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Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of August 12 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 12 August 2013 12:47

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Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well as the runner-up bids. There are four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. The Mixed leagues use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

Included with each league report will be commentary from a Mastersball staff member participating in that league. We invite you to ask questions and post comments at the bottom of the report.

All contingency bids for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this is a bid tied to a player that the owner received, so at times the bid amount is larger than the winning bid. We are including it to provide as much information and context as possible with each report.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

josh_fields

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
JFields, Hou 1 Wolf/Colton
KJepsen, LAA 1 (7) Matthew Berry
CHerrmann, Min 1 (2) Lawr Michaels 0 Ron Shandler
JCarroll, Min 1 Lawr Michaels
DAdams, NYY 1 Lawr Michaels
SVogt, Oak 1 Larry Schechter
AAlbers, Min 1 (8) Andy Behrens 0 Wolf/Colton
CCarrasco, Cle 0 Wolf/Colton

UNAWARDED BIDS

HBlanco, Sea 1 Larry Schechter
GKottaras, KC 0 Larry Schechter
ARomine, NYY 0 Larry Schechter

Todd Zola's Commentary

Rob picked the right week to go on vacation. We had the usual speculative closer gambit (Fields and Jepsen), the lightning in a bottle fliers on young pitchers (Albers, Carrasco), a recycled utility filling a hole (Carroll) and the ever-present needs to get a second catcher with at-bats (Vogt, Herrmann).

This was certainly the season to have spent early and often, which in fact was the ploy of leader Larry Schechter.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

latroy hawkins

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
LHawkins, NYM 55 (80) Derek Carty 54 Todd Zola 41 Phil Hertz 21 Mike Gianella
11 Tristan H. Cockcroft 9 Brian Walton 9 Lenny Melnick
RKieschnick, SF 6 (17) Todd Zola 35 Derek Carty 5 Derek Carty 8 Phil Hertz
7 Chris Liss
SHairston, Was 1 Brian Walton 1 Todd Zola
DAardsma, NYM 1 (18) Phil Hertz 1 Brian Walton
DMurphy, ChC 1 (41) Steve Gardner 1 Todd Zola
CBettis, Col 1 (7) Derek Carty
MMartinez, Phi 1 (3) Phil Hertz
TKoehler, Mia 1 (4) Derek Carty
ALambo, Pit 1 (6) Phil Hertz
KSiegrist, StL 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Brian Walton 0 Derek Carty
CWithrow, LAD 0 Todd Zola 0 Phil Hertz
KHill, Mia 0 Peter Kreutzer

UNAWARDED BIDS

TGosewisch, Ari 0 Peter Kreutzer
SManess, StL 0 Brian Walton
RJohnson, StL 0 Peter Kreutzer
NVincent, SD 0 Phil Hertz
MDenDekker, NYM 1 Phil Hertz
JMijares, SF 0 Todd Zola
JHowell, LAD 0 Todd Zola
JDecker, SD 3 Phil Hertz
ESanchez, ChC 0 Todd Zola
EMartin, Phi 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
CWells, Phi 5 Phil Hertz 0 Todd Zola
CTracy, Was 0 Chris Liss
CTorres, NYM 0 Phil Hertz 0 Todd Zola
CGillespie, ChC 1 Todd Zola
AMBrown, NYM 0 Phil Hertz

Brian Walton's Commentary

The uncertainty surrounding Mets closer Bobby Parnell's neck injury created ninth-inning opportunity. Though manager Terry Collins did not anoint ancient righty LaTroy Hawkins as "the man," three saves last week speak for themselves. With a lot of FAAB unused at the trade deadline, four owners bid $20 or more, willing to spend big despite the uncertainty of the situation.

A number of NL Tout warriors may believe that outfielder Roger Kieschnick, just up from the minors, should receive regular playing time as the last-place Giants play out an extremely disappointing season. Can't say that I disagree with them. Todd Zola, who paid just $6, reduced from $17 by Vickrey rule, will find out.

Well-traveled infielder Donnie Murphy is back in the bigs with the Cubs and has gotten out of the gates quickly. That caught the eye of Steve Gardner, who was willing to pay up to $41 to ensure Murphy joined his roster. There as no interest elsewhere, so the price was just $1.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

danny_salazar

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
DSalazar, Cle 34 (39) Zach Steinhorn 33 Al Melchior 16 Nicholas Minnix 15 Fred Zinkie
5 Derek Van Riper 4 Scott Swanay
LHawkins, NYM 24 (26) Nando DiFino 39 Zach Steinhorn 38 Cory Schwartz 15 Fred Zinkie
7 Tim Heaney 4 Ray Flowers
YGomes, Cle 10 (21) Al Melchior 9 Ray Flowers 8 Nando DiFino
SGray, Oak 8 (13) Nicholas Minnix 7 Paul Singman 6 Scott Swanay 4 Fred Zinkie
4 Derek Van Riper
DDeLaRosa, LAA 7 (38) Cory Schwartz 26 Nando DiFino 6 Ray Flowers 4 Tim Heaney
3 Derek Van Riper
BChen, KC 5 (12) Seth Trachtman 4 Ray Flowers 2 Scott Swanay
MDavidson, Ari 5 (9) Nicholas Minnix 4 Tim Heaney
WFlores, NYM 3 (7) Cory Schwartz 2 Scott Swanay 0 Nicholas Minnix
DGordon, LAD 4 (17) Eric Mack 3 Tim Heaney
AGarcia, CWS 2 (8) Nando DiFino 1 Cory Schwartz 0 Nicholas Minnix
DMurphy, Tex 1 Cory Schwartz
BPena, Det 1 Al Melchior
GRichards, LAA 1 (4) Fred Zinkie 3 Nicholas Minnix 0 Nicholas Minnix
ALambo, Pit 1 (4) Nicholas Minnix
TDArnaud, NYM 1 (2) Nicholas Minnix
TThornburg, Mil 1 (2) Scott Swanay
AAlbers, Min 1 (2) Scott Swanay
MPerez, Tex 0 (9) Nicholas Minnix

