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Saturday 16th Dec 2017

Tout Wars 2016  is now in the books, and Saturday, as part of the festivities, I went up against mates Ron Shandler, Chris Liss, Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf, among others in this year's AL Tout.

On Saturday morning, I published my wish list for the day, so here is the actual fall-out, with brief thoughts. Feel free to fire back at me @lawrmichaels, and see the final results here.

C - Jason Castro ($7): I like Castro elevating his game, four years into a career and on a contending team. Castro was a few bucks more than I imagined, but I do think he can do .265-15-60 on that team, and that will be worth every penny.

C - Ryan Hanigan ($1): I might have screwed myself some here as I targeted Blake Swihart, but he cost just a bit too much and then so did Josh Phegley when I only had $3 left for two players. I wound up with Hanigan, but I am thinking for the same price, Caleb Joseph was probably a better investment.

1B - Eric Hosmer ($25): I had targeted Albert Pujols, who went for the exact $19 I was hoping for, but Hosmer and his improving on-base and power numbers made me want to take the chance here.

2B - Jason Kipnis ($24): $5 more than I paid in LABR, but a guy I love this year.

3B - Danny Valencia ($11): A buck less than I projected. I not only am sold on Valencia, but even my mate Lord Zola has come around on the Athletics third sacker. So, the bottom line is now Valencia better deliver!

SS - Ketel Marte ($15): Same price as LABR, same upside, same happiness at having Marte on a second roster.

CI - C.J. Cron ($8): I needed power and Cron was there for the end game and I simply had enough cash to control the board. Cron has to be a major coup at this price: the kind who could indeed help win a title.

MI - Devon Travis ($6): Looks like I might have to pick up Eric Sogard to cover until Travis returns, hopefully in May. But like Cron, if Travis can play as we anticipate, I think he will prove to be a steal.

OF - Kole Calhoun ($18): OK, I love the guy, and he is someone who should give me 20-plus homers, and I hope 80-plus RBI.

OF - Kevin Kiermaier ($10): I had envisioned an outfield of Josh Reddick, Steven Souza, Kevin Pillar and Kiermaier, but the other three just were too expensive, so I adjusted accordingly. Or tried to.

OF - Eddie Rosario ($8): The Twins starting centerfielder had ups-and-downs getting adjusted to a full-time gig, but he wound up with a .267-13-50 line that included 11 steals and 15 triples. Now that he has been to the dance, he can step up his moves.

OF - Rusney Castillo ($7): Ideally the starting left fielder in Boston, like Rosario, with a full-time gig, and some acclimation to the USofA and MLB, Castillo can also give me double digits in homers and swipes.

OF - Coco Crisp ($1): Cheap but not that much of a gamble in that the Oakland managers are pretty sure Crisp is healthy, and ready to both play and contribute. For a buck, if he gets me five dingers and ten steals, he will be more than worth it.

UT/SW - Yonder Alonso ($7): Got him in LABR for a couple of bucks less, but again, my understanding is Alonso will be the everyday guy and his on-base numbers are getting better and better.

P - David Price ($27): I had targeted Chris Archer for this spot for $26, but I decided to blow the extra buck on Price, who is a better bet, like it or not.

P - Sonny Gray ($25): A buck more than anticipated, but Gray with Price gives me a better one-two pitching punch than any other team.

P - Marco Estrada ($9): Strikeouts, WHIP, and a good team smell like success.

P - Jesse Hahn ($7): Again, the Athletics are expecting 175 innings from Hahn, and if he picks up where he left off last year, look out.

P - Hector Santiago ($6): Common to my LABR team (as are Hahn and Estrada), I like Santiago to step it up as a third-year starting pitcher.

P - Ervin Santana ($4): As long as Big Erv can avoid getting suspended, for $4 he is a pretty good deal.

P - Nathan Eovaldi ($2): Was looking at getting a reliever here but simply could not pass on the Yankees starter. Ideally I will have a starter to swap for what I need, when I need it.

P - Craig Kimbrel ($22): Best stopper in the league? I hope so.

P - Roberto Osuna ($8): As the incumbent closer, I am hoping Osuna keeps the gig, and if not, if he can get me 10-15 saves, that will be good.

Res - Kendall Graveman: Will be in the Athletics rotation, and, well, can never have too much pitching, right?

Res - Rob Refsnyder: If he makes the big club, I can slot him in until Travis returns.

Res - Collin Cowgill: Another fave who should do ok as the fourth guy in the Indians outfield.

Res - Mike Zunino: Catchers get hurt, so obviously this is insurance, but Zunino can bang dingers.

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