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LABR FAAB Report: Week of April 21 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 April 2014 11:30

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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

juanfrancisco

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Juan Francisco, TOR 28 Fangraphs-Nick 28 SiriusXM 11 Baseball HQ 6
Colton & The Wolfman 5
Brennan Boesch, LAA 7 Fangraphs 7 SiriusXM 2
Vidal Nuno, NYY 7 RotoWire 7 Mastersball 7 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7
Sean Rodriguez, TB 6 Fangraphs 6 SiriusXM 2 RotoWire 1
Wade Davis, KC 4 Yahoo! Sports 4 SiriusXM 3
Andrew Romine, DET 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 SiriusXM 2
Justin Maxwell, KC 3 SiriusXM 3 Fangraphs 3 RotoWire 1
Erik Bedard, TB 2 Mastersball 2 SiriusXM 1
Josh Thole, TOR 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Maikel Cleto, CWS 1 Fangraphs-Nick 1 SiriusXM 1
Michael Tonkin, MIN 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Tyler Collins, DET 1 RotoWire 1
Michael Kohn, LAA 1 SiriusXM 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Don Kelly, DET SiriusXM 3
Darin Mastroianni, MIN Fangraphs 2 SiriusXM 1
Brock Holt, BOS SiriusXM 2
Carlos Corporan, HOU Colton & The Wolfman 1 SiriusXM 1
Chris Herrmann, MIN Colton & The Wolfman 1 Fangraphs 1
Jose Molina, TB Colton & The Wolfman 1 SiriusXM 1
JR Murphy, NYY Colton & The Wolfman 1
Aaron Loup, TOR SiriusXM 1
Andrew Miller, BOS SiriusXM 1
Chris Herrmann, MIN SiriusXM 1
Dan Otero, OAK SiriusXM 1
Heath Bell, TB SiriusXM 1
Joba Chamberlain, DET SiriusXM 1
Jonathan Diaz, TOR SiriusXM 1
Brock Holt, BOS KFFL.com 1
James Jones, SEA Fangraphs 1
Scott Atchison, CLE SiriusXM 1
Scott Sizemore, NYY SiriusXM 1
Willie Bloomquist, SEA SiriusXM 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Fortunately for my team Alex Gonzalez got dumped by the Tigers the same weekend that Mark Teixeira came off the DL so that was an easy swap and a good thing because there aren’t many hitters you would want to add at this point in the season.

But there are always pitchers and I decided to take advantage of my reservable Matt Lindstrom to try and add the new Yankee starter Vidal Nuno for $7 with a two dollar underbid for Erik Bedard. If I win one I can audition them and if not I can activate David Robertson a few days early. I mentioned the value of reservable players – especially pitchers in my auction write up and we see it in play here.

I tied with two teams on the Nuno bid so Chris Liss of Rotowire, lower in the standings gets Nuno and I got Bedard for two – he has one start this week to prove he is worth a spot.

KFFL was the high bid of the week landing 1B/3B Juan Francisco now with the Toronto Blue Jays.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

germen

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Gonzalez Germen, NYM 6 Colton & The Wolfman 6 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, NYM 2 RotoWire - DVR 2 Fantasy Insiders 1
Wil Nieves, PHI 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Sean Marshall, CIN Colton & The Wolfman 3
Jake Diekman, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Bryan Morris, PIT NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Jonathan Pettibone, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

NL LABR is a tight race beyond belief, with 10 points separating first placer Lenny Melnick and his 73.5 points and Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs ninth place Fantasy Insiders squad.

As a result, it appears the owners are playing it cautious, seeing who they own and who will actually shake out with some contributing stats.

That means just three moves were processed, with Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton grabbing Germen Gonzalez, shelling out $6 for the Mets hurler, with a bid that won by $5 over the next closest coveter.

Derek Van Riper copped Mets flychaser Kirk Nieuwenhius for a couple of bucks to win the rights to the second Met of the week for his Rotowire team, also beating out a lone $1 try.

Finally Phillies backup catcher Wil Nieves now how his second FAAB team of the year thanks to a $1 toss of the dice to Mssrs. Ambrosius and Childs.

With ten of the 12 teams still banking over $90 of their FAAB budgets, it will be interesting to see just how things FAAB play out.

MIXED LEAGUE

ikedavis

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Ike Davis, PIT 16 Baseball Prospectus 16 Fangraphs 11 Rotowire-Erickson 5
RotoExperts 3 ESPN.com 2
Kyle Farnsworth, NYM 12 RotoExperts 12 KFFL.com 7 Fangraphs 6
Rotowire-Colton 5 USA TODAY Sports 4 Bloomberg Sports 2
Kyle Gibson, MIN 4 KFFL.com 4 Baseball Prospectus 2 USA TODAY Sports 2
Rotowire-Colton 1
Danny Espinosa, WSH 4 RotoExperts 4 Rotowire-Colton 3 USA TODAY Sports 1
Jarrod Dyson, KC 3 Baseball HQ 3 Rotowire-Erickson 3 Razzball 1
Jordan Lyles, COL 3 Baseball Prospectus 3
Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA 3 Rotowire-Colton 3
Derek Dietrich, MIA 3 Rotowire-Erickson 3
Robbie Ross, TEX 2 Fangraphs 2 Baseball Prospectus 2 Baseball HQ 1
KFFL.com 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Alfredo Simon, CIN 2 MLB.com 2 Baseball Prospectus 2 Rotowire-Erickson 2
KFFL.com 1
Kevin Kouzmanoff, TEX 2 USA TODAY Sports 2 ESPN.com 2 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Wei-Yin Chen, BAL 1 Baseball HQ 1
Anthony Bass, HOU 1 Bloomberg Sports 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Carlos Torres, NYM 1 Rotowire-Colton 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Wade Davis, KC Baseball Prospectus 2
Erik Johnson, CWS Baseball Prospectus 2 RotoExperts 1
Carlos E. Martinez, STL Baseball Prospectus 2 KFFL.com 1
L.J. Hoes, HOU Baseball HQ 2
Mike Carp, BOS USA TODAY Sports 2
Danny Duffy, KC Baseball Prospectus 2
Alexi Amarista, SD Rotowire-Erickson 1
Brandon Barnes, COL Rotowire-Erickson 1
Delmon Young, BAL Rotowire-Erickson 1
John Danks, CWS Baseball HQ 1 KFFL.com 1
Jon Jay, STL Rotowire-Erickson 1
Justin Grimm, CHC Baseball Prospectus 1
Tyler Thornburg, MIL KFFL.com 1
Zach Britton, BAL Baseball Prospectus 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

No bids for me this week and that's a good thing.

A. That means I have no injuries to replace (for a change)

2. Jose Reyes and David Robertson can be put back in my active lineup.

I'm still short a starting pitcher (even with Doug Fister coming back) but I just didn't see anyone I wanted long term and with no $0 bids, I don't even want to burn a buck since a buck could come in handy in a mixed league. In addition, I wasn't really interested in Farnsworth since I should have Aroldis Chapman coming back sooner than later.

My favorite bid this week was Danny Espinosa. There's a lot of moving parts in DC and whether it be via trade or otherwise, I see Espinosa playing regularly even when Ryan Zimmerman returns. It wasn't all that long ago that Ian Desmond and Espinosa were thought of as equals.

