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.
|LDuda, TB||Mike Podhorzer 559||Patrick Davitt 558||Jeff Erickson 481||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 386|
|Rob Leibowitz 375||Lawr Michaels 275||Jason Collette 122|
|Seth Trachtman 85|
|ENunez, Bos||Patrick Davitt 558||Mike Podhorzer 483||Jeff Erickson 481||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 386|
|Jason Collette 122||Seth Trachtman 87|
|TCahill, KC||Jeff Erickson 223||Mike Podhorzer 212||Rob Leibowitz 177||Nando DiFino 145|
|Jason Collette 122||Steve Moyer 107||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 75|
|Larry Schechter 34||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2|
|JGarcia, Min||Mike Podhorzer 212||Jeff Erickson 223||Rob Leibowitz 137||Jason Collette 122|
|Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 75||Steve Moyer 57||Larry Schechter 33|
|Nando DiFino 25||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2|
|KCowart, LAA||Nando DiFino 171||Mike Podhorzer 54||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 51||Larry Schechter 35|
|BColon, Min||Nando DiFino 56|
|BTreinen, Oak||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 51||Mike Podhorzer 17||Lawr Michaels 5||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2|
|TBarnette, Tex||Jason Collette 22|
|PBourjos, TB||Lawr Michaels 4||Jeff Erickson 3|
|EAdrianza, Min||Lawr Michaels 4|
|JPetricka, CWS||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 11|
|AHeaney, LAA||Seth Trachtman 0|
|SCishek, TB||Jason Collette 12|
|AEngel, CWS||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 11|
|WGarcia, CWS||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
Compared to AL LABR, where 16 players found new teams with 11 contested bids, the week's Tout moves were somewhat low-key in comparison. However, that does not mean that some serious change wasn't expended upon several of the desirable newcomers to the American League.
League leader Mike Podhorzer has played the FAAB line perfectly, augmenting his already powerful squad with the addition of Lucas Duda for $559. then dropping another $212 on new Yankee-former Twin Jaime Garcia. That means the first place squad spent sharply spent $771 of his FAAB budget on one day, arguably sealing the fate of his team and the league for the year.
Interestingly, the second highest priced free agent, Eduardo Nunez, went to Patrick Davitt for just a buck less than the cost of Duda. Trevor Cahill generated a $223 price tag from Jeff Erickson while Nando diFino dropped $171 on new Angel third sacker Kaleb Cowart. Nando also gambled $56 on Bartolo Colon, hoping there is still a little more petrol in the tank.
Team Wolf/Colton expended $56 on Blake Treinen hoping to scrounge some saves while Jason Collette, hoping to catch Podhorzer, acquired Rangers reliever Tony Burnette for $22.
In the LABR report, I mentioned my philosophy is spending FAAB in only leagues, though everything is obviously contextual. The LABR AL leader had spend FAAB liberally while the NL LABR leader used it to fortify their squad with a top crossover acquisition.
In AL Tout, league leader Mike Podhorzer also held the FAAB hammer, but a ton of FAAB, allowing acquisition of his choice with plenty left over for another significant reinforcement. Mike didn't so much hoard FAAB as spend wisely, along with receiving a couple of moderate rebates for injured players. Lesson learned - more than one way to skin a cat, do what's dictated by your team's plight and hope one of your $2 bids turns into Jacob Faria.
