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LABR and Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of September 28 PDF Print E-mail
You Look FAABulous
Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 28 September 2015 11:26

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

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

neftali-feliz-det

NFeliz, Det 11 Steve Moyer 18 Mike Podhorzer 10
FDoubront, Oak 3 Mike Podhorzer 10 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2
MMahtook, TB 1 Steve Moyer 4
LHendriks, Tor 1 Jason Collette 7
CBassitt, Oak 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2
JSucre, Sea 0 Mike Podhorzer 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

TGott, LAA Steve Moyer 18
LMaile, TB Mike Podhorzer 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

I made no moves and didn't see anything out there that was going to make a difference at this point in the standings for a team in my situation. Normally, if I were in a tight race its all about managing those last starts and combing the free agent wire for anyone who is making a start, by either maximizing them for trying to get wins and strikeouts or minimizing them if you're trying to hold fast in ERA and WHIP. Depends where you are in the standings.

Todd's Take

Just like we did with the LABR leagues, we'll post the standings heading into the final week.

1. Chris Liss 90
2. Mike Podhorzer 83.5
3. Jeff Erickson 77.5
4. Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 75.5
5. Jason Collette 71
6. Ron Shandler 68.5
7. Larry Schechter 62
8. Andy Behrens 62
9. Rob Leibowitz 56
10. Seth Trachtman 51
11. Steve Moyer 42
12. Lawr Michaels 41

NATIONAL LEAGUE

david_buchanan

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JLopez, Mil 13 Tristan H. Cockcroft 26 Mike Gianella 12 Phil Hertz 4
DBuchanan, Phi 5 Mike Gianella 12 Phil Hertz 4 Todd Zola 0
BBogusevic, Phi 1 Peter Kreutzer 2
JParker, SF 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 26 Peter Kreutzer 0
ZDavies, Mil 1 Peter Kreutzer 2 Mike Gianella 12 Phil Hertz 4
Todd Zola 0 Phil Hertz 0
AHill, Ari 1 Peter Kreutzer 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 26 Phil Hertz 2
CRusin, Col 1 Todd Zola 16
AGuerrero, LAD 1 Phil Hertz 2 Brian Walton 0
TCruz, StL 1 Phil Hertz 4
JSmith, Cin 1 Phil Hertz 4
BWallace, SD 0 Brian Walton 0 Phil Hertz 2 Peter Kreutzer 0
JRoss, Was 0 Brian Walton 0
SCishek, StL 0 Brian Walton 0
RErlin, SD 0 Phil Hertz 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 26
TLyons, StL 0 Phil Hertz 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

TBrown, SF Phil Hertz 4
ECampbell, NYM Phil Hertz 2
RYnoa, Col Phil Hertz 2
SGilmartin, NYM Brian Walton 0
DHinojosa, Phi Brian Walton 0
TCravy, Mil Phil Hertz 0
TMoore, Was Peter Kreutzer 0
YBarrios, Mil Brian Walton 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

In the final transaction period of 2015, it is only fitting that the top two teams in the NL Tout Wars standings spent the most money.

Defending champion, but currently sitting in second, 11 ½ games out of first, is ESPN'€™s Tristan H. Cockcroft, who dropped $13 ($26 Vickrey) on Milwaukee starter Jorge Lopez. The 22-year-old was the Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Year for his work at Double-A. I bet Cockcroft would like to stash Lopez for 2016.

League leader Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus spent $5 ($12 Vickrey) on Phillies starter David Buchanan. Despite season marks of an ERA just under eight and WHIP just under two, the 26-year-old put two good starts on the books against Miami and Washington. However, Buchanan faces the Mets at home this week. Though the Mets have clinched, they still have motivation - fighting the Dodgers for home field advantage in their NLDS matchup.

All other players acquired went for $1 or $0. With the books closed for 2015, 10 of the 12 owners left an aggregate of $130 on the table.

Todd's Take

1. Mike Gianella 92
2. Tristan H. Cockcroft 81.5
3. Derek Carty 78
4. Ray Guilfoyle 73
5. Phil Hertz 71
6. Lenny Melnick 69.5
7. Scott Wilderman 67
8. Gene McCaffrey 56
9. Brian Walton 52.5
10. Steve Gardner 49.5
11. Todd Zola 47.5
12. Peter Kreutzer 42.5

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

jarrett-parker

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JParker, SF 2 Ray Flowers 9 Tim Heaney 1 Cory Schwartz 0
BFinnegan, Cin 1 Ray Flowers 16 Scott Swanay 2 Nando DiFino 0
CSabathia, NYY 1 Nando DiFino 2
CRupp, Phi 1 Al Melchior 1
DRuf, Phi 1 Al Melchior 4 Cory Schwartz 0
CTillman, Bal 1 Ray Flowers 11
RRoss, Bos 1 Scott Pianowski 7 Scott Swanay 0
AConley, Mia 1 Scott Pianowski 7 Zach Steinhorn 4 Scott Swanay 2
Tim Heaney 0
CAnderson, Cle 1 Zach Steinhorn 4 Scott Swanay 2 Tim Heaney 0
NTropeano, LAA 1 Scott Swanay 2
JLopez, Mil 1 Scott Swanay 2
VNuno, Sea 0 Nando DiFino 0
COwings, Ari 0 Nando DiFino 0
DAckley, NYY 0 Nando DiFino 0
MBoyd, Det 0 Nando DiFino 0
NFeliz, Det 0 Scott Swanay 0 Scott Pianowski 7
KTomlinson, SF 0 Scott Pianowski 7
HKendrick, LAD 0 Cory Schwartz 0
JMercer, Pit 0 Tim Heaney 0 Cory Schwartz 0
MMorin, LAA 0 Cory Schwartz 0 Scott Swanay 0
KKela, Tex 0 Cory Schwartz 0
CBassitt, Oak 0 Scott Swanay 2 Tim Heaney 0
JHardy, Bal 0 Scott Swanay 0 Tim Heaney 0
TRoark, Was 0 Tim Heaney 0
DHaren, ChC 0 Tim Heaney 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

TraThompson, CWS Ray Flowers 9
MMahtook, TB Ray Flowers 9
BGuyer, TB Cory Schwartz 0
CSpangenberg, SD Cory Schwartz 0
FGalvis, Phi Scott Swanay 0
GKontos, SF Cory Schwartz 0
JoRamirez, Cle Scott Swanay 0 Tim Heaney 0
JWilson, NYY Cory Schwartz 0
KBarraclough, Mia Cory Schwartz 0
RDavis, Det Cory Schwartz 0
RDull, Oak Cory Schwartz 0
RGoins, Tor Scott Swanay 0
SRomo, SF Cory Schwartz 0
TraThompson, CWS Cory Schwartz 0
TWatson, Pit Cory Schwartz 0
WHarris, Hou Cory Schwartz 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Although Giants outfielder Jarrett Parker was the only player purchased for a price greater than $1, the theme of this final FAAB run was clearly pitching, with a special focus on two-start pitchers. Brandon Finnegan, Chris Tillman, Tanner Roark, Dan Haren and Nick Tropeano were among the starting pitchers added almost entirely or entirely due to their two-start status. And since 20 strikeouts separate 4th place from 8th place in the strikeouts category and I'm currently right in the middle of that pack in addition to being in position to possibly gain two points in wins, I joined in on the two-start pitcher fun with my addition of Cody Anderson. I tried for Adam Conley as well but didn't have enough FAAB to acquire both. I also had a tough time deciding between Anderson and Conley, as Conley does carry greater upside in the strikeouts department. But ultimately, I felt a bit more comfortable with the more established Anderson, who has gone 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA through five starts this month. And if I have any chance of gaining a significant amount of pitching points this week, enough to pull off a miraculous comeback to retake the first place position that I occupied for three months, strikeouts will not be enough. I'll need an excellent ERA and WHIP as well.

