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Friday 26th May 2017

Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR is available below.

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There are four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

chichigonzalez

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ERodriguez, Bos 37 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 37 Jeff Erickson 37 Seth Trachtman 36
Jason Collette 26 Chris Liss 24 Rob Leibowitz 24
Larry Schechter 9
CGonzalez, Tex 11 Jeff Erickson 35 Jason Collette 10
JDyson, KC 7 Larry Schechter 36 Mike Podhorzer 6 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2
ARosales, Tex 5 Larry Schechter 35 Mike Podhorzer 4 Steve Moyer 2
JShuck, CWS 4 Ron Shandler 9 Lawr Michaels 3 Steve Moyer 0
RamFlores, NYY 1 Lawr Michaels 3 Mike Podhorzer 2
ENunez, Min 1 Steve Moyer 1 Larry Schechter 7
INova, NYY 1 Chris Liss 3
JElmore, TB 1 Jason Collette 2
MMontgomery, Sea 1 Jason Collette 2
ENavarro, LAA 1 Mike Podhorzer 1
TCollins, Det 1 Mike Podhorzer 3
JSands, Cle 0 Steve Moyer 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

DLough, Bal Steve Moyer 0
KNieuwenhuis, LAA Mike Podhorzer 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

This week the #1 target appeared to be Boston's Eduardo Rodriguez. The former Oriole had a good season debut and there is reason to believe he might be in Boston to stay if he can follow up strong in his following starts. The 22-year-old lefty is known for his command, keeping the ball on the ground, and having a plus fastball/change-up combo and solid slider. He has perhaps more upside than any other member of the current Boston rotation and has nothing left to prove in Triple-A, so a reasonable investment is in order. The question though is how much FAAB do you risk on a rookie pitcher with a possible #2 starter (more likely #3) upside. Typically, in my mind, into the high teens, but I opted for the mid-twenties given the dearth of the market, though he ended up going for more than one-third of a team's remaining FAAB budget. That's a substantial risk for a pitcher with just one game of MLB experience and no guaranteed roster spot.

Todd's Take

I'm not saying he's all that but I'm a little surprised David Lough wasn't picked up this week. Baltimore has shown to be impatient with a few of their fringe players and he's the type that can get on a little roll and help a deep AL-only squad for a spell.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

clint-robinson

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CRobinson, Was 2 Phil Hertz 2 Gene McCaffrey 1
CBettis, Col 1 Steve Gardner 1 Phil Hertz 2
MWisler, Atl 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1
EButler, Col 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 4
TJordan, Was 1 Phil Hertz 3 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
HStrickland, SF 1 Phil Hertz 7
CCapps, Mia 1 Phil Hertz 2
EYoung, Atl 1 Mike Gianella 3
SPiscotty, StL 1 Mike Gianella 6
JLobaton, Was 1 Mike Gianella 1
JHoover, Cin 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
BTreinen, Was 0 Derek Carty 0 Steve Gardner 0 Phil Hertz 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

CKnebel, Mil Phil Hertz 0
CTorres, NYM Peter Kreutzer 0
DThayer, SD Peter Kreutzer 0
JTabata, Pit Derek Carty 0
RDelgado, Ari Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
SGonzalez, Phi Phil Hertz 0
SKelley, SD Derek Carty 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

It was a quiet week in National League Tout Wars. The only player to find a new home for greater than $1 was Nationals first baseman Clint Robinson, who went to a local writer, Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ, for $2. The 30-year-old projects to be a reserve at first and corner outfield in Washington.

In a league with a small free agent pool such as this, even Rockies starters eventually find a home. This week, both Eddie Butler (Tristan H. Cockcroft) and Chad Bettis (Steve Gardner) were $1 additions. Both have been pitching well lately and these owners are savvy enough to avoid bad matchups – after the first week during which all pickups are required to be active.

Baseball Prospectus’ Mike Gianella made an interesting speculation play with Cardinals Triple-A outfielder Stephen Piscotty. Though St. Louis has a crowded outfield, Piscotty might be called upon to help out the big club cover for the loss of Matt Adams later in the season, if he can learn to play enough first base to be credible defensively.

