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Tout Wars and LABR FAAB Report: Week of April 27 PDF Print E-mail
You Look FAABulous
Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 27 April 2015 08:38
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Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. We'll start with the Tout Wars report and add LABR on mid-afternoon.

There are four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

jimy_paredes

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JParedes, Bal 9 Jeff Erickson 37 Chris Liss 8
ESogard, Oak 3 Rob Leibowitz 3 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2 Jeff Erickson 2
ENunez, Min 2 Larry Schechter 12 Seth Trachtman 1
WandRodriguez, Tex 1 Andy Behrens 12
CBedrosian, LAA 1 Rob Leibowitz 3
RRaburn, Cle 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3 Jeff Erickson 4
SRobinson, Min 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3
CWhitley, NYY 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
CQuentin, Sea 1 Chris Liss 16
CBassitt, Oak 0 Lawr Michaels 0
JThole, Tor 0 Steve Moyer 0
BGomes, TB 0 Jason Collette 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

RNavarro, Bal Larry Schechter 5
GPetit, NYY Larry Schechter 4
SAtchison, Cle Jeff Erickson 3
JChamberlain, Det Rob Leibowitz 2
JElmore, TB Rob Leibowitz 2
DLough, Bal Jeff Erickson 1
HPerez, Det Rob Leibowitz 0
JSucre, Sea Steve Moyer 0
MMuncy, Oak Jeff Erickson 0
RGoins, Tor Rob Leibowitz 0
ASwarzak, Cle Lawr Michaels 0
BHayes, Cle Steve Moyer 0
BWilson, TB Steve Moyer 0
DButera, LAA Steve Moyer 0
EFrieri, TB Jason Collette 0
SLeon, Bos Steve Moyer 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

This week I am trolling for potential save opportunities with bids on Cam Bedrosian and Joba Chamberlain. Chamberlain is now next in line behind Joakim Soria, though he'll have to deal with Bruce Rondon eventually. Bedrosian has more obstacles to overcome than Chamberlain, but at least has closer-level stuff and was dominating Triple-A. This year probably won't be the year he becomes a closer, but stranger things have happened. And now I get to hope they happen to me since my $3 for Bedrosian went unchallenged.

My $3 bid for Eric Sogard was challenged but was still enough to beat Jeff Erickson and Glenn Colton/Rick Wolf who both bid $2. Sogard was been the on-again-off-again starter at second and he's on again, at least while Ben Zobrist is out and since surgery may required, it could be a little while.

Todd's Take

It doesn't surprise me that Rotowire's duo of Erickson and Liss were aggressive for Jimmy Paredes as Paredes has been the talk of the DFS community for a couple weeks and Jeff and Chris both play DFS. That actually brings up a good point. One of the ways to be successful in DFS is to be up on the news and be aware of the recently promoted players since their salary is usually dirt cheap. By reading some DFS analysis sites, you can get a sense for how some feel about these players which could help in deciding how aggressive to be in your FAAB bidding.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

elian-herrera

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

EHerrera, Mil 7 Tristan H. Cockcroft 8 Todd Zola 6 Peter Kreutzer 2
Steve Gardner 0
JAxford, Col 7 Peter Kreutzer 10 Brian Walton 6 Lenny Melnick  6
Mike Gianella 2 Phil Hertz 1
EButler, Col 5 Lenny Melnick  6 Mike Gianella 4
EStults, Atl 4 Lenny Melnick  10 Scott Wilderman 3
JBour, Mia 1 Todd Zola 4 Peter Kreutzer 0
SSantos, LAD 1 Peter Kreutzer 3
CRobinson, Was 1 Todd Zola 4
CBarmes, SD 1 Todd Zola 6 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
ARecker, NYM 1 Gene McCaffrey 1 Mike Gianella 1
CStewart, Pit 1 Phil Hertz 1 Gene McCaffrey 1
ZLee, LAD 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1
BBoesch, Cin 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Steve Gardner 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
TCruz, StL 0 Mike Gianella 0 Gene McCaffrey 0
MBelisle, StL 0 Brian Walton 0
CTorres, NYM 0 Phil Hertz 0
RVogelsong, SF 0 Derek Carty 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

MLorenzen, Cin Tristan H. Cockcroft 1
MWisler, Atl Tristan H. Cockcroft 1
JWieland, LAD Peter Kreutzer 1
TCooney, StL Peter Kreutzer 1
SManess, StL Brian Walton 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
CRupp, Phi Mike Gianella 0 Gene McCaffrey 0
TBarnhart, Cin Mike Gianella 0
DMuno, NYM Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
JDiaz, Cin Phil Hertz 0
JNicasio, LAD Peter Kreutzer 0
ZRosscup, ChC Peter Kreutzer 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

As the first month of the season is coming to its close, only four players fetched more than $1 in National League Tout Wars this week.

John Axford has closed before and speculation exists that he could again in Colorado with the health of Adam Ottavino a potential question. Peter Kreutzer, aka Rotoman, was willing to spend $10, but only $7 was required. As usual, I came in second in the bidding, not a good place to be.

The legend Lenny Melnick apparently felt the need for starting pitching additions, so he grabbed two this week. Colorado's Eddie Butler ($5) is carrying an ERA near six and WHIP greater than 1.60. For those reasons, the 24-year-old has been on the waiver wire until now.

Melnick's other acquisition (for $4) was a player I threw back into the pool last week. Atlanta's number five starter, Eric Stults, is off to an uneven April, but his most recent start was a good one – one earned run in six innings on the road at Citi Field.

30-year-old Elian Herrera is receiving at-bats with Milwaukee due to Scooter Gennett's trip to the disabled list. While Herrera had a solid week last period, his good stats went to no one. His new owner, Tristan H. Cockcroft of ESPN, picked up a $1 discount from his $8 max offer. Long-term value to be received from Herrera may not be likely, however.

Todd's Take

You know you're playing in a deep league when you're excited to see Justin Bour and Clint Barmes on the available players list. By purchasing Maikel Franco and Jose Peraza in the auction, I left myself (purposely) with a couple of holes to fill with the intent on throwing FAAB at possible placeholders until my rookie pair is promoted to save my season. This is even more necessary since I built my offense around Carlos Gomez. It's not that Bour, Barmes and my other acquisition, Clint Robinson, are world-beaters, but in NL-only, you'll take any at bats you can get and the couple of games a week they're getting beat the pinch-hit appearances of those they replaced.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

tim-beckham

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JParedes, Bal 12 Scott Pianowski 22 Derek Van Riper 11 Fred Zinkie 5
Paul Singman 4 Scott Engel 4 Tim Heaney 4
TBeckham, TB 12 Scott Swanay 13 Nando DiFino 11 Ray Flowers 4
THudson, SF 7 Zach Steinhorn 8 Cory Schwartz 6 Ray Flowers 4
CYoung, NYY 7 Tim Heaney 7 Ray Flowers 6
TWatson, Pit 6 Cory Schwartz 6 Scott Pianowski 11 Derek Van Riper 5
Ray Flowers 4 Tim Heaney 2
JMaxwell, SF 2 Scott Engel 4 Tim Heaney 3 Cory Schwartz 1
AEthier, LAD 2 Tim Heaney 7 Cory Schwartz 1 Ray Flowers 3
Scott Engel 1
MMaldonado, Mil 1 Joe Pisapia 1
DGee, NYM 1 Joe Pisapia 9 Cory Schwartz 3
SBaker, LAD 1 Joe Pisapia 11
DPhelps, Mia 1 Nando DiFino 8 Joe Pisapia 4 Cory Schwartz 4
DYoung, Bal 1 Nando DiFino 8
RDeLaRosa, Ari 1 Cory Schwartz 8 Ray Flowers 3 Tim Heaney 2
Scott Engel 1
ARamos, Mia 1 Cory Schwartz 4
JTazawa, Bos 1 Scott Pianowski 20 Cory Schwartz 0
AHechavarria, Mia 1 Ray Flowers 6 Al Melchior 9 Scott Swanay 2
CQualls, Hou 1 Ray Flowers 4
BPena, Cin 1 Al Melchior 2 Patrick Davitt 0
POrlando, KC 1 Scott Engel 1
ISuzuki, Mia 1 Scott Engel 2
ZCozart, Cin 1 Al Melchior 12
CCorporan, Tex 0 Patrick Davitt 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

RElias, Sea Scott Swanay 10
JAxford, Col Joe Pisapia 5 Ray Flowers 2 Ray Flowers 2
Cory Schwartz 0
CMcGehee, SF Ray Flowers 3
FGalvis, Phi Ray Flowers 3
DGregorius, NYY Scott Swanay 3
BCrawford, SF Scott Swanay 2
RoHernandez, Hou Ray Flowers 2
JMercer, Pit Scott Swanay 2
ESogard, Oak Scott Swanay 2
RRivera, TB Al Melchior 1
BZiegler, Ari Cory Schwartz 1
TBarnhart, Cin Al Melchior 0
ABarrett, Was Cory Schwartz 0
ACaminero, Pit Cory Schwartz 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

There's nothing special about Tim Hudson these days, but he still has that pinpoint control (his first outing of the season notwithstanding), and he managed to escape Coors Field with a quality start his last time out. In a 15-team mixed league, I just don't think he belongs on the waiver wire. At the very least, he's a solid option when the matchups are right.

I wasn't alone in that thinking as my $8 bid was just enough to beat Cory Schwartz and Ray Flowers. The other big bids went to Jimmy Paredes, who is getting most of the DH at-bats for Baltimore and is on a hot streak, and Tim Beckham, who is still just a back-up but if he keeps hitting, could force his way into the lineup on a more regular basis.

Todd's Take

Corroborating the notion that DFS participation had something to do with the Paredes bidding in the AL league is both Scott Pianowski and Derek Van Riper are DFS players. Speaking of which, here's a shout out to Scott, who took down the first Tout Daily contest sponsored by FanDuel and is in position to punch one of first three tickets to the Tout Daily Championship with a strong showing in Week 4.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

arussell

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ARussell, ChC 20 Tom Kessenich 20 Grey Albright 19 Anthony Perri 11
Adam Ronis 9 Charlie Wiegert 1
JAxford, Col 7 Tim McLeod 9 Paul Greco 6
JParedes, Bal 7 Paul Sporer 8 Charlie Wiegert 6 Adam Ronis 3
JMaxwell, SF 5 Charlie Wiegert 5 Perry Van Hook 4 Adam Ronis 4
JChavez, Oak 3 Charlie Wiegert 9 Anthony Perri 2 Adam Ronis 2
CHatcher, LAD 3 Eno Sarris 7 Anthony Perri 2
ZCozart, Cin 3 Grey Albright 7 Rudy Gamble 2 Adam Ronis 1
MMaldonado, Mil 2 Greg Ambrosius 10 Anthony Perri 1 Charlie Wiegert 0
RDeLaRosa, Ari 2 Grey Albright 7 Adam Ronis 1 Eno Sarris 3
MMcKenry, Col 1 Rick Wilton 6 Perry Van Hook 0
WCastillo, ChC 1 Rick Wilton 2
AHarang, Phi 1 Anthony Perri 1 Adam Ronis 1
AHechavarria, Mia 1 Anthony Perri 2 Tom Kessenich 4 Paul Sporer 3
Charlie Wiegert 1
SFuld, Oak 1 Charlie Wiegert 2 Anthony Perri 2 Perry Van Hook 0
RRivera, TB 1 Ray Murphy 6 Greg Ambrosius 1
LChisenhall, Cle 1 Ray Murphy 6
APierzynski, Atl 1 Greg Ambrosius 8 Grey Albright 4 Charlie Wiegert 0
Perry Van Hook 0
CJoseph, Bal 1 Brent Hershey 3 Greg Ambrosius 2 Charlie Wiegert 0
Perry Van Hook 0
CYoung, NYY 1 Perry Van Hook 4 Charlie Wiegert 0
SDrew, NYY 1 Rudy Gamble 2 Paul Sporer 2
RElias, Sea 1 Adam Ronis 4

UNAWARDED BIDS

ROsuna, Tor Tim McLeod 4
ASusac, SF Brent Hershey 2
ARamos, Mia Eno Sarris 2
JTazawa, Bos Eno Sarris 1
PBaez, LAD Eno Sarris 1
ECampbell, NYM Charlie Wiegert 1
DGregorius, NYY Rudy Gamble 1 Perry Van Hook 0
BGuyer, TB Paul Sporer 1
YEscobar, Was Grey Albright 5 Rudy Gamble 1
FGalvis, Phi Grey Albright 3 Rudy Gamble 1
BHolt, Bos Paul Sporer 3 Charlie Wiegert 0
ISuzuki, Mia Charlie Wiegert 0 Perry Van Hook 0
JSmolinksi, Tex Charlie Wiegert 0
NMartinez, Tex Charlie Wiegert 0
TCingrani, Cin Anthony Perri 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Addison Russell rated to be the high ticket item this week and was as Tom Kessenich/NFBC/Stats bid $28 and landed the new Cubs' MI for a Vickrey reduced $20 to nip Grey Albright/Razzball.