The big fish this week was Ike Davis. Full time play should help but recall PNC Park has a knack for turning homers into fly outs.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 13:43
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of April 21 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 April 2014 07:29

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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.

*PLEASE NOTE - We have slightly altered the presentation in an effort to help you reconstruct the actual bidding a little better. The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

juanfrancisco

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JFrancisco, Tor 9 Mike Podhorzer 16 Joe Sheehan 8 Andy Behrens 2
Jeff Erickson 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0 Rob Leibowitz 0
ARomine, Det 8 Mike Podhorzer 8 Larry Schechter 7 Chris Liss 2
Jeff Erickson 1
VNuno, NYY 4 Chris Liss 5 Jeff Erickson 3
CRamos, TB 3 Joe Sheehan 6 Jeff Erickson 2
BBoesch, LAA 1 Andy Behrens 3 Jeff Erickson 1 Mike Podhorzer 1
MPelfrey, Min 1 Joe Sheehan 1
ERomero, TB 1 Jeff Erickson 1 Rob Leibowitz 2
JMaxwell, KC 1 Jeff Erickson 1
NMartinez, Tex 1 Jason Collette 3
DWorth, Det 1 Jason Collette 2
SSizemore, NYY 1 Rob Leibowitz 8
MStroman, Tor 1 Rob Leibowitz 7
DRoss, Bos 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0 Rob Leibowitz 0 Andy Behrens 0
WDavis, KC 0 Rob Leibowitz 0 Joe Sheehan 1 Jeff Erickson 0
CFien, Min 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0 Jeff Erickson 0
JIglesias, Det 0 Rob Leibowitz 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JoWilson, Tex Mike Podhorzer 4
MSierra, Tor Rob Leibowitz 0
JThole, Tor Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
JStinson, Bal Jason Collette 0
JOviedo, TB Jason Collette 0
JMurphy, NYY Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
JMolina, TB Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
CCorporan, Hou Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
BGuyer, TB Rob Leibowitz 0
BCecil, Tor Jeff Erickson 0
ALoup, Tor Jeff Erickson 0
ACrow, KC Jeff Erickson 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

I really can’t get excited about Juan Francisco. Yes he has great power and will get some playing time for a little bit while the Jays wait for injured players to come off the DL, but he’s still a right-handed hitter with a terrible plate approach. Odds are far more likely he will hit below the Mendoza mark than above even .240, so for a chance at a few homers, I’d didn’t see the point of going double digits on him.

Meanwhile, everyone in Tout continues to search for starting pitching. Given what’s out there, I opted to eschew it in favor of Marcus Stroman. The second he was cut last week I knew I’d go in with a pretty aggressive bid in case someone felt similary and was quite pleased to get him at a $1. Right now he’s lighting up Triple-A with a 1.17 ERA and a 11-plus K/9. With Dustin McGowan struggling, Stroman is a logical choice for a call-up before the All-Star break and one with upside at that. Meanwhile, attempting to help a little bit with my strikeout issues I took a chance on Wade Davis who is back in his best role, striking out 15 batters in 9 innings.

I also grabbed Jose Iglesias even though he’ll be out awhile. As I have injury issues on my roster and few options to replace it on the free agent market, figured I’d just grab him at $0 and stash him on the DL until he’s activated, at which point he might have received a double-digit bid.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

tylerlyons

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TLyons, StL 3 Brian Walton 6 Peter Kreutzer 2
CStewart, Pit 1 Brian Walton 1 Scott Wilderman 1
KSlowey, Mia 1 Seth Trachtman 5 Brian Walton 1
JWalden, Atl 1 Brian Walton 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Mike Gianella 0
Peter Kreutzer 0 Derek Carty 0
JTurner, LAD 1 Brian Walton 2
XNady, SD 1 Peter Kreutzer 2
ABrown, NYM 1 Scott Wilderman 1 Peter Kreutzer 0
MFiers, Mil 1 Peter Kreutzer 2
SLeon, Was 1 Scott Wilderman 1
BParker, ChC 1 Lenny Melnick  21
KNieuwenhuis, NYM 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Scott Wilderman 1
TGwynn, Phi 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Scott Wilderman 0
TWatson, Pit 0 Mike Gianella 0
PNeshek, StL 0 Gene McCaffrey 0
SLeCure, Cin 0 Derek Carty 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

FMorales, Col Brian Walton 2 Peter Kreutzer 0
JGrimm, ChC Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
BZiegler, Ari Gene McCaffrey 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
TMoore, Was Peter Kreutzer 0 Scott Wilderman 0
DThayer, SD Gene McCaffrey 0 Brian Walton 0
GDobbs, Mia Brian Walton 0
JBianchi, Mil Brian Walton 0
JGutierrez, SF Gene McCaffrey 0
JMathis, Mia Scott Wilderman 0
MBelisle, Col Derek Carty 0
MEllis, StL Peter Kreutzer 0
MMaldonado, Mil Scott Wilderman 0
NSoto, Cin Brian Walton 0
RSantiago, Cin Brian Walton 0
SManess, StL Gene McCaffrey 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

It is all about me this week in NL Tout. With very uncomfortable feelings about a roster that has badly underperformed to date and several open spots in my lineup, I decided to acquire help immediately. Unfortunately, the reality was that there were few viable options available.

Even so, I acquired four of the 15 league-wide free agents joining rosters this week in NL Tout. It did not take much cash. Still, my whopping $6 required was equivalent to the entire rest of the league's spending this period, due to a number of successful $0 bids by others.

We begin with the rotation situation in St. Louis. Joe Kelly's strained hamstring is not viewed to be serious. Two starts is all I may get from lefty Tyler Lyons before he returns to being irrelevant. Both are this week, however, and represent decent matchups, starting with the Mets in New York on Monday and a home start against the Bucs on Saturday. If there will be a third Lyons start, it would be versus the Cubs. Disappointing Brad Hand of the Marlins, who impressed me in spring training, went over the side.

My biggest acquisition to date this season had been now-DFAed Travis Ishikawa, formerly of the Pirates. I paid $8 to get him - the week after he put up his only decent numbers as a Buc. The lesson to be learned is that these guys have track records that should not be ignored. Needing a corner infield replacement, I discovered there was exactly one available who had more than three at-bats last week. Welcome to my roster, Justin Turner!

My catching situation has been in shambles since A.J. Ellis hurt his knee. I have been trying to compete with two-thirds of the odd three-way rotation in San Diego, but the return of back up Chris Stewart from the disabled list in Pittsburgh was worth a dollar to me. If for no other reason, it allowed me to jettison Rene Rivera.

