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.
|RRefsnyder, NYY||27||Andy Behrens 31||Seth Trachtman 26||Jason Collette 12|
|Lawr Michaels 12||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 9||Mike Podhorzer 4|
|JElmore, TB||1||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1|
|ZMcAllister, Cle||1||Ron Shandler 1||Chris Liss 0|
|LSeverino, NYY||1||Rob Leibowitz 4|
|FRodriguez, Oak||1||Rob Leibowitz 3||Chris Liss 0|
|POrlando, KC||1||Jason Collette 3|
|BSchultz, Tor||1||Jason Collette 2|
|TSaladino, CWS||1||Jason Collette 6|
|TBeckham, TB||1||Mike Podhorzer 4|
|VNuno, Sea||0||Seth Trachtman 0||Jason Collette 1||Ron Shandler 0|
|JPetricka, CWS||0||Andy Behrens 0|
|KJepsen, TB||0||Ron Shandler 0|
|LHoes, Hou||0||Mike Podhorzer 1|
|NFeliz, Det||0||Chris Liss 0|
|MKrauss, Det||Mike Podhorzer 0|
|DPomeranz, Oak||Chris Liss 0|
Rob Leibowitz' Commentary
Since we have a short week this with our next FAAB period just a very few short days away I thought it was the prime opportunity to make some grab and stash claims, targeting Yankees' top pitching prospect, Luis Severino, and possible A's closer in waiting Fernando Rodriguez, should Tyler Clippard indeed get dealt as part of a deadline deal. So now I'll only lose 3 days of stats for grabbing Severino rather than a entire seven. Yankees second basemen Robert Refsnyder was activated this week and I knew I'd lose my FAAB lead in order to acquire him, so I held off bidding. It was actually fairly surprising no one had picked him up prior to his call-up given what the Yankees were putting out there at second base in his stead.
A productive weekend in Fenway Park for Refsnyder to close out the pseudo first half may have parlayed a quick cup-of-coffee into regular playing time. Stephen Drew is still around as an insurance policy but Refsnyder is the one with the double digit speed and power upside. He's also a great grab in keeper formats.
|AVizcaino, Atl||7||Ray Guilfoyle 15||Mike Gianella 6||Brian Walton 6|
|Peter Kreutzer 3||Phil Hertz 2|
|DAardsma, Atl||2||Peter Kreutzer 2||Phil Hertz 1|
|KNieuwenhuis, NYM||3||Phil Hertz 11||Brian Walton 2||Mike Gianella 0|
|JFrasor, FA||1||Brian Walton 2|
|JMejia, NYM||1||Mike Gianella 1||Brian Walton 1||Phil Hertz 0|
|SKelley, SD||0||Steve Gardner 0|
|ECampbell, NYM||0||Phil Hertz 0|
|ABarrett, Was||0||Phil Hertz 0|
|TTurner, Was||1||Tristan H. Cockcroft 1|
|CCrawford, LAD||1||Lenny Melnick 71|
|AHedges, SD||1||Mike Gianella 5|
|DWright, NYM||1||Mike Gianella 5|
|ABlair, Ari||Tristan H. Cockcroft 1|
|RStephenson, Cin||Tristan H. Cockcroft 1|
|VWorley, Pit||Phil Hertz 0|
|PCiriaco, Atl||Phil Hertz 0|
|NRamirez, ChC||Phil Hertz 0|
|MRojas, Mia||Phil Hertz 0|
|MDenDekker, Was||Phil Hertz 0|
|JGrimm, ChC||Steve Gardner 0|
|JArias, SF||Phil Hertz 0|
|CKnebel, Mil||Mike Gianella 0|
|BMorris, Mia||Phil Hertz 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
There are some interesting story lines in NL Tout this week.
In the last week that injured players could be cashed in for 100 percent of their drafted price, both David Wright and Carl Crawford were returned by their original owners and became free agents. Lenny Melnick was willing to go all in on Crawford at $71, but only had to spend $1 (Vickrey). He received a player on the cusp of returning, but apparently without a starting job. Mike Gianella would have spent $5 on Wright, but also got away with a $1 buy. Wright’s back condition makes his return questionable, but with unlimited disabled list spots, the risk is very low.
Unfortunately for his new owner, Phil Hertz, former and current Met Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ three home runs last Sunday will not count in this league. Going forward, $3 put the outfielder on Hertz’ roster.
