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Saturday 24th Feb 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.

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

garrett cooper



GCooper, NYY Rob Leibowitz 145 Lawr Michaels 47 Nando DiFino 31 Mike Podhorzer 13
TSaladino, CWS Larry Schechter 135 Mike Podhorzer 13    
MDuffy, TB Rob Leibowitz 38      
DCoulombe, Oak Jason Collette 12      
CRuiz, Sea Nando DiFino 12      
CSmith, NYY Lawr Michaels 11      
NVincent, Sea Chris Liss 5 Patrick Davitt 0    
TZych, Sea Jeff Erickson 1      
MMinor, KC Patrick Davitt 0 Jason Collette 6 Chris Liss 5 Jeff Erickson 1


TLin, Bos Nando DiFino 14 0                                                  
DBarnes, Tor Chris Liss 5 Patrick Davitt 0    

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Rob Leibowitz, encouraged by his team's surge in the standings, put $183 of his FAAB in continuing the push grabbing new Yankees first sacker Garrett Cooper ($145) then working to shore up the opposite side of the diamond with the acquisition of Matt Duffy for $38.

And, in a parallel move Larry Schechter put $135 and some faith in Tyler Saladino, while a cluster of owners made lesser moves.

Surging league leader Jason Collette grabbed the Athletics Daniel Coulombe ($12), while Nando diFino spent a like sum on Seattle back-up backstop Carlos Ruiz. I spent $11 on Caleb Smith hoping to get some decent innings. Chris Liss went $5 on Nick Vincent. Closing out, Jeff Erickson spent a buck on Tony Zych giving the Mariners a troika of desirables this time around.

Todd's Take

Whither Matt Duffy? The on-again, off again potential to return and help this season is back on again. Duffy had a procedure in late June to remove calcium deposits from this balky heel. This reportedly has helped, enabling Duffy to resume baseball activities soon, with the intent on returning in August. The question is where will be play? Evan Longoria isn't moving off the hot corner. Recently acquired Adeiny Hechavarria wasn't brought in to sit. logan Morrison is entrenched at first, leaving Brad Miller to second base. Chances are, Morrison would sit versus lefties with Miller moving to first, opening up some playing time, then Duffy would spell the others on occasion.

jose quintana



JQuintana, ChC Mike Gianella 866 Tristan H. Cockcroft 862 Todd Zola 517 Lenny Melnick 385
    Craig Mish 201 Grey Albright 121 Scott Wilderman 169
MSierra, StL Brian Walton 53 Lenny Melnick 1    
JBlash, SD Scott Wilderman 23 Brian Walton 53 Todd Zola 13 Steve Gardner 12
    Tristan H. Cockcroft 0    
CBettis, Col Lenny Melnick 15      
CHeisey, Was Todd Zola 13      
SRodriguez, Atl Steve Gardner 5      
JWinker, Cin Lenny Melnick 1      
JHughes, Mil Grey Albright 0 Scott Wilderman 0    
GKontos, SF Scott Wilderman 0      


MMorse, SF Todd Zola 3                                                                           
TMoore, Mia Lenny Melnick 1      
JBarrett, Ari Grey Albright 0      
JFields, LAD Grey Albright 0      
PMaton, SD Grey Albright 0      

Brian Walton's Commentary

The big prize this week is of course, the first major interleague trade of the summer, with lefty Jose Quintana moving from the White Sox to the Cubs. If you have the FAAB hammer, do you swing now, or hope for an even better prize in a week or two?

While there were a number of triple-digit bits, the real battle was between Mike Gianella and Tristan H. Cockcroft. The former bid $866, just enough to edge the latter’s best-possible offer. With Cockcroft second in the league standings, Gianella did all of his mates a favor by the keep-away. Of course, having Quintana on his staff is not a bad result for Mike, either.

Needing an outfielder with Randal Grichuk out, I went $53 to try to get either Magneuris Sierra of the Cardinals, a punch-and-judy hitter with a bit of speed, or Jabari Blash, a power threat who hasn’t yet shown enough power.

