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.
|EAybar, Det||Jeff Erickson 207||Lawr Michaels 159|
|LCessa, NYY||Jeff Erickson 110||Seth Trachtman 1|
|ATriggs, Oak||Chris Liss 110||Jeff Erickson 11||Jason Collette 7|
|CGreen, NYY||Ron Shandler 57||Larry Schechter 33||Jason Collette 31||Seth Trachtman 1|
|AMejia, Min||Lawr Michaels 20|
|JGrilli, Tor||Jeff Erickson 5||Jason Collette 2|
|RTorreyes, NYY||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3|
|TWilhelmsen, Sea||Jason Collette 2|
|BRondon, Det||Patrick Davitt 2|
|CPerez, LAA||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|NBuss, LAA||Seth Trachtman 0|
|DJennings, CWS||Jeff Erickson 5|
|LHendriks, Oak||Jeff Erickson 5|
|NVincent, Sea||Patrick Davitt 1|
|DGuerra, LAA||Patrick Davitt 0|
|CaJoseph, Bal||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|DButera, KC||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|JThole, Tor||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|ONarvaez, CWS||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|CPennington, LAA||Seth Trachtman 0|
|GPetit, LAA||Seth Trachtman 0|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
While Erick Aybar only was valued at $6 or 6% of the FAAB allotment in AL LABR, Jeff Erickson dropped 20% of his total on the former Angel in AL Tout making the new Tiger the high priced spread this week.
Erickson also grabbed Yankees hurler Luis Cessa for $110, the same amount fellow Rotowirer Chris Liss dropped on Andrew Triggs, followed by Ron Shandler who gambled $57 on Grant Green. I was next in the spending line hoping Adalberto Mejia can get some innings and whiffs for my team while Nathan Eovaldi and Sonny Gray suffer on the sidelines.
A pair of former closers--Tom Wilhelmsen ($2 to Jason Collette) and Jason Grilli ($5 to Erickson)--garnered some hope and attention for their new owners while Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton hope that Yankees infielder Ronald Torreyes ($3) and Angel backstop Carlos Perez ($5) with Patrick Davitt finishing the festivities placing the same stretch hope on a $2 Bruce Rondon
The under the radar pickup of the week belongs to Seth Trachtman who snagged Angels outfielder Nick Buss for a $0 bid. Buss isn't a prospect (he couldn't be, the Halos don't have any left) but he could be a useful part down the stretch - at bats are currency. The Ji-Man Choi in left field experiment ran its course, so when C.J. Cron was activated, Choi was farmed and Buss was called up to man left. He's lefty swinger so even if he falls into a platoon (he's playing every day now), he'll get 20-25 trips to the dish a week. Buss doesn't contrinute much in the way of counting stats but even 2 HR, 2 SB and 20-25 runs plus RBI could mean a point of two, depending where Seth sits in the associated categories.
Staying with the Angels, Johnny Giavotella was released meaning they can look at prospect..oh wait...meaning they can play Cliff Pennington and Gregorio Petit. Cron being back was mentioned above, it will be interesing to see how this impacts Jefry Marte's playing time. Marte can play both corner infield spots and is someone the Halos should look at down the stretch. Presently, Yunel Escobar is out with a concussion so Marte's picking it at the hot corner.
