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Friday 26th May 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.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JLucroy, Tex Patrick Davitt 886 Mike Podhorzer 873 Jeff Erickson 872 Larry Schechter 801
    Jeff Erickson 90 Jason Collette 29  
GSanchez, NYY Mike Podhorzer 873 Larry Schechter 571 Patrick Davitt 135 Jason Collette 29
    Mike Podhorzer 12 Jeff Erickson 5  
MDuffy, TB Larry Schechter 571 Jeff Erickson 340 Jason Collette 301 Patrick Davitt 136
    Chris Liss 57 Patrick Davitt 10 Jason Collette 1
JMusgrove, Hou Ron Shandler 94 Mike Podhorzer 572 Larry Schechter 571 Chris Liss 94
    Jeff Erickson 24 Patrick Davitt 12  
JJeffress, Tex Ron Shandler 94 Chris Liss 94 Jeff Erickson 90 Mike Podhorzer 27
    Larry Schechter 17    
JPolanco, Min Ron Shandler 57 Chris Liss 57 Patrick Davitt 10 Jeff Erickson 7
FLiriano, Tor Larry Schechter 45 Mike Podhorzer 572 Jeff Erickson 207 Chris Liss 40
    Patrick Davitt 12    
NFranklin, TB Larry Schechter 32 Chris Liss 27 Patrick Davitt 10  
CMcGehee, Det Patrick Davitt 19 Patrick Davitt 0    
BHoladay, Bos Patrick Davitt 19      
TKemp, Hou Seth Trachtman 10 Patrick Davitt 10    
JCenteno, Min Jeff Erickson 5      
AMiranda, Sea Seth Trachtman 3 Patrick Davitt 3    
TClippard, NYY Chris Liss 0 Larry Schechter 6    
CGimenez, Cle Mike Podhorzer 0 Jeff Erickson 1    
KKela, Tex Patrick Davitt 0 Chris Liss 1    
XCedeno, TB Patrick Davitt 0      
DBarnes, Tor Mike Podhorzer 0      
JTazawa, Bos Mike Podhorzer 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

MMuncy, Oak Chris Liss 11 Patrick Davitt 0
GHeredia, Sea Chris Liss 8 Patrick Davitt 0
WDavis, KC Larry Schechter 6  
DGuerra, LAA Chris Liss 1  
LHendriks, Oak Chris Liss 1  
PNeshek, Hou Chris Liss 1  
ARomine, Det Patrick Davitt 0  
BCecil, Tor Patrick Davitt 0  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The big spender was Patrick Davitt, who dropped $886 on Jonathan Lucroy, and another top team, owned by Larry Schechter spent $571 on new Rays third baseman turned shortstop Matt Duffy. But, this interesting big gambit was the $871 Mike Podhorzer spent on Yankees backstop Gary Sanchez.

All three of the spenders performed some tweaks at the lower end as well, with Davitt spending $19 on Casey McGehee and a like amount on catcher Bryan Holaday, while Schechter also bagged Francisco Liriano at a relatively cheap $45, and then added Nick Franklin for a couple of bucks. Podhorzer, clearly trying to fix issues behind the dish, also copped Chris Gimenez ($0) and Junichi Tazawa (also $0) while another top team, that of Seth Trachtman, added infielder Tony Kemp ($10) and Seattle hurler Ariel Miranda ($3) and the Jays Danny Barnes ($0).

Ron Shandler made three moves, first obtaining the services of Joe Musgrove ($94) to fill in for the injured Lance McCullers, Jorge Polanco ($57) to take over for injured Nick Castellanos, and Jim Jeffress ($94) to replace the ineffective Edinson Volquez.

That left the remaining moves Jeff Erickson obtaining Juan Centeno ($5) and Chris Liss picking up Tyler Clippard ($0).

Todd's Take

 How to approach the bidding the week after the deadline is intriguing. For example, it looks like Larry Schechter was willing to go all in with Lucroy, but if he didn't get the crossover catcher, he'd get help at multiple spots while still leaving a decent amount of FAAB in the kitty. Mission accomplished as Larry snagged three players here and has more FAAB that Patrick Davitt and Seth Trachtman -- as well as about half the league -- so there's still at least one more useful addition forthcoming.

It's understandable why Lucroy was worth several all-in bids, even if you have a couple decent catchers. He's also eligible at first plus Tout Wars has the equivalent of a second UT spot with the swingman that can be anyone - hitter or pitcher.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

RHill, LAD Derek Carty 630 Mike Gianella 255 Grey Albright 225 Ray Guilfoyle 165
    Grey Albright 88 Phil Hertz 77  
JReddick, LAD Tristan H. Cockcroft 404 Grey Albright 404 Mike Gianella 255 Ray Guilfoyle 180
    Derek Carty 81    
MMoore, SF Brian Walton 382 Grey Albright 404 Mike Gianella 255 Ray Guilfoyle 150
    Derek Carty 81 Phil Hertz 77 Grey Albright 17
    Phil Hertz 3    
INova, Pit Tristan H. Cockcroft 185 Brian Walton 256 Grey Albright 185 Phil Hertz 77
    Derek Carty 76 Grey Albright 15 Derek Carty 0
    Grey Albright 0 Grey Albright 102  
SSchebler, Cin Ray Guilfoyle 20   Phil Hertz 3  
DHutchison, Pit Todd Zola 17 Phil Hertz 17 Derek Carty 1  
RVogelsong, Pit Brian Walton 15 Brian Walton 80    
JThompson, Phi Steve Gardner 14 Grey Albright 35 Brian Walton 15 Phil Hertz 1
    Derek Carty 0    
JBlash, SD Grey Albright 12 Mike Gianella 7 Phil Hertz 0  
LPerdomo, SD Derek Carty 11 Mike Gianella 10 Phil Hertz 3  
RSegedin, LAD Ray Guilfoyle 10 Phil Hertz 4    
RWhalen, Atl Mike Gianella 10      
HStrickland, SF Tristan H. Cockcroft 5 Grey Albright 5 Phil Hertz 0  
CRobinson, Was Phil Hertz 5      
KBarraclough, Mia Ray Guilfoyle 2 Phil Hertz 1 Derek Carty 0 Grey Albright 0
    Mike Gianella 0    
AOttavino, Col Phil Hertz 1 Grey Albright 0    
JNiese, NYM Phil Hertz 0      
EJackson, SD Phil Hertz 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

MSzczur, ChC Grey Albright 5 Phil Hertz 1
RStripling, LAD Brian Walton 5 Phil Hertz 1
BHand, SD Phil Hertz 1  
MReynolds, NYM Grey Albright 0 Phil Hertz 0
CKnebel, Mil Phil Hertz 0  
TRenda, Cin Phil Hertz 0  
WDifo, Was Phil Hertz 0  

Brian Walton's Commentary

I find this time of year most interesting, with the dynamics of good new players coming into the league, but being unsure of how others assign relative value, coupled with the differences in FAAB balances and the variety of the potential resulting bidding strategies.
With the third-most money coming into the weekend, behind the ESPN duo of Derek Carty and Tristan H. Cockcroft, I had to hope they prioritized other players so I could get my man. As it worked out, that is exactly what happened.

Carty spent exactly enough, $630, to ensure he rostered new Dodgers lefty Rich Hill, currently sidelined with a blister. In turn, Cockcroft spent exactly enough to ensure he would secure the services of either Hill or new Dodgers outfielder Josh Reddick, who of course came over in the same trade from Oakland. Reddick joined Team Cockcroft for $404, not coincidentally, the same amount as my balance coming in.

That left new Giants right-hander Matt Moore for me. Initially, I bid $256, which would have been just enough to ace out the #5 FAAB owner. However, at the last minute, I got cold feet. Looking at the standings, the fourth team in the FAAB derby was dead last in wins. Sitting at $381, surely he would take a run at Moore, I decided. So at the last minute, I upped my ante to $382. As it turns out, my initial offer would have been enough. Now, I have just $7 to carry me through the remainder of the season.

By spending “just” $404 on Reddick, Cockcroft also ended up with new Pirates right-hander Ivan Nova for $185. One reason Tristan wins so many leagues is savvy moves like these, ending up with two of the top four free agents available. Though this year, the three-time champion is in a dogfight to avoid the standings cellar. Having been there in past years myself, I greatly admire his fight.

