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Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of April 22 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 22 April 2013 11:06

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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 four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. The Mixed leagues use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. 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 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.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

jimenez

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
LJimenez, LAA 24 (35) Andy Behrens 23 Jeff Erickson 5 Wolf/Colton
BLaird, Hou 6 (8) Ron Shandler 5 Wolf/Colton 5 Jeff Erickson 1 Jason Collette
BBarnes, Hou 6 (13) Jeff Erickson 5 Ron Shandler 5 Joe Sheehan 0 Wolf/Colton
JorDanks, CWS 1 (2) Ron Shandler 0 Wolf/Colton
CKluber, Cle 1 (6) Wolf/Colton
MKawasaki, Tor 1 (4) Matthew Berry 3 Jeff Erickson 0 Wolf/Colton
JGrimm, Tex 1 (7) Lawr Michaels 3 Wolf/Colton 2 Matthew Berry
CDickerson, Bal 1 (3) Joe Sheehan 0 Jason Collette
TScheppers, Tex 1 Joe Sheehan
JGiambi, Cle 1 (13) Jeff Erickson 0 Wolf/Colton
MCarp, Bos 1 Jason Collette 3 Jeff Erickson 2 Joe Sheehan 0 Wolf/Colton
BFrancisco, NYY 0 Wolf/Colton
WRamirez, Min 0 Wolf/Colton
SBurnett, LAA 0 Andy Behrens

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

BHarris, LAA 5 Jeff Erickson
HConger, LAA 3 Jeff Erickson
MLindstrom, CWS 1 Joe Sheehan 0 Andy Behrens

 Rob Leibowitz Commentary

Journeyman third basemen Luis Jimenez is doing everything he can to rest the Angel’s starting third base job away from Alberto Callaspo. The bids this week reflect that. Quite frankly, a switch might benefit the Angels. While Jimenez is considered to be adequate defensively, the righty will never be an on-base machine. Still, Jimenez provides doubles and mid-to-high-teens homerun per season potential and that would indeed be an upgrade to Callaspo.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

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PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
HBurgos, Mil 11 Scott Wilderman 11 Tristan H. Cockcroft 4 Derek Carty 4 Peter Kreutzer
3 Brian Walton
JBorbon, ChC 3 (4) Chris Liss 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 2 Lenny Melnick 2 Brian Walton
1 Mike Gianella
FGalvis, Phi 2 Mike Gianella 2 Steve Gardner
XPaul, Cin 2 (6) Chris Liss 1 Mike Gianella
JPettibone, Phi 1 (8) Tristan H. Cockcroft
AVizcaino, ChC 1 (2) Phil Hertz
ARamos, Mia 1 (5) Mike Gianella 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Derek Carty 0 Peter Kreutzer
0 Phil Hertz 0 Brian Walton 0 Steve Gardner
APresley, Pit 1 Mike Gianella
KNieuwenhuis, NYM 1 Mike Gianella
SFeldman, ChC 1 Mike Gianella
CRansom, ChC 1 (2) Lenny Melnick 0 Derek Carty
JHannahan, Cin 1 Derek Carty 0 Peter Kreutzer
LAyala, Atl 0 Steve Gardner 0 Peter Kreutzer
KFrandsen, Phi 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Derek Carty
TSipp, Ari 0 Peter Kreutzer
ASimon, Cin 0 Peter Kreutzer
HQuintero, Phi 0 Derek Carty
ASanabia, Mia 0 Derek Carty
BZiegler, Ari 0 Derek Carty

 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

NPunto, LAD 1 Mike Gianella 0 Derek Carty 0 Peter Kreutzer
CValaika, Mia 0 Derek Carty 0 Peter Kreutzer
JGarland, Col 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
GKontos, SF 0 Steve Gardner
BInge, Pit 0 Peter Kreutzer
JWilson, Pit 0 Peter Kreutzer
CIzturis, Cin 0 Mike Gianella
JHerrera, Col 0 Mike Gianella
JoMcDonald, Pit 0 Mike Gianella
JoWilson, Ari 0 Mike Gianella
ARecker, NYM 0 Derek Carty
MRzepczynski, StL 0 Derek Carty
NGreen, Mia 0 Derek Carty
TCruz, StL 0 Derek Carty

Brian Walton's Commentary

The big prospect call-ups in the National League during the last week were Arizona shortstop Didi Gregorius and third baseman Anthony Rendon of Washington. Too bad for the other owners that both players were taken back on draft day in the reserve rounds by Lenny Melnick of Fantasy Pros 911 and Steve Gardner of USA TODAY, respectively.

I threw $3 at Brewers starter Hiram Burgos based on his one run over five innings MLB debut against the Cubs on Sunday. The right-hander isn't exactly Tony Cingrani, but may be serviceable. Scott Wilderman of OnRoto and Tristan H. Cockcroft of ESPN agreed, both bidding $11, with the former taking Burgos on the inverse standings tie-breaker.

Cockcroft wasn't shut out, through. He added Phillies call up Jonathan Pettibone for a buck. In place of injured John Lannan, Pettibone should have two starts this week, beginning with his MLB debut against Pittsburgh on Monday. Just don't squint hard at Pettibone's 9.64 ERA in two Triple-A starts this month.

