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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.

miguel montero jays

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

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

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

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

Todd's Take

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

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

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

alex verdugo

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Brian Walton's Commentary

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

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

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

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

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

Todd's Take

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

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

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

paul dejong

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

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

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

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

Todd's Take

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

ozzie albies

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

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

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

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

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

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

Todd's Take

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

wilson ramos

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Okay. Joke.

Todd's Take

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

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.

anibal sanchez

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Anibal Sanchez, DET Fangraphs 6 Colton & The Wolfman 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2                         
Andrew Moore, SEA Winning Fantasy Baseball 6 Fangraphs 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3                         
Miguel Montero, TOR ESPN.com 5                             
Ji-Man Choi, NYY Baseball Prospectus 2 Fangraphs 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1                         
Bruce Rondon, DET Fangraphs 2 Fangraphs 1                           
Drew Robinson, TEX NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2                             
Neftali Feliz, KC Baseball Prospectus 1                             
Tzu-Wei Lin, BOS Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 SiriusXM 1 Fangraphs 1                         

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Zack Granite, MIN Baseball Prospectus 2                                                                           
Taylor Rogers, MIN Baseball Prospectus 1                             
Luke Gregerson, HOU Baseball Prospectus 1                             

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

As we relax a bit with the All Star Break, a quiet day of transactions found their way into AL LABR, with as usual pitching dominating the wire as four of the eight acquisitions were indeed hurlers.

Larry Schechter spent a massive $6 on Andrew Moore, besting a pair of $3 bids, while Eno Sarris gambled on Anibal Sanchez, also for six bucks also beating a pair of lesser bids. Sarris also added pitcher Bruce Rondon. Schechter also added infielder Lin Tzu-Wei for a buck, with the final hurler, vet Neftali Feliz, going to Mike Gianella for a buck.

Bring on the second half and the trade deadline, no?

Todd's Take

Wait, Anibal's good again. in the season of Russian Roulette rotations (hat tip to Lawr), a three-game stretch of a 2.95 ERA with a 0.65 WHIP with 17 K to just 1 BB in 18 1/3 innings is worthy of attention.

So is Ji-Man Choi as the Yankees have again released Chris Carter. Heading into the break, Choi was playing a lot of first base with Tyler Austin nursing a sore hamstring and Matt Holliday under the weather. With Greg Bird's return looking less likely, Choi could see the lefty at bats at first base, which is a nice spot considering the inviting short porch in right field for his home games.

kyle freeland

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Kyle Freeland, COL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 6 Colton & The Wolfman 1                                                  
Brent Suter, MIL Baseball HQ 5 Mastersball 2                                                  
Wilmer Difo, WSH Mastersball 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1                                                  
Jake McGee, COL Colton & The Wolfman 1                                                    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Daniel Hudson, PIT Colton & The Wolfman 1                                                                           
Kirby Yates, SD Colton & The Wolfman 1                                                                           
Chris Heisey, WSH Mastersball 1                                                                           
Kelby Tomlinson, SF Mastersball 1                                                                           
Lane Adams, ATL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1                                                                           

Brian Walton's Commentary

As injuries thinned the rotation of first-place Milwaukee, the Brewers gave Brent Suter a chance to start. After two good starts against Baltimore and the Yankees heading into the break (two earned runs in 12 1/3 innings), the 27-year old lefty was given the word that he will continue to start when play resumes. I offered $2, but was aced out by Doug Dennis of BaseballHQ at $5.

Wilmer Difo looks to be in a good position to receive regular playing time for the Nationals with Trea Turner and Michael Taylor ailing. A bonus has been his placement in the second spot in Dusty Baker’s lineup. With an open hitting spot, I snatched up the infielder for $3.

The top dollar player this week was a pitcher I owned early in the season, but dropped. Despite being owned in 76 percent of RTSports-run leagues, Colorado’s Kyle Freeland had remained on our waiver wire for weeks, primarily because LABR does not allow streaming of pitchers. As most know, the left-hander came very close to a no-hitter on Sunday, leading to a $6 winning offer from Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs. Immediately prior to that, however, Freeland gave up 14 earned runs over 17 2/3 innings with two of those three starts having been on the road. Been there, tried that, and moved on.

Todd's Take

Embellishing a little on Suter, he came out of the bullpen for those two starts Brian referenced. Tossing at least six frames in each is noteworthy unto itself, fanning 13 with just a pair of free passes in that span is quite impressive. Beware, however, the 27-year old southpaw can barely break a pane of glass, averaging 86 mph. To his credit, he's always done a nice job keeping the ball in the yard, a metric more important than ever - ask Jason Vargas (another soft-tosser).

rajai davis

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Rajai Davis, OAK @TheFantasyFix 6                                                                           
Homer Bailey, CIN @TheFantasyFix 1      
Josh Hader, MIL USA TODAY Sports 1      
Brent Suter, MIL MLB.com 1      
Joakim Soria, KC Scout Fantasy 1      
Luke Weaver, STL Scout Fantasy 1      
Wilmer Difo, WSH @TheFantasyFix 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Erik Gonzalez, CLE @TheFantasyFix 1                                                                           
Ruben Tejada, BAL @TheFantasyFix 1      
Jose Reyes, NYM @TheFantasyFix 1      
JT Riddle, MIA @TheFantasyFix 1      
Erick Aybar, SD @TheFantasyFix 1      

Todd Zola's Commentary

The Josh Hader and Luke Weaver bids are interesting as they're both good prospects, currently working in relief but expected to be starters down the line. LABR requires players acquired in FAAB to be active, so this is the perfect week to grab them. As a reliever, they may pitch this weekend and chances are you have hole or two in leagues counting this week as a short, three-game week. Unlike AL and NL LABR, there's free movement between active and reserve so Weaver and Hader can be reserved on Monday, if so desired, until they are put in the rotation. Doing this a full-seven game week isn't bad if you want to bench a starter with a poor matchup, but doing it this week has the added benefit of not worrying bout reserving someoene else, you likely have starter not scheduled this weekend.

Todd's Take

Gonna be honest folks, I'm running on fumes (in Vegas for the Rotowire All-Star break retreat) so I'll put off updating you on my last-place LABR team until Monday.

