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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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Monday, 29 July 2013 09:01

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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.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 July 2013 10:07
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of July 29 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 29 July 2013 01:33

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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

matt_garza

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
MGarza, Tex 86 (87) Wolf/Colton 85 Lawr Michaels 64 Ron Shandler 52 Rob Leibowitz
51 Mike Siano 47 Jeff Erickson 44 Andy Behrens
24 Joe Sheehan 21 Steve Moyer 15 Larry Schechter
0 Andy Behrens
ASoriano, NYY 81 (85) Lawr Michaels 87 Wolf/Colton 80 Jason Collette 64 Ron Shandler
51 Mike Siano 47 Jeff Erickson 44 Andy Behrens
43 Steve Moyer 43 Matthew Berry 24 Joe Sheehan
15 Larry Schechter
GRichards, LAA 10 (11) Jeff Erickson 9 Ron Shandler 4 Andy Behrens 0 Rob Leibowitz
CCowgill, LAA 3 (4) Joe Sheehan 2 Jason Collette 0 Larry Schechter
KCalhoun, LAA 1 (22) Ron Shandler 1 Joe Sheehan 0 Larry Schechter
FRodriguez, Bal 1 (5) Matthew Berry 0 Mike Siano
MTuiasosopo, Det 1 Larry Schechter 2 Ron Shandler
DMcGowan, Tor 0 Rob Leibowitz
MKohn, LAA 0 Andy Behrens

UNAWARDED BIDS

MKrauss, Hou 1 Ron Shandler
DBernier, Min 0 Wolf/Colton
HPerez, Det 0 Wolf/Colton
RGrossman, Hou 0 Wolf/Colton
DKelly, Det 0 Larry Schechter
SFuld, TB 0 Larry Schechter 0 Wolf/Colton

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Unsurprisingly the crossovers of Matt Garza and Alfonso Soriano nearly bankrupted the FAAB accounts of two Touts this week. To be honest, I expected a little less spirited bidding on Soriano who enters a rather crowded situation that is about to get a bit more crowded with Curtis Granderson soon to return from the disabled list. Given his platoon splits, the fact that Yankee Stadium is not particularly friendly to right-handed homerun hitters, mediocre defense, and sub-par OBP skills, it will be interesting to see just how much playing time Soriano even receives for the remainder of the year. All that aside, the Yankees are indeed utilizing him as a starter and given that, FAAB bidding should reflect the opportunity and power production Soriano would provide by being in the starting lineup more often than not for the remainder of the season.

Matt Garza is the main FAAB target of the week, providing skills, talent, and the potential to offer wins given playing for a contending club. It also helps, that in coming to Texas, Garza generally keeps the ball on the ground and in the park (except for 2012) and that should help somewhat mitigate the change in parks.

Kole Calhoun, with the injury that could keep Albert Pujols shelved for awhile, may be a quality bargain pickup. While not a high-ceiling player, Calhoun offers a very disciplined approach, mid to high-teens HR potential, and though not a fast runner, is a smart one capable of swiping bag given the green light. The lefty could see significant playing time as a left-handed portion of the Angels’ DH platoon or in the outfield for the time being

NATIONAL LEAGUE

jake_marisnick

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
JMarisnick, Mia 12 (13) Scott Wilderman 11 Mike Gianella 6 Peter Kreutzer 4 Derek Carty
2 Phil Hertz
CGindl, Mil 11 (21) Steve Gardner 10 Brian Walton 3 Scott Wilderman 2 Phil Hertz
0 Derek Carty 0 Phil Hertz
JMejia, NYM 11 Mike Gianella 10 Brian Walton 7 Chris Liss 5 Derek Carty
2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 2 Scott Wilderman 2 Peter Kreutzer
DSolano, Mia 6 (10) Scott Pianowski 11 Steve Gardner 9 Scott Wilderman 5 Peter Kreutzer
5 Brian Walton 3 Mike Gianella 3 Lenny Melnick
0 Derek Carty
CRusin, ChC 6 (7) Scott Pianowski 5 Lenny Melnick 2 Brian Walton
TRoss, SD 4 Mike Gianella 3 Peter Kreutzer 2 Brian Walton 0 Scott Wilderman
ROhlendorf, Was 3 (4) Lenny Melnick 4 Scott Pianowski 2 Scott Wilderman
PPolanco, Mia 1 (8) Mike Gianella 3 Scott Pianowski 0 Derek Carty
SOSullivan, SD 1 (5) Lenny Melnick
MAGonzalez, FA 1 (7) Chris Liss
JaMcDonald, Pit 1 (10) Brian Walton
DCarpenter, Atl 0 Scott Wilderman
TWatson, Pit 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Phil Hertz
CQualls, Mia 0 Phil Hertz 0 Scott Wilderman
DRobinson, Cin 0 Phil Hertz 5 Tristan H. Cockcroft
BLeague, LAD 0 Phil Hertz
JTurner, NYM 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Derek Carty 0 Lenny Melnick
KDavis, Mil 0 Peter Kreutzer
CBarmes, Pit 0 Derek Carty
SRobinson, StL 0 Derek Carty 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Phil Hertz
DHand, Mil 0 Derek Carty

