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Friday 26th May 2017

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.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Yulieski Gurriel, HOU ESPN.com 8    
Dillon Gee, KC Colton & The Wolfman 1 USAT Sports 1  
Andrew Triggs, OAK Fangraphs 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 SiriusXM 1
Matt Andriese, TB SiriusXM 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Wade Miley, BAL SiriusXM 1
Mychal Givens, BAL SiriusXM 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

A massive $11 was spent on free agent selections this cycle, with a grand total of four players hitting new rosters.

The big deal was Yulieski Gurriel went to Tristan Cockcroft for $8, while Ray Flowers nabbed Matt Andriese for a buck, the same amount that Eno Sarris spent on Andrew Triggs, and the same price tag that brought Dillon Gee to Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton.

That leaves an aggregate $23 for all the teams to focus on unaffiliated prospects coming up in September, and that means some potentially fun price wars in the coming weeks.

Todd's Take

It's only been four games or so but early indications are Jason Castro will lose the most playing time how that Gurriel is finally called up. The Astros plan on using the Cuban primarily at DH which has pushed Evan Gattis behind the plate for three of the past four games, albeit two of those against southpaws where you'd expect the lefty-swinging Castro to sit. This appears to be a fluid situation.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Rich Hill, LAD Derek Carty 42 ESPN - Karabell 40 Baseball HQ 23 RotoWire - DVR 1
Seth Lugo, NYM Baseball HQ 9 RotoWire - DVR 1    
Luis Sardinas, SD Mastersball 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Randall Delgado, ARI Mastersball 1 Baseball HQ 1    
Oswaldo Arcia, SD Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Xavier Scruggs, MIA Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Braden Shipley, ARI RotoWire - DVR 1      
Ramon Cabrera, CIN USA TODAY Sports 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Neftali Feliz, PIT Baseball HQ 1 Mastersball 1 RotoWire - DVR 1
Jake Elmore, MIL Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Jeff Hoffman, COL RotoWire - DVR 1    
Jesse Chavez, LAD Baseball HQ 1    
Kevin Quackenbush, SD Mastersball 1    
Phil Gosselin, ARI Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Rene Rivera, NYM USA TODAY Sports 1    
Rob Zastryzny, CHC Mastersball 1    
Trevor Cahill, CHC Baseball HQ 1    

Brian Walton's Commentary

Derek Carty finally got his man! Four weeks of waiting for Rich Hill to come off the disabled list of his new team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, finally paid off when the 36-year-old lefty was acquired by the FAAB leader and league leader. The winning amount was $42, $1 more than the owner with the second-most cash had available. Unfortunately for him, Carty missed out on Hill’s six shutout innings over the Giants in his long-awaited Dodgers debut.

The only other free agent to find a new home for more than the $1 minimum is Mets pitcher Seth Lugo, who went to Doug Dennis of BaseballHQ for $9. Up and down to Triple-A this season as a reliever, the 26-year-old was moved into the rotation due to Steven Matz’ sore shoulder and has pitched well in two starts. Against playoff contenders St. Louis and San Francisco, Lugo allowed just three earned runs over 11 2/3 innings.

Todd's Take

In this space last week, the playing time expectation for Mitch Haniger and Patrick Kivlehan was detailed, concluding Haniger had a clearer path and thus was a better pick-up. Of course mid-week, Haniger was sent down to clear a path for A.J. Pollock because of course it's imperative the Diamondbacks continue to give playing time to Michael Bourn. Looks like Kivelhan owners could call scoreboard on me.

Except Kivlehan was also sent down, so the Padres could get a look at Alexei Ramirez in right field. Really?!?! I can see using Luis Sardinas at shortstop and think Brian made a sneaky good pick-up. But why not continue to Kivlehan a look? Jabari Blash is on the disabled list while Hunter Renfroe and Manuel Margot are likely to stay down as they're in the playoffs. is it really necessary to keep Ramirez's bat in the lineup? Oh well.

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MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Alex Reyes, STL RotoWire 2 MLB.com 1
Sandy Leon, BOS Baseball HQ 2  
Scott Schebler, CIN Baseball HQ 2  
Andrew Triggs, OAK Mastersball 1  
Chad Kuhl, PIT MLB.com 1  
Seth Lugo, NYM Razzball 1  

UNAWARDED BIDS

Anibal Sanchez, DET Mastersball 1
Daniel Norris, DET Razzball 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

And the 20-something point lead is down to 8.5. Ray Murphy of Baseball HQ has been charging hard, having made some clever deals and strong free agent pickups. Chances are things will get even closer. I have points to gain back, especially in strikeouts. John Lackey is due back which helps a lot. I also added Andrew Triggs and will have to sweat out his start this week at home versus Boston. I like what he's done recently and with the injuries to the Athletics rotation, Triggs should continue to hold a spot.

Todd's Take

This just in: when your commissioner sends a note to the league with a suggestion how to submit your FAAB bids, pay attention. Arghh - my intent was to pick up both Anibal Sanchez and Triggs, with preference to Sanchez. I have an open reserve spot so in order to get both, I only need to drop one. The plan was for the system to look at the Sanchez bid, and if available, give him to me without a drop. Then it was to move to the second block with just Triggs and drop Tony Zych if I have the winning bid. Well, it opted to go to the Triggs solo block and not drop Zych since I had an open spot. Then it went to Sanchez, which was an uncontested bid. But it was refused since there wasn't an associated drop. Having seen this before, LABR Head Poobah Steve Gardner told everyone to always include a drop, regardless and let the system say it's not necessary. But Bozo over here forgot and Sanchez is available.

Bottom line? Play Sanchez anywhere you can this week as he'll no doubt toss a gem.

 

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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.

New to Tout Wars this year is a $1000 free agent acquisition budget (FAAB) and no Vickrey. Teams are still allowed $0 bids.

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

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

EAybar, Det Jeff Erickson 207 Lawr Michaels 159    
LCessa, NYY Jeff Erickson 110 Seth Trachtman 1    
ATriggs, Oak Chris Liss 110 Jeff Erickson 11 Jason Collette 7  
CGreen, NYY Ron Shandler 57 Larry Schechter 33 Jason Collette 31 Seth Trachtman 1
AMejia, Min Lawr Michaels 20      
JGrilli, Tor Jeff Erickson 5 Jason Collette 2    
RTorreyes, NYY Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3      
TWilhelmsen, Sea Jason Collette 2      
BRondon, Det Patrick Davitt 2      
CPerez, LAA Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0      
NBuss, LAA Seth Trachtman 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

DJennings, CWS Jeff Erickson 5
LHendriks, Oak Jeff Erickson 5
NVincent, Sea Patrick Davitt 1
DGuerra, LAA Patrick Davitt 0
CaJoseph, Bal Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
DButera, KC Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
JThole, Tor Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
ONarvaez, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
CPennington, LAA Seth Trachtman 0
GPetit, LAA Seth Trachtman 0

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

While Erick Aybar only was valued at $6 or 6% of the FAAB allotment in AL LABR, Jeff Erickson dropped 20% of his total on the former Angel in AL Tout making the new Tiger the high priced spread this week.

Erickson also grabbed Yankees hurler Luis Cessa for $110, the same amount fellow Rotowirer Chris Liss dropped on Andrew Triggs, followed by Ron Shandler who gambled $57 on Grant Green. I was next in the spending line hoping Adalberto Mejia can get some innings and whiffs for my team while Nathan Eovaldi and Sonny Gray suffer on the sidelines.

