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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
 
LABR and Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of June 22 PDF Print E-mail
You Look FAABulous
Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 22 June 2015 00:02

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

domingo_santana

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CParmelee, Bal 10 Ron Shandler 19 Chris Liss 9 Rob Leibowitz 8
Steve Moyer 6 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6 Larry Schechter 5
Mike Podhorzer 1
DSantana, Hou 6 Steve Moyer 6 Chris Liss 6 Seth Trachtman 4
Mike Podhorzer 1 Ron Shandler 0
CAnderson, Cle 2 Jason Collette 16 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1 Larry Schechter 1
CYoung, NYY 2 Larry Schechter 5 Ron Shandler 5 Mike Podhorzer 1
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0 Chris Liss 0
JDanks, CWS 1 Larry Schechter 1
KRyan, Det 1 Jeff Erickson 7
LHendriks, Tor 1 Chris Liss 5
SGeltz, TB 0 Ron Shandler 0
TShaw, Bos 0 Rob Leibowitz 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

RShaffer, TB Jason Collette 1
AWilson, Det Ron Shandler 0
CFien, Min Ron Shandler 0
CRamos, LAA Ron Shandler 0
DRobertson, LAA Ron Shandler 0
MPerez, Tex Chris Liss 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

I made a bid on former Twins 1B/OF Chris Parmalee but was trumped by Ron Shandler. Parmalee's always someone who's shown very solid plate discipline skills and modest power in the minors, but has yet to translate them to the minors except for his first call-up back in 2011. He's off to a good start and the Orioles indeed have an opening in RF that's ready for anyone to come grab and take it by the horns.

Todd's Take

Man, being pithy is tough without my morning Diet Mountain Dew. We flip-flop the order of reports so the LABR commentary was already written. The theme was my irrational mancrush on Cody Anderson after one outing. I've said before that there are certain colleagues whose opinion I respect a lot and one is Jason Collette and pitching. So I was pleased to see Jason made a healthy bid on Anderson - not so much for self validation but more for the chance he'll actually help me.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

dietrich

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DDietrich, Mia 18 Gene McCaffrey 19 Todd Zola 17 Steve Gardner 16
Lenny Melnick  16 Phil Hertz 11 Brian Walton 6
Tristan H. Cockcroft 4 Peter Kreutzer 0
EPerez, Atl 6 Phil Hertz 8 Brian Walton 5
TMoore, Was 3 Steve Gardner 11 Peter Kreutzer 2 Scott Wilderman 2
Phil Hertz 2 Brian Walton 2
WMyers, SD 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 8 Peter Kreutzer 1
CCapps, Mia 2 Lenny Melnick  12 Steve Gardner 1 Scott Wilderman 0
SPeterson, Mil 1 Brian Walton 6 Phil Hertz 1 Peter Kreutzer 0
Steve Gardner 0
CDominguez, Cin 1 Lenny Melnick  6 Brian Walton 0
ANola, Phi 1 Mike Gianella 6
DRoss, ChC 0 Scott Wilderman 0
Phil Hertz 0
DDorn, Ari 0 Brian Walton 0 Phil Hertz 0
CTorres, NYM 0 Phil Hertz 0
AHedges, SD 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Mike Gianella 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

XScruggs, StL Phil Hertz 11
TCruz, StL Scott Wilderman 0
SKelley, SD Phil Hertz 0
NMasset, Atl Phil Hertz 0
JTabata, Pit Brian Walton 0
JNicasio, LAD Brian Walton 0
JMachi, SF Brian Walton 0
JHowell, LAD Brian Walton 0
JBroxton, Mil Lenny Melnick  6
DCarpenter, Was Phil Hertz 0
CStewart, Pit Scott Wilderman 0
CRupp, Phi Phil Hertz 0
CKnebel, Mil Phil Hertz 0
CHernandez, Phi Phil Hertz 0
BWallace, SD Phil Hertz 0
AChafin, Ari Brian Walton 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

See what two home runs on a Sunday will do for a player’s value? Usually an afterthought in NL Tout, Miami’s Derek Dietrich opened the eyes and pocketbooks of a number of Tout warriors this period, with Wise Guy Baseball’s Gene McCaffrey ($18) out-shooting five other owners also making double-digit bids.

Eury Perez is back with Atlanta and there could be at-bats to be had in a fairly muddled outfield. BaseballHQ’s Phil Hertz was willing to go $8, but by Vickrey rule, had just to top my second-highest $5 offer by $1.

With Father’s Day festivities taking my day on Sunday, I missed out on a nice opportunity. Wil Myers’ prior owner quietly dumped him last week and both Tristan H. Cockcroft and Peter Kreutzer noticed. The two were willing to take a week of zero stats now in order to stash the San Diego outfielder on the DL starting next period – until he comes back. Cockcroft made the more aggressive bid, $8, but only had to pay $2 to win. This move could pay off down the road, and even if not, the risk is minuscule.

Todd's Take

Funny Brian should being up Dietrich's two homers. I actually put in my bid mid-week and was unaware of Sunday's performance as I was trying to get everything wrapped up before I headed to NYC for the FSTA Conference, Had I known, I would have upped my already healthy bid. Dietrich often hits second which makes him a nice punt play at a weak position. I don't recall exactly what night, but when I saw he was hitting second, I immediately headed over to the Tout site and put in a bid. In a year I can't do anything right, add this to the list.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

matt_wisler

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MWisler, Atl 8 Fred Zinkie 8 Tim Heaney 8 Scott Engel 4
Derek Van Riper 4
CParmelee, Bal 6 Paul Singman 9 Scott Swanay 5 Scott Engel 4
Scott Pianowski 3 Tim Heaney 2
TMilone, Min 3 Cory Schwartz 3 Paul Singman 2 Fred Zinkie 0
DDietrich, Mia 3 Derek Van Riper 4 Scott Engel 2 Scott Pianowski 1
JBlanton, KC 2 Tim Heaney 2 Paul Singman 1
ROsuna, Tor 2 Patrick Davitt 10 Scott Pianowski 1
NVincent, SD 1 Paul Singman 1
MAndriese, TB 1 Paul Singman 1 Tim Heaney 2 Fred Zinkie 0
TLyons, StL 1 Derek Van Riper 2
CRobinson, Was 1 Scott Engel 2 Nando DiFino 0
MSano, Min 1 Scott Swanay 10
COwings, Ari 1 Scott Swanay 5
JPhegley, Oak 1 Al Melchior 7
AWarren, NYY 1 Cory Schwartz 1
WSmith, Mil 1 Patrick Davitt 10
BPaulsen, Col 1 Tim Heaney 1
DSantana, Hou 0 Nando DiFino 0
RRay, Ari 0 Nando DiFino 0 Fred Zinkie 0 Cory Schwartz 0
KRyan, Det 0 Fred Zinkie 0
TJungmann, Mil 0 Fred Zinkie 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

KSiegrist, StL Scott Swanay 10
DBrown, Phi Scott Swanay 5
JJeffress, Mil Tim Heaney 1
JHoover, Cin Tim Heaney 1
ERosario, Min Tim Heaney 1
CAnderson, Cle Fred Zinkie 0
CLewis, Tex Cory Schwartz 0
JimJohnson, Atl Tim Heaney 0
MUpton, SD Tim Heaney 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Maybe the Braves did pretty well after all in the Craig Kimbrel trade, netting not only a revitalized Cameron Maybin but also Matt Wisler, who impressed in his big league debut on Friday, limiting the Mets to one run over eight innings on 88 pitches. Wisler might not carry the strikeout upside of some of the other top pitching prospects but he keeps his walks to a minimum, so I don't see any reason why he can't be mixed league relevant from here on out. 

In this FAAB budget challenged league, Chris Parmelee was the only other player that garnered a winning bid of greater than $3. We have seen enough from Parmelee in the big leagues to know that he is not a difference maker in fantasy. But in six games since getting called up from Triple-A last week, he's 6-for-19 with three homers. This is simply a case of trying to catch lightning in a bottle.

Owners in this league have generally been unafraid to purchase top prospects who have yet to be called up despite the Tout rule that all FAAB additions must be in active lineups for one week. Scott Swanay's $1 investment in Miguel Sano is the latest example. In 61 games at Double-A, Sano has tallied 13 homers to go along with 41 RBI, so perhaps he does get the call sooner rather than later. In that case, considering the massive FAAB dollar savings, taking the goose egg in one starting roster slot for one week would be well worth it.

Todd's Take

Really? Multiple bids on Wisler, only a null bid on Anderson? Sorry, I get cranky without my caffeine.

