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Friday 26th May 2017

LABRLOGO

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

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

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

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Nolan Reimold, BAL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Fangraphs 1
Matt Boyd, DET NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Fangraphs 2  
Vance Worley, BAL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2    
Julio Borbon, BAL Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Caleb Joseph, BAL ESPN.com 1    
Wade LeBlanc, SEA ESPN.com 1    
Mike Aviles, DET Fangraphs 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1  
Billy Butler, OAK RotoWire 1    
Erasmo Ramirez, TB RotoWire 1 ESPN.com 1  

UNAWARDED BIDS

Chad Green, NYY ESPN.com 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

In anticipation of the trade deadline, owners who had some FAAB stashed sat on the bucks as a flurry of $2 and $1 players changed teams this week in AL LABR (or is it that there was simply no one worth grabbing?).

Nolan Reimold led the bids going for $2 to Greg Ambrosious and Shawn Childs, who also bagged a pair of pitchers in Vance Worley and Matt Boyd, also for a $2 price tag.

The remaining players were all bargain basement dollar store values: Billy Butler and Erasmo Ramirez (to Chris Liss); Julio Borbon (Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton); Mike Aviles (Eno Sarris); and Caleb Joseph and Wade LeBlanc (Tristian Cockcroft).

Larry Schechter ($96) leads the league's FAAB pool reserves, with Cockcroft ($88), Steve Garnder ($85), and Tim Heaney ($84) in close pursuit. It all means next week should be beyond interesting.

Todd's Take

Actually, the nest two weeks will be fun. 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.

LABR uses the eligibility list on RTSports as its guide. The end result is supposed to emulate the Tout Wars process. I hope for their sake it does and no one gets added to the list on Sunday after the site's usual overnight refresh.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Andrew Toles, LAD Colton & The Wolfman 3 ESPN - Karabell 1 Baseball HQ 1  
Chris Taylor, LAD Baseball HQ 1      
Trevor Brown, SF ESPN - Karabell 1 USA TODAY Sports 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball HQ 1
Kyle Barraclough, MIA ESPN - Karabell 1      
Mike Montgomery, CHC NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 ESPN - Karabell 1    
Tuffy Gosewisch, ARI USA TODAY Sports 1      
Miguel Rojas, MIA RotoExperts 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Ivan De Jesus Jr., CIN Baseball HQ 1
Jose Urena, MIA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Mike Freeman, ARI Colton & The Wolfman 1
Ramiro Pena, SF Baseball HQ 1
Tyler Goeddel, PHI Colton & The Wolfman 1

Brian Walton's Commentary

The chase in NL LABR this week was relatively tame with most eagerly anticipating the barrage of moves coming this week and through the trade deadline.

An injury to Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig opened the door for Andrew Toles and uncertainly about Puig’s future with the team could mean a regular gig for the rookie. Toles has been on base six times over the last four games and his potential led to a winning $3 bid by Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf. My intended $3 bid was not registered, but I would have lost on the tiebreaker anyway.

I like the $1 addition of San Francisco’s Trevor Brown by Eric Karabell of ESPN. After all, he had been on my roster earlier in the season. The problem is that the catcher plays behind Buster Posey and his relatively high number at-bats and good results last week can be attributed the schedule, specifically to interleague play.

Todd's Take

Not a lot to say here in terms of strategy or player analysis so let's point out the NL LABR leader, Derek Carty is sweating out the Clayton Kershaw news as Derek owns the injured lefty both here and in NL Tout. It's tough to be chasing Derek since it would help if Kershaw remains out but that means rooting for prolonged injury which is uncomfortable as a baseball fan. But it does give even more hope to those competing and may change the tact used to try to catch the leader. With Kershaw, it would l mean making up most or all of the ground by the chasing team which may necessitate taking chances. However, if Kershaw remains out, Derek may fall back to the pack so the plan may be to meet him halfway, meaning prudent category management to achieve the safer points in play. 

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MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Ryan Schimpf, SD RotoWire 6 USA TODAY Sports 1 Mastersball 1 MLB.com 1
Delino DeShields Jr., TEX Fangraphs 3      
Adonis Garcia, ATL Mastersball 2      
Jake Smolinski, OAK Fangraphs 1 RotoWire 2    
Kennys Vargas, MIN Razzball 1      
Julio Borbon, BAL Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Hernan Perez, MIL MLB.com 1 Mastersball 1    
Christian Friedrich, SD Razzball 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jed Lowrie, OAK Mastersball 1 Razzball 1
Ryon Healy, OAK Mastersball 1 MLB.com 1
Freddy Galvis, PHI Razzball 1  
Johnny Giavotella, LAA Razzball 1  
Martin Prado, MIA Mastersball 1  
Mike Aviles, DET Colton & The Wolfman 1  
Nolan Reimold, BAL Colton & The Wolfman 1  
Tommy Milone, MIN RotoWire 1  
Tommy Pham, STL RotoWire 1  
Yonder Alonso, OAK Razzball 1  

Todd Zola's Commentary

I was all set to make a jumbo Schimpf joke but as you may imagine, the line's been there, done that. Schimpf is interesting since it appears Cory Spangenberg isn't coming back anytime soon as he's possibly out for the season with what's now being reported as a torn quadriceps. Schimpf has been a favorite for DFS gamers as he's been cheap and productive at a weak position. The 28-year old second baseman has pop, smacking nine homers in just 106 plate appearances, but beware, he whiffs a ton. However, he also walks a lot so he's a little more useful in OBP leagues.

Todd's Take

I'm heading into Week 17 with a 24.5 point lead but with Kershaw's status uncertain, I can't take anything for granted hence the addition of Adonis Garcia to upgrade Brandon Drury at corner. Other than drafting Kershaw, a key to the Mastersball club is leading the league in at bats by a decent margin, buoying the runs and RBI category. There's several points in play in HR and some in SB. Garcia hopefully will help chase the power points. Steals will be tougher now that Ketel Marte is out indefinitely with mono. It would help if Jose Altuve stopped hitting homers and instead stuck to singles with a couple swipes.

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

Drew Pomeranz, BOS Yahoo! Sports 88 ESPN.com 56 RotoWire 50 USAT Fantasy 46
    Baseball HQ 40 Fangraphs 31 USAT Sports 12
    SiriusXM 9 Winning Fantasy Baseball 4 Colton & The Wolfman 3
Ryon Healy, OAK Winning Fantasy Baseball 8 ESPN.com 2    
Trevor May, MIN ESPN.com 1      
Shawn O'Malley, SEA Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      
Mike Montgomery, SEA RotoWire 10 RotoWire 5 Fangraphs 1  

UNAWARDED BIDS

Christian Colon, KC Winning Fantasy Baseball 2
Carson Fulmer, CWS ESPN.com 1
Daniel Robertson, SEA Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Darwin Barney, TOR Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Jared Hoying, TEX Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Mike Aviles, DET Winning Fantasy Baseball 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The LABR week of transactions started with a trade made between Chris Liss and me, the third swap we have completed this year in the league.