The all-world closer on one of the most pleasant surprises of the new season, Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel, has been dealing with shoulder soreness. While nothing much may come of it, most insurance premiums have been placed on David Carpenter. I am not so sure. Carpenter has been off his game this season and former Angels closer Jordan Walden grabbed what may only be a stray save on Saturday. I put down a speculative dollar on Walden that more might come of the situation later on.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION

ysolarte

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

YSolarte, NYY 8 Cory Schwartz 10 Tim Heaney 7 Ray Flowers 2
Scott Swanay 2 David Gonos 2
DMurphy, Cle 4 Scott Swanay 10 Cory Schwartz 10 Ray Flowers 3
Paul Singman 3
JBeckett, LAD 2 Scott Swanay 13 Ray Flowers 3 Cory Schwartz 1
David Gonos 1
TChatwood, Col 2 Al Melchior 2 Cory Schwartz 1
JShuck, LAA 1 Ray Flowers 11 Scott Swanay 2 Paul Singman 0
SGennett, Mil 1 Scott Pianowski 22 Ray Flowers 2 Scott Swanay 1
JLoney, TB 1 David Gonos 10 Ray Flowers 2 Scott Swanay 1
SFeldman, Hou 1 Scott Pianowski 5 Scott Swanay 3 Ray Flowers 2
JJay, StL 1 Paul Singman 2 Scott Swanay 3
NSchierholtz, ChC 1 Tim Heaney 3 Scott Swanay 2
JWalden, Atl 1 David Gonos 4
DCarpenter, Atl 1 Derek Van Riper 1
EJohnson, CWS 1 Nando DiFino 6
DKeuchel, Hou 1 Tim Heaney 7
RMontero, NYM 1 Ray Guilfoyle 1
JDyson, KC 0 Paul Singman 0 Tim Heaney 3
JPutz, Ari 0 Nando DiFino 0 David Gonos 2

UNAWARDED BIDS

KKouzmanoff, Tex David Gonos 6 Paul Singman 1
LChisenhall, Cle Scott Swanay 5
CRoss, Ari Scott Swanay 4
EStults, SD Scott Swanay 4
BZiegler, Ari Scott Swanay 3
JDeLaRosa, Col Scott Swanay 3
CDenorfia, SD Tim Heaney 3 Scott Swanay 2
JSmith, LAA Ray Flowers 3
RRoss, Tex David Gonos 2 Tim Heaney 1
DStubbs, Col Ray Flowers 2 Paul Singman 0
ZCozart, Cin Ray Flowers 2
BCrawford, SF Ray Flowers 2
BRoberts, NYY Ray Flowers 2
JDanks, CWS Tim Heaney 2
CHeisey, Cin Ray Flowers 2
RElias, Sea Tim Heaney 1
TKoehler, Mia Tim Heaney 1
SCasilla, SF Ray Flowers 1
NPunto, Oak Scott Swanay 1
SVanSlyke, LAD Paul Singman 0
ARamos, Mia Tim Heaney 0
GFloyd, Atl Tim Heaney 0
TThornburg, Mil Tim Heaney 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

The season’s third FAAB period marked the first quiet one, with only four players going for more than $1 and two costing more than $2. With Mark Teixeira back in the fold, now seems like a curious time to add Yangervis Solarte, as everyday at-bats are no longer a certainty for the rookie third baseman, especially if he begins to struggle. He should still be an automatic start for the Yanks against lefties though, with Kelly Johnson moving to the bench. And that’s exactly what happened on Sunday versus southpaw Cesar Ramos.

Sticking to the subject of playing time, David Murphy, a player who was widely considered a platoon guy heading into the season, has been a constant in the Indians’ lineup thanks to his hot start combined with Ryan Raburn’s slow start. Even with Michael Bourn back from the DL, there’s still room for Murphy as long as he continues to produce. Josh Beckett has tossed a combined ten shutout innings over his last two starts, and when healthy, he’s certainly relevant in 15-team mixed leagues. Beckett’s next start comes at home against the Rockies, and Colorado is usually a good team to pick on when they are away from Coors Field. The veteran righty could turn out to be a fine $2 investment for Scott Swanay.

Kyle Farnsworth would have easily been this week’s most expensive player, but I guessed right last week when I added the eventual new Mets’ closer to my squad for $1. So, without any one glaring need and unimpressed by the quality of the waiver wire pool, I opted to sit this week out.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

farnsworth

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

KFarnsworth, NYM 17 Paul Greco 19 Eno Sarris 16 Grey Albright 14
Tom Kessenich 14 Perry Van Hook 8 Adam Ronis 6
Scott Engel 4 Anthony Perri 3 Nicholas Minnix 0
DMurphy, Cle 5 Tim McLeod 6 Brent Hershey 5 Scott Engel 4
Adam Ronis 4
TBauer, Cle 4 Nicholas Minnix 4 Tim McLeod 3
JReddick, Oak 2 Adam Ronis 8 Ray Murphy 1
MMelancon, Pit 2 Anthony Perri 2 Tim McLeod 2 Adam Ronis 1
CDenorfia, SD 1 Eno Sarris 2 Ray Murphy 0
GJones, Mia 1 Ray Murphy 1 Anthony Perri 2 Eno Sarris 1
SGennett, Mil 1 Brent Hershey 7 Eno Sarris 1
CQualls, Hou 1 Eno Sarris 2
MOlt, ChC 1 Scott Engel 3
BOberholtzer, Hou 1 Perry Van Hook 2 Scott Engel 2 Adam Ronis 1
KGibson, Min 1 Scott Engel 2
TMilone, Oak 1 Adam Ronis 3
JUribe, LAD 1 Anthony Perri 2
KKouzmanoff, Tex 1 Paul Greco 6 Anthony Perri 2 Perry Van Hook 1
EJohnson, CWS 1 Anthony Perri 2
CGentry, Oak 1 Perry Van Hook 2 Tim McLeod 1
JTazawa, Bos 1 Tim McLeod 1
JSingleton, Hou 1 Tim McLeod 3
PHughes, Min 1 Ray Murphy 6

UNAWARDED BIDS

CGillaspie, CWS Tim McLeod 2 Perry Van Hook 1
TChatwood, Col Anthony Perri 2
GGermen, NYM Eno Sarris 2
JDeLaRosa, Col Anthony Perri 2
TCampana, Ari Perry Van Hook 2
CLewis, Tex Adam Ronis 2
JHanrahan, FA Perry Van Hook 1
CHeisey, Cin Perry Van Hook 1
SSizemore, NYY Eno Sarris 1
AAmarista, SD Eno Sarris 1
WChen, Bal Ray Murphy 1
BNorris, Bal Ray Murphy 1
JTabata, Pit Ray Murphy 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

I lost Adam Lind to the DL on Friday but was able to move Martin Prado from MI to CI and then Chris Owings from reserve to MI to replace Lind. At the same time I moved Tanner Scheppers from reserve to DL thus clearing two reserve spots to add some players this week.

With Adam Eaton having hamstring problems I just wanted a short term fix for that outfield slot and bid two dollars on Craig Gentry or Tony Campana and then a dollar on Chris Heisey, Conor Gillaspie or Kevin Kouzmanoff. I had originally planned to use a pitching move – reserving Jered Weaver for his start in Washington this week – to add either Brett Oberholtzer whose start this week is against the Athletics or put in a one dollar bid on FA Joel Hanrahan to see where he lands. I had put those bids in on Saturday with a crowded Easter weekend and the very early Patriot game lineups to deal with. But Sunday morning (at least for me) brought the news that Met’s manager Terry Collins had installed Kyle Farnsworth as the new (for now) closer. How much would you risk on Farnsworth’s tenure? I decided to move him to the top of that queue for eight and hope I got him for less and if not I still had my original bids to root for.

Well that was a nice thought that wasn’t worth the time as Paul Greco bid $19 for Farnsworth reduced to the $17 winning bid by Vickrey.

