Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of June 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 June 2013 01:39


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.




Player Awarded Winning Bid
JNix, NYY 16 Andy Behrens 15 Mike Siano 9 Larry Schechter 8 Wolf/Colton
5 Jeff Erickson 1 Matthew Berry 0 Ron Shandler
0 Lawr Michaels
JBonderman, Sea 3 Mike Siano 2 Jeff Erickson 1 Wolf/Colton
NCastellanos, Det 1 Andy Behrens
DKelly, Det 1 Jason Collette
THunter, Bal 1 Jason Collette
BHawpe, LAA 1 Lawr Michaels
DMcGowan, Tor 1 (2) Lawr Michaels 0 Steve Moyer
RSantiago, Det 0 Mike Siano
DFarquhar, Sea 0 Jeff Erickson
CMcGuiness, Tex 0 Matthew Berry
JSmith, Cle 0 Steve Moyer
BShaw, Cle 0 Steve Moyer


OPerez, Sea 0 Mike Siano 0 Steve Moyer
BBeavan, Sea 0 Mike Siano
BHarris, LAA 0 Mike Siano
DDowns, Det 0 Steve Moyer
JBlevins, Oak 0 Steve Moyer
MLindstrom, CWS 0 Jason Collette
SFuld, TB 0 Jason Collette

 Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Jayson Nix has been a source of speed during his fill-in time for Alex Rodriguez and event though he is sharing time with Reid Brignac, he could continue to be a source for stolen bases. Nix has always been a wrong-side of the platoon split player with limited contact-making/getting-on base skills. A shame considering he possesses decent pop/speed skills for a middle infielder.

Jeremy Bonderman had a decent start over the weekend for Seattle and is doing a good job of throwing strikes and keeping the ball on the ground, but clearly no longer throws as hard as he once did and has not really been missing bats since 2007. Purchase at your own peril.

Nick Castellanos is playing very well in Triple-A Toledo. Particularly, the righty’s development of a patient/more contact-oriented approach that has not diminished his power production is quite exciting. Castellanos, of course, is very young (21), and will likely need some time to adjust to the Majors. Regardless, selecting him is a good speculative play given the lack of offense Detroit is receiving from the combination of Andy Dirks and Don Kelly.

Chris McGuiness, who was returned to Texas after the Indians elected not to keep him as a Rule-5 pick, is now the Ranger’s primary first basemen while Mitch Moreland is sidelined. The 25-year old combines a solid plate approach with legitimate 20+ HR potential. Picking him up is not only a good fill-in move for AL only leagues, but is also a fair move for stashing purposes in keeper leagues.




Player Awarded Winning Bid
KNieuwenhuis, NYM 11 (27) Todd Zola 10 Mike Gianella 10 Brian Walton 6 Scott Pianowski
6 Phil Hertz 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Scott Wilderman
JSatin, NYM 11 (13) Phil Hertz 10 Brian Walton 10 Mike Gianella 7 Derek Carty
1 Todd Zola
OQuintanilla, NYM 5 (17) Todd Zola 4 Scott Pianowski 3 Mike Gianella 0 Derek Carty
ELucas, Mia 3 (10) Brian Walton 3 Todd Zola 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Peter Kreutzer
JPerez, SF 1 (12) Brian Walton 0 Scott Wilderman
SGennett, Mil 1 (13) Derek Carty 6 Phil Hertz 1 Peter Kreutzer 0 Scott Wilderman
0 Chris Liss
WNieves, Ari 1 (3) Todd Zola 0 Brian Walton
AFigaro, Mil 1 (10) Lenny Melnick 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
CZambrano, Phi 1 Lenny Melnick
DRobinson, Cin 1 (2) Peter Kreutzer 2 Phil Hertz
CMarrero, Was 1 (2) Peter Kreutzer
SFife, LAD 1 (2) Steve Gardner 0 Peter Kreutzer
LCruz, LAD 1 (2) Scott Pianowski 13 Todd Zola 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
CCowgill, NYM 1 (6) Phil Hertz
RJohnson, Atl 0 Scott Wilderman
DAardsma, NYM 0 Scott Wilderman
HQuintero, Phi 0 Brian Walton
JHoover, Cin 0 Peter Kreutzer
JLopez, SF 0 Peter Kreutzer
BLyon, NYM 0 Peter Kreutzer
JMachi, SF 0 Mike Gianella 0 Todd Zola 0 Peter Kreutzer
KFrandsen, Phi 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
LAvilan, Atl 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft


BMorris, Pit 0 Todd Zola 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
TAbreu, SF 0 Phil Hertz 0 Todd Zola
KSiegrist, StL 0 Steve Gardner 0 Scott Wilderman
JLagares, NYM 0 Phil Hertz 0 Peter Kreutzer
AVarvaro, Atl 0 Peter Kreutzer
BInge, Pit 0 Todd Zola
EOlmos, Mia 0 Scott Wilderman
IKrol, Was 0 Scott Wilderman
JArias, SF 0 Todd Zola
JKobernus, Was 0 Peter Kreutzer

Brian Walton's Commentary

In many NL-only leagues, anticipatory moves to grab Mets prospect Zack Wheeler prior to his rumored first MLB start this coming week were likely popular. Just two problems with that. First, Wheeler had a bad night for Las Vegas Friday which may have delayed his debut with New York. The other issue in this league is that Wheeler has been owned for weeks. In fact, he was taken on draft day.

