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.
Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR was posted earlier.
|BGamel, Sea||Seth Trachtman 101||Nando DiFino 72||Rob Leibowitz 8|
|DHernandez, LAA||Patrick Davitt 16|
|AWilson, Det||Steve Moyer 11|
|MLatos, Tor||Jeff Erickson 11|
|TKahnle, CWS||Mike Podhorzer 7|
|ASwarzak, CWS||Mike Podhorzer 7|
|JRickard, Bal||Jeff Erickson 5|
|CAsche, CWS||Nando DiFino 2|
|DSantana, Min||Rob Leibowitz 0|
|TZych, Sea||Steve Moyer 11|
|BGamel, Sea||Jeff Erickson 5|
|SPeterson, TB||Jeff Erickson 5|
|TKemp, Hou||Nando DiFino 2|
|DHernandez, LAA||Mike Podhorzer 2|
|JHoyt, Hou||Mike Podhorzer 1|
|JRickard, Bal||Rob Leibowitz 0|
|DRobertson, TB||Rob Leibowitz 0|
|BPowell, Sea||Rob Leibowitz 0|
|AWilson, Det||Rob Leibowitz 0|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
In general it was a low-key week for AL Tout transactions, with slim pickings in the free agent pool.
Defending champ Seth Trachtman led the league in spending, dropping $101 on the Mariners Ben Gamel, showing commitment necessary to drive to victory.
The dollar drop off then moved to Patrick Davitt who copped David Hernandez for $16, followed by Steve Mpyer--also looking for arms and hoping Alex Wilson of the Tigers will be the tonic.
Jeff Erickson went $11 for Mat Latos, and Mike Podhorzer is trying a double dip of White Sox, with thoughts that Anthony Swarzak and Tommy Kahnle can pick up the injured Felix Hernandez and Tyler Skaggs void.
Erickson also added Joey Rickard ($5). Rounding the moves out were Nando DiFino nabbing Cody Asche ($2) and Rob Leibowitz taking a shot on Danny Santana while C.J. Cron convalesces.
To spend or not to spend is always a conundrum in single-league formats, with the enticement of having the hammer at the trade deadline the pot at the end of the rainbow. I'll discuss my personal situation in a bit but I like the aggressive approach from Seth. In the spirit of know thy league, there are at least two owners usually spending very little early, hoping for the deadline jewel. You can choose to join them, or make sure you're still in the hunt come July then take your chances. You all know the deal -- get a guy now, have him for five months as compared to the final two months. In another example of know thy league, Nando DiFino has proven to be willing to spend early so a decent bid is needed to acquire a player of quality, which in AL or NL only essentially only requires a pulse and the chance of at bats. Seth's $101 bid was a sage amount considering Nando's $72 try.
|CArroyo, SF||Phil Hertz 333||Tristan H. Cockcroft 221||Mike Gianella 193||Craig Mish 112|
|Steve Gardner 107||Grey Albright 61||Derek Carty 22|
|JBlash, SD||Andy Behrens 81||Derek Carty 32||Scott Wilderman 31||Steve Gardner 18|
|Grey Albright 17||Tristan H. Cockcroft 12||Mike Gianella 11|
|Phil Hertz 0|
|RBautista, Was||Tristan H. Cockcroft 61||Phil Hertz 13||Craig Mish 2|
|RHoskins, Phi||Mike Gianella 46||Andy Berens 1|
|MMorse, SF||Steve Gardner 37||Phil Hertz 13||Craig Mish 3|
|GNgoepe, Pit||Craig Mish 13||Grey Albright 12||Steve Gardner 6||Phil Hertz 1|
|TAnderson, Col||Derek Carty 2|
|WPeralta, Cin||Brian Walton 2||Steve Gardner 6||Phil Hertz 1|
|IHapp, ChC||Tristan H. Cockcroft 1|
|JDeLaRosa, Ari||Phil Hertz 1||Brian Walton 1||Grey Albright 1|
|DStubbs, SF||Grey Albright 1||Phil Hertz 13||Derek Carty 0||Tristan H. Cockcroft 0|
|DLaw, SF||Andy Behrens 0||Grey Albright 1||Phil Hertz 0|
|AAmarista, Col||Mike Gianella 6|
|JBarrett, Ari||Phil Hertz 1||Grey Albright 1|
|MCabrera, Atl||Brian Walton 1|
|MWisler, Atl||Grey Albright 1|
|JNicasio, Pit||Phil Hertz 0|
|PGosselin, Pit||Phil Hertz 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
San Francisco third baseman Christian Arroyo has become the new most-expensive player added this season in NL Tout. Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ’s $333 bid, one-third of his full-year stipend, was tops.