Todd's Take

Brian alluded to it, the Tout Wars rule allowing the stashing of minor league prospects prior to being called up with the caveat you must submit a non-zero bid and keep the player active for the week. With so few viable options available, not only was Piscotty picked up but Tristan took a shot on Matt Wisler of the Atlanta Braves. Wisler was the primary acquisition in the Craig Kimbrel deal and with Eric Stults being shipped to the Dodgers, the Braves may opt to get Wisler some MLB experience so he's ready to go in 2017, when the new stadium in Atlanta opens. There's a reason why Tristan's the three-time defending champion.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

twalker

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TWalker, Sea 33 Nando DiFino 40 Joe Pisapia 32 Derek Van Riper 16
David Gonos 15 Tim Heaney 8 Ray Flowers 3
ERodriguez, Bos 33 Al Melchior 38 Joe Pisapia 32 Derek Van Riper 16
Scott Engel 14 Fred Zinkie 13 Tim Heaney 8
Zach Steinhorn 6 Cory Schwartz 5
BPaulsen, Col 7 Paul Singman 10 Derek Van Riper 6 Tim Heaney 2
Fred Zinkie 0 Cory Schwartz 0
BOberholtzer, Hou 5 Al Melchior 10 Paul Singman 4
MJoyce, LAA 4 Scott Pianowski 7 Cory Schwartz 6 Ray Flowers 3
Fred Zinkie 3 Tim Heaney 2 Fred Zinkie 0
ERamirez, TB 4 Tim Heaney 4 Ray Flowers 3 Al Melchior 2
MPelfrey, Min 3 Paul Singman 4 Al Melchior 6 Scott Engel 2
Scott Pianowski 0
CBettis, Col 2 Tim Heaney 3 Scott Engel 1
CarSmith, Sea 1 Paul Singman 3 Scott Swanay 4 Tim Heaney 3
BHolt, Bos 1 Derek Van Riper 6 Cory Schwartz 0 Scott Pianowski 0
TCingrani, Cin 1 Nando DiFino 1
YGallardo, Tex 1 Cory Schwartz 14 Scott Swanay 6
ROdor, Tex 1 Cory Schwartz 9
JJay, StL 1 Scott Swanay 6
AGriffin, Oak 1 Scott Swanay 6 Tim Heaney 2
DMurphy, Cle 1 Ray Flowers 2
JLocke, Pit 1 David Gonos 1
ERosario, Min 1 Tim Heaney 2
JDiaz, Cin 0 Nando DiFino 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

MEstrada, Tor Scott Swanay 6
GParra, Mil Scott Pianowski 4
MEstrada, Tor Scott Swanay 3
GBeckham, CWS Scott Pianowski 3
JGallo, Tex Tim Heaney 3
WPerez, Atl Al Melchior 2 Tim Heaney 2
CGonzalez, Tex Al Melchior 2
ODespaigne, SD Paul Singman 1
HOlivera, LAD Cory Schwartz 1
BRondon, Det Nando DiFino 0
VNuno, Ari Nando DiFino 0
CAsche, Phi Cory Schwartz 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

It was no surprise to me that Taijuan Walker and Eduardo Rodriguez were this week's top two FAAB additions. Their prices, however, were a surprise. Initially, I had leaned towards not making any bids. Walker, Rodriguez and Yovani Gallardo piqued my interest, but thanks to the Tout Wars rule that requires teams to activate all FAAB purchases for the first week after adding them, I was ultimately scared off from Walker and Gallardo. Walker is coming off a dominant outing last week, and maybe he has finally figured things out at the big league level. But the reality is that he has yet to post back-to-back quality starts this season, and I felt that he was too much of a blowup risk against the Yankees. Gallardo is another guy who I would've liked to add to my bench but wasn't quite ready to start. I did end up placing a conservative $6 bid on Rodriguez, figuring that he carried the least amount of short-term risk, but I guess there were a few other owners who valued him a lot higher.

Moving to the subject of bidding strategy, it's worth noting that two months into the season, Cory Schwartz was willing to empty his remaining FAAB budget of $23 to acquire the duo of Gallardo and Rougned Odor. But Vickrey rules knocked down the combined price to $2. Cory has his league mates to thank.

Todd's Take

Interesting -- Paulsen is available here but not in the Mixed League Draft league whereas Justin Bour isn't available in the Auction league but is available in the draft.

