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Friday 22nd Sep 2017

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

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

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

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

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

jay bruce

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
JBruce, Cle Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 449 Rob Leibowitz 415 Steve Moyer 379 Mike Podhorzer 378 Patrick Davitt 165
    Jason Collette 100      
BSnell, TB Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 26 Nando DiFino 14 Mike Podhorzer 13 Seth Trachtman 1  
GBird, NYY Mike Podhorzer 23        
BPowell, Oak Seth Trachtman 20 Jason Collette 13 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1    
KMiddleton, LAA Seth Trachtman 15 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1      
JJunis, KC Mike Podhorzer 13        
JMinaya, CWS Jason Collette 12 Seth Trachtman 5      
YPetit, LAA Larry Schechter 6 Jason Collette 11 Patrick Davitt 2 Seth Trachtman 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
AAlmonte, Cle Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1        
RTepera, Tor Steve Moyer 0 Patrick Davitt 0      
JShields, CWS Steve Moyer 0        
YGallardo, Sea Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0        
SCishek, TB Patrick Davitt 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
DFister, Bos Seth Trachtman 1                                                                                                    
JDDavis, Hou Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1        
ABummer, CWS Steve Moyer 0        
CGentry, Bal Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0        
ChSmith, Oak Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0        
DLeone, Tor Patrick Davitt 0        

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

No question regarding the intent of Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton this week, who spent nearly half their total FAAB budget on Jay Bruce ($449), easily leading the pack, especially with the next highest free agent being Tampa hurler Blake Snell, who mustered just a $26, also to team Colton/Wolf. Rick and Glenn did not stop there, making two more acquisitions in Abraham Almonte ($1) and Yovani Gallardo ($0), hoping to jump start some standings movement.

Dominating season-long leader Mike Podhorzer made a couple of moves, grabbing Yankees first sacker Greg Bird ($23) and then Jake Junis for another $13, while second place owner Jason Collette dropped $12 on Pale Hose pitcher Juan Minaya.

Seth Trachtman made a pair of purchases, gambling on Boog Powell for $20 and Angels hurler Kenyan Middleton for $15 while Larry Schechter took a shot on Yusmeiro Petit for $6.

The remaining names--all $0 bids--kind of reads like a who's who of has-beens like James Shields ($0 to Steve Moyer) and Steve Cishek ($0 to Patrick Davitt).

Todd's Take

It'll be interesting to see what the Yankees do with Greg Bird when he's ready to return. Both he and Starlin Castro are on rehab assignments, likely to join the club when rosters expand. The obvious spot for Bird is the strong side of a platoon at first, but Chase Headley has been handling that swimmingly, recording a .333/.385/.505 triple slash the last month. Still, it's Chase Headley -- Bird should get a month to get in a groove should the Yankees make the playoffs.

mark leiter 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
MLeiter, Phi Todd Zola 57 Phil Hertz 2 Mike Gianella 0    
AStevenson, Was Todd Zola 47                                                      
PKivlehan, Cin Todd Zola 37 Scott Wilderman 6      
VCaratini, ChC Brian Walton 22        
VWorley, Mia Scott Wilderman 8        
CStratton, SF Phil Hertz 5        
JAlfaro, Phi Craig Mish 0 Brian Walton 5      
CMoncrief, SF Craig Mish 0        
HStrickland, SF Mike Gianella 0        
PMaton, SD Mike Gianella 0        
TWood, SD Derek Carty 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
MAviles, Mia Todd Zola 27                                                                                                    
MRojas, Mia Todd Zola 27        
ASusac, Mil Brian Walton 3        
CStewart, Pit Brian Walton 1        
AChafin, Ari Derek Carty 0        
BMorrow, LAD Mike Gianella 0        
JBenoit, Pit Mike Gianella 0        
MDunn, Col Mike Gianella 0        
RStephenson, Cin Phil Hertz 0        
TLyons, StL Phil Hertz 0        
TTelis, Mia Craig Mish 0        

Brian Walton's Commentary

It was quite a comedown after three straight weeks of heavy bidding primarily due to interleague trading, but NL Tout owners were still active, with 11 players picked up.

I feel like I should let Todd Zola take over, since he was top bidder on the three top-dollar players. They begin with Mark Leiter for $57. The right-hander has been strong in long relief, with 17 strikeouts and no walks in 10 1/3 innings to go with a 3.48 ERA over the last two weeks.

Next is Andrew Stephenson of Washington for $47. The outfielder should receive time as a top reserve at all three positions. Zola’s third buy is Patrick Kivlehan of Cincinnati for $37. The outfielder is batting just .217 on the season, but is red-hot, with a .333 average, two home runs and six RBI over the last week.

Having lost Willson Contreras to a hamstring injury, I picked up Victor Caratini for $22. The catcher is back from Triple-A and will serve as Alex Avila’s backup for the next 4-6 weeks.

Todd's Take

I wish I had some pearls of wisdom to explain my acquisitions, but it's simply a matter of having holes and FAAB to burn, seeing as I'm not going to get anything coming over to the NL in a waiver deal. Brian covered the attributes of the trio. I've been using ten pitchers, so I reserved Jacob Barnes, Seung Hwan Oh along with infielder Allen Cordoba, releasing Chris Heisey, Amir Garrett and Johonny Peralta.

In a year where injuries wrecked a lot of teams, I don't have that as an excuse in this league. Yeah, I lost a ton of players, including Madison Bumgarner but the truth is this was a poorly constructed team which would be floundering even if Bumgarner hadn't decided to go for that fateful joyride. I don't think it was poor evaluation of the player pool or even a bad draft plan. It comes down to lousy execution, plain and simple. I'll have more to say about some of the mistakes I made in draft leagues in my various platforms, but here it was nothing more than failing to get into my zone during the auction.

That said, something I'm considering changing is the approach to my reserves. It's not just this season, but past years and following how others handle the bench. I usually focus on MLB back-ups, leaving the prospects to others. I'm pretty sure I'll stash at least one top prospect next season. 

alex avila

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
AAvila, ChC Ron Shandler 67 Scott Swanay 44 Al Melchior 5 Tim Heaney 0                         
YPetit, LAA Scott Swanay 44 Ron Shandler 3      
CGranderson, NYM Fred Zinkie 40 Zach Steinhorn 38 Ray Flowers 13    
BGoodwin, Was Fred Zinkie 40 Al Melchior 1      
TWilliams, Pit Ray Flowers 39 Scott Swanay 35 Ron Shandler 23 Scott Engel 9  
CCron, LAA Ray Flowers 29        
JJunis, KC Al Melchior 26        
ABanda, Ari Jeff Zimmerman 21        
MLeiter, Phi Al Melchior 13        
APruitt, TB Ron Shandler 8        
AWojciechowski, Cin Bret Sayre 3 Ray Flowers 19 Ron Shandler 5 Scott Swanay 0  
BSnell, TB Bret Sayre 3 Tim Heaney 0      
ASenzatela, Col Bret Sayre 2 Bret Sayre 3      
JCotton, Oak Tim Heaney 0 Ray Flowers 13 Bret Sayre 3 Tim Heaney 0  
ERamirez, Sea Scott Swanay 0 Ray Flowers 13      
YGomes, Cle Tim Heaney 0 Ron Shandler 1      
PValaika, Col Gene McCaffrey 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
MMelancon, SF Ray Flowers 39                                                                             
JMauer, Min Ray Flowers 19        
JPolanco, Min Ray Flowers 19        
JAlbMartinez, StL Fred Zinkie 10        
ONarvaez, CWS Ron Shandler 2        
SLeon, Bos Ron Shandler 1 Tim Heaney 0      
JHicks, Det Ron Shandler 1        
AHeaney, LAA Tim Heaney 0        
CPinder, Oak Gene McCaffrey 0        
DDietrich, Mia Gene McCaffrey 0        
DFister, Bos Tim Heaney 0        
EHernandez, LAD Gene McCaffrey 0        
SLugo, NYM Tim Heaney 0        
UJimenez, Bal Tim Heaney 0        

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Starting pitchers dominated this week's FAAB bidding, as ten of the 17 total purchases were indeed starters.

The most expensive hurler was swingman Yusmeiro Petit who has thrived this season, pitching to a 2.36 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP with well over a strikeout per inning in 42 appearances. Petit picked up a save last weekend, albeit in an extra inning affair. He was also scheduled to start this week, though it now appears Andrew Heaney will make his 2017 debut. With only five games this week, the Angels could look elsewhere if Heaney is unable to go, or they could use Petit. Either way, he's a useful roster piece.

In a somewhat surprising development, Alex Avila was the highest priced purchase overall, fetching a $67 winning bid from Ron Shandler. Avila has been productive since taking over as the primary backstop for the Cubs in place of the injured Willson Contreras, and Shandler is a Contreras owner, so maybe this isn't so surprising after all.

