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Tuesday 28th Jun 2016

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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.

There are five Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League, 15-team Mixed Draft League and a brand new 12-team Mixed Auction Head to head format. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average with the Head to Head league also using other unique categories. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

New to Tout Wars this year is a $1000 free agent acquisition budget (FAAB) and no Vickrey. Teams are still allowed $0 bids.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR was posted earlier.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JBandy, LAA Lawr Michaels 75 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0  
FAbad, Min Larry Schechter 47    
WLeBlanc, Sea Ron Shandler 37    
OArcia, TB Mike Podhorzer 12 Patrick Davitt 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
TBeckham, TB Jason Collette 11    
SRobinson, LAA Steve Moyer 0    
TMotter, TB Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0    
SLeon, Bos Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

MAviles, Det Jason Collette 5 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
MMuncy, Oak Steve Moyer 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
BBrentz, Bos Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0  
SClevenger, Sea Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

There was not a lot of movement in American League Tout this cycle, with a swap sending Drew Storen to Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton in exchange for Leonys Martin to Chris Liss the marquee event.

I was actually the big spender, nabbing Angels backstop Jett Bandy for $75, virtually unchallenged. Larry Schechter, searching for saves, dropped $47 on Fernando Abad while Ron Shandler put $37 of faith in new Mariner Wade LeBlanc.

Elsewhere, Mike Podhorzer spent $12 on Oswaldo Arcia, Jason Collette went $11 on Tim Beckham, team Wolf and Colton--who made the $0 bid on Bandy--wound up with Sandy Leon while Steve Moyer grabbed Shane Robinson, both for zero bucks.

Todd's Take

It's a little surprising that both Abad and LeBlanc only procured a single bid. Granted, neither are game changers but saves are saves and in a 5x5 league, a starting pitcher with a decent offense and a pitcher's park as his allies is quite useful. The Twins haven't generated a ton of save chances since relieving Kevin Jepsen of closing duties but usage patterns point towards Abad as being the primary stopper. Even when he was a good prospect LeBlanc didn't throw hard, he's more of a finesse type, relying on good control. That plays in a venue like Safeco Field.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

EBonifacio, Atl Ray Guilfoyle 150 Phil Hertz 6    
CGillaspie, SF Ray Guilfoyle 85 Phil Hertz 32 Andy Behrens 20 Brian Walton 13
AFrazier, Pit Brian Walton 44 Phil Hertz 4    
AVoth, Was Brian Walton 34 Todd Zola 13    
JimJohnson, Atl Ray Guilfoyle 20 Grey Albright 5    
PBourjos, Phi Andy Behrens 20 Brian Walton 13 Phil Hertz 9  
MWilliamson, SF Tristan H. Cockcroft 11 Phil Hertz 6 Grey Albright 1  
CBethancourt, SD Ray Guilfoyle 5      
HNeris, Phi Phil Hertz 4 Brian Walton 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Steve Gardner 0
NFeliz, Pit Brian Walton 3 Derek Carty 0    
HRobles, NYM Phil Hertz 3 Phil Hertz 2 Derek Carty 2 Steve Gardner 0
RPena, SF Phil Hertz 3      
TWolters, Col Tristan H. Cockcroft 2      
BLogan, Col Grey Albright 1      
SSolis, Was Steve Gardner 0      
JBlevins, NYM Derek Carty 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

BBarnes, Col Ray Guilfoyle 55 Andy Behrens 20 Phil Hertz 3
PGosselin, Ari Ray Guilfoyle 25 Andy Behrens 20  
TPham, StL Andy Behrens 20 Brian Walton 5 Phil Hertz 0
ERamos, Phi Ray Guilfoyle 10 Brian Walton 0  
EKratz, Pit Ray Guilfoyle 4    
DPitcher1, FA Phil Hertz 1    
ALiberatore, LAD Steve Gardner 0    
YPetit, Was Steve Gardner 0    

Brian Walton's Commentary

With Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ, a Mets fan living in the Washington, DC area, alertly and pre-emptively grabbing Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo last week, my focus in NL Tout moved to guessing who would replace injured Stephen Strasburg in the Nats’ rotation. I have top prospect Lucas Giolito on my bench, but suspect that Triple-A starter Austin Voth will be the one to get the call instead. Since Hertz owns Strasburg, I suspected he would be highly motivated to grab his replacement. Still, not knowing whether Voth would actually be promoted led me to limit my bid to $34. That turned out to be more than good enough to beat out Lord Zola at $13 as Hertz passed.

Will the base-stealing glory days of Emilio Bonifacio return in Atlanta? Ray Guilfoyle of Fake Teams, who had the most FAAB in the league at over $900 coming into the week, pushed a whopping $150 to the table to secure Bonifacio’s services and find out. No one else even bid $0 on the veteran, however. (In all fairness, having spent $122 a few weeks ago for Michael Bourn, I have no justification to be critical of Ray’s bid.)

Instead, I like the steals, OBP (17 and .401 respectively at Triple-A this season to date) and multi-position eligibility from Pittsburgh call up Adam Frazier. The main questions are how much the 24-year-old will get to play and how long he will remain up. After Jordy Mercer left Sunday’s game with an injury, I was willing to spend $44 to find out.

With his FAAB pocketbook finally open, Guilfoyle dropped another $85 to secure Conor Gillaspie of San Francisco. The veteran seems well-positioned to receive regular at-bats at least as long as regular third baseman Matt Duffy is out and had a nice week with the bat last period. Of course, those stats do not count.

Todd's Take

Let's circle back to an observation I made early on in this league, one that germinates from playing in the NFBC which uses a similar FAAB process ($1000 max, no Vickrey, though the high stakes contest does not permit $0 bids). Here are the top bids for this week and the previous three, see if you can spot the nuance.

6/27: 150, 44, 34, 20,20, 11, 5

6/20: 295, 61, 41, 36, 35, 21

6/13: 509, 231, 191, 117

6/6: 151, 97, 11, 10, 6, 5

Figure it out?

Here's a hint. The next highest try on the 509 bid was 200 while the 117 and 97 were mine. 

See it now?

Save for the three bids I just cited plus the 44 and 34 this week (from Brian), every single one ends in 0, 1, 5 or 6.

This is a common pattern in the NFBC and is why I'll almost always end mine in 2, 3 or 7. I've seen others comment on not ending a bid in 0 or 5 which could be the reason for so many 1 and 6 ending bids.

Granted, there wasn't a single instance of one of these bids being only $1 more than the next underbid but it still makes sense to identify edges like this, especially since going the extra buck with a $1000 budget isn't going to cost you the hammer come trade deadline time.

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

POrlando, KC Ray Flowers 41 Ray Flowers 41    
JBroxton, StL David Gonos 40      
KGraveman, Oak Nando DiFino 32 Tim Heaney 16    
BNimmo, NYM Scott Engel 26 Al Melchior 5    
TJankowski, SD Scott Pianowski 25 Al Melchior 5    
CCuthbert, KC Scott Pianowski 22 Al Melchior 5    
JGant, Atl Fred Zinkie 20 Tim Heaney 16    
ASuarez, SF Tim Heaney 16 Fred Zinkie 20 Cory Schwartz 5 Fred Zinkie 1
GParra, Col Cory Schwartz 11      
NJones, CWS Nando DiFino 10      
SLeon, Bos Ray Flowers 9 Scott Engel 3    
RRaburn, Col Scott Engel 7 Al Melchior 5    
MWisler, Atl Al Melchior 7      
MBourn, Ari Scott Engel 6      
JBandy, LAA Scott Engel 5      
RBuchter, SD Scott Pianowski 5      
MWilliamson, SF Al Melchior 5      
BBrach, Bal Zach Steinhorn 3      

UNAWARDED BIDS

JIglesias, Det Ray Flowers 37  
DJennings, TB Ray Flowers 31  
YGallardo, Bal Fred Zinkie 13  
CKuhl, Pit Fred Zinkie 13 Al Melchior 6
TMilone, Min Nando DiFino 11  
CEdwards, ChC Nando DiFino 8  
TDuffey, Min Al Melchior 6  
PBourjos, Phi Scott Engel 4 Scott Engel 2
OArcia, TB Al Melchior 4  
MMuncy, Oak Scott Engel 4 Scott Engel 3
HHembree, Bos Nando DiFino 4  
DBundy, Bal Tim Heaney 4  
BBrentz, Bos Al Melchior 4  
KHerrera, KC Zach Steinhorn 3  
CGillaspie, SF Al Melchior 3  
SRodriguez, Pit Scott Engel 2  
JRickard, Bal Al Melchior 2  
CCoghlan, ChC Al Melchior 2  
JimJohnson, Atl Al Melchior 1  
TAnderson, Col Fred Zinkie 0  
CRea, SD Fred Zinkie 0  

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Paulo Orlando was supposed to lose at-bats upon the return of Alex Gordon. So far, however, Jarrod Dyson is the guy who is losing playing time. Orlando has been swinging a hot bat for quite some time now, boasting a .385 OBP with five steals through 170 at-bats this season. But he offers little in terms of power and his career .318 OBP suggests that regression in that department is likely. Still, for 41 FAAB bucks, he's a fine short-term option.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny says that the team will go with a closer by committee approach following the somewhat surprising Trevor Rosenthal demotion, and of the ninth inning candidates, Jonathan Broxton is the only one with extensive closing experience. Through 32 appearances, the 32-year-old righty sports a solid 3.64 ERA and 1.18 WHIP, and even if he records only a handful of saves, he will be well worth the $40 investment.

