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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

travis_darnoud

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.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 19 August 2013 14:47
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of August 19 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 August 2013 12:33

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

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

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

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE

clo

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
CLo, Hou 8 (31) Mike Siano 7 Andy Behrens 0 Wolf/Colton
AGose, Tor 7 (10) Mike Siano 6 Andy Behrens 0 Wolf/Colton
JorDanks, CWS 1 (10) Mike Siano
JGiambi, Cle 1 (2) Jason Collette
MKawasaki, Tor 1 (2) Jason Collette 0 Steve Moyer
JLyles, Hou 1 (8) Rob Leibowitz
DDuffy, KC 1 (3) Rob Leibowitz
KChapman, Hou 1 (51) Steve Moyer
SFuld, TB 0 Andy Behrens
ARosales, Tex 0 Steve Moyer
TRedmond, Tor 0 Wolf/Colton
NJones, CWS 0 Wolf/Colton

UNAWARDED BIDS

RSantiago, Det 0 Steve Moyer
DBernier, Min 0 Steve Moyer
ARomine, LAA 0 Steve Moyer
JFrasor, Tex 0 Rob Leibowitz
DPurcey, CWS 0 Rob Leibowitz
AWarren, NYY 0 Rob Leibowitz

 Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Tools! Anthony Gose drew some love now that he is platooning in left field for the Jays. Speed – Yes. Power – yes. Produce – not so much. Gose consistently k’s a quarter of the time, if not close to a third of the time and as such is not likely ever to be much more than a platoon or back-up player despite 15+ HR power and 30+ steal potential.

Jordan Lyles has had moments of excellence and horror since being called up by the Astros and is coming off of a good outing. Though just 22 years old, Lyles already has over 340 innings of MLB experience and is still very much figuring things out. He throws strikes, keeps the ball generally on the ground, and has decent stuff. It’d be nice if could develop a little bit better of a strikeout pitch.

Chia-Jen Lo recently got called up from Double-A. The 27-year old has a mid-nineties fastball and moderately fast curveball and will be in the mix for saves. Probably not a long-term closer, but in redraft leagues you have to throw some FAAB his way to try and catch a little lighting in a bottle.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

tony_campana

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
TCampana, Ari 10 (35) Mike Gianella 9 Phil Hertz 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
ROhlendorf, Was 3 Phil Hertz 2 Mike Gianella
RCedeno, SD 1 Chris Liss 0 Mike Gianella
AMBrown, NYM 1 Steve Gardner 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
LSchafer, Mil 1 Mike Gianella 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
TMoore, Was 1 (5) Phil Hertz 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
TRoark, Was 1 (3) Phil Hertz
CTorres, NYM 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft
MBelisle, Col 0 Mike Gianella
MBaxter, NYM 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft

UNAWARDED BIDS

JDecker, SD 3 Phil Hertz 1 Phil Hertz 0 Steve Gardner 0 Mike Gianella
BParker, ChC 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft
PJanish, Atl 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
DThayer, SD 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
LAvilan, Atl 0 Phil Hertz
JOutman, Col 0 Mike Gianella
AOttavino, Col 0 Mike Gianella

Brian Walton's Commentary

Despite the average National League Tout Wars owner still holding $47 FAAB compared to an initial $100 budget for the entire season, only two players were acquired this week that cost more than $1. The problem was not demand, but supply.

Former Cubs outfielder Tony Campana is back in the bigs, this time with Arizona. The 27-year-old speedster does not have a starting job, but his past, which includes 57 stolen bases in 188 MLB contests, has appeal. Mike Gianella was willing to pay up to $35 for Campana, but needed just $1 more than Phil Hertz' $9 offer to win.

The other "big money" addition this week is well-traveled pitcher Ross Ohlendorf of Washington. One reason the Nationals have been a major disappointment this season is an inconsistent and injury-plagued rotation. That means opportunity for rebounders like the former Yankee/Pirate/Padre. Ohlendorf, coming back from a shoulder problem, should take the regular turn of Taylor Jordan, but his ongoing berth may hinge on the bad back of Ross Detwiler. Once again, Gianella ($2) and Hertz ($3) were competing, but this time Hertz came out on top.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION