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.

adeiny hechevarria

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Adeiny Hechavarria, TB Mastersball 22 Winning Fantasy Baseball 12 Colton & The Wolfman 2  
Paul Blackburn, OAK Mastersball 7 Baseball HQ 2                           
Tyler Wade, NYY Baseball Prospectus 6 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1  
Tommy Hunter, TB NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4      
Ramon Torres, KC Fangraphs 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Adalberto Mejia, MIN Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Willy Garcia, CWS Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Omar Narvaez, CWS ESPN.com 1      

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

I led the circuit with money gambled in the AL LABR FAAB world this week, dropping $22 on Adeiny Hechavarria, besting a pair of bids of $2 and $12 in what, at this point, is a battle for at-bats, a commodity I always need.

As if that was not enough, I continued my ride on the Oakland Athletics starting pitcher merry-go-round, winning the rights to Paul Blackburn with a $7 investment.

Mike Gianella bagged infielder Tyler Wade for $6, while Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs determined that in this pitcher crazy world in which we live, $4 on Tommy Hunter was a reasonable crapshoot. Since Greg and Shawn are in first place, who am I to argue?

But, probably the steal of the week was that of Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton acquring the Twins Adalberto Mejia, big week, for just a dollar. Mejia always a highly touted Giants prospect is a bona fide strikeout pitcher who could indeed be coming into his own.

Aside from Eno Sarris' purchase of Ramon Torres for $3, the remaining purchases were $1 fillers.

Todd's Take

While I make my living mostly with spreadsheets and using validated principles, I have this narrative about slick fielders with excellent hand-eye coordination eventually translating that skill to the dish, specifically in terms of contact. Despite the current philosophy of swinging really hard in case you hit the ball, there will always be a place for batters that put the ball in play. The majority of my hand-picked examples are shortstops. Hey, it's a narrative, I'm allowed to cherry-pick players that support my thinking. An example showing my age is Luis Aparicio. Most everyone knows Ozzie Smith and Omar Vizquel, a couple of flashy glov emen that evolved into good hitters. A couple of recent examples are Jose Iglesias and Hechavarria. Hechevarria is allergic to walks, partly because his contact rate is excellent. He puts balls in play that are swinging strikes for other hitters. Over a full season, he won't crack double digits in either homers or steals. heck, he may not get that combined. But, as Lawr alludes and I like to say, at bats are currency in deep leagues. For what it costs, Hechavarria is an asset in single league formats.

sam dyson

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Sam Dyson, SF RotoWire - DVR 17 Baseball HQ 8 Sandlot Shrink 7 Mastersball 6
    NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1  
Stephen Vogt, MIL USA TODAY Sports 17 RotoWire - DVR 12 Yakkertech 11 Baseball HQ 8
    NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7 Derek Carty 5  
Nick Williams, PHI Yakkertech 11 RotoWire - DVR 5 Mastersball 4 USA TODAY Sports 4
    NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 Derek Carty 1  
Hunter Strickland, SF Colton & The Wolfman 2      
Matt Bowman, STL Baseball HQ 1      
Ty Kelly, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 USA TODAY Sports 1 Derek Carty 1  
Victor Caratini, CHC RotoWire - DVR 1      
Luke Voit, STL Mastersball 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Brandon Nimmo, NYM USA TODAY Sports 2                                                                           
Cameron Perkins, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Phil Maton, SD Baseball HQ 1      
Trevor Williams, PIT Baseball HQ 1      

Brian Walton's Commentary

Three players went for double-digit prices this week in aggressive bidding in National League LABR.

When Sam Dyson is good, like we saw in the World Baseball Classic, he can be very good. Other times, not so much. The ninth inning door is now open for the Giants, and with two saves last week, Dyson appears to be in the lead. With a $17 winning offer, Derek Van Riper of Rotowire crushed six other bidders, none of whom went over $8. Quietly, Colton and the Wolfman added Hunter Strickland for $2, a reminder that nothing is set in concrete here.

As a Manny Pina owner (paired with Austin Hedges at catcher), I had to make a call as to how much better new Brewers backstop Stephen Vogt would be over Pina in my lineup. (Even with Vogt in town, Pina hit two homers this past week.) Ultimately, I decided to put my money elsewhere. Commissioner Steve Gardner of USA TODAY also plopped down $17 to roster Vogt, with two of the other five bids in double digits and none less than $7.

The third major acquisition this week is Phillies prospect Nick Williams. The free-swinging outfielder also generated considerable interest with Steve Moyer of Yakkertech’s $11 outdistancing six other bidders. Though Michael Saunders is gone, there are a number of other contenders competing for at-bats in Philadelphia’s outfield. My $4 offer reflected concern as to whether Williams will stick the first time up, because if he is not starting, I think he will be returned to Triple-A to play every day.

Todd's Take

I think Brian made the right call on Vogt, as the Brewers have said they plan on giving Pina the majority of the playing time, despite Vogt being the lefty component of a potential platoon. Though, recent playing time points to a quick rethinking of that scenario. LABR's rules are more constrictive, you have to release, not reserve a player originally drafted so the ability to reserve Pina (or Hedges) until the situation plays out isn't available. Plus, LABR requires a minimum of $1 for each bid, so every dollar is valuable.