Todd's Take

This was a tough cycle for me as I enter the week tied for the league lead with the Clayton Kershaw-less Derek Carty. The main difference is he had a bunch of FAAB while I'm out of the running for the big guns. The tough part was deciding to go after Schebler and/or Blash or keep what I have and address needs as they arise. I'm leading in homers and really can't gain in runs. There's an RBI point or two in play but more importantly, I can lose a bunch. That's the issue that's causing the consternation and why I think I many have erred in not grabbing Schebler. I hopefully have A.J. Pollock coming back, which should help. I'm have four spots for Ryan Raburn, Jeremy Hazelbaker, Matt Joyce, Scott Van Slyke and Chris Coghlan so there's certainly room for Schelber - or he and Blash for that matter. Had I known it would take just 20 for Schebler, I gladly would have bid 21 but I assumed the new Reds left fielder would go for more than the 107 I had to spend. SHAME ON ME for not putting in a nominal bid. Dumb mistake.

I did, however, drop 17 on Drew Hutchison in the hopes the Pirates call him up for September, if not earlier. The reports suggest he can be called up the last week in August and save the Bucs a year of control. Taking the zero isn't a huge issue since I have a nice cushion is whiffs though am in a dogfight in wins, which includes Derek. That said, my ratios are in a tightly bunched spot so I'm in the difficult spot of protecting ratios while chasing wins. Ultimately, this is why I did not go after Schebler, preferring to keep all I had for pitching since that will likely decide the league.

Should be a fun stretch run.

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

GSanchez, NYY Fred Zinkie 150 Ray Flowers 96 Derek Van Riper 46  
JMusgrove, Hou Al Melchior 86 David Gonos 62 Joe Pisapia 8 Derek Van Riper 2
EDiaz, Sea Al Melchior 82 Joe Pisapia 57 Ray Flowers 41 Cory Schwartz 25
    Derek Van Riper 2    
ABenintendi, Bos Tim Heaney 62 David Gonos 62 Derek Van Riper 25  
AMiranda, Sea Joe Pisapia 24      
MAndriese, TB Ray Flowers 17 Cory Schwartz 6 Derek Van Riper 2  
DDescalso, Col Scott Pianowski 6 Ray Flowers 6    
MMuncy, Oak Gene McCaffrey 3      
SSchebler, Cin Derek Van Riper 3      
JHahn, Oak Cory Schwartz 2      
RStripling, LAD Derek Van Riper 2      
DPhelps, Mia Cory Schwartz 1 Perry Van Hook 3    
KNieuwenhuis, Mil Al Melchior 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

POrlando, KC David Gonos 36
TThornburg, Mil Perry Van Hook 33
JBlash, SD David Gonos 26
INova, Pit Perry Van Hook 23
MJoyce, Pit Perry Van Hook 13
JPeavy, SF Joe Pisapia 12
AAlmonte, Cle Gene McCaffrey 3
NJones, CWS Perry Van Hook 3
SHathaway, Ari Perry Van Hook 3
MGonzalez, CWS Cory Schwartz 1
ADeAza, NYM Gene McCaffrey 0
BHand, SD Perry Van Hook 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Although it seems like we've been hearing about Gary Sanchez forever (well, at least in New York we have been), the reality is that he's still just 23 years of age. And finally, with the Yankees trying to get younger, Sanchez will be given an opportunity to play fairly regularly, either at DH or behind the plate. Judging from his first few games with the big club this season (he did appear in two games last year), Yankee fans and fantasy owners have every reason to be excited, and his catcher eligibility only adds to his fantasy appeal. I knew that Sanchez would be the most expensive FAAB purchase. The only question was how much?

Come to think of it, you really don't need to draft any closers to be competitive in the saves category. All you need to do is be active on the waiver wire throughout the season and at times simply guess right. It's a risky strategy but this week's Edwin Diaz pickup reminded me how many pitchers who are currently earning saves began the season on the waiver wire. I'll probably continue to draft two solid stoppers, but every season, I'm becoming more and more open to a different approach.

Todd's Take

Building on Zach's comment with respect to Sanchez, there's reports Brian McCann has cleared waivers and even if he stays in the Bronx. A-Rod's retirement means the DH spot remains open (keeping in mind Rodriguez hasn't played much lately anyway).

Edwin Diaz is fast becoming one of my favorite players to watch. He works with a composed swagger, which is perfect for a closer. The best way to judge him is checking out the looks on the faces of the hitters as they head back to the dugout. I haven't seen anything similar since Mariano Rivera used to dispatch hitters despite their knowing what was coming. I'm not comparing the two except for the reactions. 

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MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

KGiles, Hou Craig Mish 219 Anthony Perri 167 Adam Ronis 92 Eno Sarris 88
TThornburg, Mil Rudy Gamble 167 Craig Mish 195 Anthony Perri 167 Adam Ronis 58
    Eno Sarris 50 Ray Murphy 36  
JMusgrove, Hou Craig Mish 131 Eno Sarris 88 Adam Ronis 82 Craig Mish 5
INova, Pit Charlie Wiegert 56 Eno Sarris 23 Ray Murphy 16  
MZunino, Sea Rudy Gamble 56 Anthony Perri 56 Adam Ronis 3  
LSeverino, NYY Eno Sarris 39 Adam Ronis 23 Craig Mish 4  
AAltherr, Phi Charlie Wiegert 37 Anthony Perri 36 Ray Murphy 26 Charlie Wiegert 18
    Adam Ronis 12    
MJoyce, Pit Perry Van Hook 13      
SGennett, Mil Rudy Gamble 6 Anthony Perri 6 Charlie Wiegert 5  
MMorin, LAA Eno Sarris 6      
DPhelps, Mia Perry Van Hook 3      
SHathaway, Ari Perry Van Hook 3      
RAMondesi, KC Adam Ronis 3      
GSanchez, NYY Adam Ronis 3 Anthony Perri 3    
JThompson, Phi Tim McLeod 2 Craig Mish 2    

UNAWARDED BIDS

BreAnderson, LAD Eno Sarris 37  
MAndriese, TB Eno Sarris 31  
HKendrick, LAD Anthony Perri 10  
AGarcia, Atl Charlie Wiegert 7 Charlie Wiegert 5
MClevinger, Cle Eno Sarris 6  
MMaldonado, Mil Anthony Perri 5  
CKnebel, Mil Eno Sarris 3  
JAxford, Oak Eno Sarris 3  
AMiranda, Sea Eno Sarris 2  
JPeterson, Atl Anthony Perri 2  
RPressly, Min Eno Sarris 2  
AOttavino, Col Eno Sarris 1  
DEspinosa, Was Anthony Perri 1  
MCain, SF Craig Mish 1  

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

It is hard to believe that Houston pitchers would be the bidding focus the first week in August, but that is where we are.

With Ken Giles regaining the closer's role (no matter how temporary), Craig Mish bid $219 for potenital saves and bid $131 to roster freshly promoted starter Joe Musgrove. There was one other player that went for a triple digit bid, with current league leader Rudy Gamble betting $167 that the Brewers will continue to use Tyler Thornburg to close games.

I had Thornburg on my list as well, but of course my $33 bid wasn't close. Even new Pirate starter Ivan Nova went for a lot more than my $23 bid as Charlie Wiegert rostered the former Yankees for $56.

I did manage to add new Marlins' starter David Phelps for a mere $3, the same amount I paid for new Diamondbacks reliever Steve Hathaway who I think might be in the mix to close as the season winds down. And, I did get the one hitter on whom I bid, Pirates fly chaser Matt Joyce who will hopefully face most of the four right-handed hurlers the Pirates will see this week.

Todd's Take

Back in January, we were discussing closers at the ESPN rankings summit. I said something like, "This time next season, Ken Giles will be in the conversation as a top-five closer." For the longest time, that could have been filed under "Stupid things Zola said." Not it could be prescient.

That said, Giles has serious competition for the best closer in his division. Diaz was discussed above. The Angels have turned to Cam Bedrosian. Oakland looks like they're transitioning to Ryan Dull. The division leading Rangers just fortified they 'pen with Jeremy Jeffress, who many think will supplant Sam Dyson down the stretch. That's some strong company.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CBedrosian, LAA Jake Ciely 33  
EInciarte, Atl Jake Ciely 30  
JMusgrove, Hou Peter Kreutzer 19 Jake Ciely 27
HKendrick, LAD Stephania Bell 10  
RPorcello, Bos Jeff Zimmerman 1  
ZDavies, Mil Jeff Zimmerman 0  

UNAWARDED BIDS

HIwakuma, Sea Jeff Zimmerman 0
TBauer, Cle Jeff Zimmerman 0

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

Jake Ciely and I have been the most active FAABers in Tout Head 2 Head this year. Jake has made 42 FAAB acquisitions, I've made 33. Jeff Boggis is in third in this meaningless-out-of-context stat with 20.

I've tried to jigger and rejigger my lineup from week to week, roping in hot hands and potential upside, plus fill in for injured players. The relatively shallow pool of rostered players means that there is often help out there, though the Tout rule that an acquired player must be kept on the active roster all week has limited the most speculative plays.

