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Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of August 4 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 04 August 2014 02:28

 

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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

acraig

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ACraig, Bos 51 Steve Moyer 58 Joe Sheehan 50 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 35
Mike Podhorzer 34 Ron Shandler 20 Larry Schechter 13
Jeff Erickson 11 Andy Behrens 0 Chris Liss 0
MPrado, NYY 36 Joe Sheehan 38 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 35 Mike Podhorzer 26
Jason Collette 25 Ron Shandler 20 Ron Shandler 15
Larry Schechter 13 Jeff Erickson 11 Andy Behrens 0
JMarisnick, Hou 14 Mike Podhorzer 16 Joe Sheehan 20 Larry Schechter 13
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3 Andy Behrens 0
Chris Liss 0
KVargas, Min 14 Ron Shandler 15 Larry Schechter 13 Mike Podhorzer 12
Jeff Erickson 11 Jason Collette 4 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3
Chris Liss 0
JKelly, Bos 12 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 30 Jeff Erickson 11 Mike Podhorzer 4
Chris Liss 0
CDenorfia, Sea 12 Larry Schechter 13 Jeff Erickson 11 Lawr Michaels 7
Joe Sheehan 7 Mike Podhorzer 5 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3
Larry Schechter 0 Andy Behrens 0
MCarp, Bos 2 Mike Podhorzer 11 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
ECarrera, Det 2 Mike Podhorzer 6 Larry Schechter 6 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
ZWalters, Cle 1 Ron Shandler 8
RFlaherty, Bal 1 Jason Collette 2 Larry Schechter 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
MKrauss, Hou 1 Jason Collette 1 Larry Schechter 6
CColon, KC 1 Jason Collette 1
JPeralta, TB 1 Joe Sheehan 2
JFrasor, KC 1 Joe Sheehan 1
BPeacock, Hou 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
JAdduci, Tex 0 Chris Liss 0 Larry Schechter 13
MFoltynewicz, Hou 0 Chris Liss 0
RGoins, Tor 0 Larry Schechter 0 Jason Collette 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
CCorporan, Hou 0 Ron Shandler 0
ESogard, Oak 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

DKelly, Det Jason Collette 1
ANieto, CWS Ron Shandler 0
ARomine, Det Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
ARosales, Tex Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
CFigueroa, TB Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
DButler, Bos Ron Shandler 0
DRobertson, Tex Larry Schechter 0
EKratz, KC Ron Shandler 0
FAbad, Oak Joe Sheehan 0
GPetit, Hou Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
MSierra, CWS Larry Schechter 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

The Red Sox’s new left fielder drew the most bids this week despite having a sub-par season for the Cardinals. The 30-year old righty has battled some injuries recently and has provided less power and approached the plate more aggressively, increasing his strikeouts and overall rendering him fairly ineffective. The Sox saw enough to give him another chance, but Allen Craig has a rather unforgiving skill. If it is health holding him back, then a rebound is possible but it is also quite possible Craig will be moving into the platoon player stage of his career.

Martin Prado’s career may also be at a crossroads as he shows declining power skills and is increasingly keeping the ball on the ground. The one thing that may keep him in the lineup is his positional versatility though he is likely to find himself on most days when the Yankees face a right-hander.

The Astros have installed former top Blue Jays prospect Jake Marisnick as their everyday center fielder.  The righty is not likely a future star, but plays good enough centerfield, has mid to high teens power potential and 20-plus stolen base speed. His plate approach, however, is suspect and it remains to be seen whether he can even hit righties at the MLB level.

Todd's Take

I thought it would be interesting to cull together all the double-digit bids from the past several weeks in the four single leagues to see how the timing played out. While you can't plan on the same scenarios in either the AL or the NL next season, it is intriguing food for thought when considering how to manage your FAAB next season. Below are the bids, with the cost deducted, the original bid (keep in mind Tout Wars is a Vickrey league) and the date.

Player Cost Bid Date
Jeff Samardzija 77 85 7-Jul
Allen Craig 51 58 4-Aug
Jason Hammel 51 85 7-Jul
Chase Headley 39 65 28-Jul
Martin Prado 36 38 4-Aug
Huston Street 36 74 21-Jul
Brandon McCarthy 16 18 14-Jul
Jake Marisnick 14 16 4-Aug
Kennys Vargas 14 15 4-Aug
Joe Kelly 12 30 4-Aug
Chris Denorfia 12 13 4-Aug
Christian Vazquez 8 17 14-Jul
Shane Greene 6 22 14-Jul
Mike Carp 2 11 4-Aug
Allen Webster 1 15 28-Jul
Chris Taylor 1 14 28-Jul
Danny Santana 1 21 7-Jul

My initial reaction is this is pretty much how I would expect the players to be ordered with the possible exception of Street - which is more a by-product of Vickrey. It will be interesting to compare the order to LABR which isn't a Vickrey league.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

jmasterson

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JLackey, StL 53 Mike Gianella 66 Steve Gardner 66 Brian Walton 52
Seth Trachtman 51 Phil Hertz 45 Todd Zola 44
Derek Carty 41 Tristan H. Cockcroft 39 Peter Kreutzer 34
Scott Wilderman 32 Gene McCaffrey 25 Lenny Melnick  21
JMasterson, StL 53 Mike Gianella 53 Brian Walton 52 Todd Zola 44
Derek Carty 41 Tristan H. Cockcroft 39 Gene McCaffrey 25
Phil Hertz 22 Seth Trachtman 15 Peter Kreutzer 11
Scott Wilderman 3 Steve Gardner 0
ACabrera, Was 53 Steve Gardner 66 Mike Gianella 53 Brian Walton 52
Derek Carty 41 Tristan H. Cockcroft 39 Peter Kreutzer 27
Gene McCaffrey 25 Mike Gianella 3 Derek Carty 0
JCosart, Mia 30 Derek Carty 41 Tristan H. Cockcroft 29 Gene McCaffrey 25
Phil Hertz 8 Scott Wilderman 6 Peter Kreutzer 4
Mike Gianella 3 Seth Trachtman 3 Steve Gardner 0
MDuffy, SF 10 Todd Zola 11 Gene McCaffrey 9 Seth Trachtman 3
Mike Gianella 2
AnMarte, Ari 8 Tristan H. Cockcroft 8 Seth Trachtman 7 Scott Wilderman 4
Mike Gianella 1 Peter Kreutzer 0
EHernandez, Mia 7 Gene McCaffrey 9 Peter Kreutzer 6 Scott Wilderman 1
Mike Gianella 0 Derek Carty 0
TSnider, Pit 2 Scott Wilderman 2 Mike Gianella 3 Peter Kreutzer 2
AAlmonte, SD 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 9 Mike Gianella 3 Derek Carty 3
Peter Kreutzer 1 Derek Carty 0
TWatson, Pit 1 Peter Kreutzer 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1 Brian Walton 0
KNegron, Cin 1 Mike Gianella 3
CCulberson, Col 1 Peter Kreutzer 2
JSoler, ChC 1 Phil Hertz 2
MDenDekker, NYM 1 Seth Trachtman 1 Phil Hertz 2
RHernandez, Phi 1 Seth Trachtman 1
NAhmed, Ari 0 Mike Gianella 0
CNelson, SD 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Mike Gianella 0 Derek Carty 0
Seth Trachtman 0
JDiaz, Cin 0 Phil Hertz 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

