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.
|MMontero, Tor||Steve Moyer 217||Patrick Davitt 89||Nando DiFino 21||Mike Podhorzer 12|
|ZGranite, Min||Steve Moyer 61||Mike Podhorzer 17||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 16||Seth Trachtman 11|
|EGonzalez, Cle||Jason Collette 43||Seth Trachtman 2|
|DMachado, Det||Rob Leibowitz 35|
|JChoi, NYY||Jason Collette 24||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 16||Mike Podhorzer 8||Seth Trachtman 2|
|CAdams, NYY||Jason Collette 23||Seth Trachtman 1|
|JLeclerc, Tex||Larry Schechter 12|
|RNunez, Oak||Jason Collette 4|
|RLopez, CWS||Seth Trachtman 1|
|TLin, Bos||Jason Collette 12|
|PKozma, Tex||Rob Leibowitz 10|
|TFeatherston, TB||Rob Leibowitz 3|
|ARosales, Oak||Jason Collette 2|
|JGiavotella, Bal||Jason Collette 2|
|MMinor, KC||Jason Collette 2|
|MAndriese, TB||Seth Trachtman 0|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
It was a quiet start yet curiously aggressive start to the second half with FAAB bids in AL Tout, though Steve Moyer opened his wallet to the tune of $217 for at least former malcontent backstop Miguel Montero. Moyer also spent $61 on Zack Granite with hopes of shoring his outfield.
First placer Jason Collette made three moves, acquiring Yankees prospect Chance Adams ($23), Ji-Man Choi ($24), and shortstop Erik Gonzalez ($43) while the final two moves were Rob Leibowitz grabbing Dixon Machado ($35) while Seth Trachtman had the only $1 buy Reynaldo Lopez.
The coming trade deadline should indeed force the big time emptying of the FAAB wallets. It will be fun to watch.
Regular readers of this report likely know of Tout's rule with respect to requiring new free agent purchases to be active for the ensuing week. With this scoring period only being three days in length, many owners take advantage by acquiring prospects in the minors with a decent chance to be called up. The thought being taking a zero for a weekend is better than a full seven days.
Speaking of taking a chance, that's just what Jason Collette did, literally and figuratively. Luis Cessa and Chad Green have made some starts for the Yankees but the next time someone is needed, Chance Adams could get the call. The 22-year old righty is crushing it at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, sporting a 2.50 ERA and 0.96 WHIP, with 64 whiffs in 57 2/3 innings.
Zack Granite sounds more like a movie star in the Flintstones than a guy to look to for stolen bases. At Triple-A Rochester, Granite was slashing .360/.412/.492 with 15 bags in 59 games. The Twins outfield is pretty well set, especially since Granite hits lefty, the same as Eddie Rosario and Max Kepler so a platoon isn't happening, nor is taking time from Byron Buxton. Still, in AL only, steals are tough to come by so if that's what you need, Granite's a possible source of speed.
