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Monday 24th Apr 2017

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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.

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

taylor motter

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TMotter, Sea Lawr Michaels 125 Jason Collette 21 Jeff Erickson 10 Larry Schechter 4
    Seth Trachtman 2 Steve Moyer 1  
AAlmonte, Cle Wolf/Colton 102 Nando DiFino 27 Seth Trachtman 3 Steve Moyer 1
JLeclerc, Tex Lawr Michaels 100 Nando DiFino 15 Jeff Erickson 1 Wolf/Colton 0
CCoghlan, Tor Nando DiFino 56 Wolf/Colton 102 Larry Schechter 22 Jason Collette 21
    Mike Podhorzer 17 Seth Trachtman 12  
CPinder, Oak Larry Schechter 23      
TBarnette, Tex Wolf/Colton 22 Steve Moyer 7 Jeff Erickson 1 Patrick Davitt 0
BHoneywell, TB Jeff Erickson 7 Jason Collette 7    
RGoins, Tor Seth Trachtman 6 Larry Schechter 13    
THouse, Tor Nando DiFino 3      
DSantana, Min Seth Trachtman 3 Steve Moyer 0    
KHigashioka, NYY Mike Podhorzer 2      
MFreeman, Sea Jeff Erickson 2      
DMachado, Det Seth Trachtman 1      
JMarisnick, Hou Steve Moyer 1      
BNorris, LAA Lawr Michaels 0      
ACashner, Tex Seth Trachtman 0 Nando DiFino 22    
MBarnes, Bos Steve Moyer 0 Wolf/Colton 22    
ERamirez, TB Patrick Davitt 0      
TClippard, NYY Patrick Davitt 0 Lawr Michaels 3 Steve Moyer 0  

UNAWARDED BIDS

CWhitley, TB Wolf/Colton 22  
ZMcAllister, Cle Nando DiFino 5  
RWeeks, TB Seth Trachtman 3  
MClevinger, Cle Seth Trachtman 1  
BPeacock, Hou Wolf/Colton 0 Patrick Davitt 0
CPerez, LAA Mike Podhorzer 0  
JDecker, Oak Steve Moyer 0  
JHolder, NYY Patrick Davitt 0  
LHendriks, Oak Wolf/Colton 0  
ONarvaez, CWS Mike Podhorzer 0  
SPeterson, TB Steve Moyer 0  
TomHunter, TB Steve Moyer 0  
TZych, Sea Wolf/Colton 0  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

I found myself in an unfamiliar position in AL Tout this past week, for my team came out of the blocks uncharacteristically hot Week 1, and then turned cold as Foreigner ice Week 2. Normally, with a team having a strong start, I would sit back and not meddle, allowing my players to simply do their thing the first month and see what shakes out.

However, fear of being caught flat-footed and being too passive this early came over me so I opened up the FAAB wallet to the tune of $225 this week, first dropping $125 on Seattle's Taylor Motter, and then adding potential saves with Jose LeClerc for $100, and finally grabbing Bud Norris to help quell the injuries to Sonny Gray and Aaron Sanchez.

Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton also thought about spending, buying Abraham Almonte for $102 to go with Tony Barnette for $22, while Nando DiFino made a couple of purchases with Chris Coghlan ($56) and TJ House ($3). Larry Schechter put up the next load of cash, looking to Oakland prospect Chad Pinder ($23) while last year's champ, Seth Trachtman, added four players with Ryan Goins ($6), Danny Santana ($3), Dixon Machado ($1), and Andrew Cashner for a $0 bid.

Jeff Erickson added solid pitching prospect Brett Honeywell ($7) with the final move worthy of interest this week. Jeff also added Mike Freeman ($2) to his roster.

Todd's Take

Last week, my Z Files column for Rotowire (co-posted for Mastersball Platinum subscribers) discussed how you guys can use these FAAB reports. Some of the ideas revolved around looking at past reports to get a feel for bidding patterns. What's your league market for closers? Starting pitchers? Are there owners more aggressive, so if you have a similar need, it's necessary to also big strong? Another trick I'm kicking myself got omitting is bidding on players with a great game really close to the bidding deadline.

Taylor Motter is an example, though his mark was made on Saturday, not Sunday. He's of obvious interest, filling in for the injured Jean Segura. The problem is, due to a recent homer, and hot streak in general, he's very much on the radar thus likely commands a decent bid, probably more than he's "worth", if there is such a thing. Some feel this is a flaw of the FAAB system, others, like me, embrace it, feeling it adds to the intrigue, and charm.

 melvin upton jr

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MUpton, SF Craig Mish 113 Lenny Melnick  111 Mike Gianella 33
BStassi, Phi Andy Behrens 22    
AHanson, Pit Derek Carty 12 Mike Gianella 6  
JCosart, SD Derek Carty 7    
MDunn, Col Mike Gianella 2    
JHoover, Ari Craig Mish 1 Phil Hertz 0  
TLyons, StL Brian Walton 0    
PBaez, LAD Brian Walton 0    
RStephenson, Cin Phil Hertz 0    
HeSanchez, SD Phil Hertz 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

RStripling, LAD Phil Hertz 0 Brian Walton 0
CHatcher, LAD Brian Walton 0  
FSalas, NYM Brian Walton 0  
JTorres, SD Brian Walton 0  
LAvilan, LAD Brian Walton 0  
MBowman, StL Brian Walton 0  
EHernandez, LAD Derek Carty 0  
JBarrett, Ari Phil Hertz 0  

Brian Walton's Commentary

This was a week for offense in National League Tout Wars as all three double-digit purchases are hitters.

Jarrett Parker’s broken collarbone has opened up left field opportunity in San Francisco. Though he is in Triple-A now, Melvin Upton could receive the call soon. In a pitched battle, Craig Mish of Sirius XM edged Lenny Melnick, $113 to $111, for Upton’s services.

Philadelphia’s Brock Stassi is first-base eligible and has been getting some starts at the position ahead of Tommy Joseph, and has also seen time in the outfield. That opportunity is worth $22 to Andy Behrens of Yahoo. Surprisingly, no one else put in a bid.

Middle infielder Alen Hanson was taken on draft day, then cut loose. Derek Carty paid $12 to add the Pirates’ youngster, doubling the next-closest offer.

Todd's Take

In the LABR report, I remarked how a brain cramp caused a moment of agita, irked I didn't bid on Chris Marrero to replace my injured Jarrett Parker, before realizing I was commenting on NL LABR, not NL Tout.

Well, upon further review, the lactic acid had yet to clear from my gray matter as I don't own Parker in NL Tout either! I do own Gorkys Hernandez, which may have contributed to my confusion (insert you're in too many leagues retort here).

For those wondering how Upton Jr. looks in the minors, he's still in extended spring training. He'll likely join Triple-A Sacramento before heading to AT&T Park. If you're in a deep league, and can afford to wait, Upton Jr. should get a chance for some extended playing time in the mess that is left field for the Giants.

avisail garcia

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

AGarcia, CWS Tim Heaney 188 Scott Engel 127 Ron Shandler 45 Ray Flowers 33
    Scott Swanay 28 Fred Zinkie 4  
RGrossman, Min Scott Pianowski 87 Al Melchior 32 Ray Flowers 19 Fred Zinkie 4
TMancini, Bal Scott Engel 87 Scott Pianowski 71 Derek Van Riper 45 Al Melchior 32
    Joe Pisapia 28    
CHeadley, NYY Scott Pianowski 77 Scott Engel 57 Ray Flowers 19 Fred Zinkie 10
    Derek Van Riper 2    
AGarrett, Cin Joe Pisapia 77 Brent Hershey 63 Scott Engel 47 Tim Heaney 47
    Jeff Zimmerman 42 Scott Swanay 18 Ray Flowers 14
    Fred Zinkie 3    
CAnderson, Mil Tim Heaney 47 Derek Van Riper 33 Ray Flowers 13 Fred Zinkie 1
MPina, Mil Scott Engel 44 Tim Heaney 36 Derek Van Riper 3  
JMontgomery, NYY Joe Pisapia 38 Tim Heaney 37 Fred Zinkie 3  
LChisenhall, Cle Brent Hershey 37      
AFrazier, Pit Ray Flowers 37      
DFreese, Pit Jeff Zimmerman 37 Al Melchior 22 Fred Zinkie 0  
DHolland, CWS Derek Van Riper 27 Tim Heaney 37    
TBarnette, Tex Tim Heaney 26      
ABradley, Ari Scott Swanay 24 Tim Heaney 26 Scott Pianowski 22 Bret Sayre 0
MFiers, Hou Ray Flowers 17 Scott Pianowski 3 Bret Sayre 0  
MGonzalez, Hou Scott Engel 17 Scott Engel 27    
AAsher, Bal Al Melchior 13      
DGarneau, Col Gene McCaffrey 8      
RNolasco, LAA Scott Pianowski 7 Ray Flowers 14    
MMaldonado, LAA Al Melchior 6      
JLeclerc, Tex Al Melchior 6 Tim Heaney 11    
TMotter, Sea Derek Van Riper 5 Tim Heaney 36 Fred Zinkie 0  
JChavez, LAA Bret Sayre 4      
YEscobar, LAA Fred Zinkie 0      
HSantiago, Min Fred Zinkie 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

JWinker, Cin Tim Heaney 108  
MPerez, Tex Tim Heaney 37 Bret Sayre 4
WFlores, NYM Tim Heaney 36  
LMorrison, TB Scott Pianowski 33 Derek Van Riper 5
AHicks, NYY Scott Pianowski 22  
ASenzatela, Col Tim Heaney 22  
ARomine, NYY Scott Engel 21  
ACashner, Tex Tim Heaney 11  
MDavidson, CWS Scott Engel 7  
TRosenthal, StL Tim Heaney 6  
TZych, Sea Tim Heaney 6  
RChirinos, Tex Scott Engel 2  
AVizcaino, Atl Jeff Zimmerman 1  
BHand, SD Fred Zinkie 0  
DPhelps, Mia Bret Sayre 0  
KSuzuki, Atl Al Melchior 0  
LGregerson, Hou Jeff Zimmerman 0  

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

It's hard to believe that Avisail Garcia is still just 25 years old, as we've been waiting for him to realize his potential for quite some time now. Maybe his red-hot start to 2017 that has included 20 hits over his first 43 at-bats to go along with two homers and ten RBI will prove to be merely a modest hot streak within another disappointing season. Or maybe Garcia has indeed turned the corner and will be a steady mixed league asset going forward. I'm curious to find out, and there was certainly plenty of interest in him among the Mixed Auction touts.

