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Thursday 27th Apr 2017

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Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars and LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids.

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.

There are five Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League, 15-team Mixed Draft League and a brand new 12-team Mixed Auction Head to head format. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average with the Head to Head league also using other unique categories. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR was posted earlier.

jaff decker

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JDecker, Oak Lawr Michaels 75 Steve Moyer 14 Jeff Erickson 5 Wolf/Colton 0
JHicks, Det Jeff Erickson 66 Chris Liss 66 Wolf/Colton 36 Jason Collette 6
BPeacock, Hou Chris Liss 56      
JRutledge, Bos Chris Liss 44      
JBonifacio, KC Steve Moyer 21 Jeff Erickson 66 Chris Liss 1  
FMontas, Oak Rob Leibowitz 16      
ONarvaez, CWS Steve Moyer 14      
KKela, Tex Steve Moyer 14 Chris Liss 5    
TDuffey, Min Larry Schechter 8      
HHembree, Bos Rob Leibowitz 7      
JCRamirez, LAA Wolf/Colton 6 Mike Podhorzer 3    
CWhitley, TB Wolf/Colton 6      
RWeeks, TB Jason Collette 6 Chris Liss 1 Wolf/Colton 0  
RPressly, Min Larry Schechter 2      
MClevinger, Cle Jason Collette 2      
MMahtook, Det Seth Trachtman 1 Jeff Erickson 5    
JAdduci, Det Wolf/Colton 1      
SSelsky, Bos Chris Liss 1      
MHernandez, Bos Seth Trachtman 0 Wolf/Colton 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PBourjos, TB Lawr Michaels 25 Jeff Erickson 1 Chris Liss 1
AWilson, Det Chris Liss 9    
YPetit, LAA Rob Leibowitz 3    
NVincent, Sea Rob Leibowitz 2    
ZPutnam, CWS Rob Leibowitz 2    
CColon, KC Jeff Erickson 1 Wolf/Colton 0  
DRobertson, TB Jeff Erickson 1    
MBelisle, Min Rob Leibowitz 1    
MOlson, Oak Chris Liss 1    
TomHunter, TB Rob Leibowitz 1    
ZMcAllister, Cle Rob Leibowitz 1    
CGentry, Bal Wolf/Colton 0    
JMay, CWS Wolf/Colton 0    
SPeterson, TB Wolf/Colton 0    

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Perhaps part of the fun, not to mention interest, in summarizing the LABR moves and the Tout moves each week is that Tout allows a $1000 a year to blow on free agent pick-ups while LABR reduces the seasonal budget by 90%, giving just 100 clams to try and buy the same commodities.

So, while five bucks was as far as the prices were pushed for LABR moves this past week for the rights to Angels reliever Blake Parker, Parker was snatched up already in Tout by Mike Podhorzer for a buck, leaving Cam Bedrosian owner Chris Liss with a hole and the leading filler gone. Still, Chris went $56 to get Brad Peacock to replace the Camster.

Even with that, the high priced spread this week was Oakland's "new" outfielder, Jaff Decker who has been threatening rosters since he was drafted #1 by the Padres in 2008. I went $75 for Decker, whom I think will get some good playing time, but a week ago, Decker went in LABR for $2 a week ago to BBHQ's Dave Adler.

Elsewhere among the Tout moves, Liss also spent $44 on Josh Rutledge to spell the 10-day DL stint of Miguel Cabrera, but Jeff Erickson was really the big spender going $66 for John Hicks, whom Jeff thinks might also get some at-bats while Miggy recuperates.

On the lower end, meaning the teen dollar range which would be expensive in LABR, Omar Narvaez went to Steve Moyer for $14, who spent a like amount on Keone Kela, and upped the ante to $21 for Jorge Bonifacio, while Rob Leibowitz spent $16 on Athletcs current long-man Frankie Montas.

However, there were a few low-end buys that were interesting speculations. Team Wolf/Colton went after JC Ramirez and Larry Schechter went $8 on Tyler Duffey (who went for $3 in LABR), Seth Trachtman snatched up Mikie Mahtook for just a buck while this week's leader, Jason Collette spent six bucks on his newest hometown fave, Rickie Weeks.

Todd's Take

Piggy-backing on Lawr's point between the LABR and Tout Wars budgets, everyone assumes a $5 bid in LABR is equivalent to a $50 bid in Tout Wars. I suppose this is the case, but there's a couple major differences. Using 5 and 50 doesn't work as well as 50 and 500. The big difference is a $50 bid in LABR leaves just 50 $1 bids whereas a $500 bid leaves 500 such acquisitions. Not to mention, Tout Wars allows $0 bids. The National Fantasy Baseball Championship uses the $1000 budget, but no $0 bids (the way it should be, in my not so humble opinion). For me, a $5 LABR bid should equate to more than $50 in Tout Wars and the NFBC.

enrique hernandez 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

EHernandez, LAD Andy Behrens 91 Steve Gardner 75 Todd Zola 37 Scott Wilderman 32
    Craig Mish 19 Mike Gianella 14 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1
    Derek Carty 0    
SVanSlyke, LAD Todd Zola 37 Scott Wilderman 12 Steve Gardner 2 Derek Carty 0
MCain, SF Todd Zola 37 Phil Hertz 2    
ACordoba, SD Todd Zola 27 Mike Gianella 14 Steve Gardner 8 Scott Wilderman 5
    Craig Mish 2 Derek Carty 0 Phil Hertz 0
ZEflin, Phi Brian Walton 23 Todd Zola 17 Phil Hertz 7 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
TRivera, NYM Steve Gardner 18 Andy Behrens 51 Mike Gianella 14 Phil Hertz 0
PErvin, Cin Mike Gianella 14      
CTaylor, LAD Scott Wilderman 13 Todd Zola 33 Phil Hertz 0 Derek Carty 0
PKivlehan, Cin Steve Gardner 2      
AEllis, Mia Phil Hertz 1      
RStripling, LAD Grey Albright 1      
TAdleman, Cin Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Brian Walton 12 Phil Hertz 0  
JGrimm, ChC Derek Carty 0      
NRamirez, SF Derek Carty 0      
JWeaver, SD Phil Hertz 0      
CHeisey, Was Derek Carty 0 Steve Gardner 2    
RRivera, NYM Derek Carty 0 Phil Hertz 0    
ERomero, Was Phil Hertz 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

LSardinas, SD Mike Gianella 14 Scott Wilderman 2  
CDArnaud, Atl Steve Gardner 8 Todd Zola 3 Scott Wilderman 1
MBowman, StL Brian Walton 1    
AAmarista, Col Phil Hertz 0    
DLaw, SF Phil Hertz 0    
JUrena, Mia Phil Hertz 0    
MGarza, Mil Phil Hertz 0    
PGosselin, Pit Phil Hertz 0    
KQuackenbush, SD Derek Carty 0    

Brian Walton's Commentary

Two home runs and three RBI over 15 at-bats made Kike Hernandez the league’s top target this week. Though five owners made their top offer for the Dodgers utiltyman, only one could be the winner. That is Andy Behrens of Yahoo at $91.

Another Dodger, Scott Van Slyke, has long been a power threat, though his at-bats have been sporadic. While the outfielder is batting just .182 to date, Todd Zola’s $37 bid suggests he sees better results ahead.

Speaking of $37, that was Lord Zola’s number for a blast from the past, Giants pitcher Matt Cain. Though the club is off to a rough opening to the season, it is due to the offense. Cain has quietly put together two strong starts in a row, allowing just two runs in his last 12 innings.

Todd's Take

As Brian notes, some slug actually bid on Matt Cain. Oh wait, that was me. Like in Mixed LABR, I'm saddled with replacing Madison Bumgarner. Obviously, I'm not counting on Cain to do that, but with two starts in pitcher-friendly AT&T, I'll take my chances this week.

Injuries to Lucas Duda and Jhonny Peralta left a couple of hitting holes, filled by Scott Van Slyke and Allen Cordoba. Van Slyke starts against some lefties so I'm hoping he gets some action early in the week with the Dodgers drawing Ty Blach and Matt Moore. They conclude the week against three Philly righties, so I'll hope for a couple of pinch-hitting at bats. I discussed Cordoba in the LABR report. In brief, there's a pathway to playing time with Erick Aybar off to a slow start.

trevor rosenthal

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TRosenthal, StL Scott Pianowski 99 Scott Swanay 2    
BNorris, LAA Bret Sayre 73 Scott Pianowski 53 Brent Hershey 51  
KWong, StL Bret Sayre 64 Scott Pianowski 59 Tim Heaney 22 Gene McCaffrey 17
    Scott Swanay 4    
ASimmons, LAA Scott Pianowski 55 Fred Zinkie 5 Scott Swanay 3  
AHicks, NYY Scott Pianowski 49 Scott Pianowski 39 Scott Swanay 6  
JBarnes, Mil Tim Heaney 48 Al Melchior 36    
KGlover, Was Scott Swanay 44 Zach Steinhorn 32 Jeff Zimmerman 22 Derek Van Riper 1
JCRamirez, LAA Al Melchior 44      
JWilson, Det Jeff Zimmerman 42 Scott Swanay 14    
TBlach, SF Fred Zinkie 42 Al Melchior 32    
ARomine, NYY Ron Shandler 32 Tim Heaney 4    
WMiley, Bal Derek Van Riper 22 Tim Heaney 11    
LMorrison, TB Tim Heaney 22 Scott Engel 11 Derek Van Riper 1 Al Melchior 1
MPrado, Mia Al Melchior 21 Tim Heaney 8    
RTorreyes, NYY Scott Engel 19 Scott Swanay 2    
DVogelbach, Sea Fred Zinkie 18      
ERamirez, TB Brent Hershey 17      
CHerrmann, Ari Tim Heaney 13      
ARosario, NYM Fred Zinkie 5      
JMercer, Pit Scott Swanay 3 Gene McCaffrey 0    
YEscobar, LAA Derek Van Riper 1      
JHardy, Bal Gene McCaffrey 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