emilio_bonifacio

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
EBonifacio, KC 13 (15) Eric Mack 12 Nicholas Minnix 5 Zach Steinhorn 5 Derek Van Riper
4 Nando DiFino 2 Scott Swanay 1 Tim Heaney
KWong, StL 8 (16) Al Melchior 7 Tim Heaney 2 Nicholas Minnix 2 Derek Van Riper
KDavis, Mil 5 (7) Derek Van Riper 4 Cory Schwartz
ENunez, NYY 1 Cory Schwartz
AGose, Tor 1 (3) Nando DiFino
DAckley, Sea 1 (4) Ray Flowers
DNavarro, ChC 1 Ray Flowers
JFields, Hou 1 (4) Tim Heaney
CDickerson, Col 1 (5) Nando DiFino
LHoes, Hou 1 (5) Eric Mack
FRodriguez, Bal 1 (4) Nicholas Minnix
GGreen, LAA 1 (3) Scott Swanay
CRusin, ChC 1 (7) Fred Zinkie

UNAWARDED BIDS

JGuthrie, KC 5 Fred Zinkie
THunter, Bal 4 Nicholas Minnix
JHapp, Tor 4 Nicholas Minnix
JArrieta, ChC 4 Nicholas Minnix 3 Fred Zinkie
SGennett, Mil 3 Scott Swanay 1 Cory Schwartz
CGetz, KC 3 Eric Mack 1 Cory Schwartz
CNelson, LAA 2 Scott Swanay
BPeacock, Hou 2 Fred Zinkie 1 Tim Heaney
JDanks, CWS 1 Tim Heaney
BOberholtzer, Hou 1 Tim Heaney
JLobaton, TB 1 Ray Flowers
CBlackmon, Col 1 Cory Schwartz

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

I almost missed bidding on Emilio Bonifacio, as his name was buried on the waiver wire list when sorting by pretty much anything besides steals over the past week (he has four of them). Since being traded to the Royals, Bonifacio has received everyday playing time, and despite the complete absence of power and low OBP (though he has posted a .333 mark so far with Kansas City), his speed alone made him a no-brainer pickup. Even if I started him at my MI slot for a week or two, until Dan Uggla returns, and he swipes a few bags, it would be FAAB well spent. Unfortunately for me, Bonifacio didn’t fall under anyone’s radar, and my $5 bid was easily topped. Just like Rajai Davis, who I have routinely started for awhile now, the impact that Bonifacio can make in the stolen base department makes him worth the investment. Every steal counts!

I knew that Kolten Wong would be added by someone this week, but I had no clue as to the price tag. I expected Wong to play every day and was fully prepared to bid on him, but then I saw him take a seat on Saturday versus the lefty Travis Wood and well, it kind of scared me off. It didn’t scare off Al Melchior, and eight bucks is a great price for Wong. But I can’t second guess my decision too much, as there’s no way my bid would have exceeded Al’s $16.

So, for the time being, I’m stuck with the fairly productive yet part-timer Ryan Raburn as my MI. Dan Uggla can’t get back soon enough.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

travis_darnoud

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
TDArnaud, NYM 17 Eno Sarris 16 Mike Podhorzer
CDickerson, Col 1 Scott Engel 0 Charlie Wiegert
KDavis, Mil 1 (4) Tim McLeod 0 Charlie Wiegert
BPena, Det 1 (3) Scott Engel 5 Eno Sarris
JArrieta, ChC 1 Scott Engel 2 Eno Sarris
CRusin, ChC 1 Scott Engel
RDempster, Bos 1 (8) Grey Albright 2 Eno Sarris
UJimenez, Cle 1 (2) Eno Sarris
EBonifacio, KC 1 (11) Paul Greco
LHoes, Hou 1 (9) Paul Greco
TClippard, Was 1 (31) Gene McCaffrey
CDenorfia, SD 0 Charlie Wiegert
JMarisnick, Mia 0 Charlie Wiegert

UNAWARDED BIDS

AGarcia, CWS 2 Tim McLeod
HAlvarez, Mia 2 Eno Sarris
JFields, Hou 1 Scott Engel
CAsche, Phi 1 Scott Engel
BOberholtzer, Hou 1 Grey Albright
HQuintero, Sea 1 Eno Sarris
MAviles, Cle 0 Charlie Wiegert
JMaxwell, KC 0 Charlie Wiegert
CThomas, Min 0 Charlie Wiegert
AAmarista, SD 0 Charlie Wiegert

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

The long awaited (well at least by Mets fans) Travis D'Arnaud got top dollar - literally and figuratively as it took all of Eno Sarris $17 bid to land the catching prospect who the Metropolitans will continue with the big club even after John Buck returns. With limited funds and nothing that looked better than my current lineup I passed and will likely have to wait until September 1 to find replacements.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 August 2013 13:25
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of August 12 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 12 August 2013 12:47

