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Thursday 23rd Mar 2017

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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.

drew pomeranz redsox

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DPomeranz, Bos Rob Leibowitz 692 Ron Shandler 552 Jason Collette 502 Seth Trachtman 381
    Larry Schechter 150 Mike Podhorzer 117 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 30
JMarisnick, Hou Steve Moyer 55 Larry Schechter 0    
LMaile, TB Jason Collette 12 Larry Schechter 0    
SOMalley, Sea Rob Leibowitz 11 Steve Moyer 3    
MGonzalez, CWS Seth Trachtman 10 Rob Leibowitz 11    
JSmolinksi, Oak Mike Podhorzer 6 Larry Schechter 0    
RHealy, Oak Mike Podhorzer 4 Steve Moyer 3 Larry Schechter 0  
MBoyd, Det Steve Moyer 1 Seth Trachtman 9    
DOtero, Cle Patrick Davitt 0      
RoPerez, Cle Larry Schechter 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

BShaw, Cle Rob Leibowitz 2
DButera, KC Larry Schechter 0
JThole, Tor Larry Schechter 0
MBarnes, Bos Rob Leibowitz 1
MBush, Tex Rob Leibowitz 1
SFeldman, Hou Seth Trachtman 0

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Wow, now the wallets open a little, with Rob Leibowitz spending $692 for Drew Pomeranz, a slightly better percentage deal than the $88 (of a $100 ceiling) FAAB that Pomeranz fetched in AL LABR.

Outfielders named "Jake" also did well, as Steve Moyer acquired Marisnick for $55 while Mike Podhorzer spent $6 on Smolinski.

Elsewhere Leibowitz also bagged Sean O'Malley for $11, while Podhorzer went for Oakland's Ryon Healy (44), and Moyer Matt Boyd for a buck.

Anticipating a Yan Gomes DL stint, Larry Schechter got Roberto Perez for a zero bid, the same price as Dan Otero who went to Patrick Davitt's squad.

Seth Trachtman copped Miguel Gonzalez for $10 while Jason Collette completed the week's gambles with a $12 bid on Luke Maile.

Todd's Take

By this time you've heard all the narratives. How will Pomeranz far in the big, bad AL East? Will there be an innings limit? How come this guy gets traded so much?

By the numbers, sure, the lefty will take a hit but in such a short sample, anything can happen. What if he misses the Blue Jays and Orioles? The strikeouts will still be there as Tampa, Baltimore and Toronto all fan at a clip higher than league average versus southpaws. Something not talked about a lot is the catcher upgrade Pomeranz will enjoy, assuming whatever deal Sandy Leon has made expires and the Red Sox receivers are Ryan Hanigan and Christian Vazquez at some point in the second half. As for the innings, here's my narrative. I have no inside sources, just applying a little logic. The Boston and San Diego front offices have a great working relationship, so I'm willing to bet the Red Sox medical staff was satisfied with everything on that front. Boston uses complex strength tests to measure if a pitcher is capable of continuing to amass innings so this won't be a manager's feel scenario. Sure, part of the deal was because Pomeranz is controllable for a couple years but you don't deal a top prospect during Big Papi's last stand to win next season. The club will do all they can to use Pomeranz in a playoff run without compromising his future.

 jake barrett full

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JBarrett, Ari Andy Behrens 100 Brian Walton 6 Phil Hertz 6
RLopez, Was Andy Behrens 81 Phil Hertz 52  
JoseDeLeon, LAD Mike Gianella 25    
CTaylor, LAD Brian Walton 16 Phil Hertz 1  
CEdwards, ChC Derek Carty 13 Phil Hertz 0  
YPerez, Mia Scott Wilderman 6    
RPena, SF Phil Hertz 1 Scott Wilderman 0  
ARecker, Atl Scott Wilderman 0    
ERamos, Phi Phil Hertz 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

RTejada, SF Scott Wilderman 1
RRivera, NYM Scott Wilderman 0
TBrown, SF Scott Wilderman 0
ALiberatore, LAD Phil Hertz 0
CTorres, Mil Phil Hertz 0
EBurgos, Ari Phil Hertz 0
KSiegrist, StL Phil Hertz 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

Andy Behrens of Yahoo went big this week, with his $181 spent representing three times the winning amounts of the remainder of the league combined.

After Arizona reliever Tyler Clippard bombed on Sunday, rookie Jake Barrett stepped in and earned his second save of the season. His $100 bid would suggest that Behrens thinks there will be more where they came from. My tepid $6 offer was more about me needing 16 saves to pick up another point than it was a lack of confidence in Barrett.

