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Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of May 13 PDF Print E-mail
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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

jimmyparedes

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
JParedes, Hou 12 (31) Wolf/Colton 11 Matthew Berry 4 Joe Sheehan 1 Ron Shandler
0 Jason Collette
SKazmir, Cle 10 Matthew Berry 9 Joe Sheehan 9 Larry Schechter 7 Ron Shandler
7 Steve Moyer
SFuld, TB 1 (2) Matthew Berry 0 Ron Shandler
DBarton, Oak 1 (7) Matthew Berry 0 Joe Sheehan
THunter, Bal 1 (3) Larry Schechter
TCrowe, Hou 1 (5) Jason Collette 0 Ron Shandler 0 Joe Sheehan 0 Matthew Berry
OPerez, Sea 0 Steve Moyer
MPelfrey, Min 0 Ron Shandler 0 Matthew Berry
MDeRosa, Tor 0 Ron Shandler
CAllen, Cle 0 Joe Sheehan 1 Larry Schechter

UNAWARDED BIDS

JSmith, Cle 2 Larry Schechter 0 Steve Moyer
DDowns, Det 1 Larry Schechter 0 Steve Moyer 0 Matthew Berry
NJones, CWS 1 Larry Schechter
LMendoza, KC 0 Joe Sheehan 0 Matthew Berry
AWarren, NYY 0 Joe Sheehan
DDowns, Det 0 Matthew Berry
GSoto, Tex 0 Matthew Berry
LMendoza, KC 0 Matthew Berry
SKelley, NYY 0 Steve Moyer

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Scott Kazmir drew some attention this week and it was actually surprising there weren't more or higher bids. The lefty has missing bats at a rate higher than his prime and throwing strikes more often then ever. While he does not throw as hard as in the past, Kazmir’s approach is unchanged with a fastball/slider/change combination. The lefty’s first start of the season continues to make his numbers ugly, but Kazmir’s allowed just 5 ER in 3 starts since then and walked just three. This is the healthiest Kazmir’s been in several seasons and it shows. The skills and stuff, over the teeny tiny sample are all encouraging, so expect more for now as long as his shoulder and elbow hold out.

Jimmy Paredes has been thrust into the Astros starting outfield and is worth a flier in AL only formats. A switch-hitter, Paredes main asset is speed. Throughout his career Paredes has been an aggressive hitter who has not been able to translate his contact-making skills to the Majors. If he plays well, he could stay with the team even after Justin Maxwell returns later this month.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

dietrich

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
DDietrich, Mia 14 (21) Tristan H. Cockcroft 13 Mike Gianella 11 Peter Kreutzer 11 Lenny Melnick
5 Scott Wilderman 2 Brian Walton 1 Derek Carty
DLutz, Cin 5 (15) Steve Gardner 4 Brian Walton 0 Peter Kreutzer
RSweeney, ChC 4 Peter Kreutzer 4 Steve Gardner 3 Brian Walton
JNicasio, Col 4 (5) Lenny Melnick 3 Steve Gardner 1 Derek Carty
ROswalt, Col 1 (2) Peter Kreutzer
JMercer, Pit 1 (4) Peter Kreutzer 4 Steve Gardner 0 Derek Carty
TCloyd, Phi 1 Peter Kreutzer
FPeguero, SF 1 (3) Mike Gianella 0 Brian Walton
EPerez, Was 1 (3) Mike Gianella
SLeCure, Cin 1 (2) Lenny Melnick 0 Derek Carty
JBroxton, Cin 1 (2) Chris Liss
RJohnson, Atl 1 Brian Walton
JGomez, Pit 0 Steve Gardner
JHerrera, Col 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
RWebb, Mia 0 Mike Gianella
RBrignac, Col 0 Derek Carty
BBadenhop, Mil 0 Derek Carty
DDescalso, StL 0 Chris Liss 0 Mike Gianella 0 Derek Carty

UNAWARDED BIDS

JGast, StL 1 Chris Liss
NGreen, Mia 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
CCoghlan, Mia 0 Mike Gianella 0 Steve Gardner
ASimon, Cin 0 Steve Gardner 0 Mike Gianella
SVanSlyke, LAD 0 Peter Kreutzer
GKontos, SF 0 Mike Gianella
RPena, Atl 0 Mike Gianella
JHowell, LAD 0 Derek Carty
JLopez, SF 0 Derek Carty

 Brian Walton's Commentary

The big bidding this week in NL Tout Wars indicate the warriors may believe Derek Dietrich can offer more than the injured second baseman he is replacing with the Miami Marlins, Donovan Solano. Dietrich, who raised his average to .364 with two hits Sunday, drew four double-digit bids and went to Tristan H. Cockcroft of ESPN for $14.

My $4 offer for Cincinnati's Donald Lutz was trumped by Steve Gardner of USA TODAY, who was willing to spend up to $15 (Vickrey), but only paid $5. Even if the outfielder, who launched a three-run homer on Sunday, is sent back down when Chris Heisey returns this week, he will be back later.

With opportunity to earn playing time on a struggling Cubs team, outfielder Ryan Sweeney is getting another MLB life. Peter Kreutzer bid $4 and won. Speaking of Rotoman, Peter also took a $1 flyer on the potential return to the majors of Roy Oswalt later this season.