A pair of former closers--Tom Wilhelmsen ($2 to Jason Collette) and Jason Grilli ($5 to Erickson)--garnered some hope and attention for their new owners while Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton hope that Yankees infielder Ronald Torreyes ($3) and Angel backstop Carlos Perez ($5) with Patrick Davitt finishing the festivities placing the same stretch hope on a $2 Bruce Rondon

Todd's Take

 The under the radar pickup of the week belongs to Seth Trachtman who snagged Angels outfielder Nick Buss for a $0 bid. Buss isn't a prospect (he couldn't be, the Halos don't have any left) but he could be a useful part down the stretch - at bats are currency. The Ji-Man Choi in left field experiment ran its course, so when C.J. Cron was activated, Choi was farmed and Buss was called up to man left. He's lefty swinger so even if he falls into a platoon (he's playing every day now), he'll get 20-25 trips to the dish a week. Buss doesn't contrinute much in the way of counting stats but even 2 HR, 2 SB and 20-25 runs plus RBI could mean a point of two, depending where Seth sits in the associated categories.

Staying with the Angels, Johnny Giavotella was released meaning they can look at prospect..oh wait...meaning they can play Cliff Pennington and Gregorio Petit. Cron being back was mentioned above, it will be interesing to see how this impacts Jefry Marte's playing time. Marte can play both corner infield spots and is someone the Halos should look at down the stretch. Presently, Yunel Escobar is out with a concussion so Marte's picking it at the hot corner.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DSwanson, Atl Ray Guilfoyle 300 Mike Gianella 232 Brian Walton 74 Tristan H. Cockcroft 28
    Phil Hertz 2 Steve Gardner 1  
MMontgomery, ChC Lenny Melnick  125 Todd Zola 37 Ray Guilfoyle 25 Derek Carty 11
    Scott Wilderman 7 Tristan H. Cockcroft 3 Steve Gardner 1
    Phil Hertz 1    
XScruggs, Mia Brian Walton 12 Phil Hertz 2    
TAdleman, Cin Mike Gianella 7 Brian Walton 2    
SRomo, SF Todd Zola 7 Phil Hertz 1    
MHaniger, Ari Steve Gardner 2 Phil Hertz 0    
AToles, LAD Phil Hertz 2      
JUrena, Mia Grey Albright 1 Mike Gianella 7    
GStanton, Mia Tristan H. Cockcroft 0      
PGosselin, Ari Derek Carty 0 Ray Guilfoyle 25    
JGrimm, ChC Phil Hertz 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

JDeLaCruz, Atl Mike Gianella 7  
ZDuke, StL Todd Zola 3 Phil Hertz 0
YPetit, Was Todd Zola 3  
SLugo, NYM Grey Albright 1 Phil Hertz 0
SGonzalez, Phi Grey Albright 1  
CTaylor, LAD Derek Carty 0  
ARosales, SD Derek Carty 0  
WSmith, SF Phil Hertz 0  
PKivlehan, SD Phil Hertz 0  
MMariot, Phi Phil Hertz 0  
KSiegrist, StL Phil Hertz 0  
FPena, ChC Phil Hertz 0  
DHudson, Ari Phil Hertz 0  
JHoffman, Col Steve Gardner 0  

Brian Walton's Commentary

Oddly, lefty Mike Montgomery drew more bidding interest from the NL Tout warriors this week (eight of 12 owners) than highly-touted shortstop prospect Dansby Swanson (six bidders).

Perhaps that was a reflection of the fact that three owners held $231 or more of FAAB (with me fourth at $195), making the outcome of the Swanson bidding clearer. In another oddity, however, the owner with the most cash, Ray Guilfoyle, bid $28 more than the next-closest owner in FAAB could bid. I guess he wanted to be extra sure he got his man, spending $300 when $272 would have been enough to guarantee success. With Erick Aybar having departed Atlanta, Swanson has a wide-open road to daily playing time the rest of the way.

Montgomery, who recently joined the Cubs from Seattle, was pressed into the rotation with an injury to John Lackey and performed well in his four-inning debut. That was enough to encourage Lenny Melnick to drop down $125 to get his man. League leader Todd Zola lost the services of Lackey, but finished a distant second to Melnick at $37 in the bidding for Montgomery and added Giants set up man Sergio Romo for $7 instead.

I dropped $12 on a player I know well from his time in the Cardinals system, first baseman Xavier Scruggs, now with Miami. The slugger should see regular time with Justin Bour out, but is an all-or-nothing hitter likely to hurt my batting average. In hindsight, I should have gone after new Arizona outfielder Mitch Haniger instead, who went to Steve Gardner for just $2 in a very nice under-the-radar addition.

Todd's Take

The Team Zola half of the Mastersball duo caught a nice break this week (along with a couple not-so-nice breaks). Tout Wars has a rule allowing mid-week replacements for injured or farmed players. The catch is it has to be done after the transaction is listed on mlb.com or ESPN.com, which usually means having a goose-egg for a day in that spot, provided there's someone on reserve to activate. Earlier in the week, Chris Coghlan was put on the DL. I didn't have anyone in the Majors to activate but I am still stashing Jose Peraza so I threw him in there - just in case. Well, Peraza was indeed called up and went 3-for-5 with a homer in his return, which fortuitously was added onto my totals. Humble-brag alert, having the foresight to add Peraza added some important stats to my squad, the categories are that close.

Technically, that wasn't a break, that was savvy management. The break comes from the fact that Tout Wars also has a mid-week activation rule where you can activate a reserve player (or someone coming off the DL) if they're added to the 25-man roster mid-week. The caveats here are you need to RELEASE a player from your active lineup as well as waiting the same day after the move is listed. So if Coghlan did not get hurt, I still could have activated Peraza, but not have received the stats from his first game back as well as releasing a current active hitter. 

Now the bad luck. I've been discussing how to catch up to Derek Carty's club while he waits out the Clayton Kershaw absence. While they pale in comparison on an individual basis, losing Wei-Yin Chen, Adam Conley and John Lackey has hindered those efforts. I've actually caught and passed Derek, but the lead is quite precarious. I have a bit of a buffer in strikeouts, though that's getting to the point points in play. Where losing starters hurts is in wins. I have 63, Derek and Andy Behrens have 62 while the esteemed Mr. Walton sits at 61. If my three colleagues pass me, I lose three points while Derek gains one, flipping a 3.5 lead into a .5 point deficit. Perhaps I should have gone harder after Montgomery but even an all-in bid would have left me 50 or so units short of Lenny Melnick. Instead, I settled for Sergio Romo, who has the strikeout pitch clicking again and could fall into a save down the stretch now that he's back on his game.

