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Wednesday 26th Jul 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.

bruce rondon

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
TClippard, CWS Jason Collette 262 Patrick Davitt 199 Rob Leibowitz 81 Larry Schechter 63
    Nando DiFino 40 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 36 Seth Trachtman 18
BRondon, Det Patrick Davitt 99 Jason Collette 26 Seth Trachtman 4  
DPhelps, Sea Jason Collette 54 Nando DiFino 11 Jeff Erickson 5 Seth Trachtman 1
CMoran, Hou Patrick Davitt 39      
DRobinson, Tex Jason Collette 24      
ChSmith, Oak Larry Schechter 16 Jeff Erickson 1    
MGonzales, Sea Jeff Erickson 15 Seth Trachtman 1    
TWade, NYY Seth Trachtman 15 Steve Moyer 0    
DMarrero, Bos Jeff Erickson 11      
JLeclerc, Tex Nando DiFino 11 Jason Collette 13    
LGregerson, Hou Patrick Davitt 9      
PBridwell, LAA Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 8 Larry Schechter 15 Seth Trachtman 1  
ARomine, NYY Patrick Davitt 1      
AWarren, NYY Seth Trachtman 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
PBourjos, TB Patrick Davitt 39                                                                           
BTreinen, Oak Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 8      
TWhite, Hou Jason Collette 6      
DMachado, Det Jason Collette 6      
CPennington, LAA Seth Trachtman 5      
BBurns, KC Patrick Davitt 4      
JPhegley, Oak Patrick Davitt 1      
CValdez, Tor Jeff Erickson 1      
DButera, KC Patrick Davitt 0      
EAdrianza, Min Seth Trachtman 0      
EGonzalez, Cle Seth Trachtman 0      
SCishek, Sea Patrick Davitt 0      

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

It's the hunt for saves everywhere as Tyler Clippard, who managed a 16% FAAB outlay in LABR took a relatively large jump in Tout Wars with Jason Collette jumping that number to 23.6% ($236) in an effort to keep pace with league leader Mike Podhorzer. In fact, in an effort to keep a strong pen, Collette also bagged David Robertson ($16) along with new Mariner David Phelps ($54) meaning Jason spent $306 of his FAAB budget yesterday.

Still, the most moves were made by Patrick Davitt who played musical chairs with four roster spots, acquiring Bruce Rondon ($99), Luke Gregerson ($9), Andrew Romine ($1) and finally made a tough move grabbing the promising Houston third sacker Chris Moran ($39) who unfortunately was felled by his own foul ball for an indefinite period of time.

Jeff Erickson made a pair of moves picking up Marco Gonzalez ($15) and Devin Marerro ($11), and in a week with a lot of pitching opportunities in the free agent pool, starters Parker Birdwell ($8 to Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton) and Chris Smith ($16 to Larry Schechter) look like the moves that might indeed slip through at the lowest investment cost with the highest long-term potential.

Todd's Take

Anatomy of a first-place team: league leader Mike Podhorzer has the FAAB hammer, by a healthy 278 units. In this injury-riddled season, I was curious how he's able to pull this off. Mike didn't go complete stars and scrubs, but he did invest $47 in Mike Trout. And, for a total of $50, he bought Trout and Aaron Judge. Yup, a $3 Judge.

On the pitching side, Mike took a couple risks with Felix Hernandez and David Price, for a combined $29. That's worked out, but not as well as a $2 purchase on one of my favorite guys to watch, Luis Severino. Copping Craig Kimbrel for $18 didn't hurt, nor did a $2 FAAB pickup of Jacob Faria.

Before you ask Mike for the lottery numbers, he left the March auction with Matt Duffy, Greg Bird, Nate Karns, Matt Shoemaker and Tyler Skaggs, further proof that anything can happen in this game.

This league is far from over. I'm just fascinated how many different ways there are to skin this proverbial cat and the league leader with the FAAB hammer piqued my cat-like curiosity.

jd martinez

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
JDMartinez, Ari Derek Carty 867 Scott Wilderman 867 Craig Mish 700 Steve Gardner 505
    Todd Zola 463 Andy Behrens 437 Mike Gianella 14
SDoolittle, Was Lenny Melnick 375 Scott Wilderman 375 Craig Mish 174 Brian Walton 150
    Derek Carty 117 Mike Gianella 14  
ASenzatela, Col Andy Behrens 251 Scott Wilderman 15    
RMadson, Was Steve Gardner 237 Scott Wilderman 175 Brian Walton 100 Derek Carty 31
    Mike Gianella 14    
BPhillips, Mil Todd Zola 113 Scott Wilderman 31 Derek Carty 31 Craig Mish 14
HeSanchez, SD Phil Hertz 27 Scott Wilderman 27    
DNava, Phi Grey Albright 3 Todd Zola 43 Scott Wilderman 3  
COGrady, Mia Mike Gianella 1      
ACordoba, SD Todd Zola 0 Scott Wilderman 0    
AWojciechowski, Cin Scott Wilderman 0      
MRojas, Mia Mike Gianella 0 Scott Wilderman 0    
MMoroff, Pit Derek Carty 0 Scott Wilderman 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
CKelly, StL Scott Wilderman 12                                                                           
AAlcantara, Cin Scott Wilderman 0      
FCordero, SD Todd Zola 0      
PKivlehan, Cin Todd Zola 0      
PMaton, SD Mike Gianella 0      
TKelly, Phi Todd Zola 0      
VCaratini, ChC Scott Wilderman 0      

Brian Walton's Commentary

As I also mentioned in the LABR report, FAAB leader Derek Carty would have burned his cash last week on Jose Quintana, had he remembered to bid. Instead, he was the recipient of new Diamondbacks outfielder J.D. Martinez this week, a player that Carty felt better fit his team’s needs, anyway. Carty’s $867 bid topped the owner with the second-most money, Tristan H. Cockcroft.

Having too little FAAB to compete for Quintana or Martinez, I decided to try to slip in and grab Washington’s new closer. But, who is it? Is it lefty Sean Doolittle, righty Ryan Madson or someone the Nats have yet to acquire?

Given that uncertainty, I did not go all-in on either, and as a result, got neither. I am not sure I am upset, though. It took $612 to land the duo, with Doolittle drawing $375 and Madson $237.

But who will get the saves? Looking at owner bidding behavior, we are unsure. One owner bid the same on both relievers. Another bid on Doolittle only. Another three (including me) offered more for Doolittle. Another bid more on Madson. It is worth noting that this latter owner is Steve Gardner, who lives in the DC area.

Another big-money free agent this week is starter Antonio Senzatela, acquired by Andy Behrens for $251. The Rockies starter had been released by league leader Grey Albright three weeks ago. Since then, the 22-year old has allowed five earned runs in six innings. The only other offer for his services was for just $15.

Todd's Take

What's worse than spending a big chunk of FAAB on an unopposed Brett Phillips when you mean to spend it on Jose Pirela, then drop Phillips a couple weeks later? How about dropping another 131 units on the same Phillips when 31 would have sufficed.