 

clint frazier

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Clint Frazier, NYY @TheFantasyFix 16 Baseball Prospectus 15 Fangraphs 3 Fantasy Alarm 1
Nick Williams, PHI Baseball Prospectus 11 Fangraphs 11    
Sam Dyson, SF Fangraphs 8 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 6 @TheFantasyFix 4 USA TODAY Sports 4
    Yahoo Sports 3 Rotowire 2 Fantasy Alarm 1
Raimel Tapia, COL Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 6 Fangraphs 6 Baseball HQ 4 Baseball Prospectus 1
Jorge Soler, KC Baseball HQ 4      
Luke Voit, STL ESPN.com 3      
Ariel Miranda, SEA MLB.com 1 Rotowire 1 Fantasy Alarm 1 Yahoo Sports 1
Jose Urena, MIA Rotowire 1 Rotowire 2    
Jeff Locke, MIA Baseball Prospectus 1      
Ketel Marte, ARI Fantasy Alarm 1      
Anibal Sanchez, DET MLB.com 1      
Bruce Maxwell, OAK Scout Fantasy 1      
Hunter Strickland, SF USA TODAY Sports 1      
Tim Adleman, CIN Yahoo Sports 1      
R.A. Dickey, ATL Yahoo Sports 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Danny Santana, ATL Baseball Prospectus 1                                                                           
Kyle Barraclough, MIA Fantasy Alarm 1      
Austin Romine, NYY Scout Fantasy 1      
Blake Parker, LAA Yahoo Sports 1      

Todd Zola's Commentary

Outfielders ruled the Mixed LABR roost this week with a couple of prospects leading the way. Brian touched on Williams (I concur with his take), here's the skinny on Frazier. The Yankees initially turned to Dustin Fowler to fortify their health-riddled outfield, but the unfortunate season-ending injury to Fowler forced their hand, calling up their prized prospect. Frazier, who won't turn 23 until September, was slashing .256/.344/.473 at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, featuring 12 HR and 9 SB. It's this power-speed combo making him so attractive for fantasy. While his contact rate isn't great, it's certainly passable, especially since he draws plenty of walks. It'll be strikeouts that eventually determines if Frazier will be a nice category stuffer in the middle rounds or a fantasy stud. My lean is to the latter.

Todd's Take

How can a team alrerady wallowing in the depths of the standings lose twelve points in two days? It's not like I was cranking in some categories and had a lot to lose. Yet, I woke up to a last-place team after falling a dozen points over the weekend. The silver lining is points recently lost are within reach of regaining. Sorry, not much to say. This whole season has me a bit shell-shocked with respect to my personal game play.

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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.

adeiny hechevarria

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
AHechavarria, TB Larry Schechter 276 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 116 Lawr Michaels 93 Mike Podhorzer 8
    Seth Trachtman 1    
AMoore, Sea Larry Schechter 135      
AClaudio, Tex Patrick Davitt 79      
BRevere, LAA Patrick Davitt 50 Mike Podhorzer 13    
PBlackburn, Oak Lawr Michaels 47 Larry Schechter 43 Seth Trachtman 4  
DMarrero, Bos Jason Collette 33 Seth Trachtman 1 Mike Podhorzer 0  
BBoxberger, TB Jason Collette 32 Rob Leibowitz 3    
WHarris, Hou Patrick Davitt 19      
TWade, NYY Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 16 Steve Moyer 11 Seth Trachtman 2 Mike Podhorzer 2
MMahtook, Det Mike Podhorzer 3      
JhoPeralta, Bos Mike Podhorzer 2      
MCastro, Bal Nando DiFino 1      
NFeliz, KC Nando DiFino 1      
LMartin, Sea Nando DiFino 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
MMinor, KC Jason Collette 6 Nando DiFino 1                                                  
PKozma, Tex Jason Collette 1      
CGentry, Bal Mike Podhorzer 0      
JPhegley, Oak Mike Podhorzer 0      
SCishek, Sea Patrick Davitt 0      

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

A prelude to holiday fireworks paved the FAAB road with Larry Schechter putting $276 on new Rays shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, making his costly gambit for at bats worth 27% of his total balance. For perspective, in AL LABR, the shortstop pulled 22% making both expenditures in the same ball park.

But, Schechter did not stop there, also spending $135 on Andrew Moore hoping the at-bats and innings push his team into gear.

Elsewhere, Patrick Davitt also pulled out a wad of cash, spending $50 on Ben Revere and an additional $79 on Rangers hurler Alex Claudio and then $19 more on Astros pitcher Will Harris.

I spent $47 hoping for some good stuff out of Paul Blackburn, with second placer Jason Collette making a pair of buys in Deven Marrero ($33) and Brad Boxberger ($32). Additionally, Collette and I consummated our second swap of the season with Jason sending me Cameron Maybin in exchange for Rays pitcher Alex Cobb.

Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton went the Yankees route grabbing Tyler Wade for $16, but the ever vigilant Mike Podhorzer is working to protect his lead with the buys of Mikie Mahtook, who is now starting for just $3 and new Red Sox Jhonny Peralta for a couple of bucks.

Todd's Take

Especially during a season where finding helpful pitching from free agency is both difficult and necessary, Andrew Moore is an interesing pick-up. He debuted a few weeks back, but was sent back to Triple-A Tacoma since the Mariners didn't need a fifth starter until this week. On the farm, Moore has pitched to a 3.06 ERA and .94 WHIP, with 48 K and 8 BB in 53 IP. Despite fashioning excellent ratios throughout his minor league career, Moore isn't thought of as a top prospect. Southpaws that top out in the low 90s are crafty. Righties doing the same are off-the-radar. Backed by Safeco Field  with a good defense and supported with a decent offense, Moore is more than just an AL only play, he's viable as a streamer in mixed formats.

stephen vogt 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
SDyson, SF Phil Hertz 203 Mike Gianella 171 Craig Mish 126 Brian Walton 66
    Tristan H. Cockcroft 60 Grey Albright 21  
SVogt, Mil Tristan H. Cockcroft 111 Phil Hertz 187 Steve Gardner 98 Andy Behrens 76
    Craig Mish 54 Todd Zola 47 Grey Albright 31
    Derek Carty 16    
DSantana, Atl Steve Gardner 80 Grey Albright 8 Scott Wilderman 1  
JHwang, SF Grey Albright 73 Tristan H. Cockcroft 60 Steve Gardner 58 Todd Zola 47
    Mike Gianella 33 Scott Wilderman 11 Andy Behrens 0
TraThompson, LAD Craig Mish 43 Andy Behrens 11 Scott Wilderman 1 Grey Albright 1
AMejia, StL Craig Mish 31 Derek Carty 0 Andy Behrens 0  
PEspino, Mil Scott Wilderman 6      
MTauchman, Col Craig Mish 2      
ASanchez, Was Craig Mish 2 Derek Carty 0    
PKivlehan, Cin Scott Wilderman 2      
KYates, SD Scott Wilderman 1 Phil Hertz 0    
JBlevins, NYM Grey Albright 0      
JGrimm, ChC Grey Albright 0      
MReynolds, NYM Derek Carty 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
KTomlinson, SF Steve Gardner 46                                                    
BStewart, LAD Phil Hertz 8      
RMcMahon, Col Phil Hertz 2      
RRivera, NYM Craig Mish 1 Grey Albright 0    
TLyons, StL Tristan H. Cockcroft 1      
TKelly, Phi Phil Hertz 1      
VCaratini, ChC Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Grey Albright 0    
PSewald, NYM Scott Wilderman 0      
ZDuke, StL Grey Albright 0      

Brian Walton's Commentary

In looking at injured Giants closer Mark Melancon, like most owners, I tried to determine a proper balance. We don’t know if he will come back from a second disabled list stint due to shoulder problems but we also are unsure if Hunter Strickland or Sam Dyson or someone else will get the saves in the interim.