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DSantana, Mil Fred Zinkie 95 Scott Swanay 34  
EBurgos, Ari Cory Schwartz 82 Ray Flowers 19 Scott Pianowski 11
DHolland, Tex Derek Van Riper 33 Tim Heaney 0  
MHaniger, Ari Fred Zinkie 20    
FSalas, LAA Ray Flowers 19    
JUrias, LAD Cory Schwartz 16 Scott Swanay 2 Tim Heaney 0
JPolanco, Min Ray Flowers 13    
CKuhl, Pit Zach Steinhorn 11 Cory Schwartz 1 Tim Heaney 0
COwings, Ari Derek Van Riper 11 Fred Zinkie 40  
JCenteno, Min Ray Flowers 9    
JHoffman, Col Derek Van Riper 7    
AReed, Hou Scott Pianowski 7 Scott Swanay 4  
HNeris, Phi Scott Pianowski 3 Scott Swanay 0  
MMontgomery, ChC Scott Swanay 2 Zach Steinhorn 9  
LMorrison, TB Derek Van Riper 0    
MGarza, Mil Tim Heaney 0    
ZGodley, Ari Tim Heaney 0 Ray Flowers 4  

UNAWARDED BIDS

CGreen, NYY Zach Steinhorn 11 Cory Schwartz 1
CBuchholz, Bos Zach Steinhorn 9  
CAnderson, Mil Cory Schwartz 1  
RHoward, Phi Ray Flowers 1  
CBettis, Col Cory Schwartz 1  
JNiese, NYM Tim Heaney 0  
JThompson, Phi Tim Heaney 0  
MBush, Tex Tim Heaney 0  
RBuchter, SD Scott Swanay 0  

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Sidelined since early-June due to an elbow injury, Domingo Santana returned to action last week. Being that he is assured everyday at-bats as long as he can avoid another trip to the DL, the 24-year-old, who offers some power and some speed potential, carries immediate fantasy appeal in deeper mixed leagues. Santana was actually a popular late-round sleeper pick back in the spring, so perhaps a strong final six weeks will earn him a spot on sleeper pick lists next year.

There are still several points to be gained or lost in saves in this league, so it was no surprise that both Enrique Burgos and Fernando Salas disappeared from the waiver wire this week. Both are handling closer duties right now, but for how much longer is anyone's guess. Factoring in the price difference, I might prefer Salas, but I'd really prefer to avoid this decision entirely. Still, saves are saves.

Chad Kuhl is no Aaron Sanchez. But the Pirates righty will now be taking the spot of Sanchez in my starting lineup, hopefully just for this week, as the Blue Jays are skipping Sanchez's turn in the rotation to give him some extra days off down the stretch. The waiver wire wasn't exactly loaded with attractive starting pitching options, but I settled on Kuhl, who has notched three straight quality starts since his latest call-up and will be facing a mid-pack at best Brewers offense this week.

Todd's Take

Following up a bit on Sanchez, hopefully you know he was sent to High-A Dunedin because he has options left and instead of using him in the bullpen this week, the Jays opted to call up a reliever and keep an eye on Sanchez while they extend his innings a bit.

I guess I'm not as confident as Zach that Santana will play regularly. Even when healthy, he's likely to cede time to Kirk Niewenhuis. I agree he's still a big part of the Brewers' future so I expect he'll play enough to feel good heading into the off-season so his focus can be solely on 2017. The elbow can be a tricky thing (ask A.J. Pollock) and the last thing they want is an off-season of rehab interfering with 2017 prep.

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MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ASanchez, Det Stacie Stern 113 Charlie Wiegert 18 Tim McLeod 2
ATriggs, Oak Stacie Stern 61    
DSwanson, Atl Anthony Perri 54    
SSouza, TB Anthony Perri 21    
MMontgomery, ChC Rick Wilton 10 Perry Van Hook 7  
LWeaver, StL Rudy Gamble 6    
FLiriano, Tor Tim McLeod 1 Stacie Stern 6 Rudy Gamble 6
ZGodley, Ari Perry Van Hook 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

AReed, Hou Anthony Perri 21  
POrlando, KC Anthony Perri 12  
FSalas, LAA Rudy Gamble 6  
FGalvis, Phi Anthony Perri 5  
AGarcia, Atl Rudy Gamble 4  
MGivens, Bal Rick Wilton 1  
CGreen, NYY Perry Van Hook 0 Tim McLeod 0
MBoyd, Det Perry Van Hook 0 Tim McLeod 0
KGraveman, Oak Tim McLeod 0  
EBurgos, Ari Perry Van Hook 0  
TCahill, ChC Perry Van Hook 0  

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Todd here - Perry's on vacation so I'll do my best Captain Hook imitation.

This week's bidding featured Stacie Stern fortifying her pitching with Anthony Perri filling a couple of hitting holes. Stacie was the big spender, dropping 113 units on the rejuvenated Anibal Sanchez and 61 on Andrew Triggs. Anthony wasn't quite as generous as recent call-up Dansby Swanson cost him just 54 bucks with 21 more going to secure the services of the oft-injured Steven Souza Jr.

Team Van Hook grabbed Zack Godley who has an intriguing two-step this week, facing Atlanta early and Cincinnati later, both lesser lineups and both at home. Note, this was Perry's second choice as he fell short three units short of Rick Wilton's $10 bid on Cubs starter Mike Montgomery, slated for one outing against the Dodgers in Chavez Ravine.

Todd's Take

Man, the A's rotation is a mess. Ross Detwiler? Zach Neal? Andrew Triggs? Actually, Triggs is intriguing. He's by no means dominant but he misses just enough bats to be dangerous and doesn't get beat via bases on balls. He's an extreme ground ball artist which keeps homers low but usually results in a high hit rate. Triggs is likely nothing more than a swingman but at least for now, he's starting.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

HBailey, Cin Peter Kreutzer 7 Jake Ciely 0
HIwakuma, Sea Jeff Zimmerman 2  
KGibson, Min Jeff Boggis 0  
KBroxton, Mil Jake Ciely 0  
YVentura, KC Jeff Zimmerman 0  
RIglesias, Cin Jake Ciely 0 Peter Kreutzer 7

UNAWARDED BIDS

AReed, NYM Peter Kreutzer 2
ASanchez, Det Jeff Zimmerman 0
DStraily, Cin Jeff Zimmerman 0
EBurgos, Ari Jake Ciely 0
ZGodley, Ari Jeff Zimmerman 0

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

I wrote about my need for innings last week, which is why I picked up Homer Bailey last night. For just $7, He's been good in three of his four starts since returning from the DL so there is reason to hope.

Curiously, three of the other four players claimed were also starting pitchers. Jeff Boggis wanted and received Kyle Gibson (vs. Detroit and at Toronto).

Jeff Zimmerman wanted and received Hisashi Iwakuma (vs Yankees and @ White Sox) and Yordanny Ventura (@ Miami and @ Boston).

Ventura has a decent K/9 rate, and Bailey a better one. To my taste Gibson and Iwakuma are just too much a drag on strikeout rate to roster, especially in a two-start week, but Zimmerman is the league's leader at this point. I match up with him this week, and hope we have a swell rumble.

Todd's Take

While it's always dangerous to assume what happens this season will repeat next year, the heavy tilt towards pitching suggests looking at the year-long FAAB bidding in this league in an effort to craft draft strategy. Aside from the reliance on dominating middle relievers, my spidey sense tells me the way to approach this format is crush the hitting counting stats and use the wire to build a complementary pitching staff. Of course, looking at the bids for all leagues is a viable off-season project, but this being the first year of this contest, it's even more important to get an edge others may eschew.

 

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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.

New to Tout Wars this year is a $1000 free agent acquisition budget (FAAB) and no Vickrey. Teams are still allowed $0 bids.

