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Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of May 27 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 27 May 2013 00:45

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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

joesmith

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
JSmith, Cle 2 (22) Larry Schechter 1 Steve Moyer
RCoello, LAA 1 (5) Wolf/Colton
BRyan, Sea 1 (3) Ron Shandler
PCiriaco, Bos 1 (6) Rob Leibowitz 0 Wolf/Colton
BPena, Det 1 Jason Collette 0 Wolf/Colton
MTejada, KC 1 (14) Andy Behrens
CThielbar, Min 0 Ron Shandler
EEscobar, Min 0 Ron Shandler
BCecil, Tor 0 Rob Leibowitz

UNAWARDED BIDS

PClaiborne, NYY 0 Ron Shandler
RRoss, Tex 0 Ron Shandler
TGreene, CWS 0 Rob Leibowitz
DMcGowan, Tor 0 Rob Leibowitz
DLough, KC 0 Wolf/Colton

Todd Zola's Commentary

I'll be pinch-commenting for Rob today but he may pop back later to add in his $.02.

Remember thinking "I know they're not very good, but adding Houston to the American League should help the free agent pool at least a little." That was cool.

YIKES!! And this is with Tout Wars using a swingman spot to even further help alleviate the dreck usually availble to replace injured hitters.

Larry Schechter hopes if Chris Perez has to miss time, the Indians opt to use Joe Smith to close. Unfortunately, the Tribe has announced that Vinnie Pestano gets first dibs.

Rob picked up Pedro Ciriaco who could see increased AB while Will Middlebrooks is on the DL. Ciriaco is someone who has decent skills but usually doesn't play enough to warrant a roster spot. When he plays, he is viable fantasy option.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

kickham

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
MKickham, SF 6 (11) Lenny Melnick 5 Tristan H. Cockcroft
MGonzalez, Mil 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft
MAdams, Phi 1 (2) Tristan H. Cockcroft
TChatwood, Col 1 (4) Steve Gardner 0 Scott Pianowski
WFlores, NYM 1 (6) Mike Gianella
JKobernus, Was 1 (5) Mike Gianella
JPederson, LAD 1 (3) Lenny Melnick 1 Mike Gianella
JBorbon, ChC 1 (4) Derek Carty 1 Mike Gianella 0 Brian Walton
KFrandsen, Phi 0 Scott Pianowski
JMathis, Mia 0 Brian Walton
CMarmol, ChC 0 Brian Walton

UNAWARDED BIDS

JWilson, Pit 2 Steve Gardner
BInge, Pit 1 Mike Gianella
MReynolds, Ari 1 Lenny Melnick
AFigaro, Mil 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
JKelly, StL 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
BPill, SF 0 Mike Gianella
WLopez, Col 0 Lenny Melnick
DNavarro, ChC 0 Brian Walton
WNieves, Ari 0 Brian Walton

Brian Walton's Commentary

Left-hander Michael Kickham of the Giants was the most expensive addition in NL Tout Wars this week. The 24-year-old is opening eyes with a 3-1 record, a 1.72 ERA and a .214 batting average against over his last five starts with Triple A Fresno. Lenny Melnick of Fantasy Pros 911 made the highest of two offers, bidding $11, reduced to $6 by Vickrey rule. Kickham is scheduled to make his MLB debut in a spot start Tuesday against the A's.

Mets infield prospect Wilmer Flores is heading into his third month at Triple-A and nearing the majors with 30 RBI in 47 games. Mike Gianella was willing to spend $6 plus absorb a week of empty stats to snag Flores now. As the lone bidder, Gianella only had to pay $1.

Jeff Kobernus of Washington stands to receive at-bats while Nats infielder Danny Espinosa is trying to deal with a bone chip in his hand. A nice potential speed source, Kobernus had 21 stolen bases and 20 RBI in 24 Triple-A contests. With Espinosa hitting just .163 on the season, who knows what might be ahead? Gianella was willing to spend $5, but rostered Kobernus for just $1.

I added a pair of $0 players in reserve Miami catcher Jeff Mathis and (wince) Carlos Marmol of the Cubs. (Yes, I need saves that badly.)