So, let's get to Mets players who were available. After all, there were plenty.

As the stumbling Mets go though a purge which included banishing Ike Davis to Triple-A and designating Rick Ankiel for assignment, opportunity was created. A player who was DFAed himself almost exactly one year ago, first baseman Josh Satin, received the call. Kirk Nieuwenhuis is expected to play often as well as the good side of a platoon in the outfield. Both players went for $11 (Vickrey). Phil Hertz, who likes the feel of Satin, sang the praises of another Mets callup, Collin Cowgill for $1. Lord Zola, who picked up Nieuwenhuis, also added Mets infielder Omar Quintanilla for $5.

I was the enforcer on both of the previous bids, going $10, but they really weren't the guys I wanted most. I was successful in my stealth acquisition of Juan Perez of the Giants for just $1. With Angel Pagan on the disabled list, Pablo Sandoval hobbled and Gregor Blanco struggling, there should be at-bats for the outfielder-third baseman. I also picked up 31-year-old infielder Ed Lucas of the Marlins for $3, who is getting at-bats wasted earlier by one of my many disappointing players, Placido Polanco.




KBlanks, SD 21 (25) Paul Singman 20 Seth Trachtman 16 Nando DiFino 10 Eric Mack
8 Tim Heaney 7 Ray Flowers 6 Nicholas Minnix 3 Derek Van Riper
2 Scott Swanay 0 Fred Zinkie
GCole, Pit 9 (38) Zach Steinhorn 10 Paul Singman 8 Tim Heaney 8 Eric Mack
4 Fred Zinkie
EStults, SD 5 Ray Flowers 5 Fred Zinkie 0 Nicholas Minnix
HSantiago, CWS 5 (11) Paul Singman 12 Zach Steinhorn 4 Nicholas Minnix 4 Scott Swanay
4 Fred Zinkie 3 Nando DiFino 2 Ray Flowers
THafner, NYY 3 (8) Eric Mack 2 Tim Heaney 0 Patrick Davitt
JTurner, Mia 2 (3) Ray Flowers 2 David Gonos
TColvin, Col 1 (2) Derek Van Riper
JBaker, Tex 1 Patrick Davitt
CMcGuiness, Tex 1 (4) Nando DiFino 0 Fred Zinkie
AHechavarria, Mia 1 (3) Nando DiFino
JMayberry, Phi 1 (2) Nicholas Minnix 2 Scott Swanay
TChatwood, Col 1 Nicholas Minnix
CGaudin, SF 1 (2) Scott Swanay 0 Nicholas Minnix
TFlowers, CWS 1 Scott Swanay
DBarney, ChC 1 (2) David Gonos
ERamirez, Sea 1 (6) Paul Singman
WPeralta, Mil 0 Patrick Davitt
AFigaro, Mil 0 Patrick Davitt
EBedard, Hou 0 Patrick Davitt


MCarp, Bos 6 Paul Singman
JSatin, NYM 3 Nando DiFino
SVanSlyke, LAD 2 Scott Swanay 1 Nicholas Minnix
ATorres, SF 2 Ray Flowers
JGuthrie, KC 2 Ray Flowers
JLyles, Hou 2 Ray Flowers
JMarquis, SD 2 Ray Flowers
HConger, LAA 1 Scott Swanay
JLobaton, TB 1 Scott Swanay
JBonderman, Sea 1 Paul Singman
KShoppach, Sea 0 Scott Swanay
KSuzuki, Was 0 Scott Swanay
LHarrell, Hou 0 Patrick Davitt

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

A former top prospect, Kyle Blanks always had the potential to be a legitimate fantasy contributor, but injuries and inconsistency held him back. Well, it looks like the 26-year-old is finally starting to figure it out at the big league level, as he’s batting .298 with six homers, 21 RBIs and a .383 OBP through 40 games this season, including a .406-3-8 line in June. And the Mixed Touts took notice, as 10 of the 15 owners placed bids on the Padres’ slugger. If Blanks can stay healthy through the end of the season, he could very well approach the 25-home run mark, and it’s rare to find that kind of production on the waiver wire in a deep mixed league.

Runner-up honors for this week go to Gerrit Cole, who is set to make his major league debut for the Pirates on Tuesday in a matchup against the Giants. Cole, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft, has put up fine numbers at Triple-A Indianapolis this season, though his modest 6.22 K/9 rate is somewhat puzzling. Still, with plenty of FAAB dollars to spare, I was determined not to sit on the sidelines this week and opted to enter in a crazy high bid, knowing (or at least hoping) that I wouldn’t have to pay anything near the full price. I was correct, and for nine bucks I’m more than happy to pair Cole with Zack Wheeler, giving me two high-upside arms who in the long term might be able to make up for the lack of a true ace (or even a No. 2) in my rotation. The Bucs should give Cole every opportunity to stick around in the Majors for good, and I’m banking on him taking full advantage.