With Melancon my only closer in this league, I made a balanced bid of $66 for free agent Dyson. It was blown out of the water by three others, led by Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ at $203.
There is a new head of the catching hierarchy in Milwaukee, as the Brewers acquired discarded Oakland backstop Stephen Vogt this past week. That has pushed Manny Pina to second-fiddle and Jett Bandy to the hangar for maintenance. This led to bidding from two-thirds of the league, won by Tristan H. Cockcroft of ESPN at $111.

Jae-gyun Hwang was a popular darkhorse pick this spring, but it has taken almost half the season for the Giants to bring the third baseman up from Triple-A. For a last-place San Francisco team that needs a spark (or two), Hwang could provide it. On the other hand, playing time ahead is sketchy with Eduardo Nunez’ return very close. Gray Albright made the $73 addition.

Though shut out of the big-boy bidding this time, I feel a bit better in that I had stashed new Phillies outfielder Nick Williams among my reserves all season long and am getting two players off the DL, including Rockies ace Jon Gray.

Todd's Take

I also had my antennae pointed at Vogt and Hwang, but wasn't nearly aggressive enough to get the job done. I was actually looking at Vogt for UT/SW, it's that bad. The tempered bids were a result of being close enough to the trade deadline to hope for a difference maker, even if it is for fewer weeks. Already carrying three closers (Oh, Iglesias and Maurer - I didn't say good closers, I stayed out of the Dyson bidding.

sam dyson

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
SDyson, SF Ron Shandler 203 Scott Pianowski 69 Scott Engel 53 Tim Heaney 30
    Scott Swanay 29 Al Melchior 16  
CFrazier, NYY Ray Flowers 191 Brent Hershey 110 Fred Zinkie 20  
KMarte, Ari Gene McCaffrey 137 Al Melchior 12    
SFeldman, Cin Scott Pianowski 31 Scott Engel 9    
VVelasquez, Phi Tim Heaney 27      
MGivens, Bal Zach Steinhorn 26 Scott Swanay 17    
EHernandez, LAD Brent Hershey 21      
AMoore, Sea Fred Zinkie 21 Al Melchior 2    
MMinor, KC Scott Swanay 18 Zach Steinhorn 18    
JLeclerc, Tex Scott Engel 16 Al Melchior 1    
ASanchez, Det Fred Zinkie 13      
SPearce, Tor Al Melchior 12 Derek Van Riper 0    
RNolasco, LAA Scott Pianowski 11      
CEdwards, ChC Zach Steinhorn 8 Fred Zinkie 0    
ABarnes, LAD Brent Hershey 3      
DNava, Phi Al Melchior 2      
CKuhl, Pit Al Melchior 2      
OAlbies, Atl Fred Zinkie 1      
AMejia, Min Derek Van Riper 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
BStewart, LAD Ron Shandler 57                                                    
SDrew, Was Gene McCaffrey 27      
LGregerson, Hou Zach Steinhorn 23      
KBarraclough, Mia Zach Steinhorn 22      
MBowman, StL Scott Engel 19      
HStrickland, SF Ron Shandler 18      
NWilliams, Phi Tim Heaney 16 Brent Hershey 4    
PBaez, LAD Zach Steinhorn 13      
JChacin, SD Scott Engel 11 Fred Zinkie 0    
ECarrera, Tor Brent Hershey 5      
VCaratini, ChC Brent Hershey 2      
JLocke, Mia Fred Zinkie 0      
YPetit, LAA Fred Zinkie 0      

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

After saving 38 games for the Rangers last season, Sam Dyson has been a mess for much of 2017, so much so that Texas designated him for assignment last month. Strangely enough, Dyson has now found himself back in a ninth inning role, with the Giants, and he's 2-for-2 in save chances for his new club. Barring a meltdown, Dyson figures to remain San Francisco's closer for however long Mark Melancon is sidelined, which could be awhile. Although 203 FAAB bucks is quite a chunk of change to fork over for a shaky stopper, winning bid amounts carry minimal importance at this stage of the season, when owners have a pretty clear idea as to their team's needs. You either get the guy you need or you don't, and it's better to get him than not to get him.

I was actually expecting Clint Frazier to be this week's most expensive FAAB purchase, and he fell just short. Frazier's impressive big league debut on Saturday that included a home run and a double was followed by an 0-for-3 showing (one walk) on Sunday. But just by watching him play, it's clear that he's ready for the big leagues, and the Yankees probably would not have called him up for a short-term tryout. Still, with Jacoby Ellsbury now back, it's tough to envision how they can find everyday at-bats for Frazier once Matt Holliday and Aaron Hicks return. Something will be figured out, but this is a situation worth monitoring.

My plan last week to purchase at least one and preferably two high-end setup men to help out in ERA and WHIP was foiled when Scott Pianowski grabbed all three of my targets. So I was back at it this week and the results were better, as I did manage to scoop up my top two choices in Mychal Givens and Carl Edwards Jr. As I currently reside near the bottom of the pack in both ERA and WHIP, I'll now have a little more flexibility in deciding which blowup-prone starting pitchers to bench in a given week without sacrificing much in the strikeout department.