And speaking of Rockies starters, my general worry about playing them along with the undependable early performance of Juan Nicasio led me to release the right-hander last week. Following a five-inning, two-run outing against the Mets, the right-hander went to Lenny Melnick for $4 this time around.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

heathbell

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
HBell, Ari 38 (41) Derek Van Riper 37 Zach Steinhorn 35 Seth Trachtman 29 Patrick Davitt
19 Nicholas Minnix 17 Eric Mack 13 Ray Flowers
12 Tim Heaney
SKazmir, Cle 16 (21) Al Melchior 15 Seth Trachtman 7 Nicholas Minnix 6 Tim Heaney
4 Derek Van Riper 3 Ray Flowers 2 Paul Singman
UJimenez, Cle 8 (10) Cory Schwartz 7 Tim Heaney 7 Nicholas Minnix 2 Ray Flowers
JTeheran, Atl 6 Tim Heaney 5 Eric Mack
MLeake, Cin 2 (6) Zach Steinhorn 2 Cory Schwartz 1 Derek Van Riper
RNolasco, Mia 1 (4) Ray Flowers 5 Zach Steinhorn 4 Cory Schwartz
MIzturis, Tor 1 Ray Flowers 0 Nicholas Minnix
JDyson, KC 1 (5) Paul Singman 3 Tim Heaney
KUehara, Bos 1 (5) Patrick Davitt 2 Derek Van Riper 1 Ray Flowers
YEscobar, TB 1 (3) Derek Van Riper 1 Ray Flowers
DDietrich, Mia 1 (3) Derek Van Riper
CBlackmon, Col 1 Derek Van Riper
ALind, Tor 1 (5) Al Melchior
SDoolittle, Oak 0 Patrick Davitt 1 Ray Flowers
RGrossman, Hou 0 Nicholas Minnix 2 Al Melchior 1 Ray Flowers
JLocke, Pit 0 Fred Zinkie 1 Cory Schwartz

UNAWARDED BIDS

JGast, StL 2 Tim Heaney
JNicasio, Col 2 Tim Heaney
LOverbay, NYY 2 Tim Heaney
DStoren, Was 2 Ray Flowers
JNix, NYY 1 Derek Van Riper 1 Ray Flowers
NPunto, LAD 1 Derek Van Riper 1 Ray Flowers
JGomez, Pit 1 Tim Heaney
ACrow, KC 1 Ray Flowers
BMaurer, Sea 1 Ray Flowers
JaMcDonald, Pit 1 Ray Flowers
JCastro, Hou 1 Ray Flowers
JPeralta, TB 1 Ray Flowers
SMarshall, Cin 1 Ray Flowers
BDozier, Min 1 Derek Van Riper
LMendoza, KC 0 Tim Heaney

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Just in case I would somehow forget to bid on Heath Bell come Sunday, I made sure to enter in my bid earlier in the week. And it was $43. I figured that since Bell carried a considerable amount of closing experience and, despite last season’s disaster, had pitched fairly well so far this year, a generous bid was warranted. Plus, the saves category was so bunched up that by adding a third closer, I could gain a lot of points very quickly. Oh yeah, and then there was the fact that as a David Hernandez owner, I would be able to corner the market on Diamondbacks’ saves. But after seeing Bell blow up on Sunday, I began to think that Hernandez will be closing games sooner rather than later, so why waste nearly half of my remaining FAAB on Bell? So I lowered the bid slightly, to $37. Turns out that Derek Van Riper bid $41, so that last second decision of mine cost me Bell. So now I’m just hoping that he blows up one more time in the near future. Or maybe two more times. And I think it’s very possible.

Considering my recent starting pitching woes, I was scared off by Scott Kazmir and Ubaldo Jimenez. I know that both have been on a roll of late, but what if the inevitable stat correction comes while they are on my roster. Well, both went for a decent amount of dough, so I’m perfectly content with my $2 purchase of Mike Leake, who has a tasty road matchup vs. the Marlins this week. I like Ray Flowers’ Ricky Nolasco pickup and I feel that he’s a better long-term investment than Leake. And Nolasco is a two-start pitcher this week, which seems like an added bonus. But the Tout Wars rule that you must leave your FAAB pickups active for at least one week was the deciding factor here. Nolasco’s matchups (vs. CIN, vs. ARI) concern me, particularly the Reds, who are very lefty heavy. I guess it’s safe to say that my recent starting pitching woes scared me off.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

kazmir

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
HBell, Ari 25 (39) Paul Greco 24 Eno Sarris 22 Tom Kessenich 15 Perry Van Hook
13 Scott Engel 6 Anthony Perri 4 Mike Podhorzer
SKazmir, Cle 14 (23) Scott Engel 13 Eno Sarris 9 Mike Podhorzer 6 Gene McCaffrey
FLiriano, Pit 13 (22) Tom Kessenich 12 Mike Podhorzer 7 Scott Engel 6 Scott Engel
2 Tim McLeod
WVenable, SD 3 (14) Tom Kessenich 2 Grey Albright 1 Greg Ambrosius
MEstrada, Mil 2 (13) Mike Podhorzer 1 Eno Sarris
JDeLaRosa, Col 2 (8) Scott Engel 1 Tim McLeod
DSmyly, Det 1 Tim McLeod
SDiamond, Min 1 (2) Scott Engel
MGonzalez, Hou 1 (3) Scott Engel
KUehara, Bos 1 Eno Sarris
RGrossman, Hou 1 Grey Albright
DMesoraco, Cin 1 Greg Ambrosius
JPettibone, Phi 1 (6) Gene McCaffrey
JGast, StL 1 (2) Perry Van Hook
JMercer, Pit 1 (2) Perry Van Hook

UNAWARDED BIDS

LScott, TB 3 Scott Engel
UJimenez, Cle 2 Tom Kessenich
FRodriguez, Mil 1 Tom Kessenich
JParedes, Hou 1 Grey Albright
SFeldman, ChC 0 Gene McCaffrey 0 Perry Van Hook
JWilliams, LAA 0 Perry Van Hook

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Another new closer - another high bid - probably the same story in your league. Actually almost half the league (7 of 15) bid on Heath Bell, but Paul Greco's high bid of $39 was Vickrey reduced to $25.

