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LABR FAAB Report; Week May 5 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 05 May 2014 20:19

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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

pearce

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Steve Pearce, BAL $11 Baseball HQ 11 Fangraphs 1 RotoWire 1
Aaron Loup, TOR 9 Baseball HQ 9 Fangraphs 7 SiriusXM 7
Colton & The Wolfman 3
Sean Rodriguez, TB 6 RotoWire 6 Baseball HQ 8 Mastersball 5
Colton & The Wolfman 2
Chris Getz, TOR $8 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 8 Baseball HQ 8 Mastersball 5
Colton & The Wolfman 2 Fangraphs 2
Hector Noesi, CWS $6 Fangraphs 6
Marwin Gonzalez, HOU $3 Mastersball 3
Erik Bedard, TB $3 SiriusXM 3 Fangraphs 3
Josh Wilson, TEX $2 USA TODAY Sports 2
Jose Ramirez, CLE 2 Fangraphs 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 8 Mastersball 2
Colton & The Wolfman 2 USA TODAY Sports 2 Fangraphs 1
Don Kelly, DET $1 Mastersball 1
Ronald Belisario, CWS $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Joba Chamberlain, DET $1 SiriusXM 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Luis Jimenez, LAA Baseball HQ 3
Joel Peralta, TB SiriusXM 1
Jason Frasor, TEX SiriusXM 1
Ian Krol, DET SiriusXM 1
Charlie Furbush, SEA SiriusXM 1
Andrew Miller, BOS SiriusXM 1
Adam Warren, NYY SiriusXM 1
Aaron Crow, KC SiriusXM 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

I was up to 60 points and about to break into the upper half of the league before injuries hit, losing David Freese as well as Adam Eaton. I can cover one of them with Anthony Gose who was recalled last week by Toronto but preferred to see if I couldn’t add more at bats with a free agent hitter so I bid five dollars on Tampa’s Sean Rodriguez who is a very productive part time player. For Freese’s spot I could move several players around so any middle infielder would also work and far more of them then eligible third sackers. Chris Getz was my first choice and I bid five dollars again followed by Marwin Gonzalez of Houston and Jose Ramirez of the White Sox. Unfortunately the Angels’ C.J. Cron was unavailable (drafted by the NFBC team as a reserve) or that would have been some bidding war. His teammate Grant Green was also owned.

Well I was outbid for Rodriguez by a dollar and had to settle for Don Kelly there for now. I was also outbid on Getz with NFBC winning him at $8 so settled for Marwin Gonzalez.

The interesting bidding war was for Toronto reliever Aaron Loup who has from now until Casey Jannsen returns from rehab to contribute some saves but three bidders at $7 were bested by Dave Adler, BBHQ who won Loup at $9. And Loup was Adler’s second highest bid – he won Baltimore 1B/UT Steve Pearce for $11 with only two one dollar underbids.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

olivo

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Miguel Olivo, LAD $9 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9 RotoWire - DVR 1
Ender Inciarte, ARI $5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Fantasy Insiders 1
Jeff Baker, MIA $2 ESPN - Karabell 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 RotoWire - DVR 1
Mike Dunn, MIA $2 USA TODAY Sports 2
Dale Thayer, SD $1 Mastersball 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Michael McKenry, COL $1 RotoWire - DVR 1
Alfredo Marte, ARI $1 RotoWire - DVR 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Chris Perez, LAD $1 RotoWire - DVR 1
Drew Butera, LAD $1 Sandlot Shrink 1
Zach Duke, MIL $1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Randal Grichuk, STL $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 RotoWire - DVR 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Josh Harrison, PIT NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Tony Watson, PIT USA TODAY Sports 1
Sam LeCure, CIN USA TODAY Sports 1
Rene Rivera, SD Sandlot Shrink 1
Pat Neshek, STL USA TODAY Sports 1
Juan Gutierrez, SF USA TODAY Sports 1
Jerry Blevins, WSH USA TODAY Sports 1
Jeremy Affeldt, SF USA TODAY Sports 1
Jeff Mathis, MIA RotoWire - DVR 1
Craig Stammen, WSH USA TODAY Sports 1
Charlie Culberson, COL RotoWire - DVR 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Caleb Gindl, MIL RotoWire - DVR 1
Anthony Varvaro, ATL USA TODAY Sports 1
Aaron Barrett, WSH USA TODAY Sports 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Looking for at-bats, Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius opened their wallets to the tune of $9, investing in new temporary Dodger catcher, Miguel Olivo. Olivo stands to get the bulk of playing time (do you really think Drew Butera should be a starter?) while A.J. Ellis recovers. The NFBC/STATS duo outbid just one other team and a $1 bid on the Olivo experiment.

As a side note, Bob Radomski from the Sandlot Shrink did grab Butera for a buck, so we shall see.

Shawn and Greg also shelled out $5 for Arizona flychaser Ender Inciarte, who was hitting .312-2-12 with seven swipes at Reno, but is likely a fourth outfielder at Chase. Two other teams lost on $1 bids for the rights to Inciarte.

One other transaction that proved interesting to me were the four attempts at the rights to utilityman Jeff Baker, whom Eric Karabell nabbed for $2, winning the battle of lower teams in fending off another $2 shot, and two $1 bids. What piqued me was I have Joaquin Arias at third, and replacing him with the equally limp hitting (.130-1-4) part-timer was the worst kind of attrition. In fact, I speculated in my KFFL piece of last Tuesday (http://www.kffl.com/a.php/135454/fantasy-baseball/Fantasy-Baseball-s-Tumbling-Dice--Fixing-a-Hole-) I noted there might even be logic to simply not replacing injured or traded if the exchange was a sub-.200 average.

We'll see redux.

As far as arms, Zach Duke ($1 to Steve Gardner and USA Today), Chris Perez ($1 to Derek Van Riper of Rotowire) were the familiar names purchased this cycle.

