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Sunday 17th Dec 2017

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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.

jay bruce

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
JBruce, Cle Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 449 Rob Leibowitz 415 Steve Moyer 379 Mike Podhorzer 378 Patrick Davitt 165
    Jason Collette 100      
BSnell, TB Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 26 Nando DiFino 14 Mike Podhorzer 13 Seth Trachtman 1  
GBird, NYY Mike Podhorzer 23        
BPowell, Oak Seth Trachtman 20 Jason Collette 13 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1    
KMiddleton, LAA Seth Trachtman 15 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1      
JJunis, KC Mike Podhorzer 13        
JMinaya, CWS Jason Collette 12 Seth Trachtman 5      
YPetit, LAA Larry Schechter 6 Jason Collette 11 Patrick Davitt 2 Seth Trachtman 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
AAlmonte, Cle Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1        
RTepera, Tor Steve Moyer 0 Patrick Davitt 0      
JShields, CWS Steve Moyer 0        
YGallardo, Sea Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0        
SCishek, TB Patrick Davitt 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
DFister, Bos Seth Trachtman 1                                                                                                    
JDDavis, Hou Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1        
ABummer, CWS Steve Moyer 0        
CGentry, Bal Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0        
ChSmith, Oak Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0        
DLeone, Tor Patrick Davitt 0        

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

No question regarding the intent of Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton this week, who spent nearly half their total FAAB budget on Jay Bruce ($449), easily leading the pack, especially with the next highest free agent being Tampa hurler Blake Snell, who mustered just a $26, also to team Colton/Wolf. Rick and Glenn did not stop there, making two more acquisitions in Abraham Almonte ($1) and Yovani Gallardo ($0), hoping to jump start some standings movement.

Dominating season-long leader Mike Podhorzer made a couple of moves, grabbing Yankees first sacker Greg Bird ($23) and then Jake Junis for another $13, while second place owner Jason Collette dropped $12 on Pale Hose pitcher Juan Minaya.

Seth Trachtman made a pair of purchases, gambling on Boog Powell for $20 and Angels hurler Kenyan Middleton for $15 while Larry Schechter took a shot on Yusmeiro Petit for $6.

The remaining names--all $0 bids--kind of reads like a who's who of has-beens like James Shields ($0 to Steve Moyer) and Steve Cishek ($0 to Patrick Davitt).

Todd's Take

It'll be interesting to see what the Yankees do with Greg Bird when he's ready to return. Both he and Starlin Castro are on rehab assignments, likely to join the club when rosters expand. The obvious spot for Bird is the strong side of a platoon at first, but Chase Headley has been handling that swimmingly, recording a .333/.385/.505 triple slash the last month. Still, it's Chase Headley -- Bird should get a month to get in a groove should the Yankees make the playoffs.

mark leiter 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
MLeiter, Phi Todd Zola 57 Phil Hertz 2 Mike Gianella 0    
AStevenson, Was Todd Zola 47                                                      
PKivlehan, Cin Todd Zola 37 Scott Wilderman 6      
VCaratini, ChC Brian Walton 22        
VWorley, Mia Scott Wilderman 8        
CStratton, SF Phil Hertz 5        
JAlfaro, Phi Craig Mish 0 Brian Walton 5      
CMoncrief, SF Craig Mish 0        
HStrickland, SF Mike Gianella 0        
PMaton, SD Mike Gianella 0        
TWood, SD Derek Carty 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
MAviles, Mia Todd Zola 27                                                                                                    
MRojas, Mia Todd Zola 27        
ASusac, Mil Brian Walton 3        
CStewart, Pit Brian Walton 1        
AChafin, Ari Derek Carty 0        
BMorrow, LAD Mike Gianella 0        
JBenoit, Pit Mike Gianella 0        
MDunn, Col Mike Gianella 0        
RStephenson, Cin Phil Hertz 0        
TLyons, StL Phil Hertz 0        
TTelis, Mia Craig Mish 0        

Brian Walton's Commentary

It was quite a comedown after three straight weeks of heavy bidding primarily due to interleague trading, but NL Tout owners were still active, with 11 players picked up.