Todd's Take

1. Fred Zinkie 108.5
2. Tim Heaney 102.5
3. Scott Swanay 102
4. Scott Pianowski 96.5
5. Cory Schwartz 93
6. Zach Steinhorn 91
7. Ray Flowers 88.5
8. Patrick Davitt 84.5
9. Scott Engel 77
10. Joe Pisapia 66.5
11. Al Melchior 66
12. David Gonos 64.5
13. Derek Van Riper 62
14. Nando DiFino 54.5
15. Paul Singman 43

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

cody_anderson

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CAnderson, Cle 15 Grey Albright 21 Perry Van Hook 14
JEickhoff, Phi 7 Perry Van Hook 13 Rudy Gamble 6 Perry Van Hook 1
DPompey, Tor 1 Tim McLeod 2
EAybar, LAA 1 Perry Van Hook 4 Adam Ronis 12
NFeliz, Det 1 Rudy Gamble 15
RRoss, Bos 1 Rudy Gamble 15 Grey Albright 21
JMercer, Pit 1 Grey Albright 17
KSuzuki, Min 1 Grey Albright 1
JArencibia, TB 1 Rudy Gamble 2
DPedroia, Bos 1 Adam Ronis 12

UNAWARDED BIDS

NTropeano, LAA Grey Albright 21
TGott, LAA Grey Albright 21
YEscobar, Was Grey Albright 17 Adam Ronis 12
DODay, Bal Rudy Gamble 15
MMorin, LAA Rudy Gamble 12
BDrury, Ari Perry Van Hook 3
JMarisnick, Hou Tim McLeod 2
TCruz, StL Grey Albright 1
TBrown, SF Grey Albright 1
CPerez, LAA Rudy Gamble 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

I bid $14 of my remaining $18 FAAB units on Cody Anderson, CLE for his two start week but ran into a $21 bid from Grey Albright which was Vickrey reduced to the $15 winning bid. My underbid was $13 for Jerad Eickhoff, PHL who I won for $7. All the rest of the winning bids were final at $1 including my adding Angel shortstop Erick Aybar who I hope can help me get another point in SB.

Todd's Take

1. Adam Ronis 110.5
2. Grey Albright 105.5
3. Rudy Gamble 102.5
4. Perry Van Hook 95
5. Tim McLeod 94
6. Greg Ambrosius 93
7. Eno Sarris 93
8. Paul Greco 88.5
9. Paul Sporer 78
10. Ray Murphy 72
11. Brent Hershey 71
12. Tom Kessenich 70.5
13. Charlie Wiegert 54.5
14. Anthony Perri 48
15. Rick Wilton 24

labr2

There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo..

AMERICAN LEAGUE

robbie-ross

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Robbie Ross, BOS 6 USA TODAY Sports 6
Tyler Wilson, BAL 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3
Vincent Velasquez, HOU 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Chris Bassitt, OAK 1 Baseball HQ 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

None

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Steve Gardner, USA Today, still atop the standings and with the most FAAB left bid $6 to obtain Robbie Ross, BOS and hopefully add a few saves. The other winning bidders were Greg Ambrosius/Shawn Childs, NFBC/Stats who won Tyler Wilson, BAL for $3 and Vincent Velasquez, HOU for $2; and Dave Adler, Baseball HQ won got Chris Bassitt, OAK for his last dollar.

Todd's Take

Let's post the standings entering the last week for each of the leagues.

USA TODAY Sports 96.5
Colton & The Wolfman 85
SiriusXM 83.5
Mastersball 80.5
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 71
ESPN.com 61
Yahoo! Sports 58
RotoWire 58
FantasyScore 57
Winning Fantasy Baseball 52.5
Baseball HQ 48
Fangraphs 29

NATIONAL LEAGUE

chase-utley

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Chase Utley, LAD 6 Inside Edge 6 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4
Jarrett Parker, SF 5 Sandlot Shrink 5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Adam Duvall, CIN 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4
Miguel Rojas, MIA 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 Baseball HQ 3
Brandon Drury, ARI 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 Inside Edge 6
Antonio Bastardo, PIT 4 USA TODAY Sports 4
Jason Rogers, MIL 3 Baseball HQ 3
Alex Guerrero, LAD 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3
Joshua Smith, CIN 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Steve Cishek, STL 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Carl Crawford, LAD 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4
Alec Asher, PHI 1 Inside Edge 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Zach Davies, MIL USA TODAY Sports 4
Cristhian Adames, COL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4
Travis Jankowski, SD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4
Brett Wallace, SD Baseball HQ 3
Tommy La Stella, CHC Baseball HQ 3
Tanner Roark, WSH NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Matt Wisler, ATL Colton & The Wolfman 1 Inside Edge 1
Christian Bergman, COL Colton & The Wolfman 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

For the final week of the season, with Derek Van Riper (96.5 points) holding a slim lead over Eric Karabell (92 points) and Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs (91 points), there was a lot of activity all around as teams made one last stab for a higher spot in the standings.

Steve Moyer bagged the biggest among some big named prizes with Chase Utley ($6) besting a pair of $4 attemps, while Bob Radomski acquired Jarrett Parker for $5, besting another set of hopeful owners.

Steve Gardner nabbed Antonio Bastardo, and then the NFBC/STATS team of Ambrosius and Childs made a cluster of moves in an effort to bag the five points they need to grab a title.

Adam Duval ($4), Miguel Rojas (3), Brandon Drury ($4), Alex Guerrero ($3), Josh Smith ($2), and Steve Cishek ($2) are all new to the team meaning 25% of their team is new this week and that is, indeed and interesting crap-shoot to test as the season concludes.

Todd's Take

RotoWire - DVR 96.5
ESPN - Karabell 92
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 91
Colton & The Wolfman 86
Derek Carty 75
USA TODAY Sports 61
Baseball HQ 59
RotoExperts 58
Yahoo Sports 51
Mastersball 41
Sandlot Shrink 35
Inside Edge 34.5

MIXED LEAGUE

finnegan

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Brandon Finnegan, CIN 2 Baseball HQ 2 MLB.com 1
Matt Moore, TB 2 Baseball HQ 2 MLB.com 1
Robbie Ross, BOS 2 Baseball HQ 2
Jerad Eickhoff, PHI 1 Razzball 1 MLB.com 1
Erik Johnson, CWS 1 MLB.com 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Tyler Duffey, MIN MLB.com 1
Robbie Erlin, SD MLB.com 1
Cameron Rupp, PHI Razzball 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Most leagues have three money spots (or more) but win, place and show is considered standard. It's great to see that even though LABR isn't played for jellybeans, there's still some fighting for third place with Baseball HQ making a push by fortifying their pitching with Moore, who looks like he'll be in the mox next year and Ross, Boston's closer the last week of the season.

Todd's Take

Baseball Prospectus 126
MLB.com 122.5
Razzball 94
FNTSY 93
Baseball HQ 89.5
USA TODAY Sports 89
ESPN.com 85
BSports 84
FantasyScore 78
Rotowire-Erickson 76
Fangraphs 70.5
Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 61.5
Mastersball 50.5
RotoExperts 40.5
Rotowire-Colton 40

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 September 2015 15:27
 
LABR and Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of September 21 PDF Print E-mail
You Look FAABulous
Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 21 September 2015 00:28

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's the LABR report, Tout Wars is below.

labr2

There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo..

AMERICAN LEAGUE

rich_hill

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Rich Hill, BOS 6 USA TODAY Sports 6
Taylor Featherston, LAA 1 Mastersball 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

None

Perry Van Hook's Commentary..

There were five teams with no FAAB units left and I had just one dollar left but I used it to get Angels MI Taylor Featherton to upgrade from Danny Santana, MIN who was replacing Hanley Ramirez. I needed to use that dollar if I could improve my lineup with just two weeks to play and with the lead of Steve Gardner, USA Today reduced to under ten points.

Gardner was the only other bidder Sunday and landed Boston SP Rich Hill for $6 - the fantasy irony since I added Hill in my AL only league and will now have to bench or root against him. [wink]

Todd's Take

Those of us of a certain age recall when Rich Hill made sniglets famous. A sniglet was a made up word that sounded real. For example, every spring I write a piece about Mocksterbation.

What?

That was Rich Hall?

Never mind.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

tommy_pham

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Thomas Pham, STL 9 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9 Inside Edge 4 RotoWire - DVR 3
Brandon Finnegan, CIN 6 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 6 RotoWire - DVR 1
John Lamb, CIN 6 Colton & The Wolfman 6 RotoWire - DVR 1
Logan Verrett, NYM 6 Colton & The Wolfman 6 USA TODAY Sports 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
RotoWire - DVR 1
Dustin Garneau, COL 3 Inside Edge 3 RotoWire - DVR 1
Clint Robinson, WSH 3 RotoWire - DVR 3 RotoWire - DVR 1
Adam Conley, MIA 3 RotoWire - DVR 3 Colton & The Wolfman 6
Tom Murphy, COL 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Williams Perez, ATL 2 Sandlot Shrink 2 RotoWire - DVR 3
Addison Reed, NYM 1 RotoWire - DVR 1 Colton & The Wolfman 3

UNAWARDED BIDS

Adam Morgan, PHI Colton & The Wolfman 1
Antonio Bastardo, PIT NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9
Logan Schafer, MIL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

As the 2015 season winds up, there were actual bidding wars for this week's free agents, starting with Thomas Pham, who went to Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs for $9, besting bids of $3 and $4, while Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton picked up John Lamb for $6 (there was a bid for $1) along with Logan Verrett (two bids of $1 and $3).

