiano, Sea||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|SDelabar, Tor||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|EFrieri, TB||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|THunter, Bal||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|ZDuke, CWS||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|SDelabar, Tor||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|EFrieri, TB||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|THunter, Bal||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|ZDuke, CWS||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|BHayes, Cle||Mike Podhorzer 0|
Rob Leibowitz' CommentaryBad news for me as I lost Drew Smyly for the season, but was able to reclaim his $11 salary as FAAB. With Brett Oberholtzer coming off the DL this week, I inserted him rather than pursue a free agent.
On the hitting front, we presented a few interesting FAAB options, though few that fit within the context of my roster. Journeyman catcher Carlos Perez had been swinging a hot bat in AAA and has done likewise since his promotion to the Majors. With Iannetta struggling, Perez could get a long look, but he's a contact hitter with marginal power and limited other assets. In other words, consider him as a short-term only option. I already own Caleb Joseph, Blake Swihart, and Salvador Perez, so no openings for the 24-year were available.
I have been suffering with Ryan Lavarnway at corner recently, so I entered the derby for quadruple-A slugger, Chris Colabello. The righty has been hitting over .500 since his call-up and has legitimate 20+ HR power. His handedness and tendency to swing and miss, however, mean this pace cannot be sustained. That's irrelevant considering he'll move back to a bench or minor league role once Jose Bautista and/or Michael Saunders can play the field. Still, a temporary upgrade, is an upgrade.
Jose Pirela offers another option, stealing time from the non-hitting Stephen Drew. While not a high-upside guy, Pirela offers good contact-making skills, gap power, and slightly above average speed actually making him a better fantasy candidate than the Drew. Rob Refsnyder is not destroying AAA, so Pirela could end up with the job for awhile.
I have to hand it to my colleagues Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton. The following may not seem like much and it's going to be hard to convey in this space since it may easily be viewed as a slight against others but that's not the intent. Like all of us, Rick and Glenn are extremely busy and the last thing they want to do on a Sunday night is put in zero dollar bids for the sludge that's available in the free agent pool. Again, this may not seem like a big deal, and I really like OnRoto as a service, but the FAAB mechanism is EXTREMELY tedious and it takes some patience to string in the bids the way Glenn and Rick do every week. The duo have multiple championships across all sorts of leagues on their resume. For as SMART as they are as players, they are every bit as diligent when it comes to the little things. And little things often lead to big things...like championships.
|HGomez, Mil||1||Steve Gardner 12|
|JMonell, NYM||1||Peter Kreutzer 3|
|AAlmonte, SD||1||Peter Kreutzer 3|
|AHedges, SD||1||Tristan H. Cockcroft 3||Phil Hertz 3||Peter Kreutzer 1|
|PBaez, LAD||1||Brian Walton 2||Peter Kreutzer 0||Scott Wilderman 0|
|RScahill, Pit||1||Todd Zola 1|
|MBlazek, Mil||1||Phil Hertz 3||Todd Zola 1||Lenny Melnick 0|
|PGosselin, Atl||1||Gene McCaffrey 2|
|MSocolovich, StL||1||Gene McCaffrey 3|
|SManess, StL||1||Phil Hertz 2|
|JUrias, LAD||1||Ray Guilfoyle 1|
|CHernandez, Phi||0||Phil Hertz 0||Gene McCaffrey 1||Steve Gardner 0|
|Peter Kreutzer 0||Derek Carty 0|
|PKozma, StL||0||Derek Carty 0||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|GKontos, SF||0||Scott Wilderman 0||Brian Walton 0|
|CTorres, NYM||0||Brian Walton 0||Phil Hertz 0|
|PRodriguez, LAD||0||Lenny Melnick 0|
|JArias, SF||Steve Gardner 2|
|AChafin, Ari||Todd Zola 1|
|ATorres, NYM||Scott Wilderman 0|
|JJeffress, Mil||Phil Hertz 0|
|JDeFratus, Phi||Phil Hertz 0|
|WPerez, Atl||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|SSolis, Was||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|JHoover, Cin||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|DSolano, Mia||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|MSzczur, ChC||Gene McCaffrey 2||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|MDunn, Mia||Brian Walton 0|
|JGrimm, ChC||Brian Walton 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
Perhaps the biggest news in the National League over the last seven days is the ascension of top New York Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard to the Majors. However, Syndergaard, like every other name-brand prospect, has been owned and stashed in NL Tout's four-man reserve rosters since draft day.
