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LABR FAAB Report: Week of June 24 PDF Print E-mail
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Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids. There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

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

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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Player Awarded Winning Bid
Christopher Archer, TB 18 KFFL.com 8 SiriusXM 7 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Zoilo Almonte, NYY 15 Mastersball 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 KFFL.com 1 USA TODAY Sports
Ryan Flaherty, BAL 5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 USA TODAY Sports 1 KFFL.com 1 RotoWire
J.B. Shuck, LAA 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Jake McGee, TB 4 SiriusXM 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Steve Delabar, TOR 2 USA TODAY Sports 2 SiriusXM
Carlos Corporan, HOU 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Chien-Ming Wang, TOR 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 SiriusXM

UNAWARDED BIDS

Al Alburquerque, DET 2 SiriusXM
Aaron Loup, TOR 1 SiriusXM
Joe Smith, CLE 1 SiriusXM
Jose Cisnero, HOU 1 SiriusXM
Tommy Hunter, BAL 1 SiriusXM
Brad Hawpe, LAA 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Don Kelly, DET 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
George Kottaras, KC 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Hector Gimenez, CWS 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Jose Alvarez, DET 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Ryan Lavarnway, BOS 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Yoervis Medina, SEA 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

There were two big bids this week - from the teams in a tight competition for 2nd and 3rd place in the AL league. Nick Minnix (KFFL) had the highest bid - $18 for Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer who finally had a game good enough to convince the ALers to go after him. And I had the second highest as I did not accurately gauge how the league would value new Yankee outfielder Zoilo Almonte bidding $15 when I could have had him for $5. But I needed a shot at some power and there hasn't been much available lately and I won't be able to compete for good crossover players if there are any later this year so Almonte looked like my best shot.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

oswalt

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Roy Oswalt, COL 9 USA TODAY Sports 9 Yahoo! Sports 7 DerekCarty.com 5 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Caleb Gindl, MIL 4 ESPN - Ravitz 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Joe Kelly, STL 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Colton & Wolf 2 RotoWire 1 Baseball HQ
Jeremy Hefner, NYM 3 RotoWire 1 Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Brad Ziegler, ARI 2 Baseball HQ
Elian Herrera, LAD 2 Colton & Wolf
Tim Stauffer, SD 1 ESPN - Karabell

UNAWARDED BIDS

Drew Storen, WSH 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball HQ
Corey Dickerson, COL 1 ESPN - Ravitz
Donald Lutz, CIN 1 ESPN - Ravitz
Alfredo Simon, CIN 1 ESPN - Karabell
Jordan Walden, ATL 1 Baseball HQ

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

League Commissioner Steve Gardner is a hardy soul.

I know. Just a little over a week ago, at the Fantasy Sports Trade Association conclave in Chicago, Steve went to the Cubs/Reds game with Todd Zola, Chris Liss, Dean Peterson, and me, and after the game, despite serious storm clouds brewing, Steve opted to walk the four-plus miles from Wrigley to our hotel with Dean and me.

Still, I did not imagine his courage would extend to spending $9 on former ace Roy Oswalt, now just a pedestrian member of the Rockies rotation.

As Oswalt returned from a self-flicted retirement last year, giving the Rangers a 4-3, 5.80 mark over 59.1 innings, with a 1.525 WHIP, and then found himself in the Colorado rotation last week, turning in much the same skills posting an 0-1, 7.20 record, with a 1.80 ratio over five innings.

Still, a deep league and desperate times can make a fantasy owner go where he never imagined.

Nate Ravitz then gambled that Caleb Gindl might give a little production in the absence of Ryan Braun, to the tune of $4, but actually the two bids I liked a lot, at least in the shadow of the Oswalt claim were $3 for Joe Kelly for Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs of the NFBC/STATS, and the Eric Karabell nabbing the Padres Tim Stauffer for a buck.

On a team that is performing well with a lot of younger players infused (Mike Matheny manages this so much better than Tony LaRussa did), Kelly could indeed pick it up and give some nice numbers. After all, winning is contagious.

As for Stauffer, good things are happening to the Padres, and Stauffer, felled by injuries for over a year now, had good stuff when he went down. Of course it could take him a bit to get into a real groove, but for a dollar?

That kind of gamble is precisely what FAAB is for.

MIXED LEAGUE

eric-youngjr

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Eric Young, NYM 12 MLB.com 7 Fangraphs 2 ESPN.com 2 RotoWire
2 Sports Grumblings 1 KFFL.com
Roy Oswalt, COL 5 Fangraphs 2 KFFL.com
Jayson Nix, NYY 3 ESPN.com
Nathan Eovaldi, MIA 3 Fangraphs 1 KFFL.com
Oswaldo Arcia, MIN 2 KFFL.com 5 MLB.com 2 RotoWire 2 Mastersball
1 Bloomberg Sports 1 USA TODAY Sports
Martin Perez, TEX 2 RotoWire 1 Sports Grumblings
Jordy Mercer, PIT 2 Sports Grumblings 2 Mastersball 2 RotoWire
Conor Gillaspie, CWS 2 USA TODAY Sports
Gregor Blanco, SF 2 USA TODAY Sports 6 MLB.com 2 KFFL.com 1 Mastersball
1 RotoWire
Steve Lombardozzi, WSH 1 Mastersball
Marlon Byrd, NYM 1 ESPN.com 1 RotoWire 1 Bloomberg Sports 1 Sports Grumblings
Pedro Ciriaco, SD 1 ESPN.com 1 KFFL.com 1 USA TODAY Sports
Caleb Gindl, MIL 1 Mastersball
Mark Buehrle, TOR 1 Sports Grumblings 1 KFFL.com

