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Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of June 2 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 02 June 2014 00:26

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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.

*PLEASE NOTE - We have slightly altered the presentation in an effort to help you reconstruct the actual bidding a little better. The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

New to the report is "Todd's Take" where Lord Zola will share his unique perspective focusing on FAAB strategy, game theory and league dynamics.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

rubby

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

RDeLaRosa, Bos 37 Chris Liss 37 Steve Moyer 36 Andy Behrens 29
Jason Collette 26 Lawr Michaels 16 Jeff Erickson 15
Mike Podhorzer 6 Ron Shandler 3 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2
RGrossman, Hou 22 Chris Liss 23 Jason Collette 21 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 17
Mike Podhorzer 14 Ron Shandler 3 Jeff Erickson 3
JSands, TB 9 Jason Collette 10 Mike Podhorzer 8 Ron Shandler 3
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
SPearce, Bal 6 Lawr Michaels 19 Jeff Erickson 5 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
BWorkman, Bos 3 Rob Leibowitz 14 Jeff Erickson 2 Mike Podhorzer 1
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
MGonzalez, Hou 3 Ron Shandler 3 Jason Collette 2
JSantana, Bal 1 Mike Podhorzer 1
RChirinos, Tex 1 Lawr Michaels 14 Ron Shandler 0 Jeff Erickson 0
THouse, Cle 1 Ron Shandler 1
DMcGowan, Tor 1 Jason Collette 6
DRoss, Bos 1 Larry Schechter 2 Jeff Erickson 0
GKottaras, Cle 0 Ron Shandler 0
CCorporan, Hou 0 Jeff Erickson 0
AHassan, Bos 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

SVogt, Oak Lawr Michaels 4
MRzepczynski, Cle Chris Liss 0
BBrach, Bal Jason Collette 0
EKratz, Tor Jeff Erickson 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Rubby de la Rosa’s first start of the year got a lot of attention and some tight bidding. Word to the wise, if you’re going to already be in for a high bid, go up a few single-digits from a multiple of 5 or 10 to ensure you snag the guy you’re after. De la Rosa certainly has some wipeout stuff in his arsenal (8.8 K/9 in the minors in 2014), but keep in mind the 25-year old continues to have a history of inconsistent command and despite being lights out in his season debut, was coming off of a 5.56 ERA in Triple-A and was having some issues with the long-ball. He’s high risk/high-reward here, but that explains well the bidding for his services given the rare opportunity to obtain a potential impact pitcher in mid-season.

Robbie Grossman reclaimed his starting job with the Astros and was bid on accordingly given the opportunity he has at regular playing time. The switch-hitter has some on-base skills and can handle the outfield well enough, but is not exactly an impact tools player that favors him for fantasy baseball purposes. He had been hitting .299/.373/.453 in Triple-A, but has yet to ever show those skills at the MLB level.

Todd's Take

You gotta love it. Chris Liss of Rotowire knows the numbers, odds and probabilities as well as anyone. That makes him good. But he also has a gambler's mentality and isn't afraid to go for it. That makes him dangerous. The problem is he's as equally as dangerous to himself as he is the rest of the league which is the stigma those of us more conservative have a hard time grasping. Picking De La Rosa was a go big or go home move. I'll admit I'm too risk averse and need to play more like Liss and not less like Liss. Say that ten times fast.

You know the pool is thin when just about everyone bid on was acquired -- there were limited that went un-drafted and two of them were contingncy catchers. That's a deep league. Everyone active in the AL deemed roster worthy is presently on a roster.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

dice-k

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DMatsuzaka, NYM 12 Mike Gianella 20 Lenny Melnick  11 Brian Walton 6
JMarisnick, Mia 1 Brian Walton 1
SSimmons, Atl 1 Phil Hertz 1 SSimmons, Atl
TMatzek, Col 1 Brian Walton 2
ATorres, SD 1 Seth Trachtman 1
CBarmes, Pit 1 Lenny Melnick  2
CStewart, Pit 0 Brian Walton 0 Steve Gardner 0
RGrichuk, StL 0 Phil Hertz 0 Brian Walton 0
CTorres, NYM 0 Brian Walton 0 Mike Gianella 0 Phil Hertz 0
MAdams, Phi 0 Gene McCaffrey 0 Phil Hertz 0
TCruz, StL 0 Gene McCaffrey 0
JLobaton, Was 0 Steve Gardner 0 Phil Hertz 0
SLeCure, Cin 0 Lenny Melnick  0

 UNAWARDED BIDS

RBrignac, Phi Lenny Melnick  2 Brian Walton 1
JHoover, Cin Phil Hertz 0 Mike Gianella 0
DButera, LAD Brian Walton 0
JBaker, ChC Brian Walton 0
ABastardo, Phi Mike Gianella 0
CPerez, LAD Mike Gianella 0
JHowell, LAD Mike Gianella 0
ZDuke, Mil Mike Gianella 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

OK, it isn’t exactly 2007 revisited, back when more than $100 million was spilled by the Boston Red Sox to acquire the services of Daisuke Matsuzaka. Still, Dice-K has pitched well for the New York Mets since his recall from Triple-A with a strikeout per inning. Given a chance to start again, the right-hander drew the only crooked number bids in Tout this week. At the last minute, Mike Gianella from Baseball Prospectus raised his $12 bid to $20. As it turned out, exactly $12 was enough to beat Lenny Melnick and me.

A pair of relievers, Alex Torres of San Diego and Shae Simmons of Atlanta, generated $1 bids. Saves are not likely on the way, but good peripherals have value, too.

I added a pair of minor league standouts for minimum $1 bids in hopes they will become contributors in the majors soon. Outfielder Jake Marisnick has been tearing the cover off the ball in Triple-A, but awaits an opening in Miami that is not yet evident. The good news is that left-hander Tyler Matzek could be called upon soon to join the rotation to replace disappointing Franklin Morales. The bad news is that it will be in Colorado.

Todd's Take

Check out the contrast between the bids in AL and NL Tout. In the American League, there were 14 players acquired with nine initial bids greater than $1. In the National League, only three of 13 bids exceeded a buck with over half being $0. This could be due to the inventory or the personality of the league owners or even a function of the FAAB totals.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

lastella

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TLaStella, Atl 17 Al Melchior 23 Tim Heaney 16 Derek Van Riper 9
Ray Flowers 6
CMcHugh, Hou 9 Scott Pianowski 9 Paul Singman 9 Derek Van Riper 5
Ray Flowers 3
HAlvarez, Mia 9 Zach Steinhorn 20 Scott Pianowski 8 Derek Van Riper 1
RDeLaRosa, Bos 4 David Gonos 13 Derek Van Riper 3
AOttavino, Col 3 Al Melchior 23 Ray Flowers 2
JHarrison, Pit 3 Tim Heaney 3 Ray Flowers 2
EJackson, ChC 1 Cory Schwartz 1
ISuzuki, NYY 1 Nando DiFino 8 Ray Flowers 2
JChamberlain, Det 1 Ray Flowers 2
JBenoit, SD 1 Derek Van Riper 1 Scott Swanay 8 Ray Flowers 2
JVargas, KC 1 Scott Swanay 13 Ray Flowers 1
RWeeks, Mil 1 Ray Flowers 2
JGomes, Bos 1 Patrick Davitt 9
CCowgill, LAA 1 Paul Singman 10 Patrick Davitt 0
DSantana, Min 1 Derek Van Riper 1
RGrichuk, StL 1 Paul Singman 6 Tim Heaney 1
BPena, Cin 1 Ray Guilfoyle 1
HConger, LAA 1 Al Melchior 3
SRodriguez, TB 0 Patrick Davitt 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

GBlanco, SF Tim Heaney 3
BRoberts, NYY Nando DiFino 2 Ray Flowers 2
JSands, TB Nando DiFino 2
AHicks, Min Ray Flowers 2
APresley, Hou Ray Flowers 2
BMiller, Sea Ray Flowers 2
CRoss, Ari Ray Flowers 2
CYoung, NYM Ray Flowers 2
DEspinosa, Was Ray Flowers 2
JDMartinez, Det Ray Flowers 2
JFamilia, NYM Ray Flowers 2
NSchierholtz, ChC Ray Flowers 2
RRaburn, Cle Ray Flowers 2
TKoehler, Mia Ray Flowers 2
BAbreu, NYM Nando DiFino 1 Tim Heaney 0
JRealmuto, Mia Al Melchior 1
EMujica, Bos Ray Flowers 0
JBroxton, Cin Ray Flowers 0
JMcGee, TB Ray Flowers 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Although Tommy La Stella has played regularly since his call-up last week and has performed well, I’m skeptical about his long-term fantasy outlook for the rest of this season as a middle infielder who hasn’t particularly excelled in either the power or speed departments during his minor league career. He should post a strong OBP, however, and 17 FAAB dollars isn’t exactly a fortune. But with fellow middle infielders Ian Desmond, Ian Kinsler and Alexei Ramirez already on Al Melchior’s roster, I don’t quite understand the need.