I had bid $15 on Bell, knowing it wasn't likely enough but worth the try. But my $2 underbid got me John Gast the minor league pitcher the St. Louis Cardinals will call up to replace Jake Westbrook in a start at home versus the New York Mets - thus my interest. Gast was off to a very good start at Triple-A Memphis with a 1.13 ERA and 35/13 K/BB ratio in his 38+ innings pitched.

I also wanted to have another middle infielder and thought there was some possibility that the Pirates would shift Jody Mercer to shortstop when Neil Walker returns this week. Alas it doesn't look like that will happen as the last note I saw from KFFL said Mercer was going to be sent down - well at least that will prohibit me from getting zeroes for the entire week from Mercer.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 13 May 2013 11:21
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of May 6 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 06 May 2013 13:43

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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

shuck

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Chris Nelson, NYY 7 SiriusXM 4 USA TODAY Sports
Sean Doolittle, OAK 5 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 Colton & Wolf
J.B. Shuck, LAA 5 Baseball HQ 2 Mastersball
Jeff Baker, TEX 3 Mastersball 1 Baseball HQ 1 USA TODAY Sports
Freddy Garcia, BAL 3 KFFL.com 4 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Michael Taylor, OAK 3 Baseball HQ
Adam Rosales, OAK 2 Colton & Wolf
Austin Romine, NYY 1 SiriusXM
Tommy Hunter, BAL 1 Colton & Wolf

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

Eric Sogard, OAK 4 SiriusXM
Hank Conger, LAA 1 SiriusXM
Brayan Pena, DET 1 SiriusXM
Bryan Shaw, CLE 1 Colton & Wolf
Dane De La Rosa, LAA 1 Colton & Wolf
T.J. McFarland, BAL 1 Colton & Wolf
Rick Ankiel, HOU 1 Baseball HQ
Sam Fuld, TB 1 Baseball HQ
Don Kelly, DET 1 Baseball HQ
Rick Ankiel, HOU 1 Baseball HQ
Sam Fuld, TB 1 Baseball HQ
Don Kelly, DET 1 Baseball HQ

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

With Chris Young joining Kevin Youkilis on the DL, Ray Flowers (SiriusXM) needed another hitter and chose to bid $7 on new Yankee Chris Nelson. If Nelson plays enough it will give him other lineup options down the road.

I didn’t get the hoped for results with Brandon Laird as Houston just didn’t give him the at bats needed to keep him in the lineup. I also had Julio Borbon in an outfield slot but he doesn’t get enough at bats for the Cubs (but will as soon as I drop him and they trade someone). So I bid $3 for Jeff Baker who is getting more at bats for the Rangers than either Laird or Borbon. I also bid $2 for J.B. Shuck of the Angels but lost that bid. Still I had Conor Gillaspie to slide into the UT slot moving Baker to the outfield.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

ozuna

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Marcell Ozuna, MIA 19 ESPN - Ravitz 19 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 15 RotoWire 13 Baseball HQ
8 Yahoo! Sports 6 ESPN - Karabell 6 Colton & Wolf
4 DerekCarty.com
Ramiro Pena, ATL 3 Sandlot Shrink 1 DerekCarty.com
Miguel Olivo, MIA 3 DerekCarty.com 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Jeremy Hefner, NYM 3 Baseball HQ 1 Colton & Wolf
Carlos E. Martinez, STL 2 Sandlot Shrink 3 Baseball HQ
Dave Sappelt, CHC 2 RotoWire
Daniel Descalso, STL 2 Colton & Wolf 2 ESPN - Ravitz 1 DerekCarty.com 1 ESPN - Karabell
1 Sandlot Shrink
Cody Ransom, CHC 2 Colton & Wolf 4 ESPN - Ravitz 1 ESPN - Karabell 1 DerekCarty.com
Jordy Mercer, PIT 2 Colton & Wolf
Eric Stults, SD 2 Colton & Wolf
Matt Reynolds, ARI 1 ESPN - Karabell 2 Colton & Wolf
Andrew Brown, NYM 1 ESPN - Karabell
Jeff Bianchi, MIL 1 ESPN - Karabell

 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

Austin Kearns, MIA 2 RotoWire
Francisco Peguero, SF 2 RotoWire
Josh Wilson, ARI 1 Sandlot Shrink
Shane Robinson, STL 1 RotoWire
Jordan Walden, ATL 1 ESPN - Karabell
George Kontos, SF 1 ESPN - Karabell
Donald Lutz, CIN 1 ESPN - Karabell
Juan Uribe, LAD 1 ESPN - Karabell
Francisco Peguero, SF 1 Colton & Wolf

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Perhaps the only player worth discussing this week is the Marlins young--at 22--Domincan outfielder Marcell Ozuna.

Clearly the Fish are in the early throes of a serious rebuild, and they have been aggressive, tossing young Jose Fernandez into the rotation, and Ozuna is next.

With a minor league line of .274-85-326 over 466 games, along with a .316-5-16 line so far this year the future does look bright. However, 157 walks to 467 punch-outs is the question. However, over his first five games, Ozuna is .478-1-4 and that piqued the interest of no fewer than nine owners to submit bids from $4, to the winning $19 for Nate Ravitz and his ESPN squad.

That means 75% of the league coveted the young flychaser.

The big questions this leaves are, how soon with the Fish promote Christian Yelich, and how much FAAB will he generate?

The other interesting player is Cody Ransom, a journeyman, now 37 years old, and with the Cubs.

Only twice over his 11 year career has Ransom received more than 100 at-bats, however, he does have some major pop when he does. As in 24 homers over his 614 at-bats, and that includes three this year over 20 at-bats.

Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton nabbed Ransom, his power, and limited playing time for $2, outbidding a pair of other big spenders (both of whom were willing to risk a buck).