MBoyd, Det Scott Swanay 28 Fred Zinkie 3  
JSmoak, Tor Bret Sayre 24 Tim Heaney 22 Scott Engel 11
AVizcaino, Atl Jeff Zimmerman 22    
ARomine, Det Al Melchior 16    
KKela, Tex Scott Swanay 13    
AGarcia, Atl Tim Heaney 8 Al Melchior 1  
GGarcia, StL Al Melchior 6    
YGomes, Cle Tim Heaney 4    
BPeacock, Hou Scott Pianowski 3    
ARosales, Oak Scott Swanay 3    
SGennett, Cin Scott Swanay 2 Gene McCaffrey 0  
EAybar, SD Scott Swanay 2    
TKahnle, CWS Scott Swanay 1    
BHand, SD Bret Sayre 1    
AAvila, Det Tim Heaney 1    
AWarren, NYY Scott Swanay 0    
HHembree, Bos Scott Swanay 0    
NVincent, Sea Scott Swanay 0    

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

In a relatively quiet FAAB week, at least in terms of total dollars spent, a trio of speculative closers stands out. Trevor Rosenthal, the most expensive purchase for this week at $99, used to be an elite fantasy closer until midway through last season, when things fell apart, largely due to control problems. But he's pitched well so far this year, the most noteworthy stat being his 11-to-0 K/BB ratio across 5 1/3 innings. Meanwhile, Seung-Hwan Oh, who was dominant last season as Rosenthal's ninth inning replacement, hasn't been nearly as sharp so far this year, though he has tossed four scoreless innings after allowing runs in four of his first five appearances. Maybe Rosenthal will not return to his old role this year. Or maybe Oh's inconsistency will continue. Either way, it's worth the 99 bucks to take a flier on the former St. Louis stopper.

Cam Bedrosian has been outstanding as the Angels closer so far (6 2/3 scoreless innings, nine strikeouts). But a groin strain has now landed him on the DL, which is good news for Bud Norris, who picked up the save for the Halos on Saturday. However, Blake Parker could figure into the saves mix as well, and Bedrosian's injury might not be too serious, so Norris' fantasy relevance might be short-lived.

Finally, I was about to go two straight weeks without making a FAAB bid until the Nats turned to Koda Glover, not Shawn Kelley, for the save last night. And Glover proceeded to earn his second save in as many days. Perhaps this was simply a situation of Kelley, who has undergone two Tommy John surgeries, needing an additional rest day. Or maybe deep down, Dusty Baker would really prefer to leave Kelley in the eighth inning. So, I figured a token bid of $32 on Glover was in order, though I was not going to be surprised if the winning bid was in the triple-digits. The strange thing is that I almost won Glover, but he instead went to Scott Swanay, who just so happens to be the owner of Shawn Kelley. I guess that's the way it should be.

Todd's Take

Granted, it's not especially relevant, or helpful to your game play, but stuff like this fascinates me. There's not much difference between Trevor Rosenthal, Jacob Barnes and Koda Glover. All three are speculative closers, though most would likely peg Glover with the best chance to lead the trio in saves the rest of the campaign. Oddly, no one bidding on Glover bid on Barnes, and vice versa. For Scott P, it was Rosenthal or bust while Scott S preferred Glover to Rosenthal, and won him.

 aaron altherr

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

AAltherr, Phi Corey Parson 79 Adam Ronis 39 Perry Van Hook 17 Rudy Gamble 14
TBlach, SF Perry Van Hook 56 Corey Parson 4 Greg Ambrosius 2  
TMotter, Sea Corey Parson 46 Perry Van Hook 17 Adam Ronis 12 Anthony Perri 7
TCahill, SD Ray Murphy 42 Greg Ambrosius 0    
WMiley, Bal Tom Kessenich 36 Scott White 23 Charlie Wiegert 2  
BNorris, LAA Greg Ambrosius 27 Adam Ronis 27 Jeff Boggis 26 Corey Parson 2
MPina, Mil Jeff Boggis 26      
MDavidson, CWS Perry Van Hook 17 Corey Parson 12    
DMesoraco, Cin Scott White 17      
MGonzalez, Hou Tim McCullough 15      
AHicks, NYY Perry Van Hook 13 Corey Parson 41 Tom Kessenich 11 Corey Parson 6
CRichard, SD Anthony Perri 12      
YAlonso, Oak Adam Ronis 12      
ARosales, Oak Ray Murphy 10      
JLowrie, Oak Tim McCullough 9      
YEscobar, LAA Ray Murphy 3 Corey Parson 3    
JChacin, SD Greg Ambrosius 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

WMerrifield, KC Perry Van Hook 17
DNava, Phi Perry Van Hook 4
RGrossman, Min Perry Van Hook 4
DVogelbach, Sea Adam Ronis 2
EEscobar, Min Perry Van Hook 2

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Eleven Touts participated in this relatively active week of bidding. There were two prmary sets of targets: emerging bats and starting pitchers.

Starting with the sticks, the high bid was for Phillies fly chaser Aaron Altherr whose hot week spurred Corey Parson to put up $76, hoping for continued playing time. Parson also dropped $46 on Taylor Motter, fresh off his Sunday grand slam. Motter began the season as a fantasy outfielder, picking up shortstop eligibility as he's filling in for the disabled Jean Segura. It will be interesting to see if Motter gets full time at bats in the outfield (or possibly first base) when Segura returns next week.

Next comes starting pitchers, featuring a duo enjoying a double dip. I placed the high bid on Ty Blach of the Giants, spending $56 for his home pair against the Dodgers and Padres while hoping he grabs the job and stays in the rotation beyond the 6-8 weeks that the MadCyclist will be on the DL. Ray Murphy put $42 on Padre starter Trevor Cahill, with Tom Kessenich winning Orioles hurler Wade Miley and his two-start week for $36. Miley has impressed thus far, sporting a 1.89 ERA and 0.84 WHIP, supported by 24 whiffs in 19 innings.

With Martin Prado and Adeiny Hechevarria back on the left side of the Marlins infield, I need to replace Miguel Rojas, my temporary replacement for the vacationing Josh Dondaldson. Newly acquired Pale Hose 3B/DH Matt Davidson ($17) will be inserted. Also wanting to upgrade at least one of my struggling outfielders, Travis Jankowski was selected to walk the plank and cede his spot to Yankees Aaron Hicks for $13, my third choice behind Altherr and Motter.

Todd's Take

Sure, now that I'm off Altherr, he does what I thought he'd do for a couple of years. Odubel has done what I expected Altherr to do, but injuries got in the way. With Howie Kendrick sidelined, it's Altherr's time to shine. At least I have him on my first-place Scoresheet team, hashtag humblebrag.

michael conforto

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MConforto, NYM Clay Link 124 Dr. Roto 65 Vlad Sedler 59
JVargas, KC Michael Beller 84 Paul Sporer 2  
JBandy, Mil Jake Ciely 64    
TMancini, Bal Dr. Roto 55 Jake Ciely 37 Andrea LaMont 32
KPillar, Tor Dr. Roto 45    
MEstrada, Tor Howard Bender 41 Jake Ciely 6  
PCorbin, Ari Kyle Elfrink 35 Vlad Sedler 8  
BMcCarthy, LAD Andrea LaMont 33 Vlad Sedler 13  
RDavis, Oak Andrea LaMont 32    
JMontgomery, NYY Howard Bender 31    
JReddick, Hou Kyle Elfrink 25 Dr. Roto 31  
DPomeranz, Bos Vlad Sedler 23    
CKuhl, Pit Vlad Sedler 18 Howard Bender 21  
JPanik, SF Vlad Sedler 16    
RSchimpf, SD Michael Beller 14    
JBarnes, Mil Clay Link 6    
TRosenthal, StL Jake Ciely 6 Peter Kreutzer 1  
JLeclerc, Tex Peter Kreutzer 1 Paul Sporer 0  
TClippard, NYY Paul Sporer 0 Peter Kreutzer 0  
WPeralta, Cin Paul Sporer 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

AAltherr, Phi Dr. Roto 31  
WMiley, Bal Andrea LaMont 27  
JZimmermann, Det Kyle Elfrink 22  
WChen, Mia Kyle Elfrink 21 Vlad Sedler 4
KWong, StL Dr. Roto 15  
LChisenhall, Cle Kyle Elfrink 15  
AToles, LAD Dr. Roto 12  
JHellickson, Phi Howard Bender 11  
ASenzatela, Col Howard Bender 7  
AWainwright, StL Vlad Sedler 7  
JHahn, Oak Vlad Sedler 6  
BNorris, LAA Clay Link 5  
MGonzalez, CWS Howard Bender 3  
ZPutnam, CWS Paul Sporer 0  

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

Even in the 12 team mixed pool there was a decided lack of excitement this week.

Well, Clay Link was righteously excited about Michael Conforto, who might possibly conceivably have a chance at regular playing time. If he keeps hitting the way we all knew he could he will.

But otherwise this week's adds were not an exciting set. But what was a little exciting were the releases.

Dansby Swanson. Luke Gregerson. Nick Markakis. Daniel Norris. Joaquin Benoit. Jaime Garcia. Gio Gonzalez. Alex Wood. Stephen Pearce.

These are not all stars, but all have played at a high quality or have recently come with high expectations. It surprises that there isn't room on a six-man reserve list (plus DL guys) for some of these. But I'm not looking closely.

In a 12 team mixed league, who you roster and how you handle your reserves has to be idiosyncratic. As much potential as those names above have, there are plenty of other marginal players who are performing better right now. Which is why each week we come back to the free agent list to replenish.

I suspect I'll be bidding on some of those names in the future, though probably not next week.

NOTE: Howard Bender and I have renewed our match bet of last year. The winner of this week's H2H matchup between Bender and Rotoman gets to stay at home with pride, while the loser visits a local haunt carrying a sign that the winner is really a winner. We'll revisit the results next week, and look for a picture on Facebook (and elsewhere).

Todd's Take

As alluded to last week, you can't tell me the bids here on Conforto and elsewhere on Motter weren't at least partially a result of a strong Sunday performance. Well, you can tell me, but I won't believe you. The lesson is keep that in mind when ruminating on an amount. Not that I won't believe you... recency effect. 