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

krod

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
FRodriguez, Mil 23 (25) Seth Trachtman 22 Nando DiFino 17 Zach Steinhorn 8 Tim Heaney
6 Ray Flowers 5 Fred Zinkie 4 Scott Swanay
3 Cory Schwartz 0 Nicholas Minnix
MWacha, StL 9 (10) Scott Swanay 8 Zach Steinhorn 6 Cory Schwartz 2 Tim Heaney
RBrothers, Col 8 Tim Heaney 9 Cory Schwartz 7 Zach Steinhorn 0 Nicholas Minnix
0 Fred Zinkie
JCastro, Hou 7 (9) Cory Schwartz 6 Ray Flowers 6 Al Melchior 3 Tim Heaney
2 Scott Swanay 0 Eric Mack
DLeMahieu, Col 5 (8) Nando DiFino 4 Paul Singman 2 Tim Heaney 0 Nicholas Minnix
JLocke, Pit 4 (13) Cory Schwartz 3 Ray Flowers 3 Eric Mack 0 Fred Zinkie
TLyons, StL 2 (5) Paul Singman 2 Fred Zinkie 1 Fred Zinkie 0 Seth Trachtman
JNicasio, Col 1 (12) Cory Schwartz 0 Seth Trachtman 0 Fred Zinkie
JKeppinger, CWS 1 (10) Cory Schwartz
MDominguez, Hou 1 (5) Zach Steinhorn
ARendon, Was 1 (4) Nicholas Minnix
JSmith, Cle 1 (3) Ray Flowers 0 Fred Zinkie
CAllen, Cle 1 (3) Paul Singman
KShoppach, Sea 1 (2) Al Melchior
LOverbay, NYY 1 (2) Tim Heaney
YGrandal, SD 1 Tim Heaney
TSnider, Pit 1 Scott Swanay
SLombardozzi, Was 1 Paul Singman
YPuig, LAD 1 Paul Singman
PCiriaco, Bos 1 Nando DiFino
VNuno, NYY 1 Fred Zinkie
YGomes, Cle 1 Eric Mack
EStults, SD 0 (1) Fred Zinkie
JMarquis, SD 0 Seth Trachtman
AHarang, Sea 0 Patrick Davitt

UNAWARDED BIDS

EKratz, Phi 6 Cory Schwartz 2 Tim Heaney 0 Eric Mack
SDoolittle, Oak 5 Paul Singman
TStauffer, SD 4 Cory Schwartz
DStoren, Was 3 Ray Flowers
EVolquez, SD 3 Ray Flowers
TClippard, Was 3 Ray Flowers
DDuffy, KC 2 Tim Heaney
EJohnson, KC 2 Tim Heaney
TSkaggs, Ari 2 Tim Heaney
GBlanco, SF 2 Scott Swanay
CTriunfel, Sea 1 Tim Heaney
DAdams, NYY 1 Tim Heaney
FGalvis, Phi 1 Tim Heaney
JFrancisco, Atl 1 Tim Heaney
ESogard, Oak 1 Scott Swanay
KBlanks, SD 1 Scott Swanay
TStauffer, SD 1 Scott Swanay
AHechavarria, Mia 1 Nando DiFino
MKickham, SF 1 Fred Zinkie
CCorporan, Hou 0 Tim Heaney
GSoto, Tex 0 Tim Heaney
FGarcia, Bal 0 Patrick Davitt
CJenkins, Tor 0 Fred Zinkie
SDelabar, Tor 0 Fred Zinkie
TCloyd, Phi 0 Fred Zinkie

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

A familiar name headlined this week’s FAAB proceedings. Actually, he’s someone who holds the MLB single-season saves record and has 295 career saves to his name. Now that Brewers’ closer Jim Henderson is on the DL with a hamstring injury, Francisco Rodriguez, who notched the save for Milwaukee on Friday, is considered the leading candidate to hold down the fort until Henderson comes back. And, whether it’s due to K-Rod’s extensive ninth inning track record, uncertainty over Henderson’s return timetable or a combination of both, Rodriguez netted a hefty $25 winning bid from Seth Trachtman. Seth was far from alone in the sweepstakes as nine of the league’s 15 owners submitted bids for Rodriguez. My $17 bid would have surely been higher if I had not pulled off a trade for Mariners’ stopper Tom Wilhelmsen over the weekend. Would I be surprised if K-Rod holds onto his new (I mean old) gig for a little while longer, even after Henderson returns? Not really.

After not putting in a bid on a single player last week, I was a lot more active this time around, but for the most part it didn’t make much of a difference, as I lost out on each of the three most expensive players. In addition to Rodriguez, Michael Wacha, who is expected to get called up to make Thursday’s start for the Cardinals, escaped my grasp. Wacha wowed the Cards in spring training and has continued to dominate in the Minors so far, and with St. Louis now short on healthy rotation members, Wacha should get a long look.

Rounding out the top-three was Rex Brothers, the lights out Rockies’ setup man who registered the save on Wednesday in place of an injured Rafael Betancourt. The bad news for Brothers is that Betancourt returned to action on Saturday, and despite the blown save has a fairly firm grip on Colorado’s closer job. Still though, Brothers isn’t a bad guy to stash in deeper leagues. Even if he isn’t saving games, he will help in the ratio categories, and there’s a decent chance the Rockies will decide to trade the 38-year-old Betancourt at some point this season and hand over the reigns to Brothers.

