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LABR FAAB Report: Week of May 21 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 May 2012 13:49

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Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well as the runner-up bids. There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 13-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

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...

yan-gomes

AMERICAN LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

PLAYER AWARDED WINNING BID
GOMES, YAN 22 Yahoo 18 USAT 5 Perry 4 Shrink 3 Full Moon
PHELPS, DAVID 3 Yahoo 3 RW - Liss
NIX, JAYSON 2 Perry 2 Yahoo
HESTER, JOHN 1 Full Moon
ADCOCK, NATE 1 Perry
WILHELMSEN, TOM 1 USAT

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

LAIRD, GERALD 1 Full Moon
HAGADONE, NICK 1 USAT

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

There was only one shiny nugget in the river that attracted double digit bids this week in the AL. The plus is that Yan Gomes qualifies at catcher as well as third base for Brad Evans’ Yahoo team. The down side of a $22 bid is that he might be sent back down to the minors right away. Yes he could be called back up and stick later but that seems like a lot of FAAB to bet on that (although USA Today’s Steve Gardner was also willing to risk $18).

My plan for the free agent bidding was to try and put two reservable players on my bench for this week (only players drafted in the reserve draft after the auction may be activated or reserved at will – otherwise players must be DLed or sent to the minors to put on the reserve list). So I bid $5 for Gomes and then $2 for Jayson Nix to use at my corner spot so I could reserve Alex Liddi until he is getting more at bats for the Mariners. On the pitching side I like Luis Mendoza back in the Royals rotation but am not thrilled with one start this week in New York, so I bid a dollar each on Oakland’s Graham Godfrey or the Royals’ Nathan Adcock so I could still get a start but reserve Mendoza. Well as you see I didn’t come close to getting Yan but I thought there was too much risk for a player who might be sent down today or any time later for a huge bid, but I did get Nix who will get some at bats for the Yankees. On the pitching side, Godfrey was not called up in time to make that move legal, so I got Adcock who hopefully will get a start late in the week in Baltimore which I thought was preferable to Mendoza in Yankee stadium.

elian-herrera

NATIONAL LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

HERRERA, ELIAN 7 BP Carty 5 Greg Ambr 1 BHQ 1 ESPN - EK
HARRISON, JOSH 7 Full Moon 3 Greg Ambr 2 Shrink 2 BHQ 1 BP Carty
SUPPAN, JEFF 5 lawr mich
KENNEDY, ADAM 4 Greg Ambr 3 BHQ 2 Full Moon
MAXWELL, JUSTIN 3 Full Moon 1 BHQ 1 BIS 1 Full Moon
TEKOTTE, BLAKE 3 RotoWire
SELLERS, JUSTIN 3 Greg Ambr 3 Full Moon 2 BP Carty
CEDENO, RONNY 2 BHQ 1 BP Carty 1 Full Moon
SAVERY, JOE 2 lawr mich
KENDRICK, KYLE 2 Greg Ambr 2 Full Moon 1 ESPN - EK
BAXTER, MIKE 1 BHQ 1 Full Moon
NAVARRO, YAMAICO 1 BIS 1 Full Moon
HILL, KOYIE 1 BP Carty
PETERSEN, BRYAN 1 ESPN - EK 1 Full Moon
DIEKMAN, JACOB 1 ESPN - EK
HERNANDEZ, GORKYS 1 Full Moon 1 BIS

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

BELISARIO, RONALD 1 Greg Ambr
BUCK, TRAVIS 1 BHQ 1 BIS 1 Full Moon
CHAMBERS, ADRON 1 BIS
HEFNER, JEREMY 1 Greg Ambr
HERNANDEZ, GORKYS 2 Full Moon
STULTS, ERIC 1 Shrink 1 Full Moon
LUNA, HECTOR 1 Full Moon
NADY, XAVIER 1 BIS
NICKEAS, MICHAEL 1 BP Carty
WATSON, TONY 1 Greg Ambr
KOTTARAS, GEORGE 1 KFFL

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

It while a wild week of LABR pains as owners scrambled to plus spots--that would be holes--in their respective lineups.

Probably the move that merits the most attention would be the acquisition of Brew Crew first sacker Travis Ishikawa for $13 by Ray Flowers.

Now, normally a weak hitting defensive backup would not draw that much interest. In fact, Ray had Ishikawa, and dumped him several weeks back, when I picked the first sacker up to spell Aubrey Huff. Once Huff returned, I dropped Travis, but following a surge week and a pair of dingers, plus a .267-4-13 line, Ray dropped a hefty $13 to get that "weak hitting defensive sub" back.  Does that count as everything that is old is new again?

Perhaps the tastiest newbie of the week was not even a free agent, as LABR Prime Director Steve Gardner activated Matt Adams from his reserve list to replace the hot htting, but equally cold bodied Allen Craig.