Jabari Blash is back from the minor leagues and likely to receive at least platoon at-bats in the very young Padres outfield. The winning offer of $81 was submitted by Andy Behrens of Yahoo.com.
The recently high scoring Washington Nationals added outfielder Rafael Bautista. So did Tristan H. Cockcroft of ESPN for $61. It is unclear whether Bautista or incumbent Michael A. Taylor will get starts in center with Adam Eaton on the shelf, but it is not coincidence that Cockcroft also owns Eaton.
First baseman Rhys Hoskins of Philadelphia, who is raking in Triple-A, fetched a $46 winning bid from Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus. Owning the disappointing Tommy Joseph in Tout and contender Brock Stassi in NL LABR puts me in a strong position to sense that Mike is definitely on the right wavelength by planning for the future.
I'll be honest; I have no idea why I didn't at least place a few bids this week. I passed on Arroyo and wasn't one of the eight tries on Blash, despite favoring an aggressive aproach. Further, in the silver lining department, I'm sitting on Madison Bumgarner (not literally, that would be weird). MadBum is slated to be back in three months, right around the trade deadline. As such, I could have my equivalent of a trade deadline acquisition activated from reserve while getting help in the months leading up to that point. If things don't look good, I have the option of releasing the injured lefty, recouping $290 in FAAB. Depending how much I spent until then, that could be sufficient to put me in the running for a top cross-over player. Knowing this going into the bidding, it's even more curious why I didn't enter a single bid this week.
|DDeShields, Tex||Zach Steinhorn 178||Scott Pianowski 79||Brent Hershey 43||Tim Heaney 26|
|Fred Zinkie 23||Scott Swanay 4|
|CArroyo, SF||Brent Hershey 79||Scott Engel 64||Al Melchior 12|
|KVargas, Min||Al Melchior 53||Derek Van Riper 38||Scott Swanay 13|
|JBenoit, Phi||Zach Steinhorn 53||Ray Flowers 39||Scott Swanay 4|
|JBonifacio, KC||Brent Hershey 51|
|LPerdomo, SD||Tim Heaney 46|
|MCain, SF||Al Melchior 40||Tim Heaney 36||Ron Shandler 18||Ray Flowers 6|
|JHoover, Ari||Ray Flowers 39||Scott Pianowski 31||Brent Hershey 27||Tim Heaney 6|
|Scott Swanay 0|
|AMiranda, Sea||Al Melchior 38||Tim Heaney 36||Derek Van Riper 21||Ron Shandler 18|
|BreAnderson, ChC||Derek Van Riper 38||Ron Shandler 18||Tim Heaney 11||Scott Swanay 7|
|ASenzatela, Col||Tim Heaney 36||Ray Flowers 6||Jeff Zimmerman 1|
|ZEflin, Phi||Scott Engel 31||Ron Shandler 18||Tim Heaney 11|
|MTaylor, Was||Joe Pisapia 28||Zach Steinhorn 118||Tim Heaney 26|
|HSantiago, Min||Bret Sayre 26||Tim Heaney 11|
|LGarcia, CWS||Scott Engel 21|
|AGriffin, Tex||Ron Shandler 18|
|MDavidson, CWS||Scott Engel 13|
|TWolters, Col||Ray Flowers 13||Scott Pianowski 11|
|LValbuena, LAA||Scott Swanay 13|
|SSmith, Bal||Fred Zinkie 13||Gene McCaffrey 2|
|EAybar, SD||Jeff Zimmerman 12|
|BGamel, Sea||Al Melchior 12|
|AVizcaino, Atl||Jeff Zimmerman 11||Scott Swanay 0|
|ERosario, Min||Gene McCaffrey 9||Jeff Zimmerman 5|
|AAvila, Det||Scott Engel 9||Scott Pianowski 7|
|WMerrifield, KC||Gene McCaffrey 8|
|CVazquez, Bos||Scott Pianowski 5||Ray Flowers 13|
|MBoyd, Det||Scott Swanay 5||Tim Heaney 36||Ray Flowers 6|
|TKahnle, CWS||Bret Sayre 2||Tim Heaney 0|
|JSmoak, Tor||Tim Heaney 0||Scott Engel 11||Scott Swanay 7||Jeff Zimmerman 5|
|NVincent, Sea||Tim Heaney 0|
|MGonzalez, CWS||Ron Shandler 18||Ray Flowers 6|
|SFeldman, Cin||Ray Flowers 9|
|GHeredia, Sea||Scott Swanay 5|