The one player I did win this week (it helped that no one else bid on him) is Astros’ third baseman Matt Dominguez. This wasn’t as much a move out of necessity as it was out of preference, as Dominguez, who has slugged seven homers in May, is slightly more appealing to me going forward than my current 3B backup, Chris Johnson, who is no longer receiving everyday at-bats.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

mccarthy

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
FRodriguez, Mil 24 (29) Ray Guilfoyle 23 Gene McCaffrey 21 Eno Sarris 18 Tom Kessenich
BMcCarthy, Ari 6 (9) Tim McLeod 5 Scott Engel 1 Anthony Perri
KGausman, Bal 5 (21) Eno Sarris 19 Ray Guilfoyle 4 Anthony Perri 2 Charlie Wiegert
SSmith, Oak 2 Anthony Perri 2 Anthony Perri 2 Paul Greco
JSmith, Cle 1 (4) Tim McLeod 3 Eno Sarris
JLackey, Bos 1 (5) Scott Engel 6 Eno Sarris 5 Ray Guilfoyle 2 Perry Van Hook
BPena, Det 1 (2) Scott Engel
TCloyd, Phi 1 (7) Perry Van Hook
JNicasio, Col 1 (4) Perry Van Hook
JKeppinger, CWS 1 (7) Mike Podhorzer
DLeMahieu, Col 1 (7) Mike Podhorzer
JParedes, Hou 1 (2) Eno Sarris
VPestano, Cle 1 (7) Eno Sarris
DStraily, Oak 1 (5) Charlie Wiegert 6 Eno Sarris
JOdorizzi, TB 1 (25) Brent Hershey 3 Charlie Wiegert 1 Eno Sarris
YGomes, Cle 1 (3) Anthony Perri 1 Scott Engel
BZito, SF 1 Anthony Perri

UNAWARDED BIDS

RBrothers, Col 6 Eno Sarris
FGalvis, Phi 5 Mike Podhorzer
DODay, Bal 3 Eno Sarris 2 Tim McLeod
TLyons, StL 3 Charlie Wiegert 1 Perry Van Hook
ARamos, Mia 3 Eno Sarris
MPerez, Tex 2 Perry Van Hook
DAdams, NYY 2 Eno Sarris
KShoppach, Sea 1 Scott Engel
CKluber, Cle 1 Eno Sarris
JDMartinez, Hou 1 Anthony Perri
NHundley, SD 1 Anthony Perri

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

There were several twenty dollar bids for pitchers this week, but only Milwaukee relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez cost that much as Ray Guilfoye's $29 bid was Vickrey reduced to a winning bid of $24. But young hurlers Jake Odorizzi and Kevin Gausman had twenty plus bids reduced to $5 for Gausman for Eno Sarris and just $1 for Odorizzi for Brent Hershey. This is one of the advantages of Vickrey bidding - you can decide how much you would pay IF you had to but often win at a much lower price.

I was fortunate to win both my pitching bids with $1 getting my first choice in each group - Phillies Tyler Cloyd with two nice starts who I had risked $7 on; and Rockies Juan Nicasio who pitches against Houston this week where I had bid $4. Hopefully they both have a nice game and along with the return of Jered Weaver to face the Dodgers this week in the "Freeway Series" in LALAland can shore up some weak pitching which has seen me drop from first place in the mixed draft league to fourth but still less than ten points out of regaining the lead.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 27 May 2013 11:11
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of May 20 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 20 May 2013 18:13

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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

dadams

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

PLAYER AWARDED WINNING BID
David Adams, NYY 9 Fangraphs 1 Mastersball 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Vidal Nuno, NYY 6 Fangraphs 4 Mastersball
Josh Lindblom, TEX 6 Colton & Wolf
Eric Sogard, OAK 3 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Kevin Correia, MIN 3 USA TODAY Sports
Pedro Florimon, MIN 3 USA TODAY Sports 3 Winning Fantasy Baseball 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Mastersball
Matt Tuiasosopo, DET 2 RotoWire 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Reid Brignac, NYY 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Mastersball
Ryan Lavarnway, BOS 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 Fangraphs
Cody Allen, CLE 1 KFFL.com

UNAWARDED BIDS

David Lough, KC 7 Fangraphs
Yamaico Navarro, BAL 3 USA TODAY Sports
Shawn Kelley, NYY 2 USA TODAY Sports
Don Kelly, DET 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
David Lough, KC 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Adam Warren, NYY 1 KFFL.com

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Yankee 2B/3B David Adams was the highest bid player in LABR's AL only league as Eno Sarris bid $9 to fill his hole. Sadly for both Sarris and myself both underbids on Adams were for $1.

My other $1 attempts to replace Alberto Gonzalez who Adams displaced from the Yankees roster were Pedro Florimon who went for $3 to Steve Gardner; and another new Yankee, Reid Brignac who I lost on a tie-breaker based on standings to Greg Ambrosius. Guess I would rather be in 3rd place in this league and have zeroes from my middle infielder this week.

Again Jurickson Profar who would have generated some very high bids was already rostered by Chris Liss.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

jgast

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

PLAYER AWARDED WINNING BID
John Gast, STL 12 RotoWire 2 Colton & Wolf 1 DerekCarty.com
Rick Ankiel, NYM 2 Colton & Wolf 1 DerekCarty.com
Tom Koehler, MIA 1 Colton & Wolf 3 RotoWire

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jon Garland, COL 2 RotoWire
Joe Kelly, STL 1 Colton & Wolf

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

As we near the first real benchmark of the season—that being Memorial Day—NLLABR is kind like a Derby race where all the horses are approaching the first milestone marker, eyeing one another, but holding back on make a serious move yet

At least that is what the results of this week’s NL FAAB suggest, with only three claims taking place among the 12 teams, and only two teams being awarded players.