First I dealt Jesse Hahn and Stephen Wright to Chris, for Luis Valbuena. And, just to show how timing is everything in fantasy, Chris threw in Matt Shoemaker, whom I was ready to drop, except. Except that the Angel hurler was sent down before the transaction deadline, so I was able to move Shoemaker to my reserve list. Then, I traded Evan Gattis to Chris, and got Stephen Wright back, along with Whit Merrifield. Finally, for this cycle, I traded Valbuena back to Chris in exchange for Logan Morrison and Daniel Norris. 

But, to show timing is everything, Drew Pomeranz became an $88 FAAB acquisition, which he was for Brandon Funston and his Yahoo! team this cycle. Pomeranz is having a fine year at 8-7, 2.47, but his career mark is 21-31, 3.66, and he is prone to the long ball with a little over a dinger allowed per nine innings. So, Brandon risked $88 on Pomeranz, besting nine bids ranging from $3 to $56 with hopes of some big innings.

Chris Liss was also active on the wire, grabbing Mike Montgomery for $10, Larry Schechter went for the Athletics Ryon Healy for $8, Tristan Cockcroft nabbed Trevor May for a buck while Schechter also bagged Shawn O'Malley for a measly dollar.

Todd's Take

Given that my definition of fun isn't exactly mainstream, I get a kick out of reverse engineering all-in FAAB bids to try to discern the genesis of the precise bid. Brandon entered the festivities with 90 units, Tristan had 91 while Larry was sitting on 105. This wasn't a case of Brandon bidding one more dollar than the owner below him but rather deciding how many more $1 bids he was comfortable leaving for emergency acquisitions over the final 11 weeks. Though, Brandon does have a couple of DL players he could cash in for a couple more bucks if necessary, not to mention several players close to returning that essentially serve as FAAB acquisitions.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jake Barrett, ARI Inside Edge 12 Mastersball 3
Corey Knebel, MIL Colton & The Wolfman 2  
Neftali Feliz, PIT Mastersball 1  

UNAWARDED BIDS

Andrew Toles, LAD RotoWire - DVR 2
Chris Taylor, LAD RotoWire - DVR 2
Ross Ohlendorf, CIN Inside Edge 1
Adam Liberatore, LAD Mastersball 1
Kevin Quackenbush, SD Mastersball 1
Kyle Barraclough, MIA Mastersball 1

Brian Walton's Commentary

With Atlanta closer Arodys Vizcaino heading toward the disabled list, I had previously added Jim Johnson to try to hold onto the limited saves from the Braves. I also liked the idea of taking a shot at Arizona’s saves, as Jake Barrett bailed out incumbent Tyler Clippard on Sunday and may receive more chances. Unfortunately, my LABR waiver wire nemesis Steve Moyer of Inside Edge went $12 to my $3. It was Moyer’s last major move of the season, however, as he has just $4 FAAB remaining and LABR does not allow $0 bids.

The only other two players to be selected off the waiver wire this week are also relievers. Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf of Full Moon Sports picked up Milwaukee’s Corey Knebel for $2 and I added Neftali Feliz, second in the Pirates saves pecking order, for a buck. Ironically, I just dropped Feliz in NL Tout in this same transaction period because Sergio Romo had to be activated off the DL or be lost.

Todd's Take

With the note that I am not calling out my Rotowire podcast partner Derek Van Riper at all, especially because I have done stuff ten times more egregious during FAAB but it's curious why he has a couple of unawarded contingencies but no players won. According to the log, DVR wasn't awarded either player because his roster is full. He has two OF that can be put on the DL but the RTS mechanism requires the drop be named with the bid or it won't go through. DVR must not have included a drop.

This rule is in contrast to Tout Wars which allows for an illegal roster after the FAAB run so long as you clean it up with the requisite drops by lineup lock. I don't think one system is better or worse than the other. LABR is more stringent and requires less work for the SWAT, in this case Steve Gardner who oversees all three LABR leagues.

Tout Wars is looser but keep in mind there are multiple SWATs covering all five leagues and it's a paid position (not higher tax-bracket paid, but enough to take duties seriously) so it makes much more sense to allow the owners a little more freedom then have the SWAT for each league do a scrub before lock, making sure everyone is legal.

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MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jim Johnson, ATL Fangraphs 4 Mastersball 1
Sergio Romo, SF Baseball Prospectus 2  
Zach Eflin, PHI Mastersball 1  

UNAWARDED BIDS

Chad Kuhl, PIT Mastersball 1
Ryan Dull, OAK Mastersball 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Pretty quiet as not much occurred this weekend to move the needle. I have two starting pitchers with rough matchups with Mike Foltynewicz in Coors and Kyle Gibson in Fenway. I could have simply promoted David Phelps and Nate Karns or I could go with the tough draws since I do have some ERA and WHIP cushion. Ultimately, I opted to go add another starting pitcher since whiffs are close and I could use a couple more than what relievers may provide. Eflin and Kuhl both have one start this week, in the same series but not against each other. I see it as a wash this week but favor Eflin a little more. For the second opening, I'm considering activating Clayton Kershaw in hopes he returns over the weekend in St. Louis. Plan B is using Folty in Coors with Phelps the third option. As of this writing, I have about four hours to ponder the choices.

Todd's Take

So why Eflin? He was already on my radar but his performance in Coors right before the break was impressive. There are many more heralded starters that debuted this season but the 22-year old righty has demonstrated good mound presence, not appearing over-matched. He's not particularly dominant though more whiffs may come as he fine tunes the delivery from his 6' 6" frame. Tall hurlers often take longer to master repeatable mechanics.

 

 

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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

BZiegler, Bos Lawr Michaels 250 Seth Trachtman 43 Jason Collette 29 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6
AHill, Bos Larry Schechter 76 Lawr Michaels 250 Jason Collette 72 Mike Podhorzer 8
KVargas, Min Jason Collette 72 Larry Schechter 76 Lawr Michaels 50 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 21
    Mike Podhorzer 14 Seth Trachtman 1  
CCasali, TB Mike Podhorzer 16 Ron Shandler 11    
JChoi, LAA Mike Podhorzer 11 Larry Schechter 6 Seth Trachtman 1  
TBarnette, Tex Jason Collette 6      
ZDuke, CWS Ron Shandler 5      
JCenteno, Min Lawr Michaels 1 Mike Podhorzer 0    
HDozier, KC Patrick Davitt 1      
NSmith, LAA Seth Trachtman 1      
MMcBride, Oak Mike Podhorzer 0      
JDiekman, Tex Patrick Davitt 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

JSmolinksi, Oak Larry Schechter 32  
JMarisnick, Hou Larry Schechter 22  
AAlmonte, Cle Larry Schechter 21  
BBrentz, Bos Larry Schechter 20  
DOtero, Cle Jason Collette 6 Ron Shandler 3
SOMalley, Sea Larry Schechter 2  
JSchultz, TB Seth Trachtman 1  
MTonkin, Min Ron Shandler 1  
TRogers, Min Ron Shandler 1  
DButera, KC Mike Podhorzer 0  
JBiagini, Tor Ron Shandler 0  
JThole, Tor Mike Podhorzer 0  
MBarnes, Bos Ron Shandler 0  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

We get $1000 of FAAB this year. That means in theory the bid price of players should jump by 10x, right?