The trade deadline is approaching and there are a couple of closers on the block. Now is the time to grab the back-ups and you can see that in the bids of J.J. Hoover (for Aroldis Chapman) and Jeremy Jeffress (K-Rod). They'll cost next to nothing now and your entire remaining budget later,

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

kyle_schwarber

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

KSchwarber, ChC 12 Rick Wilton 98 Paul Sporer 11
TLyons, StL 1 Ray Murphy 2
AGose, Det 1 Grey Albright 2
TSnider, Bal 1 Rudy Gamble 2 Grey Albright 1
JHoover, Cin 1 Tim McLeod 3 Adam Ronis 2
JNicolino, Mia 1 Greg Ambrosius 14
RFlaherty, Bal 1 Charlie Wiegert 3
AWarren, NYY 1 Eno Sarris 2
YEscobar, Was 1 Adam Ronis 1
ESantana, Min 1 Adam Ronis 5

UNAWARDED BIDS

DDietrich, Mia Charlie Wiegert 3
WCastillo, Ari Charlie Wiegert 3
MEstrada, Tor Adam Ronis 3
MWisler, Atl Adam Ronis 3
CAnderson, Cle Adam Ronis 3
JimJohnson, Atl Tim McLeod 2 Adam Ronis 0
DDeJesus, TB Rudy Gamble 2
KSiegrist, StL Adam Ronis 2
ADeAza, Bos Grey Albright 1
AWainwright, StL Eno Sarris 1
CCapps, Mia Eno Sarris 1
DHudson, Ari Eno Sarris 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

With one player off the DL before last week and likely another back this week I was going to have to cut and not add players in Week 12. In addition to that I didn't see many players worth adding and none that would add to my roster. But there is always a Cub fan hiding somewhere and despite the fact that Chicago has already said Kyle Schwarber would be sent back to the minor leagues after filling in for the club as the DH in Minnesota this weekend there were a few who thought he would be worth a reserve spot next week after taking zeroes from him in the coming week assuming he is sent down. Paul Sporer might have won him for some portion of his $11 bid but ran into an all in effort from Rick Wilton who won Schwarber for $12.

All other players were won for just a dollar the most interesting stash being Royals starter Ervin Santana who is now just a few weeks away from returning from his suspension. Interesting that despite his great first major league start no one would venture a buck on Atlanta's Matt Wisler likely because he is facing Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals for his only start this week.

Todd's Take

Interesting how the two Tout Mixed Leagues are similar in format but the draft was much busier in FAAB. Sorry, that's all I have -- need to catch a bus into the Big Apple. Do they still call it the Big Apple?

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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 above each player photo.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

parmelee

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Chris Parmelee, BAL 14 RotoWire 14 Mastersball 4 Colton & The Wolfman 3
Shane Robinson, MIN 3 Mastersball 3
Joe Blanton, KC 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2 FantasyScore 2
Kyle Ryan, DET 1 ESPN.com 1
Andrew Romine, DET 1 FantasyScore 1
Josh Fields, HOU 1 SiriusXM 1
Mark Lowe, SEA 1 SiriusXM 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Cody Anderson, CLE ESPN.com 3
Brad Brach, BAL SiriusXM 1
Chaz Roe, BAL SiriusXM 1
Liam Hendriks, TOR SiriusXM 1
Steven Geltz, TB SiriusXM 1
Adam Rosales, TEX Mastersball 1
Maxwell Muncy, OAK Mastersball 1
Taylor Featherston, LAA Mastersball 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary..

There wasn't a lot to rescue from the free agent pile this week - the only player bid on by multiple teams was Baltimore 1B/OF Chris Parmelee who went to Chris Liss of Rotowire for $14. While I did need either a CI or OF to replace the injured Jake Marisnick, I bid only $4 on Parmelee as his lack of defensive chops in RF and his likely decreasing production is added to a lineup that already has too many bats looking for  work. Admittedly in any AL only league Parmelee should be played until that happens, I just wasn't willing to pay more for my temporary player and got Minnesota fly chaser for $3.

The only other player that went for more than a dollar was Joe Blanton who has been touted by many as an acceptable risk at least this week with starts against Seattle and Minnesota. Colton & The Wolfman actually won a tie-breaker at $2 to secure Blanton's services.

Todd's Take

I'm quite surprised that Cody Anderson only received a contingency bid. The Cleveland Indians have released Shaun Marcum and the assumption is Anderson assumes his spot in the rotation. Granted he struggled for a couple of years at Double-A before it came together this season (1.73 ERA in 50 IP with Akron then 2.33 ERA in 19.3 IP with Columbus). Considering the two starting pitchers acquired this period were Joe Blanton and Kyle Ryan it just seems to me that Anderson is worth a shot. Keep in mind the infield defense on the left side was just improved significantly with the promotions of Francisco Lindor and Giovanny Urshela.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

taylor_jungmann

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Taylor Jungmann, MIL 3 Colton & The Wolfman 3
Clint Robinson, WSH 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Baseball HQ 1
Chris Denorfia, CHC 1 Baseball HQ 1
David Ross, CHC 1 Baseball HQ 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Darrell Ceciliani, NYM Baseball HQ 1
Chris Stewart, PIT Baseball HQ 1
Martin Maldonado, MIL Baseball HQ 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Good morning from the Big Apple. 

Since I had the luck/good fortune of selecting Kyle Schwarber way back on draft day, he was not available for FAAB, nor was Matt Wisler, meaning Taylor Jungmann ($3 to Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton) was the high priced spread, followed by Clint Robinson for $2, also to Colton and the Wolfman and that could prove to be a sweet move.

Similarly I wanted to bid on Chris Denorfia ($1 to Doug Dennis of BBHQ) but was on a plane that had wi fi, but my laptop simply ran out of juice in concert with the time changes. 

At the bottom of the rung were a cluster of backstops (David Ross $1 to Doug who squared his bid with the likes of Chris Stewart and Martin Maldonado, all for naught.

As I have said: Deep league, thin reserves, skimpy moves.

Todd's Take

I mentioned this earlier in the season and it's going to come up in the Tout commentary but there are instances where DFS can help seasonal play. This is not to say what I'm about to point out shouldn't have been noticed on it's own, it should have. But, DFS players know Clint Robinson has been hitting some clean-up for Washington. If a team moves someone to the clean-up spot, chances are they're taking a good look at him. If he sticks, that's the kind of player that can make a huge difference in the single league formats. 

MIXED LEAGUE

cody_anderson

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Cody Anderson, CLE 7 Mastersball 7 Fangraphs 4
Brock Holt, BOS 5 FantasyScore 5 BSports 4 Rotowire-Colton 3
Rotowire-Erickson 2 Baseball HQ 1
Alex Rios, KC 5 Rotowire-Erickson 5
Kevin Siegrist, STL 3 USA TODAY Sports 3
Matt Wisler, ATL 3 Rotowire-Colton 3 MLB.com 2 BSports 1
FantasyScore 1
Justin Nicolino, MIA 2 ESPN.com 2 BSports 1
Derek Dietrich, MIA 1 Baseball HQ 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Johnny Giavotella, LAA 1 BSports 1
Travis Snider, BAL 1 Fangraphs 1
Steve Delabar, TOR 1 Fangraphs 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Tony Watson, PIT USA TODAY Sports 3
Clint Robinson, WSH Rotowire-Erickson 1
Ivan Nova, NYY FantasyScore 1
Robbie Ray, ARI FantasyScore 1
Justin Maxwell, SF Fangraphs 1
Dilson Herrera, NYM BSports 1
Scooter Gennett, MIL BSports 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

See, money where my mouth is, I grabbed Anderson! I have an opening for a starting pitcher since I dealt Ian Kennedy to the dynamic duo of Paul Sporer and Jason Collette for Brett Cecil -- which pretty much explains why Cecil has tanked lately. The guys sold it to me as a way to supplement a saves category where I have Hector Rondon, Cody Allen and Brad Boxberger. The pitch made sense since all three have had issues (though Boxberger's was more the emergence of Jake McGee). I didn't see it so much as a way to salvage the category as it's easier to find starters in FAAB than closers, or at least they cost a lot less. Last week I picked up Joe Ross and this week Anderson. At this point they fill the same role as Kennedy - a streamer when at home. Keep in mind Cecil had just come off a two-save weekend when we made the deal. But in a year where nothing has gone right for me, I'm not surprised he's scuffled since the deal.

Todd's Take

While the scenario I just described hasn't worked out of me, at least not yet, that's the approach necessary at times to make incremental improvements to your team. I didn't NEED another closer but if Cecil gets it back in gear, perhaps I can deal him or one of the others. Worst case is I lose Kennedy but should be able to replace him. Of course it costs me FAAB so it's not free, but I have to spend it on someone. I saw it as it will cost me less FAAB on starters than it would have to FAAB Cecil, or another closer, if available.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 June 2015 09:16
 
LABR and Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of June 15 PDF Print E-mail
You Look FAABulous
Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 15 June 2015 00:43

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 above 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

f_lindor

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

FLindor, Cle 38 Larry Schechter 42 Ron Shandler 37 Rob Leibowitz 19
Mike Podhorzer 13 Chris Liss 11 Seth Trachtman 10
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
VVelasquez, Hou 24 Jeff Erickson 36 Steve Moyer 23 Chris Liss 22
Seth Trachtman 21 Andy Behrens 16 Ron Shandler 8
Mike Podhorzer 7 Larry Schechter 4
GUrshela, Cle 19 Ron Shandler 23 Andy Behrens 18 Larry Schechter 18
Rob Leibowitz 13 Jason Collette 9 Mike Podhorzer 9
Larry Schechter 6 Seth Trachtman 5
NReimold, Bal 6 Steve Moyer 27 Seth Trachtman 5 Mike Podhorzer 2
MWilliams, NYY 2 Mike Podhorzer 3 Seth Trachtman 1
BRyan, NYY 1 Jason Collette 3
BFinnegan, KC 1 Rob Leibowitz 2
JBlanton, KC 1 Ron Shandler 1
DSmyly, TB 0 Chris Liss 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

CColon, KC Larry Schechter 1
VNuno, Sea Ron Shandler 1
JFields, Hou Rob Leibowitz 0
DWebb, CWS Rob Leibowitz 0
KRyan, Det Ron Shandler 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

In order to get Lindor, I know I'd have to pay quite a bit to take on quite a bit of risk. Yes he's a disciplined hitter with some speed and he may win many gold gloves over the rest of his career, but Lindor is also a 21-year-old who struggled in his first exposure to Triple-A and required a second chance to make the adjustments. Considering he is not a true blazer speed threat with modest gap power, you're not talking an impact fantasy player, certainly at least not in the short run. Knowing I'd have to go into at least the $30s to get him compared to the risk when I lead Tout in FAAB remaining, made it seem like there might be better targets just a few short weeks down the road.

