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LABR and Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of July 27 PDF Print E-mail
You Look FAABulous
Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 27 July 2015 00:00

Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars and LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids.

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.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR is available below.

toutbanner

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. All 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.

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

coco_crisp

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CCrisp, Oak 7 Rob Leibowitz 7 Mike Podhorzer 6 Chris Liss 5
JWeeks, Bos 1 Steve Moyer 20
EJohnson, CWS 1 Jason Collette 1
BBrach, Bal 0 Steve Moyer 0 Chris Liss 0
JBlanton, KC 0 Chris Liss 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

ESogard, Oak Steve Moyer 0
JElmore, TB Steve Moyer 0
JFields, Hou Steve Moyer 0
LHendriks, Tor Chris Liss 0
LHochevar, KC Chris Liss 0
SGeltz, TB Steve Moyer 0
TFeatherston, LAA Steve Moyer 0

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Interesting in that this week the most intriguing FAAB selections were those of players coming back from injury. The high water mark was set for the cycle with Rob Leibowitz' $7 Coco Crisp bid acing out the top two (Chris Liss and Mike Podhorzer) teams.

After that it was filler crapshoot time, though Crisp is a poser. He is clearly no longer the Athletics starting center fielder, but he could add some pop and swipes down the stretch, but among the filler picks, Liss' acquisition of Luke Hochevar is interesting. The Royals hurler had just become a serious presence in the team's bull pen when he went down to a year off due to a dead arm, but a strong return could really help the Liss push to a title.

Finally it is hard to ignore the six pick-ups made by Steve Moyer as he tries to push his way back up in the standings and dump me back into last. Good luck with that!

Todd's Take

Like with the LABR leagues, we'll provide the standings and remaining FAAB as we head into the MLB trade deadline.

PTS FAAB
Mike Podhorzer 91.5 $73
Jeff Erickson 83 $29
Chris Liss 76.5 $5
Larry Schechter 74 $12
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 69.5 $43
Jason Collette 68 $60
Ron Shandler 67 $43
Andy Behrens 61.5 $8
Rob Leibowitz 60.5 $87
Seth Trachtman 53 $81
Lawr Michaels 38.5 $20
Steve Moyer 37 $85

NATIONAL LEAGUE

zack-godley

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ZGodley, Ari 7 Phil Hertz 12 Mike Gianella 6 Peter Kreutzer 4
WDifo, Was 1 Brian Walton 2
MDenDekker, Was 1 Gene McCaffrey 1 Derek Carty 0
HSanchez, SF 1 Gene McCaffrey 1
DJohnson, StL 1 Gene McCaffrey 1
AReed, Ari 1 Phil Hertz 1
RStephenson, Cin 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1 Phil Hertz 1
AGarcia, Atl 1 Phil Hertz 12 Derek Carty 0
LHawkins, Col 1 Mike Gianella 3
PCiriaco, Atl 0 Derek Carty 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

SSchumaker, Cin Derek Carty 0 Brian Walton 0
AAlmonte, SD Derek Carty 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

In a relatively quiet week in National League Tout Wars, only one player fetched more than one dollar. Zack Godley of Arizona went to Phil Hertz for $7. The 25-year-old, a former Cubs farmhand, moved to the D-backs in the Miguel Montero trade. Despite just 14 innings of experience at Double-A, the right-hander threw six shutout innings at the Brewers in his MLB debut on Thursday. For pitching-starved fantasy owners, why not take a shot?

Todd's Take

PTS FAAB
Mike Gianella 89 $106
Tristan H. Cockcroft 79 $69
Lenny Melnick 79 $82
Ray Guilfoyle 72.5 $68
Derek Carty 72 $77
Phil Hertz 67 $45
Gene McCaffrey 60.5 $69
Steve Gardner 57.5 $45
Peter Kreutzer 54 $24
Scott Wilderman 51.5 $62
Todd Zola 49 $39
Brian Walton 49 $75

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

nick-castellanos

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MConforto, NYM 11 Scott Pianowski 19 Scott Engel 10 Nando DiFino 1
Derek Van Riper 0 Fred Zinkie 0
NCastellanos, Det 8 Scott Pianowski 24 Tim Heaney 7 Scott Swanay 5
Derek Van Riper 0
WMiley, Bos 5 Cory Schwartz 5 Scott Pianowski 4
RIglesias, Cin 1 Paul Singman 2
ZGodley, Ari 1 Nando DiFino 1
CLewis, Tex 1 Joe Pisapia 2
SPiscotty, StL 1 Scott Engel 5 Derek Van Riper 0 Scott Swanay 0
DEspinosa, Was 1 Derek Van Riper 2 Scott Swanay 0
BPaulsen, Col 1 Scott Swanay 3 Derek Van Riper 0
MPelfrey, Min 1 Scott Pianowski 1
JDanks, CWS 1 Tim Heaney 2
DPomeranz, Oak 0 Nando DiFino 0
CBassitt, Oak 0 Fred Zinkie 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

INova, NYY Tim Heaney 2 Nando DiFino 0
JDeLaRosa, Col Tim Heaney 2
CSabathia, NYY Joe Pisapia 2
DDietrich, Mia Derek Van Riper 1
JKelly, Bos Paul Singman 1
SCishek, StL Nando DiFino 0
ISuzuki, Mia Scott Pianowski 0
BRondon, Det Nando DiFino 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

One 4-for-4 game sandwiched in between two hitless games. That's what we've seen so far from Michael Conforto, and that was good enough to earn him a $19 bid from Scott Pianowski. The vickrey-reduced price of $11 is a fine number for him considering that the Mets need as much offensive help as they can get and are highly unlikely to send Conforto back down to the Minors as long as he is producing at a decent level. 

The second-highest priced player for this week, Nick Castellanos, also went to Pianowski, and interestingly enough, Scott was willing to spend more for Castellanos than Conforto. The reality is that in a 15-team mixed league, the 23-year-old Castellanos, who is batting .286 with six homers, 19 RBI and a .912 OPS in the month of July, should not have been on the waiver wire to begin with, and I was surprised that Scott only had to shell out $8 for his services. 

And that leaves Pianowski with $30 left to spend this season, still more than nine of the other 14 teams.

Todd's Take

PTS FAAB
Zach Steinhorn 108.5 $13
Tim Heaney 106.5 $17
Patrick Davitt 99 $50
Scott Pianowski 92 $30
Cory Schwartz 87.5 $5
Fred Zinkie 86 $13
Scott Swanay 82.5 $5
David Gonos 78 $39
Al Melchior 77 $38
Derek Van Riper 77 $1
Scott Engel 72 $24
Ray Flowers 67.5 $54
Nando DiFino 60 $5
Joe Pisapia 58 $30
Paul Singman 48.5 $2

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

stephen-piscotty

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MConforto, NYM 12 Perry Van Hook 41 Tom Kessenich 11 Anthony Perri 7
ZGodley, Ari 1 Anthony Perri 2 Eno Sarris 3 Perry Van Hook 2
CIannetta, LAA 1 Anthony Perri 2
SPiscotty, StL 1 Tom Kessenich 11 Adam Ronis 0
THudson, SF 1 Tom Kessenich 1
CBassitt, Oak 1 Perry Van Hook 2
DDietrich, Mia 1 Grey Albright 1
RIglesias, Cin 1 Eno Sarris 6
DPomeranz, Oak 1 Adam Ronis 2

UNAWARDED BIDS

JRollins, LAD Adam Ronis 2 Grey Albright 1
WSmith, Mil Eno Sarris 2
DBrown, Phi Perry Van Hook 2
DDeJesus, TB Perry Van Hook 2
JLamb, KC Eno Sarris 1
RDickey, Tor Tom Kessenich 1
JSmith, LAA Tom Kessenich 1
DPhelps, Mia Tom Kessenich 1
JDanks, CWS Perry Van Hook 0
MGonzalez, Bal Perry Van Hook 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Two rookie outfielders were the best targets this week - Michael Conforto of the Mets and Stephen Piscotty of the Cardinals. I thought bidding would be heavier so chose to put 41 chips on the table for Conforto. That was far more than my competitors - maybe they don't have outfield problems but my offense after losing first Freddie Freeman and then George Springer had taken massive hits. Freeman is now back but I need to replace David Murphy (who btw only sucks when he is on my team). I ended up getting Conforto for $12 beating the $11 bid from Tom Kessenich, NFBC who also bid $11 on Piscotty whom he got for a dollar. All the rest of the bids were similarly reduced to one dollar winning bids.

Todd's Take

PTS FAAB
Adam Ronis 117.5 $38
Anthony Perri 47 $71
Brent Hershey 66 $90
Charlie Wiegert 79 $62
Eno Sarris 90 $59
Greg Ambrosius 97.5 $61
Grey Albright 78.5 $43
Paul Greco 96 $75
Paul Sporer 76 $19
Perry Van Hook 76 $39
Ray Murphy 68 $49
Rick Wilton 28.5 $84
Rudy Gamble 107.5 $85
Tim McLeod 104.5 $16
Tom Kessenich 68 $20

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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..

AMERICAN LEAGUE

chris-bassitt

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Chris Bassitt, OAK 7 Baseball HQ 7 Fangraphs 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Jonathan Singleton, HOU 6 Fangraphs 6 Colton & The Wolfman 2 ESPN.com 1
Jake Smolinski, OAK 2 USA TODAY Sports 2 Fangraphs 1 SiriusXM 1
Daniel Robertson, LAA 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Ryan Rua, TEX 1 ESPN.com 1
JR Murphy, NYY 1 ESPN.com 1
Bo Schultz, TOR 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jesus Aguilar, CLE Colton & The Wolfman 1
Neftali Feliz, DET Colton & The Wolfman 1
Pat Neshek, HOU Colton & The Wolfman 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

I have just $17 of FAAB left and saw no desirable targets and had a full roster so I sat this one out. In fact I made a trade to alleviate roster problems sending Jake Marisnick, HOU to Chris Liss of Rotowire for the DLed James Paxton so that I could promote Billy Burns, OAK from my reserve. Hopefully I can get a month or more of good starts from Paxton down the road. The highest bids in the league were $7 for Chris Bassitt, OAK by Dave Adler of Baseball HQ and $6 for Jon Singleton, HOU by Eno Farris of Fangraphs.