With a number of my starting pitchers in line for difficult matchups this week, I figured that adding an elite middle reliever to take the place of one of my risky starters might be a good idea. Brad Brach (5-1 1.05 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, 10.5 K/9) certainly fits that description. Let's see what happens.

Todd's Take

Hey look, 8 of the 10 winning bids ended in 0 or 1. Okay, point made, I'll move on.

There's a lot of talk both here and in the LABR report concerning the Cardinals closing scenario. Something to keep in mind, especially when a committee is the replacement, is more often than not the incumbent gets the gig back as soon as he's back on track. It's not always the case but if Rosenthal indeed exhibits past levels of success, it wouldn't be shocking to see him in the ninth again.

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MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TJankowski, SD Ray Murphy 56 Anthony Perri 33 Adam Ronis 0
KSiegrist, StL Rudy Gamble 23    
RRua, Tex Charlie Wiegert 21 Tom Kessenich 1  
JGant, Atl Charlie Wiegert 17    
CUtley, LAD Tom Kessenich 15    
BNimmo, NYM Anthony Perri 15 Charlie Wiegert 1  
OArcia, TB Adam Ronis 8    
BDrury, Ari Stacie Stern 4    
RBuchter, SD Tim McLeod 3 Adam Ronis 0  

UNAWARDED BIDS

TKoehler, Mia Charlie Wiegert 14    
AAlcantara, Oak Adam Ronis 8    
JJaso, Pit Tom Kessenich 7    
DGregorius, NYY Tom Kessenich 6    
CCrisp, Oak Tom Kessenich 4 Charlie Wiegert 1 Adam Ronis 0
JDeLaRosa, Col Charlie Wiegert 4    
JMercer, Pit Tom Kessenich 4    
TPham, StL Charlie Wiegert 2    
CCoghlan, ChC Stacie Stern 1    
CHeadley, NYY Tom Kessenich 1    
JRickard, Bal Charlie Wiegert 1    
MMuncy, Oak Stacie Stern 1    
SGennett, Mil Tom Kessenich 1    

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Like many fantasy leagues, there was not a lot of bidding Sunday night; in fact only eight of the fifteen teams submitted any bid at all..

The highest priced player was Padre fly-chaser Travis Jankowski, who went to Ray Murphy for $56 with hopes for another five stolen bases this week.

With Trevor Rosenthal continuing to pitch poorly, Rudy Gamble dropped $23 on Kevin Siegrist hoping the Cardinals set-up man beats out Jonathan Broxton and Seung Hwan Oh for some save chances in St. Louis. Our own Brian Walton, who writes about the Cardinals Scout.com feels Oh is favorite. Keep in mind Oh earned the moniker "The Final Boss" as he excelled in the role in both Korea and Japan.

The prospect signing of the week was Brandon Nimmo, harpooned for $15 by Anthony Perri.

As you can see my team was on the sidelines this week as I didn't see anybody who could improve my roster for next week. Of course I say that with Lucas Giolito already on my reserve roster, hoping he gets the call to fill in for the injured Stephen Strasburg.

Todd's Take

Psst, 4 of 6.

Don't look now but there's some intriguing things happening in Atlanta on the pitching side of the ledger. It was clear their plan was to acquire as many arms as possible during their rebuild so of course, it's retread Bud Norris that's excelled lately, but so has John Gant. The 23-year old righty began the season in the bullpen before getting a spot in the rotation. Let's give him a mulligan on his first start, as the Cubs chased him after just 4 2/3rd frames. In the subsequent two outings, Gant has tossed 12 1/3rd frames with 10 whiffs to just two walks. Wins will be hard to come by but with so many poor teams in the NL, Gant could get lucky and face some of the lesser-lights. if he keeps pitching like he has lately, there's a handful of wins in play over the second half.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

AReed, Hou Doug Anderson 377 Stephania Bell 160
WContreras, ChC Michael Beller 281 Jake Ciely 32
KSiegrist, StL Peter Kreutzer 42  
MKepler, Min Stephania Bell 20 Peter Kreutzer 11
YSolarte, SD Howard Bender 12  
BKintzler, Min Jake Ciely 12  
PAlvarez, Bal Jeff Boggis 6  
BRondon, Det Paul Sporer 2  
DEspinosa, Was Jake Ciely 2  
TJankowski, SD Peter Kreutzer 1  

UNAWARDED BIDS

JLoney, NYM Howard Bender 8  
BBrach, Bal Peter Kreutzer 4 Paul Sporer 1
CCuthbert, KC Howard Bender 3  
JRickard, Bal Stephania Bell 3  
BBrentz, Bos Stephania Bell 2  
TClippard, Ari Peter Kreutzer 2  
AReed, NYM Peter Kreutzer 1  
HRobles, NYM Peter Kreutzer 1  
LChisenhall, Cle Howard Bender 1  
NVincent, Sea Peter Kreutzer 1  

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

A couple of explosive bids this week for Touted call ups.

AJ Reed is finally here and Doug Anderson dropped 377 on him. The runner up was Stefania Bell's 160, but the key fact here is that Doug has been struggling and the chance to get a potentially first-rate hitter was worth an aggressive bid. Doug was so single-minded about Reed that he put in no other contingent bids.

The new Cubs "catcher," Willson Contreras, went for 281 to Michael Beller, who released Miguel Montego, whose anemic offense this year opened the door for the youngster. With David Ross coming back from the DL soon, there appears to be one catcher too many in the Cubs future. But Contreras has thus far not only caught, but played first base and outfield as well, and he has hit (three homers in 23 AB. Getting an offensive player who qualifies at catcher is a big plus. Jake Ciely's runner up bid of 32 probably reflects the downside range of possibilities with Contreras.

I decided to get off the Robbie Grossman train after his miserable week, you can't linger on marginal fellas in shallow leagues, and hoped to snag Max Kepler, who seems to be getting used to the majors, cheaply, but instead landed Travis Jankowski even more cheaply. Jankowski doesn't hit for average, but he gets on base at a decent clip, scores runs and steals bases. This is a bet Jon Jay, for whom Jankowski is playing, hits the DL.

I also had to deal with the demotion of Trevor Rosenthal from the closer role in St. Louis. Seung Hwan Oh was gone, but I bid somewhat aggressively on Kevin Siegrist, who will at the least pitch good innings and might earn some saves. No one else bid on Siegrist, which is just a little surprising. But the current perception does favor Oh (who is impossible to search for at onRoto because of his short last name).

One curious acquisition: Paul Sporer, who knows a thing or two about pitching, picked up Bruce Rondon. Rondon was once Detroit's closer of the future, some thought then back in 2012, but after a decent 2013, and injury, he was a train wreck last year, walking 19 in 31 innings. He didn't put up better numbers in Triple-A to start this year, but since his call up 10 days or so ago, he's been very effective, and manager Brad Ausmus has talked about him possibly being used in Hold situations. According to Rotowire, he hit 100 MPH five times in his first game after callup, and has walked only two in six innings.

Todd's Take

Chances are the Astros brass never though they'd need to figure out how to keep Marwin Gonzalez's stick in the lineup with their logjam at first base and designated hitter. Evan Gattis doing some catching helps. Jon Singleton is hitting homers with 14 at Triple-A Fresno but his 0.205 average is an eye sore. Now that Reed is promoted, look for a rotation covering C, 1B, 3B and DH composed of Reed, Gattis, Jason Castro, Luis Valbuena and Gonzalez. There's ample playing time for all to be mixed-league worthy, especially in two-catcher leagues.

 

LABRLOGO

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

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

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

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

A.J. Griffin, TEX Baseball HQ 13 Winning Fantasy Baseball 5 ESPN.com 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3
    Yahoo! Sports 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Fangraphs 1
Dillon Overton, OAK NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3      
Max Muncy, OAK NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 ESPN.com 1    
Bryce Brentz, BOS ESPN.com 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Justin Wilson, DET SiriusXM 1      
Anibal Sanchez, DET Colton & The Wolfman 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Ryan Dull, OAK Fangraphs 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Brian Flynn, KC NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Dylan Bundy, BAL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Junior Lake, TOR NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Arismendy Alcantara, OAK ESPN.com 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Wow, we are nearly half-way through the season. The commanding FAAB bid for the week was on A.J. Griffin, going to Dave Adler for $13. The Athletics hurler tossed 200 innings once (2013), missed all of 2014 and most of 2015 to injury, but has a decent portfolio when healthy. The thing is seven other owners submitted bids ranging from a buck to $5, meaning essentially the AL LABR universe was willing to gamble on the right-handed Ranger.

Oakland hurler Dillon Overton pulled the next highest price tag at just $3 uncontested, while another Athletic, Max Muncy went for $2, besting a $1 try. The NFBC duo of Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs posted both of the winning bids.

The remaining players went uncontested, with Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton bagging Anibal Sanchez, Eno Sarris nabbing Ryan Dull (third Athletic of the week), Ray Flowers obtaining Justin Wilson and Tristan Cockcroft rostering Bryce Brentz, all for the meager sum of a buck.

