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.
There are five Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League, 15-team Mixed Draft League and a brand new 12-team Mixed Auction Head to head format. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average with the Head to Head league also using other unique categories. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.
New to Tout Wars this year is a $1000 free agent acquisition budget (FAAB) and no Vickrey. Teams are still allowed $0 bids.
Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR was posted earlier.
|JChacin, LAA||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 101||Rob Leibowitz 46||Steve Moyer 28||Jeff Erickson 25|
|Mike Podhorzer 13|
|DGee, KC||Jeff Erickson 65||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 56||Rob Leibowitz 26||Mike Podhorzer 13|
|Steve Moyer 9||Seth Trachtman 8|
|MMontgomery, Sea||Chris Liss 44|
|SMoya, Det||Steve Moyer 37||Mike Podhorzer 8|
|JCenteno, Min||Lawr Michaels 35||Mike Podhorzer 0||Steve Moyer 0|
|GPetit, LAA||Seth Trachtman 35|
|BRyan, LAA||Rob Leibowitz 28||Seth Trachtman 12|
|JMarisnick, Hou||Seth Trachtman 21||Steve Moyer 13||Mike Podhorzer 3|
|JWilson, Det||Patrick Davitt 9|
|RRua, Tex||Steve Moyer 9||Mike Podhorzer 2|
|CBedrosian, LAA||Patrick Davitt 9||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 11||Mike Podhorzer 0|
|MFeliz, Hou||Jeff Erickson 3||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1|
|MWright, Bal||Steve Moyer 3|
|MMartinez, Cle||Mike Podhorzer 1|
|CPerez, LAA||Mike Podhorzer 0|
|TBarnette, Tex||Steve Moyer 0|
|PNeshek, Hou||Steve Moyer 0|
|JDiekman, Tex||Mike Podhorzer 0|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
Just as with the AL LABR FAAB cycle, owners in the American League Tout Wars were beyond active, with nine making moves. Inside Edge's Steve Moyer lead the way with five pick-ups, dropping $37 on Steven Moya (replacing Mark Cahna), $9 on Ryan Rua (reserving Dalton Pompey) and then attempted to tweak his already low-budget pitching staff by acquiring Mike Wright ($3 replacing Chris Young), rostering Tony Barnette (reserving Brett Cecil) and Pat Neshek (reserving Jered Weaver), both on $0 bids.
Fangraph's Mike Podhorzer made three moves picking up backstop Chris Perez ($0), while moving Kris Medlen to the DL in lieu of Jake Diekman ($0) and finally moving Chris B Young to his reserve list and replacing with the Tribe's Mike Martinez ($1).
So, those two owners comprised nearly half the 18 total moves, although the big spenders of the week were Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton, who gambled on former Rockies Jhoulys Chacin (also the high priced LABR pick-up) for $101 besting four other bids ranging from $13 to $46.
RotoWire's Jeff Erickson, who put Yankees top prospect Luis Severino to the DL and replaced him with another former New Yorker, Dillon Gee for $65 while Erickson's Rotowire mate Chris Liss is hoping to squeeze some saves out of Mike Montgomery on whom he dropped $44.
Patrick Davitt did bag Sean Manaea the first week of FAAB moves for $201, but Manaea's ineffectiveness has made Davitt reserve the Athletics prospect in lieu of Tigers Justin Wilson for $9. Patrick also acquired the Angels Cam Bedrosian for $9, reserving Carson Smith.
Seth Trachtman, one of the leading teams at present, is hoping for at-bats from Gregorio Petit ($35) and Jake Marisnick ($21) while Rob Leibowitz, who owns injured Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons tried to fill the gap with Brendon Ryan for $28. But, I too joined the hopeful musical chair replacements for Simmons, as my Cliff Pennington moved to the DL so I spent $35 on hopeful Twins catcher Juan Centeno, moving the 26-year old to my Swing position.
So, we were largely busy busy, with a lot of moves, but the question of impact remains. And, we shall see.