Among the several potentially useful starting pitchers who were purchased this week, Derek Holland intrigues me the most. This is a guy who has been a quality big league starter when healthy. The problem is that he's rarely been healthy since registering a 3.42 ERA to go along with 189 strikeouts in a 33-start 2013 campaign. Well, Holland's first season with the White Sox has gone nicely so far, and he's a two-start pitcher for this week, though the matchups (@NYY, vs. CLE) aren't exactly favorable. But as a $27 FAAB purchase, there's definitely long-term profit potential here, if he can stay healthy.

Todd's Take

The Z's are of like mind with respect to Holland, though I'm not concerned about the Bronx affair, despite the Yankees hot start. Most of the Yankees better bats swing from the left side.

Trey Mancini's certainly worthy of attention, but let's keep this in mind: Steven Wright, Ben Taylor, Ryan Tepera and Matt Dermody, not exactly Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz and Avery. Even before the power surge, Mancini was looking at more at bats than the soft side on the platoon avails, but the Orioles still have options so regular run isn't a sure thing.

 francisco liriano

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

FLiriano, Tor Adam Ronis 233 Scott White 167 Corey Parson 112 D.J. Short 100
    Greg Ambrosius 68 Anthony Perri 36 Ray Murphy 24
CAnderson, Mil Tim McLeod 95 Jeff Boggis 61 Tom Kessenich 14 Perry Van Hook 8
JMontgomery, NYY Tim McLeod 76 Corey Parson 16 Tim McCullough 2 Perry Van Hook 2
DFreese, Pit D.J. Short 75 Scott White 27 Adam Ronis 7 Perry Van Hook 0
LChisenhall, Cle Perry Van Hook 47 D.J. Short 10 Corey Parson 9 Greg Ambrosius 0
TMancini, Bal David Gonos 42 Adam Ronis 14 D.J. Short 10 Corey Parson 8
    Greg Ambrosius 0    
CSabathia, NYY Anthony Perri 36 Tim McLeod 17 Corey Parson 8  
ASimmons, LAA Ray Murphy 24      
JHahn, Oak Corey Parson 16 D.J. Short 10    
TKoehler, Mia David Gonos 14      
NAoki, Hou D.J. Short 10      
ZCozart, Cin Corey Parson 8 Perry Van Hook 0    
ABradley, Ari Tom Kessenich 7      
MMaldonado, LAA Jeff Boggis 5      
DODay, Bal D.J. Short 5      
TChatwood, Col Perry Van Hook 3      
TPlouffe, Oak Greg Ambrosius 3 D.J. Short 10    
NHundley, SF Corey Parson 2 Jeff Boggis 5    
TRosenthal, StL Greg Ambrosius 0      
MRojas, Mia Perry Van Hook 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

JLeclerc, Tex Tim McLeod 21 Perry Van Hook 3  
RGrossman, Min Perry Van Hook 17 D.J. Short 7  
TMotter, Sea Perry Van Hook 13 Perry Van Hook 0  
MGonzalez, Hou D.J. Short 10    
YAlonso, Oak David Gonos 6 Adam Ronis 1 Perry Van Hook 0
DHolland, CWS Perry Van Hook 3    
WMiley, Bal Perry Van Hook 1    
MUpton, SF Greg Ambrosius 1    
CHerrmann, Ari Corey Parson 1    
MPina, Mil Corey Parson 1    
ONarvaez, CWS Corey Parson 1    

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Toronto pitcher Francisco Liriano impressed many with his performance this week, but none more than Adam Ronis, who bid $233 to get the southpaw for his home start versus the Red Sox this week. Ronis wasn't the only one interested as seven of the Mixed Draft touts bid on Liriano, including four triple-digit offers.

Brewers starter Chase Anderson, off two excellent early starts, also drew several bids but was won by Tim McLeod for $95. McLeod also added Yankee rookie hurler Jordan Montgomery for $76.

I made a bid for Anderson but was some eighty units short, but did get my second choice Tyler Chatwood for $3, off an excellent start in San Francisco. Interestingly, the Rockies and Giants meet again next weekend in Colorado so I am hoping Chatwood can duplicate his effort.

My outfielders haven't been great so I was delighted Lonnie Chisenhall was activated from the DL and swinging well. It took $47 to roster the Indians fly chaser. I also needed to replace disabled third sacker Josh Donaldson and again resorted to the $0 list of good candidates. My first two choices, David Freese and Zack Cosart, drew bids so I got my third choice, Marlins infielder Miguel Rojas. Rojas qualifies at all four infield positions, contributing runs and RBI with a decent average - even better in OBP leagues like Tout.

Todd's Take

Apparently, not many are as intrigued as I with "The Dutch Oven." Seven starting pitchers were picked up this week, with Holland drawing just one contingency try.

Another trick I forgot to include when discussing how to use these reports pertains to trade targets. You can often discern what types of players your league mates favor by their FAAB bids. Some prefer seasoned veterans with a track record of success while others are more willing to take a chance on an unproven player. For example, Tim McLeod bid on Chase Anderson and Jordan Montgomery, but not Francisco Liriano. On the other hand, Adam Ronis went hard after Liriano, but didn't place a bid on Anderson or Montgomery. I obviously could be wrong, but this tells me Adam would be more interested in dealing for a veteran while Tim may bite on a youngster. This helps frame trade talks, along with expediting the process, focusing on the most likely targets from the jump.

 ervin santana

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ESantana, Min Howard Bender 69      
MMoreland, Bos Clay Link 68 Vlad Sedler 48 Kyle Elfrink 33 Peter Kreutzer 0
FRodney, Ari Andrea LaMont 61 Howard Bender 9    
MLeake, StL Howard Bender 59 Howard Bender 49 Kyle Elfrink 37  
JCastro, Min Kyle Elfrink 39 Jake Ciely 4 Peter Kreutzer 0  
WPeralta, Mil Clay Link 31      
GGonzalez, Was Andrea LaMont 31 Kyle Elfrink 37    
CDevenski, Hou Paul Sporer 31 Howard Bender 49 Clay Link 24 Jake Ciely 6
JGarcia, Atl Kyle Elfrink 29      
AGarrett, Cin Jake Ciely 26 Howard Bender 39    
NMarkakis, Atl Dr. Roto 20 Peter Kreutzer 0    
JHarrison, Pit Vlad Sedler 12 Peter Kreutzer 0    
CHeadley, NYY Jake Ciely 5      
JPolanco, Min Peter Kreutzer 0      
HKendrick, Phi Peter Kreutzer 0      
TMotter, Sea Peter Kreutzer 0      
MPina, Mil Peter Kreutzer 0      
LDuda, NYM Peter Kreutzer 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

ASenzatela, Col Howard Bender 42
CSabathia, NYY Howard Bender 29
ATriggs, Oak Clay Link 25
JJeffress, Tex Howard Bender 19
SSchebler, Cin Dr. Roto 11
AWarren, NYY Paul Sporer 8
RStripling, LAD Paul Sporer 8
AToles, LAD Dr. Roto 6
AEscobar, KC Vlad Sedler 3
JTorres, SD Clay Link 1
JGallo, Tex Clay Link 1
ABarnes, LAD Peter Kreutzer 0
ARomine, NYY Peter Kreutzer 0
ASimmons, LAA Peter Kreutzer 0
CBYoung, Bos Peter Kreutzer 0
JLowrie, Oak Peter Kreutzer 0
JPanik, SF Peter Kreutzer 0
NAoki, Hou Peter Kreutzer 0
RGrossman, Min Peter Kreutzer 0
TBarnette, Tex Clay Link 0
TWolters, Col Peter Kreutzer 0
YDiaz, Cle Peter Kreutzer 0

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

I'm starting with me again.

I had so many needs (DL Trea Turner, Get out of Souza and Pillar in an OBP league, To Heck with Maldonado, Improve Jarrod Dyson), but the available replacements weren't of that much quality. Nice, but not significantly better than others. So I decided to bid $0 on everyone.

I won J Polanco (MI), H Kendrick (OF), T Motter (OF), M Pina (C), and L Duda (UT). The only one of these who wasn't my first pick was Motter, I had Nick Markakis ahead of him, but Dr. Roto put $20 on Markakis. I'm happy to have Motter for free.

Did I improve my team? I built a team to win OBP, SB and Runs, plus ERA, WHIP and K/9.

I won those last three cats the first week (and tied Wins) against Michael Beller. I also crushed his offense across the board. So I have six wins, he has none.

Up this week is Jake Ciely. My offense bettered him in all five cats last week, but we can't count on that. We also can't count that any single player in an amorphous pool is going to make the difference this week, so I went kind of mainstream. I liked winning homers, so Lucas Duda should help. I like scoring runs, so all the at bats I added with $0 bids should help.

Apart from my block of $0 bids for five guys, everyone spent money on their improvements. I like a lot of the money buys, I wish I could have added Chris Devenski, and nobody spent much. But getting into the bidding seems to have made them all spend. I hope they're as happy as I am.

Todd's Take

Peter mentioned his six wins. Let's review the scoring as the league plays by some unique rules. Keeping in mind there's also a roto-scoring component that will come into play later in the season, here's the scoring, taken from the Tout Wars Constitution:

For Tout Wars Head To Head, the categories shall be:

Hitting: OBP, R, HR, RBI, Steals
Pitching: Wins, ERA, WHIP, Strikeouts per 9 innings, Saves

In Head to Head, during each period contesting teams will compete in every individual category and two Wins will be given to the team that wins the most hitting categories, and two Losses will be given to the team that loses the most hitting categories. Similarly, wins and loses will be given to the teams that win and lose the most pitching categories. In case of a tie, the wins and loses will be split between the two teams. Each period, two additional wins will be given to the team that wins the most overall categories and two additional losses will be given to the team that loses the most categories. Again, in the case of a tie, the overall wins and losses will be split between the two teams.

As you can see, it's prudent to tailor team make-up to the rules as winning 3-2 gets you all the hitting or pitching points. This helps explains some of the odd-looking bids in a 12-team league, such as Chris Devenski. Obviously, Devenski is a one of the better middle relievers, but normally, even the best set-up men aren't useful in 12-team leagues with straight roto-scoring. However, for clubs in the format, looking to capture the three ratio categories on the pitching ledger, the Astros reliever is gold.