Todd's Take

While the reaction wasn't quite to the extent when I downloaded John Jaso's image earlier in the season, I admit to thinking "that's not what I pictured him looking like" when I grabbed Griffin's image from our directory. I also forgot his strikeout rate isn't terrible as I've always thought of him as the proverbial "pitch-to-contact" sort. As Lawr mentioned, Griffin missed almost two full years, the first recovering from Tommy John surgery then having a setback in his shoulder that cost him last season. It makes sense that his control is slow to come around. The big concern is Griffin remains a fly ball pitcher which doesn't play nearly as well in Globe Life Park as it did in O. Co Coliseum. It's already hot in Arlington, and a lot of other places, as well. With the temperatures rising, expect Griffin's home rate rate to follow along. He's fine for AL only, just not the type that makes sense on a Mixed roster.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Brandon Nimmo, NYM Baseball HQ 23 Mastersball 5
Jonathan Broxton, STL Colton & The Wolfman 6  
Adam Frazier, PIT Mastersball 4  
Tony Wolters, COL ESPN - Karabell 2  
Yusmeiro Petit, WSH NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Tucker Barnhart, CIN Mastersball 2  
Luis Perdomo, SD Colton & The Wolfman 2  
Tony Watson, PIT Baseball HQ 1  
Neftali Feliz, PIT Mastersball 1  

UNAWARDED BIDS

Emilio Bonifacio, ATL RotoWire - DVR 3  
Chase Anderson, MIL RotoWire - DVR 1  
Ramiro Pena, SF RotoWire - DVR 1 Baseball HQ 1
Hector Neris, PHI Mastersball 1 Baseball HQ 1
Adam Rosales, SD Baseball HQ 1  
Brandon Maurer, SD Baseball HQ 1  
Kyle Barraclough, MIA Baseball HQ 1  
Nick Ahmed, ARI Baseball HQ 1  

Brian Walton's Commentary

The New York Mets’ decision to send outfielder Michael Conforto down to Triple-A opened the door for prospect Brandon Nimmo. The latter made his first career start on Sunday and looks to be in a position to receive a decent audition. Still, it wasn’t like the 23-year-old was on any of the top national top 100 prospect lists before the season like Byron Buxton or Nomar Mazara or …, so I essentially bid for Nimmo’s starters at-bats, going $5. As usual, I came in second, squashed by a $23 bid from BaseballHQ’s Doug Dennis.

Needing steals more than anything on offense led me to secretly hope that I would get Pirates call-up Adam Frazier instead of Nimmo and that is what happened. The utilityman, eligible at shortstop in LABR (and third base in Tout) already had 32 stolen base attempts in Triple-A this season, but on the downside, was only successful 17 times. I hate when new guys play in Sunday night games on ESPN with everyone watching. Frazier didn’t help my cause with two hits and good defense on national TV as the Bucs’ right, then left fielder, but I should not have worried as I was the lone bidder. My $4 offer reflected hope that Frazier will benefit further from Jordy Mercer’s latest injury.

Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf spent $6 in the apparent hope that former Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton will get a chance to pitch the ninth for St. Louis after Trevor Rosenthal vacated the job. The portly one may be first in the Cardinals’ post-game chow line, but I see him third in the potential saves derby after Korean Seung-hwan Oh and lefty Kevin Siegrist. Yet, the only opinion that matters is that of Mike Matheny, and the manager has not been faced with a save situation since easing Rosenthal out.

Todd's Take

It's interesting that Frazier, and not Alen Hanson got the call to PNC Park. They profile similarly though Hanson has a little more pop. Don't get me wrong, Frazier earned the promotion, but it'll be intriguing to see how the club sees them down the line. Hanson got a little taste of the bigs earlier in the season then returned to Triple-A Indianapolis with the goal of getting him some reps in the outfield. This is curious, especially since the current second baseman, Josh Harrison, has MLB experience shagging flies. Something else to note about Frazier, and this is even more apropos in an OBP league like Tout Wars but also important here is he walked more than he whiffed in Triple-A. That's a very desirable trait.

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MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Travis Jankowski, SD Baseball HQ 4 @TheFantasyFix 1
Kevin Siegrist, STL Razzball 4 MLB.com 1
Joey Rickard, BAL ESPN.com 4 @TheFantasyFix 3
Jose Peraza, CIN @TheFantasyFix 3  
Gregor Blanco, SF ESPN.com 3  
Matt Joyce, PIT @TheFantasyFix 2  
John Gant, ATL Fangraphs 1 MLB.com 1
Colin Rea, SD Fantasy Alarm 1  
Jett Bandy, LAA Razzball 1  
Kyle Barraclough, MIA MLB.com 1  
Ryan Buchter, SD MLB.com 1  

UNAWARDED BIDS

Eduardo Escobar, MIN @TheFantasyFix 2
Johnny Giavotella, LAA @TheFantasyFix 2
Martin Prado, MIA @TheFantasyFix 2
Pedro Strop, CHC MLB.com 1
Tyler Anderson, COL MLB.com 1
Yovani Gallardo, BAL MLB.com 1
Albert Almora Jr., CHC @TheFantasyFix 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

With Jon Jay sidelined the last five games after being hit in the arm with a pitch, Travis Jankowski has filled in swimmingly, or perhaps runningly as he copped five bags this week, starting six straight contests. There's a chance Jay needs a DL stint which affords Jankowski at least another week's worth of games. Ray Murphy of Baseball HQ was willing to invest four jelly beans to see what happens.

Brian alluded to the Cardinals removing Trevor Rosenthal from the closer role. One of the candidates to close games is Kevin Siegrist. While the Razzball squad is hoping that's the case, I'm pulling for Brian's top choice, Seung-hwan Oh as I nabbed the rookie reliever a couple weeks ago.

Other notable acquisitions include Stephania Bell grabbing Joey Rickard who appears to back in the Orioles good graces and Jose Peraza. If Peraza can play regularly, he has a chance to be a difference maker considering the dearth of steals in today's landscape.

With only $9 FAAB and no injuries to deal with, I sat out this FAAB session.

Todd's Take

I did, however, make a deal with none other than Mr. Trade himself, mlb.com's Fred Zinkie. To properly set the stage, I need to tempt fate and divulge the Mastersball squad is sitting a top the standings, enjoying a 15-20 point lead, depending on which teams had more starters pitching the previous day. Clayton Kershaw is the cornerstone, fueling 15 points in wins, ERA, WHIP and strikeouts. The offense is designed to be safer than explosive and so far it's working as I lead the league in at bats which may not be a scoring category but it's a great gauge for team potential. The two weakest categories are steals and saves. The hope is Fernando Abad and Oh help K-Rod in the save department, leaving pilfers as the primary deficiency.

Fred asked for the BMW before switching to the SUV, inquiring about Kershaw. The offer was fair but I see no reason to deal the best pitcher on the planet. Maybe if things were closer, but as is, I'm content trying to move other arms.

Fred countered with an offer for Johnny Cueto. I replied that the offer was fair but did not really not address my need for speed, plus if I'm dealing Cueto, I'd like to test the market.

Smartly, Fred asked if there was any way I'd agree to a deal right away. The response was if I was 100 percent sure I couldn't do better.

"How about Jose Altuve and Nate Karns for Ian Kinsler and Johnny Cueto?"

Ding!

So we made the deal on the spot. I can absorb the loss of Cueto, especially since this frees up an active spot to use three closers in an effort to move up the saves category. Karns suffices as a guy to stream in with good matchups, especially at home. The buffer in ratios is large enough so that I can take a couple chances if necessary to chase wins and whiffs.

The other reason for agreeing was to revel in the tilt Howard Bender would endure upon seeing the deal posted. Mission accomplished.

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LABRLOGO

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

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

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

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Edwin Diaz, SEA Yahoo! Sports 2 ESPN.com 1
Mike Aviles, DET ESPN.com 1  
Michael Tonkin, MIN RotoWire 1  
Andrew Romine, DET ESPN.com 1  

UNAWARDED BIDS

Danny Worth, HOU ESPN.com 1
Gregorio Petit, LAA ESPN.com 1
Jake Smolinski, OAK ESPN.com 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

With the major heat wave in the center of the country, FAAB moves slowed to almost a halt as only four moves even registered in AL LABR this week.

Aside from what can only be referred to as a bidding war, Edwin Diaz went to Brandon Funston's Yahoo! team for $2, besting a $1 bid, and aside from that three one dollar players--Michael Tonkin to Chris Liss and RotoWire for a buck, and Mike Aviles and Andrew Romine both to Tristan Cockcroft, all for a buck--completed the week of minimalist moves.

Bring on the trade deadline?