Steve Moyer picked up Dustin Garneau grabbing the Rockie for $3 winning the hitter due to place in the standings.

Derek Van Riper acquired Clint Robinson and Adam Conley ($3 each) and Addison Reed for a dollar, while team Childs/Ambrosius signed Tom Murphy and the Sandlot Shrink signed Williams Perez in a search for innings.

Todd's Take

The St. Louis Cardinals remind me of the fantasy player that is always in the mix. Because they're so good every year you look at their draft, usually coming away with the feeling that finally they're going to have an off-year. What they put together doesn't seem that impressive. But by the end of the season, they're exactly where they always end up, in the thick of things. The little moves they make along the way work out - like Tommy Pham. Coming into the season, the Redbirds were deploying Peter Bourjos and Jon Jay in center field. Neither really shined which opened the door for Randal Grichuk to get a shot and though he's more of a corner outfielder, he was getting the job done while contributing offensively (albeit with too many strikeouts). When Grichuk went down it looked like it was Bourjos and Jay again. Pham said not so fast and has taken over, sporting a nifty .859 OPS/.366 wOBA. His defense has been about average with some metrics saying slightly below and others suggesting a little above.

MIXED LEAGUE

corey-seager

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Corey Seager, LAD 3 USA TODAY Sports 3 FantasyScore 2
Adam Conley, MIA 3 Razzball 3
Alex Rios, KC 1 FantasyScore 1
Matt Shoemaker, LAA 1 FantasyScore 1
Marcus Stroman, TOR 1 FantasyScore 1 MLB.com 1
Rich Hill, BOS 1 MLB.com 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Thomas Pham, STL USA TODAY Sports 2
Tyler Duffey, MIN FantasyScore 1 MLB.com 1
Doug Fister, WSH FantasyScore 1
Jarred Cosart, MIA MLB.com 1
Tanner Roark, WSH FantasyScore 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

This league is going down to the wire with Baseball Prospectus beginning Week 25 with a slim three point lead over MLB.com. Both teams have been working the wire all year so it's no surprise they're both well-positioned for the stretch run. The rest of us are playing for pride, though some -- OK most, alright all but two teams doing it from higher in the standings than me. Kole Calhoun deserved better than that.

Todd's Take

The Dodgers keep insisting Jimmy Rollins is still their shortstop though that's becoming harder and harder to believe with every Corey Seager knock. I regretfully dealt him away in one keeper league but have him on the farm in an NL only league and am already looking forward to rooting for him the next three seasons.

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

christian-colon

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CColon, KC 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
AAvila, Det 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
RRoss, Bos 1 Jeff Erickson 15
RDull, Oak 1 Jeff Erickson 1
JWilson, NYY 0 Ron Shandler 0
MGivens, Bal 0 Ron Shandler 0
SFuld, Oak 0 Ron Shandler 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

MMahtook, TB Jeff Erickson 15 Ron Shandler 0
JVillar, Hou Jeff Erickson 10
RFlaherty, Bal Jeff Erickson 10
NFranklin, TB Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
BWilson, Tex Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
CBlair, Oak Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
CFien, Min Ron Shandler 0
TFeatherston, LAA Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

Todd's Take

The Red Sox are like a Little League team giving all their pitchers a chance to be the closer, It's Robbie Ross Jr.'s turn. I'm a little surprised Heath Hembree hasn't been given a look since he's been bred for late-inning duty his whole career. On the other hand, he's not missing many bats.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

tim-hudson

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

THudson, SF 5 Mike Gianella 15 Phil Hertz 5 Steve Gardner 3
Peter Kreutzer 3 Brian Walton 0
JRogers, Mil 4 Todd Zola 21 Phil Hertz 3 Mike Gianella 3
BFinnegan, Cin 4 Gene McCaffrey 7 Steve Gardner 3 Peter Kreutzer 3
Brian Walton 0
LSchafer, Mil 1 Todd Zola 21
JJeffress, Mil 1 Steve Gardner 3 Derek Carty 0
PGosselin, Ari 1 Peter Kreutzer 1
AReed, NYM 1 Phil Hertz 3 Brian Walton 0
CAdames, Col 1 Gene McCaffrey 17 Brian Walton 0
CStewart, Pit 1 Phil Hertz 1
CHeisey, LAD 1 Mike Gianella 3
MRojas, Mia 0 Derek Carty 0 Peter Kreutzer 3 Brian Walton 0
PStrop, ChC 0 Brian Walton 0 Phil Hertz 0 Derek Carty 0
DCastro, Atl 0 Brian Walton 0
JCollmenter, Ari 0 Phil Hertz 3
BTreinen, Was 0 Derek Carty 0
PBaez, LAD 0 Derek Carty 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

TMoore, Was Todd Zola 21
PMoylan, Atl Gene McCaffrey 7
EAdrianza, SF Peter Kreutzer 3 Brian Walton 0
TSnider, Pit Mike Gianella 3
PGosselin, Ari Peter Kreutzer 3
ZDavies, Mil Steve Gardner 3
HPerez, Mil Brian Walton 0
HRobles, NYM Phil Hertz 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

With half the league holding $17 or more of FAAB, there was still plenty of money available. Most of the action, however, was focused on a trio of players – one old and one new pitcher plus a first baseman. Despite the interest level, none went for more than $5 as the cash offers were spread around.

First up was warhorse Tim Hudson, nabbed by league leader Mike Gianella for $5 (down from $15 due to Vickrey Rule). San Francisco’s 40-year-old right-hander had been slowed by a hip injury and is no longer much help with strikeouts. Yet, Hudson has gotten better in each of his three starts since returning to the rotation, including six scoreless innings against Arizona on Sunday.

The newbie is the Reds’ Brandon Finnegan. Though the lefty was picked up at the trade deadline when coming over from Kansas City, his initial owner likely grew tired of waiting for the 22-year-old to make his first Cincy start and dropped him. After Finnegan held the Brewers to a solo home run in 5 2/3 innings in his starting debut last week, Gene McCaffrey won the bidding at $4 ($7 Vickrey).

Our own Todd Zola picked up Brewers first baseman Jason Rogers for $4 ($21 Vickrey). The 260-pounder is primarily being used against left-handers and as a pinch hitter and blasted a home run and plated three this past week.

Todd's Take

Actually, I also picked up Logan Schafer to pair with Rogers - and felt a little creepy doing so. We've discussed a couple of Vickrey loopholes in the past and this week, I was the guy that took advantage. I shouldn't feel bad, rules are rules. But yet, after submitting my bids knowing I was going to add some extra work for the NL Swat, the venerable Captain Hook, I felt a little guilty. At least the bid was uncontested,

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

starkin-castro

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

SCastro, ChC 4 Cory Schwartz 4 Scott Pianowski 3 Scott Swanay 3
Patrick Davitt 1 Tim Heaney 1 Derek Van Riper 0
TPham, StL 3 Scott Pianowski 9 Scott Swanay 3 Fred Zinkie 2
Tim Heaney 0 Derek Van Riper 0
RHill, Bos 2 Scott Pianowski 2 Fred Zinkie 1
DGarneau, Col 1 Al Melchior 1
SRodriguez, Pit 1 Patrick Davitt 1
SPearce, Bal 1 Fred Zinkie 1 Cory Schwartz 2
MBuehrle, Tor 1 Zach Steinhorn 5
ADeAza, SF 1 Scott Swanay 3
TWood, ChC 0 Cory Schwartz 0
BCecil, Tor 0 Cory Schwartz 0
PStrop, ChC 0 Cory Schwartz 0
EJohnson, CWS 0 Tim Heaney 0
LVerrett, NYM 0 Fred Zinkie 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

CSpangenberg, SD Scott Swanay 3 Cory Schwartz 0
HKendrick, LAD Scott Swanay 3 Scott Pianowski 1
MMahtook, TB Scott Swanay 3
ChJohnson, Cle Scott Swanay 3
TRoark, Was Scott Pianowski 2
DMurphy, LAA Cory Schwartz 2
EHerrera, Mil Cory Schwartz 2
RGoins, Tor Fred Zinkie 1 Cory Schwartz 1
JRuggiano, LAD Scott Pianowski 1
BGuyer, TB Cory Schwartz 1
AColome, TB Cory Schwartz 0
AReed, NYM Cory Schwartz 0
CHatcher, LAD Cory Schwartz 0
CMartin, Oak Tim Heaney 0
JChacin, Ari Tim Heaney 0
KTomlinson, SF Fred Zinkie 0
MGonzalez, Hou Cory Schwartz 0
SRomo, SF Cory Schwartz 0
TGott, LAA Cory Schwartz 0
TWatson, Pit Cory Schwartz 0
WHarris, Hou Cory Schwartz 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

 Why was Starlin Castro available in this league, a 15-team mixed? I'm still trying to figure it out, especially since he's batting .419 (18-for-43) with four homers, 13 RBI and ten runs scored in September.