 

 

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.

jordan montgomery

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jordan Montgomery, NYY Baseball Prospectus 9 Fangraphs 6 Baseball HQ 5 ESPN.com 2
Chris Coghlan, TOR Colton & The Wolfman 7 Baseball HQ 3 ESPN.com 1  
Tony Barnette, TEX Colton & The Wolfman 6 Baseball Prospectus 2    
Andrew Romine, DET Mastersball 5 USA TODAY Sports 4 Baseball HQ 2  
Christian Vazquez, BOS Rotowire 5 SiriusXM 1    
Dylan Covey, CWS Baseball HQ 4      
Brad Peacock, HOU Rotowire 4      
Jaff Decker, OAK Baseball HQ 2      
Craig Gentry, BAL Baseball HQ 2      
Omar Narvaez, CWS SiriusXM 2      
Jose Leclerc, TEX NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Fangraphs 1 SiriusXM 1  
Zach Putnam, CWS SiriusXM 1      
Joakim Soria, KC Fangraphs 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Adam Warren, NYY NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 SiriusXM 1  
Alec Asher, BAL Baseball HQ 2    
Ryan Goins, TOR Baseball HQ 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Mastersball 1
Leury Garcia, CWS Baseball HQ 1    
Cliff Pennington, LAA Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Yolmer Carlos Sanchez, CWS Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Joe Jimenez, DET Fangraphs 1    
Matt Belisle, MIN Fangraphs 1    
Blake Parker, LAA SiriusXM 1    
Caleb Joseph, BAL SiriusXM 1    
Chris Gimenez, MIN SiriusXM 1    
Danny Farquhar, TB SiriusXM 1    
Drew Butera, KC SiriusXM 1    
Jesus Sucre, TB SiriusXM 1    
Joe Smith, TOR SiriusXM 1    
Justin Haley, MIN SiriusXM 1    
Nick Vincent, SEA SiriusXM 1    

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

We enter Week 3 following a full cycle of FAAB and play, meaning the fantasy baseball season is slipping into its routine of normalcy.

That means a bevy of early season bids, so let's see what fell out of the FAAB strategy pool for this time.

Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery caught eyes and bids, leading the pack with a $9 bid to Mike Gianella, besting three others, while Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton bested a pair of bids bagging Chris Coghlan for $3. Colton & The Wolfman acquired Tony Barnette for $6, giving the pair the highest pair of FAAB pickups this week.

With Rob Refsnyder sent down, Michael Bourn waiting to be signed, and Colby Rasmus injured, I was looking for corner help so Andrew Romine ($5) became mine, though three more owners were interested in the Tiger third sacker. Back-up Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez, coming off a hot Sunday (three hits) also fetched five bucks for Clay Link, while Dave Adler of BBHQ grabbed Dylan Covey ($4).

However, the player I thought would grab the most attention--potential Rangers closer Jose LeClerc--managed just a successful $2 bid for Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs to roster the potential saves. That FAAB play could turn out to be one of the best moves of the season.

Todd's Take

With the caveat you never know when it comes to saves, I'm not as optimistic as my site partner with respect to LeClerc's proximity to closing, even with San Dyson spitting the bit again Sunday, though some of that wasn't his fault. Keep in mind, the save LeClerc garnered last week wasn't intended to be that way. He came in during the eighth with a three-run lead, then his mates tacked on a couple more, so he stayed in the game to record a five-out save. However, it does say something he was summoned to face Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, so... you never know. Not to mention, LeClerc is roster-worthy in AL only, even if Matt Bush and Jeremy Jeffress turn out to be higher in the pecking order.

chris marrero

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Chris Marrero, SF Lenny Melnick 11 Mastersball 7 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 USA TODAY Sports 1
Brock Stassi, PHI Mastersball 2      
Jarred Cosart, SD Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Matt Cain, SF Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Pedro Baez, LAD Mastersball 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Chris Heisey, WSH NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Ross Stripling, LAD Mastersball 1      
Chris Iannetta, ARI RotoWire - DVR 1 Lenny Melnick 3    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Dustin McGowan, MIA Colton & The Wolfman 1
Chris Hatcher, LAD Mastersball 1
Fernando Salas, NYM Mastersball 1
Jose Torres, SD Mastersball 1
Luis Avilan, LAD Mastersball 1
Matt Bowman, STL Mastersball 1
Patrick Kivlehan, CIN Mastersball 1
Tyler Moore, MIA Mastersball 1

Brian Walton's Commentary

Having lost San Francisco’s Jarrett Parker from my outfield, I figured I would go a dollar more for Chris Marrero than the top winning bids for hitters previously. As it turned out, my $7 was only second-best to Lenny Melnick’s $11. In an interesting Giants outfield comparison with Tout Wars, Melnick went in heavy this week on Melvin Upton, who is still in the minors, and therefore, ineligible in LABR.

My second choice was Philadelphia’s Brock Stassi. The first baseman may also soon become outfield eligible, and that potential was good enough for me to offer $1 over the minimum. No one else was interested.

Among the seven $1 winning offers was a blast from the past. Colton and the Wolfman picked up a former three-time all-star who has fallen on hard times, Matt Cain. In his two starts this year, the right-hander has logged a win, but with an ERA just under 5.00 and a 1.82 WHIP.

Todd's Take

When I first put the NL table together, I was miffed I missed bidding on Marrero, seeing as I own Parker. Then my brain uncramped, remembering this is NL LABR, not Tout Wars. For what it's worth, I did check for Marrero in Tout Wars, but none other than Mr. Walton picked him up last week, a prescient move considering not only did Parker hit the DL, Marrero will enjoy some Coors Field at bats later this week.

 derek holland

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Derek Holland, CWS Mastersball 17      
Chase Anderson, MIL Mastersball 17      
Jeremy Jeffress, TEX Mastersball 13 Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 2 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2 Scout Fantasy 1
J.J. Hardy, BAL ESPN.com 7      
Dan Straily, MIA Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 5      
Trey Mancini, BAL Scout Fantasy 5 Yahoo Sports 4    
Miguel Rojas, MIA RotoExperts/ FNTSY 4      
Jesse Chavez, LAA Baseball Prospectus 3      
Jed Lowrie, OAK Mastersball 3      
David Freese, PIT USA TODAY Sports 3 Mastersball 1 MLB.com 1  
Jesse Hahn, OAK Scout Fantasy 2 Baseball HQ 1    
Antonio Senzatela, COL Rotowire 1 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2 Scout Fantasy 1  
Mike Fiers, HOU Baseball HQ 1 Baseball Prospectus 2    
Chris Young, BOS Baseball HQ 1      
Yandy Diaz, CLE Mastersball 1      
Manny Pina, MIL Scout Fantasy 1      
Trevor Cahill, SD Baseball HQ 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Tyler Chatwood, COL RotoExperts/ FNTSY 4    
Matt Davidson, CWS USA TODAY Sports 3 Mastersball 1 Scout Fantasy 1
Brad Ziegler, MIA Mastersball 3    
Chad Kuhl, PIT Mastersball 3    
Jason Grilli, TOR Mastersball 3    
Jose Leclerc, TEX Mastersball 3    
Jhoulys Chacin, SD Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 2    
Jordan Montgomery, NYY Scout Fantasy 2    
Martin Perez, TEX Baseball Prospectus 2    
Aaron Hicks, NYY Baseball HQ 1 Scout Fantasy 1  
Adam Rosales, OAK Mastersball 1    
Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE Scout Fantasy 1    
Norichika Aoki, HOU Baseball HQ 1    
Phil Hughes, MIN Baseball HQ 1    
Raul Mondesi, KC Scout Fantasy 1    
Ryan Doolittle, OAK Scout Fantasy 1    
Taylor Motter, SEA Scout Fantasy 1    
Trevor Plouffe, OAK Mastersball 1    
Wade Miley, BAL Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1    

Todd Zola's Commentary

Oy vey, what can I say? I didn't overbid, everyone else underbid. I'll explain the process in my take below. The bottom line is my team is decimated with injuries, with Josh Donaldson, Marcus Semien, J.D Martinez, Brandon Finnegan and Zack Britton all populating my DL. I not only needed to fill in those holes with Jed Lowrie and Yandy Diaz, I saw an opportunity to fortify my rotation, and if I'm right, build up some equity to deal. To be honest, it wasn't the amount I bid that bugged me, it was despite tries on other starting pitchers, Holland and Anderson went unopposed.

Holland struggled with injuries, and performance, the past couple of seasons. However, there's signs he's returned to form as his velocity is up while he's mixing in more breaking balls and off-speed stuff. It's one thing to table the back-to-health narrative, it's another to support it with an uptick in velo and an increased pitch arsenal.

Anderson has been quietly effective for over half a season, going back to last year. Granted, some of these were rather short outings, but Anderson hasn't allowed more than three earned runs since last June. Both Anderson and Holland have a pair of starts on the docket, another reason why I'm surprised I flew solo trying to grab them this week.

As alluded to above, the Rangers bullpen is a mess, hence my pick-up of Jeffress. He may not close this week, or ever, but with the addition of a couple double dippers, I can afford to use him, as the rules require, this week.

Todd's Take

OK, why $17? Last week, Kendall Graveman drew seven bids, with $12 getting the job done. I don't see a whole lot different between Graveman and Holland. They profile similarly in that they're both throwing harder, but didn't excel last season so there's risk. I wanted both Holland and Anderson so I bid what I felt would cover the challengers also using last week as a model. Was this a mistake? Maybe, but more often than not, framing bids in this manner is more beneficial than detrimental. I'm playing with the short FAAB stack, but hopefully have built up a solid reserve, especially when my walking wounded return.

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.

jesse hahn

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jesse Hahn, OAK Yahoo! Sports 6 Baseball HQ 4 Colton & The Wolfman 3 Rotowire 2
Derek Holland, CWS Rotowire 5 Yahoo! Sports 1    
Austin Romine, NYY Fangraphs 3 Baseball HQ 2    
Kyle Higashioka, NYY Baseball HQ 2      
Matt Davidson, CWS SiriusXM 2 ESPN.com 1 USA TODAY Sports 1  
Daniel Robertson, TB Baseball Prospectus 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 SiriusXM 1  
Rickie Weeks Jr., TB NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 SiriusXM 2    
Abraham Almonte, CLE USA TODAY Sports 1 SiriusXM 2 ESPN.com 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Marco Hernandez, BOS ESPN.com 1 Baseball Prospectus 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  

UNAWARDED BIDS

Adam Warren, NYY Yahoo! Sports 3  
Omar Narvaez, CWS Fangraphs 3  
Carlos Ruiz, SEA SiriusXM 2 Fangraphs 1
Andrew Romine, DET USA TODAY Sports 1  
Chris Gimenez, MIN Fangraphs 1  
Craig Gentry, BAL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Joakim Soria, KC Yahoo! Sports 1  
Yusmeiro Petit, LAA ESPN.com 1  
Zach Putnam, CWS Yahoo! Sports 1  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

As we know LABR drafts early during the days of spring training, hence so many moves to fill roster slots vacated by injuries and poor pre-season performances.