In a curious move, Texas did not trade outfielder Julio Borbon after designating him for assignment. The Cubs snapped up the 27-year-old, who immediately became their fourth outfielder. I bid a modest $2, losing out to Rotowire's Chris Liss, who paid $3 ($4 reduced by Vickrey Rules). Liss dropped Dave Sappelt, the Cubs outfielder most directly impacted by Borbon's arrival.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

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PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
EMujica, StL 19 (25) Paul Singman 18 David Gonos 17 Nando DiFino 17 Zach Steinhorn
12 Derek Van Riper 11 Ray Flowers 9 Eric Mack
8 Tim Heaney 5 Scott Swanay
WDavis, KC 7 (6) Tim Heaney 6 Ray Flowers 2 Derek Van Riper 0 Patrick Davitt
1 Cory Schwartz 0 Eric Mack
TSnider, Pit 6 (8) Nando DiFino 5 Patrick Davitt 2 Ray Flowers
JDeLaRosa, Col 5 Scott Swanay 4 Tim Heaney 2 Ray Flowers 0 Eric Mack
ARendon, Was 3 (5) Derek Van Riper 2 Tim Heaney 0 Fred Zinkie
RNolasco, Mia 3 (6) Cory Schwartz 2 Ray Flowers 0 Tim Heaney 0 Eric Mack
DGregorius, Ari 2 Tim Heaney 2 Ray Flowers 1 Nicholas Minnix
JGuthrie, KC 2 (4) Ray Flowers 4 Cory Schwartz 1 Tim Heaney
EYoung, Col 2 (4) Ray Flowers 1 Nicholas Minnix 1 Paul Singman
DNava, Bos 1 (3) Zach Steinhorn 3 Ray Flowers
KSlowey, Mia 1 Tim Heaney 2 Ray Flowers
CGentry, Tex 1 (4) Seth Trachtman 0 Tim Heaney
MZunino, Sea 1 (7) Scott Swanay
MPineda, NYY 1(5) Scott Swanay 2 Ray Flowers
MBuehrle, Tor 1 (3) Scott Swanay
ESogard, Oak 1 (4) Ray Flowers 0 Nicholas Minnix 0 Tim Heaney
MLeake, Cin 1 (2) Ray Flowers
JDonaldson, Oak 1 (5) Patrick Davitt 2 Ray Flowers 1 Derek Van Riper 0 Tim Heaney
CCapps, Sea 1 (5) Patrick Davitt
FCervelli, NYY 1 (3) Eric Mack 2 Scott Swanay 2 Ray Flowers
DBarney, ChC 0 Nicholas Minnix
CDenorfia, SD 0 Fred Zinkie 2 Ray Flowers 0 Patrick Davitt

 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

NReimold, Bal 4 Ray Flowers 0 Fred Zinkie
DMesoraco, Cin 3 Ray Flowers 2 Scott Swanay 0 Tim Heaney
MIzturis, Tor 3 Ray Flowers
DNorris, Oak 2 Scott Swanay 0 Eric Mack
MMcKenry, Pit 2 Scott Swanay
CGillaspie, CWS 2 Ray Flowers
FLiriano, Pit 2 Ray Flowers 0 Tim Heaney
GDobbs, Mia 2 Ray Flowers
PPolanco, Mia 2 Ray Flowers 1 Derek Van Riper 0 Tim Heaney
SCasilla, SF 2 Ray Flowers
TClippard, Was 2 Ray Flowers
LJimenez, LAA 2 Derek Van Riper
ErChavez, Ari 1 Derek Van Riper
JPacheco, Col 1 Derek Van Riper
AAlburquerque, Det 0 Tim Heaney
ARamos, Mia 0 Tim Heaney
FPaulino, KC 0 Tim Heaney
GBlanco, SF 0 Tim Heaney
JDanks, CWS 0 Tim Heaney
JMayberry, Phi 0 Tim Heaney
KBlanks, SD 0 Tim Heaney
MDunn, Mia 0 Tim Heaney
SDiamond, Min 0 Tim Heaney
THelton, Col 0 Tim Heaney
TCollins, KC 0 Patrick Davitt
CGetz, KC 0 Nicholas Minnix

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

To nobody’s surprise, newly anointed (kind of) Cardinals’ closer Edward Mujica was this week’s hot ticket item in Mixed Tout. Mujica nailed down the save for St. Louis on Thursday, albeit in shaky fashion, as two disaster outings by Mitchell Boggs was enough of a reason to force the club to go in a different direction in the ninth inning. While it remains to be seen how long Mujica will hold onto the job, he does sport a solid big league track record and his low walk rate bodes well. That said, 22-year-old fireballer Trevor Rosenthal still seems like the most logical long-term option, provided that he can show a bit more consistency.

Scott Swanay’s $1 purchase of Mike Zunino and Derek Van Riper’s addition of Anthony Rendon for $3 are two moves that carry considerable profit potential. Zunino is tearing up Triple-A and Jesus Montero’s early-season struggles could lead to a Zunino promotion sooner rather than later. By pouncing on Zunino now, Scott saves a ton of FAAB dollars in anticipation of the inevitable call-up. Rendon, the Nats’ top prospect, will man third base while Ryan Zimmerman is on the DL, and with the extent of Zimmerman’s hamstring injury still unknown, Rendon has a good chance to stick around beyond the 15 days as long as he produces.