The big kahuna was the $12 Jeff Erickson shelled out for St. Louis hurler John Gast, easily outdistancing secondary and tertiary bids of $2 and $1 respectively for the rights to the 24-year old southpaw who is 2-0, 4.76 over his first two starts and 11 innings.

Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton—the only other winners—grabbed up the player I like to think potentially as the “new Cody Ransom” in obtaining Rick Ankiel for $2 (there was a $1 bid as well). Ankiel will strike out, but he has some pop and over 150 at-bats, could give 7-10 homers which in a deep league like LABR is pretty good value.

Rick and Glenn also bagged Tom Koehler, a 27-year old who has moved into the Marlins rotation for now. Koehler has pitched pretty well (0-2, 2.82 over two starts, eight games, and 22.1 innings) although on a team just trying to re-establish itself, like Miami—those numbers will likely kick up some.

Still, for a dollar, a reasonable gamble, and even if Koehler’s ERA shoots up a run over the rest of the season as he delivers 100 innings, that could change the gamble into good value.

MIXED LEAGUE

porcello

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

PLAYER AWARDED WINNING BID
Joel Peralta, TB 11 Razzball 3 Baseball Prospectus 3 RotoWire 2 USA TODAY Sports
1 KFFL.com
Rick Porcello, DET 9 Baseball HQ 3 KFFL.com 2 RotoWire 1 USA TODAY Sports
Mike Dunn, MIA 5 KFFL.com
Scott Van Slyke, LAD 4 Baseball HQ
Mark Ellis, LAD 3 Mastersball 1 KFFL.com
Mike Aviles, CLE 3 KFFL.com
A.J. Ramos, MIA 3 KFFL.com
Josh Lindblom, TEX 3 Baseball HQ
John Gast, STL 2 RotoWire 1 KFFL.com
Luke Scott, TB 2 Baseball HQ
Steve Lombardozzi, WSH 1 RotoWire
Pedro Strop, BAL 1 Razzball
Jimmy Paredes, HOU 1 Razzball
Jerome Williams, LAA 1 Mastersball
Jesse Crain, CWS 1 Bloomberg Sports
Carlos Corporan, HOU 1 Baseball Prospectus

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jake Odorizzi, TB 3 Baseball HQ
Raul Ibanez, SEA 2 KFFL.com 1 Razzball
Avisail Garcia, DET 2 KFFL.com
John Mayberry, PHI 1 KFFL.com 1 Razzball
Brandon Maurer, SEA 1 KFFL.com
Burch Smith, SD 1 Baseball HQ
Clint Barmes, PIT 1 KFFL.com
Conor Gillaspie, CWS 1 KFFL.com
Erik Bedard, HOU 1 KFFL.com
Jason Bay, SEA 1 KFFL.com
Jeanmar Gomez, PIT 1 KFFL.com
Jonathan Pettibone, PHI 1 KFFL.com
Jordany Valdespin, NYM 1 KFFL.com
Kyle Blanks, SD 1 KFFL.com
Mark DeRosa, TOR 1 KFFL.com
Oliver Perez, SEA 1 Baseball HQ
Rex Brothers, COL 1 KFFL.com
Scott Diamond, MIN 1 KFFL.com

Todd Zola's Commentary

No fewer than six bids were placed on SPECULATIVE closers with the struggles of Fernando Rodney and Steve Cishek taking center stage. I sat this one out after dropping $17 for Junichi Tazawa's save this past week.

Something apparent after tracking bids for a few weeks is if there is a fill-in player you really want, a bid if $4 in this league should get him, otherwise bid a buck on a string of players and take the one awarded to you. We're at the point of the season where patterns and trends can be gleaned from the bidding to date.

Mark Ellis is my latest attempted at making up for the costly fauz pas of releasing Stephen Drew back when he was concussed. I actually like Ellis as he always plays sneakily well between injuries. So I'll squeeze what I can out of Ellis (but not too hard for fear of sending him back to the DL).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 01:39
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of May 20 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 20 May 2013 11:55

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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

odorizzi

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

PLAYER AWARDED WINNING BID
JOdorizzi, TB 18 (25) Jeff Erickson 17 Joe Sheehan 12 Lawr Michaels 4 Andy Behrens
4 Matthew Berry
JShuck, LAA 5 Jeff Erickson 5 Matthew Berry 0 Ron Shandler
VNuno, NYY 2 (4) Mike Siano 3 Jeff Erickson 1 Ron Shandler
JLindblom, Tex 1 (6) Wolf/Colton 0 Joe Sheehan
SGray, Oak 1 Ron Shandler
MTuiasosopo, Det 1 (4) Mike Siano 0 Ron Shandler
DAdams, NYY 1 (8) Matthew Berry 2 Mike Siano 0 Joe Sheehan 0 Ron Shandler
0 Wolf/Colton
DValencia, Bal 1 (8) Matthew Berry
YNavarro, Bal 1 (8) Matthew Berry
LGarcia, Tex 1 Joe Sheehan 0 Ron Shandler
EBedard, Hou 1 (4) Andy Behrens 2 Mike Siano
RBrignac, NYY 0 Wolf/Colton 2 Mike Siano 0 Ron Shandler
GSoto, Tex 0 Steve Moyer 1 Matthew Berry
RSantiago, Det 0 Ron Shandler RSantiago, Det 0 Joe Sheehan
SPearce, Bal 0 Ron Shandler RSantiago, Det 0 Ron Shandler
ATorres, TB 0 Lawr Michaels
DKeuchel, Hou 0 Joe Sheehan