Curtis Granderson doesn't belong on the waiver wire in a 15-team mixed league. At least that was my thinking when I decided to place a $38 bid on the Mets outfielder. I don't have a huge need for Grandy, though it would have been nice to add his hot bat to my lineup. There are questions about his playing time situation, both in the short term and the long term should he get traded, which probably explains the modest interest in him among these Touts. Unfortunately, one of them valued Granderson slightly more than I did. When you lose out on a player by $2, the natural tendency is to wish you had bid a few more bucks.

Todd's Take

The top priced starting pitcher was Trevor Williams, coming off a decent double dip where he blanked the Tigers for seven frames, then allowed three earned to the Jays in six frames. For the week, he whiffed a respectable 12 in 13 innings, though he also issued six free passes. Williams isn't especially dominant, relying on good control and keeping the ball in the yard. He's a guy I'm comfortable streaming at home and in good road matchups. This week, he draws the Cardinals in PNC Park, a pretty decent setup.

Is C.J. Cron finally going to get regular playing time? Since his early July recall, he's raking to the tune of .348/.392/.667 decimals. Cron's been playing full-time lately as Luis Valbuena's been filling in at third (along with Jefry Marte and Kaleb Cowart) while Yunel Escobar is out. If Cron keeps hitting right-handers well, he may continue to play regularly once Escobar is back later this month. Valbuena usually handles righties, but has been mired in a season-long malaise.

cam bedrosian

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
CBedrosian, LAA Corey Parson 71 Adam Ronis 18 Scott White 9                                                  
NWalker, Mil Rudy Gamble 57 Corey Parson 2 Scott White 0    
DomSmith, NYM Corey Parson 33 Scott White 0      
CGreen, NYY Perry Van Hook 31        
APruitt, TB D.J. Short 20 Adam Ronis 13 Corey Parson 3    
KMiddleton, LAA Adam Ronis 13        
CVazquez, Bos Charlie Wiegert 8 Perry Van Hook 0 Greg Ambrosius 0    
CIannetta, Ari Ray Murphy 7 Greg Ambrosius 0      
CCron, LAA Charlie Wiegert 3        
BColon, Min Greg Ambrosius 2        
TTelis, Mia Greg Ambrosius 0        
JAlfaro, Phi Perry Van Hook 0 Charlie Wiegert 6      
BParker, LAA Scott White 0 Adam Ronis 13      
RMadson, Was Scott White 0 Perry Van Hook 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
ACole, Was D.J. Short 15                                                      
TWilliams, Pit Adam Ronis 13 Corey Parson 3 Perry Van Hook 0    
HKendrick, Was Corey Parson 11        
CaJoseph, Bal Ray Murphy 7 Perry Van Hook 0      
THildenberger, Min Adam Ronis 7        
KSmith, CWS Charlie Wiegert 6        
AMiranda, Sea D.J. Short 5        
MBelisle, Min Adam Ronis 1        
VCaratini, ChC Perry Van Hook 0        
MLeiter, Phi Perry Van Hook 0        
JHicks, Det Perry Van Hook 0        
JCenteno, Hou Perry Van Hook 0        
DFister, Bos Greg Ambrosius 0        
DEnns, Min Greg Ambrosius 0        
CStratton, SF Perry Van Hook 0        
BMitchell, NYY Greg Ambrosius 0        
ABanda, Ari Perry Van Hook 0        

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

High bids went to a closer reclaiming his job as Cam Bedrosian cost Corey Parson $71, and a forgotten middle infield bat as new Brewer, former Met Neil Walker went for $57 to league leader Rudy Gamble.

Only half the league made bids, obviously having better team doctors than my squad with four new additions to the disabled list. I only bid for two replacements as I could fill two spots with Aaron Hicks and Tyson Ross returning from the infirmary.

The saying "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" is often cruelly the refrain of weekly FAAB contests. Several weeks ago I had Yankee pitcher Chad Green on my roster, not just because he was pitching so well in relief, but because the Yankees were thin in their rotation and I hoped he might get a chance to start. Roster spots are short however and the Yankees added to their pitching staff via trade so Green fell off my roster. With a potential start next week I was glad to add him back but would others bid? Sadly my $31 winning bid could have been thirty dollars lighter and still been successful. Making matters worse, Luis Cessa is taking the spot initially earmarked for Green. That said, Green is used for multiple innings so with the Yankees playing seven games this week, there's a good chance Green pitches the equivalent innings of a starter, with more whiffs than most.

On the other hand with another catcher on the DL I chose to bid on several for $0 bids and won my first choice, Philly prospect Jorge Alfaro while Christian Vazquez, lower on my list went for $8.

Todd's Take

Funny to note Petit wasn't even bid on in the Tout Mixed Draft, but Bedrosian, Kenyan Middleton and Blake Parker all drew interest for the Angels saves.

It took a waiver deal sending Jay Brice to the junior circuit, but Dominic Smith was finally called up from Triple-A Las Vegas where he was slashing an impressive .330/.386/.519, though keep in mind the desert, and PCL in general, is a hitter's paradise. Still, Smith will play regularly so he's definitely worth a look for those in need of a power boost.

Despite being a switch hitter, Nell Walker will likely only play versus right-handers, as that's his better side. Fellow switch-hitter and one of my worst life decisions this summer, Jonathan Villar, will probably play the keystone versus southpaws.

Dinelson Lamet

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
DLamet, SD Peter Kreutzer 39                                                      
CBedrosian, LAA Andrea LaMont 32 Peter Kreutzer 28 Vlad Sedler 7    
HNeris, Phi Peter Kreutzer 23 Andrea LaMont 41      
MBelisle, Min Andrea LaMont 21        
KWong, StL Dr. Roto 19        
RHoskins, Phi Dr. Roto 15        
RLopez, CWS Dr. Roto 11        
AAvila, ChC Vlad Sedler 4        
MWieters, Was Jake Ciely 3 Vlad Sedler 0      
JPirela, SD Jake Ciely 3        
KMiddleton, LAA Vlad Sedler 2        
JEickhoff, Phi Jake Ciely 1 Peter Kreutzer 9      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
SNewcomb, Atl Peter Kreutzer 16                                                                                                    
KSuzuki, Atl Vlad Sedler 4        
TBarnhart, Cin Vlad Sedler 2        
THildenberger, Min Andrea LaMont 2        
MLeiter, Phi Vlad Sedler 1        
ARosario, NYM Jake Ciely 1        
ABarnes, LAD Vlad Sedler 0        

Todd's Take

Four straight solid efforts caught the attention of league proprietor Peter Kreutzer, looking to fortify his pitching. Lamet's fanned 23 in his last 23 1/3 innings, albeit with nine walks. Most importantly, he's issued no homers in that span. Lamet is slated for double duty this week, both in Petco Park. First up is a weak Plhillies club, followed by the Bryce Harper-less Nationals.

 

LABRLOGO

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

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

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

 jay bruce

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Jay Bruce, CLE Brandon Funston 58 Rotowire 55 SiriusXM 32 Baseball Prospectus 20 Baseball HQ 17
    Fangraphs 17 Colton & The Wolfman 6    
Cam Bedrosian, LAA Rotowire 35 Fangraphs 6 Baseball HQ 5 USA TODAY Sports 5 Baseball Prospectus 2
    Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      
Boog Powell, OAK Rotowire 7 Fangraphs 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Trevor Hildenberger, MIN Fangraphs 3 Baseball Prospectus 1      
Keynan Middleton, LAA Baseball Prospectus 2 Fangraphs 1      
Doug Fister, BOS USA TODAY Sports 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Garrett Cooper, NYY Fangraphs 2        
Chris Smith, OAK Colton & The Wolfman 1        
Mark Canha, OAK Colton & The Wolfman 1        
Darwin Barney, TOR NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
Mychal Givens, BAL Rotowire 6                                                                             
Adam Engel, CWS Colton & The Wolfman 1 Fangraphs 1      
Anibal Sanchez, DET Colton & The Wolfman 1        
Jefry Marte, LAA Colton & The Wolfman 1        
Nick Tepesch, TOR Colton & The Wolfman 1        

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Another week of interleague swaps made for another week of deep pockets as Brandon Funston tried to fire his offense by acquiring Jay Bruce for $58, besting six bids ranging from $6 to $55. Clay Link spent the next highest amount, pinning some save hopes on Cam Bedrosian for $35, besting five would-be owners, those with lesser challenges from $2-$6. Clay also rostered new Athletic Boog Powell for $7 besting another pair of wannabe owners.

Eno Sarris picked up Trevor Hidenberger ($3) and Yankees first sacker Garrett Cooper ($2) while LABR commish Steve Gardner took the gamble with Doug Fister fr a couple of bucks as well.