After dropping $65 on potential closer Brad Ziegler in LABR (that extrapolates to $650 with $1000 line, right?), and basically going unchallenged, I toned the bid down a lot for Tout, offering up $250 which won. The problem is a $44 bid would have won rights to the Boston reliever.

That was indeed the high bid of the week, followed by the $76 Larry Schechter spent on Aaron Hill, followed by Jason Collette who dropped $72 for the Twins Kennys Vargas. Thus went the top three players in the pool (note Drew Pomeranz is not available until next week) to start the second half.

Mike Podhorzer tried to improve his prospects with Rays catcher Curt Casali for $16 then paired one new catcher with another in the A's Matt McBride for nothing. Podhorzer also nabbed Ji-Man Choi for $11. Collette also added a second player with the purchase of Tony Barnette.

Ron Shandler acquired Zach Duke for $5, leaving a host of $1 and $0 bids, although Patrick Davit's grabbing prospect Hunter Dozier for a buck looks like it could have some promise.

Todd's Take

Let's try to make some sense of the league's saves situation. Below is a table with the number of saves, the roto-points and the FAAB remaining coming into this run for each Tout. Keep in mind Tout Wars offers FAAB rebates for players on the DL equivalent to their auction price x 10 so these amounts could change, plus trading of FAAB is allowed and there's usually a deal or two the week previous to the trade deadline involving FAAB to better position a team for a cross-over player.

  SV     PT     FAAB
Ron Shandler 51   Larry Schechter 90   Mike Podhorzer $918
Jeff Erickson 38   Seth Trachtman 82   Larry Schechter $870
Lawr Michaels 36   Patrick Davitt 72   Rob Leibowitz $793
Chris Liss 34   Ron Shandler 69   Patrick Davitt $790
Rob Leibowitz 30   Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 69   Jeff Erickson $641
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 28   Lawr Michaels 67.5   Jason Collette $629
Seth Trachtman 27   Chris Liss 61   Ron Shandler $575
Jason Collette 22   Jason Collette 60.5   Steve Moyer $511
Larry Schechter 21   Steve Moyer 59.5   Lawr Michaels $460
Steve Moyer 18   Rob Leibowitz 59   Seth Trachtman $382
Mike Podhorzer 12   Jeff Erickson 48   Chris Liss $69
Patrick Davitt 5   Mike Podhorzer 42.5   Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton $32

Starting with Steve and going to Lawr, everyone has the opportunity to gain points in the category. Let's see who might benefit the most.

Steve - really bunched in the standings, a couple points could move him up a couple places. The catch is he only has two save points in play and he needs three saves just to tie for one point (ignoring what else happens) and Ziegler may not even get three saves. He may get more, but with Koji Uehara also in the mix and Craig Kimbrel the man when he returns, Ziegler's potential for saves isn't clear. Steve has the FAAB to spend so when doing the pre-bid analysis, he's in play for a bid.

Larry - looking to maintain a decent but not insurmountable lead. Reaistically one point in play that he could get organically. Probably not worth giving up the present second most amount of FAAB for Ziegler, though he did bid 76 to win Aaron Hill.

Jason - fighting to get in the top half but he needs five saves before he begins to make up ground. Mid-pack in FAAB so likely out of the running for the cross-over studs. Maybe a nominal bid for Ziegler but big risk he gets the five saves just to be in position to move up.

Seth - trying to catch Larry so every point counts. Two saves points in play, Ziegler could certainly help. Not much FAAB left but still in the mix for a decent bid.

Rick and Glenn - as much as they need points, not much they can do with so little FAAB.

Rob - sort of like Jason, there are points within reach but the threshold to overcome to get them could be more than what Ziegler alone will provide. Is it worth giving up the third spot in FAAB? Probably not.

Chris - similar boat as Rick and Glenn, low on funds.

There are a couple of teams in play so a healthy bid is justified. It comes down to how each feels Ziegler will contribute in terms of saves along with balancing their remaining assets to squeeze out the most points. The other factor is three teams (Ron, Steve and Mike) all have full time closers they may deem expendable so depending how things flesh out, a trade for saves is possible. Not to mention, MLB trades could influence who closes after the trade deadline.

Saves may be a frustrating category but they sure add an element of intrigue to a league.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DHudson, Ari Grey Albright 66 Lenny Melnick  59 Todd Zola 17 Tristan H. Cockcroft 14
WMiddlebrooks, Mil Phil Hertz 57      
LDuda, NYM Lenny Melnick  40 Mike Gianella 8 Andy Behrens 0  
AHedges, SD Brian Walton 23      
HPerez, Mil Phil Hertz 22 Andy Behrens 21 Grey Albright 3  
MLorenzen, Cin Tristan H. Cockcroft 16 Lenny Melnick  12    
LVerrett, NYM Tristan H. Cockcroft 14      
DAlvarez, Atl Todd Zola 13      
CBettis, Col Derek Carty 12      
HNeris, Phi Ray Guilfoyle 5      
EFryer, Pit Brian Walton 3      
HRobles, NYM Derek Carty 3      
CRobinson, Was Grey Albright 3 Phil Hertz 37 Brian Walton 1  
DKelly, Mia Brian Walton 1      
GGreen, SF Brian Walton 1 Phil Hertz 8    
DLaw, SF Todd Zola 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

ERamos, Phi Ray Guilfoyle 4  
JBarrett, Ari Grey Albright 2  
TJenkins, Atl Tristan H. Cockcroft 2  
AWarren, ChC Grey Albright 1  
DDahl, Col Phil Hertz 1  
PGosselin, Ari Brian Walton 1 Phil Hertz 0
RTejada, SF Brian Walton 1  
NWittgren, Mia Todd Zola 0  
TWood, ChC Todd Zola 0  

Brian Walton's Commentary

The possibility that Daniel Hudson could emerge ahead of Tyler Clippard to collect the majority of last-place Arizona’s saves led to several bids, including the winning $66 offer from Grey Albright.

Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ picked up a couple of already-known quantities in Will Middlebrooks ($57) and Hernan Perez ($22), both of the rebuilding Milwaukee Brewers.

Speaking of known players, Lenny Melnick made a savvy move, grabbing Mets first baseman Lucas Duda, who had been cashed in for FAAB reclaim. Even though Duda’s return timing and effectiveness from his back injury is uncertain, he can be stashed on the unlimited Tout DL until up to two weeks following his activation.

