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Wednesday 29th Mar 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.

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.

daniel mengden

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DMengden, Oak Seth Trachtman 186 Ron Shandler 31 Steve Moyer 77 Jason Collette 61
JMorneau, CWS Chris Liss 76      
AAlcantara, Oak Ron Shandler 37 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1    
MGonzalez, CWS Jason Collette 36 Ron Shandler 11 Seth Trachtman 1  
IDavis, Tex Mike Podhorzer 13      
MTonkin, Min Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6      
JShuck, CWS Larry Schechter 6      
JDiekman, Tex Mike Podhorzer 1      
JBonifacio, KC Steve Moyer 1      
TCunningham, LAA Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1      
XCedeno, TB Larry Schechter 1      
EDiaz, Sea Seth Trachtman 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

BBrach, Bal Jason Collette 21 Mike Podhorzer 1 Larry Schechter 1
JGrilli, Tor Jason Collette 21    
JCoats, CWS Larry Schechter 6    
FRodriguez, Oak Seth Trachtman 1    
VNuno, Sea Seth Trachtman 1    

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The big transaction this week in AL Tout was not logged on the FAAB boards, but rather on the trade line where front-runner Larry Schechter adjusted what appears to be a juggernaut squad by swapping Jacoby Ellsbury and $30 in FAAB for Danny Salazar and Raymond Fuentes.

Schechter, who does have a deadly offense who have amassed 48.5 points with his hitters had the surplus, while Collette, mired in the leap frog battle of teams scrambling between second and fifth place in the league, and while the swap might help Collette's prospects, at the same time on the surface simply made the leading squad stronger.

Still, Collette's search for offensive support is understandable when we look at the top two hitters purchased as Chris Liss was willing to gamble $76 on new White Sox Justin Morneau (who is already on the DL in Chicago) while Mike Podhorzer tossed $13 at new Yankee Ike Davis, hoping the return to the Apple fuels some stats for both teams. Ron Shandler might have made the best acquisition however, nabbing Arismendy Alcalantra at $37. The new Athletic is a switch-hitting infielder/outfielder who has 32 minor league swipes.

On the pitching side, Seth Trachtman dropped the biggest wad, gambling $186 on another Athletic, Daniel Mengden (Trachtman also got Edwin Diaz for a buck) while Collette tried to compensate for the loss of Salazar buy purchasing the rights to White Sox Miguel Gonzalez for $36. On the trade flip side, Schechter then nabbed Xavier Cedeno ($1) and JB Shuck ($6) to balance his potential numbers in light of the swap. Podhorzer also tried to augment his pitching staff with Jake Diekman ($1).

Fantasy Alarm brainchild Rick Wolf and his mate Glenn Colton made a pair of moves, acquiring Michael Tonkin ($6) and Todd Cunningham ($1) while Steve Moyer rounded out the moves of the week pulling Jorge Bonifacio out of the free agent pool for a dollar.

Todd's Take

It's hard to see on the header image but you have to love Mengden's homage to Rollie Fingers.

Trades in leagues of this nature are difficult to pull off. Kudos to Larry and Jason for making the effort to find a win-win deal. First place or not, if you have excess, you should be free to deal it. It's just so hard to build up excess in a single league in today's format.

carlos estevez full

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CEstevez, Col Lenny Melnick  509 Ray Guilfoyle 200 Derek Carty 122 Mike Gianella 117
    Grey Albright 111 Andy Behrens 50 Brian Walton 25
    Phil Hertz 4    
MGarza, Mil Scott Wilderman 231 Phil Hertz 4    
ZGodley, Ari Scott Wilderman 191 Andy Behrens 65 Grey Albright 30 Brian Walton 11
CCoghlan, ChC Todd Zola 117 Steve Gardner 107 Andy Behrens 99 Tristan H. Cockcroft 93
    Scott Wilderman 62 Mike Gianella 60 Derek Carty 22
    Brian Walton 3 Phil Hertz 2  
AAlmora, ChC Mike Gianella 114 Scott Wilderman 3 Phil Hertz 2  
ZEflin, Phi Mike Gianella 42      
CGearrin, SF Grey Albright 31 Phil Hertz 3 Brian Walton 1  
CStewart, Pit Todd Zola 13      
BLogan, Col Brian Walton 12 Grey Albright 5    
SDrew, Was Steve Gardner 5 Derek Carty 2 Brian Walton 2  
FMontas, LAD Ray Guilfoyle 4      
JPeterson, Atl Phil Hertz 3 Brian Walton 2    
MMargot, SD Phil Hertz 2      
AAmarista, SD Brian Walton 2      
CKuhl, Pit Lenny Melnick  1      
DWright, NYM Andy Behrens 1      
DLaw, SF Phil Hertz 0      
AOttavino, Col Phil Hertz 0      
Aliberatore, LAD Ray Guilfoyle 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

BNorris, Atl Mike Gianella 24  
DWright, Cin Scott Wilderman 11  
TThornburg, Mil Mike Gianella 3 Grey Albright 1
ABarnes, LAD Todd Zola 3  
WContreras, ChC Phil Hertz 2  
DiHerrera, NYM Phil Hertz 2  
HRobles, NYM Mike Gianella 1  
BNimmo, NYM Phil Hertz 1  
EKratz, Pit Todd Zola 1  
JAlfaro, Phi Todd Zola 1  
TFederowicz, ChC Todd Zola 1  

Brian Walton's Commentary

After a couple of relatively quiet weeks, the pocketbooks came out Sunday evening in NL Tout.

Lenny Melnick of RotoExperts has unsuccessfully been shopping tentative closers Jason Motte and Tony Cingrani in recent weeks. Even so, he stepped up big time to replace them, pushing just over half of his full-year FAAB budget, $509, to the center of the table to add apparent new Rockies closer Carlos Estevez. Last year, the price would have been just $201 under Vickrey Rules, as the next closest bidder offered $200. I added dark-horse saves candidate Boone Logan for $12. We’ll see how this unsettled situation in Colorado evolves.

Scott Wilderman of onRoto spent a total of $422 on two starting pitchers, Zack Godley of Arizona and Matt Garza of Milwaukee, the latter ready to be activated off the disabled list, where the veteran has been all season to date. Wilderman is in an ideal position to take some mild risk as he is leading the league in both ERA and WHIP, but is tied for second-to-last in wins.

With David Wright out for six to eight weeks, his drafting owner cashed him in for FAAB reclaim this past week. I thought about grabbing the Mets third baseman and stashing him away on the DL (after a week of zero stats), but I don’t have the roster room, needing pitching help more. Andy Behrens of Yahoo did grab the oft-injured Wright for $1, a nice gambit.

Todd's Take

All season long I've been aggeessive with FAAB as I entered the season with the league's lowest total after finsihing in the basement thus being penalized the maximum allowable FAAB units, It's helped as I've received some helpful stats from players I would have otherwise eschewed for lack of a track record. Chris Coghlan has a track record - and recently it isn't good - but I'm looking to build up some depth to facilitate a potential deal, hopefully to boost either steals or saves. I don't expect a ton from Coghlan but Joe Maddon loves his Swiss Army knives and Coghlan can play all over.

tim anderson full

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TAnderson, CWS Joe Pisapia 484 Zach Steinhorn 288 Fred Zinkie 180 Ray Flowers 163
    Nando DiFino 115 Al Melchior 62 Bret Sayre 42
    Scott Engel 24 Derek Van Riper 5  
JPaxton, Sea Bret Sayre 229 Scott Pianowski 211 Gene McCaffrey 172 Zach Steinhorn 88
    Derek Van Riper 77 Tim Heaney 76 Nando DiFino 72
    Scott Engel 56 Fred Zinkie 50 Cory Schwartz 38
CEstevez, Col Derek Van Riper 77 Scott Engel 61 Ray Flowers 59 Bret Sayre 46
    Tim Heaney 36 Al Melchior 33 Tim Heaney 16
BKintzler, Min Scott Engel 62 Ray Flowers 59 Bret Sayre 56 Al Melchior 48
    Derek Van Riper 17 Cory Schwartz 2  
MGonzalez, Hou Al Melchior 44 Bret Sayre 0    
AGarcia, Atl Nando DiFino 41      
ROhlendorf, Cin Tim Heaney 36      
DEspinosa, Was Bret Sayre 32 Scott Pianowski 3    
DMengden, Oak Al Melchior 32 Cory Schwartz 12 Scott Engel 9 Derek Van Riper 1
KSuzuki, Min Scott Pianowski 22      
MBoyd, Det Derek Van Riper 22      
JGrilli, Tor Ray Flowers 19      
SOh, StL Gene McCaffrey 17 Ray Flowers 13 Derek Van Riper 1 Cory Schwartz 1
    Fred Zinkie 0    
TKoehler, Mia Cory Schwartz 15 Derek Van Riper 2    
KPlawecki, NYM Scott Engel 4      
KNieuwenhuis, Mil Scott Engel 4      
CVazquez, Bos Gene McCaffrey 3 Scott Pianowski 9    
TBrown, SF Scott Pianowski 1      
SKelley, Was Cory Schwartz 1      
HPerez, Mil Derek Van Riper 0      
ZGodley, Ari Fred Zinkie 0 Derek Van Riper 3    

