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Friday 19th Jan 2018

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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.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR was posted earlier.

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MUpton, Tor Jason Collette 401 Seth Trachtman 318 Mike Podhorzer 156 Ron Shandler 78
    Chris Liss 69 Patrick Davitt 39 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 30
    Lawr Michaels 12 Larry Schechter 10  
RAMondesi, KC Seth Trachtman 318 Mike Podhorzer 156 Ron Shandler 113 Jeff Erickson 19
    Lawr Michaels 12 Larry Schechter 10 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
LHarrell, Tex Steve Moyer 277 Jason Collette 51 Rob Leibowitz 26  
CWhitley, TB Chris Liss 29      
AWarren, NYY Jason Collette 21      
TCollins, Det Jeff Erickson 19 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1    
TBeckham, TB Larry Schechter 7 Seth Trachtman 0    
RPressly, Min Larry Schechter 3      
CSanchez, CWS Lawr Michaels 2 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0    
YGomes, Cle Patrick Davitt 1      
BMaxwell, Oak Mike Podhorzer 0      
MAviles, Det Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0 Larry Schechter 3 Seth Trachtman 0  


TWhite, Hou Jason Collette 21 Seth Trachtman 0
JPolanco, Min Larry Schechter 5  
DJennings, TB Larry Schechter 3  
TWilhelmsen, Sea Jason Collette 1  
CBuchholz, Bos Steve Moyer 0  
DButera, KC Mike Podhorzer 0  
JCenteno, Min Mike Podhorzer 0  
MTonkin, Min Larry Schechter 0  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The AL Touts also dipped into their FAAB reserves this week spending on prospects and trade spoils, though there still seems to be a chunk of change held back in lieu of trades completed by the end of today.

Jason Collette was then the big spender, first dropping $401 on Melvin Upton, then adding Yankees hurler Adam Warren for an additional $21, while league leader--in what looks like it is becoming a tight race--Seth Trachtman copped Raul Mondesi for $318. Second place holder Larry Schechter acquired Tim Beckham ($7) and Ryan Pressly ($3) to try and stay in step. Patrick Davitt, who holds the third place squad went a buck for Yan Gomes, while I picked up Carlos Sanchez ($2) to fill the Ketel Marte gap.

Since Davitt and Schechter held back, any trades today should result in a bidding cage match between them, as Steve Moyer went $277 for Lucas Harrell.

Remaining plays were Jeff Erickson grabbing Tyler Collins ($19), Mike Podhorzer grabbed the Athletics Bruce Maxwell and Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton picked up Mike Aviles for a $0 bid, giving Aviles the Willie Loman Award for the most traveled FAAB pick up of the 2016 season.

Todd's Take

There's been a lot of jockeying for FAAB position in this league with trades and rebating players. Having the luxury of writing this after Lawr filed his comments, the cross-over crop isn't as elegant as the Touts hoped, with Jonathan Lucroy leading the way. It will be interesting to see how they play it next week as there still can be some waiver deals.



AChapman, ChC Steve Gardner 605 Tristan H. Cockcroft 539 Scott Wilderman 506 Brian Walton 153
    Todd Zola 92 Grey Albright 72  
NFeliz, Pit Grey Albright 11 Steve Gardner 33    
ENunez, SF Scott Wilderman 477 Steve Gardner 540 Tristan H. Cockcroft 315 Brian Walton 256
    Mike Gianella 255    
JRondon, SD Brian Walton 5      
BNimmo, NYM Phil Hertz 2      
BShipley, Ari Tristan H. Cockcroft 63 Grey Albright 3 Phil Hertz 1  
JCosart, SD Tristan H. Cockcroft 2      
CAnderson, Mil Phil Hertz 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0    


ARosales, SD Brian Walton 1
JHader, Mil Tristan H. Cockcroft 1
RWhalen, Atl Phil Hertz 1
SSchebler, Cin Phil Hertz 1
HStrickland, SF Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
KSiegrist, StL Tristan H. Cockcroft 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

With only the fifth-most cash among the 12 owners against the backdrop of only two marquee players having been traded into the National League by Sunday meant I was destined to fall short in the bidding. So it came to pass.

Surprisingly, the plum of the free agents, new Chicago Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman went to the owner with the third-most FAAB, Steve Gardner of USA TODAY, for $605. FAAB leader and league leader Derek Carty did not use his hammer, remaining on the sideline, while the owner with the second-most cash, ESPN’s Tristan H. Cockcroft, did not bid aggressively enough, losing out by $66. Gardner, on the other hand, pushed all of his cash, save $4, to the center of the table in his successful offer.

The man I wanted most based on my team’s needs, was new Giants leadoff man Eduardo Nunez. Remembering the undistinguished history of the former Yankees infielder more than his unlikely American League all-star breakout season with the Twins made it difficult for me to offer $256, but I did. It was exactly enough to trump Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus at $255, who I knew needed a shortstop with both Mets shortstops on his roster, Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera, going down this past week.