Speaking of the DL, I am not whining, but I lost three players to injury last week alone, bringing my total on the shelf to an even 10. That led to a couple of (barely) warm bodies added for $1 each, infielders Grant Green and Don Kelly.

My third newly-injured player led me to make a speculative bid on one minor leaguer in recognition of the trade deadline nearing and the short week for one to take zero stats for active Tout players who are not active in the majors. I would have made more such bids, except many top prospects are already rostered, including several by me (Lucas Giolito, Alex Reyes, and J.P. Crawford, specifically).

My gambit was for San Diego catcher Austin Hedges. With the 23-year-old hurt to open the season, Christian Bethancourt took his expected role behind Derek Norris, but once active, Hedges has torn up Triple-A, with 16 home runs and 53 RBI in just 38 games and an eye-popping slash line of .397/.438/.809/1.246. Could the .212-hitting Norris be on the move or be pushed aside? I don’t see why not.

Todd's Take

The strategy most enact with the short week is to stash minor league or injured players since you're only taking three days of goose-eggs, as opposed to a full week. The lesser utilized ploy over this short week is to replace starting pitchers that aren't scheduled to work with assumed safe relievers. It may not be much, but sometimes an extra handful of whiffs, a vulture win or a couple decimal points shaven from a ratio can equate to valuable points. I had two starters off this weekend (Jon Lester and Carlos Martinez) so they're hitting the pine. I also had two free pickups (empty reserve spots unfilled from players on the DL) so I put in for some high strikeout relievers hoping to get lucky. It will likely amount to nothing but in what I hope is a race down to the wire, every little bit helps.

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

KUehara, Bos Scott Pianowski 201 Joe Pisapia 128 Ray Flowers 87 Zach Steinhorn 52
    Bret Sayre 41 Cory Schwartz 32 Ray Flowers 21
    Fred Zinkie 0 Al Melchior 0  
TJankowski, SD Zach Steinhorn 152      
TClippard, Ari Joe Pisapia 148 Ray Flowers 97 Cory Schwartz 82 Zach Steinhorn 67
    Scott Swanay 54 Bret Sayre 14 Al Melchior 0
    Fred Zinkie 0    
RGrichuk, StL Fred Zinkie 75 Scott Pianowski 119 Zach Steinhorn 88 Bret Sayre 47
    Zach Steinhorn 38 Tim Heaney 26 Nando DiFino 4
KVargas, Min Scott Swanay 74 Bret Sayre 11 Nando DiFino 1  
LValbuena, Hou Scott Swanay 44 Bret Sayre 29    
HRenfroe, SD Scott Swanay 34 Zach Steinhorn 12    
JBell, Pit Scott Swanay 34 Zach Steinhorn 11    
APollock, Ari Scott Swanay 34 Cory Schwartz 12 Nando DiFino 4 Tim Heaney 1
RDull, Oak Scott Pianowski 24 Ray Flowers 13 Tim Heaney 6 Fred Zinkie 0
MCabrera, Atl Cory Schwartz 22      
KGibson, Min Ray Flowers 19      
TDuffey, Min Tim Heaney 16 Fred Zinkie 0    
ASimmons, LAA Ray Flowers 13      
DFreese, Pit Zach Steinhorn 12      
RStephenson, Cin Nando DiFino 7      
ZEflin, Phi Zach Steinhorn 6 Ray Flowers 14 Tim Heaney 6  
CRobinson, Was Bret Sayre 5      
AOttavino, Col Bret Sayre 5 Zach Steinhorn 1    
CBethancourt, SD Scott Swanay 4      
KGiles, Hou Nando DiFino 3 Cory Schwartz 6 Bret Sayre 3  
FRodney, Mia Zach Steinhorn 2      
YGurriel, FA Bret Sayre 2      
NFranklin, TB Nando DiFino 2      
CBettis, Col Cory Schwartz 1      
JMorneau, CWS Nando DiFino 1      
ABenintendi, Bos Tim Heaney 1      
JBlanton, LAD Fred Zinkie 0      
JFrancoeur, Atl Fred Zinkie 0      
AReed, NYM Fred Zinkie 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

AAltherr, Phi Scott Swanay 34 Nando DiFino 19
DDahl, Col Scott Swanay 34  
CDArnaud, Atl Scott Swanay 34  
JoseDeLeon, LAD Joe Pisapia 24  
MMontero, ChC Scott Swanay 13  
CHernandez, Phi Ray Flowers 13  
ARomine, NYY Scott Swanay 13  
DBundy, Bal Tim Heaney 6 Nando DiFino 2
LHarrell, Atl Tim Heaney 6  
JimJohnson, Atl Tim Heaney 6  
KGraveman, Oak Nando DiFino 4  
YAlonso, Oak Nando DiFino 1  
RRefsnyder, NYY Nando DiFino 1  
GGreen, SF Nando DiFino 1  
NFeliz, Pit Fred Zinkie 0  
MMcKenry, StL Scott Swanay 0  
EDiaz, Sea Bret Sayre 0  
DAlvarez, Atl Fred Zinkie 0  
CRuiz, Phi Scott Swanay 0  
APierzynski, Atl Scott Swanay 0  

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

The FAAB period following the All-Star break tends to be a busy one, as due to the short week, added players are only required to be in active lineups for three days as opposed to the standard seven days. So, prospect stashing and speculative closer additions are common.

But speculative closers were not the only closers added this week, as two relievers who will likely be earning saves immediately were available for bidding, and unsurprisingly, both went for triple-digit dollars. However, I am somewhat surprised that Koji Uehara received a higher bid than Tyler Clippard being that Uehara's stint as a closer will be temporary (until Craig Kimbrel returns) while Clippard could very well remain a closer through the end of the season.

Although I did enter in bids for Uehara and Clippard, I determined that stolen bases, not saves, was the area where I can gain/lose the most points, so Travis Jankowski was my top target. The 25-year-old has been a fine source of steals and OBP, especially of late. His playing time has steadily increased and he's batting mostly in the leadoff spot. For all of these reasons, I figured that there would be a high demand for his services and that an aggressive bid was necessary. Apparently not! Still, I got the player, and that's really all that matters, right?

Todd's Take

Yes Zach, that's right. The way I look at it, you didn't overbid, everyone else underbid. Right?

The player I thought warranted more attention was Josh Bell. Granted, he's not playing regularly but chances are he will before too long and like Zach mentions, you only need him active for this weekend - and he's likely to play at least one game anyway. On Monday, he goes to reserve and stays there until Pittsburgh decides Bell is better than some combo of John Jaso and David Freese. And if they don't, cut bait and grab someone else. There will be decent reinforcements available from now through the end of the season.