|AVerdugo, LAD||Steve Gardner 5|
|BStewart, LAD||Phil Hertz 3||Phil Hertz 0||Derek Carty 0|
|RMcMahon, Col||Phil Hertz 2|
|RHanigan, Col||Grey Albright 2||Phil Hertz 1|
|BRodgers, Col||Andy Behrens 1|
|HBader, StL||Tristan H. Cockcroft 1|
|JFlaherty, StL||Grey Albright 1|
|WCalhoun, LAD||Grey Albright 1|
|RRivera, NYM||Phil Hertz 1||Grey Albright 1|
|ERomero, Was||Mike Gianella 0|
|BSuter, Mil||Derek Carty 0||Phil Hertz 12||Tristan H. Cockcroft 0|
|PSewald, NYM||Derek Carty 0|
|BDuensing, ChC||Scott Wilderman 0||Derek Carty 0|
|AAmarista, Col||Scott Wilderman 0|
|ZDuke, StL||Grey Albright 0|
|SRodriguez, Atl||Steve Gardner 4|
|JWinker, Cin||Phil Hertz 2|
|VCaratini, ChC||Phil Hertz 1||Grey Albright 1|
|AEllis, Mia||Grey Albright 1|
|EFryer, StL||Grey Albright 1|
|JMathis, Ari||Grey Albright 1|
|RAcuna, Atl||Grey Albright 1|
|JAGarica, StL||Tristan H. Cockcroft 1|
|JFields, LAD||Scott Wilderman 0||Grey Albright 0|
|JHughes, Mil||Scott Wilderman 0||Grey Albright 0|
|ODrake, Mil||Derek Carty 0|
|MBlazek, Mil||Grey Albright 0|
|SFreeman, Atl||Grey Albright 0|
|HeSanchez, SD||Phil Hertz 0|
|JLobaton, Was||Phil Hertz 0|
|LTorrens, SD||Phil Hertz 0|
|BTreinen, Was||Scott Wilderman 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
This week, I sat out of the fray, having just one open roster spot, which I used to finally activate Homer Bailey off the disabled list. After the Reds starter was pounded in his first two starts to the tune of 14 earned runs in 4 2/3 innings, I waited. In a two-start week just passed, the 31-year old allowed just two runs in 12 2/3 innings. Now that he is in my lineup, he will surely get lit up next time out, but I either had to bring him off the DL or release him.
While the top dollar player was just $5 this week, one of the lowest ceilings in memory, there were plenty of free agents added. In fact, it was as if the league members picked up the latest national top prospect list and gobbled up the names in a pre-emptive strike.
Among the minor leaguers added the period (obvious by their $1 minimum bids) include Rockies shortstop Brendan Rodgers (#12), pitcher Jack Flaherty (#57) and outfielder Harrison Bader (unranked) of St. Louis, second baseman Willie Calhoun of the Dodgers (#74) and Rockies’ corner infielder Ryan McMahon (#91, $2).
(Note the above are the national prospect rankings from Baseball America’s mid-season reshuffle.)
As I had been sitting on both Nick Williams and Amed Rosario all season, I know where these owners are coming from. Buy them now for $1 or pay 100 times that when they are called up.
For what it's worth, Jose Quintana wasn't eligible this FAAB run. By rule, a trade needs to be announced the day previous to the FAAB run. This way, everyone knows the available player pool the entire day and can bid accordingly. It's not fair for some to have an advantage, being by a computer when a deal is announced while someone else can't adjust their bids previous to deadline.
As Brian alluded to, the NL Touts took full advantage of the abbreviated three-day waiting period for free agent acquisitions. Anything can happen, especially this season, but I only see Bader with a chance to help this season. The 23-year old fly-chaser is slashing a respectable .293/.353/.514 at Triple-A Nashville with 17 homers and six pilfers, though he's also been nabbed six times.
Like Brian, I sat out this week's festivities and also have a pitcher coming off the DL. However, unlike how my colleague did with Bailey, I'll be activating Madison Bumgarner for Saturday's return.
|PDeJong, StL||Derek Van Riper 44||Fred Zinkie 23||Scott Engel 7|
|RHoskins, Phi||Scott Swanay 35||Al Melchior 22||Fred Zinkie 3|
|JChacin, SD||Zach Steinhorn 18||Al Melchior 18||Derek Van Riper 10||Scott Engel 8|
|FLiriano, Tor||Gene McCaffrey 13||Tim Heaney 4|
|MGarza, Mil||Derek Van Riper 10|
|BSuter, Mil||Al Melchior 8||Scott Engel 3|
|ZWheeler, NYM||Scott Engel 4||Gene McCaffrey 7|
|COGrady, Mia||Scott Engel 0|
|AEngel, CWS||Scott Engel 0|
|LVoit, StL||Tim Heaney 0|
|MLorenzen, Cin||Tim Heaney 0|
|MMelancon, SF||Zach Steinhorn 12|
|AWarren, NYY||Scott Swanay 0|
|JMcGee, Col||Scott Swanay 0|
|KYates, SD||Scott Swanay 0|
|YPetit, LAA||Scott Swanay 0|
|BBoxberger, TB||Tim Heaney 0|
|SKazmir, LAD||Tim Heaney 0|
|THildenberger, Min||Tim Heaney 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
Boasting a .313 batting average with nine home runs and 20 RBI through his first 36 big league games, Paul DeJong is making quite a first impression. The 23-year-old's minor league numbers (.283 AVG, 44 home runs in 246 games) suggest that his impressive showing with the Cards is no fluke. As long as he keeps hitting, DeJong should hold off the recently demoted Aledmys Diaz and remain the Cardinals' starting shortstop for the foreseeable future. He could prove to be a nice bargain for $44.