It's a little surprising Steven Moya didn't garner more attention. The Tigers tipped their hand by sending Anthony Gose down; Moya is going to get fairly steady at bats, even when Cameron Maybin is finally ready to start his 2016 campaign. Besides the obvious power, the primary asset Moya possesses is swinging left-handed. Other than switch-hitter Victor Martinez, Detroit sports a decidedly right-handed lineup. Moya offers some pop from the left side, providing some balance and making it more difficult for the opposing skipper to manage his bullpen.
|AReyes, StL||Brian Walton 33||Tristan H. Cockcroft 1|
|TJoseph, Phi||Tristan H. Cockcroft 101||Todd Zola 77||Brian Walton 25||Scott Wilderman 21|
|Phil Hertz 7|
|JNiese, Pit||Tristan H. Cockcroft 44||Derek Carty 21||Grey Albright 11||Phil Hertz 2|
|EButler, Col||Andy Behrens 71|
|WPerez, Atl||Derek Carty 21||Tristan H. Cockcroft 21|
|JMarinez, Mil||Grey Albright 11|
|LPerdomo, SD||Grey Albright 11|
|ARosales, SD||Mike Gianella 6||Tristan H. Cockcroft 4||Todd Zola 0||Phil Hertz 0|
|JPirela, SD||Mike Gianella 4|
|HSanchez, SD||Phil Hertz 2|
|CDArnaud, Atl||Phil Hertz 2|
|CGearrin, SF||Phil Hertz 1||Grey Albright 1|
|CHeisey, Was||Scott Wilderman 0||Phil Hertz 0|
|JBlanton, LAD||Scott Wilderman 0|
|CGillaspie, SF||Phil Hertz 3|
|LColeman, LAD||Tristan H. Cockcroft 2|
|CBethancourt, SD||Phil Hertz 2|
|JBarrett, Ari||Brian Walton 1||Phil Hertz 0|
|ACaminero, Pit||Grey Albright 1|
|CHatcher, LAD||Grey Albright 1|
|DVogelbach, ChC||Tristan H. Cockcroft 1|
|HRenfroe, SD||Phil Hertz 1|
|JBroxton, StL||Grey Albright 1|
|JLoney, SD||Phil Hertz 1|
|JOsich, SF||Grey Albright 1|
|MCain, SF||Phil Hertz 1|
|RCabrera, Cin||Phil Hertz 0|
|RRivera, NYM||Phil Hertz 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
Tommy Joseph has been raking in the minors, but the Phillies rookie does not qualify at catcher. Still, the first baseman offers tantalizing power potential. On the downside, since his call up on Friday, Joseph has just three plate appearances, with two strikeouts and a walk. That didn’t bother three-time league champion Tristan H. Cockcroft of ESPN, whose $101 bid topped a number of other interested buyers.
At $44, Cockcroft also won the bidding for Jon Niese of Pittsburgh. The veteran lefty allowed three solo homers over 6 2/3 in his most recent outing, his best start in his last four. Niese improved his season ERA to 5.62 in the process. Cockcroft sees a start against the lowly Braves next.
Eddie Butler drew attention with six scoreless innings against the red-hot Giants last week. His second start of the week was less interesting, with four runs in five innings. Andy Behrens of Yahoo is willing to deal with the inherent Coors risk, paying $71 for the 25-year-old right-hander.
Since I gushed about the potential of suspended Cardinals prospect Alex Reyes in my column last week, I had to ensure I won the bidding, which I did at $33. Memo to self: Next time, run the article after the bidding, not before.
In this week's LABR report I suggested that sometimes even some of us in the industry overlook things, or perhaps get distracted while managing teams. That was written knowing the following anecdote would be shared here. I wanted to bid on Jon Niese, largely for the reason Brian cited, he's slated to face the hapless Braves this week. Well, as I was setting my bids I received an e-mail requesting some help from someone having difficulties setting their bids in another Tout Wars league. I serve as Secretary of Waivers and Transactions for two of the other formats thus it's my job (literally) to address questions, and since we were so close to deadline the response needed to be immediate. The problem was after I finished answering I forgot I didn't enter the Niese bid and started in on my requests for LABR and the FSTA league. Other than the obvious scatterbrained omission, the real issue was not setting some preliminary bids earlier in the week so all I'd have to do is change amounts or add other contingencies. Truth be told, I usually do just this, but like the PED user that gets caught, I happened to get burned the one time I forget.