Todd's Take

Lawr's not kidding. This is a list of the available hitters getting at least one AB last week:

Sandy Leon (C,U)
Josh Thole (C,U)
Chris Gimenez (C,U)
Francisco Pena (C,U)
Drew Butera (C,U)
Bryan Holaday (C,U)
Casey McGehee (1B,3B,CI,U)
Max Muncy (1B,CI,U,OF)
Andrew Romine (1B,SS,3B,MI,CI,U,OF)
Josh Rutledge (2B,3B,MI,CI,U)
Danny Worth (2B,MI,U)
Michael Martinez (2B,MI,U,OF)
Mike Aviles (2B,SS,3B,MI,CI,U,OF)
Gregorio Petit (2B,SS,MI,U)
Andy Burns (3B,CI,U)
Paul Janish (SS,3B,MI,CI,U)
Jaff Decker (U,OF)
Jake Smolinski (U,OF)
Jason Coats (U,OF)
Todd Cunningham (U,OF)

We've got six catchers, two middle infielders that are now back to bench fodder after filling in for an injury (Petit and Janish) and a bunch of flotsam and jetsam. I'm usually aggressive with FAAB, even in single leagues but this is a league where hoarding could be the optimal play.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jameson Taillon, PIT ESPN - Karabell 42 Baseball HQ 41 Colton & The Wolfman 33 ESPN - Karabell 31
    RotoWire - DVR 26 USA TODAY Sports 24 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 18
    Mastersball 7    
Willson Contreras, CHC RotoWire - DVR 11 Mastersball 2    
Ramon Flores, MIL Baseball HQ 8 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Inside Edge 1  
Zach Eflin, PHI Inside Edge 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 RotoWire - DVR 1  
Adam Morgan, PHI Colton & The Wolfman 2      
David Phelps, MIA Baseball HQ 1 RotoWire - DVR 1 Inside Edge 1  
Ryan Schimpf, SD Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Tyler Anderson, COL Mastersball 1 RotoWire - DVR 3    
John Gant, ATL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Mastersball 1    
Matt Belisle, WSH Inside Edge 1      
Brandon Barnes, COL Inside Edge 1      
         
Joe Blanton, LAD Inside Edge 1 Baseball HQ 1    
Tony Watson, PIT Inside Edge 1 Baseball HQ 1    
Chris Heisey, WSH Inside Edge 1      
Neftali Feliz, PIT Inside Edge 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Joe Blanton, LAD Inside Edge 1 Baseball HQ 1
Tony Watson, PIT Inside Edge 1 Baseball HQ 1
Chris Heisey, WSH Inside Edge 1  
Neftali Feliz, PIT Inside Edge 1  

Brian Walton's Commentary

LABR rules precluding the adding of prospects until they reach the majors meant that top Pirates pitching prospect Jameson Taillon was unowned – until Sunday night, that is. In very close bidding, Eric Karabell from ESPN's $42 offer, representing 42 percent of his full-season FAAB allocation, brought the Bucs' hurler home.

Word is that Cubs catching prospect Willson Contreras will soon be returned to Triple-A. Still, he homered on his first pitch seen in the majors and has a Monday night start scheduled. Since my second catcher Trevor Brown doesn’t get more than a half-dozen at-bats per week, I was willing to add Contreras and see what happens. Unfortunately, I came in second of the two bidders, with my $2 offer eclipsed by Derek Van Riper of Rotowire at $11.

Todd's Take

A few years back I have a cool QA/QC gig with MLBAM where I proofed all their social media copy before it was posted. By far, the name most often misspelled was Welington Castillo. I have a feeling that's about to change. Actually, maybe Castillo should ask Willson Contreras for one of his "l's" and they both could spell their name in a more conventional manner. While we're at it, let's get Jerad Eickhoff to flip-flip the e and a -- everyone is so careful with the last name they gloss over the non-intuitive first name.

Real quick on Contreras, if you recall, the Cubs did a similar tactic with Kyle Schwarber last season, bringing him up for a cup of coffee, asking him to absorb as much as he can from David Ross then head back down to Triple-A for more seasoning. Obviously things can change but Theo Epstein doesn't do anything without a plan. And as Brian suggests, the current plan is for Contreras to get a taste of the bigs then come back up later in the season, perhaps as a designated hitter when the club is in an AL park and then we'll see what happens.

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MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jameson Taillon, PIT Baseball Prospectus 33 USA TODAY Fantasy 18 MLB.com 18 ESPN.com 14
    USA TODAY Sports 11 RotoWire 11 Baseball HQ 9
    Razzball 7 Fangraphs 3  
Shawn Kelley, WSH Baseball Prospectus 14 Fangraphs 7 Razzball 7 MLB.com 7
    USA TODAY Sports 7 RotoWire 6 MLB.com 5
    Fantasy Alarm 1    
Whit Merrifield, KC Mastersball 7 USA TODAY Sports 5 USA TODAY Fantasy 3 MLB.com 1
    RotoExperts 1 Fantasy Alarm 1  
Max Kepler, MIN Mastersball 4 RotoExperts 1 Fantasy Alarm 1 RotoWire 1
Tom Koehler, MIA RotoWire 4      
Cody Reed, CIN RotoWire 4 Baseball Prospectus 21 MLB.com 3  
Ichiro Suzuki, MIA USA TODAY Sports 4 Fantasy Alarm 1    
Tyler Flowers, ATL ESPN.com 3      
Doug Fister, HOU MLB.com 3 RotoWire 3 RotoExperts 1 Fantasy Alarm 1
Ezequiel Carrera, TOR USA TODAY Fantasy 3 Mastersball 1    
Willson Contreras, CHC Fangraphs 2      
Clay Buchholz, BOS Fangraphs 2      
Daniel Mengden, OAK Razzball 2 Baseball Prospectus 3 RotoWire 1 MLB.com 1
Ryan Raburn, COL Razzball 2      
Steven Moya, DET Fantasy Alarm 2      
Ryan Rua, TEX RotoExperts 1 RotoWire 1    
Paulo Orlando, KC RotoWire 1 Mastersball 1 RotoExperts 1  
John Lamb, CIN RotoWire 1      
Tyler Thornburg, MIL RotoExperts 1      
Bud Norris, ATL Baseball HQ 1      
Tim Lincecum, LAA RotoExperts 1      
Tommy Milone, MIN MLB.com 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

 

Brett Eibner, KC Mastersball 3  
Tyler Wilson, BAL MLB.com 1 RotoWire 1
Cody Asche, PHI Mastersball 1  
Desmond Jennings, TB RotoExperts 1  
Gregor Blanco, SF Mastersball 1  
J.B. Shuck, CWS Mastersball 1  
Jose Peraza, CIN RotoWire 1  
Kyle Barraclough, MIA MLB.com 1  
Martin Prado, MIA RotoExperts 1  
Matt Garza, MIL RotoWire 1  

Todd Zola's Commentary

This was one of the busier weeks in a while for Mixed LABR as there was spirited bidding on several players with some more tempered buys for some others. Not surprisingly, Pittsburgh Pirates top prospect Jameson Taillon was the prize as he was summoned back to the bigs a little earlier than planned to fill in for Gerrit Cole. Assuming the youngster continues to pitch well, he could end up taking the spot of Juan Nicasio as apparently Ray Searage's pixie dust has run out.

Washington Nationals' new closer Shan Kelley was a hot commodity as Jonathan Papelbon hit the DL with a right intercostal strain (sore ribs) which typically takes several weeks to heal. i need saves badly but with limited funds and even more pressing needs, I knew I'd be outbid.

Another intriguing acquisition is Cody Reed, the Cincinnati version as it won't be too long before we have to ask "which one" with a prospect hurler of the same name progressing rapidly through the Diamondbacks system. The Reds have been fraught with injuries but were patient with Reed before finally getting sick of Alfredo Simon getting incessantly thrashed. As a Reed owner in a couple of keeper/dynasty formats, I'm eager to see how he performs. He looked composed in his debut, racking up goodly whiffs but was also hit hard when contact was made.

Todd's Take

A couple of injuries put a damper on what was an otherwise solid week for my squad with Steven Souza Jr. and J.D. Martinez felled by injury. I had Michael Saunders and his three-home run game frustratingly on my bench to take one spot but was devoid of another outfield eligible hitter for the other opening. In addition, I'm concerned that Devon Travis could lose some playing time with Troy Tulowitski back as Darwin Barney has played well while Tulo was out and could work into a time-share at second. Finally, my main reserve Brandon Drury isn't playing as much as previously, in part due to the promotion of Peter O'Brien along with Michael Bourn playing well enough to stick around after David Peralta was activated (though Peralta is hobbled again). Travis has only five games this week so with LABR's rule requiring a new pick-up to be active, it seems like a good time to reserve him which clears the way for Whit Merrifield to join the fold. Truth be told, I was a little surprised he was available. I know, it's just Whit Merrifield but he's hitting leadoff for a pesky Royals squad that just released Omar Infante. He also has outfield eligibility if I want to get Travis back in there next week.

For the other outfield spot I grabbed Max Kepler who has a chance to end the musical chairs game in the Twins outfield and secure a regular spot. At the very least, his heroics over the weekend earned him some playing time this week. I'll hang in for a week and see how things flesh out.

I am concerned I'm down to just $9 of FAAB but that should be good for nine $1 players which hopefully will get me to the finish line.

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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.

There are five Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League, 15-team Mixed Draft League and a brand new 12-team Mixed Auction Head to head format. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average with the Head to Head league also using other unique categories. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

New to Tout Wars this year is a $1000 free agent acquisition budget (FAAB) and no Vickrey. Teams are still allowed $0 bids.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR was posted earlier.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

EEscobar, Min Steve Moyer 177 Larry Schechter 110 Chris Liss 55 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2
TMilone, Min Larry Schechter 14 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1    
JDecker, TB Larry Schechter 14      
BBoxberger, TB Rob Leibowitz 8      
TWilson, Bal Jason Collette 7 Steve Moyer 4 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1  
RNolasco, Min Seth Trachtman 6 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2 Steve Moyer 0  
LHochevar, KC Jeff Erickson 2      
YGourriel, FA Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2      
DStoren, Tor Steve Moyer 1      
BBrach, Bal Steve Moyer 0 Jason Collette 5    

UNAWARDED BIDS

JCoats, CWS Larry Schechter 0
MAviles, Det Larry Schechter 0
SOMalley, Sea Larry Schechter 0
RRoss, Bos Steve Moyer 0

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

AL Tout commanded more moves than AL LABR this cycle, but aside from a couple of crapshoots, most of the moves were simply injury fillers.

