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Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of September 2 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 02 September 2013 01:02

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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

alex_presley

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
JKubel, Cle 24 (47) Joe Sheehan 47 Ron Shandler 41 Matthew Berry 23 Rob Leibowitz
APresley, Min 13 (56) Ron Shandler 12 Wolf/Colton
DBarton, Oak 5 (41) Matthew Berry 4 Wolf/Colton
CCapps, Sea 1 (2) Ron Shandler
YVentura, KC 1 Ron Shandler
MSierra, Tor 1 (6) Rob Leibowitz
NFeliz, Tex 1 (3) Rob Leibowitz
PClemens, Hou 1 (3) Joe Sheehan
MZunino, Sea 0 Wolf/Colton
LHendriks, Min 0 Wolf/Colton

UNAWARDED BIDS

AAlmonte, Sea 47 Ron Shandler 41 Matthew Berry 0 Rob Leibowitz
DYoung, TB 47 Ron Shandler
LGarcia, CWS 3 Joe Sheehan
QBerry, Bos 12 Ron Shandler
BDuensing, Min 1 Ron Shandler
MLindstrom, CWS 1 Ron Shandler
NCotts, Tex 1 Ron Shandler
RRoss, Tex 1 Ron Shandler
ERogers, Tor 0 Wolf/Colton

 Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Slim pickings in the AL even with roster expansion. With a disappointing Josh Reddick disabled I pursued the equally disappointing Jason Kubel. Kubel will play only part time for the Indians but still has pop and patience. Best option available.

The return of Neftali Feliz is most notable to keeper leaguers but figured I'd bid just in case a freak occurrence places the former closer back in that role.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

justin_morneau

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
JMorneau, Pit 82 Phil Hertz 82 Tristan H. Cockcroft 58 Steve Gardner 42 Brian Walton
28 Derek Carty 20 Mike Gianella 4 Chris Liss
RErlin, SD 1 (6) Derek Carty 16 Todd Zola
YTorrealba, Col 0 Peter Kreutzer
DThayer, SD 1 Peter Kreutzer 2 Derek Carty
BKintzler, Mil 1 (5) Tristan H. Cockcroft 2 Derek Carty 0 Mike Gianella
VBlack, NYM 1 Lenny Melnick
EDeLaRosa, Ari 0 Chris Liss
MDenDekker, NYM 21 Brian Walton 27 Todd Zola 20 Mike Gianella 11 Tristan H. Cockcroft
RFuentes, SD 9 (42) Todd Zola 11 Brian Walton 8 Tristan H. Cockcroft 6 Lenny Melnick
0 Derek Carty
CTorres, NYM 6 (16) Todd Zola 5 Tristan H. Cockcroft
KSiegrist, StL 6 (8) Steve Gardner 5 Tristan H. Cockcroft 5 Phil Hertz 0 Mike Gianella
JHowell, LAD 0 Mike Gianella
RBelisario, LAD 0 Phil Hertz

UNAWARDED BIDS

CWithrow, LAD 4 Steve Gardner
SDowns, Atl 3 Steve Gardner
WHarris, Ari 3 Steve Gardner
BFlynn, Mia 2 Derek Carty
ARecker, NYM 0 Derek Carty
CMiller, Cin 0 Derek Carty
JLopez, SF 0 Derek Carty

Brian Walton's Commentary

The waiver wire trade of Justin Morneau from Minnesota to Pittsburgh might be the last chance for the many National League Tout Warriors with considerable FAAB to spend it. Specifically, four owners had more than $60 remaining with another three (including me) with more than $40 in the bank. Not surprisingly, the winner was the man with the most cash, as Phil Hertz spent $82 of his $91 to secure the services of the newest Pirate.

Perhaps I was swayed a bit by his home run Sunday night, as I bid $21 for the Mets' Matt den Dekker despite his playing time in center not being clear cut. It took every dime to top the $20 offer of Mike Gianella. With time rapidly running out on the 2013 season, spending half my remaining cash did not bother me.

Another just-called up centerfielder with stolen base potential and a potential path to September playing time is Reymond Fuentes of San Diego. Knowing he is a former Red Sox prospect may help explain why our own Lord Zola was willing to drop $42 to roster Fuentes. Because other bids were canceled out, Todd got a veritable bargain at just $9.