Player Awarded Winning Bid
ARendon, Was 17 (22) Tom Kessenich 16 Tim McLeod 11 Scott Engel
GCole, Pit 5 (12) Anthony Perri 6 Mike Podhorzer 4 Perry Van Hook
KBlanks, SD 4 (8) Tim McLeod 3 Scott Engel
CArcher, TB 3 (5) Gene McCaffrey 2 Ray Guilfoyle
JIglesias, Bos 2 Tim McLeod 1 Eno Sarris
JLyles, Hou 1 Ray Guilfoyle
XPaul, Cin 1 (2) Scott Engel
SCishek, Mia 1 (7) Mike Podhorzer
MSaunders, Sea 1 (5) Perry Van Hook
MBelisle, Col 1 (2) Brent Hershey
JGuthrie, KC 1 (2) Scott Engel
JDanks, CWS 1 (5) Gene McCaffrey 2 Tim McLeod
HSantiago, CWS 1 (4) Mike Podhorzer 3 Tim McLeod
HQuintero, Phi 1 Scott Engel
EStults, SD 1 (4) Tim McLeod 2 Perry Van Hook
DDescalso, StL 1 (3) Scott Engel
BRyan, Sea 1 Eno Sarris
ZWheeler NYM 1 1 (3) Perry Van Hook 9 Anthony Perri


MByrd, NYM 3 Tom Kessenich 2 Perry Van Hook
ACallaspo, LAA 3 Tom Kessenich
DDeJesus, ChC 2 Tom Kessenich
DLeMahieu, Col 2 Tom Kessenich
ESogard, Oak 2 Tom Kessenich
JBay, Sea 2 Tom Kessenich
JFrancisco, Mil 2 Tom Kessenich
MDominguez, Hou 2 Tom Kessenich
RIbanez, Sea 2 Tom Kessenich
THelton, Col 2 Tom Kessenich
CGaudin, SF 2 Perry Van Hook
JCollmenter, Ari 2 Brent Hershey
JKeppinger, CWS 1 Tim McLeod
LHarrell, Hou 1 Scott Engel
RBrantly, Mia 1 Scott Engel
JMcGee, TB 1 Gene McCaffrey
TGorzelanny, Mil 1 Gene McCaffrey
CPennington, Ari 1 Eno Sarris

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

The one big fish in the pond for the draft league was Washington’s Anthony Rendon who currently only qualifies at 3B but will soon add 2B eligibility. Tom Kessenich (STATS/NFBC) bid $22 on the young hitter who is doing much better his second time up and won him for a Vickrey reduced $17.

I thought that the two young minor league pitchers who will make their first starts of the year - Gerrit Cole, PIT and Zack Wheeler, NYM - would draw some high bids but the only bidder who felt that way was Anthony Perri (Fantastics) who bid $12 on Cole and $9 on Wheeler and got Cole for $5. Others who bid more for Wheeler than my $3 (also below Cole) got higher choices so I got Wheeler for a dollar. With Mitch Moreland landing on the DL early in the week I had replaced him at UT with my only hitting reserve, Jordy Mercer but wanted a better stick and got Michael Saunders, SEA for $1 after bidding $5. Hopefully my mash unit (Austin Jackson, Justin Maxwell, Bryce Harper, Moreland) starts to return soon as I will need them to continue to hold on to the top spot in this league.


Last Updated on Monday, 10 June 2013 14:35
What About Pweeeeeeg? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Perry Van Hook   
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 10:20

Okay even if you missed spring training you have seen two straight days of Sports Center highlights of Yasiel Puig (pronounced Yaas-ee-el Pweeg) the 22-year old Cuban native whom the Dodgers called up from AA Chattanooga when Carl Crawford returned to the DL Monday.

Puig went 2-for-4 in his first Major League game Monday with an assist from right field to double the runner off first base for the game ending out, and followed that up with a 3-for-4 evening, with two home runs and five RBI, on Tuesday.

This is territory where very few, if any, in baseball have gone before.

So should you add him to your fantasy team this week? Well I could say DUH! But it’s not quite that easy. First of all, in most NL only leagues Puig was likely drafted in one portion of the draft or the other. Even some deep mixed leagues, especially any with minor league draft picks, saw the young outfielder drafted in March/April.

But, in any leagues where he is available yes you should try and add him this week – WITH the caveat that there is not a clear answer in LALAland of what happens when Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford return to play. Together, with Andre Ethier, that troika is worth over $300 million in salaries and the Puig implication is that one of the trio gets benched or traded. Well, that might not happen,and that means the Dodgers might have to send Puig back to the minors.

Conversely, that might not be practical. Not if Puig continues to breathe Mike Trout energy and stats into the Dodgers lineup and fan base.

Puig is a big kid – 6’3” and 250 or so pounds–in the Bo Jackson mold. And yes, he is this good. Not that the best Major League pitchers won’t find ways to get him out (the Dodgers don’t get to play the San Diego Padres every week). But Puig  is ready.

Trout and Bryce Harper better step it up or they could be passed in the fast lane.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 11:27
LABR FAAB Report: Week of June 3 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 03 June 2013 13:51


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.




David Lough, KC 6 Fangraphs
Freddy Garcia, BAL 5 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 RotoWire 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Chris Dickerson, BAL 4 Mastersball 2 Rotowire
Alexander Torres, TB 4
Miguel Tejada, KC 1 RotoWire
Samuel Deduno, MIN 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Alexi Casilla, BAL 1 Mastersball
Franklin Morales, BOS 1 Fangraphs 1 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.


