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.
|BPhillips, LAA||Rob Leibowitz 379||Patrick Davitt 205||Mike Podhorzer 158||Seth Trachtman 42||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 19|
|Nando DiFino 16||Larry Schechter 9|
|MLeake, Sea||Steve Moyer 296||Mike Podhorzer 63||Larry Schechter 9||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|ALewicki, Det||Lawr Michaels 75|
|BreAnderson, Tor||Mike Podhorzer 42|
|JCandelario, Det||Seth Trachtman 35||Larry Schechter 9|
|JBiagini, Tor||Mike Podhorzer 28||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3|
|FMejia, Cle||Rob Leibowitz 21|
|JJones, Det||Nando DiFino 11|
|BMaurer, KC||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3|
|ChSmith, Oak||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|GUrshela, Cle||Nando DiFino 8|
|RRefsnyder, Tor||Nando DiFino 8|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
Despite the season winding down, several owners dropped big bucks for players new to the American League this cycle with Rob Leibowitz leading the way, spending $379 on Brandon Phillips, augmenting that purchase with $21 more spent on Francisco Mejia. Following Rob's heels was Steve Moyer who went $296 for new Mariner Mike Leake hoping to boost his pitching over the final month.
Seth Trachtman took a $35 chance on Jeimer Candelario while I placed what little hope for a push in the standings behind Tigers hurler Artie Lewicki for $75.
League leader Mike Podhorzer punctuated his nearly perfect season with the acquisitions of Brett Anderson ($42) and Joe Biagini ($28), Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton took chances on Brandon Maurer ($3) and Chad Smith ($0) while Nando DiFino placed some hope in the potential of JaCoby Jones for $11.
With Kelvin Herrera out for the early part of the week, Colton and the Wolfman could have bought a save or two -- maybe more -- from Maurer. The Royals are downplaying Herrera's forearm strain, but with four weeks left there's no reason to take chances.
It appears the Tigers are following through with their plan on converting Nicholas Castellanos to right field, clearing a spot for Candelario, similar to what the Indians did to Lonnie Chisenhall to pave the way for a kid named jose Ramirez to play regularly. I'm not comparing Ramirez and Candelario, just the drawing the comparison to the path to playing time.
|JFlaherty, StL||Brian Walton 176||Phil Hertz 44||Tristan H. Cockcroft 1||Grey Albright 1||
|DPeters, Mia||Brian Walton 102||Brian Walton 176||Phil Hertz 51||Derek Carty 2||Tristan H. Cockcroft 1|
|Grey Albright 1|
|BAnderson, Mia||Phil Hertz 68|
|NAoki, NYM||Phil Hertz 49||Phil Hertz 55||Grey Albright 1||Tristan H. Cockcroft 0|
|HBailey, Cin||Phil Hertz 45||Derek Carty 0|
|JLuplow, Pit||Grey Albright 1||Craig Mish 0|
|EDiaz, Pit||Brian Walton 0|
|RRuiz, Atl||Phil Hertz 65|
|MMoroff, Pit||Phil Hertz 2|
|WFont, LAD||Grey Albright 1|
|GCecchini, NYM||Phil Hertz 1|
|MFried, Atl||Phil Hertz 1|
|AEllis, Mia||Brian Walton 0|
|STurner, Cin||Brian Walton 0|
|AGarcia, Atl||Phil Hertz 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
Rarely if ever am I the focus of the transactions news here in National League Tout Wars. The result is not necessarily good - my second largest FAAB total of $302. With September call ups occurring and time running out to make an impact with purchases, I set my targets on two pitchers – Jack Flaherty of the Cardinals and Dillon Peters from Miami. With the third-place team at $175, I decided to make my top bid at $176, which won Flaherty. I wanted to keep a bit of money for the final weeks, so bid $102 for Peters. Rather, I could have made my purchases for $53 in total.
Flaherty could continue to start – at least until/if Adam Wainwright is ready and able to come off the disabled list. While Peters does not have a clear starting spot, his success through two starts should be enough to speak for themselves.