UNAWARDED BIDS

Charlie Morton, PIT 2 Fangraphs
Seth Smith, OAK 1 Sports Grumblings 1 RotoWire
Clete Thomas, MIN 1 USA TODAY Sports
Ed Lucas, MIA 1 USA TODAY Sports
Jerome Williams, LAA 1 RotoWire
Joaquin Arias, SF 1 Sports Grumblings
John Lannan, PHI 1 Sports Grumblings
Lyle Overbay, NYY 1 RotoWire
Oliver Perez, SEA 1 KFFL.com
Randall Delgado, ARI 1 KFFL.com
Ryan Raburn, CLE 1 KFFL.com
Ryan Sweeney, CHC 1 KFFL.com
Skip Schumaker, LAD 1 Mastersball
Wily Peralta, MIL 1 KFFL.com

Todd Zola's Commentary

Next year the pre-season analysis will be "don't draft a Mets' outfielder - there will always be one available as a free agent. This week's dart throw is at Eric Young Jr. and Fred Zinkie hit the bullseye. Personally, I prefer Tim Heaney's choice of Oswaldo Arcia who is back for hos second tour of the Majors. I took a flyer of my own of Caleb Gindl, hoping to get a couple weeks out of him while Ryan Braun recovers. I need some counting stats and am looking to keep as many at bats active as possible. My real target was Gregor Blanco but my $2 bid fell short on both Arcia and Blanco - losing out on a standings tiebreaker.

WARNING: #humblebrag alert - about three weeks ago my squad was in the 60's, now we're in the 90's in 5th place. I still have as many points to go to catch the leader (Fred Zinkie). In an all or nothing league, I may be forced to shop around Clayton Kershaw since he'll fetch me the most in return. I can always manage pitching, but hitting needs to be bullied.

 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of June 24 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 June 2013 00:30

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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

lavarnway

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
RLavarnway, Bos 6 (7) Steve Moyer 5 Larry Schechter
YMedina, Sea 6 Larry Schechter 5 Matthew Berry
JAlvarez, Det 6 (11) Andy Behrens 5 Jeff Erickson 5 Matthew Berry 2 Ron Shandler
0 Wolf/Colton
ZAlmonte, NYY 4 (7) Steve Moyer 3 Jason Collette 0 Matthew Berry
MPerez, Tex 2 (16) Rob Leibowitz 6 Andy Behrens 1 Ron Shandler 0 Wolf/Colton
JThole, Tor 1 Larry Schechter
AAlburquerque, Det 0 Ron Shandler
BCecil, Tor 0 Matthew Berry 0 Rob Leibowitz
EEscobar, Min 0 Lawr Michaels
BRyan, Sea 0 Jeff Erickson

UNAWARDED BIDS

SDiamond, Min 3 Andy Behrens
ZBritton, Bal 3 Andy Behrens
HBlanco, Sea 1 Larry Schechter
BHarris, LAA 0 Steve Moyer
BHoladay, Det 0 Steve Moyer
CWells, CWS 0 Steve Moyer
GKottaras, KC 0 Steve Moyer
GSoto, Tex 0 Steve Moyer
MKrauss, Hou 0 Steve Moyer
SFuld, TB 0 Steve Moyer
AMiller, Bos 0 Ron Shandler
JFields, Hou 0 Rob Leibowitz

 Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

FAAB this week saw some speculative plays for Detroit relievers in the wake of Jose Valverde’s DFA. Joaquin Benoit quickly changed hands in Tout, but it remains to be seen how long the righty can hold onto the job. Benoit has not been someone who can be relied upon to pitch on back to back days. Al Alburquerque has a strikeout rate approaching 15, but has been walking more than half that amount. It is fairly safe to say the Tigers, given their first place status in the AL Central will be seeking additional relief help from the outside as we approach the trade deadline and it is quite possible the pitcher who ends up receiving the majority of the save opportunities for the remainder of the season is not yet in the organization.

Martin Perez got the call to fill a spot in the Ranger’s rotation in what will be interesting situation as both Alexi Ogando and Colby Lewis work their way’s back from the disabled list. Neither Nick Tepesch, nor Justin Grimm has particularly distinguished themselves. Perez, meanwhile, has recovered some of his old stuff in the minors producing a 7.0 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9. If the lefty can start missing bats at the MLB level, he could stick around even if Ogando and Lewis come back fully healthy.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

joe-kelly

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
JKelly, StL 11 Phil Hertz 10 Brian Walton 7 Tristan H. Cockcroft 5 Derek Carty
3 Lenny Melnick
CDickerson, Col 5 (23) Peter Kreutzer 4 Phil Hertz 3 Mike Gianella 2 Scott Wilderman
0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
TSanchez, Pit 2 (8) Brian Walton 1 Scott Wilderman 0 Phil Hertz
AMBrown, NYM 1 (2) Scott Wilderman
KSiegrist, StL 1 Brian Walton 0 Peter Kreutzer
CGindl, Mil 1 (10) Mike Gianella 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Brian Walton 0 Peter Kreutzer
TJordan, Was 1 (2) Phil Hertz
HSanchez, SF 1 (17) Todd Zola
EHerrera, LAD 0 Scott Wilderman
DHand, Mil 0 Brian Walton
TRoss, SD 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Brian Walton 0 Phil Hertz
JWilson, Pit 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Peter Kreutzer
JBorbon, ChC 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1 Mike Gianella 0 Peter Kreutzer
BBadenhop, Mil 0 Derek Carty
DNavarro, ChC 0 Mike Gianella

UNAWARDED BIDS

ABastardo, Phi 0 Phil Hertz
JLopez, SF 0 Peter Kreutzer
LAvilan, Atl 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
ROhlendorf, Was 0 Phil Hertz
SRobinson, StL 0 Peter Kreutzer
SRosario, SF 0 Phil Hertz
TPastornicky, Atl 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
ZSpruill, Ari 0 Peter Kreutzer

Brian Walton's Commentary

Though the St. Louis Cardinals have baseball's best record, they have been having trouble at the back end of their rotation. Rookie left-hander Tyler Lyons was returned to Triple-A with Joe Kelly named as the new number five. Despite not being a strikeout threat, Kelly made 16 starts last season and logged a credible 3.53 ERA. With the Cards having three open days in the next eight, it isn't clear when Kelly will next get the ball, but Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ was willing to pay $11 to find out. In the process, he edged out my $10 offer as well as several others.