At least this time, I meant to click on Phillips as he's reportedly going to be given a decent look, even though the Brewers are still hanging around for a playoff berth. Keon Broxton was sent to the minors, paving the way for Phillips to see near-regular playing time. As is the case with a lot of prospects, his ability to put bat to ball will be the determining factor whether he makes it. In his first stint with the Brewers, Phillips fanned nine times in 16 trips to the dish. After being recently recalled, he's whiffed just five times in 18 plate appearances, but let's wait for a few (hundred) more precincts to be counted. But, when you're in my desperate stead, without a chance to get a better crossover player, these are the chances necessary to take.

rafael devers

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
RDevers, Bos Ray Flowers 201 Fred Zinkie 150 Tim Heaney 77 Derek Van Riper 77
0 0 Scott Swanay 34 Al Melchior 8  
ZDavies, Mil Jeff Zimmerman 57 Ray Flowers 34 0  
JHeyward, ChC Derek Van Riper 37 Ray Flowers 34 Scott Pianowski 11  
BRevere, LAA Zach Steinhorn 36      
TClippard, CWS Scott Swanay 35      
ASwarzak, CWS Scott Swanay 35 Jeff Zimmerman 12 Scott Engel 0 Fred Zinkie 0
NSyndergaard, NYM Fred Zinkie 20      
JHammel, KC Ray Flowers 19 Scott Pianowski 5    
ChSmith, Oak Derek Van Riper 15      
AMeyer, LAA Fred Zinkie 15 Derek Van Riper 15 Fred Zinkie 10 Al Melchior 7
    Scott Engel 3    
TBarnhart, Cin Jeff Zimmerman 12      
KBarraclough, Mia Jeff Zimmerman 12 Scott Engel 7 Al Melchior 7  
BPhillips, Mil Al Melchior 8      
WDifo, Was Bret Sayre 6      
RMontero, NYM Al Melchior 6      
JBlash, SD Scott Pianowski 5 Ray Flowers 31 Scott Engel 1  
HeSanchez, SD Scott Pianowski 3      
MMahtook, Det Scott Engel 2 Ray Flowers 11    
BRondon, Det Al Melchior 2      
CAsuaje, SD Fred Zinkie 0      
JHoffman, Col Fred Zinkie 0 Fred Zinkie 10    
AWilson, Det Scott Engel 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
SLeon, Bos Jeff Zimmerman 15                                                    
AFrazier, Pit Ray Flowers 11 Derek Van Riper 1                           
APresley, Det Ray Flowers 11                             
BMoss, KC Ray Flowers 11                             
BTreinen, Oak Jeff Zimmerman 10                             
CRupp, Phi Jeff Zimmerman 10                             
PBridwell, LAA Ray Flowers 4 Fred Zinkie 0                           
TWilliams, Pit Ray Flowers 4 Fred Zinkie 0                           
AEllis, Mia Jeff Zimmerman 2                             
ONarvaez, CWS Jeff Zimmerman 2                             
SRomano, Cin Al Melchior 1                             
ASanchez, Det Fred Zinkie 0                             
BBoxberger, TB Fred Zinkie 0                             
BCecil, StL Jeff Zimmerman 0                             
DBarnes, Tor Fred Zinkie 0                             
TomHunter, TB Fred Zinkie 0                             
TRogers, Min Fred Zinkie 0                             

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

As it turned out, Rafael Devers' stay in Triple-A lasted less than two weeks. The Red Sox, in dire need of an upgrade at third base, have turned to their own top prospect to address the issue rather than giving up a valuable asset in a trade. In 86 games between Double-A and Triple-A this season, Devers batted .311 with 20 homers, 60 RBI, 54 runs scored and a .377 OBP, and the hope is that he can perform well enough to serve as Boston's everyday third baseman going forward. Ray Flowers' hope is that his 201 FAAB dollars will not go to waste on a guy who struggles mightily and gets sent back down to the Minors, a scenario which I think is unlikely.

How far has Jason Heyward fallen? Far enough to land him on the waiver wire in a deep mixed league. But, he's batting .313 with one home run, nine RBI, eight runs scored and a steal in 14 games since returning from the DL, so grabbing the fallen star for the modest cost of 37 FAAB bucks could prove to be a wise move by Derek Van Riper.

One particularly interesting acquisition was Fred Zinkie's purchase of Noah Syndergaard, who was recently released in exchange for a large ($290) FAAB redemption. Syndergaard has begun a throwing program, so there's growing optimism that he will indeed return this season. However, being that they are out of postseason contention, the Mets will be careful not to rush him back. The bottom line here is that Zinkie was willing to make a one-week sacrifice of a starting roster slot with the potential reward being a few starts from Thor in September.

Delino DeShields has done a nice job for me as my fifth outfielder, but he's hardly playing these days. Since DeShields has been one of my main stolen base sources, this is a problem. Ben Revere has been playing fairly regularly of late, and he's pretty good at stealing bases. Hopefully, the lineup switch from DeShields to Revere will net me a few extra steals, at least in the short term.

Todd's Take

To embellish Zach's note on Devers, the Red Sox plan on platooning Devers with Deven Marrero with the lefty-swinging Devers being on the strong side of the time share. Devers will hit at the bottom of the order and it wouldn't be surprising if Marrero came in late for defensive purposes.

Is this still mixed league worthy? Maybe, in today's injury-riddled climate. Just realize we're not looking at a full time player. I expect Devers to receive about 60 to 65 percent of the playing time at the hot corner. Considering he'll be in the lower third of the order, that's about 160 plate appearances. 

tyler clippard

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
TClippard, CWS Anthony Perri 154 Scott White 10   0
RDevers, Bos Scott White 85      
GParra, Col D.J. Short 85 Adam Ronis 47 Anthony Perri 34 Perry Van Hook 23
    David Gonos 21    
SGreene, Det Tim McLeod 59 Scott White 0    
MGonzalez, CWS Perry Van Hook 23      
TBarnhart, Cin Adam Ronis 2      
BStewart, LAD Greg Ambrosius 2      
JMcCann, Det Corey Parson 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
PBridwell, LAA Tim McLeod 9                                                                           
JBandy, Mil Adam Ronis 0      

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

The high bid for the night was $154 by Anthony Perri hoping that Tyler Clippard is in line for some saves for the White Sox.

Back from the DL and playing well despite a crowded outfield in Coors, Gerardo Parra drew several bids with D.J. Short winning at $85.

The best two start pitcher I could find for next week was Miguel Gonzalez who is inconsistent to say the least but desperate teams will try anything so put $23 and rostered him. The Cubs and Indians can be beat so hopefully he isn't facing Kluber in his second start.

Todd's Take

Note, Parra missed the last two games with a bruised calf. The Rockies don't feel it's serious. Also note, the club just wrapped up a week-long home stand and is now slated for a road series in St. Louis then DC.