The big ticket item of the week, however, was San Diego's Evereth Cabrera for whom Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton spent $17, replacing Brooks Conrad. However, in a dollar and position battle, I spent $15 on Alexi Amarista, so between us, the Full Moon and Mastersball guys blew $32 total, each hoping they had the answer to the "who replaces the departed Orlando Hudson and the injured Jason Bartlett?" riddle. Stay tuned (though obviously I think I will win that one!).

Full Moon also went $7 on Josh Harrison to cover the slumping and demoted Gaby Sanchez, and Derek Carty tried to plug two holes, first with $7 for Elian Herrera to take the spot of broken Mark Ellis, and with Koylie Hill to replace the equally broken Giovany Soto.

Although, perhaps the wisest pickup in that vein was Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs picking up Adam Kennedy for another wounded bum, Juan Uribe for $4. Kennedy is one of those guys who like the Terminator, refuses to die, and always comes back with some swipes and pop (remember his three homer game in the playoffs?).

On the pitching side, I feel pretty well gobsmacked, having already lost Brian Wilson ($16) for the year, and then probably Cory Luebke ($15), and now after one start Tim Stauffer ($9) goes back on the DL. I grabbed Jeff Suppan ($5, and a major shudder) to fill that void, hoping Petco will be friendly, and Phils #1 pick of a few years back, Joe Savery, to try and keep my team which had seven starting pitchers after walking out of the draft. HAD is the key word.

What can I say?

Injuries happen.

tyler-colvin

MIXED LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

ADAMS, MATT 30 Bobby Col 19 Doug Ande 18 Fred Zink 8 KFFL 7 Mike Pod
JOHNSON, ELLIOT 10 USAT
PETTITTE, ANDY 8 Fred Zink 2 KFFL
COLVIN, TYLER 6 USAT
COBB, ALEX 5 BBHQ 4 Mike Pod
PLOUFFE, TREVOR 4 BBHQ
FRAZIER, TODD 2 Jonah Ker 3 Fred Zink 3 BBHQ
CARPENTER, MATT 1 Tom Trude
NAVA, DANIEL 1 KFFL
SANCHEZ, HECTOR 1 KFFL
COOK, RYAN 1 KFFL
PORCELLO, RICK 1 USAT

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

BARNEY, DARWIN 8 USAT
GALVIS, FREDDY 2 USAT
AVERY, XAVIER 1 Tom Trude 1 KFFL
BLANCO, GREGOR 2 USAT 1 KFFL
DOBBS, GREG 1 Tom Trude
GOMEZ, JEANMAR 1 USAT
MAYBERRY, JOHN 2 BBHQ 1 Fred Zink
SAUNDERS, MICHAEL 1 KFFL 1 Fred Zink
SCHUMAKER, SKIP 1 USAT

Todd Zola's Commentary

Matt Adams is the talk of the town as Lance Berkman has been quoted as feeling he could be out awhile. Check out The Hotpage for the 411 on the new Redbird first sacker.

The three pickups I find intriguing are Tyler Colvin, Todd Frazier and Alex Cobb. It isn't clear how yet, but the Rockies seem set on finding semi-regular playing time for Colvin, who can play all three OF spots as well as spelling Todd Helton at first. Scott Rolen could be out awhile so Frazier may get a decent look-see. In the GAB, anyone with a regular gig is worth a chance. Cobb is interesting since he benefits from a nice pitching park and a nicer defense.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 May 2012 08:42
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of May 21 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 May 2012 11:34

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Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well as the runner-up bids. There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 13-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo. 

Tout Wars uses a modified Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

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 is a bid 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.

alex_cobb

AMERICAN LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

PLAYER WINNING BID
ACobb, TB 34 (31) Liss 30 Berry 23 Erickson 13 Siano 12 Schechter 11 Wolf/Colton
8 Leibowitz 7 Behrens
YGomes, Tor 23 (12) Siano 11 Wolf/Colton 5 Erickson 3 Shandler 3 Schechter 2 Behrens
WMyers, KC 5 Berry 4 Liss
NAdcock, KC 3 Erickson
RThompson, TB 2 Erickson 2 Collette 0 Berry
BHall, Bal 1 Collette 0 Erickson
JOdorizzi, KC 1 Siano
AGonzalez, Tex 1 Michaels
ACrow, KC 1 Behrens 0 Leibowitz
DODay, Bal 0 Leibowitz 0 Siano
BWilson, LAA 0 Shandler

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

ARosales, Oak 0 Erickson
BLogan, NYY 0 Siano
CStewart, NYY 0 Shandler
JFrasor, Tor 0 Leibowitz
KCalhoun, LAA 1 Erickson
LMarson, Cle 0 Shandler
MLowe, Tex 0 Leibowitz
NJones, CWS 0 Siano
OHudson, FA 5 Siano

Rob Leibowitz Commentary

Alex Cobb took the most action this week including bids sizeable enough that some believe that righty may stick in the rotation for more than just Jeff Niemann's month to month and a half or so DL-stay. Cobb had a nice 9-start audition last year with the Rays showing some bat missing and control skills. Cobb is no ace,  but has a deep enough repertoire where in another organization he might already be a mainstay of the rotation. I think he has enough stuff, though no one true great pitch to make him more than a 4th or 5th starter. I made an $8 bid on him with the idea that he was a short term stay option and a possible Danny Duffy replacement.

