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.
|RElias, Sea||7||Chris Liss 9||Lawr Michaels 6||Jason Collette 6|
|HConger, Hou||3||Mike Podhorzer 6||Mike Podhorzer 3||Andy Behrens 2|
|Jeff Erickson 2||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|JButler, TB||1||Steve Moyer 14||Andy Behrens 2||Ron Shandler 0|
|BBrach, Bal||1||Lawr Michaels 1|
|DNava, TB||1||Mike Podhorzer 4||Jeff Erickson 1||Ron Shandler 0|
|RWolf, Det||1||Ron Shandler 1||Jeff Erickson 1|
|CGimenez, Tex||1||Jeff Erickson 1||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|DAlvarez, Bal||1||Andy Behrens 3||Jeff Erickson 3|
|SSouza, TB||1||Jason Collette 3|
|ChJohnson, Cle||1||Mike Podhorzer 6|
|GGreen, LAA||1||Jeff Erickson 3||Mike Podhorzer 3|
|TBeckham, TB||0||Seth Trachtman 0|
|KCowart, LAA||0||Ron Shandler 0||Jeff Erickson 1|
|RoPerez, Cle||0||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|PNeshek, Hou||0||Larry Schechter 0|
|MStroman, Tor||Chris Liss 9|
|JArencibia, TB||Andy Behrens 2|
|RRivera, TB||Andy Behrens 2|
|BMatusz, Bal||Lawr Michaels 1|
|FAbad, Oak||Lawr Michaels 1|
|JSmolinksi, Oak||Jeff Erickson 1|
|CPennington, Tor||Seth Trachtman 0|
|ESogard, Oak||Seth Trachtman 0|
|JSucre, Sea||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|MStassi, Hou||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|NJones, CWS||Larry Schechter 0|
|POrlando, KC||Steve Moyer 0||Ron Shandler 0|
|RMadson, KC||Larry Schechter 0|
|SDyson, Tex||Larry Schechter 0|
|SFuld, Oak||Steve Moyer 0||Andy Behrens 0|
|TSipp, Hou||Larry Schechter 0|
Rob Leibowitz' Commentary
After making my trade (acquired Shawn Tolleson and Ivan Nova from Chris Liss for Sonny Gray), there really wasn't anything out there of significant that I"m interested in. I am more interested to see if any of the September call-ups (unlikely) are slated to get substantial playing time. The saves standings are so tight, adding a single closer could vault me several points up in the standings. At this point I'm more interested in protecting my FAAB for 2016 than anything else.
One name sticks out to me among the reshuffling of retreads - Hank Conger. Getting an edge in at bats gets more difficult as the season wears on, finding a catcher this late is a nice pull. Conger should play regularly at least until mid-September, maybe longer. Max Stassi assumes Conger's back-up role.
|MLorenzen, Cin||1||Phil Hertz 12|
|DGarneau, Col||1||Todd Zola 9||Phil Hertz 0|
|FRodney, ChC||1||Peter Kreutzer 9|
|LVerrett, NYM||1||Peter Kreutzer 7|
|JChacin, Ari||1||Phil Hertz 6|
|SGilmartin, NYM||1||Mike Gianella 5|
|CNarveson, Mia||1||Phil Hertz 3|
|CStewart, Pit||1||Phil Hertz 3|
|EHerrera, Mil||1||Tristan H. Cockcroft 3||Derek Carty 0|
|JGomes, Atl||1||Todd Zola 3||Derek Carty 0|
|RStephenson, Cin||1||Brian Walton 1|
|MFoltynewicz, Atl||0||Derek Carty 0||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|KBarraclough, Mia||0||Scott Wilderman 0||Mike Gianella 5|
|KQuackenbush, SD||0||Scott Wilderman 0||Mike Gianella 5||Derek Carty 0|
|MMcBride, Col||0||Derek Carty 0|
|TLaStella, ChC||0||Derek Carty 0||Tristan H. Cockcroft 3|
|ARecker, NYM||Todd Zola 6|
|BEllington, Mia||Mike Gianella 5|
|BTreinen, Was||Mike Gianella 5|
|CJimenez, Mil||Mike Gianella 5|
|SLeCure, Cin||Mike Gianella 5|
|HRobles, NYM||Mike Gianella 5|
|AAsher, Phi||Phil Hertz 4||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|JPerez, SF||Todd Zola 3||Derek Carty 0|
|CRobinson, Was||Phil Hertz 1||Derek Carty 0|
|EAdrianza, SF||Derek Carty 0|
|GKontos, SF||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|JCollmenter, Ari||Phil Hertz 0|
|JWilliams, Phi||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|MRojas, Mia||Derek Carty 0|
|TCruz, StL||Todd Zola 0|
|TThornburg, Mil||Scott Wilderman 0|
|YFlande, Col||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|DDescalso, Col||Derek Carty 0|
|DRoss, ChC||Todd Zola 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
There is plenty of FAAB remaining in budgets to spend in National League Tout Wars. Not surprisingly, the league had at least six chains of one or more $5 or greater bids this period. However, in a bit of an unusual situation, the money was chasing completely different players. As a result, Vickrey Rules led to 11 $1 players and five $0 acquisitions this week.