Todd's Take

Five owners have $74 or more which basically means those at the low end feel there will be 5 better players available than Francisco Lindor still to be bid on. I'm not sure I agree with that.

The potential for Lindor pales in comparison to that of Byron Buxton or Carlos Correa, there's no denying that. In MLB circles, he's more glove than stick, at least for now. The best comp I've heard is Erick Aybar. Granted, this is in Lindor's prime, but still, Aybar is a very useful fantasy entity. As the upper end boundary, if Erick Aybar were available in FAAB this week, I suspect he'd fetch an all-in bid. While anything is possible, Lindor isn't likely to approach Aybar's numbers this season. Maybe Alcides Escobar is more reasonable? If Escobar were available, he'd probably get bids in the same range as Lindor - not all in but pretty generous. That's what he's worth, so to speak. But again, will there be five players better than that up for bid? Keep in mind there's still 16 weeks to be played, not the seven or eight some will realize after the trading deadline.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

tylerlyons

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ESuarez, Cin 17 Phil Hertz 28 Steve Gardner 16 Lenny Melnick  16
Tristan H. Cockcroft 13 Derek Carty 11 Brian Walton 8
Mike Gianella 1
IDeJesus, Cin 12 Gene McCaffrey 17 Steve Gardner 11 Phil Hertz 5
Brian Walton 3 Phil Hertz 1 Derek Carty 1
Mike Gianella 0
TLyons, StL 8 Tristan H. Cockcroft 11 Todd Zola 7 Scott Wilderman 6
Lenny Melnick  5 Phil Hertz 1
TJungmann, Mil 5 Gene McCaffrey 17 Peter Kreutzer 4 Todd Zola 3
Scott Wilderman 2
JFrancoeur, Phi 5 Steve Gardner 5 Brian Walton 5 Todd Zola 4
Derek Carty 0
AWebster, Ari 4 Brian Walton 10 Peter Kreutzer 3 Phil Hertz 5
Todd Zola 3 Phil Hertz 1
JParker, SF 1 Brian Walton 10
KSchwarber, ChC 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1
MReynolds, NYM 1 Phil Hertz 1
CLuebke, SD 1 Phil Hertz 1
KCorreia, Phi 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
DHale, Col 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
JDeFratus, Phi 0 Scott Wilderman 0
MBaxter, ChC 0 Steve Gardner 0 Brian Walton 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

RYnoa, Col Steve Gardner 0 Phil Hertz 0
ABlanco, Phi Steve Gardner 0
CDominguez, Cin Brian Walton 0
CHernandez, Phi Phil Hertz 0
DDietrich, Mia Phil Hertz 0
DUggla, Was Phil Hertz 0
JGrimm, ChC Brian Walton 0
JHerrera, ChC Phil Hertz 0
JTabata, Pit Brian Walton 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

In National League Tout Wars, the big money was chasing the playing time available at shortstop for Cincinnati given Zack Cozart’s season-ending knee injury. Ivan DeJesus Jr. had 20 at-bats last week, but all indications are that Eugenio Suarez will be the every-day man at short.

Bidding reflected this, with Phil Hertz edging out Steve Gardner, $17 to $16 for Suarez, while DeJesus’ new owner is Gene McCaffrey of Wise Guy Baseball for $12, reduced from $17 by Vickrey Rule.

Even though Tyler Lyons has been in Triple-A for four seasons and given trials with St. Louis numerous times before, Lance Lynn’s forearm injury has created another opportunity for the lefty to start. Lyons allowed just two runs in five innings against Kansas City over the weekend and it looks like he will get at least one more turn in the Cardinals rotation. Tristan H. Cockcroft missed out on Suarez, but settled for Lyons for $8 (down from $11 due to Vickrey).

Todd's Take

I seem to be explaining away more goofs this season than elucidating sage strategy. There was no reason to pussyfoot my bids in the manner I did this week. Not getting Tyler Lyons, Taylor Jungmann or Allen Webster isn't going to cost me the Tout championship, but they would help me in what will no doubt be an effort to lose as little FAAB as possible going into next season. I'm not in a position to wait for a crossover player. I should have bid more.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

byron-buxton

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

BBuxton, Min 46 Patrick Davitt 55 David Gonos 45 Joe Pisapia 40
Scott Swanay 35 Scott Engel 33 Fred Zinkie 32
Scott Pianowski 23 Cory Schwartz 20 Tim Heaney 14
Al Melchior 11 Derek Van Riper 9
VVelasquez, Hou 10 Cory Schwartz 11 Derek Van Riper 9 Fred Zinkie 8
Tim Heaney 2
JRoss, Was 4 Zach Steinhorn 6 David Gonos 3
EScribner, Oak 3 Al Melchior 3 Tim Heaney 3
WPerez, Atl 2 Zach Steinhorn 6 Scott Pianowski 1 Cory Schwartz 0
ODespaigne, SD 1 Paul Singman 1 Cory Schwartz 0
JSmoak, Tor 1 Paul Singman 6
ESuarez, Cin 1 Derek Van Riper 5 Cory Schwartz 0
GParra, Mil 1 Scott Pianowski 5
DEspinosa, Was 1 Cory Schwartz 4 Scott Pianowski 3
KKiermaier, TB 1 Patrick Davitt 19 Scott Pianowski 2
SCopeland, Tor 1 Fred Zinkie 3
JMaxwell, SF 1 Scott Engel 9
SGennett, Mil 1 Al Melchior 8 Cory Schwartz 0
GUrshela, Cle 1 Al Melchior 9
HOlivera, LAD 1 Tim Heaney 5
INova, NYY 1 Tim Heaney 3
SCishek, Mia 0 Scott Pianowski 0
DODay, Bal 0 Patrick Davitt 0 Fred Zinkie 0
DPhelps, Mia 0 Fred Zinkie 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

TMoore, Was Paul Singman 5
DiHerrera, NYM Derek Van Riper 3
RRay, Ari Cory Schwartz 3
JBenoit, SD Zach Steinhorn 1 Patrick Davitt 0
CCapps, Mia Zach Steinhorn 0
CShreve, NYY Patrick Davitt 0
JTazawa, Bos Patrick Davitt 0
KHerrera, KC Patrick Davitt 0
KSiegrist, StL Fred Zinkie 0
ROsuna, Tor Fred Zinkie 0
TMilone, Min Cory Schwartz 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

When news broke of the Byron Buxton promotion, I was almost positive that he was owned in this league. But a short visit to the website revealed that he wasn't. A few seconds later, I realized that I wasn't going to get him. A few seconds later, I realized that Patrick Davitt, who had a league-high 101 FAAB bucks at his disposal, was going to get him. So I didn't even bother placing a bid. Buxton's price tag of $46 seemed a bit high to me at first, but in a mixed league with no crossover players involved, he could turn out to be the biggest impact FAAB addition of the season. And seriously, how else was Patrick going to use his excess dough?

The injury to Lance Lynn combined with just terrible matchups for Bartolo Colon (@TOR) and Mike Leake (vs. DET) had me searching for starting pitching alternatives for the coming week. And I hope I picked the right ones. Joe Ross has been quite impressive through his first two big league starts. The only problem is that he might find himself without a rotation spot by the end of the week, as Doug Fister is very close to returning. But at least Ross will be making one more start, and the matchup is a favorable one, at home versus an inconsistent Rays lineup. As for Williams Perez, he is a two-start pitcher, which is nice. He has been pitching well, which is also nice. I'm not too concerned about the home start against the Mets but Monday's Fenway Park outing scares me. Ultimately, though, I decided to be daring, because there's no way I'm starting either Colon or Leake.

Hopefully, this $6 spending spree won't backfire.