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

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TAustin, NYY Jason Collette 302 Larry Schechter 179 Chris Liss 40 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 27
    Mike Podhorzer 12 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2 Seth Trachtman 1
    Steve Moyer 0    
WDavis, KC Seth Trachtman 75 Patrick Davitt 6    
ECarrera, Tor Larry Schechter 45      
THernandez, Hou Chris Liss 40 Larry Schechter 34 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 27 Mike Podhorzer 12
    Seth Trachtman 1 Steve Moyer 0 Chris Liss 0
FSalas, LAA Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 27 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2    
RDetwiler, Oak Ron Shandler 25      
MMuncy, Oak Seth Trachtman 1 Steve Moyer 0    
CBuchholz, Bos Mike Podhorzer 0      
MMahtook, TB Steve Moyer 0      
MStrahm, KC Chris Liss 0      
DOtero, Cle Lawr Michaels 0 Patrick Davitt 0    
TBarnette, Tex Larry Schechter 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

JCoats, CWS Chris Liss 2  
CPennington, LAA Seth Trachtman 1  
DMachado, Det Seth Trachtman 1  
DCeciliani, Tor Steve Moyer 0 Chris Liss 0
MBarnes, Bos Larry Schechter 0  
MBush, Tex Larry Schechter 0  
PNeshek, Hou Larry Schechter 0  
LHendriks, Oak Chris Liss 0  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Tout AL suddenly finds itself in a bit of a tangle among the top four teams, with 15.5 very very soft points separating the squads of Seth Trachtman, Larry Schechter, Patrick Davitt, and me.

The top slots, owned today by Trachtman and Schechter, fostered moves by those teams, with Schecther grabbing Ezequiel Carrera for $45 and Tony Barnette ($0), while Trachtman dropped a somewhat hefty $75 on Wade Davis coupled with the the Athletics Max Muncy ($1). As for me, I plugged the hole left by the injured Nathan Eovoldi with Dan Otero, while Davitt, on the heels of spending a wad on Jonathan Lucroy last week sat out the bidding this cycle.

Other moves included Jason Collette making the big buy, purchasing Tyler Austin for $302 while sixth placer Chris Liss spent $40 on Teoscar Hernandez, coupled with a $0 bid that brought him Matt Strahm. Ron Shandler, holding tight to fifth, took a shot with Ross Detwiler ($25) and closing out the festivities, Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton nabbed Fernando Salas for $27.

The stretch run does look like fun ahead!

Todd's Take

So who is Teoscar Hernandez and why is he drawing so many bids here and in LABR? Hernandez is a 23 -year old outfielder signed by the Astros out of the Dominican Republic, blessed with the power/speed combo inciting fantasy players to drool. As is often the case in this scenario, Hernandez's plate skills were lacking, at least until this season. First at Double-A Corpus Christi and more recently with Triple-A Fresno, Hernandez cut back on the whiffs and increased the walks. The Astros have a lot of moving parts but when Colby Rasmus went down, they were left with only Jake Marisnick to roam in center field so Hernandez was summoned. Marisnick then tweaked his groin, giving full-time run to Hernandez for the weekend - and perhaps beyond. Both are right-handed hitters so there won't be a platoon. Rasmus is out until early to mid-September after having a cyst removed from his ear. The Astros didn't make any moves at the deadline, instead relying on internal options like Alex Bregman and Yulieski Gurriel to provide a spark. It looks like Hernandez may end up fanning the biggest flames.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

LWeaver, StL Grey Albright 87 Derek Carty 66 Scott Wilderman 12 Steve Gardner 2
    Phil Hertz 2    
RStripling, LAD Derek Carty 15 Mike Gianella 10 Phil Hertz 0  
PClemens, SD Mike Gianella 10 Todd Zola 1 Phil Hertz 0  
TCahill, ChC Mike Gianella 10      
BPaulsen, Col Brian Walton 4 Phil Hertz 2 Andy Behrens 1  
TRivera, NYM Brian Walton 3 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Phil Hertz 0  
MSzczur, ChC Tristan H. Cockcroft 1 Brian Walton 1 Phil Hertz 0 Andy Behrens 0
EBurgos, Ari Phil Hertz 1 Grey Albright 11    
SHathaway, Ari Todd Zola 1      
BHand, SD Todd Zola 1 Steve Gardner 0    
SBrito, Ari Andy Behrens 1 Brian Walton 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Phil Hertz 0
ChJohnson, Mia Phil Hertz 1 Andy Behrens 0    
MPina, Mil Brian Walton 0      
CKnebel, Mil Steve Gardner 0      
WPeralta, Mil Phil Hertz 0      
CRichard, SD Derek Carty 0 Todd Zola 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

NNoonan, SD Brian Walton 1  
PGosselin, Ari Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Brian Walton 0
EGoeddel, NYM Steve Gardner 0 Phil Hertz 0
TGosewisch, Ari Brian Walton 0  
JMathis, Mia Brian Walton 0  
EFryer, Pit Brian Walton 0  
EAdrianza, SF Brian Walton 0  
CHeisey, Was Brian Walton 0  
WDifo, Was Phil Hertz 0  
TKelly, NYM Phil Hertz 0  
SRomo, SF Phil Hertz 0  
JParedes, Phi Phil Hertz 0  
HRobles, NYM Phil Hertz 0  
BGoodwin, Was Phil Hertz 0  
TJenkins, Atl Steve Gardner 0  
NWittgren, Mia Todd Zola 0  

Brian Walton's Commentary

No one would have guessed that Luke Weaver would have made a start for the St. Louis Cardinals this season before more highly-touted Alex Reyes, but that is what happened on Saturday in Chicago. Ironically, Reyes backed Weaver up in relief. With the Cardinals rotation showing signs of weakness, Weaver will be given more chances to start after yielding two runs in four innings in his debut. Grey Albright’s $87 bid was the winner, trumping Derek Carty’s $66.

Carty was not shut out, however, as he picked up Ross Stripling of the Dodgers for just $15. Since rejoining the rotation, the right-hander has allowed five earned runs in 12 innings with eight strikeouts and just one walk.

The third double-digit player this week was also a rebounding pitcher. The Cubs, needing innings, have brought back Trevor Cahill to make a start in Tuesday’s doubleheader, his first this season. Mike Gianella paid $10 for Cahill, who has been out for the last five weeks due to injury.

Todd's Take

Man, this is tough. Sometimes what you need to do is clear, other times, not so much. I begin the week with a precarious 2.5 point lead over the Clayton Kershaw-less Derek Carty. My ESPN colleague and Rotogrinder contributor also remains without Rich Hill, his big FAAB catch. The always dangerous Brian Walton lurks in third, looking for any opening to move up.

I REALLY want to DO something to increase the lead, but my hands are tied.

I look at things and as mad as I'll be if I end up losing without making a late trade, I'll be just as mad if the trade backfires. The difference here is I'd make the trade in a heartbeat if it was necessary to win. This is a win or go home scenario. Second place is first loser. If the only way to win is with a deal, I pull the trigger even if there's risk of falling lower. We're not going to get any additional Platinum subscribers with a second or third place place finish.

The two categories I can gain are RBI and saves. I'm leading the league in homers and whiffs. Dealing power to get saves hurts my chances to grab the RBI points. Dealing a starting pitcher for saves or a hitting upgrade weakens my ability to get wins, perhaps the most volatile category in this league as I can gain half a point (currently tied for the most wins with Derek) or lose five or six points.

I have limited FAAB with the hopes A.J. Pollock comes back. But even that may not help as RBI is his weakest contribution.

As tough as it is to do, my decision, at least to this point, is playing more defense than offense. I'd honestly prefer to be challenging Derek with Kershaw on his roster, but we all incur injuries (see Pollack, A.J.) and right now the best recourse is not losing points, hanging in the low 90s and hope Derek's pitching and Brian's guile aren't enough to overtake me.

