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.
|JBandy, LAA||Lawr Michaels 75||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|FAbad, Min||Larry Schechter 47|
|WLeBlanc, Sea||Ron Shandler 37|
|OArcia, TB||Mike Podhorzer 12||Patrick Davitt 1||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|TBeckham, TB||Jason Collette 11|
|SRobinson, LAA||Steve Moyer 0|
|TMotter, TB||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|SLeon, Bos||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|MAviles, Det||Jason Collette 5||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|MMuncy, Oak||Steve Moyer 0||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|BBrentz, Bos||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|SClevenger, Sea||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
There was not a lot of movement in American League Tout this cycle, with a swap sending Drew Storen to Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton in exchange for Leonys Martin to Chris Liss the marquee event.
I was actually the big spender, nabbing Angels backstop Jett Bandy for $75, virtually unchallenged. Larry Schechter, searching for saves, dropped $47 on Fernando Abad while Ron Shandler put $37 of faith in new Mariner Wade LeBlanc.
Elsewhere, Mike Podhorzer spent $12 on Oswaldo Arcia, Jason Collette went $11 on Tim Beckham, team Wolf and Colton--who made the $0 bid on Bandy--wound up with Sandy Leon while Steve Moyer grabbed Shane Robinson, both for zero bucks.
It's a little surprising that both Abad and LeBlanc only procured a single bid. Granted, neither are game changers but saves are saves and in a 5x5 league, a starting pitcher with a decent offense and a pitcher's park as his allies is quite useful. The Twins haven't generated a ton of save chances since relieving Kevin Jepsen of closing duties but usage patterns point towards Abad as being the primary stopper. Even when he was a good prospect LeBlanc didn't throw hard, he's more of a finesse type, relying on good control. That plays in a venue like Safeco Field.
|EBonifacio, Atl||Ray Guilfoyle 150||Phil Hertz 6|
|CGillaspie, SF||Ray Guilfoyle 85||Phil Hertz 32||Andy Behrens 20||Brian Walton 13|
|AFrazier, Pit||Brian Walton 44||Phil Hertz 4|
|AVoth, Was||Brian Walton 34||Todd Zola 13|
|JimJohnson, Atl||Ray Guilfoyle 20||Grey Albright 5|
|PBourjos, Phi||Andy Behrens 20||Brian Walton 13||Phil Hertz 9|
|MWilliamson, SF||Tristan H. Cockcroft 11||Phil Hertz 6||Grey Albright 1|
|CBethancourt, SD||Ray Guilfoyle 5|
|HNeris, Phi||Phil Hertz 4||Brian Walton 2||Tristan H. Cockcroft 0||Steve Gardner 0|
|NFeliz, Pit||Brian Walton 3||Derek Carty 0|
|HRobles, NYM||Phil Hertz 3||Phil Hertz 2||Derek Carty 2||Steve Gardner 0|
|RPena, SF||Phil Hertz 3|
|TWolters, Col||Tristan H. Cockcroft 2|
|BLogan, Col||Grey Albright 1|
|SSolis, Was||Steve Gardner 0|
|JBlevins, NYM||Derek Carty 0|
|BBarnes, Col||Ray Guilfoyle 55||Andy Behrens 20||Phil Hertz 3|
|PGosselin, Ari||Ray Guilfoyle 25||Andy Behrens 20|
|TPham, StL||Andy Behrens 20||Brian Walton 5||Phil Hertz 0|
|ERamos, Phi||Ray Guilfoyle 10||Brian Walton 0|
|EKratz, Pit||Ray Guilfoyle 4|
|DPitcher1, FA||Phil Hertz 1|
|ALiberatore, LAD||Steve Gardner 0|
|YPetit, Was||Steve Gardner 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
With Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ, a Mets fan living in the Washington, DC area, alertly and pre-emptively grabbing Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo last week, my focus in NL Tout moved to guessing who would replace injured Stephen Strasburg in the Nats’ rotation. I have top prospect Lucas Giolito on my bench, but suspect that Triple-A starter Austin Voth will be the one to get the call instead. Since Hertz owns Strasburg, I suspected he would be highly motivated to grab his replacement. Still, not knowing whether Voth would actually be promoted led me to limit my bid to $34. That turned out to be more than good enough to beat out Lord Zola at $13 as Hertz passed.