I got Sierra, who may remain even after Grichuk is back, but I was amazed no one else offered more than $1 for a player who has hit in all nine games in the majors and went 4-for-4 with a steal on Sunday. San Diego’s Blash, who homered and plated three over the weekend, went to Scott Wilderman for a more reasonable $23.

Todd's Take

I plead guilty for not bidding on Sierra, though if I did, it would not have bested Brian's bid. I was looking for more overall category juice to replace Andres Blanco at utility. None of the available hitters have long-term potential as they're all replacing a currently injured starter. Blash is filling in for Hunter Renfroe while Sierra is helping plug the holes with Stephen Piscotty and Randal Grichuk on the shelf. Heisey, my new utility, along with Ryan Raburn, are filling in for Michael A. Taylor.

alex claudio



AClaudio, Tex Scott Engel 24 Zach Steinhorn 23 Al Melchior 6 Gene McCaffrey 4
DRobinson, Tex Al Melchior 22      
TRivera, NYM Scott Pianowski 21 Scott Engel 0 Fred Zinkie 0  
JTomlin, Cle Bret Sayre 12 Fred Zinkie 8    
ERosario, Min Derek Van Riper 11      
TBlach, SF Fred Zinkie 8 Gene McCaffrey 4    
CAdams, NYY Tim Heaney 4      
NWilliams, Phi Fred Zinkie 4      
BHand, SD Gene McCaffrey 4      
MGrace, Was Scott Engel 2 Scott Engel 3    
BStewart, LAD Al Melchior 2      
EAybar, SD Fred Zinkie 0      
YGomes, Cle Al Melchior 0      


BCecil, StL Scott Engel 14                                                                           
BGoodwin, Was Derek Van Riper 11      
JCamargo, Atl Fred Zinkie 0      
JIglesias, Det Fred Zinkie 0      

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

As expected, the second FAAB run in four days was a rather uneventful one. Don't tell that to Scott Engel, who is hoping that he just found a bargain source of saves. With the Rangers ninth inning situation in flux, Alex Claudio has recorded the last two saves for Texas. Who knows if Claudio is indeed the team's new stopper, but he has rather quietly posted a 2.59 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP in 43 appearances this season. However, his pedestrian strikeout rate (33 K in 48 2/3 IP) is a concern when it comes to his long-term outlook in the stopper role. Despite punting saves for the past two months, I figured I'd enter in a modest bid for Claudio, as I could still gain one point in the category. As it turned out, my modest bid of $23 was one dollar too modest.

I'm a little surprised that there was only one bid for Nick Williams, who made a strong impression on Sunday by going 2-for-4 with a grand slam. The free-swinging 23-year-old might struggle to hit for average in his first taste of the big leagues. The top prospect offers some pop and is worth watching if he can perform well enough to stick around in the Majors.

Todd's Take

Here's another great example of how we all view players in a different manner. If I offered Drew Robinson, Eddie Rosario and Nick Williams to Al Melchior, Derek Van Riper and Fred Zinkie, they'd all pick a different fly chaser. Keep this in mind when fashioning trade offers -- choices may result in the trade partner selecting someone you consider to be a lesser player.

ryan madson 



RMadson, Oak Anthony Perri 210 Scott White 210 Perry Van Hook 69 Ray Murphy 26
TRosenthal, StL Tim McLeod 74 Scott White 74    
BSuter, Mil Perry Van Hook 69 Scott White 41    
SPearce, Tor Charlie Wiegert 41 Scott White 41    
AClaudio, Tex Ray Murphy 26 Scott White 13 Perry Van Hook 1  
RTorreyes, NYY Anthony Perri 23 Scott White 23    
ACashner, Tex Charlie Wiegert 23 Scott White 23 Jeff Boggis 12 Perry Van Hook 1
JBlash, SD Charlie Wiegert 17 Scott White 18    
CSpangenberg, SD Rudy Gamble 12 Scott White 11    
JZimmermann, Det Jeff Boggis 12      
JTomlin, Cle Jeff Boggis 12      
LPerdomo, SD Jeff Boggis 12      
CTillman, Bal Jeff Boggis 2      
ECarrera, Tor Tim McLeod 2 Scott White 2    
CGreen, NYY Perry Van Hook 1 Scott White 1    
BHolt, Bos Perry Van Hook 1 Scott White 1    
BHand, SD Corey Parson 1 Scott White 1    