UNAWARDED BIDS

ENunez, NYY 6 Cory Schwartz
CGentry, Tex 5 Eric Mack
BPeacock, Hou 3 Seth Trachtman
RKieschnick, SF 3 Nando DiFino
HAlvarez, Mia 2 Scott Swanay 0 Nicholas Minnix
ADirks, Det 1 Cory Schwartz
SGennett, Mil 1 Cory Schwartz
ATorres, TB 0 Cory Schwartz
BBarnes, Hou 0 Cory Schwartz
CNelson, LAA 0 Cory Schwartz
DDescalso, StL 0 Cory Schwartz
JBianchi, Mil 0 Cory Schwartz
JPeralta, TB 0 Cory Schwartz
LForsythe, SD 0 Cory Schwartz
LHoes, Hou 0 Cory Schwartz
MAviles, Cle 0 Cory Schwartz
THunter, Bal 0 Cory Schwartz

Todd Zola's Commentary

The Tout Mixed Auction opened up the wallets this which is in interesting contrast to the draft league even though the player pool should be similar. Our own Zach Seinhorn landed the big fish as he picks up promising youngster Danny Salazar who is taking the rotation spot of Corey Kluber.

Equally promising rookie Sonny Gray was also picked up, but his role is far less defined than Salazar.

The injury to Bobby Parnell has opened the door for LaTroy Hawkins while Ernesto Frieri's scuffles has given Dane De La Rosa a chance to close.

The intriguing acquisition is Yan Gomes who qualifies at catcher and may see an increase in at- bats with Mark Reynolds released.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

dane_de_la_rosa

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
DSalazar, Cle 8 (14) Mike Podhorzer 9 Eno Sarris 7 Perry Van Hook 2 Tim McLeod
2 Tom Kessenich
DDeLaRosa, LAA 6 (17) Gene McCaffrey 5 Mike Podhorzer 3 Scott Engel 3 Eno Sarris
RGrossman, Hou 5 (9) Paul Greco 4 Scott Engel 3 Charlie Wiegert 3 Eno Sarris
2 Tim McLeod
OArcia, Min 4 (9) Mike Podhorzer 3 Charlie Wiegert 1 Tim McLeod
AWood, Atl 2 (3) Tom Kessenich 4 Mike Podhorzer 1 Tim McLeod
JSaltalamacchia, Bos 2 (11) Gene McCaffrey 1 Tim McLeod 0 Mike Podhorzer
LHawkins, NYM 2 (3) Eno Sarris 17 Gene McCaffrey 6 Mike Podhorzer 3 Charlie Wiegert
1 Tom Kessenich 1 Scott Engel
WFlores, NYM 1 (7) Scott Engel 3 Mike Podhorzer 1 Ray Guilfoyle
SGennett, Mil 1 (2) Scott Engel
BChen, KC 1 (4) Scott Engel 3 Charlie Wiegert 0 Tim McLeod
DAckley, Sea 1 Ray Guilfoyle
DLough, KC 1 (3) Perry Van Hook
BMoss, Oak 1 (11) Mike Podhorzer 3 Charlie Wiegert
JGuthrie, KC 1 (22) Greg Ambrosius 1 Tom Kessenich
JMejia, NYM 1 (3) Eno Sarris 3 Mike Podhorzer
ADirks, Det 1 (3) Charlie Wiegert
GRichards, LAA 1 (4) Charlie Wiegert
CLo, Hou 0 Tim McLeod 1 Eno Sarris
JDanks, CWS 0 Tim McLeod
SGray, Oak 0 Tim McLeod 1 Tom Kessenich
BPena, Det 0 Mike Podhorzer 4 Gene McCaffrey

UNAWARDED BIDS

CDickerson, Col 4 Mike Podhorzer
CAsche, Phi 4 Mike Podhorzer 4 Scott Engel
JMaxwell, KC 3 Perry Van Hook 2 Charlie Wiegert
JMarisnick, Mia 3 Mike Podhorzer
CColabello, Min 3 Charlie Wiegert
EStults, SD 2 Tom Kessenich
AGarcia, CWS 2 Perry Van Hook
JFields, Hou 2 Eno Sarris
TKoehler, Mia 2 Charlie Wiegert
RDelgado, Ari 2 Charlie Wiegert
MAviles, Cle 2 Charlie Wiegert 1 Ray Guilfoyle
MEllis, LAD 1 Ray Guilfoyle
ACallaspo, Oak 1 Ray Guilfoyle
RVogelsong, SF 0 Tim McLeod
HAlvarez, Mia 0 Tim McLeod
CCapuano, LAD 0 Tim McLeod
BOberholtzer, Hou 0 Tim McLeod
YTorrealba, Col 0 Gene McCaffrey
MWacha, StL 0 Gene McCaffrey
LHochevar, KC 0 Gene McCaffrey

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Not as clear in a mixed league whether the high bid would be for a new closer - LaTroy Hawkins or Dane De La Rosa or a SP like Danny Salazar. Turns out that Mike Podhorzer had the high bid of $14 for Salazar which was Vickrey reduced to $8 to beat my bid of $7. The winning bids on the closers were $6 for De La Rosa and $2 for Hawkins.