I know Daniel Nava’s hot streak could end at any moment, but I’m hoping it lasts for a couple more weeks. With Franklin Gutierrez banged up and possibly needing a DL stint, I figured that for a buck, Nava was worth a gamble. I’ll slide him into my OF5 slot. It beats getting nothing from a “day-to-day” Gutierrez.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

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PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
DGregorius, Ari 15 (18) Anthony Perri 14 Tom Kessenich 13 Eno Sarris 4 Tim McLeod
BCrawford, SF 10 (11) Tom Kessenich 9 Mike Podhorzer 5 Tim McLeod
ACashner, SD 6 Gene McCaffrey 5 Anthony Perri 2 Mike Podhorzer
BArroyo, Cin 4 (17) Tom Kessenich 3 Scott Engel 2 Ray Guilfoyle
GRichards, LAA 4 (7) Tim McLeod 4 Gene McCaffrey 3 Mike Podhorzer
TSnider, Pit 3 (19)Tom Kessenich 2 Tim McLeod 1 Perry Van Hook
DDeJesus, ChC 1 Tim McLeod 6 Tom Kessenich 1 Perry Van Hook
YBetancourt, Mil 1 (11) Scott Engel 3 Tom Kessenich
RHernandez, TB 1 (3) Scott Engel
JMayberry, Phi 1 Perry Van Hook
RNolasco, Mia 1 (3) Greg Ambrosius
ARendon, Was 1 (8)Gene McCaffrey 6 Anthony Perri
NTepesch, Tex 1 Eno Sarris 9 Tom Kessenich
TLilly, LAD 1 (8) Anthony Perri

 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BID

ACrow, KC 4 Gene McCaffrey
CDenorfia, SD 1 Perry Van Hook
CGentry, Tex 1 Perry Van Hook
CGetz, KC 3 Tom Kessenich
CGillaspie, CWS 0 Gene McCaffrey
CPennington, Ari 4 Scott Engel
DBarney, ChC 3 Tom Kessenich
DHudson, Ari 1 Eno Sarris
DMesoraco, Cin 3 Anthony Perri
JCarroll, Min 0 Scott Engel
JDeLaRosa, Col 6 Tim McLeod
JGiambi, Cle 0 Gene McCaffrey
JMarquis, SD 3 Tom Kessenich
KCorreia, Min 3 Tom Kessenich
KKendrick, Phi 3 Tom Kessenich
MGonzalez, Hou 1 Tom Kessenich
MLeake, Cin 1 Tom Kessenich
OArcia, Min 4 Anthony Perri
PPolanco, Mia 0 Gene McCaffrey
SCasilla, SF 1 Tim McLeod
THelton, Col 4 Gene McCaffrey
WVenable, SD 6 Tom Kessenich

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Good middle infielders are often in short supply and this week that meant that the high bids from the mixed league draft participants went to Didi Gregorius $15 for Anthony Perri (reduced by Vickrey from his $18 bid), and Brandon Crawford for $10 to Tom Kessenich down a dollar from his $11 bid.

I submitted several one dollar bids for outfielders to replace Raul Ibanez with the threat looming that the Mariners might do the same and was the winner of John Mayberry Jr. There were some attractive pitchers, notably Angels starter Garrett Richards or the Reds Bronson Arroyo but the necessity to play them the week you win the bidding for them and the resistance for me to change a very good staff (at least for the first few weeks) left me out of the bidding for them.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 April 2013 11:53
 
Together We Stand PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Scarborough   
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 00:00
A day that was supposed to shower us with stories of triumph, accomplishment, dedication, determination and hope ended with a story far from it. The attacks that occurred at the Boston Marathon left more than 170 injured, three dead, and countless in a shocked, saddened and confused emotional state of mind. I, along with so many others, had an extremely hard time comprehending the horrific events that happened in Boston on Monday. I watched hours of mortifying footage that left me speechless. Instead of praising profound victories, we question our safety, we question our freedom, we question our faith, we question humanity and are ultimately left with the unanswerable question of "Why?" 

Situations such as what took place on April 15th makes baseball seem so trivial. I was in the process of writing a completely different piece before I heard the heartbreaking news. Instead of continuing on with my story, I took the time to reflect on the greatness of each day I’m given and reached out to the individuals in my life that I could not imagine being without. The love for a bat and a ball is no match for the love of our families, our children, our friends or that of our neighbours. However, it is baseball that filled me with unexplainable emotion over Monday and Tuesday. Each of the games that took place after the tragedy began with a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Even in Miami, where the day was dedicated to the celebration of Jackie Robinson, a minute was silenced. Ben Revere wore a patch on his glove that read “Pray for Boston” and countless tweets from players were sent out offering their condolences to those who were affected by the bombing. The action that the Yankees took during Tuesday night’s game, playing Boston’s infamous "Sweet Caroline", sent shivers over my body. What may seem like insignificant motions brought people of many different races, ethnicities, religions and beliefs together in order to let Boston know that we all stand beside them in this time of sorrow. I tip my hat to Major League Baseball for showing the world that even in a league of intense competition, there is an unbreakable unity, an enduring support and a selfless kindness between the league and their fans.  