Finishing off the moves, Mike Gianella obtained Kenyan Middleton for $2 while Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton opted for Chris Smith and Mark Canha each for a buck. Lastly, Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius added Darwin Barney--who has had as many FAAB owners as Peter Borjous--for a dollar.

Todd's Take

It appears Bud Norris is out of pixie dust and his days of closing are over. Using the bidding here as a guide, most feel Cam Bedrosian is next in line. However, Kenyan Middleton, as well as Yusmeiro Petit each garnered a save over the weekend. Granted, Petit's was of the extra-inning variety while Middletons's came on the heels of Bedrosian recording one the night before. The funny thing is Blake Parker has the best credentials of the lot. 

I concur with the majority here, Bedrosian should rack up the most saves. However, it appears Mike Scioscia doesn't want to overwork the frequently-injured Bedrosian.

mark leiter

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Mark Leiter, PHI Colton & The Wolfman 4 Baseball HQ 1    

 

Asher Wojciechowski, CIN Mastersball 4 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1                         
Pablo Sandoval, SF Colton & The Wolfman 3        
Tyler Lyons, STL Baseball HQ 1        
Rene Rivera, NYM Baseball HQ 1        
Drew Steckenrider, MIA Baseball HQ 1        
Danny Santana, ATL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1        
Tomas Telis, MIA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1        
Rafael Montero, NYM Colton & The Wolfman 1        
Sal Romano, CIN Colton & The Wolfman 1        
Edwin Jackson, WSH Colton & The Wolfman 1        
Andrew Chafin, ARI Derek Carty 1        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
Albert Almora Jr., CHC Colton & The Wolfman 2                                                                             
Carson Kelly, STL Baseball HQ 1        
Chris Rusin, COL Baseball HQ 1        
Chris Stratton, SF Colton & The Wolfman 1        
Jose Lobaton, WSH Baseball HQ 1        
Justin Wilson, CHC Baseball HQ 1        
Kyle Farmer, LAD Baseball HQ 1        
Ryan Hanigan, COL Baseball HQ 1                           

Brian Walton's Commentary

Even without the momentum of non-waiver trades, a dozen players were added this week in NL LABR.

I spent the most, $4, beating out four others for the services of Cincinnati’s Asher Wojciechowski. It has quite an interesting two months for the right-hander, who was outrighted in late June, but then added back onto the major league roster just two weeks later. He has logged a 1.93 ERA in 23 1/3 innings since his July 2 return.

Also purchased for $4 was Philadelphia’s Mark Leiter, by Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf. The right-hander has logged a good 3.48 ERA and exceptional 0.87 WHIP and 17 strikeouts in 10 1/3 frames over the last two weeks.

The return to San Francisco of Kung Fu Panda, Pablo Sandoval, caused Colton and the Wolfman to spend $3. Unfortunately, the Giants are no longer World Series contenders and Sandoval hasn’t been good since 2014. He is getting at-bats, however, which has value in itself.

Todd's Take

I like both of the starting pitcher pick-ups at the top of the board this week, having picked them both up in mixed leagus this week, let alone in an NL only format. It wasn't that long ago that Asher Wojciechowski was a highly regarded propsect in the Jays and Astros system, but injuries curtailed his fledgling career. Now healthy, and pitching well since he was waived by the Reds as Brian notes, Wojciechowski has a shot to inject himself into Cincinnati's 2018 plans. This week, he's lined up for a double dip, both on the road, facing the Cubs and Braves.

Injuries have also paved the way for Leiter to audition for next season. Vince Velasquez is the Phillies latest casualty. It was Leiter who came in for Velasquez after he left his last start with numbness in his middle finger. Leiter worked five innings, following a 4 1/3 frame effort before that, so he's stretched out enough not to be concerned in that regard. Brian notes Leiter's stellar peripherals since his recall. Even more impressive is that 4 1/3 inning effort came in Coors field.

rhys hoskins

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Rhys Hoskins, PHI @TheFantasyFix 5 Scout Fantasy 2                         
Reynaldo Lopez, CWS Baseball HQ 4 @TheFantasyFix 2   Scout Fantasy 2                     
Manny Pina, MIL Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 3        
Kolten Wong, STL Baseball Prospectus 2 USA TODAY Sports 5   Scout Fantasy 2  
Jake Junis, KC @TheFantasyFix 2 MLB.com 1      
A.J. Cole, WSH @TheFantasyFix 2 Baseball HQ 1      
Chris Stratton, SF Baseball HQ 2 @TheFantasyFix 1      
Travis Wood, SD Baseball Prospectus 1 @TheFantasyFix 1      
Edwin Jackson, WSH MLB.com 1 @TheFantasyFix 1      
Kevan Smith, CWS Scout Fantasy 1        
Yovani Gallardo, SEA Baseball Prospectus 1        
Mark Leiter, PHI Scout Fantasy 1        
Miguel Gonzalez, CWS Baseball Prospectus 1        
Gregory Infante, CWS @TheFantasyFix 1        
Yusmeiro Petit, LAA MLB.com 1        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
Dominic Smith, NYM @TheFantasyFix 4                                                               
Austin Pruitt, TB @TheFantasyFix 1        
Chad Bettis, COL @TheFantasyFix 1        
Dansby Swanson, ATL Baseball Prospectus 1        
Erasmo Ramirez, SEA Baseball HQ 1        
Jake Petricka, CWS @TheFantasyFix 1        
Jorge Polanco, MIN Baseball Prospectus 1        
Juan Minaya, CWS @TheFantasyFix 1                        
Mikie Mahtook, DET USA TODAY Sports 1        

Todd Zola's Commentary

Ill preface this by saying I'm guilty too, but I'm surprised Rhys Hoskins didn't draw more attention. He was arguably the best hitter in the minors previous to his promotion, slashing a robust .284/.385/.581 with 29 homers in 115 games for Triple-A Lehigh. Hoskins is currently playing left with Aaron Altherr on the shelf again, but he'll eventually push Tommy Joseph for time at first base.

The other eagerly awaited call-up was Reynaldo Lopez pushing Mike Pelfrey to the bullpen. Lopez, Lucas Giolito and Micheal Kopech are expected to anchor the White Sox rotation in a few years. As a 23-year old righty for Triple-A Charlotte, Lopez sported a 3.79 ERA and 1.24 WHIP, with an impressive 9.7 K/9, though his 3.6 BB/9 is a little high. With 121 minor league innings already under his belt (plus the six he tossed in his White Sox debut), the Pale Hose will be cautious with Lopez the rest of the way. He's still worth a pick-up, just don't be surprised if we start seeing five-and-fly from the youngster, especially since the combo of whiffs and walks tends to drive up pitch counts.

Todd's Take

As a young lad, I was taught if you didn't have something nice to say about your fantasy team, say nothing at all. I'm still languishing near last, with no relief in sight. Good times.

LABRLOGO

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

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

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

matt belisle

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Matt Belisle, MIN SiriusXM 17 Winning Fantasy Baseball 3    
Matthew Boyd, DET Baseball Prospectus 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1                         
Marco Gonzales, SEA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 SiriusXM 4    
Nicky Delmonico, CWS Baseball HQ 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Chris Gimenez, MIN Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Addison Reed, BOS Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 SiriusXM 2    
Jake Junis, KC NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Derek Holland, CWS Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Austin Pruitt, TB Colton & The Wolfman 1 Baseball Prospectus 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Drew Butera, KC Baseball HQ 2 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1                           
Tommy Kahnle, NYY Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 SiriusXM 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Bryan Shaw, CLE Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      
Luke Gregerson, HOU Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      
Nick Vincent, SEA Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      
Tyler Duffey, MIN Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      
Alex Wilson, DET SiriusXM 1      
Tommy Hunter, TB SiriusXM 1      
David Phelps, SEA Baseball Prospectus 1      
Carlos Ruiz, SEA Baseball HQ 1      
Jim Adduci, DET Baseball HQ 1      
Juan Centeno, HOU Baseball HQ 1      
Mark Canha, OAK Baseball HQ 1      
Ryan Rua, TEX Baseball HQ 1      

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

With the trade deadline in the rear view mirror, the players, and relative caliber thereof dropped a lot as owners scrambled just to plug gaps and generate numbers at this juncture.

Ray Flowers did open deep pockets to net Matt Belisle for $17, and Mike Gianella dropped four bucks for Matthew Boyd. Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs expended three dollars on Marco Gonzales and also obtained Jake Junis for a buck, while Dave Adler nabbed Drew Butera ($2) and Nicky Delmonico ($2).

Larry Schechter rostered Addison Reed for a dollar and the remaining moves belonged to Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton who went a dollar and collect each of Chris Gimenez, Austin Pruitt, and Derek Holland.