SSouza, Was Phil Hertz 2
TStauffer, SD Derek Carty 0
SLeCure, Cin Derek Carty 0
MEllis, StL Mike Gianella 0
JPerez, SF Mike Gianella 0
JFrancoeur, SD Scott Wilderman 0
BZiegler, Ari Derek Carty 0
ASusac, SF Mike Gianella 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

All 12 league members got into the action, trying to acquire one or all of the big three players traded into the National League at the deadline – new Cardinals starting pitchers John Lackey and Justin Masterson and Nationals shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.

In reality, only two players were really players – Mike Gianella and Steve Gardner. With a whopping $56 more in his kitty than Gardner, Gianella was not only assured of getting his pick of the litter, but also the third-best free agent.

Yours truly was next in the FAAB kitty pecking order with $52. I bid my entire amount on all three free agents, which simply led to all three being sold for $53. The two Cardinals went to Gianella with Cabrera going to Gardner's roster.

Of the three, the major uncertainty is with Masterson, who was an all-star last season. 2014 has brought injury, lower velocity and considerably poorer results. The free agent to be should have at least until/if Michael Wacha is ready to return to prove he should remain among the starting five.

Pitcher Jarred Cosart was also on the move, heading from Houston to Miami. The bidding was not as aggressive as for the others, but Derek Carty offered $41, paying $30. Cosart should remain in the Marlins rotation as long as he pitches acceptably.

Todd's Take

Here's the NL data...

Asdrubal Cabrera 53 66 4-Aug
John Lackey 53 66 4-Aug
Justin Masterson 52 53 4-Aug
Jake Peavy 42 56 28-Jul
A.J. Pierzynski 39 67 28-Jul
Yangervis Solarte 34 52 28-Jul
Jarred Cosart 30 41 4-Aug
Joey Votto 26 43 14-Jul
Dan Straily 15 21 7-Jul
Darin Ruf 15 30 28-Jul
Matt Duffy 10 11 4-Aug
George Kottaras 9 12 14-Jul
Grady Sizemore 9 18 14-Jul
Jordany Valdespin 8 18 21-Jul
Trevor Cahill 4 20 14-Jul

Of course, the influx of free agents to the National League was more conventional as opposed to the craziness that was the Junior Circuit but still, the order looks reasonable. It struck me as I was putting the list together that comparing against the available FAAB that week would be the best research but I didn't archive that information. Next season I will.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

jreddick

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JReddick, Oak 10 Scott Swanay 62 Scott Pianowski 9 Ray Flowers 9
Tim Heaney 6
YSolarte, SD 7 Scott Pianowski 40 Paul Singman 6 Ray Flowers 5
Ray Flowers 4 Tim Heaney 3 Tim Heaney 2
Paul Singman 1
SMiller, StL 7 Zach Steinhorn 13 Fred Zinkie 6 Scott Pianowski 5
Ray Flowers 5
KVargas, Min 4 Al Melchior 9 Tim Heaney 3
MBuehrle, Tor 3 Fred Zinkie 3 Ray Flowers 2 Tim Heaney 2
LValbuena, ChC 3 Fred Zinkie 4 Tim Heaney 2
TMedica, SD 2 Tim Heaney 2
APierzynski, StL 1 David Gonos 8
TFlowers, CWS 1 Patrick Davitt 1 David Gonos 5
DJeter, NYY 1 Ray Flowers 6 Tim Heaney 1 Scott Pianowski 0
MGonzalez, Bal 1 Ray Flowers 5
BHand, Mia 1 Ray Flowers 3 Fred Zinkie 3 Tim Heaney 1
HSantiago, LAA 1 Tim Heaney 2 Zach Steinhorn 7 Ray Flowers 3
JMarisnick, Hou 1 Ray Flowers 7
JTurner, Mia 1 Patrick Davitt 1
TMay, Min 1 Al Melchior 13
RHernandez, Phi 0 Patrick Davitt 0 Ray Flowers 3 Fred Zinkie 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

WCastillo, ChC Scott Pianowski 9
BNorris, Bal Scott Pianowski 6 Ray Flowers 3
DSantana, Hou Al Melchior 6
CTaylor, Sea Al Melchior 5 Ray Flowers 5 Tim Heaney 1
MAviles, Cle Scott Pianowski 5
YEscobar, TB Ray Flowers 4
DMurphy, Cle Ray Flowers 4
VNuno, Ari Ray Flowers 3 Tim Heaney 1
MCarp, Bos Tim Heaney 2
ARanaudo, Bos Al Melchior 2
DThayer, SD Tim Heaney 2
YPino, Min Ray Flowers 2
JCosart, Mia Ray Flowers 2
JCollmenter, Ari Ray Flowers 2
TMilone, Min Tim Heaney 1
BBoxberger, TB Tim Heaney 1
JGuthrie, KC Patrick Davitt 0
EStults, SD Patrick Davitt 0
CGimenez, Tex Patrick Davitt 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Since coming off the DL on July 22, Josh Reddick is batting .390 with four homers, seven RBI and ten runs scored. After slugging 32 homers back in 2012, Reddick has been a huge disappointment for two straight seasons now, with injuries being partly to blame. But this recent surge is surely welcome news for those owners who stuck with him. Interestingly enough, Reddick fell victim to the Tout Wars FAAB redemption rule, as he was released while on the DL in exchange for the full refund (based on auction day price). In this league, it's important not to assume that a certain player who is on the real life DL is on the Tout DL just because Tout allows for unlimited DL spots.  

Getting traded to San Diego seems to be the wakeup call that Yangervis Solarte needed, as he's hitting .286 to go along with two home runs, nine RBI and ten runs scored through his first 12 games as a member of the Padres. He's obviously a streaky hitter, so maybe Scott Pianowski can cash in on this hot stretch. Also note that Solarte qualifies at second base, shortstop and third base, which gives him some added appeal.

Searching for a replacement for the injured Henderson Alvarez, I settled on Shelby Miller as my top waiver wire target. In two starts since moving back into the rotation, Miller is 1-0 with a 3.09 ERA and 0.51 WHIP. Remember that this is a guy who won 15 games last season while posting a 3.06 ERA and 1.21 WHIP, and he's only 23. Despite his inconsistent performance in 2014, he certainly has the ability to close out the year looking more like the Shelby Miller of 2013.