Todd Zola's Bonus Commentary

I thought I'd chime in with a little explanation of my bids this week. Morneau was obviously the big catch, but I need steals more than I need power so my cross-hairs were on Fuentes since I expect that he'll run more than the other available options, most notably den Dekker. But I also selfishly wanted Carlos Torres, who I favor a bit more Erlin so my mission was to come up with an amount for each so that I could get both.

Unbeknownst to my league-mates, I was sitting on $20 worth of FAAB rebates (Tout Wars allows the release of players on the DL with a FAAB rebate commensurate with their auction price, which after the All-Star break is reduced to half the salary). The major point is I wasn't afraid to go all-in this week, knowing I had ample FAAB being added to my account next week to get through the final three weeks.

I ultimately settled on splitting my available $58 by bidding $42 on Fuentes and $16 on Torres because the theme of NL Tout Wars is everyone needs hitting so I figured there would be more action for Fuentes. The thing is, I also need to make up some lost pitching points so getting just Fuentes was not going to give me what I needed to get back in with the lead pack. I looked at what starting pitching has gone for in FAAB and added a couple of buffer bucks.

As it turns out, the countless combinations I entered were moot as the competition for Fuentes and Torres was light so I'll have the second most FAAB next week after Vickrey reduced my bids - oh boy.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

angel_pagan

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
APagan, SF 13 (28) Cory Schwartz 12 Nicholas Minnix 7 Seth Trachtman 1 Derek Van Riper
YPetit, SF 1 (6) Cory Schwartz 2 Ray Flowers
WPeralta, Mil 7 (8) Al Melchior 6 Cory Schwartz
HConger, LAA 1 (3) Ray Flowers 9 Patrick Davitt 0 Nando DiFino
NHundley, SD 0 Nando DiFino 9 Patrick Davitt 2 Ray Flowers
MBuehrle, Tor 1 (6) Ray Flowers
DDuffy, KC 7 (8) Fred Zinkie 6 Nicholas Minnix 6 Ray Flowers
TThornburg, Mil 1 (2) Ray Flowers
BRondon, Det 2 (6) Nicholas Minnix 1 Nando DiFino
GKottaras, KC 1 (9) Patrick Davitt
JRuggiano, Mia 3 (12) Paul Singman 2 Fred Zinkie
NCastellanos, Det 1 (3) Nicholas Minnix 4 Paul Singman
ADirks, Det 1 (21) Paul Singman
HAlvarez, Mia 1 (5) Fred Zinkie

UNAWARDED BIDS

DRoss, Bos 9 Patrick Davitt
BBogusevic, ChC 5 Paul Singman
JGuthrie, KC 5 Fred Zinkie
CHerrmann, Min 3 Paul Singman
JArrieta, ChC 3 Nicholas Minnix
MWacha, StL 3 Nicholas Minnix
CRusin, ChC 2 Ray Flowers
JLobaton, TB 2 Ray Flowers
TRedmond, Tor 2 Ray Flowers
BHamilton, Cin 1 Nicholas Minnix

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Angel Pagan is back! And, since he was released right before the All-Star break in exchange for the full FAAB redemption, the veteran outfielder was there for the taking. In his first game action since late-May, Pagan went 2-for-7 over the weekend with two walks, two runs scored and a stolen base. He did get a day off on Sunday, and this could become a trend down the stretch, but the 32-year-old should play enough to make a positive contribution to Cory Schwartz’s squad. And in September, a positive contribution is really all you can ask from a waiver wire pickup.

A pair of young hurlers, Wily Peralta and Danny Duffy, each received $8 bids but were purchased for seven bucks. After getting hammered by the Reds on August 18th, Peralta seems to have righted the ship, with a combined four earned runs allowed over his last two starts, spanning 11 innings. Duffy, meanwhile, has been lights out in two starts since his latest recall from the Minors, tossing 12 2/3 scoreless innings with a 0.71 WHIP and ten strikeouts. With a two-start week on tap (vs. SEA, vs. DET), he could prove to be a solid addition to Fred Zinkie’s roster, though personally, I was scared off by the vs. DET matchup. Coming off a terrible pitching week, I simply cannot afford many more disaster outings.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