Yan Gomes attracted several bids too. The former catcher has never really put up big numbers prior to this season at Las Vegas. A very aggressive hitter, Gomes has never demonstrated more than mid-teens top per season homerun potential. I guess the attracting here was a possible improvement over most $1 catchers, which I can agree with, but I am not a believe he will last long with the Jays and that other players in their organization are better options.

matt_adams

NATIONAL LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

MAdams, StL 68 (57) Ravitz 56 Gianella 53 Carty 53 Walton 31 Melnick 27 Kreutzer
16 Peterson 16 Hertz 6 Gardner
AAmarista, SD 29 (17) Melnick 16 Gianella 15 Cockcroft 9 Kreutzer 7 Pianowski 3 Hertz
3 Ravitz 2 Walton 2 Carty
AKennedy, LAD 12 Zola 12 Pianowski 4 Kreutzer 3 Gianella 3 Ravitz 2 Carty
2 Hertz
CCoghlan, Fla 29 (10) Melnick 7 Zola 4 Kreutzer 4 Hertz 1 Gianella
MStutes, Phi 11 (10) Zola
EStults, SD 8 Pianowski 3 Carty 1 Peterson 1 Walton
JArredondo, Cin 8 Kreutzer 4 Gardner 4 Melnick 1 Walton 1 Hertz
TWood, ChC 6 Walton 5 Hertz
JHefner, NYM 4 Hertz 1 Peterson 1 Carty
BPetersen, Fla 4 Kreutzer 3 Walton 0 Hertz
SRobinson, StL 2 Carty 1 Gianella
JSellers, LAD 2 Kreutzer 0 Carty 0 Zola
FMartinez, Hou 1 Ravitz
BHayes, Fla 1 Kreutzer
KHill, ChC 0 Peterson 0 Kreutzer
YNavarro, Pit 0 Carty 15 Melnick 2 Kreutzer
JGrilli, Pit 0 Carty 0 Gardner
RJohnson, ChC 0 Ravitz 0 Kreutzer 0 Pianowski
AParrino, SD 0 Gianella

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

BLyon, Hou 0 Zola 0 Hertz
BSchneider, Phi 0 Peterson
BTekotte, SD 1 Kreutzer
CBreslow, Ari 0 Zola
CColeman, ChC 3 Zola
CMaldonado, Was 0 Peterson
ESanchez, StL 0 Hertz
GHernandez, Pit 2 Kreutzer 1 Hertz
FSalas, StL 0 Carty
HLuna, Phi 0 Carty
IDeJesus, LAD 0 Kreutzer
JaWilson, Atl 0 Kreutzer
KLoe, Mil 0 Carty
MCairo, Cin 1 Zola
MParra, Mil 0 Carty
MRzepczynski, StL 0 Zola
MTreanor, LAD 0 Peterson
WValdez, Cin 0 Zola

Brian Walton's Commentary

With the MRI on Lance Berkman's injured right knee not scheduled until Monday, the duration of prospect Matt Adams' hold on the Cardinals' first base job remains a question mark. I think the left-handed power hitter may remain for good and bid accordingly. My $53 offer aligned with the former Slippery Rock catcher's uniform number, which oddly tied me with Derek Carty. Neither of us won, however, as Nate Ravitz' $68 was reduced to $57 (Vickrey) by Mike Gianella's $56 offer.

The release of O-Dog, Orlando Hudson, by the Padres (who has since landed with the White Sox) and the knee injury to Jason Bartlett opened up the middle infield in San Diego. While new/old shortstop Everth Cabrera was already taken in our league, second baseman Alexi Amarista drew spirited bidding from the NL Touts this week. Lenny Melnick's $29 was reduced to $17, one dollar higher than Gianella again.