 

LABRLOGO

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 Draft 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.

 blake parker

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Blake Parker, LAA Mastersball 5 Fangraphs 3 SiriusXM 1 Baseball Prospectus 1
    Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Cheslor Cuthbert, KC NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3      
Tyler Duffey, MIN NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 Mastersball 2 Baseball Prospectus 1  
Jim Adduci, DET USA TODAY Sports 3      
Yolmer Sanchez, CWS Baseball HQ 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 USA TODAY Sports 1  
Adam Warren, NYY Baseball HQ 1 Baseball Prospectus 1    
Mat Latos, TOR Baseball Prospectus 1      
JC Ramirez, LAA Baseball Prospectus 1      
Will Harris, HOU Baseball Prospectus 1      
Yusmeiro Petit, LAA Mastersball 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Ryan Goins, TOR NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball HQ 1    
Leury Garcia, CWS Rotowire 1 USA TODAY Sports 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Heath Hembree, BOS NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball Prospectus 1    
Tommy Kahnle, CWS Fangraphs 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

John Hicks, DET USA TODAY Sports 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Shane Peterson, TB USA TODAY Sports 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Cliff Pennington, LAA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball HQ 1
Matt Barnes, BOS NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball Prospectus 1
Zach McAllister, CLE NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Michael Tonkin, MIN Mastersball 1  
Alex Wilson, DET Baseball Prospectus 1  
Bryan Shaw, CLE Baseball Prospectus 1  
Casey Lawrence, TOR Baseball Prospectus 1  
Joe Jimenez, DET Baseball Prospectus 1  
Nick Vincent, SEA Baseball Prospectus 1  
James Hoyt, HOU Baseball HQ 1  
Joe Smith, TOR Baseball HQ 1  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

A session of spirited bidding occurred in AL LABR as we finish up our first month of play, and the guy I targeted, Blake Parker of the Angels, who-get this this--"might" get some Angels saves went to me for $5 with eight other teams submitting bids, six of them for $1.

Parket wound up as not just the most sought after, but the most expensive with Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs divvying up $3 a pop for both Tyler Duffey and Cheslor Cuthbert. while our host, Steve Gardner also went the whole three bucks for Jim Adduci

Finishing off the crooked bids, Dave Adler copped Yolmer Carlos Sanchez for a couple of bucks and the remaining fodder were battles for players new and old for a buck, with the winning contingent upon the combination of demand and position in the standings.

The likes of Tommy Kahnle, Heath Hembree, Ryan Goins, Yusmeiro Petit, and Mat Latos were all such acquisitions, and Mike Gianella made the whole strategy a point picking up Latos, JC Ramirez, and Will Harris all at the bargain basement price.

Todd's Take

Wow, what a bunch of meh. Usually, if I can't unearth a strategic point to discuss, I'll pick out a player I find intriguing and offer a thumbnail sketch. But man, I see no one.

So instead, I'll do this. The Mariners designated Leonys Martin. There are a couple of AL Central squads, the Indians and Tigers, in need of a center fielder. Yeah, Martin is off to a slow start, but in today's financial climate, his contract, just under 5 million, isn't cost prohibitive. I wouldn't be swift to cut bait, assuming you have a reserve spot to stash the fly chaser.

jose osuna

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jose Osuna, PIT Lenny Melnick 7 USA TODAY Sports 6 Baseball HQ 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Greg Garcia, STL USA TODAY Sports 5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball HQ 1 Mastersball 1
    RotoWire - DVR 1    
Allen Cordoba, SD Yakkertech 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2 USA TODAY Sports 2 Baseball HQ 1
    RotoWire - DVR 1    
Zach Eflin, PHI Yakkertech 2 Mastersball 2    
Chris Taylor, LAD Colton & The Wolfman 1 Mastersball 1 Baseball HQ 1  
Chase d'Arnaud, ATL RotoWire - DVR 1 USA TODAY Sports 1 Baseball HQ 1  
Patrick Kivlehan, CIN Mastersball 1 Yakkertech 2    
Daniel Descalso, ARI Baseball HQ 1 USA TODAY Sports 1    
Justin Grimm, CHC Derek Carty 1      
Wandy Peralta, CIN Mastersball 1      
Matt Bowman, STL Mastersball 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Hansel Robles, NYM Derek Carty 1
Neil Ramirez, SF Derek Carty 1

Brian Walton's Commentary

Jose Osuna was added to the Pirates’ roster with the suspension of Starling Marte. Though the 24-year old qualifies at first base initially, his likely deployment will be in the outfield. The promise of semi-regular at-bats led to five offers. Lenny Melnick at $7 barely edged the next-best bid by $1.

With the Cardinals infield shaky (Jhonny Peralta on the DL and Aledmys Diaz and Kolten Wong scuffling), reserve Greg Garcia is seeing more playing time and seems to have the confidence of manager Mike Matheny. Five owners wanted Garcia, but Steve Gardner of USA TODAY’s $5 did the loudest talking.

Allen Cordoba is an interesting story. Last season, the shortstop finished in the rookie-level Appalachian League. For that reason, the Cardinals left him unprotected in the Rule 5 Draft, but San Diego pounced. Though the 21-year-old has been eased into action early on, he is contributing. That led to four offers, with Steve Moyer of Yakkertech winning at $2 on a tiebreaker (standings).

Todd's Take

I, too, am intrigued with Cordoba. The initial plan was for Cordoba to rarely play but by rule he had to be on the Padres 25-man roster lest be returned to the Redbirds. A shortstop by trade, Cordoba saw some action in place of the struggling Travis Jankowski as well as at his natural position. Erick Aybar was signed as a stop-gap, if Cordoba can show anything, the (Ay)bar isn't set so high he can't earn a lot more playing time.

trevor rosenthal

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Trevor Rosenthal, STL Yahoo Sports 11 Yahoo Sports 5 @TheFantasyFix 4 RotoExperts/FNTSY 3
    Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 1    
Jordan Montgomery, NYY Fantasy Alarm 11 USA TODAY Sports 6 @TheFantasyFix 3 Scout Fantasy 2
    Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 2 RotoExperts/FNTSY 1 Rotowire 1
Taylor Motter, SEA Yahoo Sports 9 Baseball Prospectus 4 USA TODAY Sports 3 @TheFantasyFix 3
    Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 3 Scout Fantasy 3 RotoExperts/FNTSY 2
    Mastersball 1 Rotowire 1  
Zach Eflin, PHI ESPN.com 8 Rotowire 1    
Bud Norris, LAA Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 6 Yahoo Sports 6 @TheFantasyFix 4 Fangraphs 3
    Rotowire 2    
Wade Miley, BAL USA TODAY Sports 6 Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 4 @TheFantasyFix 3 Baseball Prospectus 1
Norichika Aoki, HOU ESPN.com 5      
Aaron Hicks, NYY Yahoo Sports 5 Yahoo Sports 3 USA TODAY Sports 2 Mastersball 1
    Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 1 Baseball HQ 1 @TheFantasyFix 1
Enrique Hernandez, LAD Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 4 Mastersball 1    
Chad Kuhl, PIT Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 4 Fantasy Alarm 8 Rotowire 1 @TheFantasyFix 1
Tim Beckham, TB Baseball Prospectus 3 Mastersball 1    
Juan Lagares, NYM ESPN.com 3      
Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE USA TODAY Sports 3 Mastersball 1 Fangraphs 1 Baseball HQ 1
Matt Davidson, CWS @TheFantasyFix 2 Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 1    
Ty Blach, SF Scout Fantasy 2 MLB.com 2    
Jacob Barnes, MIL @TheFantasyFix 2 Scout Fantasy 1    
Cody Reed, CIN Baseball Prospectus 1      
Yonder Alonso, OAK Mastersball 1 Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 4 Yahoo Sports 3  
Trevor Plouffe, OAK Mastersball 1 MLB.com 1 Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 1  
John Hicks, DET Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1      
Tyler Chatwood, COL RotoExperts/FNTSY 1 Fantasy Alarm 3    
Clayton Richard, SD Rotowire 1      
Alex Avila, DET Yahoo Sports 1 MLB.com 1 Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 1  
Austin Romine, NYY Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 1 Rotowire 1 MLB.com 1  
Whit Merrifield, KC Scout Fantasy 1      
Tucker Barnhart, CIN Rotowire 1 MLB.com 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Miguel Gonzalez, CWS Fantasy Alarm 6 Baseball Prospectus 1
Cody Bellinger, LAD @TheFantasyFix 2  
Justin Wilson, DET Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 2  
Albert Almora Jr., CHC Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 1  
Brad Hand, SD Baseball Prospectus 1  
Brad Peacock, HOU Yahoo Sports 1  
Chris Iannetta, ARI Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 1  
Ezequiel Carrera, TOR Mastersball 1  
Guillermo Heredia, SEA Mastersball 1  
Jhoulys Chacin, SD Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 1  
Martin Perez, TEX Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 1  
Robinson Chirinos, TEX Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 1  
Ronald Torreyes, NYY USA TODAY Sports 1  
Scooter Gennett, CIN Baseball Prospectus 1  
Scott Feldman, CIN Rotowire 1  
Tyler Anderson, COL @TheFantasyFix 1  

Todd Zola's Commentary

Busy week for Mixed LABR with injuries and suspensions running amok.

Despite Seung Hwan Oh seemingly rounding into form, Trevor Rosenthal garnered the highest bid, with Scott Pianowski hoping the former closer becomes the current closer, or at minimum returns to dominating form, providing whiffs and ratio support, along with the occasional ninth inning bonus.

Taylor Motter drew bids from 10 of the 15 owners, the odd thing being he has more hair than all 10 of us combined. Short-term, Motter is filling in for Jean Segura. Long term, with the DFA of Leonys Martin, some outfield run is possible, as is some time at first base. Dan Vogelbach has been summoned, ostensibly to play the strong side of a platoon with Danny Valencia. If the club is willing to potential eat 5 million from Martin, what's another 3 million by letting Valencia go? Motter could also see time when Guillermo Heredia cools off. It's not a sure thing Motter plays regularly after Segura returns, but there's a plausible pathway to at bats. The Mariners have demonstrated they'll play the hot hand, but they'll also cut bait when the ride ends. The power he's displaying will no doubt wane, though he can pop one out now and again. Earlier in his minor league career, Motted was tracking with decnt on base skills, but they've declined the past couple of years. He does, however, have the ability steal some bags, fitting in well with the Seattle's new-found proclivity to run.