Todd's Take

Heading into the trade deadline, I thought it would be a great time to provide the standings and the FAAB left for each team, plus that means I get a week off from having to come up with seven pithy blurbs.

PTS FAAB
USA TODAY Sports 106 $25
FantasyScore 87 $42
Mastersball 81 $17
SiriusXM 75 $54
ESPN.com 67 $49
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 66 $12
Colton & The Wolfman 59.5 $49
Winning Fantasy Baseball 56.5 $16
Yahoo! Sports 55.5 $120
Baseball HQ 49 $66
RotoWire 46 $2
Fangraphs 31.5 $33

NATIONAL LEAGUE

michael_conforto

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Michael Conforto, NYM 37 USA TODAY Sports 37 Inside Edge 24 RotoWire - DVR 12
Colton & The Wolfman 5 Derek Carty 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Zack Godley, ARI 2 ESPN - Karabell 2 Sandlot Shrink 1
Carter Capps, MIA 1 Baseball HQ 1
Shane Peterson, MIL 1 Inside Edge 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Sergio Romo, SF ESPN - Karabell 1
Abraham Almonte, SD Inside Edge 1
Travis Ishikawa, PIT USA TODAY Sports 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary.

Head LABR-man, Steve Gardner, make the big purchase--perhaps in anticipation of further bucks to be spent with the coming deadline swaps--of Mets flychaser Michael Conforto, ideally Michael Cuddyer's replacement, for the substantial sum of $37, about spending five others in chances ranging from $1-$24.

After that it was filler with Zack Godley going to Eric Karabell for a couple of bucks, Shane Peterson to Steve Moyer for a buck, and Carter Capps, who is seeing his third team in a little over a month was nabbed by Doug Dennis for another dollar.

Next week will likely tell all in the FAAB world.

Todd's Take

RotoWire - DVR 97 $45
Colton & The Wolfman 92.5 $80
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 86.5 $44
Derek Carty 83.5 $96
ESPN - Karabell 77 $97
RotoExperts 62 $42
USA TODAY Sports 58.5 $37
Baseball HQ 58 $88
Mastersball 43 $47
Inside Edge 41.5 $56
Yahoo Sports 41.5 $89
Sandlot Shrink 39 $59

MIXED LEAGUE

nate-eovaldi

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Nathan Eovaldi, NYY 4 ESPN.com 4 Fangraphs 2 Razzball 1
Aaron Nola, PHI 3 Fangraphs 3 Razzball 3 Baseball HQ 2
MLB.com 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Jake Smolinski, OAK 2 USA TODAY Sports 2
Michael Conforto, NYM 1 MLB.com 1 USA TODAY Sports 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Stephen Piscotty, STL 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Caleb Joseph, BAL 1 USA TODAY Sports 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Geovany Soto, CWS USA TODAY Sports 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

There's so much hype around Michael Conforto and while he won't hurt your average, he has little power or speed so be careful about buying, literally, into the hype. Unless I needed a boost in average, I'd prefer the production with the batting average hit from Stephen Piscotty.

Aaron Nola has a nice career in store as a mid-rotation staple, just beware he's a touch and feel pitcher, not a fire-baller so his whiffs won't be as plentiful as some of the more celebrated rookies that have come up.

Todd's Take

PTS FAAB
Baseball Prospectus 122 $0
USA TODAY Sports 111 $24
MLB.com 99.5 $9
FantasyScore 97.5 $16
Baseball HQ 89 $16
BSports 88 $20
Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 85.5 $0
Razzball 82.5 $52
Rotowire-Erickson 78.5 $2
Fangraphs 65.5 $42
FNTSY 64.5 $3
Mastersball 64.5 $11
RotoExperts 52.5 $0
ESPN.com 50.5 $35
Rotowire-Colton 49 $27
Last Updated on Monday, 27 July 2015 12:49
 
LABR and Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of July 20 PDF Print E-mail
You Look FAABulous
Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 20 July 2015 00:10

Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars and LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids.

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.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR is available below.

toutbanner

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. All 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.

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

jakesmolinski

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JSmolinksi, Oak 1 Jeff Erickson 3 Seth Trachtman 0
AJudge, NYY 1 Rob Leibowitz 4
CBassitt, Oak 1 Jeff Erickson 7
MKrauss, Det 0 Seth Trachtman 0
DPomeranz, Oak 0 Seth Trachtman 0
FDoubront, Tor 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

CShreve, NYY Jeff Erickson 0
MLowe, Sea Jeff Erickson 0
SGeltz, TB Jeff Erickson 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Honestly, as part of my short-week minor league grab and stash strategy, I meant to bid on young Yankees slugger, Aaron Judge, but I forgot. However, with power so scarce and with Judge adjusting to Triple-A rather easily, I wanted to grab him, even at the expense of a week of losing Matt Joyce's stats. Of course now with the Yankees in first, there may be very few opportunities available for Judge to play with both Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran back on the active roster. It may take a reinjury to get him to the Majors.

Todd's Take

If there's a club that can squeeze some usefulness from Smolinski, it's Oakland. They play the platoon game as well as anyone.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

timcooney

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TCooney, StL 23 Todd Zola 37 Steve Gardner 22 Phil Hertz 5
Phil Hertz 0
AMorgan, Phi 1 Todd Zola 27 Phil Hertz 0
RIglesias, Cin 1 Phil Hertz 5
MRojas, Mia 1 Phil Hertz 1
DUggla, Was 0 Scott Wilderman 0
ABastardo, Pit 0 Scott Wilderman 0
STuivailala, StL 0 Brian Walton 0
RLavarnway, Atl 0 Phil Hertz 0
JFrancoeur, Phi 0 Mike Gianella 0 Phil Hertz 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

TStory, Col Phil Hertz 1
PCiriaco, Atl Phil Hertz 1
JLobaton, Was Phil Hertz 0
JMathis, Mia Phil Hertz 0
JMonell, NYM Phil Hertz 0
JOsich, SF Phil Hertz 0
MDenDekker, Was Mike Gianella 0
OHernandez, Ari Phil Hertz 0
DDescalso, Col Phil Hertz 0
DRoss, ChC Phil Hertz 0
JArias, SF Phil Hertz 0
SSchumaker, Cin Scott Wilderman 0
TCruz, StL Phil Hertz 0
TIshikawa, Pit Mike Gianella 0
TWood, ChC Mike Gianella 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

In the short week, only one player drew a winning bid of over $1. Filling in for the injured Jaime Garcia, St. Louis Cardinals left-hander Tim Cooney has performed credibly, most recently 5 2/3 scoreless innings against the Mets on Sunday. There is a major risk, however. Garcia is ready to begin a rehab stint in the Minors and Marco Gonzales is already on his. As a result, Cooney may have just one more start ahead with St. Louis – until the next injuries hit the rotation, at least. $23 of Todd Zola’s $37 offer was needed to top Steve Gardner’s $22 bid.

Phil Hertz made a stealth move, adding Raisel Iglesias for $1 ($5 Vickrey). We still haven’t seen much from the Cuban due to injury, but there should be continued opportunity in Cincinnati’s rotation – and perhaps much more if Johnny Cueto and/or Mike Leake are dealt away.

Todd's Take

As Brian suggested, there's no assurance Cooney sticks around but my confidence level that Garcia stays healthy is minimal and I have the room to stash him if he gets sent down. My goal is to minimize the FAAB I lose next season and it appears I can make up some ground in W and K so I won't be particular if I need to replace Cooney, hopefully temporarily.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

tony_cingrani

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TCingrani, Cin 10 Joe Pisapia 11 Al Melchior 9 Tim Heaney 3
Scott Swanay 0
MUpton, SD 1 Derek Van Riper 1
TSaladino, CWS 1 Ray Flowers 1
JHoover, Cin 1 Tim Heaney 12
BBeachy, LAD 1 Tim Heaney 5
KSuzuki, Min 0 Derek Van Riper 0
MReynolds, StL 0 Scott Swanay 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

RSoriano, ChC Tim Heaney 3
INova, NYY Tim Heaney 2
JJeffress, Mil Tim Heaney 2
CSabathia, NYY Tim Heaney 2
HConger, Hou Derek Van Riper 0
AEllis, LAD Derek Van Riper 0
TFlowers, CWS Derek Van Riper 0
KPlawecki, NYM Derek Van Riper 0
NCastellanos, Det Scott Swanay 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

As expected, there's not a whole lot to talk about this time, as most owners filled their roster holes during the added post-All Star break FAAB run on Thursday night. As it turned out, Tony Cingrani was the only player purchased for a price greater than $1. Cingrani, who has been sidelined since mid-June due to a shoulder injury, is on track to rejoin the Reds this week. And there's talk that he could return to a starting role, especially in the event of a Johnny Cueto trade, which seems like a near certainty. Pitchers with Cingrani's upside do not belong on the waiver wire, and Joe Pisapia alertly grabbed him now, before a potential FAAB price hike.

After being very active on the FAAB front on Thursday and with only $13 left to spend this season, I opted to sit tight, and barring an urgent roster need, I think I'll be sitting tight for awhile.