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

AJudge, NYY Gene McCaffrey 183 Scott Swanay 120 Derek Van Riper 105 Fred Zinkie 68
    Cory Schwartz 26 Nando DiFino 12  
TAustin, NYY Scott Swanay 66      
RIglesias, Cin Ray Flowers 33 Joe Pisapia 33 Derek Van Riper 5  
LWeaver, StL Joe Pisapia 33 Cory Schwartz 20    
POrlando, KC Ray Flowers 29 Fred Zinkie 5 Scott Pianowski 4  
AGarcia, Atl Nando DiFino 17      
TKemp, Hou Nando DiFino 12      
CMcGehee, Det Ray Flowers 9      
ASanchez, Det Fred Zinkie 3      
JRoss, Was Cory Schwartz 2      
CBethancourt, SD Al Melchior 0      
HStrickland, SF Scott Swanay 0      
KSiegrist, StL Scott Swanay 0      
MPerez, Tex Bret Sayre 0      
MMaldonado, Mil Cory Schwartz 0      
RVogelsong, Pit Derek Van Riper 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

COwings, Ari Ray Flowers 17 Nando DiFino 12 Scott Swanay 0
YAlonso, Oak Nando DiFino 12    
AReed, Hou Ray Flowers 7 Scott Swanay 0  
DFreese, Pit Ray Flowers 7 Scott Swanay 0  
WMiley, Bal Ray Flowers 7    
ZGodley, Ari Ray Flowers 7    
CDevenski, Hou Ray Flowers 3    
BPaulsen, Col Scott Swanay 0    
HNeris, Phi Scott Swanay 0    
JDiekman, Tex Scott Swanay 0    
JSmoak, Tor Scott Swanay 0    
MFeliz, Hou Scott Swanay 0    
MGivens, Bal Scott Swanay 0    
MMontgomery, ChC Scott Swanay 0    
NFeliz, Pit Scott Swanay 0    
PBaez, LAD Scott Swanay 0    
RBuchter, SD Scott Swanay 0    
RHoward, Phi Scott Swanay 0    

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

If only Aaron Judge or Tyler Austin played for a small-market team, maybe they would slip through the cracks in FAAB bidding and I'd actually be able to afford them. But when the Yankees call up a top prospect, let alone two of them, the baseball world tends to know about it. And when both top prospects homer in their first big league at-bat and one of them homers again the following day, even the non-baseball world is going to hear about it. So, with only 49 FAAB bucks at my disposal, I knew I had no chance of adding either hitter to my roster, so I didn't even bother bidding on them.

Aside from Judge and Austin, it was a fairly quiet week on the FAAB front, but one other acquisition that caught my attention was Joe Ross. I actually considered bidding on the Nationals righty, who has proven to be a solid mid-rotation fantasy starter when healthy. The only problem is that he's not healthy right now and has no clear return timetable. Scott Pianowski preferred the $20 in FAAB rebate to keeping Ross on the DL. The downside of adding Ross is that he would need to be in my active lineup for a week. And since I'm in a close race near the top of the standings, I decided that I couldn't afford to waste a starting lineup slot for the upcoming week on a guy who might or might not help me down the stretch. Maybe passing on Ross will prove to be a mistake, but this is an important Tout Wars rule that can greatly influence FAAB decisions.

Todd's Take

If you're thinking, "Silly Zach, that whole Yankees bias isn't really out there", I ask you, where's the bidding on Teoscar Hernandez? I can understand the agressiveness with Judge, but Hernandez certainly deserves the same attention as Austin, though to be fair, Austin drew only one bid. But I bet if Hernandez came up with the Yankees, he'd be on the report somewhere.

In what looks like a lost season for the Cincinnati Reds, they could be looking at their future back-end of their bullpen. After watching Tony Cingrani et. al. fail to hold the sparse leads they took into the ninth, Raisel Iglesias has finally been handed closing duties. Better yet, Michael Lorenzen has been nails in the set-up role. Granted, it's always better to have a couple of live arms like Lorenzen and Iglesias start every fifth day, but the one thing the Reds have is young pitching depth. If a couple of these arms emerge as late-inning stoppers, perhaps the season isn't lost after all.

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MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

AJudge, NYY Perry Van Hook 234 Craig Mish 130 Anthony Perri 57 Charlie Wiegert 44
    Rudy Gamble 16 Adam Ronis 12  
AOttavino, Col Adam Ronis 138 Rudy Gamble 22    
AHicks, NYY Charlie Wiegert 46      
TKemp, Hou Charlie Wiegert 35      
THernandez, Hou Charlie Wiegert 33 Anthony Perri 23 Perry Van Hook 1  
KBroxton, Mil Adam Ronis 33 Adam Ronis 66 Perry Van Hook 11 Tim McLeod 0
BreAnderson, LAD Anthony Perri 32      
BShipley, Ari Perry Van Hook 17 Tim McLeod 3    
RLopez, Was Perry Van Hook 17      
APollock, Ari Anthony Perri 15      
TWolters, Col Charlie Wiegert 8      
DEspinosa, Was Rick Wilton 6      
CKuhl, Pit Tim McLeod 2 Perry Van Hook 0    
CCuthbert, KC Tim McLeod 2      
MMaldonado, Mil Craig Mish 2      
MClevinger, Cle Craig Mish 1      
LChisenhall, Cle Perry Van Hook 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

TAustin, NYY Perry Van Hook 123 Charlie Wiegert 39    
POrlando, KC Charlie Wiegert 31 Anthony Perri 12 Charlie Wiegert 10 Tim McLeod 1
JBlash, SD Charlie Wiegert 30 Perry Van Hook 0    
LWeaver, StL Perry Van Hook 11      
ARecker, Atl Charlie Wiegert 7      
AGarcia, Atl Anthony Perri 6      
CCrisp, Oak Charlie Wiegert 5      
AAlmonte, Cle Perry Van Hook 1 Perry Van Hook 0    
CRuiz, Phi Charlie Wiegert 1      
RRua, Tex Rick Wilton 1      
DNorris, Det Perry Van Hook 0      
KGraveman, Oak Perry Van Hook 0      
MMuncy, Oak Perry Van Hook 0      
RDetwiler, Oak Perry Van Hook 0      
RVogelsong, Pit Perry Van Hook 0      
SRodriguez, Pit Rick Wilton 0      
TCahill, ChC Perry Van Hook 0      

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Would the high bid this week in the Tout Mixed League go to the shiny young Yankees fly chaser or the new Rockies closer?

The answer is that though Adam Ottavino went for $138 to Adam Ronis, my bid of $234 for Aaron Judge exceeded Ronis by nearly $100..

Bids at this point in the season are often reflective of each team's place in the standings, and what relative position the owner is fighting for. Perhaps that is why seven of the fifteen teams did not place any bids (of course they may be saving their units for September call ups). Teams with a long shot to win the league may take a more aggressive short view while those at the top of the league may play more conservatively with their remaining FAAB units. And, though I don't have a shot at first, I do need to gain eight more points to bypass the threshold where my team would incur a FAAB penalty to start next season, hence the heady bid for the Pinstripes flychaser.

Strangely there was not a winning bid for Tyler Austin. I had him second to Judge on my first list and two teams had him lower on their list than the player they won meaning Austin is still out for the masses to spend on next week. Note that I did think about bidding less for Judge and trying to win both Yankees baby bombers, but I was afraid of spreading my FAAB dollars too thin and didn't want to come up short on Judge (several teams could have bid more than I did had they had an all in mentality).