Will the base-stealing glory days of Emilio Bonifacio return in Atlanta? Ray Guilfoyle of Fake Teams, who had the most FAAB in the league at over $900 coming into the week, pushed a whopping $150 to the table to secure Bonifacio’s services and find out. No one else even bid $0 on the veteran, however. (In all fairness, having spent $122 a few weeks ago for Michael Bourn, I have no justification to be critical of Ray’s bid.)
Instead, I like the steals, OBP (17 and .401 respectively at Triple-A this season to date) and multi-position eligibility from Pittsburgh call up Adam Frazier. The main questions are how much the 24-year-old will get to play and how long he will remain up. After Jordy Mercer left Sunday’s game with an injury, I was willing to spend $44 to find out.
With his FAAB pocketbook finally open, Guilfoyle dropped another $85 to secure Conor Gillaspie of San Francisco. The veteran seems well-positioned to receive regular at-bats at least as long as regular third baseman Matt Duffy is out and had a nice week with the bat last period. Of course, those stats do not count.
Let's circle back to an observation I made early on in this league, one that germinates from playing in the NFBC which uses a similar FAAB process ($1000 max, no Vickrey, though the high stakes contest does not permit $0 bids). Here are the top bids for this week and the previous three, see if you can spot the nuance.
6/27: 150, 44, 34, 20,20, 11, 5
6/20: 295, 61, 41, 36, 35, 21
6/13: 509, 231, 191, 117
6/6: 151, 97, 11, 10, 6, 5
Figure it out?
Here's a hint. The next highest try on the 509 bid was 200 while the 117 and 97 were mine.
See it now?
Save for the three bids I just cited plus the 44 and 34 this week (from Brian), every single one ends in 0, 1, 5 or 6.
This is a common pattern in the NFBC and is why I'll almost always end mine in 2, 3 or 7. I've seen others comment on not ending a bid in 0 or 5 which could be the reason for so many 1 and 6 ending bids.
Granted, there wasn't a single instance of one of these bids being only $1 more than the next underbid but it still makes sense to identify edges like this, especially since going the extra buck with a $1000 budget isn't going to cost you the hammer come trade deadline time.
|POrlando, KC||Ray Flowers 41||Ray Flowers 41|
|JBroxton, StL||David Gonos 40|
|KGraveman, Oak||Nando DiFino 32||Tim Heaney 16|
|BNimmo, NYM||Scott Engel 26||Al Melchior 5|
|TJankowski, SD||Scott Pianowski 25||Al Melchior 5|
|CCuthbert, KC||Scott Pianowski 22||Al Melchior 5|
|JGant, Atl||Fred Zinkie 20||Tim Heaney 16|
|ASuarez, SF||Tim Heaney 16||Fred Zinkie 20||Cory Schwartz 5||Fred Zinkie 1|
|GParra, Col||Cory Schwartz 11|
|NJones, CWS||Nando DiFino 10|
|SLeon, Bos||Ray Flowers 9||Scott Engel 3|
|RRaburn, Col||Scott Engel 7||Al Melchior 5|
|MWisler, Atl||Al Melchior 7|
|MBourn, Ari||Scott Engel 6|
|JBandy, LAA||Scott Engel 5|
|RBuchter, SD||Scott Pianowski 5|
|MWilliamson, SF||Al Melchior 5|
|BBrach, Bal||Zach Steinhorn 3|
|JIglesias, Det||Ray Flowers 37|
|DJennings, TB||Ray Flowers 31|
|YGallardo, Bal||Fred Zinkie 13|
|CKuhl, Pit||Fred Zinkie 13||Al Melchior 6|
|TMilone, Min||Nando DiFino 11|
|CEdwards, ChC||Nando DiFino 8|
|TDuffey, Min||Al Melchior 6|
|PBourjos, Phi||Scott Engel 4||Scott Engel 2|
|OArcia, TB||Al Melchior 4|
|MMuncy, Oak||Scott Engel 4||Scott Engel 3|
|HHembree, Bos||Nando DiFino 4|
|DBundy, Bal||Tim Heaney 4|
|BBrentz, Bos||Al Melchior 4|
|KHerrera, KC||Zach Steinhorn 3|
|CGillaspie, SF||Al Melchior 3|
|SRodriguez, Pit||Scott Engel 2|
|JRickard, Bal||Al Melchior 2|
|CCoghlan, ChC||Al Melchior 2|
|JimJohnson, Atl||Al Melchior 1|
|TAnderson, Col||Fred Zinkie 0|
|CRea, SD||Fred Zinkie 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
Paulo Orlando was supposed to lose at-bats upon the return of Alex Gordon. So far, however, Jarrod Dyson is the guy who is losing playing time. Orlando has been swinging a hot bat for quite some time now, boasting a .385 OBP with five steals through 170 at-bats this season. But he offers little in terms of power and his career .318 OBP suggests that regression in that department is likely. Still, for 41 FAAB bucks, he's a fine short-term option.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny says that the team will go with a closer by committee approach following the somewhat surprising Trevor Rosenthal demotion, and of the ninth inning candidates, Jonathan Broxton is the only one with extensive closing experience. Through 32 appearances, the 32-year-old righty sports a solid 3.64 ERA and 1.18 WHIP, and even if he records only a handful of saves, he will be well worth the $40 investment.