The minor bidding wars of note were John Axford, P, COL who went for $7 to Tim McLeod and Baltimore CI Jimmy Paredes who also went for $7 to Paul Sporer.

I wanted to get an extra outfielder and catcher and was successful in getting Yankees fly chaser Chris Young for $1 on my $4 bid but was shutout on $0 bids for a new catcher, so Kevin Plawecki and Chris Iannetta will have to soldier on as my backstops.

Todd's Take

Yes, Paul Sporer, Charlie Wiegert and Adam Ronis all play DFS and were the only three bidders on Paredes - I think we're onto something here. Adam, in fact, joins Scott in the Tout Daily winner's circle as he took down last Friday's contest to vault into the lead in the first of five four-week scoring periods. The top-three from each scoring period will earn their way into the Tout Championship. I'm. um, eagerly awaiting the second four-week period to begin.

Wow, five catchers were purchased this week. It's been a rough start to the position. Here's where I'm on a slippery-slope between providing the best analysis and speaking out of school and possibly influencing the league so I'll be gentle. Tout Wars allows the bidding on minor leaguers with the caveat the bid needs to be non-zero and the player needs to be active the week you acquire him. If I was in this league and had a low-scoring catcher AND an available reserve spot (probably the reason someone isn't doing this) I'd look for a catcher with a chance to be promoted, a la Plawecki was and cross my fingers.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 April 2015 09:32
 
Tout Wars and LABR FAAB Report: Week of April 20 PDF Print E-mail
You Look FAABulous
Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 20 April 2015 01:13

Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars and LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids.

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

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

Here's the LABR report, the Tout Wars is available below.

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE

paulo_Orlando

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Paulo Orlando, KC $8 Winning Fantasy Baseball 8 RotoWire 6 ESPN.com 1
Colton & The Wolfman 3
Tim Beckham, TB $6 ESPN.com 6 Baseball HQ 5 FantasyScore 4
Kyle Lobstein, DET $3 Mastersball 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Liam Hendriks, TOR $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Ryan Madson, KC $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Jimmy Paredes, BAL $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Pat Neshek, HOU $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Christian Colon, KC $1 Baseball HQ 1
Carson Smith, SEA $1 Fangraphs 1 FantasyScore 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Gregorio Petit, NYY Baseball HQ 1
Eric Sogard, OAK Baseball HQ 1
Steve Tolleson, TOR Baseball HQ 1
Ryan Goins, TOR Baseball HQ 1
Jerry Sands, CLE ESPN.com 1
Ryan Raburn, CLE ESPN.com 1
Vinnie Pestano, LAA Fangraphs 1
Steven Geltz, TB FantasyScore 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary..

There were just three winning bids of more thant $1 this week, the highest being Larry Schechter's $8 bid for KC fly chaser Paulo Orlando. There were several underbids for Orlando, $6 being the highest. ESPN's Tristan Cockcroft won Tampa second baseman Tim Beckham for $6 beating four and five dollar bids.

I had the third highest winning bid at $3 to secure Detroit's Kyle Lobstein who had more allure with further bad news on Justin Verlander. I beat three one dollar bidders on Lobstein.

Todd's Take

It took longer than he hoped, but Ryan Madson is back and ready to work in high-leverage situations. The injury to Greg Holland has moved everyone up a spot in the loaded Kansas City bullpen. Madson has at least a piece of the eighth inning which puts him in line to grab a save or two if Wade Davis needs a break.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

clint_Robinson

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Clint Robinson, WSH $7 RotoExperts 7
Eric Campbell, NYM $5 Colton & The Wolfman 5
Jonathan Herrera, CHC $5 Mastersball 5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3
Arquimedes Caminero, PIT $3 Colton & The Wolfman 3
Randall Delgado, ARI $2 Sandlot Shrink 2 Baseball HQ 1
Philip Gosselin, ATL $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
A.J. Ramos, MIA $1 ESPN - Karabell 1
Clint Barmes, SD $1 RotoWire - DVR 1 Mastersball 3
J.J. Hoover, CIN $1 Baseball HQ 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Kristopher Negron, CIN RotoExperts 2
Bryan Morris, MIA Baseball HQ 1
George Kontos, SF ESPN - Karabell 1
Jean Machi, SF ESPN - Karabell 1
Daniel Descalso, COL Mastersball 1
Ruben Tejada, NYM RotoWire - DVR 1
Hector Gomez, MIL RotoWire - DVR 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

I hate to write about "my team" in covering this week's NL LABR FAAB moves, but you see, I have Cubs infielder Tommy La Stella, who went on the DL early last week, and that meant I needed to fill his spot.

Now the good news is that I have LaStella at my Utility slot, so I could draft anyone, but the bad news is there wasn't really anyone worth paying top dollar for.

First things first, however, as the expensive player of the week was the Nats big (6'5", 250 lb.) first baseman Clint Robinson, who set RotoExpert Lenny Melnick back $7.

However, I big $5 on Jonathan Herrera—La Stella's likely replacement-- beating out $3 and $1 bids, filling my hole. However, I made contingency bids on Eric Campbell, who went to Fantasy Alarm's Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton, also for $5 (I bid $3), while I placed a third contingency on Clint Barmes. who went to Rotowire's Derek Van Riper for a buck.

Colton and the Wolfman also picked up Arquimedes Caminero (easily the most irresistibly named Major Leaguer right now) for $3, while Bob Radomski of Sandlot Shrink purchased the services of Randall Delgado for a couple of dollars.

The final move of the week was Doug Dennis (BaseballHQ, who grabbed J.J. Hoover for $1. No one who knows Mr. Dennis, and his love for middle men, should be surprised by this play.

Todd's Take

My mother always told me if I have nothing pithy to say then say nothing at all.

MIXED LEAGUE

roberto_perez

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Roberto Perez, CLE $18 Mastersball 18 Baseball HQ 1 RotoExperts 1
Alex Guerrero, LAD $9 FG - Sleeper & Bust 9 MLB.com 1
Nathan Karns, TB $8 RotoExperts 8 FG - Sleeper & Bust 7
Alfredo Simon, DET $7 RotoExperts 7 FG - Sleeper & Bust 5 FG - Sleeper & Bust 5
USA TODAY Sports 2 BSports 2 FantasyScore 1
Cameron Maybin, ATL $7 FantasyScore 7 ESPN.com 1
Hector Santiago, LAA $7 Mastersball 7 BSports 3
MLB.com 1
Carlos Peguero, TEX $6 RotoExperts 6
Odrisamer Despaigne, SD $4 FG - Sleeper & Bust 4 FantasyScore 1
Jose Iglesias, DET $4 ESPN.com 4 MLB.com 2 BSports 1
FantasyScore 1
Travis Wood, CHC $3 BSports 3
Sam Fuld, OAK $3 ESPN.com 3 FantasyScore 2
Gerardo Parra, MIL $3 FantasyScore 3 ESPN.com 3
J.T. Realmuto, MIA $2 RotoExperts 2 Mastersball 17 Baseball Prospectus 2
Baseball HQ 1 RotoExperts 1
Yimi Garcia, LAD $2 FG - Sleeper & Bust 2 BSports 1
Jordan Walden, STL $2 USA TODAY Sports 2
Yangervis Solarte, SD $1 FantasyScore 1 FG - Sleeper & Bust 3
Kyle Lobstein, DET $1 RotoExperts 1
A.J. Pierzynski, ATL $1 Baseball HQ 1 Mastersball 1
Brock Holt, BOS $1 RotoExperts 1
Jeff Locke, PIT $1 MLB.com 1 FG - Sleeper & Bust 3
Yonder Alonso, SD $1 BSports 1 FantasyScore 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Kyle Gibson, MIN Mastersball 6
James McCann, DET Mastersball 4 RotoExperts 1
Jake Smolinski, TEX ESPN.com 2
Arquimedes Caminero, PIT RotoExperts 2
Kurt Suzuki, MIN RotoExperts 2 Mastersball 1
Brayan Pena, CIN Baseball HQ 1
Paulo Orlando, KC ESPN.com 1
Andre Ethier, LAD FantasyScore 1
Hank Conger, HOU Mastersball 1
Sandy Leon, BOS Mastersball 1
Tim Lincecum, SF USA TODAY Sports 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Finally, I got me a John Jaso replacement! And, I already have buyer's regret as I'm wondering if Jacob Realmuto would have been the better option. My other major acquisition was Hector Santiago who I favored over Kyle Lobstein and here too I'm wondering if I should have flip-flopped priorities. They both have enticing two-start weeks.

Todd's Take

It's apparent I misread the market with respect to catchers. I knew Travis d'Arnaud's owner would be bidding hard and figured there'd be some interest from Jarrod Saltalamachia's owner and a couple other so wanted to get one of the top-two choices (though by season's end James McCann will be relevant). In mixed leagues I'm not concerned about over-bidding as there will be chances to get better bang-for-the buck elsewhere. So even though I misread what it would take to replace Jaso, I'm not regretting the aggressiveness of my bid.

 

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There are four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

keonekela

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

KKela, Tex 6 Andy Behrens 7 Jason Collette 5 Seth Trachtman 0
CColon, KC 6 Chris Liss 9 Jeff Erickson 5 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
GBeckham, CWS 1 Ron Shandler 2 Rob Leibowitz 0
CGonzalez, Tex 1 Chris Liss 1
DLeone, Sea 0 Rob Leibowitz 0
RLavarnway, Bal 0 Rob Leibowitz 0
MPelfrey, Min 0 Seth Trachtman 0
BBrach, Bal 0 Jason Collette 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

RBrett, TB Ron Shandler 1
RMadson, KC Rob Leibowitz 0 Seth Trachtman 0
ENavarro, LAA Rob Leibowitz 0
JChamberlain, Det Jason Collette 0
LHendriks, Tor Ron Shandler 0
MMorin, LAA Rob Leibowitz 0
OCalixte, KC Chris Liss 0
STolleson, Tor Rob Leibowitz 0
TScheppers, Tex Rob Leibowitz 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Todd's Take

Quiet week on the AL front.  Keone Kela is someone to monitor. The emerging youngsters in the Toronto bullpen, Miguel Castro and Roberto Osuna garnered most of the attention, but Kela is doing what they're doing as well. This flurry of activity was stimulated by a rough outing from Neftali Feliz. Feliz is safe for now, but his strikeout rate remains pedestrian while his control is sketchy. With all the injuries in Arlington, Kela is a possibility for saves.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

kplawecli

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

KPlawecki, NYM 32 Derek Carty 41 Steve Gardner 31 Tristan H. Cockcroft 21
Lenny Melnick  15 Mike Gianella 9 Phil Hertz 5
CMartin, Atl 2 Phil Hertz 3 Ray Guilfoyle 1 Mike Gianella 0
Peter Kreutzer 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Steve Gardner 0
KNegron, Cin 1 Steve Gardner 5 Peter Kreutzer 0
JRogers, Mil 1 Scott Wilderman 1 Steve Gardner 2
RJohnson, Was 1 Todd Zola 1 Peter Kreutzer 0
ARamos, Mia 1 Mike Gianella 1 Ray Guilfoyle 1 Peter Kreutzer 0
PBaez, LAD 1 Gene McCaffrey 4 Mike Gianella 0
MBolsinger, LAD 1 Phil Hertz 2
HSanchez, SF 1 Ray Guilfoyle 1
BMaurer, SD 1 Ray Guilfoyle 1
JHerrera, ChC 0 Derek Carty 0 Steve Gardner 2
SSchumaker, Cin 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Todd Zola 1
RTejada, NYM 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
RMartin, Was 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
KSiegrist, StL 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
JHughes, Pit 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Gene McCaffrey 4 Phil Hertz 0
JHowell, LAD 0 Mike Gianella 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

CRobinson, Was Steve Gardner 2
CStewart, Pit Ray Guilfoyle 1
SPiscotty, StL Todd Zola 1
CTorres, NYM Phil Hertz 0 Mike Gianella 0
CPennington, Ari Derek Carty 0 Steve Gardner 0
TThornburg, Mil Phil Hertz 0
MDunn, Mia Mike Gianella 0
LJimenez, Mil Steve Gardner 0
LAvilan, Atl Mike Gianella 0
JDiaz, Cin Phil Hertz 0 Mike Gianella 0
HGomez, Mil Derek Carty 0 Phil Hertz 0
GKontos, SF Peter Kreutzer 0
DMuno, NYM Peter Kreutzer 0
DAnna, StL Peter Kreutzer 0
CHernandez, Phi Peter Kreutzer 0
CBarmes, SD Derek Carty 0
BLogan, Col Mike Gianella 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

Catching has been among the most painful professions in the National League to date in this young season. In the first month, Miami’s Jeff Mathis went down as did Arizona’s Rule 5 addition, Oscar Hernandez.

On Sunday, Mets’ budding star Travis d’Arnaud was next as he suffered a fractured hand when hit by a pitch. His every day replacement – at least initially – is minor leaguer Kevin Plawecki. The 24-year-old has been anointed as the regular catcher for the duration of d’Arnaud’s recovery. In NL Tout, six bidders were chasing Plawecki, with the offer from the winner, Derek Carty, dropped from $41 to $32 by Vickrey Rule.