Thomas Pham's hot hitting has earned him regular playing time and even more importantly, a lineup promotion to the No. 2 hole. With only two weeks to go in the season, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Pham remain in that spot the rest of the way and provide plenty of production for his fantasy owners, especially in the runs department.

After hours of studying the league standings (OK, maybe not hours), I have come to the conclusion that thanks to two straight weeks of awful pitching that has resulted in a substantial ERA and WHIP hike, the only way for me to win this thing is to gain significant ground in wins. That means playing nine starting pitchers. That also means playing starting pitchers who are backed by strong offenses. I'd say that the Blue Jays are a pretty strong offense, so why not take a chance on Mark Buehrle, with a favorable matchup against the Rays? As an added bonus, he will be facing Chris Archer, one of my other pitchers. So I'm guaranteed to get a win out of that game. Or maybe not.

Todd's Take

Less than three points separate the top three teams with another three teams within shouting distance of the top. The tightness of the standings is reflected with the bidding though non-contenders are also still active. This is good to see - make the winner earn their points and not back into a couple by passing a dormant team.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

torii-hunter

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

THunter, Min 12 Rudy Gamble 13 Adam Ronis 11 Tim McLeod 2
TPham, StL 1 Tim McLeod 3 Rudy Gamble 12
FGutierrez, Sea 1 Adam Ronis 4 Tim McLeod 3
MSemien, Oak 1 Eno Sarris 6 Adam Ronis 1
MBolsinger, LAD 1 Eno Sarris 1
CRobinson, Was 1 Perry Van Hook 7
BFinnegan, Cin 1 Perry Van Hook 7 Adam Ronis 1
RHill, Bos 1 Adam Ronis 7
SPearce, Bal 1 Rudy Gamble 12 Adam Ronis 2
AConley, Mia 1 Rudy Gamble 15
JCosart, Mia 1 Rudy Gamble 15

UNAWARDED BIDS

CSabathia, NYY Rudy Gamble 15
LChisenhall, Cle Rudy Gamble 12
TLaStella, ChC Perry Van Hook 6
YEscobar, Was Eno Sarris 2 Adam Ronis 2
EAybar, LAA Adam Ronis 1
JChacin, Ari Eno Sarris 1
MMahtook, TB Tim McLeod 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Very interesting battle for the services of Torii Hunter, MIN this week. Rudy Gamble the current leader bid $13 for Hunter and needed twelve of that to best the $11 bid of 2nd place Adam Ronis.

I bid $7 each on Brandon Finnegan, CIN and Clint Robinson, WAS and got both for a dollar. Hopefully they can help my team gain enough points in the last two weeks to climb from a 4th place tie to one of the top positions - stanger things have happened in fourteen+ days.

Todd's Take

Here, the top two teams are separated by half a point with two weeks left - though there are three other teams still in the picture. The bidding again is a nice mix between contenders and non-contenders. 

Last Updated on Monday, 21 September 2015 09:02
 
LABR and Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of September 14 PDF Print E-mail
You Look FAABulous
Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 14 September 2015 07:42

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

sean-nolin

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

SNolin, Oak 7 Steve Moyer 7 Jason Collette 7
ARios, KC 10 Larry Schechter 11 Mike Podhorzer 22 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 4
Ron Shandler 1
NReimold, Bal 12 Mike Podhorzer 22 Larry Schechter 11 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 4
CPennington, Tor 1 Larry Schechter 1 Chris Liss 1 Mike Podhorzer 0
JShuck, CWS 1 Ron Shandler 1
RHill, Bos 1 Jason Collette 5
MAviles, Cle 0 Mike Podhorzer 0 Larry Schechter 1
DMachado, Det 0 Mike Podhorzer 0
DNorris, Det 0 Chris Liss 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JMontero, Sea Larry Schechter 11
CGonzalez, Tex Steve Moyer 7
JVillar, Hou Ron Shandler 1
TFeatherston, LAA Mike Podhorzer 0
BRyan, NYY Chris Liss 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

I looked real hard at Alex Rios and realized he wasn't any better than anyone on my roster. No room for overly aggressive hitters who can't get on base to steal and have lost all their punch at the plate. I should've grabbed Sean Nolin last week when I wrote about him. His last start was an improvement and more in line with his minor league performance.  

Todd's Take

We had another FAAB snafu this week with Vickrey. There are two factors feeding into this. The first is Tout Wars doesn't prioritze the "rounds" of bidding. If you want three players you enter three blocks of bidding but no block takes precedent over the others. The problem with that is the system that automates the assignment of free agents looks at things on a round by round basis so if you list your lowest bid first, it may not see a higher bid for a different player in an ensuing block that beats another owner's first block. The second issue is we allow the adjustment of dollars left after Vickrey while the bids are still being awarded. As an example, say your max bid is 10 and you bid 10 on Smith and 10 on Jones in two separate blocks. You get Smith for 2 bringing your remaining FAAB to 8. The system then sees your bid of 10 for Jones and rejects it since you only have 8 units remaining. The Secretary of Waivers and Transactions (SWAT), in this case your humble pundit - me, has to do it by hand. If the bids are submitted in a certain manner you can get an endless loop. Fortunately we've never had that but we've come close.

Other than bagging Vickrey I'm not completely sure of the best fix. We can ask the owners to submit their bids in descending order of amount but that won't fix everything. We can work with the site operator to get the bids assigned more in line with how we want by not having the mechanism prioritze rounds but that won't fix the fact it doesn't so the in-round adjustment of the bids based on what is left.

I'm also 100 percent sure that only a couple of the owners realize this is how the system works and play into it. The others set their bids according to their max so they don't end up contributing to the loop.

The take-home lesson is if you have some quirks to a rule and use artificial intelligence to administer the rule(s), make sure it's doing the job as desired. And if not, make sure your SWAT is both diligent and patient.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

justin_ruggiano

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JRuggiano, LAD 6 Peter Kreutzer 6 Tristan H. Cockcroft 5
TRoark, Was 5 Mike Gianella 21 Peter Kreutzer 4 Phil Hertz 3
Brian Walton 0
GGarcia, StL 3 Ray Guilfoyle 5 Peter Kreutzer 2
MBolsinger, LAD 1 Peter Kreutzer 2
APena, Mil 1 Phil Hertz 3 Peter Kreutzer 2
MMaldonado, Mil 1 Ray Guilfoyle 1 Phil Hertz 5
TMurphy, Col 1 Phil Hertz 3 Ray Guilfoyle 2
ADuvall, Cin 1 Phil Hertz 8
KSampson, Cin 1 Phil Hertz 3
RYnoa, Col 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Phil Hertz 5
RWeber, Atl 0 Brian Walton 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

HPerez, Mil Phil Hertz 13 Peter Kreutzer 0
GKontos, SF Mike Gianella 8
HRobles, NYM Mike Gianella 8
TThornburg, Mil Mike Gianella 8
TMoore, Was Phil Hertz 5
JRogers, Mil Phil Hertz 5
MRojas, Mia Phil Hertz 5
DDescalso, Col Ray Guilfoyle 2 Phil Hertz 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
ZDavies, Mil Phil Hertz 2
JHerrera, ChC Phil Hertz 1 Peter Kreutzer 0
AAsher, Phi Phil Hertz 0
BBogusevic, Phi Peter Kreutzer 0
CStewart, Pit Phil Hertz 0
DRoss, ChC Phil Hertz 0
NAshley, Mil Phil Hertz 0
RCabrera, Cin Phil Hertz 0
SBrito, Ari Peter Kreutzer 0
SSchebler, LAD Peter Kreutzer 0
TWood, ChC Phil Hertz 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

As the season winds down, good players still remain on the National League Tout waiver wire. Three went for more than one dollar this week.

The group begins with the Dodgers’ Justin Ruggiano, who went to Peter Kreutzer, aka Ask Rotoman, for $6. With good success against lefties, the outfielder had two home runs and seven RBI in just 11 at-bats last week. Alas, Kreutzer does not get those results.

Next up is Washington’s Tanner Roark for $5. With Stephen Strasburg’s continued injury challenges and Joe Ross being pulled from the rotation to limit his innings, opportunity to start again was created for Roark. Mike Gianella was the winning bidder, with his $21 Vickrey bid reduced.

St. Louis second baseman Greg Garcia has been seeing time with regular starter Kolten Wong slowed by a strained calf. Garcia, grandson of former MLB manager Dave Garcia, will likely return to the bench unless Wong suffers a recurrence. Ray Guilfoyle of Fake Teams was the $3 winner ($5 Vickrey).