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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

josh_fields

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
JFields, Hou 1 Wolf/Colton
KJepsen, LAA 1 (7) Matthew Berry
CHerrmann, Min 1 (2) Lawr Michaels 0 Ron Shandler
JCarroll, Min 1 Lawr Michaels
DAdams, NYY 1 Lawr Michaels
SVogt, Oak 1 Larry Schechter
AAlbers, Min 1 (8) Andy Behrens 0 Wolf/Colton
CCarrasco, Cle 0 Wolf/Colton

UNAWARDED BIDS

HBlanco, Sea 1 Larry Schechter
GKottaras, KC 0 Larry Schechter
ARomine, NYY 0 Larry Schechter

Todd Zola's Commentary

Rob picked the right week to go on vacation. We had the usual speculative closer gambit (Fields and Jepsen), the lightning in a bottle fliers on young pitchers (Albers, Carrasco), a recycled utility filling a hole (Carroll) and the ever-present needs to get a second catcher with at-bats (Vogt, Herrmann).

This was certainly the season to have spent early and often, which in fact was the ploy of leader Larry Schechter.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

latroy hawkins

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
LHawkins, NYM 55 (80) Derek Carty 54 Todd Zola 41 Phil Hertz 21 Mike Gianella
11 Tristan H. Cockcroft 9 Brian Walton 9 Lenny Melnick
RKieschnick, SF 6 (17) Todd Zola 35 Derek Carty 5 Derek Carty 8 Phil Hertz
7 Chris Liss
SHairston, Was 1 Brian Walton 1 Todd Zola
DAardsma, NYM 1 (18) Phil Hertz 1 Brian Walton
DMurphy, ChC 1 (41) Steve Gardner 1 Todd Zola
CBettis, Col 1 (7) Derek Carty
MMartinez, Phi 1 (3) Phil Hertz
TKoehler, Mia 1 (4) Derek Carty
ALambo, Pit 1 (6) Phil Hertz
KSiegrist, StL 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Brian Walton 0 Derek Carty
CWithrow, LAD 0 Todd Zola 0 Phil Hertz
KHill, Mia 0 Peter Kreutzer

UNAWARDED BIDS

TGosewisch, Ari 0 Peter Kreutzer
SManess, StL 0 Brian Walton
RJohnson, StL 0 Peter Kreutzer
NVincent, SD 0 Phil Hertz
MDenDekker, NYM 1 Phil Hertz
JMijares, SF 0 Todd Zola
JHowell, LAD 0 Todd Zola
JDecker, SD 3 Phil Hertz
ESanchez, ChC 0 Todd Zola
EMartin, Phi 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
CWells, Phi 5 Phil Hertz 0 Todd Zola
CTracy, Was 0 Chris Liss
CTorres, NYM 0 Phil Hertz 0 Todd Zola
CGillespie, ChC 1 Todd Zola
AMBrown, NYM 0 Phil Hertz

Brian Walton's Commentary

The uncertainty surrounding Mets closer Bobby Parnell's neck injury created ninth-inning opportunity. Though manager Terry Collins did not anoint ancient righty LaTroy Hawkins as "the man," three saves last week speak for themselves. With a lot of FAAB unused at the trade deadline, four owners bid $20 or more, willing to spend big despite the uncertainty of the situation.

A number of NL Tout warriors may believe that outfielder Roger Kieschnick, just up from the minors, should receive regular playing time as the last-place Giants play out an extremely disappointing season. Can't say that I disagree with them. Todd Zola, who paid just $6, reduced from $17 by Vickrey rule, will find out.

Well-traveled infielder Donnie Murphy is back in the bigs with the Cubs and has gotten out of the gates quickly. That caught the eye of Steve Gardner, who was willing to pay up to $41 to ensure Murphy joined his roster. There as no interest elsewhere, so the price was just $1.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