The only other player to draw more than $1 winning offer is reliever Cody Martin of the Braves. Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ made the addition of the right-hander for $2. The 25-year-old has 11 strikeouts to just one walk in 7 2/3 innings to date.

I remained on the bidding sidelines this week, with my major addition being the activation of Cincinnati’s Homer Bailey from the disabled list.

Todd's Take

I love deep single leagues. Not only was I stuck with bidding on only Skip Schumaker or Reed Johnson to replace Carlos Gomez, those searching for a catcher this week were likely dismayed to recall Lenny Melnick had the foresight to stash Jake Realmuto on his reserve. It's no surprise that Derek won the Plawecki sweepstakes as he has d'Arnaud. It would have been interesting to see the bidding between Realmuto and Plawecki.

Something else of note with the Plawecki bidding is none of the five runner-ups bid on another receiver. That is, they weren't looking for a catcher as much as they were seeking regular at bats. If I had the flexibility to fit Plawecki in I would have joined the fun (but would have fallen well short of the winning bid).

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

inciarte

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

EInciarte, Ari 15 Fred Zinkie 18 Scott Engel 14 Nando DiFino 12
Scott Pianowski 12 Derek Van Riper 10 Tim Heaney 6
Paul Singman 0
KPlawecki, NYM 12 Scott Engel 14 Al Melchior 11 Tim Heaney 4
Cory Schwartz 1
OHerrera, Phi 11 Scott Pianowski 11 Derek Van Riper 10 Cory Schwartz 8
Paul Singman 8 Scott Engel 5 Tim Heaney 4
HSantiago, LAA 8 Cory Schwartz 8 Derek Van Riper 7 Joe Pisapia 6
Fred Zinkie 4 Patrick Davitt 1 Tim Heaney 0
BHolt, Bos 8 Scott Pianowski 17 Tim Heaney 7 Paul Singman 6
JRealmuto, Mia 7 Tim Heaney 7 Al Melchior 7 Scott Engel 4
Cory Schwartz 2
ASimon, Det 6 Paul Singman 9 David Gonos 8 Derek Van Riper 5
Ray Flowers 3 Tim Heaney 1
TWood, ChC 6 David Gonos 8 Derek Van Riper 5 Joe Pisapia 4
Tim Heaney 4
DFarquhar, Sea 5 Scott Pianowski 9 Tim Heaney 4 Cory Schwartz 0
DDeJesus, TB 2 Derek Van Riper 2 Tim Heaney 2
CJoseph, Bal 2 David Gonos 4 Tim Heaney 2 Ray Flowers 1
LForsythe, TB 1 Cory Schwartz 1
YSolarte, SD 1 Scott Pianowski 3 Derek Van Riper 3 Cory Schwartz 0
YGarcia, LAD 1 Tim Heaney 3 Scott Pianowski 5 Cory Schwartz 0
JChavez, Oak 1 Cory Schwartz 1
JPanik, SF 1 Paul Singman 1
JLagares, NYM 1 Paul Singman 1 Scott Engel 2
KHerrera, KC 1 Nando DiFino 4
GParra, Mil 1 Nando DiFino 13 Tim Heaney 1
MBuehrle, Tor 1 Patrick Davitt 1 Derek Van Riper 3
CAsche, Phi 1 Derek Van Riper 3 Scott Pianowski 3
DLeMahieu, Col 1 Scott Engel 4 Derek Van Riper 3
HNoesi, CWS 1 Derek Van Riper 3
KLobstein, Det 1 Derek Van Riper 5
ECampbell, NYM 1 Tim Heaney 1
RHanigan, Bos 1 Ray Flowers 1 Scott Engel 0
KSuzuki, Min 1 Scott Engel 1 Ray Flowers 1
APierzynski, Atl 0 Cory Schwartz 0 Tim Heaney 4 David Gonos 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

CMartin, Atl Scott Pianowski 3
AHill, Ari Derek Van Riper 3
TWatson, Pit Cory Schwartz 2
TBeckham, TB Tim Heaney 1
JFrancoeur, Phi Tim Heaney 1
BSwihart, Bos Tim Heaney 1
AAmarista, SD Tim Heaney 1
ACaminero, Pit Cory Schwartz 0
ARecker, NYM Scott Engel 0
BCrawford, SF Cory Schwartz 0
CYoung, NYY Tim Heaney 0
DGee, NYM Cory Schwartz 0
MDuffy, SF Tim Heaney 0
RAlvarez, Oak Tim Heaney 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Ender Inciarte seemed like an ideal FAAB addition. After all, he's already recorded seven multi-hit games through his first 13 contests to go along with two swipes, and thanks to his impressive performance, his manager now seems committed to playing him regularly. Inciarte tallied 19 steals in 118 games last season, and I can use some help in the speed department. The problem was that I could not decide who to drop, and even more importantly, due to my already crowded outfield situation, I could not decide who I would bench this week in favor of Inciarte (Tout Wars rules stipulate that all FAAB additions must be in active lineups for at least one week.) And who knows, maybe he would play himself out of an everyday gig just as easily as he played himself into one. Ultimately, I opted to pass on Inciarte. I'm hoping I won't regret that decision.

Sure enough, Inciarte fetched several bids. At least I know what it might take to get steals in case there is an opening in my oufield.

Todd's Take

OK, here we go, Plawecki and Realmuto, heads up. Scott Engel scooped up Plawecki. Scott is a Met's fan but that doesn't mean he let his affinity for the team bias his decision. He could just have easily been following the rookie and is more aware of his potential. Personally, I side with Tim Heaney would bid a little more for Realmuto. Despite Plawecki having the short term playing time edge, I'm intrigued with Realmuto's long term potential.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

odubel

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

OHerrera, Phi 8 Anthony Perri 14 Charlie Wiegert 7 Adam Ronis 4
Tim McLeod 3 Grey Albright 2 Rudy Gamble 2
JIglesias, Det 7 Paul Greco 8 Anthony Perri 11 Tim McLeod 6
Grey Albright 5 Adam Ronis 2
HSantiago, LAA 4 Ray Murphy 4 Perry Van Hook 7 Grey Albright 1
TWood, ChC 4 Paul Greco 7 Ray Murphy 4 Perry Van Hook 4
Grey Albright 3 Anthony Perri 3
KPlawecki, NYM 3 Perry Van Hook 3 Anthony Perri 2
JRealmuto, Mia 3 Tim McLeod 8 Adam Ronis 2
AEthier, LAD 1 Ray Murphy 6
KPillar, Tor 1 Charlie Wiegert 3 Ray Murphy 3 Adam Ronis 2
BZiegler, Ari 1 Anthony Perri 2
TLincecum, SF 1 Tom Kessenich 2
ACaminero, Pit 1 Eno Sarris 3
MGonzalez, Bal 1 Perry Van Hook 11
TBeckham, TB 1 Grey Albright 1 Adam Ronis 2
YGarcia, LAD 1 Grey Albright 1
AHarang, Phi 1 Paul Sporer 4
DFreese, LAA 1 Greg Ambrosius 2 Adam Ronis 2
JFrancoeur, Phi 1 Greg Ambrosius 2
CCoghlan, ChC 1 Adam Ronis 2

UNAWARDED BIDS

GParra, Mil Charlie Wiegert 3 Adam Ronis 1
APierzynski, Atl Perry Van Hook 3
PStrop, ChC Eno Sarris 3
SFuld, Oak Anthony Perri 3
DRuf, Phi Ray Murphy 3
ECampbell, NYM Charlie Wiegert 2
LChisenhall, Cle Greg Ambrosius 2
JMercer, Pit Grey Albright 1
KJepsen, TB Eno Sarris 1
RDeLaRosa, Ari Eno Sarris 1
DStubbs, Col Adam Ronis 0
CPeguero, Tex Adam Ronis 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

While there weren't a lot of high dollar items in the Mixed Draft League there was some intrigue. The two highest winning bids were for players that are already rostered in all my other mixed leagues - Phillies' CF Odubel Herrera who was a Rule V pick from the Texas Rangers system where he was a second baseman went for a Vickrey adjusted $8 to Anthony Perri who had bid $14; while Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias still hitting over .400 but sure to drop in the next month went to current leader Paul Greco for $7 of his $8 bid.

I was party to one of the more interesting bids of the night if you look at the Mixed League versus the NL League results as I took a stab at NY Mets catching prospect Kevin Plawecki who is very high on 2015 prospect lists. Depending on which soothsayer you read, Plawecki is either being brought up to be the starting catcher for the Mets after Travis d'Arnaud broke his hand on Sunday with Anthony Recker remaining the backup while others say Recker will be starting while the rookie Plawecki, a very sound defensive catcher who has hit over .290 in three minor league seasons averaging eight home runs per year will be the on the job trainee. With Josh Phegley my replacement last week for John Jaso losing more and more at bats in Oakland to Stephen Vogt I decided a three dollar bid on Plawecki was worth a week's look and I got him for the full price. In the TOUT NL league Plawecki was obviously far more desirable with Derek Carty winning his services for $32 adjusted down from his $41 bid to beat Steve Garner's $31 lob.

But as is often the case there are lower winning bids too as my $11 bid for Orioles' starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez was Vickrey reduced to my one dollar winning bid.

Todd's Take

I admit, there are times I look for some measure of comfort that others I trust acquired a player I picked up in other leagues. In the NFBC, I snagged Hector Santiago in several leagues - liking his two start week. Ergo, I am pleased to see Ray Murphy of BaseballHQ win the bid here. Ray and I share philosophies so there's definitely a feeling of justification.

For what it's worth, I also like Kyle Lobstein's two starts as well as Kyle Gibson's if you're looking for a starting pitching boost.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 16:40
 
LABR and Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of April 13 PDF Print E-mail
You Look FAABulous
Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 13 April 2015 16:41

Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. Normally they will run in one posting first thing Monday morning but due to the timing and length of the first free agent runs, we featured Tout Wars on Monday (see the second half of this report) and LABR on Tuesday.

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

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.

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE

ryan_hanigan

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Roberto Perez, CLE $14 SiriusXM 14 Yahoo! Sports 7 Winning Fantasy Baseball 6
Mastersball 4
Ryan Hanigan, BOS $7 Winning Fantasy Baseball 7 SiriusXM 3 Yahoo! Sports 2
Mastersball 1
Allan Dykstra, TB $4 Mastersball 4
Drew Rucinski, LAA $4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Efren Navarro, LAA $3 Colton & The Wolfman 3 Mastersball 2
Carlos Peguero, TEX $2 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Nicholas Martinez, TEX $2 USA TODAY Sports 2 Fangraphs 2
Drew Butera, LAA $1 Mastersball 1
Mike Pelfrey, MIN $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Trevor May, MIN FantasyScore 7 Colton & The Wolfman 6 USA TODAY Sports 1
Shawn Tolleson, TEX RotoWire 5 Mastersball 1
Roberto Osuna, TOR RotoWire 3
Roberto Osuna, TOR Colton & The Wolfman 2 Fangraphs 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Logan Forsythe, TB FantasyScore 2
Steven Geltz, TB Fangraphs 2
Bobby Wilson, TB Mastersball 1 SiriusXM 1
Erik Kratz, KC Mastersball 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2
Anthony Bass, TEX Fangraphs 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Carson Smith, SEA Colton & The Wolfman 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Esmil Rogers, NYY USA TODAY Sports 1
Justin Wilson, NYY USA TODAY Sports 1
Sandy Leon, BOS SiriusXM 1
Alexi Ogando, BOS NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Shaun Marcum, CLE NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Adam Rosales, TEX Mastersball 1
Jesus Sucre, SEA Mastersball 1
Ryan Lavarnway, BAL Mastersball 1
Cody Ross, OAK Colton & The Wolfman 1
Jerry Sands, CLE Colton & The Wolfman 1
Ryan Raburn, CLE Colton & The Wolfman 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

With Miguel Castro already rostered in this league, much like I suspect Jeurys Familia would be in an NL only league the bidding emphasis was strangely on their battery mates. Sirius XM's Ray Flowers lost John Jaso this week so he went heavy after my Yan Gomes replacement, winning Roberto Perez for a large $14 bid. Maybe Ray wanted to block a competitor at the same time. Here I settled for the Angels Drew Butera as they head to nice hitting arenas in Arlington and Houston Texas to battle the not-so-great pitching staffs of the Rangers and Astros. Larry Schechter felt a greater need to replace Matt Wieters this week and knowing the Gomes and Jaso owners were looking as well, he bid $7 for Ryan Hanigan.

I also had to replace Tampa's James Loney and won his replacement Allan Dykstra for $4 from which you can surmise the corner infield pool is very bare in this league.

The other bid of more than a few dollars this week was for Minnesota pitching prospect Trevor May who will make his major league debut Monday at home against the Kansas City Royals in a two start week which prompted Fantasy Score's Tim Heaney to bid $7 to land him.