Colorado outfield call up Corey Dickerson could prove to be an interesting addition for Peter Kreutzer. Rotoman was willing to spend $23 if necessary, but Vickrey Rules dropped the purchase price to $5. At Colorado Springs, Dickerson was on fire, hitting .466 this month and .386 on the season with a 1.075 OPS. Though the 24-year-old had six steals in Triple-A, his success rate was a mediocre 37.5 percent.

The only other pickup this week costing over one dollar was a recent call up, Pirates prospect Tony Sanchez. With designated hitter games ahead, the catcher should receive some at-bats. I have been searching for a viable second catcher for over a month. For that reason, I bid $8, but paid a more reasonable $2 (Vickrey).

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

yasmani

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
KUehara, Bos 42 (45) Eric Mack 41 Zach Steinhorn 30 Seth Trachtman 27 Nicholas Minnix
26 Fred Zinkie 25 Derek Van Riper 24 Patrick Davitt
6 Tim Heaney 5 Scott Swanay 4 Ray Flowers
YGrandal, SD 15 (17) Ray Flowers 14 Eric Mack 7 Scott Swanay 5 Cory Schwartz
4 Nando DiFino 2 Derek Van Riper
EYoung, NYM 7 (20) Fred Zinkie 14 Ray Flowers 6 Nicholas Minnix 3 Derek Van Riper
1 Tim Heaney 1 Paul Singman
KCorreia, Min 4 Cory Schwartz 4 Ray Flowers 1 Derek Van Riper 0 Patrick Davitt
0 Fred Zinkie
MGonzalez, Bal 4 (8) Scott Swanay 3 Zach Steinhorn 0 Fred Zinkie 0 Nicholas Minnix
DHernandez, Ari 2 (3) Ray Flowers 1 Derek Van Riper
MPerez, Tex 2 (6) Nicholas Minnix 1 Derek Van Riper 0 Fred Zinkie
PCiriaco, SD 1 (4) Cory Schwartz
SFife, LAD 1 Derek Van Riper
ERogers, Tor 1 Derek Van Riper 0 Fred Zinkie
LForsythe, SD 1 Paul Singman 3 Ray Flowers 1 Tim Heaney
ROswalt, Col 1 (3) Tim Heaney
TFlowers, CWS 1 (4) Nando DiFino 0 Eric Mack
LChisenhall, Cle 1 (14) Nando DiFino
KGibson, Min 1 (11) Fred Zinkie 1 Nicholas Minnix
JMercer, Pit 0 Nicholas Minnix 3 Cory Schwartz
CCarrasco, Cle 0 Patrick Davitt 1 Derek Van Riper

UNAWARDED BIDS

CMorton, Pit 6 Nicholas Minnix
EJohnson, KC 5 Ray Flowers
ABastardo, Phi 3 Tim Heaney
CCapuano, LAD 3 Tim Heaney 2 Scott Swanay 1 Nicholas Minnix
JBlanton, LAA 3 Tim Heaney 1 Derek Van Riper
DGregorius, Ari 3 Ray Flowers
AAlburquerque, Det 2 Tim Heaney
RDelgado, Ari 2 Tim Heaney
ACallaspo, LAA 2 Ray Flowers
YMedina, Sea 1 Tim Heaney 1 Cory Schwartz 0 Fred Zinkie
CWang, Tor 1 Scott Swanay
EVolquez, SD 1 Derek Van Riper
JAlvarez, Det 1 Derek Van Riper

Todd Zola's Commentary

I'll be pinch-hitting for Zach Steinhorn this week.

Koji Uehara commended the highest bid this weekend quite honestly, I'm a little skeptical he'll be a 15-20 save guy the rest of the season. Uehara pitches extremely well -- between DL stints. So not only is there a health risk but Uehara will likely not work in every save chance in an effort to stave off the next injury. That said, it's all about needs so this is not a comment on the bids, just an opinion on how Uehara will fare. Something to keep in mind is at this time of the season, saves come with warts in terms of sketchy ratios. There will be no worries here as Uehara typically sports some of the best ratios in the game.

Something I found interesting was the availability of Yasmani Grandal. I play in several 15-team leagues and he's been stashed in them all since the draft. Looking at the transaction, KFFL's Tim Heaney released Grandal last week after Carlos Ruiz returned to be paired with Joe Mauer. The take-home lesson is even if you don't have a spot for which you think you need a replacement, always take a look at the available players and see if there is a surprise or two available. To that end, it also is wise to look at the pick-ups as soon as they're announced to see if there were any unexpected drops.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