This is a game I take great pride in. This is a game I will defend until my face turns blue and this is why it deserves just that. Baseball has shown me that though there is competition there is compassion, though there is rivalry there is respect, and though there are brawls there is brotherhood. As owners, employees, players and fans, we are one organization and together we will stand in both triumph and tribulation.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 09:56
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of April 15 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 15 April 2013 15:34

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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, 12-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.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

esogard

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Eric Sogard, OAK 6 RotoWire 4 Baseball HQ 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1 USA TODAY Sports
1 ESPN.com
Justin Grimm, TEX 5 NFBC/Stats LLC
Hank Conger, LAA 3 Mastersball
Casper Wells, TOR 2 RotoWire
Munenori Kawasaki, TOR 2 Baseball HQ
Joe Ortiz, TEX 1 NFBC/Stats LLC
Endy Chavez, SEA 1 Mastersball 1 Fangraphs
Steve Delabar, TOR 1 ESPN.com
Jeff Baker, TEX 1 RotoWire
Steve Pearce, BAL 1 RotoWire
Brandon Gomes, TB 1 NFBC/Stats LLC
Michael Roth, LAA 1 NFBC/Stats LLC 1 Fangraphs 1 Mastersball 1 RotoWire
Philip Humber, HOU 1 NFBC/Stats LLC




Andrew Romine, LAA 1 Baseball HQ
Andy Parrino, OAK 1 Baseball HQ
Eduardo Escobar, MIN 1 Baseball HQ 1 ESPN.com
Robert Andino, SEA 1 Baseball HQ

 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

Jeff Baker, TEX 1 RotoWire
Steve Pearce, BAL 1 RotoWire
Brandon Gomes, TB 1 NFBC/Stats LLC
Michael Roth, LAA 1 NFBC/Stats LLC 1 Fangraphs 1 Mastersball 1 RotoWire
Philip Humber, HOU 1 NFBC/Stats LLC
Chris Dickerson, BAL 1 Mastersball
Matt Tuiasosopo, DET 1 Mastersball
Andrew Romine, LAA 1 Baseball HQ
Andy Parrino, OAK 1 Baseball HQ
Eduardo Escobar, MIN 1 Baseball HQ 1 ESPN.com
Robert Andino, SEA 1 Baseball HQ

 Perry Van Hook's Commentary

There were very few free agents bid on this week in LABR’s American League. The highest bid was $6 by Rotowire’s Chris Liss who did outbid four other teams for the services of Oakland MI Eric Sogard.

With Yoenis Cespedes on the DL I needed an outfielder from a very thin group and solved it by adding Hank Conger of the Angels for $3 so I could move Ryan Doumit from C to OF in Cespedes slot. I also replaced Shelley Duncan in my outfield slot with a one dollar claim of Endy Chavez.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

jrussell

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
6 ESPN - Ravitz James Russell, CHC 5 RotoWire 4 NFBC/Stats LLC 1 Baseball HQ
4 Yahoo! Sports Alfredo Marte, ARI 1 NFBC/Stats LLC 1 Sandlot Shrink
3 Sandlot Shrink Ramiro Pena, ATL
2 Yahoo! Sports Jon Garland, COL 1 NFBC/Stats LLC 1 Baseball HQ
2 Sandlot Shrink Burke Badenhop, MIL 1 Baseball HQ
1 NFBC/Stats LLC Ezequiel Carrera, PHI
1 Baseball HQ Jeremy Hefner, NYM

 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

2 ESPN - Ravitz Hector Rondon, CHC
1 NFBC/Stats LLC Dale Thayer, SD
1 NFBC/Stats LLC Jonathan Sanchez, PIT
1 Baseball HQ Brad Ziegler, ARI
1 Baseball HQ Dale Thayer, SD
1 Baseball HQ Sam LeCure, CIN
1 Baseball HQ Jared Hughes, PIT
1 Baseball HQ Chad Gaudin, SF

 Lawr Michaels' Commentary

If it is true that you can never have enough pitching, the NL LABR owners pretty much bought into the notion as four of the seven transactions for last week were stabs at arms.

James Russell (in a bidding war to Nate Ravitz, for $6), Jon Garland ($2 to Brad Evans), Burke Badenhop ($1 to Bob Radomski), and Jeremy Hefner ($1 to Doug Dennis).

The problem is that it is difficult to get excited about any of these pickups.

On the hitter's side, Alfredo Marte was the sought after item ($4, also to Brad), and with Jason Kubel down he could see regular playing time, but I think $3 for Ramrio Pena to Mr. Radomski is the best acquisition of the week.

Although it was a very quiet week.

MIXED LEAGUE

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PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Chris Getz, KC 11 Mastersball
Stephen Drew, BOS 8 Yahoo! Sports 5 RotoWire 1 KFFL.com
Ervin Santana, KC 8 Baseball Prospectus 3 Sports Grumblings 3 Baseball HQ 2 KFFL.com
1 RotoWire
Evan Gattis, ATL 5 USA TODAY Sports 4 Baseball HQ 3 KFFL.com 2 MLB.com
1 RotoWire
James Russell, CHC 5 Sports Grumblings 1 Razzball
Alexi Casilla, BAL 4 Clay Davenport
John Buck, NYM 3 RotoWire 3 Baseball HQ 3 KFFL.com
Shawn Camp, CHC 3 Razzball
Brandon Crawford, SF 3 Baseball Prospectus 1 RotoWire
Travis Hafner, NYY 2 RotoWire
Matt Adams, STL 2 RotoWire 2 KFFL.com
Nate Schierholtz, CHC 2 Razzball
Bronson Arroyo, CIN 2 MLB.com
Edward Mujica, STL 2 Fangraphs 1 Razzball
Bartolo Colon, OAK 1 RotoWire
John Mayberry, PHI 1 KFFL.com
Josh Donaldson, OAK 1 Fangraphs 1 KFFL.com
Kevin Slowey, MIA 1 Baseball Prospectus
Garrett Richards, LAA 1 Baseball HQ