UNAWARDED BIDS

TSanchez, Pit 1 Phil Hertz
MOlt, ChC 1 Derek Carty
WNieves, Ari 0 Steve Gardner
CTracy, Was 0 Steve Gardner
NVincent, SD 0 Phil Hertz
LNix, Phi 0 Phil Hertz
JMachi, SF 0 Phil Hertz
EHerrera, LAD 0 Phil Hertz
CDickerson, Col 0 Phil Hertz
BKintzler, Mil 0 Phil Hertz
KSiegrist, StL 0 Derek Carty
LOndrusek, Cin 0 Chris Liss
IKrol, Was 0 Chris Liss

Brian Walton's Commentary

It was a busy week in National League Tout Wars, though not because of the impending non-waiver trade deadline. New Miami centerfielder Jake Marisnick, fresh from Double-A, drew a half-dozen bids despite going 2-for-22 to open his MLB career. Winner Scott Wilderman of onRoto bid $13 and had to pay $12 (Vickrey).

One major beneficiary of Ryan Braun's suspension is Brewers outfielder Caleb Gindl. Steve Gardner of USA TODAY was willing to spend $21, but only $11 was required. $11 was the same price paid by Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus for new Mets sixth starter Jenrry Mejia. Though Mejia is pitching with bone spurs in his elbow, surgery can reportedly be delayed until the fall. (My $10 bids for each were only second-best.)

Back at second base every day for the Marlins, Donovan Solano received a lot of interest, coming home with Yahoo's Scott Pianowski for $6 ($10 bid). That was the magic number for Pianow this week, as he also spent that for new Cubs rotation member Chris Rusin ($7 bid). The left-hander performed well against NL West opponents Arizona and San Francisco in his first two MLB starts.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

jenrry_mejia

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
NHundley, SD 3 Ray Flowers 2 Scott Swanay
JMejia, NYM 3 (8) Eric Mack 11 Nicholas Minnix 2 Fred Zinkie
JGuzman, SD 1 (3) Tim Heaney
ELucas, Mia 1 (2) Scott Swanay 1 Derek Van Riper
DLough, KC 1 (6) Scott Swanay 5 Paul Singman 1 Tim Heaney 1 Ray Flowers
DRobertson, NYY 1 (2) Scott Swanay
TFlowers, CWS 1 (2) Scott Swanay
DAckley, Sea 1 Ray Flowers 1 Derek Van Riper
JLagares, NYM 1 (5) Paul Singman 1 Ray Flowers
JSoria, Tex 1 (15) Nicholas Minnix 0 Patrick Davitt
CColabello, Min 1 (5) Nando DiFino
KCalhoun, LAA 1 (5) Nando DiFino
MPelfrey, Min 1 (2) Fred Zinkie
MEllis, LAD 1 Derek Van Riper 0 Patrick Davitt 0 Scott Swanay
KGibson, Min 1 Derek Van Riper
TRosenthal, StL 1 (7) David Gonos 2 Scott Swanay 0 Patrick Davitt 0 Cory Schwartz
JCisnero, Hou 1 Cory Schwartz
ATorres, TB 0 Patrick Davitt 0 Cory Schwartz
PFlorimon, Min 0 Patrick Davitt