Kind of ho hum. But necessary

Todd's Take

Pitching is theme of this week's AL LABR moves with only two of the nine acquisitions batters. One, Chris Gimenez, is getting weak side of the platoon at bats with Jason Castro. When he plays, Gimenez is one of the few catchers to hit in the meat of the order. The problem is, he's doing nothing with the opportunity. Still, he's hit southpaws hard in the past, there's still time to add some punch at a weak position.

Does anyone know what the White Sox plan on doing with their outfield? Baseball HQ's Dave Adler hopes Nicky Delmonico plays a major part. There's an opening with Melky Cabrera traded to the Royals. Well, there's openings because no one is really likely to be part of the Pale hose fly chasers when they're ready to compete again. Centerfield was supposed to be Charlie Tilson's domain, but a spring injury ceded the gig to Jacob May. We all know how that turned out. Leury Garcia held the fort for much of the first half. Lately, it's been Adam Engel along with Garcia. Avisail Garcia was having a nice campaign before getting hurt, though he's due back soon. Rymer Liriano has been playing at Triple-A Charlotte, registering a rather meek .255/.323/.398 triple-slash considering he's 26 years old.

So, why not give Delmonico a look? A third baseman by trade, the recently turned 25-year old lefty swinger was hitting .262/.347/.421 at Charlotte, earning his promotion. Since his recall, Delmonico is 8-for-23 including a homer in Fenway Park, though he's also fanned eight times. With both Garcia's on the mend, Delmonico's 15 minutes may be over soon - or maybe not. What do the White Sox have to lose (other than games)?

yu darvish

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Yu Darvish, LAD ESPN - Karabell 88 Colton & The Wolfman 87 Sandlot Shrink 62 Baseball HQ 61
    USA TODAY Sports 44 Yakkertech 30 Derek Carty 19
    Mastersball 15 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Jonathan Lucroy, COL Colton & The Wolfman 62 Sandlot Shrink 62 Baseball HQ 44 USA TODAY Sports 44
    Derek Carty 17 Mastersball 15 Lenny Melnick 3
Alex Avila, CHC Sandlot Shrink 62 USA TODAY Sports 9 Lenny Melnick 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Brandon Kintzler, WSH Sandlot Shrink 22 Baseball HQ 1    
Brandon Woodruff, MIL Baseball HQ 10      
Hyun Soo Kim, PHI Mastersball 10 Derek Carty 5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Anthony Banda, ARI Yakkertech 6 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Adam Rosales, ARI Derek Carty 5 Sandlot Shrink 3    
Anthony Swarzak, MIL Mastersball 2 Baseball HQ 1 Yakkertech 1  
Lucas Sims, ATL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Alexi Amarista, COL Yakkertech 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Justin Wilson, CHC Sandlot Shrink 22 Baseball HQ 1                                                  
Asher Wojciechowski, CIN NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Drew Steckenrider, MIA Baseball HQ 1      
Josh Fields, LAD Yakkertech 1      
Tyler Lyons, STL Baseball HQ 1      
Vance Worley, MIA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      

Brian Walton's Commentary

With $91 of his season-opening $100 remaining, Eric Karabell used $88 of his FAAB hammer to land this week’s biggest name traded into the Senior Circuit, new Dodgers right-handed starter Yu Darvish.

Darvish’s former batterymate in Texas, catcher Jonathan Lucroy, went to the Dodgers’ NL West rival in Colorado in another deadline deal. The team with the second-most cash, Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf, spent $62 of their remaining $87 to pick up the new Rockies backstop.

That $62 bid was one more than the total held by the third owner in the FAAB hierarchy, Doug Dennis of BaseballHQ. Dennis dropped just $10 of his cash, however, on Milwaukee right-handed pitching call-up Brandon Woodruff.

Speaking of Brandons, another one, from the Kintzler family, joined the roster of Bob Radomski for $22. The sinkerballing former Twins closer could find himself in the mix for saves with the high-flying Nationals, but with Dusty Baker’s bunch, who knows for sure?

Radomski then spent all but $2 of his remaining cash, $62, on new Cubs reserve catcher Alex Avila. One has to hope Avila can be a positive veteran presence after earlier backup Miguel Montero threw teammate Jake Arrieta under the bus and soon found himself wearing a Toronto jersey.

I really like a couple of low-price under-the-radar acquisitions of starting pitchers – Anthony Banda to Steve Moyer for $6 and Lucas Sims of Atlanta for the $1 minimum to Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs. Nice buys, guys!

Todd's Take

My ESPN colleague Erik Karabell was in an interesting spot. As Brian points out, Erik had the most FAAB, assuring he could get the player of his choice, with the repercussion of having only three more $1 purchases at his disposal. I'm not usually in that spot, but the few times I have been, I play mind games, sort of like Vizzini in The Princess Bride.

Do I bid what I need to get my guy, or do I assume the person with the next-most FAAB bids $1 more than the third most, assuring he gets one of the top two free agents?

But what if the person with the second-most FAAB figures I'll bid just enough to beat that bid so instead, they go all in, snagging their top player despite my having more FAAB?

The answer comes down to whether the team with the second most FAAB is likely targeting the same player as you. If this is the case, you have to go all-in, which is what EK did. It's a good thing too, as Glenn and Rick also preferred the pitching boost as opposed to the upgrade at catcher.

amed rosario

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Amed Rosario, NYM MLB.com 13 Baseball Prospectus 7 USA TODAY Sports 2 @TheFantasyFix 1
Matt Belisle, MIN Fangraphs 3      
Tyler White, HOU USA TODAY Sports 3      
Jordan Zimmermann, DET Baseball Prospectus 2      
James McCann, DET Fangraphs 2 Scout Fantasy 1    
Brandon Woodruff, MIL Baseball HQ 2 MLB.com 2 Rotowire 1  
Marco Gonzales, SEA Baseball HQ 2 Rotowire 1    
Kendall Graveman, OAK Baseball Prospectus 1      
Matt Garza, MIL Baseball Prospectus 1      
Jeff Hoffman, COL Rotowire 1 @TheFantasyFix 1    
Johan Camargo, ATL Baseball Prospectus 1      
Asher Wojciechowski, CIN Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Ozzie Albies, ATL MLB.com 4 USA TODAY Sports 2 @TheFantasyFix 1                         
  Baseball Prospectus 1      
Jesse Winker, CIN MLB.com 3      
Sean Rodriguez, PIT USA TODAY Sports 3      
Edwin Jackson, WSH @TheFantasyFix 1 USA TODAY Sports 1    
Adalberto Mejia, MIN Rotowire 1      
Anthony Banda, ARI Rotowire 1      
Anthony Swarzak, MIL USA TODAY Sports 1      
Chase Utley, LAD Baseball Prospectus 1      
Chris O'Grady, MIA Baseball Prospectus 1      
Danny Santana, ATL Baseball Prospectus 1      
Lucas Sims, ATL Rotowire 1      
Mike Montgomery, CHC @TheFantasyFix 1      
Sal Romano, CIN Rotowire 1      
Tucker Barnhart, CIN Fangraphs 1      

Todd Zola's Commentary

League leader Feed Zinkie's in a good spot, holding enough FAAB to make a big play for a player that could pay big dividends. There's nine teams ranging from 82 to 94 steals, with Fred being in the middle with 85. So, not only is he looking to gain points in the category, he's also protecting points from those on his heels. Rosario's forte is running, swiping 19 in 25 tries at Triple-A Las Vegas before his promotion. he was successful in his only try with the Mets.

Todd's Take

No moves for me this week as I had Jarrett Parker and Tyler Skaggs coming off the disabled list. 

 

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

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

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

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

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

jeremy hellickson

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
JHellickson, Bal Nando DiFino 202 Jason Collette 62 Rob Leibowitz 36 Lawr Michaels 25
    Larry Schechter 15 Jeff Erickson 5 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2
JHicks, Det Chris Liss 108 Seth Trachtman 1 Rob Leibowitz 33 Patrick Davitt 9
THildenberger, Min Patrick Davitt 59      
MBelisle, Min Larry Schechter 53 Mike Podhorzer 53 Jason Collette 52 Seth Trachtman 48
    Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 21 Steve Moyer 7 Jeff Erickson 5
APruitt, TB Jeff Erickson 33      
TWhite, Hou Jason Collette 32 Steve Moyer 7 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3  
NMartinez, Tex Rob Leibowitz 31      
WMiley, Bal Lawr Michaels 17 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2    
RRefsnyder, Tor Nando DiFino 14 Jeff Erickson 1    
AReed, Bos Jason Collette 13 Rob Leibowitz 14 Larry Schechter 8 Jeff Erickson 5
    Seth Trachtman 3    
DButera, KC Seth Trachtman 10      
TRogers, Min Larry Schechter 9      
NDelmonico, CWS Steve Moyer 7 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0 Jason Collette 12  
JCenteno, Hou Jason Collette 5 Seth Trachtman 1    
JCandelario, Det Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3      
UJimenez, Bal Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2      
DBarney, Tor Jeff Erickson 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3 Chris Liss 0  
JGraterol, LAA Rob Leibowitz 0      
MAndriese, TB Seth Trachtman 0      
AEngel, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0      
JHardy, Bal Chris Liss 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
AAlmonte, Cle Jason Collette 12                                                    
JDDavis, Hou Jason Collette 12      
YGallardo, Sea Jeff Erickson 11 Lawr Michaels 8    
SCishek, TB Jason Collette 5      
BMaurer, KC Rob Leibowitz 2 Larry Schechter 1    
DGarneau, Oak Seth Trachtman 2      
MBarnes, Bos Rob Leibowitz 2      
RTepera, Tor Larry Schechter 1      
TDuffey, Min Larry Schechter 1      

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

While AL LABR had a cluster of moves last week, AL Tout was a lot more active with a lot more change being distributed covering the free agent market.