What can you say? Ransom has a .900 SLG so far this year, so what can Rick and Glenn lose?

MIXED LEAGUE

raburn

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Dee Gordon, LAD 23 Fangraphs 13 DFSEdge 12 KFFL.com 6 MLB.com
6 RotoWire
James Loney, TB 8 Yahoo! Sports 1 KFFL.com
Marcell Ozuna, MIA 6 KFFL.com 2 Mastersball 2 RotoWire
Ryan Raburn, CLE 4 Baseball HQ 2 Mastersball 1 KFFL.com 1 RotoWire
Adam Rosales, OAK 3 Mastersball
J.B. Shuck, LAA 3 Mastersball
Hector Santiago, CWS 3 Fangraphs 3 KFFL.com 1 Baseball HQ 1 RotoWire
Leonys Martin, TEX 2 RotoWire
Nicholas Tepesch, TEX 2 MLB.com 1 KFFL.com
Jonathan Pettibone, PHI 2 KFFL.com
Ubaldo Jimenez, CLE 2 Baseball HQ 1 KFFL.com
J.J. Hoover, CIN 1 USA TODAY Sports
Donovan Solano, MIA 1 RotoWire 1 Mastersball
Jared Burton, MIN 1 Razzball 1 KFFL.com
Jeremy Hefner, NYM 1 Razzball 1 RotoWire
Heath Bell, ARI 1 KFFL.com 1 Razzball

 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

Clint Barmes, PIT 3 Mastersball
Nolan Reimold, BAL 3 Mastersball
Lyle Overbay, NYY 2 Mastersball 1 Baseball HQ
Greg Dobbs, MIA 2 Mastersball
Robbie Grossman, HOU 2 Mastersball
Jordany Valdespin, NYM 2 KFFL.com
Darren O'Day, BAL 1 USA TODAY Sports
Junichi Tazawa, BOS 1 USA TODAY Sports
Kyle Blanks, SD 1 RotoWire 1 KFFL.com
Ricky Romero, TOR 1 RotoWire
Rex Brothers, COL 1 Razzball 1 KFFL.com
Carter Capps, SEA 1 Razzball
Scott Feldman, CHC 1 MLB.com 1 RotoWire
Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA 1 Mastersball
Brandon Inge, PIT 1 Mastersball
Jayson Nix, NYY 1 Mastersball
Mike Aviles, CLE 1 Mastersball
Scott Diamond, MIN 1 KFFL.com 1 RotoWire
A.J. Ramos, MIA 1 KFFL.com
Conor Gillaspie, CWS 1 KFFL.com
Jarrod Dyson, KC 1 KFFL.com
Jordan Schafer, ATL 1 KFFL.com
Jordan Walden, ATL 1 KFFL.com
Sean Doolittle, OAK 1 KFFL.com

 Todd Zola's Commentary

I thought about it - I really did. This could have been the big splash as I admittedly could use a middle infield upgrade and there he was, Dee Gordon, but in the end I decided he may not be that much different than Chris Getz (pauses for laughter) so I passed. I did pick up stop-gap Adam Rosales who I like a little, but not so much for a mixed league. You want full time at bats in a 15 team mixed and Rosales will fill in here and there, but will not get regular at bats.

The other potential impact player is Marcell Ozuna, but in this case, I actually prefer my acquisition of J.B. Shuck to save a few sheckles and get a regular in the likeup (at least until Peter Bourjos returns.) Ozuna is a nice talent, but his price is inflated from recent success.

Ryan Raburn has been hot as a pistol and it's no surprise Baseball HQ picked him up as he was indentified as a black swan candidate at the spring Baseball HQ First Pitch Forums.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 May 2013 16:04
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of May 6 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 06 May 2013 11:08

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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

rosales

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
CNelson, NYY 7 Lawr Michaels 7 Jeff Erickson 6 Wolf/Colton
ARosales, Oak 7 Jeff Erickson 6 Matthew Berry 3 Jason Collette 2 Wolf/Colton
JWilliams, LAA 1 (6) Wolf/Colton 3 Andy Behrens
HConger, LAA 1 Ron Shandler 1 Jeff Erickson
JLyles, Hou 1 (3) Ron Shandler 0 Wolf/Colton
FGarcia, Bal 1 (2) Mike Siano 7 Larry Schechter 1 Jeff Erickson 0 Ron Shandler
PFlorimon, Min 1 (3) Matthew Berry
KGibson, Min 1 Matthew Berry
CStewart, NYY 1 (3) Lawr Michaels 0 Ron Shandler
RRomero, Tor 1 (8) Larry Schechter 0 Ron Shandler
DDeLaRosa, LAA 1 Jason Collette
JOdorizzi, TB 1 Andy Behrens
JShuck, LAA 0 Wolf/Colton 7 Jeff Erickson 0 Matthew Berry
SPearce, Bal 0 Wolf/Colton
BChen, KC 0 Matthew Berry
ACasilla, Bal 0 Matthew Berry 0 Wolf/Colton

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

MTaylor, Oak 0 Matthew Berry 0 Wolf/Colton
BCecil, Tor 0 Matthew Berry
GGreen, Oak 1 Matthew Berry

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Flyers are the theme of the week and it is a fair bet most of these pitchers are available in your local deep AL only league too.

The FAAB action saw speculative bids on pitchers like Bruce Chen, Jordan Lyles, Jake Odorizzi, Jerome Wililams, Kyle Gibson, and Ricky Romero. Chen, 36, has pitched well in relief with 11 K’s and 1 walked allowed in 9.7 innings. There is always a chance he could slide back into the rotation or at least pick up a few spot starts, particularly if Luis Mendoza continues to struggle.