Todd's Take

I know I sound like a broken record with this, but it continues to intrigue me how we all rank players differently. For those not of a certain age, music used to be played on vinyl discs that spun around a turntable with things like stylus and needle attached to an arm. Occasionally, there would be an imperfection in the vinyl, causing the stylus to in effect keep jumping up and down, playing the same thing over and over again. Anyway, look at the catcher bids. Perry was fine if he acquired Butera so he didn't bid aggressively on Perez or Hanigan. The other three pursuants ranked the two backstops differently. Larry had Hanigan first and Perez third. Ray had Perez decidely first with the second high bid on Hanigan. Brandon Funston of Yahoo! had the second highest bid on Perez and third highest on Hanigan, missing out on both. As opposed to Perry and Ray needing to replace injured receivers, Brandon was looking for someone to get him a little something until Josmil Pinto is recalled by the Twins - or at least he's hoping Pinto is promoted after getting some minor league at bats (recall Pinto missed much of the spring after being concussed). 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

andres_blanco

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Andres Blanco, PHI $14 Sandlot Shrink 14
Jim Johnson, ATL $11 RotoExperts 11 Sandlot Shrink 8 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7
Inside Edge 4 Baseball HQ 3 ESPN - Karabell 2
USA TODAY Sports 1
Kyle Kendrick, COL $7 Sandlot Shrink 7
Daniel Hudson, ARI $5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5
Jeff Francoeur, PHI $5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5 Sandlot Shrink 3 Baseball HQ 1
Matt Duffy, SF $2 Baseball HQ 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 RotoWire - DVR 2
Hector Sanchez, SF $2 Mastersball 2
Jason Marquis, CIN $2 Sandlot Shrink 2 ESPN - Karabell 1
Cody Martin, ATL $2 USA TODAY Sports 2
Antonio Bastardo, PIT $1 Baseball HQ 1
Yimi Garcia, LAD $1 Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Logan Schafer, MIL $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball HQ 1
Rafael Betancourt, COL $1 Inside Edge 1 Baseball HQ 1
Pedro Baez, LAD $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Clint Barmes, SD Baseball HQ 1
Kristopher Negron, CIN Baseball HQ 1
Matt Szczur, CHC Baseball HQ 1
Daniel Descalso, COL Baseball HQ 1
Matthew den Dekker, WSH Baseball HQ 1
Rafael Ynoa, COL Baseball HQ 1
J.J. Hoover, CIN USA TODAY Sports 1
Bryan Morris, MIA ESPN - Karabell 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Though Andres Blanco was the high priced FAAB spread ($14 to Bob Radomski of Sandlot Shrink) this week, it was the retread vets who seemed to get the spotlight, with Jim Johnson ($11 to Lenny Melnick of Roto Experts), $7 for Kyle Kendrick (again to Mr. Radomski), Daniel Hudson and Jeff Francouer  (both $5 to Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs of STATS/NFBC), and then Jason Marquis (again to the early season retooling Shrink) for $2 (Marquis had a failed bid of a buck, believe it or not) as the most sought after purchases Week 2.

Giants Hector Sanchez ($2 to me) and Matt Duffy ($2 to BaseballHQ) followed, along with a $2 bid for Cody Martin completed by the USA Today.

Then followed the litany of $1 buys: Rafael Betancourt (Inside Edge), Yimi Garcia (BBHQ), Antonio Bastardo ( BBHQ), and Pedro Baez and Logan Schafer (both to NFBC/STATS).

Of the moves, the acquisition of Duffy and Kendrick look to me to be the ones to prove to be most fruitful (though I do like my addition of Sanchez, who will get increased playing time thanks to the injury to Brandon Belt) over the course of the season. Duffy looks a lot like a Matt Carpenter clone to me, and could really emerge as an everyday third sacker with Casey McGehee now nursing a sore leg.

Not that I dislike Marquis, Francoeur, et al: rather I fell they have completed their Major League runs.

Todd's Take

Whereas I, on the other hand, dislike Marquis and Francoeur - Marquis because he's always so hard on my WHIP while Francouer -- err -- Franceour --err -- Frenchy, because he's so hard to spell.

Sometimes it takes a little prescience to stay ahead in this game. A slew of owners bid on Jim Johnson, the next-in-line in Atlanta while only a pair had the foresight to throw a buck on Rafael Betancourt - just in case. Well, that proved quite wise for Steve Moyer as sure enough, LaTroy Hawkins was lifted from closer duties with the wily Betancourt stepping in, much to the chagrin of Adam Ottavino owners. My guess is Hawkins will be granted one more chance to reclaim the gig and if he fails, it will be turned over to Ottavino. If this is indeed the case, Betancourt makes sense as the interim guy, as it's easier to take the job away from him as it would have been if Ottavino continued to excel. Yeah, crazy, but by all rights, Ottavino deserved the job to start the season.

MIXED LEAGUE

grilli

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jason Grilli, ATL $44 Baseball Prospectus 44 Rotowire-Erickson 35 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 32
BSports 31 MLB.com 22 RotoExperts 18
FantasyScore 14 Rotowire-Colton 9 USA TODAY Sports 9
Fangraphs 8 ESPN.com 6
Miguel Castro, TOR $39 FNTSY 39 Rotowire-Erickson 35 Baseball Prospectus 21
MLB.com 14 Baseball Prospectus 13 FantasyScore 9
BSports 6 RotoExperts 5 ESPN.com 3
Razzball 2 USA TODAY Sports 2 MLB.com 1
Jeurys Familia, NYM $33 Rotowire-Erickson 33 Baseball Prospectus 24 Fangraphs 14
Baseball Prospectus 14 FantasyScore 13 MLB.com 12
BSports 11 Rotowire-Colton 9 Razzball 4
Francisco Cervelli, PIT $11 Rotowire-Erickson 11 RotoExperts 1
Joe Kelly, BOS $7 Rotowire-Erickson 7 USA TODAY Sports 5 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2
BSports 2
Ender Inciarte, ARI $6 FantasyScore 6
Adam Warren, NYY $4 Baseball HQ 4
Ubaldo Jimenez, BAL $4 Baseball HQ 4 USA TODAY Sports 1
Jacob Lamb, ARI $4 MLB.com 4 FantasyScore 4
Mark Canha, OAK $4 RotoExperts 4 FantasyScore 4
Aaron Harang, PHI $3 BSports 3 USA TODAY Sports 2 MLB.com 1
Jim Johnson, ATL $3 RotoExperts 3 Fangraphs 2
Jordan Lyles, COL $2 FantasyScore 2
Tom Koehler, MIA $1 BSports 1 MLB.com 1 Baseball Prospectus 1
Christopher Heston, SF $1 MLB.com 1 Rotowire-Erickson 3
Kevin Pillar, TOR $1 MLB.com 1 FantasyScore 1
Nicholas Martinez, TEX $1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Aaron Barrett, WSH $1 Baseball Prospectus 1
John Axford, COL $1 ESPN.com 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Kurt Suzuki, MIN Rotowire-Erickson 7
Cameron Maybin, ATL FantasyScore 6
Roberto Perez, CLE Rotowire-Erickson 5
Hector Sanchez, SF Rotowire-Erickson 3
Nathan Karns, TB RotoExperts 2 Baseball HQ 1
Drew Rucinski, LAA Baseball HQ 2
Alfredo Simon, DET FantasyScore 2
Conor Gillaspie, CWS FantasyScore 2
Yonder Alonso, SD FantasyScore 1 Baseball HQ 1 FantasyScore 1
Rotowire-Erickson 1
Delmon Young, BAL FantasyScore 1
John Mayberry, NYM FantasyScore 1
Yangervis Solarte, SD FantasyScore 1
Tim Lincecum, SF BSports 1
Eddie Butler, COL Baseball Prospectus 1
Chris Hatcher, LAD USA TODAY Sports 1
Hector Santiago, LAA Rotowire-Erickson 1
Josh Phegley, OAK Rotowire-Erickson 1
Kyle Gibson, MIN Rotowire-Erickson 1
Kyle Lobstein, DET Rotowire-Erickson 1
Odrisamer Despaigne, SD MLB.com 1
Scott Feldman, HOU MLB.com 1

Todd Zola's Commentary and Todd's Take

You'd think having to publicly discuss my FAAB moves each week would shame me into not screwing up (again), but on the other hand, telling everyone I know I'm going to lose weight hasn't worked either. At least this week Lord Scatterbrain remembered to enter bids. The final step of actually submitting them, however, was omitted.

I need to replace John Jaso, you know, the catcher-eligible dude that wouldn't get hurt because he's going to be the Rays' primary designated hitter. There's actually someone I really like (regular readers can probably guess the identity) but I'll keep it mum until I hopefully discuss the pick-up next week.

Something catching my eye is the heavy bidding on possible saves. Anyone with three closers would be wise to put one on the block to see what might be offered. Hey, lookie there. I have Cody Allen, Hector Rondon and Brad Boxberger. It sure appears Boxberger is the guy until Jake McGee returns (and maybe after). Methinks it's time to see what the rest of the league thinks.

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There are four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

roberto_perez

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

RoPerez, Cle 9 Jeff Erickson 11 Rob Leibowitz 8
CRoss, Oak 8 Jeff Erickson 9 Andy Behrens 7
CPeguero, Tex 4 Steve Moyer 50 Jeff Erickson 7 Chris Liss 3
SDeduno, Hou 1 Lawr Michaels 1
RFlaherty, Bal 1 Larry Schechter 9 Jason Collette 3 Jeff Erickson 3
Rob Leibowitz 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
ADykstra, TB 1 Seth Trachtman 3 Larry Schechter 8 Rob Leibowitz 0
ROsuna, Tor 1 Jason Collette 2 Chris Liss 3 Rob Leibowitz 0
EFrieri, TB 1 Steve Moyer 4
YMedina, Sea 1 Andy Behrens 1 Steve Moyer 0 Jeff Erickson 0
KLobstein, Det 1 Jeff Erickson 7 Steve Moyer 0
TMay, Min 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1 Jeff Erickson 1
POrlando, KC 1 Jason Collette 1
CMartin, NYY 1 Jason Collette 3
JMurphy, NYY 1 Jason Collette 1 Jeff Erickson 2
STolleson, Tex 1 Chris Liss 5
JSands, Cle 0 Rob Leibowitz 0 Chris Liss 0
CarSmith, Sea 0 Steve Moyer 0
MGonzalez, Hou 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
RGrossman, Hou 0 Chris Liss 0 Jason Collette 2

UNAWARDED BIDS

GPetit, NYY Larry Schechter 7
RLavarnway, Bal Larry Schechter 1 Jason Collette 1
BWilson, TB Jason Collette 1 Jeff Erickson 1
KKela, Tex Jason Collette 1 Chris Liss 0
MAppel, Hou Chris Liss 1
SLeon, Bos Jason Collette 1 Jeff Erickson 0
DRucinski, LAA Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
GBeckham, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
DOtero, Oak Lawr Michaels 0
FAbad, Oak Lawr Michaels 0 Andy Behrens 0
EScribner, Oak Jeff Erickson 0
TLayne, Bos Jeff Erickson 0
RRoss, Bos Jason Collette 0
SRobinson, Min Jason Collette 0 Chris Liss 0
TSipp, Hou Jason Collette 0
RRaburn, Cle Chris Liss 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Looking things over this week, the two biggest opportunities go to Trevor May on the Twins and Roberto Perez of the Indians given the injuries to Ricky Nolasco and Yan Gomes respectively. While May generates strikeout rates, he is a fly ball pitcher with control issues who profiles at the back end of a rotation long term. I'm passing. On the catching front, I still have Caleb Joseph sitting in my #2 catcher slot on a team that is currently carrying three receivers. Roberto Perez draws some walks, has a little pop, but also strikes out a bit, so while he is not a high ceiling play, the opportunity and skill at least make him worth a modest bid.

Roberto Osuna is worth a look with the Jays handing the closing the reigns over to another 20-year reliever in Miguel Castro. Osuna is actually younger than Castro and does not throw quite as hard, but is a solid prospect in his own right and has a good changeup. Worth a flier given the potential volatility of their bullpen

My competitors were more aggressive on May, Perez and Osuna, leaving me with Jerry Sands. The corresponding move was releasing Efren Navarro who is seeing only spot duty. Sands has a good chance to see regular at bats versus southpaws, replacing either Brandon Moss or David Murphy in the Cleveland Indians lineup. For his career, Sands sports an impressive .892 OPS versus left-handers.