Steve Moyer did make a shrewd buy with the purchase of Eduardo Escobar for $177, a solid replacement at this juncture to spell J.D. Martinez, while Rob Leibowitz spent just $8 on Rays injured closer Brad Boxberger. Boxberger has just resumed playing catch, but is still several weeks away from returning to big league play.

Leader Larry Schechter purchased Tommy Milone ($14) along with Jaff Decker (also $14) to plug injury gaps, while Moyer made a few more moves with the aquisitions of Drew Storen ($1) and Brad Bach ($0).

Jeff Erickson nabbed Luke Hochevar for $2, while Seth Trachtman went out on a limb trusting Ricky Nolasco ($6) and Jason Collette, picked up Tyler Wilson. Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton finished up the moves reserving the both recently acquired, and inexplicably pounded James Shields with Nate Jones for $2 and Fernando Salas with Yulieski Gourriel, also $2.

Todd's Take

Who is Yulieski Gourriel and why is he showing up on both the AL and (spoiler alert) NL report? Gourriel is a 32-year old Cuban defector, shining for years on the Cuban National clubs as well as playing in Japan in 2014. The third baseman is a polished defender that has also dabbled at second base and the outfield, though expect him to man the hot corner in the bigs. Gourriel is a free agent, eligible to sign and play immediately. He hopes to be in a Major League lineup by August 1.

The two clubs most cited as destinations are, not surprisingly, the New York Mets and Yankees. Both have Cuban influences with Yoenis Cespedes actively campaigning to have Gourriel replace David Wright while Aroldis Chapman was Gourriel's teammate on many squads in Cuba.

At 32 years old, Gourriel will be expected to contribute right away and most reports are optimistic he can. He's a solid hitter with more pop than speed but he can run a little too. It will be interesting to see where he signs. Obviously, he can't be activated by the owner in the league he does not sign, but it's certainly worth the gamble.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

WContreras, ChC Mike Gianella 295 Todd Zola 71 Andy Behrens 51 Steve Gardner 45
    Tristan H. Cockcroft 41 Grey Albright 31 Brian Walton 22
BNorris, Atl Andy Behrens 61 Mike Gianella 46    
JGant, Atl Steve Gardner 41 Mike Gianella 14 Brian Walton 3 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
RSchimpf, SD Derek Carty 36 Andy Behrens 17 Phil Hertz 8  
TGoeddel, Phi Steve Gardner 35      
WVenable, LAD Grey Albright 21      
YGourriel, FA Phil Hertz 14      
BNimmo, NYM Phil Hertz 14 Phil Hertz 2    
TThornburg, Mil Steve Gardner 12 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0    
DDescalso, Col Grey Albright 10      
LPerdomo, SD Mike Gianella 7      
TAnderson, Col Brian Walton 3      
RCabrera, Cin Todd Zola 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0    
PBaez, LAD Phil Hertz 0      
RRivera, NYM Tristan H. Cockcroft 0      
MCastro, Col Tristan H. Cockcroft 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

TPham, StL Phil Hertz 14 Grey Albright 5 Phil Hertz 5
SSolis, Was Steve Gardner 6 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0  
PBourjos, Phi Grey Albright 5 Steve Gardner 0  
BBarnes, Col Steve Gardner 3 Grey Albright 1  
MRojas, Mia Grey Albright 1    
PGosselin, Ari Grey Albright 1    
CBettis, Col Steve Gardner 0    
DMcGowan, Mia Steve Gardner 0    

Brian Walton's Commentary

Even though we have been conditioned to expect that the initial Chicago stay of catcher Willson Contreras will be short, he will be given Monday night’s start against the Cardinals’ up-and-down lefty Jaime Garcia. Despite already owning three catchers, Baseball Prospectus’ Mike Gianella bid a very aggressive $295. While there were many other bidders, the next closest was just $71.

Veteran Bud Norris has strung together three solid starts since his return from Atlanta’s bullpen. That was apparently enough to reduce buyer trepidation over Norris’ checkered past. Gianella bid $46, but this time was aced out by Yahoo’s Andy Behrens’ offer of $61.

BaseballHQ’s Phil Hertz made a nice preemptive move, adding free agent infielder Yuleski Gourriel for $14. Where the Cuban signs, how soon he makes his MLB debut and at what position are all unknown, but after a week of no stats, Hertz can stash Gourriel away and wait to see how it plays out.

Todd's Take

One of these off-seasons I need to do a study figuring out how many of the preemptive, in-season stashes are effective. I'm reticent to go down that road, fearful of giving up a week's worth of stats. That said, there's usually a sacrificial lamb somewhere on a roster that isn't expected to miss much plus this week, there's several squads with just five games, facilitating sitting a player on one of those teams.

Other than Gourriel, Phil also grabbed New York Mets flychaser Brandon Nimmo, a 23-year old having a break out campaign at Triple-A Las Vegas, a renowned hitter's paradise. With Juan Lagares and Michael Conforto both battling nagging injuries, there could be an opening in Queens, with Nimmo an option.

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CReed, Cin Zach Steinhorn 356 Bret Sayre 156 Ray Flowers 87 Joe Pisapia 78
    Cory Schwartz 51 Fred Zinkie 50 Al Melchior 31
    Derek Van Riper 21 Scott Engel 3  
WContreras, ChC Al Melchior 101 Tim Heaney 66 Scott Swanay 37 Derek Van Riper 5
KWong, StL Ray Flowers 49 Cory Schwartz 17 Scott Pianowski 16 Derek Van Riper 0
DGregorius, NYY Cory Schwartz 48 Ray Flowers 39 Scott Pianowski 33  
MTaylor, Was Scott Pianowski 45 Scott Swanay 24 Joe Pisapia 8  
CBuchholz, Bos Nando DiFino 29      
ABlair, Atl Nando DiFino 28      
AAlmora, ChC Scott Swanay 24      
DNorris, Det Al Melchior 21 Derek Van Riper 6    
TLincecum, LAA Fred Zinkie 20 Scott Engel 6 Derek Van Riper 5 Fred Zinkie 0
ISuzuki, Mia Nando DiFino 19      
SMoya, Det Scott Pianowski 15 Ray Flowers 44 Fred Zinkie 5  
BNorris, Atl Cory Schwartz 12 Nando DiFino 21    
MKepler, Min Joe Pisapia 8 Scott Pianowski 44 Fred Zinkie 5  
ECarrera, Tor Fred Zinkie 5 Ray Flowers 39 Derek Van Riper 0  
JSmolinksi, Oak Scott Engel 4      
JChacin, LAA Cory Schwartz 4      
CBedrosian, LAA Tim Heaney 1      
TWilson, Bal Fred Zinkie 0      
KBarraclough, Mia Fred Zinkie 0 Nando DiFino 7    
CAsche, Phi Derek Van Riper 0 Nando DiFino 11 Cory Schwartz 4  

UNAWARDED BIDS

MWisler, Atl Zach Steinhorn 108 Al Melchior 31
JIglesias, Det Ray Flowers 39 Cory Schwartz 17
RRaburn, Col Scott Pianowski 31 Scott Engel 4
CFriedrich, SD Al Melchior 21 Cory Schwartz 1
ASuarez, SF Al Melchior 21  
JHoover, Cin Nando DiFino 8  
RSchimpf, SD Nando DiFino 4  
KGibson, Min Cory Schwartz 2 Fred Zinkie 0
JDiekman, Tex Tim Heaney 1  
LValbuena, Hou Cory Schwartz 1  
RDull, Oak Scott Swanay 0  
RBuchter, SD Scott Swanay 0  
BBrach, Bal Scott Swanay 0  
TMilone, Min Fred Zinkie 0  
TAnderson, Col Fred Zinkie 0  
JLamb, Cin Fred Zinkie 0  
MGivens, Bal Cory Schwartz 0  

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Yeah, I probably spent too much for Cody Reed. But after coming in second in the Tim Anderson bidding and with plenty of FAAB at my disposal, I figured that I needed to make a bold move to address my pitching staff, which is a little short in reliable arms right now (thank you, James Shields). Reed was far from dominant in his big league debut on Saturday (7 IP, 4 ER), but the 23-year-old pitched well enough to suggest that he can at the very least be a useful mixed league asset, especially in the strikeout department. He did manage to rack up nine punchouts.

Sticking to the theme of highly touted prospects, Willson Contreras homered on Sunday on the first pitch he saw in the big leagues. And Al Melchior clearly took notice, shelling out triple-digit bucks to acquire the Cubs backstop. Although Contreras surely has a bright future, the problem here is that both Miguel Montero and David Ross are ahead of him on the big league depth chart. So, barring an injury or trade, Contreras is unlikely to see enough at-bats to make a meaningful fantasy contribution, and a trip back to the Minors in the near future would not be surprising. But the season is long, and he could prove to be a wise stash, even if his first big league stint is a short one.

Seeing Kolten Wong's name on the list of FAAB additions is strange, as it was only a year ago that he was widely viewed as an emerging star at the second base position. But a poor second half last season extended into this year, and a demotion to the Minors soon followed. But after raking at Triple-A, Wong is back in the big leagues now, this time as an outfielder, and adding a new position to his repertoire bodes well for his playing time if he can stay hot at the plate. For 49 FAAB bucks, he's a steal.