I also needed to get an outfielder and thought the best bets for more playing time were in Kansas City with Lorenzo Cain back on the DL with David Lough or Justin Maxwell over the tempting new White Sox Avisail Garcia. I got Lough for a dollar after bidding $3 with a $3 underbid on Maxwell. I was surprised that neither Maxwell or Garcia were obtained because Robbie Grossman went for $5 and Oswaldo Arcia for $4.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 19:12
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of August 12 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 12 August 2013 01:51

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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

danny_salazar

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Danny Salazar, CLE 12 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 8 Mastersball 7 Colton & Wolf 5 USA TODAY Sports
3 KFFL.com 1 Baseball HQ
Chris Young, OAK 4 SiriusXM 1 KFFL.com
Nate Jones, CWS 2 SiriusXM 1 SiriusXM 1 USA TODAY Sports
Pedro Florimon, MIN 2 Fangraphs 3 SiriusXM
Brett Oberholtzer, HOU 1 USA TODAY Sports 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Casey Fien, MIN 1 SiriusXM
Andrew Albers, MIN 1 Baseball HQ

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jamey Carroll, MIN 2 SiriusXM
Jordan Danks, CWS 2 SiriusXM
Matt Tuiasosopo, DET 2 SiriusXM
Tanner Scheppers, TEX 1 Baseball HQ 1 SiriusXM
Aaron Loup, TOR 1 SiriusXM
Anthony Swarzak, MIN 1 SiriusXM
Jake Elmore, HOU 1 SiriusXM
Ramon Santiago, DET 1 SiriusXM
Yoervis Medina, SEA 1 SiriusXM
Neal Cotts, TEX 1 Baseball HQ

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

No surprise that in a very deep AL league Danny Salazar would get the highest bid. Sadly for me that was $12 which exceeded all of my balance of $10 and my bid of $8. So the NFBC/Stats team of Ambrosius and Childs adds Salazar to their squad.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

wilmer_flores

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Wilmer Flores, NYM 31 ESPN - Karabell 19 DerekCarty.com 11 Colton & Wolf 10 USA TODAY Sports
9 Baseball HQ
Donnie Murphy, CHC 9 Yahoo! Sports 7 Sandlot Shrink 1 Baseball HQ
Khris Davis, MIL 7 Colton & Wolf
Edinson Volquez, SD 2 Sandlot Shrink 1 Colton & Wolf
Josh Satin, NYM 1 Steve Moyer 1 Baseball HQ
Sam LeCure, CIN 1 DerekCarty.com
Josh Harrison, PIT 1 Colton & Wolf 1 Baseball HQ 1 Colton & Wolf
David Carpenter, ATL 1 Colton & Wolf
Clint Barmes, PIT 1 Baseball HQ

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jack Hannahan, CIN 1 Baseball HQ
Cole Gillespie, CHC 1 Colton & Wolf
Michael Martinez, PHI 1 Colton & Wolf
Mike Baxter, NYM 1 Colton & Wolf
Kevin Siegrist, STL 1 DerekCarty.com

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The big LABR push this week was for the rights to Mets top infield prospect Wilmer Flores, whom Eric Karabell nabbed for a cool $31 in FAAB, outbidding four opponents who submitted bids of $9, $10, $11, and $19).

Flores, 21, has been a good minor league hitter (.290-64-404) however, his OBP of .331 (157 walks to 377 whiffs) suggests Flores might have some adjustment issues with the strike zone as a Major Leaguer.

Brad Evans managed to bag the Cubs utility player Donnie Murphy for $9, outbidding tries of $7 and $1 respectfully with hopes of getting some production for his Yahoo! Team.

Perhaps a better gamble was Rick Wolfe and Glenn Colton obtaining Brewers outfielder Khris Davis for $7, uncontested. Davis has a pretty good line of .250-3-8 over 50 at-bats at the show (.843 OPS) and with questions in the Brewers outfield for the remainder of the year, Davis could help some.

Otherwise, aside from the $2 the Sandlot Shrink gambled on Ednison Volquez, a slew of $1 fillers comprised the remainder of FAAB buys as the season screams to its finale.

MIXED LEAGUE

jeremy_guthrie

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Jeremy Guthrie, KC 10 Clay Davenport 1 RotoWire
LaTroy Hawkins, NYM 10 Clay Davenport 3 Fangraphs 1 Mastersball
Danny Salazar, CLE 7 Fangraphs 7 ESPN.com 4 MLB.com 3 RotoWire
1 Mastersball 1 MLB.com
Juan Lagares, NYM 5 Razzball 4 Baseball Prospectus 1 RotoWire 1 USA TODAY Sports
Craig Gentry, TEX 5 Baseball Prospectus
Robbie Grossman, HOU 4 RotoWire 1 Razzball
L.J. Hoes, HOU 4 Baseball Prospectus
Sonny Gray, OAK 3 RotoWire 2 MLB.com
Wilmer Flores, NYM 3 MLB.com 1 Baseball HQ
Tyson Ross, SD 3 Fangraphs 9 Clay Davenport 3 Fangraphs 2 USA TODAY Sports
2 MLB.com 1 Mastersball 1 MLB.com
Scooter Gennett, MIL 3 ESPN.com
Nathan Eovaldi, MIA 2 USA TODAY Sports 1 RotoWire
Francisco Rodriguez, BAL 2 DFSEdge
Martin Perez, TEX 1 Sports Grumblings 1 Mastersball 1 RotoWire 1 USA TODAY Sports
Grant Green, LAA 1 Baseball HQ

UNAWARDED BIDS

Dave Carpenter, ATL 5 Clay Davenport
Nathan Jones, CWS 4 Clay Davenport
John Mayberry, PHI 3 Razzball 1 RotoWire
Ryan Raburn, CLE 3 DFSEdge
Taylor Jordan, WSH 3 Clay Davenport
Bruce Chen, KC 1 USA TODAY Sports
Charlie Blackmon, COL 1 RotoWire
Henderson Alvarez, MIA 1 RotoWire
Mike Aviles, CLE 1 RotoWire
Cody Asche, PHI 1 Razzball
Will Middlebrooks, BOS 1 MLB.com

Todd Zola's Commentary

I sure picked the wrong year to run out of FAAB. A rash of injuries, especially at catcher has handcuffed me to a point where I am using a DL pitcher this week to be legal. I knew I was cutting it close with FAAB, but I though I had everything covered until my guys decided to get hurt.