Todd's Take

My colleague Rob didn't explicitly mention this but I suspect it was part of his thought process behind bidding on Perez. Tout Wars has a unique rule, eliminating the fifth outfielder and instead making that a swingman spot, eligible to be filled by either a pitcher or any hitter. When you include the standard utility spot, a Tout Wars owner could have four receivers on the roster. In fact, someone once purchased four catchers in the auction. Stop laughing, it was me. Okay, you can laugh. Anyway, with the free agent pool being so thin, there's a decent chance an available catcher is a better option than other free agents, especially if the catcher plays regularly, like Perez will. Plus, if a competitor loses a catcher due to injury, you could be in a position to deal them one and get a better position player back, especially if they have one on their reserve they can afford to deal away.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

heston

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CHeston, SF 13 Todd Zola 19 Phil Hertz 12 Gene McCaffrey 12
Lenny Melnick  12 Steve Gardner 3 Peter Kreutzer 0
MDuffy, SF 4 Tristan H. Cockcroft 4 Brian Walton 3 Peter Kreutzer 2
Scott Wilderman 1
YGarcia, LAD 3 Steve Gardner 3 Lenny Melnick  3 Peter Kreutzer 1
BMorris, Mia 1 Phil Hertz 3 Peter Kreutzer 0
JNicasio, LAD 1 Phil Hertz 2
TMatzek, Col 1 Phil Hertz 6
JHoover, Cin 1 Peter Kreutzer 1 Phil Hertz 0
JArias, SF 1 Peter Kreutzer 1
JPacheco, Ari 1 Brian Walton 1
BCunniff, Atl 1 Lenny Melnick  2
ABlanco, Phi 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
BHand, Mia 0 Gene McCaffrey 0
MSzczur, ChC 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
CSadler, Pit 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
RBetancourt, Col 0 Peter Kreutzer 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

CBarmes, SD Todd Zola 7 Peter Kreutzer 0
BMaurer, SD Todd Zola 3
JHowell, LAD Todd Zola 1
CMartin, Atl Steve Gardner 0
JHughes, Pit Steve Gardner 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
BTreinen, Was Phil Hertz 0
CStammen, Was Phil Hertz 0
CTorres, NYM Phil Hertz 0
JDiaz, Cin Phil Hertz 0
JDiekman, Phi Phil Hertz 0
CDominguez, Cin Peter Kreutzer 0
CPennington, Ari Peter Kreutzer 0
CRobinson, Was Peter Kreutzer 0
DBarney, LAD Peter Kreutzer 0
DSolano, Mia Peter Kreutzer 0
GKontos, SF Peter Kreutzer 0
HGomez, Mil Peter Kreutzer 0
JAxford, Col Peter Kreutzer 0
JHerrera, ChC Peter Kreutzer 0
JJeffress, Mil Peter Kreutzer 0
KSiegrist, StL Peter Kreutzer 0
LJimenez, Mil Peter Kreutzer 0
MDunn, Mia Peter Kreutzer 0
OPerez, Ari Peter Kreutzer 0
PBaez, LAD Peter Kreutzer 0
PGosselin, Atl Peter Kreutzer 0
RJohnson, Was Peter Kreutzer 0
RTejada, NYM Peter Kreutzer 0
SSchumaker, Cin Peter Kreutzer 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

The injuries that have hit the San Francisco Giants opened the door for the two largest transactions in NL Tout Wars this week.

Stepping in for Matt Cain, 27-year-old Chris Heston made his second career start on Friday at Arizona and pitched well enough to apparently hold off Ryan Vogelsong and continue in the rotation. Ironically, three Tout warriors priced Heston exactly at $12. However, they all lost out to Lord Zola, who was willing to go up to $19 if necessary.

Despite a big spring that included a team-best 15 RBI, a lack of clear playing time meant infielder Matt Duffy went undrafted and still remained a free agent after the first week of free agent bidding. Third baseman Casey McGehee's knee injury may have opened the door for Duffy in San Francisco. As a result, I put in a modest $3 bid, but ESPN's Tristan H. Cockcroft went $1 higher.

The only other player to go for more than $1 was the Dodgers' Yimi Garcia. Six strikeouts in four innings and the potential to snag some saves in Kenley Jansen's absence led to interest from several Touts. USA TODAY's Steve Gardner won a tie with the legend Lenny Melnick, both having bid $3.

Todd's Take

The power of nine. It works in regular auctions, so I thought I'd try it in FAAB bidding. For those unaware, there's something in our wiring that sees a bigger difference between 19 and 20 than say 18 and 19. Take a look at your auction results and count up the number of winning bids ending in 9. It's been my experience that there's an inordinate number of bids ending in 9. At minimum, there are more than end in 0. So why not see if this psychological barrier works in blind bidding, with the parachute of Vickrey present to potentially save some FAAB units of my opponents didn't want to spend anything close to 20?

It turned out that the 9 factor didn't come into play but Vickrey did. Thanks, Vickrey.

Starting pitching was a need for me since I'm carrying four relievers. I have a couple of bats that are doing next to nothing so I thought I'd take advantage of the aforementioned swingman spot and use it for a pitcher. At some point I'll need to bench a reliever for another stick, but for now I'm fine with keeping ratios in check.

Heston was an easy target for me as he has a pair of home tilts. Chances are the club won't let him get exposed and rely upon their bullpen if necessary.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

mark_canha

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MCanha, Oak 13 Scott Swanay 25 Scott Pianowski 12 Nando DiFino 4
Joe Pisapia 4 David Gonos 2
JKelly, Bos 9 Nando DiFino 12 Joe Pisapia 8 David Gonos 7
Scott Pianowski 6 Derek Van Riper 3 Cory Schwartz 2
JPeralta, LAD 7 Zach Steinhorn 17 David Gonos 6 Scott Pianowski 3
Cory Schwartz 2
RoPerez, Cle 5 Paul Singman 9 Scott Engel 4 Al Melchior 2
ODespaigne, SD 3 Paul Singman 4 Zach Steinhorn 5 Cory Schwartz 2
TKoehler, Mia 3 Zach Steinhorn 10 Cory Schwartz 2 Paul Singman 0
CBethancourt, Atl 2 Ray Flowers 2 Scott Swanay 1 Scott Engel 1
CPeguero, Tex 2 Nando DiFino 5 Derek Van Riper 1
TLincecum, SF 2 Scott Pianowski 13 Ray Flowers 1
SFuld, Oak 1 Paul Singman 7
AHarang, Phi 1 Paul Singman 5 Zach Steinhorn 8 Scott Pianowski 3
Derek Van Riper 1 Cory Schwartz 0
RChirinos, Tex 1 Scott Swanay 3 Ray Flowers 1
KPillar, Tor 1 KPillar, Tor David Gonos 5 Fred Zinkie 0
ARussell, ChC 1 Cory Schwartz 3
EButler, Col 1 Derek Van Riper 3 Nando DiFino 2
RMontero, NYM 1 Joe Pisapia 6 Nando DiFino 0
NMartinez, Tex 1 Joe Pisapia 8
UJimenez, Bal 1 David Gonos 1 Joe Pisapia 3 Tim Heaney 1
JIglesias, Det 1 David Gonos 4
YEscobar, Was 1 David Gonos 1
DRucinski, LAA 1 Patrick Davitt 1
CHeston, SF 1 Al Melchior 6
JGuthrie, KC 0 Cory Schwartz 0
RDelgado, Ari 0 Nando DiFino 0
TGosewisch, Ari 0 Scott Engel 0 Ray Flowers 2
ROsuna, Tor 0 David Gonos 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JSmoak, Tor Scott Swanay 25
CGillaspie, CWS Scott Swanay 5
CMcGehee, SF Scott Swanay 5 David Gonos 0
RHanigan, Bos Paul Singman 3 Scott Swanay 2 Ray Flowers 1
JPhegley, Oak Scott Swanay 3
JPanik, SF David Gonos 2
KSuzuki, Min Scott Swanay 1 Ray Flowers 1
GSoto, CWS Scott Swanay 1
WCastillo, ChC Ray Flowers 1
MBuehrle, Tor Paul Singman 1
CRoss, Oak Nando DiFino 1
ASimon, Det Zach Steinhorn 1
JVargas, KC Zach Steinhorn 1
RAlvarez, Oak Nando DiFino 0
AHill, Ari David Gonos 0
ASimon, Det David Gonos 0
GBlanco, SF David Gonos 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Being that my $17 bid on Joel Peralta was actually more of a price-enforcing bid than anything else (waiver wire closers, even temporary ones, have tended to attract the highest bids in this league), I was surprised to land him for the reasonable price of $7. At this point, it has become clear that Peralta is the primary guy until Kenley Jansen returns, which is projected to be in mid-May. So, what's a month's worth of saves? Five? Sure, I'll pay seven bucks for five saves.

Even in a mixed league, losing 40% of your front five starting pitchers will hurt, and the injuries to Ian Kennedy and Derek Holland was the obvious reason for my slightly aggressive bid on Tom Koehler. I fully expected to get him for less than $7, and I was right. Koehler is in line to make two starts this week (@ATL, @NYM) and in nine combined starts against the Braves and Mets last year, Koehler registered a 2.88 ERA and 1.13 WHIP, and he pitched well against the Braves in his 2015 season debut. What's not to like?

Todd's Take

I realize at times I'm a bit NFBCentric but it's an important element of my fantasy play. Something I find interesting with the results of this FAAB run is waiver wire in Mixed Tout was similar to that in my 15-team NFBC leagues. Here, there was only 1 bid on Heston with several attemps on better known commodities such as Joe Kelly, Odrisamer Despaigne, Aaron Harang, Tim Lincecum and Zach's new BFF, Koehler. However, in the high stakes arena, Heston garnered more love. I'm not in a position to say which is right and which is wrong, but what's apparent is the NFBC isn't afraid to pay for the mystery of the unknown while my industry counterparts prefer to dance with the devil they know.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

jeurys_familia

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JFamilia, NYM 23 Adam Ronis 23 Tom Kessenich 23 Eno Sarris 21
Grey Albright 16 Rudy Gamble 12 Anthony Perri 3
MCastro, Tor 22 Tim McLeod 22 Eno Sarris 21 Grey Albright 21
Tom Kessenich 18 Charlie Wiegert 17 Adam Ronis 11
Anthony Perri 7 Rudy Gamble 7 Perry Van Hook 4
MCanha, Oak 8 Paul Greco 11 Anthony Perri 7 Adam Ronis 6
NAoki, SF 8 Grey Albright 11 Tom Kessenich 7 Adam Ronis 3
Rudy Gamble 1 Anthony Perri 1
CHeston, SF 6 Tim McLeod 8 Perry Van Hook 5 Adam Ronis 3
RoPerez, Cle 3 Charlie Wiegert 3 Perry Van Hook 2
JimJohnson, Atl 2 Anthony Perri 2 Adam Ronis 1 Eno Sarris 1
EInciarte, Ari 2 Eno Sarris 6 Anthony Perri 1
JPanik, SF 2 Greg Ambrosius 3 Tom Kessenich 6 Eno Sarris 2
Paul Sporer 2 Rudy Gamble 1
UJimenez, Bal 1 Ray Murphy 6 Anthony Perri 1
DRucinski, LAA 1 Ray Murphy 5
ODespaigne, SD 1 Adam Ronis 6 Grey Albright 3 Anthony Perri 2
Rudy Gamble 0
RMontero, NYM 1 Eno Sarris 1 Anthony Perri 1
TKoehler, Mia 1 Grey Albright 3
DLeMahieu, Col 1 Tom Kessenich 6 Anthony Perri 2
TMilone, Min 1 Anthony Perri 2 Tim McLeod 4
JSchoop, Bal 1 Anthony Perri 3
JPhegley, Oak 1 Perry Van Hook 1
LForsythe, TB 1 Paul Sporer 3
SFeldman, Hou 0 Paul Greco 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JIglesias, Det Anthony Perri 3 Eno Sarris 2
ARamos, Mia Tim McLeod 3 Adam Ronis 0
CCoghlan, ChC Adam Ronis 1 Eno Sarris 1
CJoseph, Bal Charlie Wiegert 1 Perry Van Hook 0
JAxford, Col Anthony Perri 1
AHarang, Phi Grey Albright 1
NMartinez, Tex Grey Albright 1
BTreinen, Was Eno Sarris 1
ROsuna, Tor Eno Sarris 1
AEllis, LAD Charlie Wiegert 0 Perry Van Hook 0
GSoto, CWS Charlie Wiegert 0 Perry Van Hook 0
BPena, Cin Perry Van Hook 0
CCorporan, Tex Perry Van Hook 0
DButera, LAA Perry Van Hook 0
HSanchez, SF Perry Van Hook 0
JMcCann, Det Perry Van Hook 0
MMcKenry, Col Perry Van Hook 0
TGosewisch, Ari Charlie Wiegert 0
KPillar, Tor Adam Ronis 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

As in many leagues there was spirited bidding for any new closers even if temporary. In the Mixed Draft League Jeurys Familia went for $23 to Adam Ronis and he needed every dollar of that bid AND a tie-break on standings to get him away from Tom Kessenich who also bid $23.

Toronto's save master du jour Miguel Castro wen for $22 to Tim McLeod beating $21 bids from both Eno Sarris and Grey Albright.

On my lists the priority was to cheaply but productively replace Yan Gomes for a few months and while I lost out on Roberto Perez I think Oakland's Josh Phegley for $1 will be a good substitute. I was more upset my $5 bid on new Giant SP Chris Heston also lost to McLeod but he did bid $8 which was Vickrey reduced to the winning $6 bid.