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

Donovan Solano, MIA 1 Fangraphs
Mark Ellis, LAD 1 Fangraphs
A.J. Pollock, ARI 1 KFFL.com
Alfredo Aceves, BOS 1 Baseball HQ
Conor Gillaspie, CWS 1 RotoWire
Craig Gentry, TEX 1 KFFL.com
Eric Chavez, ARI 1 RotoWire
Erik Bedard, HOU 1 Razzball 1 KFFL.com
Mark Ellis, LAD 1 KFFL.com
Marlon Byrd, NYM 1 RotoWire
Marwin Gonzalez, HOU 1 Mastersball
Yuniesky Betancourt, MIL 1 Mastersball

Todd Zola's Commentary

Figuring I had shortstop covered with Alex Gonzalez, I dropped Stephen Drew last week figuring I could get him back if necessary. Well, it was necessary but I opted for Chris Getz instead wanting to add a little more speed now so I can perhaps deal a speedster later.

Of course Drew was also a hot commodity and he went for less than I paid for Getz but I'm OK with the decision.

Ervin Santana has looked very good thus far and the multitude of bids shows many are looking to fortify their pitching. It will be interesting to see what Tony Cingrani goes for next week. I bet it's more than $8.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 April 2013 20:30
 
Shadow FAABing in TOUT NL PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Perry Van Hook   
Monday, 15 April 2013 13:28

I made a remark in Brian Walton’s column about the perceived devaluation of FAAB in the NL TOUT league where Brian is a combatant (and previous winner) and I am the SWAT. I made a list of players who were available on Saturday before Sunday night’s bidding.

I hadn’t even listed Tony Cingrani who broke banks in TOUT leagues on Sunday and likely will next week in the NFBC assuming he is called up to fill in on Wednesday for the DLed Johnny Cueto.

On the hitting side I listed five players – two were picked up, two were not and one was so deep it even eluded those astute owners (but maybe you can use it)

  1. Ramiro Pena, 3B, ATL was added by our own Todd Zola and I am surprised there were no other bids because Pena could be platooned with Juan Francisco by the Braves as long as they need Chris Johnson to play first base. Maybe Todd noted my Saturday night pick up in an even deeper NL only league where we compete.
  2. But Austin Kearns, OF, MIA was not bid on at all. Not the Kearns of yore but playing as long as Giancarlo is nursing his sore arm
  3. Nick Noonan, 2B, SF was added even though he rates to get less at bats than
  4. Shane Robinson, OF, STL who might score a run or steal a base in his caddy role
  5. Finally in the really deep end of the pool I thought one of the touts would add Blake Lalli, MLW who qualifies at C and is playing a little first base for the Brewers and has some power.

On the pitching side it was also Touts 2, Shadower 3

  1. Shawn Camp, CHC was added in hopes of a save or two while the Cubs try and sort out their bullpen, as was
  2. Edward Mujica, STL a very good arm who may get a chance if Mitchell Boggs and Trevor Rosenthal continue to blow leads/games.
  3. Jon Garland, COL was not offered even a $0 bid by the touts and while he isn’t great, he has pitched better in his two starts for the Rockies than many rostered pitchers
  4. Chad Gaudin, SF was rumored to get a possible start or two for the Giants and despite another poor start by Tim Lincecum wasn’t added in this league but was in others
  5. Finally if the touts were going to going to add Frankie Rodriguez and Brian Wilson (okay maybe it was just Lenny Melnick), could David Aardsma be a worse idea?
Last Updated on Monday, 15 April 2013 15:13
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of April 15 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 15 April 2013 01:17

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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 four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. The Mixed leagues use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. 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 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.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

marwin

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
MGonzalez, Hou 8 Lawr Michaels 7 Jeff Erickson 4 Matthew Berry 3 Mike Siano
3 Ron Shandler 2 Joe Sheehan 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton
AHarang, Sea 3 (16) Rob Leibowitz 2 Mike Siano 1 Jeff Erickson
CWells, Tor 3 (6) Joe Sheehan 2 Mike Siano
JCarroll, Min 3 (4) Rob Leibowitz 2 Lawr Michaels
RAndino, Sea 1 Lawr Michaels 0 Mike Siano 0 Jeff Erickson 0 Ron Shandler
KCorreia, Min 1 (5) Ron Shandler 4 Rob Leibowitz 1 Jeff Erickson
EnChavez, Sea 1 (3) Matthew Berry 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton
MTaylor, Oak 1 (3) Jeff Erickson 0 Ron Shandler
FRodriguez, FA 1 (6) Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton
OArcia, Min 1 (11) Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton
RCruz, Hou 0 Mike Siano
YGomes, Cle 0 Mike Siano
CResop, Oak 0 Steve Moyer
MTuiasosopo, Det 0 Ron Shandler