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MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

KUehara, Bos Rudy Gamble 178 Tom Kessenich 134 Charlie Wiegert 123 Ray Murphy 81
    Adam Ronis 63 Craig Mish 45  
KHerrera, KC Adam Ronis 42 Rudy Gamble 37    
KVargas, Min Charlie Wiegert 41 Tim McLeod 7    
MCabrera, Atl Rudy Gamble 27 Tim McLeod 7    
JDeLaRosa, Col Charlie Wiegert 27      
ARussell, ChC Perry Van Hook 27 Adam Ronis 42 Charlie Wiegert 7 Eno Sarris 6
TDuffey, Min Charlie Wiegert 15 Adam Ronis 12 Rudy Gamble 2  
RDull, Oak Ray Murphy 11 Rudy Gamble 2    
DHutchison, Tor Ray Murphy 8      
LHarrell, Atl Perry Van Hook 7      
ERosario, Min Charlie Wiegert 7      
ESantana, Min Craig Mish 3 Adam Ronis 11    
ABenintendi, Bos Tim McLeod 2      
HRenfroe, SD Perry Van Hook 1 Tim McLeod 1    
JHader, Mil Perry Van Hook 1      
DRoss, ChC Craig Mish 1      
YGurriel, FA Craig Mish 1      
AHedges, SD Tim McLeod 1      
SRomo, SF Tim McLeod 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

CHeadley, NYY Charlie Wiegert 13
NJones, CWS Adam Ronis 12
CBedrosian, LAA Ray Murphy 11
ECarrera, Tor Charlie Wiegert 7
MMontgomery, Sea Perry Van Hook 4
CCuthbert, KC Charlie Wiegert 3
GGarcia, StL Charlie Wiegert 3
DDahl, Col Tim McLeod 1
AOttavino, Col Perry Van Hook 0
JMorneau, CWS Perry Van Hook 0
RRefsnyder, NYY Perry Van Hook 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

With just a three game week, this is a favorite time for many Touts to purchase a minor leaguer not yet up because said prospect have a short week rather than the full complement of games usually crunched with the stats.

That meant the mixed draft league players bought Padre outfielder Hunter Renfroe, Brewers hurler Josh Hader, Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel, and Padres backstop Austin Hedges all for one dollar. Meanwhile Ray Murphy spent $8 for Blue Jay hurler Drew Hutchison.

The top bid for the major leaguers was a whopping $178 by Rudy Gamble for Koji Uehara of the Red Sox. Rudy is betting that Uehara will get more of the Boston saves than new team member Brad Ziegler.

Another potential closer, Mauricio Cabrera of the Braves, drew a $27 bid (also from Gamble) while Charlie Wiegert won Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa for the same bid. Three on the match as I won Cubs SS Addison Russell for the magic $27 as well.

Todd's Take

Kudos to Perry for snagging Russell. I'm a little perplexed why he didn't garner more attention. Granted, .237 with 11 homers isn't great, but for a league of this size it's playable, especially since six of those dingers came in the last month when the young shortstop has been hitting much higher in the order. Coming into the season, Russell was off my radar since last year he hit NINTH on an NL team. While I didn't expect that to continue, he's hit higher, more often this season than originally anticipated which is embellished considering the loaded lineup. I was off Nick Castellanos for the same reason - lower in the order. Come next year, I'm going to rethink how I rank players of that ilk. Making a knee-jerk change because of two players isn't wise, but it's worth considering and perhaps making adjustments on a player-by-player basis.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TClippard, Ari Jake Ciely 55 Andrea LaMont 17 Peter Kreutzer 16
KUehara, Bos Jeff Zimmerman 28 Andrea LaMont 17 Peter Kreutzer 17
JuGuerra, Mil Andrea LaMont 23 Jake Ciely 0  
BMiller, TB Jake Ciely 15    
RIglesias, Cin Jake Ciely 5    
JPeraza, Cin Jake Ciely 5    
BMaurer, SD Peter Kreutzer 5    
SWright, Bos Andrea LaMont 4    
MFoltynewicz, Atl Peter Kreutzer 3    

UNAWARDED BIDS

JHapp, Tor Andrea LaMont 21
RRay, Ari Andrea LaMont 9
BBrach, Bal Jeff Zimmerman 1
RDull, Oak Jeff Zimmerman 1
DPhelps, Mia Jeff Zimmerman 0
JWilson, Det Jeff Zimmerman 0
NFeliz, Pit Jeff Zimmerman 0
NJones, CWS Jake Ciely 0

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

Four teams bid on players.

Andrea LaMont went for starters, mostly, she won two (Junior Guerra and Steven Wright) though if she'd lost on Steven Wright she did have bids on Tyler Clippard and Koji Uehara.

Jake Ciely went hard on the Diamondback's new closer Tyler Clippard, added the power hitting shortstop Brad Miller, sneaked Reisel Iglesias onto his team for cheap, and added Jose Peraza, who has real potential he hasn't really expressed so far in his young career.

Jeff Zimmerman rostered the other top Saves guy, Koji Uehara, Both Uehara and Clippard strike out 11 or 12 per nine, which makes them fine adds even if they aren't netting saves. Zimmerman is clearly onto the notion that the only starters worth playing are High K guys.

I put in for Uehara and Clippard, then raised their bids, but still lost both. So I ended up with Brandon Maurer, who seems to be the saves guy in San Diego, for peanuts. I also own Ryan Buchter, the other saves guy in SD. I also picked up Mike Foltynewicz, who is showing signs of ML maturity. That is, he is walking fewer guys and getting just as many out. The Braves offense is an issue, but in the short week it seemed worthwhile to add a potentially useful 11K per 9 starter.

That's it. Otherwise our H2H teams were perfect.

Todd's Take

With only four reserve spots it's hard but this short week affords an opportunity in head to head leagues with more flexibility to load up on extra starters working this weekend or solid relievers as was discussed in the NL section. Every little bit helps and it pays to find ways to squeeze out extra stats.

EDIT - Peter informed me (or reminded me, getting older has it's disadvantages) that all the mixed leagues, including H2H use six reserves. As such, the sentiment of my original comment (left in so you can see it) is a little different. It's still hard to outright release a player so you can squeeze in another pitcher or two but teams needing every edge to get in the playoff hunt could at least consider it. With six reserves, there's a better chance someone is fungible.