Todd's Take

There's really not much to say in terms of game theory and strategy in the mixed leagues this week, those still engaged are filling holes and addressing needs. So instead I'll highlight a couple players I find noteworthy.

Kennys Vargas is an interesting dart to throw. In AL-only, he could be big help whereas in mixed formats it's more of a flier. Vargas should get playing time in Minnesota (even when Joe Mauer returns) so opportunity is there. He was a little old for his minor league level which can skew the numbers but his discipline and contact are pretty good and he has double-digit home run pop.

Tommy Medica is the new Chris Denorfia in San Diego. That is, a player that looks like he's on the wrong side of a platoon but will happen upon more at bats. I don't see a full-time guy but he's definitely worth a flier (and will be a cheap play in daily games for the next few days/weeks until his price catches up).

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

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SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MLeake, Cin 4 Nicholas Minnix 4 Tim McLeod 4 Scott Engel 3
OArcia, Min 4 Adam Ronis 6 Tim McLeod 3
YSolarte, SD 3 Tom Kessenich 7 Anthony Perri 2 Charlie Wiegert 1
Perry Van Hook 0
TMedica, SD 2 Adam Ronis 6 Charlie Wiegert 1 Anthony Perri 1
Perry Van Hook 0
KVargas, Min 1 Grey Albright 1 Adam Ronis 5
TCahill, Ari 1 Nicholas Minnix 4
JMasterson, StL 1 Nicholas Minnix 4 Ray Murphy 1
TWada, ChC 1 Anthony Perri 2
JTomlin, Cle 1 Ray Murphy 1
EInciarte, Ari 1 Charlie Wiegert 1
SFuld, Oak 1 Charlie Wiegert 3
JPacheco, Ari 1 Tim McLeod 1
BreAnderson, Col 1 Tim McLeod 4
HSantiago, LAA 1 Perry Van Hook 4
RGrossman, Hou 0 Eno Sarris 0
YAlonso, SD 0 Eno Sarris 0
DMurphy, Cle 0 Perry Van Hook 0 Tom Kessenich 4

UNAWARDED BIDS

RRivera, SD Adam Ronis 4 Charlie Wiegert 1
AGose, Tor Tom Kessenich 3
BWorkman, Bos Tim McLeod 1
AnMarte, Ari Ray Murphy 0
VNuno, Ari Eno Sarris 0
WVenable, SD Anthony Perri 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Of course in mixed leagues without crossover players there is much less action at the trading deadline and that was the case in this league.

In fact the high winning bid was $4 by Nick Minnix who in shuffling his pitching staff for the upcoming week had bid four dollars on three different pitchers – Mike Minor who he had to use all four dollars for; Trevor Cahill and Justin Masterson who he won for $1 each on the Vickrey reduced bids.

Yangervis Solarte, former Yankee now Padre, went for $3 to Tom Kessenich of NFBC/Stats reduced from his $7 bid for the versatile infielder.

Good thing Nick and I had different pitchers in mind as I also bid $4 for Hector Santiago and his two start week but won him for just one dollar. Nick would have beaten me on the standings tie-breaker if Santiago had been on his parlay ticket.

Todd's Take

He's not going to hit for power but Jordan Pacheco makes decent contact and with catcher-eligibility, I'm surprised he didn't draw more interest. An increase in at bats was already in store at third base after Martin Prado was traded but now with Paul Goldschmidt out (likely for the duration), Pacheco will also need to break in a first baseman's mitt.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 August 2014 12:08
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of July 28 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 28 July 2014 13:29

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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

chaseheadley

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Chase Headley, NYY $57 USA TODAY Sports 57 Baseball HQ 24 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 23
RotoWire 22 SiriusXM 21 KFFL.com 19
Colton & The Wolfman 11 Mastersball 8
Roenis Elias, SEA $11 RotoWire 11 KFFL.com 9 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3
Colton & The Wolfman 1 ESPN.com 1
Christopher Taylor, SEA $8 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 8
Aaron Sanchez, TOR $1 Fangraphs 1
Jose Veras, HOU $1 KFFL.com 1
Brandon Maurer, SEA $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 SiriusXM 1
Munenori Kawasaki, TOR $1 SiriusXM 1
Shawn Kelley, NYY $1 SiriusXM 1
Robinson Chirinos, TEX $1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 Yahoo! Sports 3 SiriusXM 1
Zelous Wheeler, NYY $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Francisco Cervelli, NYY Colton & The Wolfman 1 SiriusXM 1
L.J. Hoes, HOU SiriusXM 1 SiriusXM 1
Kevin Jepsen, LAA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 SiriusXM 1
David Lough, BAL Yahoo! Sports 1
Nolan Reimold, TOR Yahoo! Sports 1
Brad Brach, BAL SiriusXM 1
Carlos Corporan, HOU SiriusXM 1
Casey Fien, MIN SiriusXM 1
Don Kelly, DET SiriusXM 1
Ryan Goins, TOR SiriusXM 1
Shawn Tolleson, TEX SiriusXM 1
Tom Wilhelmsen, SEA SiriusXM 1
Yohan Pino, MIN SiriusXM 1
Neal Cotts, TEX Fangraphs 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary.

Well I knew my $8 bid on Chase Headley from my puny thirteen dollar stash wouldn’t hold up but I could freeze out three competitors. There were nine of the twelve teams that bid on the new Yankee third baseman but USA Today’s Steve Gardner all in bid of $57 beat the three bids in the twenties. But fighting to improve Steve guarded against a similar push from KFFL.

Two Mariners drew the other bids of more than a dollar with Rotowire’s Chris Liss buying the resurgent Roenis Elias for $11 while NFBC/Stats Greg Ambrosius grabbed new shortstop Chris Taylor.