With each dominant performance, it’s becoming harder and harder to dismiss Collin McHugh’s impressive start to the season as fluky, and the Astros’ righty is coming off two straight dominant performances. McHugh has also struck out well over a batter per inning through seven starts and he’s a two-start pitcher this week. Adding McHugh for a reasonable price of $9 looks like a worthy gamble for Scott Pianowski.

Like McHugh, Henderson Alvarez is scheduled to make two-starts this week. Like McHugh, he went for $9. But unlike McHugh, Alvarez cannot be relied on for strikeouts. I don’t care. He’s tossed 12 shutout innings over his last two starts and he has always done a fine job keeping walks to a minimum. Plus, neither of his matchups (vs. TB, @CHC) are of the scary variety.

Purposely overbidding to make sure you “get your guy” has been a growing trend in this league this year. It’s a risky Vickrey strategy, but it does work most of the time. I used it this week with my $20 bid on Alvarez, and I was fine with the eventual $9 price. Melchior employed it with Adam Ottavino. As the season goes along, I’ll be interested to see if more owners join in. If they do, the strategy might not work as often.

Todd's Take

Check out how Ray Flowers of Fantasy Alarm/Baseball Guys arranges his bids. He identifies players he wants the most and is fairly aggressive. Then he has a long list of players he considers equal and orders them but bids the same. And finally, in the off-chance everyone is taken, he'll throw in some zero dollar bids on a handful to make sure he gets someone but doesn't feel they're worth losing FAAB to do it. It may take a little time (depending on your commissioner service some more than others) but setting bids in this manner assures getting a player in the most efficient and economical manner.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

ethier

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

RDeLaRosa, Bos 10 Nicholas Minnix 13 Tom Kessenich 9 Ray Murphy 6
Adam Ronis 4 Perry Van Hook 1
AEthier, LAD 5 Ray Murphy 6 Adam Ronis 5 Perry Van Hook 4
Eno Sarris 3
CDickerson, Col 3 Adam Ronis 16 Perry Van Hook 2 Scott Engel 0
JAxford, Cle 2 Tom Kessenich 3 Perry Van Hook 1 Nicholas Minnix 0
RGrossman, Hou 1 Scott Engel 1 Eno Sarris 1
JPeavy, Bos 1 Ray Murphy 1
GSizemore, Bos 1 Eno Sarris 1 Ray Murphy 1
TLaStella, Atl 1 Nicholas Minnix 6
JCollmenter, Ari 1 Paul Greco 3
JNicasio, Col 1 Paul Greco 3
JChamberlain, Det 1 Tim McLeod 3
JMachi, SF 1 Perry Van Hook 1
BPena, Cin 0 Perry Van Hook 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JCosart, Hou Tom Kessenich 2
JGuthrie, KC Tom Kessenich 2
DMatsuzaka, NYM Tim McLeod 2
BAbreu, NYM Eno Sarris 1 Scott Engel 0
NSchierholtz, ChC Eno Sarris 1
JPetricka, CWS Tim McLeod 1
TMedica, SD Scott Engel 1
CGimenez, Tex Perry Van Hook 0
JMurphy, NYY Perry Van Hook 0
KSuzuki, Min Perry Van Hook 0
DDietrich, Mia Nicholas Minnix 0
SDeduno, Min Nicholas Minnix 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

There were two raw double digit bids but the Vickrey system forced only one - $10 for Rubby De La Rosa to Nicholas Minnix, saving him three dollars.

Meanwhile, the $16 bid on Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson was Vickrey reduced to just $3 for Adam Ronis. While I played Dickerson last week on two teams, that was when the Rockies were in the AL park, giving them an extra hitter (and facing five of six RHP). No such luck this week as Colorado is home against NL division rivals.

Todd's Take

One of my favorite ploys in trades is to offer a choice of players. The reason is I'm not sure how my competitor ranks players and I've often been pleasantly surprised by their choice. An example of how different people see a player differently is Tommy La Stella. Look at the bids in Mixed Auction versus the Draft league. Granted, some of it could be league dynamics with respect to what teams have openings but considering La Stella is a middle infielder slated for full time at bats one would think there should be interest considering the plethora of injuries. But yet La Stella drew multiple high dollar bids in Auction and only a single bid in Draft. Again, this could be league dynamics but it's more likely differing views on what La Stella will do with those at bats.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 02 June 2014 11:01
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of May 26 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 26 May 2014 16:10

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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.

New to the report is "Todd's Take" where Lord Zola will share his unique perspective focusing on FAAB strategy, game theory and league dynamics.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

oviedo

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Nick Hundley, BAL $7 NFBC/Stats,  Inc. 7 Colton & The Wolfman 7 USA TODAY Sports 2
Juan Carlos Oviedo, TB $6 SiriusXM 6 NFBC/Stats,  Inc. 5 Fangraphs 2
Colton & The Wolfman 1
Chris Parmelee, MIN $4 Fangraphs 4 USA TODAY Sports 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Liam Hendriks, TOR $3 NFBC/Stats,  Inc. 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Jacob Petricka, CWS $2 Baseball HQ 2 SiriusXM 2
Chris Gimenez, TEX $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Nicholas Martinez, TEX $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Pedro Ciriaco, KC $1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Jimmy Paredes, KC $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1

 UNAWARDED BIDS

Andrew Miller, BOS SiriusXM 4
Erik Kratz, TOR NFBC/Stats,  Inc. 2
Zach Putnam, CWS NFBC/Stats,  Inc. 1
Luis Sardinas, TEX USA TODAY Sports 1
Adam Warren, NYY SiriusXM 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

There wasn’t much to bid on in the AL league but it is not surprising that a new catcher who can actually hit a little drew some attention. Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs of NFBC/Stats won the tie-breaker on their $7 bid to land the new Baltimore Orioles’ backstop.

Ray Flowers of Sirius XM won hit attempt for Tampa Bay saves with a $6 bid on Juan Carlos Oviedo trumping the five dollar underbid. Still Aussie Grant Balfour got Sunday’s save chance.

Todd's Take

Interesting contrast between AL Tout and LABR as the LABR bids are usually lower due to no Vickrey. If I'm looking to deal saves, my first contact is to SiriusXM, NFBC, Fangraphs and Colton and the Wolfman. If you're willing to bid on the former Leo Nunez, you may be interested in acquiring saves.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

treinan

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Tim Stauffer, SD $9 Mastersball 9 Baseball HQ 3 RotoWire - DVR 1
Blake Treinen, WSH $3 Baseball HQ 3 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Boone Logan, COL $2 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Juan Centeno, NYM $1 NFBC/Stats,  Inc. 1
Greg Dobbs, WSH $1 Sandlot Shrink 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Mike Adams, PHI Colton & The Wolfman 1
Antonio Bastardo, PHI Colton & The Wolfman 1
J.P. Howell, LAD Colton & The Wolfman 1
Chris Stewart, PIT NFBC/Stats,  Inc. 1
Ramon Santiago, CIN Sandlot Shrink 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Just because it was a holiday weekend, does not mean the NL LABR participants were away somewhere, off the grid.