If Adam Kennedy is a cat with nine lives, he has to be close to exhausting them all. Seeing playing time once again in Los Angeles after Mark Ellis went down on a play at second base this weekend meant the veteran infielder drew two $12 bids. Todd Zola edged Scott Pianowski on the standings tiebreaker.

ben-revere

MIXED LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

PLAYER WINNING BID
MAdams, StL 23 Minnix 22 Zinkie 16 Heaney 6 Steinhorn 2 Singman
BRevere, Min 11 (10) Trachtman 4 Heaney 3 Van Riper 1 Minnix
TFrazier, Cin 7 Flowers 7 Van Riper 3 Zinkie 1 Zinkie 0 Heaney
RDavis, Tor 6 Schwartz 2 Zinkie
PBourjos, LAA 5 Zinkie 4 Van Riper 0 Minnix 0 Singman
FGalvis, Phi 4 Heaney
CHeisey, Cin 4 Van Riper 1 Minnix 1 Schwartz 0 Zinkie
RBarajas, Pit 3 Heaney
MSaunders, Sea 3 Van Riper 2 Zinkie 0 Minnix
YGomes, Tor 2 Singman 2 Heaney 1 Schwartz
GBlanco, SF 2 Singman 1 Heaney 0 Zinkie
DNava, Bos 1 Heaney
WBloomquist, Ari 2 Zinkie 0 Minnix
DGee, NYM 1 Van Riper
PHumber, CWS 1 Schwartz
CStammen, Was 0 Davitt
XAvery, Bal 0 Minnix 2 Van Riper 1 Heaney 0 Zinkie
WMiley, Ari 1 Schwartz 0 Zinkie

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

MBaxter, NYM 0 Zinkie
AKennedy, LAD 0 Zinkie
CMorton, Pit 1 Schwartz
CPennington, Oak 0 Zinkie
ECabrera, SD 5 Flowers 0 Zinkie
GKottaras, Mil 0 Heaney
HSanchez, SF 1 Heaney
JArrieta, Bal 1 Schwartz
JBenoit, Det 3 Flowers 1 Schwartz
JPacheco, Col 2 Van Riper
JSands, LAD 1 Van Riper
RAnkiel, Was 1 Schwartz
SVanSlyke, LAD 0 Zinkie
TCollins, KC 0 Davitt
TGreen, Mil 1 Van Riper
TPlouffe, Min 2 Van Riper 1 Schwartz

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Cardinals’ top prospect Matt Adams was the big prize in this week’s Mixed Tout FAAB bidding, and Nick Minnix’s $23 bid was just enough to get the first baseman, as he edged out Fred Zinkie by a single dollar. Whether or not Lance Berkman’s knee injury is a season-ending ACL tear will be known soon, but even if Berkman returns this year, chances are he’ll be out for awhile, and Adams will have plenty of time to make an impact. The 23-year-old, the 2011 Texas League Player of the Year, was batting .340 with nine homers and 27 RBIs in 37 games for Triple-A Memphis this season, so there’s little doubt he deserves this opportunity. In a 15-team mixed league, you won’t find hitters of Adams’ caliber on the waiver wire.

Speedy Ben Revere was the second highest priced player, going to Seth Trachtman for $10, and Todd Frazier, who went to Ray Flowers for $7, came in third. While Revere is a stolen base difference maker, there’s no guarantee that he will receive everyday at-bats for the Twins, but 10 bucks is a solid investment nonetheless. Frazier has put up strong numbers since being recalled from the Minors back in April, and with Scott Rolen possibly out for the season, he was no doubt a worthy pickup.

With more than half of my season FAAB budget gone, I entered in only one bid this week, $6 for Matt Adams. I knew it wouldn’t be enough to land him, but hey, what’s the harm in trying?

Last Updated on Monday, 21 May 2012 15:11
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of May 14 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 14 May 2012 14:20

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Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well as the runner-up bids. There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 13-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Beginning this week, all contingency bid for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this bid is a contingency bid tied to a player that 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.

casey_kotchman

AMERICAN LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

 

PETTITTE, ANDY 34 Nate Ravi 19 BHQ 17 Shrink 7 NFBC 7 KFFL
KOTCHMAN, CASEY 23 Shrink 8 BHQ 6 NFBC 2 USAT 1 Full Moon
PLOUFFE, TREVOR 13 KFFL 5 BHQ 3 Shrink 1 USAT 1 Full Moon
MCALLISTER, ZACH 8 NFBC 7 Nate Ravi 2 Full Moon
NAVA, DANIEL 6 Jason Col 15 Shrink 2 KFFL 2 USAT 1 NFBC 1 Full Moon
DUENSING, BRIAN 5 Shrink 3 NFBC
FLAHERTY, RYAN 4 BHQ 2 NFBC 1 Full Moon
HALL, BILL 3 NFBC 3 USAT 2 Jason Col 1 Full Moon
WILSON, BOBBY 3 BHQ 1 Full Moon
AVERY, XAVIER 2 Full Moon 6 Shrink
LOWE, MARK 2 USAT
ATCHISON, SCOTT 1 KFFL
FALU, IRVING 1 NFBC
ROSS, TYSON 1 Full Moon 1 USAT