MIXED LEAGUE

bhicks

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Brandon Hicks, SF $5 USA TODAY Sports 5 KFFL.com 1
Tyler Thornburg, MIL $4 DFSEdge 4
Drew Storen, WSH $4 DFSEdge 4
C.J. Cron, LAA $4 MLB.com 4 Baseball HQ 4 Towers of Power 3
ESPN.com 2 Rotowire-Erickson 1 KFFL.com 1
Juan Lagares, NYM $4 RotoExperts 4 Bloomberg Sports 1
Sean Rodriguez, TB $3 Towers of Power 3
Samuel Deduno, MIN $3 KFFL.com 3
Ryan Vogelsong, SF $3 KFFL.com 3
Yusmeiro Petit, SF $2 Rotowire-Erickson 2
Brayan Pena, CIN $2 Rotowire-Erickson 2 ESPN.com 1
Dellin Betances, NYY $1 Baseball Prospectus 1
David DeJesus, TB $1 Bloomberg Sports 1 KFFL.com 3
Brandon Barnes, COL $1 Bloomberg Sports 1
Jordan Pacheco, COL $1 ESPN.com 1 Rotowire-Erickson 2 Towers of Power 2
Jordan Walden, ATL $1 Razzball 1
Ricky Nolasco, MIN $1 Mastersball 1
Jake Arrieta, CHC $1 ESPN.com 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Randal Grichuk, STL RotoExperts 1
Ian Stewart, LAA Baseball HQ 1
Tony Sanchez, PIT ESPN.com 1
Robinson Chirinos, TEX Rotowire-Erickson 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Not a whole lot in the name of impact players this week though I do find in interesing how the Mixed LABR bidding on C.J Cron compared to that of the Mixed Tout leagues. Cron wasn't even bid upon in the auction whereas he drew a lot of interest in the draft. However, it is important to remember ToutWars uses Vickrey bidding so perhaps those involved were a little more liberal. Cron is an interesting pick-up in mixed leagues as he can be anything from a platoon DH getting the at bats versus southpaws to displacing Rual Ibanez. In his favor is the fact he plays first base and is the most logical candidate be used there if Albert Pujols need some time at DH to keep his feet (and the rest of his body) healthy. I can see rolling the dice if you're desperate but there are corners with more stable playing time avavilable.

This was a good week if you need catching help as Brayan Pena is raking in Devin Mesoraco's stead while Jordan Pacheco will fill in for Wilin Rosario. It wouldn't surprise me if Pena continues to play a little more when Mesoraco returns.

My injured players are starting to get back but I still wanted an extra starter so I'm relying on Ricky Nolasco to pitch well at home when I need him in a pinch. In related news, I spent half of yesterday searching for a four-leaf clover with my unicorn.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 19:39
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of May 5 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 05 May 2014 11:25

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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

cron

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CCron, LAA 26 Ron Shandler 36 Jeff Erickson 25 Larry Schechter 17
Rob Leibowitz 16 Mike Podhorzer 4 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3
Andy Behrens 1 Steve Moyer 0
CGetz, Tor 20 Joe Sheehan 32 Larry Schechter 19 Mike Podhorzer 12
Chris Liss 4 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1 Steve Moyer 0
RRay, Det 7 Chris Liss 17 Rob Leibowitz 6
JoRamirez, Cle 7 Larry Schechter 18 Joe Sheehan 6 Jason Collette 2
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1 Mike Podhorzer 1 Steve Moyer 0
GGreen, LAA 4 Larry Schechter 16 Ron Shandler 7 Jason Collette 3
Joe Sheehan 2 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1 Mike Podhorzer 1
Chris Liss 0
ABass, Hou 4 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 12 Jason Collette 3 Jeff Erickson 0
DMcGowan, Tor 3 Lawr Michaels 4 Andy Behrens 2 Steve Moyer 0
DYoung, Bal 2 Jeff Erickson 3 Joe Sheehan 1 Mike Podhorzer 1
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0 Steve Moyer 0
JoWilson, Tex 2 Joe Sheehan 2 Mike Podhorzer 1
JJones, Sea 2 Joe Sheehan 4 Mike Podhorzer 1
LJimenez, LAA 1 Rob Leibowitz 9 Mike Podhorzer 0
JTomlin, Cle 1 Joe Sheehan 1
JThole, Tor 1 Larry Schechter 1
JChamberlain, Det 1 Jason Collette 2
JHapp, Tor 1 Jason Collette 4 Steve Moyer 0
ALoup, Tor 1 Jeff Erickson 5 Jason Collette 2 Steve Moyer 0
DSantana, Min 1 Lawr Michaels 4
AAlburquerque, Det 0 Andy Behrens 0 Steve Moyer 0
MGonzalez, Hou 0 Mike Podhorzer 0 Steve Moyer 0
AGose, Tor 0 Steve Moyer 0
ARienzo, CWS 0 Steve Moyer 0
TSipp, Hou 0 Steve Moyer 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

SPearce, Bal Joe Sheehan 2 Mike Podhorzer 0
JAguilar, Cle Ron Shandler 1
AWarren, NYY Steve Moyer 0
GKottaras, Cle Steve Moyer 0
FAbad, Oak Jeff Erickson 0 Lawr Michaels 0
JPeralta, TB Andy Behrens 0 Jason Collette 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

 It was only a matter of time before the Blue Jays handed over second base to Chris Getz. Actually it's impressive that they gave the job to Ryan Goins over Getz in the first place. That aside, Getz earned some aggressive bids given his new role and history of producing stolen bases. The former White Sox has not been able to hold down a starting job in either Chicago or Kansas City not because he isn't a disciplined hitter or a fair defender or because he can't make contact (career 11% strikeout rate), but because his contact is soft-contact which has rendered him a .250s hitter who can barely top a .300 OBP. The Blue Jays, however, do not have any other options to really fall back on, so Getz winners could despite all his shortcomings, could be the recipient of 10 to 20 steals. 

I felt I placed a fairly aggressive bid on the Angel's slugger, C.J. Cron. The former first round pick has excellent raw power and has impressively made contact at a fairly high rate at all levels of play and managed to hit for a reasonable batting average. That combination makes him a definite target in AL only leagues where Cron has a shot at pushing veteran Raul Ibanez for playing time. However, that strikeout rate has been inching up close to 20% of the time in Triple-A and given a rather aggressive, power-oriented, plate approach those strikeouts are only likely to rise in the majors. He's a high risk/high reward gambit.