Todd's Take

As Zach suggested, Patrick bid enough to cover the all-in bids from his competitors. Honestly, who knows how Buxton will perform but the job is his (in my estimation). The mistake often made in these instances is hearing a comp and assuming that's the expectation for this season. For Buxton, I've heard Carlos Gomez as well as Andrew McCutchen (see Lawr's hotpage for week of June 15). This is the peak expectation -- not what to anticipate the rest of the season.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

morton

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

VVelasquez, Hou 12 Perry Van Hook 23 Paul Sporer 11 Anthony Perri 6
CMorton, Pit 10 Paul Sporer 16 Charlie Wiegert 9 Adam Ronis 2
PHughes, Min 1 Ray Murphy 8
TMilone, Min 1 Ray Murphy 3
JRoss, Was 1 Paul Sporer 3 Perry Van Hook 11
BPena, Cin 1 Perry Van Hook 5
KelJohnson, Atl 1 Perry Van Hook 3
SGennett, Mil 1 Grey Albright 3 Adam Ronis 0
ESuarez, Cin 1 Adam Ronis 3 Grey Albright 1
GUrshela, Cle 1 Paul Sporer 7
BPaulsen, Col 1 Rudy Gamble 6 Paul Sporer 6
CCoghlan, ChC 1 Eno Sarris 2 Paul Sporer 5 Tim McLeod 1
MAviles, Cle 1 Charlie Wiegert 9
CFrias, LAD 1 Charlie Wiegert 9
MSano, Min 1 Tim McLeod 5
NReimold, Bal 1 Tim McLeod 4

UNAWARDED BIDS

KRyan, Det Charlie Wiegert 9
RDickey, Tor Charlie Wiegert 9
MMontgomery, Sea Charlie Wiegert 5 Paul Sporer 3
JSmoak, Tor Paul Sporer 4
JPhegley, Oak Perry Van Hook 3
YEscobar, Was Paul Sporer 3 Grey Albright 1
MWilliams, NYY Eno Sarris 2
DMurphy, Cle Tim McLeod 2
AGriffin, Oak Paul Sporer 1
AWarren, NYY Paul Sporer 1
CAsche, Phi Eno Sarris 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Rumor has it Perry is back on dry land and should be back with us in a week's time.

Todd's Take

Buxton was stashed on Anthony Perri's reserve list and thus unavailable. He finds himself in a position that I am very familiar (geez, discussing another mistake) and that's sitting on a prospect, in my case Jose Peraza, while my counting stats continue to lag well behind. In the NL only league, there weren't any available players to pick up instead. Anthony knows what he's doing and must have figured what he'd get from Buxton bests what he would have received from that roster spot. I hope for his sake he's right.

Just a quick note about Charlie Morton -- if he's available, grab him.

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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 above each player photo..

AMERICAN LEAGUE

velasquez

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Vincent Velasquez, HOU 22 Fangraphs 22 Mastersball 21 ESPN.com 12
RotoWire 15 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9 FantasyScore 8
Baseball HQ 5 Colton & The Wolfman 5 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2
Matt Andriese, TB 5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5 FantasyScore 1
Mason Williams, NYY 5 Colton & The Wolfman 5 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2 RotoWire 1
Mastersball 1
Nolan Reimold, BAL 4 ESPN.com 4 Fangraphs 3 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Winning Fantasy Baseball 2 Mastersball 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Vidal Nuno, SEA 2 Mastersball 2 Fangraphs 1
Efren Navarro, LAA 2 SiriusXM 2 Fangraphs 1
Sam Fuld, OAK 2 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Kyle Kubitza, LAA 1 Mastersball 1
Marwin Gonzalez, HOU 1 Fangraphs 1 Mastersball 1
Jake Elmore, TB 1 RotoWire 1 SiriusXM 2 Mastersball 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Josh Fields, HOU ESPN.com 1 Fangraphs 1
Steven Geltz, TB NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

One more week and Perry will be back, I promise!

Todd's Take

A bit of alliterative theme as we'll look at Vincent Velasquez, who captured the highest overall bid and Kyle Kubitza because Perry felt he was worthy enough to slip away from his vacation and put in a bid.

With the success Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh have enjoyed on Houston, young Astros call-ups can't be ignored. The prime jewel, Mark Appel still looms but in the meantime the club is slowly flushing out the likes of Roberto Hernandez and Scott Feldman and breaking in Lance McCullers and Velasquez. The 23 year old right-hander was throwing lights out in Double-A Corpus Christi, fanning 37 with only 9 walks in 26 1/3rd innings. If there's a concern it's he averaged only 5 1/3rd frames a start, likely due to an injury history which includes Tommy John surgery in 2012. Velasquez throws in the 95 mph range but could use some work on his secondary pitches and control. He's not assured a spot for the rest of the season, but he's certainly worth a look.

Kubitza's calling card is on base skills as he's pulled at least a ten percent walk rate every season in the minors, though it should be noted he's been on the upper end of the usual age for each level. It's unclear how long his major league stay will be as he's up primarily to cover the hot corner while David Freese nurses a hamstring, That said, the Halos offense beyond the top four in the order has been vapid so if he sparks the lower part of the order, he may stick.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

eugeniosuarez

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Eugenio Suarez, CIN 13 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 13 Baseball HQ 8 Colton & The Wolfman 5
RotoWire - DVR 5
Joe Ross, WSH 8 Baseball HQ 8 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 8 RotoExperts 6
Colton & The Wolfman 5
Ivan De Jesus, CIN 2 Baseball HQ 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Jose Urena, MIA 2 Sandlot Shrink 2
J.J. Hoover, CIN 1 Baseball HQ 1
Shane Peterson, MIL 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Kristopher Negron, CIN 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Blake Treinen, WSH 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Chris Denorfia, CHC Baseball HQ 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Arquimedes Caminero, PIT Baseball HQ 1
Brennan Boesch, CIN Colton & The Wolfman 1
Dale Thayer, SD Baseball HQ 1
George Kontos, SF Baseball HQ 1
Jarrett Parker, SF Colton & The Wolfman 1
Justin De Fratus, PHI Colton & The Wolfman 1
Mike Baxter, CHC Colton & The Wolfman 1
Randall Delgado, ARI Baseball HQ 1
Sam Dyson, MIA Baseball HQ 1
Taylor Jungmann, MIL Colton & The Wolfman 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Filler is the key word for this week's transactions.

So strange it should be like this when the likes of Carlos Correa, Byron Buxton, and Francisco Lindor have all been advanced in the AL, things a bit bleaker in the NL, where Eugenio Suarez was the top bid recipient, going to Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius for $13, besting a pair of $5 tries as well as an $8 one.

Doug Dennis bagged Nats pitcher Joe Ross for $8, also beating out three bits, ranging from $5-$8.

That is it for the high priced players, for the remaining players awarded were Jose Urena ($2 to the Sandlot Shrink), and Ivan De Jesus also costing Monsieur Dennis a couple of bucks (there was a $1 attempt on De Jesus).

Everyone else from the dearth of talent in the free agent LABR pool was indeed $1 filler: JJ Hoover (BBHQ), with Shane Peterson, Kris Negron and Blake Treinen both to Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton for a buck.

Like I said: filler.

Todd's Take

I'm a little intrigued with Joe Ross. I like the way he's progressed through the minors, first in the San Diego Padres system (yes, he's Tyson's brother) and now with the Nationals. His K, BB and HR numbers are all very good. He's averaged giving up a hit an inning which is a little higher than you want but nothing an MLB defense can't fix, though the Nationals could use some work in that area. There may not be a spot for Ross much longer, unless he's given Tanner Roark's rotation gig. Either way, if your league only allows pick-ups when active, he's worth the shot even if you need to stash him as there will likely be another injury down the line. This is doubly important in keepers leagues with Jordan Zimmermann set to hit the free agent waters in the off-season.

MIXED LEAGUE

carlos_correa

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Carlos Correa, HOU 51 MLB.com 51 USA TODAY Sports 50 BSports 41
Rotowire-Colton 37 Baseball Prospectus 32 Rotowire-Erickson 27
Razzball 22
Byron Buxton, MIN 41 Rotowire-Colton 41 BSports 41 MLB.com 31
Fangraphs 24 FantasyScore 20 Razzball 16
USA TODAY Sports 14 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 5
Vincent Velasquez, HOU 8 BSports 8 Razzball 3 MLB.com 1
Rotowire-Colton 1 FantasyScore 1 Mastersball 1
Giovanny Urshela, CLE 7 Mastersball 7
Mike Montgomery, SEA 5 USA TODAY Sports 5 Mastersball 4 MLB.com 1
Rotowire-Colton 1
Kevin Correia, PHI 5 Rotowire-Colton 5
Joe Ross, WSH 4 Mastersball 4 Rotowire-Colton 1
Randal Grichuk, STL 3 FantasyScore 3 Fangraphs 2
Mark Buehrle, TOR 2 Razzball 2 MLB.com 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Tommy Milone, MIN 1 Baseball HQ 1
A.J. Pierzynski, ATL 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Mason Williams, NYY 1 Fangraphs 1
Christopher Rusin, COL 1 FantasyScore 1
Shaun Marcum, CLE 1 MLB.com 1 Baseball HQ 1
Colby Lewis, TEX 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Jason Motte, CHC 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Ruben Tejada, NYM 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Yangervis Solarte, SD Mastersball 1
Cody Asche, PHI Mastersball 1
Brock Holt, BOS Mastersball 1
Ryan Flaherty, BAL Mastersball 1
Alexi Amarista, SD Mastersball 1
Eduardo Escobar, MIN Mastersball 1
Chris Tillman, BAL Mastersball 1
Alex Colome, TB Mastersball 1
Chris Tillman, BAL MLB.com 1
Jeff Locke, PIT MLB.com 1
Chris Tillman, BAL Rotowire-Colton 1
Brett Oberholtzer, HOU Rotowire-Colton 1
Jose Urena, MIA Rotowire-Colton 1
Tom Layne, BOS Rotowire-Colton 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

See, I told you I was intrigued by Ross. My other pick-up was Giovanny Urshela. I've been using Mike Aviles to cover the loss of Lonnie Chisenhall but with the promotion of Lindor, Aviles goes back to utility and I need more playing time than that. I'm not expecting huge things from Urshela, perhaps a better average but less pop than Chisenhall. Urshela's glove plays and along with Lindor, the defense in the left side of the Cleveland infield is vastly improved. This could really benefit the likes of Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer, Danny Salazar and of course, Corey Kluber. This could also be huge for T.J. House if he's afforded another chance. Defense may not be a roto scoring stat, but in this instance, it may be relevant to keep Urshela in the lineup.

