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Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of July 23 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 23 July 2012 00:14

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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.

jeremy-guthrie

AMERICAN LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
JGuthrie, KC 7 Schechter 3 Shandler 2 Leibowitz 2 Wolf/Colton
BBeavan, Sea 3 Behrens 2 Shandler 1 Siano 0 Wolf/Colton 0 Leibowitz 0 Berry
JNix, NYY 3 Behrens 0 Wolf/Colton 0 Siano 0 Leibowitz
CParmelee, Min 2 Leibowitz 0 Wolf/Colton
BMyers, CWS 1 Siano 0 Wolf/Colton
ACrow, KC 1 Behrens 0 Siano
THunter, Bal 0 Leibowitz 0 Wolf/Colton
WSmith, KC 0 Leibowitz 0 Wolf/Colton
JLobaton, TB 0 Collette
TPatton, Bal 0 Collette

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

GBalfour, Oak 4 Schechter
ABailey, Bos 1 Wolf/Colton
JHapp, Tor 1 Behrens
MRivera, NYY 1 Wolf/Colton
BHicks, Oak 0 Behrens 0 Wolf/Colton
CEppley, NYY 0 Siano
CRapada, NYY 0 Wolf/Colton
DWorth, Det 0 Wolf/Colton
EEscobar, CWS 0 Behrens 0 Wolf/Colton
SFeldman, Tex 0 Wolf/Colton
STolleson, Bal 0 Wolf/Colton

Rob Leibowitz Commentary

Jeremy Guthrie’s reentry to the American League garnered the highest bid of $7 (4 Vickery) by Larry Schechter. The former Oriole had continued to throw strikes during his stay in Colorado while at the same time showed a lack of ability to miss bats earning a 6+ ERA and a trade for the equally underwhelming Jonathan Sanchez. Guthrie has been an inning eater at best for the last several seasons  and while a move out of Colorado might help a little, the right’s skill set is more likely to hurt than help most teams.

Nevertheless, with my team free falling with my starting staff in shambles, I played a bit of darts, taking chances on a number of players with coming starts while at the same time trying not to deplete my lead in FAAB. The results were the acquisition of Will Smith and Tommy Hunter on my roster. Neither are great additions and could potentially do more harm than good to my team, Hunter has shown glimpses of being a competent starter while Will Smith has actually translated his minor league skills to the majors fairly well over four starts. Unfortunately the results have not been there yet. But at this point in the season, I have to take some shots and $0 FAAB acquisitions can be guilt-free dispensed with if they fail to work out.

marwin-gonzalez

NATIONAL LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
RWheeler, Ari 30 (81) Peterson 29 Hertz 16 Kreutzer 15 Melnick 8 Ravitz 6 Zola
5 Cockcroft 0 Wilderman
MGonzalez, Hou 7 Walton 7 Zola 4 Ravitz 4 Kreutzer 0 Hertz 0 Gardner
0 Cockcroft
FCordero, Hou 13 (16) Ravitz 12 Kreutzer 11 Cockcroft 6 Walton 4 Hertz 0 Gardner
ABrown, Col 6 Zola 6 Melnick 2 Kreutzer 0 Wilderman 0 Walton 0 Cockcroft
BFrancisco, Hou 5 Kreutzer 4 Zola 3 Melnick 0 Walton 0 Cockcroft
CCorporan, Hou 3 Ravitz 0 Gianella
BCrawford, SF 2 Kreutzer 6 Walton 0 Peterson 0 Cockcroft
EMujica, Fla 1 Walton 1 Kreutzer 0 Hertz
EOFlaherty, Atl 1 Hertz 0 Gardner
DKeuchel, Hou 0 Peterson
GKontos, SF 0 Hertz
BBrach, SD 0 Gardner 0 Zola 0 Hertz