UNAWARDED BIDS

BChen, KC 4 Nicholas Minnix
BWorkman, Bos 4 Nicholas Minnix
TRoss, SD 4 Nicholas Minnix
ABastardo, Phi 2 Tim Heaney
DBarney, ChC 2 Scott Swanay 1 Derek Van Riper
JLobaton, TB 2 Ray Flowers 1 Scott Swanay
LSchafer, Mil 1 Tim Heaney
HConger, LAA 1 Scott Swanay 1 Ray Flowers
SCasilla, SF 1 Scott Swanay
AAmarista, SD 1 Ray Flowers
DMurphy, Tex 1 Ray Flowers
DNavarro, ChC 1 Ray Flowers 0 Scott Swanay
MAviles, Cle 1 Ray Flowers
MCarp, Bos 1 Ray Flowers
WNieves, Ari 1 Ray Flowers
SRobinson, StL 1 Paul Singman
JHammel, Bal 1 Derek Van Riper
JKeppinger, CWS 1 Derek Van Riper
TGorzelanny, Mil 1 Derek Van Riper
JCosart, Hou 1 Cory Schwartz
CCorporan, Hou 0 Scott Swanay
DSolano, Mia 0 Scott Swanay
EKratz, Phi 0 Scott Swanay
JMolina, TB 0 Scott Swanay
JPeralta, TB 0 Scott Swanay
RRaburn, Cle 0 Scott Swanay
CaVillanueva, ChC 0 Fred Zinkie
ARamos, Mia 0 Cory Schwartz
SDelabar, Tor 0 Cory Schwartz

Todd Zola's Commentary

And the winner is....

Nando DiFino for picking up a couple of potential impact bats for a buck. Chris Colabello is the latest to audition in the Twins outfield shiffle and has some pop. He should play most of the time - but of course we said that about Chris Parmelee and Oswaldo Arcia and Clete Thomas and....

Nando also snagged Calhoun - see Rob's analysis above for details, but the injury to Pujols opens the door for some playing time and Calhoun earned a shot as he was raking at Triple-A.

In case you're wondering, Christian Yelich was already on Tim Heaney's (KFFL) roster while Jake Marisnick did not garner any bids. That's pretty odd. Not the Yelich part, Tim's on the ball and picked him up as a pre-emptive strike earlier in the season. I find the Marisnick part just a little curious considering the fascination with prospects. Granted, Marisnick doesn't have the pedigree of Yelich, but he was actually hitting better on the farm, making better contact.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

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SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
MMelancon, Pit 75 Greg Ambrosius 38 Gene McCaffrey 24 Mike Podhorzer 10 Tom Kessenich
10 Tim McLeod 3 Perry Van Hook
CYelich, Mia 4 (10) Tom Kessenich 3 Anthony Perri 3 Perry Van Hook
DSpan, Was 2 (3) Greg Ambrosius 1 Eno Sarris 1 Tom Kessenich
LSchafer, Mil 2 Anthony Perri 1 Eno Sarris 1 Tom Kessenich
JNicasio, Col 1 (5) Tim McLeod
TChatwood, Col 1 (4) Tim McLeod
SVogt, Oak 1 (3) Scott Engel
SDeduno, Min 1 (7) Perry Van Hook 2 Tim McLeod
BWorkman, Bos 1 (7) Perry Van Hook
JLagares, NYM 1 (3) Perry Van Hook
SKazmir, Cle 1(7) Mike Podhorzer 6 Greg Ambrosius
JSoria, Tex 1 (3) Mike Podhorzer
LGregerson, SD 1 (10) Greg Ambrosius
NEovaldi, Mia 1 Eno Sarris 2 Perry Van Hook
JCosart, Hou 1 (2) Anthony Perri

UNAWARDED BIDS

JMarisnick, Mia 3 Tom Kessenich
DLough, KC 3 Perry Van Hook
BMoss, Oak 3 Mike Podhorzer
CHerrmann, Min 2 Scott Engel
JMejia, NYM 2 Perry Van Hook
HAlvarez, Mia 2 Perry Van Hook 1 Eno Sarris
AWood, Atl 2 Mike Podhorzer
THelton, Col 1 Tom Kessenich
RDempster, Bos 1 Tim McLeod
JMathis, Mia 1 Scott Engel

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

There weren't a lot of high bids this week but the few there were all fell on Mark Melancon in hopes of getting some number of saves. Greg Ambrosius (Stats/NFBC) bid $75 to get the Pirate fill-in but that was reduced to a still hefty $39 to beat Gene McCaffrey's (Wise Guys Baseball) bid of $38.