Todd's Take

I've been thinking a lot about position scarcity lately and if I'm approaching it properly. My philosophy is not to jump players up my ranks based on position. If you're patient, eventually you'll be able to find a player at every position commensurate with that draft spot. In this draft, I specifically remember knowingly passing over other third baseman since I knew I'd be able to get Nick Castellanos, Trevor Plouffe or Chisenhall with a late pick.

Obviously, I needed to replace Chisenhall. What prompted my pontification regarding scarcity is the dearth of viable replacements at the position while the replacements elsewhere are more palatable. I'm not talking about the rookie like Buxton and Correa but the normal replacement level player.

I don't have the answer yet. I need to go back and see if part of the problem was missing some opportunities to upgrade the spot previous to the injury. I also need to keep in mind that I'm not expecting much from the spot where I took Chisenhall and I may still get the expected production from Urshela. The real message is don't wait until the off-season to investigate this. The available data in terms of past waiver reports are readily accessible. Don't tempt fate that you'll be able to grab the info in the off-season.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 June 2015 12:55
 
LABR and Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of June 8 PDF Print E-mail
You Look FAABulous
Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 08 June 2015 00:18

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.

hanseralberto

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MTrumbo, Sea 83 Lawr Michaels 89 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 82 Larry Schechter 61
Lawr Michaels 54 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 45 Mike Podhorzer 38
Chris Liss 23 Jason Collette 19
HAlberto, Tex 19 Jeff Erickson 21 Larry Schechter 18 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 11
Lawr Michaels 7 Mike Podhorzer 0
TMilone, Min 3 Andy Behrens 4 Lawr Michaels 2
JBerrios, Min 1 Andy Behrens 1 Chris Liss 1
SDelabar, Tor 1 Andy Behrens 2
ZWalters, Cle 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
CYoung, NYY 1 Chris Liss 1 Mike Podhorzer 0
DLough, Bal 1 Jason Collette 2
BBoyer, Min 1 Jason Collette 1
JWilson, NYY 0 Seth Trachtman 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

FLindor, Cle Jeff Erickson 21 Chris Liss 1

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

To bid or not to bid? Lighting up the free agent lists this week was Mark Trumbo. Do I need home runs? Yes. That meant, dammit, yes I had to bid and bid aggressively to get this OBP killer on the basis that he is coming across leagues in early June and is likely to garner many an at-bat (and possibly a decent amount of home runs and runs batted in) albeit potentially many painful ones too. So I bid $82, one more than my nearest FAAB competitor. Fortunately, or unfortunately, I never had a chance as Lawr, the then FAAB leader, bid beyond what I could muster. That leaves me ranked second highest in FAAB, so I'll cross my fingers and hope more appealing characters come along in short order.

Todd's Take

Rob alluded to something we sometimes forget about and that's Tout Wars is an OBP league which definitely adds a twist when it comes to a player of Trumbo's ilk.

It's interesting that the only player that garnered a bid and was not acquired was a rookie still in the Minors. I'll bet this time next week, even if he's not called up, that Francisco Lindor has a place on a Tout roster. Minor league prospects aren't my thing but since we do have a deep ultra roster in the XFL, I do my best to keep up with the better soon-to-be-rookies. I was especially interested in Lindor since he was offered to me in a deal. Opinions vary as he definitely doesn't have the offensive upside of Carlos Correa, but he's more than an all-glove, no stick shortstop. The best comp I came across was Erick Aybar. I can live with Aybar.

jorgedelarosa

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JLake, ChC 10 Scott Wilderman 11 Todd Zola 9 Phil Hertz 6
Peter Kreutzer 4 Steve Gardner 4 Derek Carty 2
Mike Gianella 1
JDeLaRosa, Col 7 Mike Gianella 8 Phil Hertz 6
CRusin, Col 4 Todd Zola 7 Brian Walton 3 Mike Gianella 2
Peter Kreutzer 0
JRoss, Was 2 Brian Walton 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1 Peter Kreutzer 1
Phil Hertz 1
MBanuelos, Atl 2 Lenny Melnick  3 Peter Kreutzer 1
BHand, Mia 1 Peter Kreutzer 2 Mike Gianella 4
DHudson, Ari 1 Phil Hertz 2 Todd Zola 2 Brian Walton 0
Scott Wilderman 0
DDescalso, Col 1 Todd Zola 6 Steve Gardner 0 Derek Carty 0
SPeterson, Mil 1 Todd Zola 2
DHernandez, Ari 1 Phil Hertz 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
BBoesch, Cin 1 Lenny Melnick  16
RDelgado, Ari 0 Brian Walton 0 Todd Zola 3
CPennington, Ari 0 Derek Carty 0 Todd Zola 0
SOberg, Col 0 Brian Walton 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

CHernandez, Phi Todd Zola 1
CTorres, NYM Todd Zola 1
DMuno, NYM Todd Zola 1
JTabata, Pit Todd Zola 1
PCiriaco, Atl Todd Zola 1
CKnebel, Mil Phil Hertz 0
CStewart, Pit Phil Hertz 0
JGrimm, ChC Phil Hertz 0
KFlores, Mia Peter Kreutzer 0
ABarrett, Was Mike Gianella 0
ALiberatore, LAD Mike Gianella 0
EGoeddel, NYM Mike Gianella 0
DRoss, ChC Derek Carty 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

Topping the list is Cubs outfielder Junior Lake. It took $10 of OnRoto's Scott Wilderman's $11 bid to secure Lake's services. Though Jorge Soler may not be on the disabled list much at all beyond his 15-day minimum, which ends on June 17, Lake is getting the chance to show manager Joe Maddon that he deserves to stay on in the Windy City rather than returning to Triple-A to play every day.

At 34 years of age, Colorado's Jorge De La Rosa is a well-known quantity in fantasy baseball circles. Carrying a 6.15 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP through his first seven starts of the season, the lefty was released by USAToday's Steve Gardner last week. De La Rosa was not a free agent long, however, drawing bids of $8 and $6, with the winner being Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus.

Speaking of Colorado starters, Chris Rusin has gotten off to a tremendous beginning with two seven-inning starts with only three runs allowed in total sandwiched around a spotless 4 2/3 inning relief stint. The lefty added 15 strikeouts in those 18 2/3 frames. In a fight between Mastersball cronies, Todd Zola bid $7, but only had to pay $4 to top my $3 offer.

Todd's Take

This was the wrong week to have three holes to fill. I'm not hoarding FAAB but on the other hand don't trust the Cubs enough to keep Junior Lake around so I opted to play it a little conservative and see if I can strike on someone a little better soon. I admit I'm running out of time, having dug myself a huge hole in counting stats by carrying too many scrubs early. One spot has been filled with Maikel Franco while I'm still waiting on Jose Peraza to take another. I may have gotten lucky with Justin Bour as a free agent a few weeks back though losing Daniel Murphy isn't helping. Unless something drastic happens, this may be the second straight year my goal is finishing above the 60 point plateau so I don't lose FAAB. Nothing I can do but keep on fighting.

joeybutler

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JGallo, Tex 27 Derek Van Riper 27 Tim Heaney 26 Scott Engel 21
Fred Zinkie 15 Al Melchior 11 Paul Singman 2
PStrop, ChC 10 Tim Heaney 12 Scott Engel 9 Ray Flowers 4
Fred Zinkie 0
JButler, TB 9 Derek Van Riper 9 Tim Heaney 9 Scott Engel 5
Nando DiFino 2
KJepsen, TB 5 Tim Heaney 6 Ray Flowers 4 Scott Engel 4
MMontgomery, Sea 3 Derek Van Riper 3 Scott Engel 3 Fred Zinkie 0
MEstrada, Tor 3 Scott Swanay 3 Nando DiFino 1
SMatz, NYM 2 Scott Swanay 6 Fred Zinkie 2
JGiavotella, LAA 1 Paul Singman 1 Derek Van Riper 2 Al Melchior 1
CGonzalez, Tex 1 Scott Engel 5 Derek Van Riper 3 Fred Zinkie 0
CTillman, Bal 1 Scott Swanay 6 Derek Van Riper 2
VNuno, Sea 1 Nando DiFino 1
KVargas, Min 1 Nando DiFino 4
ZMcAllister, Cle 1 Patrick Davitt 3
HAlberto, Tex 1 Al Melchior 3
RTejada, NYM 1 Scott Engel 3
WCastillo, Ari 1 Scott Engel 2
TKoehler, Mia 1 Scott Engel 1
MAviles, Cle 0 Cory Schwartz 0 Al Melchior 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

EHernandez, LAD Scott Swanay 3
JUribe, Atl Derek Van Riper 3
MLorenzen, Cin Scott Engel 2 Fred Zinkie 0
JRoss, Was Derek Van Riper 2
DYoung, Bal Scott Engel 2 Derek Van Riper 1
SDrew, NYY Derek Van Riper 1
EEscobar, Min Al Melchior 1
BBarnes, Col Derek Van Riper 1
BHand, Mia Scott Engel 1
CGillaspie, CWS Derek Van Riper 1
CMcGehee, SF Derek Van Riper 1
EScribner, Oak Fred Zinkie 0
AHechavarria, Mia Scott Engel 0
JVargas, KC Fred Zinkie 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Through six big league games, Joey Gallo has given us an accurate idea as to what to expect going forward: two homers, 13 strikeouts. The strikeouts are here to stay, but this is a guy who tallied at least 40 homers in each of his last two minor league seasons before collecting nine more home runs through 34 games at Double-A this year. And he does walk quite a bit, in an Adam Dunn kind of way, and since Tout Wars uses OBP instead of AVG, 27 bucks seems like a fair, if not discounted price for him.

