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Floating Wood? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lawr Michaels   
Thursday, 24 May 2012 00:00

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I am sure we all saw that former flame thrower Kerry Wood retired last weekend.

Which is fine, I suppose, but somehow or other, there seemed to be a big fuss around Wood's final performance. And I wonder where celebrations like this started, and why Kerry Wood, who certainly tantalized, and then proceeded to essentially disappoint for ten years, got to be a big deal?

Wood did log a decent enough career, going 86-75, 3.67, with 63 saves over 14 years. Plus, he also logged an excellent 1582 strikeouts over 1380 innings.

However, only twice did he pitch more than 200 innings, which is pretty pathetic in the Rich Harden sense as a starter. And, after being injured in 2004 after 140.1 innings, he never tossed more than 66 innings again over the course of a season. True, when he did log 66, it was in 2005 as a starter, and Wood was then a reliever and at best average closer (his best year was 2008, when he went 5-6, 3.26 with 34 conversions), and really only managed two such years in that role.

Largely injuries were the problem, and which Wood did make a splash as a young fireballer, striking out 20 in a game and tying the record for that accomplishment in nine innings, that is pretty much it.

But, baseball is littered with fireballers with promise who were injured for one reason or another and had their careers short circuited. Herb Score, for example. Or Mark Fydrich. And, neither of them left the game with any fanfare.

Similarly, as I look at the Baseball Reference page on Wood, the arms he is compared to are Bob Bolin, Diego Segui, Moe Drabowsky, and Don Larsen: all decent enough pitchers with ok careers, but nothing worth stopping a game and bowing to.

When Steve Carlton retired, I don't remember any fanfare, and should Kevin Millwood or Mark Buehrle call it quits, after much more dependable careers, I cannot imagine anything special either.

Sadly, I think Wood's retirement was just another piece of the "what might have been" department, rather than the "look at what he did" one.

And, that does not really merit any more attention than it already got over the past 14 years.

Not that good.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 May 2012 11:50
 
Two Interesting OF Debuts Wednesday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Perry Van Hook   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 14:55

Two players making their major league debuts Wednesday are of some interest to fantasy players in AL only formats (one possibly in deep mixed leagues for just stolen bases).

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Quintin Berry replaces the injured Austin Jackson in center field for the Tigers. Sadly Jackson off to such a good start this year looks to be headed to a DL stint with an abdominal muscle injury. Berry has stolen over 50 bases in two of his minor league seasons. Hitting just .270 for Triple-A Toledo, Berry was already 19-22 in stolen base attempts this year.

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Kole Calhoun appeared as a defensive replacement for the Angels on Tuesday night but Wednesday gets his first major league start in right field.  Calhoun who was an eighth round pick in the 2010 draft got the organization’s attention quickly as he had a 20 HR and 20 SB in his first professional season at A Cedar Rapids. Calhoun who had an outstanding spring training for a team already overloaded with outfielders was hitting 296/365/491 at AAA Salt Lake with five home runs and six stolen bases this year after skipping AA. While his stay in Anaheim is likely a short one with Torii Hunter expected to rejoin the club next Monday, Calhoun may be of interest in deeper AL only formats where he could be kept cheaply for next year.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2012 15:20
 
Fantasy Football: Early Round Outlook PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan Carey   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 12:59

Mock Draft Central is hosting weekly industry mock drafts every week on their “Mock Draft Mondays” and Mastersball writers will be participating weekly in these online events. Being part of these mocks will allow us to keep up with the evolving market trends and rankings as they evolve from now until drafting season kicks into full gear. This week I was given the task to take a seat at the table for my first foray into the talent inventory for the upcoming fantasy football season. I will admit up front, that I went into this draft without a cheat sheet, as I haven’t even begun to seriously develop my rankings for the upcoming season, and decided that outside of having a plan for my first two picks the best approach was to just wade in and get a glimpse of how the talent was going to come off the board. This particular mock was set up as a 14 Team, PPR league with 1 QB, 2RB, 3WR, 1 TE, 1 FLEX (RB/WR/TE) 1 K and 1 DT. We would only draft 15 rounds, meaning only 5 bench slots to build depth with. For comparison, the NFFC (which has same scoring and starting rosters) drafts 20 rounds deep. The NFFC also uses third round reversal and this mock did not, making it slightly more advantageous to pick near the top half.