And, the first official season cycle of FAAB brought forth a bunch of moves with owners now trying to mitigate first week roster surprises

The big ticket player for the week was the Athletics Jesse Hahn who was brought back to the Coliseum to fit in the pen with the John Axford injury. However, after tossing six innings of two-run ball in relief of Raul Alcantara, Hahn has assumed Alcantara's spot in the rotation.

That was enough for Brandon Funston to go $6 besting three challenge bids from other hopeful owners.

Derek Holland went to Clay Link for $5, unchallenged, and then Yankees backstop Austin Romine, who should get some playing time over the next couple of weeks went third for $3 with just one other owner making a play for Romine, while Steve Gardner tried to augment his USA Today team grabbing Kyle Higashioka, now the backup at Yankees Stadium for $2, again unchallenged. Gardner also bagged Abraham Almonte for a buck, besting a pair $1 due to position in the standings reminding us early in the season there can be advantages to a slow start.

Ray Flowers dropped $2 on Matt Davidson, beating out a pair of $1 bids and the final acquisitions were $1 for Marco Hernandez to Tristan Cockcroft, $1 for Daniel Robertson to Mike Gianella, and Rickie Weeks, Jr migrating to team Ambrosius/Childs for a dollar.

Todd's Take

Two players caught me eye. Lawr mentioned one, Jesse Hahn. The other is Daniel Robertson.

One of the early story lines in MLB is there's more uniformity with respect to velocity readings, along with the measurement being taken from the release point and not five feet into the pitch's flight. Depending on the previous manner readings were gathered, this could result in an increase of an mph or two. Until we get a feel for which park's current readings differ significantly from what it would have been, changes in velocity will be somewhat murky to analyze.

This is important as Hahn's velocity in his relief stint was up. Perhaps this is also due to working from the bullpen and not expecting to toss six frames so he was using max effort, but if Hahn has added velocity without losing his downward action, he may finally realize the potential many have expected. I'm curious to see his velo as a starter.

Robertson is interesting as the Rays like to use their entire roster and have been known to go with the hot hand. With Matt Duffy out, Tim Beckham was handed the job at shortstop. However, if Beckham struggles while Robertson thrives, the brass won't hesitate to hand Robertson the keys until Duffy is back.

jabari blash

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jabari Blash, SD Lenny Melnick 6 Colton & The Wolfman 2    
Nick Franklin, MIL Yakkertech 6 Colton & The Wolfman 6 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 RotoWire - DVR 3
Daniel Nava, PHI RotoWire - DVR 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Sandlot Shrink 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Jeff Mathis, ARI Sandlot Shrink 3 RotoWire - DVR 1    
Miguel Rojas, MIA Lenny Melnick 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Kyle Freeland, COL Mastersball 2      
Wilmer Difo, WSH Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Enrique Hernandez, LAD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Dustin Garneau, COL RotoWire - DVR 1      
Nick Ahmed, ARI Sandlot Shrink 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jake McGee, COL Yakkertech 3 Mastersball 1
Jose Torres, SD Yakkertech 1  
Antonio Senzatela, COL Sandlot Shrink 1  
Daniel Descalso, ARI Sandlot Shrink 1  
Rookie Davis, CIN Sandlot Shrink 1  
A.J. Ellis, MIA RotoWire - DVR 1  
Fernando Salas, NYM Mastersball 1  
Ross Stripling, LAD Mastersball 1  
Tyler Moore, MIA Colton & The Wolfman 1  

Brian Walton's Commentary

There was considerably less excitement, but still a decent level of activity in the free agent bidding following the second week of action. That was to be expected with only eight days between waiver periods compared to a month the first time around.

Former top prospect Nick Franklin generated the most interest both in terms of number of bids and amount of money offered. In a tie-breaker, Steve Moyer of Yakkertech picked up the new Milwaukee outfielder for $6. Without injuries ahead, Franklin may struggle to find at-bats.

Hitting seven long balls in spring training did not earn Jabari Blash a roster spot to open the season, but his Friday call up led to Lenny Melnick placing a winning $6 bid. The former Rule 5 pick is looking for an opening in a crowded, but inexperienced Padres outfield and may get a chance against left-handed pitching, at least.

Four owners wanted Daniel Nava, with the top offer being $3. The veteran outfielder, well-traveled after leaving Boston two seasons ago, had a two home run day last Thursday for his latest team, the Phillies. Too bad his new owner, Derek Van Riper of RotoWire, won’t get the long balls or the associated three RBI and too bad Nava doesn’t get to face Rookie Davis every day.

Speaking of the Phillies, I was more than ready to throw soon-to-be deposed closer Jeanmar Gomez over the side before his manager announces the move. As a replacement, I added Rockies starter Kyle Freeland, who had a promising MLB debut, as the 23-year-old lefty held the Dodgers to one run in six innings on Friday. Not being able to stream pitchers in LABR meant I could get Freeland for just $2. Time will tell if this was a good acquisition.

Todd's Take

Brian's acquisition of Freeland lends the perfect platform to remind you of the difference between AL/NL LABR and AL/NL Tout Wars. Understanding this is important when comparing the pick-ups of the two leagues each week. After the initial week, Tout Wars allows movement between active and reserves for free agents. That is, Tout Wars requires you to start free agents the week you purchase them, but then you can reserve them at will. In LABR, anyone bought at the auction or via FAAB cannot be reserved. They can be placed on the DL, but if you want to replace them via a reserve, FAAB pickup or odd-for-even number player trade, they must be released, not reserved. This is why Brian mentioned not being able to stream pitchers. Freeland is locked onto his active roster, unless he opts to release the Rockies starter.

The exception to the streaming rule allows players originally drafted as reserves to be bounced up and down. That is, say you have an injured pitcher moved to the DL. You can use that roster spot with the reserve of choice (assuming you drafted two reserve pitchers) on a weekly basis.

This explains why Freeman, along with Antonio Senzatela and Clayton Richard drew more interest this week in NL Tout Wars. After this week, their owners are permitted to bench the potentially volatile starters for tough matchups.

mark reynolds

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Mark Reynolds, COL Fantasy Alarm 23 Mastersball 13 USA TODAY Sports 4 Fangraphs 2
Santiago Casilla, OAK Baseball Prospectus 19 Scout Fantasy 8 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 5 @TheFantasyFix 3
Kendall Graveman, OAK Fantasy Alarm 12 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 9 Baseball HQ 7 Baseball Prospectus 5
    @TheFantasyFix 4 MLB.com 4 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2
    Rotowire 1    
Wily Peralta, MIL Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 6      
Joaquin Benoit, PHI @TheFantasyFix 5 Fangraphs 4 Razzball 2 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2
Hector Santiago, MIN Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 4      
Avisail Garcia, CWS RotoExperts/ FNTSY 3 Fantasy Alarm 12 Baseball HQ 2 USA TODAY Sports 1
Amir Garrett, CIN @TheFantasyFix 2 USA TODAY Sports 2 Rotowire 1 MLB.com 1
Logan Morrison, TB Baseball HQ 2      
Matt Joyce, OAK Baseball HQ 2      
Tucker Barnhart, CIN Scout Fantasy 2      
Geovany Soto, CWS RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2 Scout Fantasy 2 Fangraphs 1  
Martin Maldonado, LAA Fangraphs 1      
Jason Vargas, KC MLB.com 1 Rotowire 1    
James Shields, CWS Rotowire 1      
Robbie Grossman, MIN USA TODAY Sports 1      
Yunel Escobar, LAA MLB.com 1 Mastersball 1    
Adam Frazier, PIT Baseball HQ 1      
Brad Brach, BAL MLB.com 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jesus Aguilar, MIL Fantasy Alarm 16 USA TODAY Sports 1
Jed Lowrie, OAK Fantasy Alarm 7  
Kyle Freeland, COL Fantasy Alarm 7  
Antonio Senzatela, COL Fantasy Alarm 6  
Jesse Chavez, LAA Baseball Prospectus 5  
JaCoby Jones, DET Mastersball 3  
Eduardo Escobar, MIN Fantasy Alarm 2  
Ariel Miranda, SEA Rotowire 1  
David Freese, PIT MLB.com 1  
Yonder Alonso, OAK Mastersball 1  
Martin Perez, TEX Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1  
Derek Dietrich, MIA Baseball HQ 1  
Ezequiel Carrera, TOR Baseball HQ 1  
Matt Adams, STL Baseball HQ 1  
Norichika Aoki, HOU Baseball HQ 1  

Todd Zola's Commentary

The past few season's, Reynolds has been primarily a platoon hitter, facing southpaws. With Ian Desmond shelved, the Rockies are playing Reynolds every day, which is a good thing since half the time, that means Coors Field. History shows over a long season, Reynolds and his low contact rate get exposed. But in a league like Mixed Tout Wars where there's free movement between active and reserve, Reynolds can add much-needed power until Desmond comes back, or until the Rockies look elsewhere in the even Reynolds starts whiffing too much.

Earlier, the velocity increase of Hahn was discussed. His teammate Kendall Graveman is also throwing the ball harder, albeit what's essentially a hard sinker. The jury's still out, but with the Coliseum as a safety net, those in need of a shot in the arm can do worse than seeing if this is a new Graveman. I'm still skeptical, but can't blame others for taking a shot. Specifically, I need the added mph to translate to more punch outs. Perhaps that's the NFBC player in me talking, as whiffs are paramount in that format, primarily because the NFBC owner pays a premium for strikeouts, so you either need to overpay at the draft or supplement in season.

Todd's Take

Long-time readers of this space know I'm prone to the occasional brain cramp. My friends, looking out for my best interests, tell me I have too much on my plate. The truth is, it's not the amount on the plate, but a rather my "organized chaos" approach to the plate. When I was in biotech manufacturing, my boss used to say there's three ways of doing things: the right way, the wrong way and Todd's way. He learned pretty quickly to let me do things my way, as the result was often better than the right way. There was the occasional mishap, but I was always able to overcome it.

This is a rather long, and a bit self-indulgent way to explain why I have two unawarded, uncontested bids, without winning a player. The only way that can happen is if the bids were illegal. Well, your scatter-brained pundit forgot he had already acquired a replacement for the DLed JD Martinez last week, and thus did not have have an open reserve spot. As such, any FAAB request required an associated drop, which I did not include.