The closer situations in Tampa Bay and the North Side of Chicago are tough to decipher, but I do like what Tim Heaney did here, spending a combined $15 to snag both Pedro Strop and Kevin Jepsen. While it's entirely possible that the two relievers will fail to record a combined ten saves from here on out, it isn't out of the question that both will see the majority of the save chances for their respective teams. But even if Tim guesses right with one of the two, the $15 investment will be well worth it being that there are attainable points to be gained in the saves category.

Finally, a quick glance at the remaining FAAB budgets reveals that with the season roughly 35 percent complete, 12 of the 15 teams in this league have $50 or less at their disposal. This wasn't very surprising to me, but I was a bit surprised that six of the 15 teams have less than $24 remaining. I don't remember if these numbers were similar last year, but with more than one-third of the league having spent more than three-quarters of their total budget, it will be interesting to see how the FAAB dynamics play out in the months ahead. Expect FAAB to be thrown into more than a few trades.

Todd's Take

Yo Zach, save something for me to talk about. Just kidding partner. 

You know the mantra that you can always pick up useful pitching in-season? Take a look at the starters that are now forced to be on a roster this week - that's a bunch of mediocre pitching. Run scoring is just about on par with what it was last season but yet it seems pitching isn't as solid. My first thought is it could be relievers are better, but it seems closers are worse. Sounds like I have myself a topic for a Toddcast this week.

trevormay

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JGallo, Tex 26 Ray Murphy 28 Tom Kessenich 25 Anthony Perri 18
Adam Ronis 12 Rudy Gamble 2
TMay, Min 10 Paul Sporer 11 Ray Murphy 9 Grey Albright 3
Adam Ronis 2 Eno Sarris 2
PStrop, ChC 7 Grey Albright 8 Adam Ronis 6
KJepsen, TB 5 Paul Sporer 11 Adam Ronis 4 Grey Albright 3
Eno Sarris 2
JButler, TB 3 Anthony Perri 3 Tim McLeod 3 Adam Ronis 0
CGonzalez, Tex 3 Tim McLeod 8 Adam Ronis 2 Grey Albright 5
Paul Sporer 5
JGiavotella, LAA 1 Ray Murphy 3 Grey Albright 1
BHolt, Bos 1 Grey Albright 10
RRay, Ari 1 Grey Albright 7
JJeffress, Mil 1 Eno Sarris 1
JLake, ChC 1 Rudy Gamble 2
GParra, Mil 1 Rudy Gamble 2 Adam Ronis 0
WandRodriguez, Tex 1 Adam Ronis 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

MMontgomery, Sea Paul Sporer 4
JBroxton, Mil Eno Sarris 2
DHudson, Ari Paul Sporer 2
PNeshek, Hou Tim McLeod 1
RDelgado, Ari Eno Sarris 1
DHudson, Ari Eno Sarris 1
CCoghlan, ChC Rudy Gamble 1
MAviles, Cle Adam Ronis 0
WMiddlebrooks, SD Adam Ronis 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Perry is taking some well-deserved time to be with his family.

Todd's Take

It's getting late, my ability to be pithy is vanishing so we'll make this short and sweet. It's cool how closely the bids were on Joey Gallo in the pair of mixed leagues. Told you I was running on fumes. 

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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

mARKTRUMBO

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Mark Trumbo, SEA $67 USA TODAY Sports 67 Fangraphs 61 SiriusXM 56
Colton & The Wolfman 52 ESPN.com 43 FantasyScore 43
Winning Fantasy Baseball 24 RotoWire 20
Eric Sogard, OAK $7 Winning Fantasy Baseball 7 SiriusXM 2 ESPN.com 1
RotoWire 1
Ramon Flores, NYY $4 Colton & The Wolfman 4 SiriusXM 1
Jonathan Villar, HOU $4 ESPN.com 4 SiriusXM 3 ESPN.com 2
Colton & The Wolfman 2 Fangraphs 2 RotoWire 1
Carlos Perez, LAA $4 SiriusXM 4 ESPN.com 1
Mike Montgomery, SEA $3 Fangraphs 3 FantasyScore 1
Rickie Weeks, SEA $1 RotoWire 1
Mikie Mahtook, TB $1 ESPN.com 1
Pat Venditte, OAK $1 FantasyScore 1
Brandon Gomes, TB $1 Mastersball 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jake Elmore, TB SiriusXM 3 ESPN.com 1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, LAA SiriusXM 1
Marwin Gonzalez, HOU SiriusXM 1
Ryan Goins, TOR SiriusXM 1
Blaine Boyer, MIN Fangraphs 1
Josh Fields, HOU Fangraphs 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Perry's family getaway continues. He'll be back with us soon.

Todd's Take

When Commissioner Gardner sent me the transactions so I could put the report together, he expressed some surprise he won the Mark Trumbo sweepstakes and frankly so am I. There were five teams that could have bid more than Steve (and several bid a decent amount) but the point is no one was willing to basically go all-in. Another way to look at it is the general feeling is four or five owners feel there will be four or five better players dealt to the American League or else they should have bid closer to their max. WHAT? REALLY? I realize $0 bids are not allowed but if you're not bidding now, you're bidding pretty close to your max in July meaning you're going two months with minimal FAAB. So you bid maybe $10 below your limit to get you through July 31 when, in theory you're bidding close to your limit anyway.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

pedrsstrop

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Pedro Strop, CHC $17 Inside Edge 17 RotoExperts 12 USA TODAY Sports 6
Colton & The Wolfman 5 RotoWire - DVR 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3
Baseball HQ 2 ESPN - Karabell 2
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, ARI $11 Yahoo Sports 11 Baseball HQ 3 Derek Carty 2
Jason Motte, CHC $4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 RotoWire - DVR 3 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Inside Edge 2 ESPN - Karabell 1
Robbie Ray, ARI $3 USA TODAY Sports 3 Sandlot Shrink 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Skip Schumaker, CIN $2 Baseball HQ 2 Sandlot Shrink 2 Inside Edge 1
Derek Carty 1
Michael Blazek, MIL $2 RotoExperts 2
Kevin Plawecki, NYM $2 Sandlot Shrink 2 Derek Carty 1
Daniel Muno, NYM $1 Inside Edge 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jose Urena, MIA Sandlot Shrink 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Brad Hand, MIA Sandlot Shrink 1
Joe Ross, WSH NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Ivan De Jesus, CIN Inside Edge 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary.

Catchers and closers led the drive for points in NL LABR with eight bids logging for the Cubs Pedro Strop. In the end Steve Moyer of Inside Edge closed the deal for $17, with losing bids ranging from $2 to $12.

Then Greg Ambroisus and Shawn Childs also made the move for more saves, landing Jason Motte for their NFBC/STATS for $4, besting three bids of $1, $2, and $3.

On the backstop side, Jarrod Saltalamacchia went to Brad Evans of Yahoo! for $11, besting bids of $2 and $3 while Bob Radomski picked up Kevin Plawecki for a couple of bucks outbidding one owner.

Then, Steve Gardner (USAT) nabbed Robbie Ray for $3 again besting another bid of just a buck, Lenny Melnick copped the Brewers Michael Blazek for $2, Doug Dennis bought the rights to Skip Schumaker,for $2 (again besting a $1 bid) while Stefve Moyer also landed Daniel Munro for a dollar.

Todd's Take

Has there been a crazier year with closers in recent memory? Turnover is always expected, but at the back end. Guys like Steve Cishek, Hector Rondon, Mark Melancon and Cody Allen were supposed to be safe middle tier options to avoid the churn. Guys like Craig Kimbrel (4.29/1.43) and Aroldis Chapman (2.13/1.38) were worth the high price since they help ratios as well as getting saves.

AAAAARRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

It all really makes you appreciate even more the ridiculous career of Mariano Rivera.