Behrens also placed $81 down to win the contested bidding for Washington rookie right-hander Reynaldo Lopez. The 22-year-old is rumored to be coming up on Tuesday to make his Major League debut to start against the Dodgers at home. If successful in his stint, Lopez could make Lucas Giolito a non-factor until September.

Though Jose DeLeon seems to have been forgotten by some amid the Julio Urias excitement, Mike Gianella is not among those with short memories. The Baseball Prospectus staffer made a pre-emptive strike to lock up the Dodgers pitching prospect for $25.

Todd's Take

Andy's spending spree wasn't the only big news in NL Tout this weekend, as there was a pretty big trade announced Sunday night. Baseball HQ's Phil Hertz acquired Matt Adams from Razzball's Grey Albright for Brandon Maurer, Jeanmar Gomez and Chase d'Arnaud. Like all trades, you can't focus on the players but rather the impact to the standings. You're trading points, not value.

Phil is dominating the saves category and still has Jeurys Familia, so unless something unexpected happens, he only stands to lose one point. A side benefit is freeing up two active spots to attack wins and whiffs, a couple of categories with several points in play, including flipping past yours truly and league leader Derek Carty, the only two owners ahead of Phil. Grey is looking at two more points but will also distance himself from a tight bunch, one of which is me, essentially a point out of play for me. For what it's worth, Phil approached me with the same basic deal but I declined, seeing only two points in play while putting more wins and strikeouts points in jeopardy.

From the hitting side, there's a decent gap to overcome, but if he does, Phil is staring at up to five more points in homers alone. The deal indirectly hurts me as Derek is likely to pass Grey in homers, adding another point to his lead.

On paper, Phil gave up a ton but he actually stands to benefit a lot more than Grey. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.

My biggest decision this week didn't revolve around a bid but rather deciding whether to cash in A.J. Pollock for a $310 FAAB rebate or hope the reports of a 2016 return come to fruition. I'm very low on FAAB so on one hand 310 more units could be useful. But on the other, I'm still way behind the hammer so the influx won't do me much good. If Pollock has a setback, I can still recoup 155 jelly beans, which will suffice to get me through. There's no doubt that if we absolutely knew Pollock was coming back, he'd command a bid greater than 310, so I'm hoping the Snakes fly-chaser returns and ostensibly serves as my big deadline acquisition. I opted not to request a rebate.

andrew cashner full

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ACashner, SD Nando DiFino 65 Tim Heaney 26  
JimJohnson, Atl Scott Engel 51 Derek Van Riper 9  
RLopez, Was Al Melchior 51 Scott Pianowski 4  
RHealy, Oak Scott Engel 44 Al Melchior 22 Bret Sayre 12
RRua, Tex Al Melchior 43    
KGraveman, Oak Cory Schwartz 26 Scott Engel 12  
LVerrett, NYM Tim Heaney 16 Derek Van Riper 0  
PBourjos, Phi Scott Engel 9 Scott Pianowski 3  
JHardy, Bal Bret Sayre 8    
JPeterson, Atl Scott Pianowski 7    
SLeon, Bos Derek Van Riper 5 Scott Pianowski 2 Fred Zinkie 1
EDiaz, Sea Bret Sayre 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

NEovaldi, NYY Tim Heaney 16
DBundy, Bal Tim Heaney 16
TPham, StL Scott Pianowski 6
SRodriguez, Pit Scott Pianowski 3
ERosario, Min Scott Pianowski 3
MMontero, ChC Derek Van Riper 2
APierzynski, Atl Derek Van Riper 2
TThornburg, Mil Al Melchior 1
CRuiz, Phi Derek Van Riper 0
ARomine, NYY Derek Van Riper 0
JSmoak, Tor Scott Pianowski 0
JMarisnick, Hou Scott Pianowski 0
DSantana, Min Scott Pianowski 0
CHernandez, Phi Scott Pianowski 0
ADickerson, SD Scott Pianowski 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Andrew Cashner doesn't really belong on the waiver wire in a 15-team mixed league, especially coming off a stellar performance versus the Giants on Friday. I was tempted to enter in a bid, but his next two matchups are tough, on the road against the Cardinals and Blue Jays. Ultimately, I passed, though he could turn out to be a fine pickup. If Cashner can make it through his next couple of starts in decent shape, he might even surface on the 12-team mixed league radar.

With regular closer Arodys Vizcaino now on the DL due to an oblique strain, veteran Jim Johnson will be handling ninth inning duties for the Braves, and 51 FAAB bucks isn't exactly a huge investment. However, the Braves are rarely winning these days, and for a pitcher to earn a save, his team must be leading when he enters the game, so that could be an issue.

After spending a combined $172 for four players on Friday, I needed a break from FAAB bidding, so I took one.