danny_salazar

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
DSalazar, Cle 34 (39) Zach Steinhorn 33 Al Melchior 16 Nicholas Minnix 15 Fred Zinkie
5 Derek Van Riper 4 Scott Swanay
LHawkins, NYM 24 (26) Nando DiFino 39 Zach Steinhorn 38 Cory Schwartz 15 Fred Zinkie
7 Tim Heaney 4 Ray Flowers
YGomes, Cle 10 (21) Al Melchior 9 Ray Flowers 8 Nando DiFino
SGray, Oak 8 (13) Nicholas Minnix 7 Paul Singman 6 Scott Swanay 4 Fred Zinkie
4 Derek Van Riper
DDeLaRosa, LAA 7 (38) Cory Schwartz 26 Nando DiFino 6 Ray Flowers 4 Tim Heaney
3 Derek Van Riper
BChen, KC 5 (12) Seth Trachtman 4 Ray Flowers 2 Scott Swanay
MDavidson, Ari 5 (9) Nicholas Minnix 4 Tim Heaney
WFlores, NYM 3 (7) Cory Schwartz 2 Scott Swanay 0 Nicholas Minnix
DGordon, LAD 4 (17) Eric Mack 3 Tim Heaney
AGarcia, CWS 2 (8) Nando DiFino 1 Cory Schwartz 0 Nicholas Minnix
DMurphy, Tex 1 Cory Schwartz
BPena, Det 1 Al Melchior
GRichards, LAA 1 (4) Fred Zinkie 3 Nicholas Minnix 0 Nicholas Minnix
ALambo, Pit 1 (4) Nicholas Minnix
TDArnaud, NYM 1 (2) Nicholas Minnix
TThornburg, Mil 1 (2) Scott Swanay
AAlbers, Min 1 (2) Scott Swanay
MPerez, Tex 0 (9) Nicholas Minnix

UNAWARDED BIDS

ENunez, NYY 6 Cory Schwartz
CGentry, Tex 5 Eric Mack
BPeacock, Hou 3 Seth Trachtman
RKieschnick, SF 3 Nando DiFino
HAlvarez, Mia 2 Scott Swanay 0 Nicholas Minnix
ADirks, Det 1 Cory Schwartz
SGennett, Mil 1 Cory Schwartz
ATorres, TB 0 Cory Schwartz
BBarnes, Hou 0 Cory Schwartz
CNelson, LAA 0 Cory Schwartz
DDescalso, StL 0 Cory Schwartz
JBianchi, Mil 0 Cory Schwartz
JPeralta, TB 0 Cory Schwartz
LForsythe, SD 0 Cory Schwartz
LHoes, Hou 0 Cory Schwartz
MAviles, Cle 0 Cory Schwartz
THunter, Bal 0 Cory Schwartz

Todd Zola's Commentary

The Tout Mixed Auction opened up the wallets this which is in interesting contrast to the draft league even though the player pool should be similar. Our own Zach Seinhorn landed the big fish as he picks up promising youngster Danny Salazar who is taking the rotation spot of Corey Kluber.

Equally promising rookie Sonny Gray was also picked up, but his role is far less defined than Salazar.

The injury to Bobby Parnell has opened the door for LaTroy Hawkins while Ernesto Frieri's scuffles has given Dane De La Rosa a chance to close.

The intriguing acquisition is Yan Gomes who qualifies at catcher and may see an increase in at- bats with Mark Reynolds released.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

dane_de_la_rosa

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
DSalazar, Cle 8 (14) Mike Podhorzer 9 Eno Sarris 7 Perry Van Hook 2 Tim McLeod
2 Tom Kessenich
DDeLaRosa, LAA 6 (17) Gene McCaffrey 5 Mike Podhorzer 3 Scott Engel 3 Eno Sarris
RGrossman, Hou 5 (9) Paul Greco 4 Scott Engel 3 Charlie Wiegert 3 Eno Sarris
2 Tim McLeod
OArcia, Min 4 (9) Mike Podhorzer 3 Charlie Wiegert 1 Tim McLeod
AWood, Atl 2 (3) Tom Kessenich 4 Mike Podhorzer 1 Tim McLeod
JSaltalamacchia, Bos 2 (11) Gene McCaffrey 1 Tim McLeod 0 Mike Podhorzer
LHawkins, NYM 2 (3) Eno Sarris 17 Gene McCaffrey 6 Mike Podhorzer 3 Charlie Wiegert
1 Tom Kessenich 1 Scott Engel
WFlores, NYM 1 (7) Scott Engel 3 Mike Podhorzer 1 Ray Guilfoyle
SGennett, Mil 1 (2) Scott Engel
BChen, KC 1 (4) Scott Engel 3 Charlie Wiegert 0 Tim McLeod
DAckley, Sea 1 Ray Guilfoyle
DLough, KC 1 (3) Perry Van Hook
BMoss, Oak 1 (11) Mike Podhorzer 3 Charlie Wiegert
JGuthrie, KC 1 (22) Greg Ambrosius 1 Tom Kessenich
JMejia, NYM 1 (3) Eno Sarris 3 Mike Podhorzer
ADirks, Det 1 (3) Charlie Wiegert
GRichards, LAA 1 (4) Charlie Wiegert
CLo, Hou 0 Tim McLeod 1 Eno Sarris
JDanks, CWS 0 Tim McLeod
SGray, Oak 0 Tim McLeod 1 Tom Kessenich
BPena, Det 0 Mike Podhorzer 4 Gene McCaffrey