MIXED LEAGUE

joeygallo

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Joey Gallo, TEX $45 ESPN.com 45 Rotowire-Erickson 21 FantasyScore 20
USA TODAY Sports 15 FNTSY 11 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 9
Baseball Prospectus 6 Fangraphs 5 Razzball 4
Joey Butler, TB $13 FantasyScore 13 ESPN.com 1 Baseball Prospectus 1
Rotowire-Erickson 1
Pedro Strop, CHC $9 Baseball HQ 9 Fangraphs 4 USA TODAY Sports 3
Razzball 3 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Devin Mesoraco, CIN $4 BSports 4
Will Middlebrooks, SD $3 ESPN.com 3 Baseball Prospectus 2 FantasyScore 1
Michael Taylor, WSH $3 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 3 Baseball Prospectus 1
Welington Castillo, ARI $3 Baseball Prospectus 3 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1
Jeremy Hellickson, ARI $2 USA TODAY Sports 2
Carlos Perez, LAA $1 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1
Aaron Hicks, MIN $1 Baseball Prospectus 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

A.J. Pierzynski, ATL Baseball Prospectus 1
Adam Warren, NYY USA TODAY Sports 1
Carter Capps, MIA Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1
Daniel Hudson, ARI Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1
Jason Motte, CHC Baseball HQ 1
Josh Phegley, OAK Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1
Shawn Kelley, SD USA TODAY Sports 1
Tom Koehler, MIA Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

With Lonnie Chisenhall being sent down I had an opening for a third baseman but with $35 FAAB left I knew I was out of the running so I didn't place what would amount to a token bid. I've talked about this in a few different places but one of my frustrations with the way this game has evolved is you don't use salient analysis with players like Gallo but you pick him up on the chance he overcomes his whiff propensity, not because you think he will. I suppose the counter is don't put yourself in a position where you need to take a chance. OK, enough whining about something out of my control.

Todd's Take

Though the past couple of seasons my game play has more holes than just being a bad trader, I readily cop to being a poor trader in leagues of this nature. Contrary to popular belief, trades do occur in industry leagues. My problem is I'm not out there enough in general trade talks. I don't respond enough to the general cattle calls. Many trades occur when there wasn't originally an intent to trade; it came about organically. I don't have enough general correspondence with the league for them to feel comfortable approaching me. I'm not at all unapproachable -- but I do give off the vibe of don't bother me, I'm busy. It's not just here but in other leagues as well. The first step is to admit a problem - the next is to do something about it.

The problem is I'm just too damned busy.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2015 21:43
 
LABR and Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of June 1 PDF Print E-mail
You Look FAABulous
Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 01 June 2015 00:23

Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. 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

chichigonzalez

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ERodriguez, Bos 37 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 37 Jeff Erickson 37 Seth Trachtman 36
Jason Collette 26 Chris Liss 24 Rob Leibowitz 24
Larry Schechter 9
CGonzalez, Tex 11 Jeff Erickson 35 Jason Collette 10
JDyson, KC 7 Larry Schechter 36 Mike Podhorzer 6 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2
ARosales, Tex 5 Larry Schechter 35 Mike Podhorzer 4 Steve Moyer 2
JShuck, CWS 4 Ron Shandler 9 Lawr Michaels 3 Steve Moyer 0
RamFlores, NYY 1 Lawr Michaels 3 Mike Podhorzer 2
ENunez, Min 1 Steve Moyer 1 Larry Schechter 7
INova, NYY 1 Chris Liss 3
JElmore, TB 1 Jason Collette 2
MMontgomery, Sea 1 Jason Collette 2
ENavarro, LAA 1 Mike Podhorzer 1
TCollins, Det 1 Mike Podhorzer 3
JSands, Cle 0 Steve Moyer 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

DLough, Bal Steve Moyer 0
KNieuwenhuis, LAA Mike Podhorzer 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

This week the #1 target appeared to be Boston's Eduardo Rodriguez. The former Oriole had a good season debut and there is reason to believe he might be in Boston to stay if he can follow up strong in his following starts. The 22-year-old lefty is known for his command, keeping the ball on the ground, and having a plus fastball/change-up combo and solid slider. He has perhaps more upside than any other member of the current Boston rotation and has nothing left to prove in Triple-A, so a reasonable investment is in order. The question though is how much FAAB do you risk on a rookie pitcher with a possible #2 starter (more likely #3) upside. Typically, in my mind, into the high teens, but I opted for the mid-twenties given the dearth of the market, though he ended up going for more than one-third of a team's remaining FAAB budget. That's a substantial risk for a pitcher with just one game of MLB experience and no guaranteed roster spot.

Todd's Take

I'm not saying he's all that but I'm a little surprised David Lough wasn't picked up this week. Baltimore has shown to be impatient with a few of their fringe players and he's the type that can get on a little roll and help a deep AL-only squad for a spell.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

clint-robinson

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CRobinson, Was 2 Phil Hertz 2 Gene McCaffrey 1
CBettis, Col 1 Steve Gardner 1 Phil Hertz 2
MWisler, Atl 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1
EButler, Col 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 4
TJordan, Was 1 Phil Hertz 3 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
HStrickland, SF 1 Phil Hertz 7
CCapps, Mia 1 Phil Hertz 2
EYoung, Atl 1 Mike Gianella 3
SPiscotty, StL 1 Mike Gianella 6
JLobaton, Was 1 Mike Gianella 1
JHoover, Cin 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
BTreinen, Was 0 Derek Carty 0 Steve Gardner 0 Phil Hertz 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

CKnebel, Mil Phil Hertz 0
CTorres, NYM Peter Kreutzer 0
DThayer, SD Peter Kreutzer 0
JTabata, Pit Derek Carty 0
RDelgado, Ari Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
SGonzalez, Phi Phil Hertz 0
SKelley, SD Derek Carty 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

It was a quiet week in National League Tout Wars. The only player to find a new home for greater than $1 was Nationals first baseman Clint Robinson, who went to a local writer, Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ, for $2. The 30-year-old projects to be a reserve at first and corner outfield in Washington.

In a league with a small free agent pool such as this, even Rockies starters eventually find a home. This week, both Eddie Butler (Tristan H. Cockcroft) and Chad Bettis (Steve Gardner) were $1 additions. Both have been pitching well lately and these owners are savvy enough to avoid bad matchups – after the first week during which all pickups are required to be active.

Baseball Prospectus’ Mike Gianella made an interesting speculation play with Cardinals Triple-A outfielder Stephen Piscotty. Though St. Louis has a crowded outfield, Piscotty might be called upon to help out the big club cover for the loss of Matt Adams later in the season, if he can learn to play enough first base to be credible defensively.

Todd's Take

Brian alluded to it, the Tout Wars rule allowing the stashing of minor league prospects prior to being called up with the caveat you must submit a non-zero bid and keep the player active for the week. With so few viable options available, not only was Piscotty picked up but Tristan took a shot on Matt Wisler of the Atlanta Braves. Wisler was the primary acquisition in the Craig Kimbrel deal and with Eric Stults being shipped to the Dodgers, the Braves may opt to get Wisler some MLB experience so he's ready to go in 2017, when the new stadium in Atlanta opens. There's a reason why Tristan's the three-time defending champion.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

twalker

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TWalker, Sea 33 Nando DiFino 40 Joe Pisapia 32 Derek Van Riper 16
David Gonos 15 Tim Heaney 8 Ray Flowers 3
ERodriguez, Bos 33 Al Melchior 38 Joe Pisapia 32 Derek Van Riper 16
Scott Engel 14 Fred Zinkie 13 Tim Heaney 8
Zach Steinhorn 6 Cory Schwartz 5
BPaulsen, Col 7 Paul Singman 10 Derek Van Riper 6 Tim Heaney 2
Fred Zinkie 0 Cory Schwartz 0
BOberholtzer, Hou 5 Al Melchior 10 Paul Singman 4
MJoyce, LAA 4 Scott Pianowski 7 Cory Schwartz 6 Ray Flowers 3
Fred Zinkie 3 Tim Heaney 2 Fred Zinkie 0
ERamirez, TB 4 Tim Heaney 4 Ray Flowers 3 Al Melchior 2
MPelfrey, Min 3 Paul Singman 4 Al Melchior 6 Scott Engel 2
Scott Pianowski 0
CBettis, Col 2 Tim Heaney 3 Scott Engel 1
CarSmith, Sea 1 Paul Singman 3 Scott Swanay 4 Tim Heaney 3
BHolt, Bos 1 Derek Van Riper 6 Cory Schwartz 0 Scott Pianowski 0
TCingrani, Cin 1 Nando DiFino 1
YGallardo, Tex 1 Cory Schwartz 14 Scott Swanay 6
ROdor, Tex 1 Cory Schwartz 9
JJay, StL 1 Scott Swanay 6
AGriffin, Oak 1 Scott Swanay 6 Tim Heaney 2
DMurphy, Cle 1 Ray Flowers 2
JLocke, Pit 1 David Gonos 1
ERosario, Min 1 Tim Heaney 2
JDiaz, Cin 0 Nando DiFino 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

MEstrada, Tor Scott Swanay 6
GParra, Mil Scott Pianowski 4
MEstrada, Tor Scott Swanay 3
GBeckham, CWS Scott Pianowski 3
JGallo, Tex Tim Heaney 3
WPerez, Atl Al Melchior 2 Tim Heaney 2
CGonzalez, Tex Al Melchior 2
ODespaigne, SD Paul Singman 1
HOlivera, LAD Cory Schwartz 1
BRondon, Det Nando DiFino 0
VNuno, Ari Nando DiFino 0
CAsche, Phi Cory Schwartz 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

It was no surprise to me that Taijuan Walker and Eduardo Rodriguez were this week's top two FAAB additions. Their prices, however, were a surprise. Initially, I had leaned towards not making any bids. Walker, Rodriguez and Yovani Gallardo piqued my interest, but thanks to the Tout Wars rule that requires teams to activate all FAAB purchases for the first week after adding them, I was ultimately scared off from Walker and Gallardo. Walker is coming off a dominant outing last week, and maybe he has finally figured things out at the big league level. But the reality is that he has yet to post back-to-back quality starts this season, and I felt that he was too much of a blowup risk against the Yankees. Gallardo is another guy who I would've liked to add to my bench but wasn't quite ready to start. I did end up placing a conservative $6 bid on Rodriguez, figuring that he carried the least amount of short-term risk, but I guess there were a few other owners who valued him a lot higher.