Todd's Take

FINALLY! The national nightmare is over as Ketel Marte is back in the bigs! Long-time followers know this is a tongue-in-cheek comment, emanating from being more optimistic than most -- OK, than everyone -- coming into the season. It's that Marte is anything special, when I gravitate towards a player it's more a playing time feel than skills appreciation. I read the team leaves poorly; the Diamondbacks sent Marte to Triple-A. At Reno, admittedly a great hitting environment, Marte slashed an impressive .338/.391/.514, earning the call. Of course, the move was instigated after Nick Ahmed was shelved with a broken hand. Chris Owings and Brandon Drury remain the Snakes starting keystone combo, but if Marte can pick up the playing time given to Ahmed, he'll be useful in NL only. I don't see him as mixed-worthy yet, but stranger things have happened -- especially this season.

 kevin gausman

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
KGausman, Bal Ray Murphy 204 Adam Ronis 117 Tim McLeod 105 D.J. Short 35
    Corey Parson 16 Rudy Gamble 11 Perry Van Hook 0
RTapia, Col Rudy Gamble 133 Perry Van Hook 21 Tim McLeod 2 Greg Ambrosius 0
SDyson, SF Adam Ronis 114 Scott White 34 Corey Parson 31  
CFrazier, NYY Scott White 104 Perry Van Hook 27 Adam Ronis 23 Greg Ambrosius 0
AMejia, Min Corey Parson 12      
AHanson, CWS Tim McLeod 8      
TomHunter, TB Greg Ambrosius 5      
JTomlin, Cle Rudy Gamble 3      
ABarnes, LAD Perry Van Hook 0      
DSpan, SF Greg Ambrosius 0      
HStrickland, SF Perry Van Hook 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
KMarte, Ari Adam Ronis 13                                                                           
JHellickson, Phi Corey Parson 2      
ABradley, Ari Perry Van Hook 0      
AKnapp, Phi Perry Van Hook 0      
CVazquez, Bos Perry Van Hook 0      
KSmith, CWS Perry Van Hook 0      
TBarnhart, Cin Perry Van Hook 0      
BParker, LAA Greg Ambrosius 0      
DSantana, Atl Greg Ambrosius 0      
JBonifacio, KC Greg Ambrosius 0      
JLeclerc, Tex Greg Ambrosius 0      
NWilliams, Phi Greg Ambrosius 0      

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

The normal two factors for very high bids were present this week:

Newly promoted prospect, check. Clint Frazier went for $104 to Scott White.

New closer, check. Sam Dyson went for $114 to Adam Ronis.

They were joined by a $204 winning bid on resurgent Orioles starter Kevin Gausman from Ray Murphy. Rudy Gamble also joined the big spenders landing Rockie outfielder Raimel Tapia for $133.

Those of us in the budget groups took different routes. I need to again replace a catcher with Tom Murphy sent down by Colorado and got my first choice of $0 bids with Austin Barnes who had a great week for the Dodgers. I also went the $0 path to get a pitcher and got my second choice, Hunter Strickland, temporarily closing for the Giants. I did put in small bids for both Frazier and Tapia but chose not to go all in with questions of future playing time for both and not needing an extra outfielder.

Todd's Take

Paying attention to the little things yields big benefits. Not only do the Rockies play seven games this week, they're all at home. Further, Carlos Gonzalez is still banged up, hence the aggressive bid on Tapia.

I wonder how much the bidding would have been on Gausman if he didn't show his old form against the Jays Sunday afternoon?

This has been a particularly trying season for those of us taxed with providing rest-of-season projections with pitchers. My working theory is not all fly balls are created equal. Some are generated from hitting underneath the ball, usually on a high pitch. Others emanate from squaring up a pitch with an uppercut stroke, often on lower pitches, where the swing path and the ball's movement are on the same line, transferring maximum energy to the ball, elevating exit velocity. Both types (and varying kinds in-between) have always existed. My contention is the current landscape where there's no shame in whiffing has helped shift the ratio of fly balls to include more of the hard-hit variety. In turn, this has effectively broken any algorithm regressing HR/FB, since the empirical calculation relied on a different proportion of fly ball styles.

Further, I believe not all pitchers are affected by this equally. Those working lower in the zone have a greater chance of seeing their home run totals soar. This helps explain the plight of Rick Porcello, Masahito Tanaka and Gausman. To be fair, this isn't the only factor, but the increase in homers isn't linearly distributed across the pitching inventory,

For the record, I believe the power spike results from a confluence of factors, including balls being manufactured in a different factory, not so coincidental with the home run increase. This isn't to say MLB is behind the change, but it's entirely possible for the ball to meet specifications yet be a little harder, or have slightly lower laces.

 

josh reddick

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
JReddick, Hou Jake Ciely 64 Paul Sporer 38 Dr. Roto 7 0
SGennett, Cin Paul Sporer 38 Paul Sporer 27                           
DLamet, SD Jake Ciely 17 Paul Sporer 7    
LCastillo, Cin Jake Ciely 16 Paul Sporer 11 Dr. Roto 7  
ZGodley, Ari Paul Sporer 8      
MPina, Mil Peter Kreutzer 6      
OArcia, Mil Vlad Sedler 4      
LChisenhall, Cle Paul Sporer 4      
DSpan, SF Jake Ciely 2 Paul Sporer 2    
JBlevins, NYM Peter Kreutzer 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
BPhillips, Atl Paul Sporer 6                                                                           
TBarnhart, Cin Peter Kreutzer 5      
TWolters, Col Peter Kreutzer 4      
MClevinger, Cle Paul Sporer 3      
ACabrera, NYM Vlad Sedler 1      
KMarte, Ari Vlad Sedler 1      
TTulowitzki, Tor Vlad Sedler 1      
AFrazier, Pit Paul Sporer 1      
AEscobar, KC Vlad Sedler 0      
AChafin, Ari Peter Kreutzer 0      
CGreen, NYY Peter Kreutzer 0      
PMaton, SD Peter Kreutzer 0      


Todd's Take

I'm seeing a lot of Josh Reddick activity in mixed leagues. How about this at the midpoint of the season: .309-8-33-7-50. Standing out are seven steals and 50 runs. Obviously, doubling this for the second half isn't wise, but the point is Reddick is perceived a a platoon option, but he's producing enough when he plays to be in most mixed lineups.