Nando DiFino made the big buy gambling $202 for Jeremy Hellickson plus adding Rob Refsnyder ($14) to help out in the infield. Chris Liss then dropped $108 for John Hicks while Patrick Davitt expended $59 for Twin Trevor Hidenberger. That makes Larry Schechter's $53 for Matt Belisle--the most expensive LABR FAAB pickup this week--the fourth highest price paid for a player this cycle. Schechter also attempted to augment his pitching with Trevor Rogers ($9).

Jeff Erickson added Austin Pruitt ($33 along with Darwin Barney for $1), second placer Jason Collette copped Tyler White ($32) along with Austin Reed ($13) and Juan Centeno ($5) with Rob Leibowitz going $31 for Nick Martinez while grabbing Juan Graterol ($0) to augment his catching corps.

I then spent $17 on Wade Miley, while Seth Trachtman went for Drew Butera ($10) and Matt Andriese ($0). Ubaldo Jimenez ($2) and Jeimer Candelario ($3) are new to team Colton-Wolf and that was the bulk of pertinent purchases this time.

Todd's Take

The relationships I'm about to reference are significant, but perhaps not strong. So while you're reading it, thinking "even bad teams can get saves" is true, but there is method to the madness of projecting saves. Saves correlate to wins. That is, teams winning more games generally accrue more saves. The percentage of wins that are saved correlate closest to ERA, as opposed to run differential or runs scored. On average, 52 percent of wins are saved, though this season the number is just under 48 percent.

While Brandon Kinztler was with the Twins, he saved 28 of their wins, 56 percent. Further, the club's ERA during that span was 4.81, well above league average. As stated earlier, the correlations are real, but still allow for variance -- and we're seeing that variance. That said, the expectation for Minnesota saves the rest of the season should be tempered. We're about two-thirds the way through the season, don't expect the Twins to amass 14 more saves (Kintzler had 28).

Why is this relevant? Well, other than getting to share some cool research, there were three bids placed on Twins relievers, fishing for saves. Larry Schechter copped the two options most discussed while Patrick Davitt threw a dart at a speculative choice. Larry's ploy makes sense, he's six or so saves from several points in the category and beggars can't be choosers - you need to attack the teams with saves scenarios in flux.

yu darvish

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
YDarvish, LAD Craig Mish 872 Tristan H. Cockcroft 841 Scott Wilderman 700 Steve Gardner 427
    Todd Zola 424 Brian Walton 170 Andy Behrens 93
    Mike Gianella 13    
JLucroy, Col Tristan H. Cockcroft 839 Steve Gardner 427 Todd Zola 424 Brian Walton 300
    Scott Wilderman 124 Andy Behrens 93 Tristan H. Cockcroft 23
    Phil Hertz 17 Mike Gianella 13 Lenny Melnick 5
AAvila, ChC Steve Gardner 227 Scott Wilderman 63 Tristan H. Cockcroft 25  
BWoodruff, Mil Todd Zola 117 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0    
HKim, Phi Brian Walton 100 Scott Wilderman 64 Todd Zola 17  
RJones, SF Scott Wilderman 65 Todd Zola 17 Lenny Melnick 2  
BKintzler, Was Tristan H. Cockcroft 23 Mike Gianella 6 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0  
LSims, Atl Mike Gianella 13 Todd Zola 17 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0  
JFields, LAD Grey Albright 1      
JWilson, ChC Mike Gianella 0 Mike Gianella 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0  
EJackson, Was Mike Gianella 0 Phil Hertz 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0  
PSandoval, SF Mike Gianella 0 Todd Zola 17    
MFried, Atl Craig Mish 0      
JPeterson, Atl Craig Mish 0      
LVoit, StL Mike Gianella 0      
DSteckenrider, Mia Phil Hertz 0      
DHernandez, Ari Tristan H. Cockcroft 0      
CKelly, StL Tristan H. Cockcroft 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
ACole, Was Todd Zola 43                             
JAlfaro, Phi Brian Walton 40      
ARosales, Ari Todd Zola 37 Scott Wilderman 0    
MLeiter, Phi Todd Zola 13 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Phil Hertz 0  
ABanda, Ari Tristan H. Cockcroft 0      
AEllis, Mia Tristan H. Cockcroft 0      
ASusac, Mil Tristan H. Cockcroft 0      
HStrickland, SF Mike Gianella 0      
JTazawa, Mia Mike Gianella 0      
RRivera, NYM Tristan H. Cockcroft 0      
VWorley, Mia Tristan H. Cockcroft 0      

Brian Walton's Commentary

You’d have thought last week was the non-waiver trade deadline or something, what with all the action Sunday night in NL Tout Wars!

The big names drew the big spending with the plum, new Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish, going to the owner with the most FAAB. Craig Mish bid all of his $872 just to be sure he would win, and he did. Though he could have bid at least $8 less and still won, money that could tide him over for the remainder of the season in $1 fill-ins. With zero dollar bidding allowed in Tout, however, Mish is not going to be shut out of future player acquisition entirely.

Next up is new Rockies catcher Jonathan Lucroy, traded last Sunday, but ineligible until this period. With the second-largest remaining kitty, Tristan H. Cockcroft secured the second-best free agent available. Cockcroft efficiently bid exactly $1 more than the owner with the next-most money and now owns the new Rockies backstop for his $839. Sitting in second place, Cockcroft has to hope his new acquisition will help him close the 18-point gap to the top.

Alex Avila received more attention perhaps for being traded away by his Dad, Detroit’s general manager, than for his ability to provide veteran innings for the Cubs behind Willson Contreras. (In an interesting aside, Contreras has logged three home runs and 11 RBI just since Avila was acquired. How’s that for motivation?) Anyway, Avila received a very strong bid from Steve Gardner of $227. The next-closest offer was $63.

Brandon Woodruff of Milwaukee joined Todd Zola’s roster on a winning offer of $117. Todd made a nice acquisition, despite the right-hander only receiving $0 contingency interest from one other owner. Once a top prospect, the right-hander was slowed by injury this season but in his MLB debut, threw 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball at Tampa on Friday.

Todd's Take

The human psyche is a funny thing. There's more of a chance Meghan Markle dumps Prince Harry for me than I had getting Yu Darvish or Jonathan Lucroy. Same with most of the league, but because it's the right thing to do, we all bid. Sure, Derek Carty admitted to forgetting to put in bids a couple weeks ago, but did we really all believe we'd have our bids win? No, but we had to bid anyway. Just part of the job.