The player I regret missing the most is Wilmer Flores of the Mets. I know his stats are inflated from the PCL, but I think his stick is ready and at present, don't care if he can handle second base defensively or if his stick will play at a corner. It looks like David Wright is out for the season and getting a full time bat at this time of the season is a great boon.

What I need to do is go back and see where I overspent and could have saved FAAB - now you know why we've been archiving the moves every week!

Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 13:35
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of August 5 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 05 August 2013 15:15

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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

andre-rienzo

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Andre  Rienzo, CWS 23 Mastersball 11 SiriusXM 1 Baseball HQ 1 KFFL.com
1 ESPN.com
Danny  Farquhar, SEA 22 SiriusXM 9 ESPN.com 6 Fangraphs 1 Baseball HQ
1 KFFL.com
L.J.  Hoes, HOU 7 SiriusXM 2 Fangraphs 1 Baseball HQ 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Humberto  Quintero, SEA 4 SiriusXM
Dane  De La Rosa, LAA 3 Fangraphs
Chris  Nelson, LAA 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Fangraphs 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Robbie  Grossman, HOU 2 Fangraphs 1 Baseball HQ
Kelvin  Herrera, KC 2 ESPN.com 4 SiriusXM
Chia-Jen  Lo, HOU 1 Mastersball
Brad  Peacock, HOU 1 KFFL.com 4 SiriusXM
Miguel  Tejada, KC 1 KFFL.com 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Marc  Krauss, HOU 1 Baseball HQ 2 Fangraphs

UNAWARDED BIDS

Yoervis  Medina, SEA 3 SiriusXM
Nate  Jones, CWS 3 SiriusXM
Casey  Fien, MIN 3 SiriusXM
Aaron  Loup, TOR 2 SiriusXM
Matt  Tuiasosopo, DET 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Danny  Valencia, BAL 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Tanner  Scheppers, TEX 1 Mastersball
Joshua  Zeid, HOU 1 Mastersball

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Thinking that there will not be another premium crossover pitcher and that even if there is a great prospect who arrives it won't be until September, I decided to get the best pitcher I could now and bid $23 on Andre Rienzo who has looked worth all of that in his first two starts with the White Sox. True, I misjudged the market - the underbid was $11 but hopefully he is in the Pale Hose rotation for the rest of the year. The second highest winning bid was Sirius XM's Ray Flowers in a desperate stab for saves. Flowers bid $22 to get Seattle's Danny Farquhar (his underbid was $9). Unlike many leagues Jose Cisnero of Houston was already rostered which may have made Farquhar even more attractive but I looked for a handful of saves from the Astros as well snaring Chia-Jen Lo for a dollar.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

brett_pill

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Brett  Pill, SF 6 Colton & Wolf 6 Baseball HQ 2 Sandlot Shrink
Cody  Asche, PHI 6 Baseball HQ 1 Colton & Wolf
Tony  Cruz, STL 5 RotoWire 2 Colton & Wolf
Corey  Dickerson, COL 4 Sandlot Shrink 3 Colton & Wolf
LaTroy  Hawkins, NYM 3 Steve Moyer
Roger  Kieschnick, SF 3 Sandlot Shrink
Cliff  Pennington, ARI 2 Sandlot Shrink 1 ESPN - Ravitz
David  Aardsma, NYM 2 RotoWire 3 Steve Moyer
Chad  Bettis, COL 2 Colton & Wolf 1 RotoWire
Charlie  Culberson, COL 1 ESPN - Ravitz

UNAWARDED BIDS

David  Carpenter, ATL 2 RotoWire
Tony  Sanchez, PIT 2 RotoWire
Carlos  Torres, NYM 1 Steve Moyer
John  Axford, MIL 1 Steve Moyer
Donovan  Hand, MIL 1 Colton & Wolf

Todd Zola's Commentary

Lawr is headed off to his annual week in the wilderness, writing and playing some tunes at band camp. If he were here, Lawr would no doubt point out the Giants' again growing weary of Brandon Belt's struggles so they once again will be giving some playing time to Brett Pill. To me, the more interesting move by the Bay is Roger Kieschnick as San Fran has had trouble filling the left field hole with Angel Pagan out of the lineup. Kieschnick is just a marginal prospect but he has a little but of pop though he struggles making contact.

Cody Asche got the call in Philadelphia in preparation of dealing Michael Young. Young remains a Phillie, for now, but Asche is still playing third against all right-handers with Young sliding across the diamond to first. Though he's off to a slow start, Asche could add some HR and SB to Doug Dennis' Baseball HQ squad.

With Carlos Gonzalez wrestling with a figure injury, several Rockie contingencies garnered bids with Corey Dickerson being the most interesting. The buzz is Josh Rutledge will also get another mile-high look-see.

The stealth move of the week goes to Steve Moyer who anticipates Bobby Parnell hitting the DL so he picked up Latroy Hawkins in the hopes of securing a handful of saves.