|BZiegler, Mia||Grey Albright 167||Brian Walton 120||Mike Gianella 13||Phil Hertz 13|
|Tristan H. Cockcroft 11||Lenny Melnick 10|
|CFlexen, NYM||Grey Albright 81|
|AConley, Mia||Andy Behrens 71||Steve Gardner 33||Phil Hertz 13||Mike Gianella 4|
|Scott Wilderman 2|
|JLuplow, Pit||Grey Albright 41||Steve Gardner 0|
|BStewart, LAD||Derek Carty 30||Steve Gardner 5||Phil Hertz 0|
|DColeman, SD||Andy Behrens 22||Steve Gardner 0||Derek Carty 0||Scott Wilderman 0|
|ASwarzak, Mil||Brian Walton 20||Scott Wilderman 7||Mike Gianella 0|
|JAlbMartinez, StL||Steve Gardner 14||Andy Behrens 2|
|PMaton, SD||Phil Hertz 6||Grey Albright 11||Mike Gianella 0|
|JTherrien, Phi||Lenny Melnick 5|
|JThompson, Phi||Tristan H. Cockcroft 2||Tristan H. Cockcroft 1|
|MGomez, SF||Brian Walton 2|
|TMoore, Mia||Derek Carty 0||Grey Albright 41||Steve Gardner 8||Scott Wilderman 0|
|KTomlinson, SF||Craig Mish 0||Steve Gardner 0|
|JBarrett, Ari||Scott Wilderman 0||Phil Hertz 0|
|AAlcantara, Cin||Craig Mish 0|
|LAvilan, LAD||Scott Wilderman 0|
|MBowman, StL||Mike Gianella 0|
|CRusin, Col||Mike Gianella 0|
|CMoncrief, SF||Andy Behrens 1|
|LAdams, Atl||Grey Albright 1|
|LGarcia, Phi||Grey Albright 1|
|PKivlehan, Cin||Grey Albright 1|
|RStripling, LAD||Grey Albright 1|
|CGillaspie, SF||Grey Albright 1|
|JTazawa, Mia||Grey Albright 1|
|KCrick, SF||Mike Gianella 0|
|KSiegrist, StL||Mike Gianella 0|
|HRobles, NYM||Phil Hertz 0|
|MAviles, Mia||Derek Carty 0|
|MDunn, Col||Mike Gianella 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
Despite Brad Ziegler’s bad back and a terrible 6.52 ERA and 1.828 WHIP this season, I was willing to chase his potential saves in Miami - to the point I held my nose and bid $120. My restrained league peers all stayed below $13 – with one exception. League leader Grey Albright pushed $167 to the center of the table and won. I hope it works out for him. I really do.
Albright did not hold the FAAB hammer, so he clearly was not waiting for the trade deadline to pass. He also placed the second-largest winning free agent bid this week, adding Mets starting pitcher Chris Flexen for $81. Having lost Robbie Ray due to his concussion suffered Friday night, Albright flexed his FAAB muscle. (I had to say it!)
Grey wasn’t done, also dropping $41 on Pirates fill in outfielder Jordan Luplow. The rookie looks to be an interim add while Gregory Polanco is out, but what if Andrew McCutchen is traded? Not a bad gamble, from my vantage point.
A top-dollar free agent this week who did NOT go to Albright is a retread – or should I say reborn? Adam Conley is back with the Marlins after a banishment to the minors and through three starts, looks like a new man, with a 1.74 ERA and 15 Ks in 20 2/3 innings. Andy Behrens paid $71 to find out if the lefty can keep it up.
League leader Grey Albright isn't sitting on his 17-point cushion. As Brian mentioned, he's taking on some sketchy ratios, trying to pick up saves. Currently, Grey is nine saves ahead of the adjacent team below him, eight behind the team in front of him, lagging 11 from two more teams, so there's points to be had.
The area of concern is ratios, furthered by Chris Flexen's date in Coors Field this week. Grey's excelling in ratios, but there's several teams on his tail. Will be interesting to see how this plays out.
|PMaton, SD||Brent Hershey 89||Scott Swanay 24|
|SGreene, Det||Tim Heaney 86||Jeff Zimmerman 46||Scott Swanay 38||Scott Engel 11|
|WFlores, NYM||Tim Heaney 76||Ron Shandler 37||Derek Van Riper 10|
|CCapps, SD||Tim Heaney 56|
|LMartin, Sea||Tim Heaney 46|
|AFrazier, Pit||Jeff Zimmerman 42|
|NPivetta, Phi||Brent Hershey 38|
|AConley, Mia||Tim Heaney 36||Scott Engel 9||Fred Zinkie 7||Ray Flowers 3|
|BTreinen, Oak||Jeff Zimmerman 32||Brent Hershey 18|
|KYates, SD||Scott Swanay 28||Jeff Zimmerman 23||Ray Flowers 19||Tim Heaney 11|
|Scott Engel 9||Al Melchior 4|
|TKahnle, NYY||Zach Steinhorn 28|
|CRupp, Phi||Ron Shandler 27|
|PBridwell, LAA||Ron Shandler 21||Ray Flowers 19||Tim Heaney 11||Scott Engel 11|
|Fred Zinkie 7|
|HBader, StL||Brent Hershey 12||Derek Van Riper 0|
|MBoyd, Det||Al Melchior 10||Tim Heaney 11|
|DDescalso, Ari||Scott Swanay 7|
|SRodriguez, Atl||Fred Zinkie 7||Scott Swanay 0|
|LWeaver, StL||Fred Zinkie 7|
|CEdwards, ChC||Scott Swanay 2|
|MChapman, Oak||Ron Shandler 1||Tim Heaney 46|
|ZGranite, Min||Scott Engel 0|
|SSmith, Bal||Derek Van Riper 0|
|AJackson, Cle||Al Melchior 0|