Todd's Take

Zach alluded to it, the yo-yo roles of Cingrani is now back on starting. Some thought he may be groomed to replace Aroldis Chapman if he's inexplicably dealt but now it appears the Reds are going to give him another shot at the rotation. Like the rest of the fantasy world, I'm infatuated with the ability to miss bats and that's a skill Cingrani has exhibited.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

cody_asche

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CAsche, Phi 1 Charlie Wiegert 6
ESuarez, Cin 1 Charlie Wiegert 6
TCingrani, Cin 1 Grey Albright 3 Perry Van Hook 0
ANola, Phi 1 Perry Van Hook 11 Rudy Gamble 2
TSaladino, CWS 1 Grey Albright 6 Ray Flowers 16
SGennett, Mil 1 Greg Ambrosius 20 Grey Albright 1
JPeraza, Atl 1 Tim McLeod 2
KSiegrist, StL 1 Adam Ronis 2
WHarris, Hou 0 Rick Wilton 0
BMaurer, SD 0 Rick Wilton 0
BBeachy, LAD 0 Perry Van Hook 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

OInfante, KC Greg Ambrosius 5 Grey Albright 1
AHechavarria, Mia Grey Albright 1
DPhelps, Mia Perry Van Hook 0
JGyorko, SD Greg Ambrosius 5
MGonzalez, Bal Perry Van Hook 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

All the winning bids this week ended up being $0 or $1, although most didn't start that way. Rick Wilton and I both tried to buy some pitchers for zero dollars - Rick got relievers Will Harris and Brandon Maurer, which makes sense as he hopes to find some saves along with their good relief innings. I decided to make a strong ($11) bid for the Phillies' top pitching prospect Aaron Nola, who will start Tuesday against Tampa Bay - not a strong hitting club, and was lucky enough to win him for a dollar. In my other list, I bid on four starting pitchers who are active thinking I might get one of Brandon Beachy (two starts this week), David Phelps (also a two-start pitcher), Tony Cingrani or Miguel Gonzalez, who each have one start. Nice to save some money and still get my first choice.

The highest bid was $20 by Greg Ambrosius, who needed a second baseman and got Scooter Gennett. Cody Asche, Eugenio Suarez and Tyler Saladino all had $6 bids reduced to $1 winning bids.

Todd's Take

He went unclaimed but if you need a middle infielder, check out Adeiny Hechavarria. No, I'm not kidding. The all-glove, no stick Cuban shortstop is showing some stick. He's also been hitting as high as third in the order, though he's been pushed down since the return of Martin Prado. At the very least, Hechavarria is a DFS punt candidate when he's facing a lefty and hitting fifth.

labr2

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..

AMERICAN LEAGUE

lukehochever

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Luke Hochevar, KC 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
L.J. Hoes, HOU 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Ryan Raburn, CLE 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

None

Perry Van Hook's Commentary..

This was an extremely light week of bidding. One it is a deep AL only league with not much on the free agent list, and second what would have been a fine target, new White Sox infielder Tyler Saladino was already owned. Colton and the Wofman got two of the uncontested awards this week in Ryan Raburn CLE, and L.J. Hoes HOU, while Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs of NFBC rostered Kansas City reliever Luke Hochevar.

Todd's Take

I'm a little surprised that Ryan Raburn was available and even a little more surpised that he drew so little attention. Granted, this is Ryan Raburn we're talking about but he is hitting clean-up whenever a southpaw is on the hill and the Tribe in general are strong against lefties so the run production should be there. He's hitting .294 with 4 HR and 21 RBI and 13 runs - nothing special but certainly above replacement.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

carlosruiz

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Carlos Ruiz, PHI 7 RotoWire - DVR 7 Baseball HQ 6 Colton & The Wolfman 3
Eric Campbell, NYM 5 RotoWire - DVR 5
Chris Stewart, PIT 1 Baseball HQ 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Austin Hedges, SD 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Joseph Terdoslavich, ATL 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Martin Maldonado, MIL Colton & The Wolfman 1
Oscar Hernandez, ARI Colton & The Wolfman 1
Dan Johnson, STL RotoWire - DVR 1
Matthew den Dekker, WSH RotoWire - DVR 1
Pedro Ciriaco, ATL RotoWire - DVR 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary.

 Hitters--particularly backstops--were the focus of the NL LABR moves after the short cycle of games following the All Star Break.

The first place team manned by Derek Van Riper of Rotowire bagged Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz for $7, fending off bids of $6 and $3, while Chris Stewart went to Doug Dennis' BBHQ team for a buck (there was a second one dollar bid, but Dennis won by the dubious virtue of a lower spot in the standings), while Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton grabbed the Padres Austin Hedges, also for a dollar.

Elsewhere Van Riper also bagged Eric Campbell for $5, while Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs purchased the Braves Joey Terdoslavich for a dollar.

And that was that: not too thick a player pool, not too many moves.

Todd's Take

There's a lot of folks that would just assume leagues switched to needing one catcher and not two. ESPN and Yahoo use one catcher as their default, This outcry is from mixed league enthusiasts as well as single league players. Personally, I'd be against cutting back on a catcher spot. The way the player pool is currently constituted, catcher is the only hitting spot that needs to be rejiggered on draft day. Sure, you need to balance hitting and pitching as well as the categories in each, but in a vacuum, a stat from all non-catchers are worth the same, The fact that they're worth a different amount from a catcher requires some thinking and I'm all for thinking.

MIXED LEAGUE

kyle_schwarber

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Kyle Schwarber, CHC 6 Baseball Prospectus 6
Cole Gillespie, MIA 2 USA TODAY Sports 2
Odrisamer Despaigne, SD 2 Razzball 2
Taylor Jungmann, MIL 2 Rotowire-Erickson 2 Razzball 4 BSports 2
USA TODAY Sports 1
Tyler Saladino, CWS 1 MLB.com 1
Eugenio Suarez, CIN 1 BSports 1 MLB.com 1
Wade Miley, BOS 1 Baseball HQ 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Chris Tillman, BAL 1 BSports 1 USA TODAY Sports 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Zach McAllister, CLE 1 Baseball HQ 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jeff Locke, PIT Rotowire-Erickson 1
Manuel Banuelos, ATL Rotowire-Erickson 1
Martin Perez, TEX Rotowire-Erickson 1
Nathan Eovaldi, NYY Rotowire-Erickson 1
Tom Koehler, MIA Rotowire-Erickson 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Hey look, Taylor Jungmann finally found a home. If you follow my work for ESPN you know he and I have a history. I've come to accept the fact he doesn't suck. I like the fact he keeps the ball down and limits walks. There's going to be a day where the grounders cluster into hits and it will be interesting to see if he's as effective from the stretch. At minimum, he's not a guy I'm targetting to stack against in DFS.

Todd's Take

I'm hearing some pundits suggest that other than Buster Posey, there's no other catcher they'd rather have than Kyle Schwarber. Really? Please.

Aside from the fact that hitting is hard and Carlos Correa aside, no one enters the league and is immedately the second best player at their position (I'll give Correa top-eight or so). I talked about this on a couple of podcasts last week (HQ Radio and Fangraphs/Rotographs - check my Twitter feed for the links). This is a great year for prospects but you're making a mistake if you think this is the norm. I'm hearing -- from multiple people -- that development is different and hitters are more polished than previously. While there could be some truth to this, to me it's narrative derived to support the fact that this season's rookies are a once-in-a-generation class. I don't think it will be the norm. There's just been a wondeful confluence of prospects ready to help teams in the playoff hunt and teams are finally willing to put playoff chances ahead of a few saved dollars or an additional year of control. Let's not get carried away. If this game is so easy that 20 and 21 year old kids can come in and dominate, why is offense still down and strikeouts still up?

The one point I think we should store away is more teams are now willing to promote their prospects if they're amticipating challenging for the playoffs. It's the number of said prospects I disagree with.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 July 2015 17:22
 
LABR and Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of July 13 PDF Print E-mail
You Look FAABulous
Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 13 July 2015 09:03

Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars and LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids.

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.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR is available below.

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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. All 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.

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

refsnyder

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

RRefsnyder, NYY 27 Andy Behrens 31 Seth Trachtman 26 Jason Collette 12
Lawr Michaels 12 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 9 Mike Podhorzer 4
JElmore, TB 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
ZMcAllister, Cle 1 Ron Shandler 1 Chris Liss 0
LSeverino, NYY 1 Rob Leibowitz 4
FRodriguez, Oak 1 Rob Leibowitz 3 Chris Liss 0
POrlando, KC 1 Jason Collette 3
BSchultz, Tor 1 Jason Collette 2
TSaladino, CWS 1 Jason Collette 6
TBeckham, TB 1 Mike Podhorzer 4
VNuno, Sea 0 Seth Trachtman 0 Jason Collette 1 Ron Shandler 0
JPetricka, CWS 0 Andy Behrens 0
KJepsen, TB 0 Ron Shandler 0
LHoes, Hou 0 Mike Podhorzer 1
NFeliz, Det 0 Chris Liss 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

MKrauss, Det Mike Podhorzer 0
DPomeranz, Oak Chris Liss 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Since we have a short week this with our next FAAB period just a very few short days away I thought it was the prime opportunity to make some grab and stash claims, targeting Yankees' top pitching prospect, Luis Severino, and possible A's closer in waiting Fernando Rodriguez, should Tyler Clippard indeed get dealt as part of a deadline deal. So now I'll only lose 3 days of stats for grabbing Severino rather than a entire seven.  Yankees second basemen Robert Refsnyder was activated this week and I knew I'd lose my FAAB lead in order to acquire him, so I held off bidding. It was actually fairly surprising no one had picked him up prior to his call-up given what the Yankees were putting out there at second base in his stead.