For, though there were only five moves this week, again that seems to be the result of a dearth of talent in the free agent pool, as opposed to anything else.

I actually did bag the high priced item of the week in San Diego hurler Tim Stauffer, who picked up his second win of 2014, while making his first start since early 2012.

In some kind of hope of kick starting my anemic team, as well as knowing if I stumble into a good starter we are all better off with the options of having surplus, I spent $9 on the Padre, easily beating out the two $3 and on $1 attempts to procure his services.

Of course this is a time when I love Vickery, as is used in the sister Tout Wars competition, as in that case I would have sneaked Stauffer through for just $4, but as I have noted, rules is rules. All that really matters is that I can get some mileage out of Stauffer.

There were two other pitching gambles taken this cycle:  Doug Dennis nabbed Nationals hurler Blake Trienen for $3 (there was a $2 bid) at the expense of Jose Valverde, whom Doug cut, while Rick Wolf, probably at the behest of his partner and Yankeephile Glenn Colton acquired Boone Logan for a couple of bucks.

In the two moves that involved position players, Bob Radomski of the Sandlot Shrink shook out a dollar for long time utilityman Greg Dobbs, while the NFBC/STATS team of Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs risked a dollar on Mets catcher Juan Centeno, in this case at the expense of Miguel Olivo, who not that long ago was a top hitting catcher.

Alas, no longer.

Todd's Take

A major difference between LABR and Tout Wars is Tout permits bidding on minor league players before they're called up (with the caveat they need to be active the week following acquisition). It's very noticeable during slow weeks such as this as NL Tout featured several such bids. That said, another difference is there isn't as much up and down freedom from reserve to active in LABR so the rule may not be as useful in LABR. It's a good example of how rules are intertwined and don't exist in a vacuum - not to mention if you do decide to change a rule, it's necessary to think things through and come up with all the ancillary repercussions.

MIXED LEAGUE

trevor-bauer

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Trevor Bauer, CLE $10 MLB.com 10 Fangraphs 9 KFFL.com 7
Bloomberg Sports 1
Rougned Odor, TEX $7 KFFL.com 7
Jean Machi, SF $6 RotoExperts 6
Wilmer Flores, NYM $5 Rotowire-Colton 5
Ronald Belisario, CWS $5 Baseball HQ 5 Bloomberg Sports 2 KFFL.com 1
Danny Valencia, KC $2 Razzball 2
Mike Carp, BOS $2 MLB.com 2
Paul Konerko, CWS $1 Bloomberg Sports 1
Vidal Nuno, NYY $1 Razzball 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jason Motte, STL Towers of Power Baseball Hour 1 KFFL.com 1 RotoExperts 1
John Danks, CWS Bloomberg Sports 1 KFFL.com 1
Luis Valbuena, CHC Razzball 1 KFFL.com 1
Adam Ottavino, COL Baseball HQ 1 RotoExperts 1
Jake McGee, TB RotoExperts 1
Joel Peralta, TB RotoExperts 1
Aaron Hicks, MIN KFFL.com 1
Andre Rienzo, CWS KFFL.com 1
Erik Bedard, TB KFFL.com 1
Juan Nicasio, COL KFFL.com 1
Matt Shoemaker, LAA KFFL.com 1
Nicholas Martinez, TEX KFFL.com 1
Rickie Weeks, MIL KFFL.com 1
Yonder Alonso, SD KFFL.com 1
Yusmeiro Petit, SF KFFL.com 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

A couple of years ago I was languishing in last place, mush like I am now. Admittedly, it was later in the season but I somewhat controversially refused to make trades with other teams feeling it wasn't worth trying to finish 13th instead of 15th. It's a lot earlier in the season and this time my tact will be different as I plan on putting everyone on the block and buying low - real low. Everyone will know and have a shot. I may finish with 10 points but that's OK. The year in between last place finishes I came in third so I have next year to look forward to -- but I still plan on lifting my ass from the cellar.

Todd's Take

OK, this is going to be weird. I feel like Ricky Henderson doing fantasy analysis. The volume of bidding between the LABR and Tout Wars mixed leagues usually favors Tout. The reason is likely because Tout Wars only has 4 reserves while LABR has 6 (both use unlimited DL's). The NFBC uses 7 man reserves with no DL and there has been some discussion to request a change. The FAAB results from 15-team LABR and Tout make for good models to see how the NFBC FAAB might look with a change.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 May 2014 18:45
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of May 26 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 26 May 2014 09:50

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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.

*PLEASE NOTE - We have slightly altered the presentation in an effort to help you reconstruct the actual bidding a little better. The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

New to the report is "Todd's Take" where Lord Zola will share his unique perspective focusing on FAAB strategy, game theory and league dynamics.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

nick_hundley

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

NHundley, Bal 19 Steve Moyer 21 Chris Liss 18 Larry Schechter 15
Andy Behrens 6 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2
ESogard, Oak 5 Andy Behrens 7 Larry Schechter 4 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
CWhitley, NYY 5 Mike Podhorzer 6 Chris Liss 4 Jeff Erickson 4
Ron Shandler 3
JPetricka, CWS 2 Steve Moyer 11 Jeff Erickson 1
CGimenez, Tex 1 Andy Behrens 9 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
STolleson, Tor 1 Andy Behrens 1
LHendriks, Tor 1 Ron Shandler 1
BOberholtzer, Hou 1 Rob Leibowitz 4 Ron Shandler 0
KPillar, Tor 1 Larry Schechter 4
BCecil, Tor 1 Rob Leibowitz 4 Lawr Michaels 0
DOtero, Oak 1 Lawr Michaels 2
AMiller, Bos 0 Mike Podhorzer 0
JOviedo, TB 0 Jeff Erickson 0
MKohn, LAA 0 Jeff Erickson 0
BGuyer, TB 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
JMurphy, NYY 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JGuerra, CWS Steve Moyer 1
FAbad, Oak Lawr Michaels 0 Jeff Erickson 0
BMatusz, Bal Rob Leibowitz 0
JBurton, Min Rob Leibowitz 0
SAtchison, Cle Rob Leibowitz 0
JParedes, KC Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
IKrol, Det Jeff Erickson 0

 Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Much in the vein of Kyle Blanks last week, this cycle the player with a FAAB target on his back was new Oriole Nick Hundley, just emigrated from the same Padre team that sent Blanks to the Junior Circuit.

Hundley, who will have a platoon role with Steve Clevenger at present, cost the Inside Edge (Steve Moyer, who placed a $21 Vickery bid) $19 Cimolis as three other teams vied for the rights to backstop. Chris Liss, of Rotowire gambled a hefty $18 which pushed the winning price tag, but Larry Schechter (Winning Fantasy Baseball) also seemed to feel Hundley had something to offer throwing out a $15 gambit.

However, in an interesting twist on how fickle the Vickrey gods can be, Moyer also landed Pale Hose reliever Jake Petricka, hoping to cull some saves. The price tag this time was just $2 despite the $11 Moyer posited on the reliever as only Rotowire's Jeff Erickson even took a chance with a $1 try.

The Yankees Chase Whitley drew a lot of attention as well. with four squads vying for his services. Fangraphs Mike Podhorzer wound up the winner there, have thrown out a $6 bid, and acquiring Whitley for $5 as apparently the other three teams (Chris Liss,,Ron Shandler, Jeff Erickson) were curious, but not as committed.

In contrast, two known major league commodities--Liam Hendriks ($1 to Ron Shandler from Baseball HQ) and Brett Oberholtzer ($1 to Rob Leibowitz of Mastersball)--did not even merit a challenge bid.

Finally, Yahoos! Andy Behrens, bearing the brunt of the injury plague this year (Prince Fielder, Jurickson Profar, Giovani Soto, Tanner Scheppers, Sam Fuld, and Bruce Chan) tried to kick start something with three acquisitions: Eric Sogard ($1), Chirs Gimenez ($1), and Steve Tolleson ($1).