Jose Ramirez, like Getz, got some love given his good speed skills and opportunity thanks to Jason Kipnis' injury that will keep him sidelined 2 to 3 weeks. Ramirez profiles best as a utility player long-term, but could be a starter in the right situation too. Ramirez controls the strike zone well, has high-digits HR power, and above average speed. A good audition here could make him  desirable trade bait for the Indians down the road.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

inciarte

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

EInciarte, Ari 12 Lenny Melnick  31 Phil Hertz 11 Derek Carty 2
Scott Wilderman 1 Todd Zola 1 Peter Kreutzer 0
CGindl, Mil 4 Phil Hertz 14 Scott Wilderman 3 Peter Kreutzer 0
Derek Carty 0 Todd Zola 0
ELucas, Mia 2 Steve Gardner 29 Phil Hertz 4 Todd Zola 1
Peter Kreutzer 0 Derek Carty 0
MOlivo, LAD 1 Derek Carty 3 Brian Walton 0
SSchumaker, Cin 1 Seth Trachtman 3 Phil Hertz 5 Brian Walton 0
Todd Zola 0
CFiggins, LAD 1 Scott Wilderman 1
DBarney, ChC 1 Derek Carty 4 Scott Wilderman 0 Seth Trachtman 0
AlMarte, Ari 1 Phil Hertz 11 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Derek Carty 0
JValverde, NYM 1 Mike Gianella 2
JVeras, ChC 1 Phil Hertz 3
KGregg, ChC 1 Lenny Melnick  9
HBell, TB 1 Lenny Melnick  9
GGermen, NYM 0 Brian Walton 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Todd Zola 0
CCulberson, Col 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Seth Trachtman 0
TGwynn, Phi 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
RJohnson, Mia 0 Derek Carty 0 Scott Wilderman 1 Peter Kreutzer 0
MMcKenry, Col 0 Scott Wilderman 0
ATorres, SD 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Todd Zola 0
BZiegler, Ari 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
JAffeldt, SF 0 Todd Zola 0
CCoghlan, ChC 0 Todd Zola 0
JSatin, NYM 0 Derek Carty 2 Todd Zola 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

GGarcia, StL Phil Hertz 5 Derek Carty 0
JMachi, SF Mike Gianella 2 Todd Zola 0
CPerez, LAD Lenny Melnick  2 Mike Gianella 2
JHarrison, Pit Scott Wilderman 1 Peter Kreutzer 0 Derek Carty 0
KSiegrist, StL Peter Kreutzer 0 Brian Walton 0 Todd Zola 0
RWheeler, Col Phil Hertz 0 Derek Carty 0
BMorris, Pit Peter Kreutzer 0 Todd Zola 0
RChoate, StL Todd Zola 0 Phil Hertz 3
JArias, SF Seth Trachtman 0
XNady, SD Peter Kreutzer 0
ZDuke, Mil Peter Kreutzer 0
CBarmes, Pit Derek Carty 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

The big news in the National League this past weekend is trips to the disabled list for two prominent outfielders, Ryan Braun and Jay Bruce. Players in line to receive additional at-bats were scooped up this week. BaseballHQ's Phil Hertz was willing to go up to $14 to acquire Milwaukee's Caleb Gindl, but $4 was all it required. Cincinnati's Skip Schumaker, just off the DL himself, went to Seth Trachtman of Sporting News for a buck. 

Two other players went for crooked number amounts this week. Aggressive competition for Arizona outfielder Ender Inciarte drove the price up to $12 for league leader Lenny Melnick. While there may be at-bats available while Mark Trumbo is out, Inciarte does not have a lot of pop. He does have 96 stolen bases in the minors since the start of the 2012 season, however, which helps to explain the interest level. Fellow Snakes outfielder Alfredo Marte went to Hertz for just $1.

USA TODAY's Steve Gardner wanted Miami's Ed Lucas badly enough to bid $29, probably knowing he would end up having to pay around the $2 it actually required. Lucas, just off the DL, should serve as a utility man for the Fish.

An interesting dollar acquisition is deposed Mets closer Jose Valverde by Baseball Prospectus' Mike Gianella. Could the job come back around to Papa Grande? After all, Kyle Farnsworth is being Kyle Farnsworth. I made a speculative $0 play on another New York bullpenner, Gonzalez Germen. I saw the right-hander pitch in person recently and was impressed.

Melnick is busy scooping up unemployed closers, paying a buck each for Heath Bell, dropped by the Rays, and free agent Kevin Gregg, late of the Cubs. Both must be active this week but to accrue any stats, must join an NL club. A few weeks earlier, Melnick stashed away Joel Hanrahan, only to see him sign with Detroit.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

heisey

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CHeisey, Cin 13 Cory Schwartz 35 Tim Heaney 12 Scott Pianowski 5
Paul Singman 5
RElias, Sea 12 Scott Pianowski 22 Eric Mack 11 Tim Heaney 7
Zach Steinhorn 6
TKoehler, Mia 5 Zach Steinhorn 6 Tim Heaney 4
BPena, Cin 3 Tim Heaney 3 Cory Schwartz 2
JPacheco, Col 1 Cory Schwartz 2
CQualls, Hou 1 Ray Flowers 3
GGreen, LAA 1 Ray Flowers 6
RVogelsong, SF 1 Tim Heaney 3
BHicks, SF 1 Tim Heaney 5
JChacin, Col 1 Scott Swanay 13
JDeLaRosa, Col 1 Scott Swanay 13
JArrieta, ChC 1 Derek Van Riper 5
GFloyd, Atl 1 Derek Van Riper 5
RRay, Det 1 Fred Zinkie 3
JPeterson, SD 1 Eric Mack 5

UNAWARDED BIDS

BCecil, Tor Scott Pianowski 6
DDeJesus, TB Tim Heaney 5
BRoberts, NYY Tim Heaney 5 Ray Flowers 3
RHanigan, TB Ray Flowers 3 Cory Schwartz 0
KKendrick, Phi Zach Steinhorn 3
JDanks, CWS Zach Steinhorn 3
JFrancisco, Tor Tim Heaney 3
ALoup, Tor Ray Flowers 3
CAsche, Phi Cory Schwartz 3
BCrawford, SF Ray Flowers 3
CMcGehee, Mia Ray Flowers 3
JMachi, SF Scott Pianowski 2
BZiegler, Ari Scott Swanay 2
JTazawa, Bos Scott Swanay 2 Scott Pianowski 1
NVincent, SD Scott Swanay 2
TThornburg, Mil Scott Swanay 2
JGuthrie, KC Derek Van Riper 1
MGonzalez, Bal Derek Van Riper 1
YPetit, SF Derek Van Riper 1
EStults, SD Derek Van Riper 1
HConger, LAA Cory Schwartz 0
JArias, SF Nando DiFino 0
JLobaton, Was Cory Schwartz 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

With Jay Bruce set to undergo knee surgery that will sideline him for at least 3-4 weeks, Chris Heisey is now locked in for everyday at-bats, and considering his power potential as a full-time player, the 29-year-old outfielder immediately becomes mixed league relevant. But after slugging 18 homers in just 279 at-bats back in 2011, Heisey managed a mere 16 homers in 2012 and 2013 combined. Plus, he’s a career .226 hitter versus lefties, so whether the increased playing time will lead to better overall production or simply further expose his weaknesses remains to be seen.