danny_duffy

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
DDuffy, KC 4 (11) Perry Van Hook 3 Scott Engel 1 Tim McLeod 1 Eno Sarris
NEovaldi, Mia 3 (5) Ray Guilfoyle 2 Scott Engel 0 Tim McLeod
JMercer, Pit 1 Tim McLeod
RVogelsong, SF 1 Tim McLeod
ACallaspo, Oak 1 (2) Scott Engel 1 Eno Sarris
CTorres, NYM 1 (4) Perry Van Hook 1 Eno Sarris
GGermen, NYM 1 Eno Sarris
BRoberts, Bal 1 Eno Sarris
YGomes, Cle 1 (39) Gene McCaffrey
JSchafer, Atl 1 (12) Mike Podhorzer
CCapuano, LAD 0 Tim McLeod

UNAWARDED BIDS

JMaxwell, KC 39 Gene McCaffrey
APresley, Min 12 Mike Podhorzer
MDenDekker, NYM 12 Mike Podhorzer
RFuentes, SD 12 Mike Podhorzer
CColabello, Min 12 Mike Podhorzer
TWalker, Sea 9 Perry Van Hook
YPetit, SF 2 Perry Van Hook 0 Tim McLeod
THelton, Col 9 Gene McCaffrey
ErChavez, Ari 1 Scott Engel
SFeldman, Bal 0 Tim McLeod
TRoark, Was 0 Tim McLeod
BMcCarthy, Ari 0 Tim McLeod

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

I thought the group of young pitchers who arrived late last week would garner the most free agent attention as mixed leagues generally have rostered players that are of more interest in Only leagues. However a need to improve at catcher must have necessitated new league leader Gene McCaffrey (Wiseguy Baseball) to bid $39 of his remaining $48 to land Cleveland's Yan Gomes. Fortunately for Gene this cost only one dollar as there were no other bids. With great needs for some new hurlers - Sam DeDuno having headed for the infirmary and Miquel Gonzalez wishing he was there, I bid $11 on Danny Duffy of the Royals with a $9 underbid on Seattle's Taijuan Walker. Part of my reasoning for valuing Duffy more was his two start week but also because it isn't clear how many September starts the Mariners will give their top young pitcher while Duffy should be in the Roayls rotation for the balance of the year. Vickrey adjusted my bid down to four dollars on Duffy while I was very surprised there were no other bids on Walker.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 September 2013 10:00
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of August 26 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 26 August 2013 13:41

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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

david_dejesus

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
David DeJesus, TB 6 Colton & Wolf David DeJesus, TB 3 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Chris Herrmann, MIN 4 SiriusXM David DeJesus, TB
Kevin Pillar, TOR 2 Yahoo! Sports 2 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Moises Sierra, TOR 2 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Ryan Flaherty, BAL 1 Baseball HQ 1 KFFL.com 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball

UNAWARDED BIDS

Austin Romine, NYY 3 SiriusXM
Jake Elmore, HOU 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Matt Tuiasosopo, DET 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Ramon Santiago, DET 1 Baseball HQ

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

With only $10 left to spend I passed on David DeJesus and am insttead hoping for a September call-up to provide a late boost.

Curious that not a single bid was made on a pitcher. 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

xavier_paul

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Xavier Paul, CIN 35 Mastersball
Daisuke Matsuzaka, NYM 5 RotoWire
Tanner Roark, WSH 4 Sandlot Shrink
Kevin Siegrist, STL 3 Sandlot Shrink
Gonzalez Germen, NYM 3 Sandlot Shrink 1 DerekCarty.com
Chaz Roe, ARI 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Chad Bettis, COL 3 DerekCarty.com
Tony Watson, PIT 2 Sandlot Shrink

UNAWARDED BIDS

Andrew Lambo, PIT 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Adam Ottavino, COL 1 DerekCarty.com
Chad Qualls, MIA 1 DerekCarty.com
Burke Badenhop, MIL 1 DerekCarty.com

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

With an abundance of FAAB money, and no one to spend on (Is anyone humming Meat Loaf’s “All Revved up With Nowhere to Go” in their heads) I dropped $35 on Xavier Paul, hoping to glean a little late power and offense from the spots opened when Andres Torres and Carlos Quentin went out injured (add in Tony Cingrani, and the week and season look pretty bleak).