MIXED LEAGUE

danny_farquhar

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Danny  Farquhar, SEA 13 Baseball Prospectus 8 Fangraphs 5 MLB.com 4 Baseball HQ
3 Sports Grumblings 2 USA TODAY Sports
Dane  De La Rosa, LAA 10 Baseball Prospectus
Yan  Gomes, CLE 6 Baseball Prospectus 1 Baseball HQ 1 Mastersball
Joe  Kelly, STL 5 MLB.com 3 MLB.com
Alex  Wood, ATL 3 Fangraphs 2 MLB.com 2 USA TODAY Sports 3 MLB.com
3 Fangraphs
Eric  Chavez, ARI 3 ESPN.com
Kole  Calhoun, LAA 2 USA TODAY Sports
Geovany  Soto, TEX 2 Baseball HQ
Ryan  Cook, OAK 1 USA TODAY Sports
Andre  Rienzo, CWS 1 MLB.com
Chris  Nelson, LAA 1 MLB.com
Dioner  Navarro, CHC 1 Mastersball
Wil  Nieves, ARI 1 Mastersball
Miguel  Tejada, KC 1 ESPN.com
Daniel  Descalso, STL 1 ESPN.com

UNAWARDED BIDS

Juan  Lagares, NYM 1 USA TODAY Sports
Henderson  Alvarez, MIA 1 MLB.com
Jeremy  Guthrie, KC 1 MLB.com
Jose  Cisnero, HOU 1 MLB.com
Yuniesky  Betancourt, MIL 1 MLB.com
Brayan  Pena, DET 1 Mastersball
Chris  Herrmann, MIN 1 Mastersball
Hank  Conger, LAA 1 Mastersball
Ryan  Lavarnway, BOS 1 Mastersball
Jeff  Mathis, MIA 1 Baseball HQ
John  Buck, NYM 1 Baseball HQ
Tony  Cruz, STL 1 Baseball HQ

Todd Zola's Commentary

You know how some basketball teams that are way behind make a run, but use up all their resources and fall short at the end? That's how my Mixed LABR team feels, though I'm not ready yet to accept falling short as the leaders have come back to the pack and there is going to be a great race down the stretch. I'm on the outside looking in, but within shouting distance. That said, losing both of my catchers while I have only $5 FAAB left will not help. With Yadier Molina and Miguel Montero on the sidelines, I picked up Wil Nieves and Dioner Navarro.

The catch of the week was new Mariners' closer Danny Farquhar. Saves are saves.

 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of August 5 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 05 August 2013 11:18

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Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well as the runner-up bids. There are four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. The Mixed leagues use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

Included with each league report will be commentary from a Mastersball staff member participating in that league. We invite you to ask questions and post comments at the bottom of the report.

All contingency bids for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this is a bid tied to a player that the owner received, so at times the bid amount is larger than the winning bid. We are including it to provide as much information and context as possible with each report.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

oswaldo_arcia

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
OArcia, Min 35 (37) Andy Behrens 34 Rob Leibowitz 20 Jeff Erickson 17 Joe Sheehan
15 Jason Collette 12 Ron Shandler 10 Matthew Berry
0 Steve Moyer 0 Wolf/Colton
DFarquhar, Sea 28 (30) Jason Collette 27 Steve Moyer 15 Matthew Berry 10 Jeff Erickson
7 Andy Behrens 4 Larry Schechter 0 Wolf/Colton
ARienzo, CWS 8 (16) Rob Leibowitz 7 Ron Shandler 7 Andy Behrens 7 Jeff Erickson
6 Joe Sheehan 0 Steve Moyer 0 Wolf/Colton
RGrossman, Hou 8 (27) Steve Moyer 7 Joe Sheehan 5 Jeff Erickson 3 Jason Collette
0 Wolf/Colton
LHoes, Hou 6 (9) Joe Sheehan 17 Andy Behrens 5 Larry Schechter 0 Wolf/Colton
CNelson, LAA 5 Joe Sheehan 5 Larry Schechter 4 Steve Moyer 2 Jeff Erickson
2 Rob Leibowitz 0 Wolf/Colton
BOberholtzer, Hou 4 (7) Ron Shandler 3 Andy Behrens 1 Jeff Erickson
BHolt, Bos 3 Larry Schechter 2 Rob Leibowitz 2 Jeff Erickson 0 Wolf/Colton
MChoice, Oak 1 Ron Shandler
BPeacock, Hou 1 (3) Ron Shandler 7 Rob Leibowitz
JWilliams, LAA 1 (3) Andy Behrens
HQuintero, Sea 1 (2) Jason Collette
WWright, Hou 0 Wolf/Colton
MTuiasosopo, Det 0 Rob Leibowitz
MKrauss, Hou 0 Wolf/Colton 0 Steve Moyer
CFurbush, Sea 0 Steve Moyer
RRoberts, TB 0 Wolf/Colton

UNAWARDED BIDS

NJones, CWS 0 Andy Behrens
JFrasor, Tex 0 Rob Leibowitz
JDeLaTorre, Bos 0 Jason Collette
SFuld, TB 0 Steve Moyer
CHerrmann, Min 0 Steve Moyer
SFuld, TB 0 Wolf/Colton
SFuld, TB 0 Wolf/Colton
CLo, Hou 0 Wolf/Colton

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Oswaldo Arcia lit up the screen of both me and Andy Behrens. For some strange reason I reduced my bid from $38 to $34 on a whim. Not my best whim. Arcia continues to show a disciplined approach with good power in the minors that has not yet fully translated to the Majors. Long term he is a .280s or better, 20-plus threat and could possibly provide a punch for the rest of the season especially in light of the Aaron Hicks demotion.

Danny Farquhar’s two saves over the weekend generated quite a bit of FAAB action. The 26-year old has struck out in 53 in 35.1 innings of work, but has been fairly erratic otherwise sporting a ERA above five despite skills that suggest an ERA that should be several points lower. Clearly the closer of the day given an up and down season and past, but one has to ride the hot hand. There may enough skills and talent though to perhaps hang onto the job if the stars align correctly.