UNAWARDED BIDS

DLough, KC 6 Matthew Berry 3 Jeff Erickson
DKelly, Det 1 Jeff Erickson 0 Ron Shandler
AWarren, NYY 0 Mike Siano
BFrancisco, NYY 0 Ron Shandler
CRamos, TB 0 Jeff Erickson
HGimenez, CWS 0 Joe Sheehan
LMendoza, KC 0 Matthew Berry
RLavarnway, Bos 0 Steve Moyer
SKelley, NYY 0 Mike Siano

 Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

My team may be in ninth, but I still have a great deal of faith in my offense to come around and my pitching staff, especially as some of my disabled list guys like Colby Lewis come back in the next few weeks. The free agent wire is thin thin thin and offers little in the way of uplift.

Jake Odorizzi had been picked up for a $1 by Andy Behrens a few weeks back, but he couldn’t find a way to keep him on his roster after a week and now the former Brewer and Royal will be joining the Ray’s rotation for at least two starts while David Price is shelved. The righty was striking out more than a batter per inning in the minors, but his stuff translates more to the 6’s and 7’s at the MLB level.  Odorizzi’s starts will come against the Blue Jays and Yankees. Odorizzi’s two starts last year with the Royals lasted a combined 7.1 innings, so do not expect great results. He’ll probably be sent right back down once Price returns, but if either Jeremy Hellickson or Roberto Hernandez continues to plague the Rays and their fantasy owners, the Rays might be tempted to stick with him and demote one of that duo.

I’ve long been a fan of J.B. Shuck as a disciplined contact hitter with above-average speed. For now, the former Astro is starting against righties for the Angels while Peter Bourjos is disabled. Definitely worth a try in AL only formats.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

rankiel

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

PLAYER AWARDED WINNING BID
RAnkiel, NYM 24 (44) Scott Pianowski 23 Todd Zola 12 Derek Carty 11 Brian Walton
6 Steve Gardner 3 Phil Hertz 2 Peter Kreutzer
2 Mike Gianella
MDunn, Mia 11 (44) Scott Pianowski 10 Mike Gianella 6 Peter Kreutzer 5 Tristan H. Cockcroft
GDobbs, Mia 4 (17) Steve Gardner 3 Mike Gianella 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Brian Walton
SVanSlyke, LAD 4 (6) Brian Walton 6 Steve Gardner 3 Mike Gianella 2 Phil Hertz
0 Peter Kreutzer
JGast, StL 3 (6) Lenny Melnick 6 Tristan H. Cockcroft 3 Scott Wilderman 2 Derek Carty
1 Chris Liss
MBoggs, StL 1 (2) Tristan H. Cockcroft
BSmith, SD 1 (3) Scott Wilderman 1 Phil Hertz
TKoehler, Mia 1(9) Phil Hertz 3 Scott Wilderman 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft
DLeMahieu, Col 1 (5) Phil Hertz
JPutz, Ari 1 (2) Mike Gianella
CCoghlan, Mia 1 (3) Lenny Melnick 0 Steve Gardner 0 Brian Walton
TLyons, StL 1 Derek Carty 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft
SManess, StL 1 (3) Chris Liss
RPena, Atl 1 (2) Brian Walton
JDeFratus, Phi 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
JBianchi, Mil 0 Peter Kreutzer
BKintzler, Mil 0 Mike Gianella
TFederowicz, LAD 0 Brian Walton

UNAWARDED BIDS

MReynolds, Ari 2 Lenny Melnick 1 Chris Liss 0 Phil Hertz
TChatwood, Col 2 Phil Hertz
NKarns, Was 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft
KFrandsen, Phi 1 Lenny Melnick
LAvilan, Atl 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
JMejia, NYM 0 Scott Wilderman
CMarmol, ChC 0 Phil Hertz
BInge, Pit 0 Brian Walton
DNavarro, ChC 0 Brian Walton
JMathis, Mia 0 Brian Walton
WNieves, Ari 0 Brian Walton

Brian Walton's Commentary

Rick Ankiel, the left-handed fireballer, has long retired from the mound. Ankiel the centerfielder is now a journeyman, on his sixth team in the last four years. In fact, Ankiel has been released twice in the last 10 months, including by the woeful Houston Astros two weeks ago.

The only slightly less woeful New York Mets signed the 33-year-old to try to fill their centerfield gap – at least against right-handed pitching. While Ankiel will likely be a drain on batting average, he has the potential to help in the home runs and RBI categories.

Sitting on most of his bankroll until now, Yahoo’s Scott Pianowski was willing to spend $44 to secure Ankiel’s services, but it required “just” $24 (Vickrey). My $11 bid was a distant fourth.