The closing situation in Atlanta went from the stability of Craig Kimbrel to the uncertainty brought on Jason Grilli’s ruptured Achilles and the trade deadline. Speculation that Arodys Vizcaino could get the job if Jim Johnson is flipped led to a number of bids. The winner, Ray Guilfoyle, was willing to go $15 and had to pay $7. For $1, I added Jason Frasor, released by Kansas City and signed by the Braves this week. Another candidate, former Seattle closer David Aardsma, was picked up for $2 by Peter Kreutzer.
So I made a deal in NL Tout Wars this week. A few years back I took some heat for not wanting to deal with the league leaders in Mixed LABR when my team was out of contention. Well, I'm not only in last place, I'm looking at starting next season with over $10 FAAB docked from my total. Whereas I didn't feel comfortable a few years back since there was nothing tangible for me other than the embarrasment of finishing in last to drive a deal, I consider cutting down the penalty for finishing below a threshold to lose FAAB as a viable reason to deal with anyone.
Lenny Melnick put Ian Desmond on the block and asked for a second tier starting pitcher in return. I replied with Alex Wood, figuring someone would top it. No one did and Clint Barmes hit my reserve list for Desmond. It should be easier for me to manage my pitching into more points without Wood than bully my hitting into more points without Desmond so the deal made sense.
|RRefsnyder, NYY||14||Scott Engel 14||Ray Flowers 13||Nando DiFino 0|
|KSchwarber, ChC||14||Scott Swanay 18||Zach Steinhorn 13||Tim Heaney 12|
|Cory Schwartz 3|
|CCron, LAA||7||Scott Engel 9||Tim Heaney 6||Ray Flowers 2|
|David Gonos 1||Cory Schwartz 0|
|JimJohnson, Atl||7||Zach Steinhorn 19||Tim Heaney 6||Nando DiFino 1|
|JNiese, NYM||5||Zach Steinhorn 5||Tim Heaney 4||Scott Engel 3|
|Scott Swanay 3|
|AGordon, KC||4||Fred Zinkie 5||Cory Schwartz 3||Scott Swanay 3|
|Tim Heaney 0|
|DSmyly, TB||3||Scott Swanay 5||Fred Zinkie 2||Cory Schwartz 0|
|KDavis, Mil||2||Zach Steinhorn 13||Nando DiFino 1|
|KelJohnson, Atl||1||David Gonos 10||Scott Engel 6||Ray Flowers 3|
|AVizcaino, Atl||1||Scott Engel 3||Tim Heaney 1||Zach Steinhorn 0|
|YSolarte, SD||1||Ray Flowers 4|
|ERosario, Min||1||Cory Schwartz 3||Ray Flowers 2|
|ANola, Phi||1||Fred Zinkie 2||Scott Swanay 5|
|LSeverino, NYY||1||Fred Zinkie 2|
|BJohnson, Bos||1||Fred Zinkie 8||Tim Heaney 1|
|JDeLaRosa, Col||1||Tim Heaney 2|
|JMontero, Sea||0||Nando DiFino 0||Scott Engel 2|
|CTillman, Bal||0||Tim Heaney 2|
|NCastellanos, Det||David Gonos 6||Ray Flowers 3||Scott Swanay 3|
|DStubbs, Col||Scott Engel 5|
|FGalvis, Phi||Ray Flowers 3||Cory Schwartz 0|
|MReynolds, StL||Scott Swanay 3|
|MUpton, SD||Ray Flowers 3|
|AJudge, NYY||Scott Swanay 2|
|CBettis, Col||Zach Steinhorn 2|
|JHoover, Cin||Zach Steinhorn 2|
|LHawkins, Col||Zach Steinhorn 2|
|CAsche, Phi||Cory Schwartz 0|
|EMujica, Oak||Tim Heaney 1|
|CBassitt, Oak||Tim Heaney 1|
|CLewis, Tex||Tim Heaney 0|
|TCingrani, Cin||Scott Swanay 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
After several quiet weeks on the FAAB front, it was a different story this time around, the highlights being a pair of promoted top prospects going for $14 apiece. Upon getting called up late last week, Rob Refsnyder wasn't even guaranteed a big league roster spot following the All-Star break, but he more than held his own at the plate and is now likely up for good. Productive middle infielders tend to carry a premium price tag, especially when it comes to the FAAB market.