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

MDunn, Fla 4 Zola
JGermano, ChC 3 Kreutzer 0 Cockcroft
TRosenthal, StL 2 Kreutzer 0 Gardner
ASimon, Cin 0 Ravitz 0 Hertz
CrMartinez, Atl 0 Hertz
DLeMahieu, Col 0 Cockcroft 0 Cockcroft
EBurriss, SF 0 Walton 0 Kreutzer 0 Hertz
GKontos, SF 0 Ravitz 0 Gardner
JBianchi, Mil 0 Kreutzer
JHefner, NYM 0 Peterson
JMercer, Pit 0 Kreutzer
JRoenicke, Col 0 Gardner
JThatcher, SD 0 Ravitz
LOverbay, Ari 0 Cockcroft
MKotsay, SD 0 Walton
RChoate, Fla 0 Zola
SCamp, ChC 0 Hertz

Brian Walton's Commentary

Chasing offense, the NL Tout warriors this week engaged in spirited bidding for Arizona call-up Ryan Wheeler. The corner infielder fetched an $81 bid from Dean Peterson, which was dropped to $30 via the Vickrey bidding process.

It feels funny to call new Houston closer Francisco Cordero “new”. After all, he has 328 career saves. Derek Carty’s $52 bid became just $17 via Vickrey, making this a solid pick up. Still, my lack of confidence in Coco is illustrated by my relatively tepid bid of $6 and backed up by my ongoing ownership of Wilton Lopez.

My secondary bid was a $1 flyer on Edward Mujica of Florida. Whether he receives a real chance in Ozzie Guillen’s “closer by committee” remains to be seen. Since I am short on saves, I am willing to join the parade at a bargain price.

The on-again, off-again injury situation with Washington’s Ian Desmond went from the high of seven at-bats on Saturday to the low of the disabled list on Sunday. With Desmond as my shortstop and no other eligible player on my roster other than St. Louis’ Daniel Descalso (who fortunately played in his fifth game at shortstop on Sunday), I clearly needed help. Though Marwin Gonzalez of Houston is an injury risk himself, he owns the job as Jed Lowrie remains out indefinitely, so I went in at $7 and won a tie-breaker with our own Lord Zola.

 

travis-snider

MIXED LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
FCordero, Hou 15 (17) Steinhorn 14 Singman 7 Mack 6 Minnix 5 Van Riper 3 Schwartz
3 Heaney
TSnider, Tor 10 (21) Schwartz 7 Minnix 2 Singman
SDoolittle, Oak 10 (11) Davitt 0 Minnix
CWells, Sea 5 Swanay 2 Schwartz 2 Heaney 1 Minnix
RHernandez, Col 3 Steinhorn 1 Van Riper 1 Flowers
JKelly, StL 3 Singman 1 Zinkie 0 Heaney
AGose, Tor 2 Singman 5 Schwartz
JRutledge, Col 2 Singman
BLeague, Sea 2 Mack
MDunn, Fla 2 Mack
JGomes, Oak 2 Heaney
MHarvey, NYM 2 Heaney 1 Singman
CGentry, Tex 1 Singman 0 Minnix
BWallace, Hou 1 Minnix
KSuzuki, Oak 0 Singman 1 Van Riper 0 Flowers
JKarstens, Pit 0 Minnix
RBarajas, Pit 0 Flowers
KHerrera, KC 0 Davitt

 

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

 

SLombardozzi, Was 1 Van Riper 0 Minnix 0 Heaney
MMcKenry, Pit 1 Van Riper
MDowns, Hou 1 Van Riper
MCarpenter, StL 1 Van Riper
KCorreia, Pit 1 Van Riper
JValdespin, NYM 1 Van Riper 0 Singman
JCarroll, Min 1 Van Riper
MGonzalez, Bal 1 Heaney 0 Schwartz
CMcGehee, Pit 1 Schwartz
DMesoraco, Cin 1 Van Riper
CJohnson, Hou 1 Van Riper
CDenorfia, SD 1 Heaney
ACallaspo, LAA 1 Schwartz
AJones, NYY 0 Heaney
BWilson, LAA 0 Singman
KShoppach, Bos 0 Flowers
LHochevar, KC 0 Heaney 0 Schwartz
MCarp, Sea 0 Heaney
MOlivo, Sea 0 Flowers
NEovaldi, LAD 0 Heaney
PMaholm, ChC 0 Heaney