As it turned out, my maneuver only made Gianella the second loser, as we finished second and third, respectively to Scott Wilderman of onRoto, our fine league software provider, whose $477 bid could not be topped by either me or Mike. Wilderman came into the weekend with just the fourth-highest FAAB balance.

This serves as a great reminder that one should not be discouraged or even worse, remain on the sidelines if you don’t have the most money remaining. As we saw here, in blind bidding, things do not always unfold as expected.

Todd's Take

Things are likely to get interesting down the stretch. I continue to battle Derek Carty for the league lead. More often than not he has me by two to five points but occasionally each week I catch him for a night, depending on how the pitching lines up. Recall Derek has Kershaw so his sitting out the Chapman bidding could be hoping to land a starting pitcher, with Matt Moore and Ivan Nova now available. I'm completely on the outside looking in, still hoping A.J. Pollock returns to serve as my deadline acquisition, so to speak. With others fortifying their lineups, I expect the standings to bunch up top so getting Pollock back would be huge.

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MBoyd, Det Scott Swanay 94      
TWatson, Pit Zach Steinhorn 90 Scott Engel 88 Al Melchior 66 Tim Heaney 62
    Ray Flowers 43 Derek Van Riper 35 Cory Schwartz 34
    Fred Zinkie 30    
JBarrett, Ari Scott Engel 66 Al Melchior 66 Tim Heaney 62 Zach Steinhorn 58
    Ray Flowers 44 Scott Swanay 34 Joe Pisapia 33
    Cory Schwartz 28 Derek Van Riper 22  
JimJohnson, Atl Scott Engel 38 Scott Pianowski 5    
ADickerson, SD Scott Engel 36 Tim Heaney 16 Ray Flowers 13 Fred Zinkie 3
KBroxton, Mil Nando DiFino 18      
TPham, StL Scott Engel 17 Scott Swanay 45    
NFeliz, Pit Ray Flowers 13 Derek Van Riper 1    
JSaltalamacchia, Det Scott Swanay 8 Fred Zinkie 0    
KNieuwenhuis, Mil Fred Zinkie 6 Scott Engel 0    
CSabathia, NYY Scott Pianowski 5 Derek Van Riper 1    
JSoria, KC Derek Van Riper 3      
TWolters, Col Fred Zinkie 1      
MMaldonado, Mil Derek Van Riper 0 Fred Zinkie 0    


JSmith, LAA Ray Flowers 9
MMontero, ChC Scott Swanay 4
POrlando, KC Scott Engel 4
AHedges, SD Fred Zinkie 2

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

The owner of a 2.21 ERA across four starts since the beginning of July, Matt Boyd seems to be finding his way at the big league level. But he made it through six innings in just one of those outings, and the looming returns of both Jordan Zimmermann and Daniel Norris threaten his rotation spot. I guess I'm just not overly optimistic about his mixed league value going forward.

When I entered in a $90 bid for Tony Watson, I figured there was no way I'd land him. Saves are not a huge need for me, so this was more of a strategic move to block certain owners from gaining his services. Well, I did land him, barely. Watson has been one of the more reliable late-inning relievers in the game over the past several seasons, and I think he will do just fine in his new ninth inning role. Adding Watson affords me the option of either trading him for an upgrade at another position or dealing one of my top closers (Zach Britton or Francisco Rodriguez) for a more significant upgrade at some point down the road.

Scott Engel shelled out a total of $104 to acquire a pair of closers, though Jim Johnson might not be closing anymore by the time you read this, which explains his lower winning bid. Newly minted Arizona stopper Jake Barrett is quietly enjoying a strong season in his rookie campaign and will be given every opportunity to continue working the ninth inning. But of the three relievers, I have the most confidence in Watson and his track record, even though closing is not part of that track record.

Todd's Take

The bidding this week is a great example of the premise that there's always pitching available in mixed leagues so the focus should be on offense during the draft/auction. I'm not sure if I completely buy that which is why I just put it on my list of topics to research in the off-season.

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TWatson, Pit Charlie Wiegert 288 Adam Ronis 112 Rudy Gamble 112 Ray Murphy 111
    Anthony Perri 96 Greg Ambrosius 43  
JBarrett, Ari Ray Murphy 102 Charlie Wiegert 133 Adam Ronis 67 Stacie Stern 45
    Perry Van Hook 17    
SKelley, Was Rudy Gamble 77 Greg Ambrosius 43 Rudy Gamble 14  
ADickerson, SD Ray Murphy 66 Anthony Perri 37    
KWong, StL Ray Murphy 66 Charlie Wiegert 8    
ACashner, Mia Greg Ambrosius 44 Perry Van Hook 37    
JBerrios, Min Tim McLeod 38      
JHardy, Bal Charlie Wiegert 18      
WMiley, Sea Perry Van Hook 17      
JCosart, SD Perry Van Hook 11      
EDiaz, Sea Rudy Gamble 4      


WFlores, NYM Ray Murphy 66
JPeterson, Atl Charlie Wiegert 12
WLeBlanc, Sea Perry Van Hook 11
GRichards, LAA Perry Van Hook 7

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

While the non-waiver trade deadline hasn't mean much to those in AL or NL only leagues so far, some of the promotions and demotions should have made for a lot of activity Sunday in the fifteen team mixed draft league.