Todd's Take

There are a bunch of intriguing names picked up this session. One that sticks out for me is Daniel Norris. The Tigers have had a few chances to promote the 23-year old southpaw but have opted to go elsewhere. It's not official but there are signals pointing to Norris being summoned to fill Matt Boyd's rotation spot this week, likely against Seattle. It's been an wild ride for Norris after being the key acquisition by Detroit in the David Price deal. Norris pitched well last season but was felled by a late-season oblique as well as a scare when he had a cancerous growth removed from his thyroid. Then in the spring, he fractured a bone in his back, delaying the start to his 2016 campaign. Norris had a cup, or more like a sip of coffee in Motown in mid-May. Since being sent back to Triple-A Toledo, Norris has pitched well in his six starts and appears ready for a Venti with two sugars and a shot of Espresso. Sorry, best I can do - 53 years old and I still drink Diet Mountain Dew like a teenager.

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MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CReed, Cin Greg Ambrosius 222 Anthony Perri 53 Perry Van Hook 37 Rudy Gamble 2
SKelley, Was Perry Van Hook 123 Greg Ambrosius 121 Adam Ronis 104 Rudy Gamble 102
BNorris, Atl Charlie Wiegert 38 Anthony Perri 23    
SMoya, Det Craig Mish 37 Greg Ambrosius 29 Adam Ronis 7  
WContreras, ChC Anthony Perri 34 Perry Van Hook 31    
JMarte, LAA Stacie Stern 33 Craig Mish 5    
AGarcia, CWS Greg Ambrosius 33      
ECarrera, Tor Perry Van Hook 27 Adam Ronis 3    
MReynolds, Col Greg Ambrosius 22 Craig Mish 5    
TLincecum, LAA Perry Van Hook 21 Greg Ambrosius 88 Adam Ronis 1  
JPeavy, SF Rudy Gamble 9      
RRaburn, Col Rudy Gamble 4 Greg Ambrosius 30    
LValbuena, Hou Adam Ronis 3      
ABregman, Hou Tim McLeod 2      
JPhegley, Oak Craig Mish 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

CCrisp, Oak Greg Ambrosius 32 32
BButler, Oak Greg Ambrosius 21 21
CCuthbert, KC Stacie Stern 19 19
KGraveman, Oak Perry Van Hook 7 7
TFlowers, Atl Anthony Perri 6 6
CCoghlan, ChC Stacie Stern 4 4
HStrickland, SF Rudy Gamble 3 3
KSiegrist, StL Rudy Gamble 2 2

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

By now you know where the money is going - newly promoted prospects and new closers. Leading the winning bids Sunday was freshly promoted Reds SP Cody Reed who went for $222 to Greg Ambrosius. Next up was closer du jour for the Nationals, Shawn Kelley who landed on my team for $123, just two dollars ahead of Ambrosius' bid to add a second hurler.

Kelley price tag may have been higher than most temporary closers but my rationale was that Fernando Abad was
A) bad, and b) would garner few chances, so as the Jonathan Papelbon owner, grabbing Kelley was worth the extra shekels.

New Angel Tim Lincecum ($21) and Blue Jays outfielder Ezequiel Carrera ($27) rounded out my purchases for this week.

Todd's Take

We have another minor league stash as Tim McLeod added Houston Astros farmhand Alex Bregman. My original reaction was I'm not a fan of these stashes in the mixed format, reticent to give up stats as well as taking the chance the rookie is an upgrade over what I have. But Tim is an accomplished player and former Tout champion so this wasn't done on a whim.

Bregman has been tearing up Double-A Corpus Christi, playing some hot corner since he's sort of blocked at the Major League level while the path to third is quite plausible. That actually ties in with the first reason Bregman makes sense for Tim - he owns Carlos Correa. The player being reserved, and would ostensibly be replaced is Eugenio Suarez, though once Bregman gains eligibility, Tim could also replace Trevor Plouffe. If Bregman were to match Suarez or Plouffe, that would actually be pretty good considering his age and lack of Triple-A seasoning. The key is while Bregman could do worse, he also could do better and that's what Tim is paying for. Plouffe and Suarez are what they are. Tim isn't going to lose because he took a goose-egg at middle this week. He also likely decided to make a run at another title, upgrading Suarez or Plouffe would help. In a league where second place is first loser, you need to take calculated risks. Especially since he handcuffs Correa, this is an ideal speculative play.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TLincecum, LAA Jeff Boggis 101    
HKim, Bal Jeff Zimmerman 65    
YEscobar, LAA Jeff Mans 56    
TCingrani, Cin Jeff Mans 48    
JGray, Col Jake Ciely 20    
CSabathia, NYY Howard Bender 16 Jeff Mans 22  
WMerrifield, KC Jake Ciely 15    
CReed, Cin Jake Ciely 13    
JDiekman, Tex Jeff Zimmerman 12 Peter Kreutzer 7  
JSegura, Ari Peter Kreutzer 12 Jake Ciely 2  
TBauer, Cle Peter Kreutzer 11 Jeff Mans 22 Jake Ciely 13

UNAWARDED BIDS

BKintzler, Min Jeff Mans 25  
CLewis, Tex Jeff Mans 22  
CCuthbert, KC Jeff Mans 15  
DLee, Sea Jeff Mans 15  
ZDavies, Mil Jake Ciely 13  
KUehara, Bos Jeff Zimmerman 7 Peter Kreutzer 2
HSantiago, LAA Howard Bender 6  
JWilson, Det Peter Kreutzer 4  
DEspinosa, Was Peter Kreutzer 3 Jake Ciely 2
RRua, Tex Jake Ciely 2  
POrlando, KC Jake Ciely 2  
MPrado, Mia Jake Ciely 2  
JGrilli, Tor Peter Kreutzer 2  
DJennings, TB Jeff Zimmerman 2  

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

There were quite a few interesting players out there this week.

I would have thought Mallex Smith, with his five steals last week, might have rated, but no one bid on him. I didn't have room. Probably everyone else knew he broke his finger in Sunday's game. Whew!

The player I coveted most was Jean Segura, who has been hot lately, has some power and some speed. He's not a long-term solution, which is why he was available, but I judged him a better bet over the next few days than Brad Miller while Manny Machado is in the penalty box.

Tim Lincecum, after his good start for the Angels received the highest bid of the day. An uncontested 101.

The highest hitting bid was for Hyun Soo Kim, who is proving to be the on-base machine he promised to be, at least against righties. He has just three at bats versus lefties.

My other purchase was Trevor Bauer, who has looked awfully good recently. His game this week is against Tampa, one of the poorer scoring teams in the majors this year. They're also one of the more prolific strikeout teams. Taking a high K/9 reliever might have been safer, but I hope this helps me compete in QS+W as my closer corps flounders.

The pitcher I missed on the available list who I would have ranked higher than Bauer was Tony Cingrani, who has been fairly terrible but is collecting saves. In the last three weeks he's thrown 10 innings, saved four games, walked five and struck out just two. Whew! Dodged another one.

Sometimes compressed prep time can be a blessing.

Todd's Take

Over the past couple of years I've pointed out a handful of acquisitions that may have had a DFS influence. Granted, Yunel Escobar has been hitting first since the beginning of June, but when we see his name on an available player list, the first thing coming to mind isn't "lead off hitter", unless you play DFS like Escobar's new owner, Jeff Mans. Escobar's on-base resurgence began last season as he boasted a 0.375 OBP with the Nationals. To be fair, Escobar's walk and contact rates haven't really changed - he's carried a higher batting average on balls in play the past couple of campaigns, buoyed by more line drives as well as ground balls, which go for hits more than fly balls. It would be nice if Escobar's spike was further supported by more hard contact, but it's not. Still, in a format where the get-away plan isn't taxing, riding the wave of a player like Escobar can pay dividends.

 

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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.

There are five Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League, 15-team Mixed Draft League and a brand new 12-team Mixed Auction Head to head format. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average with the Head to Head league also using other unique categories. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

New to Tout Wars this year is a $1000 free agent acquisition budget (FAAB) and no Vickrey. Teams are still allowed $0 bids.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR was posted earlier.

daniel mengden

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DMengden, Oak Seth Trachtman 186 Ron Shandler 31 Steve Moyer 77 Jason Collette 61
JMorneau, CWS Chris Liss 76      
AAlcantara, Oak Ron Shandler 37 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1    
MGonzalez, CWS Jason Collette 36 Ron Shandler 11 Seth Trachtman 1  
IDavis, Tex Mike Podhorzer 13      
MTonkin, Min Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6      
JShuck, CWS Larry Schechter 6      
JDiekman, Tex Mike Podhorzer 1      
JBonifacio, KC Steve Moyer 1      
TCunningham, LAA Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1      
XCedeno, TB Larry Schechter 1      
EDiaz, Sea Seth Trachtman 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

BBrach, Bal Jason Collette 21 Mike Podhorzer 1 Larry Schechter 1
JGrilli, Tor Jason Collette 21    
JCoats, CWS Larry Schechter 6    
FRodriguez, Oak Seth Trachtman 1    
VNuno, Sea Seth Trachtman 1    

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The big transaction this week in AL Tout was not logged on the FAAB boards, but rather on the trade line where front-runner Larry Schechter adjusted what appears to be a juggernaut squad by swapping Jacoby Ellsbury and $30 in FAAB for Danny Salazar and Raymond Fuentes.

Schechter, who does have a deadly offense who have amassed 48.5 points with his hitters had the surplus, while Collette, mired in the leap frog battle of teams scrambling between second and fifth place in the league, and while the swap might help Collette's prospects, at the same time on the surface simply made the leading squad stronger.