I got Craig Gentry for a dollar for the outfield slot and while I like Oberholtzer a lot and he has improved each time out and has a good start this week at home against Oakland, I almost wish I had gotten Joel Hanrahan for the potential upside – but will have to content myself with already having used the move for another mixed league team this week.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 10:17
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of April 14 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 14 April 2014 08:29

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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

nolasco

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Ricky Nolasco, MIN 23 Fangraphs 23 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 RotoWire 1
Anthony Bass, HOU 21 Fangraphs 21 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 Mastersball 1
Shawn Kelley, NYY 9 ESPN.com 9 Fangraphs 11 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5
Winning Fantasy Baseball 3 USA TODAY Sports 1 Mastersball 1
Jordan Danks, CWS 6 Mastersball 6 Winning Fantasy Baseball 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1
RotoWire 1
Ryan Goins, TOR 5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5 Winning Fantasy Baseball 4
Ryan Roberts, BOS 5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Kevin Kouzmanoff, TEX 5 Winning Fantasy Baseball 5 Colton & The Wolfman 3 USA TODAY Sports 2
Cesar Ramos, TB 4 Mastersball 4
Dellin Betances, NYY 3 RotoWire 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 ESPN.com 1
Mastersball 1
Ian Stewart, LAA 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Adam Warren, NYY 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Robinson Chirinos, TEX 1 SiriusXM 1
Zach Britton, BAL 1 USA TODAY Sports 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Chris Herrmann, MIN Mastersball 1 SiriusXM 1
Tyler Collins, DET Mastersball 1 RotoWire 1
Aaron Crow, KC Mastersball 1
Carlos Corporan, HOU SiriusXM 1
Cesar Cabral, NYY Mastersball 1
Dan Otero, OAK Mastersball 1
Darin Mastroianni, MIN RotoWire 1
Don Kelly, DET Mastersball 1
Erik Kratz, TOR SiriusXM 1
Gorkys Hernandez, CWS Mastersball 1
Ian Krol, DET RotoWire 1
Jason Frasor, TEX Mastersball 1
Wade Davis, KC Fangraphs 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Tough week as I lost both David Robertson and Avisail Garcia to the DL. Can’t replace the production but I needed an OF and a P. The best hope for the outfield slot is the recently recalled White Sox flychaser Jordan Danks. Danks had terrific spring training and if that counted should have had him starting instead of heading to AAA Charlotte to start the season. But with Garcia gone for the season with shoulder surgery Danks was called up. Hopefully for him and me, Dayan Viciedo has been terrible – well he can still hit LHP – so Danks should find some at bats. He just needs to hit to keep him in both lineups. I did back that $6 bid up with a series of one dollar bids – an overpay for some listed.

On the pitching side the only possibility was Cesar Ramos of the Rays and I chose to hope for another try based on his great first inning. I was only willing to risk $4 though as there were several good reliever choices to vie for my one dollar underbids.

I got both my players while the most money was spent by Eno Sarris of Fangraphs who tried to fix his pitching staff with Anthony Bass ($21) and Ricky Nolasco ($23) – too bad for him this wasn’t Vickrey bidding as he would have saved thirty plus dollars.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

broxton

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jonathan Broxton, CIN 13 Baseball HQ 13 RotoExperts 16
Hector Rondon, CHC 6 Sandlot Shrink 6 Colton & The Wolfman 6 Fantasy Insiders 5
Baseball HQ 4 RotoWire - DVR 2 Inside Edge 1
Kyle Farnsworth, NYM 5 Fantasy Insiders 5 Baseball HQ 1
Alfredo Simon, CIN 4 Baseball HQ 4 Sandlot Shrink 4 Fantasy Insiders 1
Tim Federowicz, LAD 3 Baseball HQ 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Steven Souza, WSH 3 Colton & The Wolfman 3
Freddy Galvis, PHI 3 ESPN - Karabell 3
Justin Grimm, CHC 2 RotoWire - DVR 2
Xavier Nady, SD 2 Sandlot Shrink 2
Gonzalez Germen, NYM 1 Baseball HQ 1
Adam Ottavino, COL 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Tony Watson, PIT Baseball HQ 1
Jean Machi, SF Baseball HQ 1
Tony Watson, PIT Baseball HQ 1
Jean Machi, SF Baseball HQ 1
Tony Watson, PIT Colton & The Wolfman 1
Craig Stammen, WSH Colton & The Wolfman 1
Gonzalez Germen, NYM Colton & The Wolfman 1
Jeff Locke, PIT RotoExperts 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

In the LABR scramble for saves and backstops, Jonathan Broxton, copped by Doug Dennis of BBHQ led the way with this week's financial transactions. Doug shelled out $13 for the heavyweight, once described by Bay Area OS Michael Duca as "resembling the box your refrigerator was delivered in."

Then with the injury to A.J. Ellis, the Dodgers Tim Federowicz also went to Doug, who jettisoned Wil Nieves, after a week with the team in order to make room for his new backstop.

Derek Carty and the Fantasy Insiders, also looking for conversions, took a crapshoot on Kyle Farnsworth (perfect as 4/14 happens to be Farnsworth’s birthday) for $5, beating out a $1 bid.

A couple of grasps at starting arms were Doug also shelling out $4 for Alfredo Simon, unchallenged, while Derek Van Riper of Rotowire hopes the $2 he spend on ex-Ranger Justin Grimm proves to be worth something.

Finally, also of note was ESPN’s Eric Karabell grabbing Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis, while the Sandlot Shrink’s Bob Radomski bagged Xavier Nady for a couple of bucks.

Tough times when the reserve pool is as iffy as our economy.

MIXED LEAGUE

morrow

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Brandon Morrow, TOR 17 DFSEdge 17 Fangraphs 8 Baseball HQ 5
USA TODAY Sports 2 Rotowire-Colton 1
Jonathan Broxton, CIN 17 RotoExperts 17 Fangraphs 6 KFFL.com 4
Sean Doolittle, OAK 14 Bloomberg Sports 14 Mastersball 3 KFFL.com 2
Rotowire-Colton 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Edward Mujica, BOS 13 RotoExperts 13 Bloomberg Sports 8 KFFL.com 3
Mastersball 2 USA TODAY Sports 1
Edinson Volquez, PIT 8 KFFL.com 8 USA TODAY Sports 2
Scott Feldman, HOU 7 DFSEdge 7 USA TODAY Sports 4 Rotowire-Colton 1
Shawn Kelley, NYY 7 Mastersball 7 Baseball Prospectus 5 Bloomberg Sports 4
KFFL.com 4 Rotowire-Colton 3 Fangraphs 3
USA TODAY Sports 1
Conor Gillaspie, CWS 6 Towers of Power 6 RotoExperts 2 Mastersball 1
Rotowire-Erickson 1
Zach McAllister, CLE 5 Baseball Prospectus 5 Towers of Power 4 Mastersball 2
Rotowire-Colton 1
Josh Collmenter, ARI 4 Baseball HQ 4
Hector Rondon, CHC 4 KFFL.com 4 Rotowire-Colton 1
Alberto Jose Callaspo, OAK 2 Towers of Power 2 Rotowire-Erickson 1
J.B. Shuck, LAA 1 Baseball HQ 1
Bruce Chen, KC 1 Baseball Prospectus 1
Garrett Jones, MIA 1 Mastersball 1 Razzball 1
Travis Snider, PIT 1 Razzball 1 Baseball HQ 1 Mastersball 1
Rotowire-Erickson 1
Luke Gregerson, OAK 1 Rotowire-Colton 1 RotoExperts 5 Mastersball 3
KFFL.com 2 USA TODAY Sports 1
Juan Uribe, LAD 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1 Bloomberg Sports 1 Mastersball 1
Jose Lobaton, WSH 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Roenis Elias, SEA 1 USA TODAY Sports 1 USA TODAY Sports 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Danny Espinosa, WSH RotoExperts 2 Mastersball 1
Ryan Cook, OAK KFFL.com 2
Anthony Bass, HOU Bloomberg Sports 2
Juan Lagares, NYM Rotowire-Erickson 1 Mastersball 1
Alex Presley, HOU Mastersball 1 Baseball HQ 1
Adam Ottavino, COL Baseball Prospectus 1
Jeremy Guthrie, KC Baseball Prospectus 1
Kyle Gibson, MIN Baseball Prospectus 1
Tony Watson, PIT Baseball Prospectus 1
Tyler Thornburg, MIL Baseball Prospectus 1
Al Alburquerque, DET KFFL.com 1
Carlos E. Martinez, STL KFFL.com 1
Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA Mastersball 1
Brandon Crawford, SF Mastersball 1
Kevin Frandsen, WSH Mastersball 1
Kevin Kouzmanoff, TEX Mastersball 1
Steve Lombardozzi, BAL Mastersball 1
Donnie Murphy, TEX Rotowire-Erickson 1
Kevin Kouzmanoff, TEX Rotowire-Erickson 1
Luis Valbuena, CHC Rotowire-Erickson 1
Mike Aviles, CLE Rotowire-Erickson 1
Nyjer Morgan, CLE Rotowire-Erickson 1
Ryan Raburn, CLE Rotowire-Erickson 1
Juan Nicasio, COL USA TODAY Sports 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