What's the expression, do as I say, not as I do?

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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.

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

austin romine

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ARomine, NYY Chris Liss 88 Steve Moyer 2
JMontgomery, NYY Chris Liss 45  
JWilson, Det Jeff Erickson 13 Steve Moyer 2
PHughes, Min Jason Collette 5  
CGimenez, Min Jason Collette 2 Steve Moyer 0
ZBurdi, CWS Jason Collette 2  
BParker, LAA Mike Podhorzer 1  
DCovey, CWS Seth Trachtman 0  
JSaltalamacchia, Tor Steve Moyer 0  

UNAWARDED BIDS

RWeeks, TB Jeff Erickson 13
AAlmonte, Cle Jeff Erickson 13
CPerez, LAA Steve Moyer 0
DButera, KC Steve Moyer 0
YPetit, LAA Seth Trachtman 0

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

After the first week player frenzy in AL Tout, Week 2 was modest beyond comparison,with just six owners generating a total of nine moves.

The big roster shakeup came from Jason Collette, who first traded Wilson Ramos to Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf in exchange for JaCoby Jones and Joe Kelly, and then acquired the rights to Chris Gimenez ($2), Zack Burdi ($2), and Phil Hughes ($5).

However, the big spender was Chris Liss, who dropped $88 on Austin Romine and another $45 on Jordan Montgomery. Additionally, Jeff Erickson went $13 on Tigers reliever Justin Wilson.

In particular, the Romine moves gets more interesting in that Gary Sanchez is owned by Steve Moyer who went as far as $2 for Romine, settling for Jarrod Saltalamacchia for a $0.

It will be interesting how these moves works out, depending upon the length of time Sanchez stays sidelined.

Todd's Take

With so much action on crappy catchers this week, I'm a little surprised Kyle Higashioka didn't garner a contingency bid. Higashioka will back up Austin Romine while Sanchez is on the DL. Higashioka put himself on the radar in the spring. Romine will obviously play more, but it's not like he's, well, Sanchez. If Higashioka hits, he could steal a couple starts a week.

It's always nice when colleagues do your work for you. Rotojunkie, Rotowire, Fangraphs contributor and all-around great guy Jason Collette sent me his take on the trade completed with Colton and the Wolfman:

"I watched Burdi pitch in Charlotte the other night and he was hitting 100 and dominating hitters. His future is bright and he won't be in Charlotte too long. Both Robertson and Jones could be dealt this year to open the path for him.

Since I went cheap on pitching in the draft, grabbing starters to stream in there each week is key to help me make up stats. Adding Hughes gives me another guy to play the matchup game with. Since Soto is off to a hot start in Chicago, Narvaez isn't getting any playing time so I'm going to keep throwing darts at a second catcher until one hits.

Speaking of second catcher, it's why I made a deal for Ramos. If I can keep catcher afloat until June, I just traded for a AL C1 and gave up a guy I picked up in reserves and an end game reliever. I like Burdi's future more than Kelly's given the path in front of Burdi is more fluid".

Selfishly, I hope JC is right about Zack Burdi. The potential closer was highlighted on the Baseball HQ/Ron Shandler spring First Pitch Forum tour so I grabbed him in several keeper formats.

 kyle freeland

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

KFreeland, Col Craig Mish 76 Brian Walton 12 Grey Albright 1  
SDrew, Was Steve Gardner 67 Grey Albright 1 Phil Hertz 0 Brian Walton 0
    Derek Carty 0    
JMathis, Ari Andy Behrens 46 Grey Albright 1 Phil Hertz 0  
PNeshek, Phi Grey Albright 11 Craig Mish 1    
TRosenthal, StL Phil Hertz 10 Craig Mish 6 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0  
NFranklin, Mil Todd Zola 7 Phil Hertz 25 Grey Albright 1 Derek Carty 0
JLagares, NYM Phil Hertz 5      
JMcGee, Col Brian Walton 3      
JRiddle, Mia Craig Mish 1      
ASenzatela, Col Grey Albright 1 Craig Mish 2 Derek Carty 0  
TMoore, Mia Brian Walton 0 Phil Hertz 0    
RMontero, NYM Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Grey Albright 1    
SVanSlyke, LAD Derek Carty 0 Andy Behrens 31 Todd Zola 3  
CRichard, SD Derek Carty 0 Grey Albright 1 Craig Mish 1  
JGrimm, ChC Derek Carty 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

CDArnaud, Atl Steve Gardner 12 Brian Walton 0  
FSalas, NYM Brian Walton 2    
EHernandez, LAD Grey Albright 1 Derek Carty 0 Phil Hertz 0
BStassi, Phi Grey Albright 1 Phil Hertz 0  
PKivlehan, Cin Grey Albright 1 Derek Carty 0  
TRivera, NYM Grey Albright 1 Brian Walton 0  
PBaez, LAD Grey Albright 1    
JSmoker, NYM Grey Albright 1    
LSardinas, SD Derek Carty 0 Brian Walton 0  
RStripling, LAD Phil Hertz 0 Brian Walton 0  
AAmarista, Col Phil Hertz 0    
CAdames, Col Steve Gardner 0    
JDeLaRosa, Ari Brian Walton 0    
MCabrera, Atl Phil Hertz 0    
MDunn, Col Brian Walton 0    
PGosselin, Pit Phil Hertz 0    

Brian Walton's Commentary

Needing a pitcher this week, I put in a tepid $12 bid for Rockies starter Kyle Freeland. Already owning Jon Gray and Tyler Anderson, I could not bring myself to rostering a third Colorado starter. Craig Mish of SiriusXM saved me from myself with an aggressive $76 winning offer.

Also needing an infielder this week, I noticed Stephen Drew had the most at-bats of any appropriate free agent with 11 to date this season. The fact the veteran has just one hit (.091) can be written off to the small sample, but I still could not bring myself to make more than a $0 bid. However, Steve Gardner of USA TODAY put $67 on the table to secure the 34-year-old’s services, who is Washington’s top infield reserve and could play more short-term, depending on the severity of Trea Turner's leg injury.

Jeff Mathis is not only seeing regular time behind the plate for Arizona, but the veteran backstop is off to a fast start with the bat. Yahoo’s Andy Behrens’ winning bid was $46.

A couple of former closers and former teammates drew speculative bids of $11 and $10, respectively. Someone has to take over for struggling closer Jeanmar Gomez in Philadelphia and if Pat Neshek gets a shot, Gray Albright’s money will have been well spent. Trevor Rosenthal is scheduled to come off the disabled list on Monday. Though the role of St. Louis’ hard-thrower is unclear, Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ made a pre-emptive strike.

Todd's Take

Calling back to the NL LABR report, note the increased interest here for Freeland, Senzatela and Richard. Fantasy Baseball 101: Know Thy Rules.

Wanting to fill the swingman spot vacated by the demoted Ketel Marte <sniff>, occupied by a pitcher in Weel 1, I wanted a stick so I took a chance on potential Swiss Army knife Nick Franklin. Franklin won't play every day, he won't even be in a platoon. However, since he can dabble at several positions, the Brewers will get him some at bats, which is all you can ask for as your last hitter in a league like this. By rule, I need to play him this week. There's a chance I opt to go back to a 10th pitcher next week since I'm carrying three closers (Oh, Iglesias and Maurer). I may look to move one for a decent stick so I can afford to use the swing spot with an arm, making up for the lost hitting stats later.

santiago casilla

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

SCasilla, Oak Bret Sayre 184 Tim Heaney 76    
WPeralta, Mil Al Melchior 56 Tim Heaney 36 Derek Van Riper 31 Tim Heaney 6
FGalvis, Phi Jeff Zimmerman 55 Tim Heaney 36    
EVolquez, Mia Bret Sayre 52 Bret Sayre 57    
JBenoit, Phi Fred Zinkie 40 Scott Swanay 28    
BreAnderson, ChC Tim Heaney 36 Scott Swanay 34 Derek Van Riper 31 Fred Zinkie 10
    Gene McCaffrey 7 Tim Heaney 6  
GeoSoto, CWS Al Melchior 32 Derek Van Riper 11 Scott Engel 3  
JNelson, Mil Derek Van Riper 31 Tim Heaney 11    
JHahn, Oak Scott Swanay 28      
JTomlin, Cle Scott Swanay 28 Derek Van Riper 5    
JJeffress, Tex Tim Heaney 26 Ray Flowers 19 Tim Heaney 16  
BMcCarthy, LAD Gene McCaffrey 17 Bret Sayre 34 Joe Pisapia 12 Tim Heaney 11
ABailey, LAA Tim Heaney 16      
JBandy, Mil Derek Van Riper 11 Al Melchior 21    
YAlonso, Oak Tim Heaney 11      
JVargas, KC Fred Zinkie 10      
JLowrie, Oak Joe Pisapia 3 Tim Heaney 4    

UNAWARDED BIDS

AGarrett, Cin Jeff Zimmerman 76 Tim Heaney 11 Fred Zinkie 10
  Tim Heaney 6    
JChavez, LAA Bret Sayre 34    
KSuzuki, Atl Al Melchior 21    
AMiranda, Sea Tim Heaney 11    
AGarcia, CWS Tim Heaney 11    
WFlores, NYM Tim Heaney 11    
ABradley, Ari Gene McCaffrey 7    
DHudson, Pit Tim Heaney 6    
BZiegler, Mia Tim Heaney 6    
DHolland, CWS Gene McCaffrey 5 Tim Heaney 4  
GoHernandez, SF Tim Heaney 4    
JMontgomery, NYY Tim Heaney 4    
LMorrison, TB Tim Heaney 4    
MGonzalez, Hou Tim Heaney 4    
MUpton, FA Tim Heaney 4    
ASenzatela, Col Tim Heaney 4    
CHeadley, NYY Tim Heaney 4    
DPhelps, Mia Derek Van Riper 1    
AFrazier, Pit Tim Heaney 1    

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

The biggest FAAB prize this week, at a hefty cost of $184, was a guy who may or may not be Oakland's primary closer. After tossing a scoreless ninth inning to pick up a save on Monday, Santiago Casilla pitched in the eighth inning on both Thursday and Saturday. I still say that Ryan Madson leads the team in saves by season's end, but good luck figuring this one out. So, maybe the fact that Casilla received only two bids isn't all that surprising, as these Touts are tired of playing the expensive closer guessing game.