Andre Rienzo took over for the traded Jake Peavy and has had two solid starts. The righty has two to three average to plus pitches and has improved his ability to throw strikes while still striking out a batter per inning in the minors. A good speculative play for AL only leaguers.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

cody_asche

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
CAsche, Phi 13 (31) Tristan H. Cockcroft 12 Scott Wilderman 12 Brian Walton 6 Chris Liss
6 Phil Hertz
CDickerson, Col 9 (11) Scott Wilderman 8 Phil Hertz 5 Tristan H. Cockcroft
BPill, SF 7 Brian Walton 6 Phil Hertz 0 Peter Kreutzer
APresley, Pit 7 (15) Tristan H. Cockcroft 6 Phil Hertz 1 Brian Walton 0 Peter Kreutzer
JGrilli, Pit 7 (22) Brian Walton 6 Chris Liss
JBianchi, Mil 4 (21) Todd Zola 3 Tristan H. Cockcroft 2 Lenny Melnick
CCulberson, Col 3 Scott Wilderman 3 Lenny Melnick 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
TThornburg, Mil 1 (2) Scott Wilderman 0 Brian Walton
WNieves, Ari 1 (5) Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Phil Hertz 0 Peter Kreutzer
TCruz, StL 1 (2) Lenny Melnick 3 Phil Hertz 0 Brian Walton
BWilson, LAD 1 (2) Lenny Melnick
MOlt, ChC 1 Steve Gardner
TDArnaud, NYM 1 (4) Phil Hertz
TSanchez, Pit 0 Peter Kreutzer 2 Phil Hertz 1 Lenny Melnick 0 Brian Walton
0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
BKintzler, Mil 0 Peter Kreutzer
SGennett, Mil 0 Lenny Melnick 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
SDowns, Atl 0 Phil Hertz 1 Brian Walton
JHarrison, Pit 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft

UNAWARDED BIDS

RKieschnick, SF 10 Tristan H. Cockcroft
DMurphy, ChC 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft
ROhlendorf, Was 2 Scott Pianowski
DAardsma, NYM 2 Brian Walton
AChambers, StL 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
MBaxter, NYM 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
RJohnson, StL 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
TCunningham, Atl 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
TGosewisch, Ari 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
BParker, ChC 0 Scott Wilderman
NVincent, SD 0 Phil Hertz
CGillespie, ChC 0 Brian Walton
GMoscoso, SF 0 Brian Walton

Brian Walton's Commentary

National League Tout leader Tristan H. Cockcroft of ESPN wanted the third base at-bats that come with recent Phillies Double-A callup Cody Asche. He was willing to pay $31, but needed just $1 more than my $12 offer and that of Scott Wilderman of onRoto.com to seal the deal. Cockcroft is betting that Asche's 1-for-17 MLB introduction is in the rearview mirror.  

With the continuing concern over Carlos Gonzalez' finger, the Rockies acted by bringing back outfielder Corey Dickerson from Triple-A. The Tout warriors reacted by bidding up the 24-year-old to $9. Wilderman was the winner this time, his $11 offer reduced to $9 by Vickrey rule.

Seven was the lucky number for me as that is what I spent for two players. Brett Pill is definitely a post-hype example, but I am hoping he can earn enough at-bats at first base for the Giants to bring a return in the power categories. Continuing my recent theme of stockpiling injured pitchers, I also added Bucs' closer Jason Grilli. A final month return would be delightful, but his lingering forearm problem could mean a wasted gamble instead.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

xander_bogaerts

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
DFarquhar, Sea 31 (37) Nicholas Minnix 30 Paul Singman 17 Nando DiFino 11 Fred Zinkie
9 Ray Flowers 7 Tim Heaney
XBogaerts, Bos 15 (55) David Gonos 14 Nicholas Minnix
DStubbs, Cle 11 (13) Ray Flowers 10 Eric Mack 3 Tim Heaney
JKelly, StL 6 (11) Fred Zinkie 5 Ray Flowers
CAsche, Phi 1 (11) Cory Schwartz
BPill, SF 1 (2) Tim Heaney 0 Cory Schwartz
RGrossman, Hou 1 (2) Al Melchior 0 Cory Schwartz
TRoss, SD 1 (7) Fred Zinkie 0 Cory Schwartz
JFrancisco, Mil 1 (5) Nicholas Minnix 4 Ray Flowers
JCosart, Hou 1 (5) Ray Flowers
CLo, Hou 1 (9) Nando DiFino
JShuck, LAA 1 (6) Eric Mack
RRaburn, Cle 1 (16) Zach Steinhorn
ESogard, Oak 1 (7) Paul Singman 8 Zach Steinhorn
CGindl, Mil 1 Nicholas Minnix
ARamos, Mia 0 Cory Schwartz
SDoolittle, Oak 0 Patrick Davitt
TWatson, Pit 0 Patrick Davitt
GKottaras, KC 0 Fred Zinkie

UNAWARDED BIDS

ENunez, NYY 8 Zach Steinhorn
DMurphy, Tex 7 Ray Flowers 0 Cory Schwartz
LForsythe, SD 4 Ray Flowers
ARienzo, CWS 4 Fred Zinkie
DSalazar, Cle 4 Fred Zinkie
BChen, KC 3 Ray Flowers
HAlvarez, Mia 3 Ray Flowers 0 Cory Schwartz 0 Fred Zinkie
MPerez, Tex 3 Nicholas Minnix 0 Fred Zinkie
GRichards, LAA 2 Fred Zinkie
JGuthrie, KC 2 Fred Zinkie
MAviles, Cle 12 Zach Steinhorn 0 Cory Schwartz
YBetancourt, Mil 1 Tim Heaney
JPierre, Mia 1 Eric Mack
CFien, Min 0 Patrick Davitt
JHoover, Cin 0 Patrick Davitt
CCorporan, Hou 0 Fred Zinkie
CHerrmann, Min 0 Fred Zinkie
CRusin, ChC 0 Fred Zinkie
DNavarro, ChC 0 Fred Zinkie
GSoto, Tex 0 Fred Zinkie
MBuehrle, Tor 0 Fred Zinkie
TJordan, Was 0 Fred Zinkie
WNieves, Ari 0 Fred Zinkie
YGomes, Cle 0 Fred Zinkie
JBianchi, Mil 0 Cory Schwartz
JDanks, CWS 0 Cory Schwartz
JMarisnick, Mia 0 Cory Schwartz
TThornburg, Mil 0 Cory Schwartz