UNAWARDED BIDS

CStewart, Pit Scott Pianowski 13  
DRoss, ChC Scott Pianowski 5  
TBarnhart, Cin Scott Pianowski 4 Gene McCaffrey 3
MGonzalez, CWS Derek Van Riper 1  
KHerrera, KC Derek Van Riper 1  
SLeon, Bos Scott Pianowski 0  
MGivens, Bal Cory Schwartz 0  
JIglesias, Det Bret Sayre 0  
GPetit, LAA Bret Sayre 0  
DGregorius, NYY Bret Sayre 0  
DGarneau, Col Scott Pianowski 0  
CCoghlan, ChC Derek Van Riper 0  
BHand, SD Cory Schwartz 0  
BBrach, Bal Cory Schwartz 0  

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Tired of waiting for the Nationals to call up Trea Turner for good, I decided that I would bid aggressively on Tim Anderson, who I figured would at least provide similar production to Turner in the stolen base category, which is all bunched up right now. Oh, and then there's the small detail that Anderson is actually in the Majors and playing every day while Turner is stuck in Triple-A. Hey, maybe after winning Anderson, I could even trade Turner. But how much would I bid on Anderson? Somewhere in the low 300's was my initial plan. But there were questions about his plate discipline, and as the saying goes, you can't steal first base, so I ultimately settled on $288. If the winning bid turned out to be $298, I would've been annoyed, but Joe Pisapia relieved me of a lot of frustration, topping my second place bid by almost 200 bucks. Maybe Anderson will prove to be worth the $484, but I wasn't going near that number, so I'm fine with this.

After getting knocked around in his first start of the season, James Paxton has allowed just one earned run combined over his last two starts, spanning 12 1/3 innings, to go along with 17 strikeouts. The former top prospect has been plagued by health woes throughout much of his early big league career, but perhaps he is finally on the verge of achieving his potential. I would certainly bid on him this week, but with Tout Wars rules requiring that all players added via FAAB must be in active lineups for at least the first week following the acquisition, the new Paxton owner would be forced to start him against the Red Sox in Fenway Park. That's a scary matchup, and I wasn't desperate for a starting pitcher. Anyway, I figured that Archie Bradley was a decent FAAB value comp to Paxton, and since Bradley went for $86 two weeks ago, $88 could be enough to win Paxton. Not even close. As was the case with Anderson, I don't mind missing out on Paxton since I would never have considered bidding $229. But going forward, rather than routinely going into sticker shock, maybe I need to rethink my valuation of players under the new $1000 FAAB system.

Todd's Take

The secret is out, Seung Hwan Oh is really good. Maybe because Trevor Rosenthal has been sputtering a little but Oh's name has been dotting a lot of FAAB pickup lists, both in the industry and high stakes arena. Usage is a concern as he's on a pace for about 90 innings which is a ton for a reliever. If you need some ratio support with more strikeouts than most bullpen arms, Oh's your guy.

peter obrien full 

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TAnderson, CWS Rick Wilton 201 Anthony Perri 76 Adam Ronis 38 Tom Kessenich 15
POBrien, Ari Tom Kessenich 195 Adam Ronis 39 Charlie Wiegert 1  
CEstevez, Col Tim McLeod 117 Rudy Gamble 113 Grey Albright 111 Adam Ronis 63
    Ray Murphy 44 Craig Mish 31  
YVentura, KC Ray Murphy 56      
BMoss, StL Tim McLeod 47 Tom Kessenich 45 Anthony Perri 45 Charlie Wiegert 44
    Perry Van Hook 7 Rick Wilton 6 Craig Mish 5
    Eno Sarris 3 Adam Ronis 3  
BLogan, Col Tom Kessenich 45 Grey Albright 5    
FAbad, Min Perry Van Hook 37 Adam Ronis 23 Ray Murphy 22  
RNolasco, Min Stacie Stern 33      
TAnderson, Col Rick Wilton 31      
TChatwood, Col Adam Ronis 21 Perry Van Hook 7 Rick Wilton 1  
BKintzler, Min Ray Murphy 12 Rudy Gamble 12    
CBYoung, Bos Rick Wilton 10 Perry Van Hook 7 Tom Kessenich 3  
JSmoak, Tor Rudy Gamble 8 Tom Kessenich 15    
ZGodley, Ari Perry Van Hook 7 Grey Albright 30 Rick Wilton 6 Craig Mish 2
MGonzalez, Hou Charlie Wiegert 4 Rick Wilton 6    
ISuzuki, Mia Rick Wilton 4 Craig Mish 2    
CGearrin, SF Craig Mish 4 Grey Albright 31    
DMengden, Oak Craig Mish 4      
CIannetta, Sea Charlie Wiegert 3 Craig Mish 2 Perry Van Hook 0  
DEspinosa, Was Adam Ronis 1 Tom Kessenich 15    
SLeon, Bos Perry Van Hook 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

CFriedrich, SD Ray Murphy 6  
CCuthbert, KC Charlie Wiegert 4  
AAvila, CWS Charlie Wiegert 2  
JPeavy, SF Stacie Stern 2  
MJoyce, Pit Rick Wilton 2  
RRua, Tex Tom Kessenich 2  
YAlonso, Oak Tom Kessenich 2  
AOttavino, Col Craig Mish 1  
CCoghlan, ChC Charlie Wiegert 1  
CYoung, KC Stacie Stern 1  
RRaburn, Col Rick Wilton 1  
TLincecum, LAA Craig Mish 1  
TThornburg, Mil Grey Albright 1  
CStewart, Pit Perry Van Hook 0 Charlie Wiegert 0
CRuiz, Phi Charlie Wiegert 0  
HConger, TB Perry Van Hook 0  
HStrickland, SF Adam Ronis 0  
SClevenger, Sea Perry Van Hook 0  
TFlowers, Atl Perry Van Hook 0  

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

A pair of high bids on a duo of very appetizing minor league call-ups led the FAAB battle in Mixed Tout this past week.

Tim Anderson, who usurped Jimmy Rollins at shortstop for the Pale Hose (and who stole forty nine bases last year at Birmingham) drew the high bid of $201 from Rick Wilton. Not far behind was Peter O'Brien, the minor league leader in home runs so far this season, called up by Arizona and won for $195 by Tom Kessenich.

Then, there were lots of bids on uncertain closers as well, the problem being that this week's stopper in Colorado or Minnesota might well be a party to a time share or succession in both camps. The Rockies win Sunday fostered Tim McLeod to bid $117 on Carlos Estevez, while Tom Kessenich landed Boone Logan for $45.

With Kevin Jepsen cast aside by the Twins and Glen Perkins still ailing the battle of closer by committee to on a micro contest with Ray Murphy grabbing Brandon Kintzler for $12 while I rostered Fernando Abad for a pricier $37. Keep an eye on J.T. Chargois, the Twins best minor league saves option. Chargois was called up Friday then sent back down over the weekend.

I had thought I could get what I needed by bidding lucky $7 for an outfielder and a starting pitcher, augmenting that by listing a string of catchers to fill in for Francisco Cervelli for $0 bids. (If you look askance at my list remember that Tout leagues use on base percentage instead of batting average which changes the spotlight on my choices.).

My top backstop bid could have been for Cervelli's replacement Chris Stewart atop my list but I listed him below Sandy Leon who should at least split at bats with Christian Vazquez while Ryan Hannigan and Blake Swihart try to get off the DL.

I did win my preferred starter, getting Diamondbacks Zack Godley for the $7, who won Saturday and has a very nice match-up in Philadelphia next week. But, I failed to land either Brandon Moss or Chris B. Young for small bids.

BTW, I knew the $7 gambit wouldn't work for any of the closer candidates, thus the $37 bid on Abad who in my opinion is not only a much better pitcher than Kintzler, but one I have seen pitch far too many times to want to him active for the coming week per Tout rules.

Todd's Take

While putting the report together, I though uh oh, Rick Wilton inadvertently bid on the wrong TAnderson. Then I remembered Tyler Anderson made his debut for the Rockies on Sunday, and pitched quite well, albeit against the Sab Diego Padres. While it's hard to recommend any Colorado arm other than Jon Gray, Anderson did a good job preventing homers in the minors. Not to mention, there comes a time during the season where a decision must be made if you're scuffling in ratios. Sometimes it's best to divest your squad of all solid arms, ostensibly to improve hitting then bully up whiffs and wins using the dregs no one else wants. The cost of acquisition is minimal and often this path results in more points, once your ratios are beyond the point of no return.

 

james paxton full

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JPaxton, Sea Paul Sporer 111 Jake Ciely 20 Peter Kreutzer 11
DDuffy, KC Paul Sporer 88 Brent Hershey 85 Peter Kreutzer 12
BSnell, TB Brent Hershey 51    
MFeliz, Hou Paul Sporer 44    
TAnderson, CWS Peter Kreutzer 33    
WHarris, Hou Jake Ciely 25    
MMontero, ChC Michael Beller 23    
TChatwood, Col Jeff Boggis 21    
RGrossman, Min Peter Kreutzer 17    
TJoseph, Phi Jake Ciely 15    
PStrop, ChC Paul Sporer 6 Peter Kreutzer 3  
JEickhoff, Phi Andrea LaMont 4    
CEstevez, Col Andrea LaMont 3    
CRupp, Phi Howard Bender 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

JGray, Col Jake Ciely 15
JSegura, Ari Peter Kreutzer 4
WMerrifield, KC Peter Kreutzer 3
JJay, SD Peter Kreutzer 2

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

The H2H league is showing evidence of two contradictory trends.