On the surface, it looks like a quiet week in the Draft league, especially compared to the Auction. However, nine owners placed bids, which is a god number.

nick castellanos

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
RDevers, Bos Jake Ciely 178                                                    
NCastellanos, Det Andrea LaMont 77      
AMeyer, LAA Peter Kreutzer 67 Dr. Roto 20    
HRyu, LAD Peter Kreutzer 54      
NWilliams, Phi Dr. Roto 47      
BPhillips, Atl Howard Bender 46      
MBoyd, Det Stephania Bell 25      
CSpangenberg, SD Dr. Roto 22      
MFiers, Hou Vlad Sedler 15      
AKnapp, Phi Jake Ciely 13      
PCorbin, Ari Jake Ciely 9      
ASwarzak, CWS Andrea LaMont 3      
CGreen, NYY Andrea LaMont 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
JCotton, Oak Peter Kreutzer 52                                                                           
FGalvis, Phi Howard Bender 36      
RMontero, NYM Peter Kreutzer 34      
JGarcia, Atl Peter Kreutzer 32      
ACabrera, NYM Howard Bender 26      
KBarraclough, Mia Stephania Bell 20      

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

The big bid in Tout this week was Jake Ciely's claim of Rafael Devers, the uber-prospect who is the new third baseman for the Red Sox. Another third baseman, the Tigers Nick Castellanos, caught the attention of Andrea LaMont. After a slow start to the season Castellanos has been hitting better of late. He's not a huge OBP guy. LaMont also picked of backup closer in Chicagoland, White Sox version, Anthony Swarzak, for a song. He's on the trading block, however, but all he needs is for Tyler Clippard to fail and to not be traded this week to have real value.

Two interesting pick ups are Nick Williams, young and raking right now, but with an apparent hole in his wing waiting to be discovered, and inveterate veteran Brandon Phillips, who is often hurt but often gets healthy and has been productive for years. Williams goes to Dr. Roto, Phillips to Howard Bender.

What about me? I had Clayton Kershaw and Steven Strasburg get hurt on Sunday, with no real medical information about their conditions at bid time. So I replaced them both. It looks like Strasburg may avoid the DL, so I reactivated him, but Kershaw is out for 4-6 weeks. I bought Alex Meyer and Hyun-Jin Ryu to replace them. They were two of the highest K-rate starters out there, but losing Kershaw changes everything.

Todd's Take

While it bugs me Castellanos changed from Nick to Nicholas, messing up some v-lookups (there are times ID numbers can't be used, especially pulling from DFS player lists), he's been an interesting case study with the new Stacast data. Everyone looks at his league-leading exit velocity and cries bad luck with hit rate. Keep in mind, launch angle is the second part of that equation and many of Castellanos well hit balls hit the ground. teams can defense him well and throw him out. That said, more hard hit balls grounder should get through, not to mention Castellanos can adjust and elevate more batted balls. That's what's happening lately. In fact, he's one of my favorite targets, along with Jonathan Schoop, in keeper 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.

tyler clippard

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Tyler Clippard, CWS Fangraphs 16 Rotowire 7    
Ryan Goins, TOR Winning Fantasy Baseball 2                                                    
Blake Treinen, OAK Rotowire 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Caleb Joseph, BAL SiriusXM 2      
Caleb Smith, NYY Mastersball 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Giovanny Urshela, CLE Fangraphs 1 ESPN.com 1    
Adam Engel, CWS Baseball Prospectus 1      
Chris Smith, OAK Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Dan Jennings, CWS NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Darwin Barney, TOR Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Kyle Gibson, MIN Colton & The Wolfman 1                                                                           
Omar Narvaez, CWS SiriusXM 1      
Dixon Machado, DET Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      
Josh Rutledge, BOS Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

In the season of chasing saves, the trend continues with Eno Sarris hoping to bag the White Sox saves, investing $16 on Tyler Clippard, besting bids of $3 and $7.

And, though that is where the expensive purchases ended, Clay Link gambled a couple of bucks on Blake Treinen hoping for some Oakland closure. Elsewhere, Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius spent a buck on Dan Jennings, while in an odd case of role reversal, the New York tandem of Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf acquired Oakland hurler Chris Smith for a buck, while Bay Area resident, yours truly, got the Yankees Caleb Smith for the same price. And, in a perfect name game pairing, another Caleb, that would be Joseph, was a smart pick-up for Ray Flowers for just a buck.

Hitting in the waiver pool is thin, but Ryan Goins still generated a couple of bucks worth of FAAB to Larry Schechter who paired the Jay up with his Toronto teammate Darwin Barney. The final hitters in roster flux were Adam Engel to Mike Gianella for a dollar and Giovany Urshela, also to Mr. Sarris, also for a buck.

Todd's Take

Sorry, I couldn't track down a picture of Clippard in his new threads, and unlike that dude who wakes up Bryce Harper in his hotel room "perfectly coiffed", and then takes a selfie with him in the on-deck circle, I don't have all-access.

Everyone things saves are a crap shoot to project. There's significant variance, but there are some guidelines to help ballpark a logical amount. Saves correlate to wins - the more wins, the more saves. Further, on average, 52 percent of wins are saved, at least for the past five seasons. This year, only 47 percent of wins are saved, but that's a story for another day.

The White Sox are pacing for 65 wins, meaning they're due another 25 victories. With their deals, they'll likely win fewer, but let's be generous and stick with 25.

The percent of wins that are saved correlates with ERA -- the lower the ERA, the more wins are saved. This correlation is greater than run differential. Runs scored and percent of wins that are saved don't correlate.

The White Sox are mid-park in terms of team ERA. That will likely slide. Let's say they'll be right around this season's average of 47 percent. That's 11 or 12 more team saves (they only have 13 now). Someone is likely to vulture one or two, so my projection for Clippard is nine or 10 more saves. 

Overall, MLB is pacing to have 120 fewer saves than last season. This leads to more bunching in your fantasy league standings. It all depends where you're situated, but with bunched stats, there's more room to move. That is, nine saves could result in more points than previous seasons if you're in the right spot in the standings.

jd martinez

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
J.D. Martinez, ARI Derek Carty 93 ESPN - Karabell 92 Sandlot Shrink 72  
    Baseball HQ 66 RotoWire - DVR 18  
    NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9    
Ryan Madson, WSH USA TODAY Sports 21 Baseball HQ 16 RotoWire - DVR 1  
Sean Doolittle, WSH RotoWire - DVR 18 USA TODAY Sports 16 Mastersball 15  
    Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Sean Rodriguez, ATL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9 Derek Carty 1    
Allen Cordoba, SD Colton & The Wolfman 1 Derek Carty 1    
Hector Sanchez, SD Derek Carty 1      
Cameron Perkins, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1                             

Brian Walton's Commentary

As I wrote about last week, FAAB leader Derek Carty missed out on Jose Quintana because he forgot to bid, but he told me he preferred offense, anyway. With outfielder J.D. Martinez’ arrival in the desert of Arizona the big inter-league move this week, Carty was poised to pounce, and did, spending $93 to get his man.

The other interesting trade of the week brought relievers Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle to Washington. However, the closing situation remains unclear to say the least.

In favor of Madson: Nats president Mike Rizzo said Madson was his acquisition target and Doolittle was added during the discussion. Doolittle pitched Sunday in a non-save situation. Madson is right-handed.

In favor of Doolittle: The lefty received the first two save opportunities after the trade, with Madson pitching the eighth.

In favor of both: The Nats are one of the best teams in the NL, with ample save opportunities.

In favor of neither: The Nats are rumored to still be looking at other closers. With one of the poorer pens in the game, adding three relievers is not out of the question.

Unlike Tout, where the two went for a total of $61 in equivalent FAAB, here in LABR, they sold for a total of “just” $39. Also unlike Tout, Madson went for the higher amount, $21, to $18 for Doolittle. Steve Gardner snared Madson while Derek Van Riper added Doolittle.