Todd's Take

There are some that want to replace the saves category with something else, often involving holds. There are some that want to kill the win and instead use quality starts. Some want to eliminate the second catcher from standard roster configurations. My response to each of them is "get off my lawn."

Here's the deal. I'm for anything that adds an element beyond knowing baseball. I favor any nuance that means you simply can't just take the best player on the board, regardless of position. I like rules that require some adding strategic planning to draft day. The second catcher requires deciding how much of a scarcity bump the position deserves on top of dealing with the injury risk. Using wins necessitates balancing better ratios from a pitcher on a weak team with wins and strikeout potential from a lesser skilled arm on a better team. Including saves means deciding whether to address closers in the draft/auction and if so, at what level? Alternatively, one can look for saves in season and pay close to 25 percent of their budget for the chance to get some saves. I personally prefer to address closers in the auction so I don't have to chase them in season. Again, not right or wrong, just my approach. But more importantly, I like the fact we can all decide how we want to attack the category and not have the safety net of getting holds via an arbitrary middle reliever.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 10:09
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of April 6 PDF Print E-mail
You Look FAABulous
Written by Todd Zola   
Friday, 10 April 2015 20:25

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Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. Normally they will run in one posting first thing Monday morning but due to the timing and length of the first free agent runs, we'll feature each seperately this week.

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

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.

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE

giavotella

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Johnny Giavotella, LAA $12 FantasyScore 12 Colton & Wolf 6
Erasmo Ramirez, TB $11 SiriusXM 11 RotoWire 7 Fangraphs 5
Yahoo! Sports 4 Colton & Wolf 3 FantasyScore 3
ESPN.com 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Miguel Castro, TOR $7 ESPN.com 7 USA TODAY Sports 1 FantasyScore 1
Collin Cowgill, LAA $7 RotoWire 7 USA TODAY Sports 3 Colton & Wolf 1
FantasyScore 1
Jonathan Villar, HOU $5 FantasyScore 5
Keone Kela, TEX $4 RotoWire 4 ESPN.com 3 FantasyScore 1
Hector Noesi, CWS $3 Mastersball 3
Matt Andriese, TB $3 FantasyScore 3 RotoWire 1
Ricky Nolasco, MIN $3 Fangraphs 3 ESPN.com 1 FantasyScore 1
Asher Wojciechowski, HOU $3 Colton & Wolf 3 ESPN.com 1 FantasyScore 1
USA TODAY Sports 1
Brandon Guyer, TB $2 USA TODAY Sports 2 FantasyScore 3 Colton & Wolf 1
FantasyScore 1
Danny Valencia, TOR $2 Baseball HQ 2 FantasyScore 1
Carlos Corporan, TEX $1 ESPN.com 1
Roberto Hernandez, HOU $1 Yahoo! Sports 1 Mastersball 1 FantasyScore 1
Jackie Bradley Jr., BOS $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Tom Wilhelmsen, SEA $1 Fangraphs 1 Yahoo! Sports 1
Delino DeShields Jr., TEX $1 FantasyScore 1
Ryan Flaherty, BAL $1 USA TODAY Sports 1 FantasyScore 1
Brian Matusz, BAL $1 Yahoo! Sports 1 Mastersball 1
Shane Robinson, MIN $1 Colton & Wolf 1 FantasyScore 1
Ross Detwiler, TEX $1 Mastersball 1
Jake Petricka, CWS $1 Colton & Wolf 1
Yoervis Medina, SEA $1 FantasyScore 1 Colton & Wolf 1 Yahoo! Sports 1
Tony Sipp, HOU $1 USA TODAY Sports 1 FantasyScore 1 Fangraphs 1
David Carpenter, NYY $1 Yahoo! Sports 1 Colton & Wolf 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
FantasyScore 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Logan Forsythe, TB FantasyScore 8
Grant Balfour, TB RotoWire 3 FantasyScore 1
Marwin Gonzalez, HOU FantasyScore 2 USA TODAY Sports 1
Buck Farmer, DET Fangraphs 2
Casey Fien, MIN Yahoo! Sports 1 FantasyScore 1 Colton & Wolf 1
Roberto Osuna, TOR FantasyScore 1 Mastersball 1
Steven Wright, BOS Fangraphs 1 Mastersball 1
J.R. Graham, MIN NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 RotoWire 1
Mike Pelfrey, MIN NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 FantasyScore 1
Anthony Ranaudo, TEX NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Nick Tepesch, TEX Fangraphs 1
Chris Bassitt, OAK NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Matt Barnes, BOS NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Ubaldo Jimenez, BAL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Nick Hagadone, CLE Yahoo! Sports 1
Fernando Abad, OAK USA TODAY Sports 1
Zach Putnam, CWS SiriusXM 1
Burch Smith, TB RotoWire 1
Dan Otero, OAK Mastersball 1
Eric O'Flaherty, OAK Mastersball 1
Al Alburquerque, DET FantasyScore 1
Andrew Romine, DET FantasyScore 1
Austin Adams, CLE FantasyScore 1
Brad Brach, BAL FantasyScore 1
Eric Sogard, OAK FantasyScore 1
Fernando Salas, LAA FantasyScore 1
Gregorio Petit, NYY FantasyScore 1
Jason Garcia, BAL FantasyScore 1
Kirby Yates, TB FantasyScore 1
Ryan Raburn, CLE FantasyScore 1
Scott Atchison, CLE FantasyScore 1
Shawn Tolleson, TEX FantasyScore 1
Steve Clevenger, BAL FantasyScore 1
Steve Geltz, TB FantasyScore 1
Tim Beckham, TB FantasyScore 1
Tim Stauffer, MIN FantasyScore 1
Tyler Ladendorf, OAK FantasyScore 1
Willie Bloomquist, SEA FantasyScore 1
Joba Chamberlain, DET Fangraphs 1
Erik Kratz, KC ESPN.com 1
Roberto Perez, CLE ESPN.com 1
Ryan Hanigan, BOS ESPN.com 1
Sandy Leon, BOS ESPN.com 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

With a "pre season" FAAB run over the weekend, most teams in the AL contest weren't willing to wager a lot with rosters not yet set as of Saturday night.

With a few pitchers on the DL I put in two bid groups with Hector Noesi (CWS) and Roberto Hernandez the only pitchers I bid more than a dollar on in the first string and all pitchers but Noesi repeated for a dollar each in the second - Almost Successful. I got Noesi for $3 and was awarded Hernandez in the second group for $1 but upon further review I was tied with another dollar bidder and lost the coin flip so instead got Ross Detwiler (TEX). Good News - Detwiler a better pitcher; Bad News - Hernandez pitching in front of a better team and in a better ballpark.

The high bid for this league was $12 for new Angels second baseman Johnny Giavotella to Fantasy Score's Tim Heaney. New Tampa Bay potential SP Erasmo Ramirez (former Marniner) was the only other player that went for double digits - $11 to Sirius XM's Ray Flowers.Ramirez was also the most bid on player last Saturday with ten of the twelve teams in the league making bids but I was not among them. Matt Andriese (TB) who is also in the running for the Rays' last rotation spot went for $3 to Heaney. One will not be happy.

Rotowire's Chris Liss got the Angels Colin Cowgill for $7 and rookie Ranger reliever Keone Kela for $3. Kela will replace the now suspended Ervin Santana on Liss's roster.

Todd's Take

Good job gents - not a whole lot available in terms of possible difference makers even though the auction took place the weekend of March 7 and 8. I was curious what Devon Travis went for but alas, Brandon Funston snagged him in reserve a month ago. Similarly, Edward Mujica was handcuffed to Koji Uehara by Chris Liss of Rotowire.

Tip of the cap to FantasyScore's Time Heaney who was going to make for dang sure he got someone.

One repercussion of the early draft was Erasmo Ramirez and Asher Wojciechowski both went for a little more in LABR than Tout Wars despite not having the Vickrey parachute. The reason is likely demand - with the auction over a month ago, more had rotation spots to fill than in Tout Wars, which drafted just two weeks ago,

NATIONAL LEAGUE

nick_ahmed

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Nick Ahmed, ARI $11 RotoExperts 11 USA TODAY Sports 1
Cody Ross, ARI $6 Inside Edge 6 USA TODAY Sports 3
Justin Maxwell, SF $6 Inside Edge 6 RotoExperts 11
Tyler Moore, WSH $5 USA TODAY Sports 5 RotoExperts 3 ESPN - Karabell 2
Brennan Boesch, CIN $4 USA TODAY Sports 4
Luis Jimenez, MIL $4 ESPN - Karabell 4
Jose Lobaton, WSH $3 Mastersball 3
Chris Dominguez, CIN $3 RotoExperts 3
Chris Hatcher, LAD $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 ESPN - Karabell 2
Frank Garces, SD $1 Inside Edge 1
Seth Maness, STL $1 Inside Edge 1
Randall Delgado, ARI $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Kris Negron, CIN USA TODAY Sports 3 RotoExperts 2
Rafael Ynoa, COL RotoExperts 2
Clint Barmes, SD USA TODAY Sports 1
Matt Duffy, SF USA TODAY Sports 1
Pedro Baez, LAD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Hector Sanchez, SF Mastersball 1
Antonio Bastardo, PIT Inside Edge 1
Bryan Morris, MIA Inside Edge 1
Carlos Torres, NYM Inside Edge 1
Matt Thornton, WSH Inside Edge 1
Rafael Betancourt, COL Inside Edge 1
Eric Campbell, NYM ESPN - Karabell 1
J.P. Howell, LAD ESPN - Karabell 1
Neal Cotts, MIL ESPN - Karabell 1
Sergio Santos, LAD Colton & The Wolfman 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

With the LABR auctions completing so early in spring training, and because the season really does not begin properly till April 6, our benevolent Commissioner Gardner allowed for a Waiver Run the day before the Cubs and Cards tipped off for Sunday Night Baseball.

As a result, virtually every team made a claim to fill one of the voids that occurred between the draft and roster cutdowns.

Topping this list, defending Champ Lenny Melnick dropped $11 on Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed, who was handed the starting gig just as camp broke. Similarly, Lenny dropped $3 on the Reds Christopher Dominguez.

Steve Moyer, of the Inside Edge gambled $6 on Giants outfielder Justin Maxwell, hoping to grab some playing time while Hunter Pence convalesces. Steve also dropped $6 on D-backs flychaser Cody Ross (one bid challenged at $3). Steve also gambled on $1 players with Frank Garces and Seth Maness. Since the run, Steve may have caught a break as Ross has left the crowded Snake's outfield to Oakland, where they will find a place to use Ross against southpaws.

Commissioner Gardner beat out bids of $2 and $3 to land Tyler Moore ($5) hoping the local Nat will benefit from Jayson Werth’s down time. Steve spent $4 on outfielder Brennan Boesch as well, looking to get some counting stats among his flychasers.

Erid Karabell (ESPN) went $4 for Luis Jimenez, while Bob Radomski (Sandlot Shrink) spent $3 on Matt Reynolds, and I allocated the same on Jose Lobaton, hoping for some at-bats following an ill-spent three on Andrew Susac.

Finishing off, with $1 bids, Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius went with Randall Delgado, while Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf threw out a crapshoot for Chris Hatcher.

First week moves can really pay off, but the big reward this time appears to be Ahmed, and perhaps Ross.

Todd's Take

It's an interesting contrast between the bids in NL LABR and NL Tout. Tout was much more aggressive. The reason could be Tout Wars allows more freedom of movement between active and reserve while LABR only permits free movement of players drafted as reserves in March. That is, the FAAB acquistions must remain in your lineup, you can't as easily reserve them like you can in Tout Wars. KNOW THY RULES!