 

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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.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DPomeranz, Bos Rob Leibowitz 692 Ron Shandler 552 Jason Collette 502 Seth Trachtman 381
    Larry Schechter 150 Mike Podhorzer 117 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 30
JMarisnick, Hou Steve Moyer 55 Larry Schechter 0    
LMaile, TB Jason Collette 12 Larry Schechter 0    
SOMalley, Sea Rob Leibowitz 11 Steve Moyer 3    
MGonzalez, CWS Seth Trachtman 10 Rob Leibowitz 11    
JSmolinksi, Oak Mike Podhorzer 6 Larry Schechter 0    
RHealy, Oak Mike Podhorzer 4 Steve Moyer 3 Larry Schechter 0  
MBoyd, Det Steve Moyer 1 Seth Trachtman 9    
DOtero, Cle Patrick Davitt 0      
RoPerez, Cle Larry Schechter 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

BShaw, Cle Rob Leibowitz 2
DButera, KC Larry Schechter 0
JThole, Tor Larry Schechter 0
MBarnes, Bos Rob Leibowitz 1
MBush, Tex Rob Leibowitz 1
SFeldman, Hou Seth Trachtman 0

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Wow, now the wallets open a little, with Rob Leibowitz spending $692 for Drew Pomeranz, a slightly better percentage deal than the $88 (of a $100 ceiling) FAAB that Pomeranz fetched in AL LABR.

Outfielders named "Jake" also did well, as Steve Moyer acquired Marisnick for $55 while Mike Podhorzer spent $6 on Smolinski.

Elsewhere Leibowitz also bagged Sean O'Malley for $11, while Podhorzer went for Oakland's Ryon Healy (44), and Moyer Matt Boyd for a buck.

Anticipating a Yan Gomes DL stint, Larry Schechter got Roberto Perez for a zero bid, the same price as Dan Otero who went to Patrick Davitt's squad.

Seth Trachtman copped Miguel Gonzalez for $10 while Jason Collette completed the week's gambles with a $12 bid on Luke Maile.

Todd's Take

By this time you've heard all the narratives. How will Pomeranz far in the big, bad AL East? Will there be an innings limit? How come this guy gets traded so much?

By the numbers, sure, the lefty will take a hit but in such a short sample, anything can happen. What if he misses the Blue Jays and Orioles? The strikeouts will still be there as Tampa, Baltimore and Toronto all fan at a clip higher than league average versus southpaws. Something not talked about a lot is the catcher upgrade Pomeranz will enjoy, assuming whatever deal Sandy Leon has made expires and the Red Sox receivers are Ryan Hanigan and Christian Vazquez at some point in the second half. As for the innings, here's my narrative. I have no inside sources, just applying a little logic. The Boston and San Diego front offices have a great working relationship, so I'm willing to bet the Red Sox medical staff was satisfied with everything on that front. Boston uses complex strength tests to measure if a pitcher is capable of continuing to amass innings so this won't be a manager's feel scenario. Sure, part of the deal was because Pomeranz is controllable for a couple years but you don't deal a top prospect during Big Papi's last stand to win next season. The club will do all they can to use Pomeranz in a playoff run without compromising his future.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JBarrett, Ari Andy Behrens 100 Brian Walton 6 Phil Hertz 6
RLopez, Was Andy Behrens 81 Phil Hertz 52  
JoseDeLeon, LAD Mike Gianella 25    
CTaylor, LAD Brian Walton 16 Phil Hertz 1  
CEdwards, ChC Derek Carty 13 Phil Hertz 0  
YPerez, Mia Scott Wilderman 6    
RPena, SF Phil Hertz 1 Scott Wilderman 0  
ARecker, Atl Scott Wilderman 0    
ERamos, Phi Phil Hertz 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

RTejada, SF Scott Wilderman 1
RRivera, NYM Scott Wilderman 0
TBrown, SF Scott Wilderman 0
ALiberatore, LAD Phil Hertz 0
CTorres, Mil Phil Hertz 0
EBurgos, Ari Phil Hertz 0
KSiegrist, StL Phil Hertz 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

Andy Behrens of Yahoo went big this week, with his $181 spent representing three times the winning amounts of the remainder of the league combined.

After Arizona reliever Tyler Clippard bombed on Sunday, rookie Jake Barrett stepped in and earned his second save of the season. His $100 bid would suggest that Behrens thinks there will be more where they came from. My tepid $6 offer was more about me needing 16 saves to pick up another point than it was a lack of confidence in Barrett.

Behrens also placed $81 down to win the contested bidding for Washington rookie right-hander Reynaldo Lopez. The 22-year-old is rumored to be coming up on Tuesday to make his Major League debut to start against the Dodgers at home. If successful in his stint, Lopez could make Lucas Giolito a non-factor until September.

Though Jose DeLeon seems to have been forgotten by some amid the Julio Urias excitement, Mike Gianella is not among those with short memories. The Baseball Prospectus staffer made a pre-emptive strike to lock up the Dodgers pitching prospect for $25.

Todd's Take

Andy's spending spree wasn't the only big news in NL Tout this weekend, as there was a pretty big trade announced Sunday night. Baseball HQ's Phil Hertz acquired Matt Adams from Razzball's Grey Albright for Brandon Maurer, Jeanmar Gomez and Chase d'Arnaud. Like all trades, you can't focus on the players but rather the impact to the standings. You're trading points, not value.

Phil is dominating the saves category and still has Jeurys Familia, so unless something unexpected happens, he only stands to lose one point. A side benefit is freeing up two active spots to attack wins and whiffs, a couple of categories with several points in play, including flipping past yours truly and league leader Derek Carty, the only two owners ahead of Phil. Grey is looking at two more points but will also distance himself from a tight bunch, one of which is me, essentially a point out of play for me. For what it's worth, Phil approached me with the same basic deal but I declined, seeing only two points in play while putting more wins and strikeouts points in jeopardy.

From the hitting side, there's a decent gap to overcome, but if he does, Phil is staring at up to five more points in homers alone. The deal indirectly hurts me as Derek is likely to pass Grey in homers, adding another point to his lead.

On paper, Phil gave up a ton but he actually stands to benefit a lot more than Grey. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.

My biggest decision this week didn't revolve around a bid but rather deciding whether to cash in A.J. Pollock for a $310 FAAB rebate or hope the reports of a 2016 return come to fruition. I'm very low on FAAB so on one hand 310 more units could be useful. But on the other, I'm still way behind the hammer so the influx won't do me much good. If Pollock has a setback, I can still recoup 155 jelly beans, which will suffice to get me through. There's no doubt that if we absolutely knew Pollock was coming back, he'd command a bid greater than 310, so I'm hoping the Snakes fly-chaser returns and ostensibly serves as my big deadline acquisition. I opted not to request a rebate.