Todd's Take

Apparently, Martinez is more photogenic than Clippard as there are several shots of him wearling his new colors.

I had to make a decision in the NFBC NL only league. I'm currently in second, around five points out of the lead. My hitting is better than my pitching, despite owning Clayton Kershaw. Obviously, I'm concerned about his back issue.

I have the sixth most FAAB left, so unless there's a bunch of deals, I'm not getting anyone of significant consequence. I could use help in saves, so I opted to go hard after Doolittle, not spending all my FAAB, leaving a little over 100 units of a 1000 budget so I can still grab emergency replacements. I won the bid, so now I'm hoping Brian's second outcome is prescient. Dusty Baker seems to be the kind of guy that wants one guy - Doolittle was handed the ball for the first two chances. We not only have to read numbers, we have to read tea leaves. We'll see what happens.

kyle barraclough

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Kyle Barraclough, MIA ESPN.com 4 Fangraphs 3 Scout Fantasy 2                         
Jerad Eickhoff, PHI Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 4 @TheFantasyFix 3 MLB.com 2  
Brett Phillips, MIL ESPN.com 3      
Jabari Blash, SD Fangraphs 3      
Tyler Clippard, CWS @TheFantasyFix 3 Scout Fantasy 3    
Anthony Swarzak, CWS Fangraphs 3 @TheFantasyFix 1    
Jose Leclerc, TEX Rotowire 3      
Ben Revere, LAA Baseball HQ 2      
Miguel Rojas, MIA ESPN.com 2      
Carlos Asuaje, SD Baseball HQ 2 Scout Fantasy 1    
Jett Bandy, MIL Fantasy Alarm 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Chad Kuhl, PIT Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 3 @TheFantasyFix 1                                                  
Matt Joyce, OAK Baseball HQ 2 Fangraphs 1    
Brandon Moss, KC Baseball HQ 2      
Tyler White, HOU Baseball HQ 2      
Andrew Knapp, PHI Fantasy Alarm 1      
Chris Herrmann, ARI Fantasy Alarm 1      
Hector Sanchez, SD Fantasy Alarm 1      
James McCann, DET Fantasy Alarm 1      
Tucker Barnhart, CIN Fantasy Alarm 1      
Zach Davies, MIL Rotowire 1      

Todd Zola's Commentary

With set up man David Phelps traded to Seattle, Kyle Barraclough's pathway to saves has one fewer roadblock. For the season. the right-hander is having an off year. he's fanning a hitter an inning, but that's well below his career norm. It would be one thing if the drop in punch outs came with fewer walks, but alas, it doesn't. Barraclough's issued 30 free passes in 45 1/3rd innings.

Next up is Jerad Eickhoff, a personal favorite entering the season whose been a big disappointment over the first half. He's showing signs of life in the second half so maybe Eickhoff can give Rudy Gamble a boost. I'm rooting for him, since I own him (Eickhoff, not Rudy) in just about every other league.

Brett Phillips is an interesting pick-up for Stephania Bell as the Brewers outfielder is in line for an extended look with Keon Broxton recently demoted.

Todd's Take

Not much toi say about Team Todd. I'm still grinding, making moves, keeping my active roster as strong as possible. I'm also still in the basement. What a difference a year makes.

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.

garrett cooper 

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Garrett Cooper, NYY Fangraphs 6      
Zack Granite, MIN NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 Fangraphs 3 Baseball Prospectus 1                         
Adam Rosales, OAK Baseball Prospectus 1      
Alex Claudio, TEX ESPN.com 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Darwin Barney, TOR Baseball Prospectus 1 Fangraphs 1                                                  
Ryan Goins, TOR Baseball Prospectus 1      
Shane Peterson, TB Fangraphs 1      

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Despite a short week of games, and just four acquisitions within the league, there were still a few interesting moves in AL LABR.

The big potential buy was new Yankees first sacker Garrett Cooper, nabbed by Eno Sarris for six bucks in a buy that could indeed add ten homers between now and season's end.

Then leader's Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius dropped three bucks on the Twins Zack Granite, besting a dollar bid while Mike Gianella picked up the final hitter of the week in Adam Rosales, also for a dollar.

The only arm to find new home was Alex Claudio moving to team Cockcroft for a dollar.

Todd's Take

It'll be interesting to see if Garrett Cooper plays regularly or if he settles into the soft side of a platoon with Ji-Man Choi. The Yankees faced three southpaws in their weekend series with Boston, with Cooper getting those starts. Choi was in the lineup versus Rick Porcello. Cooper's first half at Colorado Springs should be taken in context as he's 26 at Triple-A, playing at altitude.

Zack Granite, straight out of the Flintstones, will get an extended look with Byron Buxton on the shelf. Granite has decent on base skills and can grab a bag or two.

jose quintana

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Jose Quintana, CHC Yahoo - DDD 109 ESPN - Karabell 92 Colton & The Wolfman 72 Sandlot Shrink 71
    Baseball HQ 66 Mastersball 40 Yakkertech 28
    RotoWire - DVR 19 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 11 USA TODAY Sports 10
Carlos Asuaje, SD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2      
Brett Phillips, MIL RotoWire - DVR 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Luis Garcia, PHI Yakkertech 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Josh Fields, LAD Yakkertech 1                                                                           
Kyle Crick, SF Yakkertech 1      

Brian Walton's Commentary

With the only really interesting free agent in NL LABR following this short week being new Cubs left-hander Jose Quintana, let’s focus right there. With the second-most FAAB at $109, Dalton Del Don got his man. “Only” 10 of the league’s 12 owners placed offers.

Sitting in the worst possible place, in the dead middle, with the 8th-most and 8th-least FAAB, I was discouraged, but still placed a bid on Quintana. Lightning did not strike, however.

A by-product of his winning offer will be costly for Del Don, however. Currently in last place, 10 ½ points out of 11th, Del Don has lost his ability to add any further free agents to plug gaps for the entire remainder of the season. This is due to LABR’s $1 minimum bid rule.

Well, that wouldn’t necessarily be true. If one of his drafted players is injured for the season, he could cash him in, which is how he got over the $100 starting point in the first place. However, it is too late for Del Don. One LABR-unique rule is that no FAAB rebates are offered after the All-Star break.

Further, FAAB cannot be traded in LABR, leaving him in a tough spot with no way to replenish his free agent kitty. But he does own Quintana, so there’s that.