As a result, it was a Mets backstop, Johnny Monell, who led a group of 11 $1 players taken in the league this week. It is not clear why the Metropolitans are carrying three catchers as their only two May interleague games are history. Further, Monell's new owner, Rotoman, aka Peter Kreutzer, will not get the results of Monell's first MLB hit, a two-run double on Sunday, but why not take a shot on a guy who batted .397 for his first month in Triple-A?
Another even better-known catching prospect received his first call to the bigs this past weekend, as well. Like in the case of Monell, it is difficult to see how Austin Hedges of San Diego is going to get a lot of at-bats while playing behind standout Derek Norris. Couple that with Hedges' so-so hitting history and one can see why ESPN's Tristan H. Cockcroft only laid down $1.
Obviously, with each owner having two catcher spots to fill in an "only" league such as this one, these kinds of bets are wise.
While this is a gratuitous humblebrag since I was the person that proposed the idea to the Tout Wars LLC, one of my favorite rules we use is the swingman, which is basically a utility that can be filled by any hitter or pitcher (the 5th OF is SW). The impetus was MLB teams are carrying fewer hitters and more pitchers now than they did when the 14H/9P roster was designed and accordingly, there are more potentially useful pitchers available than hitters. The swing spot allows us to avoid having a hitter that may see action on a Sunday in lieu of a reliever that will toss a few innings and hopefully get a few strikeouts.
I had an opening this week with Chris Denorfia hitting the DL and didn't like the hitters available above so I opted for Rob Scahill who's been racking up serious whiffs lately, albeit walks and hits too, but I'll bank on the skills winning out. That said, I always prefer a stick at SW so I'll be looking for a bat to float in the spot.
|CPerez, LAA||15||Paul Singman 15||Al Melchior 15||Scott Engel 3|
|CPeguero, Tex||9||Paul Singman 10||Nando DiFino 8||Ray Flowers 1|
|LMorrison, Sea||9||Paul Singman 20||Nando DiFino 8||Tim Heaney 8|
|Ray Flowers 6||David Gonos 3|
|JMcCann, Det||7||Al Melchior 10||Scott Pianowski 6||Joe Pisapia 1|
|AHill, Ari||6||Derek Van Riper 12||Ray Flowers 5|
|CCorrea, Hou||5||Joe Pisapia 18||Cory Schwartz 4|
|CYoung, KC||4||Al Melchior 13||Ray Flowers 3|
|CWhitley, NYY||3||Derek Van Riper 5||Cory Schwartz 2||Ray Flowers 2|
|TGosewisch, Ari||2||Scott Pianowski 2||Joe Pisapia 1|
|RVogelsong, SF||1||Paul Singman 1|
|WandRodriguez, Tex||1||Fred Zinkie 4||Ray Flowers 2|
|ECarrera, Tor||1||Scott Swanay 10|
|VWorley, Pit||1||Cory Schwartz 1|
|CSeager, LAD||1||Cory Schwartz 1|
|CSpangenberg, SD||1||Scott Engel 2||Tim Heaney 8||Al Melchior 3|
|Derek Van Riper 2||Cory Schwartz 1|
|DEspinosa, Was||1||Tim Heaney 8||Ray Flowers 3||Derek Van Riper 2|
|Cory Schwartz 0|
|ERamirez, TB||1||Ray Flowers 3|
|EEscobar, Min||1||Ray Flowers 3|
|CColabello, Tor||1||Tim Heaney 8||Ray Flowers 1|
|MTaylor, Was||1||Al Melchior 8|
|DAckley, Sea||1||Al Melchior 4|
|JSaltalamacchia, Ari||1||Tim Heaney 3|
|WVenable, SD||0||Cory Schwartz 0|
|ERosario, Min||Tim Heaney 8|
|JTurner, LAD||Derek Van Riper 2|
|ABarrett, Was||Ray Flowers 2|
|JUribe, LAD||Derek Van Riper 2|
|MGonzales, StL||Joe Pisapia 2|
|MJoyce, LAA||Ray Flowers 1|
|PNeshek, Hou||Derek Van Riper 1|
|ZMcAllister, Cle||Derek Van Riper 1|
|DDeJesus, TB||Ray Flowers 1|
|CBethancourt, Atl||Scott Pianowski 0|
|HConger, Hou||Scott Pianowski 0|
|JPacheco, Ari||Scott Pianowski 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
For this FAAB run, I had a tough time finding players that interested me, or at least players that would represent clear upgrades over my current starters, so I ultimately decided to sit the week out. My league mates, or more specifically Paul Singman, clearly felt otherwise. Singman ended up spending 34 of his remaining 58 FAAB dollars this week on four players, headlined by recent call-up Carlos Perez. The 24-year-old backstop has been swinging a red-hot bat since opening his big league career with a walk-off homer on Tuesday and he's now started four of his club's last six games. Chris Iannetta has been brutal offensively to this point, so it will be interesting to see if Perez can earn the majority of the catcher at-bats going forward. In a two-catcher deep mixed league like Tout, he's certainly worth a flier, though I'm not sure that Paul expected the price tag to be this high. The same applies to Peguero and Morrison. Both are playing well right now but there is legitimate doubt as to whether they can sustain this level of production over a lengthy period of time.
