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Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of July 1 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 01 July 2013 01:46

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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

johnnyg

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
BMiller, Sea 26 (27) Rob Leibowitz 25 Matthew Berry 15 Joe Sheehan 15 Jeff Erickson
12 Larry Schechter 12 Ron Shandler 5 Jason Collette
0 Wolf/Colton
JGiavotella, KC 26 (32) Joe Sheehan 25 Matthew Berry 23 Jeff Erickson 22 Mike Siano
11 Larry Schechter 9 Ron Shandler 7 Lawr Michaels
5 Jason Collette 0 Wolf/Colton
EBeltre, Tex 5 Jeff Erickson 4 Joe Sheehan
INova, NYY 4 (11) Mike Siano 3 Jeff Erickson 1 Ron Shandler 1 Jason Collette
0 Matthew Berry 0 Wolf/Colton
PClaiborne, NYY 1 Mike Siano
ZBritton, Bal 1 (2) Joe Sheehan 0 Ron Shandler
RRoberts, TB 1 (3) Joe Sheehan 1 Jason Collette 0 Mike Siano
ACasilla, Bal 1 Jeff Erickson
SVogt, Oak 1 Jason Collette
WSmith, KC 0 Ron Shandler
JCisnero, Hou 0 Rob Leibowitz
AWebster, Bos 0 Wolf/Colton 0 Ron Shandler
JDiaz, Bos 0 Mike Siano
BrSnyder, Bos 0 Lawr Michaels
DDeLaRosa, LAA 0 Jason Collette

UNAWARDED BIDS

SDiamond, Min 0 Ron Shandler
NCotts, Tex 0 Mike Siano
RRoss, Tex 0 Mike Siano
JElmore, Hou 0 Jeff Erickson

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Already at least $10 behind the FAAB pace as we move towards the non-waiver trade deadline I elected to throw down some cash on the Mariner’s Brad Miller who has taken over as the team’s primary starting shortstop. Miller is not a high ceiling player, but does quite a few things well. A highly disciplined hitter, Miller is noted not only for his ability to get on base, but to make contact. Factor in that Miler has mid-to-high teens per season homerun power and double-digits stolen base skills/talent and that brings you to a pretty potentially desirable fantasy player. The lefty translated his skills pretty well from Double-A to Triple-A already this season and at 23 years old is surely not too young to the Majors.

Other bidders preferred the Royals Johnny Giavotella over Miller. The 5’8” second baseman has been a sabermetric darling for a few years due to some modest pop/speed skills and flashing advanced plate discipline skills, but is now nearly 26-years of age and has failed to translate his minor league skills in nearly 400 plate appearances. This may be his last chance to secure a starting job.

Both players have skills and talents worthy of taking a chance upon and it will be interesting to watch their progress.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

bogusevic

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
BBogusevic, ChC 9 (16) Phil Hertz 8 Mike Gianella 7 Peter Kreutzer 3 Tristan H. Cockcroft
0 Derek Carty
BParker, ChC 7 (10) Mike Gianella 6 Brian Walton 5 Tristan H. Cockcroft 2 Phil Hertz
0 Peter Kreutzer
KSlowey, Mia 1 (2) Scott Wilderman
DPomeranz, Col 1( 10) Lenny Melnick 0 Mike Gianella 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Derek Carty
DThayer, SD 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
BInge, Pit 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Derek Carty
LSchafer, Mil 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Mike Gianella 0 Derek Carty
CStammen, Was 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Mike Gianella
DRobinson, Cin 0 Derek Carty
CIzturis, Cin 0 Derek Carty

UNAWARDED BIDS

JHannahan, Cin 0 Scott Wilderman
TMoore, Was 0 Peter Kreutzer
MKotsay, SD 0 Peter Kreutzer
TWatson, Pit 0 Peter Kreutzer
TPastornicky, Atl 0 Derek Carty
JLopez, SF 0 Mike Gianella
FAbad, Was 0 Mike Gianella
BKintzler, Mil 0 Mike Gianella
JHowell, LAD 0 Mike Gianella
LAvilan, Atl 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft

Brian Walton's Commentary

With the big non-waiver trade deadline still four weeks away and many top prospects either called up, rostered or both, another quiet week in free agent acquisition in NL Tout ensued.