|DSwanson, Atl||Ray Guilfoyle 300||Mike Gianella 232||Brian Walton 74||Tristan H. Cockcroft 28|
|Phil Hertz 2||Steve Gardner 1|
|MMontgomery, ChC||Lenny Melnick 125||Todd Zola 37||Ray Guilfoyle 25||Derek Carty 11|
|Scott Wilderman 7||Tristan H. Cockcroft 3||Steve Gardner 1|
|Phil Hertz 1|
|XScruggs, Mia||Brian Walton 12||Phil Hertz 2|
|TAdleman, Cin||Mike Gianella 7||Brian Walton 2|
|SRomo, SF||Todd Zola 7||Phil Hertz 1|
|MHaniger, Ari||Steve Gardner 2||Phil Hertz 0|
|AToles, LAD||Phil Hertz 2|
|JUrena, Mia||Grey Albright 1||Mike Gianella 7|
|GStanton, Mia||Tristan H. Cockcroft 0|
|PGosselin, Ari||Derek Carty 0||Ray Guilfoyle 25|
|JGrimm, ChC||Phil Hertz 0|
|JDeLaCruz, Atl||Mike Gianella 7|
|ZDuke, StL||Todd Zola 3||Phil Hertz 0|
|YPetit, Was||Todd Zola 3|
|SLugo, NYM||Grey Albright 1||Phil Hertz 0|
|SGonzalez, Phi||Grey Albright 1|
|CTaylor, LAD||Derek Carty 0|
|ARosales, SD||Derek Carty 0|
|WSmith, SF||Phil Hertz 0|
|PKivlehan, SD||Phil Hertz 0|
|MMariot, Phi||Phil Hertz 0|
|KSiegrist, StL||Phil Hertz 0|
|FPena, ChC||Phil Hertz 0|
|DHudson, Ari||Phil Hertz 0|
|JHoffman, Col||Steve Gardner 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
Oddly, lefty Mike Montgomery drew more bidding interest from the NL Tout warriors this week (eight of 12 owners) than highly-touted shortstop prospect Dansby Swanson (six bidders).
Perhaps that was a reflection of the fact that three owners held $231 or more of FAAB (with me fourth at $195), making the outcome of the Swanson bidding clearer. In another oddity, however, the owner with the most cash, Ray Guilfoyle, bid $28 more than the next-closest owner in FAAB could bid. I guess he wanted to be extra sure he got his man, spending $300 when $272 would have been enough to guarantee success. With Erick Aybar having departed Atlanta, Swanson has a wide-open road to daily playing time the rest of the way.
Montgomery, who recently joined the Cubs from Seattle, was pressed into the rotation with an injury to John Lackey and performed well in his four-inning debut. That was enough to encourage Lenny Melnick to drop down $125 to get his man. League leader Todd Zola lost the services of Lackey, but finished a distant second to Melnick at $37 in the bidding for Montgomery and added Giants set up man Sergio Romo for $7 instead.
I dropped $12 on a player I know well from his time in the Cardinals system, first baseman Xavier Scruggs, now with Miami. The slugger should see regular time with Justin Bour out, but is an all-or-nothing hitter likely to hurt my batting average. In hindsight, I should have gone after new Arizona outfielder Mitch Haniger instead, who went to Steve Gardner for just $2 in a very nice under-the-radar addition.
The Team Zola half of the Mastersball duo caught a nice break this week (along with a couple not-so-nice breaks). Tout Wars has a rule allowing mid-week replacements for injured or farmed players. The catch is it has to be done after the transaction is listed on mlb.com or ESPN.com, which usually means having a goose-egg for a day in that spot, provided there's someone on reserve to activate. Earlier in the week, Chris Coghlan was put on the DL. I didn't have anyone in the Majors to activate but I am still stashing Jose Peraza so I threw him in there - just in case. Well, Peraza was indeed called up and went 3-for-5 with a homer in his return, which fortuitously was added onto my totals. Humble-brag alert, having the foresight to add Peraza added some important stats to my squad, the categories are that close.
Technically, that wasn't a break, that was savvy management. The break comes from the fact that Tout Wars also has a mid-week activation rule where you can activate a reserve player (or someone coming off the DL) if they're added to the 25-man roster mid-week. The caveats here are you need to RELEASE a player from your active lineup as well as waiting the same day after the move is listed. So if Coghlan did not get hurt, I still could have activated Peraza, but not have received the stats from his first game back as well as releasing a current active hitter.