Lyles pitched well in his season debut over the weekend. The 22-year old had been struggling in Triple-A, but has at least still been showing pretty good control, four fairly solid pitches, and while he does not have a tremendously high ceiling, Lyles could emerge as a middle of the rotation type and has the potential to stick in the rotation for the remainder of the season.

Jerome Williams is a get shot to fill in for Jered Weaver who is expected back just before Memorial Day weekend. Williams had been pitching fairly well until yesterday including his previous start and could receive 4 or 5 additional starts while Weaver is out. Williams has pretty good control, keeps the ball on the ground, and has some strikeout skills, but also has a history with poor command in the zone and allowing the longball, so expect some ups and downs like his first two starts.

Romero was mediocre in his return to the rotation with the Blue Jays and ended up requiring x-rays on his left forearm after the start. While the results were negative, Romero could still miss his next start and given that mechanical/control issues were at the crux of Romero’s struggles last season, a forearm/elbow problem could only exacerbate the situation. I would keep him on reserve at best for the time being.

Odorizzi and Gibson are minor leaguers pushing for rotation spots.  Like Lyles neither pitcher projects as an ace, but do profile well as competent middle of the rotation types given a good combination of skills, deep repertoires, and command. Odorizzi has an avenue through the struggling Roberto Hernandez in Tampa Bay. Gibson, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, has multiple avenues given the Twins’ rotation-full of stop-gap types. Both are very good speculative plays for later in the season, with an edge to Gibson given the greater number of potential opportunities.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

feldman

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
MOzuna, Mia 35 (59) Phil Hertz 34 Brian Walton 21 Steve Gardner 21 Tristan H. Cockcroft
15 Mike Gianella 12 Chris Liss 8 Derek Carty
CMartinez, StL 9 (26) Phil Hertz 8 Peter Kreutzer 4 Tristan H. Cockcroft 3 Brian Walton
SFeldman, ChC 4 (11) Scott Pianowski 3 Brian Walton
FRodriguez, Mil 2 (12) Chris Liss 1 Peter Kreutzer
NNoonan, SF 1 Todd Zola
CGaudin, SF 1 (3) Scott Pianowski 1 Phil Hertz 0 Brian Walton 0 Mike Gianella
AMBrown, NYM 1 (2) Peter Kreutzer
CValaika, Mia 1 Mike Gianella 0 Todd Zola
AMorgan, Phi 1 Lenny Melnick
DSappelt, ChC 1 (4) Derek Carty
CCarpenter, StL 1 Brian Walton
MDunn, Mia 0 Peter Kreutzer
JWilson, Pit 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Mike Gianella
AOttavino, Col 0 Brian Walton 0 Mike Gianella 1 Phil Hertz
PRodriguez, LAD 0 Brian Walton

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

FPeguero, SF 6 Phil Hertz
BBoxberger, SD 3 Phil Hertz
FPeguero, SF 1 Mike Gianella
JFamilia, NYM 0 Phil Hertz
RPena, Atl 0 Mike Gianella
CCoghlan, Mia 0 Mike Gianella
WLopez, Col 0 Chris Liss
JMachi, SF 0 Brian Walton

Brian Walton's Commentary

Another week, another bidding war for a new call up. Miami outfielder Marcell Ozuna made the jump from Double-A out of necessity. Giancarlo Stanton was just heating up before his hamstring popped. In bidding for Ozuna this week, key considerations are how long Stanton may be out and after he returns, if he will be traded. My $34 bid was second-best as winner Phil Hertz of Baseball HQ was willing to go as much as $59, reduced to $35 by Vickrey.

Through five starts, oft-disappointing Scott Feldman has been quite the opposite for the Cubs this season. I went $3 in hopes the wind is not blowing out in his future starts at Wrigley Field. I again price enforced for the winner, Yahoo's Scott Pianowski, who offered $11 (Vickrey reduced to $4).

I had already planned to bid on hard-throwing Carlos Martinez of the Cardinals before he was a surprise elevation from Double-A to replace disappointing Mitchell Boggs. The club's previous closer is now in Triple-A. Martinez might get a shot at the job later, but even if not, the 21-year-old should be a good source of strikeouts. His promotion blew my chance for a stealth move, as my $3 came in a distant fourth. Hertz was again the winner, with his $26 bid lowered to $9 by Vickrey.

Speaking of the Cardinals, there is guarded optimism out of St. Louis that 38-year-old Chris Carpenter might be able to return in the second half as a reliever. His career was thought to be over due to thoracic outlet syndrome, but if anyone can make it back, it would be the 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner. I was willing to bet $1 to find out and actually won this time.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

gordon

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
DGordon, LAD 30 (70) Seth Trachtman 29 Eric Mack 28 Nicholas Minnix 16 Tim Heaney
6 Derek Van Riper 6 Fred Zinkie 3 Al Melchior
3 Paul Singman
HSantiago, CWS 5 Paul Singman 4 Scott Swanay 1 Ray Flowers 1 Tim Heaney
MOzuna, Mia 3 (11) Derek Van Riper 3 Tim Heaney 2 Al Melchior 1 Fred Zinkie
0 Nicholas Minnix
DAxelrod, CWS 2 Scott Swanay 2 David Gonos
APollock, Ari 1 (14) Eric Mack 1 Derek Van Riper
KGausman, Bal 1 (8) Eric Mack
JDanks, CWS 1 (3) Tim Heaney
NReimold, Bal 1 (3) Scott Swanay 1 Derek Van Riper 0 Eric Mack
RRaburn, Cle 1 (3) Ray Flowers 1 Derek Van Riper 0 Eric Mack
RTejada, NYM 1 Ray Flowers 1 Paul Singman 0 Cory Schwartz
ARosales, Oak 1 (3) Paul Singman 0 Nicholas Minnix
PKozma, StL 1 Cory Schwartz 1 Ray Flowers 0 Scott Swanay
TSnider, Pit 1 Derek Van Riper
BCecil, Tor 1 David Gonos
ACallaspo, LAA 0 Nicholas Minnix 0 Seth Trachtman 0 Fred Zinkie
RCook, Oak 0 Patrick Davitt 0 Tim Heaney
JBay, Sea 0 Nicholas Minnix 0 Eric Mack
MMaldonado, Mil 0 Eric Mack
DMesoraco, Cin 0 Eric Mack