Pianowski decided that $44 was his number this week, as he made a preemptive move to try to try to capture the Marlins’ saves via Mike Dunn. The left-hander picked up his first save of the season and second of his career on Sunday. The bottom line price was $11 (Vickery), which will be a nice bargain – only if incumbent Steve Cishek loses his job.

I spent $4 (reduced from $6 by Vickrey) in hopes that outfielder Scott Van Slyke, with an offensive profile similar to Ankiel, can force his way into a slice of playing time in Los Angeles.

Rebounder Greg Dobbs is getting some playing time in Miami, generating a bid of $17, reduced to $4 from USA TODAY’s Steve Gardner. However, Logan Morrison and Kevin Kouzmanoff are nearing their returns, making Dobbs a potential short-term play

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

peralta

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

PLAYER AWARDED WINNING BID
JPeralta, TB 5 (10) Nicholas Minnix 4 Ray Flowers 2 Derek Van Riper 1 Tim Heaney
0 Cory Schwartz 0 Scott Swanay
JWilliams, LAA 3 (7) Cory Schwartz 2 Fred Zinkie 1 Scott Swanay 0 Seth Trachtman
RPorcello, Det 2 Derek Van Riper 5 Cory Schwartz 4 Tim Heaney 2 Fred Zinkie
1 Nando DiFino
PKozma, StL 2 David Gonos 1 Cory Schwartz
MDunn, Mia 1 (6) Tim Heaney
ARamos, Mia 1 (4) Tim Heaney
MAviles, Cle 1 (2) Scott Swanay
RIbanez, Sea 1 (4) Ray Flowers
DValencia, Bal 1 (3) Paul Singman
YNavarro, Bal 1 (5) Paul Singman
JOdorizzi, TB 1 (9) Patrick Davitt 2 Tim Heaney 1 Nicholas Minnix
MBuehrle, Tor 1 Nando DiFino
KSuzuki, Was 1 (3) Eric Mack 3 Tim Heaney
ErChavez, Ari 1 (2) David Gonos 4 Tim Heaney 3 Paul Singman
RRoberts, TB 1 Cory Schwartz
DRobertson, NYY 0 Scott Swanay
DODay, Bal 0 Patrick Davitt
FDoubront, Bos 0 Patrick Davitt

UNAWARDED BIDS

RAnkiel, NYM 2 Ray Flowers 2 Scott Swanay
VNuno, NYY 1 Nando DiFino
AAmarista, SD 2 Ray Flowers
AGarcia, Det 2 Tim Heaney
JGast, StL 1 Nicholas Minnix 1 Derek Van Riper
BDozier, Min
BDozier, Min 2 Scott Swanay 0 Cory Schwartz
CBarmes, Pit 0 Cory Schwartz
CCarpenter, StL 0 Tim Heaney
EBedard, Hou 1 Nando DiFino
JCastro, Hou 0 Eric Mack
EKratz, Phi 0 Eric Mack
GBlanco, SF 2 Scott Swanay
JJurrjens, Bal 1 Nando DiFino
JMayberry, Phi 2 Scott Swanay
JMercer, Pit 2 Paul Singman
JNicasio, Col 1 Cory Schwartz
JNix, NYY 0 Cory Schwartz
JTabata, Pit 2 Ray Flowers
KShoppach, Sea 0 Eric Mack
LOverbay, NYY 2 Tim Heaney
MByrd, NYM 2 Ray Flowers
NPunto, LAD 0 Cory Schwartz
ROswalt, Col 1 Tim Heaney
SKelley, NYY 0 Cory Schwartz
SLombardozzi, Was 2 Ray Flowers
THelton, Col 1 Tim Heaney
THunter, Bal 1 Nando DiFino
TSnider, Pit 2 Scott Swanay
VWorley, Min 1 Nando DiFino

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

The closer speculation game never gets old, and the flavor of this week was the Rays' Joel Peralta, who stepped in for a floundering Fernando Rodney to record a save on Friday. If Rodney had not picked up the save on Sunday, I'm sure the winning bid on Peralta would have been much higher than $5, but it looks like Joe Maddon was simply giving Rodney a day off after he threw a ton of pitches during his blown save outing on Thursday. Closer or not, Peralta should post elite-caliber ratios, so five bucks is a perfectly reasonable price to pay for him.

As a Steve Cishek owner, I'll probably end up regretting not putting in a bid for Mike Dunn after he was called upon to record the final out on Sunday with two runners already on base. But I'm not convinced that Cishek is in imminent danger of losing his closer job. Cishek has struggled versus lefties this year, so I think it was more of a matchup-based decision to insert Dunn, a southpaw, with the left-handed Miguel Montero at the plate. And besides, wouldn't right-hander A.J. Ramos be the better long-term closer option? Yeah, probably. So which one should I pick up? Ultimately, I had to choose between neither or both, and since I wasn't about to devote two roster spots (and two active spots for this week) to this mess, I chose neither. Tim Heaney chose both. This could come back to haunt me.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

ddietrich

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

PLAYER AWARDED WINNING BID
DDietrich, Mia 3 (8) Tom Kessenich 2 Mike Podhorzer 1 Eno Sarris
UJimenez, Cle 2 (5) Tim McLeod 1 Eno Sarris
LScott, TB 1 (7) Brent Hershey
CDenorfia, SD 1 (4) Perry Van Hook 5 Brent Hershey
JCastro, Hou 1 (4) Charlie Wiegert
MLeake, Cin 1 (4) Charlie Wiegert
PFlorimon, Min 1 (2) Charlie Wiegert
JWilliams, LAA 1 (9) Scott Engel
CYelich, Mia 1 Tim McLeod
MWacha, StL 1 Tim McLeod
TRosenthal, StL 1 (2) Tim McLeod
DLough, KC 1 (2) Eno Sarris
JPeralta, TB 1 Grey Albright
MAviles, Cle 1 (2) Mike Podhorzer
RHernandez, TB 1 (8) Mike Podhorzer