Not many bidders is No. 1. Lots of money spent is No. 2.

I entered this week, having just crushed Jeff Mans' team 5-1, with some serious problems.

Brandon Drury appears to be headed to the minors.

Brad Miller isn't really pulling his OBP weight. He's on reserve, but Jose Ramirez hasn't been killing it either. Moving him to reserve was an option.

I had a relief pitcher heavy staff last week. I can do that because I've made my innings, but two high-strikeout starters were on the waiver wire, so I bid for them. Here's what happened.

Reserve Drury. Bid modestly (17 of 1000) on Robbie Grossman. Won.

Reserve Ramirez. Bid modestly (33 of 1000) on Tim Anderson. Won.

I didn't win my bids on either Danny Duffy or James Paxton. Both went for fair prices, but much more than my depleted budget could reasonably afford. That's the way auctions go.

Paul Sporer bought Paxton for $111. The next highest bid was Jake Ciely's $20. I bid $11.

Sporer bought Duffy, too, for $88. That's fine, he can afford it. Michael Beller could too, but he decided to bid $87. He's surely kicking himself, and will do so more if Duffy continues to be so effective.

Sporer also bought Pedro Strop for $6. I was in on him for $3. It was a day that Paul bought most of the pitchers.

But not all. The surprising Jerad Eickhoff went to Andrea LaMont for $4, and Jeff Boggis picked up the even more surprising Tyler Chatwood for $21.

I only bring this up because I wonder what's going to happen when Tyler Chatwood pitches to Whit Merrifield? Surely not fisticuffs. Maybe some whist.

Todd's Take

Maybe I'm wrong but looking at the bids the last couple of weeks and the team composition of those winning players, it appears the crew is catching on to the nuances of the head to head format and massaging their teams to win the week as opposed to the roto mantra of balance. Some are using a lot of starting pitchers which goes against the grain, but if you can pull it off and still hang in the ratio categories, which are tilted to relievers in this scoring, you can take both the counting stats and ratios. It's the high-risk, high reward path but can work.

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.

 daniel mengden

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Daniel Mengden, OAK NFBC/Stats, Inc. 17      
Brandon Kintzler, MIN Fangraphs 13 Fangraphs 6 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Fernando Abad, MIN RotoWire 6 Fangraphs 3 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  
Jefry Marte, LAA Baseball HQ 5      
Christian Colon, KC Fangraphs 3      
Ezequiel Carrera, TOR USAT Sports 3 Baseball HQ 1    
Erasmo Ramirez, TB Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 RotoWire 2    
Jett Bandy, LAA Yahoo! Sports 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Fernando Salas, LAA RotoWire 3  
Jake Smolinski, OAK USAT Sports 2  
Max Muncy, OAK Baseball HQ 2  
Vance Worley, BAL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2  
Mychal Givens, BAL RotoWire 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Andrew Romine, DET Baseball HQ 1  
Drew Storen, TOR Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  
Tony Sipp, HOU Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  
Xavier Cedeno, TB Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

A modest battle for pitching led the FAAB wars in AL LABR this week, with Athletics rookie Daniel Mengden leading the price pack garnering a $17 bid from Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs. Interestingly, only one $6 bid was there to challenge, while the hunt for saves fostered Eno Sarris to drop $13 for the Twins Brandon Kintzler, fending off a pair of meek $1 attempts to roster one of Kevin Jepsen's potential replacements.

The other, southpaw Fernando Abad went to Chris Liss of RotoWire for a like $6 bid, and though there was just one challenge to that ownership shot, again, it was just a buck try, while Steve Gardner nabbed outfielder Eqequiel Carrera for $3, fending off a $1 try in the last of the contested claims processed this week.

Sarris also bagged the Royals multi-positional Christian Colon for a modest $3 price tag while Dave Adler spent $5 on the services of Jefry Marte.

Finally, Jeff Bandy (Brandon Funston) and Erasmo Ramirez (Larry Schechter)--both commanding the minimum $1 price tag--were distributed accordingly in what boiled down to a fairly quiet week of moves in the league.

Todd's Take

While Mengden isn't one of the top pitching prospects that have whet the fantasy whistle this season, I'm surprised he didn't garner a little more attention. There are openings in the A's rotation so opportunity could be there while O. Co Coliseum is one of the better venues in which to pitch. Granted, with the LABR laws you have to have him in there all the time but that's the way it is with almost all of the league's starting pitchers. 

erik johnson

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Erik Johnson, SD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 16 Inside Edge 1    
Chris Coghlan, CHC ESPN - Karabell 11 Colton & The Wolfman 7 Baseball HQ 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3
    Derek Carty 1 Inside Edge 1 RotoExperts 1
Carlos Estevez, COL Derek Carty 8 Colton & The Wolfman 6 Baseball HQ 5 ESPN - Karabell 4
    Mastersball 1    
Albert Almora Jr., CHC Colton & The Wolfman 7 Baseball HQ 1    
Jace Peterson, ATL Colton & The Wolfman 7 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 Baseball HQ 1 RotoExperts 1
Ivan De Jesus Jr., CIN Baseball HQ 1      
Cole Gillespie, MIA Baseball HQ 1      
Jake Barrett, ARI Baseball HQ 1      
Zack Godley, ARI Inside Edge 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3    
Boone Logan, COL Mastersball 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Ryan Howard, PHI Colton & The Wolfman 2 Baseball HQ 1
Brad Hand, SD Baseball HQ 1  
Chris Stewart, PIT Baseball HQ 1  
Clint Robinson, WSH Baseball HQ 1  
Matt Reynolds, NYM Baseball HQ 1  
Miguel Rojas, MIA Baseball HQ 1  
Rene Rivera, NYM Baseball HQ 1  
Travis Wood, CHC Baseball HQ 1  
Adam Warren, CHC Inside Edge 1  
Andrew Bailey, PHI Inside Edge 1  
Jim Johnson, ATL Inside Edge 1  
Kevin Quackenbush, SD Inside Edge 1  
Neftali Feliz, PIT Inside Edge 1  
Tony Watson, PIT Inside Edge 1  

Brian Walton's Commentary

Greg Ambrosius/Shawn Childs of NFBC/Stats, Inc. apparently like $16 bids, with the same amount leading LABR NL spending for the second consecutive week. Last time, it was Phillies utilityman Jimmy Paredes, and this week, the cash went to acquire pitcher Erik Johnson. The right-hander made his Padres debut at Coors on Saturday, yielding four runs in five innings. The former White Sox prospect’s next turn won’t be much easier, with the Nationals just ahead.

New-old Cubs utilityman Chris Coghlan was picked up by Eric Karabell of ESPN for $11. Though the Cubs have been wildly successful this season, they have had to deal with a number of nagging injuries. Combining that with Coghlan’s ability to play all over the infield and outfield makes him an interesting addition, which is why 10 of 12 teams tried to acquire him this week. (I was one of the two owners to pass.) After all, Coghlan has hit over his career average of .260 just once since 2010.

Another newcomer in the Chicago outfield mix is former heralded prospect Albert Almora, who has quietly made a solid introduction. However, the youngster lacks Coghlan’s versatility, so regular at-bats may be difficult to secure. Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf of Full Moon Sports acquired Almora for $7.

Apparent new Colorado closer Carlos Estevez fetched a winning bid of $8 from Derek Carty while I added another contender for Rockies saves, Boone Logan, for $1. In the process, I dropped another saves possibility with worse peripherals on a poorer team, Cincinnati’s Ross Ohlendorf.

Todd's Take

I sort of like the Erik Johnson pick-up, but that's probably confirmation bias as I snagged him last week in NL Tout Wars. Of course that meant I had to sweat out the start in Coors but at least the next one is in Petco.