 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

CGillaspie, CWS 2 Scott Swanay 1 Ray Flowers 0 Seth Trachtman
GBlanco, SF 2 Scott Swanay 0 Eric Mack
KBlanks, SD 2 Scott Swanay 1 Derek Van Riper
FMartinez, Hou 2 Scott Swanay
CNelson, NYY 2 Ray Flowers
JPettibone, Phi 2 Paul Singman
BDozier, Min 1 Ray Flowers 0 Cory Schwartz 1 Scott Swanay
JCastro, Hou 1 Ray Flowers 0 Eric Mack
RGrossman, Hou 1 Derek Van Riper 0 Nicholas Minnix
SDoolittle, Oak 1 Paul Singman 0 Patrick Davitt
MIzturis, Tor 1 Ray Flowers
YEscobar, TB 1 Ray Flowers
ARanaudo, Bos 1 Eric Mack
GCole, Pit 1 Eric Mack
JMayberry, Phi 1 Derek Van Riper
DDuffy, KC 1 Tim Heaney
FPaulino, KC 1 Tim Heaney
HBell, Ari 1 Tim Heaney
JLocke, Pit 1 Tim Heaney
MMagill, LAD 1 Tim Heaney
SDiamond, Min 1 Tim Heaney
JPacheco, Col 1 Scott Swanay
JFrancoeur, KC 0 Eric Mack 0 Scott Swanay
ARamos, Mia 0 Tim Heaney
JWalden, Atl 0 Tim Heaney
LValbuena, ChC 0 Seth Trachtman
MDominguez, Hou 0 Scott Swanay
PPolanco, Mia 0 Scott Swanay
RCedeno, Hou 0 Scott Swanay
RFlaherty, Bal 0 Scott Swanay
TGreene, CWS 0 Paul Singman
KShoppach, Sea 0 Eric Mack
JNix, NYY 0 Cory Schwartz

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

After failing to stick around in the Majors through the entire 2012 season due to poor hitting, Dee Gordon will now get another chance thanks to Hanley Ramirez’s return trip to the DL. So far, Gordon is making the most of the opportunity, going 3-for-7 with three steals over two games. While his speed is top-notch, it remains to be seen if Gordon can get on base enough to avoid being sent back down once Ramirez comes back. But for fantasy purposes, since steals is a category, Gordon instantly carries plenty of value. Seth Trachtman valued him at a whopping 70 FAAB dollars but was fortunately able to get him for “only” 30 bucks. Seth ranks in the bottom half of the league in swipes but the distribution is still very bunched up, so he could potentially gain a lot of ground very quickly.

Coming off a disastrous pitching week, probably my worst ever pitching week in over a decade of playing fantasy baseball, I seriously considered putting in a claim for Hector Santiago, who has taken over the injured Gavin Floyd’s spot in the White Sox rotation. But perhaps psychologically drained from the past week, I opted against it. So far, Santiago has had one strong outing and one shaky performance, but I do like the strikeout upside. In the end though, I would not have bid more than a few bucks, so I would not have gotten him anyway. I think he can turn out to be a nice pickup. 

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

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PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
DGordon, LAD 39 (50) Ray Guilfoyle 38 Mike Podhorzer 36 Tom Kessenich 23 Tim McLeod
23 Eno Sarris 13 Gene McCaffrey 12 Scott Engel
7 Anthony Perri
MOzuna, Mia 28 (37) Perry Van Hook 27 Tom Kessenich
RRaburn, Cle 4 (7) Scott Engel 4 Charlie Wiegert 3 Anthony Perri 2 Greg Ambrosius
JBay, Sea 3 (6) Tom Kessenich 2 Ray Guilfoyle 2 Greg Ambrosius
BMcCarthy, Ari 3 (6) Mike Podhorzer 2 Brent Hershey
BArroyo, Cin 1 (8) Tom Kessenich
RBrothers, Col 1 (2) Tim McLeod
SCasilla, SF 1 (2) Tim McLeod
JHefner, NYM 1 (2) Scott Engel
EYoung, Col 1 (4) Ray Guilfoyle 3 Tom Kessenich 1 Charlie Wiegert
HBurgos, Mil 1 (11) Perry Van Hook 0 Charlie Wiegert
MIzturis, Tor 1 Mike Podhorzer
SHairston, ChC 1 Greg Ambrosius
DSolano, Mia 1 Eno Sarris
NHundley, SD 1 Charlie Wiegert
JLoney, TB 1 (9) Charlie Wiegert
MReynolds, Ari 1 (2) Charlie Wiegert
CMartinez, StL 1 (5) Brent Hershey
FGarcia, Bal 1 (3) Anthony Perri
LValbuena, ChC 0 Mike Podhorzer

 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BID

CDenorfia, SD 11 Perry Van Hook 3 Ray Guilfoyle
JLackey, Bos 8 Tom Kessenich 1 Charlie Wiegert
MGonzalez, Hou 5 Scott Engel 1 Mike Podhorzer
FPeguero, SF 4 Perry Van Hook
KCorreia, Min 3 Tom Kessenich 0 Charlie Wiegert
EStults, SD 2 Scott Engel
JPettibone, Phi 2 Scott Engel
JShuck, LAA 2 Perry Van Hook
CPennington, Ari 1 Eno Sarris
ACallaspo, LAA 0 Mike Podhorzer
MDominguez, Hou 0 Mike Podhorzer
PPolanco, Mia 0 Mike Podhorzer
CStewart, NYY 0 Charlie Wiegert
DMesoraco, Cin 0 Charlie Wiegert
LScott, TB 0 Charlie Wiegert
MMagill, LAD 0 Charlie Wiegert

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

There were two very desirable new free agents for the mixed draft league participants to weigh in their FAAB bids yesterday (for my analysis please see the new Captain’s Log on Wednesday at Mastersball).