Todd's Take

Some guy has four of his six first picks on the DL. Oh wait, that's me. I'm scrambling with Josh Donaldson, Madison Bumgarner, J.D. Martinez and Zach Britton shelved. So much for following last season's blueprint of strong pitching with safe hitting. Like anyone in this situation, all I can do is plug the holes, stay on top of matchups and hope I'm still competitive when my walking wounded return. The loss of MadBum will be hardest to overcome, since the draft was built around the contributions he provides. Getting Carlos Carrasco at a discount in February helps. Last week, I added Derek Holland and Chase Anderson, which is why I didn't go hard after arms this week, instead looking to fill in the hitters. I also have Marcus Semien, out for a while after wrist surgery.

Not seeing much differentiation between the flotsam and jetsam to upgrade my corner and utility, I strung together two sets of $1 bids, landing on Yonder Alonso and Trevor Plouffe to take the place of Yandy Diaz and Chase Headley.

Good times.

LABRLOGO

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 Draft 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.

jordan montgomery

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jordan Montgomery, NYY Baseball Prospectus 9 Fangraphs 6 Baseball HQ 5 ESPN.com 2
Chris Coghlan, TOR Colton & The Wolfman 7 Baseball HQ 3 ESPN.com 1  
Tony Barnette, TEX Colton & The Wolfman 6 Baseball Prospectus 2    
Andrew Romine, DET Mastersball 5 USA TODAY Sports 4 Baseball HQ 2  
Christian Vazquez, BOS Rotowire 5 SiriusXM 1    
Dylan Covey, CWS Baseball HQ 4      
Brad Peacock, HOU Rotowire 4      
Jaff Decker, OAK Baseball HQ 2      
Craig Gentry, BAL Baseball HQ 2      
Omar Narvaez, CWS SiriusXM 2      
Jose Leclerc, TEX NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Fangraphs 1 SiriusXM 1  
Zach Putnam, CWS SiriusXM 1      
Joakim Soria, KC Fangraphs 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Adam Warren, NYY NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 SiriusXM 1  
Alec Asher, BAL Baseball HQ 2    
Ryan Goins, TOR Baseball HQ 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Mastersball 1
Leury Garcia, CWS Baseball HQ 1    
Cliff Pennington, LAA Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Yolmer Carlos Sanchez, CWS Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Joe Jimenez, DET Fangraphs 1    
Matt Belisle, MIN Fangraphs 1    
Blake Parker, LAA SiriusXM 1    
Caleb Joseph, BAL SiriusXM 1    
Chris Gimenez, MIN SiriusXM 1    
Danny Farquhar, TB SiriusXM 1    
Drew Butera, KC SiriusXM 1    
Jesus Sucre, TB SiriusXM 1    
Joe Smith, TOR SiriusXM 1    
Justin Haley, MIN SiriusXM 1    
Nick Vincent, SEA SiriusXM 1    

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

We enter Week 3 following a full cycle of FAAB and play, meaning the fantasy baseball season is slipping into its routine of normalcy.

That means a bevy of early season bids, so let's see what fell out of the FAAB strategy pool for this time.

Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery caught eyes and bids, leading the pack with a $9 bid to Mike Gianella, besting three others, while Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton bested a pair of bids bagging Chris Coghlan for $3. Colton & The Wolfman acquired Tony Barnette for $6, giving the pair the highest pair of FAAB pickups this week.

With Rob Refsnyder sent down, Michael Bourn waiting to be signed, and Colby Rasmus injured, I was looking for corner help so Andrew Romine ($5) became mine, though three more owners were interested in the Tiger third sacker. Back-up Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez, coming off a hot Sunday (three hits) also fetched five bucks for Clay Link, while Dave Adler of BBHQ grabbed Dylan Covey ($4).

However, the player I thought would grab the most attention--potential Rangers closer Jose LeClerc--managed just a successful $2 bid for Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs to roster the potential saves. That FAAB play could turn out to be one of the best moves of the season.

Todd's Take

With the caveat you never know when it comes to saves, I'm not as optimistic as my site partner with respect to LeClerc's proximity to closing, even with San Dyson spitting the bit again Sunday, though some of that wasn't his fault. Keep in mind, the save LeClerc garnered last week wasn't intended to be that way. He came in during the eighth with a three-run lead, then his mates tacked on a couple more, so he stayed in the game to record a five-out save. However, it does say something he was summoned to face Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, so... you never know. Not to mention, LeClerc is roster-worthy in AL only, even if Matt Bush and Jeremy Jeffress turn out to be higher in the pecking order.

chris marrero

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Chris Marrero, SF Lenny Melnick 11 Mastersball 7 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 USA TODAY Sports 1
Brock Stassi, PHI Mastersball 2      
Jarred Cosart, SD Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Matt Cain, SF Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Pedro Baez, LAD Mastersball 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Chris Heisey, WSH NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Ross Stripling, LAD Mastersball 1      
Chris Iannetta, ARI RotoWire - DVR 1 Lenny Melnick 3    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Dustin McGowan, MIA Colton & The Wolfman 1
Chris Hatcher, LAD Mastersball 1
Fernando Salas, NYM Mastersball 1
Jose Torres, SD Mastersball 1
Luis Avilan, LAD Mastersball 1
Matt Bowman, STL Mastersball 1
Patrick Kivlehan, CIN Mastersball 1
Tyler Moore, MIA Mastersball 1

Brian Walton's Commentary

Having lost San Francisco’s Jarrett Parker from my outfield, I figured I would go a dollar more for Chris Marrero than the top winning bids for hitters previously. As it turned out, my $7 was only second-best to Lenny Melnick’s $11. In an interesting Giants outfield comparison with Tout Wars, Melnick went in heavy this week on Melvin Upton, who is still in the minors, and therefore, ineligible in LABR.

My second choice was Philadelphia’s Brock Stassi. The first baseman may also soon become outfield eligible, and that potential was good enough for me to offer $1 over the minimum. No one else was interested.

Among the seven $1 winning offers was a blast from the past. Colton and the Wolfman picked up a former three-time all-star who has fallen on hard times, Matt Cain. In his two starts this year, the right-hander has logged a win, but with an ERA just under 5.00 and a 1.82 WHIP.

Todd's Take

When I first put the NL table together, I was miffed I missed bidding on Marrero, seeing as I own Parker. Then my brain uncramped, remembering this is NL LABR, not Tout Wars. For what it's worth, I did check for Marrero in Tout Wars, but none other than Mr. Walton picked him up last week, a prescient move considering not only did Parker hit the DL, Marrero will enjoy some Coors Field at bats later this week.

 derek holland

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Derek Holland, CWS Mastersball 17      
Chase Anderson, MIL Mastersball 17      
Jeremy Jeffress, TEX Mastersball 13 Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 2 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2 Scout Fantasy 1
J.J. Hardy, BAL ESPN.com 7      
Dan Straily, MIA Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 5      
Trey Mancini, BAL Scout Fantasy 5 Yahoo Sports 4    
Miguel Rojas, MIA RotoExperts/ FNTSY 4      
Jesse Chavez, LAA Baseball Prospectus 3      
Jed Lowrie, OAK Mastersball 3      
David Freese, PIT USA TODAY Sports 3 Mastersball 1 MLB.com 1  
Jesse Hahn, OAK Scout Fantasy 2 Baseball HQ 1    
Antonio Senzatela, COL Rotowire 1 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2 Scout Fantasy 1  
Mike Fiers, HOU Baseball HQ 1 Baseball Prospectus 2    
Chris Young, BOS Baseball HQ 1      
Yandy Diaz, CLE Mastersball 1      
Manny Pina, MIL Scout Fantasy 1      
Trevor Cahill, SD Baseball HQ 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Tyler Chatwood, COL RotoExperts/ FNTSY 4    
Matt Davidson, CWS USA TODAY Sports 3 Mastersball 1 Scout Fantasy 1
Brad Ziegler, MIA Mastersball 3    
Chad Kuhl, PIT Mastersball 3    
Jason Grilli, TOR Mastersball 3    
Jose Leclerc, TEX Mastersball 3    
Jhoulys Chacin, SD Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 2    
Jordan Montgomery, NYY Scout Fantasy 2    
Martin Perez, TEX Baseball Prospectus 2    
Aaron Hicks, NYY Baseball HQ 1 Scout Fantasy 1  
Adam Rosales, OAK Mastersball 1    
Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE Scout Fantasy 1    
Norichika Aoki, HOU Baseball HQ 1    
Phil Hughes, MIN Baseball HQ 1    
Raul Mondesi, KC Scout Fantasy 1    
Ryan Doolittle, OAK Scout Fantasy 1    
Taylor Motter, SEA Scout Fantasy 1    
Trevor Plouffe, OAK Mastersball 1    
Wade Miley, BAL Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1    

Todd Zola's Commentary

Oy vey, what can I say? I didn't overbid, everyone else underbid. I'll explain the process in my take below. The bottom line is my team is decimated with injuries, with Josh Donaldson, Marcus Semien, J.D Martinez, Brandon Finnegan and Zack Britton all populating my DL. I not only needed to fill in those holes with Jed Lowrie and Yandy Diaz, I saw an opportunity to fortify my rotation, and if I'm right, build up some equity to deal. To be honest, it wasn't the amount I bid that bugged me, it was despite tries on other starting pitchers, Holland and Anderson went unopposed.

Holland struggled with injuries, and performance, the past couple of seasons. However, there's signs he's returned to form as his velocity is up while he's mixing in more breaking balls and off-speed stuff. It's one thing to table the back-to-health narrative, it's another to support it with an uptick in velo and an increased pitch arsenal.

Anderson has been quietly effective for over half a season, going back to last year. Granted, some of these were rather short outings, but Anderson hasn't allowed more than three earned runs since last June. Both Anderson and Holland have a pair of starts on the docket, another reason why I'm surprised I flew solo trying to grab them this week.

As alluded to above, the Rangers bullpen is a mess, hence my pick-up of Jeffress. He may not close this week, or ever, but with the addition of a couple double dippers, I can afford to use him, as the rules require, this week.