Remember early last year when Jace Peterson was a thing? Well, he's back but his 15 minutes are over. He finished last year with a 0.239 average, swiping 12 bags in 22 tries. But despite the low average and terrible success rate, Peterson started this season with the regular keystone gig before being banished to Triple-A Gwinnett. Don't expect much playing time, let alone production as Erick Aybar is back, pushing Chase d'Arnaud to second.

tim anderson full

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Tim Anderson, CWS MLB.com 17 Fantasy Alarm 6 Fangraphs 4 RotoExperts 1
Carlos Estevez, COL Razzball 17 Baseball Prospectus 3    
Peter O'Brien, ARI MLB.com 17      
Fernando Abad, MIN Mastersball 13 RotoWire 1    
Brandon Kintzler, MIN Fangraphs 6 Mastersball 6 Baseball Prospectus 4 Razzball 4
    RotoWire 3 RotoExperts 1  
Jason Motte, COL Fangraphs 5      
Chase Anderson, MIL MLB.com 5 Baseball Prospectus 3    
Chase d'Arnaud, ATL Fantasy Alarm 4      
Miguel Gonzalez, CWS Fantasy Alarm 3      
Danny Espinosa, WSH RotoExperts 1      
Brad Brach, BAL Fantasy Alarm 1      
Enrique Hernandez, LAD USA TODAY Sports 1      
Edwin Diaz, SEA Fantasy Alarm 1      
Derek Holland, TEX MLB.com 1      
Rob Refsnyder, NYY Baseball HQ 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Daniel Mengden, OAK Fantasy Alarm 1 MLB.com 1
Zack Godley, ARI Fantasy Alarm 1 MLB.com 1
Jake Diekman, TEX Fantasy Alarm 1  
Doug Fister, HOU MLB.com 1  
Matt Boyd, DET MLB.com 1  
Jason Grilli, TOR USA TODAY Sports 1  
Matt Joyce, PIT USA TODAY Sports 1  
Paulo Orlando, KC USA TODAY Sports 1  

Todd Zola's Commentary

A trio of $17 FAAB bids landed two rookies and a possible closer with lucky $13 took down another possible source of saves. Fred Zinkie dropped the average age of his club by adding White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson along with Diamonbacks outfielder Pete O'Brien. Of the two, Anderson has the upper hand toward more playing time after the Pale Hose designated Jimmy Rollins for assignment. O'Brien bashed his way to the Show with a .330 average with 17 homers in 51 games at Triple-A Reno. The Snakes have been trying to find the right combo in their A.J. Pollock-less outfield, even going so far as to sign Michael Bourn. O'Brien hit a dinger on Sunday which should get him another start or two this weel but with David Peralta back, there's not many at bats for the converted catcher, now fly chaser.

Razzball opted to go big on Estevez for the Rockies saves while I opted to stick with the Twins (I have Kevin Jepsen) and expect Abad to be the guy over Brandon Kintzler despite being left-handed. Abad secured the first post-Jepsen save and was in line for the second on Sunday had Mintzler not let the Red Sox rally from three down in the eighth to tie the game.

Todd's Take

I best be careful so as not to let karma come back and haunt me. I find in interesting that Daniel Mengden was the bridesmaid for both Howard Bender of the Fantasy Alarm and Zinkie from mlb.com. Howard landed Miguel Gonzalez while Fred copped Derek Holland. Maybe I'm wrong, but I'd rather go with the devil we don't know in Mengden than the devilish inconsistency of Gonzalez and Holland.

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

James Shields, CWS Colton & The Wolfman 57 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 37 SiriusXM 36 ESPN.com 29
    RotoWire 17 Baseball HQ 9  
Chris Parmelee, NYY Baseball HQ 7 ESPN.com 2    
Ricky Nolasco, MIN SiriusXM 7 Colton & The Wolfman 11    
Luis Sardinas, SEA ESPN.com 2      
Shane Robinson, LAA Baseball HQ 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1    
John Axford, OAK Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Ryan Flaherty, BAL ESPN.com 1      
Kurt Suzuki, MIN RotoWire 1      
Shawn O'Malley, SEA Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jefry Marte, LAA Baseball HQ 2  
Mike Aviles, DET Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 Baseball HQ 1
Jake Smolinski, OAK Baseball HQ 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Stefen Romero, SEA Baseball HQ 1  
Mychal Givens, BAL Colton & The Wolfman 1  
Justin Wilson, DET Colton & The Wolfman 1  
Enny Romero, TB Colton & The Wolfman 1  
Jared Hoying, TEX ESPN.com 1  
Gregorio Petit, LAA ESPN.com 1  
Fernando Rodriguez, OAK RotoWire 1  
Michael Martinez, CLE Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

As we would expect, the big ticket FAAB item this week was ex-Padre, new Pale Hose James Shields who went to Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton for a solid $57, a tidy sum, but not as much as we might have anticipated. Colton and the Wolfman easily bested bids of $9, $17, $29, $36, and $37.

Rick and Glenn adding reliever John Axford ($1), were among a cluster of other buck adds in the form of Shane Robinson (Dave Adler of BBHQ), Shawn O'Malley (Larry Schechter), Kurt Suzuki (Chris Liss), and Ryan Flaherty (Tristan Cockcroft).

In the middle, Adler grabbed Chris Parmelee for $7, besting a pair of $2 attempts, while Ray Flowers rostered Ricky Nolasco for $3, outbidding a pair of $2 throws, while league leader Cockcroft added Luis Sardinas for $2.

Todd's Take

The look on Shields face in the introductory image is familiar. That's the same expression I had when the winning bids were announced in the AL only NFBC league. My squad is doing well but the pitching is precarious with Felix Hernandez hurt and Steven Wright active. Jose Quintana is doing his part while Jesse Hahn reminded us this week how hittable be can be at times. Still, the club is in the title hunt and I have the FAAB hammer. I didn't want to go all-in, but I also didn't want a competitor getting a potential difference-maker on the cheap. Dropping $317 of the $1000 budget left me with with $652, the fifth most in the league. I lost the hammer, but have the services of Shields for a lot longer than the time players acquired at the trade deadline are helpful.

So now the question is will Shields be helpful? I promise all you'll read is how risky he is, seeing as how he was homer-prone in Petco and is now moving to U.S. Cellular Field. Yeah, that's a huge concern. Though, I'm not convinced he'll give up appreciably more homers. What I'm counting on is a veteran who's been through the wars is again pitching in meaningful games. Sure, the weather in San Diego is perfect but it must be hard for a guy whose moniker was Big Game, in the twilight of a very successful career, to take the ball knowing if he gets a win, it will be one of about 70 the team accrues on the season. Chris Sale can do the heavy lifting. Jose Quintana is quietly having an All-Star campaign. Just go out there and give me seven strong and I'll be fine.

At least that's what I keep saying to myself.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jimmy Paredes, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 16 Colton & The Wolfman 2    
James Loney, NYM Mastersball 13 Colton & The Wolfman 12 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9 Inside Edge 2
    RotoWire - DVR 1    
Carlos Torres, MIL Sandlot Shrink 4      
Joe Blanton, LAD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Inside Edge 1 USA TODAY Sports 1  
Ross Ohlendorf, CIN Mastersball 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Stephen Drew, WSH Inside Edge 1      
Tyler Lyons, STL Inside Edge 1      
Adam Rosales, SD Colton & The Wolfman 1 Inside Edge 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Travis Wood, CHC Mastersball 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Andrew Bailey, PHI Inside Edge 1  
Brandon Snyder, ATL Inside Edge 1  
Clint Robinson, WSH Inside Edge 1  
Jim Henderson, NYM Inside Edge 1  
Miguel Rojas, MIA Inside Edge 1  
Carlos Villanueva, SD Mastersball 1  
Adam Morgan, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Neftali Feliz, PIT NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  

Brian Walton's Commentary

New Phillies utilityman Jimmy Paredes fetched the high bid in NL LABR this week at $16. Greg Ambrosius/Shawn Childs of NFBC/Stats, Inc. were surprisingly the lone bidders for a player who almost certainly will be seeing regular at-bats for a team looking for answers offensively.

Though the trade of James Loney to the Mets was announced prior to last week’s LABR waiver deadline, the veteran first baseman had not yet officially been placed on New York’s roster. As a result, a $6 bid by Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf of Full Moon Sports was nullified due to league rules.

With the emptiness at first base that is known as Ryan Howard killing my slumping team, I decided to join the Loney fray this week, bidding double last week’s top amount, plus $1. $13 is also $2 more than the most expensive free agent position players this season to date (Hernan Perez and Jeremy Hazelbaker). Another way to look at is that $13 is one-seventh of my full-year budget.

Even so, despite the league-wide scuffle for at-bats, this is still Loney, after all. Perhaps as a result, no one else bid, not even Colton/Wolf, so I spent $12 too much.

Now that Brandon Maurer has clearly pitched himself out of San Diego’s closing hierarchy and is pitching poorly, I dumped him over the side for another volatile reliever in Ross Ohlendorf ($2). At least the latter still has a chance to get the Reds closers job that no one seems to want.

Todd's Take

Some have questioned why a rebuilding team like the Phillies would want a journeyman like Paredes. True, the Phillies are readying for the future and Paredes isn't likely to be a major part. However, with their promising pitching at the Major League level and prospects J.P. Crawford, Nick Williams, Jorge Alfaro and Roman Quinn in the pipeline, it won't be long before the team in the City of Brotherly Love is fighting again. Paredes is a nice stop-gap that can play all over, helping the squad give their maturing staff a little more run support.