brandon woodruff

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
BWoodruff, Mil Derek Van Riper 57 Fred Zinkie 30 Ron Shandler 18 Bret Sayre 3
JEllsbury, NYY Brent Hershey 51      
CHeadley, NYY Zach Steinhorn 42 Scott Swanay 13 Bret Sayre 1  
JZimmermann, Det Bret Sayre 32 Jeff Zimmerman 10 Scott Engel 2 Fred Zinkie 0
BZiegler, Mia Scott Engel 31 Ray Flowers 31 Derek Van Riper 27 Al Melchior 10
MBelisle, Min Ray Flowers 31 Brent Hershey 24 Al Melchior 10  
LPerdomo, SD Brent Hershey 25      
DFreese, Pit Scott Swanay 24      
JWinker, Cin Fred Zinkie 15 Brent Hershey 22    
RLopez, CWS Jeff Zimmerman 12      
JUrena, Mia Scott Swanay 10 Scott Engel 6    
TWhite, Hou Scott Swanay 7      
KSuzuki, Atl Scott Swanay 5 Al Melchior 0 Fred Zinkie 0  
EJackson, Was Scott Engel 3      
MCanha, Oak Scott Swanay 2      
CVazquez, Bos Fred Zinkie 2      
EEscobar, Min Scott Swanay 0 Gene McCaffrey 0 Scott Engel 4  
SRodriguez, Pit Gene McCaffrey 0 Scott Swanay 1    
ACole, Was Bret Sayre 0 Derek Van Riper 0    
BMaxwell, Oak Al Melchior 0 Bret Sayre 0    
TWood, SD Bret Sayre 0      
AAlmora, ChC Al Melchior 0      
RHanigan, Col Bret Sayre 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
BMoss, KC Zach Steinhorn 38                                                    
LSims, Atl Ray Flowers 31      
MMelancon, SF Ray Flowers 31      
JMarisnick, Hou Brent Hershey 23      
ABanda, Ari Brent Hershey 21      
ERamirez, Sea Brent Hershey 21      
ASwarzak, Mil Ray Flowers 7      
SOh, StL Ray Flowers 7      
ALind, Was Scott Swanay 5      
UJimenez, Bal Derek Van Riper 2 Bret Sayre 0    
DSteckenrider, Mia Jeff Zimmerman 1      
JMauer, Min Scott Swanay 1      
YGomes, Cle Scott Swanay 0 Fred Zinkie 0    
AWojciechowski, Cin Bret Sayre 0      
CaJoseph, Bal Fred Zinkie 0      
DDietrich, Mia Gene McCaffrey 0      
JCamargo, Atl Scott Swanay 0      
JCotton, Oak Jeff Zimmerman 0      
JHicks, Det Fred Zinkie 0      
MRojas, Mia Scott Swanay 0      
NHundley, SF Al Melchior 0      
PValaika, Col Gene McCaffrey 0      
TWilliams, Pit Derek Van Riper 0      

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Considering the messy state of starting pitching in 2017, all it took was a strong big league debut to make Brandon Woodruff this week's most expensive FAAB purchase, regardless of his mediocre minor league numbers this season (4.46 ERA, 1.35 WHIP in 16 starts). But his overall track record in the Minors is solid, and he sure was impressive on Friday, blanking the Rays across 6 1/3 innings. Let's see if he can further establish himself as a viable mixed league option.

While scanning the waiver wire, it was strange to see Jacoby Ellsbury's name. But then I remembered that he's a fourth outfielder these days and might even fall further down the Yankees depth chart once Aaron Hicks returns, so I decided against bidding on him. Still, Ellsbury has performed reasonably well lately in limited at-bats and could work himself back into a more prominent role, and I could use some steals, so maybe passing on him was a mistake. We will know soon enough, but I do like the pickup at a modest cost of $51.

Very quietly, Chase Headley is batting .341 with two homers, eight RBI, 13 runs scored and a .382 OBP since the All-Star break and continues to play every day. I figured it was worth 42 bucks to find out if this hot stretch can last a little longer.

Todd's Take

It's not surprising my Rotowire podcast partner Derek Van Riper grabbed Woodruff, we've discussed him a few times on the podcast, including this past Friday as a good pickup for the rest of the season. This is one of the reasons I was aggressive in NL Tout. I guess no one from the league listens to the podcast.

Two good starts and Jordan Zimmermann is back in the good fantasy graces. He's tossed seven frames his last two outings, against decent lineups in the Astros and Yankees. He's doing a nice job keeping the ball in the yard, key in this landscape. He also has two starts this week, the first a nice matchup in Pittsburgh with the second at home, against the Twins, another nice setup.

keon broxton

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
KBroxton, Mil Adam Ronis 183 Corey Parson 18 Perry Van Hook 23 Scott White 0
MEstrada, Tor David Gonos 65 Anthony Perri 33 D.J. Short 35 Ray Murphy 48
    Tim McLeod 19    
TRogers, Min Anthony Perri 45      
RStephenson, Cin David Gonos 35      
JEickhoff, Phi D.J. Short 35 Rudy Gamble 22 Tim McLeod 3  
JParker, SF Perry Van Hook 23      
AGriffin, Tex Perry Van Hook 23      
BWoodruff, Mil Ray Murphy 18 Scott White 1    
TWhite, Hou Corey Parson 14      
NHundley, SF Ray Murphy 8      
DBetances, NYY Perry Van Hook 7      
MOlson, Oak Greg Ambrosius 7      
AHeaney, LAA Greg Ambrosius 1      
MGonzales, Sea Greg Ambrosius 1      
JLeclerc, Tex Scott White 1      
AWojciechowski, Cin Rudy Gamble 1 Greg Ambrosius 1    
DButera, KC Perry Van Hook 0      
JCamargo, Atl Perry Van Hook 0 Corey Parson 5    
JWinker, Cin Scott White 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
HKendrick, Was Adam Ronis 23 Perry Van Hook 0                                                  
MBelisle, Min Adam Ronis 23      
DGee, Min David Gonos 17      
CVazquez, Bos Ray Murphy 8 Perry Van Hook 0    
DHolland, CWS Perry Van Hook 4      
MLeiter, Phi Perry Van Hook 4      
ABanda, Ari Greg Ambrosius 1      
CCron, LAA Perry Van Hook 0      
DColeman, SD Perry Van Hook 0      
DNava, Phi Perry Van Hook 0      
JJay, ChC Perry Van Hook 0      
KSmith, CWS Perry Van Hook 0      
MDavidson, CWS Perry Van Hook 0      
NAoki, Tor Perry Van Hook 0      
VWorley, Mia Greg Ambrosius 0      

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

The high bid Sunday night was for newly reinstalled Brewer center fielder Keon Broxton, won by Adam Ronis for $183.

The second highest bid was for Toronto starting pitcher Marco Estrada who had been dropped but found a new home on David Gonos' roster for $65.

I wanted several replacements and had room on my reserve list so with several adequate replacements at catcher and utility, I bid $0 on those positions thus saving units for the OF and SP I thought were the best for my team. With Drew Butera playing full time at least for this week while Salvador Perez is in concussion protocol, he was my first choice to replace Austin Barnes. I needed to find a replacement for the disabled Addison Russell, my utility, and again received my first choice in my $0 queue rostering Atlanta shortstop/third baseman Johan Comargo.

I thought the two best outfielders were Broxton and Jarret Parker and bid $23 on both, winning Parker. Again I had several $0 outfielders in the queue that were playable but without the potential and as many at bats as Parker is likely to get in the coming week.

The pool was somewhat thin for starting pitchers (a previously burned Estrada owner so I wasn't considering him) but I though that A.J. Griffin pitching for the scrappy Texas Rangers visting the Metropolitans at Citi Field was the best choice. If you look at the unawarded bids you will see my two longshot choices who both have two starts this week - if you are brave or desperate enough.

Todd's Take

Perry references streaming pitching. Here's some more research. The benefits of the wins and whiffs of a two-start week usually help more than potential bad ratios hurt. This may be contradictory to my crusade that ratios can move in the standings, but the theory is you aren't always wrong, many streaming choices work so all you're looking to do is break even in ratios over the course of the season, gaining points in wins and strikeouts. Of course, the bottom line is everything depends on where you are in the standings with respect to the associated categories.

 shane greene

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
SGreene, Det Kyle Elfrink 207 Andrea LaMont 27 Vlad Sedler 12 Dr. Roto 11
TBeckham, Bal Kyle Elfrink 123 Dr. Roto 22 Andrea LaMont 1  
AFrazier, Pit Kyle Elfrink 77      
BParker, LAA Kyle Elfrink 54      
KBroxton, Mil Dr. Roto 30      
LCastillo, Cin Vlad Sedler 17      
TAnderson, CWS Dr. Roto 17      
BTreinen, Oak Vlad Sedler 6 Vlad Sedler 12    
JMcCann, Det Dr. Roto 5      
WCastillo, Bal Andrea LaMont 3 Dr. Roto 1    
CGranderson, NYM Andrea LaMont 3      
BZiegler, Mia Dr. Roto 2      
AMiranda, Sea Jake Ciely 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
AWojciechowski, Cin Vlad Sedler 1                                                                           
CRupp, Phi Dr. Roto 1      
KSuzuki, Atl Andrea LaMont 1      
SPearce, Tor Andrea LaMont 1      


Todd's Take

This is a big week in the head to head league, with four of the top five teams squaring off with each other as fourth place Peter Kreutzer battles league leader Vlad Sedler while fifth place Howard Bender squares off with Andrea Lamont, seven games behind Vlad. It's not a surprise there was a lot of roster maneuvering among this group, along with third place Kyle Elfrink. With ten points up for grabs each week, Kyle's in a good spot, likely to either gain on the leaders or solidify third, maybe both. Kyle's four acquisitions suggest he's thinking the same thing -- time to make a move.