At least that is what I thought, but clearly I was wrong:only 60% of the teams placed bids and only six of those nine won players because of very spirited bidding.

The high bid for the night in this league, like many mixed leagues, was focused on Tony Watson, the Pirates new closer with Mark Melancon moving on to the nation's capital. Watson drew four bids over one hundred dollars with Charlie Wiegert rostering the hurler for $288. The second highest bid was for a closer with far less pedigree and with what looks to be fewer save chances. but Ray Murphy still bid $102 for Arizona's Jake Barrett.

I tried gambling $37 for new Marlins's starter Andrew Cashner but lost to a $44 bid from Greg Ambrosius, but I did manage to get Wade Miley, now an Orioles starter for $17, and new Padres starter Jarred Cosart for $11.

Todd's Take

Because he's been so successful as a set-up man, it's easy to forget Watson is a southpaw. But that's not stopping the Pirates from giving him forst crack at closing. They dealt for Antonio Bastardo to help fortify their bullpen that already includes Neftali Feliz and Arquimedes Caminero. I don't know, that just doesn't seem to have the same cache of Bucs bullpens in recent seasons.

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TWatson, Pit Peter Kreutzer 102 Jake Ciely 5
CEstevez, Col Peter Kreutzer 66  
JHapp, Tor Jeff Boggis 31  
AHedges, SD Peter Kreutzer 6  
JBarrett, Ari Jake Ciely 5  
TSkaggs, LAA Jake Ciely 5  
HPerez, Mil Jake Ciely 0  


SManaea, Oak Peter Kreutzer 41  
DODay, Bal Peter Kreutzer 8  
CBedrosian, LAA Peter Kreutzer 6 Jake Ciely 5
AReed, NYM Peter Kreutzer 6  
HBailey, Cin Jake Ciely 5  
ADickerson, SD Jake Ciely 0  

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

When we said H2H we didn't mean only two bidder. But that's what we got tonight on contested bids.

Sure, Jeff Boggis bid $31 on J Happ. Big whoop. The other bidding blocks went like this:

Peter Kreutzer:

  1. res MFoltynewicz Atl:
    1. pur TWatson Pit 102
    2. pur CEstevez Col 77
    3. pur SManaea Oak 41
    4. pur DODay Bal 8
    5. pur CBedrosian LAA 6
  2. dis RHill Oak:
    1. pur CEstevez Col 66
    2. pur SManaea Oak 41
    3. pur DODay Bal 8
    4. pur CBedrosian LAA 6
    5. pur AReed NYM 6
  3. res JBandy LAA:
    1. pur AHedges SD 6

Jake Ciely:

  1. res MPineda NYY:
    1. pur TWatson Pit 5
    2. pur JBarrett Ari 5
    3. pur TSkaggs LAA 5
    4. pur HBailey Cin 5
    5. pur CBedrosian LAA 5
  2. res DPomeranz Bos:
    1. pur JBarrett Ari 5
    2. pur TSkaggs LAA 5
    3. pur HBailey Cin 5
    4. pur CBedrosian LAA 5
  3. res KDavis Oak:
    1. pur HPerez Mil 0
    2. pur ADickerson SD 0

Yes, Rotoman and Jake Ciely, mano a mano.

I spent way more than I needed to on two of the three newly annointed closers in baseball (who weren't owned), Tony Watson and Carlos Estevez (replacing the deposed Papelbon and the injured/deposed Rosenthal). And Ciely got the Diamondback's Jake Barrett, who has taken over for Tyler Clippard, for pennies. And also bought former phenom Tyler Skaggs for pennies more.

Ciely passed on Colorado's Estevez, who has been effectively wild so far. The walks don't bother me so much as long as he earns saves and strikes guys out. So far so good on that.

Note also that Boggis picked up Happ, I picked up potential San Diego starting catcher and offensive force Austin Hedges, and Ciely picked up Hernan Perez, who has a job now and has been on a tear the last two weeks.

I kind of wish I'd found a way to roster Sean Manaea for his two starts this week.

And wonder where all the FAAB that hasn't been spent in Tout H2H is going to land. My bidding this week was based on the idea there wasn't going to be too much to fight for.

Todd's Take

Sorry everyone - in my haste to get this posted on a busy day, I lacked the usual punch and pithiness I try to provide. That will return next week, I promise.


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