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

I honestly can’t remember the last time I was the buyer of the most expensive player in Mixed Tout FAAB. I think it was all the way back in April when I snatched up Santiago Casilla. This week, I decided to place an aggressive $17 bid on another newly anointed closer, Francisco Cordero and, through Vickrey, landed up shelling out $15 for his services. Look, I understand Cordero’s been pretty awful this year, but maybe he finds his groove now that he’s back in the Senior Circuit. Plus, I figure that his 329 career saves will earn him some margin for error when it comes to keeping the ninth inning gig. Not to mention that at this point in the season, I don’t think there will be many more opportunities to bid on category difference makers. Four saves separate me from gaining two points and six saves separate me from losing three points.

After Cordero, the power-hitting Travis Snider garnered the next highest winning bid, going to Cory Schwartz for the Vickrey adjusted price of $10. Cory must be very enthused about Snider’s potential as an everyday player as his $21 bid marked the highest actual bid this week. The third and final double-digit dollar player Sean Doolittle, who went to Patrick Davitt for $10. Doolittle boasts excellent ratios and did pick up his first career save over the weekend, but Ryan Cook remains the closer in Oakland, so Davitt is really gambling on a closer change with that high of a bid.

Francisco Cordero wasn’t my only purchase this week, as I also decided to address my woeful catcher situation by finally cutting ties with the frustrating Ryan Hanigan and adding Ramon Hernandez for $3. The 36-year-old Hernandez has been banged up all season and remains an injury risk, but I figure he has more upside than Hanigan, who has been giving me virtually nothing. Low risk, medium reward. That’s how I see it.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 June 2014 00:29
 
Brett Lawrie Avoids Trip to the DL PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Perry Van Hook   
Friday, 20 July 2012 15:09

Brett Lawrie was re-evaluated on Saturday and while still dealing with a calf bruise, was cleared to play and is in Saturday's lineup. Lawrie has a very sore calf from his adventurous fall in trying to catch a foul ball earlier this week and tumbling over a railing onto the cement floor of the photographer’s well.

It is not clear that the Blue Jays can stand to move Edwin Encarnacion back to third base. Sure he will stay in the lineup but E5 would severely weaken their infield defense. The alternatives would be recently recalled Yan Gomes or veteran Omar Vizquel or maybe a combination of both of them. The lineup would be better with Encarnacion at third as it would free up more at bats for recently recalled outfielders Anthony Gose and Travis Snider.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 July 2012 18:30
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of July 16 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 July 2012 14:53

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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 a 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.

sam-deduno

AMERICAN LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

PLAYER AWRDED WINNING BID
FULD, SAM 3 Jason Col
DEDUNO, SAMUEL 3 Perry 1 Full Moon
ROGERS, ESMIL 1 Full Moon
OLIVER, DARREN 1 KFFL

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

LOGAN, BOONE 1 Full Moon
RAPADA, CLAY 1 Full Moon

Perry Van Hook's Commentary:

Well I thought there would be very little bidding as there were no hitters who could make my starting lineup and not very many pitchers. But I did see one opportunity in a slow week and put in a three dollar bid on Minnesota Twins pitcher Samuel Deduno. DeDuno a converted relief pitcher did very well in nine starts at Triple-A Lehigh, posting a 2.14 ERA and striking out 46 while walking only 22 in 42 innings. He has a nice double start this week, home versus the Baltimore Orioles and at the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