koji

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
KUehara, Bos 18 (29) Charlie Wiegert 17 Tim McLeod 16 Tom Kessenich 12 Mike Podhorzer
8 Brent Hershey 4 Anthony Perri 3 Grey Albright
EYoung, NYM 9 (12) Ray Guilfoyle 8 Mike Podhorzer 7 Tim McLeod 7 Tom Kessenich
7 Scott Engel 6 Perry Van Hook 2 Anthony Perri
1 Eno Sarris
BMoss, Oak 6 (8) Scott Engel 5 Paul Greco 2 Grey Albright 1 Eno Sarris
JAlvarez, Det 4 (27) Gene McCaffrey JAlvarez, Det
OArcia, Min 3 (7) Perry Van Hook 6 Ray Guilfoyle 2 Tim McLeod 1 Eno Sarris
ROswalt, Col 2 (4) Eno Sarris 1 Anthony Perri
MGonzalez, Bal 1 (3) Perry Van Hook 4 Charlie Wiegert 2 Greg Ambrosius
ZAlmonte, NYY 1 (7) Scott Engel 6 Perry Van Hook
JKubel, Ari 1 (8) Mike Podhorzer 5 Scott Engel
RBrantly, Mia 1 Scott Engel
TFlowers, CWS 1 Eno Sarris 1 Scott Engel
DKeuchel, Hou 1 (3) Scott Engel
MPerez, Tex 1 (9) Charlie Wiegert 2 Perry Van Hook
ERogers, Tor 1 (3) Tim McLeod 7 Charlie Wiegert
BNorris, Hou 1 (5) Paul Greco
MBuehrle, Tor 1 Ray Guilfoyle
NEovaldi, Mia 1 (6) Tim McLeod
OPerez, Sea 1 (5) Tom Kessenich
WDavis, KC 1 (2) Greg Ambrosius
JSaunders, Sea 0 Brent Hershey

UNAWARDED BIDS

SFife, LAD 4 Charlie Wiegert
KGibson, Min 3 Tom Kessenich
DHernandez, Ari 3 Tom Kessenich
CCapps, Sea 3 Tom Kessenich
RSweeney, ChC 3 Scott Engel
MPineda, NYY 2 Tim McLeod
MByrd, NYM 2 Scott Engel
JMarquis, SD 2 Greg Ambrosius 1 Tom Kessenich 1 Scott Engel
BZito, SF 2 Greg Ambrosius
AHarang, Sea 2 Eno Sarris
LHarrell, Hou 2 Charlie Wiegert 2 Scott Engel
MMelancon, Pit 1 Tom Kessenich
DStoren, Was 1 Tom Kessenich
TChatwood, Col 1 Tim McLeod
MAdams, StL 1 Ray Guilfoyle
CMorton, Pit 1 Eno Sarris
BPena, Det 1 Eno Sarris
AColome, TB 1 Charlie Wiegert

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

As always those who didn't draft multiple closers or lose one must chase them via FAAB. The new flavor this week was Boston's Koji Uehara who drew a $29 bid from Charlie Weigert who ended up having to use $18 of that to prevail over Tom Kessenich at $16 and Tim McLeod at $17.

There was a bid almost as high that fortunately for Gene McCaffrey had a substantial Vickrey reduction as second place to his $27 bid on Tiger SP Jose Alvarez was only $3 reducing his winning bid to $4.

While parts of my M*A*S*H unit returned last week - Houston flychaser Justin Maxwell and Texas first baseman Mitch Moreland - I still needed some power from an outfield slot until Bryce Harper is ready to suit up again (likely next week) so I bid on a trio of outfielders: Oswaldo Arcia, Eric Young, and Zoilo Almonte. I ended up with my top choice of Arcia for just $3 of my $7 bid. Young went for $9 while it took only a dollar to roster Almonte.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 June 2013 10:57
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of June 17 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 17 June 2013 12:46

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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

iglesias

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Jose Iglesias, BOS 6 SiriusXM 2 KFFL.com 2 Yahoo! Sports
Oliver Perez, SEA 6 Colton & Wolf 3 Mastersball
Clete Thomas, MIN 4 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Esmil Rogers, TOR 3 Mastersball
Trevor Crowe, HOU 1 Yahoo! Sports
Danny Valencia, BAL 1 Yahoo! Sports 6 SiriusXM
Reid Brignac, NYY 1 Yahoo! Sports

UNAWARDED BIDS

Joe Smith, CLE 1 Mastersball

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Another new pitcher closing gets the high bid for the week (well at least a tie). Colton & The Wolfman bid $6 to get Mariner's lefty Oliver Perez and hope he will get a few more saves. Ray Flowers also made a winning $6 bid for Jose Iglesias. I must admit that with just one closer I too ventured a bid on Perez, but didn't feel that confident, so won my runner up bid of $3 to put Esmil Rogers, TOR into my rotation to replace Alex Cobb.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

morton

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Charlie Morton, PIT 5 RotoWire 1 Steve Moyer
Juan Lagares, NYM 5 DerekCarty.com 1 ESPN - Ravitz 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Pedro Ciriaco, SD 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 ESPN - Ravitz
Ed Lucas, MIA 2 ESPN - Ravitz 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Scooter Gennett, MIL 1 USA TODAY Sports
Alex Wood, ATL 1 Steve Moyer
Ross Ohlendorf, WSH 1 Steve Moyer
Jeff Mathis, MIA 1 Sandlot Shrink
Laynce Nix, PHI 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 ESPN - Ravitz
Chad Tracy, WSH 1 Mastersball 1 ESPN - Ravitz 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Tony Abreu, SF 1 ESPN - Karabell
Jeff Kobernus, WSH 1 DerekCarty.com 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.

UNAWARDED BIDS

Clint Barmes, PIT 1 USA TODAY Sports
Alfredo Simon, CIN 1 Steve Moyer
Ian Krol, WSH 1 Steve Moyer
J.P. Howell, LAD 1 Steve Moyer
Luis Avilan, ATL 1 Steve Moyer
Matt Guerrier, LAD 1 Steve Moyer
Tim Stauffer, SD 1 Steve Moyer
Tom Gorzelanny, MIL 1 Steve Moyer
Caleb Gindl, MIL 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Collin Cowgill, NYM 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Donald Lutz, CIN 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Cesar Izturis, CIN 1 Mastersball

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

 A friend of mine recently dismissed me when I told him my four and five starters in a league were Ervin Santana and Barry Zito.