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ACashner, SD Nando DiFino 65 Tim Heaney 26  
JimJohnson, Atl Scott Engel 51 Derek Van Riper 9  
RLopez, Was Al Melchior 51 Scott Pianowski 4  
RHealy, Oak Scott Engel 44 Al Melchior 22 Bret Sayre 12
RRua, Tex Al Melchior 43    
KGraveman, Oak Cory Schwartz 26 Scott Engel 12  
LVerrett, NYM Tim Heaney 16 Derek Van Riper 0  
PBourjos, Phi Scott Engel 9 Scott Pianowski 3  
JHardy, Bal Bret Sayre 8    
JPeterson, Atl Scott Pianowski 7    
SLeon, Bos Derek Van Riper 5 Scott Pianowski 2 Fred Zinkie 1
EDiaz, Sea Bret Sayre 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

NEovaldi, NYY Tim Heaney 16
DBundy, Bal Tim Heaney 16
TPham, StL Scott Pianowski 6
SRodriguez, Pit Scott Pianowski 3
ERosario, Min Scott Pianowski 3
MMontero, ChC Derek Van Riper 2
APierzynski, Atl Derek Van Riper 2
TThornburg, Mil Al Melchior 1
CRuiz, Phi Derek Van Riper 0
ARomine, NYY Derek Van Riper 0
JSmoak, Tor Scott Pianowski 0
JMarisnick, Hou Scott Pianowski 0
DSantana, Min Scott Pianowski 0
CHernandez, Phi Scott Pianowski 0
ADickerson, SD Scott Pianowski 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Andrew Cashner doesn't really belong on the waiver wire in a 15-team mixed league, especially coming off a stellar performance versus the Giants on Friday. I was tempted to enter in a bid, but his next two matchups are tough, on the road against the Cardinals and Blue Jays. Ultimately, I passed, though he could turn out to be a fine pickup. If Cashner can make it through his next couple of starts in decent shape, he might even surface on the 12-team mixed league radar.

With regular closer Arodys Vizcaino now on the DL due to an oblique strain, veteran Jim Johnson will be handling ninth inning duties for the Braves, and 51 FAAB bucks isn't exactly a huge investment. However, the Braves are rarely winning these days, and for a pitcher to earn a save, his team must be leading when he enters the game, so that could be an issue.

After spending a combined $172 for four players on Friday, I needed a break from FAAB bidding, so I took one.

Todd's Take

Bad timing for Atlanta if they really were looking to deal Vizcaino. I understand using Johnson as a back fill - let him get a couple of saves to artificially build up his trade value. You'd just prefer the Braves get a look at Mauricio Cabrera or even Dario Alvarez (the Atlanta pen is lefty heavy now). Deep leagues should continue to have Cabrera on their radar but as Zach mentions, save ops are few and far between on not-so-Hotlanta.

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MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JimJohnson, Atl Tom Kessenich 235 Adam Ronis 7
CHeadley, NYY Stacie Stern 38 Rudy Gamble 2
TPham, StL Charlie Wiegert 29 Craig Mish 23
DSmyly, TB Adam Ronis 23  
ECarrera, Tor Stacie Stern 18 Charlie Wiegert 3
KSuzuki, Min Charlie Wiegert 8 Tim McLeod 1
BGuyer, TB Perry Van Hook 7  
BZiegler, Bos Perry Van Hook 7  
AGriffin, Tex Craig Mish 7  
KMarte, Sea Tim McLeod 7  
AGarcia, Atl Rudy Gamble 2  
JBandy, LAA Tim McLeod 0 Charlie Wiegert 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

BEibner, KC Stacie Stern 13
CCuthbert, KC Stacie Stern 11
DBundy, Bal Adam Ronis 7
OArcia, TB Perry Van Hook 7
TSkaggs, LAA Adam Ronis 3
CRuiz, Phi Charlie Wiegert 1
JPeterson, Atl Charlie Wiegert 1
LVerrett, NYM Craig Mish 1
JLagares, NYM Charlie Wiegert 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Saves are a precious commodity, giving context to the $235 Tom Kessenich spent to acquire Atlanta's temporary closer Jim Johnson. Oddly, as the cards lay Tom could have had Johnson for a dollar.

I thought it would be a light week since Tout leagues bid Thursday after the All Star break. Indeed only eight of the fifteen teams placed bids.

I used lucky 7's this week with my target on offense, Tampa fly chaser Brandon Guyer, who will be in Coors the first three games of the week as the Rays will face two southpaws was my first selection. Another $7 was good enough to get new Red Sox bullpen pitcher Brad Ziegler whom I believe will capture a few saves in the coming week.

Also on the $7-train were Craig Mish who added Ranger starter A.J. Griffin, and Tim McLeod who rostered Mariner shortstop Ketel Marte for like bids.

Todd's Take

My first reaction after seeing Drew Smyly and Ketel Marte picked up was "Geez, shouldn't these guys have been shopped in a trade and not just dropped?" But then I realized each commanded just one bid which suggests neither would have been sought after if on-the-block. Granted, some of the enthusiasm for Marte could have been tempered since he missed Saturday's game with a sore ankle but he played Sunday. It's also true he's one of "my guys" so while not biased, my outlook is rosier. I see the .283 with eight bags he snagged in 57 games late last season and figure he can do that again with maybe 10 pilfers and that's useful. The bidding on Smyly, another personal fave, may have been influenced by a start in Coors Field. However, this is in part balanced by a second turn this week against the A's in Oakland. Smyly is the hardest player to project out for the rest of the season. The skills are there, save for a bloated home run rate but he doesn't pass the eye test. Something is missing. I'm a pedigree guy so I'm still on the bandwagon, even if that means beginning the week a mile high.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

LValbuena, Hou Paul Sporer 3
SRomo, SF Jake Ciely 3
NJones, CWS Jake Ciely 2

UNAWARDED BIDS

KVargas, Min Paul Sporer 4
JSmoak, Tor Paul Sporer 2
TShaw, Bos Paul Sporer 2
JimJohnson, Atl Jake Ciely 2
RDull, Oak Jake Ciely 2
WFlores, NYM Paul Sporer 1

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

With a second waiver claims three days after the first, the larder was pretty much empty.

Paul Sporer picked up Luis Valbuena, who has been solid after a dismal start to the season, to replace the DLed Brandon Moss.

And Jake Ciely added two live relief arms in Sergio Romo and Nate Jones. Ciely currently trails Paul Sporer in the current two-week long contest across the board, so this is a chance to improve his pitching ratios while battling in the tight hitting categories.

That's all, folks.

Todd's Take

He wasn't drafted as Jake had him as a contingency but if you're not aware of what Ryan Dull is doing, take a peak at his numbers. The Oakland reliever is boasting a 1.90 ERA with a microscopic 0.72 WHIP. He's fanned 48 in 47 1/3rd innings which puts him on a pace for over 80 punch outs, a nice total for a previously unheralded reliever. Ryan Madson has the gig by the bay, at least the AL side but Dull isn't too far removed from ninth inning duties and he's definitely in play in AL only for ratio support.