And my $3 was enough to win him, actually tied with the high bid of the week (there were only four players acquired via FAAB this week) with Sam Fuld who got his three dollar bid from Jason Collette, while Esmil Rogers and Darren Oliver both went for a dollar.

ben_sheets

NATIONAL LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

PLAYER AWRDED WINNING BID
SHEETS, BEN 59 BIS 43 Shrink 17 Tristan 16 RotoWire 13 Ray Flowe 10 BHQ
8 BP Carty 8 USA TODAY 6 Full Moon 4 Greg Ambr
RUTLEDGE, JOSH 5 BIS 3 Greg Ambr 1 Tristan 1 BP Carty
GONZALEZ, MARWIN 5 BIS
CEDENO, RONNY 1 BIS
JANISH, PAUL 4 RotoWire
KENNEDY, ADAM 1 BP Carty

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Well, in anticipation of the trade deadline interleague bidding bonanza, a wad of bucks were spent/invested/squandered this week on a veteran with as much of a cloud as any rookie.

The biggie was the acquisition of Ben Sheets by Steve Moyer of the first place Business Info Solutions team. Steve opened his wallet to the tune of $59 to grab the services of the oft effective, yet oft injured now 33-year old hurler. Steve has a tremendous 49.5 pitching points, so his move could have been as much defensive--as in keep anyone else from having a chance to pick up a potential star--to aggressive, allowing him some wiggle room to swap and fill out a void.

The Moyer/BIs squad also bagged Rockies shortstop Josh Rutledge for $5, while the only other really "compelling" purchase was that of another shortstop, Paul Janish for $4 by Rotowire and their owner Dalton Del Don.

Janish should get playing time, being now the third player to hit the spot following Tyler Pastornicky and Andrelton Simmons, who fell to poor production and injuries respectively. Good luck staying healthy.

What will be really fun pushing to the Trade Deadline is how money will be spent, with six teams still holding $73 or more in FAAB.

Let the spending begin?

jim_thome

MIXED LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

PLAYER AWRDED WINNING BID
SHEETS, BEN 37 Clay Dave 7 KFFL 4 James Qui 3 Mike Pod
THOME, JIM 4 Todd Zola 2 Rotowire
VILLANUEVA, CARLOS 4 BBHQ
CROW, AARON 3 Rotowire 1 KFFL
BARNEY, DARWIN 2 Rotowire
HARRELL, LUCAS 2 Rotowire
WELLS, CASPER 2 Rotowire
POMERANZ, DREW 2 KFFL
LUDWICK, RYAN 1 Jonah Ker
THAYER, DALE 1 KFFL

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

GONZALEZ, MIGUEL 1 Rotowire
NIEUWENHUIS, KIRK 2 Rotowire
HAIRSTON, SCOTT 1 Jonah Ker

Todd Zola's Commentary

It's Back to the Future day in Mixed LABR as Ben Sheets and Jim Thome led the way.

Sheets last appeared in the Bigs in 2010. He's one of those guys that pitched really well between injuries. Except for 2010, when he didn't pitch that well - so he retired. With that in mind, I don't expect that he'll pitch all that well, nd if he does, I don't expect that he will do it for all that long. That said, something I am learning is sometimes you have to throw analysis and logic out the window and bet on the come. When you pick up Sheets, you're not trying to be good, you're trying to be lucky. I used to think there was something wrong with that. I now understand that in today's injury-riddled landscape, it is the right thing to do.

Which brings us to Jim Thome. I'm not going to pretend there are analytic reasons why Thome is my new utility. I'm just hoping he runs into a few homers as the Orioles' new DH. For the first time (and not the last) I'd rather be lucky than good.