Cory Schwartz's $1 purchase of Corey Seager is also worthy of note, as it's a gamble that his recent promotion to Triple-A will soon lead to a big league promotion, and if Cory had waited another week or two to grab Corey (confusing, I know), he would be priced out of the bidding (Schwartz currently holds the least amount of FAAB dollars in the league). The downside of this approach is that, in accordance with Tout rules, Cory will need to carry Seager in his active lineup this week and thus receive no stats. But obviously, the potential long-term benefit is huge.
There's a few contrasts between playing it safe and rolling the dice. As Zach mentioned, Corey Seager got a bid as did Carlos Correa who was promoted to Triple-A while the parent club is trying to get by at shortstop with Marwin Gonzalez and Jonathan Villar with Jed Lowrie out. In contrast, veterans Aaron Hill and Danny Espinosa also have new Tout homes, Which is better, filling a spot with middling talent like Hill or taking a goose-egg to stash Seager or Correa -- time will tell.
At catcher, it was interesting how Carlos Perez and James McCann each garnered three bids but only one owner bid on both. But meanwhile, Tim Heaney threw an uncontested three jelly beans at Jarrod Saltalamacchia - the safe choice. Tim needs to keep Salty active this week (as Zach described) but who knows, he may get the call sooner than later. It's not like Tuffy Gosewisch or Jordan Pacheco will stand in his way. Put Saltalamacchia in a much better hitter's park than Miami and more of the preponderance of fly balls he strikes will leave the yard.
|CCorrea, Hou||2||Tim McLeod 13||Anthony Perri 1|
|JKang, Pit||2||Eno Sarris 22||Adam Ronis 1|
|CPerez, LAA||1||Anthony Perri 1||Adam Ronis 1|
|JMaxwell, SF||1||Anthony Perri 2||Perry Van Hook 0|
|CLewis, Tex||1||Anthony Perri 3||Greg Ambrosius 5||Tim McLeod 1|
|Perry Van Hook 0|
|HSantiago, LAA||1||Greg Ambrosius 7||Anthony Perri 1||Tim McLeod 0|
|Perry Van Hook 0|
|JPeterson, Atl||1||Brent Hershey 6||Eno Sarris 1|
|DPhelps, Mia||1||Perry Van Hook 3||Ray Murphy 0|
|BGuyer, TB||1||Tim McLeod 4||Perry Van Hook 0|
|SMatz, NYM||1||Tim McLeod 3|
|CFrias, LAD||1||Tim McLeod 2||Perry Van Hook 3||Adam Ronis 0|
|YEscobar, Was||1||Charlie Wiegert 4|
|CColabello, Tor||1||Charlie Wiegert 3||Perry Van Hook 0|
|PTucker, Hou||1||Tom Kessenich 18|
|FGalvis, Phi||1||Perry Van Hook 2||Tom Kessenich 3|
|DRuf, Phi||1||Rudy Gamble 3|
|CWhitley, NYY||0||Ray Murphy 0||Adam Ronis 0|
|CPeguero, Tex||0||Perry Van Hook 0||Rudy Gamble 3||Tim McLeod 2|
|WVenable, SD||0||Adam Ronis 0||Charlie Wiegert 3|
|ASusac, SF||0||Adam Ronis 0|
|JimJohnson, Atl||0||Adam Ronis 0|
|DYoung, Bal||Tom Kessenich 11||Perry Van Hook 0|