Todd's Take

I'm walking in the proverbial quicksand as we close out the season. I've been jumping in and out of last place with only a couple of points within my grasp. Not only is my squad disappointing, the standings distribution is such that I couldn't chase points to reduce my 2016 FAAB penalty for finishing below the points threshold. This is the second year in a row that I'll finish at the bottom. While I've never won a Tout title, I'm usually competitive. I can't believe I've forgotten how to play this game but it's going to be a long off-season pontificating on what to do next March.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

jared-eickhoff

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CRobinson, Was 1 Al Melchior 6
YGarcia, LAD 1 Al Melchior 1
LHendriks, Tor 1 Al Melchior 1
TKoehler, Mia 1 Scott Engel 1
MBolsinger, LAD 1 Cory Schwartz 5
JEickhoff, Phi 1 Zach Steinhorn 6 Fred Zinkie 0
RHoward, Phi 1 Scott Swanay 4
NReimold, Bal 1 Fred Zinkie 5 Scott Swanay 4
THudson, SF 1 Tim Heaney 0 Fred Zinkie 0
HConger, Hou 0 Tim Heaney 0
AEllis, LAD 0 Fred Zinkie 0
TDuffey, Min 0 Fred Zinkie 0
KelJohnson, NYM 0 Fred Zinkie 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

SCastro, ChC Scott Swanay 4
THudson, SF Tim Heaney 1
TRoark, Was Tim Heaney 1
JCosart, Mia Scott Engel 1
JDanks, CWS Tim Heaney 1
JDeLaRosa, Col Tim Heaney 1
JHellickson, Ari Tim Heaney 1
NTropeano, LAA Tim Heaney 1
GSoto, CWS Fred Zinkie 0
MGonzalez, Hou Fred Zinkie 0
RHanigan, Bos Fred Zinkie 0
SClevenger, Bal Fred Zinkie 0
TFlowers, CWS Fred Zinkie 0
WRosario, Col Fred Zinkie 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Welcome to dollar days! For the first time this season, no player was purchased for a price higher than $1, and to be honest, there really isn't a whole lot to talk about. So I'll just touch on my $1 addition of Jerad Eickhoff and call it a day. We're at the point in the season where a few particularly poor pitching performances can eliminate any hope of gaining ground in ERA and WHIP, so owners need to be very careful. A number of my starting pitchers have unfavorable matchups this week, so even though Eickhoff has only a handful of big league starts under his belt, I feel a bit more comfortable with him, facing a Braves club that happens to be the lowest-scoring team in the Majors. Eickhoff has registered four quality starts in five tries, the only exception being a rough outing in Fenway Park, which is always a tough place to pitch. Banking on rookie pitchers when you're in the thick of a title race is risky, but in this case, it's a calculated risk, so I'll live with it.

Todd's Take

I agree with Zach's take on Eickhoff. The other starter worth a note is Tim Hudson, who has a two-start week if you're chasing wins. He won't get many whiffs and there's a reason why he lost his rotation spot earlier in the season, but AT&T gives him a cushion for a pair of home tilts versus Cincinnati and Arizona - a pair of clubs that do better at home and could scuffle with the huge shift in park factor.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

logan_verrett

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DGarneau, Col 1 Rudy Gamble 21
NReimold, Bal 1 Adam Ronis 6 Tim McLeod 3
GBird, NYY 1 Tim McLeod 4
LVerrett, NYM 1 Adam Ronis 4

UNAWARDED BIDS

HConger, Hou Rudy Gamble 7
JSaltalamacchia, Ari Rudy Gamble 7
GBird, NYY Adam Ronis 5
FGutierrez, Sea Adam Ronis 1
MBourn, Atl Tim McLeod 0
TraThompson, CWS Tim McLeod 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Rudy Gamble of Razzball needed a catcher, dropping Nick Hundley and bidding $21 on Rockies replacement Dustin Garneau, who had two home runs this week, and won him for a Vickrey adjusted price of $1. The other one dollar pickups were Nolan Reimold (6/1) and Logan Verrett (4/1) by Adam Ronis, and Greg Bird (4/1) by Tim McLeod. With a full roster and players I viewed better than the replacements (either for this week or for the balance of the season), I chose to hope there will be someone better to bid on next week.

Todd's Take

With the news that Mark Teixeira is out for the season, I'm a little surprised there wasn't more of a push for Gregory Bird.

Something to note about Garneau is the Rockies play three road games to begin the week and then embark on a 10-game home stand before ending the season on the road for the last week. So Colorado has 10 of their next 13 at home and then Adam can decide if he wants Garneau on the road that last week, though three games are in hitter-friendly Chase Field.

labr2

There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo..

AMERICAN LEAGUE

carlos_perez

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Carlos Perez, LAA 6 USA TODAY Sports 6
Ryan Flaherty, BAL 1 Baseball HQ 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Cliff Pennington, TOR Baseball HQ 1
Mike Aviles, CLE Baseball HQ 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

With five teams out of FAAB  and several of us having just $1 left there didn't figure to be very much bidding and in fact there were just two bidders both successful in their quests. League leader Steve Gardner of USA Today also controls the FAAB claims for the rest of the year with $19 left after his purchase of Angel catcher Carlos Perez this week for $6. Dave Adler, BaseballHQ used one of his two remaining dollars to get the versatile Ryan Flaherty, BAL.

Todd's Take

The lack of players available and the winner-take-all nature of industry leagues made this a quiet week. The thing to realize is some don't like making moves, feeling those battling should fight things out themselves but the problem with that is by not doing moves, you are influencing things the same as if you were making moves. So what if you pick up a free agent that vaults you passed a team fighting for the title. By not doing anything, you are making it easier for one of those teams to pass you.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

alejandro_de_aza

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Alejandro De Aza, SF 11 Baseball HQ 11 RotoWire - DVR 5
Michael Cuddyer, NYM 11 Baseball HQ 11
Jhoulys Chacin, ARI 9 Colton & The Wolfman 9
Justin Ruggiano, LAD 9 Colton & The Wolfman 9 RotoWire - DVR 1
Daniel Descalso, COL 6 Inside Edge 6
Martin Maldonado, MIL 2 Inside Edge 2 RotoWire - DVR 1
Bud Norris, SD 1 RotoWire - DVR 1
Chris Stewart, PIT 1 RotoWire - DVR 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Brett Wallace, SD Baseball HQ 11
Adam Morgan, PHI Colton & The Wolfman 9
Alexi Amarista, SD Inside Edge 2
Nevin Ashley, MIL Inside Edge 2
Ariel Pena, MIL Colton & The Wolfman 1
Logan Verrett, NYM Colton & The Wolfman 1
Williams Perez, ATL Colton & The Wolfman 1
Rafael Ynoa, COL Inside Edge 1
Tyler Thornburg, MIL RotoWire - DVR 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary.

A week after the September roster expansion which always focuses on rookies the NL LABR moves look like a veterans reunion, starting with Doug Dennis who picked up Alejandro De Aza for his BBHQ team for $11, besting one bid of $5 while De Aza joins his third team this season. Doug also shot $11 for Michael Cuddyer, while Glenn Colton and Rick Wolfe spent $9 on Jhoulys Chacin, and $9 on outfielder Justin Ruggiano (there was a $1 challenge for the rights to Ruggiano).

Derek Carty went $6 for Daniel Descalso and then $2 for Martin Maldonado, while Derek Van Riper, jockeying with Eric Karabell for first added Bud Norris and Chris Stewart (each for a buck) to his roster to stay on Karabell's ESPN team for a final push.

Todd's Take

So that it doesn't appear I was calling out my AL LABR brethren - with my record in industry leagues the last couple of years I can't call out anyone - had their been the quality and quantity of players available similar to NL LABR, I'm sure the bidding would have been just as enthusiastic. My above comment was a general observation, not focused on AL LABR.