Now the bad luck. I've been discussing how to catch up to Derek Carty's club while he waits out the Clayton Kershaw absence. While they pale in comparison on an individual basis, losing Wei-Yin Chen, Adam Conley and John Lackey has hindered those efforts. I've actually caught and passed Derek, but the lead is quite precarious. I have a bit of a buffer in strikeouts, though that's getting to the point points in play. Where losing starters hurts is in wins. I have 63, Derek and Andy Behrens have 62 while the esteemed Mr. Walton sits at 61. If my three colleagues pass me, I lose three points while Derek gains one, flipping a 3.5 lead into a .5 point deficit. Perhaps I should have gone harder after Montgomery but even an all-in bid would have left me 50 or so units short of Lenny Melnick. Instead, I settled for Sergio Romo, who has the strikeout pitch clicking again and could fall into a save down the stretch now that he's back on his game.
|DSantana, Mil||Fred Zinkie 95||Scott Swanay 34|
|EBurgos, Ari||Cory Schwartz 82||Ray Flowers 19||Scott Pianowski 11|
|DHolland, Tex||Derek Van Riper 33||Tim Heaney 0|
|MHaniger, Ari||Fred Zinkie 20|
|FSalas, LAA||Ray Flowers 19|
|JUrias, LAD||Cory Schwartz 16||Scott Swanay 2||Tim Heaney 0|
|JPolanco, Min||Ray Flowers 13|
|CKuhl, Pit||Zach Steinhorn 11||Cory Schwartz 1||Tim Heaney 0|
|COwings, Ari||Derek Van Riper 11||Fred Zinkie 40|
|JCenteno, Min||Ray Flowers 9|
|JHoffman, Col||Derek Van Riper 7|
|AReed, Hou||Scott Pianowski 7||Scott Swanay 4|
|HNeris, Phi||Scott Pianowski 3||Scott Swanay 0|
|MMontgomery, ChC||Scott Swanay 2||Zach Steinhorn 9|
|LMorrison, TB||Derek Van Riper 0|
|MGarza, Mil||Tim Heaney 0|
|ZGodley, Ari||Tim Heaney 0||Ray Flowers 4|
|CGreen, NYY||Zach Steinhorn 11||Cory Schwartz 1|
|CBuchholz, Bos||Zach Steinhorn 9|
|CAnderson, Mil||Cory Schwartz 1|
|RHoward, Phi||Ray Flowers 1|
|CBettis, Col||Cory Schwartz 1|
|JNiese, NYM||Tim Heaney 0|
|JThompson, Phi||Tim Heaney 0|
|MBush, Tex||Tim Heaney 0|
|RBuchter, SD||Scott Swanay 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
Sidelined since early-June due to an elbow injury, Domingo Santana returned to action last week. Being that he is assured everyday at-bats as long as he can avoid another trip to the DL, the 24-year-old, who offers some power and some speed potential, carries immediate fantasy appeal in deeper mixed leagues. Santana was actually a popular late-round sleeper pick back in the spring, so perhaps a strong final six weeks will earn him a spot on sleeper pick lists next year.
There are still several points to be gained or lost in saves in this league, so it was no surprise that both Enrique Burgos and Fernando Salas disappeared from the waiver wire this week. Both are handling closer duties right now, but for how much longer is anyone's guess. Factoring in the price difference, I might prefer Salas, but I'd really prefer to avoid this decision entirely. Still, saves are saves.
Chad Kuhl is no Aaron Sanchez. But the Pirates righty will now be taking the spot of Sanchez in my starting lineup, hopefully just for this week, as the Blue Jays are skipping Sanchez's turn in the rotation to give him some extra days off down the stretch. The waiver wire wasn't exactly loaded with attractive starting pitching options, but I settled on Kuhl, who has notched three straight quality starts since his latest call-up and will be facing a mid-pack at best Brewers offense this week.
Following up a bit on Sanchez, hopefully you know he was sent to High-A Dunedin because he has options left and instead of using him in the bullpen this week, the Jays opted to call up a reliever and keep an eye on Sanchez while they extend his innings a bit.