I feel like I should let Todd Zola take over, since he was top bidder on the three top-dollar players. They begin with Mark Leiter for $57. The right-hander has been strong in long relief, with 17 strikeouts and no walks in 10 1/3 innings to go with a 3.48 ERA over the last two weeks.

Next is Andrew Stephenson of Washington for $47. The outfielder should receive time as a top reserve at all three positions. Zola’s third buy is Patrick Kivlehan of Cincinnati for $37. The outfielder is batting just .217 on the season, but is red-hot, with a .333 average, two home runs and six RBI over the last week.

Having lost Willson Contreras to a hamstring injury, I picked up Victor Caratini for $22. The catcher is back from Triple-A and will serve as Alex Avila’s backup for the next 4-6 weeks.

Todd's Take

I wish I had some pearls of wisdom to explain my acquisitions, but it's simply a matter of having holes and FAAB to burn, seeing as I'm not going to get anything coming over to the NL in a waiver deal. Brian covered the attributes of the trio. I've been using ten pitchers, so I reserved Jacob Barnes, Seung Hwan Oh along with infielder Allen Cordoba, releasing Chris Heisey, Amir Garrett and Johonny Peralta.

In a year where injuries wrecked a lot of teams, I don't have that as an excuse in this league. Yeah, I lost a ton of players, including Madison Bumgarner but the truth is this was a poorly constructed team which would be floundering even if Bumgarner hadn't decided to go for that fateful joyride. I don't think it was poor evaluation of the player pool or even a bad draft plan. It comes down to lousy execution, plain and simple. I'll have more to say about some of the mistakes I made in draft leagues in my various platforms, but here it was nothing more than failing to get into my zone during the auction.

That said, something I'm considering changing is the approach to my reserves. It's not just this season, but past years and following how others handle the bench. I usually focus on MLB back-ups, leaving the prospects to others. I'm pretty sure I'll stash at least one top prospect next season. 

alex avila

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
AAvila, ChC Ron Shandler 67 Scott Swanay 44 Al Melchior 5 Tim Heaney 0                         
YPetit, LAA Scott Swanay 44 Ron Shandler 3      
CGranderson, NYM Fred Zinkie 40 Zach Steinhorn 38 Ray Flowers 13    
BGoodwin, Was Fred Zinkie 40 Al Melchior 1      
TWilliams, Pit Ray Flowers 39 Scott Swanay 35 Ron Shandler 23 Scott Engel 9  
CCron, LAA Ray Flowers 29        
JJunis, KC Al Melchior 26        
ABanda, Ari Jeff Zimmerman 21        
MLeiter, Phi Al Melchior 13        
APruitt, TB Ron Shandler 8        
AWojciechowski, Cin Bret Sayre 3 Ray Flowers 19 Ron Shandler 5 Scott Swanay 0  
BSnell, TB Bret Sayre 3 Tim Heaney 0      
ASenzatela, Col Bret Sayre 2 Bret Sayre 3      
JCotton, Oak Tim Heaney 0 Ray Flowers 13 Bret Sayre 3 Tim Heaney 0  
ERamirez, Sea Scott Swanay 0 Ray Flowers 13      
YGomes, Cle Tim Heaney 0 Ron Shandler 1      
PValaika, Col Gene McCaffrey 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
MMelancon, SF Ray Flowers 39                                                                             
JMauer, Min Ray Flowers 19        
JPolanco, Min Ray Flowers 19        
JAlbMartinez, StL Fred Zinkie 10        
ONarvaez, CWS Ron Shandler 2        
SLeon, Bos Ron Shandler 1 Tim Heaney 0      
JHicks, Det Ron Shandler 1        
AHeaney, LAA Tim Heaney 0        
CPinder, Oak Gene McCaffrey 0        
DDietrich, Mia Gene McCaffrey 0        
DFister, Bos Tim Heaney 0        
EHernandez, LAD Gene McCaffrey 0        
SLugo, NYM Tim Heaney 0        
UJimenez, Bal Tim Heaney 0        

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Starting pitchers dominated this week's FAAB bidding, as ten of the 17 total purchases were indeed starters.