Todd's Take

With Quintana coming over to the NL earlier than the trade deadline, a trend I sense will continue, some have to make tough decisions. Do I bid on Quintana even if I don't need a pitcher? What is someone better comes over? There's no correct answer; it's contextual. In most scenarios, I believe in the bird-in-hand philosophy. That is, if I needed pitching, I wouldn't get greedy hoping for Justin Verlander or Sonny Gray to cross leagues. First off, are they really better? Take the pitcher and enjoy the extra starts. If I needed a hitter, I can see passing on Quintana, unless trading is still allowed. Here the decision is tricky - wait for a hitter or deal Quintana for a hitter.

zack granite

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Zack Granite, MIN Baseball HQ 3 0 0 0
Jose Reyes, NYM Yahoo Sports 2                                                                           
Joe Musgrove, HOU Baseball HQ 2      
Luis Cessa, NYY Rotowire 1      
Parker Bridwell, LAA Mastersball 1      
Alex Claudio, TEX USA TODAY Sports 1      
T.J. Rivera, NYM Yahoo Sports 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Zach Davies, MIL @TheFantasyFix 1 Mastersball 1 Rotowire 1 0
Ricky Nolasco, LAA @TheFantasyFix 1 Mastersball 1                           
Chris O'Grady, MIA @TheFantasyFix 1      
Clayton Richard, SD @TheFantasyFix 1      
Chad Kuhl, PIT @TheFantasyFix 1      
Trevor Hildenberger, MIN Mastersball 1      
David Phelps, MIA Mastersball 1      
Jacob Barnes, MIL Mastersball 1      
Mychal Givens, BAL Rotowire 1      
Paul Blackburn, OAK Rotowire 1      

Todd Zola's Commentary

The Derek Holland experience is coming to a close so it was time to grab another arm. I thought about Musgrove, as I'm still a believer, but there's talk he'll head to the bullpen when Collin McHugh and Dallas Keuchel return to the rotation. Parker Bridwell was my top choice, though he has a potentially tough draw with Boston this week, albeit in run-suppressing Angels Stadium.

Todd's Take

I loathe being in this spot. Yeah, I'm still wallowing in last and getting some trade offers. Even though many of the offers are from others in the lower portion of the standings fighting for points, I've always been uncomfortable trading just to move up a few spots. I know it's important, if only for the practice of managing categories and scraping out max points, but it just doesn't feel right. I don't mind when others do it. Last season I was on the other side of the equation, with teams chasing me down, some via trade. So long as the deal was good for both teams, I wasn't bothered, even if one of the parties was out of the running. I don't know, maybe I'll think on it a little more. That said, I won't make a deal with one of the top teams. Moving up a couple spots isn't worth influencing the race, at least that's my feeling in redraft leagues. I could be wrong, wouldn't be the first time.

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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.

garrett cooper

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
GCooper, NYY Rob Leibowitz 145 Lawr Michaels 47 Nando DiFino 31 Mike Podhorzer 13
TSaladino, CWS Larry Schechter 135 Mike Podhorzer 13    
MDuffy, TB Rob Leibowitz 38      
DCoulombe, Oak Jason Collette 12      
CRuiz, Sea Nando DiFino 12      
CSmith, NYY Lawr Michaels 11      
NVincent, Sea Chris Liss 5 Patrick Davitt 0    
TZych, Sea Jeff Erickson 1      
MMinor, KC Patrick Davitt 0 Jason Collette 6 Chris Liss 5 Jeff Erickson 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
TLin, Bos Nando DiFino 14 0                                                  
DBarnes, Tor Chris Liss 5 Patrick Davitt 0    

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Rob Leibowitz, encouraged by his team's surge in the standings, put $183 of his FAAB in continuing the push grabbing new Yankees first sacker Garrett Cooper ($145) then working to shore up the opposite side of the diamond with the acquisition of Matt Duffy for $38.

And, in a parallel move Larry Schechter put $135 and some faith in Tyler Saladino, while a cluster of owners made lesser moves.

Surging league leader Jason Collette grabbed the Athletics Daniel Coulombe ($12), while Nando diFino spent a like sum on Seattle back-up backstop Carlos Ruiz. I spent $11 on Caleb Smith hoping to get some decent innings. Chris Liss went $5 on Nick Vincent. Closing out, Jeff Erickson spent a buck on Tony Zych giving the Mariners a troika of desirables this time around.

Todd's Take

Whither Matt Duffy? The on-again, off again potential to return and help this season is back on again. Duffy had a procedure in late June to remove calcium deposits from this balky heel. This reportedly has helped, enabling Duffy to resume baseball activities soon, with the intent on returning in August. The question is where will be play? Evan Longoria isn't moving off the hot corner. Recently acquired Adeiny Hechavarria wasn't brought in to sit. logan Morrison is entrenched at first, leaving Brad Miller to second base. Chances are, Morrison would sit versus lefties with Miller moving to first, opening up some playing time, then Duffy would spell the others on occasion.

jose quintana

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
JQuintana, ChC Mike Gianella 866 Tristan H. Cockcroft 862 Todd Zola 517 Lenny Melnick 385
    Craig Mish 201 Grey Albright 121 Scott Wilderman 169
MSierra, StL Brian Walton 53 Lenny Melnick 1    
JBlash, SD Scott Wilderman 23 Brian Walton 53 Todd Zola 13 Steve Gardner 12
    Tristan H. Cockcroft 0    
CBettis, Col Lenny Melnick 15      
CHeisey, Was Todd Zola 13      
SRodriguez, Atl Steve Gardner 5      
JWinker, Cin Lenny Melnick 1      
JHughes, Mil Grey Albright 0 Scott Wilderman 0    
GKontos, SF Scott Wilderman 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
MMorse, SF Todd Zola 3                                                                           
TMoore, Mia Lenny Melnick 1      
JBarrett, Ari Grey Albright 0      
JFields, LAD Grey Albright 0      
PMaton, SD Grey Albright 0      

Brian Walton's Commentary

The big prize this week is of course, the first major interleague trade of the summer, with lefty Jose Quintana moving from the White Sox to the Cubs. If you have the FAAB hammer, do you swing now, or hope for an even better prize in a week or two?

While there were a number of triple-digit bits, the real battle was between Mike Gianella and Tristan H. Cockcroft. The former bid $866, just enough to edge the latter’s best-possible offer. With Cockcroft second in the league standings, Gianella did all of his mates a favor by the keep-away. Of course, having Quintana on his staff is not a bad result for Mike, either.

Needing an outfielder with Randal Grichuk out, I went $53 to try to get either Magneuris Sierra of the Cardinals, a punch-and-judy hitter with a bit of speed, or Jabari Blash, a power threat who hasn’t yet shown enough power.

I got Sierra, who may remain even after Grichuk is back, but I was amazed no one else offered more than $1 for a player who has hit in all nine games in the majors and went 4-for-4 with a steal on Sunday. San Diego’s Blash, who homered and plated three over the weekend, went to Scott Wilderman for a more reasonable $23.