With a number of my starting pitchers in line for difficult matchups this week, I figured that adding an elite middle reliever to take the place of one of my risky starters might be a good idea. Brad Brach (5-1 1.05 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, 10.5 K/9) certainly fits that description. Let's see what happens.
Hey look, 8 of the 10 winning bids ended in 0 or 1. Okay, point made, I'll move on.
There's a lot of talk both here and in the LABR report concerning the Cardinals closing scenario. Something to keep in mind, especially when a committee is the replacement, is more often than not the incumbent gets the gig back as soon as he's back on track. It's not always the case but if Rosenthal indeed exhibits past levels of success, it wouldn't be shocking to see him in the ninth again.
|TJankowski, SD||Ray Murphy 56||Anthony Perri 33||Adam Ronis 0|
|KSiegrist, StL||Rudy Gamble 23|
|RRua, Tex||Charlie Wiegert 21||Tom Kessenich 1|
|JGant, Atl||Charlie Wiegert 17|
|CUtley, LAD||Tom Kessenich 15|
|BNimmo, NYM||Anthony Perri 15||Charlie Wiegert 1|
|OArcia, TB||Adam Ronis 8|
|BDrury, Ari||Stacie Stern 4|
|RBuchter, SD||Tim McLeod 3||Adam Ronis 0|
|TKoehler, Mia||Charlie Wiegert 14|
|AAlcantara, Oak||Adam Ronis 8|
|JJaso, Pit||Tom Kessenich 7|
|DGregorius, NYY||Tom Kessenich 6|
|CCrisp, Oak||Tom Kessenich 4||Charlie Wiegert 1||Adam Ronis 0|
|JDeLaRosa, Col||Charlie Wiegert 4|
|JMercer, Pit||Tom Kessenich 4|
|TPham, StL||Charlie Wiegert 2|
|CCoghlan, ChC||Stacie Stern 1|
|CHeadley, NYY||Tom Kessenich 1|
|JRickard, Bal||Charlie Wiegert 1|
|MMuncy, Oak||Stacie Stern 1|
|SGennett, Mil||Tom Kessenich 1|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
Like many fantasy leagues, there was not a lot of bidding Sunday night; in fact only eight of the fifteen teams submitted any bid at all..
The highest priced player was Padre fly-chaser Travis Jankowski, who went to Ray Murphy for $56 with hopes for another five stolen bases this week.
With Trevor Rosenthal continuing to pitch poorly, Rudy Gamble dropped $23 on Kevin Siegrist hoping the Cardinals set-up man beats out Jonathan Broxton and Seung Hwan Oh for some save chances in St. Louis. Our own Brian Walton, who writes about the Cardinals Scout.com feels Oh is favorite. Keep in mind Oh earned the moniker "The Final Boss" as he excelled in the role in both Korea and Japan.
The prospect signing of the week was Brandon Nimmo, harpooned for $15 by Anthony Perri.
As you can see my team was on the sidelines this week as I didn't see anybody who could improve my roster for next week. Of course I say that with Lucas Giolito already on my reserve roster, hoping he gets the call to fill in for the injured Stephen Strasburg.
Psst, 4 of 6.