|JLoney, TB||Tom Kessenich 6||Charlie Wiegert 0|
|EEscobar, Min||Charlie Wiegert 4||Tim McLeod 1||Rudy Gamble 1|
|KLobstein, Det||Perry Van Hook 3|
|DEspinosa, Was||Brent Hershey 4|
|CYoung, KC||Anthony Perri 1|
|BHolt, Bos||Tom Kessenich 3|
|MPelfrey, Min||Greg Ambrosius 3|
|CSpangenberg, SD||Eno Sarris 2||Charlie Wiegert 0|
|TBeckham, TB||Tom Kessenich 2|
|CarSmith, Sea||Tim McLeod 0|
|KKela, Tex||Tim McLeod 0|
|MEstrada, Tor||Ray Murphy 0|
|DDeJesus, TB||Perry Van Hook 0|
|DDeShields, Tex||Perry Van Hook 0|
|ECarrera, Tor||Perry Van Hook 0|
|JButler, TB||Perry Van Hook 0|
|MAviles, Cle||Perry Van Hook 0|
|WandRodriguez, Tex||Perry Van Hook 0|
|ACallaspo, Atl||Charlie Wiegert 0|
|CGillaspie, CWS||Charlie Wiegert 0|
|KBlanks, Tex||Charlie Wiegert 0|
|MReynolds, StL||Charlie Wiegert 0|
|AHedges, SD||Adam Ronis 0|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
As with my LABR bids I had an opportunity in this league to exploit the league rules and add three new players for very few dollars by using several $0 bids. In particular I did this for a new outfielder not only to replace Michael Saunders now back on the DL, but in anticipation that George Springer currently on the 7 day concussion DL list will be activated midweek and in order to put him back in my lineup I will have to cut the outfielder he will replace, so why not add a playable one for a zero bid. If they do great I can always delay Springer's return or decide to replace someone else. Thus my $0 list for ten outfielders mostly with good on base percentage and some likelihood of other contributions in the counting stats.
So how did all these turn out? Well I got my highest pitching target David Phelps of Miami for $1 on a three dollar bid while I won Philly shortstop Freddy Galvis for $1 on a two dollar bid and won my second highest outfielder, Carlos Peguero for $0 while my first choice Chris Colabello went for a Vickrey reduced $1 to Charlie Weigert on his $3 bid.
The highest Vickrey winning bids were $2 - Jung-ho Kang of the Pirates to Eno Sarris on a $22 bid and Carlos Correa, Houston shortstop for $2 on a future bid of $13 by Tim McLeod.
Tom Kessenich is this week's owner of the "Thank you for Vickrey" bid as he was willing to shell out 18 for Preston Tucker while no one else contested. Seeing this gave me an idea -- I'm going to figure out all the FAAB totals without Vickrey and compare them to the adjusted totals as well as to the corresponding LABR league. It will start out as a fun exercise but who know, it may turn out to be actionable, we'll see.
There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-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..