Poor Andy probably has to chalk it up to being "just one of those years."

Todd's Take

Attaboy Steve. I was hoping that's what you were doing. I've been monitoring Steve Moyer for several weeks as he has been placing a ton of $0 bids. On the surface, this appears to be a plan to be in the hunt for a top crossover player but upon closer inspection, Steve began the season in a $10 FAAB hole based in rules designed to keep owners competive for the whole season. The point is, even with all the $0 bids, there were several competitors ahead of Moyer in FAAB total so instead of hoping for a big fish in July, Steve was biding his time so he could strike hard previous to the deadline. This is a notion I support. Who knows what's coming over from the Senior Circuit. Hundley isn't Mike Piazza but he's capable of a John Buck-like run in cozy Camden Yards.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

stauffer

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TStauffer, SD 8 Tristan H. Cockcroft 10 Derek Carty 7 Peter Kreutzer 4
Gene McCaffrey 3 Phil Hertz 3 Brian Walton 2
Mike Gianella 2
ODespaigne, SD 1 Brian Walton 1
EArruebarruena, LAD 1 Lenny Melnick  2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
JNelson, Mil 1 Mike Gianella 3 Tristan H. Cockcroft 7
BTreinen, Was 1 Steve Gardner 7 Tristan H. Cockcroft 4 Scott Wilderman 2
RWolf, Mia 1 Scott Wilderman 6
TMedica, SD 1 Phil Hertz 3
CKelly, SD 1 Mike Gianella 1
KBryant, ChC 1 Mike Gianella 1
TGwynn, Phi 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
GLaird, Atl 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Steve Gardner 0 Scott Wilderman 0
JMathis, Mia 0 Steve Gardner 0 Scott Wilderman 0
MMaldonado, Mil 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Steve Gardner 0
DDescalso, StL 0 Derek Carty 0 Phil Hertz 0
RSantiago, Cin 0 Phil Hertz 0 Derek Carty 0
NRamirez, ChC 0 Phil Hertz 0
BZiegler, Ari 0 Phil Hertz 0
ABarrett, Was 0 Lenny Melnick  0

UNAWARDED BIDS

ADykstra, NYM Phil Hertz 1
GDobbs, Was Peter Kreutzer 0 Phil Hertz 0
RBernadina, Cin Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
MEllis, StL Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
WNieves, Phi Steve Gardner 0
CStewart, Pit Scott Wilderman 0
ATorres, SD Phil Hertz 0
CTorres, NYM Phil Hertz 0
MAdams, Phi Phil Hertz 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

This week in NL Tout was so 2012.

The only player to require more than one dollar to acquire, Tim Stauffer, last started early that season. The right-hander missed most of 2012 due to flexor tendon surgery and worked out of the pen in 2013. A strong five-inning spot start against the Cubs this past week could lead to more opportunities, as at least seven Tout warriors who placed bids must believe. $8 (down from $10 Vickrey) was ESPN’s Tristan H. Cockcroft’s winning amount.

2012 was also the last season Randy Wolf pitched in the majors, but the lefty is back with the Miami Marlins. Last week’s $13 acquisition, Anthony DeSclafani, was given just one start before the rotation spot was handed to Wolf, who yielded six runs, four earned, in five innings on Sunday against Milwaukee. Scott Wilderman of onRoto was willing to go $6, but had to spend just $1.

Former Red Sox first-rounder Casey Kelly made his six-start MLB debut with the 2012 Padres after earlier heading west in the Adrian Gonzalez trade. Kelly hasn’t been back to the bigs since due to Tommy John surgery, but reports from his Double-A rehab have been positive. Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus was willing to spend a buck and take a week of no stats now to receive the potential benefit later.

I made a similar $1 stash move with Kelly’s Double-A teammate, Cuban Odrisamer Despaigne. Already 27 years of age, the right-hander has made two strong Texas League starts since signing at the beginning of May. That has drawn favorable notice from Padres GM Josh Byrnes.

Todd's Take

I'm in this league along with Brian and the thing I see is our competitors are not afraid to stash current minor leaguers even though as Brian points out, you're taking a goose-egg for a week as rules require all acquired players to be active. Note that Phil Hertz backed up his Tommy Medica bid with current minor leaguer Allen Dykstra so it's more than just Kris bryant, Kelly and Despaigne. Looks like I have some work to do - scouring the minors for possible call-ups before they occur.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

ronald_belisario

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

RBelisario, CWS 24 David Gonos 41 Al Melchior 23 Derek Van Riper 16
Zach Steinhorn 9 Ray Flowers 6
LChisenhall, Cle 16 Scott Swanay 16 Fred Zinkie 15 Tim Heaney 13
Nando DiFino 6 Scott Pianowski 5 Ray Flowers 4
Patrick Davitt 4
DWebb, CWS 12 Nando DiFino 14 David Gonos 11 Paul Singman 10
Ray Flowers 6
JRutledge, Col 11 David Gonos 11 Ray Flowers 11 Tim Heaney 6
DDietrich, Mia 6 Fred Zinkie 6 Derek Van Riper 5 David Gonos 3
BCrawford, SF 4 Scott Pianowski 4 Tim Heaney 3 Derek Van Riper 3
Cory Schwartz 1
LValbuena, ChC 4 Patrick Davitt 4 Derek Van Riper 3 Tim Heaney 2
DDeJesus, TB 1 David Gonos 5 Tim Heaney 0
EEscobar, Min 1 David Gonos 11 Cory Schwartz 0 Patrick Davitt 0
Fred Zinkie 0
JOdorizzi, TB 1 David Gonos 16 Derek Van Riper 3 Cory Schwartz 0
MGonzalez, Bal 1 Zach Steinhorn 5 David Gonos 2
MAviles, Cle 1 Cory Schwartz 1 Fred Zinkie 0
JOviedo, TB 1 Ray Flowers 6
YPetit, SF 1 Patrick Davitt 3 Derek Van Riper 1
DNava, Bos 1 Nando DiFino 11 Tim Heaney 2
DHolland, Tex 1 Derek Van Riper 3
NTepesch, Tex 1 Derek Van Riper 3
ELucas, Mia 1 Derek Van Riper 1
AGuerrero, LAD 1 Tim Heaney 3
MChoice, Tex 1 Tim Heaney 3 Fred Zinkie 0
CParmelee, Min 1 Al Melchior 5 Tim Heaney 2
MCarp, Bos 1 Fred Zinkie 6 Tim Heaney 0
BCumpton, Pit 1 Paul Singman 10
ARienzo, CWS 0 Cory Schwartz 0
ErChavez, Ari 0 Patrick Davitt 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JGuthrie, KC David Gonos 5
ISuzuki, NYY Nando DiFino 4 Tim Heaney 0
AGose, Tor Tim Heaney 3
RLudwick, Cin Tim Heaney 2
NMartinez, Tex Derek Van Riper 1
CMcHugh, Hou Patrick Davitt 1 Derek Van Riper 1
PKonerko, CWS Tim Heaney 1 Fred Zinkie 0
SPearce, Bal Patrick Davitt 0
ACallaspo, Oak Patrick Davitt 0
BHolt, Bos Fred Zinkie 0
DValencia, KC Fred Zinkie 0
JNicasio, Col Cory Schwartz 0
JTurner, LAD Cory Schwartz 0
KKendrick, Phi Cory Schwartz 0
MSierra, CWS Tim Heaney 0
TStauffer, SD Cory Schwartz 0
WFlores, NYM Fred Zinkie 0
ZCozart, Cin Cory Schwartz 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Even though the new White Sox closer could soon become their former closer, Ronald Belisario still fetched a $41 bid from David Gonos. This is the way potential saves sources have been treated all year in this league, and it appears that the trend will not change anytime soon. Although Belisario has converted two of his three save chances since taking over ninth inning duties for the injured Matt Lindstrom, he’s allowed runs in all three of those outings. With Daniel Webb (who went for a generous amount himself) and Jacob Petricka representing two viable alternative options, Belisario is surely on shaky ground. But he was pitching very well prior to the bullpen promotion, and neither Webb nor Petricka have any closing experience. The bottom line is that it’s tough to predict what will happen here, so I chose to avoid the mess, outside of a token bid on Belisario that I knew would be topped.