This week Jake moved away from the mostly excellent but necessarily combustible Colorado starter Jon Gray to the safer relief of Cam Bedrosian. He also dumped the hot hand of Hernan Perez for Ender Inciarte.

I'm taking a risk, acquiring the newest pretty arm, Houston's Joe Musgrove, who has a start this week against Toronto in Toronto. Not the best, but Musgrove has all the skills to be an impact starter in the coming weeks.

Todd's Take

Fun with arbitrary end points. Let's take a look at how the possible 2017 AL West closers have fared since July 1:

player G W L SV BS IP H ER BB K HR ERA WHIP K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Cam Bedrosian 26 1 0 1 1 24 12 1 8 33 0 0.38 0.83 12.38 3 0
Ken Giles 23 1 1 0 1 23 19 3 5 41 1 1.17 1.04 16.04 1.96 0.39
Ryan Dull 29 4 3 2 1 29 14 4 4 28 3 1.24 0.62 8.69 1.24 0.93
Edwin Diaz 28 0 2 4 0 29 27 6 8 56 3 1.86 1.21 17.38 2.48 0.93
Jeremy Jeffress 26 1 1 15 0 24 29 7 6 22 1 2.63 1.46 8.25 2.25 0.38

That's...pretty good.

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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

Jonathan Lucroy, TEX Winning Fantasy Baseball 85 Tim Heaney 83 SiriusXM 54 RotoWire 43
    Fangraphs 39 ESPN.com 12 USAT Sports 8
    Colton & The Wolfman 5    
Francisco Liriano, TOR Tim Heaney 57 SiriusXM 54 RotoWire 43 USAT Sports 6
    Baseball HQ 3    
Andrew Benintendi, BOS SiriusXM 54 ESPN.com 12 Winning Fantasy Baseball 9 USAT Sports 5
    Colton & The Wolfman 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Joe Musgrove, HOU Tim Heaney 27 Fangraphs 22 Baseball HQ 13 USAT Sports 7
    ESPN.com 5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2  
Jefry Marte, LAA Winning Fantasy Baseball 8 SiriusXM 8 USAT Sports 3 Fangraphs 3
    Baseball HQ 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Matt Andriese, TB Baseball HQ 4 Tim Heaney 36 ESPN.com 1 SiriusXM 1
Jeremy Jeffress, TEX USAT Sports 4 Tim Heaney 16 Baseball HQ 4 SiriusXM 3
    RotoWire 2 ESPN.com 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Ryan Pressly, MIN Fangraphs 3      
Michael Feliz, HOU Mastersball 2      
Mike Clevinger, CLE NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Tim Heaney 16    
Tyler Clippard, NYY RotoWire 2      
Gregorio Petit, LAA Baseball HQ 1      
Mike Aviles, DET Colton & The Wolfman 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 3 Baseball HQ 1  

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jered Weaver, LAA Tim Heaney 16  
Guillermo Heredia, SEA Winning Fantasy Baseball 5 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Chris Gimenez, CLE USAT Sports 2  
Ariel Miranda, SEA Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Mychal Givens, BAL Baseball HQ 1  
Christian Colon, KC Baseball HQ 1  
Robbie Ross Jr., BOS Mastersball 1  
Chris Devenski, HOU Mastersball 1  
Carson Fulmer, CWS Tim Heaney 1  
Bryce Brentz, BOS USAT Sports 1  

 Lawr Michaels' Commentary

And the wallets did indeed fly open this week as last Monday, the final day of the trade deadline, proved to be a big one for inter-league swaps, and subsequently for the AL LABR owners.

Larry Schechter managed to cop the big prize in Jonathan Lucroy for $85, besting eight bids with a high of $83 and a low of $5, while Tim Heaney nabbed Francisco Liriano for $57 beating out seven would-be owners who gambled between two and $54 (two bids at that price) for the new Jay.

Ray Flowers scored hot Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi for $54 (four challenges).

Heaney also acquired Joe Musgrove for $27 beating out five tries ranging from $2 to $22, while Schechter also got Jefry Marte for eight bucks, with four other owners vying for the rights to the Angel.

On the bottom end of the scale, Mike Aviles joined another squad hitting team Wolf/Colton for a buck besting a like bid, while Dave Adler picked up Matt Andriese for $4 (two losing bids there) and host Steve Gardner bagged Jeremy Jeffress for four bucks beating out five league owners who were willing to pay between $1-$3.

I am hoping the $2 I spent for Michael Feliz helps me with some whiffs with Lance McCullers injured, and while Liss probably hopes the same of Tyler Clippard ($2), Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs hope this for Mike Clevinger, and Adler a little offense from Gregorio Petit.

Todd's Take

The rich get richer as league leader Larry Schechter opted to spend his wad on the best hitter that crossed over, Lucroy. It doesn't matter that his squad is strong at receiver, a Schechter trademark, sitting with Brian McCann and Salvador Perez. Lucroy can slide in at UT as well as 1B or CI where Larry has Justin Morneau, James Loney and Ryon Healy all active. Looking at the standings, the author of Winning Fantasy Baseball has about six points in play via ugrading with Lucroy.

The best pitcher, Francisco Liriano is a huge risk. Sometimes park factors are overplayed but working in Rogers Centre as opposed to PBC Park is a huge downgrade for the veteran southpaw. Fortunately for Liriano's new owner, Tim Heaney, his club is looking at up to ten points in wins and whiffs while only putting three ratio points in jeopardy. Tim could use some help in achieving this which is where Joe Musgrove comes in. Between the two, Tim a chance to make a move up from his present fourth place standing. It is interesing to note Tim went heavy on Lucroy in case Larry didn't go all-in. It's riskier, but there are more points to be had this way for Mr. Heaney.

If you're wondering about Tampa's impending shortstop, current third-base eligible Matt Duffy, LABR doesn't allow bidding on disabled players. There's a good chance this time next week we're talking about how much Duffy went for as he's currently on a rehab assignment.

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Josh Reddick, LAD Yahoo Sports 87 Derek Carty 68 Baseball HQ 46 Colton & The Wolfman 21
    Mastersball 6    
Matt Moore, SF USA TODAY Sports 60 Baseball HQ 46 Mastersball 40 ESPN - Karabell 23
    Yahoo Sports 13 Colton & The Wolfman 4 Sandlot Shrink 2
    NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 RotoWire - DVR 1  
Ivan Nova, PIT Mastersball 27 USA TODAY Sports 15 ESPN - Karabell 6 Colton & The Wolfman 4
    NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 RotoWire - DVR 1  
Scott Schebler, CIN Yahoo Sports 13 Colton & The Wolfman 11 Derek Carty 3 Derek Carty 1
Jim Johnson, ATL Inside Edge 4 Yahoo Sports 13 USA TODAY Sports 10 Colton & The Wolfman 4
    Baseball HQ 2 Mastersball 1  
Braden Shipley, ARI Baseball HQ 2      
Wilmer Difo, WSH Baseball HQ 1      
Robert Whalen, ATL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Jabari Blash, SD Colton & The Wolfman 3 Derek Carty 3    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Brian Walton's Commentary

With only the sixth-most FAAB coming into the weekend and wanting more pitching, I was delighted to add my second choice among the new fish in the NL pitching free agent pool, new Pirates starter Ivan Nova, for just $27. But let’s get to the big money players.

Dalton Del Don of Yahoo Sports, with the full $100 to spend, dropped to $0 in one night. Outfielder Josh Reddick, off to a slow start for his new Dodgers team, was the top player acquired at $87 with Reds flychaser Scott Schebler burning the other $13. With no zero dollar bids allowed in LABR and no trading of FAAB, it looks like Del Don is del done bidding this season.

Also out of cash is Steve Moyer of Inside Edge, who used his last $4 to pick up Braves closer Jim Johnson, a player I dropped last week. If Johnson isn’t traded to a contender to become a setup man, ala Fernando Rodney, I am going to be kicking myself. I already am, having left two saves on the table this past week.

Derek Carty of ESPN, with the second-most amount in his kitty, $86, thought he used $68 to secure the services of new Dodgers lefty Rich Hill. The league leader earlier lost LA ace Clayton Kershaw to injury, so Carty was likely looking for Hill to help fill some of the slack. However, a finger blister that has Hill on the DL makes him ineligible to be selected in LABR until activated by the Dodgers – a bad break for Carty.

The team third in FAAB balance coming in added the second-most expensive awarded player in new Giants starter Matt Moore. Steve Gardner of USA TODAY dropped $60 of his $67 for the veteran right-hander. For what it is worth, Moore was my primary target as well.