 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of July 16 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 July 2012 00:46

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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.

sam-fuld

AMERICAN LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

 

PLAYER AWARDED WINNING BID
SFuld, TB 4 Collette
SDeduno, Min 3 Behrens 1 WolfColton 0 Leibowitz
MCarp, Sea 2 Behrens 1 WolfColton
HIwakuma, Sea 1 Wolf/Colton
DStraily, Oak 1 Erickson
CDeVries, Min 0 Wolf/Colton 0 Leibowitz 0 Erickson
DAxelrod, CWS 0 Wolf/Colton
DKelly, Det 0 Wolf/Colton 0 Leibowitz
JBlevins, Oak 0 Siano
DMcDonald, NYY 0 Moyer
DBelow, Det 0 Leibowitz
OVizquel, Tor 0 Leibowitz
LMarson, Cle 0 Erickson 0 Moyer

 

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

 

MOlt, Tex 1 Erickson
CRapada, NYY 0 WolfColton
DWorth, Det 0 WolfColton
GBalfour, Oak 0 WolfColton 0 WolfColton
MKawasaki, Sea 0 WolfColton
JFrasor, Tor 0 Siano
JPeralta, TB 0 Siano
BFrancisco, Tor 0 Moyer
EEscobar, CWS 0 Moyer
MLowe, Tex 0 Leibowitz
PCoke, Det 0 Siano
SDelabar, Sea 0 WolfColton
STolleson, Bal 0 Leibowitz 0 WolfColton

 

Rob Leibowitz Commentary

Two dollars is not an extravagant bid, but it’s possible it could be a purchase that has some impact. Andy Behrens took a chance on the disabled Mike Carp. If the currently disabled 1B/OFs comes off the DL in the next week or so and more importantly, has a healthy shoulder, could provide a .260 to .270 the rest of the way with some pop.

The back story here though is that last week I took a chance and reclaimed Carp’s draft day salary of $13 to give me the current lead in as we head towards the trade deadline. Now I currently have a need for a corner infielder Carp could certainly help my team, if healthy, but decided that in order to make a real push towards the top, keeping Carp was not going to do it, making the more bold move and leading the league in FAAB could as an opportunity to grab one of the big name league crossers later this month.

josh-rutledge

NATIONAL LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

 

PLAYER AWARDED WINNING BID
JRutledge, Col 8 Kreutzer 7 Zola 4 Carty 3 Hertz 2 Peterson 1 Walton
0 Cockcroft
ZWheeler, NYM 2 Walton
ROhlendorf, SD 1 Pianowski
TThornburg, Mil 1 Hertz
JVenters, Atl 1 Cockcroft
PJanish, Atl 1 Carty 0 Cockcroft
JChacin, Col 0 Walton
TIshikawa, Mil 0 Hertz
RCedeno, NYM 0 Cockcroft 2 Kreutzer

 

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

 

DSolano, Fla 0 Kreutzer
JBianchi, Mil 0 Cockcroft
JMercer, Pit 0 Kreutzer
MGonzalez, Hou 0 Kreutzer 0 Cockcroft
MReynolds, Col 0 Hertz
OQuintanilla, NYM 0 Kreutzer 0 Cockcroft
OQuintanilla, NYM
RChoate, Fla 0 Cockcroft
WValdez, Cin 0 Kreutzer

 

Brian Walton's Commentary

There is very little action to report in National League Tout Wars bidding this week.

With rotations re-set to take advantage of clubs' best starters taking the mound following the break, the top free agent pitcher threw just 2 2/3 innings over the last week. The busiest hitter had just six at-bats.

In Colorado, there is middle infield opportunity with Troy Tulowitzki out until next month and Marco Scutaro rumored to be on the trading block. Josh Rutledge had a nice weekend debut after being called up from Double-A. He drew seven bids, with the winner paying $8.

I took a flyer on Mets pitching prospect Zack Wheeler. New York has experienced their share of injuries this season so I was willing to play $2 and lose a week of stats in hopes that the 21-year-old right-hander makes the leap from Double-A and becomes a difference-maker this season.