I was surprised I had no challenges for Paul, however, the only failed bid this week was $1 on Kevin Siegrist, the St. Louis reliever who was rostered by the Sandlot Shrink squad for $3.

The Shrink team also nabbed Gonzalez German ($3) and Tony Watson ($2), along with Tanner Roark ($4) as we scramble last minute to fill holes and pray for production.

Jeff Erickson did nab Daisuke Matsuzaka for $5, by the way, adding potentially another set of teams where he can disappoint.

MIXED LEAGUE

andre_rienzo

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Andre Rienzo, CWS 5 Razzball 1 Sports Grumblings
Avisail Garcia, CWS 2 Sports Grumblings
Luke Hochevar, KC 1 USA TODAY Sports
Donnie Murphy, CHC 1 Sports Grumblings 1 Fangraphs
Kurt Suzuki, OAK 1 KFFL.com
Andrew Lambo, PIT 1 Fangraphs

UNAWARDED BIDS

Brett Oberholtzer, HOU 1 Sports Grumblings
Chia-Jen Lo, HOU 1 Sports Grumblings
Chris Herrmann, MIN 1 KFFL.com
Cody Allen, CLE 1 USA TODAY Sports
Gregor Blanco, SF 1 Fangraphs
Hank Conger, LAA 1 KFFL.com
John Mayberry, PHI 1 Fangraphs
Josh Fields, HOU 1 Sports Grumblings
Josh Fields, HOU 1 Sports Grumblings
Kelvin Herrera, KC 1 USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Pillar, TOR 1 Fangraphs
Tim Stauffer, SD 1 Razzball

Todd Zola's Commentary

Grumble, grumble. Why oh why did I exhaust all my FAAB? It's not like there are studs available, but the leaders have come back to the pack and they're now close enough that if I had consistent production at every spot, dealing Clayton Kershaw for a stick and back-filling with weekly fliers like Brett Oberholtzer (I like his 2-start week) could have given me a chance.

Grumble grumble.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 August 2013 14:00
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of August 26 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 26 August 2013 01:40

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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

david_dejesus

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
DDeJesus, TB 16 (25) Jeff Erickson 15 Joe Sheehan 9 Larry Schechter 1 Andy Behrens
0 Wolf/Colton
KSuzuki, Oak 6 (22)Steve Moyer 5 Jeff Erickson 2 Joe Sheehan
KPillar, Tor 1 (4) Andy Behrens 5 Larry Schechter
RGoins, Tor 1 (20) Steve Moyer
TBlackley, Tex 1 (4) Steve Moyer 0 Wolf/Colton
ARomine, LAA 1 (2) Jeff Erickson
DBernier, Min 1 (3) Jeff Erickson
CThomas, Min 1 (5) Larry Schechter 0 Wolf/Colton
JFrasor, Tex 0 Rob Leibowitz
BMatusz, Bal 0 Rob Leibowitz 0 Steve Moyer
DKeuchel, Hou 0 Wolf/Colton

UNAWARDED BIDS

MSierra, Tor 5 Larry Schechter
MTuiasosopo, Det 2 Larry Schechter
SPearce, Bal 2 Larry Schechter
LGarcia, CWS 1 Jeff Erickson
EnChavez, Sea 1 Andy Behrens
LCain, KC 1 Andy Behrens
CFurbush, Sea 0 Steve Moyer
CCapps, Sea 0 Rob Leibowitz
JRoenicke, Min 0 Rob Leibowitz
HBlanco, Sea 0 Jeff Erickson

 Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

David DeJesus will serve as the Rays' right fielder against righties and that deserves definite attention in AL-only leagues. However, all this really means is if you need at-bats, then DeJesus is the best available outfield option for that purpose in deep AL-only leagues at the moment. That said, DeJesus has always had limited tools and those have declined as have his ability to make contact. The result has unfortunately made him a .250s to .260s hitter with single-digit HR power and speed skills.