Todd's Take

Derek's in an interesting position in that the standings are distributed such that he can't make a huge move in any category. While it can be argued this is the sign of a solid, balanced team - it's also a bit unlucky the category bunching doesn't afford him a spot to move up appreciably. It looks like the attempted acquisition of Hill was as much defense as offense (he has a nice cushion even without Kershaw), preventing a competitor from benefiting from Hill once he returns. A point lost (or not gained) by your opponents are the same as the points you gain.

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MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Joe Musgrove, HOU MLB.com 6 Fangraphs 3 USA TODAY Sports 2
Andrew Benintendi, BOS RotoWire 5 Razzball 1  
Eddie Rosario, MIN RotoWire 5    
Doug Fister, HOU @TheFantasyFix 3 RotoWire 1  
Matt Andriese, TB ESPN.com 2    
Alex Gordon, KC Fangraphs 2 Razzball 1 RotoWire 1
Jose Berrios, MIN Razzball 2 Fangraphs 2 RotoWire 1
Tyler Saladino, CWS Mastersball 1    
Ryan Dull, OAK USA TODAY Sports 1 Razzball 1  
Matt Boyd, DET RotoWire 1    
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, MIL Razzball 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Tommy Pham, STL Razzball 1 RotoWire 1
Eduardo Escobar, MIN Mastersball 1 RotoWire 1
Daniel Descalso, COL Mastersball 1 RotoWire 1
Wilmer Difo, WSH Mastersball 1  
Shawn O'Malley, SEA Mastersball 1  
Nick Franklin, TB Mastersball 1  
Jorge Polanco, MIN Mastersball 1  
Freddy Galvis, PHI Mastersball 1  
Erick Aybar, ATL Mastersball 1  
Andrelton Simmons, LAA Mastersball 1  
Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA Mastersball 1  
Ryon Healy, OAK RotoWire 1  
Justin Morneau, CWS RotoWire 1  
Ji-Man Choi, LAA RotoWire 1  

Todd Zola's Commentary

Mixed formats obviously don't have crossover players to deal with but there were a couple of potential useful call-ups drawing the interest of my competitors.

Joe Musgrove was summoned by the Houston Astros to fill the void left by Lance McCullers' unfortunate trip back to the DL. Musgrove doesn't have the hype train rolling like Jose Berrios, Lucas Giolito and Blake Snell but he's an intriguing prospect. His calling cards are fine control and the ability to keep the ball in the yard. He fanned a hitter an inning in the minors, if he comes anywhere close to that in the bigs, look out.

Andrew Benintendi was somewhat surprisingly given the call to join the Red Sox outfield, working on the strong side of a platoon with Bryce Brentz handling chores with a southpaw on the hill. If the Red Sox rookies were to play the vets in a game of hoops, Benintendi would check Dustin Pedroia, they're similar in stature. But like the diminutive second baseman, don't let that fool you. Pedey has more pop while Benintendi is faster but the rookie can also run into a few long balls.

I used two of my remaining five bids on Tyler Saladino and Ivan Nova. Aledmys Diaz is out and I have no other shortstop eligible player hence the extended string above. Nova was to give me another starter so I can maximize two start weeks and play matchups. I really like Nova in his new digs. Pardon if you've hard me say this recently but Yankee Stadium and Nova were like oil and vinegar whereas Nova and PNC Park go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Helping to soften the blow of losing Diaz is the return of J.D. Martinez, sending Kevin Pillar to the bench.

Todd's Take

When is a 20-plus point lead not safe? When Clayton Kershaw is your ace and there's no word on when - or if - he'll return. The lead will take awhile to thin as first the ratio buffer Kershaw provided must be lessened. When that happens, points can be lost in bunches. I'm already dropping points in strikeouts, which feeds into wanting another starting arm like Nova to have at my disposal.

Something interesting about the mixed Mastersball squad is despite investing the fourth overall pick on a pitcher, I lead the league in at bats. This is a huge reason why I have a decent lead without my ace. I'm not killing in HR and SB but the volume of at bats is really helping fuel runs and RBI. This is a very important lesson if you try to build a team with an ace early. Don't try to catch up in hitting by taking chances. Instead build a solid, dependable core and hope no one gets injured and your non-descript shortstop goes bonkers.

 

 

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

Melvin Upton Jr., TOR USAT Sports 77 Fangraphs 31 ESPN.com 25 SiriusXM 24
    SiriusXM 17 Winning Fantasy Baseball 7 Colton & The Wolfman 3
    NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3    
Alex Bregman, HOU ESPN.com 76 RotoWire 43 SiriusXM 36 Fangraphs 31
    Baseball HQ 23 Mastersball 10 Winning Fantasy Baseball 7
Raul Mondesi, KC SiriusXM 18 Fangraphs 21 ESPN.com 15 Winning Fantasy Baseball 7
    Baseball HQ 5 SiriusXM 4  
Darwin Barney, TOR Mastersball 4 Baseball HQ 1    
Drew Butera, KC Mastersball 2      
Tyler Collins, DET NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1 ESPN.com 1  
Ryan Flaherty, BAL Baseball HQ 1      
Adam Warren, NYY Fangraphs 1      
Michael Tonkin, MIN SiriusXM 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Gregorio Petit, LAA Mastersball 4 Baseball HQ 1
Nathan Karns, SEA Fangraphs 3  
Lucas Harrell, TEX Fangraphs 2  
Mychal Givens, BAL Fangraphs 1  
Matt Andriese, TB SiriusXM 1  
Junichi Tazawa, BOS Fangraphs 1  
Jefry Marte, LAA ESPN.com 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Christian Colon, KC Baseball HQ 1  
Chris Devenski, HOU SiriusXM 1  
Bruce Rondon, DET Fangraphs 1  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

With the first big wave of trade deadline moves, wallets flew open and bidding was aggressive in the LABR American League this week. although it was really the top prospects who garnered the owner's interest.

Setting things up for me (after I spent $65 on Brad Ziegler) was swapping Chris Sale and J.B. Shuck to Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton for Edwin Encarnacion as we both hope the swap pushes us up among the top teams as the second half races past.

As for the trade targets, B.J. Upton might not have generated any buzz, but Melvin resurrected himself to the tune of $77 for Steve Gardner, besting seven bids ranging from $3 to $31. Close on the dollar heels, Tristan Cockcroft bagged Astros hot cornerman, Alex Bregman for $76 beating out six bids, this time ranging from $7 to $43 meaning the league thought more of Bregman's promise than Upton's experience.

Raul Mondesi went to Ray Flowers for $18, besting three would-be owners ($4, $5, and $7) and I grabbed Darwin Barney to replace the ill Ketel Marte for $4, while dumping Christian Vasquez in lieu of Drew Butera for a dollar.

Tyler Collins went to NFBC/STATS for a couple of bucks, with the final acquisitions being Michael Tonkin ($1 to Ray Flowers), Adam Warren ($1 to Eno Sarris), and Ryan Flaherty ($1 to Dave Adler).

Todd's Take

The two-phase deadline bidding adds a fascinating later to the thought processes. Both Bregman and Upton Jr. Are useful players in this format, but neither will play regularly so they fall short of being a real difference maker. Keep in mind the Astros will activate Yulieski Gurriel in a couple of weeks so even though Luis Valbuena is on the disabled list, there will still be a logjam for playing time, pushing Bregman to the bench. He also needs to produce since Houston is making a move and can't afford to let him mature on the job, the need production now.

Two owners in essence passed on both Bregman and Upton Jr., hoping a real difference maker or two comes over. Actually, what's really interesting is one of the two owners could be playing more defense than offense. League leader and author of Winning Fantasy Baseball, Larry Schechter, has the FAAB hammer. Tim Heaney of USA Today Sports, sitting in fourth place, within striking distance of the lead, is next. Tim must have felt that neither Upton Jr. nor Bregman would be enough to challenge Larry so he's hoping for some last minute crossovers. Larry has the interesting decision of choosing the player that helps him the most or snagging the one that would have greater aided Tim's pursuit of the lead. It may be costing Tim points is a better approach than adding a player. There's also the chance Larry not only blocks Tim but also deals that player to another owner, getting something he needs while perhaps costing one of the other top teams some points. Keep in mind a point lost by an opponent counts the same as one you gain.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Eduardo Nunez, SF Sandlot Shrink 88 USA TODAY Sports 61 Baseball HQ 48 ESPN - Karabell 45
    RotoWire - DVR 45 Mastersball 29 Colton & The Wolfman 22
    NFBC/Stats, Inc. 6    
Aroldis Chapman, CHC RotoWire - DVR 86 USA TODAY Sports 62 Colton & The Wolfman 26 Baseball HQ 22
    Mastersball 15 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 6  
Brandon Finnegan, CIN Colton & The Wolfman 2 Sandlot Shrink 1    
David Phelps, MIA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2      
Chase Anderson, MIL Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Jose Rondon, SD ESPN - Karabell 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Ryan Howard, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Adam Rosales, SD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Braden Shipley, ARI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Clint Robinson, WSH NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Cristhian Adames, COL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Jimmy Paredes, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Phil Gosselin, ARI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Sammy Solis, WSH NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

Brian Walton's Commentary

With 16 hours remaining until the non-waiver trade deadline and a one-day lag before new players are added to the system, an already small list of new available players could have been even thinner here in LABR than in Tout Wars.