The most expensive hurler was swingman Yusmeiro Petit who has thrived this season, pitching to a 2.36 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP with well over a strikeout per inning in 42 appearances. Petit picked up a save last weekend, albeit in an extra inning affair. He was also scheduled to start this week, though it now appears Andrew Heaney will make his 2017 debut. With only five games this week, the Angels could look elsewhere if Heaney is unable to go, or they could use Petit. Either way, he's a useful roster piece.

In a somewhat surprising development, Alex Avila was the highest priced purchase overall, fetching a $67 winning bid from Ron Shandler. Avila has been productive since taking over as the primary backstop for the Cubs in place of the injured Willson Contreras, and Shandler is a Contreras owner, so maybe this isn't so surprising after all.

Curtis Granderson doesn't belong on the waiver wire in a 15-team mixed league. At least that was my thinking when I decided to place a $38 bid on the Mets outfielder. I don't have a huge need for Grandy, though it would have been nice to add his hot bat to my lineup. There are questions about his playing time situation, both in the short term and the long term should he get traded, which probably explains the modest interest in him among these Touts. Unfortunately, one of them valued Granderson slightly more than I did. When you lose out on a player by $2, the natural tendency is to wish you had bid a few more bucks.

Todd's Take

The top priced starting pitcher was Trevor Williams, coming off a decent double dip where he blanked the Tigers for seven frames, then allowed three earned to the Jays in six frames. For the week, he whiffed a respectable 12 in 13 innings, though he also issued six free passes. Williams isn't especially dominant, relying on good control and keeping the ball in the yard. He's a guy I'm comfortable streaming at home and in good road matchups. This week, he draws the Cardinals in PNC Park, a pretty decent setup.

Is C.J. Cron finally going to get regular playing time? Since his early July recall, he's raking to the tune of .348/.392/.667 decimals. Cron's been playing full-time lately as Luis Valbuena's been filling in at third (along with Jefry Marte and Kaleb Cowart) while Yunel Escobar is out. If Cron keeps hitting right-handers well, he may continue to play regularly once Escobar is back later this month. Valbuena usually handles righties, but has been mired in a season-long malaise.

cam bedrosian

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
CBedrosian, LAA Corey Parson 71 Adam Ronis 18 Scott White 9                                                  
NWalker, Mil Rudy Gamble 57 Corey Parson 2 Scott White 0    
DomSmith, NYM Corey Parson 33 Scott White 0      
CGreen, NYY Perry Van Hook 31        
APruitt, TB D.J. Short 20 Adam Ronis 13 Corey Parson 3    
KMiddleton, LAA Adam Ronis 13        
CVazquez, Bos Charlie Wiegert 8 Perry Van Hook 0 Greg Ambrosius 0    
CIannetta, Ari Ray Murphy 7 Greg Ambrosius 0      
CCron, LAA Charlie Wiegert 3        
BColon, Min Greg Ambrosius 2        
TTelis, Mia Greg Ambrosius 0        
JAlfaro, Phi Perry Van Hook 0 Charlie Wiegert 6      
BParker, LAA Scott White 0 Adam Ronis 13      
RMadson, Was Scott White 0 Perry Van Hook 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
ACole, Was D.J. Short 15                                                      
TWilliams, Pit Adam Ronis 13 Corey Parson 3 Perry Van Hook 0    
HKendrick, Was Corey Parson 11        
CaJoseph, Bal Ray Murphy 7 Perry Van Hook 0      
THildenberger, Min Adam Ronis 7        
KSmith, CWS Charlie Wiegert 6        
AMiranda, Sea D.J. Short 5        
MBelisle, Min Adam Ronis 1        
VCaratini, ChC Perry Van Hook 0        
MLeiter, Phi Perry Van Hook 0        
JHicks, Det Perry Van Hook 0        
JCenteno, Hou Perry Van Hook 0        
DFister, Bos Greg Ambrosius 0        
DEnns, Min Greg Ambrosius 0        
CStratton, SF Perry Van Hook 0        
BMitchell, NYY Greg Ambrosius 0        
ABanda, Ari Perry Van Hook 0        