|SDyson, Tex||Derek Van Riper 181||Scott Pianowski 77||Cory Schwartz 71||Ray Flowers 39|
|Al Melchior 35|
|MFoltynewicz, Atl||Nando DiFino 72||Tim Heaney 27||Derek Van Riper 27||Scott Engel 25|
|BGuyer, TB||Scott Engel 57||Cory Schwartz 37||Scott Pianowski 22||Ray Flowers 21|
|MGonzalez, Hou||Scott Pianowski 54||Al Melchior 42||Ray Flowers 38||Cory Schwartz 13|
|MAndriese, TB||Scott Engel 52||Fred Zinkie 35||Scott Swanay 28||Derek Van Riper 27|
|Gene McCaffrey 17|
|DDuffy, KC||Scott Swanay 51||Tim Heaney 27||Nando DiFino 8||Gene McCaffrey 7|
|Scott Pianowski 1|
|CLewis, Tex||Scott Engel 37|
|ADeSclafani, Cin||Tim Heaney 36|
|EButler, Col||Nando DiFino 33|
|JJay, SD||Ray Flowers 29|
|DHolland, Tex||Tim Heaney 27|
|JChacin, LAA||Scott Engel 19|
|RDickey, Tor||Cory Schwartz 17||Derek Van Riper 27||Tim Heaney 27||Nando DiFino 21|
|Fred Zinkie 2|
|CHerrmann, Ari||Nando DiFino 12||Scott Pianowski 33||Fred Zinkie 6|
|TGoeddel, Phi||Scott Engel 8||Fred Zinkie 6|
|CVazquez, Bos||Fred Zinkie 6|
|TJoseph, Phi||Al Melchior 6|
|JPeavy, SF||Tim Heaney 6|
|KSiegrist, StL||Scott Pianowski 5|
|TWilson, Bal||Fred Zinkie 4||Tim Heaney 3|
|TJankowski, SD||Derek Van Riper 3|
|RDavis, Cle||Bret Sayre 0|
|DLee, Sea||Ray Flowers 29||Derek Van Riper 3||Scott Engel 2|
|CCuthbert, KC||Ray Flowers 29|
|KelJohnson, Atl||Ray Flowers 29|
|DHernandez, Phi||Ray Flowers 22|
|SMoya, Det||Ray Flowers 19||Scott Swanay 13|
|MAdams, StL||Ray Flowers 19||Scott Engel 3|
|BWallace, SD||Scott Swanay 14|
|ABlair, Atl||Scott Engel 13|
|TFlowers, Atl||Nando DiFino 12||Fred Zinkie 0|
|RRua, Tex||Scott Engel 9||Derek Van Riper 1|
|TKoehler, Mia||Derek Van Riper 9|
|BWilson, Tex||Fred Zinkie 0|
|LVerrett, NYM||Scott Engel 4|
|SOh, StL||Scott Pianowski 4|
|CBethancourt, SD||Nando DiFino 4|
|WHarris, Hou||Scott Pianowski 2|
|FSalas, LAA||Scott Pianowski 1|
|TMurphy, Col||Fred Zinkie 1|
|CGimenez, Cle||Fred Zinkie 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
Sam Dyson picked up the save for the Rangers on Sunday in place of regular closer Shawn Tolleson, who blew a save chance on Saturday and has been shaky for much of the season. While I do not think a closer change is imminent (Tolleson did throw 28 pitches on Saturday), Dyson, who sports a stellar 1.89 ERA through 20 appearances this year, is certainly worth stashing.
While Dyson was by far the most expensive player purchased this week, there was plenty of interest in the starting pitching market, with my favorite buys being Danny Duffy and Anthony DeSclafani. With Kris Medlen (who has been mostly ineffective so far) sidelined indefinitely due to a rotator cuff strain, Duffy, who has been excellent out of the bullpen this season, will now move into Kansas City's starting rotation. And if yesterday's abbreviated start (3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 5 K) is any indication, he could remain in the rotation for awhile. Duffy should be good for at least five innings in his next start as he continues to get stretched out.
As for DeSclafani, this is a guy who was a legitimate breakout candidate heading into the season. But an oblique strain has kept him out since late March, and many owners have probably forgotten about him. Although his exact return date is still unknown, DeSclafani threw a successful bullpen session over the weekend, so he's clearly making progress.