Securing Belisario wasn’t enough for the free-spending Gonos, as he also landed Josh Rutledge, who figures to see significant playing time, maybe even everyday playing time, with Nolan Arenado on the shelf. Rutledge has always possessed an intriguing combination of power and speed but has so far failed to stick around in the big leagues for good. Maybe he can capitalize on the opportunity this time.

Speaking of sticking around, Lonnie Chisenhall is hitting .381 over his first 113 at-bats this season, and although the former top prospect’s power has yet to fully develop at the major league level (only two homers this season), his 14 doubles are a promising sign.

Picking on the Astros lineup is fun, and Miguel Gonzalez sports a 2.84 ERA over his last three starts. Sounds like a recipe for success, though the fact that the Astros actually rank 11th in the Majors in runs scored this month does make me a bit nervous.

Todd's Take

Mixed league bidding with Vickrey is interesting. On one hand it's a safety net - bid a ton to make sure you get the player you want knowing the bid will be reduced. On the other hand, by how much? Especially in a league with $0 bids my lean is to be ultra-aggressive. As an example, Josh Rutledge would be mine, all mine. I admit, I have an unhealthy affinity for Rutledge but the point is in a mixed league, there are no crossover deals to wait for. When you see someone you feel can make a difference, go for it.

Something else to think about in mixed leagues is short term versus long term potential. Take Paul Konerko. Once Jose Abreu returns Konerko will return to part-time duty but until then, he'll receive regular playing time. I'd rather pick up Konerko for the time he'll be playing and replace him with the next Konerko than settle for a lesser option that may play the full season.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

rougned_odor

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ROdor, Tex 20 Eno Sarris 21 Nicholas Minnix 19 Adam Ronis 3
Charlie Wiegert 2 Scott Engel 1
LChisenhall, Cle 8 Tim McLeod 11 Charlie Wiegert 7 Grey Albright 2
Scott Engel 2 Perry Van Hook 2
RBelisario, CWS 6 Grey Albright 6 Eno Sarris 6 Tom Kessenich 4
Greg Ambrosius 4 Nicholas Minnix 0
DWebb, CWS 6 Greg Ambrosius 7 Tim McLeod 5 Eno Sarris 5
Grey Albright 3
AOttavino, Col 3 Eno Sarris 3 Nicholas Minnix 3 Tom Kessenich 2
RVogelsong, SF 3 Adam Ronis 8 Scott Engel 2 Nicholas Minnix 0
WFlores, NYM 2 Eno Sarris 3 Grey Albright 1
UJimenez, Bal 2 Charlie Wiegert 9 Ray Murphy 1
CParmelee, Min 1 Grey Albright 5
BHolt, Bos 1 Grey Albright 1
RBrothers, Col 1 Tom Kessenich 2 Eno Sarris 1 Nicholas Minnix 0
JArrieta, ChC 1 Scott Engel 1 Adam Ronis 1
SDrew, Bos 1 Nicholas Minnix 9
JRutledge, Col 1 Adam Ronis 4
NTepesch, Tex 1 Paul Greco 1 Adam Ronis 3 Perry Van Hook 2
TMilone, Oak 1 Perry Van Hook 4 Adam Ronis 3
DStubbs, Col 1 Charlie Wiegert 4
JHarrison, Pit 0 Scott Engel 0
WDavis, KC 0 Nicholas Minnix 0
DPhelps, NYY 0 Ray Murphy 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

DDietrich, Mia Eno Sarris 6
JGuthrie, KC Greg Ambrosius 6
JOviedo, TB Eno Sarris 3
WChen, Bal Charlie Wiegert 3
JNicasio, Col Charlie Wiegert 2
MShoemaker, LAA Perry Van Hook 2
ARienzo, CWS Scott Engel 1
DNava, Bos Grey Albright 1
EStults, SD Charlie Wiegert 1
KGibson, Min Charlie Wiegert 1
LValbuena, ChC Charlie Wiegert 1 Adam Ronis 1
BZiegler, Ari Eno Sarris 1
JMercer, Pit Eno Sarris 1
JPeralta, TB Eno Sarris 1
RWebb, Bal Eno Sarris 1
YEscobar, TB Eno Sarris 1
PKonerko, CWS Grey Albright 1
JPeavy, Bos Nicholas Minnix 0
BWorkman, Bos Ray Murphy 0
SDeduno, Min Scott Engel 0
VNuno, NYY Scott Engel 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Not surprisingly the high bid for the TOUT Mixed Draft League was Texas Ranger rookie second baseman Rougned Odor [prn = RoogNed OhDoor] who went for $20 to Fangraphs Eno Sarris using all but one of his $21 bid to beat the $19 bid by Nick Minnix.

But the interesting secondary battle was for upcoming saves for the Chicago White Sox with both Ronald Belisario and Daniel Webb going for $6. Grey Albright bid won Belisario on a tie-breaker with Sarris for their full six dollar bids. Greg Ambrosius bid $7 for Webb and got him for six dollars. Strangely perhaps there was no underbid for Jake Petricka (prn = Petrichka] who could have been had for a zero bid … this week.

Todd's Take

Something I've always wondered about in this league (and at one point contacted Peter Kreutzer who is their SWAT to confirm) is whether everyone is aware that $0 bids are allowed since they're much rarer in Tout Draft as compared to Tout Auction. It may be strategic in that everyone wants to beat the occasional $0 bid with a buck or it may be that some are indeed not privy to the rule. But that means they also aren't checking the results on site each week (let alone this report) so chances are it's strategic. It's just an interesting dynamic between the two leagues as the auction version is much more liberal with $0 bids.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 26 May 2014 11:20
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of May 19 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 May 2014 16:49

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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

tepesch

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Kyle Blanks, OAK $13 SiriusXM 13 Mastersball 11 RotoWire 11
Baseball HQ 7 USA TODAY Sports 3 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2
Colton & The Wolfman 1
Nick Tepesch, TEX $11 Mastersball 11 Baseball HQ 8 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4
Colton & The Wolfman 3 Fangraphs 2 ESPN.com 1
Brock Holt, BOS $6 Baseball HQ 6 Winning Fantasy Baseball 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Joel Peralta, TB $4 RotoWire 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Chase Whitley, NYY $4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 Mastersball 4
L.J. Hoes, HOU $3 USA TODAY Sports 3 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2 Baseball HQ 1
Colton & The Wolfman 1
Kevin Pillar, TOR $3 Winning Fantasy Baseball 3 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Baseball HQ 1
Jesus Aguilar, CLE $2 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Baseball HQ 4
Mike Carp, BOS $1 Baseball HQ 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1
SiriusXM 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Zoilo Almonte, NYY $1 Baseball HQ 1
Kyle Farnsworth, HOU $1 ESPN.com 1
Tom Wilhelmsen, SEA $1 Fangraphs 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Luis Jimenez, LAA Baseball HQ 5 Colton & The Wolfman 1 SiriusXM 1
Jonathan Herrera, BOS Baseball HQ 3
Danny Worth, DET Baseball HQ 1 SiriusXM 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Luis Sardinas, TEX Baseball HQ 1 SiriusXM 1
Cole Gillespie, SEA Baseball HQ 1 Baseball HQ 1
Erik Kratz, TOR SiriusXM 1
Carlos Corporan, HOU SiriusXM 1
Adrian Nieto, CWS SiriusXM 1
Mike Morin, LAA Fangraphs 1
Tyler Collins, DET Baseball HQ 1
Steve Tolleson, TOR Baseball HQ 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

In the twelve team AL LABR league there were two small double digit bidding wars. If you play in an AL only league you may have had the same two players claimed last weekend – Texas Ranger SP Nick Tepesch and Oakland Athletic 1B/OF Kyle Blanks as both were new to the AL last week.