"I never deal with guys like that," he said, somewhat confident in his assessment.

I did not respond in kind, but what I know that means is he does not play in a tough league. And, by tough, I mean a deep league.

Sure, a 10-team mixed format can be competitive, but to a large degree, if the objective of playing this game is to simulate being a big league GM, then that will be lost. For, everyone will have an All Star team, and should you need a replacement, the free agent pool is loaded with everyday players anxious to plug a hole.

Which brings me to NL LABR this week—and really this season—and just how tough things are.

For, when Charlie Morton—awarded to Jeff Erickson's Rotowire team leads the transactions (along with Juan Lagares) with a $5 bid, and each player had two owners submit failed $1 offers, you know things are so tight they squeak.

That means Jeff needed to take a chance on a 6'5", 235 pound six-year vet with a career line of 23-46, 5.09, over 478.1 innings. Morton has 309 punch-outs (5.4 per nine innings) and a career WHIP of 1.557, and though his 2013 ERA is 3.90, is ratio this season is 1.60.

All I can say is, "Jeff Erickson, you are one brave man." And, if you are one of the guys who bid $1, thank Jeff profusely and often.

As for Lagares, who is four inches shorter and 60 pounds lighter than Morton, but thus far as a Major Leaguer, the Mets infielder is no less successful (.203-1-3 with a .228 OBP over 31 games and 74 at-bats).

It was Derek Carty who bit it on Lagares, so again, if your $1 bid failed, thank Mr. Carty.

As for me, the chum I grabbed was Chad Tracy, filling the hole I created last week when I stupidly swapped Justin Turner. He did only cost me a buck. Maybe he will hit a homer. At least he is in the Majors, unlike, cough cough, Ike Davis.

I would like my friend who does not deal with the likes of Pedro Ciriaco ($3 to Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs of NFBC/STATS this week) have to make such a decision, though. Wouldn't you?

MIXED LEAGUE

mike_zunino

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Mike Zunino, SEA 4 KFFL.com
Ross Detwiler, WSH 3 MLB.com 1 Razzball 1 Baseball HQ
Jordan Lyles, HOU 3 MLB.com 1 KFFL.com 1 Baseball HQ
Carter Capps, SEA 3 Sports Grumblings 2 USA TODAY Sports
Miguel Gonzalez, BAL 3 KFFL.com 1 Sports Grumblings
Raul Ibanez, SEA 2 DFSEdge 1 Fangraphs 1 Sports Grumblings
Justin Wilson, PIT 1 USA TODAY Sports
Dylan Axelrod, CWS 1 Razzball
Alexi Amarista, SD 1 Fangraphs
Esmil Rogers, TOR 1 Baseball HQ 1 MLB.com

UNAWARDED BIDS

Oliver Perez, SEA 3 Sports Grumblings
Gregor Blanco, SF 2 KFFL.com
Oswaldo Arcia, MIN 2 KFFL.com
David Robertson, NYY 1 USA TODAY Sports
Chien-Ming  Wang, TOR 1 Sports Grumblings
Logan Schafer, MIL 1 Sports Grumblings
Marlon Byrd, NYM 1 Sports Grumblings
Chris Young, OAK 1 KFFL.com
Cody Ransom, CHC 1 KFFL.com
Danny Valencia, BAL 1 KFFL.com
Erik Bedard, HOU 1 KFFL.com
Nate Freiman, OAK 1 KFFL.com
Reid Brignac, NYY 1 KFFL.com
Scooter Gennett, MIL 1 KFFL.com
Jayson Nix, NYY 1 Fangraphs
Jordany Valdespin, NYM 1 Fangraphs

Todd Zola's Commentary

Pitching again dominated the bidding this week which is why some feel it is best to wait on pitching at the draft table. But is it quality pitching? I like Detwiler as a match-up play. Lyles and Gonzalez are interesting. Lyles has picked up his K-rate a bit which along with an already good BB-rate and GB percent renders him mixed-league worthy for sure. Gonzalez has spun a tidy 3.00/1.02 with a 7.4 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 since returning from the DL so maybe you can pick up pitching off the waiver wire. I'm still drafting a couple of front-line starters, but I may rely on FAAB to supplement the middle of my staff in a mixed league.

The closer gambit involved Tom Wilhelmsen being given a breather from the role with Carter Capps and Ollie Perez, yes THAT Ollie Perez filling in. Capps is the closer of the future while Perez has received the early chances.

The top bid went to Seattle catcher Mike Zunino, a favorite of mine after watching him at the AFL. Zunino comes with the dual caveat of young hitters struggle especially hitter, but I was impressed with Zunino's polish and apparent maturity. Still, buyer beware.

 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of June 17 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 17 June 2013 01:14

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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

oliver_perez

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
OPerez, Sea 10 (26) Steve Moyer 9 Jeff Erickson 7 Larry Schechter 6 Matthew Berry
6 Wolf/Colton
CThomas, Min 1 (5) Ron Shandler
CWang, Tor 1 (13) Rob Leibowitz
BRondon, Det 1 Mike Siano
MKawasaki, Tor 1 Mike Siano 1 Jeff Erickson
CFurbush, Sea 1 (6) Larry Schechter
CTriunfel, Sea 1 Jeff Erickson
LMendoza, KC 1 (2) Jeff Erickson 0 Wolf/Colton
AColome, TB 1 Jason Collette
MPelfrey, Min 0 Wolf/Colton
ALiddi, Sea 0 Lawr Michaels

UNAWARDED BIDS

PWalters, Min 0 Wolf/Colton

 Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Dominating the FAAB bidding period was Oliver Perez after he picked up a save for the Mariners on Friday. Most bids were tepid, “meh, Its Oliver Perez, but he got save bids”, and only one bid was over $10 dollars (Moyer $26) which ultimately resulted in the Vickery price noted above.