Anthony Swarzak, MIN 1 Fangraphs
Brendan Harris, LAA 1 Mastersball
Ryan Flaherty, BAL 1 Mastersball 1 Fangraphs
Steve Johnson, BAL 1 Fangraphs
Michael Kohn, LAA 1
Neal Cotts, TEX 1 Fangraphs
Oliver Perez, SEA 1
Bryan Shaw, CLE 1
Carlos Corporan, HOU 1 Mastersball
Carlos Triunfel, SEA 1 Mastersball

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Some very hopeful bids this week as the free agent pool remains very thin. High bid for the week was for Kansas City OF David Lough for $6 to Fangraphs. Right behind that was a well measured pitching match-up for Oriole's pitcher Freddy Garcia - Winning Fantasy Baseball betting $5 that a start against the Houston Astros would be a good one.

Once again I needed to replace my middle infielder, this time Yamaico Navarro being sent down by Baltimore and I landed one of his replacements, Alexi Casilla for a dollar. I also was tempted by the nice couple of weeks that Chris Dickerson has had for the Orioles and with Gordon Beckham likely to return to the White Sox thought my at bats for Conor Gillaspie might get cramped, so I reserved him (which LABR participants can only do for players on the DL or sent to the minors or who were original reserve selections), and bought Dickerson to fill my UT slot for $4




Omar Quintanilla, NYM 6 Colton & Wolf
Roger Bernadina, WSH 5 USA TODAY Sports 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Scott Van Slyke, LAD 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 Sandlot Shrink 1 USA TODAY Sports
Brandon Kintzler, MIL 2 Sandlot Shrink
Tyler Cloyd, PHI 2 RotoWire
Wil Nieves, ARI 2 Baseball HQ
Dale Thayer, SD 1 ESPN - Ravitz 1 Colton & Wolf 1 Sandlot Shrink 1 RotoWire
Jeremy Hefner, NYM 1 1 Colton & Wolf
Derrick Robinson, CIN 1 Sandlot Shrink
Luis Cruz, LAD 1 Colton & Wolf
Nathan Karns, WSH 1 Colton & Wolf


Ed Lucas, MIA 3 USA TODAY Sports
Carlos Villanueva, CHC 1 RotoWire 1 ESPN - Ravitz 1 Colton & Wolf
Mike Dunn, MIA 1 Colton & Wolf 1 RotoWire
Brett Pill, SF 1 USA TODAY Sports
Alfredo Figaro, MIL 1 RotoWire
Jordan Walden, ATL 1 RotoWire
Justin Wilson, PIT 1 RotoWire
Sam LeCure, CIN 1 RotoWire
Wilton Lopez, COL 1 RotoWire
J.P. Howell, LAD 1 ESPN - Ravitz
Cesar Hernandez, PHI 1 Colton & Wolf
Cody Ransom, CHC 1 Colton & Wolf

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

With the influx of top young arms in the Majors this past cycle, it is not surprising that players not named Michael Wacha (smartly snatched up by Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs of the NFBC as a reserve pick) were Tyler Cloyd, and Nate Karns.

Oddly, though both are rookie pitchers, there were just solo winning bids for each:  $1 to Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton in the case of Karns, and $2 to Jeff Erickson for Cloyd.

Of the remaining flotsam and jetsam in the player pool, recently promoted Omar Quintanilla went to Rick and Glenn as well, uncontested, for $6, while LABR host Steve Gardner grabbed another National—Roger Bernadina, for $5 fending off two $4 hopefuls. And, Greg and Shawn augmented their NFBC squad with Dodger outfielder Scott Van Slyke.

Among this troika of utility players, Quintanilla could prove to be the most promising, at worst earning platoon time while Ruben Tejada is on the DL. Formerly a pick of the Athletics, then swapped to the Rockies, Quintanilla was a solid on-base player in the minors whose skills seem to have eroded simply due to lack of confidence somewhere. At age 31, with a chance at full time play, he could finally realize that potential.

Bernadina is largely a fill-in while Bryce Harper is down, so don’t expect much, and Van Slyke’s playing time (for the injured Matt Kemp) could be reduced with the Dodger’s anticipated promotion of uber-prospect Yasiel Puig from Double-A




Michael Wacha, STL 15 14 DFSEdge 12 RotoWire 10 Baseball HQ
10 8 Fangraphs 6 Baseball Prospectus
3 3 Sports Grumblings
Rex Brothers, COL 13 Razzball 13 Baseball Prospectus 11 Baseball HQ 10 Sports Grumblings
10 USA TODAY Sports 6 4 Fangraphs
Nick Franklin, SEA 12 Baseball HQ 10 10 RotoWire 3
Chris Coghlan, MIA 6 Mastersball
Jason Bay, SEA 4 USA TODAY Sports 3 Mastersball 2
Chris Dickerson, BAL 3 Baseball Prospectus
Hector Ambriz, HOU 2 USA TODAY Sports
Jonathan Pettibone, PHI 2
Jacob Turner, MIA 1 Sports Grumblings 1
Freddy Garcia, BAL 1 Sports Grumblings 2 USA TODAY Sports
Miguel Gonzalez, BAL 1 1
Daniel Descalso, STL 1 1 USA TODAY Sports
Avisail Garcia, DET 1 1 Mastersball 1
Tyler Chatwood, COL 1 Baseball HQ 1 1 Sports Grumblings