|Jose Pirela, NYY||22||Fangraphs 22||Winning Fantasy Baseball 6|
|Carlos Perez, LAA||16||Winning Fantasy Baseball 16||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9||FantasyScore 7|
|Colton & The Wolfman 6||Mastersball 3||ESPN.com 2|
|Chris Colabello, TOR||13||Mastersball 13||Winning Fantasy Baseball 16||FantasyScore 8|
|NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3|
|Jackie Bradley Jr., BOS||11||Colton & The Wolfman 11||Winning Fantasy Baseball 7|
|Danny Valencia, TOR||8||SiriusXM 8||Winning Fantasy Baseball 4|
|Joey Butler, TB||8||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 8||Winning Fantasy Baseball 2|
|Delino DeShields Jr., TEX||7||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7||RotoWire 6||Winning Fantasy Baseball 3|
|Carlos Peguero, TEX||6||RotoWire 6||Mastersball 12||Winning Fantasy Baseball 10|
|Winning Fantasy Baseball 5||SiriusXM 5||FantasyScore 2|
|Eddie Rosario, MIN||6||FantasyScore 6||Mastersball 11||ESPN.com 6|
|Colton & The Wolfman 2|
|Luke Hochevar, KC||3||FantasyScore 3||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Andrew Bellatti, TB||3||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3|
|Evan Scribner, OAK||1||FantasyScore 1||FantasyScore 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Will Harris, HOU||1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Fernando Rodriguez, OAK||1||Mastersball 1|
|Adam Rosales, TEX||Winning Fantasy Baseball 11|
|Preston Tucker, HOU||Colton & The Wolfman 11||Mastersball 4||Winning Fantasy Baseball 2|
|Jake Elmore, TB||Fangraphs 2|
|Steven Geltz, TB||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2||FantasyScore 1||Mastersball 1|
|Brett Hayes, CLE||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|J.R. Graham, MIN||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Fernando Salas, LAA||Mastersball 1|
|Alexi Ogando, BOS||FantasyScore 1|
|Esmil Rogers, NYY||FantasyScore 1|
|Liam Hendriks, TOR||FantasyScore 1|
|Matt Andriese, TB||FantasyScore 1|
|Aaron Thompson, MIN||Baseball HQ 1|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary..Quite unusual over a month into the season that all of a sudden there were some excellent names on the free agent list, especially at the outfield position so I expect quite a bidding war on recent call-ups Chris Colabello, TOR; Eddie Rosario, MIN; Preston Tucker, HOU; and one player who was released two weeks ago, TEX fly chaser Carlos Peguero. While I don't have a hole in my outfield I do have two outfielders I can reserve so while you can't reserve a player you bought in the auction - you would have to release him to replace him, I can add one of the outfielders and deepen my roster. I actually bid more on Colabello over Rosario only because he also qualifies at first base and is a security blanket if Toronto were to send down Justin Smoak. There was also a desirable catcher for a change with Carlos Perez having an immediate impact for the Angels and perhaps pushing Chris Iannetta to the backup role.
So the high bid for the night was a complete surprise as Eno Sarris/Fangraphs won Jose Pirela, 2B, NYY for $22 - the underbid was $6. Meanwhile my Carlos Perez bid was way wide as Larry Schechter won him at $16 - the highest of several underbids was $9. I won Colabello for my $13 bid besting several bids the highest being $8. Jackie Bradley recalled Sunday by the Red Sox went for $11 to Colton & The Wolfman with a $7 underbid. The next highest winning bid was $8 for Tampa outfielder Joey Butler while Texas fly chaser Delino DeShields went for $7 while teammate Carlos Peguero went for $6 as did Eddie Rosario of the Twins.
Perry alludes to a rule in AL and NL LABR that is often overlooked and if you aren't aware how to take advantage on draft day you could be at a small competitive disadvantage and in a league of his nature, even small factors can decide the winner. To reiterate, there isn't free movement from active to reserve like there is in most leagues (including Tout Wars and Mixed LABR). You can get rid of an under-performing player, but you can't reserve him, you need to drop him. If your middling pitcher has a start in Coors, tough noogies, you need to keep him active or release him. The one exception is players drafted onto your reserve. These players can be yo-yo'd from active to reserve all season. The best way to take advantage of this rule is to draft an injured player, put him on the disabled list (which is separate from reserve) and bring up a replacement from reserve. You can freely ship this player back to reserve. If the player is a pitcher, and you have another pitcher on reserve, you can basically choose between the two each week. A common ploy is to grab a pitcher best used as a spot-starter and a solid reliever.
|Michael Lorenzen, CIN||12||Mastersball 12||Sandlot Shrink 3|
|Tyler Lyons, STL||5||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5|
|Hector Gomez, MIL||2||Baseball HQ 2|
|Alexander Torres, NYM||1||Mastersball 1|
|Kristopher Negron, CIN||1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Kevin Siegrist, STL||Mastersball 2|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary.Deep league, good prospects on reserves, few moves pretty much describes the NL LABR moves for the week.