Todd's Take

A productive weekend in Fenway Park for Refsnyder to close out the pseudo first half may have parlayed a quick cup-of-coffee into regular playing time. Stephen Drew is still around as an insurance policy but Refsnyder is the one with the double digit speed and power upside. He's also a great grab in keeper formats.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

arodysvizcaino

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

AVizcaino, Atl 7 Ray Guilfoyle 15 Mike Gianella 6 Brian Walton 6
Peter Kreutzer 3 Phil Hertz 2
DAardsma, Atl 2 Peter Kreutzer 2 Phil Hertz 1
KNieuwenhuis, NYM 3 Phil Hertz 11 Brian Walton 2 Mike Gianella 0
JFrasor, FA 1 Brian Walton 2
JMejia, NYM 1 Mike Gianella 1 Brian Walton 1 Phil Hertz 0
SKelley, SD 0 Steve Gardner 0
ECampbell, NYM 0 Phil Hertz 0
ABarrett, Was 0 Phil Hertz 0
TTurner, Was 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1
CCrawford, LAD 1 Lenny Melnick  71
AHedges, SD 1 Mike Gianella 5
DWright, NYM 1 Mike Gianella 5

UNAWARDED BIDS

ABlair, Ari Tristan H. Cockcroft 1
RStephenson, Cin Tristan H. Cockcroft 1
VWorley, Pit Phil Hertz 0
PCiriaco, Atl Phil Hertz 0
NRamirez, ChC Phil Hertz 0
MRojas, Mia Phil Hertz 0
MDenDekker, Was Phil Hertz 0
JGrimm, ChC Steve Gardner 0
JArias, SF Phil Hertz 0
CKnebel, Mil Mike Gianella 0
BMorris, Mia Phil Hertz 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

There are some interesting story lines in NL Tout this week.

In the last week that injured players could be cashed in for 100 percent of their drafted price, both David Wright and Carl Crawford were returned by their original owners and became free agents. Lenny Melnick was willing to go all in on Crawford at $71, but only had to spend $1 (Vickrey). He received a player on the cusp of returning, but apparently without a starting job. Mike Gianella would have spent $5 on Wright, but also got away with a $1 buy. Wright’s back condition makes his return questionable, but with unlimited disabled list spots, the risk is very low.

Unfortunately for his new owner, Phil Hertz, former and current Met Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ three home runs last Sunday will not count in this league. Going forward, $3 put the outfielder on Hertz’ roster.

The closing situation in Atlanta went from the stability of Craig Kimbrel to the uncertainty brought on Jason Grilli’s ruptured Achilles and the trade deadline. Speculation that Arodys Vizcaino could get the job if Jim Johnson is flipped led to a number of bids. The winner, Ray Guilfoyle, was willing to go $15 and had to pay $7. For $1, I added Jason Frasor, released by Kansas City and signed by the Braves this week. Another candidate, former Seattle closer David Aardsma, was picked up for $2 by Peter Kreutzer.

Todd's Take

So I made a deal in NL Tout Wars this week. A few years back I took some heat for not wanting to deal with the league leaders in Mixed LABR when my team was out of contention. Well, I'm not only in last place, I'm looking at starting next season with over $10 FAAB docked from my total. Whereas I didn't feel comfortable a few years back since there was nothing tangible for me other than the embarrasment of finishing in last to drive a deal, I consider cutting down the penalty for finishing below a threshold to lose FAAB as a viable reason to deal with anyone.

Lenny Melnick put Ian Desmond on the block and asked for a second tier starting pitcher in return. I replied with Alex Wood, figuring someone would top it. No one did and Clint Barmes hit my reserve list for Desmond. It should be easier for me to manage my pitching into more points without Wood than bully my hitting into more points without Desmond so the deal made sense.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

kyle_schwarber

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

RRefsnyder, NYY 14 Scott Engel 14 Ray Flowers 13 Nando DiFino 0
KSchwarber, ChC 14 Scott Swanay 18 Zach Steinhorn 13 Tim Heaney 12
Cory Schwartz 3
CCron, LAA 7 Scott Engel 9 Tim Heaney 6 Ray Flowers 2
David Gonos 1 Cory Schwartz 0
JimJohnson, Atl 7 Zach Steinhorn 19 Tim Heaney 6 Nando DiFino 1
JNiese, NYM 5 Zach Steinhorn 5 Tim Heaney 4 Scott Engel 3
Scott Swanay 3
AGordon, KC 4 Fred Zinkie 5 Cory Schwartz 3 Scott Swanay 3
Tim Heaney 0
DSmyly, TB 3 Scott Swanay 5 Fred Zinkie 2 Cory Schwartz 0
KDavis, Mil 2 Zach Steinhorn 13 Nando DiFino 1
KelJohnson, Atl 1 David Gonos 10 Scott Engel 6 Ray Flowers 3
AVizcaino, Atl 1 Scott Engel 3 Tim Heaney 1 Zach Steinhorn 0
YSolarte, SD 1 Ray Flowers 4
ERosario, Min 1 Cory Schwartz 3 Ray Flowers 2
ANola, Phi 1 Fred Zinkie 2 Scott Swanay 5
LSeverino, NYY 1 Fred Zinkie 2
BJohnson, Bos 1 Fred Zinkie 8 Tim Heaney 1
JDeLaRosa, Col 1 Tim Heaney 2
JMontero, Sea 0 Nando DiFino 0 Scott Engel 2
CTillman, Bal 0 Tim Heaney 2

UNAWARDED BIDS

NCastellanos, Det David Gonos 6 Ray Flowers 3 Scott Swanay 3
DStubbs, Col Scott Engel 5
FGalvis, Phi Ray Flowers 3 Cory Schwartz 0
MReynolds, StL Scott Swanay 3
MUpton, SD Ray Flowers 3
AJudge, NYY Scott Swanay 2
CBettis, Col Zach Steinhorn 2
JHoover, Cin Zach Steinhorn 2
LHawkins, Col Zach Steinhorn 2
CAsche, Phi Cory Schwartz 0
EMujica, Oak Tim Heaney 1
CBassitt, Oak Tim Heaney 1
CLewis, Tex Tim Heaney 0
TCingrani, Cin Scott Swanay 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

After several quiet weeks on the FAAB front, it was a different story this time around, the highlights being a pair of promoted top prospects going for $14 apiece. Upon getting called up late last week, Rob Refsnyder wasn't even guaranteed a big league roster spot following the All-Star break, but he more than held his own at the plate and is now likely up for good. Productive middle infielders tend to carry a premium price tag, especially when it comes to the FAAB market.

Speaking of holding one's own at the plate, Kyle Schwarber (.364 AVG, 1 HR, 6 RBI) looked pretty good during his six-game big league audition as the Cubs DH during interleague play last month. If the Cubs were in the AL, I think it's safe to say that he would not have been sent back down. But with Miguel Montero now on the DL and possibly out for up to six weeks, Schwarber should get the bulk of the at-bats behind the plate, and there aren't too many catchers in the Majors with his offensive upside.

My $19 bid for Jim Johnson was more of a price-enforcing move, so I was quite surprised to get him for $7. The worry with Johnson is that he's a definite trade candidate should the Braves fall any further out of contention by the end of the month, and he would almost certainly not be the closer for his new team. But Johnson has pitched very well this season, and even if I can get a few saves from my $7 investment, it will be worth it. Thankfully, there weren't any $18 bids!

The unique thing about this particular FAAB run is that since the upcoming scoring period spans just three days (as opposed to seven) and Tout rules require that all purchased players remain in active lineups for at least one scoring period, owners are more inclined to take a goose egg and purchase either top prospects or injured big leaguers. Luis Severino ($1), Aaron Nola ($1), Alex Gordon ($4) and Drew Smyly ($3) are a few examples

Todd's Take

It was a good week to be a Johnson in Mixed Tout Auction. One example is Brian Johnson who's been named to replace Clay Buchholz in the Red Sox rotation. Fred Zinkie picked up Aaron Nola, Luis Severino as well as Johnson. He needs to have them active through Sunday then gets to decide of Nola and Johnson are worthy of making his active lineup, likely for a two-start week. I don't want to step on Perry's Tout Draft commentary so let's just say this is a very clever means of taking advantage of the short week.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

jimjohnson

JimJohnson, Atl 37 Tom Kessenich 44 Eno Sarris 36 Perry Van Hook 27
DSmyly, TB 2 Perry Van Hook 3
BJohnson, Bos 1 Tom Kessenich 14
KelJohnson, Atl 1 Perry Van Hook 11
NFeliz, Det 1 Perry Van Hook 3
NAhmed, Ari 1 Perry Van Hook 7
RRefsnyder, NYY 1 Grey Albright 1
DDuffy, KC 1 Rudy Gamble 1
AVizcaino, Atl 1 Tim McLeod 1
OArcia, Min 1 Tim McLeod 1
DStubbs, Col 1 Adam Ronis 1
RoPerez, Cle 0 Paul Greco 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JGray, Col Tom Kessenich 14
FGutierrez, Sea Perry Van Hook 0
MJoyce, LAA Perry Van Hook 0
RTejada, NYM Perry Van Hook 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

To properly frame this weeks bids I need to remind you that the rule for free agents - whether active players or those on the DL or even a minor leaguer must be in your active lineup the week you add them to your roster. So if you are going to take a chance on some players - let's say Drew Smyly of Tampa Bay who the Rays now think will be back in August - this is the perfect time to add him because he will only be active for three days. That was the basis for my bids on Smyly ($3) and Neftali Feliz ($3 as an underbid to James Johnson).

Johnson the new Braves closer  was of course going to be the flavor of the night - the questions for me were how much my opponents would choose to spend and how much of the $58 I had left I could risk. This was compounded by the fact that I really needed to get some power into an outfield slot especially with George Springer and Freddie Freeman in my DL slots. So I bid $11 on Kelly Johnson and then thought I could go into the high 20s to try and get Johnson actually bidding $27. I also bid $7 on Nick Ahmed to try and get some extra steals for the short week and then have him available in future weeks depending on matchups.

I could have bid $37 and still not been close as Tom Kessenich of  NFBC/STATS bid $44 and got him for $37 to best the $36 bid by Eno Sarris of Fangraphs. That got me Feliz for just $1 and I got Johnson for another dollar while I had to spend $2 to roster Smyly as Rudy Gamble also made that play for a dollar. I also got Ahmed for $1.

Aside from Johnson all winning bids were $1 or $2, surprising to me  that there weren't more DL players or minor leaguers sought.

Todd's Take

Sorry, don't have anything here and I need to start working on my DFS lineups so I'll just wish everyone good luck the rest of the way.

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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..