Luis Valbuena, CHC 2 USA TODAY Sports
Brandon Barnes, HOU 1 Mastersball
Darren O'Day, BAL 1 Sports Grumblings
Dylan Axelrod, CWS 1
Erik Bedard, HOU 1
Greg Dobbs, MIA 1 Mastersball
Jeanmar Gomez, PIT 1
Marlon Byrd, NYM 1 Mastersball
Robert Coello, LAA 1 USA TODAY Sports
Scott Diamond, MIN 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

A couple of call-ups and another injury replacement closer topped the Mixed LABR bidding this week and my name is conspicuously absent from all three - more on that in a minute.

Michael Wacha replaces John Gast who replaced either Jaime Garcia or Jake Westbrook (with Tyler Lyons the other new starter). There is an interesting debate going on in the NFBC forums discussing the relative merits of Wacha and another recent starting pitcher promoted to the Show, the O's Kevin Gausman. Most contend that Gausman is the better prospect, but I'm not sure he's the better option for the next four months. While neither are assured of anything more than a few more June starts (Gausman is subbing for Wei-Yin Chen but also has the likes of Jake Arrieta and Zach Britton honing their craft on the farm), St. Louis has a history of both monitoring innings while keeping the pitcher in a relevant role. It was a few years ago, but remember a then young Adam Wainwright closed for the Redbirds during their playoff run. Last season Lance Lynn was moved to the bullpen, in part to preserve innings. I can easily envision the Cardinals riding Wacha until mid-August then putting him into the bullpen. I'm not so confident with the Orangebirds management of young pitching. From the aforementioned Britton and Arrieta, to Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman, Baltimore is pretty quick on the trigger to send a scuffling prospect back to the farm. With the caveat that he may not be as useful come September, I favor Wacha over Gausman for the rest of this season.

Nick Franklin was promoted and immediately handed the second base gig to replace the struggling Dustin Ackley, who was demoted to get all those sabermetric thoughts out of his head. Franklin is a shortstop by trade but should be able to handle the switch, at least short term. His star had begun to dim a bit, but a strong AFL campaign put Franklin back on the map. I'm not expecting a whole lot but sometimes simply the possibility of more is enough of a reason to take a chance, especially in a ravaged middle infield landscape.

Rex Brothers will fill in for Rafael Betancourt. He's been groomed as the heir apparent and despite being a southpaw, has the stuff to get it done, though his control can be an issue.

The reason I did not place a bid for any of the three can be summed up the trade I consummated with's Fred Zinkie (who, by the way is an exceptional player and is going to be a stalwart in the industry sooner than later). I dealt Fred Alex Cobb and Marco Scutaro for Casey Janssen and Alexei Ramirez. I have a nice pitching staff so I could afford to give up Cobb. I'm at the bottom of a tightly bunched group vying for points in saves so acquiring a solid closer can net me several points. I've tried the scavenger route, it was time to deal for a more stable commodity. That said, I am a bit concerned about Janssen's health over the course of the season. My hitting is under-producing, especially with counting stats so the middle infield switch begins to address that. I preferred the veteran Ramirez over taking a flier on Franklin.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 June 2013 15:47
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of June 3 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 03 June 2013 01:32


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.




HAmbriz, Hou 12 (16) Joe Sheehan 11 Wolf/Colton 5 Jeff Erickson
JIglesias, Bos 6 (11) Mike Siano 5 Matthew Berry 1 Wolf/Colton
LMendoza, KC 3 (5) Matthew Berry 5 Jeff Erickson 2 Wolf/Colton 0 Joe Sheehan
ERamirez, Sea 3 (5) Matthew Berry 2 Joe Sheehan
FGarcia, Bal 2 (5) Mike Siano 3 Matthew Berry 3 Jeff Erickson 1 Ron Shandler
0 Wolf/Colton 0 Steve Moyer
SDeduno, Min 1 (5) Jeff Erickson 2 Mike Siano 0 Ron Shandler 0 Steve Moyer
0 Wolf/Colton
SKelley, NYY 1 Mike Siano
GGreen, Oak 1 (7) Rob Leibowitz
EnChavez, Sea 1(2) Matthew Berry 0 Wolf/Colton
DLough, KC 1 Wolf/Colton 1 Matthew Berry
ALiddi, Sea 0 Wolf/Colton 1 Mike Siano
FMorales, Bos 0 Steve Moyer 1 Mike Siano
BGomes, TB 0 Mike Siano


BPeacock, Hou 0 Mike Siano
CBreslow, Bos 0 Steve Moyer
CTriunfel, Sea 0 Wolf/Colton
JChamberlain, NYY 0 Mike Siano
JPerez, Tor 0 Steve Moyer
RSantiago, Det 0 Wolf/Colton
SDowns, LAA 0 Steve Moyer

 Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Jose Veras had worked the ninth for a save on June 1st and was unavailable last night, so Hector Ambriz came in and got the job done in his stead. Veras has been missing bats and throwing strikes pretty well and is not currently in danger of losing his job, but given an extensive history of control and command issues, it would actually be more impressive if Veras actually did manage to hang onto the closer’s job all season long than not. Hector Ambriz is a journeyman with limited MLB experience, but may finally be translating some his strike-throwing skills to the Majors.  While Ambriz profiles best in a middle relief role, given the situation and Veras’ history, picking him up on the off-chance he does end up the closer, is a worthwhile endeavor.