MIXED LEAGUE

dustin-garneau

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Dustin Garneau, COL 11 Razzball 11 BSports 2
Logan Verrett, NYM 6 Razzball 6
Michael Conforto, NYM 2 BSports 2
Michael Bolsinger, LAD 2 Razzball 2
J.P. Arencibia, TB 2 Baseball HQ 2
Roenis Elias, SEA 1 Baseball HQ 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

John Lamb, CIN Razzball 3
Chris Gimenez, TEX Razzball 2
Adam Warren, NYY Razzball 1
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, ARI Baseball HQ 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

I looked, I really did, but despite being low in the standings, there were no improvement I could see over what I have on reserve already. February and the 2016 Mixed LABR draft can't get here soon enough.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 September 2015 13:44
 
LABR and Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of September 7 PDF Print E-mail
You Look FAABulous
Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 07 September 2015 00:15

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

jp-arencibia

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JArencibia, TB 5 Steve Moyer 8 Andy Behrens 4 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3
MStroman, Tor 3 Larry Schechter 15 Chris Liss 2
NTropeano, LAA 2 Mike Podhorzer 6 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
MOlt, CWS 2 Mike Podhorzer 8 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
RRivera, TB 1 Andy Behrens 2
DPompey, Tor 1 Ron Shandler 2
CSabathia, NYY 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
JPaxton, Sea 1 Chris Liss 2

UNAWARDED BIDS

NJones, CWS Larry Schechter 0
RMadson, KC Larry Schechter 0
SDyson, Tex Larry Schechter 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Stroman's sharp outing and impending MLB call-up got everyone's attention in Tout Wars.  It cannot be understated that Stroman missed most of the season due to a non-arm related injury.  Loss of stuff is not in the picture and if the rust is off, the Jays will have a fresh, upper-end of the rotation, arm to help them on their stretch run.  Stroman isn't the only interesting Blue Jay as Dalton Pompey is back and while he may not play much, he'll be deployed as a pinch-runner/base stealer which could be useful down the stretch.

Sean Nolin, while he does not have Stroman's upside or his command, is already getting an audition in the A's rotation and is a target for those looking for innings down the stretch. The lefty gets swings and misses with a solid fastball, plus changeup combo and could be a mainstay in the A's 2016 rotation.

Todd's Take

The word is the Blue Jays are looking to move to a six-man rotation when Marcus Stroman is ready to return or to just spot start Drew Hutchison at home. Don't expect miracles from Stroman, the main priority for Toronto is getting him playoff-ready, in any capacity.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

austin-jackson

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

AJackson, ChC 24 Scott Wilderman 42 Tristan H. Cockcroft 23 Mike Gianella 21
Phil Hertz 13 Peter Kreutzer 2 Brian Walton 0
CRobinson, Was 1 Scott Wilderman 9 Brian Walton 0
BWallace, SD 1 Peter Kreutzer 4
TLyons, StL 1 Peter Kreutzer 1 Scott Wilderman 0
ZGodley, Ari 1 Peter Kreutzer 1
ADeAza, SF 1 Lenny Melnick  2 Scott Wilderman 2
EYoung, NYM 1 Phil Hertz 1
CRusin, Col 1 Phil Hertz 5
JCollmenter, Ari 1 Phil Hertz 2
AHedges, SD 1 Phil Hertz 3
BDrury, Ari 0 Brian Walton 0 Scott Wilderman 2 Lenny Melnick  2

UNAWARDED BIDS

TRoark, Was Phil Hertz 2
ZDavies, Mil Phil Hertz 2
AReed, NYM Phil Hertz 0
GKontos, SF Peter Kreutzer 0
JGrimm, ChC Peter Kreutzer 0
PBaez, LAD Peter Kreutzer 0
PStrop, ChC Peter Kreutzer 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

Eight of the 12 teams in National League Tout Wars still have double-digit FAAB totals after this week’s bidding, with six of them holding more than $20. In other words, there is a lot of money remaining to be spent – but few meaningful options available.

This week, just one player was acquired for more than $1. It was new Cubs outfielder Austin Jackson, whom six owners tried to buy. onRoto’s Scott Wilderman plunked down $42, but the Vickrey rule required him to pay $24, $1 more than the second-highest bidder.

Jackson likely represents the last interleague trade piece moving into the NL in 2015. With most top prospects already owned in NL Tout, as well, it seems unlikely that all that available cash will be spent. And as we already know, it cannot be taken with an owner to the next season.

Todd's Take

It remains to be seen how the Cubs use A-Jax but at least short term, he should see decent action as Kyle Schwarber nurses a rib injury. It wouldn't be shocking to see Jackson enter games a defensive replacement. Chances are he's an upgrade over your worst player in NL only but don't let the cost of acquisition skew what he's likely to contribute. There's just nothing left to spend it on.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

brad-miller

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

BMiller, Sea 4 Cory Schwartz 9 Scott Swanay 3 Fred Zinkie 0
BGuyer, TB 3 Fred Zinkie 3 Scott Pianowski 2 Cory Schwartz 1
RElias, Sea 2 Scott Pianowski 3 Tim Heaney 1
RRay, Ari 1 Nando DiFino 3
RGoins, Tor 1 Fred Zinkie 3
MStroman, Tor 1 Fred Zinkie 4
TClippard, NYM 0 Cory Schwartz 0
JArencibia, TB 0 Scott Pianowski 0 Fred Zinkie 0
FDoubront, Oak 0 Tim Heaney 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

CRea, SD Nando DiFino 3
HKendrick, LAD Cory Schwartz 1
COwings, Ari Fred Zinkie 0
CSpangenberg, SD Fred Zinkie 0
PGosselin, Ari Fred Zinkie 0
TSaladino, CWS Fred Zinkie 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

The trade of Austin Jackson has opened up regular playing time for Brad Miller in center field, and Cory Schwartz is hoping that the increased at-bats will lead to increased production. Overall, Miller's 2015 season has been a disappointing one, but he is batting .273 since the All-Star break and offers a bit of power and a bit of speed. Perhaps most importantly for fantasy owners, he's eligible at both shortstop and second base in addition to outfield.

Brandon Guyer has 11 hits in his last 26 at-bats and five RBI in his last four games. Fred Zinkie is hoping that Guyer's hot streak can last a bit longer while I'm hoping that it's already over.

Back to Cory, I do like the $0 addition of Tyler Clippard, who not only could save a game or two down the stretch but will be a positive contributor in ERA and WHIP. Starting elite setup men in place of back end of the rotation starters during the final weeks of the season does have its advantages, particularly in leagues where the ERA and WHIP races are tight.

Todd's Take

What does it take to win a tightly bunched league? There's a reason why Fred Zinkie has multiple Tout Wars and LABR titles. Here's his tweets after the FAAB results were announced:

"In @toutwars I picked up my favorite sleeper for this week -- Brandon Guyer. Five likely starts at leadoff spot vs. LHP."

"Also grabbed Ryan Goins. .481 OBP in past 21 days. Getting on base in the Jays high-scoring lineup is a recipe for success."

I'll spare the diatribe why I don't agree with the notion behind the second tweet (streaks are predictive) but the offshoot of the numbers is Goins is playing nearly every day which is something I agree is paramount. Fred is thinking out of the box to maximize at bats, which is how you separate from a bunched pack.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

corey-seager

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CSeager, LAD 18 Anthony Perri 35 Perry Van Hook 17 Adam Ronis 12
JGyorko, SD 6 Adam Ronis 6 Anthony Perri 5 Tim McLeod 0
DGregorius, NYY 1 Anthony Perri 2
LMorrison, Sea 1 Tim McLeod 3
MStroman, Tor 1 Tim McLeod 3
CRupp, Phi 1 Grey Albright 1
BMoss, StL 1 Perry Van Hook 4 Eno Sarris 11
DSantana, Mil 1 Eno Sarris 22 Perry Van Hook 4
ESantana, Min 1 Perry Van Hook 3
COwings, Ari 0 Tim McLeod 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

SRomero, Sea Perry Van Hook 4
SOMalley, Sea Perry Van Hook 4
CRobinson, Was Perry Van Hook 4
CRea, SD Perry Van Hook 2
JNicolino, Mia Perry Van Hook 2
CCrawford, LAD Adam Ronis 2
HConger, Hou Grey Albright 1
GBird, NYY Tim McLeod 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Unlike LABR where some people have no bidding units, the TOUT mixed league players have plenty of money but sadly, not much interest - only six of the fifteen teams placed bids this week. However there were some high and interesting bids from those teams. The key prize of the night was Dodger prospect Corey Seager who has done well albeit in limited at bats since his callup earlier in the week. I bid $17 of my 22 units on Seager but lost to a $35 bid from Anthony Perri (Baseball Fantastics) so the wrong Perri rostered him for $18. Because he had bid so much (turns out unnecessarily) for Seager, his second bid for Padres infielder Jedd Gyorko was just $5 which lost to a $6 bid from Adam Ronis (who lost his $12 bid on Seager). Had Perri bid less on Seager and more on Gyorko he would have won both but time will tell whether he will get more from Didi Gregorius who he won for $1 than he would have from Gyorko.

My large bid getting squashed meant my underbids did better as I got Brandon Moss for a dollar on a $4 bid and Ervin Santana for a dollar on a $3 bid - and I have more left for next week in my run up the standings.

Todd's Take

Domingo Santana is intriguing. He's not playing every day but that could change, though there's not much time left. While anyone can get hot, he's got the power to hit 6 bombs the rest of the way. I talk a lot about at bats. There are occasions where someone not getting as many at bats as others may have the potential to make a bigger difference. Santana is a perfect example.

labr2

There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo..