While I went after pitching, the acquisitions of Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ were focused on offense. (By the way, I am in third and Phil is very close behind in fourth.) Third baseman Brian Anderson of Miami ($68) and new Mets outfielder Nori Aoki ($49) were his additions. Both can see September playing time due to injuries – Martin Prado for Anderson and Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto for Aoki.
Hertz also made a third acquisition, a player I kept all season until dropping last week – Homer Bailey of Cincinnati at $45. I decided I could not trust Bailey, though he has improved recently. We will see if Flaherty and Peters will be any better.
The Cardinals are listing Flaherty as Wednesday's starter so it appears Brian will get at least one start from the rookie, and it's a great matchup with the Padres in Petco Park. Peters and the Marlins will entertain the Nationals, also on Wednesday. It may be a better setup than perceived as the Nats are essentially trying to be in maximum health for the playoffs and aren't always running the best lineup out there.
|JPolanco, Min||Fred Zinkie 100||Ray Flowers 17|
|RStephenson, Cin||Fred Zinkie 60||Ray Flowers 2||Al Melchior 0|
|TMahle, Cin||Ron Shandler 37||Gene McCaffrey 0||Fred Zinkie 20|
|CEdwards, ChC||Zach Steinhorn 32|
|AJackson, Cle||Fred Zinkie 30|
|RMontero, NYM||Fred Zinkie 25||Fred Zinkie 50||Ray Flowers 6||Tim Heaney 0|
|SVogt, Mil||Bret Sayre 12||Scott Engel 3|
|DPeters, Mia||Derek Van Riper 11||Ron Shandler 27||Gene McCaffrey 0||Al Melchior 0|
|MGonzalez, Tex||Fred Zinkie 10||Ray Flowers 2|
|YPetit, LAA||Zach Steinhorn 8|
|JLuplow, Pit||Derek Van Riper 5|
|YSanchez, CWS||Ray Flowers 4|
|KGibson, Min||Ray Flowers 2|
|KSmith, CWS||Scott Engel 1|
|SRomano, Cin||Gene McCaffrey 0||Fred Zinkie 10|
|JFlaherty, StL||Fred Zinkie 20|
|BreAnderson, Tor||Ron Shandler 18|
|LValbuena, LAA||Ray Flowers 4|
|ChSmith, Oak||Derek Van Riper 2|
|JMcGee, Col||Ray Flowers 2|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
The two priciest purchases this week were made by Fred Zinkie, who found himself with some extra FAAB bucks after recently cashing in Bryce Harper for $210. And Fred decided to use a good chunk of that dough to add the duo of Jorge Polanco and Robert Stephenson.
After getting off to a rough start this season, the 24-year-old Polanco has been swinging a red-hot bat since the beginning of August, tallying seven homers, 28 RBI and 19 runs scored. Let's see if Polanco can close out his first full big league season on a high note and further establish himself as a quality mixed league option heading into 2018.
Long billed as a top pitching prospect, Stephenson has mostly struggled in the big leagues, though the sample size is limited. But perhaps the Reds righty has finally figured things out, as he's fresh off an impressive August in which he posted a 2.22 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP with better than a strikeout per inning. Control continues to be a problem, however, as Stephenson did issue 13 free passes over his 24 1/3 innings pitched last month.
With a pair of my starting pitchers facing tough matchups this week, I took a look at the category standings and concluded that trying to protect my ERA and WHIP at this stage of the season was a better idea than chasing wins and strikeouts. So, I added a pair of high-end relievers in Carl Edwards Jr. and Yusmeiro Petit and will at least temporarily go with a 6 SP/3 RP lineup instead of playing eight starters (I punted saves a long time ago). Maybe I'll sacrifice a win, but I feel a lot better about my ratios now, and the strikeout loss probably won't be significant. Or it might not even be a loss at all.
Roster expansion is the closest thing mixed leagues have to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, though only using a player for one month tempers any advantage of hoarding FAAB. Having said that, Fred Zinkie has the FAAB hammer, but didn't go prospect. As usual, Fred was more conservative, adding players with a little more data than a decent 2017 minor league campaign.