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

 August, the time when all of those FAAB dollars that owners guarded with such care start to disappear rather quickly. That was certainly the case this week in Mixed Tout, as three players fetched a double-digit winning bid and one player, a new closer of course, was purchased for the steep price of $31. First off, I simply can't understand how Tom Wilhelmsen loses his closer job based on one ugly outing where most of the runs he was charged with were of the inherited variety. After all, Wilhelmsen was coming off a stellar month of July in which he converted all eight of his save chances while posting a 2.84 ERA. Wilhelmsen was temporarily relieved of ninth inning duties earlier this season only to reclaim the role, so I'm not sold on Danny Farquhar as a long-term fantasy solution, despite the two saves over the weekend and seven straight scoreless appearances. As a Wilhelmsen owner, I didn't even bother putting in a bid, as I had more pressing needs and limited roster space. I would not have bid over $30 anyway, so it's a mute point.

Like saves, stolen bases is an area where, more often than not, points can easily be gained. So Ray Flowers is hoping that the 11 bucks he spent on the speedy Drew Stubbs will buy him a few extra points. It might.

Jhonny Peralta's looming suspension placed me in a tough spot, as the waiver wire MI pool was uninspiring to say the least. I opted for Ryan Raburn, as he offered the highest home run upside of the bunch. Eventually, I might need to address this issue through a trade, but for now I'll try to get by with Raburn or some other hot bat off the wire.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

danny_farquhar

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
DFarquhar, Sea 13 (21) Mike Podhorzer 12 Ray Guilfoyle 10 Scott Engel 7 Charlie Wiegert
6 Eno Sarris 4 Tim McLeod
KCalhoun, LAA 6 Charlie Wiegert 5 Perry Van Hook
KGregg, ChC 5 Tim McLeod 5 Ray Guilfoyle 2 Perry Van Hook
TRoss, SD 4 Scott Engel 4 Tim McLeod 2 Anthony Perri
ARienzo, CWS 2 (3) Tim McLeod 1 Scott Engel
RRaburn, Cle 1 (2) Anthony Perri
BWallace, Hou 1 (2) Anthony Perri
MDominguez, Hou 1 (4) Scott Engel
JHefner, NYM 1 Scott Engel
DNavarro, ChC 1 Tim McLeod
JKelly, StL 1 (7) Perry Van Hook 5 Charlie Wiegert 2 Tim McLeod
CGindl, Mil 1 (2) Eno Sarris 2 Perry Van Hook
JCisnero, Hou 1 (2) Eno Sarris
ESogard, Oak 1 (9) Paul Greco
JDyson, KC 1 (2) Ray Guilfoyle
JMayberry, Phi 1 (2) Perry Van Hook
GKottaras, KC 1 (5) Mike Podhorzer

UNAWARDED BIDS

BMoss, Oak 7 Mike Podhorzer 5 Charlie Wiegert
HAlvarez, Mia 5 Perry Van Hook
AWood, Atl 5 Mike Podhorzer
SWright, Bos 5 Charlie Wiegert
JMarisnick, Mia 2 Perry Van Hook
JMejia, NYM 2 Perry Van Hook
RDelgado, Ari 2 Perry Van Hook 1 Tim McLeod
DGordon, LAD 2 Mike Podhorzer
DDeLaRosa, LAA 2 Eno Sarris
AAlbers, Min 2 Charlie Wiegert
CLo, Hou 1 Tim McLeod
WNieves, Ari 1 Tim McLeod
BChen, KC 1 Scott Engel
ErChavez, Ari 1 Scott Engel
RGrossman, Hou 1 Perry Van Hook
DDeJesus, ChC 1 Eno Sarris
LHoes, Hou 1 Eno Sarris
JLobaton, TB 0 Mike Podhorzer
TFlowers, CWS 0 Mike Podhorzer

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Danny Farquhar's Sunday save made him a popular new save target in the TOUT mixed draft league as well and current leader Mike Podhorzer bid $21 to roster him which was Vickrey reduced to $13 which was the only double digit winning bid of the night.

With Brandon Workman dispatched to the minors by the Red Sox obtaining Jake Peavy I once again needed another SP and was happy to bid $7 on the Cardinals' Joe Kelly with a two start week ahead and a great game last week. I was even happier to get him for $1. I also needed to move Evan Gattis to C to replace Salvador Perez this week so I needed an OF and was thwarted in my bid for Cole Kalhoun and had to settle for rostering John Mayberry Jr. for $2.

 

 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of July 29 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.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

alfonso_soriano

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Alfonso Soriano, NYY 72 USA TODAY Sports 64 Baseball HQ 51 KFFL.com 41 SiriusXM
18 Colton & Wolf 12 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9 Fangraphs
Matt Garza, TEX 64 Baseball HQ 63 USA TODAY Sports 63 RotoWire 51 KFFL.com
32 Mastersball 18 Colton & Wolf 10 Fangraphs
Jonathan Villar, HOU 51 KFFL.com 25 RotoWire 11 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 Fangraphs
2 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2 Colton & Wolf
Francisco Rodriguez, BAL 5 Baseball HQ 1 Fangraphs
Stephen Vogt, OAK 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Kole Calhoun, LAA 11 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7 Baseball HQ 1 Colton & Wolf
Doug Bernier, MIN 1 RotoWire
Hernan Perez, DET 1 Colton & Wolf
Kevin Correia, MIN 1 Baseball HQ

UNAWARDED BIDS

Chris Herrmann, MIN 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Colton & Wolf
Carlos Corporan, HOU 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Austin Romine, NYY 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Robbie Grossman, HOU 1 Colton & Wolf
L.J. Hoes, BAL 1 Colton & Wolf

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

The first of the crossover players arrived "with authority".