A remark by Cubs manager Dale Sveum that Blake Parker might be given a shot to close for Chicago if Kevin Gregg is dealt, led to speculative bidding. This occurred despite Parker having allowed a run in two of his three outings this past week. My $6 bid was trumped by Baseball Prospectus' Mike Gianella's $10 offer, reduced to $7 by Vickrey rules.

Speaking of the Cubbies, their outfield is a mess. David DeJesus was already out with a shoulder injury and was joined by Ryan Sweeney when the latter hurt his ribs. That leaves centerfield to well-traveled Brian Bogusevic, he of the .227 career MLB average. Still, at-bats are important to counting stats, leading to a mini-bidding war among four Tout warriors. Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ came out on top for $9, reduced from $16 by Vickrey.

Throwing Juan Nicasio over the side after the Rockies starter was banished to Triple-A made it simple to understand why Rotoexpert's Lenny Melnick went after Nicasio's rotation replacement, Drew Pomeranz. Despite the latter giving up four runs in 4 1/3 innings in his 2013 debut on Sunday, Lenny made an aggressive $10 bid. Since there were no others interested, the winning price was just $1.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

bradmiller

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
BMiller, Sea 12 (14) Nicholas Minnix 11 Cory Schwartz 4 Scott Swanay 1 Tim Heaney
CArcher, TB 9 Nicholas Minnix 9 Paul Singman 1 Cory Schwartz 1 Derek Van Riper
JRuggiano, Mia 6 (10) Paul Singman 5 Al Melchior
JGiavotella, KC 4 (9) Cory Schwartz 3 Ray Flowers 3 Scott Swanay
JFrancisco, Mil 3 (8) Nando DiFino 3 Nicholas Minnix 2 Tim Heaney 2 David Gonos
JDanks, CWS 2 (4) Scott Swanay 1 Derek Van Riper 0 Cory Schwartz 0 Tim Heaney
JCrain, CWS 1 (2) Tim Heaney 0 Paul Singman
JMayberry, Phi 1 Scott Swanay 0 Nicholas Minnix
YMedina, Sea 1 (6) Ray Flowers 0 Tim Heaney
WPeralta, Mil 1 Cory Schwartz
KGausman, Bal 1 Al Melchior 4 Ray Flowers 3 Nicholas Minnix
BParker, ChC 1 (6) Ray Flowers 0 Cory Schwartz 0 Nicholas Minnix
JBlanton, LAA 1 (2) Tim Heaney 2 Tim Heaney 1 Cory Schwartz
DStoren, Was 1 (2) David Gonos
DNavarro, ChC 1 (2) Al Melchior
RCook, Oak 0 Paul Singman

UNAWARDED BIDS

RErlin, SD 6 Nicholas Minnix
JGrimm, Tex 5 Ray Flowers
BRondon, Det 4 Ray Flowers
EBonifacio, Tor 3 Nicholas Minnix 1 Tim Heaney 0 Scott Swanay
DPomeranz, Col 2 Tim Heaney
NCastellanos, Det 2 Paul Singman
SDeduno, Min 2 David Gonos 1 Cory Schwartz
GSanchez, Pit 1 Tim Heaney
LValbuena, ChC 1 Scott Swanay
THunter, Bal 1 Cory Schwartz
ABastardo, Phi 0 Tim Heaney
ACallaspo, LAA 0 Tim Heaney
LOverbay, NYY 0 Tim Heaney
ATorres, SF 0 Scott Swanay 0 Cory Schwartz
CGillaspie, CWS 0 Scott Swanay
MEllis, LAD 0 Scott Swanay
CMorton, Pit 0 Nicholas Minnix
DLough, KC 0 Nicholas Minnix
RDelgado, Ari 0 Cory Schwartz
TStauffer, SD 0 Cory Schwartz

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

In a rather quiet FAAB week in Mixed Tout, Nick Minnix was clearly the loudest owner, as he purchased the two highest priced players. While Brad Miller has gone just 2-for-11 to start his big league career, both of those hits were of the extra-base variety, and he's already swiped two bases. While in the Minors, Miller has always been a high OBP guy who possesses the ability to both hit for power and rack up a decent amount of stolen bases. Plus, with Brendan Ryan scuffling at the plate all year, expect Miller to serve as the Mariners' everyday shortstop for the foreseeable future.