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

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

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

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

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

lucas duda

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
LDuda, TB Mike Podhorzer 559 Patrick Davitt 558 Jeff Erickson 481 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 386
    Rob Leibowitz 375 Lawr Michaels 275 Jason Collette 122
    Seth Trachtman 85    
ENunez, Bos Patrick Davitt 558 Mike Podhorzer 483 Jeff Erickson 481 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 386
    Jason Collette 122 Seth Trachtman 87  
TCahill, KC Jeff Erickson 223 Mike Podhorzer 212 Rob Leibowitz 177 Nando DiFino 145
    Jason Collette 122 Steve Moyer 107 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 75
    Larry Schechter 34 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2  
JGarcia, Min Mike Podhorzer 212 Jeff Erickson 223 Rob Leibowitz 137 Jason Collette 122
    Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 75 Steve Moyer 57 Larry Schechter 33
    Nando DiFino 25 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2  
KCowart, LAA Nando DiFino 171 Mike Podhorzer 54 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 51 Larry Schechter 35
BColon, Min Nando DiFino 56      
BTreinen, Oak Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 51 Mike Podhorzer 17 Lawr Michaels 5 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2
TBarnette, Tex Jason Collette 22      
PBourjos, TB Lawr Michaels 4 Jeff Erickson 3    
EAdrianza, Min Lawr Michaels 4      
JPetricka, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 11    
AHeaney, LAA Seth Trachtman 0      
         
         

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
SCishek, TB Jason Collette 12                                                                           
AEngel, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 11      
WGarcia, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1      

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Compared to AL LABR, where 16 players found new teams with 11 contested bids, the week's Tout moves were somewhat low-key in comparison. However, that does not mean that some serious change wasn't expended upon several of the desirable newcomers to the American League.

League leader Mike Podhorzer has played the FAAB line perfectly, augmenting his already powerful squad with the addition of Lucas Duda for $559. then dropping another $212 on new Yankee-former Twin Jaime Garcia. That means the first place squad spent sharply spent $771 of his FAAB budget on one day, arguably sealing the fate of his team and the league for the year.

Interestingly, the second highest priced free agent, Eduardo Nunez, went to Patrick Davitt for just a buck less than the cost of Duda. Trevor Cahill generated a $223 price tag from Jeff Erickson while Nando diFino dropped $171 on new Angel third sacker Kaleb Cowart. Nando also gambled $56 on Bartolo Colon, hoping there is still a little more petrol in the tank.

Team Wolf/Colton expended $56 on Blake Treinen hoping to scrounge some saves while Jason Collette, hoping to catch Podhorzer, acquired Rangers reliever Tony Burnette for $22.

Todd's Take

 In the LABR report, I mentioned my philosophy is spending FAAB in only leagues, though everything is obviously contextual. The LABR AL leader had spend FAAB liberally while the NL LABR leader used it to fortify their squad with a top crossover acquisition.

In AL Tout, league leader Mike Podhorzer also held the FAAB hammer, but a ton of FAAB, allowing acquisition of his choice with plenty left over for another significant reinforcement. Mike didn't so much hoard FAAB as spend wisely, along with receiving a couple of moderate rebates for injured players. Lesson learned - more than one way to skin a cat, do what's dictated by your team's plight and hope one of your $2 bids turns into Jacob Faria.

brad ziegler

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
BZiegler, Mia Grey Albright 167 Brian Walton 120 Mike Gianella 13 Phil Hertz 13
    Tristan H. Cockcroft 11 Lenny Melnick 10  
CFlexen, NYM Grey Albright 81      
AConley, Mia Andy Behrens 71 Steve Gardner 33 Phil Hertz 13 Mike Gianella 4
    Scott Wilderman 2    
JLuplow, Pit Grey Albright 41 Steve Gardner 0    
BStewart, LAD Derek Carty 30 Steve Gardner 5 Phil Hertz 0  
DColeman, SD Andy Behrens 22 Steve Gardner 0 Derek Carty 0 Scott Wilderman 0
ASwarzak, Mil Brian Walton 20 Scott Wilderman 7 Mike Gianella 0  
JAlbMartinez, StL Steve Gardner 14 Andy Behrens 2    
PMaton, SD Phil Hertz 6 Grey Albright 11 Mike Gianella 0  
JTherrien, Phi Lenny Melnick 5      
JThompson, Phi Tristan H. Cockcroft 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1    
MGomez, SF Brian Walton 2      
TMoore, Mia Derek Carty 0 Grey Albright 41 Steve Gardner 8 Scott Wilderman 0
KTomlinson, SF Craig Mish 0 Steve Gardner 0    
JBarrett, Ari Scott Wilderman 0 Phil Hertz 0    
AAlcantara, Cin Craig Mish 0      
LAvilan, LAD Scott Wilderman 0      
MBowman, StL Mike Gianella 0      
CRusin, Col Mike Gianella 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
CMoncrief, SF Andy Behrens 1                                                                           
LAdams, Atl Grey Albright 1      
LGarcia, Phi Grey Albright 1      
PKivlehan, Cin Grey Albright 1      
RStripling, LAD Grey Albright 1      
CGillaspie, SF Grey Albright 1      
JTazawa, Mia Grey Albright 1      
KCrick, SF Mike Gianella 0      
KSiegrist, StL Mike Gianella 0      
HRobles, NYM Phil Hertz 0      
MAviles, Mia Derek Carty 0      
MDunn, Col Mike Gianella 0      

Brian Walton's Commentary

Despite Brad Ziegler’s bad back and a terrible 6.52 ERA and 1.828 WHIP this season, I was willing to chase his potential saves in Miami - to the point I held my nose and bid $120. My restrained league peers all stayed below $13 – with one exception. League leader Grey Albright pushed $167 to the center of the table and won. I hope it works out for him. I really do.

Albright did not hold the FAAB hammer, so he clearly was not waiting for the trade deadline to pass. He also placed the second-largest winning free agent bid this week, adding Mets starting pitcher Chris Flexen for $81. Having lost Robbie Ray due to his concussion suffered Friday night, Albright flexed his FAAB muscle. (I had to say it!)

Grey wasn’t done, also dropping $41 on Pirates fill in outfielder Jordan Luplow. The rookie looks to be an interim add while Gregory Polanco is out, but what if Andrew McCutchen is traded? Not a bad gamble, from my vantage point.

A top-dollar free agent this week who did NOT go to Albright is a retread – or should I say reborn? Adam Conley is back with the Marlins after a banishment to the minors and through three starts, looks like a new man, with a 1.74 ERA and 15 Ks in 20 2/3 innings. Andy Behrens paid $71 to find out if the lefty can keep it up.

Todd's Take

League leader Grey Albright isn't sitting on his 17-point cushion. As Brian mentioned, he's taking on some sketchy ratios, trying to pick up saves. Currently, Grey is nine saves ahead of the adjacent team below him, eight behind the team in front of him, lagging 11 from two more teams, so there's points to be had.

The area of concern is ratios, furthered by Chris Flexen's date in Coors Field this week. Grey's excelling in ratios, but there's several teams on his tail. Will be interesting to see how this plays out.

phil maton

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
PMaton, SD Brent Hershey 89 Scott Swanay 24    
SGreene, Det Tim Heaney 86 Jeff Zimmerman 46 Scott Swanay 38 Scott Engel 11
WFlores, NYM Tim Heaney 76 Ron Shandler 37 Derek Van Riper 10  
CCapps, SD Tim Heaney 56      
LMartin, Sea Tim Heaney 46      
AFrazier, Pit Jeff Zimmerman 42      
NPivetta, Phi Brent Hershey 38      
AConley, Mia Tim Heaney 36 Scott Engel 9 Fred Zinkie 7 Ray Flowers 3
BTreinen, Oak Jeff Zimmerman 32 Brent Hershey 18    
KYates, SD Scott Swanay 28 Jeff Zimmerman 23 Ray Flowers 19 Tim Heaney 11
    Scott Engel 9 Al Melchior 4  
TKahnle, NYY Zach Steinhorn 28      
CRupp, Phi Ron Shandler 27      
PBridwell, LAA Ron Shandler 21 Ray Flowers 19 Tim Heaney 11 Scott Engel 11
    Fred Zinkie 7    
HBader, StL Brent Hershey 12 Derek Van Riper 0    
MBoyd, Det Al Melchior 10 Tim Heaney 11    
DDescalso, Ari Scott Swanay 7      
SRodriguez, Atl Fred Zinkie 7 Scott Swanay 0    
LWeaver, StL Fred Zinkie 7      
CEdwards, ChC Scott Swanay 2      
MChapman, Oak Ron Shandler 1 Tim Heaney 46    
ZGranite, Min Scott Engel 0      
SSmith, Bal Derek Van Riper 0      
AJackson, Cle Al Melchior 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
BZiegler, Mia Tim Heaney 56 Al Melchior 2                           
DomSmith, NYM Tim Heaney 46      
ERamirez, Sea Ron Shandler 18 Tim Heaney 11 Brent Hershey 11  
DDietrich, Mia Tim Heaney 16      
RNolasco, LAA Tim Heaney 11 Brent Hershey 2    
BGoodwin, Was Brent Hershey 11      
DPhelps, Sea Tim Heaney 11      
JMarisnick, Hou Brent Hershey 11      
JNicasio, Pit Tim Heaney 11      
MRojas, Mia Scott Swanay 7      
KCowart, LAA Tim Heaney 6 Al Melchior 0    
ASenzatela, Col Brent Hershey 3      
LSims, Atl Al Melchior 2      
APruitt, TB Al Melchior 1      
KSuzuki, Atl Ron Shandler 1      
TWood, SD Al Melchior 1      
RTorreyes, NYY Scott Swanay 0 Fred Zinkie 0    
AHanson, CWS Al Melchior 0      
BMaxwell, Oak Al Melchior 0      
EEscobar, Min Scott Swanay 0      
EPagan, Sea Al Melchior 0      
GGarcia, StL Scott Swanay 0      
JCamargo, Atl Fred Zinkie 0      
JIglesias, Det Fred Zinkie 0      
PBlackburn, Oak Ron Shandler 0      
TMcFarland, Ari Ron Shandler 0      
YGomes, Cle Al Melchior 0      