Despite over $600 of cash remaining in team coffers, no other player fetched more than a $1 bid this week.

carlos-gomez

MIXED LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

 

PLAYER AWARDED WINNING BID
CGomez, Mil 10 (11) Davitt
SDiamond, Min 7 Zinkie 2 VanRiper 0 Minnix
PCiriaco, Bos 6 McCaffrey
JBlanton, Phi 2 VanRiper 2 Minnix 1 Zinkie
LGregerson, SD 2 Schwartz 0 Heaney
BAbreu, LAD 2 McCaffrey
ACrow, KC 1 VanRiper 0 Heaney
SDuncan, Cle 1 Heaney
LForsythe, SD 0 Minnix 1 McCaffrey
BArroyo, Cin 0 Minnix
WLopez, Hou 0 Heaney
CSnyder, Hou 0 Flowers
CPennington, Oak 0 Davitt

 

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

 

CGentry, Tex 1 Davitt
CDeVries, Min 1 VanRiper
CFriedrich, Col 1 VanRiper
CBarmes, Pit 1 McCaffrey
BDozier, Min 1 McCaffrey 0 Minnix
AJones, NYY 0 Heaney
CDenorfia, SD 0 Heaney
MBelisle, Col 0 Heaney
NEovaldi, LAD 0 Heaney
PMaholm, ChC 0 Zinkie
RBarajas, Pit 0 Flowers
RBrothers, Col 0 Heaney
RTejada, NYM 0 Minnix
SHairston, NYM 0 Heaney

 

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

This week was one of the quieter ones in Mixed Tout FAAB bidding as only three bids exceeded $2. Brewers’ outfielder Carlos Gomez turned out to be the most expensive player, going to Patrick Davitt for the Vickrey adjusted price of $10. Gomez is having a poor season overall, batting just .232 and .167 in July (4-for-24) but his 11 steals gives him some value, and Davitt can quickly gain a few points in that department. But still, $10 is a steep price to pay for Gomez.

Runner-up honors go to Twins’ starter Scott Diamond, who garnered a winning bid of $7 from Fred Zinkie. Being that Diamond boasts a 2.74 ERA over his last three starts, I’m actually very surprised that he was available. He’s also in line for a two-start week, which is probably the biggest reason why Zinkie went after him. Rounding out the top three is the hot-hitting Pedro Ciriaco, who now finds a home on Gene McCaffrey’s roster at the cost of $6. In six games since getting called up from the Minors to fill in for the injured Dustin Pedroia, Ciriaco is batting .417 with six RBIs. Chances are he will get sent back down upon Pedroia’s return but if he continues to perform like this, the Red Sox will be faced with a very tough decision.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 July 2012 10:33
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of July 9 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 July 2012 00:23

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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 a 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.

miguel-gonzalez

AMERICAN LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

PLAYER AWARDED WINNING BID
CIRIACO, PEDRO 7 BHQ 3 KFFL 1 Nate Ravi
GONZALEZ, MIGUEL 4 KFFL 3 Shrink 1 Full Moon
IWAKUMA, HISASHI 4 Yahoo
ROSS, ROBBIE 1 RW - Liss
DOOLITTLE, SEAN 1 RW - Liss 1 KFFL
TOLLESON, STEVEN 1 BHQ
GOMEZ, MAURO 1 Nate Ravi

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

FLAHERTY, RYAN 1 BHQ 1 Nate Ravi

Todd Zola's Commentary (pinch hitting for Perry Van Hook)

Now I see why Perry asked me to lend him a hand. Perhaps due to the short week but this week's action is a bit light. Pedro Ciriaco was summoned by Boston to help fill the void at second base with Dustin Pedroia on the DL. Ciriaco is a free-swinger with some pop but is likely to be exposed with extended playing time.

Miguel Gonzalez has a chance to find a place in the Baltimore rotation, at least until Zach Britton is deemed ready.