Given the lack of production from the duo of Adam Rosales and Eric Sogard it is only a matter of time before the A’s make a change. Former first round pick Grant Green meanwhile is not necessarily dominating, but is at least producing in Triple-A.  The righty has made some good improvements to his contact-making skills the last two seasons while continuing to show a bit of pop and still profiles as a potential upper-teens homerun hitter. So with Will Middlebrooks out most of this week and Gordon Beckham back and pushing Conor Gillaspie back to the bench, this seemed an optimal time to attempt to stash a player who could soon be a MLB starter.




JTurner, Mia 21 Brian Walton 21 Tristan H. Cockcroft 11 Peter Kreutzer
RHernandez, LAD 2 (6) Scott Pianowski 1 Mike Gianella
MReynolds, Ari 2 (3) Scott Pianowski 2 Lenny Melnick 0 Peter Kreutzer
LSchafer, Mil 1 (2) Scott Wilderman 0 Chris Liss
NKarns, Was 1 (6) Brian Walton
TFederowicz, LAD 1 Mike Gianella 3 Scott Pianowski 0 Brian Walton
DNavarro, ChC 1 (7) Scott Pianowski 1 Mike Gianella 0 Phil Hertz
CHernandez, Phi 1 (4) Derek Carty
RErlin, SD 1 (12) Derek Carty
JThatcher, SD 1 (5) Lenny Melnick
BZiegler, Ari 1 Lenny Melnick
MDavidson, Ari 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft
BPill, SF 0 Scott Wilderman
ASimon, Cin 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Mike Gianella
JHowell, LAD 0 Chris Liss
JWilson, Pit 0 Mike Gianella
JAffeldt, SF 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft


TCruz, StL 4 Scott Pianowski
CMorton, Pit 1 Brian Walton
JArias, SF 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Derek Carty
AWood, Atl 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
JHannahan, Cin 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
BBadenhop, Mil 0 Peter Kreutzer
EEscalona, Col 0 Mike Gianella
BInge, Pit 0 Derek Carty
CIzturis, Cin 0 Derek Carty
ELucas, Mia 0 Derek Carty
OQuintanilla, NYM 0 Derek Carty
AVarvaro, Atl 0 Chris Liss
TWatson, Pit 0 Chris Liss

Brian Walton's Commentary

While Yasiel Puig-mania did engulf National League Tout Wars, it occurred back on draft day in March when Lenny Melnick of Fantasy Pros 911 nominated the outfielder for $1 following a very strong spring for the Dodgers. At that time, Melnick had trouble pronouncing the Cuban's name, but we should all get used to it now. With Matt Kemp on the disabled list, the Dodgers purchased Puig from Double-A Chattanooga on Sunday.

Another player taken on draft day was former Tigers first-rounder Jacob Turner, now a member of the Marlins. Though the right-hander struggled in the spring, he had to face the same opponent three times. So, I spent $2. Yet, when the Fish sent Turner down to start the season, I cut bait. To get Turner back after his seven-inning shutout performance over the Mets on Friday, it cost me $21. My bid actually tied that of league-leader Tristan H. Cockcroft, but in this case, the standings were in my favor.

Only time will tell if Turner's performance bests Robbie Erlin of San Diego. The left-hander made a strong spot start on Saturday before being returned to Triple-A, but should be back before too long. Derek Carty was willing to pay $12, but his bid was reduced to just $1 by Vickrey Rule. In other words, the price was right.




TRosenthal, StL 8 (11) Nando DiFino 7 David Gonos 3 Ray Flowers 2 Cory Schwartz
JBay, Sea 2 Derek Van Riper 1 Tim Heaney 0 Nando DiFino 0 Fred Zinkie
DDescalso, StL 2 (4) David Gonos 1 Tim Heaney 1 Scott Swanay
PFlorimon, Min 1 (2) Ray Flowers 1 Scott Swanay 0 Patrick Davitt
BDozier, Min 1 Tim Heaney 2 Ray Flowers 1 Scott Swanay 0 Nicholas Minnix
WCastillo, ChC 1 (7) Ray Flowers
CDenorfia, SD 1 (4) Ray Flowers 0 Patrick Davitt 0 Nando DiFino
CYelich, Mia 1 (2) Cory Schwartz
JPederson, LAD 1 (9) Patrick Davitt 1 Cory Schwartz
TKoehler, Mia 1 (2) Cory Schwartz
CArcher, TB 1 Derek Van Riper
FDoubront, Bos 1 (2) Tim Heaney
MGonzalez, Bal 1 (3) Zach Steinhorn 1 Tim Heaney 0 Fred Zinkie
JPettibone, Phi 1 (3) David Gonos 0 Patrick Davitt 0 Fred Zinkie
TSkaggs, Ari 1 (4) Nicholas Minnix
LValbuena, ChC 1 (2) Scott Swanay
JIglesias, Bos 1 (5) Paul Singman
MKawasaki, Tor 0 Patrick Davitt 2 Ray Flowers
JNix, NYY 0 Nicholas Minnix 2 Ray Flowers
DGee, NYM 0 Fred Zinkie 0 Cory Schwartz
JBlanton, LAA 0 Patrick Davitt
CKluber, Cle 0 Seth Trachtman