I thought Christian Yelich would draw higher bids than my $3 first in my OF queue but Tom Kessenich (Stats/NFBC) had bid $10 and got him for $4. I also needed to bolster my pitching staff and was surprised to still find Minnesota's Sam Deduno available. I bid $7 but got him for a dollar. The same was true of Red Sox hurler Brandon Workman who has a nice two start week at home versus Seattle and Arizona.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 29 July 2013 10:38
 
What to do with Kate Upton's ex? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Perry Van Hook   
Friday, 26 July 2013 17:23

I didn’t draft Justin Verlander to be just one of my starters in the TOUT mixed draft league or an NFBC satellite league – he was supposed to by my ace and deliver 220+ strikeouts with great ratios.

Well almost two thirds through the season JV is sitting at 3.99, 1.41 and his lowest strikeout per nine rate since 2008. So do we bench him? Play him based on matchups? Or [shudder] sell low on at best our 3rd or 4th best starter?

Now thirty years old, has Verlander just hit a rough year where he will rebound  like he did in 2009 or is there perhaps an injury that is preventing him from his usual studly contributions to fantasy (and Tiger) pitching staffs?

In early July Verlander said that he had identified a problem with his mechanics that was preventing him from repeating his delivery. He thought it was the angle of his shoulder that was making him misfire. His next start was July 4 in Toronto and we were all encouraged with seven shutout innings where he gave up only three hits and two walks and even if there were only five strikeouts, it was a W. Except that five days later at home versus a struggling White Sox team he gave up twelve hits and a walk and five earned runs in seven innings – with just three strikeouts.

I admit to being a little nervous approaching his next start even though he was home again because he was facing the Texas Rangers. But like the start against the Blue Jays we got another vintage Verlander performance, seven shutout innings with just one hit and three walks and another three strikeouts – and the W. Up next the Kansas City Royals and I was looking for another affirmation that he had fixed the delivery problem.

But it wasn’t pretty as he couldn’t finish the sixth inning having allowed eight hits and four walks and five earned runs (and yes three strikeouts). That was followed by another disastrous start again against the White Sox who got six earned runs in six innings on eleven hits and two walks while striking out only four. I was looking forward to watching that game but what I saw didn’t really look like Justin Verlander – he didn’t throw anything inside to Pale Hose batters who seemed pretty comfortable digging in against him. There wasn’t a substantial drop in velocity throughout any of these starts as far as I knew, just the problem with location … and perhaps attitude. I have to wonder if he is as baffled by some of the games this year as we are.

It is easy to look at the stats and see the 8.6 K/9 (his lowest in five years), or the 3.3 BB/9 his highest in five years and the resultant 2.6 K/BB ratio, also the lowest since his terrible 2008 season. We can see that he is giving up a much higher percentage of hits, but his HR/9 and HR/F rates are the same as they have been for the last several great seasons.

So I have to wonder if the problem is actually mechanical or approach or whether there is something else bothering Verlander? Can you shed some light on this Kate?

I don’t really want to start thinking about whether to start him every week – that will almost assuredly mean that we will miss a good start. But I don’t have a lot of confidence in my ace.

What about you?

Last Updated on Friday, 26 July 2013 17:30
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of July 22 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 22 July 2013 12:06

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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

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SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Wade Davis, KC 16 Colton & Wolf 2 Fangraphs
Henry Urrutia, BAL 12 USA TODAY Sports 8 Baseball HQ 7 Fangraphs 4 KFFL.com
2 USA TODAY Sports
Chris Colabello, MIN 7 Colton & Wolf 4 KFFL.com 1 USA TODAY Sports
Jose Cisnero, HOU 2 SiriusXM
Todd Redmond, TOR 2 Fangraphs 1 Colton & Wolf

UNAWARDED BIDS

Aaron Loup, TOR 1 SiriusXM
Casey Fien, MIN 1 SiriusXM
Dane De La Rosa, LAA 1 SiriusXM
Kelvin Herrera, KC 1 SiriusXM
Shawn Kelley, NYY 1 SiriusXM