The most interesting pick is Sean Doolittle, a speculative closer for Oakland. I am not a believer in Ryan Cook as his walk rate will catch up to him once his hit rate normalizes.

j-solano

NATIONAL LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

PLAYER AWARDED WINNING BID
CRUZ, LUIS 4 Yahoo 3 Greg Ambr 2 Ray Flowe
MOORE, SCOTT 4 Ray Flowe 2 Greg Ambr 2 Full Moon
BELISARIO, RONALD 1 Yahoo
OHLENDORF, ROSS 1 Yahoo
SOLANO, DONOVAN 1 Yahoo
SOLANO, JHONATAN 1 Yahoo 9 lawr mich
DIAZ, MATT 1 lawr mich
ARIAS, JOAQUIN 1 BHQ
WELLS, KIP 1 Full Moon

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

CRUZ, LUIS 1 Full Moon

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

As we hit the break, the big issue the NL LABR participants were looking at is the anticipated activation of their damaged corps. Matt Kemp, Shaun Marcum, Emilio Bonifacio, and Ryan Dempster were all activated, with Dempster being the only "sure thing" of the group, having been dropped back in the rotation for action Sunday.

As for free agents, if you were a backstop, or your surname was Solano, it was a good week for you.

Jhonathan Solano--currently in the throes of transaction controversy--was snapped up by Yahoo! for a buck, but I had had a pending bid on the Washington catcher to replace Nick Hundley for $4. However, I also made a swap with the NFBC boys, Greg Ambrosious and Shawn Childs, trading them Hundley, Jose Tabata, and Chris Heisey for Chris Snyder, Jason Giambi, and Troy Tulowitzki.

Well, if you saw Snyder's line, it is no better than Hundley's, so I thought I would still be able to cop Solano. It is now in the hands of arbiter/commissioner Steve Gardner for his Solomon-like wisdom and ruling.

Back to the backstops, Brett Hayes was also snatched up for a buck (also by Yahoo!), as was Donovan Solano (also Yahoo!). We could ask what is in a name, let alone position. But, then with Jonny Gomes, Jhonny Peralta, and now Jhonathan Solano, I am a little uncler of the now hep spelling of that seemingly simple name.

I used to think the Gomes family, after naming Jonny, did not know what to do with the errant "h" so they gave it to the Peralta family. Unfortunately, that clan was no clearer on the placement than it now appears the Solanos.

Oh well, what is in a name?

BTW, Yahoo! and Sirius-XM were the big spenders this week, logging $4 for Luis Cruz and Scott Moore, respectively.

I snatched up Matt Diaz to fill the void opened while I await Tulo. Well, Diaz and some roster shuffling. But the cost was just a buck.

We'll see what worked for who, when, shortly.

casey-kotchman

MIXED LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

PLAYER AWARDED WINNING BID
KOTCHMAN, CASEY 2 Todd Zola
HOLLAND, GREG 2 KFFL
VARGAS, JASON 1 Tom Trude
RUGGIANO, JUSTIN 1 Tom Trude
OVIEDO, JUAN 1 Mike Pod
TILLMAN, CHRIS 1 Mike Pod
MCKENRY, MICHAEL 1 Bobby Col
GREGERSON, LUKE 1 Jonah Ker
RODRIGUEZ, FRANCIS 1 Fred Zink 1 KFFL
GRIFFIN, A.J. 1 Fred Zink

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

HAIRSTON JR, JERRY 1 Todd Zola
ANDINO, ROBERT 1 Todd Zola
POMERANZ, DREW 1 KFFL
CROW, AARON 1 KFFL 1 Jonah Ker
STROP, PEDRO 1 Jonah Ker
VILLANUEVA, CARLOS 1 Fred Zink

Todd Zola's Commentary

Thus begins the Casey Kotchman era. Sigh. On the other hand, anything is better than Gaby Sanchez.

Speculative closers are the flavor of the week as Greg Holland, Juan Carlos Oviedo, Luke Gregerson and Francisco Rodriguez were all pcked up.

 
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