Much the same can be said of Kurt Suzuki, just at catcher. Suzuki should see significant playing time until Derek Norris returns and if John Jaso is able to come back from a concussion. The 29-year-old still has the plate discipline skills once displayed back in 2011 for the A’s, but since then has provided little in terms of anything over the two following seasons. Stephen Vogt may be the more interesting play after a rather successful Triple-A season that saw him post a near 1:1 BB/K ratio while batting .324/.398/.547 with 13 homers.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

yusmeri_petit

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
YPetit, SF 4 (32) Todd Zola 3 Scott Wilderman
TLyons, StL 3 (33) Todd Zola 2 Scott Wilderman 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft
DMatsuzaka, NYM 1 (2) Peter Kreutzer
BParker, ChC 1 Phil Hertz 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Lenny Melnick 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
ACaminero, Mia 1 (5) Chris Liss 0 Peter Kreutzer
GLaird, Atl 1 (5) Steve Gardner 0 Peter Kreutzer
JMachi, SF 1 (2) Scott Wilderman
JDecker, SD 1 (10) Lenny Melnick
RWheeler, Col 1 (9) Phil Hertz
NVincent, SD 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1 Chris Liss 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Phil Hertz
JThatcher, Ari 0 Chris Liss
LOndrusek, Cin 0 Chris Liss
EJohnson, Atl 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft

UNAWARDED BIDS

FPeguero, SF 10 Lenny Melnick
DThayer, SD 1 Chris Liss 0 Peter Kreutzer
LAvilan, Atl 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
SManess, StL 0 Phil Hertz
WHarris, Ari 0 Peter Kreutzer

Brian Walton's Commentary

Our own Lord Zola was the premier performer in this week's FAAB bidding in National League Tout Wars. Z placed bids totaling $65 for a pair of hurlers - Yusmiero Petit of the Giants and the Cardinals' Tyler Lyons. He paid just $4 and $3, respectively, thanks to the Vickrey rule.

Both are fill-ins for injured starters - Matt Cain and Jake Westbrook. Though Lyons had some success earlier this season, his rope may be short with the Cardinals in a playoff race and both Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez sitting in the bullpen looking over his shoulder. The lefty draws the Reds Monday night. Petit pitches on Tuesday at Colorado.

I would be remiss if I did not note the arrival of Dice-K in the Big Apple. Though the recently released by Cleveland hurler was spanked by the Tigers in his Mets debut on Friday, Rotoman was willing to spend a couple of bucks in hopes the old Boston Matsuzaka returns. It only required $1 (and the risk of some bad stats, of course).

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION

tommy_hunter

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
THunter, Bal 5 (9) Ray Flowers 4 Nicholas Minnix 1 Tim Heaney
SGennett, Mil 1 (10) Cory Schwartz
DStubbs, Cle 1 Derek Van Riper
JDanks, CWS 1 (7) Tim Heaney 3 Ray Flowers
KHerrera, KC 1 Patrick Davitt
JMcGee, TB 1 (20) Patrick Davitt
KSuzuki, Oak 1 (3) Tim Heaney
GSpringer, Hou 1 (10) Nicholas Minnix
ROhlendorf, Was 1 (3) Fred Zinkie
DMurphy, ChC 1 (3) Fred Zinkie

UNAWARDED BIDS

DOtero, Oak 20 Patrick Davitt
LForsythe, SD 8 Cory Schwartz
DStoren, Was 5 Ray Flowers
BPeacock, Hou 3 Ray Flowers 1 Tim Heaney
NHundley, SD 1 Tim Heaney
CHerrmann, Min 1 Tim Heaney
JShuck, LAA 1 Derek Van Riper
CBlackmon, Col 1 Derek Van Riper

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Tommy Hunter looked like a no-brainer pickup following last Wednesday’s successful save conversion versus the Rays. But then came Friday, when he was used in a setup role in front of Jim Johnson, and the Orioles’ bullpen situation is still a mystery. Manager Buck Showalter has stood by Johnson throughout his ups and downs this year (and there have been plenty of downs), so until I see Hunter receive back-to-back save chances, I won’t be convinced that he will be of much help in the saves category down the stretch. Still though, at this stage of the season and with a decent amount of FAAB left to spend, Ray Flowers figured “Why not?”, and I can’t help but agree.