Todd's Take

I plead guilty for not bidding on Sierra, though if I did, it would not have bested Brian's bid. I was looking for more overall category juice to replace Andres Blanco at utility. None of the available hitters have long-term potential as they're all replacing a currently injured starter. Blash is filling in for Hunter Renfroe while Sierra is helping plug the holes with Stephen Piscotty and Randal Grichuk on the shelf. Heisey, my new utility, along with Ryan Raburn, are filling in for Michael A. Taylor.

alex claudio

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
AClaudio, Tex Scott Engel 24 Zach Steinhorn 23 Al Melchior 6 Gene McCaffrey 4
DRobinson, Tex Al Melchior 22      
TRivera, NYM Scott Pianowski 21 Scott Engel 0 Fred Zinkie 0  
JTomlin, Cle Bret Sayre 12 Fred Zinkie 8    
ERosario, Min Derek Van Riper 11      
TBlach, SF Fred Zinkie 8 Gene McCaffrey 4    
CAdams, NYY Tim Heaney 4      
NWilliams, Phi Fred Zinkie 4      
BHand, SD Gene McCaffrey 4      
MGrace, Was Scott Engel 2 Scott Engel 3    
BStewart, LAD Al Melchior 2      
EAybar, SD Fred Zinkie 0      
YGomes, Cle Al Melchior 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
BCecil, StL Scott Engel 14                                                                           
BGoodwin, Was Derek Van Riper 11      
JCamargo, Atl Fred Zinkie 0      
JIglesias, Det Fred Zinkie 0      

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

As expected, the second FAAB run in four days was a rather uneventful one. Don't tell that to Scott Engel, who is hoping that he just found a bargain source of saves. With the Rangers ninth inning situation in flux, Alex Claudio has recorded the last two saves for Texas. Who knows if Claudio is indeed the team's new stopper, but he has rather quietly posted a 2.59 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP in 43 appearances this season. However, his pedestrian strikeout rate (33 K in 48 2/3 IP) is a concern when it comes to his long-term outlook in the stopper role. Despite punting saves for the past two months, I figured I'd enter in a modest bid for Claudio, as I could still gain one point in the category. As it turned out, my modest bid of $23 was one dollar too modest.

I'm a little surprised that there was only one bid for Nick Williams, who made a strong impression on Sunday by going 2-for-4 with a grand slam. The free-swinging 23-year-old might struggle to hit for average in his first taste of the big leagues. The top prospect offers some pop and is worth watching if he can perform well enough to stick around in the Majors.

Todd's Take

Here's another great example of how we all view players in a different manner. If I offered Drew Robinson, Eddie Rosario and Nick Williams to Al Melchior, Derek Van Riper and Fred Zinkie, they'd all pick a different fly chaser. Keep this in mind when fashioning trade offers -- choices may result in the trade partner selecting someone you consider to be a lesser player.

ryan madson 

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
RMadson, Oak Anthony Perri 210 Scott White 210 Perry Van Hook 69 Ray Murphy 26
TRosenthal, StL Tim McLeod 74 Scott White 74    
BSuter, Mil Perry Van Hook 69 Scott White 41    
SPearce, Tor Charlie Wiegert 41 Scott White 41    
AClaudio, Tex Ray Murphy 26 Scott White 13 Perry Van Hook 1  
RTorreyes, NYY Anthony Perri 23 Scott White 23    
ACashner, Tex Charlie Wiegert 23 Scott White 23 Jeff Boggis 12 Perry Van Hook 1
JBlash, SD Charlie Wiegert 17 Scott White 18    
CSpangenberg, SD Rudy Gamble 12 Scott White 11    
JZimmermann, Det Jeff Boggis 12      
JTomlin, Cle Jeff Boggis 12      
LPerdomo, SD Jeff Boggis 12      
CTillman, Bal Jeff Boggis 2      
ECarrera, Tor Tim McLeod 2 Scott White 2    
CGreen, NYY Perry Van Hook 1 Scott White 1    
BHolt, Bos Perry Van Hook 1 Scott White 1    
BHand, SD Corey Parson 1 Scott White 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
GParra, Col Scott White 16                                                    
TRogers, Min Scott White 6      
AAlmora, ChC Scott White 5      
BBoxberger, TB Scott White 3 Perry Van Hook 0    
MSierra, StL Scott White 2 Adam Ronis 2    
KVargas, Min Scott White 1 Adam Ronis 1    
AWarren, NYY Perry Van Hook 1 Scott White 0    
JHellickson, Phi Scott White 1      
JOsuna, Pit Scott White 1      
TWood, KC Scott White 1      
LGarcia, Phi Perry Van Hook 0      
DDescalso, Ari Scott White 0      
GoHernandez, SF Scott White 0      
NFranklin, LAA Scott White 0      

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

New closers are obviously in high demand, but in leagues like this, anyone with a hint of some upcoming save chances will draw bids. The top purchase was for new Nationals reliever Ryan Madson with Anthony Perri adding the former Oakland closer for $210.

Cardinals reliever Trevor Rosenthal was won by Tim McLeod for $74 while Rangers southpaw reliever Alex Claudio went to Ray Murphy's team for $23.

With Johnny Cueto and Hyun-jin Ryu on the DL I went shopping for two pitchers bidding $69 for Madson and for who I perceived the best two start pitcher in the upcoming week, Brent Suter of the Brewers. At least I got Suter. Below the larger bids were my $1 and $ lists which netted me Yankee pitcher Chad Green, who I am hoping may get some spot starts in addition to his good middle relief outings.

Todd's Take

In the LABR report, I suggested Sean Doolittle would be the Nationals choice to close. Since that posting, it's been reported Washington was primarily after Ryan Madson when Billy Beane suggested they expand the deal. With that revelation, I'd like to call for a review with the call being overturned.

cole hamels

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
CHamels, Tex Vlad Sedler 118      
RGrossman, Min Peter Kreutzer 42                                                                           

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
BSnell, TB Vlad Sedler 16                                                                           
TRosenthal, StL Vlad Sedler 16      
RTapia, Col Peter Kreutzer 8      


Todd's Take

Very slow week in the head to head league with Hamels the big prize. By rule, he must be active for his start in Camden Yards this week. The Orioles are dangerous, but this outing isn't nearly as daunting as previous seasons. Hamels has had an odd year. His surface stats are impressive, 4-0 with a 3.05 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. However, he's fanned only 33 in 59 frames. Hamels is being boosted by a .218 BABIP, likely to correct where the deflated strikeout rate should result in an ERA correction.

 

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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.

miguel montero jays

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
MMontero, Tor Steve Moyer 217 Patrick Davitt 89 Nando DiFino 21 Mike Podhorzer 12
ZGranite, Min Steve Moyer 61 Mike Podhorzer 17 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 16 Seth Trachtman 11
EGonzalez, Cle Jason Collette 43 Seth Trachtman 2    
DMachado, Det Rob Leibowitz 35      
JChoi, NYY Jason Collette 24 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 16 Mike Podhorzer 8 Seth Trachtman 2
CAdams, NYY Jason Collette 23 Seth Trachtman 1    
JLeclerc, Tex Larry Schechter 12      
RNunez, Oak Jason Collette 4      
RLopez, CWS Seth Trachtman 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
TLin, Bos Jason Collette 12                                                                           
PKozma, Tex Rob Leibowitz 10      
TFeatherston, TB Rob Leibowitz 3      
ARosales, Oak Jason Collette 2      
JGiavotella, Bal Jason Collette 2      
MMinor, KC Jason Collette 2      
MAndriese, TB Seth Trachtman 0      

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

It was a quiet start yet curiously aggressive start to the second half with FAAB bids in AL Tout, though Steve Moyer opened his wallet to the tune of $217 for at least former malcontent backstop Miguel Montero. Moyer also spent $61 on Zack Granite with hopes of shoring his outfield.

First placer Jason Collette made three moves, acquiring Yankees prospect Chance Adams ($23), Ji-Man Choi ($24), and shortstop Erik Gonzalez ($43) while the final two moves were Rob Leibowitz grabbing Dixon Machado ($35) while Seth Trachtman had the only $1 buy Reynaldo Lopez.

The coming trade deadline should indeed force the big time emptying of the FAAB wallets. It will be fun to watch.