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MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Archie Bradley, ARI Baseball HQ 19 Baseball Prospectus 13 RotoWire 10 Mastersball 7
    Fangraphs 5 RotoExperts 1 Razzball 1
    USA TODAY Fantasy 1    
Will Harris, HOU Baseball HQ 12 USA TODAY Fantasy 7 MLB.com 5 RotoWire 5
    Fangraphs 4 Baseball Prospectus 4 RotoExperts 1
Zach Davies, MIL Mastersball 7 Baseball HQ 1    
Julio Urias, LAD RotoWire 5 Razzball 2 MLB.com 1  
James Paxton, SEA Fangraphs 3 Baseball HQ 1    
Chris Young, BOS Baseball HQ 2      
Jarrett Parker, SF USA TODAY Fantasy 2 Baseball HQ 2 USA TODAY Sports 1 RotoExperts 1
Seung Hwan Oh, STL Mastersball 2      
Tyler Naquin, CLE MLB.com 1      
David Ross, CHC USA TODAY Fantasy 1      
Austin Romine, NYY Baseball HQ 1      
Michael Feliz, HOU USA TODAY Fantasy 1 RotoExperts 1    
John Jaso, PIT Razzball 1      
Dae-Ho Lee, SEA RotoExperts 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Martin Prado, MIA USA TODAY Fantasy 2
Bryan Holaday, TEX Baseball HQ 1
Drew Butera, KC Baseball HQ 1
Jake Marisnick, HOU Baseball HQ 1
Dioner Navarro, CWS USA TODAY Fantasy 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Pitching was the theme of this week's bidding as four starters and one potential closer drew the five highest bids. Archie Bradley leads the way as he's coming off consecutive outings highlighted with 19 whiffs to only four walks in 13 2/3rd frames. LABR rules require acquisitions to be active so Ray Murphy will have the Snakes righty in there when the strikeout-prone Tampa Bay Rays visit the desert.

Luke Gregerson's woes continue so the Astros are giving him a break from closing. Will Harris, along with Michael Feliz and perhaps Ken Giles are the favorites to pick up the slack. As much as I need a closer, I couldn't drop what I figured it would take for Harris. I'm just not that confident he'll be the guy going forward. 

Part one of my free agent foray was grabbing Zach Davies to replace the injured Mike Foltynewicz. Davies has a double-dip on the docket, scheduled to face the Athletics and Mets, both in Miller Park. The hitter-friendly venue is worrisome, but a 29-to-2 strikeout to walk ratio over Davies last four outings, spanning 25 1/3rd stanzas eases the concern.

Part two was a result of ridiculously careless bidding. I blame it on the aftermath of winning James Shields. As mentioned, I had to replace Foltynewicz. After bidding on Bradley and Davies I added Seung Hwan Ho for $2, to make sure I got someone. The assumption was someone may take a $1 flyer on Oh, but not $2. The problem is I already have David Phelps and Joaqin Benoit on reserve so a parachute was already in place. To make a dumb mistake even dumber, I then decided to try to get both starters since I like their match-ups this week. There's a mechanism to duplicate bids so instead of re-entering the second block, I just hit the copy button and was set. If I left it at one block, Davies would be mine with Oh's bid cancelled.

Oh well.

Todd's Take

As alluded to, I really need saves, especially with my second closer, Kevin Jepsen, soiling the rubber. As of Sunday night, I have 23 saves, good for four points. Only seven more saves would land me nine more points. The category is incredibly bunched with my squad at the bottom. With Ketel Marte coming off the DL, I have an extra middle infielder or extra outfielder (using a sixth fly chaser at utility) along with Brandon Drury on reserve so there's plenty of depth to do a two-for-one with the one being a closer. I missed the trade deadline this period but hopefully this time next week I'm dissecting a deal for more saves.

 

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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

JShields, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 671 Rob Leibowitz 445 Jeff Erickson 175 Mike Podhorzer 173
    Chris Liss 88 Larry Schechter 51 Steve Moyer 33
WHarris, Hou Chris Liss 288 Jeff Erickson 175 Steve Moyer 57 Larry Schechter 52
    Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 51 Mike Podhorzer 23 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 21
RFuentes, KC Jason Collette 41 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 31 Larry Schechter 25  
CParmelee, NYY Larry Schechter 38 Steve Moyer 23    
JPaxton, Sea Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 32 Rob Leibowitz 27 Mike Podhorzer 17 Jason Collette 16
    Jeff Erickson 5    
JWeaver, LAA Jason Collette 26      
PNeshek, Hou Larry Schechter 5      
VWorley, Bal Jeff Erickson 5      
TAnderson, CWS Patrick Davitt 1      
JMarte, LAA Steve Moyer 0      
SRobinson, LAA Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0      
JHoying, Tex Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

JCoats, CWS Jason Collette 11  
XCedeno, TB Larry Schechter 2  
TSipp, Hou Larry Schechter 2  
TBeckham, TB Larry Schechter 1  
SRomero, Sea Steve Moyer 0  
SOMalley, Sea Steve Moyer 0  
RTorreyes, NYY Patrick Davitt 0  
OArcia, Min Larry Schechter 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
MAviles, Det Larry Schechter 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
LHochevar, KC Jeff Erickson 1  
JSmolinksi, Oak Steve Moyer 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
JShuck, CWS Steve Moyer 0  
JRutledge, Bos Patrick Davitt 0  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton dropped $57 in LABR FAAB to land James Shields, but in Tout, Colton and the Wolfman upped the ante by a little more than 10% dropping $671 of $1000 budget to ensure the rights to the new White Sox hurler. Team Colton/Wolf beat out seven teams who sought the former Padre, but the $1000 change in the Tout FAAB ceiling this year clearly left bi-polar bidding results, with a low of just $33 to grab a potential ace, while the only close challenge bid was from Rob Leibowitz who went to $445, still an almost 20% swing of the total FAAB balance.

Colton and Wolf tried to boost their pitching even more dropping another $32 on James Paxton, while Chris Liss targeted Will Harris, rostering the Houston hurler for $288, $255 more than what proved to be the low-ball Shields bid.

Jason Collette nabbed outfielder Reymond Fuentes ($41) along with $26 for Jered Weaver, while current league leader Larry Schechter added reliever Pat Neshek ($5) and first sacker Chris Parmelee ($38), while Jeff Erickson shot $5 to put Vance Worley on his roster.

The remaining bids were unchallenged $0, and again Colton and Wolf went in the thick of things, acquiring outfielers Shane Robinson and Jared Hoying while Steve Moyer reserved the disappointing (and now injured for the year) Dustin Ackley in favor of Jefry Marte.

Todd's Take

I could say something pithy about Chris Parmelee (actually, no, I can't) so instead I'll use this space to publicly congratulate my on-the-field site partner and off-the-field friend, Lawr, on twenty incredible years of his Hotpage. You're not too old to rock but you're too young to roll!

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JParedes, Phi Andy Behrens 151 Mike Gianella 106 Phil Hertz 41 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1
EJohnson, SD Todd Zola 97      
CFriedrich, SD Derek Carty 11      
ABlanco, Phi Ray Guilfoyle 10 Derek Carty 5 Phil Hertz 0  
ASuarez, SF Scott Wilderman 6 Phil Hertz 3    
ARosales, SD Ray Guilfoyle 5 Grey Albright 2 Phil Hertz 0  
DDescalso, Col Derek Carty 3 Phil Hertz 0    
MCastro, Col Mike Gianella 3      
DDahl, Col Phil Hertz 2      
TWood, ChC Grey Albright 1      
MReynolds, NYM Tristan H. Cockcroft 1 Phil Hertz 0    
CHeisey, Was Phil Hertz 0      
JGant, Atl Phil Hertz 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

 

WContreras, ChC Andy Behrens 16  
MMargot, SD Phil Hertz 3  
DiHerrera, NYM Phil Hertz 2  
MWilliamson, SF Mike Gianella 2 Phil Hertz 0
ABarnes, LAD Phil Hertz 1  
CGillespie, Mia Phil Hertz 0  
TKelly, NYM Phil Hertz 0   

Brian Walton's Commentary

Isn’t baseball grand? A player designated for assignment in one league moves to the other and generates an impressive bidding war in NL Tout. So it is with new Phillies player Jimmy Paredes, who has plenty of playing time opportunity and is off to a good start with his new club. $151 from Andy Behrens of Yahoo did the trick.

The trade of James Shields to the White Sox made pitching prospect Erik Johnson the newest member of the San Diego Padres. Though some speculated Johnson would immediately move into the Padres rotation, the 26-year-old right-hander was initially sent down to Triple-A instead. Johnson’s call up should occur soon, which led to a lone bid of $97 from our own Lord Zola. I imagine he will have more to say about that.

I stayed out of the bidding frays this week.

Todd's Take

Ask and ye shall receive. I'm not expecting Erik Johnson to be a difference-maker, but I did see an opportunity to add depth to my pitching with a guy that I can use in favorable match-ups, except this week I'm stuck with his likely outing in Coors Field. Johnson isn't dominant, but he usually doesn't walk many and he'll work a lot in Petco Park. I do think it's fair to question the steepness of the bid. Basically, I'm out of the running for the deadline stud coming over so I'l on the lookout for depth as it arises. Though (don't tell my NL Tout competitors) I do have a $310 FAAB chip in A.J. Pollock sitting on my disabled list.