Roenis Elias boasts a 3.09 ERA through six starts this season, is fresh off a dominant 10-strikeout performance against the Yankees and is in line for a two-start week, so I had a feeling that my $6 bid was not going to be enough to land him. And I was right. But there are two main reasons why I wasn’t willing to bid any higher. First, I need to see more than six career starts before significantly investing in a starting pitcher who wasn’t exactly an elite prospect. But more importantly, one of Elias’ starts this week will come against the A’s, a club that ranks 4th in the Majors in runs scored.

Considering the .217 BABIP and mediocre 24-to-16 K/BB ratio over 37 1/3 innings, the Tom Koehler magic is bound to run out at some point. But at home against the Mets? I’m hoping that the magic can last for at least one more start. Although the Amazins are a middle of the pack team when it comes to runs scored, they rank 28th in the Majors in batting average (.230) and are tied for 27th in homers (18).

And Tim Heaney thought highly enough of Koehler to place a $4 bid on him, which reassures me that I’m not crazy!

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

msaunders

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CCron, LAA 12 Scott Engel 14 Adam Ronis 11 Tim McLeod 11
Greg Ambrosius 5 Nicholas Minnix 3
MSaunders, Sea 8 Ray Murphy 8 Adam Ronis 7 Nicholas Minnix 6
RElias, Sea 4 Charlie Wiegert 9 Perry Van Hook 3 Paul Greco 3
Adam Ronis 2 Eno Sarris 2 Tom Kessenich 2
Anthony Perri 1
CHeisey, Cin 4 Grey Albright 16 Adam Ronis 3
BMcCarthy, Ari 3 Nicholas Minnix 6 Charlie Wiegert 3 Greg Ambrosius 2
Adam Ronis 2 Anthony Perri 1 Scott Engel 1
RKalish, ChC 1 Eno Sarris 1
ALoup, Tor 1 Eno Sarris 11 Grey Albright 1
JDeLaRosa, Col 1 Anthony Perri 2 Eno Sarris 1 Scott Engel 1
JArrieta, ChC 1 Scott Engel 1
MAviles, Cle 1 Adam Ronis 4
SDelabar, Tor 1 Grey Albright 1
ZCozart, Cin 1 Grey Albright 2
DDuffy, KC 1 Perry Van Hook 1
RRay, Det 1 Perry Van Hook 2
JLyles, Col 1 Tom Kessenich 4 Perry Van Hook 0
DPhelps, NYY 1 Paul Greco 3
BCrawford, SF 1 Greg Ambrosius 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

JNicasio, Col Charlie Wiegert 3
CGetz, Tor Grey Albright 2 Adam Ronis 0
GGreen, LAA Grey Albright 2 Ray Murphy 1 Adam Ronis 0
YEscobar, TB Adam Ronis 2
JGomes, Bos Greg Ambrosius 2
ABass, Hou Eno Sarris 2
BHicks, SF Scott Engel 1 Adam Ronis 0
IStewart, LAA Ray Murphy 1
CRamos, TB Perry Van Hook 1
TLyons, StL Perry Van Hook 1
BCecil, Tor Grey Albright 1
JWalden, Atl Grey Albright 1
SCarroll, CWS Charlie Wiegert 1
UJimenez, Bal Anthony Perri 1
DDietrich, Mia Adam Ronis 1
JoRamirez, Cle Adam Ronis 1
LValbuena, ChC Adam Ronis 1
GBeckham, CWS Adam Ronis 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

In the TOUT Mixed Draft League I lost another two players to the DL late in the week – SP Hyun-Jin Ryu and OF Adam Eaton. I could replace Eaton for Sunday’s game but had no extra RP to cover Ryu for a few days.

So first priority in FAAB was to find a starter to replace Ryu and my first choice was Seattle’s Roenis Elias who has a two start week coming up. I ventured three dollars and then added several starters I might get for a dollar if I missed on Elias.

I also wanted to put Wade Miley on reserve next week with just one start in US Cellular Field facing the White Sox and since you can bid on minor leaguers (bids must be at least one dollar) I tried to get Detroit’s Robbie Ray who is scheduled to be called up for a two start week for two dollars. Below Ray I bid zero units on several other acceptable starters.

I expected C.J. Cron the Angels’ top prospect to garner more bidding but those who bid were quite closer – two $11 underbids losing to Scott Engel’s $14 bid, Vickrey reduced to $12.

I was pipped at $4 on Elias by Charlie Wiegert but won my second choice Danny Duffy at a dollar and also won Ray for one dollar. Let’s hope they pitch as well as I think they are capable of this week as I can move up from 5th place on a good week.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 05 May 2014 14:17
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of April 28 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 28 April 2014 13:45

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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

mchugh

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Collin McHugh, HOU $15 Yahoo! Sports 15 Mastersball 11 RotoWire 9
USA TODAY Sports 6 Fangraphs 6 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Andre Rienzo, CWS $7 Mastersball 7 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Raul Valdes, HOU $4 SiriusXM 4
Alex Presley, HOU $3 Fangraphs 3
Fernando Salas, LAA $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Fangraphs 1
Dan Otero, OAK $1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Eduardo Escobar, MIN $1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Kevin Jepsen, LAA $1 Fangraphs 1
J.R. Murphy, NYY $1 ESPN 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Ronald Belisario, CWS NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Marc Rzepczynski, CLE USA TODAY Sports 1
Jonathan Herrera, BOS Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Fernando Abad, OAK USA TODAY Sports 1
Don Kelly, DET Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Adam Warren, NYY USA TODAY Sports 1
Aaron Crow, KC USA TODAY Sports 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Well the Erik Bedard tryout ended quickly so I tried this week to add a better starting pitcher and put $11 on Houston’s Collin McHugh who has been tremendous in his first two starts and gets the struggling Mariners at home on Sunday or $7 on the White Sox Andre Rienzo who does have a decent two start week against Tampa Bay and Cleveland.

My bid on McHugh was the highest underbid, but Brandon Funston won the Houston starter for $15. I did win Rienzo so hopefully Jose Abreu can give him enough runs.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

jacepeterson

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jace Peterson, SD $5 Colton & The Wolfman 5 ESPN - Karabell 1
Bobby Abreu, NYM $3 Fantasy Insiders 3 ESPN - Karabell 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Michael Bolsinger, ARI $3 Sandlot Shrink 3
Tony Sanchez, PIT $2 Inside Edge 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Tyler Lyons, STL $1 Baseball HQ 1 Inside Edge 1 Sandlot Shrink 1
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Zach Walters, WSH $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Brandon Cumpton, PIT $1 Baseball HQ 1 Inside Edge 1 Sandlot Shrink 1
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Jean Machi, SF $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Daisuke Matsuzaka, NYM $1 Inside Edge 1 Sandlot Shrink 1 Baseball HQ 1
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Sean Marshall, CIN Colton & The Wolfman 1
Sandy Leon, WSH Inside Edge 1
Jeff Mathis, MIA Inside Edge 1
Zach Duke, MIL Sandlot Shrink 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Leading the cluster of FAAB claims for this week in the National League LABR was the first trade of the season.