Todd's Take

OK, why $17? Last week, Kendall Graveman drew seven bids, with $12 getting the job done. I don't see a whole lot different between Graveman and Holland. They profile similarly in that they're both throwing harder, but didn't excel last season so there's risk. I wanted both Holland and Anderson so I bid what I felt would cover the challengers also using last week as a model. Was this a mistake? Maybe, but more often than not, framing bids in this manner is more beneficial than detrimental. I'm playing with the short FAAB stack, but hopefully have built up a solid reserve, especially when my walking wounded return.

toutwarslogo new

Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars and LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids.

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.

There are five Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League, 15-team Mixed Draft League and a brand new 12-team Mixed Auction Head to head format. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average with the Head to Head league also using other unique categories. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR was posted earlier.

taylor motter

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TMotter, Sea Lawr Michaels 125 Jason Collette 21 Jeff Erickson 10 Larry Schechter 4
    Seth Trachtman 2 Steve Moyer 1  
AAlmonte, Cle Wolf/Colton 102 Nando DiFino 27 Seth Trachtman 3 Steve Moyer 1
JLeclerc, Tex Lawr Michaels 100 Nando DiFino 15 Jeff Erickson 1 Wolf/Colton 0
CCoghlan, Tor Nando DiFino 56 Wolf/Colton 102 Larry Schechter 22 Jason Collette 21
    Mike Podhorzer 17 Seth Trachtman 12  
CPinder, Oak Larry Schechter 23      
TBarnette, Tex Wolf/Colton 22 Steve Moyer 7 Jeff Erickson 1 Patrick Davitt 0
BHoneywell, TB Jeff Erickson 7 Jason Collette 7    
RGoins, Tor Seth Trachtman 6 Larry Schechter 13    
THouse, Tor Nando DiFino 3      
DSantana, Min Seth Trachtman 3 Steve Moyer 0    
KHigashioka, NYY Mike Podhorzer 2      
MFreeman, Sea Jeff Erickson 2      
DMachado, Det Seth Trachtman 1      
JMarisnick, Hou Steve Moyer 1      
BNorris, LAA Lawr Michaels 0      
ACashner, Tex Seth Trachtman 0 Nando DiFino 22    
MBarnes, Bos Steve Moyer 0 Wolf/Colton 22    
ERamirez, TB Patrick Davitt 0      
TClippard, NYY Patrick Davitt 0 Lawr Michaels 3 Steve Moyer 0  

UNAWARDED BIDS

CWhitley, TB Wolf/Colton 22  
ZMcAllister, Cle Nando DiFino 5  
RWeeks, TB Seth Trachtman 3  
MClevinger, Cle Seth Trachtman 1  
BPeacock, Hou Wolf/Colton 0 Patrick Davitt 0
CPerez, LAA Mike Podhorzer 0  
JDecker, Oak Steve Moyer 0  
JHolder, NYY Patrick Davitt 0  
LHendriks, Oak Wolf/Colton 0  
ONarvaez, CWS Mike Podhorzer 0  
SPeterson, TB Steve Moyer 0  
TomHunter, TB Steve Moyer 0  
TZych, Sea Wolf/Colton 0  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

I found myself in an unfamiliar position in AL Tout this past week, for my team came out of the blocks uncharacteristically hot Week 1, and then turned cold as Foreigner ice Week 2. Normally, with a team having a strong start, I would sit back and not meddle, allowing my players to simply do their thing the first month and see what shakes out.

However, fear of being caught flat-footed and being too passive this early came over me so I opened up the FAAB wallet to the tune of $225 this week, first dropping $125 on Seattle's Taylor Motter, and then adding potential saves with Jose LeClerc for $100, and finally grabbing Bud Norris to help quell the injuries to Sonny Gray and Aaron Sanchez.

Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton also thought about spending, buying Abraham Almonte for $102 to go with Tony Barnette for $22, while Nando DiFino made a couple of purchases with Chris Coghlan ($56) and TJ House ($3). Larry Schechter put up the next load of cash, looking to Oakland prospect Chad Pinder ($23) while last year's champ, Seth Trachtman, added four players with Ryan Goins ($6), Danny Santana ($3), Dixon Machado ($1), and Andrew Cashner for a $0 bid.

Jeff Erickson added solid pitching prospect Brett Honeywell ($7) with the final move worthy of interest this week. Jeff also added Mike Freeman ($2) to his roster.

Todd's Take

Last week, my Z Files column for Rotowire (co-posted for Mastersball Platinum subscribers) discussed how you guys can use these FAAB reports. Some of the ideas revolved around looking at past reports to get a feel for bidding patterns. What's your league market for closers? Starting pitchers? Are there owners more aggressive, so if you have a similar need, it's necessary to also big strong? Another trick I'm kicking myself got omitting is bidding on players with a great game really close to the bidding deadline.

Taylor Motter is an example, though his mark was made on Saturday, not Sunday. He's of obvious interest, filling in for the injured Jean Segura. The problem is, due to a recent homer, and hot streak in general, he's very much on the radar thus likely commands a decent bid, probably more than he's "worth", if there is such a thing. Some feel this is a flaw of the FAAB system, others, like me, embrace it, feeling it adds to the intrigue, and charm.

 melvin upton jr

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MUpton, SF Craig Mish 113 Lenny Melnick  111 Mike Gianella 33
BStassi, Phi Andy Behrens 22    
AHanson, Pit Derek Carty 12 Mike Gianella 6  
JCosart, SD Derek Carty 7    
MDunn, Col Mike Gianella 2    
JHoover, Ari Craig Mish 1 Phil Hertz 0  
TLyons, StL Brian Walton 0    
PBaez, LAD Brian Walton 0    
RStephenson, Cin Phil Hertz 0    
HeSanchez, SD Phil Hertz 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

RStripling, LAD Phil Hertz 0 Brian Walton 0
CHatcher, LAD Brian Walton 0  
FSalas, NYM Brian Walton 0  
JTorres, SD Brian Walton 0  
LAvilan, LAD Brian Walton 0  
MBowman, StL Brian Walton 0  
EHernandez, LAD Derek Carty 0  
JBarrett, Ari Phil Hertz 0  

Brian Walton's Commentary

This was a week for offense in National League Tout Wars as all three double-digit purchases are hitters.

Jarrett Parker’s broken collarbone has opened up left field opportunity in San Francisco. Though he is in Triple-A now, Melvin Upton could receive the call soon. In a pitched battle, Craig Mish of Sirius XM edged Lenny Melnick, $113 to $111, for Upton’s services.

Philadelphia’s Brock Stassi is first-base eligible and has been getting some starts at the position ahead of Tommy Joseph, and has also seen time in the outfield. That opportunity is worth $22 to Andy Behrens of Yahoo. Surprisingly, no one else put in a bid.

Middle infielder Alen Hanson was taken on draft day, then cut loose. Derek Carty paid $12 to add the Pirates’ youngster, doubling the next-closest offer.

Todd's Take

In the LABR report, I remarked how a brain cramp caused a moment of agita, irked I didn't bid on Chris Marrero to replace my injured Jarrett Parker, before realizing I was commenting on NL LABR, not NL Tout.

Well, upon further review, the lactic acid had yet to clear from my gray matter as I don't own Parker in NL Tout either! I do own Gorkys Hernandez, which may have contributed to my confusion (insert you're in too many leagues retort here).

For those wondering how Upton Jr. looks in the minors, he's still in extended spring training. He'll likely join Triple-A Sacramento before heading to AT&T Park. If you're in a deep league, and can afford to wait, Upton Jr. should get a chance for some extended playing time in the mess that is left field for the Giants.

avisail garcia

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

AGarcia, CWS Tim Heaney 188 Scott Engel 127 Ron Shandler 45 Ray Flowers 33
    Scott Swanay 28 Fred Zinkie 4  
RGrossman, Min Scott Pianowski 87 Al Melchior 32 Ray Flowers 19 Fred Zinkie 4
TMancini, Bal Scott Engel 87 Scott Pianowski 71 Derek Van Riper 45 Al Melchior 32
    Joe Pisapia 28    
CHeadley, NYY Scott Pianowski 77 Scott Engel 57 Ray Flowers 19 Fred Zinkie 10
    Derek Van Riper 2    
AGarrett, Cin Joe Pisapia 77 Brent Hershey 63 Scott Engel 47 Tim Heaney 47
    Jeff Zimmerman 42 Scott Swanay 18 Ray Flowers 14
    Fred Zinkie 3    
CAnderson, Mil Tim Heaney 47 Derek Van Riper 33 Ray Flowers 13 Fred Zinkie 1
MPina, Mil Scott Engel 44 Tim Heaney 36 Derek Van Riper 3  
JMontgomery, NYY Joe Pisapia 38 Tim Heaney 37 Fred Zinkie 3  
LChisenhall, Cle Brent Hershey 37      
AFrazier, Pit Ray Flowers 37      
DFreese, Pit Jeff Zimmerman 37 Al Melchior 22 Fred Zinkie 0  
DHolland, CWS Derek Van Riper 27 Tim Heaney 37    
TBarnette, Tex Tim Heaney 26      
ABradley, Ari Scott Swanay 24 Tim Heaney 26 Scott Pianowski 22 Bret Sayre 0
MFiers, Hou Ray Flowers 17 Scott Pianowski 3 Bret Sayre 0  
MGonzalez, Hou Scott Engel 17 Scott Engel 27    
AAsher, Bal Al Melchior 13      
DGarneau, Col Gene McCaffrey 8      
RNolasco, LAA Scott Pianowski 7 Ray Flowers 14    
MMaldonado, LAA Al Melchior 6      
JLeclerc, Tex Al Melchior 6 Tim Heaney 11    
TMotter, Sea Derek Van Riper 5 Tim Heaney 36 Fred Zinkie 0  
JChavez, LAA Bret Sayre 4      
YEscobar, LAA Fred Zinkie 0      
HSantiago, Min Fred Zinkie 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

JWinker, Cin Tim Heaney 108  
MPerez, Tex Tim Heaney 37 Bret Sayre 4
WFlores, NYM Tim Heaney 36  
LMorrison, TB Scott Pianowski 33 Derek Van Riper 5
AHicks, NYY Scott Pianowski 22  
ASenzatela, Col Tim Heaney 22  
ARomine, NYY Scott Engel 21  
ACashner, Tex Tim Heaney 11  
MDavidson, CWS Scott Engel 7  
TRosenthal, StL Tim Heaney 6  
TZych, Sea Tim Heaney 6  
RChirinos, Tex Scott Engel 2  
AVizcaino, Atl Jeff Zimmerman 1  
BHand, SD Fred Zinkie 0  
DPhelps, Mia Bret Sayre 0  
KSuzuki, Atl Al Melchior 0  
LGregerson, Hou Jeff Zimmerman 0  

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

It's hard to believe that Avisail Garcia is still just 25 years old, as we've been waiting for him to realize his potential for quite some time now. Maybe his red-hot start to 2017 that has included 20 hits over his first 43 at-bats to go along with two homers and ten RBI will prove to be merely a modest hot streak within another disappointing season. Or maybe Garcia has indeed turned the corner and will be a steady mixed league asset going forward. I'm curious to find out, and there was certainly plenty of interest in him among the Mixed Auction touts.