Blanks was dealt to Oakland by San Diego where he never really got the chance to establish himself. He will have some chance to produce in Oakland as he will be the right handed bat of a first base platoon with Brandon Moss (although Moss may play some outfield as well). Blanks has real power so in need of a hitter this week I bid $11 which was tied for the underbid to the winning $13 bid of Sirius XM’s Ray Flowers. More than half the league – seven teams bid on Blanks.

My same $11 bid on Tepesch did hold up besting five other bids, the highest of which was $8.

Brock Holt the once and current third base fill-in for Will Middlebrooks went for $6 to Dave Adler of Baseball HQ.

Additional Analysis

The line has been drawn - or so it seems. There are three owners with more than $90 FAAB left and it likely isn't a coincidence that none bid more than $1 on several players that cost several dollars. Winning Fantasy Baseball has the hammer with ESPN and Yahoo neck and neck for second most FAAB. This will be interesting to track as needs arise before the July MLB trading deadline.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

desclafani

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Anthony DeSclafani, MIA $3 Baseball HQ 3 Sandlot Shrink 2
Jacob deGrom, NYM $3 Baseball HQ 3 Sandlot Shrink 2
Jose Valverde, NYM $3 Baseball HQ 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Rene Rivera, SD $1 Sandlot Shrink 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Sam LeCure, CIN Baseball HQ 1
Craig Stammen, WSH Baseball HQ 1
J.P. Howell, LAD Baseball HQ 1
Jeremy Affeldt, SF Baseball HQ 1
Pat Neshek, STL Baseball HQ 1
Aaron Barrett, WSH Baseball HQ 1
Anthony Varvaro, ATL Baseball HQ 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Again, NL LABR was stunningly quiet, with just four players awarded although in each case, there were multiple bids for each athlete.

Pitchers Anthony DeSclafani , Jose Valverde, and Jacob deGrom all went to Doug Dennis and BaseballHQ for $3, while the final successful bid went to Bob Radomski for backstop Rene Rivera, for just a dollar, acing out the competing attempt at the rights to  Rivera by virtue of a lower slot in the standings.

What is interesting is that among the 12 NL teams, seven of them still have a FAAB balance of over $90 which suggests a couple of potential things.

One is simply that no players worth a significant investment, like Jose Fernandez last year, have been brought up. Well, either that or the players who have been promoted were drafted by the teams as reserve picks and thus could not yield a FAAB bid.

Another is that since the range from first to last is still not great enough to consider any team out of it, owners are playing it safe as the Super 2 players and then the trade deadline give us something to spend those precious dollars on.

With nearly one-third of the season gone, it will be interesting to see which way this goes. As for me, if I now someone worth owning, I will not be shy about it.

Additional Analysis

NL only is NL only right? The stats count the same, right? Then why did Anthony DeSclafani and Jacob deGrom cost $3 in NL LABR and $14 in NL Tout Wars? Two reasons. The main reason is Tout uses Vickrey bidding so those owners are a little more liberal with their spending. The second is Tout Wars permits $0 bids which not only keeps totals down throughout the season but it also enables acquisition of players with a $0 FAAB budget. The dichotomy between the two leagues (as well as AL LABR and Tout Wars). If you play in single league formats, comparing the weekly reports may help eludicate which style of FAAB best suits your league.

MIXED LEAGUE

britton

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Zach Britton, BAL $33 FNTSY 33 Baseball HQ 11 Baseball Prospectus 4
Fangraphs 3 KFFL.com 3
Rafael Montero, NYM $7 Baseball Prospectus 7 MLB.com 3 Rotowire-Colton 3
RotoExperts 2 Baseball HQ 1 KFFL.com 1
Sean Doolittle, OAK $6 KFFL.com 6 FNTSY 7 Fangraphs 4
Jacob deGrom, NYM $3 RotoExperts 3 KFFL.com 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Wade Davis, KC $3 Towers of Power Baseball Hour 3
Drew Stubbs, COL $3 ESPN.com 3
James Jones, SEA $3 MLB.com 3 Mastersball 1
Anthony DeSclafani, MIA $2 KFFL.com 2 RotoExperts 1
Miguel Gonzalez, BAL $2 Baseball Prospectus 2
Brandon Crawford, SF $2 ESPN.com 2 Rotowire-Colton 1
Nick Tepesch, TEX $1 Baseball HQ 1 KFFL.com 2
Grant Green, LAA $1 MLB.com 1 Mastersball 1
Derek Dietrich, MIA $1 MLB.com 1 Mastersball 1
Gregor Blanco, SF $1 Mastersball 1
Eduardo Escobar, MIN $1 Mastersball 1 MLB.com 1 ESPN.com 1
Hector Sanchez, SF $1 Rotowire-Colton 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Luis Valbuena, CHC MLB.com 1 Mastersball 1
Tyler Moore, WSH ESPN.com 1 Mastersball 1
Tyler Colvin, SF MLB.com 1 ESPN.com 1
Jordy Mercer, PIT MLB.com 1 ESPN.com 1
Tony Sanchez, PIT Rotowire-Colton 1
Steve Clevenger, BAL Rotowire-Colton 1
J.P. Arencibia, TEX Rotowire-Colton 1
Rickie Weeks, MIL MLB.com 1
Jonathan Schoop, BAL Mastersball 1
Gaby Sanchez, PIT Mastersball 1
Anthony Gose, TOR Mastersball 1
Matt Shoemaker, LAA KFFL.com 1
Reed Johnson, MIA ESPN.com 1
Chris Young, SEA Bloomberg Sports 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

You know when you watch a post-game press conference or better yet the presser once a team is eliminated from the playoffs and those in front of the microphone claim that injuries had nothing to do with their loss but you know they're lying? Well, the myriad of injuries my Mixed LABR team has incurred has nothing to do with my last place standing.

The good thing is we're still only a quarter of the way through so I have plenty of time to make up for the plethora of health woes that aren't responsible for having 14 teams above me in the standings.

I probably should look into some trades but for now I am still waiting for things to flesh out a little more to get a better grasp of the best approach. As such, I need to fill the corner spot left vacated by Mark Trumbo, Adam LaRoche and Will Middlebrooks via FAAB. This, Eduardo Escobar is aboard as he's getting full-time play at shortstop in Minnesota and I need at bats.

The acquisition of Gregor Blanco helps cover the loss of Carlos Beltran. Blanco isn't playing regularly but Angel Pagan was dinged up over the weekend so there's a chance Blanco plays a bit more than usual. More importantly, he's running a lot and while at bats are integral, so are stats so the idea here is to add some steals so when the walking wounded return, I can look at the categories and decide where to go.

Additional Analysis

To go the extra dollar or not go the extra dollar, that is the question. It looks like $2 will get you almost anyone you want which means you should bid $3! On the other hand, if you don't have a preference, a strong of $1 bids will get the job done. The real lesson is only go the extra buck if you feel there is a significant difference in talent. A buck doesn't seem like much but when a player of impact does emerge, every dollar counts.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 19:31
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of May 19 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 May 2014 10:27

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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.