The participants were Rotowire's Derek Van Riper, and yours truly.

As I noted in my KFFL piece of last week, I have the best pitching, but the weakest hitting in the league, and part of my hitting problem is rooted in simply getting around 30-40 fewer at-bats than all the other teams. So, with Cole Hamels coming off the DL, I offered one of my starters for a full time hitter.

So, I traded DVR Jordan Zimmerman and Jacob Turner for Aaron Hill and Carter Capps.

Hopefully this will be a tonic for both our teams.

On the FAAB side, Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton dropped $5 for the rights to San Diego middle infielder Jace Peterson (there was on challenging $1 bid) and also nabbed Jean Machi for a dollar during the week their red-hot team moved to the top of standings/

Fantasy Insiders and Derek Carty spent next, grabbing now Met vet Bobby Abreu for $3, out-financing a couple of $1 attempts at the prize.

Sandlot Shrink's Bob Radomski also spent $3 for San Diego hurler Michael Bolsinger trying to give his squad a shot in the arm.

Finally, Steve Moyer and the Inside Edge went in search of saves shelling out $2 a buck for Daisuke Matsuzaka. Oddly, being the lowest in the standings was the decider, as three other teams had the same plan, only without that ironic success.

MIXED LEAGUE

dicek

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Joe Smith, LAA $15 Rotowire-Erickson 15 Fangraphs 13
RotoExperts 9 KFFL.com 6
MLB.com 3
Phil Hughes, MIN $6 Baseball HQ 6 Towers of Power Baseball Hour 2 Mastersball 2
Juan Francisco, TOR $6 KFFL.com 6 Rotowire-Colton 5 Razzball 2
Craig Gentry, OAK $5 Towers of Power Baseball Hour 5 USA TODAY Sports 4 Baseball Prospectus 1
Rotowire-Colton 1
Daisuke Matsuzaka, NYM $4 Mastersball 4 KFFL.com 3 Rotowire-Colton 2
David Phelps, NYY $4 Towers of Power Baseball Hour 4
Nate McLouth, WSH $3 Fangraphs 3 Baseball Prospectus 3
Collin McHugh, HOU $2 USA TODAY Sports 2 Rotowire-Erickson 1 Bloomberg Sports 1
Mastersball 2
Danny Duffy, KC $1 Baseball HQ 1
Jon Jay, STL $1 Baseball Prospectus 1
Tyler Lyons, STL $1 Razzball 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE $1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Sam Fuld, MIN $1 Towers of Power Baseball Hour 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Ian Stewart, LAA KFFL.com 4 USA TODAY Sports 1
Cesar Ramos, TB USA TODAY Sports 1
Jeremy Guthrie, KC Mastersball 1
Jordan Walden, ATL Baseball HQ 1
Junichi Tazawa, BOS Mastersball 1
Michael Saunders, SEA Baseball Prospectus 1
Nick Vincent, SD Mastersball 1
Ryan Vogelsong, SF Rotowire-Erickson 1 Mastersball 1
Tyler Chatwood, COL Rotowire-Erickson 1
Vidal Nuno, NYY Rotowire-Erickson 1
Wade Davis, KC Towers of Power Baseball Hour 1 Baseball HQ 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Oy vey. First he was Dice-K. Then he became Dice-BB. Now? Introducing Dice-SV. Well, I least I hope so anyway. While I have a rather ample gut, I don't often use it strategically. I don't know, I just have this weird feeling Matsuzaka is going to emerge from the Mets' bullpen as the regular closer.

Now you know why I don't rely on my gut very often.

But, my squad has been so injury-riddled that I'm going to need some help and if I have a closer to spare, I may be able to swing a deal to make up some ground.

One tenet of fantasy baseball is to wait on pitching in your draft/auction since arms will be available in-season. This week's pick-ups are going to put that to the test as Phil Hughes, Collin McHugh, Tyler Lyons and Danny Duffy were all acquired. Of the group, McHugh is most intriguing to me. Sure, regression will rear its ugly head but the fall may not be as steep as some may suggest. I said in the spring that I'll use Hughes at home and with Minnesota's offense scoring more runs than expected, he makes for a sneaky streaming option.

The more I think about Juan Francisco, the more I wonder if he can at least partially follow the path of Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion -- increase contact and let his plus power rack up the homers. I think he's a great gamble while Adam Lind is out. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 21:29
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of April 28 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 28 April 2014 08:14

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

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

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

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

*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

mchugh

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CMcHugh, Hou 8 Ron Shandler 12 Jeff Erickson 7 Rob Leibowitz 7
Lawr Michaels 7 Jason Collette 6 Chris Liss 5
Steve Moyer 0
JDMartinez, Det 6 Rob Leibowitz 7 Andy Behrens 5 Mike Podhorzer 4
JWeeks, Bal 3 Mike Podhorzer 3 Jeff Erickson 7 Jason Collette 3
EEscobar, Min 1 Jeff Erickson 7 Mike Podhorzer 0
WBloomquist, Sea 1 Jason Collette 1 Rob Leibowitz 0
SCarroll, CWS 1 Jason Collette 4
RValdes, Hou 1 Steve Moyer 3
CQualls, Hou 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6
BShaw, Cle 0 Ron Shandler 0
BCecil, Tor 0 Mike Podhorzer 0 Lawr Michaels 0 Ron Shandler 0
DDeLaRosa, LAA 0 Chris Liss 0
JDiaz, Tor 0 Mike Podhorzer 0
AOgando, Tex 0 Rob Leibowitz 0 Lawr Michaels 0 Jason Collette 0
MSierra, Tor 0 Rob Leibowitz 0
ACrow, KC 0 Lawr Michaels 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JoWilson, Tex Mike Podhorzer 1
JOviedo, TB Jason Collette 1
ARienzo, CWS Steve Moyer 0
AMiller, Bos Ron Shandler 0
AWarren, NYY Ron Shandler 0
BGomes, TB Ron Shandler 0
FSalas, LAA Ron Shandler 0
JPeralta, TB Rob Leibowitz 0
JChamberlain, Det Mike Podhorzer 0
KJepsen, LAA Mike Podhorzer 0
MGonzalez, Hou Mike Podhorzer 0
MRzepczynski, Cle Lawr Michaels 0
JStinson, Bal Jason Collette 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

My most significant move of the week will be reclaiming A.J. Griffin's salary as FAAB. Meanwhile it's the endless search for at bats and innings with three spots on my roster in need of mending. I lost out on former Met Collin McHugh. I think he has a shot of being the next Dillon Gee and maybe a career as a number 4 or 5 starter. He's likely to be overpriced on the basis of one start. I settled for Alexi Ogando who I hope holds the fort until a better starting pitcher becomes available or perhaps until Ogando himself returns to the rotation.