Perez actually has had a nice resurgence, thanks to a healthy shoulder, which once again allows him to pump up fastballs in the 92-93 mph range along with his still plus slider. Interestingly, Perez has been more effective against righties with a .170 batting average against and been striking them out more than 12 righties per innings pitched. The chink is in the walk rate where Perez has been allowed 8 walks in 14 innings against righties to go along with a .240 BABIP. At some point this small sample size will correct itself, but that does not mean a $10 bid or more is not a wise one given the state of Tom Wilhelmsen.

Wilhelmsen has blown four saves this year. The righty’s control is way off and his strikeouts down over 2 points from last season, though his velocity is fine.  One has to wonder whether there is a physical issue going on in the background. As such, there is no guarantee Wilhelmsen will return to the role. Bid on Perez, but also give close consideration to Carter Capps (already rostered in Tout  Wars) as well.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

tonyabreu

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
TAbreu, SF 4 (11) Scott Pianowski 3 Scott Wilderman 1 Peter Kreutzer 0 Derek Carty
JArias, SF 3 (11) Scott Pianowski 2 Mike Gianella 2 Steve Gardner 2 Derek Carty
0 Scott Wilderman 0 Peter Kreutzer
AWood, Atl 1 (2) Tristan H. Cockcroft
PRodriguez, LAD 1 (2) Scott Pianowski 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
PCiriaco, SD 1 (25) Mike Gianella 0 Chris Liss 0 Derek Carty
CMorton, Pit 1 (7) Lenny Melnick
JLagares, NYM 1 (6) Derek Carty 0 Scott Wilderman
JKobernus, Was 1 Derek Carty 0 Scott Wilderman
JBrown, Mia 1 Chris Liss
ABradley, Ari 1 Brian Walton
JSolano, Was 0 Scott Wilderman 2 Scott Pianowski 0 Derek Carty
BZiegler, Ari 0 Peter Kreutzer
ACastellanos, LAD 0 Peter Kreutzer
JWalden, Atl 0 Mike Gianella
JOutman, Col 0 Mike Gianella
IKrol, Was 0 Chris Liss

UNAWARDED BIDS

BInge, Pit 1 Mike Gianella
GQuiroz, SF 0 Scott Wilderman
GLaird, Atl 0 Scott Wilderman
ASimon, Cin 0 Peter Kreutzer
WLopez, Col 0 Mike Gianella
MAdams, Phi 0 Derek Carty

Brian Walton's Commentary

It was a quiet week in NL Tout Wars - at least in terms of free agency. The big action was in reaction to the San Francisco Giants losing half of their infield due to injury - second baseman Marco Scutaro and third baseman Pablo Sandoval.

Their replacements, Tony Abreu and Joaquin Arias, received a pair of $11 bids from Yahoo's Scott Pianowski. Due to Vickrey Rules, the total cost for the two was just $7. With Scutaro out possibly longer, Abreu may have a better chance at longer playing time, but neither are locks.

The combination of rotation uncertainty in Arizona, Archie Bradley's success at Double-A and the reality that most other top prospects close to the majors have already having been taken led me to drop a $1 bid on the hurler.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

jordan_lyles

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
MCarp, Bos 8 (9) Paul Singman 7 Eric Mack 4 Nicholas Minnix 3 Ray Flowers
0 Seth Trachtman
JLyles, Hou 8 Paul Singman 7 Cory Schwartz 3 Ray Flowers 3 Fred Zinkie
0 Nicholas Minnix
CCapps, Sea 1 (6) Zach Steinhorn
OArcia, Min 1 Seth Trachtman 0 Nicholas Minnix
JValdespin, NYM 1 (6) Ray Flowers 0 Nicholas Minnix
GBlanco, SF 1 (2) Ray Flowers 4 Paul Singman 0 Nicholas Minnix
ESogard, Oak 1 (6) Eric Mack
LSchafer, Mil 1 (7) Eric Mack 0 Nicholas Minnix
MByrd, NYM 1 Cory Schwartz
JFrancis, Col 0 Patrick Davitt
OPerez, Sea 0 Nicholas Minnix 0 Fred Zinkie
RSweeney, ChC 0 Nicholas Minnix
SDelabar, Tor 0 Fred Zinkie
JGuthrie, KC 0 Cory Schwartz 2 Ray Flowers 0 Nicholas Minnix 0 Fred Zinkie

UNAWARDED BIDS

ATorres, SF 2 Ray Flowers 0 Nicholas Minnix
LForsythe, SD 2 Ray Flowers 0 Seth Trachtman
AHarang, Sea 2 Ray Flowers
BRyan, Sea 2 Ray Flowers
DValencia, Bal 2 Ray Flowers
JRuggiano, Mia 2 Ray Flowers
PKozma, StL 2 Ray Flowers
TClippard, Was 2 Ray Flowers
THelton, Col 2 Ray Flowers
AAmarista, SD 1 Cory Schwartz
EJohnson, KC 1 Cory Schwartz
ACallaspo, LAA 0 Seth Trachtman
LValbuena, ChC 0 Seth Trachtman
SDiamond, Min 0 Patrick Davitt
ERogers, Tor 0 Fred Zinkie
CRansom, ChC 0 Eric Mack

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Not a whole lot happened on the FAAB front this week, with only two players receiving winning bids exceeding $1. Mike Carp, who is getting fairly regular playing time these days, is swinging a red-hot bat in June (.405 AVG, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 1.302 OPS), this coming off a dreadful month of May, which was proceeded by an impressive April. The point is that Carp has been very streaky, and considering the crowded outfield/first base situation in Boston, he will need to produce to earn enough at-bats to be mixed league relevant going forward.