Outside of Hunter, all the other purchases this week were of the one dollar variety, and I’m intrigued by Nick Minnix’s addition of George Springer, arguably the game’s top outfield prospect, who is posting monster power/speed numbers in the Minors this season (37 homers and 42 steals through 129 games). Is he likely to get called up come September 1? Maybe not. But would he make a roto impact if he were to get called up and handed some playing time on a rebuilding Astros squad? It’s certainly worth a buck to find out.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

avisail_garcia

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
AGarcia, CWS 6 (10) Grey Albright 5 Charlie Wiegert 3 Perry Van Hook
KWong, StL 1 (4) Anthony Perri
JJay, StL 1 (5) Anthony Perri 31 Gene McCaffrey 4 Charlie Wiegert
MDominguez, Hou 1 Anthony Perri
JTabata, Pit 1 (5) Charlie Wiegert 31 Gene McCaffrey
HSantiago, CWS 1 (3) Tim McLeod
IKennedy, SD 1 Eno Sarris 0 Tim McLeod
CAsche, Phi 1 (4) Perry Van Hook
EFrieri, LAA 1 (31) Gene McCaffrey
MDavidson, Ari 0 Anthony Perri

UNAWARDED BIDS

JMercer, Pit 5 Grey Albright
JMaxwell, KC 31 Gene McCaffrey 4 Charlie Wiegert
AGose, Tor 10 Grey Albright
CMartinez, StL 1 Tim McLeod

Todd Zola's Commentary

 With only a little over a month left in the season, now's the time to fill all your dead spots so you can close the gap in the counting stats. Razzball's Grey Albright is hoping Avisail Garcia recovers quickly from his recent run-in with the outfield wall while The Fantistics Anthony Perri is looking for a late-season boost from recent call-ups Kolten Wong and Matt Davidson. Neither are slated for full-time at-bats but both could happen upon them if they do their part and hit well.

Our own Pery Van Hook is hoping the recent success of Cody Asche is a sign he is becoming more assimilated to the show and can keep it up the final month. Unlike Wong and Davidson, Asche is assured of near full-time play.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 August 2013 11:58
 
Braun But NOT Forgotten PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Perry Van Hook   
Friday, 23 August 2013 16:49

You probably heard Ryan Braun’s apology yesterrrr oops – probably not as Braun wussed out and delivered his “heartfelt” admission that he did in fact take PEDs by e-mail and press release.

Given that he is suspended for the rest of this season I guess the gaggle of media wanting to ask him a question or two – like why he didn’t apologize to Dino Laurenzi Jr. the specimen collector whose reputation and job he ruined by insinuating that Braun’s positive drug test was the fault of an innocent worker who just happened to make the pickup at the Brewers facility that day.

Nor did Braun apologize to the fans.

In fact, he barely admitted that he was wrong at all.

Don’t worry Ryan, most of the fans will wait until you appear at spring training in Phoenix next year or at the Brewers home opener next April to burn their far too expensive Braun jerseys.

And the gaggle of media who you think you avoided will actually be larger in number the first time you show up at the Maryvale Arizona complex in February…or March or whenever you crawl out from under the rock you think you are hiding under.

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 August 2013 08:05
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of August 19 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 August 2013 14:16

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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

mark_derosa

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Winning Bid Player Awarded
Mark DeRosa, TOR 2 Yahoo! Sports
Sean Doolittle, OAK 2 RotoWire
Jordan Danks, CWS 1 KFFL.com 1 Yahoo! Sports 1 Colton & Wolf 1 KFFL.com
Hank Conger, LAA 1 Colton & Wolf

UNAWARDED BIDS

Ramon Santiago, DET 1 Yahoo! Sports
Matt Tuiasosopo, DET 1 Colton & Wolf
Sam Fuld, TB 1 Colton & Wolf
Jason Bourgeois, TB 1 Colton & Wolf
Collin Cowgill, LAA 1 Colton & Wolf

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

As you can see there was not a lot of bidding - several of us are down to very few dollars and there were just a few fill-ins available so Sean Doolittle for $2 to Rotowire and Mark DeRosa for $2 to Yahoo were the high" ticket items. Will be interesting to see how many bids Xander Boegarts (BOS) gets from this group next week.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

jake_arrieta

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Winning Bid Player Awarded
Jake Arrieta, CHC 15 RotoWire 6 Baseball HQ 2 ESPN - Karabell
Nick Punto, LAD 4 Baseball HQ
Ethan Martin, PHI 3 Baseball HQ
Hector Sanchez, SF 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Sandlot Shrink

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jaff Decker, SD 4 ESPN - Karabell
Kevin Siegrist, STL 1 RotoWire

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

I am not sure if there is irony to this week’s transactions, but by the end of the season that word might well fall into play.