For at bats, I'm, taking a chance J.D. Martinez can pick up some playing time in a potent Tiger lineup. Though I don't expect much, his previous MLB experience offers a glimmer of hope which is better than most of the rest of the weak agent pool.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

cumpton

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

BCumpton, Pit 9 Zola 9 Gene McCaffrey 9 Tristan H. Cockcroft 5
Peter Kreutzer 3 Brian Walton 1
JPeterson, SD 9 Tristan H. Cockcroft 9 Phil Hertz 8 Peter Kreutzer 2
Scott Wilderman 2 Derek Carty 0
DMatsuzaka, NYM 7 Gene McCaffrey 7 Phil Hertz 7 Tristan H. Cockcroft 4
Peter Kreutzer 3 Brian Walton 1 Mike Gianella 0
JBianchi, Mil 1 Brian Walton 1 Steve Gardner 4 Todd Zola 0
FMorales, Col 1 Brian Walton 2
RGrichuk, StL 1 Brian Walton 2
MEllis, StL 1 Phil Hertz 1 Steve Gardner 4 Gene McCaffrey 0
Brian Walton 0 Derek Carty 0
MWisler, SD 1 Mike Gianella 6
NSoto, Cin 1 Steve Gardner 13 Gene McCaffrey 2
TMoore, Was 1 Gene McCaffrey 2 Scott Wilderman 0
JHarrison, Pit 1 Scott Wilderman 2 Gene McCaffrey 0 Derek Carty 0
MMaldonado, Mil 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
DThayer, SD 0 McCaffrey 0
RRivera, SD 0 Phil Hertz 0
ARamos, Mia 0 Phil Hertz 0
RKieschnick, Ari 0 Derek Carty 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JArias, SF Steve Gardner 4 Derek Carty 0
ATorres, SD Phil Hertz 0
BZiegler, Ari Todd Zola 0
CBarmes, Pit Derek Carty 0
DButera, LAD Phil Hertz 0
GDobbs, Mia Steve Gardner 0
GLaird, Atl Phil Hertz 0
JAffeldt, SF Gene McCaffrey 0
JBaker, ChC Phil Hertz 0
JBlevins, Was Phil Hertz 0
JGutierrez, SF Gene McCaffrey 0
JMachi, SF Gene McCaffrey 0 Todd Zola 0
JMathis, Mia Phil Hertz 0
JSatin, NYM Gene McCaffrey 0 Brian Walton 0
TBarnhart, Cin Phil Hertz 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

A pair of pitching free agents drew considerable bidding action as well two of the three winning crooked number bids in NL Tout this week. One is a relatively new name, while the other is a retread in a new role.

Lord Zola is the new owner of Pittsburgh right-hander Brandon Cumpton. The 25-year-old drew attention with a two-run outing over seven innings against the Reds last Wednesday. Cumpton impressed in five fill-in starts in 2013 and has stepped in this time for Wandy Rodriguez (knee).

To say Daisuke Matsuzaka is post-hype is putting it mildly. Without a job this spring, the high-mileage Japanese import had to open the season in Triple-A. That changed when the chaos that is known as the Mets bullpen first tried Jose Valverde and has now turned to Kyle Farnsworth.

There could be many reasons for the spirited bidding that ended with Dice-K landing on Wise Guy Baseball Gene McCaffrey's roster for $7. One is that Matsuzaka collected a save this past week. Another is that manager Terry Collins expressed confidence in his hurler's ability to pitch consecutive days and close if needed. The other is a general and well-placed worry about Farnsworth.

The third big-money bid was $9 on shortstop prospect Jace Peterson of San Diego. Two-time league champion Tristan H. Cockcroft of ESPN is the winning owner. Peterson is expected to play third while Chase Headley is out, though word is that may not be more than the mandatory 15-day minimum. On the other hand, news that shortstop Everth Cabrera has been suiting up with an injured knee could come into play as well.

I made a trio of $1 flyers. Franklin Morales has made more good than bad starts for the Rockies this season, but is that really enough? Needing a corner-eligible infielder to plug in for Headley, I added Milwaukee's Jeff Bianchi, assured of regular playing time at short while Jean Segura is out.

My final addition is a Monday call-up by the Cardinals. Outfielder Randal Grichuk has some power and with both Jon Jay and Peter Bourjos struggling in centerfield, the former Angels' first-rounder has an opportunity to step in.

Speaking of which, BaseballHQ's Phil Hertz picked up Cardinals second baseman Mark Ellis for a buck. Though the veteran is batting just .100, he is expected to play most days now that rookie Kolten Wong has been sent back to Triple-A.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

hectorrondon

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JSmith, LAA 50 Paul Singman 86 Patrick Davitt 49 Zach Steinhorn 29
Al Melchior 27 Cory Schwartz 21 Tim Heaney 12
Ray Flowers 11
HRondon, ChC 13 Ray Guilfoyle 20 Tim Heaney 12 Ray Flowers 4
RRoss, Tex 9 Al Melchior 25 Nando DiFino 8 Tim Heaney 6
Ray Guilfoyle 4
DMatsuzaka, NYM 8 Al Melchior 9 Tim Heaney 7 Scott Pianowski 7
Ray Flowers 4
MStroman, Tor 7 Ray Flowers 9 Paul Singman 8 Tim Heaney 6
Zach Steinhorn 3
TBauer, Cle 4 Ray Flowers 4 Tim Heaney 3
DFarquhar, Sea 1 Tim Heaney 6 Ray Flowers 3
KSuzuki, Min 1 Eric Mack 1 Tim Heaney 1 Ray Flowers 1
CDenorfia, SD 1 Cory Schwartz 2 Ray Guilfoyle 3 Ray Flowers 1
BPeacock, Hou 1 Nando DiFino 7
YAlonso, SD 1 Nando DiFino 18
APollock, Ari 1 Scott Pianowski 5 Ray Guilfoyle 6
RChirinos, Tex 1 Tim Heaney 2
TLyons, StL 1 Fred Zinkie 2
MHarrison, Tex 1 Eric Mack 18 Ray Guilfoyle 4
NMcLouth, Was 1 Ray Guilfoyle 12
NCotts, Tex 0 Patrick Davitt 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JLyles, Col Eric Mack 3
RValdes, Hou Ray Flowers 3
JDanks, CWS Ray Flowers 3
AOttavino, Col Ray Flowers 2 Ray Guilfoyle 1
TSanchez, Pit Tim Heaney 2
HConger, LAA Tim Heaney 2 Eric Mack 0
RHanigan, TB Tim Heaney 1 Eric Mack 1
TCampana, Ari Ray Guilfoyle 1
TWatson, Pit Ray Flowers 1
JMcGee, TB Ray Flowers 1
GBeckham, CWS Ray Flowers 1 Patrick Davitt 0
BRoberts, NYY Ray Flowers 1
BCrawford, SF Ray Flowers 1
ARomine, Det Ray Flowers 1
BPena, Cin Tim Heaney 0
RDoumit, Atl Eric Mack 0
NHundley, SD Eric Mack 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