 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

LGarcia, Tex 4 Joe Sheehan
BCecil, Tor 2 Ron Shandler 0 Rob Leibowitz 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton
TScheppers, Tex 2 Joe Sheehan
LJimenez, LAA 2 Jeff Erickson 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton
AWarren, NYY 1 Ron Shandler 0 Mike Siano
BHarris, LAA 1 Jeff Erickson
JGrimm, Tex 1 Jeff Erickson 0 Rob Leibowitz
DDowns, Det 0 Ron Shandler
EScribner, Oak 0 Ron Shandler
JBlevins, Oak 0 Ron Shandler
JShuck, LAA 0 Ron Shandler
MLindstrom, CWS 0 Ron Shandler
AParrino, Oak 0 Rob Leibowitz
ARomine, LAA 0 Rob Leibowitz 0 Matthew Berry
AMiller, Bos 0 Mike Siano
JChamberlain, NYY 0 Mike Siano
RSantiago, Det 0 Mike Siano

 Rob Leibowitz Commentary

So like many fantasy owners this week, I have the burden of asking myself , "How the heck am I going to replace Jose Reyes!”. Well, sadly, the answer especially for AL only players is, "I'm not.", barring a trade. Given how early it is in the season, that’s an unlikely occurrence, so the only option you really have is to look for filler. Jamey Carroll, sadly, came to the top of my list and I threw down a $4, “I feel dirty”, bid there and ended up obtaining him for $3. Carroll has always had a great bat control and has the potential to hit for average, but provides little else especially at age 39. Andrew Romine might have a better temporary fill-in as the Angels may give him plenty of playing time with Erick Aybar on the DL. Romine makes pretty good contact and has some speed and might help soften the blow (not really) of losing Reyes’ stolen bases.

While I am not in any way high on Aaron Harang as noted in my Diamond Exchange last week, a $3 bid won the chance to see if he has anything left in the tank. I actually bid into the teens, with the thinking that veterans with some history of success do not often come along this early in the season, but the next highest bid was $2.  I would let the apathy of the Touts towards Harang be a guide in your bidding this week. After all, in all likelihood, we are talking about a 4+ ERA starter for the rest of the season unless Harang can rediscover his once above average command and control.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

cingrani

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
TCingrani, Cin 52 (69) Chris Liss 51 Phil Hertz 32 Brian Walton 31 Tristan H. Cockcroft
30 Lenny Melnick 15 Mike Gianella 15 Mike Gianella
14 Derek Carty 11 Peter Kreutzer
JMahoney, Mia 4 (17) Todd Zola 3 Phil Hertz
SCamp, ChC 4 (5) Brian Walton 3 Tristan H. Cockcroft 2 Peter Kreutzer 1 Chris Liss
EMujica, StL 3 Mike Gianella 2 Phil Hertz
CCoghlan, Mia 2 Phil Hertz 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft
RPena, Atl 1 (3) Todd Zola
RDolis, ChC 1 (2) Peter Kreutzer
DRobinson, Cin 1 Mike Gianella
ECarrera, Phi 1 Mike Gianella
BWilson, FA 1 Lenny Melnick
FRodriguez, FA 1 (2) Lenny Melnick
DThayer, SD 1 Brian Walton 2 Chris Liss 0 Peter Kreutzer
EOFlaherty, Atl 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Phil Hertz
MDunn, Mia 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
NNoonan, SF 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
JHarrison, Pit 0 Scott Wilderman
MBowden, ChC 0 Peter Kreutzer
WNieves, Ari 0 Brian Walton

 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

AGonzalez, ChC 3 Todd Zola
JHannahan, Cin 3 Todd Zola 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
ARamos, Mia 1 Mike Gianella 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
ARamos, Mia 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
JHoover, Cin 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
JHughes, Pit 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
ASimon, Cin 0 Peter Kreutzer
JWilson, Pit 0 Peter Kreutzer
LOndrusek, Cin 0 Peter Kreutzer
TSipp, Ari 0 Peter Kreutzer
ARecker, NYM 0 Brian Walton
BZiegler, Ari 0 Brian Walton 0 Peter Kreutzer
HQuintero, Phi 0 Brian Walton

Brian Walton's Commentary

 Another week, another run of injuries thinned the NL ranks. Central Division favorite Cincinnati lost top starter Johnny Cueto to a lat strain that could linger. The door is open for left-handed prospect Tony Cingrani, who has put up video game numbers in the minors. Even when Cueto returns, Cingrani could stay on to replace Mike Leake.

I bid with that and the Reds' strong offense in mind, putting almost one-third of my full-season stipend on the table, $32. The good news? I edged defending league champ Tristan H. Cockcroft of ESPN by $1 and lapped several other owners. The bad news? Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ went $51, setting RotoWire's Chris Liss' winning bid of $52 ($69 before Vickrey).

Being the closer for the Cubs is akin to drumming for Spinal Tap. Carlos Marmol actually showed some resiliency, losing the job multiple times. Kyuji Fujikawa had the job for less than two weeks before admitting forearm soreness. What that means for the long-term remains to be seen, but we have seen Tommy John situations begin similarly.

Looking at Cubs Plans C and D, James Russell is already owned. Shawn Camp diminished his free agent value when yielding four runs to the Giants in 1 1/3 innings on Sunday. Holding my nose, I bid just $5 and rostered Camp for $4 (Vickrey).