THunter, Bal 5 Nando DiFino
CDickerson, Bal 3 Ray Flowers
JParedes, Hou 3 Ray Flowers
AGarcia, Det 2 Ray Flowers 1 Derek Van Riper
DDuffy, KC 2 Tim Heaney
DThayer, SD 2 Tim Heaney
EBedard, Hou 2 Tim Heaney
TChatwood, Col 2 Tim Heaney
AAmarista, SD 2 Ray Flowers
AHechavarria, Mia 2 Ray Flowers
ATorres, SF 2 Ray Flowers
BBoesch, NYY 2 Ray Flowers
BRyan, Sea 2 Ray Flowers
CGillaspie, CWS 2 Ray Flowers
CPennington, Ari 2 Ray Flowers
ESogard, Oak 2 Ray Flowers
MIzturis, Tor 2 Ray Flowers
SSchumaker, LAD 2 Ray Flowers
BHamilton, Cin 2 Cory Schwartz
OTaveras, StL 2 Cory Schwartz
JTurner, Mia 1 Tim Heaney
BBarnes, Hou 1 Derek Van Riper
CCoghlan, Mia 1 Derek Van Riper
HAmbriz, Hou 1 Derek Van Riper
JGomes, Bos 1 Derek Van Riper
KBlanks, SD 1 Derek Van Riper
RBernadina, Was 1 Derek Van Riper
TMoore, Was 1 Derek Van Riper
ARussell, Oak 1 Cory Schwartz
KWong, StL 1 Cory Schwartz
LChisenhall, Cle 1 Cory Schwartz
JBaker, Tex 0 Patrick Davitt
NPunto, LAD 0 Patrick Davitt
LMendoza, KC 0 Fred Zinkie
SDelabar, Tor 0 Fred Zinkie
JGuthrie, KC 0 Cory Schwartz

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Edward Mujica has done absolutely nothing to lose the Cardinals’ closer job, but that didn’t stop Nando DiFino from throwing an $11 bid in the direction of Trevor Rosenthal, the clear second in line option for saves in St. Louis. Rosenthal dominated in the month of May, tossing 11 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out 20, and has all the makings of an elite closer, so if Mujica either stumbles or gets hurt, Rosenthal’s $8 price tag will surely look like a steal.

Jason Bay, along with Daniel Descalso, earned the distinction of being the only other multi-dollar FAAB purchase this week. After slugging two home runs on Saturday, Bay went 0-for-4 on Sunday, and considering his disastrous tenure with the Mets, who knows what’s in store for the veteran outfielder the rest of this season. But any way you slice it, eight homers in 121 at-bats cannot be overlooked.

Cory Schwartz’s $1 purchase of Christian Yelich could pay off big time should the Marlins decide to promote their top prospect in the near future. And, considering that he’s racked up six homers and 28 RBIs while registering an .867 OPS through 41 minor league games this year, Miami might soon have no choice but to call him up.

Even though Mike Leake has done an outstanding job for my squad since I added him a few weeks ago, a stat correction is inevitable, and I’m concerned that it will happen this week, when Leake faces a very tough Cardinals’ lineup. So I opted to pick up the Orioles’ Miguel Gonzalez, who has pitched fairly well this year and has the Astros on tap for this week. I think I’ll start Gonzalez in place of Leake, but then again, at the last minute I might opt to play both of them. At least there are no afternoon games today, so I’ll have until 7 PM ET to decide!




RBrothers, Col 21 (27) Eno Sarris 20 Brent Hershey 9 Charlie Wiegert 9 Tim McLeod
6 Scott Engel
YPuig, LAD 17 (25) Brent Hershey 16 Tim McLeod 1 Mike Podhorzer
YGrandal, SD 15 Brent Hershey 14 Mike Podhorzer 2 Grey Albright
TSkaggs, Ari 12 (23) Perry Van Hook 11 Tim McLeod 1 Mike Podhorzer
NFranklin, Sea 6 (8) Mike Podhorzer 5 Scott Engel
JDMartinez, Hou 4 Tim McLeod 3 Scott Engel
BColon, Oak 3 (12) Paul Greco 3 Charlie Wiegert 2 Scott Engel 1 Perry Van Hook
CKluber, Cle 1 Brent Hershey 1 Eno Sarris 1 Perry Van Hook
SFeldman, ChC 1 (3) Scott Engel
EKratz, Phi 1 (2) Scott Engel
JBradley, Bos 1 (2) Eno Sarris
TLyons, StL 1 (5) Charlie Wiegert 1 Perry Van Hook
JTurner, Mia 1 (2) Charlie Wiegert
KShoppach, Sea 1 Grey Albright
RPorcello, Det 1 (6) Tim McLeod
CStammen, Was 1 (3) Gene McCaffrey
MDeRosa, Tor 1 (3) Paul Greco