Enjoy the holiday. Remember, the key to a happy and safe 4th is making sure you're around on the 5th, preferably with your full complement of digits.

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

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

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

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

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

bruce maxwell

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
BMaxwell, Oak Chris Liss 133 Jason Collette 11 Patrick Davitt 11  
TAustin, NYY Mike Podhorzer 113 Jeff Erickson 101 Nando DiFino 72 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 16
DFister, Bos Larry Schechter 33 Rob Leibowitz 28    
DHolmberg, CWS Jason Collette 32      
DGossett, Oak Lawr Michaels 28 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 8 Seth Trachtman 4 Steve Moyer 0
RTejada, Bal Larry Schechter 17 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1    
JSucre, TB Nando DiFino 12      
AEngel, CWS Jason Collette 11 Mike Podhorzer 13 Seth Trachtman 1  
SPeterson, TB Jeff Erickson 10   0  
SGreene, Det Chris Liss 5 Jason Collette 4 0  
ASanchez, Det Seth Trachtman 4 Larry Schechter 13 0  
NGoody, Cle Jason Collette 4 Patrick Davitt 0 0  
RTorreyes, NYY Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1   0  
CGreen, NYY Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0   0  
DBarnes, Tor Patrick Davitt 0 Chris Liss 1 0  
TZych, Sea Patrick Davitt 0 Steve Moyer 0 0  
JPazos, Sea Steve Moyer 0 Patrick Davitt 0 0  

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
NMartinez, Tex Jason Collette 32                             
TFeatherston, TB Larry Schechter 16      
DMarrero, Bos Larry Schechter 12 Jeff Erickson 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0  
JPhegley, Oak Chris Liss 11 Jeff Erickson 1    
YPetit, LAA Jason Collette 6      
PJanish, Bal Larry Schechter 3      
AMoore, Sea Seth Trachtman 2      
DRobertson, Cle Jeff Erickson 1      
MMahtook, Det Jeff Erickson 1      
DRobinson, Tex Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0      
CShreve, NYY Patrick Davitt 0      
MMinor, KC Patrick Davitt 0      
NVincent, Sea Patrick Davitt 0      
TRogers, Min Patrick Davitt 0      

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Rob Leibowtiz and Jeff Erickson consummated a swap at the FAAB dealine as Rob sent strikeout wiz Brad Peacock to Jeff for Alex Colome. Leibowitz is trying to push out of the bottom third of the league. He should get a boost from Franklin Barreto, drafted as a reserve pick, thus keeping the newly promoted Athletic out of the FAAB pool. Jeff had a closer to spare as he tries to scramble out of the middle of the pack.

Oakland, who is indeed advancing their kids, was the target of FAAB with catcher Bruce Maxwell going to Chris Liss for $133, while I picked up Daniel Gossett for $28 in what feels a desperate attempt to stabilize my pitching (considering I have the second best pitching totals in the league, that is indeed an indictment of pitching this year).

Still, the best lesson for any of us was within league leader Mike Podhorzer's purchase of Tyler Austin for $113, an aggressive move by a team in first place, with a commanding lead. The message being Mike is not half-stepping, meaning if you are in first, and can step on the throats of your opponents, do so.

The number of players culled between $10-$40 was huge compared to LABR, with Erickson also grabbing Shane Peterson ($10), Larry Schechter going $17 on Ruben Tejada, and $33 for Doug Fister (see, we are indeed desperate for arms), while Jason Collette acquired David Holmberg for $32 and Pale Hose outfielder Adam Engel for $11 along with hurler Nick Goody for $4.

Nando DiFino is similarly trying to move up and is hoping Jesus Sucre ($12) will fill his Derek Norris hole. The remaining moves were all lesser, but was no less a desperate search for arms as Seth Trachtman gambled $4 on Anibal Sanchez while Liss went $5 for Shane Greene, two hurlers with solid careers of erratic pitching.

Todd's Take

It's fitting Nando copped Sucre to fill the roster void created by Norris' release considering Sucre will now play second-fiddle to Wilson Ramos, whose activation forced Tampa's release of Norris. Sucre's playing time increased over the past couple of weeks. He could continue to see more at bats while Ramos gets up to speed, but eventually, Ramos will be the bell cow backstop.

Sticking with the catcher theme, Maxwell's acquisition was a result of Oakland cutting ties with two-time All-Star receiver Stephen Vogt. Chances are, the club will stick with their Strat-o-Matic approach and run a strict platoon behind the dish. As such, Maxwell should enjoy the majority of the at bats with Josh Phegley continuing to squat when a southpaw is in the hill for the opposition.

cameron perkins

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
CPerkins, Phi Lenny Melnick 125 Andy Behrens 55 Todd Zola 47 Derek Carty 0
LCastillo, Cin Brian Walton 120 Craig Mish 77 Grey Albright 1  
RJones, SF Todd Zola 67 Lenny Melnick 85 Andy Behrens 63 Craig Mish 57
    Mike Gianella 14 Grey Albright 0  
RRaburn, Was Andy Behrens 61 Todd Zola 13    
GGarcia, StL Todd Zola 47 Mike Gianella 5 Andy Behrens 0  
CDArnaud, SD Todd Zola 27      
TWilliams, Pit Steve Gardner 24      
LVoit, StL Brian Walton 13      
PMaton, SD Phil Hertz 11 Mike Gianella 10 Grey Albright 3  
GKontos, SF Andy Behrens 1      
BMorrow, LAD Craig Mish 1 Grey Albright 1    
CStewart, Pit Derek Carty 0      
RMontero, NYM Phil Hertz 0 Steve Gardner 0    
CAsuaje, SD Derek Carty 0 Grey Albright 0    
LAvilan, LAD Grey Albright 0      
JFamilia, NYM Grey Albright 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
KTomlinson, SF Todd Zola 21                                                                           
BStassi, Phi Todd Zola 17      
JGrimm, ChC Steve Gardner 5      
RMcMahon, Col Phil Hertz 1      
AEllis, Mia Derek Carty 0      
DMcGowan, Mia Steve Gardner 0      
JarGarcia, Mia Grey Albright 0      
LTorrens, SD Derek Carty 0      

Brian Walton's Commentary

My prize in NL Tout this week was Cincinnati rookie pitching prospect Luis Castillo. I went in with guns blazing and got my man. I incorrectly gauged that it would take $120 to get the job done, however, when $78 would have been enough. If only he did not pitch for the Reds, the price would have been higher, as the 24-year old put up solid Triple-A numbers, a 2.58 ERA and an 81/13 K/BB ratio over 80 1/3 innings.