AMERICAN LEAGUE

tyler_saladino

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Tyler Saladino, CWS $6 Fangraphs 6
Brian Johnson, BOS $5 Mastersball 5 Baseball HQ 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Edward Mujica, OAK $2 FantasyScore 2
Jesus Montero, SEA $2 Fangraphs 2
Drew Pomeranz, OAK $2 Fangraphs 2
Sam Fuld, OAK $1 RotoWire 1 Fangraphs 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Alex Presley, HOU Fangraphs 1
Ryan Goins, TOR Fangraphs 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Only six players awarded Sunday night - five of who were won outright with no other bids. The highest of those was White Sox shortstop Tyler Saladino who went to Eno Sarris of Fangraphs who also won Jesus Montero, SEA and Drew Pomeranz, OAK for two dollars each.

The only contested player was new Red Sox starting pitcher Brian Johnson who I won for $5 beating underbids of $3 and $1. Johnson should get at least two starts if Clay Buchholz is out the minimum fifteen days and if he is then sent down he will be reservable under LABR rules, so I benched Nate Karns, TB one of my draft day reserves which means he can be moved up and down freely. Otherwise I would have had to drop a current pitcher to roster Johnson.

Todd's Take

Saladino is an interesting gambit as he's being given a look at third base, a spot the White Sox have been looking to fill since what seems like the day Robin Ventura retired. Saladino isn't the long-term answer but he can swipe a base, albeit with a low OBP.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

cole_Gillespie

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Cole Gillespie, MIA $13 Mastersball 13 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Pedro Strop, CHC $12 Mastersball 12
Arodys Vizcaino, ATL $4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Tim Cooney, STL $3 Sandlot Shrink 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Luis Avilan, ATL $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

None

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

With the All Star Break here, it was an exceptionally quiet week on the FAAB front in NL LABR.

I was actually the big spender as I tried to plug the injury gaps that plague my team, nabbing Cole Gillespie for $13 to sort of fill in for the lost combo of Marcell Ozuna and Josh Harrison, along with Pedro Strop ($12) to try and cover the loss of Jason Grilli.

Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs did fight off a $2 challenge and won the rights to Arodys Vizcaino, while the Sandlot Shrink picked up Tim Cooney for $3, and the last acquisition was Luis Avilan to Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf for $1,

Ideally, the slow activity must be pointing towards folks saving their funding for the trade deadline.

Todd's Take

I can sit here staring, trying to think of something pithy to say or I can just embed the pix and post. I choose the latter.

MIXED LEAGUE

delinodeshields

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Delino DeShields Jr., TEX $10 BSports 10 FantasyScore 1
Jason Motte, CHC $8 BSports 8 Razzball 1
C.J. Cron, LAA $3 Baseball HQ 3 BSports 3
Brian Johnson, BOS $1 MLB.com 1
Brandon Beachy, LAD $1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Rene Rivera, TB $1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Robbie Ray, ARI $1 FantasyScore 1
Michael Morse, MIA $1 FantasyScore 1
Chris Iannetta, LAA $1 Baseball HQ 1
Arodys Vizcaino, ATL $1 Baseball HQ 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Will Venable, SD BSports 4
Taylor Jungmann, MIL MLB.com 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Taylor Jungmann, the Rodney Dangerfield of MLB. What does he have to do to get respect? What have Brian Johnson, Robbie Ray and Brandon Beachy done to get purchased while Jungmann is still in the pool? Did any of them end the proverbial first half with a complete game three-hitter on the heels of an eight-inning, four-hit effort, allowing one earned run in each outing? A .252 BABIP and 5.4 percent HR/FB suggest regression is impending. Jungmann is reminiscent of Nick Martinez, both ground ball pitchers with good control with a hitter's park as their home venue. When the dust settles, they're both pitch-to-contact types that will rely on defense and keeping the ball in the yard. I prefer using my streamers at home but I can see picking up Jungmann and spot-starting him in big NL parks.

Todd's Take

Shame on me (sort of). This week's most expensive purchase was DeShields - a player I released. But what I didn't do is offer him up to the league before I released him. Granted, I let him go on June 29 so he went unclaimed last week, but still, I probably should have at least let the league know I was dropping him to see if there was any interest.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 July 2015 15:25
 
LABR and Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of July 6 PDF Print E-mail
You Look FAABulous
Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 06 July 2015 00:04

Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars and LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids.

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.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR is available below.

toutbanner

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. All 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.

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

alex_presley

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

GSizemore, TB 6 Chris Liss 10 Andy Behrens 5 Jason Collette 5
APresley, Hou 6 Jason Collette 12 Mike Podhorzer 5
MHarrison, Tex 4 Chris Liss 9 Seth Trachtman 3
JMarte, Det 2 Seth Trachtman 4 Mike Podhorzer 1
DStraily, Hou 1 Seth Trachtman 1
JoWilson, Det 1 Jason Collette 1
NRumbelow, NYY 1 Jason Collette 4
DColeman, KC 1 Jason Collette 12
PNeshek, Hou 0 Larry Schechter 0
RamFlores, NYY 0 Mike Podhorzer 0
EMujica, Oak 0 Mike Podhorzer 0
FGutierrez, Sea 0 Chris Liss 3

UNAWARDED BIDS

FDoubront, Tor Seth Trachtman 1
CShreve, NYY Larry Schechter 0
CFien, Min Larry Schechter 0
KJepsen, TB Larry Schechter 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

You know the way they say the best trades are the ones you don't make? Sometimes the same can be true for FAAB bids. I have the most FAAB left and with the MLB trade deadline fast approaching, there was no one worth giving up the hammer for. Plus, if this year is anything like last year, I may not have to wait until the end of July. It wouldn't surprise me if someone like Johnny Cueto or Cole Hamels was traded earlier.

Todd's Take

I'm in the process of updating hitting projections for our Platinum subscribers and am amazed at how many teams carry 12 hitters and 13 pitchers. Then I look at the FAAB report and see recycled hitters like Grady Sizemore, Alex Presley, Josh Wilson and Franklin Gutierrez and realize there just aren't enough quality hitters worthy of even the 13th spot on a roster. In today's age of specialization, the 13th pitcher to mop-up is more valuable that an end-of-the-bench hitter.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

tommie-pham

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TPham, StL 8 Phil Hertz 8 Scott Wilderman 7 Peter Kreutzer 5
Brian Walton 5 Gene McCaffrey 1 Derek Carty 0
DRuf, Phi 3 Scott Wilderman 11 Phil Hertz 8 Gene McCaffrey 2
Brian Walton 1 Peter Kreutzer 0
HPerez, Mil 3 Steve Gardner 4 Peter Kreutzer 2 Scott Wilderman 1
JValdespin, Mia 2 Phil Hertz 7 Peter Kreutzer 1
MConforto, NYM 2 Brian Walton 15 MConforto, NYM
TKahnle, Col 1 Brian Walton 3
CRichard, ChC 1 Lenny Melnick  16 Phil Hertz 4 Brian Walton 1
MBlazek, Mil 1 Mike Gianella 3 Lenny Melnick  3 Phil Hertz 1
CGillespie, Mia 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Derek Carty 0
JHerrera, ChC 0 Scott Wilderman 0
CStewart, Pit 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

AMorgan, Phi Phil Hertz 5
LHawkins, Col Mike Gianella 4
VWorley, Pit Mike Gianella 3
DUggla, Was Scott Wilderman 0
MRojas, Mia Scott Wilderman 0
JGrimm, ChC Steve Gardner 0
CBillingsley, Phi Phil Hertz 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

St. Louis has MLB’s best record due to strong pitching covering a weak offense. With Jon Jay on the disabled list, Peter Bourjos stuck to the bench and Randal Grichuk covering left for injured Matt Holliday, Tommy Pham was called up from Triple-A Memphis on Friday. The rookie scored both St. Louis’ runs on Saturday and the next day, his double and triple plated all three Cards scores. Time will tell if this past weekend was the 27-year-old’s 15 minutes of fame or if can somehow cement a job. The Touts were willing to spend to find out, with Baseball HQ’s Phil Hertz ($8) barely winning from among five bidders.

In –only leagues like NL Tout, we are reminded over and over that at-bats for hitters is the name of the game. Such is the case with the Phillies’ post-hype first baseman Darin Ruf. Despite batting .200 last week and .229 on the season, Ruf was given 15 at-bats last week. I was again among the five bidders, with the winner Scott Wilderman of OnRoto paying $3 ($11 Vickrey).

Another $3 player this week is second baseman Hernan Perez of Milwaukee, who had eight singles and a triple in 20 at-bats last week (.450 average). The June waiver claim from Detroit has career BA of .230 in 93 MLB games, so expectations should be tempered. USA TODAY’s Steve Gardner ($4 Vickrey) won the Perez bidding.

Todd's Take

You know it's not your year when you're in last place and really want to move up but as bad as your team is, the available players aren't an upgrade over the sludge you already have. Though, especially in an OBP league I likely missed the boat on Darin Ruf. Sometimes you need to think ahead with what might happen. The Phillies are a mess but they're in transition. If Ryan Howard is traded and/or Jeff Francoeur is released, then Ruf may get an extended look.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

ervin-santana

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ESantana, Min 22 Scott Swanay 22 Scott Pianowski 21 Tim Heaney 12
RPorcello, Bos 1 Paul Singman 2
JUribe, Atl 1 Scott Engel 3
TKoehler, Mia 1 Scott Engel 2 Scott Swanay 10
MBanuelos, Atl 1 Tim Heaney 5 Scott Engel 3 Tim Heaney 0
TPham, StL 1 Al Melchior 6
RVogelsong, SF 0 Paul Singman 0 Scott Pianowski 0
NEovaldi, NYY 0 Tim Heaney 2 Scott Engel 1 Tim Heaney 0
DValencia, Tor 0 Fred Zinkie 0
GBlanco, SF 0 Fred Zinkie 0
CCapps, Mia 0 Scott Pianowski 0 Tim Heaney 0
GSizemore, TB 0 Scott Pianowski 0 Scott Swanay 8

UNAWARDED BIDS

JNiese, NYM Scott Swanay 13 Tim Heaney 1
CAsche, Phi Scott Engel 4
WMiley, Bos Scott Pianowski 0 Tim Heaney 0
CDenorfia, ChC Fred Zinkie 0
EEscobar, Min Fred Zinkie 0
ISuzuki, Mia Scott Pianowski 0
JHoover, Cin Tim Heaney 0
JimJohnson, Atl Tim Heaney 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

And I thought last week was quiet! This week saw only seven of the 15 teams entering in any bids, a grand total of 12 players purchased, six of those 12 for the price of $0 and only one player for a price higher than $1. That honor goes to Ervin Santana, who made his season debut yesterday after serving an 80-game PED suspension. Santana didn't look rusty at all, tossing eight innings of two-run ball with eight strikeouts, and I don't see any reason why he can't be a solid mid-rotation fantasy starter from here on out. To be honest, I actually thought he was already owned and didn't even bother checking. And that's unlike me. But devoting 23 of my remaining 27 FAAB bucks to Santana is something that I would not have done anyway, so I can relax.