I also wanted to improve my pitching for the coming week and was lucky enough to win both Reynaldo Lopez, and Braden Shipley, for $17 each. Adding Lonnie Chisenhall for a buck brought my total to $269 for the evening leaving me just $29 for the balance of the season but I "judged" that this was the week to go for the points.

Todd's Take

I usually give the photo to the second place finisher if the winner was displayed elsewhere but since Teoscar Hernandez has been a focal point, I thought you may want to see what he looks like. Sorry for the image with the baby bump, but that's all that was available.

That said, it's interesting to note Hernandez attracted more attention than Tyler Austin. Apparently the Mixed Draft League doesn't exhibit east coast bias. While that's written mostly tongue-in-cheek, there is an interesting distinction between the Tout Wars Mixed Auction and Draft Leagues that didn't strike me until just now. While some of the auction participants fly in to the Big Apple for the weekend festivities, a large portion are local. Gathering 15 for a live draft is tough but fortunately, there's a bevy of quality analysts living in or near New York City. So maybe there is something to greater Yankees bias in the auction versus the draft league. This is something I'd like to investigate in general as it does speak towards, "Know thy league."

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HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

AAltherr, Phi Andrea LaMont 101 Paul Sporer 16  
KHendricks, ChC Andrea LaMont 66 Peter Kreutzer 16 Paul Sporer 11
AJudge, NYY Jeff Boggis 61 Jake Ciely 32  
AOttavino, Col Jake Ciely 37    
DFreese, Pit Andrea LaMont 33    
ERodriguez, Bos Andrea LaMont 29    
DPhelps, Mia Peter Kreutzer 24    
DBundy, Bal Paul Sporer 22    
RDavis, Cle Paul Sporer 18 Jeff Zimmerman 4  
MZunino, Sea Andrea LaMont 11 Jeff Zimmerman 0  
RSchimpf, SD Paul Sporer 9 Andrea LaMont 11  
MCabrera, Atl Paul Sporer 8    
NJones, CWS Paul Sporer 8    
DEspinosa, Was Jeff Zimmerman 3    
JMcCann, Det Andrea LaMont 2 Jeff Zimmerman 0  
JSaltalamacchia, Det Jeff Zimmerman 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

MPrado, Mia Andrea LaMont 39  
KBroxton, Mil Andrea LaMont 34  
JimJohnson, Atl Jake Ciely 32  
MStroman, Tor Andrea LaMont 25  
JPederson, LAD Andrea LaMont 21 Jeff Zimmerman 0
MGivens, Bal Paul Sporer 8  
TGosewisch, Ari Andrea LaMont 7  
NMarkakis, Atl Andrea LaMont 6 Jeff Zimmerman 0
SLeon, Bos Andrea LaMont 5  
SClevenger, Sea Jeff Zimmerman 0  

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

There are five H2H periods left. Five games per team, worth 30 games in the standings.

There are also roto standings for the second half to be determined, another 12 games, and roto standings for the whole season, worth another 12 games, to be distributed at season's end.

So, while 114 games have been played, there are 54 more to come. And things are tight at the top. Which may explain why the leading teams held tight for the most part, things are working for them, and the second division teams of Andrea LaMont and Paul Sporer, racked by injuries, made a lot of moves.

LaMont picked up hot-hitting Mike Zunino, Aaron Altherr, and potentially strong pitching from Kyle Hendricks and Eduardo Rodriguez.

Sporer added the speed of Rajai Davis, the surprising power of Ryan Schrimpf, a potential closer in Nate Jones, plus Dylan Bundy, who has impressed since moving into the rotation.

Among the leaders, Jake Ciely picked up putative Colorado closer Adam Ottavino, while newly anointed leader Jeff Zimmerman made a couple of small pick ups, one with a big name (Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Danny Espinosa). Jeff Boggis grabbed Yankees banger Aaron Judge, while I added David Phelps.

David Phelps? Here's the story:

We have a minimum innings rule in this league. 450 IP in each half, and 900 overall. I easily made my innings in the first half, but injuries to Taijuan Walker and Rich Hill, plus Jake Arrieta's struggles in the second half have had me running out mostly relievers each week.

I now need to average about 45 innings each of the final six weeks to make 450 for the second half. I will easily make the minimum for the whole year. And if I fall short in the second half my ERA and WHIP is weak enough that that I won't lose too many points there, but my K/9 is strong enough to compel me to go for it.

Phelps has had two short but nice starts, and is scheduled for two starts this week. If I can get 10 innings with 10 K from him (what he did in his last two starts) I'll be a happy man, even if he gets knocked around, and then we'll reevaluate next week.

Todd's Take

Since Peter so eloquently detailed the goings-on here, I'd like to use this space to congratulate Tout Wars founder Ron Shandler and the entire crew, past and present at Baseball HQ on their 20th anniversary of being the industry standard, not just for baseball but for fantasy sports in general. As most of you know, Ron also founded Baseball HQ, having since moved onto other projects, leaving the keys to the store in the capable hands of Brent Hershey and Ray Murphy. What they have done for the industry is immeasurable, both in terms of setting the bar incredibly high in terms of content as well as fostering the symbiosis and synergy that sets this industry apart from anything I've seen.

This is about them, but I'll sheepishly thank them for all they've done for me. They've granted me carte blanche to crash their First Pitch forum series which I've definitely abused over the years. Back when some complications in my personal life dictated transitioning from biotech with fantasy as a hobby to doing this for a living, Ron, Brent and Ray conjured creative ways for me to contribute. To this day, one of my favorite aspects of this job is the time I spend chatting with Baseball HQ Radio host-extraordinaire Patrick Davitt.

Please join me in congratulating Baseball HQ for 20 wonderful years. Here's to scores more.

 

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.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Anibal Sanchez, DET RotoWire 10 Baseball HQ 3    
Erick Aybar, DET Fangraphs 6      
Chad Green, NYY Baseball HQ 5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 ESPN.com 2 USAT Sports 1
Luis Cessa, NYY NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Baseball HQ 3    
Anthony Ranaudo, CWS Baseball HQ 1      
Fernando Salas, LAA ESPN.com 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Dillon Gee, KC Baseball HQ 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

In the post trade deadline financial Apocalypse there simply is not that much money to spend in AL LABR making arguably the most desirable hitter--Erick Aybar--a cheap acquisition at $6 for Eno Sarris without a challenge. I have always been a fan of Aybar, who was a decent and steady selection as an Angel for many years, and since the Tigers will likely hand the starting shortstop gig to him, and since the shortstop should be able to contribute some hits and especially some steals, it is amazing there were no other Aybar bids (I only had $5 in my FAAB wallet, so even had I bid, it would have been a loser).

In a search for arms, Chris Liss collected Anibal Sanchez for $10 beating out a pair of $3 bids, while former top Athletics pick Chad Green went to Dave Adler for $5, besting three tries.

Aside from those acquisitions, Luis Cessa went to the NFBC/STATS team for a couple of bucks while Adler also grabbed Anthony Ranaudo for a dollar while Tristian Cockcroft nabbed Fernando Salas for the same amount.

Todd's Take

Yes, Anibal Sanchez is relevant again. The Tiger's veteran righty was banished to the bullpen earlier in the summer but injuries to Jordan Zimmermann and Mike Pelfrey forced a reinsertion to the rotation where he...hasn't...completely sucked. Perhaps that's faint praise but at this time of the season, you take what you can get.