Since Tout Wars rules require all FAAB purchases to remain in active lineups for at least one scoring period, the FAAB run immediately following the All-Star break is a popular time for prospect stashing as we head into the shortened three-day lineup period. Rhys Hoskins (.292-20-67 in 89 games at Triple-A this season) does seem like a worthwhile addition with a realistic path to regular playing time. Rumor has it that the Phillies are indeed looking to trade Tommy Joseph.
The owner of a 2.44 ERA across seven starts since the beginning of June, Jhoulys Chacin will get to face a sub-par Giants lineup this weekend. This outing will take place at Petco Park, where Chacin boasts a 1.68 ERA in nine starts this season. The stats say that my $18 purchase was a wise one. Let's just hope that the results will say the same.
Zach covered the prospect angle so I'll suggest a name to monitor, especially in deep keeper formats. Brandon Kintzler has been a major surprise for the Twins but Trevor Hildenberger appears to be the proverbial closer of the future in Minnesota. Hildenberger has been groomed for the job, closing at all levels as he's moved through the system. The 26-year old righty barely touched 90 (if that) on the gun, but he's missed bats with an extreme ground ball tilt everywhere he's pitched. I like Zack Burdi and Joe Jimenez more as speculative closers, but if you have an open spot in a real deep format, Hildenberger is worth a look.
|OAlbies, Atl||Rudy Gamble 137|
|NSyndergaard, NYM||Rudy Gamble 77|
|JAguilar, Mil||Tim McCullough 51|
|ABradley, Ari||Tim McCullough 51||Tim McLeod 42||Corey Parson 1|
|NWilliams, Phi||Tim McLeod 37||Greg Ambrosius 0|
|BCrawford, SF||Jeff Boggis 22||Corey Parson 1|
|PBlackburn, Oak||Tim McLeod 19||Perry Van Hook 11|
|RDickey, Atl||Charlie Wiegert 17||Tom Kessenich 1|
|TChatwood, Col||Jeff Boggis 12|
|BHoneywell, TB||Perry Van Hook 11|
|LVoit, StL||Charlie Wiegert 7|
|KBarraclough, Mia||D.J. Short 5|
|MMaldonado, LAA||Rudy Gamble 4||Scott White 0|
|ASwarzak, CWS||Tim McLeod 4||Corey Parson 1|
|ASanchez, Det||Corey Parson 3|
|RLopez, CWS||Corey Parson 3|
|JBonifacio, KC||Tom Kessenich 1||Tim McLeod 22||Perry Van Hook 0|
|FGalvis, Phi||Tom Kessenich 1|
|MGarza, Mil||Tom Kessenich 1|
|TRivera, NYM||Corey Parson 1|
|MJoyce, Oak||Greg Ambrosius 0||Perry Van Hook 0|
|KSuzuki, Atl||Scott White 0|
|RDevers, Bos||Rudy Gamble 83|
|BSuter, Mil||Rudy Gamble 26|
|ACashner, Tex||Charlie Wiegert 12|
|AEaton, Was||Charlie Wiegert 7|
|PValaika, Col||Charlie Wiegert 3|
|BBoxberger, TB||Tim McLeod 2|
|SPearce, Tor||Tom Kessenich 1||Corey Parson 1|
|EFedde, Was||Corey Parson 1|
|JLeclerc, Tex||Corey Parson 1|
|MKopech, CWS||Corey Parson 1|
|RMcMahon, Col||Rudy Gamble 1|
|JChoi, NYY||Greg Ambrosius 0|
|DNava, Phi||Perry Van Hook 0|
|JJay, ChC||Perry Van Hook 0|
|ZGranite, Min||Perry Van Hook 0|
|TBarnhart, Cin||Scott White 0|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
Due to the break, free agent bids were delayed from Sunday and run Thursday night. In addition there were two unusual situations in play. The first happens every year because after the All Star game there are only three games in the week - the ideal time to have a non-active player in your active lineup.