Todd's Take

Regular readers of this report likely know of Tout's rule with respect to requiring new free agent purchases to be active for the ensuing week. With this scoring period only being three days in length, many owners take advantage by acquiring prospects in the minors with a decent chance to be called up. The thought being taking a zero for a weekend is better than a full seven days.

Speaking of taking a chance, that's just what Jason Collette did, literally and figuratively. Luis Cessa and Chad Green have made some starts for the Yankees but the next time someone is needed, Chance Adams could get the call. The 22-year old righty is crushing it at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, sporting a 2.50 ERA and 0.96 WHIP, with 64 whiffs in 57 2/3 innings.

Zack Granite sounds more like a movie star in the Flintstones than a guy to look to for stolen bases. At Triple-A Rochester, Granite was slashing .360/.412/.492 with 15 bags in 59 games. The Twins outfield is pretty well set, especially since Granite hits lefty, the same as Eddie Rosario and Max Kepler so a platoon isn't happening, nor is taking time from Byron Buxton. Still, in AL only, steals are tough to come by so if that's what you need, Granite's a possible source of speed.

alex verdugo

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
AVerdugo, LAD Steve Gardner 5      
BStewart, LAD Phil Hertz 3 Phil Hertz 0 Derek Carty 0                         
RMcMahon, Col Phil Hertz 2      
RHanigan, Col Grey Albright 2 Phil Hertz 1    
BRodgers, Col Andy Behrens 1      
HBader, StL Tristan H. Cockcroft 1      
JFlaherty, StL Grey Albright 1      
WCalhoun, LAD Grey Albright 1      
RRivera, NYM Phil Hertz 1 Grey Albright 1    
ERomero, Was Mike Gianella 0      
BSuter, Mil Derek Carty 0 Phil Hertz 12 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0  
PSewald, NYM Derek Carty 0      
BDuensing, ChC Scott Wilderman 0 Derek Carty 0    
AAmarista, Col Scott Wilderman 0      
ZDuke, StL Grey Albright 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
SRodriguez, Atl Steve Gardner 4                                                    
JWinker, Cin Phil Hertz 2      
VCaratini, ChC Phil Hertz 1 Grey Albright 1    
AEllis, Mia Grey Albright 1      
EFryer, StL Grey Albright 1      
JMathis, Ari Grey Albright 1      
RAcuna, Atl Grey Albright 1      
JAGarica, StL Tristan H. Cockcroft 1      
JFields, LAD Scott Wilderman 0 Grey Albright 0    
JHughes, Mil Scott Wilderman 0 Grey Albright 0    
ODrake, Mil Derek Carty 0      
MBlazek, Mil Grey Albright 0      
SFreeman, Atl Grey Albright 0      
HeSanchez, SD Phil Hertz 0      
JLobaton, Was Phil Hertz 0      
LTorrens, SD Phil Hertz 0      
BTreinen, Was Scott Wilderman 0      

Brian Walton's Commentary

This week, I sat out of the fray, having just one open roster spot, which I used to finally activate Homer Bailey off the disabled list. After the Reds starter was pounded in his first two starts to the tune of 14 earned runs in 4 2/3 innings, I waited. In a two-start week just passed, the 31-year old allowed just two runs in 12 2/3 innings. Now that he is in my lineup, he will surely get lit up next time out, but I either had to bring him off the DL or release him.

While the top dollar player was just $5 this week, one of the lowest ceilings in memory, there were plenty of free agents added. In fact, it was as if the league members picked up the latest national top prospect list and gobbled up the names in a pre-emptive strike.

Among the minor leaguers added the period (obvious by their $1 minimum bids) include Rockies shortstop Brendan Rodgers (#12), pitcher Jack Flaherty (#57) and outfielder Harrison Bader (unranked) of St. Louis, second baseman Willie Calhoun of the Dodgers (#74) and Rockies’ corner infielder Ryan McMahon (#91, $2).

(Note the above are the national prospect rankings from Baseball America’s mid-season reshuffle.)

As I had been sitting on both Nick Williams and Amed Rosario all season, I know where these owners are coming from. Buy them now for $1 or pay 100 times that when they are called up.

Todd's Take

For what it's worth, Jose Quintana wasn't eligible this FAAB run. By rule, a trade needs to be announced the day previous to the FAAB run. This way, everyone knows the available player pool the entire day and can bid accordingly. It's not fair for some to have an advantage, being by a computer when a deal is announced while someone else can't adjust their bids previous to deadline.

As Brian alluded to, the NL Touts took full advantage of the abbreviated three-day waiting period for free agent acquisitions. Anything can happen, especially this season, but I only see Bader with a chance to help this season. The 23-year old fly-chaser is slashing a respectable .293/.353/.514 at Triple-A Nashville with 17 homers and six pilfers, though he's also been nabbed six times.

Like Brian, I sat out this week's festivities and also have a pitcher coming off the DL. However, unlike how my colleague did with Bailey, I'll be activating Madison Bumgarner for Saturday's return.

paul dejong

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
PDeJong, StL Derek Van Riper 44 Fred Zinkie 23 Scott Engel 7  
RHoskins, Phi Scott Swanay 35 Al Melchior 22 Fred Zinkie 3  
JChacin, SD Zach Steinhorn 18 Al Melchior 18 Derek Van Riper 10 Scott Engel 8
FLiriano, Tor Gene McCaffrey 13 Tim Heaney 4    
MGarza, Mil Derek Van Riper 10      
BSuter, Mil Al Melchior 8 Scott Engel 3    
ZWheeler, NYM Scott Engel 4 Gene McCaffrey 7    
COGrady, Mia Scott Engel 0      
AEngel, CWS Scott Engel 0      
LVoit, StL Tim Heaney 0      
MLorenzen, Cin Tim Heaney 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
MMelancon, SF Zach Steinhorn 12                                                                           
AWarren, NYY Scott Swanay 0      
JMcGee, Col Scott Swanay 0      
KYates, SD Scott Swanay 0      
YPetit, LAA Scott Swanay 0      
BBoxberger, TB Tim Heaney 0      
SKazmir, LAD Tim Heaney 0      
THildenberger, Min Tim Heaney 0      

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Boasting a .313 batting average with nine home runs and 20 RBI through his first 36 big league games, Paul DeJong is making quite a first impression. The 23-year-old's minor league numbers (.283 AVG, 44 home runs in 246 games) suggest that his impressive showing with the Cards is no fluke. As long as he keeps hitting, DeJong should hold off the recently demoted Aledmys Diaz and remain the Cardinals' starting shortstop for the foreseeable future. He could prove to be a nice bargain for $44.

Since Tout Wars rules require all FAAB purchases to remain in active lineups for at least one scoring period, the FAAB run immediately following the All-Star break is a popular time for prospect stashing as we head into the shortened three-day lineup period. Rhys Hoskins (.292-20-67 in 89 games at Triple-A this season) does seem like a worthwhile addition with a realistic path to regular playing time. Rumor has it that the Phillies are indeed looking to trade Tommy Joseph.

The owner of a 2.44 ERA across seven starts since the beginning of June, Jhoulys Chacin will get to face a sub-par Giants lineup this weekend. This outing will take place at Petco Park, where Chacin boasts a 1.68 ERA in nine starts this season. The stats say that my $18 purchase was a wise one. Let's just hope that the results will say the same.