What a surprise, closers once again headlined this week’s list of FAAB purchases. In my two-plus seasons participating in Tout, I’m pretty sure that no one has spent 50 dollars on any one player, at least not in April. And here I was thinking that my $29 bid on Joe Smith might be enough to land him. But with the now demoted Ernesto Frieri being one of Paul Singman’s two closers, it made perfect sense why he went hard after Frieri’s replacement. Although he has never seen time in the closer role, Smith has been a highly effective big league reliever for quite some time now, boasting a career 2.99 ERA over 450 appearances, so there’s a good chance that he will make a smooth transition. But there’s also a strong possibility that the Angels will eventually turn back to Frieri once he shakes off his early-season struggles. But since Singman now owns both pitchers, he won’t have to worry about any of this.

You know that waiver wire saves are at a premium when someone who hasn’t even been named the closer fetches a $20 bid. But after pitching a scoreless ninth inning in a 4-0 Cubs victory on Sunday, lowering his season ERA to 0.73 in the process, it sure seems like Hector Rondon has officially pulled ahead of Pedro Strop in the bullpen pecking order, so $13 might not be so outlandish after all.

As a Kyle Farnsworth owner, I considered placing a bid on Daisuke Matsuzaka, and being that Farnsworth has allowed runs in back-to-back outings, maybe I should have. But that whole Mets closer situation is messy and I would not have topped Al Melchior’s $9 bid anyway, so no big deal.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

joe_smith

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JSmith, LAA 22 Tim McLeod 28 Eno Sarris 21 Tom Kessenich 13
Nicholas Minnix 11 Grey Albright 11 Perry Van Hook 11
Charlie Wiegert 8 Adam Ronis 8 Ray Murphy 6
Anthony Perri 2
NMcLouth, Was 8 Grey Albright 11 Tom Kessenich 7 Adam Ronis 3
CMcHugh, Hou 5 Grey Albright 12 Perry Van Hook 4 Scott Engel 2
Paul Greco 1
DMatsuzaka, NYM 4 Tim McLeod 12 Scott Engel 3 Adam Ronis 1
Anthony Perri 1 Eno Sarris 1
HRondon, ChC 3 Adam Ronis 8 Grey Albright 9 Tim McLeod 7
Perry Van Hook 2
MHarrison, Tex 3 Paul Greco 6 Tim McLeod 4 Tim McLeod 4
Adam Ronis 3 Perry Van Hook 2
TKoehler, Mia 2 Greg Ambrosius 7 Perry Van Hook 1
CDickerson, Col 1 Scott Engel 3 Adam Ronis 3
MKohn, LAA 1 Eno Sarris 2
MBolsinger, Ari 1 Perry Van Hook 1 Grey Albright 6
BPena, Cin 1 Perry Van Hook 3 Ray Murphy 0
JPacheco, Col 1 Perry Van Hook 3
EStults, SD 1 Grey Albright 2
FMorales, Col 1 Anthony Perri 3
JPeterson, SD 1 Anthony Perri 2
RHanigan, TB 1 Ray Murphy 1 Perry Van Hook 1
BRoberts, NYY 1 Ray Murphy 1
KKendrick, Phi 1 Greg Ambrosius 6

UNAWARDED BIDS

BMcCarthy, Ari Greg Ambrosius 5
JDeLaRosa, Col Greg Ambrosius 4
MSaunders, Sea Adam Ronis 3
JDyson, KC Grey Albright 3 Scott Engel 2
AAmarista, SD Perry Van Hook 1
TSanchez, Pit Perry Van Hook 1
CYoung, Sea Grey Albright 1
FSalas, LAA Eno Sarris 1
GBeckham, CWS Ray Murphy 1
HConger, LAA Perry Van Hook 1
MAviles, Cle Perry Van Hook 1
NHundley, SD Ray Murphy 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

With two more players – 1B Mark Trumbo and C Russell Martin landing on the DL this week I needed to find replacements for those positions. And with the talented but inconsistent Brett Oberholtzer facing the Nationals this week I wanted to add another temporary closer or find a better matchup starter for this week.

I got all three replacements for one dollar, my $3 bid on Brayan Pena reduced; the same with my CI as Jordan Pacheco was $3>1; and on the pitcher list I didn’t bid nearly high enough for Joe Smith (went for $22) or Hector Rondon (went for $3 but on $8 bid) or the sparkling SP as Collin McHugh went for $5 (reduced from $12 bid), so I got Mike Bolsinger for $1.

Tim McLeod, RotoRob, was the Joe Smith winner at $22 having to top Eno Sarris (Fangraphs) bid of $21, but Tim saved some from his $28 bid.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 April 2014 11:19
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of April 21 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 April 2014 11:30