Since the break, Sanchez has six starting efforts, tossing four quality starts (three with 1 or fewer runs) with two weak outings, one of which was a real stinker. In this time of increased offense, four good games, one not so good and one blow-up is par for the course.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Patrick Kivlehan, SD Colton & The Wolfman 11      
Mitch Haniger, ARI Derek Carty 9 Colton & The Wolfman 11 Baseball HQ 2 RotoWire - DVR 1
Enrique Burgos, ARI Mastersball 8 Baseball HQ 4    
Tyler Holt, CIN Colton & The Wolfman 3      
Hector Neris, PHI Baseball HQ 1      
Felipe Rivero, PIT Baseball HQ 1      
Clint Robinson, WSH Baseball HQ 1      
Pedro Baez, LAD Derek Carty 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Xavier Scruggs, MIA Colton & The Wolfman 3  
Derek Law, SF Baseball HQ 1 Derek Carty 1
Adam Rosales, SD Baseball HQ 1  
Carl Edwards Jr., CHC Derek Carty 1  
Chris Heisey, WSH Baseball HQ 1  
David Ross, CHC Baseball HQ 1  
Justin Ruggiano, NYM Baseball HQ 1  
Neftali Feliz, PIT Baseball HQ 1  
Ryan Buchter, SD Baseball HQ 1  
Tony Renda, CIN RotoExperts 1  

Brian Walton's Commentary

I must admit it felt good after having selected Dansby Swanson on draft day and holding him all season to see the Braves prospect shortstop receive the call. It was even sweeter after being chided back in March by at least one peer for taking a player “who would not see the majors this season,” in his opinion. We shall see if it pays off.

This week’s bidding was light. Though money was definitely spent, the top bid of $11 was on an uncontested add by Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf of well-traveled Patrick Kivlehan of San Diego. The corner infielder/outfielder has stormed onto the scene, going 6-for-8 plus two walks in his first 10 plate appearances, including a home run, two RBI and four runs scored while playing left and right field so far.

Outfielder Mitch Haniger of Arizona drew the most bids, four, with the winner, league leader Derek Carty paying $9. In his first three days up, the rookie went an eye-opening 6-for-13 with two runs scored and five RBI. Over the weekend, however, Haniger went just 1-for-10 with four strikeouts. The 25-year-old had a strong minor league season between Double-A and Triple-A and his D-backs club is going nowhere, creating an ideal opportunity for playing time.

Speaking of the Snakes, I added their latest closer du-jour, Enrique Bourgos, for $8. To be honest, I still haven’t gotten over the sting of giving up on Fernando Rodney just before A.J. Ramos was injured and Bourgos isn’t likely the cure, but saves are saves.

Todd's Take

Looking at the contingency bids, Colton and the Wolfman were willing to pay 11 units for either Kivlehan or Haniger and obviously listed the Friar ahead of the Snake. The league appears to favor Haniger more as he drew more secondary bids. It's close, but I think I side with the league.

In terms of talent, it's close but I give the slight edge to Haniger. What does it for me is a better strikeout to walk ratio along with a better home park. That said, the point I've been preaching lately is you're bidding on upside and opportunity, not talent (though talent obviously influences everything). I'll call the upside a wash. That leaves opportunity.

Alex Dickerson will play left versus all righties with Travis Jankowski the regular centerfielder, at least until Jon Jay returns after the rosters expand. That leaves right field. Kivlehan is playing primarily because Jabari Blash has a mysterious hand injury and can't hold a bat. Both can play versus southpaws but it remains to be seen whether Blash or Kivlehan get the majority of the run when (if?) Blash comes back. Then there's the chance either Hunter Renfroe or Manuel Margot get a call-up come September.

Haniger is playing every day. Not only that, he's started at all three outfield spots. Rickie Weeks plays versus all southpaws while Yosmany Tomas has smashed his way to near full-time action. Michael Bourn is still around along with the bevy of infielders that have chased flies in the desert this summer. A.J. Pollock is nearing a return and who know if the Diamondbacks will give Pete O'Brien another look. In part because of his ability to play anywhere along with the lesser competition for at bats, my take is Haniger has a clearer path to playing time. 

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MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Reynaldo Lopez, WSH @TheFantasyFix 6  
Fernando Salas, LAA RotoWire 5 Razzball 2
Delino DeShields Jr., TEX RotoWire 5  
Justin Morneau, CWS Keith Hernandez 1  
CC Sabathia, NYY Keith Hernandez 1  
Mitch Haniger, ARI USA TODAY Sports 1  
Zack Godley, ARI MLB.com 1  

UNAWARDED BIDS

Anibal Sanchez, DET MLB.com 1
Dan Jennings, CWS RotoWire 1
Freddy Galvis, PHI RotoWire 1
Chad Green, NYY USA TODAY Sports 1
Alex Reyes, STL USA TODAY Sports 1
Enrique Burgos, ARI USA TODAY Sports 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Consecutive 7-inning outings, the second featuring 11 punch outs against the Atlanta Braves drew the attention of Mixed LABR, with a $6 bid (twice what I have to spend for the rest of the season) getting the job done for Alan Harrison. Jeff Erickson snagged Fernando Salas who could be closing for the duration as Huston Street could be out for the season - fancy that.

As mentioned, I don't have much FAAB left, with the ability to nab three $1 purchases. However, my DL served as a FAAB surrogate as C.J. Cron is back (replacing Adonis Garcia at corner) along with Brett Anderson, who I'm trusting for a home date with division rival, the SF Giants later this week. I have an open spot created by John Lackey's visit to the DL.

Todd's Take

The quest for my first LABR championship has just passed the quarter pole and the lead has shrunk to 15.5 points. Remember the lead was built mostly via the left arm of Clayton Kershaw and I'm beginning to feel his absence as I've dropped a bunch of strikeout points with a few ratio points soon to be in jeopardy. I've mentioned this before but it bears repeating. The saving grace of this squad is the accumulation of the most AB in the league, though Fred Zinkie is hot on my heels in that department. The reason this is important is I obviously didn't draft a hitter in the first round so I was behind the eight-ball. I chose the safe route as opposed to taking chances to make up for not having the stud stick, and it's paying off. We'll see if it continues to do so, 20 down, six to go.

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.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Matt Duffy, TB Baseball HQ 42 Fangraphs 26 ESPN.com 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2
    NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Teoscar Hernandez, HOU Fangraphs 26 RotoWire 13 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2
Tyler Austin, NYY RotoWire 16 USAT Sports 2 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2
    ESPN.com 2    
Chris Devenski, HOU RotoWire 15 ESPN.com 1 SiriusXM 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Cliff Pennington, LAA Fangraphs 3      
Raul Mondesi, KC Colton & The Wolfman 2 Fangraphs 5    
Jason Grilli, TOR ESPN.com 1 SiriusXM 1    
Casey McGehee, DET NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Fangraphs 5 Colton & The Wolfman 1  
Clay Buchholz, BOS NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Ricky Nolasco, LAA SiriusXM 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Andrew Romine, DET USAT Sports 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Joe Biagini, TOR SiriusXM 1
Liam Hendriks, OAK SiriusXM 1
Mychal Givens, BAL SiriusXM 1
Tony Barnette, TEX SiriusXM 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The big prize--the last of the trading deadline spoils--was Matt Duffy, who was not eligible for FAAB purchase last week as he was still on the DL. Dave Adler grabbed Duffy for $42, beating four bids ranging from the ubiquitous dollar to $26.