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

Brad Ziegler, BOS Mastersball 65 SiriusXM 3    
Kennys Vargas, MIN NFBC/Stats, Inc. 16 Fangraphs 11 Winning Fantasy Baseball 9 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Aaron Hill, BOS SiriusXM 11 Winning Fantasy Baseball 9 Baseball HQ 6 USAT Fantasy 3
    Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Ricky Nolasco, MIN NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5      
Jake Marisnick, HOU Winning Fantasy Baseball 2      
Ji-Man Choi, LAA Fangraphs 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Matt Boyd, DET NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5
Ryan Hanigan, BOS Mastersball 4
Mike Montgomery, SEA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3
Andrew Romine, DET Fangraphs 1
Christian Colon, KC Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Drew Butera, KC Mastersball 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

If ever I misjudged the market on a player, it was this last week when in an effort to pick up the slack for my injured closer Craig Kimbrel, while trying to pick up slack for my injured second reliever, Brad Boxberger, I made sure I acquired new Red Sox and theoretical closer Brad Ziegler. So, essentially as a LABR cuff to Kimbrel, I determined $65 was a reasonable bid for potential saves.

Clearly, I misjudged Ziegler's role, if not perceived worth in the league as only one $3 bid challenged mine, meaning I overbid by $61. This move better work as it aces me out of much in the way of trade deadline moves.

Not so for the Twins Kennys Vargas, who went to the NFBC/STATS team of Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs for $16, besting shots of $11, $9, and $2. Similarly, Ray Flowers went $11 for Aaron Hill, besting four bids ranging from $1 to $9.

Team Childs/Ambrosious also bagged Ricky Nolasco for $5, while Larry Schechter went two unchallenged dollars to roster Jake Marisnick while Eno Sarris spent a buck on Ji-Man Choi.

Todd's Take

This was an interesting week in AL-only leagues as the top-three players in LABR were available in most American League formats, forcing some to make a difficult decision -- take a chance on a useful but not difference-making type player or wait for another couple of weeks for the trade deadline with a larger kitty to bid.

It's a different format but I had this decision in the AL only NFBC league. I had given up the hammer a couple weeks back with a 317 (out of 1000) bid on James Shields. I'll let you know in October if I have buyer's remorse, right now it's up-in-the-air. But perhaps more importantly, no longer having the hammer made it easier to fill a couple of holes with the pair of Red Sox in Ziegler and Hill. I'm running with Gregorio Petit and Brock Holt active so Hill is quite useful. Word out of Boston is Holt will be OK post-break but still, Hill is a nice hedge if he isn't or a replacement for Petit if Holt is back in there. At minimum, Hill will be Travis Shaw's platoon partner but he's likely to find more at bats over the second half.

Five saves could get me three points which is likely going to be a difference maker in this league (looks like it will be decided by a point or two) so Ziegler made sense. It's really unclear who will close in Boston as well as how long Craig Kimbrel will be out but once I was out of the running for a deadline impact player, the chance of Ziegler falling into some saves was too good to pass up. For those looking to gauge bids, I grabbed Hill for 213 (185 next) and Ziegler for 113 (59 next).

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Ryan Howard, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4
Dario Alvarez, ATL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Jim Johnson, ATL Mastersball 1
Nick Ahmed, ARI Mastersball 1
Ramon Cabrera, CIN Sandlot Shrink 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Eric Fryer, PIT Mastersball 1
Grant Green, SF Mastersball 1
Trevor Brown, SF Mastersball 1
Ruben Tejada, SF Mastersball 1

Brian Walton's Commentary

It was a quiet waiver period for most in NL LABR, but not for me. After losing a pair of starters to the DL this week, I acquired two of the five players in the league to find new homes at $1 each. I took a risk adding Arizona’s Nick Ahmed off the waiver wire. While the shortstop receives starter’s at-bats, his results have been mediocre. Will his bad breath be better than no breath? At least I can reassess my options after the short three game-week ahead. With a minor injury to Atlanta’s closer Arodys Vizcaino, veteran Jim Johnson picked up a pair of saves over the weekend. Owning the former, I added the latter as a cheap insurance policy in case the problem lingers.

Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs of NFBC/STATS, Inc. spent a total of $6 on two free agents, including $4 on Ryan Howard. The veteran first sacker, now a reserve in Philly, was part of my draft day roster, and he has been added and dropped by one other LABR owner before now. The big guy ran into one last week, but true to form, that was pretty much it as he batted .222 for the period. Their other $2 went for a lefty in the Atlanta pen, Dario Alvarez.

As often is the case in these industry leagues, what would have been the top free agent to debut last week, Pittsburgh first baseman Josh Bell, has been stashed on reserve by Rotowire’s Derek Van Riper since draft day.

Todd's Take

While Brian was obviously wise to grab Jim Johnson as he's the short-term stopper in Atlanta, he may not be the guy if Arodys Vizcaino is traded. Johnson could also be moved but like the case with Ziegler, sometimes a handful of saves equals the same number of roto-points. The Dariel Alvarez pickup was in hopes Vizcaino (and Johnson) are dealt with Mauricio Cabrera in the mix as well.

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MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Tyler Clippard, ARI Fangraphs 8 MLB.com 3 USA TODAY Fantasy 3 Razzball 2
    Razzball 1 Fantasy Alarm 1  
Koji Uehara, BOS USA TODAY Fantasy 4 Fangraphs 4 Fantasy Alarm 1 Razzball 3
    MLB.com 1    
Ken Giles, HOU Baseball HQ 2 USA TODAY Fantasy 1    
David Freese, PIT USA TODAY Fantasy 2      
Dylan Bundy, BAL Baseball HQ 2      
Mauricio Cabrera, ATL Razzball 1      
Avisail Garcia, CWS Fangraphs 1      
Cam Bedrosian, LAA Razzball 1      
Joakim Soria, KC Fantasy Alarm 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Mark Reynolds, COL Fangraphs 2
Martin Prado, MIA USA TODAY Fantasy 1
Ryan Dull, OAK USA TODAY Fantasy 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Searching for saves is the theme as the Brad Ziegler deal made both Clippard and Uehara mixed-league relevant again. Ken Giles is interesting as he's fanned two hitters with no walks in four straight one-inning appearances, bringing his K/9 to 12.2 with a BB/9 at 2.7. That's closer-worthy if you ask me. Cabrera was mentioned above while Bedrosian is a Huston Street hedge. Finally, though it appears Kelvin Herrera will get most of the chances in KC with Wade Davis out, grabbing Soria makes sense especially since he only needs to be active for 3 days (short week).

No bids for Mastersball this week despite losing C.J. Cron. With only $8 left and Whit Merrifield and Brandon Drury on reserve to play corner, it seemed prudent to go in that direction as opposed to someone like Freese, snagged for $2.

Todd's Take

I got a kick out of friend and colleague Ray Murphy from Baseball HQ grabbing Dylan Bundy. We recorded a special Mid-Season Roundtable edition of HQ Radio (drops Tuesday) together. Ray made a crack how we play in some leagues together and he was reticent to name his sleeper, so of course he grabs mine in Bundy.

I'm willing to bet Ray was well aware of Bundy's recent exploits in 2 and 3 inning stints with the chance Baltimore inserts him into their rotation sometime after the break previous to the podcast, but it's funny how he landed on the Orioles righty in this league.

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