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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

juanfrancisco

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Juan Francisco, TOR 28 Fangraphs-Nick 28 SiriusXM 11 Baseball HQ 6
Colton & The Wolfman 5
Brennan Boesch, LAA 7 Fangraphs 7 SiriusXM 2
Vidal Nuno, NYY 7 RotoWire 7 Mastersball 7 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7
Sean Rodriguez, TB 6 Fangraphs 6 SiriusXM 2 RotoWire 1
Wade Davis, KC 4 Yahoo! Sports 4 SiriusXM 3
Andrew Romine, DET 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 SiriusXM 2
Justin Maxwell, KC 3 SiriusXM 3 Fangraphs 3 RotoWire 1
Erik Bedard, TB 2 Mastersball 2 SiriusXM 1
Josh Thole, TOR 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Maikel Cleto, CWS 1 Fangraphs-Nick 1 SiriusXM 1
Michael Tonkin, MIN 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Tyler Collins, DET 1 RotoWire 1
Michael Kohn, LAA 1 SiriusXM 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Don Kelly, DET SiriusXM 3
Darin Mastroianni, MIN Fangraphs 2 SiriusXM 1
Brock Holt, BOS SiriusXM 2
Carlos Corporan, HOU Colton & The Wolfman 1 SiriusXM 1
Chris Herrmann, MIN Colton & The Wolfman 1 Fangraphs 1
Jose Molina, TB Colton & The Wolfman 1 SiriusXM 1
JR Murphy, NYY Colton & The Wolfman 1
Aaron Loup, TOR SiriusXM 1
Andrew Miller, BOS SiriusXM 1
Chris Herrmann, MIN SiriusXM 1
Dan Otero, OAK SiriusXM 1
Heath Bell, TB SiriusXM 1
Joba Chamberlain, DET SiriusXM 1
Jonathan Diaz, TOR SiriusXM 1
Brock Holt, BOS KFFL.com 1
James Jones, SEA Fangraphs 1
Scott Atchison, CLE SiriusXM 1
Scott Sizemore, NYY SiriusXM 1
Willie Bloomquist, SEA SiriusXM 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Fortunately for my team Alex Gonzalez got dumped by the Tigers the same weekend that Mark Teixeira came off the DL so that was an easy swap and a good thing because there aren’t many hitters you would want to add at this point in the season.

But there are always pitchers and I decided to take advantage of my reservable Matt Lindstrom to try and add the new Yankee starter Vidal Nuno for $7 with a two dollar underbid for Erik Bedard. If I win one I can audition them and if not I can activate David Robertson a few days early. I mentioned the value of reservable players – especially pitchers in my auction write up and we see it in play here.

I tied with two teams on the Nuno bid so Chris Liss of Rotowire, lower in the standings gets Nuno and I got Bedard for two – he has one start this week to prove he is worth a spot.

KFFL was the high bid of the week landing 1B/3B Juan Francisco now with the Toronto Blue Jays.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

germen

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Gonzalez Germen, NYM 6 Colton & The Wolfman 6 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, NYM 2 RotoWire - DVR 2 Fantasy Insiders 1
Wil Nieves, PHI 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Sean Marshall, CIN Colton & The Wolfman 3
Jake Diekman, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Bryan Morris, PIT NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Jonathan Pettibone, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

NL LABR is a tight race beyond belief, with 10 points separating first placer Lenny Melnick and his 73.5 points and Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs ninth place Fantasy Insiders squad.

As a result, it appears the owners are playing it cautious, seeing who they own and who will actually shake out with some contributing stats.

That means just three moves were processed, with Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton grabbing Germen Gonzalez, shelling out $6 for the Mets hurler, with a bid that won by $5 over the next closest coveter.

Derek Van Riper copped Mets flychaser Kirk Nieuwenhius for a couple of bucks to win the rights to the second Met of the week for his Rotowire team, also beating out a lone $1 try.

Finally Phillies backup catcher Wil Nieves now how his second FAAB team of the year thanks to a $1 toss of the dice to Mssrs. Ambrosius and Childs.

With ten of the 12 teams still banking over $90 of their FAAB budgets, it will be interesting to see just how things FAAB play out.

MIXED LEAGUE

ikedavis

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Ike Davis, PIT 16 Baseball Prospectus 16 Fangraphs 11 Rotowire-Erickson 5
RotoExperts 3 ESPN.com 2
Kyle Farnsworth, NYM 12 RotoExperts 12 KFFL.com 7 Fangraphs 6
Rotowire-Colton 5 USA TODAY Sports 4 Bloomberg Sports 2
Kyle Gibson, MIN 4 KFFL.com 4 Baseball Prospectus 2 USA TODAY Sports 2
Rotowire-Colton 1
Danny Espinosa, WSH 4 RotoExperts 4 Rotowire-Colton 3 USA TODAY Sports 1
Jarrod Dyson, KC 3 Baseball HQ 3 Rotowire-Erickson 3 Razzball 1
Jordan Lyles, COL 3 Baseball Prospectus 3
Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA 3 Rotowire-Colton 3
Derek Dietrich, MIA 3 Rotowire-Erickson 3
Robbie Ross, TEX 2 Fangraphs 2 Baseball Prospectus 2 Baseball HQ 1
KFFL.com 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Alfredo Simon, CIN 2 MLB.com 2 Baseball Prospectus 2 Rotowire-Erickson 2
KFFL.com 1
Kevin Kouzmanoff, TEX 2 USA TODAY Sports 2 ESPN.com 2 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Wei-Yin Chen, BAL 1 Baseball HQ 1
Anthony Bass, HOU 1 Bloomberg Sports 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Carlos Torres, NYM 1 Rotowire-Colton 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Wade Davis, KC Baseball Prospectus 2
Erik Johnson, CWS Baseball Prospectus 2 RotoExperts 1
Carlos E. Martinez, STL Baseball Prospectus 2 KFFL.com 1
L.J. Hoes, HOU Baseball HQ 2
Mike Carp, BOS USA TODAY Sports 2
Danny Duffy, KC Baseball Prospectus 2
Alexi Amarista, SD Rotowire-Erickson 1
Brandon Barnes, COL Rotowire-Erickson 1
Delmon Young, BAL Rotowire-Erickson 1
John Danks, CWS Baseball HQ 1 KFFL.com 1
Jon Jay, STL Rotowire-Erickson 1
Justin Grimm, CHC Baseball Prospectus 1
Tyler Thornburg, MIL KFFL.com 1
Zach Britton, BAL Baseball Prospectus 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

No bids for me this week and that's a good thing.

A. That means I have no injuries to replace (for a change)

2. Jose Reyes and David Robertson can be put back in my active lineup.

I'm still short a starting pitcher (even with Doug Fister coming back) but I just didn't see anyone I wanted long term and with no $0 bids, I don't even want to burn a buck since a buck could come in handy in a mixed league. In addition, I wasn't really interested in Farnsworth since I should have Aroldis Chapman coming back sooner than later.

My favorite bid this week was Danny Espinosa. There's a lot of moving parts in DC and whether it be via trade or otherwise, I see Espinosa playing regularly even when Ryan Zimmerman returns. It wasn't all that long ago that Ian Desmond and Espinosa were thought of as equals.

The big fish this week was Ike Davis. Full time play should help but recall PNC Park has a knack for turning homers into fly outs.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 13:43
 
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