MIXED LEAGUE

archiebradley

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Archie Bradley, ARI $34 RotoExperts 34 BSports 10 FG -  Sleeper & Bust 6
USA TODAY Sports 3 MLB.com 1 Razzball 1
FantasyScore 7
Eric Young, ATL $13 FantasyScore 13 Baseball Prospectus 6 Fangraphs 6
Rotowire-Colton 5 USA TODAY Sports 4 MLB.com 4
Razzball 4 MLB.com 3 BSports 2
Edward Mujica, BOS $10 Rotowire-Colton 10 RotoExperts 6 MLB.com 4
FantasyScore 4 BSports 2 Razzball 1
Rasiel Iglesias, CIN $10 FG -  Sleeper & Bust 10 Rotowire-Colton 4 FantasyScore 1
Alexi Amarista, SD $7 FantasyScore 7 FNTSY 3
Jordan Schafer, MIN $6 Baseball Prospectus 6 Razzball 6 Fangraphs 3
MLB.com 3 Razzball 2 MLB.com 1
FantasyScore 1
Zach McAllister, CLE $6 Fangraphs 6 MLB.com 3 BSports 1
Rotowire-Colton 1
Devon Travis, TOR $5 RotoExperts 5 MLB.com 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Joel Peralta, LAD $5 FantasyScore 5 BSports 2 Razzball 1
Odubel Herrera, PHI $5 RotoExperts 5 Razzball 4 Razzball 3
USA TODAY Sports 2 MLB.com 1
Ryan Rua, TEX $4 MLB.com 4 RotoExperts 12 Baseball Prospectus 5
Fangraphs 2 Rotowire-Colton 1 FantasyScore 1
Michael Taylor, WSH $4 Fangraphs 4 Baseball Prospectus 5 FantasyScore 3
USA TODAY Sports 2 MLB.com 1
Josh Collmenter, ARI $3 USA TODAY Sports 3 Rotowire-Colton 3 FantasyScore 2
Razzball 1
Brandon Morrow, SD $3 Razzball 3 FantasyScore 3
Nick Hundley, COL $3 Razzball 3 Fangraphs 1
Gregor Blanco, SF $3 RotoExperts 3
Stephen Drew, NYY $3 FNTSY 3
Jesse Chavez, OAK $3 FantasyScore 3
Billy Burns, OAK $2 USA TODAY Sports 2 FantasyScore 3 Fangraphs 2
Rotowire-Colton 1 MLB.com 1
Shane Victorino, BOS $2 BSports 2 RotoExperts 5 MLB.com 2
FantasyScore 1
Ryan Hanigan, BOS $2 Baseball Prospectus 2
Miguel Gonzalez, BAL $1 MLB.com 1
Jace Peterson, ATL $1 Rotowire-Colton 1 RotoExperts 17 Baseball Prospectus 6
Razzball 1
Johnny Giavotella, LAA $1 MLB.com 1
Caleb Joseph, BAL $1 Fangraphs 1 Baseball Prospectus 1
Dillon Gee, NYM $1 BSports 1 MLB.com 1 FantasyScore 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Kyle Gibson, MIN FG -  Sleeper & Bust 8
Jon Gray, COL RotoExperts 6
Erasmo Ramirez, TB FG -  Sleeper & Bust 5 Razzball 1
Casey McGehee, SF Baseball Prospectus 3 FantasyScore 1
Danny Espinosa, WSH RotoExperts 3
Trevor Cahill, ATL RotoExperts 3
Mark Buehrle, TOR FantasyScore 3
Jake Lamb, ARI Baseball Prospectus 3
Francisco Cervelli, PIT Baseball Prospectus 2 Fangraphs 1
Yonder Alonso, SD FantasyScore 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Adam Warren, NYY USA TODAY Sports 1
Craig Gentry, OAK Rotowire-Colton 1
Nate Karns, TB Rotowire-Colton 1
Ryan Doolittle, OAK Rotowire-Colton 1
David Phelps, MIA Razzball 1
Alfredo Simon, DET FantasyScore 1
Andre Ethier, LAD FantasyScore 1
Delmon Young, BAL FantasyScore 1
Marco Estrada, TOR FantasyScore 1
Tim Lincecum, SF FantasyScore 1
Scott Van Slyke, LAD Baseball Prospectus 1
Yangervis Solarte, SD Baseball Prospectus 1

Todd Zola's Commentary and Todd's Take

I apologize friends, normally I'd find a couple of different angles but mostly due to the fact Lord Scatterbrain failed to put in bids despite several reminders, I'll combine them into one. Usually I'll discuss my bids then offer some more general commentary but the reason I have no bids isn't strategic. I was in Vegas with the NFBC and focused elsewhere.

I suppose subconsciously I knew I didn't have any major holes to fill despite drafting in February, but I am kicking myself for missing the chance to snag Devon Travis to upgrade DJ LeMahieu. LeMahieu is fine as a middle infielder in a league of this depth but Travis has a chance to contribute more - perhaps double digit homers and steals. Other than the lesson about making sure you are organized enough not to miss deadlines, the other take-home message is don't wait for an opening to improve your team, especially in mixers. Even if you upgrade a reserve, your team is better.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 April 2015 21:31
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of April 6 PDF Print E-mail
You Look FAABulous
Written by Todd Zola   
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 22:48

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Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. Normally they will run in one posting first thing Monday morning but due to the timing and length of the first free agent runs, we'll feature each seperately this week.

There are four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

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 is a bid 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.

 The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

Also included is "Todd's Take" where I will share my unique perspective focusing on FAAB strategy, game theory and league dynamics.

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE

mcalister

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ZMcAllister, Cle 16 Chris Liss 16 Rob Leibowitz 16 Mike Podhorzer 13
Seth Trachtman 8 Jeff Erickson 7 Steve Moyer 6
Andy Behrens 5 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3 Jason Collette 2
Ron Shandler 1
MCanha, Oak 7 Chris Liss 7 Steve Moyer 6
ERamirez, TB 4 Mike Podhorzer 4 Seth Trachtman 4 Jeff Erickson 3
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3 Jason Collette 3 Chris Liss 3
Ron Shandler 1
AWojciechowski, Hou 2 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3 Jason Collette 1 Chris Liss 1
Ron Shandler 0 Seth Trachtman 0
CCorporan, Tex 1 Larry Schechter 13
JDanks, CWS 1 Jeff Erickson 3 Seth Trachtman 0
MCastro, Tor 1 Jeff Erickson 3 Rob Leibowitz 0
DNava, Bos 1 Steve Moyer 3 Chris Liss 1 Rob Leibowitz 0
JSmolinksi, Tex 1 Chris Liss 5 Steve Moyer 0 Rob Leibowitz 0
NMartinez, Tex 1 Steve Moyer 2 Ron Shandler 0 Seth Trachtman 0
AAlburquerque, Det 1 Andy Behrens 2 Ron Shandler 0 Rob Leibowitz 0
UJimenez, Bal 1 Seth Trachtman 1 Mike Podhorzer 3 Chris Liss 3
Andy Behrens 0
RAlvarez, Oak 1 Ron Shandler 1 Rob Leibowitz 0
TBeckham, TB 1 Jason Collette 2
RoHernandez, Hou 1 Seth Trachtman 1
DValencia, Tor 1 Seth Trachtman 3 Rob Leibowitz 0
ESogard, Oak 1 Chris Liss 5
EKratz, KC 0 Seth Trachtman 0 Larry Schechter 1
EOFlaherty, Oak 0 Steve Moyer 0 Chris Liss 1
CYoung, KC 0 Ron Shandler 0
ZDuke, CWS 0 Chris Liss 4 Ron Shandler 0 Rob Leibowitz 0
Mike Podhorzer 0 Seth Trachtman 0
GBalfour, TB 0 Jason Collette 0 Chris Liss 1
WBloomquist, Sea 0 Seth Trachtman 0
MAndriese, TB 0 Rob Leibowitz 0 Chris Liss 4 Seth Trachtman 0
ENavarro, LAA 0 Rob Leibowitz 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

ROsuna, Tor Chris Liss 3
MAppel, Hou Chris Liss 3
JMurphy, NYY Larry Schechter 1 Seth Trachtman 0
CHerrmann, Min Larry Schechter 1
THunter, Bal Chris Liss 1
LSeverino, NYY Chris Liss 1
LHochevar, KC Chris Liss 1
KKela, Tex Chris Liss 1
JGraham, Min Chris Liss 1
JBerrios, Min Chris Liss 1
RFlaherty, Bal Seth Trachtman 0 Rob Leibowitz 0
SRobinson, Min Steve Moyer 0
CHynes, Tor Steve Moyer 0
MPelfrey, Min Seth Trachtman 0
JSucre, Sea Seth Trachtman 0
EFrieri, TB Ron Shandler 0
CFurbush, Sea Ron Shandler 0
MMorin, LAA Rob Leibowitz 0
JPetricka, CWS Andy Behrens 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

My opening day roster is already a bit of a triage unit with Drew Smyly, Josh Reddick , and Brett Oberholtzer all hitting the disabled list, so my goals are to find fill-I players for that group while of course also looking for the best overall free agents possible. Also Jon Singleton failed to make the opening day roster and I'll have to reserve him too. Kevin Pillar can move over from swing to OF, so that gives me the option of selecting any hitter or a pitcher to fill that slot.

With all that in mind, the class of free agent hitters is already standing out as being full of long-term reserve types with limited upside. Out of all of this, the player getting most of my attention is the Indian's Zach McAllister who won a spring time rotation spot and could, in theory, return to his 2013 form. Otherwise, my targets here are relievers for the remaining spots, so I am targeting relievers with some solid strikeout potential and possible closer-worthy upside.

Finishing ahead of Rotowire's Chris Liss last season cost me McAllister as we tied for the top bid. The consolation price was Matt Andriese who will work out of the Ray's pen after losing out on a (temporary) rotation spot to Erasmo Ramirez

Todd's Take

I'll be perfectly honest, I'm really surprised McAlister made it through the AL auction and 4-man reserve draft. Granted, he struggled in the bigs last season but he had a good spring and was a good bet to secure a rotation spot (though not assured) at the time of the auction. Think about it - ten Touts bid on him once he had the job secured so it wasn't his talent, it was his opportunity. I'll bet many reserve spots were used on players that will never see an active Tout lineup all season. Maybe it's because I've been putting McAlister on a bunch of 15-team, 50 player draft-and-hold teams so I'm more acutely tuned in to his plight.

The enthusiasm displayed for McAlister is a good sign that he's mixed league viable, at least as a streaming candidate.

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

archiebradley

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ABradley, Ari 42 Peter Kreutzer 44 Brian Walton 41
Tristan H. Cockcroft 40
Phil Hertz 37 Mike Gianella 30 Ray Guilfoyle 3
TCahill, Atl 27 Phil Hertz 32 Brian Walton 26 Mike Gianella 20
Ray Guilfoyle 3 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1
DBuchanan, Phi 27 Phil Hertz 37 Brian Walton 26
JimJohnson, Atl 5 Mike Gianella 5 Phil Hertz 7 Tristan H. Cockcroft 3
Brian Walton 1
JFrancoeur, Phi 1 Mike Gianella 5 Todd Zola 1 Scott Wilderman 0
JBroxton, Mil 1 Gene McCaffrey 2 Mike Gianella 0
DMcGowan, Phi 1 Peter Kreutzer 9
RYnoa, Col 1 Todd Zola 1 Phil Hertz 3
EStults, Atl 1 Brian Walton 11
JLyles, Col 1 Brian Walton 11
CSpangenberg, SD 1 Scott Wilderman 1 Todd Zola 1
BBoesch, Cin 1 Todd Zola 1
ABastardo, Pit 0 Mike Gianella 0
ACaminero, Pit 0 Brian Walton 0
MDenDekker, Was 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Todd Zola 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

BTreinen, Was Phil Hertz 4
JDiaz, Cin Phil Hertz 3 Gene McCaffrey 0
JDiekman, Phi Phil Hertz 3 Mike Gianella 0
BMaurer, SD Peter Kreutzer 2
HSanchez, SF Todd Zola 1
JArias, SF Todd Zola 1
JPacheco, Ari Todd Zola 1
PRodriguez, LAD Mike Gianella 0 Phil Hertz 0
JNicasio, LAD Phil Hertz 0 Gene McCaffrey 0
ABlanco, Phi Scott Wilderman 0
CHernandez, Phi Scott Wilderman 0
SSchumaker, Cin Scott Wilderman 0
BLogan, Col Phil Hertz 0
TThornburg, Mil Phil Hertz 0
ARamos, Mia Mike Gianella 0
ATorres, NYM Mike Gianella 0
CStammen, Was Mike Gianella 0
JAxford, Col Mike Gianella 0
JDeFratus, Phi Mike Gianella 0
MDunn, Mia Mike Gianella 0
OPerez, Ari Mike Gianella 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

It was The Dominator, the late Dale Earnhardt, who is credited with coining the phrase, "Second place is just the first loser." So I am in National League Tout Wars' first week FAAB race.

The only winning bids of over $5 were for a trio of starting pitchers whose stock has risen considerably since having been passed over in our March 22nd draft. In every case, I made what turned out to be the second-highest offer, which of course simply means that I ended up with none of the three.

The Arizona Diamondbacks were pivotal in setting up the events, trading Trevor Cahill to Atlanta while making rotation room for prospect Archie Bradley. The third in-demand hurler was Philadelphia's David Buchanan, coming off a quiet, but successful 2014 and 2015 spring training.

In aggressive early-season bidding, Bradley went to Rotoman, aka Peter Kreutzer, for $42, while Cahill and Buchanan both are now on the roster of BaseballHQ's Phil Hertz for an identical $27 each. Under the Vickrey bidding rules, Peter's max offer was $45, while Phil was willing to go up to $37 on both his picks.

The only other player to fetch an amount over $1 this week was Jim Johnson of Atlanta. The reliever, who may or may not compete with Jason Grilli for saves following the departure of all-world closer Craig Kimbrel, went for $5 to Baseball Prospectus' Mike Gianella. All of the other Major Leaguers associated with the Kimbrel trade, directly or indirectly, were already rostered in NL Tout, including Melvin Upton Jr., Carlos Quentin, Cameron Maybin and Grilli.

Todd's Take

Embellishing a bit on Brian's analysis, I love it. Kudos to our colleagues Peter, Tristan, Phil and Mike as well Brian. The days of hoarding FAAB units for the July 31 trading deadline should be a thing of the past. Forget about the chance no one comes over from the other league. It's so hard to find replacements in-season and injuries are more prevalent than ever. Nickling and diming roster holes with the cheapest available replacements will likely result in being too far out of it at the trade deadline for a single player to make a winning difference. Spend early and spend often. And in Tout Wars, which used Vickrey, don't be afraid to really loosen the FAAB-strings.