I must be in a mood today as I seem to be disagreeing with my cohorts more than usual today. Actually, the first note isn't so much a disagreement as a caveat. Zach's correct in that Danny Duffy is destined to rejoin the Royals rotation. However the club has an off-day this week with intentions on skipping Duffy and using him out of the bullpen until a fifth starter is needed. With a series against the Red Sox on the ledger, we'll probably see Duffy versus David Ortiz at some point. With respect to how the southpaw may do as a starter, you can't just assume a carryover of peripherals. On the average, a pitcher's skills improve by 17 percent when in the bullpen. Not everyone behaves exactly in that manner but look at a couple of Duffy's mates - Wade Davis and Luke Hochevar. Both are appreciably better as full-time relievers.
The other nit to pick is Shawn Tolleson's leash. Especially with the call-up of potential late-inning reliever Matt Bush (see Lawr's Week 7 Hotpage), a bullpen shake-up could occur sooner than later with Dyson moving into the ninth and Bush handling eighth inning duties.
|MPerez, Tex||Greg Ambrosius 88|
|HAlvarez, Oak||Greg Ambrosius 87|
|SPearce, TB||Stacie Stern 49||Adam Ronis 17||Charlie Wiegert 12|
|JuGuerra, Mil||Eno Sarris 13|
|MGonzalez, Hou||Perry Van Hook 27||Stacie Stern 7|
|BGuyer, TB||Perry Van Hook 27||Charlie Wiegert 20||Bret Sayre 3||Adam Ronis 2|
|MAndriese, TB||Perry Van Hook 27||Adam Ronis 24||Stacie Stern 17|
|MMargot, SD||Tim McLeod 2|
|MFoltynewicz, Atl||Ray Murphy 28|
|DDuffy, KC||Adam Ronis 12|
|AGarcia, CWS||Adam Ronis 24||Charlie Wiegert 22||Anthony Perri 3|
|TBarnhart, Cin||Tom Kessenich 4|
|BWilson, Tex||Craig Mish 3|
|CRusin, Col||Stacie Stern 16|
|TraThompson, LAD||Charlie Wiegert 12||Stacie Stern 19|
|DSantana, Min||Adam Ronis 14|
|INova, NYY||Adam Ronis 2|
|JChacin, LAA||Adam Ronis 2|
|TGoeddel, Phi||Stacie Stern 1|
|RBuchter, SD||Eno Sarris 1|
|RRua, Tex||Stacie Stern 0|
|LValbuena, Hou||Bret Sayre 0|
|RDavis, Cle||Bret Sayre 0|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
While this week’s moves lacked a hot prospect or new closer as roster targets, owners made a lot of measured attempts to improve pitching staffs. Others added several interesting hitters, most of whom can help with position eligibility.
The top two bids were both by Greg Ambrosius as he attempted to upgrade his KGs – Kendall Graveman and Ken Giles. The winners were current Ranger starter Martin Perez for $88 and soon to be Athletic starter Henderson Alvarez for $87.
The most interesting hitter was Steve Pearce of Tampa Bay. Since Tout position eligibility allows fifteen games at a spot from the previous season, Pearce already qualifies at second base so Stacie Stern can slot her new $49 investment at the keystone immediately and not wait for Pearce to pick-up in-season eligibility filling in for Logan Forsythe the next month.
My team needed some incremental upgrades (especially after my Matt Joyce gaffe from last week) but the top players seemed out of my price range. As a result, I bid $27 each on Marwin Gonzalez, Brandon Guyer, and Matt Andriese, at as least temporary upgrades.
After two excellent starts, Andriese might have been a far more expensive target if he wasn’t starting against the Tigers in Detroit this week. Gonzalez, who qualifies at every infield position, is getting a lot more at-bats for the Astros with Tyler White fading but I wanted him to spell Brian Dozier for a while. Meanwhile, the hot-hitting Guyer wasn’t a clear pick since he doesn’t play every day but fearing the two homers on Sunday might generate interest, I raised my bid. Despite opposing bids into the twenties on Andriese and Guyer, I managed to roster all three: hopefully the trio contributes on the field.