UNAWARDED BIDS

ARosales, Oak 3 Tom Kessenich
SFeldman, ChC 2 Tim McLeod 2 Scott Engel 2 Charlie Wiegert
YGomes, Cle 1 Charlie Wiegert
JArrieta, Bal 1 Charlie Wiegert
DODay, Bal 1 Grey Albright
VPestano, Cle 1 Charlie Wiegert
AGarcia, Det 1 Perry Van Hook
JTabata, Pit 1 Perry Van Hook
CGentry, Tex 0 Perry Van Hook
AHechavarria, Mia 1 Mike Podhorzer
RTejada, NYM 0 Mike Podhorzer

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

With Jurickson Profar rostered on draft day, there weren't any players that even fetched a double digit bid this week. In fact the high bid was $9 for the Angels Jerome Williams by Scott Engle but he only paid $1 when there were no other bidders. In fact the highest amount paid this week was $3 on Marlins MI Derek Dietrich by Tom Kessenich who had his $8 bid reduced to three.

With Austin Jackson sent to the DL and having already used Evan Gattis to fill in for A.J. Pierzynski, I desperately need to find a playable outfielder and my list of part time players started with Padre fly chaser Chris Denorfia at $4 but while Denorfia was on other lists I got him for a dollar as other bidders got higher choices on their list.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 12:51
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of May 13 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 13 May 2013 12:54

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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

conger

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

PLAYER AWARDED WINNING BID
Hank Conger, LAA 4 SiriusXM 1 Mastersball
Sean Rodriguez, TB 2 RotoWire 1 Mastersball
Wilkin Ramirez, MIN 2 Mastersball 1 RotoWire
Elliot Johnson, KC 2 Baseball HQ 2 RotoWire 2 Mastersball
Darin Downs, DET 1 USA TODAY Sports 1 Baseball HQ
Ryan Flaherty, BAL 1 RotoWire 1 Baseball HQ
Alberto Gonzalez, NYY 1 Mastersball
Carlos Corporan, HOU 1 Mastersball
Jerry Blevins, OAK 1 Baseball HQ

UNAWARDED BIDS

Brayan Pena, DET 3 SiriusXM 1 Mastersball
Bryan Shaw, CLE 1 USA TODAY Sports
Joe Smith, CLE 1 USA TODAY Sports
Oliver Perez, SEA 1 USA TODAY Sports
George Kottaras, KC 1 Mastersball
Boone Logan, NYY 1 Baseball HQ
Brendan Harris, LAA 1 Baseball HQ
Eric Sogard, OAK 1 Baseball HQ
T.J. McFarland, BAL 1 Baseball HQ

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Again not a lot for the LABRites to get excited about. Hank Conger got a $4 bid and a tryout on his third LABR team of the year. Good Luck to Ray Flowers (Sirius/XM)

I landed a different catcher to replace my disabled A.J. Pierzynski and got Carlos Corporan of the Houston Astros who actually has some pop and I will just hope he gets a few starts until AJ comes back. I also needed a MI to replace the injured (but sadly not DLed Pedro Florimon) and lost a tie-breaker on Elliot Johnson so won Alberto Gonzalez, new Yankee for a dollar. My third bid of the week was $2 to get Minnesota fly chaser Wilkin Ramirez to play UT for me until Conor Gallaspie is back in the lineup.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

schumaker

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

PLAYER AWARDED WINNING BID
Derek Dietrich, MIA 13 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7 Steve Moyer 5 USA TODAY Sports 3 RotoWire
3 Baseball HQ 3 ESPN - Karabell 1 RotoWire
Skip Schumaker, LAD 10 RotoWire 5 USA TODAY Sports 4 Steve Moyer
Juan Nicasio, COL 6 USA TODAY Sports
Juan Uribe, LAD 5 RotoWire 3 Baseball HQ
Jeanmar Gomez, PIT 5 RotoWire 2 USA TODAY Sports
Donald Lutz, CIN 4 Yahoo! Sports 7 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 RotoWire 1 Baseball HQ
Luis Cruz, LAD 3 USA TODAY Sports 1 RotoWire 1 Steve Moyer
Mike Baxter, NYM 3 Baseball HQ 8 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5 RotoWire
Chad Gaudin, SF 1 Yahoo! Sports
Jonathan Herrera, COL 1 Steve Moyer 3 RotoWire 1 Baseball HQ
Reid Brignac, COL 1 DerekCarty.com
Francisco Peguero, SF 1 Baseball HQ