What changed? I always wonder that around this time of year. It was just a couple of weeks ago the pungent aroma emanating from some players was so strong we laughed at the mere possibility of picking them for our fantasy baseball teams. Brandon Morrow? Too risky. Scott Feldman? He's terrible. Edinson Volquez? Really, I mean REALLY?!?!

Has our sense of smell been desensitized? Is that it? Is it all relative? There's been matriculation and this is the best of what's left?

Or do we really feel Feldman and Volquez are new guys? We preach not to panic over slow starts, why do we seemingly ignore fast ones? Or again, is it more desparation or grasping at the potential? Remember when your Little League coach said you can't hit it if you don't swing? Maybe this is just the equivalent of swinging real hard - in case we indeed make contact.

I can't speak for my competitors. I'm sure there's a plethora of reason why last week's crap is this week's catch. My team has been decimated with injuries (Jose Reyes, Doug Fister, Kris Medlen, Aroldis Chapman, David Robertson, Avisail Garcia, Wilson Ramos, Will Middlebrooks) and I'm even sweating out the news on Dustin Pedroia. But even with all the woes, if it sucked a month ago it still sucks today so I am taking the band-aid approach then will think of each returning player as a FAAB acquisition. I don't feel the sennd of urgency just yet to go the high-risk-high-reward route. My opponents will all suffer injuries. If there is any silver lining to my M*A*S*H unit it's the early season replacements are much better than those available later. While others are acquiring crap from free agency, my injured players will be returning so hopefully I can make up the ground I am now losing.

My pick-ups this week were Shawn Kelley (he was worth more to me than everyone else. even for a week or two since I have Robertson) and the boring but reliable Garrett Jones.

With the injury to Pedroia, the regret I have this week was not making a stronger play for Danny Espinosa who should be seeing regular run with Ryan Zimmerman on the shelf for more than a month.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 16:46
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of April 14 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 14 April 2014 00:13

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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.

*PLEASE NOTE - We have slightly altered the presentation in an effort to help you reconstruct the actual bidding a little better. The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

kelley

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

SKelley, NYY 10 Jeff Erickson 10 Rob Leibowitz 9 Andy Behrens 8
Ron Shandler 8 Larry Schechter 7 Mike Podhorzer 4
Steve Moyer 0
KKouzmanoff, Tex 10 Mike Podhorzer 12 Andy Behrens 9 Andy Behrens 5
RRoberts, Bos 8 Mike Podhorzer 8 Rob Leibowitz 8
EBedard, TB 5 Mike Podhorzer 10 Chris Liss 4
SDeduno, Min 1 Ron Shandler 2 Lawr Michaels 0
RChirinos, Tex 1 Rob Leibowitz 3
DOtero, Oak 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
JSmith, LAA 1 Larry Schechter 1
NKarns, TB 1 Jason Collette 1
IStewart, LAA 1 Chris Liss 1
IKrol, Det 1 Chris Liss 1 Jeff Erickson 0
JorDanks, CWS 1 Andy Behrens 8 Mike Podhorzer 6 Steve Moyer 0
DMastroianni, Min 0 Steve Moyer 0
TWilhelmsen, Sea 0 Rob Leibowitz 0
SDelabar, Tor 0 Lawr Michaels 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

TCollins, Det Mike Podhorzer 3 Steve Moyer 0 Rob Leibowitz 0
ERomero, TB Jason Collette 1
ACrow, KC Lawr Michaels 0
BCecil, Tor Rob Leibowitz 0
BShaw, Cle Ron Shandler 0
JAdduci, Tex Steve Moyer 0
JStinson, Bal Jason Collette 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

One week in and I am already doing triage, looking for temporary replacements for David Robertson and Josh Willingham, chasing the likes of Shawn Kelley, Ryan Roberts, and Kevin Kouzmanoff. While none of these players are long-term upside plays, the first two on the list do offer some insight.

If you come to the Tout Wars site looking for FAAB bidding ideas, the quest for Shawn Kelley’s services was quite illuminating. Five of the 7 bids for Kelley ranged from $7 to $10. Everyone knows his role is only temporary and likely to last three weeks tops, but it pays to pick up any saves whenever possible. The result – more than $5 bid is necessary to obtain him, so $7 is a logical bid. 2 teams bid $8 knowing 7 is the typical logical bid, and two teams went slightly higher, not wanting to break the bank on a temporary closer, but both knowing others would be involved in the bidding process. So if you want a temporary closer, low double digits may be the way to go, but you have to be willing to swallow that risk and use of FAAB resources on a temporary fill-in.

Last week, Chris Liss and I made a play for Garin Cecchini (Liss winning the bid). Almost immediately following that FAAB period, the Red Sox signed veteran Roberts to a minor league contract, gave him a few minor league games, and then purchased his contract and inserted him into the lineup. This says quite a bit about the Red Sox’s plans for Cecchini who should in time rest the starting 3B job for Will Middlebrooks. As a contending team, the Red Sox prefer to go with someone with MLB experience while at the same time want Cecchini to get more time in the minors, and intend to delay that arbitration clock as long as possible. So even if Roberts does not work out, to expect to see Cecchini up before June given the above factors, seems unlikely.