Among the several potentially useful starting pitchers who were purchased this week, Derek Holland intrigues me the most. This is a guy who has been a quality big league starter when healthy. The problem is that he's rarely been healthy since registering a 3.42 ERA to go along with 189 strikeouts in a 33-start 2013 campaign. Well, Holland's first season with the White Sox has gone nicely so far, and he's a two-start pitcher for this week, though the matchups (@NYY, vs. CLE) aren't exactly favorable. But as a $27 FAAB purchase, there's definitely long-term profit potential here, if he can stay healthy.

Todd's Take

The Z's are of like mind with respect to Holland, though I'm not concerned about the Bronx affair, despite the Yankees hot start. Most of the Yankees better bats swing from the left side.

Trey Mancini's certainly worthy of attention, but let's keep this in mind: Steven Wright, Ben Taylor, Ryan Tepera and Matt Dermody, not exactly Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz and Avery. Even before the power surge, Mancini was looking at more at bats than the soft side on the platoon avails, but the Orioles still have options so regular run isn't a sure thing.

 francisco liriano

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

FLiriano, Tor Adam Ronis 233 Scott White 167 Corey Parson 112 D.J. Short 100
    Greg Ambrosius 68 Anthony Perri 36 Ray Murphy 24
CAnderson, Mil Tim McLeod 95 Jeff Boggis 61 Tom Kessenich 14 Perry Van Hook 8
JMontgomery, NYY Tim McLeod 76 Corey Parson 16 Tim McCullough 2 Perry Van Hook 2
DFreese, Pit D.J. Short 75 Scott White 27 Adam Ronis 7 Perry Van Hook 0
LChisenhall, Cle Perry Van Hook 47 D.J. Short 10 Corey Parson 9 Greg Ambrosius 0
TMancini, Bal David Gonos 42 Adam Ronis 14 D.J. Short 10 Corey Parson 8
    Greg Ambrosius 0    
CSabathia, NYY Anthony Perri 36 Tim McLeod 17 Corey Parson 8  
ASimmons, LAA Ray Murphy 24      
JHahn, Oak Corey Parson 16 D.J. Short 10    
TKoehler, Mia David Gonos 14      
NAoki, Hou D.J. Short 10      
ZCozart, Cin Corey Parson 8 Perry Van Hook 0    
ABradley, Ari Tom Kessenich 7      
MMaldonado, LAA Jeff Boggis 5      
DODay, Bal D.J. Short 5      
TChatwood, Col Perry Van Hook 3      
TPlouffe, Oak Greg Ambrosius 3 D.J. Short 10    
NHundley, SF Corey Parson 2 Jeff Boggis 5    
TRosenthal, StL Greg Ambrosius 0      
MRojas, Mia Perry Van Hook 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

JLeclerc, Tex Tim McLeod 21 Perry Van Hook 3  
RGrossman, Min Perry Van Hook 17 D.J. Short 7  
TMotter, Sea Perry Van Hook 13 Perry Van Hook 0  
MGonzalez, Hou D.J. Short 10    
YAlonso, Oak David Gonos 6 Adam Ronis 1 Perry Van Hook 0
DHolland, CWS Perry Van Hook 3    
WMiley, Bal Perry Van Hook 1    
MUpton, SF Greg Ambrosius 1    
CHerrmann, Ari Corey Parson 1    
MPina, Mil Corey Parson 1    
ONarvaez, CWS Corey Parson 1    

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Toronto pitcher Francisco Liriano impressed many with his performance this week, but none more than Adam Ronis, who bid $233 to get the southpaw for his home start versus the Red Sox this week. Ronis wasn't the only one interested as seven of the Mixed Draft touts bid on Liriano, including four triple-digit offers.

Brewers starter Chase Anderson, off two excellent early starts, also drew several bids but was won by Tim McLeod for $95. McLeod also added Yankee rookie hurler Jordan Montgomery for $76.

I made a bid for Anderson but was some eighty units short, but did get my second choice Tyler Chatwood for $3, off an excellent start in San Francisco. Interestingly, the Rockies and Giants meet again next weekend in Colorado so I am hoping Chatwood can duplicate his effort.

My outfielders haven't been great so I was delighted Lonnie Chisenhall was activated from the DL and swinging well. It took $47 to roster the Indians fly chaser. I also needed to replace disabled third sacker Josh Donaldson and again resorted to the $0 list of good candidates. My first two choices, David Freese and Zack Cosart, drew bids so I got my third choice, Marlins infielder Miguel Rojas. Rojas qualifies at all four infield positions, contributing runs and RBI with a decent average - even better in OBP leagues like Tout.

Todd's Take

Apparently, not many are as intrigued as I with "The Dutch Oven." Seven starting pitchers were picked up this week, with Holland drawing just one contingency try.

Another trick I forgot to include when discussing how to use these reports pertains to trade targets. You can often discern what types of players your league mates favor by their FAAB bids. Some prefer seasoned veterans with a track record of success while others are more willing to take a chance on an unproven player. For example, Tim McLeod bid on Chase Anderson and Jordan Montgomery, but not Francisco Liriano. On the other hand, Adam Ronis went hard after Liriano, but didn't place a bid on Anderson or Montgomery. I obviously could be wrong, but this tells me Adam would be more interested in dealing for a veteran while Tim may bite on a youngster. This helps frame trade talks, along with expediting the process, focusing on the most likely targets from the jump.

 ervin santana

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ESantana, Min Howard Bender 69      
MMoreland, Bos Clay Link 68 Vlad Sedler 48 Kyle Elfrink 33 Peter Kreutzer 0
FRodney, Ari Andrea LaMont 61 Howard Bender 9    
MLeake, StL Howard Bender 59 Howard Bender 49 Kyle Elfrink 37  
JCastro, Min Kyle Elfrink 39 Jake Ciely 4 Peter Kreutzer 0  
WPeralta, Mil Clay Link 31      
GGonzalez, Was Andrea LaMont 31 Kyle Elfrink 37    
CDevenski, Hou Paul Sporer 31 Howard Bender 49 Clay Link 24 Jake Ciely 6
JGarcia, Atl Kyle Elfrink 29      
AGarrett, Cin Jake Ciely 26 Howard Bender 39    
NMarkakis, Atl Dr. Roto 20 Peter Kreutzer 0    
JHarrison, Pit Vlad Sedler 12 Peter Kreutzer 0    
CHeadley, NYY Jake Ciely 5      
JPolanco, Min Peter Kreutzer 0      
HKendrick, Phi Peter Kreutzer 0      
TMotter, Sea Peter Kreutzer 0      
MPina, Mil Peter Kreutzer 0      
LDuda, NYM Peter Kreutzer 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

ASenzatela, Col Howard Bender 42
CSabathia, NYY Howard Bender 29
ATriggs, Oak Clay Link 25
JJeffress, Tex Howard Bender 19
SSchebler, Cin Dr. Roto 11
AWarren, NYY Paul Sporer 8
RStripling, LAD Paul Sporer 8
AToles, LAD Dr. Roto 6
AEscobar, KC Vlad Sedler 3
JTorres, SD Clay Link 1
JGallo, Tex Clay Link 1
ABarnes, LAD Peter Kreutzer 0
ARomine, NYY Peter Kreutzer 0
ASimmons, LAA Peter Kreutzer 0
CBYoung, Bos Peter Kreutzer 0
JLowrie, Oak Peter Kreutzer 0
JPanik, SF Peter Kreutzer 0
NAoki, Hou Peter Kreutzer 0
RGrossman, Min Peter Kreutzer 0
TBarnette, Tex Clay Link 0
TWolters, Col Peter Kreutzer 0
YDiaz, Cle Peter Kreutzer 0

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

I'm starting with me again.

I had so many needs (DL Trea Turner, Get out of Souza and Pillar in an OBP league, To Heck with Maldonado, Improve Jarrod Dyson), but the available replacements weren't of that much quality. Nice, but not significantly better than others. So I decided to bid $0 on everyone.

I won J Polanco (MI), H Kendrick (OF), T Motter (OF), M Pina (C), and L Duda (UT). The only one of these who wasn't my first pick was Motter, I had Nick Markakis ahead of him, but Dr. Roto put $20 on Markakis. I'm happy to have Motter for free.

Did I improve my team? I built a team to win OBP, SB and Runs, plus ERA, WHIP and K/9.

I won those last three cats the first week (and tied Wins) against Michael Beller. I also crushed his offense across the board. So I have six wins, he has none.

Up this week is Jake Ciely. My offense bettered him in all five cats last week, but we can't count on that. We also can't count that any single player in an amorphous pool is going to make the difference this week, so I went kind of mainstream. I liked winning homers, so Lucas Duda should help. I like scoring runs, so all the at bats I added with $0 bids should help.

Apart from my block of $0 bids for five guys, everyone spent money on their improvements. I like a lot of the money buys, I wish I could have added Chris Devenski, and nobody spent much. But getting into the bidding seems to have made them all spend. I hope they're as happy as I am.