Todd's Take

I'm a little surprised Big Erv was available. He's not a difference maker but considering some of the arms that have been picked up lately, a small bid over the past couple of weeks could have secured his services. Tout Wars has the rule where a player has to be active, but chances are there would have been a soft matchup somewhere along the line that could have been replaced with the goose-egg from Santana.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

mark-buehrle

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MBuehrle, Tor 10 Greg Ambrosius 11 Tom Kessenich 9 Charlie Wiegert 9
Perry Van Hook 2 Adam Ronis 1
AHeaney, LAA 6 Ray Murphy 6 Paul Sporer 6 Charlie Wiegert 5
Anthony Perri 4 Grey Albright 1 Adam Ronis 1
TPham, StL 5 Charlie Wiegert 9 Grey Albright 4
INova, NYY 3 Paul Sporer 6 Adam Ronis 2 Grey Albright 1
ISuzuki, Mia 1 Rick Wilton 1
CCapps, Mia 1 Rick Wilton 1 Paul Sporer 4
MWisler, Atl 1 Anthony Perri 3
JUribe, Atl 1 Anthony Perri 1
WCastillo, Ari 1 Ray Murphy 10
GJones, NYY 1 Ray Murphy 6
MBanuelos, Atl 1 Adam Ronis 1 Ray Murphy 6
JLocke, Pit 1 Charlie Wiegert 1 Greg Ambrosius 10
CRobinson, Was 1 Perry Van Hook 3
CCron, LAA 1 Grey Albright 3 Adam Ronis 1
TJungmann, Mil 1 Grey Albright 3
AMorgan, Phi 1 Paul Greco 8
SFuld, Oak 0 Rick Wilton 0
MMcKenry, Col 0 Rick Wilton 0
DMurphy, Cle 0 Perry Van Hook 0 Ray Murphy 3

UNAWARDED BIDS

NAhmed, Ari Charlie Wiegert 3
DSantana, Min Charlie Wiegert 3
DStraily, Hou Paul Sporer 3
CAsche, Phi Grey Albright 2
GSizemore, TB Grey Albright 1 Perry Van Hook 0
JPhegley, Oak Ray Murphy 1
KelJohnson, Atl Perry Van Hook 0
TMoore, Was Perry Van Hook 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

When was the last year that Mark Buehrle was the catch of the week? Greg Ambrosius of STATS bid $11 to get Buehrle for an attractive two start week which was only reduced to $10 because there was not one $9 bidder but two in Tom Kessenich also STATS and Charlie Wiegert. Wiegert also bid $5 on Angel pitcher Andrew Heaney despite one of his two starts being in Colorado but lost to a $6 bid from Ray Murphy, BaseballHQ.

I needed more at bats in my outfield and bid $3 for Nationals OF/1B Clint Robinson and won him for a dollar. I also put in a list of four outfielders with $0 bids and won my first choice, David Murphy of the Tribe.

Todd's Take

As Perry points out, the rule I just alluded to really comes into play when considering Buehrle and Heaney. I guess I'm not as enamored with the two start week for Buehrle in U.S. Cellular and Kauffman Stadium. The White Sox are weak offensively - I'm actually less worried about that start. Jose Abreu could go 4-for-4 with 4 homers, 4 runs and 4 RBI. What worries me more is the date with the Kansas City Royals. The K may squash power but overall it plays neutral for runs. The Royals lineup could tag on as many hits and runs to Buehrle as the Rockies do against Heaney. Heads up, give me Heaney, for this week and the rest of the season.

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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..

AMERICAN LEAGUE

grady-sizemore

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Grady Sizemore, TB 11 Fangraphs 11 Baseball HQ 5 RotoWire 3
Winning Fantasy Baseball 3
Jefry Marte, DET 6 Baseball HQ 6
Chris Taylor, SEA 2 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2
Felix Doubront, TOR 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Alex Presley, HOU Baseball HQ 2 Fangraphs 1
Alexi Ogando, BOS Colton & The Wolfman 1
Daniel Robertson, LAA Fangraphs 1
J.B. Shuck, CWS Baseball HQ 1
Justin Wilson, NYY Colton & The Wolfman 1
Sam Fuld, OAK Fangraphs 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

TBSunday - Remember when Grady Sizemore was in his Cleveland heyday? Well Sunday night he was the highest free agent bid in LABR's AL only league as Eno Sarris, Fangraphs bid $11 to get the resurgent Tampa outfielder/DH.

The other interesting bid was $6 from Dave Adler, BaseballHQ for Detroit CI Jefry Marte. There were only four players awarded this week perhaps some other teams had my situation with players returning from the DL needing space and no glaring players at the right positions.

Todd's Take

Perry alluded to it and I agree, I'm a little surprised there weren't more bids on Marte. Chances are he'll be on the weak side of a platoon, facing mostly lefties, but in an AL only league that helps. But again, as Perry touched on, every league is contextual. The LABR owners can't pick up a player with FAAB and then reserve the player they replace - he must be released. There's no guarantee Marte sticks. If Alex Avila keeps diving into the stands making highlight reel catches then he could share first with Victor Martinez, leaving receiving duties to James McCann.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

manny-banuelos

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Manuel Banuelos, ATL 11 RotoExperts 11 Baseball HQ 1
Carter Capps, MIA 7 RotoExperts 7 USA TODAY Sports 2 ESPN - Karabell 1
Baseball HQ 1
Thomas Pham, STL 3 RotoWire - DVR 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Hernan Perez, MIL 2 RotoWire - DVR 2
Tucker Barnhart, CIN 1 USA TODAY Sports 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 RotoWire - DVR 1
Xavier Scruggs, STL 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 RotoWire - DVR 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Cory Luebke, SD RotoExperts 9
Cole Gillespie, MIA RotoWire - DVR 2
Ryan Lollis, SF NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Darrell Ceciliani, NYM NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Brett Wallace, SD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

I know Rotoexpert Lenny Melnick has been jonesing for arms all season, mostly because we have talked trades that never came to fruition for a couple of months anyway.

So, it is not surprising that Lenny dropped $18 FAAB bucks on the combo of Manuel Banuelos ($11) and Carter Capps ($7). There was one $1 failed bid for Banuelos, but there were three bids for Capps the did not cut the muster. What is tough is I cut Capps last week to the roster numbers game as I could not let Chris Heston sit on my reserve list any longer.

Derek Van Riper grabbed a couple of players, Thomas Pham for $3 (besting a $1 bid) and then Herman Perez ($1), unchallenged.

Rounding the FAAB bids Steve Gardner nabbed Tucker Barnhart for a dollar while Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius got Xavier Scruggs $1.

Todd's Take

You know how you can tell if your league is deep? How about if some of the owners are willing to use a light-hitting, part-time catcher in their utility spot? Check it out, both the duo of Greg and Shawn along with DVR won bids on position players, but they both had Barnhart in as a contingency. Had they won him he would have been their utility. It appears Barnhart will be splitting catching duties with Brayan Pena now that Devin Mesoraco has finally succumbed to the fact he needs surgery for his hip. Barnhart makes decent contact for a catcher but his BABIP is a bit high. By season's end he'll settle into the .250 range which is pretty good for a second receiver and palatable for utility -- that's how deep this league is.

MIXED LEAGUE

nick_ahmed

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Miguel Sano, MIN 26 Baseball Prospectus 26 Rotowire-Colton 20 ESPN.com 20
USA TODAY Sports 19 Fangraphs 18 Baseball HQ 5
Kevin Gausman, BAL 4 MLB.com 4 Fangraphs 3
Nick Ahmed, ARI 3 Mastersball 3
Clint Robinson, WSH 2 USA TODAY Sports 2
Garrett Jones, NYY 1 Baseball HQ 1
Tyler Flowers, CWS 1 Baseball HQ 1
Eddie Rosario, MIN 1 Baseball HQ 1
Will Smith, MIL 1 Baseball HQ 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Alejandro De Aza, BOS Baseball HQ 1
Chris Iannetta, LAA Baseball HQ 1
David Murphy, CLE Baseball HQ 1
Garrett Jones, NYY Baseball HQ 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

To show you how much I value sportsmanship in this hobby, once the bids were announced and Nick Ahmed was mine, I volunteered to accept the first half LABR title so we can re-draft at the break and have a real race. Apparently Head Poobah Steve Gardner feels as though we should play it out, not so convinced that Ahmed will jump me about 40 points and 9 or so places in the standings.

Maybe Steve is right. Though, Ahmed makes for an interesting pick-up and could help a team legitimately in contention. The shortstop gig is his and with Ender Inciarte out, Ahmed has been hitting some lead-off versus southpaws. It may only lead to five or six more runs and a couple of steals, but sometimes that's all you need to gain an extra point or two.