Don't look now but there's some intriguing things happening in Atlanta on the pitching side of the ledger. It was clear their plan was to acquire as many arms as possible during their rebuild so of course, it's retread Bud Norris that's excelled lately, but so has John Gant. The 23-year old righty began the season in the bullpen before getting a spot in the rotation. Let's give him a mulligan on his first start, as the Cubs chased him after just 4 2/3rd frames. In the subsequent two outings, Gant has tossed 12 1/3rd frames with 10 whiffs to just two walks. Wins will be hard to come by but with so many poor teams in the NL, Gant could get lucky and face some of the lesser-lights. if he keeps pitching like he has lately, there's a handful of wins in play over the second half.
|AReed, Hou||Doug Anderson 377||Stephania Bell 160|
|WContreras, ChC||Michael Beller 281||Jake Ciely 32|
|KSiegrist, StL||Peter Kreutzer 42|
|MKepler, Min||Stephania Bell 20||Peter Kreutzer 11|
|YSolarte, SD||Howard Bender 12|
|BKintzler, Min||Jake Ciely 12|
|PAlvarez, Bal||Jeff Boggis 6|
|BRondon, Det||Paul Sporer 2|
|DEspinosa, Was||Jake Ciely 2|
|TJankowski, SD||Peter Kreutzer 1|
|JLoney, NYM||Howard Bender 8|
|BBrach, Bal||Peter Kreutzer 4||Paul Sporer 1|
|CCuthbert, KC||Howard Bender 3|
|JRickard, Bal||Stephania Bell 3|
|BBrentz, Bos||Stephania Bell 2|
|TClippard, Ari||Peter Kreutzer 2|
|AReed, NYM||Peter Kreutzer 1|
|HRobles, NYM||Peter Kreutzer 1|
|LChisenhall, Cle||Howard Bender 1|
|NVincent, Sea||Peter Kreutzer 1|
Peter Kreutzer's Commentary
A couple of explosive bids this week for Touted call ups.
AJ Reed is finally here and Doug Anderson dropped 377 on him. The runner up was Stefania Bell's 160, but the key fact here is that Doug has been struggling and the chance to get a potentially first-rate hitter was worth an aggressive bid. Doug was so single-minded about Reed that he put in no other contingent bids.
The new Cubs "catcher," Willson Contreras, went for 281 to Michael Beller, who released Miguel Montego, whose anemic offense this year opened the door for the youngster. With David Ross coming back from the DL soon, there appears to be one catcher too many in the Cubs future. But Contreras has thus far not only caught, but played first base and outfield as well, and he has hit (three homers in 23 AB. Getting an offensive player who qualifies at catcher is a big plus. Jake Ciely's runner up bid of 32 probably reflects the downside range of possibilities with Contreras.
I decided to get off the Robbie Grossman train after his miserable week, you can't linger on marginal fellas in shallow leagues, and hoped to snag Max Kepler, who seems to be getting used to the majors, cheaply, but instead landed Travis Jankowski even more cheaply. Jankowski doesn't hit for average, but he gets on base at a decent clip, scores runs and steals bases. This is a bet Jon Jay, for whom Jankowski is playing, hits the DL.
I also had to deal with the demotion of Trevor Rosenthal from the closer role in St. Louis. Seung Hwan Oh was gone, but I bid somewhat aggressively on Kevin Siegrist, who will at the least pitch good innings and might earn some saves. No one else bid on Siegrist, which is just a little surprising. But the current perception does favor Oh (who is impossible to search for at onRoto because of his short last name).
One curious acquisition: Paul Sporer, who knows a thing or two about pitching, picked up Bruce Rondon. Rondon was once Detroit's closer of the future, some thought then back in 2012, but after a decent 2013, and injury, he was a train wreck last year, walking 19 in 31 innings. He didn't put up better numbers in Triple-A to start this year, but since his call up 10 days or so ago, he's been very effective, and manager Brad Ausmus has talked about him possibly being used in Hold situations. According to Rotowire, he hit 100 MPH five times in his first game after callup, and has walked only two in six innings.
Chances are the Astros brass never though they'd need to figure out how to keep Marwin Gonzalez's stick in the lineup with their logjam at first base and designated hitter. Evan Gattis doing some catching helps. Jon Singleton is hitting homers with 14 at Triple-A Fresno but his 0.205 average is an eye sore. Now that Reed is promoted, look for a rotation covering C, 1B, 3B and DH composed of Reed, Gattis, Jason Castro, Luis Valbuena and Gonzalez. There's ample playing time for all to be mixed-league worthy, especially in two-catcher leagues.