*PLEASE NOTE - We have slightly altered the presentation in an effort to help you reconstruct the actual bidding a little better. The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

kblanks

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

KBlanks, Oak 16 Lawr Michaels 23 Jeff Erickson 15 Chris Liss 11
Mike Podhorzer 7
JAguilar, Cle 5 Rob Leibowitz 19 Mike Podhorzer 4
BHolt, Bos 4 Chris Liss 4 Mike Podhorzer 4 Jeff Erickson 1
KGibson, Min 3 Jeff Erickson 3 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2
JPeralta, TB 1 Chris Liss 11 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
JHapp, Tor 1 Rob Leibowitz 11
CFigueroa, TB 1 Jason Collette 2
SBaker, Tex 1 Jason Collette 2
MGonzalez, Hou 0 Mike Podhorzer 0
RChirinos, Tex 0 Mike Podhorzer 0
BBoxberger, TB 0 Rob Leibowitz 0
AWarren, NYY 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

GCecchini, Bos Chris Liss 1
BGuyer, TB Chris Liss 1
DOtero, Oak Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
STolleson, Tor Mike Podhorzer 0
SKelley, NYY Rob Leibowitz 0
KPillar, Tor Mike Podhorzer 0
BCecil, Tor Rob Leibowitz 0

 Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Former Padres’ top prospect Kyle Blanks drew the most activity this week. The right-hander slugger will back up at first base, outfield, and see some time at designated hitter, the latter position being his best path to regular at-bats. Blanks’ game remain what it is – a patient all or nothing approach that sees him walk about 10% of the time, strike out a quarter to a third of the time which makes him best suited to platoon play.

Another player who could push his way into a full-time DH gig is Jesus Aguilar. The Indians’ 1B prospect does not have Blanks’ raw power, but has over the past two seasons started to tap into the 20-plus homer potential projected of him while maintaining a disciplined approach. Aguilar has torched left-handed pitching this season, (.346/.460/.673) and while weaker against righties, did manage a .266/.348/.418 line with 3 of his 7 homers coming against righties.

With Grant Balfour walking more batters than he has struck out this season, Joel Peralta earned a number of speculative bids. The 38-year old has posted solid strikeout and walk numbers, but has had poor command within the strike zone and owns a 5-plus ERA for the season thanks to a 18% home run to fly-ball rate. Peralta has generally been better against lefties than righties over the course of this year, but this season lefties are absolutely lighting him up, batting .302/.348/.488 against.

Additional Analysis

Coincidence or needs? Noted Bay Area resident Lawr Michaels (Mastersball) and Tampa Bay blogger Jason Collette (Rotowire) both were the winners of players close to home. Chances are both bids were spurred by needs and not fandom but it always helps to know your competitors tendencies if only to know it may cost a little more to wrest a player with hometown familiarity. Little should be inferred from Michaels' acquisition of Blanks; he had a need and Blanks fills it. However, it is noteworthy that Collette would be willing to take a chance on Figueroa. he likely trusts the talent or anticipates opportunity that familiarity can recognize.

Cornering the hot corner in Fenway, Chris Liss backed up his bid of Brock Holt with Garin Cecchini taking advantage of a Tout Wars rule allowing the acquisition of a minor leaguer previous to recall (with the caveat the bid has to be non-zero and by rule all acquired free agents are active the week ensuing acquisition). This is a situation that bears monitoring especially since the ability for 29 clubs outside of Boston to sign Stephen Drew without giving up a draft pick is about two weeks away. The rumors of Drew back to the Red Sox are already simmering.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

degrom

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JDeGrom, NYM 14 Phil Hertz 14 Lenny Melnick  22 Gene McCaffrey 13
Mike Gianella 9 Tristan H. Cockcroft 8 Todd Zola 7
ADeSclafani, Mia 14 Lenny Melnick  22 Gene McCaffrey 13 Todd Zola 13
Seth Trachtman 10 Phil Hertz 9 Mike Gianella 2
Derek Carty 1
JHarrison, Pit 2 Brian Walton 3 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1 Scott Wilderman 0
JMachi, SF 1 Mike Gianella 4 Brian Walton 0 JMachi, SF
JDiekman, Phi 1 Phil Hertz 2
TWatson, Pit 0 Brian Walton 0 Mike Gianella 0
DMatsuzaka, NYM 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
EHerrera, Mil 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
JBianchi, Mil 0 Phil Hertz 0 Derek Carty 0
RSantiago, Cin 0 Derek Carty 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

DDescalso, StL Phil Hertz 0 Derek Carty 0
GDobbs, Was Phil Hertz 0 Derek Carty 0
CTorres, NYM Brian Walton 0
ATorres, SD Phil Hertz 0
BLeague, LAD Phil Hertz 0
CTorres, NYM Phil Hertz 0
KSiegrist, StL Phil Hertz 0
NRamirez, ChC Phil Hertz 1
ZDuke, Mil Phil Hertz 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

It was another quiet week in terms of call-ups to the National League. So it followed that only 10 players were added by the 12 teams in NL Tout. Of the 10, only three went for more than a dollar, including two at $14. Oddly, both big acquisitions are right-handed starting pitchers with a surname starting with “de”.

Lenny Melnick swung the big hammer, willing to go up to $22 for Miami’s Anthony DeSclafani or Jacob deGrom of the Mets. He acquired the former. In both cases, Gene McCaffrey was the enforcer, with his $13 bids coming in second each time.

It only seemed fitting that Melnick acquired DeSclafani. After all, he owned Jose Fernandez, whom he placed on the disabled list to make room for his newest acquisition. With the Marlins’ ace done for the season, DeSclafani was given a shot. The 24-year-old made a nice initial start against the Dodgers last week, but with newly-signed Randy Wolf lurking, the rope provided may be short.

Phil Hertz offered $14 for deGrom and that is exactly what it took to get the job done. Up from Triple-A to take the rotation spot of injured Dillon Gee, deGrom yielded just one run in seven innings versus the Yankees on Thursday. The 25-year-old is a top 10 prospect in the Mets system.

I had the other crooked number winning bid, willing to go to $3 to acquire Josh Harrison of the Pirates. Vickrey Rules dropped that to two bucks. The bid made sense to me given the Bucs’ rash of outfield injuries and my ownership of Jose Tabata. Harrison had a good outing on Sunday, doubling and homering against the Yankees, though he was giving third baseman Pedro Alvarez a breather.

Additional Analysis

A baker's dozen - that's what it's going to take to acquire a starting pitcher, at least if Gene McCaffrey (Wiseguy Baseball) has something to say about it as he's put his fellow competitors on notice. Bid 14 or run the risk of not getting the player. There's no guarantee McCaffrey will repeat his $13 bids next time but will you be willing to take the chance if you really need a starting pitcher? Most league scoring sites avail this information for everyone to see. If they don't, contact your league commissioner or SWAT to see if they have access to the losing bids and if so, request they make them privy to the rest of the league.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

mejia

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JMejia, NYM 25 Nando DiFino 33 Ray Guilfoyle 25 Paul Singman 24
Derek Van Riper 22 Zach Steinhorn 22 David Gonos 20
Eric Mack 18 Scott Pianowski 13 Tim Heaney 7
Ray Flowers 7 Fred Zinkie 5 Cory Schwartz 0
ZBritton, Bal 22 Scott Pianowski 22 Al Melchior 22 Zach Steinhorn 14
Scott Swanay 8 Tim Heaney 7 Ray Flowers 5
DStubbs, Col 17 Eric Mack 20 David Gonos 16 Ray Guilfoyle 4
DDuffy, KC 16 Eric Mack 21 Zach Steinhorn 19 Tim Heaney 2
RMontero, NYM 16 Zach Steinhorn 21 Eric Mack 15 Derek Van Riper 11
Ray Guilfoyle 8 Fred Zinkie 5
BColon, NYM 8 Fred Zinkie 10 Zach Steinhorn 7 Patrick Davitt 0
BArroyo, Ari 6 David Gonos 9 Fred Zinkie 6 Scott Pianowski 2
Derek Van Riper 1
ADeSclafani, Mia 4 Tim Heaney 4 Derek Van Riper 3
JGarcia, StL 4 Eric Mack 9 Tim Heaney 4 Zach Steinhorn 3
DJeter, NYY 2 Scott Swanay 3 Scott Pianowski 1 Derek Van Riper 1
RWeeks, Mil 1 David Gonos 6 Derek Van Riper 1
KBlanks, Oak 1 David Gonos 4
EJackson, ChC 1 Derek Van Riper 1 Zach Steinhorn 0 Cory Schwartz 0
JLake, ChC 1 Tim Heaney 17 Scott Pianowski 0
MFranco, Phi 1 Tim Heaney 8
ROdor, Tex 1 Derek Van Riper 1 Tim Heaney 4
CAnderson, Ari 1 Al Melchior 5 Patrick Davitt 0
JDeGrom, NYM 1 Derek Van Riper 1
CGillaspie, CWS 1 Scott Swanay 6
JJones, Sea 1 Fred Zinkie 5
TColvin, SF 1 Ray Guilfoyle 12 Fred Zinkie 2
JMotte, StL 1 Ray Guilfoyle 50
SDeduno, Min 0 Cory Schwartz 0
JTomlin, Cle 0 Patrick Davitt 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