Todd's Take

I like what the Twins are doing with Sano -- starting him out at designated hitter and not burdening him with playing defense right off the bat. Even with his prolific power, there's going to be a transition as he's bound to nut a couple of fly balls that get caught on the Target Field warning track. Don't fret, he can hit the ball out of any park but the venue will cost him a couple of dingers and it's best he get used to the environment without having to worry about playing defense - at least not yet.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 July 2015 17:14
 
LABR and Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of June 29 PDF Print E-mail
You Look FAABulous
Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 29 June 2015 06:34

Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars and LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids.

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.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR is available below.

toutbanner

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. All 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.

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

drew-pomeranz

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DPomeranz, Oak 5 Chris Liss 6 Lawr Michaels 4
MBoyd, Tor 4 Seth Trachtman 16 Jeff Erickson 3 Chris Liss 0
SRobinson, Min 1 Lawr Michaels 5
BRondon, Det 1 Lawr Michaels 4
RShaffer, TB 1 Jason Collette 3
JoRamirez, Cle 1 Chris Liss 1
GPetit, NYY 0 Steve Moyer 0
TFeatherston, LAA 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0 Steve Moyer 0
RoPerez, Cle 0 Mike Podhorzer 0
MPerez, Tex 0 Mike Podhorzer 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JFields, Hou Lawr Michaels 2
CColon, KC Steve Moyer 0
CRoe, Bal Seth Trachtman 0
CFien, Min Seth Trachtman 0
VNuno, Sea Seth Trachtman 0
MKrauss, TB Mike Podhorzer 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Matt Moore's pending season debut this week removed my need to troll the FAAB market to find a Brett Oberholtzer replacement. While I made no FAAB bids this week, the most intriguing player to bid on in my mind was Drew Pomeranz. He injured his way out of the A's rotation and garnered a save opportunity when Tyler Clippard needed rest. While he is neither a starter, nor a closer, at the moment, there are two possible paths for him to possibly still have some value the rest of the season.

Todd's Take

For those that haven't read the LABR section, the theme of today's report is "Why did they do it? " I'm dissecting the top bid in each league in an effort to discern why the bid was made.

That said, trying to figure out why Chris Liss did something can be quite the task. I kid, I kid. I wish I had more Liss and less Excel in my own game. The leagues are accessible by clicking on the respective headings for those wanting to play along at home.

Chris is using a reliever heavy pitching staff, doing well in ERA, WHIP and saves while hanging mid-pack in wins and whiffs by playing match-ups and using two start options. Pomeranz is another option to use in middle relief (he is currently using Wade Davis and Jake McGee along with two closers) or he can sit on him and hope Tyler Clippard is dealt, moving Pomeranz into the saves picture along with Evan Scribner. Chris is low on FAAB so like what was discussed in the LABR leagues, acquiring an asset on the cheap now can be parlayed into something more at the trade deadline, making up for missing out on the bigger prizes.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

cesar-hernandez

CHernandez, Phi 9 Steve Gardner 25 Derek Carty 8 Tristan H. Cockcroft 7
Phil Hertz 4 Scott Wilderman 3 Mike Gianella 1
Peter Kreutzer 0
XScruggs, StL 3 Gene McCaffrey 3 Steve Gardner 18 Peter Kreutzer 2
Brian Walton 2 Derek Carty 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
MBanuelos, Atl 3 Tristan H. Cockcroft 19 Brian Walton 2 Phil Hertz 2
Lenny Melnick  2
CRupp, Phi 2 Scott Wilderman 4 Phil Hertz 1 Steve Gardner 0
Mike Gianella 0 CRupp, Phi
MBaxter, ChC 1 Derek Carty 3 Steve Gardner 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
JBroxton, Mil 1 Lenny Melnick  1 Lenny Melnick  12
ABlanco, Phi 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
JGomez, Phi 0 Steve Gardner 0
MDenDekker, Was 0 Phil Hertz 0
JTerdoslavich, Atl 0 Derek Carty 0
BWallace, SD 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

RYnoa, Col Steve Gardner 0 Derek Carty 0
ALiberatore, LAD Steve Gardner 0
DRuf, Phi Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
JHowell, LAD Steve Gardner 0
KQuackenbush, SD Phil Hertz 0
MSzczur, ChC Derek Carty 0
PCiriaco, Atl Steve Gardner 0
TIshikawa, SF Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
VWorley, Pit Tristan H. Cockcroft 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

The top dollar player this week in National League Tout is Cesar Hernandez of the Phillies. The veteran infielder is taking advantage of Chase Utley's injury to put up solid results, including five RBI last week. The winner from among seven bidders was Steve Gardner of USA TODAY, willing to spend up to $25, but only requiring $9.

Playing my usual but undesired role of enforcer, I made a pair of $2 bids that were trumped by $3 Vickrey winners.

St. Louis first baseman Xavier Scruggs is 27 years old and not a top prospect, yet the power hitter cut down on his strikeouts at Triple-A and got hot upon his most recent promotion. With Matt Adams out for the season and Mark Reynolds ineffective, Scruggs has a window to convince the Cards they don't need to add a veteran first sacker via trade. Gene McCaffrey of Wise Guy Baseball is his new owner.

My best Atlanta contact told me earlier that he thought the club wanted to keep former Yankees prospect Manny Banuelos in the minors all season as settles into his new organization in his second year removed from Tommy John surgery. However, the combination of Banuelos' strong performance and a revolving door at the back end of the Braves rotation many change matters soon. Tristan H. Cockcroft was willing to go as high as $19 to get his man.

Todd's Take

Why did Steve bid so heavy on Cesar Hernandez? Rumor has it he lost a bet. I kid, I kid.

At bats are everything and right now, with Utley out, Hernandez is getting the keystone run - as opposed to doing a run for Keystone. Ah, hearkening back to my youth, this time not kidding. Though, I never did buy the idea that the plastic lined cans made the beer taste better. The low price made the beer taste better.

As I was saying, at bats are currency and while Hendandez is hitting into some good sample size luck, the stats count the same and could lead to some playing time versus southpaws when Utley returns. Hernandez is hitting second which means runs (even on the Phillies) and could swipe some bags over the second half.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

chris-young

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CYoung, NYY 5 Al Melchior 8 Scott Pianowski 4
SVictorino, Bos 1 Paul Singman 2
CHernandez, Phi 1 Paul Singman 1 Fred Zinkie 0
AHeaney, LAA 1 Derek Van Riper 4 Scott Engel 3 Fred Zinkie 0
CAnderson, Cle 1 Fred Zinkie 5 Derek Van Riper 3
MPelfrey, Min 1 Scott Engel 5 Scott Pianowski 0
ASusac, SF 1 Cory Schwartz 3 Scott Engel 2
JMotte, ChC 1 Cory Schwartz 2 Tim Heaney 3
ADeAza, Bos 1 Scott Pianowski 2 Al Melchior 8
SDrew, NYY 1 David Gonos 5
JBenoit, SD 1 Patrick Davitt 2
DPomeranz, Oak 1 Tim Heaney 3
KSiegrist, StL 0 Paul Singman 0 Scott Pianowski 0
AHechavarria, Mia 0 Fred Zinkie 0
JDeLaRosa, Col 0 Scott Pianowski 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

ERosario, Min Al Melchior 6
CAsche, Phi Al Melchior 4
JHoover, Cin Tim Heaney 3
JJeffress, Mil Tim Heaney 1
JBaker, Mia David Gonos 1
SDelabar, Tor Tim Heaney 1
AWebster, Ari Derek Van Riper 1
AAmarista, SD David Gonos 1
ISuzuki, Mia Scott Pianowski 1
AHill, Ari David Gonos 0
WMiley, Bos Scott Pianowski 0
SFuld, Oak Paul Singman 0
RFlaherty, Bal Fred Zinkie 0
MBoyd, Tor Fred Zinkie 0
JUribe, Atl Scott Pianowski 0
ESogard, Oak Fred Zinkie 0
CCapps, Mia Scott Pianowski 0
BBuxton, Min Scott Pianowski 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

I don't remember a quieter FAAB run in my three and a half years playing in Tout Wars, with Chris Young being the only player purchased at a price higher than $1. Young, who opened the season as the fourth outfielder for the Yankees, has gotten a decent amount of playing time, thanks in large part to Jacoby Ellsbury's health woes. The problem with Young is that his lefty/righty splits remain drastic (.388 AVG vs. LHP, .190 AVG vs. RHP). But he does have power, and considering that Al Melchior happens to be the owner of Giancarlo Stanton, the aggressive $8 bid (Vickrey reduced the price to $5) makes sense.

Adding Jason Motte for $1 is the type of preemptive speculative saves move that carries the downside of wasting a starting roster slot on a non-elite middle reliever but the upside of securing an eventual regular closer at a steep discount. Cory Schwartz is surely hoping for the latter.

Todd's Take

Why did Al Melchior pick up Chris Young? Perhaps he thought it was the Royals pitcher. Or, as Zach points out, maybe Al noticed Young is getting regular playing time with Jacoby Ellsbury sidelined and is looking to go with the hot hand to replace Giancarlo Stanton.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

marco-estrada

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MEstrada, Tor 4 Paul Sporer 6 Adam Ronis 3 Ray Murphy 2
Perry Van Hook 2
MMontgomery, Sea 3 Paul Sporer 7 Adam Ronis 4 Ray Murphy 2
Perry Van Hook 2
WMiley, Bos 1 Ray Murphy 2 Paul Sporer 3
AMeyer, Min 1 Tom Kessenich 22
CParmelee, Bal 1 Perry Van Hook 4
ADeAza, Bos 1 Grey Albright 1
ASusac, SF 1 Tim McLeod 6
CAnderson, Cle 1 Tim McLeod 3 Adam Ronis 2
JMotte, ChC 1 Eno Sarris 6 Adam Ronis 0
CHernandez, Phi 1 Paul Greco 7
KHendricks, ChC 1 Adam Ronis 9

UNAWARDED BIDS

SDelabar, Tor Paul Sporer 4 Eno Sarris 3 Adam Ronis 1
AHeaney, LAA Ray Murphy 2 Adam Ronis 2
JPhegley, Oak Tim McLeod 2
DBrown, Phi Perry Van Hook 1 Grey Albright 1
INova, NYY Adam Ronis 1
ISuzuki, Mia Grey Albright 1
DSantana, Min Grey Albright 1
TJungmann, Mil Adam Ronis 1
WMiddlebrooks, SD Paul Greco 1
ECarrera, Tor Perry Van Hook 1
EScribner, Oak Adam Ronis 0
JFields, Hou Adam Ronis 0
JimJohnson, Atl Adam Ronis 0
KSiegrist, StL Adam Ronis 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Even in a fifteen team mixed league the high bids this week were for pitching although the same pitchers would have been rostered weeks ago in an AL or NL only league. Well except for the high bid of the night for recent Twins callup Alex Meyer who caused a $22 bid from Tom Kessenich of NFBC/Stats. Fortunately for Tom his bid was Vickrey reduced to just one dollar. Chicago starter Kyle Hendrick with a two start week drew a $9 bid from Adam Ronis but that too ended up at just a dollar.