The under the radar pickup could be Carson Smith, now next in line in Seattle with Danny Farquhar sent to Triple-A. Smith is sporting a 26-to-5 strikeout to walk ratio in 22 innings.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

justin-bour

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JBour, Mia 12 Paul Sporer 13 Tom Kessenich 14 Perry Van Hook 11
Rudy Gamble 10 Adam Ronis 2 Tim McLeod 0
CMorton, Pit 7 Paul Sporer 12 Adam Ronis 6 Tim McLeod 1
Grey Albright 1
ERamirez, TB 5 Paul Sporer 7 Adam Ronis 4 Grey Albright 1
WPerez, Atl 4 Paul Sporer 6 Grey Albright 3 Perry Van Hook 2
MPelfrey, Min 3 Tom Kessenich 3 Tim McLeod 2
ARosales, Tex 1 Tim McLeod 2
JPeterson, Atl 1 Eno Sarris 14 Tim McLeod 1 Adam Ronis 0
MReynolds, StL 1 Tom Kessenich 22 Greg Ambrosius 9
AColome, TB 1 Grey Albright 1 Tom Kessenich 1
MDuffy, SF 1 Greg Ambrosius 9 Eno Sarris 3
RVogelsong, SF 1 Perry Van Hook 11
CQualls, Hou 1 Paul Greco 2
BOberholtzer, Hou 1 Paul Greco 3
ERosario, Min 1 Greg Ambrosius 3
RChirinos, Tex 1 Greg Ambrosius 6
CBettis, Col 1 Paul Sporer 4
JTurner, LAD 1 Rudy Gamble 2
PCorbin, Ari 1 Adam Ronis 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

CGonzalez, Tex Paul Sporer 3
BPena, Cin Tom Kessenich 1
JSmoak, Tor Tom Kessenich 1
CAsche, Phi Tim McLeod 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Perry is away spending some time with family.

Todd's Take

Maybe I'm misreading the tea leaves but I'm a little surprised that not only was Jace Peterson available but he didn't garner more attention. Jose Peraza is dabbling in the outfield, leaving the keystone sack in Atlanta to Peterson. He's been installed as the leadoff hitter and it agrees with him. Perhaps this is a residue of DFS and looking for players at the top of the order but in a 15-team mixed league, Peterson deserves to be on an active roster.

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There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo..

AMERICAN LEAGUE

eduardo-rodriguez

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Eduardo Rodriguez, BOS 54 RotoWire 54 Colton & The Wolfman 23 Baseball HQ 21
USA TODAY Sports 13 FantasyScore 7 Winning Fantasy Baseball 4
Chi Chi Gonzalez, TEX 6 Baseball HQ 6 FantasyScore 1
Adam Rosales, TEX 4 Winning Fantasy Baseball 4
Buck Farmer, DET 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4
Brad Brach, BAL 3 FantasyScore 3
Hanser Alberto, TEX 2 FantasyScore 2
J.B. Shuck, CWS 1 Fangraphs 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Josh Fields, HOU FantasyScore 2
Shane Robinson, MIN Fangraphs 1
Eric Sogard, OAK Winning Fantasy Baseball 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

The Captain is spending time with family. If he has a chance to check in we'll share his thoughts.

Todd's Take

Sometimes you throw analysis out the window and bid aggressively on the chance you hit gold. Truth be told it's not an element of the game that I'm fond of but that's the way the hobby has evolved. What we know now is Eduardo Rodriguez will get at least one more start. He obviously looked great in his debut but he's not going to have it that easy every time. I took the plunge in a couple of NFBC leagues. I have no idea how he'll do or if he'll stick (I think he will). But after suffering through Shane Greene, Drew Hutchison, TJ House and a few other hurlers I expected more from, I've got nothing to lose. I'm guessing Chris Liss feels similarly.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

brandon-barnes

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Brandon Barnes, COL 9 USA TODAY Sports 9 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 Baseball HQ 3
Sandlot Shrink 2
Sergio Romo, SF 8 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 8 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Baseball HQ 1
Chad Bettis, COL 7 Sandlot Shrink 7 Colton & The Wolfman 5
Williams Perez, ATL 5 Colton & The Wolfman 5 Baseball HQ 1
Chris Stewart, PIT 2 Sandlot Shrink 2 Baseball HQ 1
Ruben Tejada, NYM 1 Fantasy Insiders 1 USA TODAY Sports 6
Justin Grimm, CHC 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Skip Schumaker, CIN USA TODAY Sports 2
Tucker Barnhart, CIN Sandlot Shrink 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Abraham Almonte, SD USA TODAY Sports 1
Adam Liberatore, LAD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Blake Treinen, WSH NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Cameron Rupp, PHI Sandlot Shrink 1
Dale Thayer, SD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Luis Avilan, ATL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Pedro Ciriaco, ATL USA TODAY Sports 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary.