Todd Zola's Commentary

Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf feel Wade Davis will be better than anyone they have a legitimate shot to snag at the MLB trading deadline. While I completely endorse the strategy, I am leery of Davis who has given back everything KC has gained via James Shields in the Wil Myers deal. Davis is in danger of losing some second-half starts to the returning Danny Duffy and Felipe Paulino. Glenn and Rick also added a hitter in Colabello who has a chance to get some short term run in left field. He's going to have to hit as Minnesota has some other options, though the reason Colabello is being auditioned as the rest have scuffled (Oswaldo Arcia, Clete Thomas, Chris Herrmann and Chris Parmelee).

Steve Gardner also senses he'll be shut out at the deadline, so he opted for Henry Urrutia who will be on the good side of a platoon in Baltimore and will be afforded the chance to claim the DH at bats intended for the perpetually injured Nolan Reimold.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

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SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Junior Lake, CHC 6 DerekCarty.com 6 Colton & Wolf 4 ESPN - Karabell
Heath Bell, ARI 5 DerekCarty.com
Jeff Mathis, MIA 1 Colton & Wolf
Brock Peterson, STL 1 Colton & Wolf

UNAWARDED BIDS

Sam LeCure, CIN 1 DerekCarty.com
Manny Parra, CIN 1 DerekCarty.com
Justin De Fratus, PHI 1 DerekCarty.com
J.J. Hoover, CIN 1 DerekCarty.com
Chad Qualls, MIA 1 DerekCarty.com
Burke Badenhop, MIL 1 DerekCarty.com
Alfredo Simon, CIN 1 DerekCarty.com
A.J. Ramos, MIA 1 DerekCarty.com
Dave Sappelt, CHC 1 Colton & Wolf

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

 Yawn.

Ok, that could be taken a couple of ways.

Perhaps we all needed a bit of a nap during the All Star break, for one.

Or, perhaps, in anticipation of some kind of trade deadline blockbuster deals, over a short week with not too many transactions, the NL LABR Waiver Wire simply was indeed a Yawn Festival.

I mean, Derek Carty, ever active, nabbed two players, starting with the more interesting in 23-year old Cubs infielder (but will be playing outfield) Junior Lake for $6 (outbidding attempts of $4 and $6 from two other owners).

The young Dominican was faring pretty well at AAA Iowa (.295-4-18 with 14 steals) when summoned to Wrigley, but that speed is the main asset Lake brings to the table setting.

Derek also nabbed D-backs reliever Heath Bell--whom I saw pitch against the Giants on Friday, and pretty effectively at that--who might be able to grab a save or two, but is essentially as much of a flier as Lake.

The last tranny for the week was Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton grabbing back up catcher Jeff Mathis for a buck. About what he is worth. Colton and the Wolf Man may get a dinger from Mathis, but they will also get a .212 average.

Like I said, zzzzzzzzzzzzz.

MIXED LEAGUE

brad_ziegler

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Brad Ziegler, ARI 11 Sports Grumblings
John Mayberry, PHI 1 Sports Grumblings
John Lannan, PHI 1 Sports Grumblings
Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA 1 MLB.com 1 Sports Grumblings

UNAWARDED BIDS

Lyle Overbay, NYY 1 Sports Grumblings 1 KFFL.com
Pedro Strop, CHC 1 Sports Grumblings 1 KFFL.com
Henderson Alvarez, MIA 1 Sports Grumblings
Steve Delabar, TOR 1 Sports Grumblings
Vernon Wells, NYY 1 Sports Grumblings

Todd Zola's Commentary

And Lawr the NL was a snooze-fest. Mixed LABR was a recycling of mediocrity, headed by the side-winding Ziegler after he received the thumbs up from Manager Kirk Gibson.

Mayberry has a chance to make a bit of an impact as he can play either center field or first base and both are open with the injuries to Ben Revere and Ryan Howard. Mayberry will spend the majority of his time shagging flies as Darin Ruf is getting a look at first.

I'm down to $3 FAAB so will only bid when I have an injury replacement need, or a multi-eligibility player is available. However, I did alert the league I am looking to move Clayton Kershaw so we'll see what happens there.

 
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