Todd's Take.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

jpeavysf

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jake Peavy, SF $89 Fantasy Insiders 89 Sandlot Shrink 41 Inside Edge 22
RotoExperts 17 RotoWire - DVR 16 ESPN - Karabell 4
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3
A.J. Pierzynski, STL $37 USA TODAY Sports 37 Inside Edge 22 Baseball HQ 22
RotoExperts 12 Colton & The Wolfman 6 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Yangervis Solarte, SD $15 Baseball HQ 15 RotoExperts 12 Fantasy Insiders 7
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7 RotoWire - DVR 6 Inside Edge 5
ESPN - Karabell 4 Sandlot Shrink 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Jordany Valdespin, MIA $7 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7 Baseball HQ 2
Kyle Hendricks, CHC $5 RotoWire - DVR 5 Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Chris Nelson, SD $3 Sandlot Shrink 3 Baseball HQ 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Jeff Francoeur, SD $2 Baseball HQ 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Tsuyoshi Wada, CHC $2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 RotoWire - DVR 1
Brad Hand, MIA $1 Baseball HQ 1 RotoWire - DVR 3
Ben Paulsen, COL $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Baseball HQ 2
Nate McLouth, WSH $1 Inside Edge 1 Baseball HQ 1
Pedro Strop, CHC $1 Inside Edge 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Tyler Matzek, COL RotoWire - DVR 3
Travis Wood, CHC RotoWire - DVR 2
Jeff Mathis, MIA USA TODAY Sports 2
Kristopher Negron, CIN Baseball HQ 1 RotoWire - DVR 1
Zach Walters, WSH Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Gerald Laird, ATL USA TODAY Sports 1
Joaquin Arias, SF RotoWire - DVR 1
Nick Ahmed, ARI RotoWire - DVR 1
Jacob Turner, MIA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Antonio Bastardo, PHI Inside Edge 1
J.P. Howell, LAD Inside Edge 1
Jake Diekman, PHI Inside Edge 1
Jean Machi, SF Inside Edge 1
Bobby Abreu, NYM Baseball HQ 1
Brent Morel, PIT Baseball HQ 1
George Kontos, SF Baseball HQ 1
Justin De Fratus, PHI Baseball HQ 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Finally.

After three months of sitting on chunks of FAAB, finally cut loose this past week dumping a wad on the trade deadline spoils.

Leading the pack was the $89 price tag for new Giants hurler Jake Peavy, who went to Derek Carty of Fantasy Insiders for the whopping sum of $89. Derek outbid six teams and bids ranging from $41 at the top to a wishful $3 at the bottom.

Then, another vet in A.J. Pierzynski was plucked by the LABR host Steve Gardner for $37, holding off five teams who offered $22 (two teams tried this) to $2 in an attempt to win the stats rights to the new St. Louis backstop.

Add in the $15 Doug Dennis of BaseballHQ spent on new Padre Yangervis Solarte, outbidding nine other teams who were willing to go from between $12 and a buck.

Right there we have more money spent and activity than it seems in the previous 17 weeks, but such is baseball.

On the bottom end of the spectrum, Jordany Valdespin went to Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs of NFBC/STATS for $7 (there was also a $2 challenge), and Derek van Riper of Rotowire spent $5 on Kyle Hendricks.

There were other moves rounding out the bottom of the FAAB pond, but $2 was all it took for Doug Dennis to grab vet Jeff Francouer (there was a $1 shot on the outfielder, who seems like he should be older than the 30-years old he is).

Rounding out the week were $3 for Chris Nelson (to Bob Radomski of the Sandlot Shrink), Tsuyoshi Wada who went for $2 to team Ambrosius/Childs, and four $1 players: Brad Hand (BBHQ), Ben Paulsen (Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf), and Nate McLouth and Pedro Strop to the Inside Edge (Steve Moyer who still has $98 left in his kitty).

Todd's Take.

MIXED LEAGUE

dsalazar

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Neftali Feliz, TEX $44 USA TODAY Sports 44 Fangraphs 14 MLB.com 1
Danny Salazar, CLE $16 Fangraphs 16 Baseball HQ 9 MLB.com 5
KFFL.com 3 Rotowire-Erickson 2
Jeremy Hellickson, TB $3 Baseball HQ 3 Baseball Prospectus 2 KFFL.com 2
Efren Navarro, LAA $2 Towers of Power Baseball Hour 2
Gregor Blanco, SF $2 Baseball HQ 2
Daniel Nava, BOS $1 FNTSY 1
Jacob Turner, MIA $1 MLB.com 1
Wilmer Flores, NYM $1 RotoExperts 1
Chase Anderson, ARI $1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Kyle Hendricks, CHC $1 KFFL.com 1
Tyler Flowers, CWS $1 Baseball Prospectus 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Anthony Gose, TOR Baseball HQ 2
Tyler Matzek, COL KFFL.com 1
Roberto Hernandez, PHI KFFL.com 1
Danny Espinosa, WSH RotoExperts 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

I knew dealing for Troy Tulowizki -- err Troy Tulowitzki was a risk but it was one I was willing to take. The quest for 70 points takes a hit but I'll keep pushing on. In retrospect, it was probably a mistake not try to get Josh Rutledge as a hedge.

The elevated bids on Salazar aren't surprising; it further feeds into the industry's fascination with strikeouts (I'm looking at you Bud Norris and Brad Peacock). I'm also a Salazar fan but the walks still scare me.

Todd's Take

It's interesting - we talk about mixed leagues being devoid of deadline deal excitement, but an argument can be made there are some players available due to trades that have their roles change (Feliz will close) or enter an improved situation (Solarte will play every day, Peavy moves to a pitching park). But on the other hand, it's not like closers, starting pitchers and viable but not difference-making hitters aren't available all season in mixed leagues.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 14:12
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of July 28 PDF Print E-mail
MASTERSBLOG
Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 28 July 2014 01:50

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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.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

webster

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CHeadley, NYY 39 Jason Collette 65 Mike Podhorzer 35 Rob Leibowitz 19
Ron Shandler 20 Larry Schechter 14 Jeff Erickson 11
Andy Behrens 1
AWebster, Bos 5 Steve Moyer 15 Jeff Erickson 4 Rob Leibowitz 3
Mike Podhorzer 2 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0 Mike Podhorzer 0
LHoes, Hou 1 Andy Behrens 1
CCapuano, NYY 1 Mike Podhorzer 5 Steve Moyer 7 Rob Leibowitz 3
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
ASanchez, Tor 1 Rob Leibowitz 8 Chris Liss 0
CTaylor, Sea 1 Larry Schechter 14 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0 Chris Liss 0
ASwarzak, Min 1 Lawr Michaels 8
DYoung, Bal 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
CLewis, Tex 0 Mike Podhorzer 3
MMikolas, Tex 0 Chris Liss 0
JoRamirez, Cle 0 Steve Moyer 0
JThole, Tor 0 Jason Collette 0
NCotts, Tex 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JAdduci, Tex Larry Schechter 6
ESogard, Oak Andy Behrens 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
RGoins, Tor Andy Behrens 1 Steve Moyer 0
KHerrera, KC Steve Moyer 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Jason Collette is probably a happy camper this morning. Not only did he outbid six other combatants for Chase Headley, it only took 39 of his 65 bid meaning he's still in the running for more crossover players should there be some activity later this week.

The latest Red Sox youngster to get a crack at the rotation, Allen Webster, attracted the second most attention this week and it was justified as the righty could be here to stay. Webster is a four-pitch pitcher with multiple swing and miss offerings. He is, however, prone to having some issues with his command, so it would not be surprising to see some dominant starts and god awful starts out of him as he adjusts to the Majors. Brandon Workman and Anthony Ranaudo are waiting in the wings for Jon Lester to be dealt or for Webster or Rubby de la Rosa to struggle.