Before I get to that, the big ticket player this week is the Cubs Jake Arrieta, who went to Jeff Erickson and Rotowire for $15—uncontested—on the heels of his strong start for Chicago last week.

Arrieta has been an interesting player to follow since being drafted out of high school by the Orioles in 2007. The problem has been lack of control, with power pitching not necessarily being at the source.

Somehow since being under Theo Epstein’s eye, the strikeout numbers have increased, and while Arrieta’s ratio still needs work, he has turned in two very nice starts at Wrigley, making him a decent stretch run gamble.

What is interesting is for $15—knowing the gamble—no one else even offered us much as a buck or two, while Hector Sanchez, awarded to Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs for $3 at least got a $2 challenge bid.

However, the move that caught my eye was that of first place BaseballHQ’s Doug Dennis coughing up $4 for Nick Punto.

You see, last week I had to drop Punto from my third place team to make room for Dee Gordon and hopefully some swipes to pull me closer to Doug (and Greg and Shawn’s second place team).

But, earlier in the year, Doug and I made a swap where I really misjudged my roster and sent Justin Turner to Doug for Nate Karns, somewhat crippling my squad with a couple of temporary holes. Then Karns was sent down, and Turner got hurt, proving sometimes trades really are much ado about nothing.

But, now Doug wound up with a hole, so he grabbed Punto for his team (Nick had been active on my roster since I picked him up for $7 FAAB the first transaction period of the year) leaving me with the empty slot (fortunately I had Steve Lombardozzi to plug in).

I guess you could call it the Punto-Turner twist of fate.

Then again, like the earlier trade, maybe this move won’t make any difference at all.

MIXED LEAGUE

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SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Winning Bid Player Awarded
Travis d'Arnaud, NYM 6 Baseball HQ 3 Fangraphs
Jon Jay, STL 4 MLB.com 2 USA TODAY Sports
Jordan Schafer, ATL 4 Baseball Prospectus
Khristopher Davis, MIL 2 RotoWire 2 USA TODAY Sports
Kolten Wong, STL 2 DFSEdge 1 KFFL.com 1 RotoWire
Todd Redmond, TOR 2 DFSEdge
Tyler Thornburg, MIL 2 DFSEdge
Will Middlebrooks, BOS 1 RotoWire 1 MLB.com 1 USA TODAY Sports
Christopher Rusin, CHC 1 MLB.com
Cody Asche, PHI 1 MLB.com
Eduardo Nunez, NYY 1 MLB.com

UNAWARDED BIDS

Andrew Albers, MIN 4 ESPN.com
Bruce Chen, KC 3 ESPN.com 1 MLB.com
Charlie Blackmon, COL 1 RotoWire
Jake Arrieta, CHC 1 MLB.com
Brad Peacock, HOU 1 MLB.com
Avisail Garcia, CWS 1 MLB.com
Hank Conger, LAA 1 Baseball HQ
Brayan Pena, DET 1 Baseball HQ

Todd Zola's Commentary

Arghh. I came so close to making a pretty major deal and shipping away Clayton Kershaw. I have received surprisingly few bites on my league-wide cattle calls and all my direct efforts ended with "no thanks."

As my roster in presently constituted, I don't feel I have the firepower to win and I don't really have an excess from which to deal. Kershaw is my best trade chip since he should fetch me the most hitting in return and it is easier to massage pitching and bully hitting and I need more bullies with bats.

While I still would have fallen short had I made the deal, at least it would have given me a chance, albeit small. I usually will accept such offers, figuring I'm not going to win anyway, go the route you at least have a shot.

The problem in this instance is the downside is far more than the upside and I'm better off trying to move Kershaw one more week. Every week that goes by the few stats I get back, but maybe my LABR squad can reverse what's happened to my NL Tout Team where I've lost about 25 roto points and have fallen from 1st to 5th in about 3 weeks. I don't have Jeff Locke in LABR so that's a plus.

As for this week's moves, there were some useful pick-ups, rubbing in my FAAB mis-management even more. Khris Davis is the most intriguing pick as he has been hitting the ball with authority and has the power to go on a little run.

 

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