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.
|BMaxwell, Oak||Chris Liss 133||Jason Collette 11||Patrick Davitt 11|
|TAustin, NYY||Mike Podhorzer 113||Jeff Erickson 101||Nando DiFino 72||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 16|
|DFister, Bos||Larry Schechter 33||Rob Leibowitz 28|
|DHolmberg, CWS||Jason Collette 32|
|DGossett, Oak||Lawr Michaels 28||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 8||Seth Trachtman 4||Steve Moyer 0|
|RTejada, Bal||Larry Schechter 17||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1|
|JSucre, TB||Nando DiFino 12|
|AEngel, CWS||Jason Collette 11||Mike Podhorzer 13||Seth Trachtman 1|
|SPeterson, TB||Jeff Erickson 10||0|
|SGreene, Det||Chris Liss 5||Jason Collette 4||0|
|ASanchez, Det||Seth Trachtman 4||Larry Schechter 13||0|
|NGoody, Cle||Jason Collette 4||Patrick Davitt 0||0|
|RTorreyes, NYY||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1||0|
|CGreen, NYY||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0||0|
|DBarnes, Tor||Patrick Davitt 0||Chris Liss 1||0|
|TZych, Sea||Patrick Davitt 0||Steve Moyer 0||0|
|JPazos, Sea||Steve Moyer 0||Patrick Davitt 0||0|
|NMartinez, Tex||Jason Collette 32|
|TFeatherston, TB||Larry Schechter 16|
|DMarrero, Bos||Larry Schechter 12||Jeff Erickson 1||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|JPhegley, Oak||Chris Liss 11||Jeff Erickson 1|
|YPetit, LAA||Jason Collette 6|
|PJanish, Bal||Larry Schechter 3|
|AMoore, Sea||Seth Trachtman 2|
|DRobertson, Cle||Jeff Erickson 1|
|MMahtook, Det||Jeff Erickson 1|
|DRobinson, Tex||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|CShreve, NYY||Patrick Davitt 0|
|MMinor, KC||Patrick Davitt 0|
|NVincent, Sea||Patrick Davitt 0|
|TRogers, Min||Patrick Davitt 0|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
Rob Leibowtiz and Jeff Erickson consummated a swap at the FAAB dealine as Rob sent strikeout wiz Brad Peacock to Jeff for Alex Colome. Leibowitz is trying to push out of the bottom third of the league. He should get a boost from Franklin Barreto, drafted as a reserve pick, thus keeping the newly promoted Athletic out of the FAAB pool. Jeff had a closer to spare as he tries to scramble out of the middle of the pack.
Oakland, who is indeed advancing their kids, was the target of FAAB with catcher Bruce Maxwell going to Chris Liss for $133, while I picked up Daniel Gossett for $28 in what feels a desperate attempt to stabilize my pitching (considering I have the second best pitching totals in the league, that is indeed an indictment of pitching this year).
Still, the best lesson for any of us was within league leader Mike Podhorzer's purchase of Tyler Austin for $113, an aggressive move by a team in first place, with a commanding lead. The message being Mike is not half-stepping, meaning if you are in first, and can step on the throats of your opponents, do so.
The number of players culled between $10-$40 was huge compared to LABR, with Erickson also grabbing Shane Peterson ($10), Larry Schechter going $17 on Ruben Tejada, and $33 for Doug Fister (see, we are indeed desperate for arms), while Jason Collette acquired David Holmberg for $32 and Pale Hose outfielder Adam Engel for $11 along with hurler Nick Goody for $4.
Nando DiFino is similarly trying to move up and is hoping Jesus Sucre ($12) will fill his Derek Norris hole. The remaining moves were all lesser, but was no less a desperate search for arms as Seth Trachtman gambled $4 on Anibal Sanchez while Liss went $5 for Shane Greene, two hurlers with solid careers of erratic pitching.
It's fitting Nando copped Sucre to fill the roster void created by Norris' release considering Sucre will now play second-fiddle to Wilson Ramos, whose activation forced Tampa's release of Norris. Sucre's playing time increased over the past couple of weeks. He could continue to see more at bats while Ramos gets up to speed, but eventually, Ramos will be the bell cow backstop.