One of Fred's acquisitions, and someone I've seen a picked up a lot this weekend is Rafael Montero. Last time out, Montero tossed 8 1/3 scoreless innings against the Reds one of the better lineups versus righties. He fanned eight but walked four. This week's allure is a double dip, first against the Phillies and then a rematch with the Reds.
|DPeters, Mia||Greg Ambrosius 78||Tim McLeod 39||Corey Parson 2||
|DDeShields, Tex||Adam Ronis 54||D.J. Short 25||Corey Parson 18|
|GRichards, LAA||Ray Murphy 33||Perry Van Hook 10|
|TGlasnow, Pit||D.J. Short 25|
|JVillar, Mil||Corey Parson 19||Adam Ronis 12|
|TMahle, Cin||Tim McLeod 18||Greg Ambrosius 21||Corey Parson 1|
|JAlbMartinez, StL||Perry Van Hook 15|
|RMontero, NYM||Rudy Gamble 12||Perry Van Hook 11||D.J. Short 6||Corey Parson 1|
|MFried, Atl||Tim McLeod 9|
|EJackson, Was||D.J. Short 5||Tim McLeod 3|
|DFister, Bos||D.J. Short 5||Corey Parson 3||Perry Van Hook 2|
|CVazquez, Bos||Corey Parson 3|
|BMaurer, KC||Scott White 3||Adam Ronis 7|
|MLeake, Sea||Corey Parson 3||Tim McLeod 11|
|BLively, Phi||Greg Ambrosius 17|
|LValbuena, LAA||Adam Ronis 7|
|JBiagini, Tor||Tim McLeod 4|
|ODespaigne, Mia||Greg Ambrosius 4|
|MMontero, Tor||Corey Parson 1|
|RMerritt, Cle||Corey Parson 1|
|RoPerez, Cle||Corey Parson 0|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
High bid for the evening was $78 for Marlins SP Dillon Peters who went to Greg Ambrosius for $78.
The second highest winning bid was $54 for Delino DeShields who is getting a chance to play every day for the Rangers and making the most of it as Adam Ronis rostered him for the final weeks of play.
Once again I added Jose Martinez (1B/OF) of the Cardinals, this time to replace the DLed Yankee flychaser Aaron Hicks.
I also tried to add one pitcher but was well short with my $11 bid for Rafael Montero's upcoming two start week and the return of Angels ace Garrett Richards whom I bid $10 for. Montero went for $12 to Rudy Gamble while Richards went for $33 Ray Murphy.
When you have the numbers wrong (or don't have enough funds) you can't even get your third choice as my $2 bid for the resurgent Doug Fister also fell short.
As Perry mentioned, Delino DeShields is a thing again. For the past month, Jr. has registered a .911 OPS, scoring 18 runs with nine pilfers. There's no reason for him to stop running. He's the top choice for help in steals down the stretch and is still amazingly available in some mixed leagues.
|JPolanco, Min||Paul Sporer 180|
|KKiermaier, TB||Dr. Roto 10||Paul Sporer 11|
|MZunino, Sea||Dr. Roto 5|
|LGiolito, CWS||Dr. Roto 5|
|JHader, Mil||Paul Sporer 4|
|RMontero, NYM||Vlad Sedler 4|
|RDickey, Atl||Vlad Sedler 4|
|CVazquez, Bos||Kyle Elfrink 3||Paul Sporer 1|
|AGarcia, CWS||Vlad Sedler 3|
|CGreen, NYY||Paul Sporer 2|
|JFamilia, NYM||Vlad Sedler 2|
|OAlbies, Atl||Vlad Sedler 2|
|MMinor, KC||Paul Sporer 2|
|JHicks, Det||Paul Sporer 1|
|MMahtook, Det||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|NCastellanos, Det||Paul Sporer 5|
|KBarraclough, Mia||Paul Sporer 2|
|MGivens, Bal||Paul Sporer 2|
|KSuzuki, Atl||Paul Sporer 1|
It's getting tight with Vlad Sedler holding a slim three-game lead over Andrea Lamont at the top. Kyle Elfrink is third, within shouting distance of the leaders. The interesting part if Kyle's final two matchups are with Vlad and Andrea. He'll need to beat them both handily and get some help, but he's still in the mix.