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TNaquin, Cle Gene McCaffrey 277 Joe Pisapia 24 Scott Engel 5  
WHarris, Hou Cory Schwartz 195 Al Melchior 181 Nando DiFino 121 Derek Van Riper 77
    Scott Pianowski 68 Tim Heaney 66 Scott Engel 53
    Ray Flowers 13 Fred Zinkie 5  
JJay, SD Scott Pianowski 85 Al Melchior 20    
DLee, Sea Scott Pianowski 67 Derek Van Riper 44 Al Melchior 36 Scott Swanay 28
    Tim Heaney 26    
JParker, SF Derek Van Riper 57 Gene McCaffrey 175 Scott Swanay 24 Joe Pisapia 18
         
WFlores, NYM Scott Swanay 46      
CAnderson, Mil Zach Steinhorn 36 Fred Zinkie 35 Ray Flowers 11  
MFeliz, Hou Tim Heaney 26 Ray Flowers 13 Cory Schwartz 5 Fred Zinkie 0
JParedes, Phi Scott Engel 23      
JMarisnick, Hou Joe Pisapia 22      
RRefsnyder, NYY Tim Heaney 16      
GRichards, LAA Cory Schwartz 15      
MBolsinger, LAD Scott Pianowski 15      
JPeavy, SF Ray Flowers 13      
EJohnson, SD Nando DiFino 11      
ZDavies, Mil Derek Van Riper 11      
TChatwood, Col Fred Zinkie 5 Zach Steinhorn 22 Cory Schwartz 15 Scott Pianowski 13
    Tim Heaney 3    
JLoney, NYM Scott Engel 4      
RRivera, NYM Bret Sayre 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

ECarrera, Tor Gene McCaffrey 277  
JPaxton, Sea Tim Heaney 16 Fred Zinkie 5
CBYoung, Bos Scott Pianowski 11  
MWilliamson, SF Joe Pisapia 8  
DBarney, Tor Scott Pianowski 1  
KBarraclough, Mia Fred Zinkie 0  

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

With three homers in four games since his latest recall from Triple-A and a clear path to regular at-bats for the foreseeable future, Tyler Naquin was unsurprisingly the most expensive purchase of this week. The only problem here is that Naquin isn't known for consistent power production, with ten home runs being his minor league single-season high. But he should contribute meaningful stats in the other categories, most notably OBP, as he holds a career .359 mark in the Minors.

Although Will Harris has not been anointed as the new ninth inning man in Houston, regular closer Luke Gregerson is struggling and Harris did earn his first save of the season on Sunday. Oh, and he's allowed just one run across 26 2/3 innings this year with 29 strikeouts.

In search of a starting pitcher replacement for Anibal Sanchez, who I officially gave up on shortly before the Tigers did, I was tempted to grab Tyler Chatwood for his upcoming two-start week. And all of the numbers said I should go with Chatwood. But there's something about two-start pitcher chasing that scares me, as one bad start negates one good start, and if the first start is bad, you're stuck with the guy for the next start. And it's not like Chatwood is a reliable source of strikeouts. Instead, I opted for Chase Anderson, who will be making one home start versus the A's, a club that ranks in the bottom tier of the AL in most offensive categories.

Todd's Take

Zach alluded to the notion of a two-start week. This comment is in general, not related to anything specific in the Mixed Draft FAAB run this week. The two-start week is one of the most overblown purported strategies in fantasy baseball. I'm not talking about picking a guy up that week because he has a good double-dip on the docket. I'm referring to the ploy of stashing a guy on reserves to use in two-start weeks. Do you know how many weeks the average hurler has a pair of starts? Based on a 32-start campaign and a 26-week season, that's about six times you can use your reserve stash. And as Zach suggests, what if one of the pair is an ugly match-up? You've just lost another chance to use him. My rule of thumb is only keep starters on reserve you're almost assuredly going to use for all home starts and let multiple starts fall where they may.

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MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

WHarris, Hou Eno Sarris 310 Ray Murphy 203 Tim McLeod 151 Patrick Mayo 113
    Adam Ronis 44 Craig Mish 17  
JProfar, Tex Craig Mish 211 Anthony Perri 45 Adam Ronis 44  
AConley, Mia Stacie Stern 138 Adam Ronis 44 Eno Sarris 11 Charlie Wiegert 5
    Rudy Gamble 1    
WFlores, NYM Ray Murphy 68      
JLoney, NYM Stacie Stern 67      
FGutierrez, Sea Anthony Perri 33      
BBrach, Bal Stacie Stern 27      
HKim, Bal Craig Mish 26 Ray Murphy 16 Charlie Wiegert 5 Adam Ronis 3
    Eno Sarris 1 Perry Van Hook 0  
SSmith, Sea Charlie Wiegert 15 Ray Murphy 13    
LChisenhall, Cle Ray Murphy 15 Perry Van Hook 0    
ZDavies, Mil Charlie Wiegert 13      
MBolsinger, LAD Perry Van Hook 11 Rudy Gamble 7 Craig Mish 2  
SManaea, Oak Rudy Gamble 3 Charlie Wiegert 7    
TNaquin, Cle Adam Ronis 3 Charlie Wiegert 8 Perry Van Hook 0  
MKepler, Min Eno Sarris 1      
DLee, Sea Perry Van Hook 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

CCuthbert, KC Stacie Stern 60  
RNolasco, Min Stacie Stern 29  
JPeavy, SF Stacie Stern 28 Charlie Wiegert 7
CBYoung, Bos Ray Murphy 14  
JParker, SF Craig Mish 13  
POrlando, KC Charlie Wiegert 12  
BMoss, StL Charlie Wiegert 12 Craig Mish 1
YVentura, KC Charlie Wiegert 7  
ACashner, SD Charlie Wiegert 5  
JChacin, LAA Stacie Stern 3  
YEscobar, LAA Perry Van Hook 0  
MGonzalez, Hou Ray Murphy 0  
DGregorius, NYY Ray Murphy 0  
ARamirez, SD Ray Murphy 0  
AHechavarria, Mia Ray Murphy 0  

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

In Tout Mixed this week, the league was back to the surefire bid generator archetypes in a (possible) new closer, and a hot former prospect back from the ashes of injury

Eno Sarris bid $310 for Houston's Will Harris hoping the reliever relieves Luke Gregerson of ninth inning duties, while Craig Mish spent $211 for Rangers' IF/DH Jurickson Profar hoping he can maintain his hot start and keep Prince Fielder on the bench while maybe getting playing time up the middle.

Stacie Stern also went big ($138) for mercurial Marlins' starter Adam Conley who does have a very interesting two start week ahead at Target and Chase Fields.

Continuing the search for a reliable starter, I bid just $11 to win Mike Bolsinger, hoping his two Dodgers starts this week will help. Additionally, a bunch of solid hitters were available to fill my Utility spot, so I submitted a list of five $0 bids and got my second choice, Mariner first baseman Dae-Ho Lee who has indeed been hot lately.

Todd's Take

Gotta admit, I'm a bit flummoxed with respect to Jurickson Profar. I stare at his name every week when I update rest-of-season projections for the Platinum subscribers (gratuitous plug alert).I have him for 200-something at bats which isn't mixed league worthy, but I understand the aggressiveness, just in case. Profar is a switch hitter which is nice and with lefty swinging Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland both starting against southpaws, there's a clear path to some playing time for Profar. This week the Rangers are slated to face a pair of left-handers so at minimum, Profar should get 10-12 plate appearances, assuming some pinch-hitting duties as well. I was hoping by typing this I'd get more clarity - but it ain't happening. Right now if I had to choose between stashing Trea Turner or Profar, I'd go Turner.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ABradley, Ari Brent Hershey 155 Jake Ciely 20
JProfar, Tex Andrea LaMont 67  
ADuvall, Cin Jake Ciely 55  
JTaillon, Pit Brent Hershey 30  
DPomeranz, SD Jake Ciely 25 Peter Kreutzer 12
ENunez, Min Jeff Boggis 22 Peter Kreutzer 0
MAdams, StL Jeff Boggis 6  
ABregman, Hou Jake Ciely 5  
RBuchter, SD Peter Kreutzer 4 Jeff Zimmerman 0
EDiaz, Sea Howard Bender 1  

UNAWARDED BIDS

JGray, Col Brent Hershey 117
DLee, Sea Jake Ciely 25
MFeliz, Hou Jake Ciely 5
WHarris, Hou Jake Ciely 5
JWilson, Det Peter Kreutzer 0
NFeliz, Pit Peter Kreutzer 0

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

There were interesting players this week.

I saw Jurickson Profar in Arizona last November and it was clear his hurdle was being able to play defense. He can, and he's hitting. Poor Hanser Robles, who seemed to have a dream job.

Edwin Nunez has long been a fine middle infield bat without any middle infield fielding skills. The batting average hes putting up this year 's unreal, but the rest of his game is within margins, so long as he deserves playing time he'll have value. The question is when he's called to task for his fielding. Probably sooner rather than later.

Jake Ciely grabbed the week's most explosive hitter, in Adam Duvall, though he comes with a poor OBP, and the best pitcher, in Drew Pomeranz, who is flawless if he can keep this up. Older scouting reports suggest he might.

League dominator Brent Hershey (is that an oxymoron? since Brent is as mild mannered as Clark Kent, but plays like Superman) added prospect Archie Bradley, coming off a fine game, and future-play Jameson Taillon, who has been pitching lights-out in Triple-A after years of injury.

I put in a small bid of $0 on Nunez (is he better than Jose Ramirez?), and a better one on Pomeranz (but do I really need a starter?), and won closer in waiting Ryan Buchter. Fernando Rodney would have to fail in a hurry for this to work out, but for peanuts it seemed better to be in the game. Michael Tonkin was a placeholder, ideally a painless one, until better came along.