Another chaotic closer situation is in St. Louis. Like Fujikawa, formerly-dependable Jason Motte is out indefinitely and could be heading for TJS. Mitchell Boggs blew another save opportunity on Sunday and young gun Trevor Rosenthal does not appear to be ready, either. Baseball Prospectus' Mike Gianella went $46 in a speculative play for Edward Mujica, reduced to just $3 by Vickrey.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

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PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
TCingrani, Cin 11 Fred Zinkie 10 Eric Mack 3 Nicholas Minnix 2 Paul Singman
1 Tim Heaney
ABailey, Bos 7 Tim Heaney 6 Derek Van Riper 3 Ray Flowers 2 Fred Zinkie
1 Nicholas Minnix
MAdams, StL 7 (11) Al Melchior 6 Nicholas Minnix 5 Paul Singman 4 Derek Van Riper
4 David Gonos 2 Ray Flowers 0 Tim Heaney
ZMcAllister, Cle 4 (9) Patrick Davitt 3 Derek Van Riper
CCapuano, LAD 2 (13) Fred Zinkie 3 Tim Heaney 1 Zach Steinhorn
BColon, Oak 1 Zach Steinhorn 2 Fred Zinkie 1 Derek Van Riper 1 Paul Singman
BCrawford, SF 1 (2) Tim Heaney 1 Ray Flowers 0 Nicholas Minnix
EStults, SD 1 (2) Ray Flowers 0 Tim Heaney
RTejada, NYM 1 Ray Flowers 1 Tim Heaney 1 Paul Singman 0 Nicholas Minnix
EBedard, Hou 1 Paul Singman 1 Tim Heaney 1 Derek Van Riper
NSchierholtz, ChC 1 (2) Paul Singman 1 Ray Flowers 0 Nicholas Minnix
RIbanez, Sea 1 (9) Patrick Davitt
JDMartinez, Hou 1 (4) Nando DiFino
JQuintana, CWS 1 (5) Nando DiFino
JRussell, ChC 1 (10) Eric Mack 1 Tim Heaney
GRichards, LAA 1 (3) Derek Van Riper 3 David Gonos 0 Tim Heaney
SSmith, Oak 1 (2) Derek Van Riper
NTepesch, Tex 1 (4) David Gonos 0 Eric Mack
JDonaldson, Oak 1 (2) Cory Schwartz 1 Ray Flowers 0 Tim Heaney 0 Nicholas Minnix
MGonzalez, Hou 0 Paul Singman 1 Tim Heaney 1 Ray Flowers
JBurton, Min 0 Patrick Davitt
APollock, Ari 0 Nicholas Minnix
JValdespin, NYM 0 Nicholas Minnix 0 Paul Singman 0 Patrick Davitt

 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

WDavis, KC 4 Tim Heaney 1 Ray Flowers 0 Eric Mack
JDeLaRosa, Col 3 Tim Heaney
ACallaspo, LAA 2 Cory Schwartz
DNava, Bos 2 Al Melchior 0 Paul Singman
AGonzalez, Mil 1 Tim Heaney
MIzturis, Tor 1 Tim Heaney 0 Patrick Davitt 0 Nicholas Minnix 0 Paul Singman
CGillaspie, CWS 1 Ray Flowers
JBay, Sea 1 Ray Flowers
SLombardozzi, Was 1 Ray Flowers
DMastroianni, Min 1 Derek Van Riper
JMayberry, Phi 1 Derek Van Riper
RNolasco, Mia 1 David Gonos 0 Patrick Davitt 0 Zach Steinhorn
EEscobar, Min 0 Tim Heaney
FLiriano, Pit 0 Tim Heaney
FPaulino, KC 0 Tim Heaney
JDanks, CWS 0 Tim Heaney
KSlowey, Mia 0 Tim Heaney
MKawasaki, Tor 0 Tim Heaney
CGetz, KC 0 Patrick Davitt 0 Nicholas Minnix
DODay, Bal 0 Patrick Davitt
SCasilla, SF 0 Patrick Davitt
TSnider, Pit 0 Patrick Davitt
DBarney, ChC 0 Nicholas Minnix
DSolano, Mia 0 Nicholas Minnix
ESogard, Oak 0 Nicholas Minnix
JFrancoeur, KC 0 Nicholas Minnix
MByrd, NYM 0 Nicholas Minnix
MGonzalez, Bal 0 Fred Zinkie

Todd Zola's Guest Commentary

The way this hobby has evolved, the rules regarding transactions along with switching to 5x5 from 4x4 have mitigated the need for risk aversion. A great example of this is how the top two starting pitchers awarded this week are youngsters, one completely unproven in Tony Cingrani and the other, Zach McAllister off to a string start to his career. These hurlers were more highly sought after than more tried and true veterans, Bartolo Colon, Eric Stults and Erik Bedard. The reason is pretty simple - with the present set-up of the rules, the reward outweighs the risk. We know what we'll get from the grizzled vet and there is a ceiling. We don't know what we'll get from Cingrani and while the odds are against a rookie coming in and making a fantasy difference, he at least has the chance to do so. Colon, Stults and Bedard are safe, if not useful - but they're not difference makers. The same dynamic is present with Garrett Richards and Nick Tepesch going for nominal bids while Ricky Nolasco, Francisco Liriano, Kevin Slowey, John Danks and Jorge De La Rosa were all contingencies.

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Johnny Cueto’s trip to the DL opens the door for top prospect Tony Cingrani to show what he can do at the big league level, and Cingrani’s exceptional minor league numbers, particularly in the strikeout department, was enough of a reason for Fred Zinkie to shell out 11 bucks for him. Despite having pitched only two seasons in the Minors, I can see the Reds, like the Marlins with Jose Fernandez, leaving Cingrani in their rotation for good should he perform well out of the gate.