|BZiegler, Mia||Tim Heaney 56||Al Melchior 2|
|DomSmith, NYM||Tim Heaney 46|
|ERamirez, Sea||Ron Shandler 18||Tim Heaney 11||Brent Hershey 11|
|DDietrich, Mia||Tim Heaney 16|
|RNolasco, LAA||Tim Heaney 11||Brent Hershey 2|
|BGoodwin, Was||Brent Hershey 11|
|DPhelps, Sea||Tim Heaney 11|
|JMarisnick, Hou||Brent Hershey 11|
|JNicasio, Pit||Tim Heaney 11|
|MRojas, Mia||Scott Swanay 7|
|KCowart, LAA||Tim Heaney 6||Al Melchior 0|
|ASenzatela, Col||Brent Hershey 3|
|LSims, Atl||Al Melchior 2|
|APruitt, TB||Al Melchior 1|
|KSuzuki, Atl||Ron Shandler 1|
|TWood, SD||Al Melchior 1|
|RTorreyes, NYY||Scott Swanay 0||Fred Zinkie 0|
|AHanson, CWS||Al Melchior 0|
|BMaxwell, Oak||Al Melchior 0|
|EEscobar, Min||Scott Swanay 0|
|EPagan, Sea||Al Melchior 0|
|GGarcia, StL||Scott Swanay 0|
|JCamargo, Atl||Fred Zinkie 0|
|JIglesias, Det||Fred Zinkie 0|
|PBlackburn, Oak||Ron Shandler 0|
|TMcFarland, Ari||Ron Shandler 0|
|YGomes, Cle||Al Melchior 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
Who would've thought that the Brandon Maurer trade would have such a profound impact on this week's FAAB bidding? Brad Hand is currently handling ninth inning duties for San Diego but he too could be wearing a different uniform at 4 PM ET today. So, the duo of Phil Maton and Kirby Yates fetched a combined 117 FAAB bucks. Meanwhile, Carter Capps, who hasn't even thrown a big league pitch since 2015 but could soon make his long awaited return from Tommy John surgery, received a $56 winning bid. Shane Greene sports a 2.74 ERA with better than a strikeout per inning through 50 appearances for the Tigers and is considered the favorite to fill Detroit's ninth inning void following the trade of Justin Wilson to the Cubs. He might prove to be the best relief pitcher investment of the week.
The good news about punting saves is that you don't have to deal with this stuff. The bad news is that it's much harder to win a league. But, it did feel good to skip over the saves speculation and instead grab Tommy Kahnle, who will help to further stabilize my ERA and WHIP, which are in the process of being stabilized but still have a ways to go.
Curiously, with all the closer speculation, Brad Ziegler wasn't picked up.
I'm also a little surprised Dominic Smith only drew one contingency bid, from Rotowire colleague Tim Heaney. Smith is rumored to be summoned and the Mets have a series in Coors Field to open the week. Further, the Mets Triple-A affiliate is the Las Vegas 51s, so Smith shouldn't be that far away.
|LBrinson, Mil||D.J. Short 85||Adam Ronis 43||Tim McLeod 38||Greg Ambrosius 37|
|Charlie Wiegert 14||Perry Van Hook 11||Scott White 0|
|KMarte, Ari||Tim McLeod 53|
|PBridwell, LAA||Tim McLeod 48||Perry Van Hook 31||Greg Ambrosius 1|
|DFisher, Hou||Adam Ronis 43||Charlie Wiegert 14||Perry Van Hook 4||Corey Parson 3|
|Greg Ambrosius 1||Scott White 0|
|BMoss, KC||Charlie Wiegert 37||Ray Murphy 2|
|BZiegler, Mia||Corey Parson 36||Adam Ronis 43||Scott White 12||Perry Van Hook 11|
|MMahtook, Det||Charlie Wiegert 36||Tim McLeod 17||Perry Van Hook 4|
|RChirinos, Tex||Ray Murphy 35|
|HBader, StL||Perry Van Hook 31|
|SRodriguez, Atl||Ray Murphy 26||Greg Ambrosius 2|
|AConley, Mia||Rudy Gamble 16||Tim McLeod 17||Perry Van Hook 4||Greg Ambrosius 1|
|KYates, SD||Scott White 15||Perry Van Hook 2|
|TWilliams, Pit||Rudy Gamble 13||Rudy Gamble 11|
|HBailey, Cin||Jeff Boggis 12|
|MJoyce, Oak||Jeff Boggis 12|
|LMartin, Sea||Tim McLeod 11||Charlie Wiegert 15||Greg Ambrosius 6|
|CAnderson, Mil||Scott White 10|
|ZGranite, Min||Greg Ambrosius 7||Charlie Wiegert 14|
|WDifo, Was||Corey Parson 3|
|YPetit, LAA||Perry Van Hook 2|
|JIglesias, Det||Anthony Perri 1|
|LSims, Atl||Greg Ambrosius 1|
|ERamirez, Sea||Greg Ambrosius 1|
|MBoyd, Det||Greg Ambrosius 1|
|DMcGowan, Mia||Perry Van Hook 1|
|BTreinen, Oak||Scott White 0||Corey Parson 1|
|JEickhoff, Phi||Rudy Gamble 26||Corey Parson 11||Tim McLeod 3|
|MDavidson, CWS||Charlie Wiegert 22|
|LWeaver, StL||Corey Parson 12||Tim McLeod 9|
|KCowart, LAA||Perry Van Hook 11|
|GHeredia, Sea||Ray Murphy 8|
|AHanson, CWS||Tim McLeod 5|
|AEngel, CWS||Ray Murphy 3|
|JCamargo, Atl||Corey Parson 2|
|BRevere, LAA||Tim McLeod 1|
|JJimenez, Det||Greg Ambrosius 1|
|AHeaney, LAA||Greg Ambrosius 0|
|JBrugman, Oak||Greg Ambrosius 0|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
Very spirited bidding Sunday by 13 of the 15 teams in the league with some new MLB players drawing healthy interest.