There was more competition for the pitchers I tried to add - Seattle starter Mike Montgomery had a $9 bid from Paul Sporer enough to beat my $2 effort. Sporer also won Marco Estrada (TOR) who despite a great run in his last two starts with a $6 bid beating my $2 and Ronis' $3 thus a $4 winning bid.

Like Estrada the mixed league group is totally unconvinced by the Orioles Chris Parmelee so my $4 bid was Vickrey reduced to a winning $1 bid.

Todd's Take

Paul went for and got two starting pitchers, why? His staff is devoid of a true ace so he's mixing and matching, Sometimes you can get a feel for how someone ranks players (who they bid on, who they didn't) but in this case, both Estrada and Montgomery have two start weeks on the docket which is as much a factor as talent.

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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..

AMERICAN LEAGUE

roberto-osuna

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Roberto Osuna, TOR $21 ESPN.com 21 FantasyScore 16 Colton & The Wolfman 5
Winning Fantasy Baseball 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3
Matt Boyd, TOR $5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5
Cody Anderson, CLE $4 Mastersball 4 FantasyScore 2
Steve Delabar, TOR $3 Colton & The Wolfman 3 Mastersball 4 FantasyScore 2
Marc Krauss, TB $2 Mastersball 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 RotoWire 1
Franklin Gutierrez, SEA $1 RotoWire 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Zach Putnam, CWS Colton & The Wolfman 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

As usual new pitchers or those with new roles drew the most interest in a deep AL league. Top winning bid was $21 for Roberto Osuna (TOR) by Tristan Cockcroft of ESPN, just a little bit more than he needed to top the $16 underbid.

Matt Boyd (TOR) went for $5 to NFBC/Stats' Greg Ambrosius while I rostered Cody Anderson for $4. I had a $4 underbid on Steve Delabar (TOR) who figures to get some save chances but with my bid out of the way he went for $3 to Colton & The Wolfman.

I also added 1B Marc Krauss (TB) who has a lot of power though not much batting average but the Rays will face right-handers in six of their seven games next week so Krauss should get several chances.

Todd's Take

Let's play a game called "Why did they do it?" What we'll do is dissect why the person with the high bid in each league bid what they did. By means of reminder, you can get to each league via clicking on the name of each league.

Why did Tristan bid $21 on Roberto Osuna? The easy answer is he owns Brett Cecil. But we need to look deeper. Did he have to keep his stock in the Toronto closing situation? As expected, Cecil was dragging Tristan down in the category as he sits with just 2 points and is 10 saves from gaining three more points. Since we're basically at the halfway point, that's really a 20 save gap Tristan needs to make up to gain those trio of points. Osuna alone won't get it done. Even if he starts recording saves at the pace of a normal closer, my ESPN colleague will need some help. My guess is Tristan is going to let things play out a bit then decide if adding a second closer will gain him more points than he might lose in strikeouts. Or maybe he gets one of those three available points organically if Osuna goes on a bit of a saves binge. Worst case scenario is he stays status quo until the trade deadline and re-evaluates. I bet he could flip Osuna for a player better than some that cross leagues so he will in essence have purchased a player at the deadline for $21 FAAB, far less than it would cost those hoarding FAAB.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

jason-motte

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jason Motte, CHC $9 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9
Jonathan Broxton, MIL $3 RotoExperts 3
Mike Baxter, CHC $2 Derek Carty 2 Baseball HQ 1 RotoWire - DVR 1
Ivan De Jesus, CIN $1 Derek Carty 1
Yimi Garcia, LAD $1 ESPN - Karabell 1
Matt Szczur, CHC $1 RotoWire - DVR 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Joseph Terdoslavich, ATL Derek Carty 2
Eric Campbell, NYM RotoWire - DVR 1
Matthew den Dekker, WSH Baseball HQ 1 RotoWire - DVR 1
Xavier Scruggs, STL Baseball HQ 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary.

The crush for saves in NL LABR is revealed with Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs nabbing long-time wannabe, often injured Jason Motte went to the STATS/NFBC boys for $9, unchallenged.

Keeping the theme, Lenny Melnick of RotoExperts bagged Jonathan Broxton  for $3. hoping el gigante will deliver a save or two and some whiffs. This bid was also the lone one.

Derek Carty grabbed Mike Baxter for $2, holding off a pair of buck bids, while Doug Dennis nabbed Joey Terdoslavich for $1, somewhat ignominiously defeating a failed dollar bid for same, and rounding the the slow trannies leading up to the Fourth were Yimi Garcia($1 to Eric Karabell, Ivan De Jesus (to Derek Carty for $1) and the scrabble friendly sur-named Matt Szczur who went to Rotowire's Derek Van Riper, the league leader, for $1.

Yawn.

Todd's Take

Why did Greg and Shawn go after Jason Motte? Presently the NFBC duo leads the saves category but are in jeopardy of losing up to three points since they only have Drew Storen, having traded Jason Grilli a few weeks back for Gio Gonzalez. It should be noted they have Jose Fernandez returning as well as Stephen Strasburg who showed some promise over the weekend. Also keep in mind the Cubs signed Rafael Soriano who could be in the saves mix sometime in the second half. The final piece to the puzzle is they're near the bottom in FAAB left so they won't be in the running for anything significant at the deadline.

Even three or four saves in the next month would be a big help then Greg and Shawn look at their pitching and decide what direction they want to go in. Like with Tristan, a relatively small bid now could realize bigger returns in a deal later. This is a very clever way of increasing your squad's assets.

MIXED LEAGUE

steven_matz

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Steven Matz, NYM $18 Rotowire-Erickson 18 Baseball Prospectus 11 Razzball 11
ESPN.com 10 Fangraphs 6 MLB.com 6
Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 5 FantasyScore 3
Roberto Osuna, NYY $13 USA TODAY Sports 13 Baseball HQ 6 Baseball Prospectus 6
Rotowire-Erickson 5 Rotowire-Colton 5 Fangraphs 4
Fangraphs 4 FNTSY 3 FantasyScore 3
Marco Estrada, TOR $8 FNTSY 8 Rotowire-Erickson 5 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 4
MLB.com 4 Baseball Prospectus 2 FantasyScore 1
Kennys Vargas, MIN $5 FNTSY 5 Baseball Prospectus 1
Ivan Nova, NYY $3 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 3 Baseball Prospectus 2 FantasyScore 1
Rotowire-Colton 1
Chris Parmelee, BAL $3 USA TODAY Sports 3 Baseball HQ 2 Mastersball 2
Cody Asche, PHI $3 Mastersball 3
Ryan Vogelsong, SF $2 Baseball Prospectus 2
Scooter Gennett, MIL $2 Baseball Prospectus 2
Jonathan Singleton, HOU $2 FantasyScore 2
Josh Phegley, OAK $2 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2 Baseball HQ 2
Matt Boyd, TOR $1 MLB.com 1
Cesar Hernandez, PHI $1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Will Harris, HOU $1 Baseball HQ 1
Danny Duffy, KC $1 FantasyScore 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Alejandro De Aza, BOS USA TODAY Sports 2 Mastersball 2 Baseball Prospectus 1
Domingo Santana, HOU Mastersball 2
Domonic Brown, PHI Mastersball 2
Garrett Jones, NYY Mastersball 2
Robbie Ray, ARI FantasyScore 1 MLB.com 1
Taylor Jungmann, MIL Rotowire-Erickson 1 MLB.com 1
Eduardo Nunez, MIN Baseball Prospectus 1
Adam Warren, NYY Rotowire-Erickson 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

You can learn a lot about how some of your competitors are thinking through FAAB. A starting pitcher and a closer were both available.  By seeing which teams bid more on one as opposed to the other -- or perhaps ignored the other completely, you can gauge what they may be looking for in a deal. Baseball HQ bid on Osuna but not Matz (or Estrada) - they want saves. Razzball bid on Matz but not Osuna (or Estrada) - they're not necessarily desperate for a starter else they would have also bid on Estrada but were looking to take a chance on a rookie. Anything you can glean can help personalize an opening salvo in a trade discussion which may facilitate a deal being consummated.

Todd's Take

Why did Jeff Erickson bid aggressively on Steven Matz? To be honest, I'm surprised it didn't take a higher bid (I only have 14 units left). Who knows, Jeff may have expected it to be higher but wanted to put in something more than token but less than an aggressive bid. He is lagging in pitching so a wild-card like Matz is just what he needed. Circling back to the train of thought in my commentary, it's a little odd to me that there are a number of guys that bid on just Matz or just Estrada - seems to me they profile similarly that if you would roster one, you'd also roster the other. There may be a little recency bias in that thought, but more moves are made because they might work than because you think they will work. As great as the hype for Matz is, this is still a case of because it may work than you think it will work. He's still a rookie.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 June 2015 22:45
 
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