Chris Capuano actually drew three bids and one higher than the winning bidder with Moyer’s purchase of Webster superseding the bid.

Larry Schechter’s bargain basement purchase of Chris Taylor might be the purchase of the week. Taylor has the defense to stay at short, draws walks and gets on base, has 20-plus stolen base speed, and doubles/mid-single digits home run power and has hit .328/.397/.497 in Triple-A this year. That’s a Triple-A inflated line that is beyond Taylor’s abilities, especially given the righty’s high strikeout rates when contrasted against his modest power potential. Still, there is a potential .270s hitter here and Brad Miller owners need to be very concerned.

Todd's Take

What an odd year in the American League. The hammer at the deadline has 79 FAAB units with the next 58 and then 43 after that. This is the first time I can remember such a weird scenario. Or course, the reason is there have been several very good players floating in over the past few weeks. What I'm curious to follow is the price it takes to buy any further decent crossover players. The dynamic of spend or hold is fascinating and I'm looking forward to seeing the bang for the buck each owner gets relative to who they purchased and when.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

jpeavysf

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JPeavy, SF 42 Tristan H. Cockcroft 56 Derek Carty 41 Gene McCaffrey 26
Phil Hertz 19 Steve Gardner 18 Mike Gianella 16
Peter Kreutzer 4 Brian Walton 4 Lenny Melnick  1
APierzynski, StL 39 Todd Zola 67 Derek Carty 38 Seth Trachtman 35
Steve Gardner 30 Gene McCaffrey 26 Peter Kreutzer 17
Mike Gianella 10
YSolarte, SD 34 Scott Wilderman 52 Derek Carty 33 Brian Walton 20
Mike Gianella 14 Peter Kreutzer 14 Lenny Melnick  11
Tristan H. Cockcroft 8 Seth Trachtman 7
DRuf, Phi 15 Steve Gardner 30 Derek Carty 14 Lenny Melnick  11
Brian Walton 10 Seth Trachtman 9 Mike Gianella 4
Gene McCaffrey 3 Tristan H. Cockcroft 3
JTurner, Mia 6 Phil Hertz 8 Derek Carty 5 Seth Trachtman 0
BPaulsen, Col 4 Peter Kreutzer 4 Steve Gardner 18 Tristan H. Cockcroft 5
Seth Trachtman 4 Gene McCaffrey 3 Lenny Melnick  2
Mike Gianella 1
BHand, Mia 1 Gene McCaffrey 4
JBroxton, Cin 1 Peter Kreutzer 2
ZWalters, Was 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Scott Wilderman 0
KFrandsen, Was 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Steve Gardner 0
JBaker, ChC 0 Seth Trachtman 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

ARamos, Mia Peter Kreutzer 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
CStewart, Pit Todd Zola 0
JMathis, Mia Todd Zola 0
DLutz, Cin Steve Gardner 0
JArias, SF Steve Gardner 0
NEvans, Ari Steve Gardner 0
DButera, LAD Seth Trachtman 0
TGosewisch, Ari Seth Trachtman 0
AlMarte, Ari Peter Kreutzer 0
AVarvaro, Atl Peter Kreutzer 0
JFrancoeur, SD Peter Kreutzer 0
TSnider, Pit Peter Kreutzer 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

To be honest, writing these reports the past few weeks has been a bit boring. Not this time, as $115 was spilled on three players coming into the National League from the American League East.

Tops at $42 was Jake Peavy. Tristan H. Cockcroft is banking on improvement in the new Giant’s return to the Senior Circuit. Tristan was willing to go $56, but required “just” $42. Three earned runs in six innings in Peavy’s San Francisco debut on Sunday night is a “meets minimum” for a quality start, but Tristan won’t get those results as these transactions are effective Monday.

A.J. Pierzynski isn’t going to win any Mr. Nice Guy contests but wasn’t unemployed long after being dumped by Boston. With Yadier Molina out, the Cardinals needed help behind the plate and the fit seems good. Lord Zola pushed a whopping $67 to the center of the table, but needed $39 to get the job done. Interestingly, the catcher received the broadest big-money interest, with five bids at $25 or more.

One of the big stories of the first half was the rise of Yangervis Solarte from the scrap heap to a credible showing for the Yankees in A-Rod’s absence at the hot corner. The Bombers sent Solarte to San Diego as part of the take for Chase Headley this past week and continued at-bats seem assured. Scott Wilderman won the bidding at $34, though he was willing to go $52 if needed.

Sadly (for him), Derek Carty played the enforcer’s role to the max. Not only did he have the second-highest bids for all three players above, he did the same thing for Steve Gardner’s $15 Darin Ruf. Carty ended up being shut out this week, but not for trying.

Todd's Take

So my unintentional hoarding of FAAB netted me A.J. Pierzynski? Talk about rubbing salt in the wound. My colleague Lawr expressed some optimism Pierzynski would have a decent last couple of months (and anything can happen in 8 weeks), but I'm not nearly as warm and fuzzy. Busch Stadium is a terrible park for power (not that Pierzynski is known for homers) but what little pop he has will be squashed. Keep in mind he's played in a some of the best hitter's parks (U.S. Cellular, Arlington and Fenway).

So why did I go nearly all-in for him? My catching situation is terrible (by design). Hector Sanchez is on the 7-day concussion DL. Regardless what I think, it's a significant upgrade for me and who knows what else will be coming over. I wasn't in the top-two so I went with bird-in-hand and will hope Lawr is right and I'm wrong. It wouldn't be the first time.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

nfeliz

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

NFeliz, Tex 12 Zach Steinhorn 22 Ray Flowers 11 Tim Heaney 7
VWorley, Pit 2 Derek Van Riper 15 Ray Flowers 2 Patrick Davitt 1
JPetricka, CWS 1 Derek Van Riper 15 Zach Steinhorn 8 Ray Flowers 7
Tim Heaney 3
SVanSlyke, LAD 1 Patrick Davitt 3
KHendricks, ChC 1 Patrick Davitt 3 Tim Heaney 1
CAnderson, Ari 1 Tim Heaney 3
OArcia, Min 1 Al Melchior 2
ADeAza, CWS 1 Fred Zinkie 2

UNAWARDED BIDS

JReddick, Oak Tim Heaney 3 Fred Zinkie 0
MGonzalez, Bal Ray Flowers 3
BBoxberger, TB Ray Flowers 2 Tim Heaney 1
AOttavino, Col Ray Flowers 2
BNorris, Bal Ray Flowers 2
HSantiago, LAA Ray Flowers 2
JCollmenter, Ari Ray Flowers 2
JFields, Hou Ray Flowers 2
VNuno, Ari Ray Flowers 2
YPino, Min Ray Flowers 2
YSolarte, SD Patrick Davitt 1
JTurner, LAD Patrick Davitt 0
GBlanco, SF Fred Zinkie 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Considering the exorbitant prices that closers have been going for in FAAB this year, I figured there was no chance a $22 bid would be enough to land Neftali Feliz. Since I don’t particularly have a need for saves, I entered in the bid more as a price-enforcing measure. With Joakim Soria now in Detroit, Feliz is the clear favorite to become the Rangers’ new full-time stopper. While the skeptics are correct that his stuff isn’t as dominating as it was in his pre-Tommy John surgery days, Feliz does sport a 2.38 ERA and 0.88 WHIP through eight appearances this season, and he successfully converted his first save chance over the weekend. So now I have four closers, and Feliz will likely head to my bench next week (Tout Wars rules require that all players picked up via FAAB need to be active for the first week) since I can’t afford to lose points in wins and strikeouts. But I’m fine with spending 12 bucks on a guy who, as long as he’s not terrible and loses the ninth inning gig, could at the very least net me a useful piece in a trade.