TMoore, Was Nando DiFino 7
CDenorfia, SD Eric Mack 7
JValverde, NYM Eric Mack 7
GBlanco, SF Eric Mack 5
LChisenhall, Cle Scott Swanay 5
AHicks, Min Tim Heaney 4
BCrawford, SF Tim Heaney 4 Derek Van Riper 1
JGiavotella, KC Scott Swanay 3
CYoung, NYM Tim Heaney 3
DDeJesus, TB Tim Heaney 3
RJohnson, Mia Tim Heaney 3
SRodriguez, TB Tim Heaney 3 Derek Van Riper 1
EEscobar, Min Scott Swanay 1
JMercer, Pit Scott Swanay 1
MAviles, Cle Scott Swanay 1
JMachi, SF Scott Pianowski 1
ACallaspo, Oak Derek Van Riper 1
DDietrich, Mia Derek Van Riper 1 Scott Swanay 1
JLyles, Col Scott Pianowski 0
SCasilla, SF Scott Pianowski 0
JFamilia, NYM Cory Schwartz 0
KKendrick, Phi Cory Schwartz 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

The Mixed Auction Touts had no problem emptying out their wallets this week, as five players fetched a winning bid of at least $16.

Although no official announcement has been made, it sure sounds like the Mets would ideally like to use Jenrry Mejia as their regular closer, with their only concern being his ability to pitch on consecutive days. This might rob him of a few save chances, but Mejia clearly has the stuff to succeed in the ninth inning role, and he looked good on Saturday while recording his first career save. Considering the prices that potential closers have been going for all year, the $25 winning bid wasn’t much of a surprise. Zach Britton’s $22 price tag was somewhat surprising to me, as it’s not even clear whether or not Tommy Hunter has lost his job. But Britton is a former top prospect and he’s been exceptional out of the bullpen so far this year. Still, he’s not a dominant strikeout guy and left-handed closers are rare, with most managers preferring to use their southpaws as matchup-based specialists.

Drew Stubbs’ hot hitting has earned him increased playing time, and power/speed guys seem to be fairly popular in fantasy baseball. But with Michael Cuddyer close to making his return from the DL, Stubbs will soon have a tougher time finding at-bats.

Rounding out the top-5 are a pair of high upside young arms in Danny Duffy and Rafael Montero. Duffy, coming off a gem of an outing during which he retired the first 20 batters he faced, will remain in the Royals’ starting rotation at least until Bruce Chen returns, but even then, Bruce Chen isn’t going to stand in Duffy’s way if the former top prospect continues to deliver. I had hoped to add at least one of Duffy or Montero, as I needed another rotation option in light of the injury to Gio Gonzalez. Fortunately, I was aggressive enough in my Montero bid to land him. I liked what I saw from Rafael in his big league debut and I’m betting that it will be Jacob deGrom, and not Montero, who will get sent down once Dillon Gee returns from the DL. The fact that Montero is in line for a two-start week is an added bonus.

Additional Analysis

It's very interesting that Ray Guilfoyle (Fake Teams) was willing to spend half his budget on Jason Motte who is returning from TJS this week and is likely headed to a set-up role (despite some rough outings from Trevor Rosenthal) while the same $50 bid would have won Jenrry Mejia who has been named the Mets closer - at least for now. A closer look at Guilfoyle's roster reveals he's leading the league in saves with Craig Kimbrel and LaTroy Hawkins. He doesn't have Rosenthal but he does own Carlos Martinez. Guilfoyle's fellow owners should anticipate that at some point he'll be looking to shop saves and is looking for some support for down the road. One read could be Guilfoyle trusts Motte more if he were to get the closer gig than he does Mejia. The take-home message is there is usually a purpose behind FAAB bids, especially those that are a little curious and deciphering the reason may give you a head start on their intent. Mixed auction owners that need saves should drop Ray a note.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

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SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ZBritton, Bal 10 Ray Murphy 11 Brent Hershey 9 Adam Ronis 3
Scott Engel 1
AHarang, Atl 3 Paul Sporer 10 Scott Engel 2 Ray Murphy 1
TColvin, SF 2 Grey Albright 3 Scott Engel 1 Perry Van Hook 1
DBetances, NYY 2 Paul Sporer 3 Scott Engel 1 Tim McLeod 1
GGreen, LAA 2 Adam Ronis 2 Ray Murphy 1
ADeSclafani, Mia 1 Paul Greco 12 Scott Engel 0
JJones, Sea 1 Eno Sarris 6
SDoolittle, Oak 1 Adam Ronis 6 Tim McLeod 6 Paul Sporer 3
Anthony Perri 1 SDoolittle, Oak
RMontero, NYM 1 Greg Ambrosius 10 Adam Ronis 6 Anthony Perri 1
JGarcia, StL 1 Anthony Perri 3 Adam Ronis 4 Perry Van Hook 1
JDeGrom, NYM 1 Tim McLeod 5 Greg Ambrosius 4 Adam Ronis 1
Perry Van Hook 1
CLewis, Tex 1 Perry Van Hook 2 Adam Ronis 1
RWeeks, Mil 1 Ray Murphy 1
WVenable, SD 1 Ray Murphy 1
AEthier, LAD 1 Brent Hershey 11
JMotte, StL 1 Tim McLeod 7

UNAWARDED BIDS

DDeJesus, TB Brent Hershey 9
KBlanks, Oak Brent Hershey 9
UJimenez, Bal Ray Murphy 4
NTepesch, Tex Perry Van Hook 2 Ray Murphy 1
RBrothers, Col Tim McLeod 2
WChen, Bal Tim McLeod 1
TSnider, Pit Eno Sarris 1
RVogelsong, SF Adam Ronis 1
ROdor, Tex Grey Albright 1 Adam Ronis 0
GSizemore, Bos Eno Sarris 1
EEscobar, Min Adam Ronis 1
DODay, Bal Adam Ronis 1
LValbuena, ChC Adam Ronis 1
YEscobar, TB Adam Ronis 0
JGomes, Bos Ray Murphy 0
JGiavotella, KC Adam Ronis 0
DDietrich, Mia Adam Ronis 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

There were several bids in the nine to eleven dollar range for players this week but the only one that cost a bidder double digits was new Orioles closer Zach Britton who was rostered by Ray Murphy of Baseball HQ for a Vickrey $10 saving Murphy a dollar.

Popular targets were Angels’ 2B Grant Green, Atlanta SP Aaron Harang, Oakland reliever Sean Doolittle, and new Mets SP Rafael Montero but the order of winning bids reduced them all to winning bids of $1 to $3. There were many playable pitchers available so I put just two on the Rangers duo of Colby Lewis and Nick Tepesch and got Lewis for just a dollar.

Additional Analysis

Practicing what their company preaches, Baseball HQ's Ray Murphy and Brent Hershey both focused on veteran players with a track record as opposed to rolling the dice on an unknown. Murphy picked up Rickie Weeks and Will Venable while Hershey rostered Andre Ethier. Venable was especially intriguing as no one else bid at all. Everyone's risk profile is different but a player with 20/20 ability should have drawn more attention. More importantly, a definite pattern can be seen from this week's successful and contingency bids. There are some owners more willing to take a shot on an unproven player while others prefer the tried and true. This can be relevant in trade talks.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 18:14
 
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