Sticking to the closer theme, perhaps the more noteworthy additions were a trio of relievers who are not closing right now but make for interesting speculative pickups, and they came at a fraction of the cost of Casilla. While Hector Neris gets all the buzz when it comes to potential ninth inning replacements for the struggling Jeanmar Gomez, Joaquin Benoit has quietly pitched three scoreless innings so far this season and has 51 career saves to his name. Maybe the Phillies will go with the more experienced option if they do indeed choose to make a change.

In Texas, Sam Dyson pitched a scoreless inning on Sunday but his hold on the closer job seems shaky at best after he allowed a combined eight runs over his first two appearances. Jeremy Jeffress hasn't been great thus far but he did pitch very well as the Brewers closer last year prior to getting traded to the Rangers.

Like Joaquin Benoit, Andrew Bailey carries ninth inning experience. If the Angels decide to use Cam Bedrosian similar to the way the Indians used Andrew Miller down the stretch last season and Huston Street remains sidelined, maybe there will be an opportunity for Bailey (three perfect innings so far) to earn a few saves.

Todd's Take

It's interesting to note Jesse Hahn only drew one bid, despite there being a lot of interest in starting pitching this week. For those wondering how to use these reports in your own league, that suggests you may be able to get Hahn on the cheap, and quite honestly, he's as good a bet as Wily Peralta, Edinson Volquez, Jimmy Nelson, Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson, some of the other starting pitchers acquired in this cycle.

 amir garrett

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

AGarrett, Cin Corey Parson 113 D.J. Short 18 Charlie Wiegert 18 Scott White 16
MSmith, TB David Gonos 63      
MReynolds, Col Corey Parson 59      
ASenzatela, Col Perry Van Hook 31 Tim McLeod 17    
WPeralta, Mil Anthony Perri 28 Charlie Wiegert 2    
KFreeland, Col Perry Van Hook 27      
MJoyce, Oak Ray Murphy 25 Jeff Boggis 12    
JJones, Det Corey Parson 23      
DEspinosa, LAA David Gonos 22      
DStoren, Cin Corey Parson 19      
GeoSoto, CWS Corey Parson 18 Scott White 14 Perry Van Hook 11  
CHeadley, NYY Anthony Perri 16      
JBenoit, Phi Scott White 16 Rudy Gamble 1    
BreAnderson, ChC Jeff Boggis 12 Perry Van Hook 23    
YEscobar, LAA Adam Ronis 9      
ARomine, NYY Perry Van Hook 7      
RBuchter, SD Tom Kessenich 7      
JNelson, Mil Charlie Wiegert 2 Greg Ambrosius 0    
EFedde, Was Tim McLeod 2      
TCollins, Det Perry Van Hook 0      
JVargas, KC Greg Ambrosius 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

YAlonso, Oak David Gonos 39 Adam Ronis 8  
JHahn, Oak Corey Parson 33    
ASimmons, LAA Ray Murphy 25    
MAdams, StL Corey Parson 23    
TChatwood, Col Perry Van Hook 17    
CSabathia, NYY Corey Parson 15 Tom Kessenich 3 Greg Ambrosius 0
FGalvis, Phi Anthony Perri 12    
CRichard, SD Anthony Perri 6 Charlie Wiegert 1 Greg Ambrosius 0
NAoki, Hou Ray Murphy 5    
AWarren, NYY Perry Van Hook 1    
YPetit, LAA Perry Van Hook 1    
AAltherr, Phi Perry Van Hook 0    
DNava, Phi Perry Van Hook 0    
JHazelbaker, Ari Perry Van Hook 0    
MGonzalez, Hou Perry Van Hook 0    
RGrossman, Min Perry Van Hook 0    
ABradley, Ari Greg Ambrosius 0    
JNicasio, Pit Greg Ambrosius 0    
PHughes, Min Greg Ambrosius 0    
RDickey, Atl Greg Ambrosius 0    

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

A veteran hitter and a rookie pitcher received the high bids in the Mixed Draft League with 14 of 15 owners trying to improve their rosters for Week 2 and beyond.

Mark Reynolds, Rockies first baseman is getting the at bats with Ian Desmond on the DL and contributing power that all fantasy owners covet. Corey Parsons landed Reynolds for $59. The Reds Amir Garrett, in their opening day rotation less than a year after being drafted, had a good first start, drawing another Parsons' winning bid of $113.

At the low end of the spectrum, two teams used $0 bids on lists of candidates to help their teams. Greg Ambrosius, needing an extra hurler, secured his first choice of Royal Jason Vargas while I received the top player in my outfielder queue, deploying Tigers fly chaser Tyler Collins this week.

I was also looking for more pitchers and added not one, but two Colorado rookie starters. The first is Antonio Senzatela for $31. The 22-year old righty fanned six in five scoreless innings in his debut. Senzatela has a playable two start week, home against the Padres and Jeff Weaver, then in AT&T Park, facing the Giants against Jeff Samardzija. I also added Kyle Freeland for $27, slated to face the Padres at home.

The Gary Sanchez owner had a third catcher on his squad which may have helped me win Austin Romine for just $7. Romine doesn't hit for average but did have good RBI numbers in his brief stint last year and is better with OBP than batting average. Remember, Tout Wars in an OBP league.

Todd's Take

One of my favorite things to do is compare the bids of like players in the Auction and Draft leagues, since that is the only difference. Otherwise, the rules are identical. As an example, Amir Garrett was the top draw in Mixed Tout Draft, as opposed to Mixed Tout Auction where he wasn't even acquired, though he garnered several contingency bids.

The message here is everyone has different expectations. This is especially applicable in trade negotiations. Don't assume everyone ranks players as you. Often, you're pleasantly surprised to learn someone is more interested in one of your players you consider of less quality than someone else on your roster. There are ways to take advantage, we'll save that for another time, another place.

ryan zimmerman

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

RZimmerman, Was Michael Beller 194 Paul Sporer 122  
KGraveman, Oak Howard Bender 131 Clay Link 51  
YEscobar, LAA Paul Sporer 94    
BFinnegan, Cin Clay Link 72 Howard Bender 121 Vlad Sedler 56
JMcCann, Det Clay Link 61 Peter Kreutzer 3  
CMorton, Hou Vlad Sedler 56    
JWerth, Was Michael Beller 38 Peter Kreutzer 3  
AGarcia, CWS Michael Beller 38 Jake Ciely 6 Peter Kreutzer 2
DAltavilla, Sea Paul Sporer 24    
MMaldonado, LAA Peter Kreutzer 15    
SSouza, TB Peter Kreutzer 12    
JBenoit, Phi Jake Ciely 10    
MAdams, StL Stephania Bell 7    
JMcGee, Col Peter Kreutzer 7    
KPillar, Tor Peter Kreutzer 6 Peter Kreutzer 7  

UNAWARDED BIDS

KFreeland, Col Howard Bender 88    
YAlonso, Oak Paul Sporer 78    
AGarrett, Cin Howard Bender 68    
JJones, Det Paul Sporer 66    
GeoSoto, CWS Clay Link 41    
BColon, Atl Howard Bender 32    
CDevenski, Hou Clay Link 31 Paul Sporer 18 Peter Kreutzer 3
  Jake Ciely 1    
TBarnhart, Cin Peter Kreutzer 6    
GGonzalez, Was Jake Ciely 5    
MBelisle, Min Peter Kreutzer 5    
TChatwood, Col Vlad Sedler 3    
JBandy, Mil Peter Kreutzer 0    

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

The Head to Head schedule includes four two-week tilts. These come at the least concentrated times of the year, and the first of these includes the first two weeks of the season.

I mention this because I'm facing off against Michael Beller right now, and instead of our contest ending with us deadlocked, 5-5, we have another week to go. And Beller made the most dramatic purchase of the week, adding Ryan Zimmerman for 194 (of a total FAAB off 1,000). This concerns me because I'm currently and surprisingly leading Beller in homers and RBI, and Zimmerman is coming off a resurgent week, in which it appears his health and power are back.

Beller also added Jason Werth and Avisail Garcia, who showed productive power the season's first week. Beller is gunning for me.

I made some moves but was far less dramatic. I added Steven Souza, Kevin Pillar and Martin Maldonado, trying to add at bats, plus Jake McGee. So take that.

The other big adds for the week included Howard Bender bidding aggressively for his hometown boy, Kendall Graveman, who had two sterling starts in the season's first week, and Paul Sporer ditching Eric Thames and Darren O'Day for Yunel Escobar and Dan Altavilla.

Todd's Take

 

 

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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.

jason grilli

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JGrilli, Tor Nando DiFino 181 Chris Liss 93 Jeff Erickson 77 Wolf/Colton 66
    Steve Moyer 52 Mike Podhorzer 27 Lawr Michaels 9
    Larry Schechter 8    
FMontas, Oak Chris Liss 55 Rob Leibowitz 3    
TGore, KC Steve Moyer 51      
WMiley, Bal Seth Trachtman 38      
AJackson, Cle Chris Liss 25 Steve Moyer 1    
JBiagini, Tor Wolf/Colton 21 Larry Schechter 8    
    Mike Podhorzer 7 Lawr Michaels 3 Steve Moyer 0
    PatDavitt 0    
TCollins, Det Seth Trachtman 15      
UJimenez, Bal Seth Trachtman 12      
RFlaherty, Bal Seth Trachtman 10      
DAltavilla, Sea Rob Leibowitz 8 PatDavitt 0 Wolf/Colton 0  
DRobertson, TB Rob Leibowitz 4 Mike Podhorzer 1    
CBYoung, Bos Steve Moyer 1      
DFarquhar, TB Lawr Michaels 1      
XCedeno, TB PatDavitt 0      
JPhegley, Oak Wolf/Colton 0      
CSanchez, CWS Mike Podhorzer 0 Rob Leibowitz 3 Seth Trachtman 0 Larry Schechter 0
JSmith, Tor Steve Moyer 0      
CPennington, LAA Larry Schechter 0 Rob Leibowitz 0    
JJeffress, Tex Larry Schechter 0 Chris Liss 29 Rob Leibowitz 3 Seth Trachtman 0
    PatDavitt 0    
BShaw, Cle PatDavitt 0      
JSoria, KC PatDavitt 0 Chris Liss 17    

UNAWARDED BIDS

RAlcantara, Oak Rob Leibowitz 7 Seth Trachtman 3  
ERamirez, TB Chris Liss 5 PatDavitt 0 Steve Moyer 0
PHughes, Min Seth Trachtman 5    
JMay, CWS Seth Trachtman 4    
JRickard, Bal Seth Trachtman 4 Steve Moyer 1  
ASanchez, Det Nando DiFino 3    
DSantana, Min Steve Moyer 1    
MMartinez, Cle Larry Schechter 0 Mike Podhorzer 0  
RGoins, Tor Larry Schechter 0 Rob Leibowitz 0  
NVincent, Sea PatDavitt 0    
ARomine, NYY Wolf/Colton 0    
CPerez, LAA Wolf/Colton 0    
CRuiz, Sea Wolf/Colton 0    
JAxford, Oak Wolf/Colton 0    
JWilson, Det Wolf/Colton 0    
TClippard, NYY Wolf/Colton 0 Seth Trachtman 0  
DMachado, Det Rob Leibowitz 0    
PKozma, NYY Rob Leibowitz 0    
SOMalley, Sea Rob Leibowitz 0    
HAlberto, Tex Seth Trachtman 0    
JHolder, NYY Seth Trachtman 0    
CGentry, Bal Steve Moyer 0    

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

A spirited first Tout transaction session took place after just one game is in the books, but that did not stop Nando di Fino from dropping $181 on Jason Grilli, hoping to add some saves to his team and repertoire.