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

MASTROIANNI, DARIN 7 Shrink 2 KFFL
WALTERS, P.J. 3 NFBC 2 Nate Ravi
BURTON, JARED 2 USAT
DELABAR, STEVE 1 USAT
GIMENEZ, CHRIS 1 BHQ
HESTER, JOHN 1 BHQ
HOWELL, J.P. 1 Nate Ravi
JONES, NATE 1 USAT
LAIRD, GERALD 1 BHQ
MCGEE, JAKE 1 Nate Ravi
O'DAY, DARREN 1 USAT
TOLLESON, STEVEN 1 BHQ

Perry Van Hook's Commentary:

Well color me mildly surprised by this weeks’ free agent bidding in LABR AL. I had thought that Andy Pettitte and some of the recently promoted outfielders would get the largest bids.

Right on Pettitte as he did draw several double digit bids – the winner $34 from Nate Ravitz (ESPN). But wrong on Daniel Nava who went for only $6 to Jason Collette; and on Xavier Avery as the Baltimore outfielder went for just $2 to Colton & Wolf (Full Moon Sports); but that was two dollars more than Darin Mastroianni of Minnesota who wasn’t added by any team despite being on a few lists. No what generated the surprise bids this week were two of my former players who weren’t hitting .300 combined when I released them last week – 1B Casey Kotchman who got $23 from Larry Schechter (Sandlot Shrink), and Trevor Plouffe who went for $13 to Nick Minnix (KFFL). Let’s see how long they last on those two rosters.

I decided to watch this week and thus move up the FAAB list by lack of subtraction as I didn’t feel strongly about Pettitte and didn’t have a place for the outfielders. Besides the best dollars spent last week were my $4 on Minnesota’s Scott Diamond who recorded two wins without giving up any earned runs as my team bounced up several places in the standings.

 

scott_van_slyke

NATIONAL LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

VAN SLYKE, SCOTT 17 Greg Ambr 5 Yahoo 4 Full Moon 1 BIS
ARIAS, JOAQUIN 11 Ray Flowe 7 Greg Ambr 5 BHQ 3 Shrink 2 Full Moon
FRIEDRICH, CHRISTI 8 Greg Ambr 8 BHQ 3 Full Moon 2 BP Carty
MAYSONET, EDWIN 6 Greg Ambr
POLLOCK, A.J. 3 RotoWire 1 BIS
DARNELL, JAMES 3 Full Moon 1 BIS
RUSSELL, JAMES 2 Full Moon 1 BIS
COSTANZO, MIKE 2 Full Moon
CAIRO, MIGUEL 1 ESPN - EK 1 Full Moon 1 Full Moon
CULBERSON, CHARLIE 1 BIS
HAYES, BRETT 1 Yahoo
LINCOLN, BRAD 1 BHQ
ONDRUSEK, LOGAN 1 BHQ

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

CEDENO, RONNY 3 Full Moon
KENNEDY, ADAM 2 Full Moon
WATSON, TONY 1 Greg Ambr
KENNEDY, ADAM 1 Greg Ambr
MARTE, VICTOR 1 BHQ
MCCLELLAN, KYLE 1 BHQ
SIMON, ALFREDO 1 BHQ

Lawr Michaels' Commentary:

The big--well, let's say most interesting to me--name in the free agent pool was the Dodger's Scott Van Slyke. The progeny of former outfielder Andy, Scott is a big guy with the power the Dodgers essentially seek out of their first base slot. So, Team Ambrosious, anticipating this, knocked out $17 of their FAAB for the rights to the young slugger to spell dead end Travis Buck. In fact, Greg and his mate Shawn Childs really opened their wallets, also bagging Rockies hurler Christian Friedrich ($8) to fill out their rotation, and Brewers middle infielder Edwin Maysonet ($6) meaning the NFBC team spent $31--nearly one-third of their purse--this week to give their team a boost.
Other moves of interest were Full Moon dropping Conor Gillaspie and grabbing Michael Constanzo for $2, and also grabbed James Darnell ($5) to replace Juan Rivera.
Yahoo! pickied up Brett Hayes ($1) to fill the injured shoes of Wilton Ramos, while Rotowire plucked A.J. Pollack (what is it with ballyplayers who are A.J.? Pierzynski, Ellis, Burnett) with Jayson Werth down.
On the mound, the tough news was for owners with those tempting prospects. BBHQ had to farm demoted Drew Pomeranz for Brad Lincoln ($1), taking a double hit in also reserving Joe Wieland for Logan Ondrusek (also $1).