CArcher, TB 7 Brent Hershey
ZWheeler, NYM 5 Tim McLeod
CAllen, Cle 2 Charlie Wiegert
RCoello, LAA 2 Charlie Wiegert
JGuthrie, KC 1 Perry Van Hook
TKoehler, Mia 1 Perry Van Hook
TFederowicz, LAD 1 Grey Albright
CCoghlan, Mia 1 Eno Sarris
JMcGee, TB 1 Eno Sarris
SCishek, Mia 1 Eno Sarris
TSnider, Pit 1 Eno Sarris
NHundley, SD 0 Brent Hershey
YTorrealba, Col 0 Brent Hershey

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Two hot young prospects likely to be promoted this week and one new closer meant lots of FAAB dollars at work. High bid for the week - both actual and Vickrey - belonged to Eno Sarris, Fangraphs who bid $27 to get Rex Brothers and landed him for $21. With even more injuries and a sense of urgency it is reported that the Dodgers will recall outfielder Yasiel Puig on Monday and that was enough to convince Brent Hershey to bid $25 on the Cuban import who he landed for $17.

While I would have liked to go after Puig with Bryce Harper hitting the DL this week, I already have Austin Jackson and Justin Maxwell on sick leave and would have had too many fly chasers when they all returned, so I turned my $23 bid toward LHP Tyler Skaggs who the Diamondbacks will reportedly call up Tuesday to replace Brandon McCarthy in the rotation and won him for a Vickrey adjusted $12. Of course they may not call up Skaggs and then I will take a zero for him in my lineup this week but at least I will have him whenever his next start comes up.


Last Updated on Monday, 03 June 2013 15:23
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Wednesday, 29 May 2013 00:00

The Seattle Mariners seem to be stuck in limbo with their prospects. And that is not a good place to be.

While many thought the Mariners were a year (or two) away from fielding a competitive team in the tough AL West, the schizophrenic Seattle Mariners got ready for the 2013 season with the following moves:

Traded – Trayvon Robinson to Baltimore for Robert Andino because we like infielders who can’t hit their weight.

Released – Chone Figgins, one of the worst signings in recent memory, but at least give them credit for cutting him.

Signed – Jason Bay, having been booed out of New York

Traded – Jason Vargas, their best pitcher not named Felix, for Kendrys Morales because we need more 1B/DH soldiers.

Signed – Jeremy Bonderman, who hasn’t pitched in the Majors in three years.

Signed – Raul Ibanez, because we need a 40-year-old player to help all the 30-year-old guys.

Signed – Mike Jacobs, because if you can’t make it elsewhere we must need you.

Traded – John Jaso to Oakland in a three-way deal which brought back Mike Morse.

Signed – Kelly Shoppach to back up or teach Jesus Montero after getting rid of Jaso.

Signed – Joe Saunders, not a good fantasy pitcher but good in Safeco Field and a great way to block some promising Mariner pitchers.

Traded – Mike Carp to the Boston Red Sox … getting younger?

Released – Jon Garland

Released – Mike Jacobs... guess we don’t need more 1B's like we thought.

Signed – Endy Chavez because we already have too many outfielders.

Traded for – Aaron Harang because we don’t know who to start and traded Garland.

So upon entering the season with all these roster changes, the Mariners still had a lot of question marks:

Jesus Montero – Catcher or DH?

Dustin Ackley – He could hit when we drafted him; how can we change his swing now?

Justin Smoak – well at least he hit well the last half of 2012.

Kendrys Morales – Is he the 1B? What about Smoak? Is he the DH? What about Montero?

Mike Zunino – How long can we keep our best catcher in the Minors?

Nick Franklin – Well, we can’t play him at shortstop because we have Brendan Ryan, so let’s try him at 2B because we already have Dustin Ackley there and Stefan Romero behind him.

Except for the trade for Harang, all these moves were before April 1 – so how did that work out?

The Mariners are still fourth in the AL West – they would be last except for the addition of the Houston Lastros. They still can’t figure out who to play in the outfield but injuries to Franklin Gutierrez (happens every year) and Michael Saunders actually forced them to use all those outfielders, the best of whom has been 40-year-old Raul Ibanez, who can still hit home runs to right field.

In late May, they send Jesus Montero back to Triple-A – not to work on his hitting but so he can learn to play first base. Huh?

So who takes over at catcher? No, certainly not Zunino. We have 33-year-old Shoppach and Sweet Jesus (okay, Jesus Sucre). In fairness, Zunino has been struggling at Triple-A at the plate – but he is still a great receiver and the catcher of the future for the Mariners.

Then they finally give up on Andino and call up… no, not Franklin. This is the Mariners. Enter Carlos Triunfel, an almost failed prospect who all of a sudden broke out the lumber and started hitting. But instead of letting him play somewhere, they decide he will be the backup at second, third and shortstop.

Later in May, having watched Ackley get worse ever since they signed him, they ship him back to the Minors to try and get straightened out. And then manager Eric Wedge says sabermetrics are to blame for Ackley’s problems.

But at least that gets Nick Franklin in play – called up Monday and started at second base on Tuesday – never mind it is his second-best position. At least we are finally playing him.

I can hardly wait for the next Mariner move.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 10:36
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