The highest raw bid was on Reds starter Michael Lorenzen ($12 by Phil Hertz), who has a tough Monday draw against the Cubs. Then again, maybe the Baby Bears will be tired after celebrating Jake Arrieta’s no-hitter Sunday night. I spent my last dollar on Lorenzen’s potential September rotation-mate in Robert Stephenson. The 22-year-old’s immediate value will be tied to the health of his forearm, which caused him to miss a start in Triple-A two weeks ago.
Peter Kreutzer was willing to bid $9 on new Cubs reliever Fernando Rodney, despite no assurance of saves ahead, and $7 on yet another promising Mets rookie pitcher, Logan Verrett. The latter should be back from the minors in 10 days with a September role TBD.
Todd Zola needed a catcher and likes Dustin Garneau enough to have offered $9. Getting half his at-bats in Colorado is somewhat promising, though they will be as a reserve. Post-hype Mets back up backstop Anthony Recker was his Plan B.
Much like the AL, NL Tout recycled a lot of fringe players this week. Michael Lorenzen isn't so much recycling as giving another look at a young arm. Lorenzen mercifully will replace David Holmberg who's allowed eight homers with just three whiffs over his last three starts. The Reds will be an interesting team to watch down the stretch. My colleague Brian took a shot on Stephenson. Also looking for an audition in the Queen's City is Brandon Finnegan, acquired along with John Lamb in the Johnny Cueto deal.
|JMachi, Bos||8||Al Melchior 18||Ray Flowers 7|
|JEickhoff, Phi||1||Scott Pianowski 9||Tim Heaney 0||Derek Van Riper 0|
|MConforto, NYM||1||Scott Pianowski 1||Derek Van Riper 0|
|KJepsen, Min||1||Ray Flowers 6|
|EEscobar, Min||1||Ray Flowers 6|
|ABlanco, Phi||1||Ray Flowers 1|
|MShoemaker, LAA||1||Fred Zinkie 9||Scott Pianowski 9||Tim Heaney 0|
|CRupp, Phi||1||Cory Schwartz 10|
|JBaez, ChC||1||Tim Heaney 3|
|ABrooks, Oak||0||Derek Van Riper 0|
|AAltherr, Phi||0||Derek Van Riper 0||Tim Heaney 3||Ray Flowers 2|
|CCrawford, LAD||0||Tim Heaney 1|
|KTomlinson, SF||0||Fred Zinkie 0|
|DNava, TB||Ray Flowers 4|
|JPeraza, LAD||Tim Heaney 1|
|AEllis, LAD||Cory Schwartz 0||Tim Heaney 0|
|CCrisp, Oak||Tim Heaney 0|
|MStassi, Hou||Tim Heaney 0|
|RElias, Sea||Scott Pianowski 0|
|RGoins, Tor||Fred Zinkie 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
When there's only one player purchased at a price higher than $1, you know it's a slow week on the FAAB front. And that was exactly the case this week, with Jean Machi earning the distinction. After struggling mightily in two of his last three outings, Junichi Tazawa has officially been replaced by Machi as the Red Sox closer. Machi tossed a perfect inning to pick up the save against the Mets on Saturday, but with a 5.21 ERA and 1.39 WHIP for the season, he's clearly no sure thing. Al Melchior is pretty much locked in at his current position in the saves standings, so the Machi addition probably won't affect the final standings. But at this point in the season, there's not a whole lot of value in eight FAAB bucks anyway.
A couple other acquisitions that stand out are Eduardo Escobar (4 HR, 10 RBI, .375 OBP in August and playing every day now) and Javier Baez (remember him?), who has posted impressive numbers at Triple-A this season and is expected to get called up when rosters expand on Tuesday.
Ah, recency bias. Matt Shoemaker wasn't just dropped in this league, I received several inquiries asking if he should be dropped after a couple of rough outings. The thing is, the three starts previous to those were scoreless efforts which he repeated this week. As usual, Fred Zinkie was there to take advantage and was all over Shoemaker.
|DPomeranz, Oak||6||Rudy Gamble 21||Tim McLeod 5|
|EEscobar, Min||3||Charlie Wiegert 9||Tim McLeod 2|
|RElias, Sea||1||Ray Murphy 4|
|RGoins, Tor||1||Perry Van Hook 2|
|KJepsen, Min||1||Tim McLeod 3|
|TMay, Min||1||Paul Greco 1|
|TDuffey, Min||1||Paul Greco 3|
|JBaez, ChC||1||Adam Ronis 2|
|DValencia, Oak||0||Perry Van Hook 0||Charlie Wiegert 9|
|JMachi, Bos||Rudy Gamble 11|
|JoRamirez, Cle||Charlie Wiegert 3|
|DSantana, Mil||Charlie Wiegert 3|
|JGyorko, SD||Charlie Wiegert 3|
|RFlaherty, Bal||Perry Van Hook 0|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
The highest bid placed and the highest Vickrey adjusted bid were both for Oakland pitcher Drew Pomeranz who it seems may get a few save chances. At least it was enough for current leader Rudy Gamble to bid $21 which was Vickrey reduced to the $6 winning bid. Charlie Wiegert bid $9, fortunately his first choice was Eduardo Escobar who he got for three dollars because his second choice was Danny Valencia so my $0 bid put the Oakland hitter on my team. I also needed to upgrade at shortstop so bid $2 on Toronto's Ryan Goins with six games this week in Rogers Centre.