I confess that in a somewhat desperate move to heal my Danny Cabrera pitching staff (last in Saves, WHIP, and ERA, while first in Strikeouts) I blew my Brandon McCarthy rebate on Michael Lorenzen for $12, and then tried to help stabilize by adding Alexander Torres for a buck.
Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs (NFBC/STATS) spent $5 on Cardinals starter Tyler Lyons, while the two remaining moves were Doug Dennis of BaseballHQ nabbing infielders Hector Gomez ($2) and Kris Negron ($1).
And, that was all she wrote.
Geez, if all the runs were like this I may actually get some sleep on a Sunday night and not be cranky the rest of the week. Actually, that's not true, I''d be cranky regardless.
Not only was the bidding light, but other than Lawr, no contingency bids were put in. It was pretty much "Screw it, if I don't get this guy, I don't want anyone else." Not that there's a whole lot or anyone else to bid on, but still.
|James McCann, DET||13||Mastersball 13|
|Chris Young, KC||6||Fangraphs 6||BSports 2||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2|
|Justin Maxwell, SF||5||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 5|
|Kyle Blanks, TEX||5||USA TODAY Sports 5|
|Carlos Frias, LAD||4||Fangraphs 4||MLB.com 3||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2|
|Razzball 2||Rotowire-Erickson 1|
|Colby Lewis, TEX||4||BSports 4||FantasyScore 1|
|Wandy Rodriguez, TEX||4||BSports 4||MLB.com 3||Rotowire-Erickson 1|
|Peter Bourjos, STL||2||FantasyScore 2||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 3||USA TODAY Sports 2|
|Rafael Betancourt, COL||2||RotoExperts 2|
|Brandon Guyer, TB||1||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Kyle Gibson, MIN||1||Rotowire-Erickson 1||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2||BSports 1|
|Mike Pelfrey, MIN||1||FantasyScore 1|
|Wilin Rosario, COL||1||MLB.com 1|
|Steven Geltz, TB||1||BSports 1|
|Tyler Lyons, STL||1||Razzball 1||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1|
|Preston Tucker, HOU||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 4|
|Michael Lorenzen, CIN||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2||Rotowire-Erickson 1|
|Eduardo Escobar, MIN||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2||USA TODAY Sports 2|
|Danny Espinosa, WSH||USA TODAY Sports 2||FantasyScore 1|
|Marco Estrada, TOR||Fangraphs 2|
|Zach McAllister, CLE||BSports 1|
|Odrisamer Despaigne, SD||Rotowire-Erickson 1|
|Mark Buehrle, TOR||Rotowire-Erickson 1|
|Ichiro Suzuki, MIA||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1|
|Freddy Galvis, PHI||FantasyScore 1|
|Delino DeShields Jr., TEX||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Adam Warren, NYY||Rotowire-Erickson 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
Aw geez guys. Every week there's goofy bidding on all the available catchers, you all had to choose this week to go silent? Actually again I'm not complaining that I seemingly overbid to get a receiver. I've been on James McCann since the end of last season. Alex Avila almost retired from concussions and it's pretty clear this is his last season with the Tigers. Between potential for injury, not to mention one ill-placed foul tip to the mask, I didn't feel Avila would make it through the season and now he's out to the All-Star break. It's not like McCann is the second coming of Johnny Bench -- or even Brian McCann. But he's the ideal "won't hurt you", Greg Zaun with a full-time gig type of hitter. In today's landscape, that means something. I released the underperfoming Rene Rivera. I considered dropping someone else and trying to deal a catcher but practically speaking, what am I going to get for Rivera and I'm already stashing John Jaso, albeit on the disabled list.
Note that there are a couple of interesting Texas Rangers pitchers picked up by Bloomberg Sports. If you're like me, you Pavlovianly ignore all Colorado and Texas pitchers (along with a few other teams) since their park is so hitter-friendly. Ignoring Ranger pitchers for this reason is a mistake. Renovations over the past couple of seasons have really softened the hitting boost. Globe Life Park still favors offense but not to the extreme extent it did before 2013. We can argue whether Colby Lewis and Wandy Rodriguez are mixed league worthy, it's just using the park as a reason to avoid them is now myopic.
For the record, I like Lewis and would use him in mixed. Despite his recent two-game stretch, I still don't trust Wandy.