UNAWARDED BIDS

CDickerson, Col 4 Mike Podhorzer
CAsche, Phi 4 Mike Podhorzer 4 Scott Engel
JMaxwell, KC 3 Perry Van Hook 2 Charlie Wiegert
JMarisnick, Mia 3 Mike Podhorzer
CColabello, Min 3 Charlie Wiegert
EStults, SD 2 Tom Kessenich
AGarcia, CWS 2 Perry Van Hook
JFields, Hou 2 Eno Sarris
TKoehler, Mia 2 Charlie Wiegert
RDelgado, Ari 2 Charlie Wiegert
MAviles, Cle 2 Charlie Wiegert 1 Ray Guilfoyle
MEllis, LAD 1 Ray Guilfoyle
ACallaspo, Oak 1 Ray Guilfoyle
RVogelsong, SF 0 Tim McLeod
HAlvarez, Mia 0 Tim McLeod
CCapuano, LAD 0 Tim McLeod
BOberholtzer, Hou 0 Tim McLeod
YTorrealba, Col 0 Gene McCaffrey
MWacha, StL 0 Gene McCaffrey
LHochevar, KC 0 Gene McCaffrey

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Not as clear in a mixed league whether the high bid would be for a new closer - LaTroy Hawkins or Dane De La Rosa or a SP like Danny Salazar. Turns out that Mike Podhorzer had the high bid of $14 for Salazar which was Vickrey reduced to $8 to beat my bid of $7. The winning bids on the closers were $6 for De La Rosa and $2 for Hawkins.

I also needed to get an outfielder and thought the best bets for more playing time were in Kansas City with Lorenzo Cain back on the DL with David Lough or Justin Maxwell over the tempting new White Sox Avisail Garcia. I got Lough for a dollar after bidding $3 with a $3 underbid on Maxwell. I was surprised that neither Maxwell or Garcia were obtained because Robbie Grossman went for $5 and Oswaldo Arcia for $4.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 19:12
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of August 12 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 12 August 2013 01:51

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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

danny_salazar

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Danny Salazar, CLE 12 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 8 Mastersball 7 Colton & Wolf 5 USA TODAY Sports
3 KFFL.com 1 Baseball HQ
Chris Young, OAK 4 SiriusXM 1 KFFL.com
Nate Jones, CWS 2 SiriusXM 1 SiriusXM 1 USA TODAY Sports
Pedro Florimon, MIN 2 Fangraphs 3 SiriusXM
Brett Oberholtzer, HOU 1 USA TODAY Sports 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Casey Fien, MIN 1 SiriusXM
Andrew Albers, MIN 1 Baseball HQ

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jamey Carroll, MIN 2 SiriusXM
Jordan Danks, CWS 2 SiriusXM
Matt Tuiasosopo, DET 2 SiriusXM
Tanner Scheppers, TEX 1 Baseball HQ 1 SiriusXM
Aaron Loup, TOR 1 SiriusXM
Anthony Swarzak, MIN 1 SiriusXM
Jake Elmore, HOU 1 SiriusXM
Ramon Santiago, DET 1 SiriusXM
Yoervis Medina, SEA 1 SiriusXM
Neal Cotts, TEX 1 Baseball HQ

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

No surprise that in a very deep AL league Danny Salazar would get the highest bid. Sadly for me that was $12 which exceeded all of my balance of $10 and my bid of $8. So the NFBC/Stats team of Ambrosius and Childs adds Salazar to their squad.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

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SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Wilmer Flores, NYM 31 ESPN - Karabell 19 DerekCarty.com 11 Colton & Wolf 10 USA TODAY Sports
9 Baseball HQ
Donnie Murphy, CHC 9 Yahoo! Sports 7 Sandlot Shrink 1 Baseball HQ
Khris Davis, MIL 7 Colton & Wolf
Edinson Volquez, SD 2 Sandlot Shrink 1 Colton & Wolf
Josh Satin, NYM 1 Steve Moyer 1 Baseball HQ
Sam LeCure, CIN 1 DerekCarty.com
Josh Harrison, PIT 1 Colton & Wolf 1 Baseball HQ 1 Colton & Wolf
David Carpenter, ATL 1 Colton & Wolf
Clint Barmes, PIT 1 Baseball HQ