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Who would've thought that the Brandon Maurer trade would have such a profound impact on this week's FAAB bidding? Brad Hand is currently handling ninth inning duties for San Diego but he too could be wearing a different uniform at 4 PM ET today. So, the duo of Phil Maton and Kirby Yates fetched a combined 117 FAAB bucks. Meanwhile, Carter Capps, who hasn't even thrown a big league pitch since 2015 but could soon make his long awaited return from Tommy John surgery, received a $56 winning bid. Shane Greene sports a 2.74 ERA with better than a strikeout per inning through 50 appearances for the Tigers and is considered the favorite to fill Detroit's ninth inning void following the trade of Justin Wilson to the Cubs. He might prove to be the best relief pitcher investment of the week.

The good news about punting saves is that you don't have to deal with this stuff. The bad news is that it's much harder to win a league. But, it did feel good to skip over the saves speculation and instead grab Tommy Kahnle, who will help to further stabilize my ERA and WHIP, which are in the process of being stabilized but still have a ways to go.

Todd's Take

Curiously, with all the closer speculation, Brad Ziegler wasn't picked up.

I'm also a little surprised Dominic Smith only drew one contingency bid, from Rotowire colleague Tim Heaney. Smith is rumored to be summoned and the Mets have a series in Coors Field to open the week. Further, the Mets Triple-A affiliate is the Las Vegas 51s, so Smith shouldn't be that far away.

ketel marte

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
LBrinson, Mil D.J. Short 85 Adam Ronis 43 Tim McLeod 38 Greg Ambrosius 37
    Charlie Wiegert 14 Perry Van Hook 11 Scott White 0
KMarte, Ari Tim McLeod 53      
PBridwell, LAA Tim McLeod 48 Perry Van Hook 31 Greg Ambrosius 1  
DFisher, Hou Adam Ronis 43 Charlie Wiegert 14 Perry Van Hook 4 Corey Parson 3
    Greg Ambrosius 1 Scott White 0  
BMoss, KC Charlie Wiegert 37 Ray Murphy 2    
BZiegler, Mia Corey Parson 36 Adam Ronis 43 Scott White 12 Perry Van Hook 11
MMahtook, Det Charlie Wiegert 36 Tim McLeod 17 Perry Van Hook 4  
RChirinos, Tex Ray Murphy 35      
HBader, StL Perry Van Hook 31      
SRodriguez, Atl Ray Murphy 26 Greg Ambrosius 2    
AConley, Mia Rudy Gamble 16 Tim McLeod 17 Perry Van Hook 4 Greg Ambrosius 1
KYates, SD Scott White 15 Perry Van Hook 2    
TWilliams, Pit Rudy Gamble 13 Rudy Gamble 11    
HBailey, Cin Jeff Boggis 12      
MJoyce, Oak Jeff Boggis 12      
LMartin, Sea Tim McLeod 11 Charlie Wiegert 15 Greg Ambrosius 6  
CAnderson, Mil Scott White 10      
ZGranite, Min Greg Ambrosius 7 Charlie Wiegert 14    
WDifo, Was Corey Parson 3      
YPetit, LAA Perry Van Hook 2      
JIglesias, Det Anthony Perri 1      
LSims, Atl Greg Ambrosius 1      
ERamirez, Sea Greg Ambrosius 1      
MBoyd, Det Greg Ambrosius 1      
DMcGowan, Mia Perry Van Hook 1      
BTreinen, Oak Scott White 0 Corey Parson 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
JEickhoff, Phi Rudy Gamble 26 Corey Parson 11 Tim McLeod 3                         
MDavidson, CWS Charlie Wiegert 22      
LWeaver, StL Corey Parson 12 Tim McLeod 9    
KCowart, LAA Perry Van Hook 11      
GHeredia, Sea Ray Murphy 8      
AHanson, CWS Tim McLeod 5      
AEngel, CWS Ray Murphy 3      
JCamargo, Atl Corey Parson 2      
BRevere, LAA Tim McLeod 1      
JJimenez, Det Greg Ambrosius 1      
AHeaney, LAA Greg Ambrosius 0      
JBrugman, Oak Greg Ambrosius 0      

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Very spirited bidding Sunday by 13 of the 15 teams in the league with some new MLB players drawing healthy interest.

High bid of the night was $85 for Brewers CF Lewis Brinson, the only bid from D.J. Short, currently in 3rd place but over twenty points behind the leader. Former Mastersball favorite Ketel Marte who was traded from the Mariners to the Diamondbacks and has emerged from the minor leagues may have even more playing time with the injury to Chris Owings and fully reward the $58 bid from Tim McLeod. McLeod also was the high bidder for Angel rookie pitcher Parker Bridwell with a $48 bid.

Two other rookie fly chasers, Derek Fisher ($43) and Harrison Bader ($31) were rostered by Adam Ronis and myself, respectively.

And of course this league like all others continues to look for more saves, so with A.J. Ramos traded by the Marlins who will close for them? Corey Parson won the Brad Ziegler derby at $36. Failing to land Ziegler or Padre Kirby Yates (currently the understudy to Brad's Hand), I settled for the long shot in the Marlins' pen, rostering Dustin McGowan for a buck.

I also got my third choice in the starting pitcher queue having not bid enough for Bridwell or Adam Conley and won Yusmeiro Petit for $2, hoping the Angels give him at least one more start (or he is traded to a team looking for rotation help).

The trade deadline Monday may nominate a fresh set of players for next weeks' bidding.

Todd's Take

Quick note on Marte, he'll be away from the Dbacks for a few days, as there was a death in his family. Arizona picked up Adam Rosales but still expect Marte to see increased playing time when he returns.

An under-the-radar name to monitor is Joe Jimenez, a contingency choice of Greg Ambrosius. Jimenez is entrusted with the sometimes dreaded closer-in-waiting label in Detroit. He was recently promoted to Triple-A and could see some action in the bigs before too long.

lewis brinson

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
LBrinson, Mil Stephania Bell 102                                                    
TRosenthal, StL Vlad Sedler 29      
BGamel, Sea Dr. Roto 18 Peter Kreutzer 10    
KCowart, LAA Dr. Roto 15      
ERosario, Min Peter Kreutzer 11      
JBonifacio, KC Peter Kreutzer 9      
ACabrera, NYM Clay Link 6      
YPetit, LAA Peter Kreutzer 6      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
HBader, StL Stephania Bell 65                                                                           
BTreinen, Oak Vlad Sedler 17      
SGreene, Det Vlad Sedler 17      
TClippard, CWS Vlad Sedler 9      
DSpan, SF Peter Kreutzer 8      
GoHernandez, SF Peter Kreutzer 8      
AFrazier, Pit Peter Kreutzer 6      
BMiller, TB Clay Link 5      
JSmith, Tor Peter Kreutzer 4      
DLamet, SD Vlad Sedler 3      
KMarte, Ari Clay Link 3      
BParker, LAA Peter Kreutzer 1      
JEickhoff, Phi Peter Kreutzer 1      
MAlbers, Was Peter Kreutzer 0      
TomHunter, TB Peter Kreutzer 0      


Todd's Take

While anything can happen in a head-to-head format with so many points in play each week, Vlad Sedler currently leads the pack at 64-26, 10 games ahead of Andrea Lamont. Peter Kreutzer is four games behind Andrea, currently leading a tightly bunched group for the show position.

Managing categories to squeeze out points in standard rotisserie is obviously paramount. However, we're at the point of the season where you can look at your remaining schedule in head to head leagues to see if there's a way to reshape your club to compete with maximum efficiency against the clubs still left to play.

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