Todd's Take

Gotta say, I really like Jake Ciely's pickup of Drew Pomeranz, especially in a format that includes quality starts in the scoring. Keep in mind the scoring is tilted to the ratio categories so middle relievers are quite useful (and the league has caught on to that) but still, I see Pomeranz as a top-60 or so starting pitcher going forward which should be roster-worthy in a 12-team format. His BB/9 is 4.3 which is high, especially in light of a 10.7 K/9 as the high pitch total means he'll fall short of the requisite six innings for a quality start on occasion. Still, a double digit whiff rate for a groundball pitcher in Petco Park? Sign me up. His outing this week is against the visiting Atlanta Braves, a putrid squad against lefties so Jake picked the perfect week to have to have Pomeranz active.

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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

WMerrifield, KC Ron Shandler 187 Larry Schechter 106 Chris Liss 56 Jeff Erickson 31
    Seth Trachtman 30 Steve Moyer 27  
FGutierrez, Sea Chris Liss 166 Jeff Erickson 117 Jason Collette 31 Ron Shandler 28
    Steve Moyer 27 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1  
LSardinas, Sea Larry Schechter 42 Seth Trachtman 15 Ron Shandler 11  
ARomine, NYY Jason Collette 41 Ron Shandler 29 Seth Trachtman 1  
BEibner, KC Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 31 Steve Moyer 27    
PDean, Min Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 31 Steve Moyer 27    
MBoyd, Det Steve Moyer 27 Jason Collette 17 Seth Trachtman 16  
TMotter, TB Seth Trachtman 26 Jeff Erickson 11    
BKintzler, Min Jason Collette 4      
FAbad, Min Patrick Davitt 1      
DButera, KC Seth Trachtman 1      
MBush, Tex Seth Trachtman 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

OArcia, Min Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 26
MTonkin, Min Jason Collette 5
LHochevar, KC Jason Collette 2
JSmolinksi, Oak Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
SOMalley, Sea Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
JBandy, LAA Seth Trachtman 1
MGonzalez, CWS Seth Trachtman 1
SRobinson, LAA Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
JHoying, Tex Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Though more active than LABR AL this week, the American League Touts were still quiet on the whole with eight teams making acquisitions as opposed to just six in LABR, although several moves involved players common to both roto leagues.

Ron Shandler made the big pick-up grabbing Whit Merrifield for $187 clams, nearly 19% of his total FAAB budget, as compared to the $9/9% the Royals infielder fetched in LABR, while Seth Trachtmen nabbed Tyler Motter for $26 ($4 in LABR) along with Drew Butera and Matt Bush, each for a buck.

Jason Collette dropped $41 on Austin Romine--now the sixth catcher to grace his roster this season--along with making a stab at Twins hurler Brandon Kintzler for a dollar.

Chris Liss grabbed Franklin Gutierrez who should see steady playing time for $166 while Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton spent $31 each on Brett Eibner and another Twins pitcher in Pat Dean.

Steve Moyer dropped $27 on Matt Boyd while Patrick Davitt went to Fernando Abad ($1) while reserving Kelvin Herrera in a move to strengthen his bullpen depth.

Rounding out the moves, Larry Schechter bought Luis Sardinas ($42) giving Ryan Goins--whose future playing time is questionable--a chance to chill on his reserve list.

Todd's Take

Quality, not quantity is the theme. It may have been a quiet week in terms of number of bids but there are two, perhaps up to four hitters that can really help a deep league. We touched on Merrifield in the LABR report. As Lawr suggested, Gutierrez is in line for more playing time with Leonys Martin hitting the DL. Sticking with the Mariners, Luis Sardinas has displaced Chris Taylor as Ketel Marte's proxy thus will be steady playing time for at least another week. Finally, the injury-riddled Royals summoned Brett Eibner to help offset the losses of Mike Moustakas, Alex Gordon and now Sal Perez. Eibner's playing time is up-in-the-air but it's definitely worth the minimal investment necessary to see how much he plays.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JLoney, NYM Andy Behrens 291 Phil Hertz 33  
CTorres, Mil Steve Gardner 25 Phil Hertz 0  
FRivero, Was Steve Gardner 15 Mike Gianella 3  
GGarcia, StL Steve Gardner 14 Phil Hertz 0  
MRojas, Mia Phil Hertz 2    
JGrimm, ChC Mike Gianella 2 Andy Behrens 0  
JBroxton, StL Mike Gianella 2    
ChJohnson, Mia Grey Albright 1 Andy Behrens 61 Phil Hertz 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

CGillespie, Mia Andy Behrens 15  
BHand, SD Steve Gardner 5  
YPetit, Was Mike Gianella 1 Steve Gardner 0
CFriedrich, SD Phil Hertz 1  
CHeisey, Was Grey Albright 1  
EJackson, Mia Mike Gianella 1  
JLopez, SF Steve Gardner 1  
SDrew, Was Grey Albright 1  
TWood, ChC Mike Gianella 1  
ABlanco, Phi Phil Hertz 0  
CWithrow, Atl Andy Behrens 0  
JBlevins, NYM Steve Gardner 0  
LColeman, LAD Steve Gardner 0  
TCahill, ChC Steve Gardner 0 Phil Hertz 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

When San Diego signed James Loney to a minor league deal at the start of the season, I grabbed the first baseman to stash away. A month later, I was discouraged by his tepid minor league results and used his precious reserve spot on another. Now that Loney is a new New York Met, replacing injured Lucas Duda, his guaranteed at-bats led to a very aggressive bid of $291 from Andy Behrens of Yahoo. With the scrapping of Vickrey bidding this year, that is the cost for Loney, rather than $1 more than the second-highest bidder, who offered just $33. In other words, the year-to-year difference gobbled up over 25 percent of Behrens’ full-year FAAB budget.

Former Mets reliever Carlos Torres picked up a pair of saves for the Brewers this past week, though well-traveled Blaine Boyer earned Sunday’s save. Jeremy Jeffress has been solid this season, so the $25 bid from USA TODAY’s Steve Gardner is to secure a potential new closer-in-waiting in Torres.

I remained on the sidelines this period, satisfied with having held onto Arizona prospect Archie Bradley, who had a strong start on Sunday in his return to the majors. The right-hander has moved into my active lineup for the coming week.

Todd's Take

Yikes, that head-shot of Loney looks creepy with the image background blending with the web page. I just have an OCD-like need to use a photo with the current team and there isn't anything available in a Met's uni yet and that was the best I could come up with, cropping out the Tampa jersey.

Who is FRivero and why did he garner bids from a pair of astute owners? That's Washington Nationals reliever Felipe Rivero who as emerged as the top set up man to Jonathan Papelbon which comes with the distinction of being next in line for saves even as a lefty. Rivero debuted as a 23-year old last year, recording an impressive 2.79 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in a modest 48 1/3rd frames. He did a great job keeping the ball in the yard, allowing only two homers. Rivero, who throws hard, averaging 95 mph on his heater, has been scored on in only 6 of his 25 appearances through Sunday night but sports a high 3.91 ERA since two of those were three-run blow-ups. The southpaw has a hold in seven of his last eight efforts including the last five. With a 28-to-5 strikeout to walk ratio in 23 innings, Rivero is useful in this format even if he doesn't get any saves.

So much for grabbing Trevor Gott as a reserve in a bunch of early drafts.

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ABradley, Ari Tim Heaney 86 Scott Engel 16 Fred Zinkie 5  
MShoemaker, LAA Scott Pianowski 77 Tim Heaney 86 Fred Zinkie 69 Al Melchior 57
    Scott Swanay 44 Scott Engel 43 Derek Van Riper 37
AReed, NYM Scott Pianowski 65      
LMorrison, TB Cory Schwartz 57 Ray Flowers 37 Scott Swanay 13 Tim Heaney 12
    Scott Engel 9 Derek Van Riper 2 Fred Zinkie 1
POrlando, KC Ray Flowers 47 Tim Heaney 6 Cory Schwartz 0  
HKim, Bal Scott Swanay 44 Ray Flowers 37 Al Melchior 31  
AReyes, StL Bret Sayre 41 Tim Heaney 16    
RGrossman, Min Cory Schwartz 32 Al Melchior 16 Tim Heaney 6 Fred Zinkie 1
FGutierrez, Sea Derek Van Riper 21 Al Melchior 11    
LValbuena, Hou Tim Heaney 12      
GBlanco, SF Fred Zinkie 8      
WMerrifield, KC Fred Zinkie 5 Scott Pianowski 5 Scott Engel 4  
RDickey, Tor Derek Van Riper 2      
BWilson, Tex Fred Zinkie 0      
TKemp, Hou Al Melchior 0      
PDean, Min Fred Zinkie 0 Derek Van Riper 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

MBourn, Ari Cory Schwartz 22 Scott Swanay 13 Tim Heaney 6
CAnderson, Mil Tim Heaney 16 Derek Van Riper 2  
BShipley, Ari Tim Heaney 16    
GBeckham, Atl Scott Swanay 13    
KGraveman, Oak Tim Heaney 11    
AJackson, CWS Tim Heaney 6 Cory Schwartz 1  
MTaylor, Was Tim Heaney 6    
JParker, SF Tim Heaney 6    
RBuchter, SD Derek Van Riper 2    
MFeliz, Hou Derek Van Riper 2    
JLocke, Pit Derek Van Riper 2    
TAnderson, CWS Fred Zinkie 2    
TMotter, TB Tim Heaney 2    
MByrd, Cle Cory Schwartz 1    
CCoghlan, Oak Cory Schwartz 1    
SOh, StL Derek Van Riper 1    
KNieuwenhuis, Mil Cory Schwartz 0    
ISuzuki, Mia Cory Schwartz 0    
CAnderson, Mil Fred Zinkie 0    

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Archie Bradley has yet to prove that he deserves a permanent spot in a big league rotation, but he's still just 23, and maybe Sunday's dominant performance against the Padres is a sign that he has turned the corner. The injury to Rubby De La Rosa will allow Bradley to make at least a handful of starts for the Diamondbacks over the next few weeks, and considering his high-end potential, it would not be surprising if the top prospect seizes the opportunity and remains in the Majors for good. Bradley certainly belongs on a Tout Wars roster, though I'd temper expectations for his next start, a tough road matchup against the Cubs.