However, the two big guns to move into the Senior Circuit this week were both there for the taking – Aroldis Chapman and Eduardo Nunez.

Unpredictably, the team with the most cash, the full season stipend of $100, Yahoo Sports, remained on the sidelines this week, as Chapman and Nunez were sold for almost identical amounts to the second- and third-place teams in terms of remaining FAAB balance.

Interestingly, new San Francisco infielder and leadoff man Nunez went for just $2 less than the far more prominent Chapman, $86 to $88, and drew more bids than the new Cubs closer. Eight of the 12 teams took a shot at Nunez, while just half the league, six of 12, even tried to pick up the 100-plus mph hurler. Perhaps it is another indication of the dearth of available offense and the relative imbalance with pitching.

At any rate, the winners were Bob Radomski of Sandlot Shrink, who spent all but $2 of his $90 for Chapman and Derek VanRiper of Rotowire, who has just $1 remaining for the final two months of free agent bidding after winning Nunez’ services. Running out of cash in LABR is far more painful than in Tout for two key reasons – no $0 bids are allowed, nor can FAAB be traded. The only way to replenish funds is cashing in injured players at 50 cents on the dollar.

Todd's Take

I smell a trade brewing. By means of reminder, you can access the RTSports site for each league by clicking on the league header, allowing you to see what I'm referencing. Chapman's owner, my Tuesday Rotowire podcast partner, Derek Van Riper, is second in saves, five behind category leader Erik Karabell of ESPN. DVR is also locked into second in strikeout so Chapman won't help him there. There's a couple of WHIP points and maybe an ERA point in play, but if Derek was shooting for that, he didn't need to use all the FAAB on Chapman, he could have found another middle reliever. Chances are, DVR will look to spin Chapman off for a player (or players) that can snag him more points. Or maybe not, we'll see.

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MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Alex Bregman, HOU USA TODAY Sports 33 Baseball Prospectus 20 @TheFantasyFix 12 Baseball HQ 9
    MLB.com 6 Razzball 4  
Alex Dickerson, SD Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 26 USA TODAY Sports 23 @TheFantasyFix 4 Fangraphs 3
David Dahl, COL Baseball Prospectus 21 Baseball HQ 10 @TheFantasyFix 5 MLB.com 4
    Razzball 4 Fangraphs 2  
Jake Barrett, ARI Fangraphs 8      
Tony Watson, PIT Fangraphs 8      
Martin Prado, MIA Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 7 Baseball Prospectus 3 Razzball 2  
Tyler Skaggs, LAA MLB.com 7 USA TODAY Sports 25 @TheFantasyFix 7 Fangraphs 3
    Razzball 3    
Joey Gallo, TEX @TheFantasyFix 4 USA TODAY Sports 22 Baseball HQ 3  
Raul Mondesi, KC MLB.com 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Ryon Healy, OAK Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 3

Todd Zola's Commentary

I actually put in a bid this week but failed to hit the submit button, something I have done before but luckily not lately. My target was Anibal Sanchez who has decent two-start week. Yes, THAT Anibal Sanchez. I still have a sizable lead but with the news on Clayton Kershaw being vague, I'm not taking anything for granted. My ERA and WHIP lead is still quite large but in part because I had Kershaw active a week or so ago when he was thought to be returning, I'm losing points in strikeouts so I figured to protect that a bit with Sanchez. Hopefully it won't cost me and who knows, maybe it will be a blessing in disguise because after all, it is THAT Anibal Sanchez.

Todd's Take

One of the things I do for the Platinum subscribers is provide rest-of-season projections. Some are anxious for the post-deadline version and that concerns me since that may suggest they're bidding on a projection and not really thinking things through - especially when the the projection is for one of the prospects like Bregman, Dahl or Mondesi. In my mind, you're bidding in one of three manners:

1. Specific category boost

2. Upside potential

3. Playing time

None of the three entail a projection - or at least nothing you can't decide for yourself. If you need help in homers or steals. it doesn't matter how many are projected. A projection, by definition, is a weighted average of likely outcomes so while the upside is baked in, it's balanced by the downside. That brings us to playing time. Maybe this is the disconnect as the initial two seem fairly intuitive. If I'm looking for all-around help, I'm not bidding on the dollar value my magic sheet says the player will earn; I'm bidding on how many plate appearances the player will see. That is I'm paying for opportunity. It's a tough concept to explain but don't worry, as you're reading this I'm likely updating the post-deadline projections so you'll get what you want.

Tying that in with the bidding, Gallo is the homer choice, Mondesi is the steals choice, Prado and Dickerson are the playing time choices while Bregman and especially Dahl are the upside plays.

 

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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

MUpton, Tor Jason Collette 401 Seth Trachtman 318 Mike Podhorzer 156 Ron Shandler 78
    Chris Liss 69 Patrick Davitt 39 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 30
    Lawr Michaels 12 Larry Schechter 10  
RAMondesi, KC Seth Trachtman 318 Mike Podhorzer 156 Ron Shandler 113 Jeff Erickson 19
    Lawr Michaels 12 Larry Schechter 10 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
LHarrell, Tex Steve Moyer 277 Jason Collette 51 Rob Leibowitz 26  
CWhitley, TB Chris Liss 29      
AWarren, NYY Jason Collette 21      
TCollins, Det Jeff Erickson 19 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1    
TBeckham, TB Larry Schechter 7 Seth Trachtman 0    
RPressly, Min Larry Schechter 3      
CSanchez, CWS Lawr Michaels 2 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0    
YGomes, Cle Patrick Davitt 1      
BMaxwell, Oak Mike Podhorzer 0      
MAviles, Det Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0 Larry Schechter 3 Seth Trachtman 0  

UNAWARDED BIDS

TWhite, Hou Jason Collette 21 Seth Trachtman 0
JPolanco, Min Larry Schechter 5  
DJennings, TB Larry Schechter 3  
TWilhelmsen, Sea Jason Collette 1  
CBuchholz, Bos Steve Moyer 0  
DButera, KC Mike Podhorzer 0  
JCenteno, Min Mike Podhorzer 0  
MTonkin, Min Larry Schechter 0  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The AL Touts also dipped into their FAAB reserves this week spending on prospects and trade spoils, though there still seems to be a chunk of change held back in lieu of trades completed by the end of today.

Jason Collette was then the big spender, first dropping $401 on Melvin Upton, then adding Yankees hurler Adam Warren for an additional $21, while league leader--in what looks like it is becoming a tight race--Seth Trachtman copped Raul Mondesi for $318. Second place holder Larry Schechter acquired Tim Beckham ($7) and Ryan Pressly ($3) to try and stay in step. Patrick Davitt, who holds the third place squad went a buck for Yan Gomes, while I picked up Carlos Sanchez ($2) to fill the Ketel Marte gap.

Since Davitt and Schechter held back, any trades today should result in a bidding cage match between them, as Steve Moyer went $277 for Lucas Harrell.

Remaining plays were Jeff Erickson grabbing Tyler Collins ($19), Mike Podhorzer grabbed the Athletics Bruce Maxwell and Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton picked up Mike Aviles for a $0 bid, giving Aviles the Willie Loman Award for the most traveled FAAB pick up of the 2016 season.

Todd's Take

There's been a lot of jockeying for FAAB position in this league with trades and rebating players. Having the luxury of writing this after Lawr filed his comments, the cross-over crop isn't as elegant as the Touts hoped, with Jonathan Lucroy leading the way. It will be interesting to see how they play it next week as there still can be some waiver deals.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

AChapman, ChC Steve Gardner 605 Tristan H. Cockcroft 539 Scott Wilderman 506 Brian Walton 153
    Todd Zola 92 Grey Albright 72  
NFeliz, Pit Grey Albright 11 Steve Gardner 33    
ENunez, SF Scott Wilderman 477 Steve Gardner 540 Tristan H. Cockcroft 315 Brian Walton 256
    Mike Gianella 255    
JRondon, SD Brian Walton 5      
BNimmo, NYM Phil Hertz 2      
BShipley, Ari Tristan H. Cockcroft 63 Grey Albright 3 Phil Hertz 1  
JCosart, SD Tristan H. Cockcroft 2      
CAnderson, Mil Phil Hertz 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

ARosales, SD Brian Walton 1
JHader, Mil Tristan H. Cockcroft 1
RWhalen, Atl Phil Hertz 1
SSchebler, Cin Phil Hertz 1
HStrickland, SF Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
KSiegrist, StL Tristan H. Cockcroft 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

With only the fifth-most cash among the 12 owners against the backdrop of only two marquee players having been traded into the National League by Sunday meant I was destined to fall short in the bidding. So it came to pass.