UNAWARDED BIDS

Scott Van Slyke, LAD 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 RotoWire
Nick Noonan, SF 1 RotoWire 1 Steve Moyer
Derrick Robinson, CIN 1 RotoWire
Eury Perez, WSH 1 RotoWire
Josh Wilson, ARI 1 RotoWire
Ryan Sweeney, CHC 1 RotoWire
Nick Green, MIA 1 Steve Moyer
Adam Ottavino, COL 1 USA TODAY Sports
Alfredo Figaro, MIL 1 USA TODAY Sports
Justin Wilson, PIT 1 USA TODAY Sports

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Miami second sacker Derek Dietrich is the guy who garnered the attention this week, to the tune of a $13 price tage for NFBC mates Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs.

A second round pick of the Rays in 2010, Dietrich was swapped to the Fish for Yunel Escobar last December, and after assembling .282-4-16 totals over 28 Jacksonville games (with 16 walks to 23 whiffs the 23-year old as brought forth to add some keystone juice.

So far Dietrich is hitting .364-1-3 over his first three games, enough to generate six failed bids ranging from $1-$7.

Perhaps a more reliable second sack gamble would have been the Dodgers Skip Schumaker, who is getting regular playing time with Mark Ellis injured.

Schumaker is hitting .357-0-1 over the past week, and has 11 walks to nine whiffs this season and that was enough for Jeff Erickson of Rotowire to expend a $10 bid (beating out offers of $4 and $5) for the career .286 hitter.

Two other purchases of interest are both San Francisco Giants, and though each only went for a buck, each is worthy of tracking in your league.

Starting with veteran Chad Gaudin, a journeyman if there ever was one, has an 0-1, 1.27 mark over his first 21 innings this season at ATT, with 21 punch outs and a WHIP of 1.031. Brad Evans gambled the $1 for his Yahoo! Team, and that could indeed be a quiet winner of a pick for the season as Gaudin generally picks up mop-up innings. Meaning he will pad the stats, but generally not hurt them.

Then, Giants youngster/flychaser Francisco Peguero went to Doug Dennis of BaseballHQ, also for $1. Though Peguero's tenure with the team is largely based upon the injury factor, he has a .307-34-327 minor league line that includes 128 swipes.

MIXED LEAGUE

tazawa

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

PLAYER AWARDED WINNING BID
Junichi Tazawa, BOS 17 Mastersball 16 RotoWire 12 Baseball Prospectus 7 USA TODAY Sports
7 KFFL.com
Scott Feldman, CHC 6 USA TODAY Sports 2 RotoWire 2 Mastersball 1 KFFL.com
Jordan Schafer, ATL 6 Baseball Prospectus
Jason Marquis, SD 3 Clay Davenport 1 USA TODAY Sports
Jarrod Dyson, KC 3 Baseball HQ 3 KFFL.com
Derek Dietrich, MIA 2 RotoWire
Kelvin Herrera, KC 1 Sports Grumblings
Koji Uehara, BOS 1 RotoWire 1 Sports Grumblings
Robbie Grossman, HOU 1 Razzball
Eric Stults, SD 1 Mastersball
Lyle Overbay, NYY 1 KFFL.com

UNAWARDED BIDS

Luke Scott, TB 2 Baseball HQ
Jeanmar Gomez, PIT 1 Mastersball 1 USA TODAY Sports
Jamey Carroll, MIN 1 RotoWire
Jayson Nix, NYY 1 RotoWire
Leury Garcia, TEX 1 RotoWire
Nick Punto, LAD 1 RotoWire
Pete Kozma, STL 1 RotoWire
Jimmy Paredes, HOU 1 Razzball
Nolan Reimold, BAL 1 Razzball
Corey Kluber, CLE 1 Mastersball
Luis Mendoza, KC 1 KFFL.com

Todd Zola's Commentary

I've been carrying Vinnie Pestano on my reserves with the hope Chris Perez is dealt at the trade deadline as well as for weeks I want to bench a starting pitcher with rough matchups. Well, I haven't used Pestano and now he's hurt so I was going to replace him anyway, but when Tazawa inherited the Red Sox closer gig, I opted to make a decent play for him and now I own him. I expect a healthy Bailey to usurp the job back but I also don't expect Bailey to stay healthy so there's a decent chance Tazawa ends up leading Boston in saves with a total in the 20's - I'll take a FAAB buck (or so) a save.

I also wanted to improve my streaming abilty (full disclosure, I just mistyped that as streaking ability which would have led to some ugly images so I'm glad I caught it). Where was I. Oh yeah, I was rationalizing Eric Stults. Long story short is I had the injured Clayton Richard on my roster so I figured why not just get the healthy version.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 May 2013 14:28
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of May 13 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 13 May 2013 00:34

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

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

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

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE

jimmyparedes

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

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

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

NATIONAL LEAGUE

dietrich

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

 Brian Walton's Commentary

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

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

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

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

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

heathbell

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

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

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

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

kazmir

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

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

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

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

 

Last Updated on Monday, 13 May 2013 11:21
 
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