Jordan Lyles is a guy who has been hanging around the waiver wire for much of the season, and this is a bit surprising being that he has allowed two earned runs or less in seven of his nine starts. With a two-start week on tap in which he will face a pair of mid-pack to low-end offenses in the Brewers and Cubs, Lyles could turn out to be a nice pickup for Paul Singman, though $8 does seem a little pricey.

I was surprised that no one else put in a bid for Carter Capps, and the $1 I shelled out for him could turn out to be a waste of a dollar, though as a Tom Wilhelmsen owner, I’m kind of hoping it will be. But I felt I had to cover myself in the event that Wilhelmsen’s “break” from the closer role becomes a lengthy one. As for the small detail that it was Oliver Perez, not Capps, who recorded the Mariners’ last save, let’s just forget about that! There’s no way I’m owning Oliver Perez.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

mike_carp

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
MCarp, Bos 1 (13) Charlie Wiegert
EJohnson, KC 1 (4) Charlie Wiegert 1 Tim McLeod
DLeMahieu, Col 1 (8) Tim McLeod
AFigaro, Mil 1 (3) Tim McLeod
CGaudin, SF 1 (4) Perry Van Hook

UNAWARDED BIDS

LForsythe, SD 3 Tim McLeod
ATorres, SF 3 Charlie Wiegert 2 Tim McLeod
RRaburn, Cle 2 Tim McLeod 1 Charlie Wiegert
BMoss, Oak 2 Charlie Wiegert
CThomas, Min 2 Charlie Wiegert
JNix, NYY 2 Charlie Wiegert
OArcia, Min 2 Charlie Wiegert
BNorris, Hou 1 Tim McLeod
JMarquis, SD 1 Perry Van Hook

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

With only three teams bidding for players this week, everyone pretty much got their first pick for a Vickrey dollar. Charlie Wiegert was the "high" bidder putting $13 on Boston 1B/OF Mike Carp (I had a two dollar bid on Carp until he was removed from Saturday's game with what was first reported as hamstring problems and later designated as cramps - glad it wouldn't have been enough). I bid four dollars on what I thought was the best available SP - Giant's Chad Gaudin who will start against the Marlins on Thursday.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 June 2013 10:52
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of June 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 June 2013 13:56

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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

dallas_keuchel

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Dallas Keuchel, HOU 3 Baseball HQ 2 Colton & Wolf
Pedro Ciriaco, BOS 3 ESPN.com
Ryan Flaherty, BAL 3 Fangraphs
Chris McGuiness, TEX 2 Mastersball 1 Colton & Wolf 1 KFFL.com
Matt Tuiasosopo, DET 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Jeremy Bonderman, SEA 1 Colton & Wolf

UNAWARDED BIDS

Josh Lindblom, TEX 1 Colton & Wolf
Trevor Crowe, HOU 1 Fangraphs
Don Kelly, DET 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

No fresh faces for the ALers to get excited about so the high bids were a trio of $3 players:

  • Dallas Keuchel, P, HOU to Dave Adler (BHQ)
  • Pedro Ciriaco, SS/3B, BOS to Tristan Cockroft (ESPN)
  • Ryan Flaherty, 2B, BAL to Eno Sarris (Fangraphs).
  • I needed to replace Mitch Moreland again and bid $2 and won Chris McGuiness, TEX hoping he will get enough at bats this week in Arlington against RHP. I thought he would help my team more than activating Conor Gillaspie at corner.

    NATIONAL LEAGUE

    cody_ransom

    SUCCESSFUL BIDS

    Player Awarded Winning Bid
    Cody Ransom, CHC 4 Baseball HQ 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Mastersball
    Ryan Sweeney, CHC 4 Baseball HQ 1 Colton & Wolf
    Justin Wilson, PIT 2 Baseball HQ 2 USA TODAY Sports
    Humberto Quintero, PHI 2 Colton & Wolf 1 Mastersball
    Stephen Fife, LAD 2 USA TODAY Sports
    Blake Parker, CHC 2 ESPN - Karabell
    Shane Robinson, STL 1 Colton & Wolf 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
    John Axford, MIL 1 Steve Moyer 1 ESPN - Karabell
    Alfredo Figaro, MIL 1 DerekCarty.com
    Juan Perez, SF 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.

    UNAWARDED BIDS

    Scooter Gennett, MIL 1 Baseball HQ 1 Colton & Wolf
    Tim Stauffer, SD 1 Baseball HQ 1 Steve Moyer
    Brett Pill, SF 1 Baseball HQ 1 Colton & Wolf
    Ian Krol, WSH 1 Steve Moyer
    Matt Guerrier, LAD 1 Steve Moyer
    Tom Gorzelanny, MIL 1 Steve Moyer
    Alex Wood, ATL 1 ESPN - Karabell
    Brad Ziegler, ARI 1 Baseball HQ
    Carlos Villanueva, CHC 1 Baseball HQ
    Cesar Hernandez, PHI 1 Baseball HQ
    Ed Lucas, MIA 1 Baseball HQ
    Jordan Walden, ATL 1 Baseball HQ
    Juan Lagares, NYM 1 Baseball HQ
    Sam LeCure, CIN 1 Baseball HQ

    Lawr Michaels' Commentary

    A lot of the tension of the FAAB market this week was removed on draft day, when a couple of gambles paid off brilliantly.

    The first and most significant was Rotowire’s Jeff Erickson nabbing Dodgers flavor of the now, and maybe future in Yasiel Puig for $5 during the auction, and then Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs selected Anthony Rendon for their reserve list.