I guess I'm not as confident as Zach that Santana will play regularly. Even when healthy, he's likely to cede time to Kirk Niewenhuis. I agree he's still a big part of the Brewers' future so I expect he'll play enough to feel good heading into the off-season so his focus can be solely on 2017. The elbow can be a tricky thing (ask A.J. Pollock) and the last thing they want is an off-season of rehab interfering with 2017 prep.
|ASanchez, Det||Stacie Stern 113||Charlie Wiegert 18||Tim McLeod 2|
|ATriggs, Oak||Stacie Stern 61|
|DSwanson, Atl||Anthony Perri 54|
|SSouza, TB||Anthony Perri 21|
|MMontgomery, ChC||Rick Wilton 10||Perry Van Hook 7|
|LWeaver, StL||Rudy Gamble 6|
|FLiriano, Tor||Tim McLeod 1||Stacie Stern 6||Rudy Gamble 6|
|ZGodley, Ari||Perry Van Hook 0|
|AReed, Hou||Anthony Perri 21|
|POrlando, KC||Anthony Perri 12|
|FSalas, LAA||Rudy Gamble 6|
|FGalvis, Phi||Anthony Perri 5|
|AGarcia, Atl||Rudy Gamble 4|
|MGivens, Bal||Rick Wilton 1|
|CGreen, NYY||Perry Van Hook 0||Tim McLeod 0|
|MBoyd, Det||Perry Van Hook 0||Tim McLeod 0|
|KGraveman, Oak||Tim McLeod 0|
|EBurgos, Ari||Perry Van Hook 0|
|TCahill, ChC||Perry Van Hook 0|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
Todd here - Perry's on vacation so I'll do my best Captain Hook imitation.
This week's bidding featured Stacie Stern fortifying her pitching with Anthony Perri filling a couple of hitting holes. Stacie was the big spender, dropping 113 units on the rejuvenated Anibal Sanchez and 61 on Andrew Triggs. Anthony wasn't quite as generous as recent call-up Dansby Swanson cost him just 54 bucks with 21 more going to secure the services of the oft-injured Steven Souza Jr.
Team Van Hook grabbed Zack Godley who has an intriguing two-step this week, facing Atlanta early and Cincinnati later, both lesser lineups and both at home. Note, this was Perry's second choice as he fell short three units short of Rick Wilton's $10 bid on Cubs starter Mike Montgomery, slated for one outing against the Dodgers in Chavez Ravine.
Man, the A's rotation is a mess. Ross Detwiler? Zach Neal? Andrew Triggs? Actually, Triggs is intriguing. He's by no means dominant but he misses just enough bats to be dangerous and doesn't get beat via bases on balls. He's an extreme ground ball artist which keeps homers low but usually results in a high hit rate. Triggs is likely nothing more than a swingman but at least for now, he's starting.
|HBailey, Cin||Peter Kreutzer 7||Jake Ciely 0|
|HIwakuma, Sea||Jeff Zimmerman 2|
|KGibson, Min||Jeff Boggis 0|
|KBroxton, Mil||Jake Ciely 0|
|YVentura, KC||Jeff Zimmerman 0|
|RIglesias, Cin||Jake Ciely 0||Peter Kreutzer 7|
|AReed, NYM||Peter Kreutzer 2|
|ASanchez, Det||Jeff Zimmerman 0|
|DStraily, Cin||Jeff Zimmerman 0|
|EBurgos, Ari||Jake Ciely 0|
|ZGodley, Ari||Jeff Zimmerman 0|
Peter Kreutzer's Commentary
I wrote about my need for innings last week, which is why I picked up Homer Bailey last night. For just $7, He's been good in three of his four starts since returning from the DL so there is reason to hope.
Curiously, three of the other four players claimed were also starting pitchers. Jeff Boggis wanted and received Kyle Gibson (vs. Detroit and at Toronto).
Jeff Zimmerman wanted and received Hisashi Iwakuma (vs Yankees and @ White Sox) and Yordanny Ventura (@ Miami and @ Boston).
Ventura has a decent K/9 rate, and Bailey a better one. To my taste Gibson and Iwakuma are just too much a drag on strikeout rate to roster, especially in a two-start week, but Zimmerman is the league's leader at this point. I match up with him this week, and hope we have a swell rumble.
While it's always dangerous to assume what happens this season will repeat next year, the heavy tilt towards pitching suggests looking at the year-long FAAB bidding in this league in an effort to craft draft strategy. Aside from the reliance on dominating middle relievers, my spidey sense tells me the way to approach this format is crush the hitting counting stats and use the wire to build a complementary pitching staff. Of course, looking at the bids for all leagues is a viable off-season project, but this being the first year of this contest, it's even more important to get an edge others may eschew.