Todd's Take

Larry Schechter is recognized as one of the more successful players in industry leagues (and rightfully so) but Fred Zinkie is quietly establishing quite the track record, and he's at it again - leading the Tout Auction league by 16 points. I'm not saying 16 points is an insurmountable lead with two months left, far from it. But I am curious (seems I'm curious about a few things today) the activity in this league versus the draft version (which is closer). 

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

relias

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

RElias, Sea 4 Greg Ambrosius 9 Tom Kessenich 3 Grey Albright 1
JPeavy, SF 3 Eno Sarris 3 Nicholas Minnix 3 Tom Kessenich 3
Ray Murphy 2
JUribe, LAD 3 Tom Kessenich 12 Adam Ronis 2
SDrew, Bos 2 Paul Sporer 12 Scott Engel 2 Tim McLeod 1
CTaylor, Sea 2 Scott Engel 3 Tim McLeod 1
EHernandez, Hou 1 Eno Sarris 1
NAoki, KC 1 Tim McLeod 4 Eno Sarris 1
CAnderson, Ari 1 Grey Albright 1 Eno Sarris 1
JFields, Hou 1 Eno Sarris 1
JDeLaRosa, Col 1 Grey Albright 2 Greg Ambrosius 5 Tom Kessenich 1
APierzynski, StL 1 Greg Ambrosius 9
CHart, Sea 1 Greg Ambrosius 7
VWorley, Pit 1 Ray Murphy 6
ENavarro, LAA 1 Perry Van Hook 2 Nicholas Minnix 0 Tim McLeod 0
FCervelli, NYY 1 Anthony Perri 1
BPena, Cin 1 Tom Kessenich 3
JGuthrie, KC 1 Tom Kessenich 1
JBradley, Bos 0 Nicholas Minnix 0
DAckley, Sea 0 Tim McLeod 0 Perry Van Hook 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JArencibia, Tex Greg Ambrosius 7 Tom Kessenich 1 Anthony Perri 0
WFlores, NYM Tom Kessenich 3
KHendricks, ChC Grey Albright 2
RRivera, SD Greg Ambrosius 8 Tom Kessenich 2
YSolarte, SD Greg Ambrosius 5 Scott Engel 3 Tom Kessenich 2
Nicholas Minnix 0
JDiekman, Phi Eno Sarris 1
JSchoop, Bal Tom Kessenich 1
KGibson, Min Eno Sarris 1 Tom Kessenich 1
MAviles, Cle Tom Kessenich 1
OArcia, Min Tim McLeod 1
AWebster, Bos Eno Sarris 1
BMorris, Mia Eno Sarris 1
CCorporan, Hou Tom Kessenich 1
DEspinosa, Was Nicholas Minnix 0
DGregorius, Ari Scott Engel 0
WVenable, SD Tim McLeod 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

In a week where there wasn’t much available, there were actually two $12 bids – Paul Sporer had to use only $2 of his to roster Stephen Drew, while Greg Ambrosius was pushed to $4 for Mariner starter Roenis Elias.

Curiously, a new catcher is usually pursued by teams in need in a deep mixed league like this, but former Red Sox, now Redbird backstop A.J. Pierzynski cost Ambrosius only one dollar of  his $9 bid.

My offense was very good this week, but trying to improve every slot, I threw back Robbie Grossman and replaced him with recalled Angel Efren Navarro (1B/OF), who had quite a good week and should see more at-bats with the hot start, especially if Josh Hamilton has more knee problems.

Todd's Take

A subtle difference between the Tout auction and draft leagues is the auction league allows FAAB reimbursement based on purchase price while the draft league doesn't have a similar system in place (though they might next season as we're talking about installing a conversion system where draft round is converted to price). The extra available FAAB may be adjusting prices though Vickrey is the great equalizer. Still, even in a mixed league with FAAB, leaving money on the table is leaving assets on the table. I like the fact that there were so many bids this week, even if they were small bids.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 17:45
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of July 21 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 21 July 2014 12:10

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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.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

hstreet

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Huston Street, LAA $57 Baseball HQ 57 Baseball HQ 24 USA TODAY Sports 19
Mastersball 7 ESPN.com 6 Winning Fantasy Baseball 3
Christian Vazquez, BOS $3 SiriusXM 3 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Mike Carp, BOS $1 Fangraphs 1
Scott Carroll, CWS $1 Mastersball 1
Eric Surkamp, CWS $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Aaron Loup, TOR $1 SiriusXM 1
Leury Garcia, CWS $1 RotoWire 1

 UNAWARDED BIDS

Carlos Corporan, HOU SiriusXM 3
Shawn Kelley, NYY SiriusXM 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary.

Well with just fourteen dollars left I wasn’t likely to get a ride on Huston Street but I wagered seven just in case. But the BIG purse – Colton & the Wolfman swept in to take Street to their neighborhood for $57 beating the five other bids but by more than double.

In fact the next highest winning bid on a light night was $3 for Boston catcher Christian Vazquez by Ray Flowers of Sirius/XM. For my dollar I got White Sox starter Scott Carroll who while pitching better lately comes most recommended by his two starts this week against Kansas City and Minnesota.

Todd's Take.

Vickrey versus non-Vickrey. Street cost Glenn and Rick the full $57 in LABR but a $74 bid was cut down to $36 in Tout Wars from Vickrey. Context is everything but it's an interesting contrast.

Yeah, I know, that makes no sense. But by writing some vague comment that sounds intelligent, it makes you try to figure out what I'm trying to say as a means to distract you from realizing I have nothing to say.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

kottaras

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Cody Ross, ARI $1 Inside Edge 1
George Kottaras, STL $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

None

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Yawn.

Two moves in NL LABR, and when one of them is George Kottaras (to Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs for a buck) is one, well that defines it all.