    For me, looking  to try and gain a little pop over Justin Turner, who was sitting in the corner in lieu of the demoted Ike Davis, this turned my world somewhat upside down.

    For Cody Ransom had been benignly sitting in the reserve pool for the past three weeks, meaning my $1 bid for him should be a sure thing.

    Additionally, with A.J. Ellis also on the DL (joined by Carl Crawford on my team), I also required a catcher, and again, thought the $1 bid on Humberto Quintero was a no brainer.

    So much for those best laid plans, as Doug Dennis (Baseball HQ) landed Ransom for $4, outbidding two of us, while Glenn Colton & the Wolfman swiped Quintero from beneath my wings for $2.

    In the mean time, so sure no one in the world would ever have an interest in either Ransom or Quintero, so I traded Turner for Neil Karns (to Rick and Glenn, oddly).

    What that means is though I do have an overload of pitching, of which you can never have enough, I have no one starting at the corner for me, or at #2 catcher for a week.

    So, it seems time to trade one of my hot starting pitchers for a bat.

    By the way, Ransom tied for the highest bid of the week with Ryan Sweeney, also grabbed by Baseball HQ for $4.

    MIXED LEAGUE

    yasiel_puig

    SUCCESSFUL BIDS

    Player Awarded Winning Bid
    Yasiel Puig, LAD 52 Yahoo! Sports 41 Sports Grumblings 35 MLB.com 31  Baseball HQ
    27 USA TODAY Sports 26 Mastersball 19 Razzball
    16 ESPN.com 13 KFFL.com 6 Fangraphs
    Kyle Blanks, SD 17 Mastersball 36 Yahoo! Sports 15 USA TODAY Sports 5 KFFL.com
    2 MLB.com 2 Sports Grumblings 1 Fangraphs
    1  Baseball HQ
    Edwin Jackson, CHC 5 Fangraphs 15 Yahoo! Sports 2 Razzball 2 KFFL.com
    Mike Carp, BOS 4 USA TODAY Sports 1 KFFL.com
    Brian Dozier, MIN 2 USA TODAY Sports 1 KFFL.com
    Jeremy Guthrie, KC 2 Sports Grumblings
    Stephen Fife, LAD 2 Razzball
    Tyler Skaggs, ARI 2 Razzball 1  Baseball HQ 1 KFFL.com
    Tyler Lyons, STL 2 MLB.com
    Jose Iglesias, BOS 2 MLB.com 1  Baseball HQ 1 KFFL.com 1 Sports Grumblings
    Chad Gaudin, SF 2 Mastersball 1  Baseball HQ
    Tyler Flowers, CWS 1 Razzball 1  Baseball HQ
    Jeff Baker, TEX 1 KFFL.com 1 Sports Grumblings 1 MLB.com
    Justin Maxwell, HOU 1 Fangraphs
    John Mayberry, PHI 1  Baseball HQ 3 USA TODAY Sports 1 KFFL.com 1 MLB.com

    UNAWARDED BIDS

    Alexi Amarista, SD 2 USA TODAY Sports 1 KFFL.com
    Chris McGuiness, TEX 2 MLB.com 1 KFFL.com
    Raul Ibanez, SEA 2 Mastersball 1 Fangraphs
    Brandon Barnes, HOU 2 Mastersball 1 Sports Grumblings
    David Lough, KC 2 Mastersball
    Kurt Suzuki, WSH 1 Razzball 1  Baseball HQ
    Nate Freiman, OAK 1 MLB.com 1 KFFL.com
    Dylan Axelrod, CWS 1 Sports Grumblings
    Tyler Cloyd, PHI 1 Sports Grumblings
    Andres Torres, SF 1 KFFL.com
    Chris Young, OAK 1 KFFL.com
    Gregor Blanco, SF 1 KFFL.com
    Jayson Nix, NYY 1 KFFL.com
    Ramiro Pena, ATL 1 KFFL.com
    Ryan Raburn, CLE 1 KFFL.com
    Kelly Shoppach, SEA 1  Baseball HQ

    Todd Zola's Commentary

    Yasiel Puig can cut through a hot knife with butter.

    Yasiel Puig does not sleep, he waits.

    Yasiel Puig does not wear a watch, he decides what time it is.

    When Yasiel Puig is at bat, Chuck Norris takes himself out of the game for a reliever.

    I didn't have enough FAAB to acquire Puig, but when you really think about it, does anyone?

    I settled for Kyle Blanks who should see considerable time at his natural spot of first base as Yonder Alonso mends his broken hand (rumor has it he high-fived Puig and broke it). Blanks had a great series in Coors Field and I'm hoping he funnels that confidence forward. It really doesn't matter where he plays, if Blanks connects, it will leave any park. Unless Puig is there to scale the wall and make the catch.

    For probably the first time all season, there wasn't a single bid on a speculative closer. However, rumor has at least one team that bid on Puig petitioned league commissioner Steve Gardner of USA Today to let Puig be eligible at pitcher in case he is named the Dodger's closer.

    As usual, there were several starting pitchers picked up. I opted to sneak in Chad Gaudin who may continue to see some rotation duty while Ryan Vogelsong is out). The most noteworthy acquisition is Stephen Fife because as a teammate of Puig, he is spared from facing him.

    You probably think I'm getting a little carried away with the Puig stuff. Well, this is nothing compared to the attention he's received on Twitter. For those not used to my not so subtle use of hyperbole to make a point, Puig is good. But he's not THAT good - yet. As Lawr discusses in his Hotpage, Cuban imports arrive with a bit more polish so he can indeed hit the ground running....and throwing

    Puig's still raw. After all, he's no Mike Trout.

    Last Updated on Monday, 10 June 2013 15:10
     
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