Surprisingly, the plum of the free agents, new Chicago Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman went to the owner with the third-most FAAB, Steve Gardner of USA TODAY, for $605. FAAB leader and league leader Derek Carty did not use his hammer, remaining on the sideline, while the owner with the second-most cash, ESPN’s Tristan H. Cockcroft, did not bid aggressively enough, losing out by $66. Gardner, on the other hand, pushed all of his cash, save $4, to the center of the table in his successful offer.

The man I wanted most based on my team’s needs, was new Giants leadoff man Eduardo Nunez. Remembering the undistinguished history of the former Yankees infielder more than his unlikely American League all-star breakout season with the Twins made it difficult for me to offer $256, but I did. It was exactly enough to trump Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus at $255, who I knew needed a shortstop with both Mets shortstops on his roster, Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera, going down this past week.

As it turned out, my maneuver only made Gianella the second loser, as we finished second and third, respectively to Scott Wilderman of onRoto, our fine league software provider, whose $477 bid could not be topped by either me or Mike. Wilderman came into the weekend with just the fourth-highest FAAB balance.


This serves as a great reminder that one should not be discouraged or even worse, remain on the sidelines if you don’t have the most money remaining. As we saw here, in blind bidding, things do not always unfold as expected.

Todd's Take

Things are likely to get interesting down the stretch. I continue to battle Derek Carty for the league lead. More often than not he has me by two to five points but occasionally each week I catch him for a night, depending on how the pitching lines up. Recall Derek has Kershaw so his sitting out the Chapman bidding could be hoping to land a starting pitcher, with Matt Moore and Ivan Nova now available. I'm completely on the outside looking in, still hoping A.J. Pollock returns to serve as my deadline acquisition, so to speak. With others fortifying their lineups, I expect the standings to bunch up top so getting Pollock back would be huge.

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MBoyd, Det Scott Swanay 94      
TWatson, Pit Zach Steinhorn 90 Scott Engel 88 Al Melchior 66 Tim Heaney 62
    Ray Flowers 43 Derek Van Riper 35 Cory Schwartz 34
    Fred Zinkie 30    
JBarrett, Ari Scott Engel 66 Al Melchior 66 Tim Heaney 62 Zach Steinhorn 58
    Ray Flowers 44 Scott Swanay 34 Joe Pisapia 33
    Cory Schwartz 28 Derek Van Riper 22  
JimJohnson, Atl Scott Engel 38 Scott Pianowski 5    
ADickerson, SD Scott Engel 36 Tim Heaney 16 Ray Flowers 13 Fred Zinkie 3
KBroxton, Mil Nando DiFino 18      
TPham, StL Scott Engel 17 Scott Swanay 45    
NFeliz, Pit Ray Flowers 13 Derek Van Riper 1    
JSaltalamacchia, Det Scott Swanay 8 Fred Zinkie 0    
KNieuwenhuis, Mil Fred Zinkie 6 Scott Engel 0    
CSabathia, NYY Scott Pianowski 5 Derek Van Riper 1    
JSoria, KC Derek Van Riper 3      
TWolters, Col Fred Zinkie 1      
MMaldonado, Mil Derek Van Riper 0 Fred Zinkie 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

JSmith, LAA Ray Flowers 9
MMontero, ChC Scott Swanay 4
POrlando, KC Scott Engel 4
AHedges, SD Fred Zinkie 2

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

The owner of a 2.21 ERA across four starts since the beginning of July, Matt Boyd seems to be finding his way at the big league level. But he made it through six innings in just one of those outings, and the looming returns of both Jordan Zimmermann and Daniel Norris threaten his rotation spot. I guess I'm just not overly optimistic about his mixed league value going forward.

When I entered in a $90 bid for Tony Watson, I figured there was no way I'd land him. Saves are not a huge need for me, so this was more of a strategic move to block certain owners from gaining his services. Well, I did land him, barely. Watson has been one of the more reliable late-inning relievers in the game over the past several seasons, and I think he will do just fine in his new ninth inning role. Adding Watson affords me the option of either trading him for an upgrade at another position or dealing one of my top closers (Zach Britton or Francisco Rodriguez) for a more significant upgrade at some point down the road.

Scott Engel shelled out a total of $104 to acquire a pair of closers, though Jim Johnson might not be closing anymore by the time you read this, which explains his lower winning bid. Newly minted Arizona stopper Jake Barrett is quietly enjoying a strong season in his rookie campaign and will be given every opportunity to continue working the ninth inning. But of the three relievers, I have the most confidence in Watson and his track record, even though closing is not part of that track record.

Todd's Take

The bidding this week is a great example of the premise that there's always pitching available in mixed leagues so the focus should be on offense during the draft/auction. I'm not sure if I completely buy that which is why I just put it on my list of topics to research in the off-season.

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MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TWatson, Pit Charlie Wiegert 288 Adam Ronis 112 Rudy Gamble 112 Ray Murphy 111
    Anthony Perri 96 Greg Ambrosius 43  
JBarrett, Ari Ray Murphy 102 Charlie Wiegert 133 Adam Ronis 67 Stacie Stern 45
    Perry Van Hook 17    
SKelley, Was Rudy Gamble 77 Greg Ambrosius 43 Rudy Gamble 14  
ADickerson, SD Ray Murphy 66 Anthony Perri 37    
KWong, StL Ray Murphy 66 Charlie Wiegert 8    
ACashner, Mia Greg Ambrosius 44 Perry Van Hook 37    
JBerrios, Min Tim McLeod 38      
JHardy, Bal Charlie Wiegert 18      
WMiley, Sea Perry Van Hook 17      
JCosart, SD Perry Van Hook 11      
EDiaz, Sea Rudy Gamble 4      

UNAWARDED BIDS

WFlores, NYM Ray Murphy 66
JPeterson, Atl Charlie Wiegert 12
WLeBlanc, Sea Perry Van Hook 11
GRichards, LAA Perry Van Hook 7

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

While the non-waiver trade deadline hasn't mean much to those in AL or NL only leagues so far, some of the promotions and demotions should have made for a lot of activity Sunday in the fifteen team mixed draft league.

At least that is what I thought, but clearly I was wrong:only 60% of the teams placed bids and only six of those nine won players because of very spirited bidding.

The high bid for the night in this league, like many mixed leagues, was focused on Tony Watson, the Pirates new closer with Mark Melancon moving on to the nation's capital. Watson drew four bids over one hundred dollars with Charlie Wiegert rostering the hurler for $288. The second highest bid was for a closer with far less pedigree and with what looks to be fewer save chances. but Ray Murphy still bid $102 for Arizona's Jake Barrett.

I tried gambling $37 for new Marlins's starter Andrew Cashner but lost to a $44 bid from Greg Ambrosius, but I did manage to get Wade Miley, now an Orioles starter for $17, and new Padres starter Jarred Cosart for $11.

Todd's Take

Because he's been so successful as a set-up man, it's easy to forget Watson is a southpaw. But that's not stopping the Pirates from giving him forst crack at closing. They dealt for Antonio Bastardo to help fortify their bullpen that already includes Neftali Feliz and Arquimedes Caminero. I don't know, that just doesn't seem to have the same cache of Bucs bullpens in recent seasons.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TWatson, Pit Peter Kreutzer 102 Jake Ciely 5
CEstevez, Col Peter Kreutzer 66  
JHapp, Tor Jeff Boggis 31  
AHedges, SD Peter Kreutzer 6  
JBarrett, Ari Jake Ciely 5  
TSkaggs, LAA Jake Ciely 5  
HPerez, Mil Jake Ciely 0  

UNAWARDED BIDS

SManaea, Oak Peter Kreutzer 41  
DODay, Bal Peter Kreutzer 8  
CBedrosian, LAA Peter Kreutzer 6 Jake Ciely 5
AReed, NYM Peter Kreutzer 6  
HBailey, Cin Jake Ciely 5  
ADickerson, SD Jake Ciely 0  

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

When we said H2H we didn't mean only two bidder. But that's what we got tonight on contested bids.