Mind you, I like Kottaras for his power potential, in fact I bet Greg that the then Milwaukee backstop had 20-homer potential if he ever got 400-plus at-bats (the bet was Corona for Mexican Cole, make with real sugar, in a bottle). Don't think that will happen this year.

The other move was Cody Ross to Steve Moyer and Inside Edge for a buck.

Like I said: Yawn.

Todd's Take.

Or, I can just come right out and say -- I got nuthin'. 

MIXED LEAGUE

amarista

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Alexi Amarista, SD $4 Mastersball 4 RotoExperts 2
Hector Santiago, LAA $4 Mastersball 4
Brayan Pena, CIN $2 Baseball HQ 2
David Phelps, NYY $2 Baseball HQ 2 KFFL.com 1 Razzball 1
Rotowire-Erickson 1 Mastersball 1
J.P. Arencibia, TEX $2 Fangraphs 2
Aaron Loup, TOR $2 USA TODAY Sports 2
Kevin Quackenbush, SD $1 Mastersball 1
Shane Greene, NYY $1 KFFL.com 1 Mastersball 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Dan Johnson, TOR $1 Fangraphs 1
Brandon Crawford, SF $1 RotoExperts 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Logan Forsythe, TB $1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Travis Wood, CHC $1 Mastersball 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Josh Fields, HOU $1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Jordany Valdespin, MIA $1 Fangraphs 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Enrique Hernandez, HOU Mastersball 2 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Neftali Feliz, TEX USA TODAY Sports 2
Ramon Santiago, CIN Mastersball 2
Didi Gregorius, ARI Mastersball 1
Joe Panik, SF Mastersball 1
Nick Hundley, BAL Baseball HQ 1
Jonathan Schoop, BAL Mastersball 1
Marwin Gonzalez, HOU Mastersball 1
Munenori Kawasaki, TOR Mastersball 1
Roberto Hernandez, PHI KFFL.com 1
Tyler Flowers, CWS Baseball HQ 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

It was time to fill a hole (Brandon Phillips) alomg with adding a couple more starting pitchers that can get wins and whiffs at the expense of ratios. I really like Santiago to have a nice post-break run so I was willing to invest a little more. Quackenbush is a popular choice to close in San Diego in the event Joaquin Benoit follows Huston Street out of town.

Todd's Take.

Returning readers know I set a goal not to finish in last place -- not exactly the most noble objective but you play the hand your dealt. While I am not saying I can't fall back into the cellar, I have managed to climb from fewer than 40 roto-points into the low 60's and out of the basement. So it's time for a new goal -- a total in the 70's. The experience gaimed managing to get these extra points makes doing it next season when the 10 points gets me my first LABR title is invaluable.

 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of July 21 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 21 July 2014 00:35

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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

hstreet

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

HStreet, LAA 36 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 74 Mike Podhorzer 35 Larry Schechter 13
Jeff Erickson 12 Steve Moyer 9
SCarroll, CWS 1 Andy Behrens 2
GGreen, LAA 1 Jeff Erickson 2
KYates, TB 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1 Jeff Erickson 1
CKnebel, Det 1 Lawr Michaels 12
RIbanez, KC 0 Chris Liss 0
KJohnson, Min 0 Steve Moyer 0
DRobertson, Tex 0 Rob Leibowitz 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

DKelly, Det Chris Liss 0
EBedard, TB Chris Liss 0
KCorreia, Min Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Colton/Wolf went full force after Huston Street and their one lagging category of saves. Few others with FAAB bothered to bid with the next highest bid being $35 allowing the first place team enough of a budget to still make key maneuvers the rest of the way. While Joe Smith has done a very impressive job as the Angel’s closer and does not deserve a promotion, the Angels did not give up their more advanced hitting prospect in Taylor Lindsey and others (though he projects as an Adam Kennedy type sans speed at best) in order for Street to be a setup man for Smith.

Todd's Take

What an odd few weeks as players of consequence have been available in AL-only leagues before the MLB trade deadline, forcing some interesting decisions if you don't need the player(s) available. If you need a stick, do you bid on Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel or Huston Street with the hope of dealing the arm for a bat? The problem with that thinking is the teams in needs of arms may not have the excess offense to deal for your new-found surplus in pitching.

Vickrey introduces an interesting twist and that's the ability to possibly deal the player for more FAAB than you had to pay after the Vickry reduction. The pieces have to align perfectly and it's even more of a risk to rely on this but it does make for an intriguing means of increasing your FAAB total to be in a better spot for the hitter you need if he crosses leagues.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

jvaldespin

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JValdespin, Mia 8 Phil Hertz 18 Tristan H. Cockcroft 7 Peter Kreutzer 0
KQuackenbush, SD 6 Todd Zola 8 Seth Trachtman 5 Phil Hertz 4
RCastillo, FA 1 Peter Kreutzer 5
JMarquis, Phi 1 Seth Trachtman 1
CNelson, SD 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
MDunn, Mia 0 Peter Kreutzer 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

KNegron, Cin Peter Kreutzer 0
DLutz, Cin Peter Kreutzer 0
JHughes, Pit Peter Kreutzer 0
CContreras, Cin Peter Kreutzer 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

Coming off the short week this time around, bidding was limited in NL Tout. Having several players coming off the disabled list, I was among those who sat out of the free agent market entirely this week.

With Rafael Furcal placed on the perpetually-disabled list, there should be at-bats in the Miami middle infield for Jordany Valdespin. Whether the former Met and his career .271 OBP can do anything with them is an open question. BaseballHQ’s Phil Hertz bid $18, reduced to $8 by Vickrey Rule.

Someone has to replace Huston Street as San Diego’s closer. Kevin Quackenbush was a somewhat popular target, going to Lord Zola for $6 versus his $8 bid. For what it is worth, Quackenbush pitched the final out of the eighth inning on Saturday, with veteran Blaine Boyer throwing the ninth in a game in which the Pads were up by six runs. In a tie game Sunday, Quackenbush again retired the final hitter in the eighth with Joaquin Benoit covering the ninth. Of course, there are rumors the latter could soon join Street on the road out of town.

Todd's Take

I'm not happy about it, it wasn't planned and it's bass ackwards to how I usually play but I have the second most FAAB as we approach the MLB trade deadline. Something curious is this is also the case in the NFBC NL-only auction and my team there is also struggling. After the season I plan on identifying the free agents I should have bid on and figure out why I didn't and make an objective decision if it was a mistake, or related to team construction etc. I don't want to make a knee-jerk reaction to a one-year flukey scenario, but it's odd I'm in the same situation in two different leagues.