Speaking of holding one's own at the plate, Kyle Schwarber (.364 AVG, 1 HR, 6 RBI) looked pretty good during his six-game big league audition as the Cubs DH during interleague play last month. If the Cubs were in the AL, I think it's safe to say that he would not have been sent back down. But with Miguel Montero now on the DL and possibly out for up to six weeks, Schwarber should get the bulk of the at-bats behind the plate, and there aren't too many catchers in the Majors with his offensive upside.
My $19 bid for Jim Johnson was more of a price-enforcing move, so I was quite surprised to get him for $7. The worry with Johnson is that he's a definite trade candidate should the Braves fall any further out of contention by the end of the month, and he would almost certainly not be the closer for his new team. But Johnson has pitched very well this season, and even if I can get a few saves from my $7 investment, it will be worth it. Thankfully, there weren't any $18 bids!
The unique thing about this particular FAAB run is that since the upcoming scoring period spans just three days (as opposed to seven) and Tout rules require that all purchased players remain in active lineups for at least one scoring period, owners are more inclined to take a goose egg and purchase either top prospects or injured big leaguers. Luis Severino ($1), Aaron Nola ($1), Alex Gordon ($4) and Drew Smyly ($3) are a few examples
It was a good week to be a Johnson in Mixed Tout Auction. One example is Brian Johnson who's been named to replace Clay Buchholz in the Red Sox rotation. Fred Zinkie picked up Aaron Nola, Luis Severino as well as Johnson. He needs to have them active through Sunday then gets to decide of Nola and Johnson are worthy of making his active lineup, likely for a two-start week. I don't want to step on Perry's Tout Draft commentary so let's just say this is a very clever means of taking advantage of the short week.
|JimJohnson, Atl||37||Tom Kessenich 44||Eno Sarris 36||Perry Van Hook 27|
|DSmyly, TB||2||Perry Van Hook 3|
|BJohnson, Bos||1||Tom Kessenich 14|
|KelJohnson, Atl||1||Perry Van Hook 11|
|NFeliz, Det||1||Perry Van Hook 3|
|NAhmed, Ari||1||Perry Van Hook 7|
|RRefsnyder, NYY||1||Grey Albright 1|
|DDuffy, KC||1||Rudy Gamble 1|
|AVizcaino, Atl||1||Tim McLeod 1|
|OArcia, Min||1||Tim McLeod 1|
|DStubbs, Col||1||Adam Ronis 1|
|RoPerez, Cle||0||Paul Greco 0|
|JGray, Col||Tom Kessenich 14|
|FGutierrez, Sea||Perry Van Hook 0|
|MJoyce, LAA||Perry Van Hook 0|
|RTejada, NYM||Perry Van Hook 0|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
To properly frame this weeks bids I need to remind you that the rule for free agents - whether active players or those on the DL or even a minor leaguer must be in your active lineup the week you add them to your roster. So if you are going to take a chance on some players - let's say Drew Smyly of Tampa Bay who the Rays now think will be back in August - this is the perfect time to add him because he will only be active for three days. That was the basis for my bids on Smyly ($3) and Neftali Feliz ($3 as an underbid to James Johnson).
Johnson the new Braves closer was of course going to be the flavor of the night - the questions for me were how much my opponents would choose to spend and how much of the $58 I had left I could risk. This was compounded by the fact that I really needed to get some power into an outfield slot especially with George Springer and Freddie Freeman in my DL slots. So I bid $11 on Kelly Johnson and then thought I could go into the high 20s to try and get Johnson actually bidding $27. I also bid $7 on Nick Ahmed to try and get some extra steals for the short week and then have him available in future weeks depending on matchups.
I could have bid $37 and still not been close as Tom Kessenich of NFBC/STATS bid $44 and got him for $37 to best the $36 bid by Eno Sarris of Fangraphs. That got me Feliz for just $1 and I got Johnson for another dollar while I had to spend $2 to roster Smyly as Rudy Gamble also made that play for a dollar. I also got Ahmed for $1.
Aside from Johnson all winning bids were $1 or $2, surprising to me that there weren't more DL players or minor leaguers sought.
Sorry, don't have anything here and I need to start working on my DFS lineups so I'll just wish everyone good luck the rest of the way.