Dee Gordon, SS, LAD would potentially add many stolen bases and/or fill a weak or disabled MI slot for some players, while Marcell Ozuna, OF, MIA would add some power for those with a weak OF or UT slot. There were eight bids on Gordon, and certainly we can see why Mike Podhorzer would want to bid $38 to replace Alex Gonzalez, but Ray Guilfoyle has Hanley Ramirez with a greater need and bid $50 which was reduced to $39 to top Mike.

Surprisingly there were only two bids on Ozuna, $27 from Tom Kessenich who wanted to release Travis Snider, but not as much as I wanted to release Fernando Martinez so my $37 bid was reduced to $28. I also wanted to add Brewers starter Hiram Burgos despite his start at Great American Smallpark this week and was pleasantly surprised that I was the only bidder and thus had to lose only one dollar of FAAB and not the entire $11 I had bid. Fortunately even if Burgos has a tough outing he will be valuable in later weeks and my league leading ERA and WHIP can cover him.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 06 May 2013 11:48
 
Let's Play Two at Once PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lawr Michaels   
Thursday, 02 May 2013 00:00

If you are old enough, you will know the "Let's Play Two" quote from the great Ernie Banks, who optimistically suggested the idea one beautiful Chicago Summer day.

Well, if you follow the boxes, you saw the Athletics and Angels mixed it up for 19 innings Monday night, and I worked the whole thing, meaning I did not get home until 3 AM, after arriving at the yard shortly before six.

In fact, one reason I did not post these thoughts Tuesday was that I was toast the bulk of the day.

That is because after my day gig, I worked a game that included:

  • 18.6 innings
  • 597 pitches
  • 6 hours and 32 minutes of play
  • 156 batters faced
  • 35 strikeouts
  • A 475-foot home run by Mark Trumbo, who clobbered dingers in all three games of the series
  • Two players who left the game with pulled left hamstrings (Peter Bourjos and Coco Crisp)
  • One player who left with a twisted ankle (Brett Anderson)
  • One player who left with a tight right quad (Chris Young, who was a sub for Josh Reddick in the first place)
  • The longest Oakland Athletics game in the team's history.

It was a crazy night. In fact, when the score was 7-2 going into the bottom of the eighth inning, we all had commented on how ugly the Marlins/Mets game, that ran 16 innings, must have been.

But, those ten-A'-scious Athletics plated four in the eighth, and another in the ninth to push the game to extra frames right around the three hour and 20 minute mark.

And, again, with two out in the bottom of the 15th, after Brett Anderson walked in the go-ahead run in the top of the 15th when Chris Young tied things back up, forcing the beat writers to re-write their pieces for the umpteenth time.

Of course, Anderson was scheduled to start the game, but because his ankle was ailing--placing the lefty on the DL--Dan Straily did the honors. However, Anderson did come in top of the 12th, and delivered 5.1 innings of three-hit, one-run ball in arguably his best performance of the season.

However, it was noted that Jerome Williams started his stint in the tenth inning, and it was noted that had he simply started the game and completed the six inning four-hit, one-run (which was unearned) stint, it would have counted as a quality start.

I finally matched my box score with the OS, Art de lost Santos, around 2:50 AM--with whom I also worked Dallas Braden's perfect game--and started to trudge home, finally falling into bed and asleep around 3:30 in the morning.

And, as tough as that game was to dog out, it is bonding as we all get loopier and loopier in the booth, and wise crack, play obscure trivia, and watch the magic of any game unfurl.

Monday night/Tuesday morning was especially loony. And magical.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 May 2013 06:58
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of April 29 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 29 April 2013 15:35

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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

joba

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Tanner Scheppers TEX 1 Baseball HQ
Chris Stewart NYY 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Ryan Flaherty BAL 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Pedro Hernandez MIN 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Baseball HQ
Joba Chamberlain NYY 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Matt Tuiasosopo DET 1 KFFL.com 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Jerry Blevins OAK 1 KFFL.com 1 Baseball HQ 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Jerome Williams LAA 1 Mastersball 1 KFFL.com
Ronny Cedeno HOU 1 RotoWire

 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

Brandon Gomes TB 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Brayan Pena DET 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Carlos Corporan HOU 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Cody Allen CLE 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Dane De La Rosa LAA 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Darin Downs DET 1 Baseball HQ
George Kottaras KC 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Hank Conger LAA 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Jeff Baker TEX 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Tommy Hunter BAL 1 Colton & The Wolfman

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

The free agent list for the LABR AL league is pretty barren – borne out by only one dollar bids on any player this week. I bet my dollar that the Angels may soon need to get Jerome Williams into the rotation since he has been pitching much better than those currently in the rotation and they can’t continue to lose ground in the AL West.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

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PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Kevin Gregg CHC 16 Colton & The Wolfman 13 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 12 Steve Moyer 8 Baseball HQ
8 ESPN - Ravitz 7 Sandlot Shrink 5 RotoWire
Jeff Locke PIT 7 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5 Sandlot Shrink 5 USA TODAY Sports 2 Steve Moyer
Brandon Inge PIT 5 RotoWire 1 ESPN - Ravitz 1 Baseball HQ
Jonathan Pettibone PHI 5 RotoWire
Derrick Robinson CIN 3 ESPN - Ravitz
Matt Magill LAD 2 USA TODAY Sports
Jonathan Herrera COL 1 ESPN - Ravitz 2 Colton & The Wolfman
Juan Lagares NYM 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 ESPN - Karabell