Sure, Jeff Boggis bid $31 on J Happ. Big whoop. The other bidding blocks went like this:

Peter Kreutzer:

  1. res MFoltynewicz Atl:
    1. pur TWatson Pit 102
    2. pur CEstevez Col 77
    3. pur SManaea Oak 41
    4. pur DODay Bal 8
    5. pur CBedrosian LAA 6
  2. dis RHill Oak:
    1. pur CEstevez Col 66
    2. pur SManaea Oak 41
    3. pur DODay Bal 8
    4. pur CBedrosian LAA 6
    5. pur AReed NYM 6
  3. res JBandy LAA:
    1. pur AHedges SD 6

Jake Ciely:

  1. res MPineda NYY:
    1. pur TWatson Pit 5
    2. pur JBarrett Ari 5
    3. pur TSkaggs LAA 5
    4. pur HBailey Cin 5
    5. pur CBedrosian LAA 5
  2. res DPomeranz Bos:
    1. pur JBarrett Ari 5
    2. pur TSkaggs LAA 5
    3. pur HBailey Cin 5
    4. pur CBedrosian LAA 5
  3. res KDavis Oak:
    1. pur HPerez Mil 0
    2. pur ADickerson SD 0

Yes, Rotoman and Jake Ciely, mano a mano.

I spent way more than I needed to on two of the three newly annointed closers in baseball (who weren't owned), Tony Watson and Carlos Estevez (replacing the deposed Papelbon and the injured/deposed Rosenthal). And Ciely got the Diamondback's Jake Barrett, who has taken over for Tyler Clippard, for pennies. And also bought former phenom Tyler Skaggs for pennies more.

Ciely passed on Colorado's Estevez, who has been effectively wild so far. The walks don't bother me so much as long as he earns saves and strikes guys out. So far so good on that.

Note also that Boggis picked up Happ, I picked up potential San Diego starting catcher and offensive force Austin Hedges, and Ciely picked up Hernan Perez, who has a job now and has been on a tear the last two weeks.

I kind of wish I'd found a way to roster Sean Manaea for his two starts this week.

And wonder where all the FAAB that hasn't been spent in Tout H2H is going to land. My bidding this week was based on the idea there wasn't going to be too much to fight for.

Todd's Take

Sorry everyone - in my haste to get this posted on a busy day, I lacked the usual punch and pithiness I try to provide. That will return next week, I promise.

 

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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

JGrilli, Tor Jason Collette 7  
DGee, KC Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1 Seth Trachtman 0
CPerez, LAA Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1  
AAlmonte, Cle Steve Moyer 0  
RFlaherty, Bal Steve Moyer 0  

UNAWARDED BIDS

CFurbush, Sea Jason Collette 7
CGimenez, Cle Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
MAviles, Det Steve Moyer 0
TBeckham, TB Steve Moyer 0
JCenteno, Min Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
JThole, Tor Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

In a week of transactions that was quiet beyond belief (is the the quiet before the trade deadline storm?) a trade between Steve Moyer and Chris Liss was the big move as Moyer swapped Francisco Lindor to Liss for Austin Jackson and Aroldis Chapman,

Team Colton/Wolf expended the "big" bucks, grabbing yet another Angels backstop in Carlos Perez for $7, also springing for Dillon Gee for a dollar.

Moyer made the two remaining moves picking up Abraham Almonte and Ryan Flaherty, each with unchallenged $0 bids.

I guess the circus begins next week.

Todd's Take

Because the repercussions are important, it's worth repeating the note I posted in the LABR report because though you'll deny it, some of you only read one report or the other.

Keep in mind the trade Monday is actually on Monday, August 1 and not it's usual July 31. It's a very good idea to get clarification from your commissioner regarding the timing of trades, when they become official and hence eligible for bidding in your league. It's best to use an official source like the ESPN.com or mlb.com transactions to consider a deal official and just live by when it's posted. Relying on Twitter or some unofficial report will cause all sorts of ruckus. The second part of the equation is the cutoff for a deal to be posted and be eligible for FAAB bidding. To be fair to all league participants, the cutoff shouldn't be close to when bids are due since everyone can't be by their PC, tablet or phone 24/7. As an example, Tout Wars requires the trade to be listed on ESPN.com or mlb.com transactions the day before bidding. In other works, for a player to be eligible for Tout Wars next week, he needs to be listed on the transaction page dated Saturday. By the sound of it, there will be some crossovers eligible next week but chances are they'll be a second flurry on Monday that have to sit around a week before they become property of an owner in their new league.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DDahl, Col Phil Hertz 291 Mike Gianella 226 Steve Gardner 80
AToles, LAD Brian Walton 25 Scott Wilderman 14 Andy Behrens 1
TJenkins, Atl Mike Gianella 3    
TBrown, SF Grey Albright 1    
MMontgomery, ChC Steve Gardner 0 Phil Hertz 0  
HRobles, NYM Phil Hertz 0 Steve Gardner 0  

UNAWARDED BIDS

TGosewisch, Ari Grey Albright 1  
EJackson, SD Steve Gardner 0 Mike Gianella 0
ALiberatore, LAD Steve Gardner 0 Phil Hertz 0
LHarrell, Atl Mike Gianella 0  
EBurgos, Ari Phil Hertz 0  
NFeliz, Pit Phil Hertz 0  

Brian Walton's Commentary

The impending promotion of Colorado outfielder David Dahl led to aggressive bidding in NL Tout this week. Phil Hertz spent almost all of his remaining FAAB, $291 to get his man. Same with Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus, but his $226 was only good enough for second place. With interleague play this week for the Rockies, Dahl will get an immediate trial and if one or both of Carlos Gonzalez and Charlie Blackmon are dealt away in the next week, Dahl may be up for good.

Needing a hitter, I picked up Andrew Toles of the Dodgers for $25. With Yasiel Puig’s injury issues and rumors of a trade, picking up Toles a week ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline seemed a good idea. The 24-year-old has started three of the last four games in right field, with four hits and a walk over those 12 plate appearances. Overall, Toles is 9-for-27 plus drew three walks, stole a base and showed a nice arm in right field on Sunday night’s ESPN telecast.

Todd's Take

I've been thinking a bit about the difference in rules between LABR and Tout Wars with respect to non-roster pickups. For the record, Dahl is on a reserve roster in LABR so let's use Alex Bregman, being called up by the Astros to help illustrate the point. Even though he's not officially on the Rockies, Tout allows Dahl to be picked up (Bregman is owned in AL Tout already) while LABR prohibits such a move so AL LABR has to wait until next week to bid on Bregman. Which is a better set-up?

To be clear, this is just a mental exercise for me - I really don't care. Tell me the rules and I'll try to figure out a way to beat you accordingly. But it's still fun to think about, especially since I'm often consulted on such matters.

Because I'm a fan of strategy mixed in with player analysis, I favor the Tout Wars lenience allowing prospects to be bid on early, especially since there's an opportunity cost requiring a non-zero bid along with having to be active the ensuing week. The only negative pertains to the mission of Tout Wars with respect to sharing what industry folks would pay for prospects when they're eligible in most leagues. Having someone stash Bregman for a buck three weeks ago doesn't help set your bid next weekend. On the other hand, there is some big value to seeing the prospects on the mind of the Touts so you can get them on your radar too.

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ERosario, Min David Gonos 95 Ray Flowers 23 Fred Zinkie 0  
DDahl, Col Bret Sayre 92 Scott Swanay 74 Zach Steinhorn 69 Fred Zinkie 65
    Tim Heaney 47 Nando DiFino 40 Cory Schwartz 20
RSchimpf, SD Al Melchior 56 Fred Zinkie 35 Nando DiFino 26 Cory Schwartz 18
    Scott Swanay 17 Ray Flowers 14 Derek Van Riper 5
DBundy, Bal Nando DiFino 51 Scott Swanay 24    
LHarrell, Atl David Gonos 45 Tim Heaney 6 Derek Van Riper 1  
DStraily, Cin Scott Engel 43 Tim Heaney 6    
CRea, SD David Gonos 40      
DDeShields, Tex Scott Swanay 35 Zach Steinhorn 22 Fred Zinkie 8  
TThornburg, Mil Al Melchior 22 Scott Swanay 0    
JSmolinksi, Oak Cory Schwartz 22 Scott Swanay 17 Fred Zinkie 8 Derek Van Riper 5
    Fred Zinkie 3    
NEovaldi, NYY Cory Schwartz 22 Nando DiFino 44 Al Melchior 18 Tim Heaney 16
MMoreland, Tex Scott Swanay 17      
CHernandez, Phi Scott Pianowski 15      
HPerez, Mil Fred Zinkie 13 Fred Zinkie 12    
MZunino, Sea Gene McCaffrey 7 Scott Swanay 4 Derek Van Riper 3  
ZEflin, Phi Tim Heaney 6 Derek Van Riper 5 Fred Zinkie 3  
HNeris, Phi Scott Swanay 4      
BMaxwell, Oak Derek Van Riper 3      
AAltherr, Phi Fred Zinkie 3 Cory Schwartz 2    
BShipley, Ari Derek Van Riper 1      
ISuzuki, Mia Scott Pianowski 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