will_middlebrooks

MIXED LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

FUENTES, BRIAN 21 Rotowire 13 Fred Zink 4 Mike Pod 1 USA TODAY
THAYER, DALE 15 James Qui 14 Rotowire 4 Mike Pod 2 Fred Zink 1 USA TODAY
DANKS, JOHN 8 Rotowire 2 Fred Zink 1 Tom Trude
MIDDLEBROOKS, WILL 7 Clay Dave 3 Fred Zink
BERNADINA, ROGER 5 Fred Zink
JANSSEN, CASEY 5 Razzball 15 James Qui 11 Rotowire 5 Fred Zink 3 Mike Pod 2 USA TODAY
2 KFFL
GUERRERO, VLADIMIR 4 James Qui
ELLIS, MARK 3 Rotowire 2 Clay Dave 1 BBHQ
FLORES, JESUS 3 James Qui 1 Clay Dave
FRIEDRICH, CHRISTI 3 Jonah Ker 2 Razzball
HARANG, AARON 3 Rotowire
DOZIER, BRIAN 2 Jonah Ker 2 Rotowire
CHEN, WEI-YIN 1 Tom Trude
DELGADO, RANDALL 1 Tom Trude
MCALLISTER, ZACH 1 Razzball
PENA, BRAYAN 1 Clay Dave

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

INGE, BRANDON 2 James Qui
GOMEZ, JEANMAR 1 Tom Trude
GUTHRIE, JEREMY 1 Tom Trude
SCHUMAKER, SKIP 1 Rotowire
COOK, RYAN 1 Razzball
CASTRO, JASON 1 Clay Dave
SHOPPACH, KELLY 1 Clay Dave

Todd Zola's Commentary:

And the poor get poorer. I am usually quite objective when it comes to self-analysis and in all my years of doing this. I hsve never been so high on a team leaving the draft only to have it all crumble down. On top of everything else, I lost Wilson Ramos, probably for the season. The thing is, I am heavily invested in Ramos and spent much of last evening beating deadlines. I knew I had him in Mixed LABR as well, but with the Monday deadline, I figured I'd do it in the morning -- OOPS!!! I committed the cardinal sin and simply forgot to replace Ramos this week. So not only do have a week of goose-eggs coming up, the available receiver inventory has thinned.

Lost in all the pitching moves this week is Clay's capture of Will Middlebrooks. The Red Sox rookie third baseman is both a performance and playing time risk going forward, but he is the kind of gamble that helps pay off big later, especially if the rumors are true and Youkilis is on the trading block, Middlebrooks will continue to receive fulltime run.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 May 2012 08:18
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of May 14 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 14 May 2012 00:59

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Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well as the runner-up bids. There are three TOUT leagues, a 12-team AL only, 13-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a modified Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Beginning this week, all contingency bid for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this bid is a contingency bid tied to a player that 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.

casey_janssen

AMERICAN LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

PLAYER WINNING BID
CJanssen, Tor 38 (12) Liss 11 Wolf/Colton 8 Behrens 8 Schechter 5 Shandler 5 Berry
VGuerrero, Tor 28 (10) Berry
XAvery, Bal 18 (10) Leibowitz 5 Berry 2 Shandler
DNava, Bos 12 Berry 3 Erickson 1 Siano 0 Michaels
3 Siano
BDuensing, Min 7 Berry 2 Leibowitz 0 Shandler
DMastroianni, Min 7 Michaels 3 Behrens 3 Berry 2 Shandler 2 Erickson 0 Berry
SPodsednik, Bos 5 Berry
PWalters, Min 5 Berry 3 Shandler
JDonaldson, Oak 3 Leibowitz 3 Berry 2 Shandler
CCowgill, Oak 2 Erickson 4 Berry 2 Behrens 1 Siano
MBanuelos, NYY 1 Behrens
DButera, Min 1 Siano
KHerrera, KC 0 Shandler 0 Leibowitz
NPunto, Bos 0 Shandler 0 Siano

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

BHall, Bal 3 Michaels 1 Siano 0 Berry
STolleson, Bal 2 Berry
TScheppers, Tex 2 Berry
WMyers, KC 2 Berry
CStewart, NYY 0 Siano
MLowe, Tex 0 Shandler 0 Leibowitz

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

This week’s three largest bids demonstrated enthusiasm on the parts of three Touts, yours truly included, for players where most of the other Touts were not so enthused. Why? Well, overall, it was lack of belief in the three players and it may come down to a question of playing time rather than skill that was the cause of skepticism. Casey Janssen, who garnered a $38 bid and was purchased for $12 was recently named the Blue Jay’s closer. Janssen picked up 6 bids and perhaps should have drawn a bit more aggressive bids as we are talking about a pitcher who really has excelled since moving to full time relief in 2010, producing greater than 8.0 K/9’s and sub 3.0 BB/9s while getting groundballs roughly 45% or greater of the time. It all comes down to a case of gopheritis. If Janssen can locate better, he could legitimately hang onto the role until Santos returns and that is the other side of the coin as Santos is poised to return in just a few weeks.