Chris Liss of RotoWire spent $25 for the rights to Austin Jackson, but he also went $55 for Athletics pitcher Frankie Montas. Defending champ Seth Trachtman made four purchases--Ryan Flaherty ($10), Tyler Collins ($15), Wade Miley ($38), and Ubaldo Jimenez ($12)--making him the most active owner of the week as Seth spent $75 of his $1000 FAAB budget hoping to fill the gabps.

Steve Moyer made a troika of moves acquiring outfielder Terrence Gore ($51) and hurlers Joe Smith and Curt Young ($1), while Rob Leibowitz sought relief from Dan Altavilla ($8) along with Rays utility infielder Daniel Robertson ($4), who made the club after Nick Franlin was released. Patrick Davitt went to Xavier Cedeno, Bryan Shaw, and Joakim Soria, all for nothing.

The remaining bids were largely negligible, save one of three purchases made by Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton, who shrewdly snapped up the Jays Joe Biagini for just $21.

As a Roberto Osuna owner, I was more than concerned with the closer's last minute move to the DL, and while I would like to be optimistic, I am not, and while Grilli is the top of the "who closes next heap," but Biagini could emerge with some saves (he earned one last year) if Osuna spasms and Grilli fails. As it was, I made bids on both Grilli and Biagini, but would up with Danny Farquhar for a buck to try and fill the hole.

Todd's Take

I don't know, maybe no one in the league needs more steals but how can Jacob May garner a single back-up bid when he's going to be starting in center for the While Sox for the forseeable future? Perhaps it's his low batting average and limited power, but I still see an argument for May over Terence Gore, Tyler Collins, Austin Jackson and even Chris Young, depending on needs. At minimum, he should have been a contingency bid for more than one team.

It's interesting to note Jeremy Jeffress drew five bids, and that was before Sam Dyson imploded on the Rangers opening day. Larry Schechter's free pick-up is looking a bit prophetic.

jeremy hazelbaker

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JHazelbaker, Ari Scott Wilderman 23 Andy Behrens 0    
CMarrero, SF Brian Walton 23 Steve Gardner 5 Craig Mish 1 Phil Hertz 0
AKnapp, Phi Steve Gardner 20 Phil Hertz 1 Grey Albright 1  
KSiegrist, StL Mike Gianella 11 Grey Albright 1 Phil Hertz 0  
DGarneau, Col Grey Albright 11      
SCardullo, Col Grey Albright 11 Brian Walton 22 Steve Gardner 3  
AEthier, LAD Phil Hertz 2 Derek Carty 0    
HRobles, NYM Grey Albright 1 Mike Gianella 6 Phil Hertz 0  
JBlanton, Was Grey Albright 1 Mike Gianella 11    
JTazawa, Mia Craig Mish 0      
DNava, Phi Andy Behrens 0      
JHoover, Ari Phil Hertz 0      
TWilhelmsen, Ari Craig Mish 0 Grey Albright 1    
NAhmed, Ari Derek Carty 0      
EBonifacio, Atl Steve Gardner 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

TRivera, NYM Brian Walton 3 Grey Albright 1 Phil Hertz 0
SVanSlyke, LAD Brian Walton 2    
EFryer, StL Grey Albright 1 Steve Gardner 0  
BStassi, Phi Grey Albright 1 Phil Hertz 0  
JBarrett, Ari Grey Albright 1    
JMathis, Ari Grey Albright 1    
RDelgado, Ari Grey Albright 1    
AAmarista, Col Phil Hertz 0 Steve Gardner 0  
PGosselin, Pit Derek Carty 0 Steve Gardner 0  
MSzczur, ChC Andy Behrens 0    
CDArnaud, Atl Derek Carty 0    
CTaylor, LAD Derek Carty 0    
LSardinas, SD Derek Carty 0    
CRichard, SD Phil Hertz 0    
CTorres, Mil Phil Hertz 0    
ERomero, Was Phil Hertz 0    
FSalas, NYM Phil Hertz 0    
JDeLaRosa, Ari Phil Hertz 0    
JGrimm, ChC Phil Hertz 0    
JUrena, Mia Phil Hertz 0    
MBowman, StL Phil Hertz 0    
MCain, SF Phil Hertz 0    
NRamirez, SF Phil Hertz 0    
PBaez, LAD Phil Hertz 0    
RDavis, Cin Phil Hertz 0    
RMontero, NYM Phil Hertz 0    
TMoore, Mia Phil Hertz 0    
CAdames, Col Steve Gardner 0    
SDrew, Was Steve Gardner 0    

 Brian Walton's Commentary

Sometimes we can know too much.

Two factors caused me to up my initial bids substantially before the deadline. Having participated in the NL LABR initial waiver period the night before plus a look back at first-week bidding from NL Tout the year before convinced me that single-digit bids would not be enough to win. That was faulty logic. Though I got my man, reserve first baseman/outfielder Chris Marrero of the Giants, it cost me $23 of my $1000 stipend, when $6 would have been enough.

Part of my Marrero interest was rooted in San Francisco putting Mac Williamson on the disabled list. His NL Tout owner, Scott Wilderman of onRoto, moved the outfielder to his DL, as well, but spent his $23 for Jeremy Hazelbaker, instead. The reserve outfielder made the Diamondbacks despite a rough spring.

Needing a catcher, Steve Gardner of USA TODAY grabbed Andrew Knapp of the Phillies for $20. In an oddity, both Philadelphia backstops’ last names end in double-P, with Knapp playing behind Cameron Rupp. The things you learn here!

Razzball’s Gray Albright chose Dustin Garneau of the Rockies as his catching addition, for $11. With Tom Murphy out, Garneau could enjoy the bad half of a platoon arrangement with Tony Wolters. Still, they are at-bats that can deliver counting stats.

The final double-digit price acquisition was St. Louis set up man Kevin Siegrist, for $11 by Baseball Prospectus’ Mike Gianella. It was not a good sign when manager Mike Matheny ignored Siegrist and the others in his fully-rested bullpen in favor of asking Seung-hwan Oh to get five outs Sunday night, a move that backfired. With former closer Trevor Rosenthal coming back soon, I don’t see Siegrist getting more than a few stray save opportunities, though his ratios should be solid – if asked to pitch, that is.

Todd's Take

Quiet week for me as the only player I needed to replace was Ketel Marter, and I opted to move Erick Aybar from the swingman spot into shortstop then use a pitcher, Amir Garrett, at swingman. The primary reason is I'm carrying three closers so this lets me use all three without sacrificing an extra pitching spot. I'll find a hitter (or use Ichiro, who is on my reserve) but with Raisel Iglesias not a sure thing to close in Week 1, I want to have Michael Lorenzen active as well.

Speaking of Marte, I had the opening nomination and threw out the since-demoted Diamondbacks infielder. It's well known within the industry that I believe in his skills more than my colleagues. I also prefer a light room so the master plan was opening with a bit of a ruse as it's also well known Derek Carty values Kershaw highly, owning him last season in both NL LABR and NL Tout then buying him for $44 in NL LABR this season. I set up the bid by saying something like, "Everyone wants to know, so let's get it out of the way right away, I nominate Special K, Ketel Marte for a buck."

After he was sent down, I received a couple of tweet chastizing the wasted nomination. Obviously I'm not happy he was demoted, but Marte will be up at some point and should steal enough bags to cover the $6 I paid. As for wasting the nomination, perhaps it wasn't the wisest opening salvo, but as mentioned, I like a light room and thought this may set a tone. However, we were situated in a rather loud restaurant bar so the conditions really weren't conducive to the witty repartee I was seeking.

Carty followed with the real Special K. I jumped the Kershaw bid to 44 then was slow counted before Derek chimed in with 45. Coming into the auction, I set up a plan if I bought Kershaw for $45 and thought I was OK with it. Everything was status quo through "going twice." At that point I got goosebumps and felt a little nervous, indicating maybe I wasn't so good with the purchase. It's not so much Kershaw isn't worth 44 or 45, he is. It's what you can do with $215 versus $235, assuming the first starter costs $25. As it turned out, I bought another stud, Madison Bumgarner for $29. I wasn't planning on it but he came in under my number so I jumped on it, fearing the next level may be inflated, which they were. For what it's worth, I bought Kershaw for $41 at the NFBC NL only auction, feeling giddy at going twice.

blake treinen

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

BTreinen, Was Jeff Zimmerman 359 Bret Sayre 357 Scott Pianowski 239 Fred Zinkie 200
    Tim Heaney 167 Ron Shandler 123 Zach Steinhorn 108
    Al Melchior 96 Scott Swanay 77 Ray Flowers 39
DDeShields, Tex Fred Zinkie 210 Zach Steinhorn 152 Scott Swanay 86 Scott Engel 77
    Scott Pianowski 77 Jeff Zimmerman 76 Tim Heaney 67
    Ron Shandler 65 Ray Flowers 57 Brent Hershey 53
TCahill, SD Ron Shandler 57      
JGrilli, Tor Zach Steinhorn 52 Tim Heaney 46 Ray Flowers 29 Zach Steinhorn 28
    Scott Swanay 24 Fred Zinkie 12 Jeff Zimmerman 1
SDoolittle, Oak Scott Swanay 47 Scott Pianowski 1    
SSchebler, Cin Scott Swanay 44 Fred Zinkie 2    
NAoki, Hou Ron Shandler 37 Ray Flowers 9    
MReynolds, Col Ray Flowers 36      
JMay, CWS Scott Engel 33      
TBeckham, TB Ray Flowers 32 Ray Flowers 19    
JBiagini, Tor Ray Flowers 29      
AAltherr, Phi Ray Flowers 27 Ray Flowers 19 Scott Swanay 15 Scott Engel 11
HKim, Bal Scott Swanay 25 Scott Engel 11 Ray Flowers 9  
BRondon, Det Scott Swanay 24      
DStoren, Cin Al Melchior 22      
TKoehler, Mia Al Melchior 21      
CRichard, SD Al Melchior 21      
TBarnhart, Cin Tim Heaney 6      
AVizcaino, Atl Jeff Zimmerman 1      
BHand, SD Fred Zinkie 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