Sticking with the catcher theme, Maxwell's acquisition was a result of Oakland cutting ties with two-time All-Star receiver Stephen Vogt. Chances are, the club will stick with their Strat-o-Matic approach and run a strict platoon behind the dish. As such, Maxwell should enjoy the majority of the at bats with Josh Phegley continuing to squat when a southpaw is in the hill for the opposition.
|CPerkins, Phi||Lenny Melnick 125||Andy Behrens 55||Todd Zola 47||Derek Carty 0|
|LCastillo, Cin||Brian Walton 120||Craig Mish 77||Grey Albright 1|
|RJones, SF||Todd Zola 67||Lenny Melnick 85||Andy Behrens 63||Craig Mish 57|
|Mike Gianella 14||Grey Albright 0|
|RRaburn, Was||Andy Behrens 61||Todd Zola 13|
|GGarcia, StL||Todd Zola 47||Mike Gianella 5||Andy Behrens 0|
|CDArnaud, SD||Todd Zola 27|
|TWilliams, Pit||Steve Gardner 24|
|LVoit, StL||Brian Walton 13|
|PMaton, SD||Phil Hertz 11||Mike Gianella 10||Grey Albright 3|
|GKontos, SF||Andy Behrens 1|
|BMorrow, LAD||Craig Mish 1||Grey Albright 1|
|CStewart, Pit||Derek Carty 0|
|RMontero, NYM||Phil Hertz 0||Steve Gardner 0|
|CAsuaje, SD||Derek Carty 0||Grey Albright 0|
|LAvilan, LAD||Grey Albright 0|
|JFamilia, NYM||Grey Albright 0|
|KTomlinson, SF||Todd Zola 21|
|BStassi, Phi||Todd Zola 17|
|JGrimm, ChC||Steve Gardner 5|
|RMcMahon, Col||Phil Hertz 1|
|AEllis, Mia||Derek Carty 0|
|DMcGowan, Mia||Steve Gardner 0|
|JarGarcia, Mia||Grey Albright 0|
|LTorrens, SD||Derek Carty 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
My prize in NL Tout this week was Cincinnati rookie pitching prospect Luis Castillo. I went in with guns blazing and got my man. I incorrectly gauged that it would take $120 to get the job done, however, when $78 would have been enough. If only he did not pitch for the Reds, the price would have been higher, as the 24-year old put up solid Triple-A numbers, a 2.58 ERA and an 81/13 K/BB ratio over 80 1/3 innings.
Castillo was not the highest-priced player in this FAAB run, however. That honor goes to Cam Perkins of the Phillies dreawing a $125 offer from Lenny Melnick. Despite a debut week of two singles in 19 at-bats and no walks, the 26-year old should be given a bit of time to show he is a better roster option than released outfielder Michael Saunders. Whether or not that would be good enough to stay in the majors is an open question, however.
It was find at bats anywhere week for me with Yangervis Solarte joining Adrian Gonzalez on the shelf. Hopefully, reinforcements are on the way with A.J. Pollock reembarking on his rehab stint, Ben Zobrist getting closer to returning as well as the possibility Jhonny Peralta's stay in Triple-A Pawtucket isn't long and he helps to fill the Red Sox void at the hot corner. Tout Wars allows owners to keep accruing stats for players changing leagues, so long as they remain on your roster.
Garcia and D'Arnaud are just placeholders; I'm curious to see how Ryder Jones power plays in AT&T Park. At Triple-A Sacramento, the 23-year old was slugging a robust .553. Jones is filling in for Eduardo Nunez, who finally succumbed to a sore hamstring.
|LCastillo, Cin||Joe Pisapia 244||Ron Shandler 67||Gene McCaffrey 37|
|BSnell, TB||Derek Van Riper 67||Jeff Zimmerman 17|
|DGossett, Oak||Ron Shandler 57||Scott Engel 33|
|MJoyce, Oak||Scott Pianowski 44||Fred Zinkie 2||Jeff Zimmerman 1|
|RGrichuk, StL||Derek Van Riper 41||Ray Flowers 37|
|BGoodwin, Was||Ray Flowers 37||Scott Pianowski 23||Derek Van Riper 17||Al Melchior 11|
|Jeff Zimmerman 5||Fred Zinkie 2|
|KKela, Tex||Bret Sayre 34|
|MOlson, Oak||Al Melchior 24||Jeff Zimmerman 5|
|BMaxwell, Oak||Ray Flowers 23||Derek Van Riper 0|
|BParker, LAA||Scott Pianowski 22||Zach Steinhorn 10||Bret Sayre 0|
|DSpan, SF||Jeff Zimmerman 20||Derek Van Riper 7|
|WHarris, Hou||Scott Pianowski 17||Zach Steinhorn 10|
|HBailey, Cin||Joe Pisapia 17||Derek Van Riper 3|
|DPaulino, Hou||Jeff Zimmerman 17||Bret Sayre 3||Fred Zinkie 0|
|RMadson, Oak||Scott Pianowski 13||Zach Steinhorn 10|
|ABibensDirkx, Tex||Scott Engel 11|
|TAustin, NYY||Derek Van Riper 0||Derek Van Riper 17||Al Melchior 11|
|RChirinos, Tex||Derek Van Riper 0||Ray Flowers 17|
|JMarisnick, Hou||Scott Pianowski 33||Jeff Zimmerman 14|
|JBrugman, Oak||Scott Pianowski 20||Derek Van Riper 7|
|PBridwell, LAA||Ron Shandler 18|
|JAlbMartinez, StL||Ray Flowers 17|
|ASlater, SF||Jeff Zimmerman 15||Derek Van Riper 7|
|EHernandez, LAD||Jeff Zimmerman 15|