The second is that prior to the Friday of All-Star week, players on the DL may have their salary reclaimed by dropping said player and asking for the adjustment which is ten times his auction cost or in the case of draft leagues the corresponding salary of the highest bid applied to the overall number of the pick. Noah Syndergaard had the equivalent of a $30 auction bid so Tim McLeod received a $300 reclaim. Players dropped on this manner are available and Syndergaard went for the second highest bid of the week - $77 to Rudy Gamble, the current league leader. This was a good move especially having him only active for this weekend.
Gamble also had the high bid of the week, $137 to roster Ozzie Albies, Atlanta's top prospect. Again Gamble has to have him active this weekend, and can then wait for him to be called up to put him back into his lineup for real at bats.
I tried a similar ploy and was successful for my $11 bid to roster Brent Honeywell who you likely saw in the Futures game last Sunday. I followed that bid with several $0 bids for an extra outfielder but was glad not to see which one I would have rostered.
I bid unsuccessfully for new Oakland starter Paul Blackburn, my $11 losing to a $19 bid from McLeod. Until Thursday evening I also had a few bids for a first baseman but deleted them with news that Crash Davis would rejoin the Orioles on Friday.
It blows my mind only one owner bid on Thor. I'm the SWAT (Secretary of Waivers and Transactions) for this league so as part of my duties, informed the league on July 3 Syndergaard was released for FAAB, thus available. In theory, everyone should have known he was up for grabs. Further, not only is the waiting period only three games, but everyone no doubt is starting hurlers not scheduled to work this weekend, meaning you wouldn't be losing any innings.
|WRamos, TB||Michael Beller 101||Peter Kreutzer 81||Andrea LaMont 78||Jake Ciely 41|
|CGranderson, NYM||Andrea LaMont 48||Michael Beller 15|
|IKennedy, KC||Kyle Elfrink 39||Michael Beller 1|
|PDeJong, StL||Jake Ciely 37||Peter Kreutzer 23||Andrea LaMont 8|
|RDavis, Oak||Andrea LaMont 32|
|MClevinger, Cle||Andrea LaMont 23|
|BSuter, Mil||Jake Ciely 13||Vlad Sedler 9|
|JAguilar, Mil||Peter Kreutzer 11|
|TBarnhart, Cin||Jake Ciely 6|
|RChirinos, Tex||Andrea LaMont 3|
|RMadson, Oak||Michael Beller 1|
|GParra, Col||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|ACobb, TB||Kyle Elfrink 31|
|JPanik, SF||Jake Ciely 1|
|RBuchter, SD||Jake Ciely 1|
|TTulowitzki, Tor||Jake Ciely 2|
Peter Kreutzer's Commentary
What seemed most impressive this week was how few valuable players were available in our 12 team mixed pool.
Looking back at my bids, I was beat on Paul DeJong (who by name sounds like a David Lynch therapist with a Doris Day fixation, rather than a potentially helpful Cardinals shortstop) by Jake Ciely, who bid just a pennyworth more, figuratively.
I was beat on Wilson Ramos by Michael Beller for a similarly piddling amount.
When I said a few weeks ago that we knew what we were doing, I meant no one is going outside the box on their bids. Still, someone has to win their tries. Tonight, I didn't.
Some question FAAB, but in some herky jerky way this evens out. I have more FAAB today because I lost today. Maybe that will bring compensatory rewards later. That's the idea.
Figuring out whether or not it does is the basis of all our strategies. And very hard to make absolute judgements about. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't.
Or, as I too frequently say to my wife: It really depends on what happens. She doesn't like that. But it is what matters in any iteration of judgement.
Judge me not because I don't have Paul DeJong, who is also my analyst. No joke.
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