|KKela, Tex||Bret Sayre 2||Scott Swanay 0|
|BPeacock, Hou||Bret Sayre 2||Tim Heaney 0|
|AJackson, Cle||Al Melchior 2|
|BHand, SD||Bret Sayre 2|
|BParker, LAA||Bret Sayre 2|
|CSpangenberg, SD||Gene McCaffrey 2|
|ARosales, Oak||Scott Swanay 2|
|TRivera, NYM||Gene McCaffrey 1|
|HKim, Bal||Scott Swanay 0||Gene McCaffrey 0|
|JJimenez, Det||Scott Swanay 0|
|BZiegler, Mia||Tim Heaney 0|
|TClippard, NYY||Tim Heaney 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
These are the situations where I wish we still used the Vickrey system for FAAB, as I ended up overpaying by $98 to acquire the services of Delino DeShields. But from a categorical standpoint, DeShields is an ideal fit, as my team has gotten off to a disappointing start in the steals department yet the stolen base standings remain bunched up. I can gain 5-6 points very quickly with one more reliable speed source. Playing time is the issue, however, but DeShields is hitting well right now and has made two straight starts versus right-handed pitching. Hopefully, the Rangers will opt to give him consistent at-bats going forward. The fact that Jurickson Profar and Ryan Rua are both struggling certainly helps his chances.
Joaquin Benoit already lost the ninth inning gig once this season, but it's not like the Phillies gave him a fair leash. Outside of his blown save on April 16, Benoit hasn't allowed a run. Maybe Philadelphia will stick with Hector Neris as their closer, but maybe they will go in a different direction after his Saturday meltdown. In that case, Benoit is still a viable veteran alternative. Although I don't necessarily need a third closer, as a Francisco Rodriguez owner, I figured that Benoit could prove to be a useful asset in the unlikely but possible event that K-Rod eventually gets demoted from the closer role.
Joe Pisapia's $28 purchase of Michael A. Taylor (my fallback option to DeShields) has the potential to pay off in a big way. The AVG/OBP probably won't be pretty, but Taylor does offer an intriguing mix of power and speed, and it sounds like the Nationals will give him every opportunity to hold onto the starting centerfield job in the wake of Adam Eaton's season-ending injury.
A couple things fascinate me: the human mind and pitching. Let's look at this week's grabs in this league. Luis Perdomo, Matt Cain, Ariel Miranda, Brett Anderson, Antonio Senzatela, Zach Eflin, Hector Santiago, A.J. Griffin and Matthew Boyd were all acquired. This isn't about who was picked up, but someone who wasn't.
Why did Miguel Gonzalez, sporting a 2.88 ERA and 1.11 WHIP over his last 112.1 innings extending back into last season garner only two contingency bids and is still not owned?
Is it recency bias? Gonzalez allowed 14 hits and six earned runs in six innings last time out in Detroit. Perdomo, Cain, Miranda, Eflin and Boyd all had nice efforts last week. Santiago and Griffin are returning from injury after starting the season strong. Senzatela struggled last time but was solid in three previous outings.
Is it match-up? Gonzalez draw the Orioles in Camden Yards while Anderson is home for a pair in Wrigley Field.
Is it his home venue being perceived as a hitter's park? The newly named Guaranteed Rate Park's run index is 96. Don't confuse hitter's park with homer-friendly venue.
Is it a low 5.8 K/9? Perhaps, though a 1.6 BB/9 helps mitigate that, at least in terms of ratios.
The answer is likely, "because he's Miguel Gonzalez and he really stinks, he's just lucky and I don't trust him to continue."