|TBarnhart, Cin||Ray Flowers 11|
|ABarnes, LAD||Ray Flowers 7||Derek Van Riper 0|
|EDiaz, Pit||Ray Flowers 7||Derek Van Riper 0|
|JPhegley, Oak||Ray Flowers 7|
|DFister, Bos||Jeff Zimmerman 5|
|PDeJong, StL||Jeff Zimmerman 3|
|AAlmora, ChC||Jeff Zimmerman 0|
|AEscobar, KC||Jeff Zimmerman 0|
|AHanson, CWS||Derek Van Riper 0|
|CEdwards, ChC||Bret Sayre 0|
|JChacin, SD||Scott Pianowski 0|
|JIglesias, Det||Jeff Zimmerman 0|
|JJay, ChC||Derek Van Riper 0|
|JPolanco, Min||Jeff Zimmerman 0|
|TRivera, NYM||Jeff Zimmerman 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
Chasing wins and strikeouts is no fun, especially in deeper leagues. I'm finding this out the hard way. Since deciding to punt saves following Francisco Rodriguez's ninth inning demotion and the injury to Aroldis Chapman, I've been regularly using a lineup with at least eight starting pitchers. Well, this approach has resulted in my ERA increasing by more than one-third of a run since the beginning of June. I've had enough of this madness. Hopefully, adding a pair of high-end late-inning relievers will help to lower my ratios back to respectability.
I also learned the hard way a $10 bid wasn't good enough as Will Harris, Blake Parker and Ryan Madson all went for higher bids. I guess I'm not the only one tired of streaming low-end starters.
Not everyone has given up on starting pitching as the top three purchases were arms. Luis Castillo was the hot commodity, The returning Blake Snell was next with Daniel Gossett the last of the trio.
Next was another trio, this time outfielders. Old stand-by Matt Joyce earned the highest bid, with returning Randall Grichuk next. Brian Goodwin's power surge garnered attention as well.
Everyone has their own philosophy, but I don't like to mess around when I need something, especially in a mixed league where you can usually get by with low FAAB totals heading into the second half. Zach's the defending champ, he knows what he's doing. This isn't a slight on him. Perhaps a different approach would have been to bid a little more on the top choices, then list a bunch of $0 bids on a long string of contingencies, making sure a couple are purchased.
I love this stuff. Six different owners bid on the three starting pitchers - but only one owner bid on more than one. Just another reminder we all see things differently.
|FBarreto, Oak||Scott White 217||Rudy Gamble 118||Adam Ronis 112||Anthony Perri 103|
|Tom Kessenich 69||Corey Parson 52||Charlie Wiegert 18|
|Greg Ambrosius 13|
|ESogard, Mil||Tom Kessenich 69|
|AVizcaino, Atl||Anthony Perri 43||Scott White 11||Corey Parson 4|
|EEscobar, Min||Rudy Gamble 38|
|LCastillo, Cin||D.J. Short 35||Greg Ambrosius 23||Corey Parson 11|
|AMoore, Sea||Greg Ambrosius 23|
|BGoodwin, Was||Corey Parson 22||Adam Ronis 3|
|TAustin, NYY||Rudy Gamble 16||Corey Parson 1|
|BMaxwell, Oak||D.J. Short 15||Tom Kessenich 4||Scott White 0|
|MClevinger, Cle||Greg Ambrosius 13||Jeff Boggis 11|
|PCorbin, Ari||Charlie Wiegert 12||Jeff Boggis 11|
|AMiranda, Sea||Jeff Boggis 11|
|CKuhl, Pit||Tim McLeod 9|
|PMaton, SD||Corey Parson 5||Tim McLeod 3||Greg Ambrosius 0|
|TDArnaud, NYM||Tom Kessenich 4||D.J. Short 14|
|JAlbMartinez, StL||Perry Van Hook 3|
|AEngel, CWS||Greg Ambrosius 3|
|MOlson, Oak||Adam Ronis 3||Corey Parson 1||Greg Ambrosius 1||Scott White 0|
|ERosario, Min||Anthony Perri 2||Greg Ambrosius 0|
|PDeJong, StL||Greg Ambrosius 0||Rudy Gamble 7||Adam Ronis 3|
|ABibensDirkx, Tex||Charlie Wiegert 12|
|YEscobar, LAA||Rudy Gamble 11||Tom Kessenich 2|
|JLeclerc, Tex||D.J. Short 10|
|KVargas, Min||Rudy Gamble 7||Corey Parson 1|
|RDickey, Atl||Charlie Wiegert 6|
|TAdleman, Cin||Charlie Wiegert 6|
|JIglesias, Det||Rudy Gamble 5|
|FGalvis, Phi||Rudy Gamble 4|
|JPolanco, Min||Rudy Gamble 4|
|MMaldonado, LAA||Tom Kessenich 3|
|DSpan, SF||Tom Kessenich 2|
|KBarraclough, Mia||Anthony Perri 2|
|PKivlehan, Cin||Perry Van Hook 2|
|MLeiter, Phi||Corey Parson 1|
|MMontero, ChC||Tom Kessenich 1|
|BParker, LAA||Greg Ambrosius 0|
|DGerman, NYY||Greg Ambrosius 0|
|JBrugman, Oak||Greg Ambrosius 0|
|JMercer, Pit||Greg Ambrosius 0|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
In many redraft leagues, rookies brought up early get a lot of attention - especially when they play in the middle infield. Today's highest bid was for new Oakland shortstop Franklin Barreto, won by Scott White for a healthy $217.