Xavier Avery has talent and even though he could be sent down when Nolan Reimold returns, I opted for a semi-aggressive $17 bid ($10 Vickery adjusted) on his services with the idea that Baltimore’s DHs have not been producing and that Avery could force his way into a starting job with Reimold moving to DH later in the season.  The 22-year old lefty has mid-teens pop potential, 30+ stolen base potential, and is actually quite a disciplined hitter. So I thought it an acceptable risk on a player with talent and in a league with little offensive talent currently avaiablle.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

PLAYER WINNING BID
CFriedrich, Col 9 Kreutzer 8 Walton 8 Ravitz 5 Hertz 4 Cockcroft 3 Carty
3 Peterson 3 Gianella 3 Pianowski
SVanSlyke, LAD 6 Peterson 3 Ravitz 3 Cockcroft 2 Gianella 0 Walton 0 Kreutzer
DMurphy, Fla 5 Pianowski 0 Kreutzer
BBrach, SD 4 Zola 0 Cockcroft 0 Ravitz
CCulberson, SF 4 Kreutzer
MFontenot, Phi 4 Kreutzer 1 Ravitz
TMoore, Was 4 Gianella 1 Cockcroft 0 Peterson 0 Kreutzer
EHerrera, LAD 4 Carty 2 Walton
FRodriguez, Mil 3 Gianella 3 Hertz
JBell, Ari 3 Zola
JDarnell, SD 2 Gianella 0 Peterson 0 Walton
BLincoln, Pit 2 Cockcroft 2 Hertz
JGyorko, SD 2 Carty
LOndrusek, Cin 3 Kreutzer 1 Pianowski
EMaysonet, Mil 0 Ravitz 0 Kreutzer
JSuppan, SD 0 Peterson
JHarrison, Pit 0 Peterson
MCostanzo, Cin 0 Walton 0 Peterson
MNickeas, NYM 0 Gardner
AKearns, Fla 0 Ravitz 0 Peterson 0 Kreutzer

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

MCairo, Cin 3 Zola 0 Kreutzer
ABastardo, Phi 1 Pianowski
BHayes, Fla 0 Gardner
BSchneider, Phi 0 Gardner
CrMartinez, Atl 0 Kreutzer
FSalas, StL 0 Carty
HBlanco, Ari 0 Gardner
JArredondo, Cin 0 Ravitz
JGiambi, Col 0 Kreutzer
JSellers, LAD 0 Kreutzer
MKotsay, SD 0 Kreutzer
TCruz, StL 0 Gardner
WValdez, Cin 0 Kreutzer

Brian Walton's Commentary:

There are a lot of moving parts in and around the Colorado rotation, including struggling Jamie Moyer and rehabbing Jorge De La Rosa. Last week, Christian Friedrich replaced disappointing and demoted Drew Pomeranz in the Rockies starting five and had a solid MLB debut. That led to over half the league chasing the left-hander for a two-start week ahead. The winning bid of $9 from Peter Kreutzer shaded the $8 offers from me and Nate Ravitz.

I also came in second in a play for Dodgers Triple-A middle infielder Elian Herrera, with Derek Carty doubling up my $2 bid. With uncertainty surrounding scuffling shortstop Dee Gordon, Herrera is an intriguing play -if called up. The 27-year-old switch-hitter has a 17-game hitting streak, a.358 average and is 9-for-12 in stolen base attempts at Albuquerque this season. It will be a lot more difficult in the National League, however.

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MIXED LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