 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS
Matt Reynolds ARI 2 Colton & The Wolfman
Jeremy Hefner NYM 2 Colton & The Wolfman
Josh Wilson ARI 1 ESPN - Ravitz
Freddy Galvis PHI 1 ESPN - Karabell
Shane Robinson STL 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Dave Sappelt CHC 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Freddy Galvis PHI 1 Colton & The Wolfman

 Lawr Michaels' Commentary

I have to say I was in a good/bad place in NL LABR this week, for I really wanted to pick up LA's Matt Magill as a FAAB pick, but my pitching is not only pretty good, but I had just activated Tony Cingrani while reserving Josh Collmenter, meaning I really did not have a space for the new Dodger arm.

As it is my bud Steve Gardner of USA Today snatched the hurler up for a mere $2 bid.

Steve, I am envious, though I shouldn't be. All else, get on the Magill bandwagon.

The other bids that seemed interesting were Kevin Gregg going to team Wolf/Colton for $16. As Glenn noted in a thread where we congratulated him on his Fantasy Sports Hall of Fame induction (yay Glenn), last week they passed on the reliever and he copped three saves, so this week they bid $16 and landed him. With no one else bidding, meaning Gregg's stock is that well thought of in the LABR circuit.

Finally, Jeff Erickson grabbed Brandon Inge, now a utility infielder with the Pirates. Inge cost Jeff's Rotowire team $5, but i think the rewards will be 10-plus homers, not bad for a utility guy ex post drafto Of course, there is a question about average, but Inge will get some knocks and will also play the corners and second, giving some position flex.

MIXED LEAGUE

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PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Nolan Arenado COL 36 RotoWire 25 Sports Grumblings 24 Baseball HQ 22 ESPN.com
7 Fangraphs 6 KFFL.com
Kevin Gregg CHC 10 ESPN.com 9 RotoWire 5 Baseball HQ 3 KFFL.com
3 Razzball
Ted Lilly LAD 9 ESPN.com 7 Baseball Prospectus 6 Fangraphs 6 KFFL.com
4 MLB.com 2 Razzball 2 RotoWire
2 Sports Grumblings 1 MLB.com
Chris Denorfia SD 6 Baseball Prospectus 2 KFFL.com
David Phelps NYY 4 Fangraphs 3 MLB.com 2 RotoWire 1 KFFL.com
1 USA TODAY Sports
Jeff Locke PIT 3 USA TODAY Sports
Jordan Pacheco COL 3 Razzball 1 RotoWire
Will Venable SD 3 MLB.com 1 Baseball HQ
Marwin Gonzalez HOU 3 Baseball Prospectus 1 KFFL.com 1 Sports Grumblings
Oswaldo Arcia MIN 3 Baseball HQ
Matt Magill LAD 2 RotoWire
Yuniesky Betancourt MIL 2 KFFL.com 1 Razzball 1 RotoWire 1 Sports Grumblings
Justin Grimm TEX 2 KFFL.com 1 Sports Grumblings 1 USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Correia MIN 1 Sports Grumblings 1 RotoWire 1 USA TODAY Sports 1 KFFL.com
Brian Dozier MIN 1 RotoWire 1 Sports Grumblings
Mike Carp BOS 1 KFFL.com

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

Nicholas Tepesch TEX 2 KFFL.com 1 Sports Grumblings 1 USA TODAY Sports
Mark Ellis LAD 2 Baseball Prospectus 1 RotoWire 1 KFFL.com
Scott Diamond MIN 2 KFFL.com
Sean Rodriguez TB 1 Baseball Prospectus 1 RotoWire
Kyle Blanks SD 1 KFFL.com 1 RotoWire
Placido Polanco MIA 1 RotoWire 1 Razzball
Chris Stewart NYY 1 ESPN.com
Bruce Rondon DET 1 KFFL.com
Carter Capps SEA 1 KFFL.com
Dylan Axelrod CWS 1 KFFL.com
Jared Burton MIN 1 KFFL.com
Jarrod Dyson KC 1 KFFL.com
Jonathan Pettibone PHI 1 KFFL.com
Jordan Schafer ATL 1 KFFL.com
Jordan Walden ATL 1 KFFL.com
Robbie Grossman HOU 1 KFFL.com
Luis Valbuena CHC 1 Razzball
Brandon Laird HOU 1 RotoWire
Conor Gillaspie CWS 1 RotoWire
Donovan Solano MIA 1 RotoWire
Steve Lombardozzi WSH 1 RotoWire

Todd Zola's Commentary

It's quite frustrating to be struggling and not see any help on the wire. Truth be told my hitting, while not staunch, is holding its own and will be fine - but my pitching is off to a horrible start <Joe Blanton the stink-eye>>. I'm stacked at corner with Prince Fielder, Billy Butler and Kyle Seager so Nolan Arenado wasn't as attractive to me - I still like Seager.

I could have bid on Kevin Gregg but I already was bit by Mitchell Boggs and am not sure Gregg will continue on as the Cubbies' stopper so I passed.

I considered Ted Lilly and Kevin Correia but neither are dominant enough for me to give up what I have. I am still OK with Clayton Kershaw, Yovani Gallardo and Kris Medlen fronting the rotation and having Alex Cobb and Dillon Gee as the next level. My streamers are Julio Teheran, Ross Detwiler Clayton Richard and Blanton so I feel good there too. 

So I sat on my FAAB this week and will wait for a week where I feel as though I can get a better bang for my buck.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 20:34
 
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