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

High bids went to a closer reclaiming his job as Cam Bedrosian cost Corey Parson $71, and a forgotten middle infield bat as new Brewer, former Met Neil Walker went for $57 to league leader Rudy Gamble.

Only half the league made bids, obviously having better team doctors than my squad with four new additions to the disabled list. I only bid for two replacements as I could fill two spots with Aaron Hicks and Tyson Ross returning from the infirmary.

The saying "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" is often cruelly the refrain of weekly FAAB contests. Several weeks ago I had Yankee pitcher Chad Green on my roster, not just because he was pitching so well in relief, but because the Yankees were thin in their rotation and I hoped he might get a chance to start. Roster spots are short however and the Yankees added to their pitching staff via trade so Green fell off my roster. With a potential start next week I was glad to add him back but would others bid? Sadly my $31 winning bid could have been thirty dollars lighter and still been successful. Making matters worse, Luis Cessa is taking the spot initially earmarked for Green. That said, Green is used for multiple innings so with the Yankees playing seven games this week, there's a good chance Green pitches the equivalent innings of a starter, with more whiffs than most.

On the other hand with another catcher on the DL I chose to bid on several for $0 bids and won my first choice, Philly prospect Jorge Alfaro while Christian Vazquez, lower on my list went for $8.

Todd's Take

Funny to note Petit wasn't even bid on in the Tout Mixed Draft, but Bedrosian, Kenyan Middleton and Blake Parker all drew interest for the Angels saves.

It took a waiver deal sending Jay Brice to the junior circuit, but Dominic Smith was finally called up from Triple-A Las Vegas where he was slashing an impressive .330/.386/.519, though keep in mind the desert, and PCL in general, is a hitter's paradise. Still, Smith will play regularly so he's definitely worth a look for those in need of a power boost.

Despite being a switch hitter, Nell Walker will likely only play versus right-handers, as that's his better side. Fellow switch-hitter and one of my worst life decisions this summer, Jonathan Villar, will probably play the keystone versus southpaws.

Dinelson Lamet

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
DLamet, SD Peter Kreutzer 39                                                      
CBedrosian, LAA Andrea LaMont 32 Peter Kreutzer 28 Vlad Sedler 7    
HNeris, Phi Peter Kreutzer 23 Andrea LaMont 41      
MBelisle, Min Andrea LaMont 21        
KWong, StL Dr. Roto 19        
RHoskins, Phi Dr. Roto 15        
RLopez, CWS Dr. Roto 11        
AAvila, ChC Vlad Sedler 4        
MWieters, Was Jake Ciely 3 Vlad Sedler 0      
JPirela, SD Jake Ciely 3        
KMiddleton, LAA Vlad Sedler 2        
JEickhoff, Phi Jake Ciely 1 Peter Kreutzer 9      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
SNewcomb, Atl Peter Kreutzer 16                                                                                                    
KSuzuki, Atl Vlad Sedler 4        
TBarnhart, Cin Vlad Sedler 2        
THildenberger, Min Andrea LaMont 2        
MLeiter, Phi Vlad Sedler 1        
ARosario, NYM Jake Ciely 1        
ABarnes, LAD Vlad Sedler 0        

Todd's Take

Four straight solid efforts caught the attention of league proprietor Peter Kreutzer, looking to fortify his pitching. Lamet's fanned 23 in his last 23 1/3 innings, albeit with nine walks. Most importantly, he's issued no homers in that span. Lamet is slated for double duty this week, both in Petco Park. First up is a weak Plhillies club, followed by the Bryce Harper-less Nationals.

 

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