Moving to the subject of bidding strategy, it's worth noting that two months into the season, Cory Schwartz was willing to empty his remaining FAAB budget of $23 to acquire the duo of Gallardo and Rougned Odor. But Vickrey rules knocked down the combined price to $2. Cory has his league mates to thank.

Todd's Take

Interesting -- Paulsen is available here but not in the Mixed League Draft league whereas Justin Bour isn't available in the Auction league but is available in the draft.

The under the radar pickup could be Carson Smith, now next in line in Seattle with Danny Farquhar sent to Triple-A. Smith is sporting a 26-to-5 strikeout to walk ratio in 22 innings.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

justin-bour

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JBour, Mia 12 Paul Sporer 13 Tom Kessenich 14 Perry Van Hook 11
Rudy Gamble 10 Adam Ronis 2 Tim McLeod 0
CMorton, Pit 7 Paul Sporer 12 Adam Ronis 6 Tim McLeod 1
Grey Albright 1
ERamirez, TB 5 Paul Sporer 7 Adam Ronis 4 Grey Albright 1
WPerez, Atl 4 Paul Sporer 6 Grey Albright 3 Perry Van Hook 2
MPelfrey, Min 3 Tom Kessenich 3 Tim McLeod 2
ARosales, Tex 1 Tim McLeod 2
JPeterson, Atl 1 Eno Sarris 14 Tim McLeod 1 Adam Ronis 0
MReynolds, StL 1 Tom Kessenich 22 Greg Ambrosius 9
AColome, TB 1 Grey Albright 1 Tom Kessenich 1
MDuffy, SF 1 Greg Ambrosius 9 Eno Sarris 3
RVogelsong, SF 1 Perry Van Hook 11
CQualls, Hou 1 Paul Greco 2
BOberholtzer, Hou 1 Paul Greco 3
ERosario, Min 1 Greg Ambrosius 3
RChirinos, Tex 1 Greg Ambrosius 6
CBettis, Col 1 Paul Sporer 4
JTurner, LAD 1 Rudy Gamble 2
PCorbin, Ari 1 Adam Ronis 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

CGonzalez, Tex Paul Sporer 3
BPena, Cin Tom Kessenich 1
JSmoak, Tor Tom Kessenich 1
CAsche, Phi Tim McLeod 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Perry is away spending some time with family.

Todd's Take

Maybe I'm misreading the tea leaves but I'm a little surprised that not only was Jace Peterson available but he didn't garner more attention. Jose Peraza is dabbling in the outfield, leaving the keystone sack in Atlanta to Peterson. He's been installed as the leadoff hitter and it agrees with him. Perhaps this is a residue of DFS and looking for players at the top of the order but in a 15-team mixed league, Peterson deserves to be on an active roster.

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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

eduardo-rodriguez

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Eduardo Rodriguez, BOS 54 RotoWire 54 Colton & The Wolfman 23 Baseball HQ 21
USA TODAY Sports 13 FantasyScore 7 Winning Fantasy Baseball 4
Chi Chi Gonzalez, TEX 6 Baseball HQ 6 FantasyScore 1
Adam Rosales, TEX 4 Winning Fantasy Baseball 4
Buck Farmer, DET 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4
Brad Brach, BAL 3 FantasyScore 3
Hanser Alberto, TEX 2 FantasyScore 2
J.B. Shuck, CWS 1 Fangraphs 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Josh Fields, HOU FantasyScore 2
Shane Robinson, MIN Fangraphs 1
Eric Sogard, OAK Winning Fantasy Baseball 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

The Captain is spending time with family. If he has a chance to check in we'll share his thoughts.

Todd's Take

Sometimes you throw analysis out the window and bid aggressively on the chance you hit gold. Truth be told it's not an element of the game that I'm fond of but that's the way the hobby has evolved. What we know now is Eduardo Rodriguez will get at least one more start. He obviously looked great in his debut but he's not going to have it that easy every time. I took the plunge in a couple of NFBC leagues. I have no idea how he'll do or if he'll stick (I think he will). But after suffering through Shane Greene, Drew Hutchison, TJ House and a few other hurlers I expected more from, I've got nothing to lose. I'm guessing Chris Liss feels similarly.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

brandon-barnes

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Brandon Barnes, COL 9 USA TODAY Sports 9 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 Baseball HQ 3
Sandlot Shrink 2
Sergio Romo, SF 8 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 8 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Baseball HQ 1
Chad Bettis, COL 7 Sandlot Shrink 7 Colton & The Wolfman 5
Williams Perez, ATL 5 Colton & The Wolfman 5 Baseball HQ 1
Chris Stewart, PIT 2 Sandlot Shrink 2 Baseball HQ 1
Ruben Tejada, NYM 1 Fantasy Insiders 1 USA TODAY Sports 6
Justin Grimm, CHC 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Skip Schumaker, CIN USA TODAY Sports 2
Tucker Barnhart, CIN Sandlot Shrink 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Abraham Almonte, SD USA TODAY Sports 1
Adam Liberatore, LAD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Blake Treinen, WSH NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Cameron Rupp, PHI Sandlot Shrink 1
Dale Thayer, SD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Luis Avilan, ATL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Pedro Ciriaco, ATL USA TODAY Sports 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary.

It always seems like you cannot have enough pitching, but in a deep format like NL 12-team only (hint, LABR) at-bats are also a serious part of the equation, so there was a bit of a rush for the Rockies Brandon Barnes. Steve Gardner (USAT) wound up with the rights, but for $9, outbidding three other wannabee owners.

On the stick side of the dish, Bob Rodamski (Sandlot Shrink) nabbed Chris Stewart ($1) and Steve Moyer (Fantasy Insiders) picked up Ruben Tejada, also for a dollar.

I actually grew impatient waiting for Santiago Casilla to struggle, so last week I grabbed Carter Capps, and dropped Sergio Romo. MIstake? I don't know, but Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs (NFBC/STATS) thought enough of the Giants reliever to bid $8 on him, when again three others made bids.

Gambling on starting pitching, Chad Bettis also went to the Shrink for $7 (bids of $5 and $3 failed), while Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf (Sirius_XM/Fantasy Alarm) picked up the Braves Williams Perez for $5, while the Ambrosius/Childs team also rostered Justin Grimm ($1).

Todd's Take

I'm a little surprised there wasn't more play on Ruben Tejada. Yeah, I know, but he's now the every day Mets third baseman and at least for now he's hitting second. In a league as deep as NL LABR, that's worth something -- especially since he'll soon have dual middle and corner eligiblity.

MIXED LEAGUE

ben_paulsen

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Ben Paulsen, COL 21 Razzball 21 Baseball Prospectus 5 FantasyScore 1
Rotowire-Erickson 1
Justin Bour, MIA 10 Razzball 10 Rotowire-Erickson 5 ESPN.com 4
FantasyScore 4
Eduardo Rodriguez, BOS 10 Rotowire-Erickson 10 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 18 MLB.com 9
Razzball 3 Baseball HQ 1
Mark Reynolds, STL 6 BSports 6 FantasyScore 1
Williams Perez, ATL 5 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 5 BSports 2 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Erasmo Ramirez, TB 5 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 5 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Justin Turner, LAD 2 ESPN.com 2 FantasyScore 3
Chad Bettis, COL 2 ESPN.com 2 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 4 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Tony Watson, PIT 1 Razzball 1
Juan Uribe, ATL 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Raisel Iglesias, CIN Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 4
Adam Warren, NYY Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 3 BSports 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Brandon Barnes, COL Razzball 3
Michael Taylor, WSH Razzball 3
Chi Chi Gonzalez, TEX Rotowire-Erickson 2
Carter Capps, MIA Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1
Hunter Strickland, SF Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1
Aaron Hicks, MIN Rotowire-Erickson 1
Ryan Vogelsong, SF Rotowire-Erickson 1
Will Middlebrooks, SD FantasyScore 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

My catchers both stayed healthy this week so there wasn't a reason for me to bid. Lame jokes aside, I opted not to go after Rodriguez mainly because I figure I have one shot at getting my pitching fixed and I'm not ready to go all-in without exploring other avenues. I'm carrying three closers and will likely try to spin one into a starting pitcher, see where I am and go from there.

Todd's Take

It's going to be interesting watching Ben Paulsen versus Justin Bour. They profile eerily similar. Both are injury replacements with similar minor league careers. They're both lefty swingers that are basically in a platoon. Bour is hitting .361 with 4 homers while Paulsen is hitting .359 with 3 homers in a little more than 20 fewer at bats. The difference? The reason why Paulsen garnered a little more attention and higher bids? Coors Field. Paulsen plays in Coors while Bour plays in Marlins Park. Heads up I prefer Bour since I sense his stay on the field may be longer. Justin Morneau will not be Wally Pipped (though he does have a history with concussion woes). Mike Morse could be Boured.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 June 2015 20:48
 
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