Todd's Take

Bad timing for Atlanta if they really were looking to deal Vizcaino. I understand using Johnson as a back fill - let him get a couple of saves to artificially build up his trade value. You'd just prefer the Braves get a look at Mauricio Cabrera or even Dario Alvarez (the Atlanta pen is lefty heavy now). Deep leagues should continue to have Cabrera on their radar but as Zach mentions, save ops are few and far between on not-so-Hotlanta.

jim johnson full

 

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JimJohnson, Atl Tom Kessenich 235 Adam Ronis 7
CHeadley, NYY Stacie Stern 38 Rudy Gamble 2
TPham, StL Charlie Wiegert 29 Craig Mish 23
DSmyly, TB Adam Ronis 23  
ECarrera, Tor Stacie Stern 18 Charlie Wiegert 3
KSuzuki, Min Charlie Wiegert 8 Tim McLeod 1
BGuyer, TB Perry Van Hook 7  
BZiegler, Bos Perry Van Hook 7  
AGriffin, Tex Craig Mish 7  
KMarte, Sea Tim McLeod 7  
AGarcia, Atl Rudy Gamble 2  
JBandy, LAA Tim McLeod 0 Charlie Wiegert 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

BEibner, KC Stacie Stern 13
CCuthbert, KC Stacie Stern 11
DBundy, Bal Adam Ronis 7
OArcia, TB Perry Van Hook 7
TSkaggs, LAA Adam Ronis 3
CRuiz, Phi Charlie Wiegert 1
JPeterson, Atl Charlie Wiegert 1
LVerrett, NYM Craig Mish 1
JLagares, NYM Charlie Wiegert 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Saves are a precious commodity, giving context to the $235 Tom Kessenich spent to acquire Atlanta's temporary closer Jim Johnson. Oddly, as the cards lay Tom could have had Johnson for a dollar.

I thought it would be a light week since Tout leagues bid Thursday after the All Star break. Indeed only eight of the fifteen teams placed bids.

I used lucky 7's this week with my target on offense, Tampa fly chaser Brandon Guyer, who will be in Coors the first three games of the week as the Rays will face two southpaws was my first selection. Another $7 was good enough to get new Red Sox bullpen pitcher Brad Ziegler whom I believe will capture a few saves in the coming week.

Also on the $7-train were Craig Mish who added Ranger starter A.J. Griffin, and Tim McLeod who rostered Mariner shortstop Ketel Marte for like bids.

Todd's Take

My first reaction after seeing Drew Smyly and Ketel Marte picked up was "Geez, shouldn't these guys have been shopped in a trade and not just dropped?" But then I realized each commanded just one bid which suggests neither would have been sought after if on-the-block. Granted, some of the enthusiasm for Marte could have been tempered since he missed Saturday's game with a sore ankle but he played Sunday. It's also true he's one of "my guys" so while not biased, my outlook is rosier. I see the .283 with eight bags he snagged in 57 games late last season and figure he can do that again with maybe 10 pilfers and that's useful. The bidding on Smyly, another personal fave, may have been influenced by a start in Coors Field. However, this is in part balanced by a second turn this week against the A's in Oakland. Smyly is the hardest player to project out for the rest of the season. The skills are there, save for a bloated home run rate but he doesn't pass the eye test. Something is missing. I'm a pedigree guy so I'm still on the bandwagon, even if that means beginning the week a mile high.

 luis valbuena full

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

LValbuena, Hou Paul Sporer 3
SRomo, SF Jake Ciely 3
NJones, CWS Jake Ciely 2

UNAWARDED BIDS

KVargas, Min Paul Sporer 4
JSmoak, Tor Paul Sporer 2
TShaw, Bos Paul Sporer 2
JimJohnson, Atl Jake Ciely 2
RDull, Oak Jake Ciely 2
WFlores, NYM Paul Sporer 1

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

With a second waiver claims three days after the first, the larder was pretty much empty.

Paul Sporer picked up Luis Valbuena, who has been solid after a dismal start to the season, to replace the DLed Brandon Moss.

And Jake Ciely added two live relief arms in Sergio Romo and Nate Jones. Ciely currently trails Paul Sporer in the current two-week long contest across the board, so this is a chance to improve his pitching ratios while battling in the tight hitting categories.

That's all, folks.

Todd's Take

He wasn't drafted as Jake had him as a contingency but if you're not aware of what Ryan Dull is doing, take a peak at his numbers. The Oakland reliever is boasting a 1.90 ERA with a microscopic 0.72 WHIP. He's fanned 48 in 47 1/3rd innings which puts him on a pace for over 80 punch outs, a nice total for a previously unheralded reliever. Ryan Madson has the gig by the bay, at least the AL side but Dull isn't too far removed from ninth inning duties and he's definitely in play in AL only for ratio support.

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