hrondon

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

HRondon, ChC 9 Mike Gianella 12 Tristan H. Cockcroft 8 Phil Hertz 8
Steve Gardner 6 Derek Carty 5 Brian Walton 2
TFederowicz, LAD 4 Mike Gianella 4 Brian Walton 3 Steve Gardner 0
SSouza, Was 3 Peter Kreutzer 3 Seth Trachtman 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 2
JPettibone, Phi 3 Peter Kreutzer 3 Seth Trachtman 2
KFrandsen, Was 2 Todd Zola 2 Derek Carty 2 Peter Kreutzer 0
GGermen, NYM 2 Phil Hertz 12 Brian Walton 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1
Peter Kreutzer 1
ZWalters, Was 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 9
FGalvis, Phi 1 Phil Hertz Phil Hertz 4
CTorres, NYM 1 Peter Kreutzer 2 Brian Walton 0
JHanrahan, FA 1 Lenny Melnick 2
JNix, Phi 1 Lenny Melnick 4
RDetwiler, Was 1 Gene McCaffrey 3
JLyles, Col 1 Derek Carty 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
RRivera, SD 1 Brian Walton 1
SMarshall, Cin 1 Brian Walton 1
TCruz, StL 0 Steve Gardner 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

TGwynn, Phi Todd Zola 2 Peter Kreutzer 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
JAffeldt, SF Gene McCaffrey 2
JThatcher, Ari Gene McCaffrey 1
JBaker, ChC Brian Walton 0 Steve Gardner 0
DButera, LAD Brian Walton 0
TWatson, Pit Brian Walton 0
CBarmes, Pit Lenny Melnick 0
EAdrianza, SF Lenny Melnick 0
ATorres, SD Mike Gianella 0
AMBrown, NYM Peter Kreutzer 0
JBianchi, Mil Peter Kreutzer 0
XNady, SD Peter Kreutzer 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

The race to pick up emerging closers dominated National League Tout Wars bidding action this week. Former Rule 5 pick Hector Rondon generated the most interest across the league as the result of Jose Veras being pulled from ninth-inning duty for the Cubs. Baseball Prospectus' Mike Gianella was the winning bidder. Pedro Strop is already owned and is my guess for being first in line for opportunities.

In the Big Apple, Papa Grande is on shaky ground after blowing a Saturday night save via a three-run home run. The man with two last names, unheralded Gonzalez Germen, has looked good in the early going and may get a chance before too long for the Mets. Gonzalez ...er Germen, went to Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ.

Trying to corner the Reds left-handed relief market after my addition of Manny Parra last week, this time I picked up Sean Marshall. The latter is on track to come off the disabled list by the coming weekend.

The top starting pitcher selected was the Phillies' Jonathan Pettibone, joining the roster of Rotoman, aka Peter Kreutzer. Pettibone, squeezed out of a rotation spot initially this spring, yielded two runs, one earned, in his first start of five innings duration on Saturday night.

On the offensive side of the ledger, Denard Span's concussion opened up playing time for call-up Steven Souza in Washington's outfield. Kreutzer made this star-spangled addition as well.

I lost catcher A.J. Ellis to injury, but was outbid for his apparent replacement Tim Federowicz. I chose to limit my bid to $3 based on Tim's 1-for-15 start with seven strikeouts. Once again, Gianella won the battle, but will he win the war?

edmujica

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

EMujica, Bos 19 Al Melchior 21 Derek Van Riper 18 Scott Swanay 13
Zach Steinhorn 8 Scott Swanay 8 Ray Guilfoyle 7
David Gonos 6 Cory Schwartz 6
SKelley, NYY 16 Zach Steinhorn 32 Ray Guilfoyle 15 Tim Heaney 11
David Gonos 11 Eric Mack 10 Cory Schwartz 9
Scott Swanay 4 Ray Flowers 4 Derek Van Riper 4
SDoolittle, Oak 16 Scott Pianowski 26 Cory Schwartz 15 Scott Swanay 10
EVolquez, Pit 8 Tim Heaney 13 Scott Swanay 7 Ray Flowers 5
Zach Steinhorn 4
Eric Mack 1
HRondon, ChC 8 Cory Schwartz 12 Scott Pianowski 13 Tim Heaney 7
Ray Guilfoyle 5 Ray Flowers 3 Zach Steinhorn 2
Derek Van Riper 2
JCollmenter, Ari 6 Al Melchior 18 Cory Schwartz 5
JSchoop, Bal 4 Tim Heaney 6 Eric Mack 3
MLeake, Cin 3 Scott Swanay 6 Ray Flowers 3 Patrick Davitt 2
Ray Guilfoyle 1 Eric Mack 0
CWithrow, LAD 3 Scott Pianowski 13 Paul Singman 2
KFarnsworth, NYM 1 Zach Steinhorn 1
CLewis, Tex 1 Zach Steinhorn 13
RLudwick, Cin 1 Zach Steinhorn 6 Tim Heaney 1
RCook, Oak 1 Tim Heaney 3
ACallaspo, Oak 1 Scott Swanay 5 Patrick Davitt 0 Tim Heaney 0
CGillaspie, CWS 1 Scott Pianowski 9 Scott Swanay 2
JNicasio, Col 1 Ray Guilfoyle 1 Tim Heaney 0
AOgando, Tex 1 Ray Guilfoyle 5
GGermen, NYM 1 Ray Flowers 4
ASimon, Cin 1 Paul Singman 3 Ray Flowers 1
JLagares, NYM 1 Paul Singman 3
JUribe, LAD 1 Patrick Davitt 3 Scott Pianowski 6
FDoubront, Bos 1 Patrick Davitt 2
TSnider, Pit 1 Nando DiFino 7 Scott Pianowski 4 Eric Mack 0
DDietrich, Mia 1 Eric Mack 1
MOlt, ChC 1 Eric Mack 3
ABass, Hou 1 Derek Van Riper 2
CYoung, Sea 1 Al Melchior 11
DLough, Bal 1 Al Melchior 1
MCleto, CWS 0 Paul Singman 0
ZMcAllister, Cle 0 Cory Schwartz 0 Ray Flowers 2 Derek Van Riper 2
Ray Guilfoyle 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

YSolarte, NYY Al Melchior 5 Scott Pianowski 3 Eric Mack 2 Scott Swanay 1
AAlburquerque, Det Ray Guilfoyle 5
SGennett, Mil Nando DiFino 4 Scott Swanay 1
SFeldman, Hou Ray Flowers 3 Ray Guilfoyle 1
MParra, Cin Tim Heaney 3
JBeckett, LAD Tim Heaney 3 Derek Van Riper 2 Ray Flowers 2 Cory Schwartz 0
BArroyo, Ari Ray Flowers 3
JKelly, StL Ray Flowers 2 Ray Guilfoyle 1 Patrick Davitt 0
JGuzman, Hou Tim Heaney 2
JGrimm, ChC Derek Van Riper 2
ESogard, Oak Scott Swanay 2 Eric Mack 0
DMurphy, Cle Tim Heaney 2
MGonzalez, Bal Derek Van Riper 1
KSiegrist, StL Ray Flowers 1
JTazawa, Bos Ray Flowers 1
EStults, SD Ray Flowers 1 Derek Van Riper 1 Patrick Davitt 0
DMcGowan, Tor Derek Van Riper 1
BCrawford, SF Scott Swanay 1 Tim Heaney 0
RHernandez, Phi Ray Flowers 1
TCahill, Ari Cory Schwartz 0
MIzturis, Tor Patrick Davitt 0
MChoice, Tex Paul Singman 0
LChisenhall, Cle Patrick Davitt 0
KCorreia, Min Patrick Davitt 0
JShuck, LAA Paul Singman 0
JDanks, CWS Cory Schwartz 0
DDeJesus, TB Paul Singman 0
BRoberts, NYY Eric Mack 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

It sure does seem like the early-season bids in this league are a lot more aggressive than they were last year. Maybe it’s the quality of the free agent pool or maybe it’s just that owners are using the Vickrey system to make sure that they get their guy.