Speaking of top starting pitching prospects, Alex Reyes, who has just returned to action following a lengthy suspension, has been lights out over his first two starts for Triple-A Memphis, registering a 1.00 ERA to go along with 15 strikeouts across nine innings. There's a good chance that the 21-year-old will make his big league debut at some point this season, and it's looking like his time will come sooner rather than later. I like what Bret Sayre did here, grabbing Reyes now while his FAAB cost is modest.

Todd's Take

It's a little surprising Hyun-Soo Kim didn't attract more attention, especially in an on-base percentage league. Recall in the spring the Orioles literally tried to give the Korean back to his homeland but he declined. Kim found himself on the Baltimore bench with Joey Rickard claiming left field to open the campaign. It took a while but Rickard's 15 minutes lasted a little longer than many thought. Kim has been playing regularly for over a week and is responding. Will he play every day? Probably not, but he's looking like the latent source of OBP he profiled as back in the spring. Keep in mind that's his game - good plate skills as opposed to the power expected from Byung-ho Park. Kim's been hitting second so he's also a nice source of runs.

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MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MShoemaker, LAA Adam Ronis 112 Perry Van Hook 32 Eno Sarris 13  
CSabathia, NYY Adam Ronis 66 Adam Ronis 77 Anthony Perri 3  
LMorrison, TB Ray Murphy 55 Tim McLeod 18 Perry Van Hook 3 Rudy Gamble 3
WMerrifield, KC Ray Murphy 55 Perry Van Hook 0    
CUtley, LAD Tim McLeod 22      
MBourn, Ari Perry Van Hook 17 Eno Sarris 3    
JLowrie, Oak Rudy Gamble 16      
JJay, SD Eno Sarris 11      
RGrossman, Min Eno Sarris 6      
TMotter, TB Ray Murphy 3      
TJoseph, Phi Tim McLeod 3      
MReynolds, Col Rudy Gamble 3      
SRodriguez, Pit Perry Van Hook 2      
CVazquez, Bos Rudy Gamble 2      
PDean, Min Perry Van Hook 2      
DFister, Hou Craig Mish 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

GBeckham, Atl Tim McLeod 9
AHechavarria, Mia Ray Murphy 3
DGregorius, NYY Ray Murphy 3
JMercer, Pit Ray Murphy 3
LChisenhall, Cle Eno Sarris 3
SSmith, Sea Rudy Gamble 3
HKim, Bal Eno Sarris 1
AGarcia, Atl Perry Van Hook 0
RRua, Tex Perry Van Hook 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

A low number of free agents were rostered this week with both of the high bids going to starting pitchers looking to make big rebounds from early season woes. Matt Shoemaker already has begun to right his ship, costing Adam Ronis $112. But, Ronis doubled down on a $66 bet that C.C. Sabathia's remake could stay on course in a two-start week.

There were two winning double nickel bids netting Ray Murphy both Royals utilityman Whit Merrifield, with the resurgent Tampa first sacker Logan Morrison.

I bid $32 on Shoemaker, which was clearly an underbid, but wound up with Twins starter Pat Dean for $2, hoping his start in Oakland will be close to his fine effort last week. I also landed Michael "re-Bourn" in Arizona, hoping the outfielder will have a full week of play before David Peralta is back from his rehab outings.

Todd's Take

So what's gotten into Matt Shoemaker? Over his first seven starts he fanned 22 as compared to 23 in his last two outings. There's a couple of differences in his approach, notably more reliance on his splitter and the ability to dial it up an extra couple of mph. Perhaps it was a matter of confidence, but nearly half of Shoemaker's tosses the past two games have been splitters with only 33 percent fastballs. Earlier he was throwing the heater more than half the time with the splitter checking in about 20 percent. As mentioned, he's touched 94/95 his last two appearances after maxing in the 91-93 range earlier. This is all well and good - the question being whether he can sustain it? With the safety of pitcher-friendly Angels Stadium at his back and Mike Trout and company warming up at the dish, I agree with those paying decent FAAB to find out.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JLamb, Ari Brent Hershey 95 Peter Kreutzer 33 Jake Ciely 20
MShoemaker, LAA Jake Ciely 25    
JoRamirez, Cle Peter Kreutzer 24    
JTomlin, Cle Andrea LaMont 14 Jake Ciely 15  
KBarraclough, Mia Howard Bender 14    
CUtley, LAD Jeff Boggis 11    
SOh, StL Howard Bender 11 Peter Kreutzer 4 Jeff Zimmerman 1
MGivens, Bal Howard Bender 11    
TThornburg, Mil Peter Kreutzer 5    
NMarkakis, Atl Jeff Zimmerman 3    
DPhelps, Mia Peter Kreutzer 3    
KMaeda, LAD Jeff Zimmerman 2    
MTonkin, Min Peter Kreutzer 2    

UNAWARDED BIDS

YSolarte, SD Brent Hershey 51  
NTropeano, LAA Jake Ciely 15  
ENunez, Min Peter Kreutzer 14 Jeff Boggis 11
JDiekman, Tex Howard Bender 6  
RBuchter, SD Howard Bender 2 Peter Kreutzer 2
AReed, NYM Peter Kreutzer 2  
FRivero, Was Peter Kreutzer 2  
KSiegrist, StL Peter Kreutzer 2  
MFeliz, Hou Jeff Zimmerman 1 Peter Kreutzer 1
PStrop, ChC Howard Bender 1  

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

This week, after taking a schlumping from Andrea LaMont, the Rotolady, I saw a flaw in my approach.

My hitters are pretty good, but not great. Some weeks I may win there, some I may lose, but my team is stronger if I can win three categories in pitching. The best chance to do that is with relievers.

Relievers are less reliable, and less influential, but in a three qualitative game they matter a lot. Especially when you have, as I do, the king of starters, Jake Arrieta. Well, no, not last week.

So this week I bagged all my promising but erratic starters and added relievers.

So did Howard Bender. He picked up strikeout king and walk king Kyle Barraclough, plus a couple of other relievers named Givens and Oh. Tout rules require 450 innings for a team to score more than 1 in ERA, WHIP and K/9/. Howard has 431 IP this half, so he's going to make it. I have 380, which means I have to put up 70 innings in the next five weeks. We can do that, and I hope do better in the week to weeks.

Brent Hershey, our leader, who lost Mike Moustakas, bid big on Jake Lamb. I was second bidder, after I realized I could make a hole for him by moving Machado to middle infield. Too late, and 60 FAAB dollars short.

I think the week's most interesting move belongs to Jeff Boggis, who swapped out Brandon Phillips for Chase Utley. That could go either way, easily, but Jeff did it. Good luck!

Todd's Take

Excellent timing that Peter's theme was the utility of middle relievers as I've been thinking a lot about that lately. Part of the Platinum offering is weekly projection updates. It's my nature to care as much about the Kyle Barracloughs and Tyler Thornburgs as the Clayton Kershaws and Jake Arrietas. I wish there was a way to make them an integral part of all fantasy formats - not just those tilted to ratio, or as Peter calls them, qualitative categories.

A while back I ran some numbers and observed using KNIP (K per Nine and Innings Pitched) to replace wins and saves rendered a list that distributed middle relievers more evenly among closers. I wrote about it but obviously it got no traction.

Now I have another idea that will likely garner a similar lack of attention. Some leagues already break the pitching pool into starters and relievers, requiring X number of starters and Y number of relievers, sometimes with Z number of one or the other. Why not further delineate into starter, middle and closer? Keeping the standard number of nine hurlers, perhaps 5 starters, 1 middle, 1 closer and 2 "utility" pitchers that can be any of the three.

Eligibility isn't an issue. Starter versus reliever is determined by which the pitcher did more the previous season in terms of appearances. Then everyone with at least five (or ten, or whatever) saves the previous year qualifies at closer. A reliever can gain starter eligibility with five starts or closer designation with five saves. Just like hitters, pitchers retain their original eligibility.

I can hear the counter arguments...

Doing this eliminates the strategy of dumping saves. Yeah, maybe - but the additional planning with regards to how to use the three designations adds so much more.

Saves are dumb. Drafting closers is a crapshoot. Well, so are second catchers.

In my eyes, the game has become so specialized that a middle reliever is every much a position as shortstop. Why not account for that in our fantasy roster requirements?

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