GParra, Col Scott White 16                                                    
TRogers, Min Scott White 6      
AAlmora, ChC Scott White 5      
BBoxberger, TB Scott White 3 Perry Van Hook 0    
MSierra, StL Scott White 2 Adam Ronis 2    
KVargas, Min Scott White 1 Adam Ronis 1    
AWarren, NYY Perry Van Hook 1 Scott White 0    
JHellickson, Phi Scott White 1      
JOsuna, Pit Scott White 1      
TWood, KC Scott White 1      
LGarcia, Phi Perry Van Hook 0      
DDescalso, Ari Scott White 0      
GoHernandez, SF Scott White 0      
NFranklin, LAA Scott White 0      

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

New closers are obviously in high demand, but in leagues like this, anyone with a hint of some upcoming save chances will draw bids. The top purchase was for new Nationals reliever Ryan Madson with Anthony Perri adding the former Oakland closer for $210.

Cardinals reliever Trevor Rosenthal was won by Tim McLeod for $74 while Rangers southpaw reliever Alex Claudio went to Ray Murphy's team for $23.

With Johnny Cueto and Hyun-jin Ryu on the DL I went shopping for two pitchers bidding $69 for Madson and for who I perceived the best two start pitcher in the upcoming week, Brent Suter of the Brewers. At least I got Suter. Below the larger bids were my $1 and $ lists which netted me Yankee pitcher Chad Green, who I am hoping may get some spot starts in addition to his good middle relief outings.

Todd's Take

In the LABR report, I suggested Sean Doolittle would be the Nationals choice to close. Since that posting, it's been reported Washington was primarily after Ryan Madson when Billy Beane suggested they expand the deal. With that revelation, I'd like to call for a review with the call being overturned.

cole hamels



CHamels, Tex Vlad Sedler 118      
RGrossman, Min Peter Kreutzer 42                                                                           


BSnell, TB Vlad Sedler 16                                                                           
TRosenthal, StL Vlad Sedler 16      
RTapia, Col Peter Kreutzer 8      

Todd's Take

Very slow week in the head to head league with Hamels the big prize. By rule, he must be active for his start in Camden Yards this week. The Orioles are dangerous, but this outing isn't nearly as daunting as previous seasons. Hamels has had an odd year. His surface stats are impressive, 4-0 with a 3.05 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. However, he's fanned only 33 in 59 frames. Hamels is being boosted by a .218 BABIP, likely to correct where the deflated strikeout rate should result in an ERA correction.



0 #2 Todd Zola 2017-07-18 17:33
Quoting CubFan:
In reference to Matt Duffy pt. So, is one to discount what Tim Beckham has done so far this year? Seems like he's fulfilling some of the promise he had as a former #1. And Miller has seen a full regression to the mean. I guess I'm saying I don't see the infatuation with an injury-prone Duffy and a non-hitting Miller. From a stats point of view it would seem Beckham has earned himself no less than a pt gig.

Honestly? Who knows. Really can't judge Miller's performance with the injuries. Also possible Rays let Dickerson play some OF, opening up DH for more playing time for the infield logjam. Other than Longoria and LoMo, the playing time breakdown on the rest is unclear.
0 #1 CubFan 2017-07-18 16:48
In reference to Matt Duffy pt. So, is one to discount what Tim Beckham has done so far this year? Seems like he's fulfilling some of the promise he had as a former #1. And Miller has seen a full regression to the mean. I guess I'm saying I don't see the infatuation with an injury-prone Duffy and a non-hitting Miller. From a stats point of view it would seem Beckham has earned himself no less than a pt gig.

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