Castillo was not the highest-priced player in this FAAB run, however. That honor goes to Cam Perkins of the Phillies dreawing a $125 offer from Lenny Melnick. Despite a debut week of two singles in 19 at-bats and no walks, the 26-year old should be given a bit of time to show he is a better roster option than released outfielder Michael Saunders. Whether or not that would be good enough to stay in the majors is an open question, however.

Todd's Take

It was find at bats anywhere week for me with Yangervis Solarte joining Adrian Gonzalez on the shelf. Hopefully, reinforcements are on the way with A.J. Pollock reembarking on his rehab stint, Ben Zobrist getting closer to returning as well as the possibility Jhonny Peralta's stay in Triple-A Pawtucket isn't long and he helps to fill the Red Sox void at the hot corner. Tout Wars allows owners to keep accruing stats for players changing leagues, so long as they remain on your roster.

Garcia and D'Arnaud are just placeholders; I'm curious to see how Ryder Jones power plays in AT&T Park. At Triple-A Sacramento, the 23-year old was slugging a robust .553. Jones is filling in for Eduardo Nunez, who finally succumbed to a sore hamstring.

luis castillo

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
LCastillo, Cin Joe Pisapia 244 Ron Shandler 67 Gene McCaffrey 37  
BSnell, TB Derek Van Riper 67 Jeff Zimmerman 17    
DGossett, Oak Ron Shandler 57 Scott Engel 33    
MJoyce, Oak Scott Pianowski 44 Fred Zinkie 2 Jeff Zimmerman 1  
RGrichuk, StL Derek Van Riper 41 Ray Flowers 37    
BGoodwin, Was Ray Flowers 37 Scott Pianowski 23 Derek Van Riper 17 Al Melchior 11
    Jeff Zimmerman 5 Fred Zinkie 2  
KKela, Tex Bret Sayre 34      
MOlson, Oak Al Melchior 24 Jeff Zimmerman 5    
BMaxwell, Oak Ray Flowers 23 Derek Van Riper 0    
BParker, LAA Scott Pianowski 22 Zach Steinhorn 10 Bret Sayre 0  
DSpan, SF Jeff Zimmerman 20 Derek Van Riper 7    
WHarris, Hou Scott Pianowski 17 Zach Steinhorn 10    
HBailey, Cin Joe Pisapia 17 Derek Van Riper 3    
DPaulino, Hou Jeff Zimmerman 17 Bret Sayre 3 Fred Zinkie 0  
RMadson, Oak Scott Pianowski 13 Zach Steinhorn 10    
ABibensDirkx, Tex Scott Engel 11      
TAustin, NYY Derek Van Riper 0 Derek Van Riper 17 Al Melchior 11  
RChirinos, Tex Derek Van Riper 0 Ray Flowers 17    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
JMarisnick, Hou Scott Pianowski 33 Jeff Zimmerman 14                                                  
JBrugman, Oak Scott Pianowski 20 Derek Van Riper 7    
PBridwell, LAA Ron Shandler 18      
JAlbMartinez, StL Ray Flowers 17      
ASlater, SF Jeff Zimmerman 15 Derek Van Riper 7    
EHernandez, LAD Jeff Zimmerman 15      
TBarnhart, Cin Ray Flowers 11      
ABarnes, LAD Ray Flowers 7 Derek Van Riper 0    
EDiaz, Pit Ray Flowers 7 Derek Van Riper 0    
JPhegley, Oak Ray Flowers 7      
DFister, Bos Jeff Zimmerman 5      
PDeJong, StL Jeff Zimmerman 3      
AAlmora, ChC Jeff Zimmerman 0      
AEscobar, KC Jeff Zimmerman 0      
AHanson, CWS Derek Van Riper 0      
CEdwards, ChC Bret Sayre 0      
JChacin, SD Scott Pianowski 0      
JIglesias, Det Jeff Zimmerman 0      
JJay, ChC Derek Van Riper 0      
JPolanco, Min Jeff Zimmerman 0      
TRivera, NYM Jeff Zimmerman 0      

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Chasing wins and strikeouts is no fun, especially in deeper leagues. I'm finding this out the hard way. Since deciding to punt saves following Francisco Rodriguez's ninth inning demotion and the injury to Aroldis Chapman, I've been regularly using a lineup with at least eight starting pitchers. Well, this approach has resulted in my ERA increasing by more than one-third of a run since the beginning of June. I've had enough of this madness. Hopefully, adding a pair of high-end late-inning relievers will help to lower my ratios back to respectability.

I also learned the hard way a $10 bid wasn't good enough as Will Harris, Blake Parker and Ryan Madson all went for higher bids. I guess I'm not the only one tired of streaming low-end starters.

Not everyone has given up on starting pitching as the top three purchases were arms. Luis Castillo was the hot commodity, The returning Blake Snell was next with Daniel Gossett the last of the trio.

Next was another trio, this time outfielders. Old stand-by Matt Joyce earned the highest bid, with returning Randall Grichuk next. Brian Goodwin's power surge garnered attention as well.

Todd's Take

Everyone has their own philosophy, but I don't like to mess around when I need something, especially in a mixed league where you can usually get by with low FAAB totals heading into the second half. Zach's the defending champ, he knows what he's doing. This isn't a slight on him. Perhaps a different approach would have been to bid a little more on the top choices, then list a bunch of $0 bids on a long string of contingencies, making sure a couple are purchased.