Chris Archer was a popular sleeper pick heading into this season but continued control issues have resulted in him spending much of 2013 in the Minors. But his rotation spot is secure for now, as long as Alex Cobb remains sidelined, and he does have an appealing matchup on tap for this week, on the road against the Astros.

Justin Ruggiano has been a very streaky hitter so far this season, but he's on a good streak right now (.314 AVG in June) and his power/speed combination is intriguing.

On a general note, we're approaching the point in the year where FAAB prices will begin to skyrocket, as the window to add a true difference maker is getting a little narrower each week and plenty of owners have a good chunk of dough left to spend. I'm keeping this in mind going forward, as chances are it'll take a few extra bucks to land any player.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

blakeparker

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
BMiller, Sea 7 (9) Mike Podhorzer 6 Scott Engel 5 Tim McLeod
BParker, ChC 4 (7) Scott Engel 3 Tim McLeod
KGibson, Min 3 Gene McCaffrey 4 Mike Podhorzer 2 Tim McLeod
PHughes, NYY 2 (6) Perry Van Hook 4 Tim McLeod 1 Eno Sarris
SMarcum, NYM 2 (7) Mike Podhorzer 1 Eno Sarris
JGiavotella, KC 1 (7) Tim McLeod
MPineda, NYY 1 Tim McLeod
THunter, Bal 1 Tim McLeod
RRaburn, Cle 1 Scott Engel
JShuck, LAA 1 (5) Scott Engel
RLavarnway, Bos 1 (2) Scott Engel
XBogaerts, Bos 1 Ray Guilfoyle
BRondon, Det 1 (7) Perry Van Hook
RIbanez, Sea 1 (9) Paul Greco
LMorrison, Mia 1 (2) Eno Sarris
LOverbay, NYY 1 Anthony Perri

UNAWARDED BIDS

LForsythe, SD 4 Tim McLeod
SFife, LAD 4 Scott Engel
JHefner, NYM 3 Perry Van Hook
JWilliams, LAA 3 Perry Van Hook
CMorton, Pit 3 Gene McCaffrey
TJordan, Was 3 Anthony Perri
MEllis, LAD 2 Tim McLeod
JSatin, NYM 2 Scott Engel
MMelancon, Pit 2 Perry Van Hook
JNix, NYY 2 Mike Podhorzer
DMurphy, Tex 2 Eno Sarris
ESogard, Oak 1 Tim McLeod
TChatwood, Col 1 Tim McLeod
OQuintanilla, NYM 1 Scott Engel
TThornburg, Mil 1 Gene McCaffrey
JCrain, CWS 0 Perry Van Hook

Todd Zola's Commentary

I'll be filling in for the good Captain this week. I'm a little surprised that Brad Miller and Johnny Giavotella didn't draw some more attention. Both should see full time playing time.

Just like the common-folk (he says toungue firmly implanted in cheek), I have certain industry colleagues whose opinions I value. Front and center is Gene McCaffrey, the industry Wise Guy. Granted, transactions are contextual and sometimes you simply do what you gotta do, but the fact Gene opted to pick up Kyle Gibson will make me rethink my rather pedestrian expectations for Gibson in the short term.

The flavor of the week for speculative closer is Blake Parker of the Cubs. Brian covered this above in the National League notes - he's got next if Kevin Gregg is dealt. The under-the-radar saves speculation that I like is Tommy Hunter of the Orioles.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2013 12:42
 
Monthly Leagues: The Next Big Thing? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Friday, 28 June 2013 12:08

Our colleague Ron Shandler has stepped down from the day-to-day operation of BaseballHQ to puruse some other interests. Front and center is the creation of a monthly fantasy baseball contest. Ron's offering a chance to try the concept out for free in July.

Check it out at his new web site www.ronshandler.com.

Maybe I'll see you on the site - I'm entering a squad or two!

 

Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 15:15
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of June 24 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 June 2013 13:16

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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

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

archer

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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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.

 
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