Matt Garza went for $64 to Dave Adler (BHQ) who may have doubled my bid of an almost all-in $32 but also pipped TWO $63 bids!

Alfonso Soriano went for even more as Steve Gardner (USA Today) spent $72 for the Yankee prodigal son.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

jake_marisnick

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Jake Marisnick, MIA 16 Colton & Wolf 12 DerekCarty.com 7 ESPN - Karabell 1 Steve Moyer
1 Sandlot Shrink
Jenrry Mejia, NYM 15 DerekCarty.com 6 Colton & Wolf 5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Steve Moyer
Tyson Ross, SD 5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 USA TODAY Sports
A.J. Ramos, MIA 3 ESPN - Karabell 1 Baseball HQ
Chris Rusin, CHC 2 USA TODAY Sports
Ross Ohlendorf, WSH 2 Steve Moyer 2 ESPN - Karabell 1 USA TODAY Sports
Shane Robinson, STL 2 Sandlot Shrink 1 Colton & Wolf 1 Steve Moyer
Derrick Robinson, CIN 1 Steve Moyer 1 Colton & Wolf
Tom Koehler, MIA 1 Colton & Wolf
J.J. Hoover, CIN 1 Baseball HQ

UNAWARDED BIDS

Josh Edgin, NYM 1 USA TODAY Sports
Khris Davis, MIL 1 Steve Moyer
Corey Dickerson, COL 1 Steve Moyer 1 Colton & Wolf
Sam LeCure, CIN 1 DerekCarty.com
Kevin Siegrist, STL 1 DerekCarty.com
Donovan Hand, MIL 1 DerekCarty.com
Burke Badenhop, MIL 1 DerekCarty.com

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

 If you were expecting to read about a bidding war for the rights to Christian Yelich this week, we are sorry to disappoint.

This is because the ever prospect prescient NFBC team's Shawn Childs knows who to grab, and he and partner Greg Ambrosius put Yelich on their reserve roster along with Anthony Rendon on draft day, thus sparing the remainder of the league--and general public--the frustration of making FAAB decisions on either player.

As Shawn and Greg are involved in a pretty tight race along with Doug Dennis (BBHQ) and yours truly (3.5 points separate the three of us atop the league at this point) I am curious to see just what impact the hot Miami prospect will do. Fortunately, I did not have to think about whether to gamble on Yelich with the healthy balance of my FAAB balance, and can ideally wait for any late NL trade deadline machinations. If any, that is.

Elsewhere in the NL LABR, Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton nabbed Jake Marisnick for $16, acing out bids of $1 (two tries there), $7, and $12 for the rights to the second hot property in Florida that is not a land scheme this week.

Of other interest were a pair of speedy Robinson fly-chasers: Derek to Steve Moyer for a buck, and Shane to Bob Radomski's Sandlot Shrink squad for $2.

Finally, in the ever desperate search for arms and pitching help, the Ambrosius/Childs tandem gambled $5 on the ever erratic Tyson Ross (there was also a $2 bid for the former Athletic, current Padre) and Mr. Moyer spent $2 on Ross Ohlendorf, outbidding two owners with bids of $1 and $2 (the lower standings position gave the default to Steve).

To me this last aspect is good news, for if a decent arm is swapped to the National League before the Thursday cut-off, I might be able to grab and deal a decent arm for the offense the could push me past Doug, Greg, and Shawn.

Tune in next week to see just how that plays out.

MIXED LEAGUE

junior_lake

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Junior Lake, CHC 7 USA TODAY Sports 3 ESPN.com 2 Sports Grumblings 1 MLB.com
Erasmo Ramirez, SEA 5 Fangraphs
Pedro Strop, CHC 4 Fangraphs
Jonathan Villar, HOU 3 MLB.com
Jarred Cosart, HOU 3 ESPN.com
Christian Yelich, MIA 2 Sports Grumblings
Jake Marisnick, MIA 2 ESPN.com
Garrett Richards, LAA 1 RotoWire
Jenrry Mejia, NYM 1 MLB.com
Derek Norris, OAK 1 KFFL.com
Joakim Soria, TEX 1 Fangraphs

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jesus Guzman, SD 3 USA TODAY Sports
Henry Urrutia, BAL 2 Sports Grumblings
Ryan Cook, OAK 1 USA TODAY Sports
Mike Pelfrey, MIN 1 MLB.com
Nathan Eovaldi, MIA 1 MLB.com
Yan Gomes, CLE 1 KFFL.com
Stephen Vogt, OAK 1 KFFL.com
Alex Wood, ATL 1 Fangraphs

Todd Zola's Commentary

My remaining $3 FAAB went silent this week, but there were a few intriguing pick-ups.

Shortstop eligible Junior Lake tops the list. Now that Alfonso Soriano has returned to his former haunts, the Lake to the outfield experiment should continue. He has cooled down considerably since his hit start (water always finds its level, see what I did there?) but Lake should hit enough - and run enough - to contribute to a mixed lineup, especially as a middle infielder.

The on-again, off-again Erasmo Ramirez is on again. Quite frankly, despite the plaudits from some analysts I trust, I don't see what the fuss is all about.

The Marlins' dynamic duo of Christian Yelish and Jake Marisnick each went for a couple bucks. Put me in the contrarian camp that says by season's Marisnick will have the better 2013 numbers, though Yelich is the jewel long-term.

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