Runner-up honors this week go to Matt Adams and Andrew Bailey, who will temporarily fill in as the Red Sox closer, at least for the next few days as regular stopper Joel Hanrahan deals with a hamstring injury. While Hanrahan isn’t expected to need a stint on the DL, that could change, and factoring in his overall inconsistency, the $7 Tim Heaney spent on the closer proven Bailey could go a long way.

Deciding to add a little more depth to my starting rotation, as I plan on switching to a 7 SP/2 RP roster alignment for the foreseeable future, mainly to boost my strikeouts, my top target was Capuano. But I’m satisfied with Colon, who has a favorable matchup this week at home vs. the Astros. A quality start is a given, I hope.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

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PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
TCingrani, Cin 20 (31) Tim McLeod 19 Charlie Wiegert 9 Anthony Perri 1 Perry Van Hook
MAdams, StL 9 Brent Hershey 8 Charlie Wiegert 4 Ray Guilfoyle
SSmith, Oak 9 (15)Brent Hershey 8 Tim McLeod 3 Perry Van Hook 1 Charlie Wiegert
BZito, SF 7 (8) Scott Engel 6 Anthony Perri 2 Greg Ambrosius
PPolanco, Mia 6 (9) Tom Kessenich 5 Scott Engel
BNorris, Hou 4 Paul Greco 7 Gene McCaffrey 4 Scott Engel 3 Scott Engel
3 Anthony Perri 2 Ray Guilfoyle
DNava, Bos 4 (9) Paul Greco 3 Tom Kessenich 1 Perry Van Hook
KSuzuki, Was 4 (7) Brent Hershey 3 Anthony Perri
DSolano, Mia 3 Anthony Perri 2 Greg Ambrosius
JGuthrie, KC 3 Scott Engel 2 Greg Ambrosius
JQuintana, CWS 3 Gene McCaffrey 3 Scott Engel 2 Scott Engel 2 Matthew Pouliot
BColon, Oak 2 Perry Van Hook 1 Eno Sarris
JChacin, Col 2 (4) Anthony Perri 1 Eno Sarris 1 Ray Guilfoyle
RDavis, Tor 2 (1) Matthew Pouliot 11 Brent Hershey 1 Charlie Wiegert
RIbanez, Sea 2 Perry Van Hook 1 Charlie Wiegert
APollock, Ari 1 (3) Scott Engel 3 Ray Guilfoyle
ChJohnson, Atl 1 (4) Ray Guilfoyle
EMujica, StL 1 (2) Mike Podhorzer 1 Grey Albright
GBlanco, SF 1 Eno Sarris
JFrancisco, Atl 1 Tom Kessenich
JWestbrook, StL 1 Grey Albright
KSlowey, Mia 1 Eno Sarris
MMaldonado, Mil 1 (2) Greg Ambrosius
PCiriaco, Bos 1 (2) Greg Ambrosius
PKozma, StL 1 Charlie Wiegert 1 Tom Kessenich
RTejada, NYM 1 Ray Guilfoyle 1 Scott Engel 1 Tom Kessenich
SCamp, ChC 1 (5) Anthony Perri 1 Grey Albright

 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BID

DDeJesus, ChC 8 Brent Hershey
NTepesch, Tex 4 Anthony Perri 1 Eno Sarris
ACallaspo, LAA 3 Tom Kessenich
JRussell, ChC 2 Scott Engel 1 Grey Albright
BCrawford, SF 2 Ray Guilfoyle 1 Tom Kessenich
RRoberts, TB 2 Greg Ambrosius
WLeBlanc, Mia 2 Anthony Perri
BRyan, Sea 1 Tom Kessenich
CGetz, KC 1 Tom Kessenich
JLannan, Phi 1 Scott Engel
EBedard, Hou 1 Perry Van Hook 1 Grey Albright
EStults, SD 1 Perry Van Hook
JPeralta, TB 1 Grey Albright
SCasilla, SF 1 Grey Albright
YBetancourt, Mil 1 Greg Ambrosius
CGillaspie, CWS 1 Eno Sarris
JDMartinez, Hou 1 Eno Sarris
CCoghlan, Mia 0 Brent Hershey
TSnider, Pit 0 Brent Hershey 0 Matthew Pouliot

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

The greater population of a mixed league versus the NL only muted the enthusiasm or desperation for a minor league pitcher who hasn't even been called up yet, but the success of Jose Fernandez may have aided the run at Tony Cingrani, CIN who supposedly will be called up to replace the DLed Johnny Cueto on Wednesday. In the draft league it was Tim McLeod whose $31 bid was reduced to $20 by Vickrey and awaits his new pitcher's arrival.

I needed a new hurler as well and eschewed a couple of two start pitchers this week (Eric Stults or Erik Bedard) bidding two dollars on Oakland's Bartolo Colon who will face the Astros this week and has been improving each time out. I also needed to replace the faded Collin Cowgill and didn’t get my first choice of Seth Smith but am fine with Raul Ibanez who I got for two dollars. At least Ibanez will have seven games on the schedule for my team while I wait a week to activate Cody Ross. I did have a unique lineup solution this week, being able to move Evan Gattis to C to replace Salvador Perez because the Royals only play five games this week as they have a two game Interleague set at Atlanta.

 

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