New closers or even potential new closers are always sought after, hence Anthony Perri rostering Arodys Vizcaino for $43 in hopes of more save chances in Atlanta.
Eric Sogard has done very well in Milwaukee prompting Tom Kessenich to spend $69 to add him this week. However, things may get very crowded in the Brewers lineup with Jonathan Villar on rehab and Ryan Braun always a threat to resurface.
Part of that logjam is my Jesus Aguilar, grabbed last week to fill in for Chris Davis. Aguilar had a tough week and is slated for fewer at bats this week, so I swapped him for Cardinals OF/1B Jose Martinez for the same $3 bid it cost to get Aguilar.
Has anyone seen Eric Sogard and Scooter Gennett in the same room? I've talked about this before, riding streaks goes against my DNA. I understand players get hot, but I don't believe we can predict when the clock strikes midnight and I'm starting a pumpkin as my middle infielder. This admittedly hurts my game play, especially in shallower leagues. That said, in a season like we're experiencing, warm bodies getting playing time are in short supply. Guys like Sogard and Gennett will eventually run out of pixie dust, but so long as they're producing, they'll play. In the case of Sogard and Gennett, both are hitting from the two-hole in power-friendly venues, so there's something to hang my analytical hat on. If you go this route, just be ready with an exit strategy.
|FBarreto, Oak||Dr. Roto 118||Vlad Sedler 13|
|MMaldonado, LAA||Peter Kreutzer 71||Jake Ciely 0|
|ESogard, Mil||Jake Ciely 47||Vlad Sedler 3|
|BMaxwell, Oak||Dr. Roto 23|
|KYates, SD||Peter Kreutzer 7|
|KKela, Tex||Vlad Sedler 7||Jake Ciely 17|
|BParker, LAA||Peter Kreutzer 5|
|MFoltynewicz, Atl||Clay Link 4||Vlad Sedler 3|
|EEscobar, Min||Vlad Sedler 4|
|SNewcomb, Atl||Vlad Sedler 1|
|NPivetta, Phi||Jake Ciely 27||Vlad Sedler 3|
|MDavidson, CWS||Dr. Roto 23|
|MPina, Mil||Peter Kreutzer 23|
|PMaton, SD||Dr. Roto 10|
|MClevinger, Cle||Clay Link 3|
|JBlevins, NYM||Peter Kreutzer 2|
|LCastillo, Cin||Vlad Sedler 2|
|AChafin, Ari||Peter Kreutzer 1|
|DBarnes, Tor||Peter Kreutzer 1|
|DHernandez, LAA||Peter Kreutzer 1|
|MStrahm, KC||Clay Link 1|
|TTulowitzki, Tor||Vlad Sedler 1|
|ZGodley, Ari||Vlad Sedler 1|
|TBarnhart, Cin||Peter Kreutzer 0|
Prospects promoted to the bigs are the mixed league equivalent of deadline deals in AL and NL only formats, so it's not surprising to see a healthy bid on Barreto a he may push Marcus Semien to second base when the incumbent shortstop returns.
A two-homer game drew some attention for Martin Maldanado, however, he's had a solid first half in a season where catcher production is gross. Further, he's playing a lot, already on the verge of a career high number of at bats. Ironically, the man he was dealt for, Jett Bandy, who's been, well, jettisoned to the minors.