Of course, I went the cheap route this week but there wasn't viable inventory at the positions I needed help.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

grilli

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JGrilli, Atl 41 Cory Schwartz 42 Scott Pianowski 40 Joe Pisapia 38
Nando DiFino 37 Derek Van Riper 23 Scott Engel 19
Paul Singman 19 Scott Engel 17 Fred Zinkie 15
Zach Steinhorn 13 Al Melchior 9 Ray Flowers 9
Tim Heaney 7
CMaybin, Atl 15 Zach Steinhorn 15 Nando DiFino 14 Cory Schwartz 12
Ray Flowers 8 Scott Engel 2 Tim Heaney 1
Paul Singman 1
ABradley, Ari 13 Scott Engel 14 Tim Heaney 12 Derek Van Riper 5
Cory Schwartz 1
TCahill, Atl 11 Cory Schwartz 11 Scott Swanay 10
ZMcAllister, Cle 8 Joe Pisapia 11 Al Melchior 7 Fred Zinkie 3
Scott Swanay 2 Cory Schwartz 1
OHerrera, Phi 7 Paul Singman 15 Zach Steinhorn 10 Tim Heaney 6
Ray Flowers 3 Scott Engel 2 Fred Zinkie 0
BBurns, Oak 5 Nando DiFino 8 Scott Engel 4
JimJohnson, Atl 3 Tim Heaney 3 Scott Engel 3
HSantiago, LAA 2 Paul Singman 3 Cory Schwartz 1
ADeSclafani, Cin 2 Scott Swanay 10 Paul Singman 2 Derek Van Riper 1
Cory Schwartz 0 Tim Heaney 0
NKarns, TB 2 Scott Swanay 10 Tim Heaney 2 Scott Engel 1
Cory Schwartz 0
KGibson, Min 2 Ray Flowers 5 Derek Van Riper 1
JLocke, Pit 1 Scott Swanay 2 Scott Pianowski 1 Cory Schwartz 0
JGiavotella, LAA 1 Tim Heaney 1 Fred Zinkie 0
SDrew, NYY 1 Derek Van Riper 3 Ray Flowers 2 Fred Zinkie 0
CCoghlan, ChC 1 Cory Schwartz 2
JHellickson, Ari 1 Scott Swanay 10 Paul Singman 0 Cory Schwartz 0
ERamirez, TB 1 Ray Flowers 4 Cory Schwartz 0
AWarren, NYY 1 Cory Schwartz 11 Scott Swanay 8 Tim Heaney 3
CAsche, Phi 1 Scott Swanay 10 Cory Schwartz 7
JGomes, Atl 1 Scott Swanay 10
OInfante, KC 0 Fred Zinkie 0 Cory Schwartz 0
TMilone, Min 0 Cory Schwartz 0
TFlowers, CWS 0 Cory Schwartz 0 Ray Flowers 0
JFamilia, NYM 0 Scott Engel 0
MCastro, Tor 0 Paul Singman 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

CMcGehee, SF Scott Swanay 10 Ray Flowers 2
JSmoak, Tor Scott Swanay 10 Ray Flowers 3
JPeralta, LAD Cory Schwartz 8 Tim Heaney 3
TKoehler, Mia Scott Swanay 8
RMontero, NYM Joe Pisapia 5 Scott Engel 3 Ray Flowers 1
CGentry, Oak Scott Swanay 5 Cory Schwartz 1
JMercer, Pit Scott Swanay 5 Cory Schwartz 0
SFuld, Oak Scott Swanay 5 Paul Singman 0
CGillaspie, CWS Scott Swanay 5 Cory Schwartz 0
DLeMahieu, Col Scott Swanay 5
JUribe, LAD Scott Swanay 5
NMartinez, Tex Joe Pisapia 3
NAhmed, Ari Derek Van Riper 3
CHatcher, LAD Tim Heaney 3
JPanik, SF Ray Flowers 2 Fred Zinkie 0
YEscobar, Was Cory Schwartz 2 Derek Van Riper 1
TLincecum, SF Ray Flowers 2
AHechavarria, Mia Derek Van Riper 1
JIglesias, Det Derek Van Riper 1
ZCozart, Cin Derek Van Riper 1
GSizemore, Phi Cory Schwartz 1
CStammen, Was Scott Pianowski 0
JVargas, KC Scott Engel 0
CBethancourt, Atl Ray Flowers 0
ISuzuki, Mia Ray Flowers 0
TGosewisch, Ari Ray Flowers 0
ASimon, Det Paul Singman 0
ChJohnson, Atl Cory Schwartz 0
LForsythe, TB Cory Schwartz 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

When it comes to FAAB strategy, I've always been an advocate of not being afraid to spend early in the season, as the earlier you acquire a player who you think will considerably help your team, the more time that player has to make a positive contribution. Judging from these results, it's safe to say that Cory Schwartz agrees with this philosophy, though I can't imagine that he expected to pay a Vickrey adjusted price of $41 for Jason Grilli upon entering his bid of $43. At the time of the FAAB run, it was unclear who the closer would be in Atlanta following the Craig Kimbrel trade, with Grilli being the most likely option but Jim Johnson also in the mix. But on Monday, the team officially named Grilli their closer, so it's entirely possible that the 41 FAAB bucks will translate to 30 saves. Or it's also possible that Grilli, who lost the Pirates closing gig to Mark Melancon last season, blows enough save opportunities for the Braves that they will turn to Johnson. Such is the risk of chasing saves!

Another fallout from Sunday's Padres-Braves swap is that it sounds like Cameron Maybin, who has so far failed to live up to his top prospect billing, will get another opportunity to play every day, this time for a rebuilding Braves squad. I had actually been in trade discussions to upgrade my speed when news broke of this deal, so when the fantasy trade talks fell through, I immediately identified Maybin as a guy worth adding. Sure, he carries plenty of risk, but it's not like the Braves have a plethora of appealing outfield alternatives, and Maybin did swipe a combined 66 bags from 2011-2012 as a full-timer for the Padres. I'm hoping he can hit enough and stay healthy enough to remain in the Atlanta lineup for the entire season and maybe chip in 25 steals.

Todd's Take

I know saves is saves but they do come with a little collateral damage, As such, in mixers I prefer to leave the auction or draft with my intended closers. Thus in my mixed leagues, I didn't make a strong play for the new Braves' closer. Had I needed more saves, Grilli's history is such that I likely would have made a play so I'm not surprised 13 of the 15 league members here were in on the bidding. Of particular note is Derek Van Riper won this league last season while punting saves. He avoided closers again at the auction but his bid for Grilli suggests he's willing to looks for saves in-season.

Something I like to do is use the losing bids to get a feel for what each owner may want to complete their team. If I have an excess in that area, perhaps we can swing an early season deal that helps both of us. Maybe I'm wrong, but Scott Pianowski, Joe Pisapia, Nando Difino and Derek Van Riper all made string bids for Grilli, so it stands to reason they're in the market for a closer. If I felt I could part with some saves, I'd be looking at their rosters (including reserves) to see if they could help me fortify a weakness. Similarly, anyone that bid on Maybin or Odubel Herrera could be looking for speed.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

maybin

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JGrilli, Atl 17 Tim McLeod 27 Adam Ronis 16 Eno Sarris 13
Ray Murphy 11 Charlie Wiegert 7 Rudy Gamble 4
Anthony Perri 4 Grey Albright 2
CMaybin, Atl 17 Paul Greco 21 Grey Albright 16
MJohnson, CWS 8 Charlie Wiegert 19 Perry Van Hook 7 Anthony Perri 6
Grey Albright 5 Rudy Gamble 3 Adam Ronis 2
KGraveman, Oak 7 Charlie Wiegert 10 Tim McLeod 8 Adam Ronis 6
Perry Van Hook 5 Ray Murphy 3 Anthony Perri 3
Eno Sarris 1 Rudy Gamble 1
FCervelli, Pit 6 Tim McLeod 9 Rick Wilton 5 Adam Ronis 1
ZMcAllister, Cle 4 Charlie Wiegert 9 Eno Sarris 4 Ray Murphy 3
Adam Ronis 1
NKarns, TB 4 Charlie Wiegert 9 Ray Murphy 3 Eno Sarris 1
Rudy Gamble 1
BMorrow, SD 3 Rudy Gamble 3 Grey Albright 3 Adam Ronis 2
CAsche, Phi 1 Tim McLeod 6
AWarren, NYY 1 Ray Murphy 3 Grey Albright 3 Perry Van Hook 2
Eno Sarris 2 Charlie Wiegert 0
JHellickson, Ari 1 Ray Murphy 3
DGee, NYM 1 Ray Murphy 3 Rudy Gamble 1 Charlie Wiegert 0
OHerrera, Phi 1 Grey Albright 3 Perry Van Hook 2 Rudy Gamble 1
EMujica, Bos 1 Charlie Wiegert 9 Perry Van Hook 4 Grey Albright 3
Rudy Gamble 2
BBurns, Oak 1 Charlie Wiegert 7 Rudy Gamble 1
JMercer, Pit 1 Anthony Perri 1 Charlie Wiegert 5 Adam Ronis 0
JDeLaRosa, Col 1 Anthony Perri 2
JUribe, LAD 1 Anthony Perri 2
CQuentin, Atl 1 Anthony Perri 4
JPeterson, Atl 1 Adam Ronis 2 Charlie Wiegert 15
DTravis, Tor 1 Perry Van Hook 4 Charlie Wiegert 2
JMarisnick, Hou 1 Perry Van Hook 1 Charlie Wiegert 2
RIglesias, Cin 1 Grey Albright 3
BColon, NYM 0 Adam Ronis 0 Rudy Gamble 1 Charlie Wiegert 0
RHanigan, Bos 0 Adam Ronis 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

DLeMahieu, Col Charlie Wiegert 5
MDuffy, SF Charlie Wiegert 5
ChJohnson, Atl Anthony Perri 4
JGiavotella, LAA Charlie Wiegert 3 Perry Van Hook 2
JPanik, SF Charlie Wiegert 3 Anthony Perri 0
MOlt, ChC Grey Albright 3
JSmolinksi, Tex Charlie Wiegert 3
NSwisher, Cle Charlie Wiegert 3
JSchoop, Bal Anthony Perri 2
JimJohnson, Atl Grey Albright 2
JLocke, Pit Perry Van Hook 2
DFreese, LAA Charlie Wiegert 2
NAhmed, Ari Charlie Wiegert 2
MCastro, Tor Tim McLeod 1
ERamirez, TB Rudy Gamble 1
CGentry, Oak Perry Van Hook 1
JLoney, TB Anthony Perri 1
DBuchanan, Phi Eno Sarris 1
ARussell, ChC Charlie Wiegert 1
CCorrea, Hou Charlie Wiegert 1
JChavez, Oak Anthony Perri 0 Charlie Wiegert 0
AHarang, Phi Charlie Wiegert 0
EStults, Atl Charlie Wiegert 0
MBuehrle, Tor Charlie Wiegert 0
RMontero, NYM Anthony Perri 0
CCoghlan, ChC Adam Ronis 0
MMcKenry, Col Adam Ronis 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Like the other TOUT leagues this bidding was Sunday night so the girl with the most dance tickets was new Atlanta Braves closer Jason Grilli who went for a Vickrey reduced $17 to defending champion Tim McLeod whose bid was $27.

New White Sox second baseman and threat to lead the AL in stolen bases (if he can keep the job) Micah Johnson was the next highest winning bid at $8 - one dollar more than my $7 try. As a nice consolation prize I got new Toronto second baseman Devon Travis for $1 on a four dollar bid. I also snagged temporary (?) Red Sox closer Edward Mujica and Houston center fielder Jake Marisnick for a dollar each.

The only other players that went for more than a dollar were Oakland starting pitcher (and the surprise star of the Cactus League) Kendall Graveman - $7 to Charlie Weigert; and Pittsburgh catcher Francisco Cervelli for $6 to McLeod.

Todd's Take

I could be all wet here but the diligence one puts into their bids and contingencies could be a reflection of the competitor's temperament and may help when it comes to scheming trade discussions. To be perfectly frank, I really like OnRoto as a service, but their FAAB set-up is a bit cumbersome, especially if you want to string a bunch of secondary bids. I'm not a soothsayer, and I don't want to take too much for granted, but those willing to put the time and effort into a plethora of FAAB bids are likely to be more patient and willing to negotiate in trade talks, Those that put in minimal bids may not be as willing to engage in an extended swap discussion. As such, I'm likely to get right to the point when I propose a trade, I'm not saying tilt an offer in their favor, just saying they likely want to cut out the small talk and get right to "what do you want and what are you offering".

What I DO like about OnRoto is all bids are archived for the league to see so you can get a feel for this over the first few weeks of the campaign.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 April 2015 14:26
 
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