With respect to my Quackenbush bid, I've come this far, I may as well protect my spot as the person that will be the second-most pissed when no one of consequence is dealt to the National League at the deadline. Had I been charged the full $8 FAAB, I'd still have the second most.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

everthcabrera

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ECabrera, SD 1 Nando DiFino 20
TWood, ChC 1 Patrick Davitt 3 Fred Zinkie 0
GSizemore, Phi 1 Scott Pianowski 2
WDavis, KC 1 Scott Pianowski 5 Scott Swanay 4
JValdespin, Mia 1 Paul Singman 2
ZPutnam, CWS 1 Paul Singman 6 Derek Van Riper 5 Tim Heaney 2
BreAnderson, Col 1 Scott Swanay 7
AHarang, Atl 1 Tim Heaney 3 Fred Zinkie 0
SGreene, NYY 1 Fred Zinkie 3 Tim Heaney 0 Al Melchior 0
JKelly, StL 1 Derek Van Riper 11 Fred Zinkie 0
MShoemaker, LAA 1 Al Melchior 6 Fred Zinkie 0
DSalazar, Cle 1 Fred Zinkie 6
KKendrick, Phi 0 Patrick Davitt 0
GKottaras, StL 0 Patrick Davitt 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

KHendricks, ChC Fred Zinkie 3
OArcia, Min Nando DiFino 2
VNuno, Ari Tim Heaney 1
JDiekman, Phi Paul Singman 1
AAmarista, SD Nando DiFino 0 Paul Singman 0
BPena, Cin Patrick Davitt 0
TFlowers, CWS Patrick Davitt 0
LMorrison, Sea Nando DiFino 0
KQuackenbush, SD Al Melchior 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Since this was the second FAAB run in the last four days, perhaps the Mixed Auction Touts were “FAABed out” and needed a break. Or perhaps there simply weren’t a lot of players to get excited about. Or perhaps it was a little bit of both. Anyway, none of the winning bids exceeded $1, with Zach Putnam and Shane Greene being the most sought after players, each garnering three bids.

Putnam earned the save for the White Sox on both Friday and Saturday, so maybe he’s the official closer now? Maybe, but maybe not. Before Sunday’s game, Robin Ventura stated that Putnam and Jake Petricka are the favorites to be used in the ninth inning, so I guess this whole situation will continue to be a mystery. Even if Paul Singman gets one save from Putnam, the $1 spent would be well worth it, but keep in mind that Matt Lindstrom is only a couple weeks away from returning.

Greene, who is in line for two starts this week, has been a pleasant surprise for the Yankees, and he’s fresh off a dominant outing against the Orioles just prior to the All-Star break. But his minor league numbers are nothing special, and the Rangers and Blue Jays aren’t exactly easy opponents. I cannot help but think that a Chase Whitley type of regression is in store.

Everth Cabrera, who was recently released for a FAAB rebate, garnered the highest bid, but somewhat surprisingly, Nando DiFino’s $20 bid went unopposed. So, Nando only needed to shell out $1 for a guy who could be a legitimate difference maker when he comes off the DL, which is expected to happen before the end of the month. Overall, it’s been a rough season for Everth, but he does have 13 steals in 80 games.

Todd's Take

I'm not sure if the results of this league show the beauty of Vickrey or the problem with it. The league was willing to spend a collective 74 FAAB units on 11 players but the way things fleshed out, the minimum $1 was all it required for all 11. DVR got Joe Kelly for $1 since the next bid was $0. This took him out of the running for Zach Putnam. Scott Swanay's $7 bid for Brett Anderson was uncontested so that was adjusted to $1 and took Scott out of the Davis bidding. Tim Heaney was willing to pay $3 for Aaron Harang but only had to pay $1 since the other bid was $0. This removed Tim from Putnam contention. The result was Scott Pianowski's $5 bid for Davis and Paul Singman's $6 claim for Putnam both went uncontested so they were reduced to $1. Every other player had no second bid or the bid was $0 so the Vickrey cost was $1.

On one hand, it just seems unfair that it was just plain dumb luck that some bids are reduced while some aren't. But on the other, non-Vickrey also features just plain dumb luck so it's more a matter of which kind of dumb luck you prefer. I need to think it through and find a more crystalized means of making my point before deciding which way I lean.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

benoitj

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JBenoit, SD 23 Nicholas Minnix 28 Adam Ronis 22 Perry Van Hook 11
Charlie Wiegert 9 Anthony Perri 8
CDickerson, Cle 3 Charlie Wiegert 9 Scott Engel 2 Perry Van Hook 0
EEscobar, Min 1 Tim McLeod 1 Perry Van Hook 1 Adam Ronis 0
GJones, Mia 1 Ray Murphy 1 Adam Ronis 0
ODespaigne, SD 1 Anthony Perri 6 Tom Kessenich 3
BMcCarthy, NYY 1 Charlie Wiegert 9
SGreene, NYY 1 Charlie Wiegert 9
EStults, SD 1 Tom Kessenich 3
JRutledge, Col 1 Perry Van Hook 1
JValdespin, Mia 0 Scott Engel 0
DNava, Bos 0 Adam Ronis 0 Perry Van Hook 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JPeavy, Bos Charlie Wiegert 9
JArencibia, Tex Charlie Wiegert 4
JSmolinksi, Tex Charlie Wiegert 3
BPena, Cin Charlie Wiegert 3
CHeisey, Cin Charlie Wiegert 3
EJackson, ChC Tom Kessenich 2
WVenable, SD Ray Murphy 0 Scott Engel 0
BRoberts, NYY Tim McLeod 0
CHart, Sea Adam Ronis 0
JBradley, Bos Ray Murphy 0
JSchoop, Bal Tim McLeod 0
JUribe, LAD Adam Ronis 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Remember those who tried to roster some cheap saves last week? Yes me with the winning Neftali Feliz bid of $0 and the fact that of the potential new closers Joaquin Benoit was already rostered. Well Benoit was also dropped last week so he was the flavor of the week Sunday with Huston Street moving from Low Cal to So Cal, Benoit fetched a $28 bid from Nick Minnix – Vickrey reduced to $23 to top the $22 effort from Adam Ronis.

I was well short with my $11 try on Benoit so I will reserve Feliz this week and hope Texas sends Joakim Soria to a different city. I had hoped that when I offered to trade Jimmy Rollins that Chris Owings would be back by now but his shoulder isn’t co-operating so I traded in Mike Aviles for Josh Rutledge for a dollar since the Rockies are home all week. It won’t hurt my outlook on the switch if Troy Tulowitzki has to rest his leg this week.

Todd's Take

I'm not going to publicly call anyone out but since this thought struck me while looking over the transactions in this league and I feel the advice is pertinent, I'll put it here. We're at the point of the season where category distribution is shaping up so specific stats may be more helpful that overall value in a vacuum. As you peruse the categories to see where you can gain or lose points, it helps to know how active the owners are especially if they're directly involved with the points in question. By looking at the free agent bidding and weekly lineup moves, you can see who has checked out for the season and factor that into your ability to gain or lose points.

 

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