Next on the list, Chris Liss gambled on a couple of youngsters, starting with Teoscar Hernandez for $26, besting attempts ranging from a couple of bucks to $13, and also grabbed Chris Devenski for $15 who not only beat out three $1 tries, but grabbed a pitcher who had already been rostered on a couple of squads this year. But, coming off his great start against the Twins last week was enough for Liss to take a chance.

But, that was not all, as Liss also grabbed Yankees fly-chaser turned first baseman Tyler Austin for $16, pretty much cleaning out his bankroll, and in the process beating out a cluster of $2 bids.

The remaining purchases were largely gap fillers, though Casey McGehee--$1 to Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs--could get some time and numbers as Nick Castellanos recuperates. A couple of more retreads--Cliff Pennington ($3 to Eno Sarris), Clay Buchholz ($1 to Childs/Ambrosius), and Ricky Nolasco ($1 to Ray Flowers) completed the veterans "I hope they still have some gas" crapshoots, while Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf played the same game on the other side with rookie Raul Mondesi ($2).

Todd's Take

Conspicuous by his absence is Austin's teammate and new Yankee right-fielder Aaron Judge. The Bronx Bombers began their glimpse at the future when they promoted Gary Sanches, ostensibly setting the stage for Alex Rodriguez not-so-grand exit. Judge is a tall, strapping specimen with awesome power but typical of a hitter of his stature, there's holes in his swing. That said, if he can maintain the mid-70s contact rate displayed at Triple-A Scranton along with a walk rate in the neighborhood of ten percent, his power will certainly play, especially since the righty has power to all fields.

Austin's prospect star was dimming previous to his rebirth at Scranton where registered .323/.415/.637 decimals featuring 13 big flies. Whereas Judge (and Sanchez) are assured regular playing time, it remains to be seen how much time Austin usurps from Mark Teixeira. It makes sense for the Bronx Bombers to get a look at Austin with Teixeira leaving and first base likely betrothed to Gregory Bird, assuming he's ready to go.

If Judge were available, he'd have challenged Matt Duffy for top honors.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Fernando Rodney, MIA Baseball HQ 19 Colton & The Wolfman 15
Luke Weaver, STL ESPN - Karabell 6 RotoExperts 6
Reynaldo Lopez, WSH RotoExperts 6  
Ryan Vogelsong, PIT Colton & The Wolfman 3  
Rob Segedin, LAD Mastersball 2 Derek Carty 1
Cristhian Adames, COL Baseball HQ 1 Derek Carty 1
Alejandro De Aza, NYM Derek Carty 1 Baseball HQ 1
Jimmy Paredes, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball HQ 1
Zack Godley, ARI Sandlot Shrink 1  

UNAWARDED BIDS

T.J. Rivera, NYM Mastersball 2 Derek Carty 1
Adam Rosales, SD Baseball HQ 1  
Chris Heisey, WSH Baseball HQ 1  
Clint Robinson, WSH Baseball HQ 1  
Matt Reynolds, NYM Baseball HQ 1  
Phil Gosselin, ARI Baseball HQ 1  
Tyler Goeddel, PHI Baseball HQ 1  
Manny Pina, MIL Mastersball 1  
Edwin Jackson, SD Sandlot Shrink 1  
Wily Peralta, MIL Sandlot Shrink 1  

Brian Walton's Commentary

A week before Miami closer A.J. Ramos was injured, I gave up on Fernando Rodney. San Diego’s former closer had not put up particularly good numbers setting up and his value seemed tanked. Last week, he of the crooked cap went unclaimed, but once Ramos went down, Rodney fetched $19 from Doug Dennis of BaseballHQ.

A pair of young starters, Luke Weaver of St. Louis and Reynaldo Lopez of Washington, each went for $6, to ESPN’s Eric Karabell and Lenny Melnick of RotoExperts, respectively. Neither right-hander was expected to be in the majors at this point, but here they are, in their club’s rotations instead of top prospects Alex Reyes and Lucas Giolito.

Ryan Vogelsong looks as good as ever in his pair of starts in the Pirates’ rotation after recovering from his facial injury suffered in May. Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf picked up the veteran right-hander for $3.

Todd's Take

A player I've been tracking as he's intriguing for DFS play based on the low cost is Rob Segedin, picked up by none other than Mr. Walton. Segedin was crushing southpaws at Triple-A Oklahoma City, playing mostly third base. When the Dodgers lefty-killer, Scott Van Slyke got hurt, Segedin was summoned to play left field when the club is facing a lefty. Then Justin Turner was hit on the hand with a pitch last Friday, shifting Segedin back to the hot corner over the weekend. Turner's injury isn't supposed to be serious but he's also not expected back until later in the week, giving Segedin a little more run at regular play. At that point he'll likely resume his platoon gig, but keep in mind when healthy, Van Slyke was a nice piece for NL only squads so if Segedin falls into that role, he can help fill a hole down the stretch. Of course, this depends on Yasiel Puig and if the Dodgers bring him back this season.

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MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Aaron Judge, NYY Baseball HQ 15 Fangraphs 4 Razzball 2 USA TODAY Sports 1
Gary Sanchez, NYY Fangraphs 6 MLB.com 1 Razzball 1  
Adam Ottavino, COL Keith Hernandez 6 Razzball 2    
Rajai Davis, CLE Keith Hernandez 5 Razzball 1    
Abraham Almonte, CLE Keith Hernandez 4      
Tyler Austin, NYY Fangraphs 3      
Keon Broxton, MIL Razzball 1 Keith Hernandez 2    
Jorge Polanco, MIN MLB.com 1      
Luke Weaver, STL Razzball 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jarred Cosart, SD Keith Hernandez 1
Jeremy Jeffress, TEX Keith Hernandez 2
Ryan Vogelsong, PIT MLB.com 1
Ryon Healy, OAK Razzball 1
Scott Schebler, CIN Keith Hernandez 3
Teoscar Hernandez, HOU Fangraphs 2
Tyrell Jenkins, ATL Keith Hernandez 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Well there you go, the three Yankees prospects falling 1, 3 and 6 in the Mixed LABR bidding. That order makes sense. Remember, you're not bidding on expected performance with seven weeks left in the campaign. You're bidding on upside or opportunity. Judge has both, which is why his winning bid exceeded that of Sanchez. Sanchez has the playing time edge on Austin.

It took two-thirds of the season but Adam Ottavino finally re-assumed the closer role in Colorado. The shelf life of mile-high closers isn't all that long but who cares - saves are saves. Last I checked, this isn't a keeper league.

Another potential impact player is Keon Broxton as he's playing nearly every day. Broxton has the wheels to make a difference if you're looking to make up some ground in the stolen base category.

Todd's Take

It's still status quo for Team Mastersball, maintaining a 20-plus point lead though Ray Murphy's Baseball HQ squad cut that to the high teens a couple times last week. The key remains sweating out Clayton Kershaw's absence. The already weakened pitching staff took another couple hits this week with Zach Eflin and Adam Conley hitting the DL. Softening the blow is David Phelps on reserve as my speculative closer is now in the Marlins rotation. Brett Anderson is also now available but after his initial outing and subsequent sore wrist, I'll wait a week before activating the injury-prone Dodger. Complicating matters is John Lackey left Sunday's start with shoulder stiffness. Both Lackey and Hammel have Coors starts on their ledger but I don't have the depth to replace them and with only $3 FAAB left, I opted to save it for a bigger emergency. If I can make it through this week without giving up too many points, I like the squad's chances. Should be a long - but fun - week.

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