In the case of Shawn Kelley, that’s exactly what I did when I decided to place a $32 bid on the temporary Yankees’ closer, thinking that I could probably win him for no more than $10. I was not at all expecting to pay $16 for him, but being that I’m a David Robertson owner, I’m fine with it. Robertson is expected to return from the DL next Tuesday, as soon as he is eligible, so I might not get anything close to $16 worth of production, but you never know. Why not play it safe?

Koji Uehara’s shoulder injury is not considered serious but if he were to need a DL stint, Edward Mujica, who saved 37 games for the Cardinals last season, would serve as a more than capable replacement. At first, I was surprised by Mujica’s $19 price tag, but then again, I spent $16 on Kelley, and one could make the argument that as of now, Uehara’s health status is more concerning than Robertson’s. I guess the moral of the story is that if you want to add a free agent temporary closer in Mixed Auction Tout Wars this year, you better be ready to spend.

Kyle Farnsworth could very well be a waste of a dollar, but I figured I’d jump early at a potential saves source before he will cost me a whole lot more. Farnsworth has pitched well so far and he has experience in the closer role. Oh, and the far from dependable Jose Valverde blew a save chance in ugly fashion on Saturday.

I was pleasantly surprised that no one else placed a bid on Colby Lewis. Yeah, he missed the entire 2013 season due to injury, but he was an above average mixed league starting pitcher from 2010-2012 and he offers some strikeout upside. For $1, I’ll give it a shot. As for Ryan Ludwick, he adds outfield depth as my frustration level with Chris Carter grows by the day.

gregerson

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

LGregerson, Oak 14 Eno Sarris 16 Grey Albright 13 Tom Kessenich 11
Nicholas Minnix 3 Perry Van Hook 2 Anthony Perri 2
Adam Ronis 2
JPinto, Min 5 Tim McLeod 8 Adam Ronis 4
SFeldman, Hou 5 Paul Greco 11 Perry Van Hook 4 Scott Engel 2
Anthony Perri 1
EVolquez, Pit 5 Nicholas Minnix 15 Perry Van Hook 4 Greg Ambrosius 3
Adam Ronis 3
YSolarte, NYY 4 Tom Kessenich 9 Nicholas Minnix 3
SDoolittle, Oak 3 Tom Kessenich 11 Eno Sarris 13 Perry Van Hook 2
Anthony Perri 2 Adam Ronis 2 Nicholas Minnix 0
MLeake, Cin 3 Tim McLeod 4 Paul Greco 2 Scott Engel 1
Anthony Perri 1
JKubel, Min 3 Perry Van Hook 6 Anthony Perri 2 Adam Ronis 2
Ray Murphy 1
MReynolds, Mil 3 Tom Kessenich 6 Paul Greco 3 Adam Ronis 2
SKelley, NYY 3 Grey Albright 12 Tom Kessenich 6 Perry Van Hook 2
Adam Ronis 2
EMujica, Bos 3 Adam Ronis 3 Eno Sarris 11 Anthony Perri 5
Perry Van Hook 2
ABass, Hou 2 Grey Albright 3 Eno Sarris 13 Paul Greco 3
Scott Engel 1 Perry Van Hook 1
Scott Engel 1
JShuck, LAA 2 Grey Albright 2 Ray Murphy 1
HRondon, ChC 2 Eno Sarris 16 Tom Kessenich 3 Tim McLeod 3
Adam Ronis 2 Scott Engel 1 Perry Van Hook 1
DViciedo, CWS 2 Anthony Perri 3 Grey Albright 2 Adam Ronis 1
ASimon, Cin 1 Scott Engel 4 Nicholas Minnix 0
APresley, Hou 1 Ray Murphy 1
JCollmenter, Ari 1 Ray Murphy 5
RCook, Oak 1 Nicholas Minnix 6 Tom Kessenich 3
ZMcAllister, Cle 1 Greg Ambrosius 5
RElias, Sea 1 Anthony Perri 2
TSnider, Pit 1 Adam Ronis 1
CTorres, NYM 0 Scott Engel 0
BCrawford, SF 0 Nicholas Minnix 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

CGillaspie, CWS Tom Kessenich 7 Perry Van Hook 4
JUribe, LAD Tom Kessenich 7 Paul Greco 1
DMurphy, Cle Perry Van Hook 5 Tom Kessenich 4
MAviles, Cle Tom Kessenich 4
KFarnsworth, NYM Grey Albright 4
RHanigan, TB Tim McLeod 4
AAlburquerque, Det Tom Kessenich 3 Grey Albright 3
JDanks, CWS Greg Ambrosius 3
JNicasio, Col Greg Ambrosius 3
DOtero, Oak Tom Kessenich 3
KKouzmanoff, Tex Tom Kessenich 3
MOlt, ChC Tom Kessenich 2
NPunto, Oak Tom Kessenich 2
GGermen, NYM Tim McLeod 2 Scott Engel 0
JLobaton, Was Tim McLeod 2
ARamos, Mia Tim McLeod 1
BNorris, Bal Ray Murphy 1
TKoehler, Mia Nicholas Minnix 0
MMelancon, Pit Adam Ronis 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

A mixed week had me back up to tied for 2nd place and while I still like my roster this week’s FA bids were to try and upgrade the roster for power in an outfield slot and another decent starter.  Even with Casey Janssen heading out to rehab next week I also put some bids on some hopefully save worthy relievers.

The OF slot was the disappointing Josh Reddick who the Athletics almost sent down but I am still kicking him to the curb for one of Jason Kubel ($6), David Murphy )$5), or 3B Conor Gillaspie ($4) with plans to move Mark Trumbo from CI to OF.

Best starters available this week were Edinson Volquez and Scott Feldman. While Feldman has been (unbelievably) better so far I gave the edge to Volquez for NL schedule and strikeouts, bidding $4 on each. My third queue was a bunch of relievers for potential saves for a couple of bucks.

The good news and most important player for me was Kubel who I got for three dollars. Both SP went for one dollar more than my bids after Vickrey adjustment, and I got bageled on my six reliever bids – losing all of them by a dollar or two although the winning bidders would have gone much higher – Gregerson ($16), Doolittle ($13), and Rondon ($16) all went for single digit adjusted bids.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 14:33
 
LABR FAAB REPORT: Week of April 7 PDF Print E-mail
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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.

colabello

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Colabello, Chris MIN 21 Mastersball 21 Fangraphs 19 RotoWire 11 Baseball HQ
9 Winning Fantasy Baseball 8 USA TODAY Sports
Garcia, Leury CWS 6 RotoWire
Herrera, Jonathan BOS 4 Winning Fantasy Baseball 5 RotoWire 3 RotoWire 3 Baseball HQ
1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Furbush, Charlie SEA 2 SiriusXM
Belisario, Ronald CWS 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Correia, Kevin MIN 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Fangraphs
Cervelli, Francisco NYY 2 Colton & The Wolfman 3 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Adduci, James TEX 1 RotoWire
Diaz, Jonathan TOR 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 Baseball HQ
Wilson, Josh TEX 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Martinez, Nicholas TEX 1 Fangraphs
Punto, Nick OAK 1 Fangraphs 1 Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Fuld, Sam OAK 1 Baseball HQ 5 Mastersball 3 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 RotoWire
Rodriguez, Sean TB 1 Baseball HQ 4 Mastersball 2 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 Baseball HQ
1 RotoWire

UNAWARDED BIDS

Johnson, Elliot CLE 2 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Rzepczynski, Marc CLE 1 Yahoo! Sports
Escobar, Eduardo MIN 1 RotoWire 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Pelfrey, Mike MIN 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Davis, Wade KC 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Betances, Dellin NYY 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Stewart, Ian LAA 1 Baseball HQ
Romine, Andrew DET 1 Baseball HQ
Kelly, Don DET 1 Baseball HQ

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

With Mark Teixeira down I made a large bid for Chris Colabello and won him at $21. He has settled into hitting cleanup as the Twins DH in the early going and producing and the injury to Josh Willingham has lessened the chance he loses at bats to Jason Kubel. There were six bids for Colabello and I actually won the tie-breaker at $21 while there was a $19 underbid.