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..
|Tyler Saladino, CWS||$6||Fangraphs 6|
|Brian Johnson, BOS||$5||Mastersball 5||Baseball HQ 3||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Edward Mujica, OAK||$2||FantasyScore 2|
|Jesus Montero, SEA||$2||Fangraphs 2|
|Drew Pomeranz, OAK||$2||Fangraphs 2|
|Sam Fuld, OAK||$1||RotoWire 1||Fangraphs 1|
|Alex Presley, HOU||Fangraphs 1|
|Ryan Goins, TOR||Fangraphs 1|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
Only six players awarded Sunday night - five of who were won outright with no other bids. The highest of those was White Sox shortstop Tyler Saladino who went to Eno Sarris of Fangraphs who also won Jesus Montero, SEA and Drew Pomeranz, OAK for two dollars each.
The only contested player was new Red Sox starting pitcher Brian Johnson who I won for $5 beating underbids of $3 and $1. Johnson should get at least two starts if Clay Buchholz is out the minimum fifteen days and if he is then sent down he will be reservable under LABR rules, so I benched Nate Karns, TB one of my draft day reserves which means he can be moved up and down freely. Otherwise I would have had to drop a current pitcher to roster Johnson.
Saladino is an interesting gambit as he's being given a look at third base, a spot the White Sox have been looking to fill since what seems like the day Robin Ventura retired. Saladino isn't the long-term answer but he can swipe a base, albeit with a low OBP.
|Cole Gillespie, MIA||$13||Mastersball 13||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2|
|Pedro Strop, CHC||$12||Mastersball 12|
|Arodys Vizcaino, ATL||$4||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4||Colton & The Wolfman 2|
|Tim Cooney, STL||$3||Sandlot Shrink 3||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Luis Avilan, ATL||$1||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
With the All Star Break here, it was an exceptionally quiet week on the FAAB front in NL LABR.
I was actually the big spender as I tried to plug the injury gaps that plague my team, nabbing Cole Gillespie for $13 to sort of fill in for the lost combo of Marcell Ozuna and Josh Harrison, along with Pedro Strop ($12) to try and cover the loss of Jason Grilli.
Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs did fight off a $2 challenge and won the rights to Arodys Vizcaino, while the Sandlot Shrink picked up Tim Cooney for $3, and the last acquisition was Luis Avilan to Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf for $1,
Ideally, the slow activity must be pointing towards folks saving their funding for the trade deadline.
I can sit here staring, trying to think of something pithy to say or I can just embed the pix and post. I choose the latter.
|Delino DeShields Jr., TEX||$10||BSports 10||FantasyScore 1|
|Jason Motte, CHC||$8||BSports 8||Razzball 1|
|C.J. Cron, LAA||$3||Baseball HQ 3||BSports 3|
|Brian Johnson, BOS||$1||MLB.com 1|
|Brandon Beachy, LAD||$1||Rotowire-Colton 1|
|Rene Rivera, TB||$1||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Robbie Ray, ARI||$1||FantasyScore 1|
|Michael Morse, MIA||$1||FantasyScore 1|
|Chris Iannetta, LAA||$1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Arodys Vizcaino, ATL||$1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Will Venable, SD||BSports 4|
|Taylor Jungmann, MIL||MLB.com 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
Taylor Jungmann, the Rodney Dangerfield of MLB. What does he have to do to get respect? What have Brian Johnson, Robbie Ray and Brandon Beachy done to get purchased while Jungmann is still in the pool? Did any of them end the proverbial first half with a complete game three-hitter on the heels of an eight-inning, four-hit effort, allowing one earned run in each outing? A .252 BABIP and 5.4 percent HR/FB suggest regression is impending. Jungmann is reminiscent of Nick Martinez, both ground ball pitchers with good control with a hitter's park as their home venue. When the dust settles, they're both pitch-to-contact types that will rely on defense and keeping the ball in the yard. I prefer using my streamers at home but I can see picking up Jungmann and spot-starting him in big NL parks.
Shame on me (sort of). This week's most expensive purchase was DeShields - a player I released. But what I didn't do is offer him up to the league before I released him. Granted, I let him go on June 29 so he went unclaimed last week, but still, I probably should have at least let the league know I was dropping him to see if there was any interest.