High bid of the night was $85 for Brewers CF Lewis Brinson, the only bid from D.J. Short, currently in 3rd place but over twenty points behind the leader. Former Mastersball favorite Ketel Marte who was traded from the Mariners to the Diamondbacks and has emerged from the minor leagues may have even more playing time with the injury to Chris Owings and fully reward the $58 bid from Tim McLeod. McLeod also was the high bidder for Angel rookie pitcher Parker Bridwell with a $48 bid.
Two other rookie fly chasers, Derek Fisher ($43) and Harrison Bader ($31) were rostered by Adam Ronis and myself, respectively.
And of course this league like all others continues to look for more saves, so with A.J. Ramos traded by the Marlins who will close for them? Corey Parson won the Brad Ziegler derby at $36. Failing to land Ziegler or Padre Kirby Yates (currently the understudy to Brad's Hand), I settled for the long shot in the Marlins' pen, rostering Dustin McGowan for a buck.
I also got my third choice in the starting pitcher queue having not bid enough for Bridwell or Adam Conley and won Yusmeiro Petit for $2, hoping the Angels give him at least one more start (or he is traded to a team looking for rotation help).
The trade deadline Monday may nominate a fresh set of players for next weeks' bidding.
Quick note on Marte, he'll be away from the Dbacks for a few days, as there was a death in his family. Arizona picked up Adam Rosales but still expect Marte to see increased playing time when he returns.
An under-the-radar name to monitor is Joe Jimenez, a contingency choice of Greg Ambrosius. Jimenez is entrusted with the sometimes dreaded closer-in-waiting label in Detroit. He was recently promoted to Triple-A and could see some action in the bigs before too long.
|LBrinson, Mil||Stephania Bell 102|
|TRosenthal, StL||Vlad Sedler 29|
|BGamel, Sea||Dr. Roto 18||Peter Kreutzer 10|
|KCowart, LAA||Dr. Roto 15|
|ERosario, Min||Peter Kreutzer 11|
|JBonifacio, KC||Peter Kreutzer 9|
|ACabrera, NYM||Clay Link 6|
|YPetit, LAA||Peter Kreutzer 6|
|HBader, StL||Stephania Bell 65|
|BTreinen, Oak||Vlad Sedler 17|
|SGreene, Det||Vlad Sedler 17|
|TClippard, CWS||Vlad Sedler 9|
|DSpan, SF||Peter Kreutzer 8|
|GoHernandez, SF||Peter Kreutzer 8|
|AFrazier, Pit||Peter Kreutzer 6|
|BMiller, TB||Clay Link 5|
|JSmith, Tor||Peter Kreutzer 4|
|DLamet, SD||Vlad Sedler 3|
|KMarte, Ari||Clay Link 3|
|BParker, LAA||Peter Kreutzer 1|
|JEickhoff, Phi||Peter Kreutzer 1|
|MAlbers, Was||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|TomHunter, TB||Peter Kreutzer 0|
While anything can happen in a head-to-head format with so many points in play each week, Vlad Sedler currently leads the pack at 64-26, 10 games ahead of Andrea Lamont. Peter Kreutzer is four games behind Andrea, currently leading a tightly bunched group for the show position.
Managing categories to squeeze out points in standard rotisserie is obviously paramount. However, we're at the point of the season where you can look at your remaining schedule in head to head leagues to see if there's a way to reshape your club to compete with maximum efficiency against the clubs still left to play.