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jack Hannahan, CIN 1 Baseball HQ
Cole Gillespie, CHC 1 Colton & Wolf
Michael Martinez, PHI 1 Colton & Wolf
Mike Baxter, NYM 1 Colton & Wolf
Kevin Siegrist, STL 1 DerekCarty.com

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The big LABR push this week was for the rights to Mets top infield prospect Wilmer Flores, whom Eric Karabell nabbed for a cool $31 in FAAB, outbidding four opponents who submitted bids of $9, $10, $11, and $19).

Flores, 21, has been a good minor league hitter (.290-64-404) however, his OBP of .331 (157 walks to 377 whiffs) suggests Flores might have some adjustment issues with the strike zone as a Major Leaguer.

Brad Evans managed to bag the Cubs utility player Donnie Murphy for $9, outbidding tries of $7 and $1 respectfully with hopes of getting some production for his Yahoo! Team.

Perhaps a better gamble was Rick Wolfe and Glenn Colton obtaining Brewers outfielder Khris Davis for $7, uncontested. Davis has a pretty good line of .250-3-8 over 50 at-bats at the show (.843 OPS) and with questions in the Brewers outfield for the remainder of the year, Davis could help some.

Otherwise, aside from the $2 the Sandlot Shrink gambled on Ednison Volquez, a slew of $1 fillers comprised the remainder of FAAB buys as the season screams to its finale.

MIXED LEAGUE

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SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Jeremy Guthrie, KC 10 Clay Davenport 1 RotoWire
LaTroy Hawkins, NYM 10 Clay Davenport 3 Fangraphs 1 Mastersball
Danny Salazar, CLE 7 Fangraphs 7 ESPN.com 4 MLB.com 3 RotoWire
1 Mastersball 1 MLB.com
Juan Lagares, NYM 5 Razzball 4 Baseball Prospectus 1 RotoWire 1 USA TODAY Sports
Craig Gentry, TEX 5 Baseball Prospectus
Robbie Grossman, HOU 4 RotoWire 1 Razzball
L.J. Hoes, HOU 4 Baseball Prospectus
Sonny Gray, OAK 3 RotoWire 2 MLB.com
Wilmer Flores, NYM 3 MLB.com 1 Baseball HQ
Tyson Ross, SD 3 Fangraphs 9 Clay Davenport 3 Fangraphs 2 USA TODAY Sports
2 MLB.com 1 Mastersball 1 MLB.com
Scooter Gennett, MIL 3 ESPN.com
Nathan Eovaldi, MIA 2 USA TODAY Sports 1 RotoWire
Francisco Rodriguez, BAL 2 DFSEdge
Martin Perez, TEX 1 Sports Grumblings 1 Mastersball 1 RotoWire 1 USA TODAY Sports
Grant Green, LAA 1 Baseball HQ

UNAWARDED BIDS

Dave Carpenter, ATL 5 Clay Davenport
Nathan Jones, CWS 4 Clay Davenport
John Mayberry, PHI 3 Razzball 1 RotoWire
Ryan Raburn, CLE 3 DFSEdge
Taylor Jordan, WSH 3 Clay Davenport
Bruce Chen, KC 1 USA TODAY Sports
Charlie Blackmon, COL 1 RotoWire
Henderson Alvarez, MIA 1 RotoWire
Mike Aviles, CLE 1 RotoWire
Cody Asche, PHI 1 Razzball
Will Middlebrooks, BOS 1 MLB.com

Todd Zola's Commentary

I sure picked the wrong year to run out of FAAB. A rash of injuries, especially at catcher has handcuffed me to a point where I am using a DL pitcher this week to be legal. I knew I was cutting it close with FAAB, but I though I had everything covered until my guys decided to get hurt.

The player I regret missing the most is Wilmer Flores of the Mets. I know his stats are inflated from the PCL, but I think his stick is ready and at present, don't care if he can handle second base defensively or if his stick will play at a corner. It looks like David Wright is out for the season and getting a full time bat at this time of the season is a great boon.

What I need to do is go back and see where I overspent and could have saved FAAB - now you know why we've been archiving the moves every week!

Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 13:35
 
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