We were able to grab our own draft slots upon signing up and I decided to go with Pick 5. For this draft I wanted to experiment with building a team around Calvin Johnson as my first pick. The other obvious candidate at that point would be Aaron Rodgers, but along with starting out with the best WR on the board, I also wanted to see how long I could wait at QB and still get an elite option. Arian Foster, Ray Rice, LeSean McCoy and Maurice Jones-Drew are the RB’s bunched at the top of early draft boards, so at worst, if someone else jumped me on Johnson, I could scoop up the RB that slid, likely either McCoy or Jones-Drew.  Here is how the first round unfolded:

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Round 1

  1. Ray Rice RB
  2. Arian Foster RB
  3. LeSean McCoy RB
  4. Maurice Jones-Drew RB
  5. Calvin Johnson WR
  6. Aaron Rodgers QB
  7. Matt Forte RB
  8. Drew Brees QB
  9. Cam Newton QB
  10. Tom Brady QB
  11. Chris Johnson RB
  12. Ryan Matthews RB
  13. Andre Johnson WR
  14. Marshawn Lynch RB

After securing Megatron as planned and knowing I was likely going to wait at QB, my sights for my next two picks were set on the best running backs I could get. No 3RR meant I would have a better shot at getting two upside RB’s. The only other player I might consider in Round 2 would be if Matthew Stafford was still of the board. I knew the two elite TE options wouldn’t make it back and with the RB pool fairly shallow this year, I was pretty locked into going RB with my next pick. Here are the second round results:

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     Round 2

  1. Wes Welker WR
  2. Rob Gronkowski TE
  3. Larry Fitzgerald WR
  4. Matthew Stafford QB
  5. Jimmy Graham TE
  6. Greg Jennings WR
  7. Michael Vick QB
  8. Roddy White WR
  9. A.J. Green WR
  10. Darren McFadden RB
  11. Victor Cruz WR
  12. Hakeem Nicks WR
  13. Mike Wallace WR
  14. Adrian Peterson RB

Now I was surprised to see no RB’s come off the board prior to my pick. Part of this was due to having a chunk of AI teams in this mock. Teams 4, 8-11 and 13 were AI teams. This explains why team 8 went QB/QB to start, clearly not something anyone would ever do. It elicited a few groans from the room but we all agreed on one thing, Vick was not someone anyone was targeting early in this draft. For me the computer drafters had let some talent slide and I had my choice of Darren McFadden, Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, Demarco Murray, Frank Gore and Steven Jackson. Each of these players has injury and playing time concerns/questions heading into the season. For me it came down to McFadden or AP, and I went with McFadden over AP in this draft, but I wouldn’t fault you for going the other way. While McFadden has been perpetually injured, I still liked him more than Peterson coming off ACL and MCL surgeries. Health will always be an issue for McFadden, and if the draft had gone deeper I would have definitely grabbed backup Mike Goodson (who went undrafted) as a handcuff. Still, McFadden is a first round talent in a PPR league and I would rather take on the injury risk for a younger player who has proven to be an elite talent when healthy.

For my third round pick, I was looking for another RB. Charles and Gore went ahead of me, leaving Murray, Jackson and Michael Turner as the top-rated options. I also happen to really like rookie Trent Richardson this year, and noticed he was buried on the MDC rankings down at about #59. I personally think as the season approaches, Richardson’s stock is going to soar as fantasy owners will look to lock him up as their RB2. He is severely under-ranked by MDC at this point for a player who will likely be one of the few 3-down RB’s out there this year. Murray was a consideration here as was Turner and Jackson.  Turner's lack of production in the passing game, Jackson's age and Murray's injury concerns knocked them below Richardson for me. I figured that in this mock, it was possible that I would be able to sneak T-Rich around to the fourth round and get both him AND one of the aforementioned backs, but instead decided to draft what I considered the best RB left on my board. I think it was the right call, as I doubt he would have made it back to me.

My next two picks were WR Jeremy Maclin and QB Philip Rivers. Both players are coming off down years and I like both players’ chances of bouncing back to previous levels. Maclin was a victim of Michael Vick’s struggles last year, and I expect him to rebound along with his QB. If you are going to wait at QB, you could do worse than Rivers, who still passed for over 4600 yards with 27 TD’s. If he can cut down on the INT’s and get a healthy season out of Antonio Gates he could jump back up the rankings again. Due to the large amount of AI teams, the quality of the information really began to degrade around this point. So it’s best we just stop here for this week. Feel free to let me know what you think of my picks and let me know which players you like or don't like in the early rounds of drafts this year in the comments below. Want to share your projected First Round, throw it up below for all to see. Keep an eye out for more mock draft results and football analysis in the coming weeks.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2012 15:12
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of May 21 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
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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Written by Administrator   
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
 
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