Still, Collette's search for offensive support is understandable when we look at the top two hitters purchased as Chris Liss was willing to gamble $76 on new White Sox Justin Morneau (who is already on the DL in Chicago) while Mike Podhorzer tossed $13 at new Yankee Ike Davis, hoping the return to the Apple fuels some stats for both teams. Ron Shandler might have made the best acquisition however, nabbing Arismendy Alcalantra at $37. The new Athletic is a switch-hitting infielder/outfielder who has 32 minor league swipes.

On the pitching side, Seth Trachtman dropped the biggest wad, gambling $186 on another Athletic, Daniel Mengden (Trachtman also got Edwin Diaz for a buck) while Collette tried to compensate for the loss of Salazar buy purchasing the rights to White Sox Miguel Gonzalez for $36. On the trade flip side, Schechter then nabbed Xavier Cedeno ($1) and JB Shuck ($6) to balance his potential numbers in light of the swap. Podhorzer also tried to augment his pitching staff with Jake Diekman ($1).

Fantasy Alarm brainchild Rick Wolf and his mate Glenn Colton made a pair of moves, acquiring Michael Tonkin ($6) and Todd Cunningham ($1) while Steve Moyer rounded out the moves of the week pulling Jorge Bonifacio out of the free agent pool for a dollar.

Todd's Take

It's hard to see on the header image but you have to love Mengden's homage to Rollie Fingers.

Trades in leagues of this nature are difficult to pull off. Kudos to Larry and Jason for making the effort to find a win-win deal. First place or not, if you have excess, you should be free to deal it. It's just so hard to build up excess in a single league in today's format.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CEstevez, Col Lenny Melnick  509 Ray Guilfoyle 200 Derek Carty 122 Mike Gianella 117
    Grey Albright 111 Andy Behrens 50 Brian Walton 25
    Phil Hertz 4    
MGarza, Mil Scott Wilderman 231 Phil Hertz 4    
ZGodley, Ari Scott Wilderman 191 Andy Behrens 65 Grey Albright 30 Brian Walton 11
CCoghlan, ChC Todd Zola 117 Steve Gardner 107 Andy Behrens 99 Tristan H. Cockcroft 93
    Scott Wilderman 62 Mike Gianella 60 Derek Carty 22
    Brian Walton 3 Phil Hertz 2  
AAlmora, ChC Mike Gianella 114 Scott Wilderman 3 Phil Hertz 2  
ZEflin, Phi Mike Gianella 42      
CGearrin, SF Grey Albright 31 Phil Hertz 3 Brian Walton 1  
CStewart, Pit Todd Zola 13      
BLogan, Col Brian Walton 12 Grey Albright 5    
SDrew, Was Steve Gardner 5 Derek Carty 2 Brian Walton 2  
FMontas, LAD Ray Guilfoyle 4      
JPeterson, Atl Phil Hertz 3 Brian Walton 2    
MMargot, SD Phil Hertz 2      
AAmarista, SD Brian Walton 2      
CKuhl, Pit Lenny Melnick  1      
DWright, NYM Andy Behrens 1      
DLaw, SF Phil Hertz 0      
AOttavino, Col Phil Hertz 0      
Aliberatore, LAD Ray Guilfoyle 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

BNorris, Atl Mike Gianella 24  
DWright, Cin Scott Wilderman 11  
TThornburg, Mil Mike Gianella 3 Grey Albright 1
ABarnes, LAD Todd Zola 3  
WContreras, ChC Phil Hertz 2  
DiHerrera, NYM Phil Hertz 2  
HRobles, NYM Mike Gianella 1  
BNimmo, NYM Phil Hertz 1  
EKratz, Pit Todd Zola 1  
JAlfaro, Phi Todd Zola 1  
TFederowicz, ChC Todd Zola 1  

Brian Walton's Commentary

After a couple of relatively quiet weeks, the pocketbooks came out Sunday evening in NL Tout.

Lenny Melnick of RotoExperts has unsuccessfully been shopping tentative closers Jason Motte and Tony Cingrani in recent weeks. Even so, he stepped up big time to replace them, pushing just over half of his full-year FAAB budget, $509, to the center of the table to add apparent new Rockies closer Carlos Estevez. Last year, the price would have been just $201 under Vickrey Rules, as the next closest bidder offered $200. I added dark-horse saves candidate Boone Logan for $12. We’ll see how this unsettled situation in Colorado evolves.

Scott Wilderman of onRoto spent a total of $422 on two starting pitchers, Zack Godley of Arizona and Matt Garza of Milwaukee, the latter ready to be activated off the disabled list, where the veteran has been all season to date. Wilderman is in an ideal position to take some mild risk as he is leading the league in both ERA and WHIP, but is tied for second-to-last in wins.

With David Wright out for six to eight weeks, his drafting owner cashed him in for FAAB reclaim this past week. I thought about grabbing the Mets third baseman and stashing him away on the DL (after a week of zero stats), but I don’t have the roster room, needing pitching help more. Andy Behrens of Yahoo did grab the oft-injured Wright for $1, a nice gambit.

Todd's Take

All season long I've been aggeessive with FAAB as I entered the season with the league's lowest total after finsihing in the basement thus being penalized the maximum allowable FAAB units, It's helped as I've received some helpful stats from players I would have otherwise eschewed for lack of a track record. Chris Coghlan has a track record - and recently it isn't good - but I'm looking to build up some depth to facilitate a potential deal, hopefully to boost either steals or saves. I don't expect a ton from Coghlan but Joe Maddon loves his Swiss Army knives and Coghlan can play all over.

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TAnderson, CWS Joe Pisapia 484 Zach Steinhorn 288 Fred Zinkie 180 Ray Flowers 163
    Nando DiFino 115 Al Melchior 62 Bret Sayre 42
    Scott Engel 24 Derek Van Riper 5  
JPaxton, Sea Bret Sayre 229 Scott Pianowski 211 Gene McCaffrey 172 Zach Steinhorn 88
    Derek Van Riper 77 Tim Heaney 76 Nando DiFino 72
    Scott Engel 56 Fred Zinkie 50 Cory Schwartz 38
CEstevez, Col Derek Van Riper 77 Scott Engel 61 Ray Flowers 59 Bret Sayre 46
    Tim Heaney 36 Al Melchior 33 Tim Heaney 16
BKintzler, Min Scott Engel 62 Ray Flowers 59 Bret Sayre 56 Al Melchior 48
    Derek Van Riper 17 Cory Schwartz 2  
MGonzalez, Hou Al Melchior 44 Bret Sayre 0    
AGarcia, Atl Nando DiFino 41      
ROhlendorf, Cin Tim Heaney 36      
DEspinosa, Was Bret Sayre 32 Scott Pianowski 3    
DMengden, Oak Al Melchior 32 Cory Schwartz 12 Scott Engel 9 Derek Van Riper 1
KSuzuki, Min Scott Pianowski 22      
MBoyd, Det Derek Van Riper 22      
JGrilli, Tor Ray Flowers 19      
SOh, StL Gene McCaffrey 17 Ray Flowers 13 Derek Van Riper 1 Cory Schwartz 1
    Fred Zinkie 0    
TKoehler, Mia Cory Schwartz 15 Derek Van Riper 2    
KPlawecki, NYM Scott Engel 4      
KNieuwenhuis, Mil Scott Engel 4      
CVazquez, Bos Gene McCaffrey 3 Scott Pianowski 9    
TBrown, SF Scott Pianowski 1      
SKelley, Was Cory Schwartz 1      
HPerez, Mil Derek Van Riper 0      
ZGodley, Ari Fred Zinkie 0 Derek Van Riper 3    

UNAWARDED BIDS

CStewart, Pit Scott Pianowski 13  
DRoss, ChC Scott Pianowski 5  
TBarnhart, Cin Scott Pianowski 4 Gene McCaffrey 3
MGonzalez, CWS Derek Van Riper 1  
KHerrera, KC Derek Van Riper 1  
SLeon, Bos Scott Pianowski 0  
MGivens, Bal Cory Schwartz 0  
JIglesias, Det Bret Sayre 0  
GPetit, LAA Bret Sayre 0  
DGregorius, NYY Bret Sayre 0  
DGarneau, Col Scott Pianowski 0  
CCoghlan, ChC Derek Van Riper 0  
BHand, SD Cory Schwartz 0  
BBrach, Bal Cory Schwartz 0  

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Tired of waiting for the Nationals to call up Trea Turner for good, I decided that I would bid aggressively on Tim Anderson, who I figured would at least provide similar production to Turner in the stolen base category, which is all bunched up right now. Oh, and then there's the small detail that Anderson is actually in the Majors and playing every day while Turner is stuck in Triple-A. Hey, maybe after winning Anderson, I could even trade Turner. But how much would I bid on Anderson? Somewhere in the low 300's was my initial plan. But there were questions about his plate discipline, and as the saying goes, you can't steal first base, so I ultimately settled on $288. If the winning bid turned out to be $298, I would've been annoyed, but Joe Pisapia relieved me of a lot of frustration, topping my second place bid by almost 200 bucks. Maybe Anderson will prove to be worth the $484, but I wasn't going near that number, so I'm fine with this.

After getting knocked around in his first start of the season, James Paxton has allowed just one earned run combined over his last two starts, spanning 12 1/3 innings, to go along with 17 strikeouts. The former top prospect has been plagued by health woes throughout much of his early big league career, but perhaps he is finally on the verge of achieving his potential. I would certainly bid on him this week, but with Tout Wars rules requiring that all players added via FAAB must be in active lineups for at least the first week following the acquisition, the new Paxton owner would be forced to start him against the Red Sox in Fenway Park. That's a scary matchup, and I wasn't desperate for a starting pitcher. Anyway, I figured that Archie Bradley was a decent FAAB value comp to Paxton, and since Bradley went for $86 two weeks ago, $88 could be enough to win Paxton. Not even close. As was the case with Anderson, I don't mind missing out on Paxton since I would never have considered bidding $229. But going forward, rather than routinely going into sticker shock, maybe I need to rethink my valuation of players under the new $1000 FAAB system.