AMERICAN LEAGUE

jonny-gomes

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

J.P. Arencibia, TB 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Sean Nolin, OAK 1 Baseball HQ 1
Felix Doubront, OAK 1 FantasyScore 1
Jonny Gomes, KC 1 SiriusXM 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Chris Johnson, CLE SiriusXM 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Another short round of bids in the AL LABR league with just four teams bidding for four players so everyone got their target. J.P. Arencibia a catcher who has hit well at least in this go round captured the only two dollar bid from the NFBC duo of Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs.

Perhaps like some other teams I decided my one remaining FAAB unit would have more targets to shoot for next week. Problem was that I could have filled my shortstop slot with Ryan Flaherty who may play more than Danny Santana who I activated from reserve - or not.

Todd's Take

Looks like Arencibia is up to his old tricks - hitting a cluster of homers in between long droughts featuring bountiful strike outs. But with les than a month left, it's worth the chance the homers trump the whiffs.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

tanner_roark

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Austin Jackson, CHC 31 USA TODAY Sports 31 Colton & The Wolfman 21 Inside Edge 18
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 13
Tanner Roark, WSH 7 Baseball HQ 7 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7
Jarred Cosart, MIA 7 Baseball HQ 7
Hernan Perez, MIL 1 Baseball HQ 1
Erik Kratz, PHI 1 Sandlot Shrink 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Josh Collmenter, ARI Baseball HQ 3
Daniel Hudson, ARI Baseball HQ 3
Cristhian Adames, COL Baseball HQ 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary.

Once again the money flew at the free agents as LABR head cheese, the USA Today's Steve Gardner was willing to drop $31 on outfielder Austin Jackson, besting bids of $13, $18, and $21,

Doug Dennis, of BaseballHQ went deep picking up three players, including Tanner Roark ($7, squeezing a like bid) and then nabbed Jared Cosart, also for $7, and Herman Perez for a buck.

The lone other FAAB purchase went to Bob Radomski and his Sandlot Shrink team who bagged Erik Kratz for a dollar,

Todd's Take

It's been an odd season in the Senior Circuit. There hasn't been much to bid on in terms of free agents and more prospects are being drafted in reserve to begin the season, further diluting the inventory. The key is not assuming next season will be a repeat. Maybe next year trades lean to fortifying the NL at the deadline. That said, more often than not it's the plight of your team that dictates your spending.

MIXED LEAGUE

greg-bird

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Greg Bird, NYY 5 Mastersball 5
Justin Nicolino, MIA 1 MLB.com 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Tommy Milone, MIN MLB.com 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Real quiet week in Mixed LABR - there's a two-team battle at the top, the rest are just counting the days until next season's draft. I'm just looking to put out the best lineup I can and with Mark Teixeira hurt, Bird will see regular time for another couple weeks.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 September 2015 10:24
 
LABR and Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of August 31 PDF Print E-mail
You Look FAABulous
Written by Todd Zola   
Sunday, 30 August 2015 23:59

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

roenis-elias

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

RElias, Sea 7 Chris Liss 9 Lawr Michaels 6 Jason Collette 6
HConger, Hou 3 Mike Podhorzer 6 Mike Podhorzer 3 Andy Behrens 2
Jeff Erickson 2 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
JButler, TB 1 Steve Moyer 14 Andy Behrens 2 Ron Shandler 0
BBrach, Bal 1 Lawr Michaels 1
DNava, TB 1 Mike Podhorzer 4 Jeff Erickson 1 Ron Shandler 0
RWolf, Det 1 Ron Shandler 1 Jeff Erickson 1
CGimenez, Tex 1 Jeff Erickson 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
DAlvarez, Bal 1 Andy Behrens 3 Jeff Erickson 3
SSouza, TB 1 Jason Collette 3
ChJohnson, Cle 1 Mike Podhorzer 6
GGreen, LAA 1 Jeff Erickson 3 Mike Podhorzer 3
TBeckham, TB 0 Seth Trachtman 0
KCowart, LAA 0 Ron Shandler 0 Jeff Erickson 1
RoPerez, Cle 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
PNeshek, Hou 0 Larry Schechter 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

MStroman, Tor Chris Liss 9
JArencibia, TB Andy Behrens 2
RRivera, TB Andy Behrens 2
BMatusz, Bal Lawr Michaels 1
FAbad, Oak Lawr Michaels 1
JSmolinksi, Oak Jeff Erickson 1
CPennington, Tor Seth Trachtman 0
ESogard, Oak Seth Trachtman 0
JSucre, Sea Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
MStassi, Hou Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
NJones, CWS Larry Schechter 0
POrlando, KC Steve Moyer 0 Ron Shandler 0
RMadson, KC Larry Schechter 0
SDyson, Tex Larry Schechter 0
SFuld, Oak Steve Moyer 0 Andy Behrens 0
TSipp, Hou Larry Schechter 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

After making my trade (acquired Shawn Tolleson and Ivan Nova from Chris Liss for Sonny Gray), there really wasn't anything out there of significant that I"m interested in. I am more interested to see if any of the September call-ups (unlikely) are slated to get substantial playing time. The saves standings are so tight, adding a single closer could vault me several points up in the standings. At this point I'm more interested in protecting my FAAB for 2016 than anything else.

Todd's Take

One name sticks out to me among the reshuffling of retreads - Hank Conger. Getting an edge in at bats gets more difficult as the season wears on, finding a catcher this late is a nice pull. Conger should play regularly at least until mid-September, maybe longer. Max Stassi assumes Conger's back-up role.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Michael-Lorezen

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MLorenzen, Cin 1 Phil Hertz 12
DGarneau, Col 1 Todd Zola 9 Phil Hertz 0
FRodney, ChC 1 Peter Kreutzer 9
LVerrett, NYM 1 Peter Kreutzer 7
JChacin, Ari 1 Phil Hertz 6
SGilmartin, NYM 1 Mike Gianella 5
CNarveson, Mia 1 Phil Hertz 3
CStewart, Pit 1 Phil Hertz 3
EHerrera, Mil 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 3 Derek Carty 0
JGomes, Atl 1 Todd Zola 3 Derek Carty 0
RStephenson, Cin 1 Brian Walton 1
MFoltynewicz, Atl 0 Derek Carty 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
KBarraclough, Mia 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Mike Gianella 5
KQuackenbush, SD 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Mike Gianella 5 Derek Carty 0
MMcBride, Col 0 Derek Carty 0
TLaStella, ChC 0 Derek Carty 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 3

UNAWARDED BIDS

ARecker, NYM Todd Zola 6
BEllington, Mia Mike Gianella 5
BTreinen, Was Mike Gianella 5
CJimenez, Mil Mike Gianella 5
SLeCure, Cin Mike Gianella 5
HRobles, NYM Mike Gianella 5
AAsher, Phi Phil Hertz 4 Peter Kreutzer 0
JPerez, SF Todd Zola 3 Derek Carty 0
CRobinson, Was Phil Hertz 1 Derek Carty 0
EAdrianza, SF Derek Carty 0
GKontos, SF Peter Kreutzer 0
JCollmenter, Ari Phil Hertz 0
JWilliams, Phi Peter Kreutzer 0
MRojas, Mia Derek Carty 0
TCruz, StL Todd Zola 0
TThornburg, Mil Scott Wilderman 0
YFlande, Col Peter Kreutzer 0
DDescalso, Col Derek Carty 0
DRoss, ChC Todd Zola 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

There is plenty of FAAB remaining in budgets to spend in National League Tout Wars. Not surprisingly, the league had at least six chains of one or more $5 or greater bids this period. However, in a bit of an unusual situation, the money was chasing completely different players. As a result, Vickrey Rules led to 11 $1 players and five $0 acquisitions this week.

The highest raw bid was on Reds starter Michael Lorenzen ($12 by Phil Hertz), who has a tough Monday draw against the Cubs. Then again, maybe the Baby Bears will be tired after celebrating Jake Arrieta’s no-hitter Sunday night. I spent my last dollar on Lorenzen’s potential September rotation-mate in Robert Stephenson. The 22-year-old’s immediate value will be tied to the health of his forearm, which caused him to miss a start in Triple-A two weeks ago.

Peter Kreutzer was willing to bid $9 on new Cubs reliever Fernando Rodney, despite no assurance of saves ahead, and $7 on yet another promising Mets rookie pitcher, Logan Verrett. The latter should be back from the minors in 10 days with a September role TBD.

Todd Zola needed a catcher and likes Dustin Garneau enough to have offered $9. Getting half his at-bats in Colorado is somewhat promising, though they will be as a reserve. Post-hype Mets back up backstop Anthony Recker was his Plan B.