Todd's Take

Peter mentioned his six wins. Let's review the scoring as the league plays by some unique rules. Keeping in mind there's also a roto-scoring component that will come into play later in the season, here's the scoring, taken from the Tout Wars Constitution:

For Tout Wars Head To Head, the categories shall be:

Hitting: OBP, R, HR, RBI, Steals
Pitching: Wins, ERA, WHIP, Strikeouts per 9 innings, Saves

In Head to Head, during each period contesting teams will compete in every individual category and two Wins will be given to the team that wins the most hitting categories, and two Losses will be given to the team that loses the most hitting categories. Similarly, wins and loses will be given to the teams that win and lose the most pitching categories. In case of a tie, the wins and loses will be split between the two teams. Each period, two additional wins will be given to the team that wins the most overall categories and two additional losses will be given to the team that loses the most categories. Again, in the case of a tie, the overall wins and losses will be split between the two teams.

As you can see, it's prudent to tailor team make-up to the rules as winning 3-2 gets you all the hitting or pitching points. This helps explains some of the odd-looking bids in a 12-team league, such as Chris Devenski. Obviously, Devenski is a one of the better middle relievers, but normally, even the best set-up men aren't useful in 12-team leagues with straight roto-scoring. However, for clubs in the format, looking to capture the three ratio categories on the pitching ledger, the Astros reliever is gold.

 

 

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Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars and LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids.

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.

There are five Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League, 15-team Mixed Draft League and a brand new 12-team Mixed Auction Head to head format. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average with the Head to Head league also using other unique categories. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR was posted earlier.

austin romine

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ARomine, NYY Chris Liss 88 Steve Moyer 2
JMontgomery, NYY Chris Liss 45  
JWilson, Det Jeff Erickson 13 Steve Moyer 2
PHughes, Min Jason Collette 5  
CGimenez, Min Jason Collette 2 Steve Moyer 0
ZBurdi, CWS Jason Collette 2  
BParker, LAA Mike Podhorzer 1  
DCovey, CWS Seth Trachtman 0  
JSaltalamacchia, Tor Steve Moyer 0  

UNAWARDED BIDS

RWeeks, TB Jeff Erickson 13
AAlmonte, Cle Jeff Erickson 13
CPerez, LAA Steve Moyer 0
DButera, KC Steve Moyer 0
YPetit, LAA Seth Trachtman 0

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

After the first week player frenzy in AL Tout, Week 2 was modest beyond comparison,with just six owners generating a total of nine moves.

The big roster shakeup came from Jason Collette, who first traded Wilson Ramos to Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf in exchange for JaCoby Jones and Joe Kelly, and then acquired the rights to Chris Gimenez ($2), Zack Burdi ($2), and Phil Hughes ($5).

However, the big spender was Chris Liss, who dropped $88 on Austin Romine and another $45 on Jordan Montgomery. Additionally, Jeff Erickson went $13 on Tigers reliever Justin Wilson.

In particular, the Romine moves gets more interesting in that Gary Sanchez is owned by Steve Moyer who went as far as $2 for Romine, settling for Jarrod Saltalamacchia for a $0.

It will be interesting how these moves works out, depending upon the length of time Sanchez stays sidelined.

Todd's Take

With so much action on crappy catchers this week, I'm a little surprised Kyle Higashioka didn't garner a contingency bid. Higashioka will back up Austin Romine while Sanchez is on the DL. Higashioka put himself on the radar in the spring. Romine will obviously play more, but it's not like he's, well, Sanchez. If Higashioka hits, he could steal a couple starts a week.

It's always nice when colleagues do your work for you. Rotojunkie, Rotowire, Fangraphs contributor and all-around great guy Jason Collette sent me his take on the trade completed with Colton and the Wolfman:

"I watched Burdi pitch in Charlotte the other night and he was hitting 100 and dominating hitters. His future is bright and he won't be in Charlotte too long. Both Robertson and Jones could be dealt this year to open the path for him.

Since I went cheap on pitching in the draft, grabbing starters to stream in there each week is key to help me make up stats. Adding Hughes gives me another guy to play the matchup game with. Since Soto is off to a hot start in Chicago, Narvaez isn't getting any playing time so I'm going to keep throwing darts at a second catcher until one hits.

Speaking of second catcher, it's why I made a deal for Ramos. If I can keep catcher afloat until June, I just traded for a AL C1 and gave up a guy I picked up in reserves and an end game reliever. I like Burdi's future more than Kelly's given the path in front of Burdi is more fluid".

Selfishly, I hope JC is right about Zack Burdi. The potential closer was highlighted on the Baseball HQ/Ron Shandler spring First Pitch Forum tour so I grabbed him in several keeper formats.

 kyle freeland

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

KFreeland, Col Craig Mish 76 Brian Walton 12 Grey Albright 1  
SDrew, Was Steve Gardner 67 Grey Albright 1 Phil Hertz 0 Brian Walton 0
    Derek Carty 0    
JMathis, Ari Andy Behrens 46 Grey Albright 1 Phil Hertz 0  
PNeshek, Phi Grey Albright 11 Craig Mish 1    
TRosenthal, StL Phil Hertz 10 Craig Mish 6 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0  
NFranklin, Mil Todd Zola 7 Phil Hertz 25 Grey Albright 1 Derek Carty 0
JLagares, NYM Phil Hertz 5      
JMcGee, Col Brian Walton 3      
JRiddle, Mia Craig Mish 1      
ASenzatela, Col Grey Albright 1 Craig Mish 2 Derek Carty 0  
TMoore, Mia Brian Walton 0 Phil Hertz 0    
RMontero, NYM Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Grey Albright 1    
SVanSlyke, LAD Derek Carty 0 Andy Behrens 31 Todd Zola 3  
CRichard, SD Derek Carty 0 Grey Albright 1 Craig Mish 1  
JGrimm, ChC Derek Carty 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

CDArnaud, Atl Steve Gardner 12 Brian Walton 0  
FSalas, NYM Brian Walton 2    
EHernandez, LAD Grey Albright 1 Derek Carty 0 Phil Hertz 0
BStassi, Phi Grey Albright 1 Phil Hertz 0  
PKivlehan, Cin Grey Albright 1 Derek Carty 0  
TRivera, NYM Grey Albright 1 Brian Walton 0  
PBaez, LAD Grey Albright 1    
JSmoker, NYM Grey Albright 1    
LSardinas, SD Derek Carty 0 Brian Walton 0  
RStripling, LAD Phil Hertz 0 Brian Walton 0  
AAmarista, Col Phil Hertz 0    
CAdames, Col Steve Gardner 0    
JDeLaRosa, Ari Brian Walton 0    
MCabrera, Atl Phil Hertz 0    
MDunn, Col Brian Walton 0    
PGosselin, Pit Phil Hertz 0    

Brian Walton's Commentary

Needing a pitcher this week, I put in a tepid $12 bid for Rockies starter Kyle Freeland. Already owning Jon Gray and Tyler Anderson, I could not bring myself to rostering a third Colorado starter. Craig Mish of SiriusXM saved me from myself with an aggressive $76 winning offer.

Also needing an infielder this week, I noticed Stephen Drew had the most at-bats of any appropriate free agent with 11 to date this season. The fact the veteran has just one hit (.091) can be written off to the small sample, but I still could not bring myself to make more than a $0 bid. However, Steve Gardner of USA TODAY put $67 on the table to secure the 34-year-old’s services, who is Washington’s top infield reserve and could play more short-term, depending on the severity of Trea Turner's leg injury.

Jeff Mathis is not only seeing regular time behind the plate for Arizona, but the veteran backstop is off to a fast start with the bat. Yahoo’s Andy Behrens’ winning bid was $46.

A couple of former closers and former teammates drew speculative bids of $11 and $10, respectively. Someone has to take over for struggling closer Jeanmar Gomez in Philadelphia and if Pat Neshek gets a shot, Gray Albright’s money will have been well spent. Trevor Rosenthal is scheduled to come off the disabled list on Monday. Though the role of St. Louis’ hard-thrower is unclear, Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ made a pre-emptive strike.

Todd's Take

Calling back to the NL LABR report, note the increased interest here for Freeland, Senzatela and Richard. Fantasy Baseball 101: Know Thy Rules.

Wanting to fill the swingman spot vacated by the demoted Ketel Marte <sniff>, occupied by a pitcher in Weel 1, I wanted a stick so I took a chance on potential Swiss Army knife Nick Franklin. Franklin won't play every day, he won't even be in a platoon. However, since he can dabble at several positions, the Brewers will get him some at bats, which is all you can ask for as your last hitter in a league like this. By rule, I need to play him this week. There's a chance I opt to go back to a 10th pitcher next week since I'm carrying three closers (Oh, Iglesias and Maurer). I may look to move one for a decent stick so I can afford to use the swing spot with an arm, making up for the lost hitting stats later.

santiago casilla

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

SCasilla, Oak Bret Sayre 184 Tim Heaney 76    
WPeralta, Mil Al Melchior 56 Tim Heaney 36 Derek Van Riper 31 Tim Heaney 6
FGalvis, Phi Jeff Zimmerman 55 Tim Heaney 36    
EVolquez, Mia Bret Sayre 52 Bret Sayre 57    
JBenoit, Phi Fred Zinkie 40 Scott Swanay 28    
BreAnderson, ChC Tim Heaney 36 Scott Swanay 34 Derek Van Riper 31 Fred Zinkie 10
    Gene McCaffrey 7 Tim Heaney 6  
GeoSoto, CWS Al Melchior 32 Derek Van Riper 11 Scott Engel 3  
JNelson, Mil Derek Van Riper 31 Tim Heaney 11    
JHahn, Oak Scott Swanay 28      
JTomlin, Cle Scott Swanay 28 Derek Van Riper 5    
JJeffress, Tex Tim Heaney 26 Ray Flowers 19 Tim Heaney 16  
BMcCarthy, LAD Gene McCaffrey 17 Bret Sayre 34 Joe Pisapia 12 Tim Heaney 11
ABailey, LAA Tim Heaney 16      
JBandy, Mil Derek Van Riper 11 Al Melchior 21    
YAlonso, Oak Tim Heaney 11      
JVargas, KC Fred Zinkie 10      
JLowrie, Oak Joe Pisapia 3 Tim Heaney 4    

