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Wednesday 22nd Nov 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.

garrett cooper

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

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

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

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

Todd's Take

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

jose quintana

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Brian Walton's Commentary

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

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

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

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

Todd's Take

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

alex claudio

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

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

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

Todd's Take

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

ryan madson 

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

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

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

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

Todd's Take

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

cole hamels

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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


Todd's Take

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

 

LABRLOGO

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

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

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

garrett cooper 

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

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

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

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

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

Todd's Take

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

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

jose quintana

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Brian Walton's Commentary

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

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

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

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

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

Todd's Take

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

zack granite

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Todd Zola's Commentary

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

Todd's Take

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

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.

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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

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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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