KNieuwenhuis, Mil Scott Swanay 4  
PTucker, Hou Scott Swanay 4  
MMontero, ChC Derek Van Riper 2 Gene McCaffrey 0
NAoki, Sea Fred Zinkie 2 Fred Zinkie 0
APierzynski, Atl Derek Van Riper 0 Gene McCaffrey 0
CAnderson, Mil Derek Van Riper 0  
DLaw, SF Scott Swanay 0  
JSaltalamacchia, Det Derek Van Riper 0  
TBrown, SF Derek Van Riper 0  

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

A rough start to the season resulted in a minor league demotion for Eddie Rosario. However, since returning to the big club earlier this month, he's batting .368 with two homers and 12 runs scored. This is a player who tallied 13 homers and 11 steals in an impressive 122-game rookie showing last year, and the rebuilding Twins figure to give him the opportunity for regular at-bats going forward.

Speaking of regular at-bats, David Dahl is expected to receive everyday playing time for now, but Gerardo Parra's impending return from the DL complicates things a bit. But Dahl is a top prospect who boasts a .314 batting average to go along with 18 homers, 61 RBI, 70 runs scored and 17 steals through 92 minor league games this season. This is the kind of stat line that makes fantasy owners giddy. Should the Rockies trade either Carlos Gonzalez or Charlie Blackmon, the playing time issue would become a non-issue. Dahl's FAAB price tag surely would have been higher than $92 had he been called up earlier in the season. I'm not an advocate of conservative early-season FAAB spending, and my aggressive approach has its advantages sometimes. But this is the downside, as with only $144 left in my FAAB budget, I didn't feel comfortable going higher than $69 for Dahl, thus missing out on him.

Todd's Take

Love it! This is an exceptional group of fantasy owners so I'd expect nothing less but it's still worth praising their collective enthusiasm, continuing to play hard at a point in the season where this isn't always the case. There are five teams within seven points at the top with a sixth well within shouting distance. But yet, most of the remaining squads are still bidding aggressively. Anything can happen and there's also a bunch of personal rivalries in this league with one owner trying to beat the other, irrespective of where they are in the standings.

Party on -- there's one industry guy out there really enjoying following this league!

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MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DBundy, Bal Eno Sarris 130 Adam Ronis 17    
MGonzalez, CWS Greg Ambrosius 99      
MFoltynewicz, Atl Greg Ambrosius 88 Eno Sarris 11    
RSchimpf, SD Craig Mish 45 Charlie Wiegert 42 Adam Ronis 32 Anthony Perri 23
    Adam Ronis 16 Tim McLeod 5  
HSantiago, LAA Charlie Wiegert 45 Greg Ambrosius 44 Perry Van Hook 21  
TSkaggs, LAA Rudy Gamble 42 Perry Van Hook 21 Adam Ronis 18 Tim McLeod 12
RHealy, Oak Anthony Perri 23      
ZEflin, Phi Anthony Perri 23 Charlie Wiegert 11 Stacie Stern 3  
NJones, CWS Ray Murphy 21      
KGiles, Hou Charlie Wiegert 17      
MAdams, StL Charlie Wiegert 15 Anthony Perri 13 Tim McLeod 0  
JSmolinksi, Oak Stacie Stern 13 Adam Ronis 3    
HPerez, Mil Perry Van Hook 11 Tim McLeod 9    
JMorneau, CWS Craig Mish 11 Tim McLeod 1    
DDahl, Col Adam Ronis 3 Craig Mish 22    
KGibson, Min Stacie Stern 2      
LVerrett, NYM Craig Mish 1      
CBedrosian, LAA Adam Ronis 1 Rudy Gamble 1    
JoseDeLeon, LAD Tim McLeod 1      
YAlonso, Oak Tim McLeod 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

ACashner, SD Greg Ambrosius 33  
INova, NYY Charlie Wiegert 11 Tim McLeod 0
MBoyd, Det Charlie Wiegert 11  
MMontgomery, ChC Greg Ambrosius 11  
CCuthbert, KC Charlie Wiegert 2  
JBerrios, Min Rudy Gamble 2  
JSmoak, Tor Stacie Stern 2  
RRua, Tex Charlie Wiegert 2  
DDeShields, Tex Charlie Wiegert 1  
JHardy, Bal Charlie Wiegert 1  

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

The light bidding of the last two weeks was abruptly shattered as several teams bid heavy for replacement players. Greg Ambrosius didn't have the high bid but needing to replace the disabled Clayton Kershaw and Tyler Glasnow, he spent $99 for Miguel Gonzalez and $88 for Mike Foltynewicz.

The high bid was the $130 that Eno Sarris laid on Dylan Bundy, assuming the righty stays in the rotation, hoping his last outing will be duplicated several times in the next two months.

Despite a poor schedule for the upcoming week, at Kansas City and home versus Boston, I tried to roster either Tyler Skaggs or Hector Santiago for $21 but was sawed off by Charlie Wiegert's $45 bid on Santiago and Rudy Gamble's $42 play on Skaggs. I did manage to get Hernan Perez, Milwaukee's undervalued 3B/OF for $11.

With the trade deadline next Monday, August 1, I thought there might be more speculative stashes but the only one was Tim McLeod grabbing the Dodgers' pitching prospect Jose DeLeon for a dollar.

Todd's Take

To be fair, this group is just an active, but then, there's a reason the esteemed Tout Wars LLC invited these industry stalwarts to participate.

This is an interesting array of starting pitchers. We have veterans Miguel Gonzalez and Hector Santiago with stretches of previous success intertwined with rough patches, prospect Tyler Skaggs hoping working in pitcher-friendly Angels Stadium helps him realize the potential so many have been waiting on, another top prospect in Dylan Bundy, finally healthy, making the somewhat unexpected transition back to the rotation after the notion being he would finish the season as a reliever and Zach Eflin, an unheralded prospect that's pitching well despite not missing many bats.

Of the group, I'll take Skaggs. There are indicators in Santiago's underlying numbers suggesting some regression. Gonzalez just isn't very good. I like Bundy but in a mixed league, I don't like using anyone but a stud in Camden Yards. Eflin is actually intriguing but I think I'll stick with using him as a cheap option in DFS. That leaves Skaggs who's been crushing it at Triple-A, looking ready to return after rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ABregman, Hou Jake Ciely 235 Jeff Zimmerman 102  
DDahl, Col Jeff Zimmerman 102 Jake Ciely 135 Peter Kreutzer 13
CCuthbert, KC Andrea LaMont 55    
TNaquin, Cle Stephania Bell 34    
MBoyd, Det Stephania Bell 20    
JBandy, LAA Peter Kreutzer 13    
DAlvarez, Atl Peter Kreutzer 13    
BBrach, Bal Jeff Zimmerman 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

DPhelps, Mia Jeff Zimmerman 0
JWilson, Det Jeff Zimmerman 0
NFeliz, Pit Jeff Zimmerman 0
RDull, Oak Jeff Zimmerman 0

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

The big big big news this week were the impending call ups of top prospects Alex Bregman and David Dahl.

Jake Ciely jumped on Bregman, about who it was announced on Sunday that he would be promoted on Monday. He spent 235 FAAB samoleans for a blue chipper, albeit one without a position to play. For now, he's expected to act as a super utility guy, with perhaps a permanent seat available at 3B if he gets off to a decent start.

Jeff Zimmerman bid on Bregman, too, but ranked Dahl more highly, probably because he has two outfielders on the DL.

I jumped into the Jett Bandy stream, even though Tucker Barnhart had a decent week for me, and nabbed Dario Alvarez, whose incredible strikeout rate thus far can't last, but can stand some drop off and still be helpful.

Todd's Take

It'll be very interesting to see how the Astros handle Bregmana and eventually Yulieski Gurriel. It's amazing that we're talking about needing to keep Marwin Gonzalez and Luis Valbeuna in the lineup at the expense of Evan Gattis, A.J. Reed and to a lesser extent, Tyler White. But kudos to Houston for playing the guys doing the job. That said, it wouldn't be surprising to see the logjam alleviated via trade. Gonzalez in particular is a nice piece for a contending team, given his defensive flexibility.

 

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