UNAWARDED BIDS

AGarrett, Cin Jeff Zimmerman 76 Tim Heaney 11 Fred Zinkie 10
  Tim Heaney 6    
JChavez, LAA Bret Sayre 34    
KSuzuki, Atl Al Melchior 21    
AMiranda, Sea Tim Heaney 11    
AGarcia, CWS Tim Heaney 11    
WFlores, NYM Tim Heaney 11    
ABradley, Ari Gene McCaffrey 7    
DHudson, Pit Tim Heaney 6    
BZiegler, Mia Tim Heaney 6    
DHolland, CWS Gene McCaffrey 5 Tim Heaney 4  
GoHernandez, SF Tim Heaney 4    
JMontgomery, NYY Tim Heaney 4    
LMorrison, TB Tim Heaney 4    
MGonzalez, Hou Tim Heaney 4    
MUpton, FA Tim Heaney 4    
ASenzatela, Col Tim Heaney 4    
CHeadley, NYY Tim Heaney 4    
DPhelps, Mia Derek Van Riper 1    
AFrazier, Pit Tim Heaney 1    

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

The biggest FAAB prize this week, at a hefty cost of $184, was a guy who may or may not be Oakland's primary closer. After tossing a scoreless ninth inning to pick up a save on Monday, Santiago Casilla pitched in the eighth inning on both Thursday and Saturday. I still say that Ryan Madson leads the team in saves by season's end, but good luck figuring this one out. So, maybe the fact that Casilla received only two bids isn't all that surprising, as these Touts are tired of playing the expensive closer guessing game.

Sticking to the closer theme, perhaps the more noteworthy additions were a trio of relievers who are not closing right now but make for interesting speculative pickups, and they came at a fraction of the cost of Casilla. While Hector Neris gets all the buzz when it comes to potential ninth inning replacements for the struggling Jeanmar Gomez, Joaquin Benoit has quietly pitched three scoreless innings so far this season and has 51 career saves to his name. Maybe the Phillies will go with the more experienced option if they do indeed choose to make a change.

In Texas, Sam Dyson pitched a scoreless inning on Sunday but his hold on the closer job seems shaky at best after he allowed a combined eight runs over his first two appearances. Jeremy Jeffress hasn't been great thus far but he did pitch very well as the Brewers closer last year prior to getting traded to the Rangers.

Like Joaquin Benoit, Andrew Bailey carries ninth inning experience. If the Angels decide to use Cam Bedrosian similar to the way the Indians used Andrew Miller down the stretch last season and Huston Street remains sidelined, maybe there will be an opportunity for Bailey (three perfect innings so far) to earn a few saves.

Todd's Take

It's interesting to note Jesse Hahn only drew one bid, despite there being a lot of interest in starting pitching this week. For those wondering how to use these reports in your own league, that suggests you may be able to get Hahn on the cheap, and quite honestly, he's as good a bet as Wily Peralta, Edinson Volquez, Jimmy Nelson, Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson, some of the other starting pitchers acquired in this cycle.

 amir garrett

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

AGarrett, Cin Corey Parson 113 D.J. Short 18 Charlie Wiegert 18 Scott White 16
MSmith, TB David Gonos 63      
MReynolds, Col Corey Parson 59      
ASenzatela, Col Perry Van Hook 31 Tim McLeod 17    
WPeralta, Mil Anthony Perri 28 Charlie Wiegert 2    
KFreeland, Col Perry Van Hook 27      
MJoyce, Oak Ray Murphy 25 Jeff Boggis 12    
JJones, Det Corey Parson 23      
DEspinosa, LAA David Gonos 22      
DStoren, Cin Corey Parson 19      
GeoSoto, CWS Corey Parson 18 Scott White 14 Perry Van Hook 11  
CHeadley, NYY Anthony Perri 16      
JBenoit, Phi Scott White 16 Rudy Gamble 1    
BreAnderson, ChC Jeff Boggis 12 Perry Van Hook 23    
YEscobar, LAA Adam Ronis 9      
ARomine, NYY Perry Van Hook 7      
RBuchter, SD Tom Kessenich 7      
JNelson, Mil Charlie Wiegert 2 Greg Ambrosius 0    
EFedde, Was Tim McLeod 2      
TCollins, Det Perry Van Hook 0      
JVargas, KC Greg Ambrosius 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

YAlonso, Oak David Gonos 39 Adam Ronis 8  
JHahn, Oak Corey Parson 33    
ASimmons, LAA Ray Murphy 25    
MAdams, StL Corey Parson 23    
TChatwood, Col Perry Van Hook 17    
CSabathia, NYY Corey Parson 15 Tom Kessenich 3 Greg Ambrosius 0
FGalvis, Phi Anthony Perri 12    
CRichard, SD Anthony Perri 6 Charlie Wiegert 1 Greg Ambrosius 0
NAoki, Hou Ray Murphy 5    
AWarren, NYY Perry Van Hook 1    
YPetit, LAA Perry Van Hook 1    
AAltherr, Phi Perry Van Hook 0    
DNava, Phi Perry Van Hook 0    
JHazelbaker, Ari Perry Van Hook 0    
MGonzalez, Hou Perry Van Hook 0    
RGrossman, Min Perry Van Hook 0    
ABradley, Ari Greg Ambrosius 0    
JNicasio, Pit Greg Ambrosius 0    
PHughes, Min Greg Ambrosius 0    
RDickey, Atl Greg Ambrosius 0    

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

A veteran hitter and a rookie pitcher received the high bids in the Mixed Draft League with 14 of 15 owners trying to improve their rosters for Week 2 and beyond.

Mark Reynolds, Rockies first baseman is getting the at bats with Ian Desmond on the DL and contributing power that all fantasy owners covet. Corey Parsons landed Reynolds for $59. The Reds Amir Garrett, in their opening day rotation less than a year after being drafted, had a good first start, drawing another Parsons' winning bid of $113.

At the low end of the spectrum, two teams used $0 bids on lists of candidates to help their teams. Greg Ambrosius, needing an extra hurler, secured his first choice of Royal Jason Vargas while I received the top player in my outfielder queue, deploying Tigers fly chaser Tyler Collins this week.

I was also looking for more pitchers and added not one, but two Colorado rookie starters. The first is Antonio Senzatela for $31. The 22-year old righty fanned six in five scoreless innings in his debut. Senzatela has a playable two start week, home against the Padres and Jeff Weaver, then in AT&T Park, facing the Giants against Jeff Samardzija. I also added Kyle Freeland for $27, slated to face the Padres at home.

The Gary Sanchez owner had a third catcher on his squad which may have helped me win Austin Romine for just $7. Romine doesn't hit for average but did have good RBI numbers in his brief stint last year and is better with OBP than batting average. Remember, Tout Wars in an OBP league.

Todd's Take

One of my favorite things to do is compare the bids of like players in the Auction and Draft leagues, since that is the only difference. Otherwise, the rules are identical. As an example, Amir Garrett was the top draw in Mixed Tout Draft, as opposed to Mixed Tout Auction where he wasn't even acquired, though he garnered several contingency bids.

The message here is everyone has different expectations. This is especially applicable in trade negotiations. Don't assume everyone ranks players as you. Often, you're pleasantly surprised to learn someone is more interested in one of your players you consider of less quality than someone else on your roster. There are ways to take advantage, we'll save that for another time, another place.

ryan zimmerman

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

RZimmerman, Was Michael Beller 194 Paul Sporer 122  
KGraveman, Oak Howard Bender 131 Clay Link 51  
YEscobar, LAA Paul Sporer 94    
BFinnegan, Cin Clay Link 72 Howard Bender 121 Vlad Sedler 56
JMcCann, Det Clay Link 61 Peter Kreutzer 3  
CMorton, Hou Vlad Sedler 56    
JWerth, Was Michael Beller 38 Peter Kreutzer 3  
AGarcia, CWS Michael Beller 38 Jake Ciely 6 Peter Kreutzer 2
DAltavilla, Sea Paul Sporer 24    
MMaldonado, LAA Peter Kreutzer 15    
SSouza, TB Peter Kreutzer 12    
JBenoit, Phi Jake Ciely 10    
MAdams, StL Stephania Bell 7    
JMcGee, Col Peter Kreutzer 7    
KPillar, Tor Peter Kreutzer 6 Peter Kreutzer 7  

UNAWARDED BIDS

KFreeland, Col Howard Bender 88    
YAlonso, Oak Paul Sporer 78    
AGarrett, Cin Howard Bender 68    
JJones, Det Paul Sporer 66    
GeoSoto, CWS Clay Link 41    
BColon, Atl Howard Bender 32    
CDevenski, Hou Clay Link 31 Paul Sporer 18 Peter Kreutzer 3
  Jake Ciely 1    
TBarnhart, Cin Peter Kreutzer 6    
GGonzalez, Was Jake Ciely 5    
MBelisle, Min Peter Kreutzer 5    
TChatwood, Col Vlad Sedler 3    
JBandy, Mil Peter Kreutzer 0    

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

The Head to Head schedule includes four two-week tilts. These come at the least concentrated times of the year, and the first of these includes the first two weeks of the season.

I mention this because I'm facing off against Michael Beller right now, and instead of our contest ending with us deadlocked, 5-5, we have another week to go. And Beller made the most dramatic purchase of the week, adding Ryan Zimmerman for 194 (of a total FAAB off 1,000). This concerns me because I'm currently and surprisingly leading Beller in homers and RBI, and Zimmerman is coming off a resurgent week, in which it appears his health and power are back.

Beller also added Jason Werth and Avisail Garcia, who showed productive power the season's first week. Beller is gunning for me.

I made some moves but was far less dramatic. I added Steven Souza, Kevin Pillar and Martin Maldonado, trying to add at bats, plus Jake McGee. So take that.

The other big adds for the week included Howard Bender bidding aggressively for his hometown boy, Kendall Graveman, who had two sterling starts in the season's first week, and Paul Sporer ditching Eric Thames and Darren O'Day for Yunel Escobar and Dan Altavilla.

Todd's Take

 

 

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