There's some basis to that as a .276 BABIP over the discussed span is low. On the other hand, he's a fly ball pitcher, so a low BABIP isn't unusual. That means his 5 percent HR/FB is the real culprit. This is supported by a 3.39 FIP and 4.68 xFIP over that span. Keep in mind xFIP regresses home run rate while FIP doesn't.
I'm torn. There's absolutely recency bias in play, but there's also regression brewing. For me, the low K-rate is the deciding factor, especially in mixed leagues. This week's match-ups aside, I prefer Gonzalez to Senzatela, Anderson and Perdomo (who I still like, just still raw). The only ones I'd definitely take over Gonzalez are Cain and Boyd. The thing is, choosing Cain is probably recency bias on my part.
When the human mind meets pitching, things get interesting.
|MTaylor, Was||Tom Kessenich 62||Corey Parson 41||Anthony Perri 34||Adam Ronis 27|
|Rudy Gamble 5|
|CMorton, Hou||Scott White 53||D.J. Short 50||Corey Parson 27||Charlie Wiegert 7|
|Rudy Gamble 3|
|JCRamirez, LAA||Anthony Perri 33||Charlie Wiegert 9|
|RGrossman, Min||D.J. Short 32||Jeff Boggis 6||Rudy Gamble 3||Adam Ronis 0|
|DHolland, CWS||Perry Van Hook 27||Tim McLeod 13||Charlie Wiegert 11|
|FGalvis, Phi||Perry Van Hook 17||Rudy Gamble 5|
|JWilson, Det||Tim McLeod 17||Scott White 23|
|AAlmonte, Cle||Perry Van Hook 13|
|JHoover, Ari||Charlie Wiegert 13||Perry Van Hook 16||Corey Parson 2|
|AMiranda, Sea||Charlie Wiegert 12||Tim McLeod 9||Corey Parson 5|
|SFeldman, Cin||Anthony Perri 9|
|TBeckham, TB||Corey Parson 7||Perry Van Hook 13|
|WMerrifield, KC||Rudy Gamble 5|
|ZEflin, Phi||Tim McLeod 4|
|RRua, Tex||Adam Ronis 2|
|ARosario, NYM||Adam Ronis 2|
|GHeredia, Sea||Perry Van Hook 0||Adam Ronis 2|
|BHand, SD||Scott White 0|
|TKahnle, CWS||Scott White 0|
|JLeclerc, Tex||Scott White 0|
|BPeacock, Hou||Scott White 0||Tim McLeod 5|
|MCain, SF||Anthony Perri 12|
|RBuchter, SD||Tim McLeod 9|
|KFreeland, Col||Perry Van Hook 7|
|LGarcia, CWS||Rudy Gamble 3||Adam Ronis 2|
|JPeterson, Atl||Perry Van Hook 3|
|RDickey, Atl||Charlie Wiegert 3|
|JSmoak, Tor||Adam Ronis 2|
|ASwarzak, CWS||Scott White 0|
|BParker, LAA||Scott White 0|
|HRobles, NYM||Scott White 0|
|HRondon, ChC||Scott White 0|
|JSmith, Tor||Scott White 0|
|KBarraclough, Mia||Scott White 0|
|KKela, Tex||Scott White 0|
|AAlmora, ChC||Perry Van Hook 0|
|BGamel, Sea||Perry Van Hook 0|
|DNava, Phi||Perry Van Hook 0|
|HKim, Bal||Perry Van Hook 0|
|JAdduci, Det||Perry Van Hook 0|
|JOsuna, Pit||Perry Van Hook 0|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
Without a newly ordained closer open the purse strings, the high bid fell to a replacement center fielder, Michael A. Taylor, won by Tom Kessenich for $62.
A trio of interesting starting pitchers garnered the next three high bids as Charlie Morton was won by Scott White for $53, J.C. Ramirez went for $33 to Anthony Perri and I won Derek Holland's start in Kansas City for $27.
I also needed to disable Taylor's predecessor Adam Eaton and won Abraham Almonte for $13. The GrandyMan can't so it so I finally dropped him to add a $0 Guillermo Heredia. Needing to give Javier Baez some bench time, Freddy Galvis was landed for $17 and a full week of at bats, with four games in Wrigley Field. Hopefully, the wind is blowing out with no Cubs or Phillies pitchers in my lineup.