I love this stuff. Six different owners bid on the three starting pitchers - but only one owner bid on more than one. Just another reminder we all see things differently.

 eric sogard

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
FBarreto, Oak Scott White 217 Rudy Gamble 118 Adam Ronis 112 Anthony Perri 103
    Tom Kessenich 69 Corey Parson 52 Charlie Wiegert 18
    Greg Ambrosius 13    
ESogard, Mil Tom Kessenich 69      
AVizcaino, Atl Anthony Perri 43 Scott White 11 Corey Parson 4  
EEscobar, Min Rudy Gamble 38      
LCastillo, Cin D.J. Short 35 Greg Ambrosius 23 Corey Parson 11  
AMoore, Sea Greg Ambrosius 23      
BGoodwin, Was Corey Parson 22 Adam Ronis 3    
TAustin, NYY Rudy Gamble 16 Corey Parson 1    
BMaxwell, Oak D.J. Short 15 Tom Kessenich 4 Scott White 0  
MClevinger, Cle Greg Ambrosius 13 Jeff Boggis 11    
PCorbin, Ari Charlie Wiegert 12 Jeff Boggis 11    
AMiranda, Sea Jeff Boggis 11      
CKuhl, Pit Tim McLeod 9      
PMaton, SD Corey Parson 5 Tim McLeod 3 Greg Ambrosius 0  
TDArnaud, NYM Tom Kessenich 4 D.J. Short 14    
JAlbMartinez, StL Perry Van Hook 3      
AEngel, CWS Greg Ambrosius 3      
MOlson, Oak Adam Ronis 3 Corey Parson 1 Greg Ambrosius 1 Scott White 0
ERosario, Min Anthony Perri 2 Greg Ambrosius 0    
PDeJong, StL Greg Ambrosius 0 Rudy Gamble 7 Adam Ronis 3  

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
ABibensDirkx, Tex Charlie Wiegert 12                                                    
YEscobar, LAA Rudy Gamble 11 Tom Kessenich 2                                                  
JLeclerc, Tex D.J. Short 10                                                    
KVargas, Min Rudy Gamble 7 Corey Parson 1                                                  
RDickey, Atl Charlie Wiegert 6                                                    
TAdleman, Cin Charlie Wiegert 6                                                    
JIglesias, Det Rudy Gamble 5                                                    
FGalvis, Phi Rudy Gamble 4                                                    
JPolanco, Min Rudy Gamble 4                                                    
MMaldonado, LAA Tom Kessenich 3                                                    
DSpan, SF Tom Kessenich 2                                                    
KBarraclough, Mia Anthony Perri 2                                                    
PKivlehan, Cin Perry Van Hook 2                                                    
MLeiter, Phi Corey Parson 1                                                    
MMontero, ChC Tom Kessenich 1                                                    
BParker, LAA Greg Ambrosius 0                                                    
DGerman, NYY Greg Ambrosius 0                                                    
JBrugman, Oak Greg Ambrosius 0                                                    
JMercer, Pit Greg Ambrosius 0                                                    

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

In many redraft leagues, rookies brought up early get a lot of attention - especially when they play in the middle infield. Today's highest bid was for new Oakland shortstop Franklin Barreto, won by Scott White for a healthy $217.

New closers or even potential new closers are always sought after, hence Anthony Perri rostering Arodys Vizcaino for $43 in hopes of more save chances in Atlanta.

Eric Sogard has done very well in Milwaukee prompting Tom Kessenich to spend $69 to add him this week. However, things may get very crowded in the Brewers lineup with Jonathan Villar on rehab and Ryan Braun always a threat to resurface.

Part of that logjam is my Jesus Aguilar, grabbed last week to fill in for Chris Davis. Aguilar had a tough week and is slated for fewer at bats this week, so I swapped him for Cardinals OF/1B Jose Martinez for the same $3 bid it cost to get Aguilar.

Todd's Take

Has anyone seen Eric Sogard and Scooter Gennett in the same room? I've talked about this before, riding streaks goes against my DNA. I understand players get hot, but I don't believe we can predict when the clock strikes midnight and I'm starting a pumpkin as my middle infielder. This admittedly hurts my game play, especially in shallower leagues. That said, in a season like we're experiencing, warm bodies getting playing time are in short supply. Guys like Sogard and Gennett will eventually run out of pixie dust, but so long as they're producing, they'll play. In the case of Sogard and Gennett, both are hitting from the two-hole in power-friendly venues, so there's something to hang my analytical hat on. If you go this route, just be ready with an exit strategy. 

frankin barreto

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
FBarreto, Oak Dr. Roto 118 Vlad Sedler 13                                                  
MMaldonado, LAA Peter Kreutzer 71 Jake Ciely 0    
ESogard, Mil Jake Ciely 47 Vlad Sedler 3    
BMaxwell, Oak Dr. Roto 23      
KYates, SD Peter Kreutzer 7      
KKela, Tex Vlad Sedler 7 Jake Ciely 17    
BParker, LAA Peter Kreutzer 5      
MFoltynewicz, Atl Clay Link 4 Vlad Sedler 3    
EEscobar, Min Vlad Sedler 4      
SNewcomb, Atl Vlad Sedler 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
NPivetta, Phi Jake Ciely 27 Vlad Sedler 3                                                  
MDavidson, CWS Dr. Roto 23      
MPina, Mil Peter Kreutzer 23      
PMaton, SD Dr. Roto 10      
MClevinger, Cle Clay Link 3      
JBlevins, NYM Peter Kreutzer 2      
LCastillo, Cin Vlad Sedler 2      
AChafin, Ari Peter Kreutzer 1      
DBarnes, Tor Peter Kreutzer 1      
DHernandez, LAA Peter Kreutzer 1      
MStrahm, KC Clay Link 1      
TTulowitzki, Tor Vlad Sedler 1      
ZGodley, Ari Vlad Sedler 1      
TBarnhart, Cin Peter Kreutzer 0      


Todd's Take

Prospects promoted to the bigs are the mixed league equivalent of deadline deals in AL and NL only formats, so it's not surprising to see a healthy bid on Barreto a he may push Marcus Semien to second base when the incumbent shortstop returns.

A two-homer game drew some attention for Martin Maldanado, however, he's had a solid first half in a season where catcher production is gross. Further, he's playing a lot, already on the verge of a career high number of at bats. Ironically, the man he was dealt for, Jett Bandy, who's been, well, jettisoned to the minors.

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