The multiple eligibility factor brings up an interesting point. With the current inventory of players, in a vacuum, a non-catcher is worth the same regardless of his position. Depending on one's strategy as well as strength and weakness as an evaluator, one may opt to spend more at certain positions. The conundrum I have is how to factor multiple position eligibility into rankings. It's not about the player being worth more but rather how he avails the maximum overall potential in terms of roster construct. If a couple of injured players are stashed on reserve and your third catcher emerges to be a fantasy asset, it may behoove you to put Buster Posey at first or corner, perhaps pushing Mark Trumbo outfield, displacing an under-performer. For this scenario to work, the third catcher needs to be out-producing this struggling outfielder, but that's certainly plausible. No one drafts Posey or Trumbo because of their dual eligibility; that distinction is left for guys like Daniel Murphy, Neil Walker and Mr. Pearce. The end-result is these players can add potential to your roster over the course of the season, I just need to figure out the best means to quantify and account for it in draft preparation and into the season.
|DSantana, Min||Howard Bender 86|
|JGray, Col||Andrea LaMont 81||Jake Ciely 5||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|TDuffey, Min||Howard Bender 72||Peter Kreutzer 3|
|RPorcello, Bos||Andrea LaMont 51||Jake Ciely 10|
|MBourn, Ari||Stephania Bell 25|
|GSoto, LAA||Michael Beller 10|
|AHill, Mil||Jeff Boggis 7|
|MAndriese, TB||Jeff Boggis 6||Andrea LaMont 31||Jake Ciely 5|
|JWerth, Was||Jeff Boggis 6|
|TMay, Min||Jake Ciely 5|
|TBauer, Cle||Peter Kreutzer 2|
|AWood, LAD||Andrea LaMont 31|
|GBeckham, Atl||Stephania Bell 10|
|RBuchter, SD||Peter Kreutzer 0|
Peter Kreutzer's Commentary
One of the interesting things about the Bidmeister, onRoto.com's auctioning system, is you can see the rankings other teams had. (That's part of the charm of the Mastersball FAAB report, too.)
Last night's FAAB action was mostly about starting pitching, among which there were a few intriguing names bought.
Jonathan Gray drew some interest because he's been pitching well, even in Colorado, and this week will face the Cardinals in St. Louis.
Matt Andriese has had two strong starts to begin his year in the majors.
Rick Porcello has six straight Quality Starts, which matter in this league.
Tyler Duffey has three straight QS and has walked just five in 24.3 innings.
And Trevor Bauer has been pretty good since joining the Indian's rotation. I bid more on Duffey but won Bauer last night. I've been crushed the past two weeks in W+QS and, while I'm not sure either of these guys is going to make a difference, they're each worth a shot.
Big money for hitters went to Danny Santana and Michael Bourn. Bourn should see some at bats because David Peralta landed on the DL in Arizona, while Santana has been the Twins center fielder since Byron Buxton was sent down to the minors.
One final note: There was talk early in the year about the value of relievers, especially those who strike out many, in a league that uses K/9 as a category (as well as ERA and Ratio). Jake Ciely's pickup of Trevor May this week supports this. While May may earn saves if Kevin Jepson falters, his 30 strikeouts in 20 innings can be a real K/9 booster.
There are two things I'm keeping an eye on in this league. The first is will owners opt to rejigger their teams if their not consistently winning their match-ups, in an effort to focus on certain categories in lieu of others, a common head-to-head tactic. In part to dissuade that action, part of the Tout H2H scoring is standard roto so perhaps that helps defray that ploy. It's still early but it will be interesting to follow.
The other thing is whether at some point the owners open up their wallets and purses to empty their healthy FAAB budgets. I hope I'm wrong about this, especially in a head to head format that encourages full-season attention, but there's usually a few teams that aren't as diligent with managing their team later in the season. This is true in all forms of play - high stakes, industry, home leagues - everywhere. The tie-in here is my experience has taught me it's easy to get the players needed in FAAB later in the season as there's less competition. The manner to address this is to be aggressive early since you don't need a lot of units later - you'll end up with the same pick-ups, regardless. Like mentioned, I'm really hoping (and believe) this group will stay engaged until the very end, but if I were in the league, I'd look to be more aggressive with FAAB going forward.