Todd's Take

Much like the AL, NL Tout recycled a lot of fringe players this week. Michael Lorenzen isn't so much recycling as giving another look at a young arm. Lorenzen mercifully will replace David Holmberg who's allowed eight homers with just three whiffs over his last three starts. The Reds will be an interesting team to watch down the stretch. My colleague Brian took a shot on Stephenson. Also looking for an audition in the Queen's City is Brandon Finnegan, acquired along with John Lamb in the Johnny Cueto deal.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

jean_machi

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JMachi, Bos 8 Al Melchior 18 Ray Flowers 7
JEickhoff, Phi 1 Scott Pianowski 9 Tim Heaney 0 Derek Van Riper 0
MConforto, NYM 1 Scott Pianowski 1 Derek Van Riper 0
KJepsen, Min 1 Ray Flowers 6
EEscobar, Min 1 Ray Flowers 6
ABlanco, Phi 1 Ray Flowers 1
MShoemaker, LAA 1 Fred Zinkie 9 Scott Pianowski 9 Tim Heaney 0
CRupp, Phi 1 Cory Schwartz 10
JBaez, ChC 1 Tim Heaney 3
ABrooks, Oak 0 Derek Van Riper 0
AAltherr, Phi 0 Derek Van Riper 0 Tim Heaney 3 Ray Flowers 2
CCrawford, LAD 0 Tim Heaney 1
KTomlinson, SF 0 Fred Zinkie 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

DNava, TB Ray Flowers 4
JPeraza, LAD Tim Heaney 1
AEllis, LAD Cory Schwartz 0 Tim Heaney 0
CCrisp, Oak Tim Heaney 0
MStassi, Hou Tim Heaney 0
RElias, Sea Scott Pianowski 0
RGoins, Tor Fred Zinkie 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

When there's only one player purchased at a price higher than $1, you know it's a slow week on the FAAB front. And that was exactly the case this week, with Jean Machi earning the distinction. After struggling mightily in two of his last three outings, Junichi Tazawa has officially been replaced by Machi as the Red Sox closer. Machi tossed a perfect inning to pick up the save against the Mets on Saturday, but with a 5.21 ERA and 1.39 WHIP for the season, he's clearly no sure thing. Al Melchior is pretty much locked in at his current position in the saves standings, so the Machi addition probably won't affect the final standings. But at this point in the season, there's not a whole lot of value in eight FAAB bucks anyway.

A couple other acquisitions that stand out are Eduardo Escobar (4 HR, 10 RBI, .375 OBP in August and playing every day now) and Javier Baez (remember him?), who has posted impressive numbers at Triple-A this season and is expected to get called up when rosters expand on Tuesday.

Todd's Take

Ah, recency bias. Matt Shoemaker wasn't just dropped in this league, I received several inquiries asking if he should be dropped after a couple of rough outings. The thing is, the three starts previous to those were scoreless efforts which he repeated this week. As usual, Fred Zinkie was there to take advantage and was all over Shoemaker.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

drew_pomeranz

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DPomeranz, Oak 6 Rudy Gamble 21 Tim McLeod 5
EEscobar, Min 3 Charlie Wiegert 9 Tim McLeod 2
RElias, Sea 1 Ray Murphy 4
RGoins, Tor 1 Perry Van Hook 2
KJepsen, Min 1 Tim McLeod 3
TMay, Min 1 Paul Greco 1
TDuffey, Min 1 Paul Greco 3
JBaez, ChC 1 Adam Ronis 2
DValencia, Oak 0 Perry Van Hook 0 Charlie Wiegert 9

UNAWARDED BIDS

JMachi, Bos Rudy Gamble 11
JoRamirez, Cle Charlie Wiegert 3
DSantana, Mil Charlie Wiegert 3
JGyorko, SD Charlie Wiegert 3
RFlaherty, Bal Perry Van Hook 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

The highest bid placed and the highest Vickrey adjusted bid were both for Oakland pitcher Drew Pomeranz who it seems may get a few save chances. At least it was enough for current leader Rudy Gamble to bid $21 which was Vickrey reduced to the $6 winning bid. Charlie Wiegert bid $9, fortunately his first choice was Eduardo Escobar who he got for three dollars because his second choice was Danny Valencia so my $0 bid put the Oakland hitter on my team. I also needed to upgrade at shortstop so bid $2 on Toronto's Ryan Goins with six games this week in Rogers Centre.

Todd's Take

Despite being named Red Sox closer, Jean Machi remains jobless in Mixed Draft. That's probably a good call unless you're desperate for saves and are set in ratios. I've been calling for a closer audition for Heath Hembree. You never know, a month ago I suggested Boston buy Hanley Ramirez a first baseman's mitt.

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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

james_loney

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

James Loney, TB $9 Fangraphs 9 SiriusXM 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Daniel Nava, TB $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Fangraphs 3
Alex Colome, TB $1 Yahoo! Sports 1
Trayce Thompson, CWS $1 Baseball HQ 1
Geovany Soto, CWS $1 Baseball HQ 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Kaleb Cowart, LAA Fangraphs 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Joey Butler, TB NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Will Harris, HOU Yahoo! Sports 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Only five players awarded via FAAB in this league - a product of a very weak free agent list and most teams either out of FAAB or down to their last dollar and perhaps like I did waited hoping there would be an attractive player called up when rosters expand Tuesday we could add next week.

The only player who went for more than a dollar (and all the dollar bids were uncontested) was Tampa first baseman James Loney who drew the winning $9 bid from Eno Sarris, Fangraphs and three losing one dollar underbids.

Todd's Take

Trayce Thompson has a triple slash of .515/.552/.963. A .600 BABIP will do that in 27 at bats. You don't need me to tell you he'll soon return to planet Earth but you may be curious where I feel he'll land. With the caveat that anything can happen in 6 weeks, he reminds me a bit of Steven Souza in terms of expectations. That is, he's going to strike out buy he's also going to hit a few homers and swipe a few bases. You could do worse for a late season flyer, even in mixed leagues.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

adam_conley

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Adam Conley, MIA $2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Colin Rea, SD $2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Carlos Ruiz, PHI $1 Sandlot Shrink 1
Andrew Susac, SF $1 Mastersball 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Steve Cishek, STL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Ryan Lavarnway, ATL Sandlot Shrink 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary.

As busy as last week was in NL LABR FAAB moves, this week was dormant.

Only four moves were made with catchers getting the limelight this time.

Bob Radomski grabbed Phils struggling catch Carlos Ruiz (unchallenged for  $1) and I filled a gap with Andrew Susac ($1) while Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs of NFBC/STATS made the other moves, nabbing Colin Rea and Adam Conley for a couple of dollars each.

There is still a little money out there, so it will indeed be interesting to see who blows any kind of wad on high expectation unaffiliated September promotions.

Todd's Take

Any time the Padres advance a pitcher it's worth investigating depite the notion Petco Park is playing more hitter friendly. I took a look at how its played by month and it appears April was an aberration that's been skewing the numbers. Anyway, Rea isn't much of a prospect but can fill a need down the stretch since it appears he'll finish the season in the San Diego rotation. He's displaying league average skills with extreme ground ball tendencies, As is often the case, ground ball pitchers carry a high BABIP though Rea's .347 should come down. His primary issue since being called up is stamina as he's topped out at 5 2/3rds frames without pitching into the sixth in his other three outings. This has contributed to a low 57 percent LOB mark. I'm a skills over outcomes analyst and his 7.3 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 are encouraging, especially if you can pick and choose when you use him.

MIXED LEAGUE

tom-wilhelmsen

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Tom Wilhelmsen, SEA $3 USA TODAY Sports 3
Josh Tomlin, CLE $3 Baseball HQ 3
Ketel Marte, SEA $1 MLB.com 1
Bartolo Colon, NYM $1 MLB.com 1
Mark Canha, OAK $1 MLB.com 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

None

Todd Zola's Commentary

I'm at the point where my objective is to keep an active lineup and save FAAB for an injury I can't replace from my reserve. It's not a sexy spot to be in but it's the right thing to do under the circumstances.

Todd's Take

The more I see of Ketel Marte the more intrigued I become. Admittedly, this comes from a DFS point of view as his plate patience and speed translate nicely into a cheap cash game play. At a time where the strikeout is becoming more accepted (see the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs), it's refreshing to see a prospect with a walk rate over the ten percent mark along with a mid-teens strikeout rate. Marte's not a burner but he can swipe a base. When he first came up Marte played center to get his bat in the lineup but now he's playing his natural position at shortstop. If he can handle the spot defensively, the Mariners may have filled a hole that's been an issue since Alex Rodriguez bolted to Texas -- well, maybe not that long ago.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 18:46
 
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