PLAYER WINNING BID
BFuentes, Oak 29 (23) DiFino 22 Zinkie 21 VanRiper 12 Steinhorn 9 Flowers 8 Gonos
6 Singman 2 Heaney 1 Schwartz
CJanssen, Tor 27 (10) McCaffrey 11 VanRiper 7 Zinkie 2 Singman 2 Heaney 2 Gonos
0 Minnix
DThayer, SD 14 (10) VanRiper 9 McCaffrey 6 Singman 6 Flowers 6 DiFino 4 Zinkie
4 Gonos 2 Heaney 0 Minnix
JWieland, SD 8 Davitt
RBernadina, Was 6 Flowers 5 Swanay 3 Zinkie
MThornton, CWS 6 Flowers 1 Heaney 0 Minnix
JRauch, NYM 5 Singman 12 VanRiper 5 Flowers 4 Zinkie 2 Steinhorn 2 Heaney
0 Minnix
TColvin, Col 4 Heaney 4 Minnix 1 Swanay 1 DiFino
JHannahan, Cle 4 Gonos 0 Zinkie
RSweeney, Bos 4 DiFino 2 Flowers 1 Heaney 0 Zinkie 0 Davitt
BInge, Oak 3 Heaney 2 Flowers 0 Minnix
BDozier, Min 3 Minnix 0 Zinkie
FDoubront, Bos 3 Gonos 1 Schwartz
WBetemit, Bal 3 Swanay 3 Flowers 0 Zinkie 0 Davitt
RDelgado, Atl 3 Swanay 1 Schwartz
SSmith, Oak 3 Swanay
JJaso, Sea 2 Gonos 0 Steinhorn
AHarang, LAD 2 Steinhorn
CFriedrich, Col 2 Singman 0 Minnix
JWilliams, LAA 1 Schwartz
JFlores, Was 1 Steinhorn 0 Minnix
JMayberry, Phi 0 Minnix 1 Swanay 0 Zinkie 0 Gonos 0 DiFino
MEllis, LAD 0 Zinkie 2 Heaney 2 Flowers
RHanigan, Cin 0 Steinhorn
DDeJesus, ChC 0 Davitt 2 Heaney 2 Flowers 0 Minnix
BChen, KC 0 Davitt
JRussell, ChC 0 Minnix
BLyon, Hou 0 DiFino
MIzturis, LAA 0 Davitt

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

DLowe, Cle 3 Gonos
PBourjos, LAA 3 Flowers 0 Davitt
CGentry, Tex 2 Flowers 0 Zinkie 0 Davitt
CPennington, Oak 2 Flowers 0 Davitt
JUribe, LAD 2 Flowers 1 Heaney 0 Gonos
RAnkiel, Was 2 Flowers
TGwynn, LAD 2 Flowers
FRodriguez, Mil 1 VanRiper
TGreen, Mil 1 Swanay 0 Heaney
TPlouffe, Min 1 Swanay
JCrain, CWS 1 Singman 0 Davitt
BParnell, NYM 1 Heaney
CHeisey, Cin 0 Zinkie
JKeppinger, TB 0 Heaney
GLaird, Det 0 Gonos
MNickeas, NYM 0 Gonos

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary:

In this season of historic closer turnover, a boatload of FAAB dollars this week were spent on potential saves. Newly anointed A’s stopper Brian Fuentes garnered the most attention, and for good reason. With 201 career saves to his record, Fuentes should handle his new role just fine, and it would not at all be surprising to see him hold onto the closing gig through the end of the season. Fuentes ended up costing Nando DiFino, who entered in a $29 bid, $23. I would’ve loved to add Fuentes to my roster as a third closer, but having already spent more than half of my season FAAB budget I limited myself to a $12 bid. Casey Janssen and Dale Thayer, both fill-in closers, were the next highest priced players, going to Gene McCaffrey and Derek Van Riper respectively for the Vickrey adjusted cost of $10. While Janssen and Thayer are merely temporary closers, they should give their new owners a handful of saves before Sergio Santos and Huston Street come off the DL. Other buys of note included Jon Rauch, who could supplant the erratic Frank Francisco sooner rather than later, and Christian Freidrich, the newest member of the Rockies’ starting rotation. Freidrich has posted elite strikeout numbers in the Minors and is coming off a strong big league debut.

I was faced with the depressing task of replacing both of my starting backstops, Wilson Ramos and Chris Iannetta. Meet my new catcher duo: Jesus Flores and Ryan Hanigan! I’m actually pretty high on Flores, as he has proven to be a decent offensive producer when healthy. My catcher situation is probably something I’ll need to address through trade in the near future. My only other purchase turned out to be Aaron Harang, who has notched three quality starts in his last four outings and is scheduled to pitch against the Padres this week at spacious Petco Park.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 May 2012 13:56
 
Interleague Play Starts Next Weekend PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Perry Van Hook   
Sunday, 13 May 2012 21:22

At the end of this week we will have the first weekend of Interleague Play. Fortunately for fantasy players there are not a lot of players who will lose at bats for three days but David Ortiz, BOS and Kendrys Morales, LAA are the two most important.

There are only six NL teams gaining extra at bats and we don’t know how managers will spread those around but Chris Heisey, CIN and the first base partners in Pittsburgh, Garrett Jones and Casey McGehee should see more at bats.

The full weeks of Interleague Play should be on your planning calendar – Weeks 10 and 11 starting June 11. The weekend prior, June 8-10 is also set of three game Interleague series.

For this week AL teams losing their DH spot are Baltimore, Boston, Chicago White Sox, LA Angels, Minnesota, Oakland, Seattle, and Texas.

The NL teams gaining at bats for the three days are Arizona, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Miami, NY Mets, and Pittsburgh.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 May 2012 22:01
 
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