BreAnderson, ChC Ron Shandler 37    
DHudson, Pit Ray Flowers 21    
AGarcia, CWS Ray Flowers 19    
RGrossman, Min Ray Flowers 19 Scott Engel 11 Fred Zinkie 0
MUpton, Tor Ray Flowers 19    
YEscobar, LAA Ray Flowers 17    
MFiers, Hou Scott Swanay 13    
POrlando, KC Scott Engel 11    
MGonzalez, Hou Ray Flowers 11    
JVargas, KC Al Melchior 10    
RAlcantara, Oak Al Melchior 10    
AFrazier, Pit Ray Flowers 9    
JJay, ChC Ray Flowers 9    
AHicks, NYY Ron Shandler 5    
JTomlin, Cle Ron Shandler 5    
DPhelps, Mia Ray Flowers 1 Jeff Zimmerman 0  
AAlcantara, Cin Ron Shandler 1    
CBuchholz, Phi Ron Shandler 1    
PBaez, LAD Ray Flowers 1    
CPerez, LAA Tim Heaney 0    
CRuiz, Sea Tim Heaney 0    
DGarneau, Col Tim Heaney 0    
JBandy, Mil Tim Heaney 0    
MMaldonado, LAA Tim Heaney 0    
MPina, Mil Tim Heaney 0    
FRivero, Pit Jeff Zimmerman 0    
RDull, Oak Jeff Zimmerman 0    

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

The Mixed Auction Touts certainly weren't afraid to open up their wallets in this first FAAB run of the season, and for good reason, as there has been no shortage of fantasy-relevant developments in the week since our auction.

Would the Nationals closer be Shawn Kelley or Koda Glover? That was the question on draft day. As it turns out, the answer is none of the above. Blake Treinen's command can be shaky at times but he does have the stuff, most notably a highly effective sinker that induces a lot of ground balls, to succeed in the ninth inning. I'm a strong supporter of spending FAAB early on potential impact players while there is still so much time for them to make an impact, but $359 seems to me like a bit too much for a guy on a team with viable closer alternatives and an unpredictable manager.

I was hoping to land Delino DeShields for his speed/OBP potential as a candidate to bat leadoff for the Rangers, and figured that my aggressive $152 bid could be enough to get him. Well, I guess Fred Zinkie needed the speed more than I did, as he shelled out more than one-fifth of his season FAAB budget to acquire DeShields' services. This might prove to be a wise move if DeShields, who is fresh off an outstanding spring training, reverts to his 2015 form.

Jason Grilli is the Blue Jays closer, at least for the next couple weeks while Roberto Osuna is sidelined due to injury. Grilli, the owner of 78 career saves, pitched well for Toronto last year following his midseason trade from the Braves. At worst, he provides me with a few saves in exchange for the 52 FAAB bucks. At best, Osuna remains out for much longer than two weeks.

Todd's Take

I don't want to keep harping on Jacob May, maybe I'm all wet here but why not back up a DeShields bid with one on May? I guess it could be a low OBP expectation.

On the other hand, if the league is indeed tuned into OBP, they should have been all over Robbie Grossman, who emerged from Twins camp with the DH gig. Perhaps the league is fearful Byungho Park is called up, or Kenys Vargas assumes the spot, but for now, Grossman will bat near the top of the Minnesota lineup, with a career 0.347 OBP.

delino deshields

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

BTreinen, Was Scott White 263 Tim McLeod 247 Rudy Gamble 223 Ray Murphy 151
    Charlie Wiegert 148 Perry Van Hook 123 Adam Ronis 76
    Anthony Perri 56 Greg Ambrosius 27  
DDeShields, Tex Charlie Wiegert 188 Scott White 117 Greg Ambrosius 68 Tim McLeod 22
    Adam Ronis 13 Rudy Gamble 5  
JPolanco, Min Tim McLeod 75      
AFrazier, Pit Jeff Boggis 52      
DHudson, Pit Tim McLeod 45      
JGrilli, Tor Anthony Perri 45 Scott White 53 Adam Ronis 36 Rudy Gamble 17
    Greg Ambrosius 16    
AGarcia, CWS Tim McLeod 43      
CMorton, Hou Adam Ronis 23 Charlie Wiegert 17 Scott White 6  
LMorrison, TB Jeff Boggis 16 Rudy Gamble 4    
KGraveman, Oak Charlie Wiegert 15 Perry Van Hook 3 Greg Ambrosius 2  
SDoolittle, Oak Adam Ronis 12 Tim McLeod 5 Rudy Gamble 2  
KSiegrist, StL Tim McLeod 11      
MPerez, Tex Tim McLeod 9      
CPerez, LAA Perry Van Hook 7      
HStreet, LAA Perry Van Hook 3      
LPerdomo, SD Rudy Gamble 3 Perry Van Hook 3    
HSantiago, Min Charlie Wiegert 3 Perry Van Hook 3    
JBiagini, Tor Rudy Gamble 2 Adam Ronis 2    
DDietrich, Mia Scott White 1      
JShields, CWS Greg Ambrosius 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

JMay, CWS Charlie Wiegert 34
ASimmons, LAA Tim McLeod 17
MReynolds, Col Charlie Wiegert 15
ZCozart, Cin Tim McLeod 9
DPhelps, Mia Charlie Wiegert 6
RBuchter, SD Tim McLeod 4
JChacin, SD Rudy Gamble 3
DGarneau, Col Perry Van Hook 3
CSabathia, NYY Perry Van Hook 2
CBethancourt, SD Perry Van Hook 2
TCahill, SD Charlie Wiegert 2
ONarvaez, CWS Perry Van Hook 2
GeoSoto, CWS Perry Van Hook 2
FRivero, Pit Rudy Gamble 2
TONeill, Sea Tim McLeod 1
AMejia, Min Charlie Wiegert 1
DFreese, Pit Scott White 1
YPetit, LAA Perry Van Hook 0
TKoehler, Mia Perry Van Hook 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

The Touts were given an early FAAB opportunity Sunday night, but maybe a few missed the e-mail as only nine of the 15 teams participated. Still, there were some high dollar bids as new Nationals closer Blake Treinen went for $263 to Scott White beating out seven other bidders, including other triple-digit tries, ranging from 247 down to my own 123.

Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields had a great spring but will have to fight for at bats in Texas. He went to Charlie Wiegert for $188 ahead of four other teams.

Greg Ambrosius used a zero dollar bid to get James Shields - time will tell if that was too much.

Falling well short on Treinen, I settled for a gamble on Houston Street for just three units. While he won't produce any stats this week, if the veteran Angel closer gets close to half the available saves in Anaheim, it will be well worth the wait.

My team also had to replace Tom Murphy, lost to a broken arm, and received my first choice - another Halo, starting backstop Carlos Perez. The options were not great, but even if I overpaid slightly at $7, I have regular at bats for a while.

Todd's Take

Not only was this an early FAAB run, Sunday was a cheat day since acquisitions would accrue Sunday stats. Jeff Boggis took advantage by securing Logan Morrison and his opening day homer. The Rays have a quietly decent string of lefties (Corey Dickerson, Kevin Kiermaier and Brad Miller), able to give right-handed pitching some fits.

I find it fascinating that every unawarded bid had only one owner. I didn't check to see if anyone attempting bids was shut out, but why not spend a few extra minutes adding a couple more contingencies, just in case?

 aaron judge

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

BTreinen, Was Michael Beller 193 Jake Ciely 164 Clay Link 62 Andrea LaMont 59
    Dr. Roto 20    
DDeShields, Tex Peter Kreutzer 161 Jake Ciely 154    
AJudge, NYY Jake Ciely 33      
HKim, Bal Peter Kreutzer 26      
LSeverino, NYY Dr. Roto 25 Michael Beller 14    
ZWheeler, NYM Jake Ciely 14      
MMontero, ChC Peter Kreutzer 11      
JGrilli, Tor Jake Ciely 7      

UNAWARDED BIDS

CMorton, Hou Dr. Roto 15
CDevenski, Hou Dr. Roto 15
MStrahm, KC Dr. Roto 10
MEstrada, Tor Dr. Roto 10
DPhelps, Mia Dr. Roto 10
DSpan, SF Peter Kreutzer 8
JMay, CWS Peter Kreutzer 3
TWolters, Col Peter Kreutzer 3
RSchimpf, SD Jake Ciely 3
SSchebler, Cin Jake Ciely 3
MConforto, NYM Peter Kreutzer 0

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

Let me start with me.

In the auction I bought Jason Kipnis and David Dahl, who were DL'd, so I knew coming out that I needed replacements. If I had been savvier I would have taken Delino DeShields the Son and Hyun-soo Kim because of the former's stolen base prowess and the later's on base skills. But I didn't.

So going into the bidding, I wanted to make a big enough bid on DeShields to win, he was a good fit for my speedy team of leadoff hitters, and another player who would at least contribute counting stats and on base percentage.

I somewhat arbitrarily decided that 161 units was a good bid for DeShields, playing by sense of smell, and that 26 was a good on for Kim.

My DeShields bid topped Jake Ciely's bid for the Rangers leadoff man by a measly seven units! And nobody else bid on Kim, so I got my top two choices (plus I replaced my DL'ed catcher Wilson Ramos with Miguel Montero).

That's a burn for Ciely, who then suffered more. He put in a nice big bet on the surprise Nationals closer Blake Treinen, a 164 unit bid that was beaten by Michael Beller's bid of 193. Ouch!

But don't cry too much for Jake. He added Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, Zack Wheeler, and closer flavor du jour Jason Grilli, for much less money.

I think, all around, it was a good first week.

Todd's Take

Wow, what a difference three teams makes with respect to the player pool. Trust me, we'll see more activity later, but the mindset is mostly wanting to give the guys drafted a chance. History shows that's a wise choice.

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