Todd's Take

The secret is out, Seung Hwan Oh is really good. Maybe because Trevor Rosenthal has been sputtering a little but Oh's name has been dotting a lot of FAAB pickup lists, both in the industry and high stakes arena. Usage is a concern as he's on a pace for about 90 innings which is a ton for a reliever. If you need some ratio support with more strikeouts than most bullpen arms, Oh's your guy.

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MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TAnderson, CWS Rick Wilton 201 Anthony Perri 76 Adam Ronis 38 Tom Kessenich 15
POBrien, Ari Tom Kessenich 195 Adam Ronis 39 Charlie Wiegert 1  
CEstevez, Col Tim McLeod 117 Rudy Gamble 113 Grey Albright 111 Adam Ronis 63
    Ray Murphy 44 Craig Mish 31  
YVentura, KC Ray Murphy 56      
BMoss, StL Tim McLeod 47 Tom Kessenich 45 Anthony Perri 45 Charlie Wiegert 44
    Perry Van Hook 7 Rick Wilton 6 Craig Mish 5
    Eno Sarris 3 Adam Ronis 3  
BLogan, Col Tom Kessenich 45 Grey Albright 5    
FAbad, Min Perry Van Hook 37 Adam Ronis 23 Ray Murphy 22  
RNolasco, Min Stacie Stern 33      
TAnderson, Col Rick Wilton 31      
TChatwood, Col Adam Ronis 21 Perry Van Hook 7 Rick Wilton 1  
BKintzler, Min Ray Murphy 12 Rudy Gamble 12    
CBYoung, Bos Rick Wilton 10 Perry Van Hook 7 Tom Kessenich 3  
JSmoak, Tor Rudy Gamble 8 Tom Kessenich 15    
ZGodley, Ari Perry Van Hook 7 Grey Albright 30 Rick Wilton 6 Craig Mish 2
MGonzalez, Hou Charlie Wiegert 4 Rick Wilton 6    
ISuzuki, Mia Rick Wilton 4 Craig Mish 2    
CGearrin, SF Craig Mish 4 Grey Albright 31    
DMengden, Oak Craig Mish 4      
CIannetta, Sea Charlie Wiegert 3 Craig Mish 2 Perry Van Hook 0  
DEspinosa, Was Adam Ronis 1 Tom Kessenich 15    
SLeon, Bos Perry Van Hook 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

CFriedrich, SD Ray Murphy 6  
CCuthbert, KC Charlie Wiegert 4  
AAvila, CWS Charlie Wiegert 2  
JPeavy, SF Stacie Stern 2  
MJoyce, Pit Rick Wilton 2  
RRua, Tex Tom Kessenich 2  
YAlonso, Oak Tom Kessenich 2  
AOttavino, Col Craig Mish 1  
CCoghlan, ChC Charlie Wiegert 1  
CYoung, KC Stacie Stern 1  
RRaburn, Col Rick Wilton 1  
TLincecum, LAA Craig Mish 1  
TThornburg, Mil Grey Albright 1  
CStewart, Pit Perry Van Hook 0 Charlie Wiegert 0
CRuiz, Phi Charlie Wiegert 0  
HConger, TB Perry Van Hook 0  
HStrickland, SF Adam Ronis 0  
SClevenger, Sea Perry Van Hook 0  
TFlowers, Atl Perry Van Hook 0  

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

A pair of high bids on a duo of very appetizing minor league call-ups led the FAAB battle in Mixed Tout this past week.

Tim Anderson, who usurped Jimmy Rollins at shortstop for the Pale Hose (and who stole forty nine bases last year at Birmingham) drew the high bid of $201 from Rick Wilton. Not far behind was Peter O'Brien, the minor league leader in home runs so far this season, called up by Arizona and won for $195 by Tom Kessenich.

Then, there were lots of bids on uncertain closers as well, the problem being that this week's stopper in Colorado or Minnesota might well be a party to a time share or succession in both camps. The Rockies win Sunday fostered Tim McLeod to bid $117 on Carlos Estevez, while Tom Kessenich landed Boone Logan for $45.

With Kevin Jepsen cast aside by the Twins and Glen Perkins still ailing the battle of closer by committee to on a micro contest with Ray Murphy grabbing Brandon Kintzler for $12 while I rostered Fernando Abad for a pricier $37. Keep an eye on J.T. Chargois, the Twins best minor league saves option. Chargois was called up Friday then sent back down over the weekend.

I had thought I could get what I needed by bidding lucky $7 for an outfielder and a starting pitcher, augmenting that by listing a string of catchers to fill in for Francisco Cervelli for $0 bids. (If you look askance at my list remember that Tout leagues use on base percentage instead of batting average which changes the spotlight on my choices.).

My top backstop bid could have been for Cervelli's replacement Chris Stewart atop my list but I listed him below Sandy Leon who should at least split at bats with Christian Vazquez while Ryan Hannigan and Blake Swihart try to get off the DL.

I did win my preferred starter, getting Diamondbacks Zack Godley for the $7, who won Saturday and has a very nice match-up in Philadelphia next week. But, I failed to land either Brandon Moss or Chris B. Young for small bids.

BTW, I knew the $7 gambit wouldn't work for any of the closer candidates, thus the $37 bid on Abad who in my opinion is not only a much better pitcher than Kintzler, but one I have seen pitch far too many times to want to him active for the coming week per Tout rules.

Todd's Take

While putting the report together, I though uh oh, Rick Wilton inadvertently bid on the wrong TAnderson. Then I remembered Tyler Anderson made his debut for the Rockies on Sunday, and pitched quite well, albeit against the Sab Diego Padres. While it's hard to recommend any Colorado arm other than Jon Gray, Anderson did a good job preventing homers in the minors. Not to mention, there comes a time during the season where a decision must be made if you're scuffling in ratios. Sometimes it's best to divest your squad of all solid arms, ostensibly to improve hitting then bully up whiffs and wins using the dregs no one else wants. The cost of acquisition is minimal and often this path results in more points, once your ratios are beyond the point of no return.

 

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HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JPaxton, Sea Paul Sporer 111 Jake Ciely 20 Peter Kreutzer 11
DDuffy, KC Paul Sporer 88 Brent Hershey 85 Peter Kreutzer 12
BSnell, TB Brent Hershey 51    
MFeliz, Hou Paul Sporer 44    
TAnderson, CWS Peter Kreutzer 33    
WHarris, Hou Jake Ciely 25    
MMontero, ChC Michael Beller 23    
TChatwood, Col Jeff Boggis 21    
RGrossman, Min Peter Kreutzer 17    
TJoseph, Phi Jake Ciely 15    
PStrop, ChC Paul Sporer 6 Peter Kreutzer 3  
JEickhoff, Phi Andrea LaMont 4    
CEstevez, Col Andrea LaMont 3    
CRupp, Phi Howard Bender 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

JGray, Col Jake Ciely 15
JSegura, Ari Peter Kreutzer 4
WMerrifield, KC Peter Kreutzer 3
JJay, SD Peter Kreutzer 2

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

The H2H league is showing evidence of two contradictory trends.

Not many bidders is No. 1. Lots of money spent is No. 2.

I entered this week, having just crushed Jeff Mans' team 5-1, with some serious problems.

Brandon Drury appears to be headed to the minors.

Brad Miller isn't really pulling his OBP weight. He's on reserve, but Jose Ramirez hasn't been killing it either. Moving him to reserve was an option.

I had a relief pitcher heavy staff last week. I can do that because I've made my innings, but two high-strikeout starters were on the waiver wire, so I bid for them. Here's what happened.

Reserve Drury. Bid modestly (17 of 1000) on Robbie Grossman. Won.

Reserve Ramirez. Bid modestly (33 of 1000) on Tim Anderson. Won.

I didn't win my bids on either Danny Duffy or James Paxton. Both went for fair prices, but much more than my depleted budget could reasonably afford. That's the way auctions go.

Paul Sporer bought Paxton for $111. The next highest bid was Jake Ciely's $20. I bid $11.

Sporer bought Duffy, too, for $88. That's fine, he can afford it. Michael Beller could too, but he decided to bid $87. He's surely kicking himself, and will do so more if Duffy continues to be so effective.

Sporer also bought Pedro Strop for $6. I was in on him for $3. It was a day that Paul bought most of the pitchers.

But not all. The surprising Jerad Eickhoff went to Andrea LaMont for $4, and Jeff Boggis picked up the even more surprising Tyler Chatwood for $21.

I only bring this up because I wonder what's going to happen when Tyler Chatwood pitches to Whit Merrifield? Surely not fisticuffs. Maybe some whist.

Todd's Take

Maybe I'm wrong but looking at the bids the last couple of weeks and the team composition of those winning players, it appears the crew is catching on to the nuances of the head to head format and massaging their teams to win the week as opposed to the roto mantra of balance. Some are using a lot of starting pitchers which goes against the grain, but if you can pull it off and still hang in the ratio categories, which are tilted to relievers in this scoring, you can take both the counting stats and ratios. It's the high-risk, high reward path but can work.

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