Todd's Take

Zach covered the prospect angle so I'll suggest a name to monitor, especially in deep keeper formats. Brandon Kintzler has been a major surprise for the Twins but Trevor Hildenberger appears to be the proverbial closer of the future in Minnesota. Hildenberger has been groomed for the job, closing at all levels as he's moved through the system. The 26-year old righty barely touched 90 (if that) on the gun, but he's missed bats with an extreme ground ball tilt everywhere he's pitched. I like Zack Burdi and Joe Jimenez more as speculative closers, but if you have an open spot in a real deep format, Hildenberger is worth a look.

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MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
OAlbies, Atl Rudy Gamble 137      
NSyndergaard, NYM Rudy Gamble 77                             
JAguilar, Mil Tim McCullough 51      
ABradley, Ari Tim McCullough 51 Tim McLeod 42 Corey Parson 1  
NWilliams, Phi Tim McLeod 37 Greg Ambrosius 0    
BCrawford, SF Jeff Boggis 22 Corey Parson 1    
PBlackburn, Oak Tim McLeod 19 Perry Van Hook 11    
RDickey, Atl Charlie Wiegert 17 Tom Kessenich 1    
TChatwood, Col Jeff Boggis 12      
BHoneywell, TB Perry Van Hook 11      
LVoit, StL Charlie Wiegert 7      
KBarraclough, Mia D.J. Short 5      
MMaldonado, LAA Rudy Gamble 4 Scott White 0    
ASwarzak, CWS Tim McLeod 4 Corey Parson 1    
ASanchez, Det Corey Parson 3      
RLopez, CWS Corey Parson 3      
JBonifacio, KC Tom Kessenich 1 Tim McLeod 22 Perry Van Hook 0  
FGalvis, Phi Tom Kessenich 1      
MGarza, Mil Tom Kessenich 1      
TRivera, NYM Corey Parson 1      
MJoyce, Oak Greg Ambrosius 0 Perry Van Hook 0    
KSuzuki, Atl Scott White 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
RDevers, Bos Rudy Gamble 83                                                    
BSuter, Mil Rudy Gamble 26      
ACashner, Tex Charlie Wiegert 12      
AEaton, Was Charlie Wiegert 7      
PValaika, Col Charlie Wiegert 3      
BBoxberger, TB Tim McLeod 2      
SPearce, Tor Tom Kessenich 1 Corey Parson 1    
EFedde, Was Corey Parson 1      
JLeclerc, Tex Corey Parson 1      
MKopech, CWS Corey Parson 1      
RMcMahon, Col Rudy Gamble 1      
JChoi, NYY Greg Ambrosius 0      
DNava, Phi Perry Van Hook 0      
JJay, ChC Perry Van Hook 0      
ZGranite, Min Perry Van Hook 0      
TBarnhart, Cin Scott White 0      

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Due to the break, free agent bids were delayed from Sunday and run Thursday night. In addition there were two unusual situations in play. The first happens every year because after the All Star game there are only three games in the week - the ideal time to have a non-active player in your active lineup.

The second is that prior to the Friday of All-Star week, players on the DL may have their salary reclaimed by dropping said player and asking for the adjustment which is ten times his auction cost or in the case of draft leagues the corresponding salary of the highest bid applied to the overall number of the pick. Noah Syndergaard had the equivalent of a $30 auction bid so Tim McLeod received a $300 reclaim. Players dropped on this manner are available and Syndergaard went for the second highest bid of the week - $77 to Rudy Gamble, the current league leader. This was a good move especially having him only active for this weekend.

Gamble also had the high bid of the week, $137 to roster Ozzie Albies, Atlanta's top prospect. Again Gamble has to have him active this weekend, and can then wait for him to be called up to put him back into his lineup for real at bats.

I tried a similar ploy and was successful for my $11 bid to roster Brent Honeywell who you likely saw in the Futures game last Sunday. I followed that bid with several $0 bids for an extra outfielder but was glad not to see which one I would have rostered.

I bid unsuccessfully for new Oakland starter Paul Blackburn, my $11 losing to a $19 bid from McLeod. Until Thursday evening I also had a few bids for a first baseman but deleted them with news that Crash Davis would rejoin the Orioles on Friday.

Todd's Take

It blows my mind only one owner bid on Thor. I'm the SWAT (Secretary of Waivers and Transactions) for this league so as part of my duties, informed the league on July 3 Syndergaard was released for FAAB, thus available. In theory, everyone should have known he was up for grabs. Further, not only is the waiting period only three games, but everyone no doubt is starting hurlers not scheduled to work this weekend, meaning you wouldn't be losing any innings.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
WRamos, TB Michael Beller 101 Peter Kreutzer 81 Andrea LaMont 78 Jake Ciely 41
CGranderson, NYM Andrea LaMont 48 Michael Beller 15    
IKennedy, KC Kyle Elfrink 39 Michael Beller 1    
PDeJong, StL Jake Ciely 37 Peter Kreutzer 23 Andrea LaMont 8  
RDavis, Oak Andrea LaMont 32      
MClevinger, Cle Andrea LaMont 23      
BSuter, Mil Jake Ciely 13 Vlad Sedler 9    
JAguilar, Mil Peter Kreutzer 11      
TBarnhart, Cin Jake Ciely 6      
RChirinos, Tex Andrea LaMont 3      
RMadson, Oak Michael Beller 1      
GParra, Col Peter Kreutzer 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
ACobb, TB Kyle Elfrink 31                                                                           
JPanik, SF Jake Ciely 1      
RBuchter, SD Jake Ciely 1      
TTulowitzki, Tor Jake Ciely 2      

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

What seemed most impressive this week was how few valuable players were available in our 12 team mixed pool.

Looking back at my bids, I was beat on Paul DeJong (who by name sounds like a David Lynch therapist with a Doris Day fixation, rather than a potentially helpful Cardinals shortstop) by Jake Ciely, who bid just a pennyworth more, figuratively.

I was beat on Wilson Ramos by Michael Beller for a similarly piddling amount.

When I said a few weeks ago that we knew what we were doing, I meant no one is going outside the box on their bids. Still, someone has to win their tries. Tonight, I didn't.

Some question FAAB, but in some herky jerky way this evens out. I have more FAAB today because I lost today. Maybe that will bring compensatory rewards later. That's the idea.

Figuring out whether or not it does is the basis of all our strategies. And very hard to make absolute judgements about. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't.

Or, as I too frequently say to my wife: It really depends on what happens. She doesn't like that. But it is what matters in any iteration of judgement.

Judge me not because I don't have Paul DeJong, who is also my analyst. No joke.

Okay. Joke.

Todd's Take

How am I supposed to follow that? Shoot, I'm not even going to try. Instead, I'll pimp a contest Fantrax is sponsoring. If you don't know, they've relaunched monthly games, similar to what friend and colleague Ron Shandler did a few years ago. There's a new game beginning Monday with a Beat Todd Zola league (or leagues if there's ample demand, they'll keep filling them if there's interest). There's 5x5 and points versions, I'm playing the 5x5 game. It's a salary cap format with moves twice a week. Anyone finishing ahead of me will have $10 added to your Fantrax account. Sign up HERE to beat me.

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