Almost all of the other bids this week in the AL were for a dollar or two although Chris Liss of Rotowire hopes the White Sox give more at bats to Leury Garcia for his winning $6 bid – especially this week in a three game set in Colorado.

ishikawa

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Ishikawa, Travis, PIT 8 Sandlot Shrink 3 USA TODAY Sports 1 ESPN - Karabell 1 Baseball HQ
Frandsen, Kevin, WSH 2 USA TODAY Sports
Laird, Gerald, ATL 1 Sandlot Shrink 1 Baseball HQ
Brown, Andrew, NYM 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Sanchez, Tony, PIT 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball HQ
Gwynn, Tony, PHI 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Parra, Manny, CIN 1 Inside Edge
Hernandez, Cesar, PHI 1 ESPN - Karabell
Morales, Franklin, COL 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Nieves, Wil, PHI 1 Baseball HQ
Adrianza, Ehire, SF 1 Baseball HQ

UNAWARDED BIDS

Nix, Jayson, PHI 2 Sandlot Shrink 1 Baseball HQ
Baker, John, CHC 1 Baseball HQ 1 Sandlot Shrink
Descalso, Daniel, STL 1 Baseball HQ
Harrison, Josh, PIT 1 Baseball HQ
Rivera, Rene, SD 1 Baseball HQ
Solano, Donovan, MIA 1 Baseball HQ
Bastardo, Antonio, PHI 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 RotoExperts
Machi, Jean, SF 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Ottavino, Adam, COL 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Stammen, Craig, WSH 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Watson, Tony, PIT 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Nady, Xavier, SD 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Perez, Juan, SF 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Johnson, Reed, MIA 1 Sandlot Shrink

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

I would say caution was the key word following the first week of National League LABR FAAB moves.

When we consider the top bid of the week was $8 that brought former Giant Travis Ishikawa to the roster of the Sandlot Shrink. Owner Bob Radomski outdistanced two $1 bids, and one of $3 to earn the rights to the good field, decent OBP, but otherwise lackluster first base option.

@theNFBC Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs made three such moves, filling space with the likes of Andrew Brown, and Tonys Sanchez and Gwynn.

Doug Dennis of @BBHQ grabbed the unlikely duo of Wil Nieves and Ehire Adianza, while ESPN's Eric Karabell selected Cesar Hernandez with his dollar. Fantasy Alarmers Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf snatched Franklin Morales in the same manner.

However, perhaps the most interesting move—and perhaps that with the most upside—was by save hungry Steve Moyer from the Inside Edge, who grabbed Manny Parra, again for a dollar, and unchallenged.

I guess as the season progresses we will see just who really was the savior in that move.

franciscorodriguez

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Rodriguez, Francisco MIL 23 Rotowire-Erickson 16 Baseball HQ 11 DFSEdge 8 Fangraphs
8 KFFL.com 2 USA TODAY Sports
Lindstrom, Matt CWS 18 Fangraphs 18 Bloomberg Sports 13 Rotowire-Erickson 13 DFSEdge
12 Baseball HQ 8 KFFL.com
Fields, Josh HOU 18 Bloomberg Sports 7 Rotowire-Erickson 7 Baseball HQ 6 KFFL.com
Valverde, Jose NYM 18 Bloomberg Sports 19 Rotowire-Erickson 12 Fangraphs 8 KFFL.com
7 Baseball HQ
Koehler, Tom MIA 14 Mastersball 1 Rotowire-Erickson
Hale, David ATL 13 Mastersball
Meek, Evan BAL 13 Mastersball
McGehee, Casey MIA 13 Mastersball 7 RotoExperts 6 KFFL.com 2 Bloomberg Sports
Webb, Daniel CWS 12 Mastersball 2 Baseball HQ
Solarte, Yangervis NYY 6 KFFL.com 3 RotoExperts
Colabello, Chris MIN 5 MLB.com 4 USA TODAY Sports 2 KFFL.com 2 Bloomberg Sports
Hammel, Jason CHC 4 Baseball HQ 1 Rotowire-Erickson
Buehrle, Mark TOR 3 Baseball HQ 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1 MLB.com
Lough, David BAL 2 MLB.com
Hanigan, Ryan TB 2 Mastersball
Danks, John CWS 2 KFFL.com
Vargas, Jason KC 2 KFFL.com 1 USA TODAY Sports 1 MLB.com
Smith, Seth SD 1 USA TODAY Sports 1 Baseball HQ
Withrow, Chris LAD 1 USA TODAY Sports
Harang, Aaron ATL 1 MLB.com
Murphy, David CLE 1 Baseball HQ 1 USA TODAY Sports

UNAWARDED BIDS

Uribe, Juan LAD 11 Mastersball 2 Bloomberg Sports
Elias, Roenis SEA 9 Mastersball 1 KFFL.com 1 Rotowire-Erickson
Callaspo, Alberto Jose OAK 2 KFFL.com
Johnson, Josh SD 2 Fangraphs 1 Bloomberg Sports
Chen, Bruce KC 2 Baseball HQ
Gibson, Kyle MIN 2 Baseball HQ
Guzman, Jesus HOU 1 USA TODAY Sports
Volquez, Edinson PIT 1 Rotowire-Erickson
Belisario, Ronald CWS 1 Mastersball
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Todd Zola's Commentary

I guess I'll never learn. I spent the last few weeks of LABR last season lamenting having no FAAB so what did I do? I just blew two-thirds of my 2014 wad on five speculative players for which I could have paid less than half what I did. Oh well. My squad has been hit hard with injuries (lost Kris Medlen for the season plus Will Middlebrooks, Doug Fister, Aroldis Chapman, Jose Reyes and Wilson Ramos). So I'm looking to hold down the fort and when the injured players return, it's like a winning FAAB bid. I know, but it makes me feel a little better.

Actually, if either of Evan Meek or Daniel Webb become closer, the gambit will have paid off. Check out Meek. I think there may be something there. He almost was the Pirates' closer a few years back, got hurt and has been lost in the shuffle in Washington.

The big bucks this week went to K-Rod and Papa Grande - a couple of guys actually with the job. I figured they'd go for more which makes my speculative bids on Webb and Meek look even more bloated.

I had my choice of Chris Colabello, Yangervis Solarte and Casey McGehee to fill in at corner and opted for McGehee figuring he is most likely to keep the job.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 16:31
 
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