Despite being named Red Sox closer, Jean Machi remains jobless in Mixed Draft. That's probably a good call unless you're desperate for saves and are set in ratios. I've been calling for a closer audition for Heath Hembree. You never know, a month ago I suggested Boston buy Hanley Ramirez a first baseman's mitt.
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..
|James Loney, TB||$9||Fangraphs 9||SiriusXM 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Daniel Nava, TB||$1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1||Fangraphs 3|
|Alex Colome, TB||$1||Yahoo! Sports 1|
|Trayce Thompson, CWS||$1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Geovany Soto, CWS||$1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Kaleb Cowart, LAA||Fangraphs 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Joey Butler, TB||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Will Harris, HOU||Yahoo! Sports 1|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
Only five players awarded via FAAB in this league - a product of a very weak free agent list and most teams either out of FAAB or down to their last dollar and perhaps like I did waited hoping there would be an attractive player called up when rosters expand Tuesday we could add next week.
The only player who went for more than a dollar (and all the dollar bids were uncontested) was Tampa first baseman James Loney who drew the winning $9 bid from Eno Sarris, Fangraphs and three losing one dollar underbids.
Trayce Thompson has a triple slash of .515/.552/.963. A .600 BABIP will do that in 27 at bats. You don't need me to tell you he'll soon return to planet Earth but you may be curious where I feel he'll land. With the caveat that anything can happen in 6 weeks, he reminds me a bit of Steven Souza in terms of expectations. That is, he's going to strike out buy he's also going to hit a few homers and swipe a few bases. You could do worse for a late season flyer, even in mixed leagues.
|Adam Conley, MIA||$2||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2|
|Colin Rea, SD||$2||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2|
|Carlos Ruiz, PHI||$1||Sandlot Shrink 1|
|Andrew Susac, SF||$1||Mastersball 1|
|Steve Cishek, STL||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Ryan Lavarnway, ATL||Sandlot Shrink 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary.
As busy as last week was in NL LABR FAAB moves, this week was dormant.
Only four moves were made with catchers getting the limelight this time.
Bob Radomski grabbed Phils struggling catch Carlos Ruiz (unchallenged for $1) and I filled a gap with Andrew Susac ($1) while Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs of NFBC/STATS made the other moves, nabbing Colin Rea and Adam Conley for a couple of dollars each.
There is still a little money out there, so it will indeed be interesting to see who blows any kind of wad on high expectation unaffiliated September promotions.
Any time the Padres advance a pitcher it's worth investigating depite the notion Petco Park is playing more hitter friendly. I took a look at how its played by month and it appears April was an aberration that's been skewing the numbers. Anyway, Rea isn't much of a prospect but can fill a need down the stretch since it appears he'll finish the season in the San Diego rotation. He's displaying league average skills with extreme ground ball tendencies, As is often the case, ground ball pitchers carry a high BABIP though Rea's .347 should come down. His primary issue since being called up is stamina as he's topped out at 5 2/3rds frames without pitching into the sixth in his other three outings. This has contributed to a low 57 percent LOB mark. I'm a skills over outcomes analyst and his 7.3 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 are encouraging, especially if you can pick and choose when you use him.
|Tom Wilhelmsen, SEA||$3||USA TODAY Sports 3|
|Josh Tomlin, CLE||$3||Baseball HQ 3|
|Ketel Marte, SEA||$1||MLB.com 1|
|Bartolo Colon, NYM||$1||MLB.com 1|
|Mark Canha, OAK||$1||MLB.com 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
I'm at the point where my objective is to keep an active lineup and save FAAB for an injury I can't replace from my reserve. It's not a sexy spot to be in but it's the right thing to do under the circumstances.
The more I see of Ketel Marte the more intrigued I become. Admittedly, this comes from a DFS point of view as his plate patience and speed translate nicely into a cheap cash game play. At a time where the strikeout is becoming more accepted (see the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs), it's refreshing to see a prospect with a walk rate over the ten percent mark along with a mid-teens strikeout rate. Marte's not a burner but he can swipe a base. When he first came up Marte played center to get his bat in the lineup but now he's playing his natural position at shortstop. If he can handle the spot defensively, the Mariners may have filled a hole that's been an issue since Alex Rodriguez bolted to Texas -- well, maybe not that long ago.