Speaking of pitching, friend and colleague Eno Sarris took time away from his new home at BeerGraphs to visit his old and still sometimes home at FanGraphs to author this piece on JC Ramirez. It's well worth the read, but the bottom line is Anthony Perri may have happened upon a nice starter with his $33 purchase.
|CBellinger, LAD||Clay Link 224||Vlad Sedler 157|
|JGallo, Tex||Paul Sporer 166||Andrea LaMont 121||Clay Link 51||Kyle Elfrink 8|
|BNorris, LAA||Kyle Elfrink 49||Jake Ciely 35|
|MTaylor, Was||Vlad Sedler 47|
|MFoltynewicz, Atl||Dr. Roto 30||Vlad Sedler 16|
|SSchebler, Cin||Kyle Elfrink 29||Dr. Roto 23||Clay Link 1|
|JReyes, NYM||Andrea LaMont 22||Peter Kreutzer 13||Jake Ciely 2|
|ACobb, TB||Vlad Sedler 16|
|TKahnle, CWS||Paul Sporer 11||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|WMiley, Bal||Andrea LaMont 9|
|SGray, Oak||Vlad Sedler 9|
|NMarkakis, Atl||Jake Ciely 5|
|AWood, LAD||Jake Ciely 5|
|AAltherr, Phi||Andrea LaMont 3||Dr. Roto 10||Jake Ciely 2||Kyle Elfrink 1|
|AAvila, Det||Andrea LaMont 0|
|JTorres, SD||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|JWilson, Det||Kyle Elfrink 22|
|DGregorius, NYY||Andrea LaMont 21|
|TBeckham, TB||Kyle Elfrink 15|
|ZCozart, Cin||Andrea LaMont 13|
|JBenoit, Phi||Kyle Elfrink 10|
|ATriggs, Oak||Andrea LaMont 7|
|AWainwright, StL||Andrea LaMont 7|
|AHicks, NYY||Andrea LaMont 5|
|AMiranda, Sea||Andrea LaMont 1|
|BPeacock, Hou||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|JHoover, Ari||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|JSmith, Tor||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|CVazquez, Bos||Andrea LaMont 0|
Peter Kreutzer's Commentary
Conditions were ripe for a bidding war. A top rookie talent, Cody Bellinger, was called up by the Dodgers to fill in while Joc Pederson was out. He batted leadoff in his second ML game, then hit two dingers on Saturday during the team's comeback win. Even though Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Bellinger will return to Triple-A on Friday when Pederson is back, Pederson owner Clay Link went large -- 224 units large.
Vlad Sedler had the losing bid of 157. These are both strong bids for five days or so of a guy destined for the minors right now, but it's a long season. If Bellinger is up with Pederson's ding, he can be expected back whenever there's a Dodger need. Belinger was terrific in the AFL and was off to a hot start in Triple-A this year. He could force his way into the major league lineup at any time, and could be a big help even in a 12-team league later this year. He's well worth stashing.
The other big ticket item this week was Joey Gallo. Nobody doubted his power, and nobody doubted his ability to swing and miss, both of which he has shown this season in ample quantities so far, but his ability to draw walks has him getting on base in one-third of his at bats, which makes him playable in an OBP league. Paul Sporer placed the biggest bet on Gallo, with Andrea LaMont just behind him.
In other injury related news, Vlad Sedler bought Michael Taylor for 49, a modest amount. Taylor is getting first crack at Adam Eaton's job after Eaton was hurt and out for the season. There wasn't much enthusiasm for Taylor, Vlad was the only bidder, because he has failed in the past to hold onto the spot, despite having a bit of a power-speed combo going for him. Taylor has contact issues, though not as bad as Gallo, but is not inclined to draw walks.
I want some of what Bud Norris is having. Where did this come from? For the record, I'm not implying anything, just riffing off an old movie line. Last season, Norris started in the rotation but was moved to the bullpen. After some success as a reliever, Norris spend the second half of 2016 as a swing man, This year,he's been exclusively a reliever, recording a 2.57 ERA and 1.00 WHIP with 19 K and 6 BB in 14 frames. His fastball velocity hasn't changed; the main difference is a huge bump in cutter usage. Norris may cede the closer back to Cam Bedrosian when Bedrosian is back, but it's not like the second-generation closer is free from further injury. With the protection of Angels Stadium and good defense having his back, Norris is roster-worthy even when he's not closing.