It always seems like you cannot have enough pitching, but in a deep format like NL 12-team only (hint, LABR) at-bats are also a serious part of the equation, so there was a bit of a rush for the Rockies Brandon Barnes. Steve Gardner (USAT) wound up with the rights, but for $9, outbidding three other wannabee owners.

On the stick side of the dish, Bob Rodamski (Sandlot Shrink) nabbed Chris Stewart ($1) and Steve Moyer (Fantasy Insiders) picked up Ruben Tejada, also for a dollar.

I actually grew impatient waiting for Santiago Casilla to struggle, so last week I grabbed Carter Capps, and dropped Sergio Romo. MIstake? I don't know, but Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs (NFBC/STATS) thought enough of the Giants reliever to bid $8 on him, when again three others made bids.

Gambling on starting pitching, Chad Bettis also went to the Shrink for $7 (bids of $5 and $3 failed), while Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf (Sirius_XM/Fantasy Alarm) picked up the Braves Williams Perez for $5, while the Ambrosius/Childs team also rostered Justin Grimm ($1).

Todd's Take

I'm a little surprised there wasn't more play on Ruben Tejada. Yeah, I know, but he's now the every day Mets third baseman and at least for now he's hitting second. In a league as deep as NL LABR, that's worth something -- especially since he'll soon have dual middle and corner eligiblity.

MIXED LEAGUE

ben_paulsen

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Ben Paulsen, COL 21 Razzball 21 Baseball Prospectus 5 FantasyScore 1
Rotowire-Erickson 1
Justin Bour, MIA 10 Razzball 10 Rotowire-Erickson 5 ESPN.com 4
FantasyScore 4
Eduardo Rodriguez, BOS 10 Rotowire-Erickson 10 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 18 MLB.com 9
Razzball 3 Baseball HQ 1
Mark Reynolds, STL 6 BSports 6 FantasyScore 1
Williams Perez, ATL 5 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 5 BSports 2 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Erasmo Ramirez, TB 5 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 5 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Justin Turner, LAD 2 ESPN.com 2 FantasyScore 3
Chad Bettis, COL 2 ESPN.com 2 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 4 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Tony Watson, PIT 1 Razzball 1
Juan Uribe, ATL 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Raisel Iglesias, CIN Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 4
Adam Warren, NYY Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 3 BSports 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Brandon Barnes, COL Razzball 3
Michael Taylor, WSH Razzball 3
Chi Chi Gonzalez, TEX Rotowire-Erickson 2
Carter Capps, MIA Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1
Hunter Strickland, SF Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1
Aaron Hicks, MIN Rotowire-Erickson 1
Ryan Vogelsong, SF Rotowire-Erickson 1
Will Middlebrooks, SD FantasyScore 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

My catchers both stayed healthy this week so there wasn't a reason for me to bid. Lame jokes aside, I opted not to go after Rodriguez mainly because I figure I have one shot at getting my pitching fixed and I'm not ready to go all-in without exploring other avenues. I'm carrying three closers and will likely try to spin one into a starting pitcher, see where I am and go from there.

Todd's Take

It's going to be interesting watching Ben Paulsen versus Justin Bour. They profile eerily similar. Both are injury replacements with similar minor league careers. They're both lefty swingers that are basically in a platoon. Bour is hitting .361 with 4 homers while Paulsen is hitting .359 with 3 homers in a little more than 20 fewer at bats. The difference? The reason why Paulsen garnered a little more attention and higher bids? Coors Field. Paulsen plays in Coors while Bour plays in Marlins Park. Heads up I prefer Bour since I sense his stay on the field may be longer. Justin Morneau will not be Wally Pipped (though he does have a history with concussion woes). Mike Morse could be Boured.

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.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR is available below.

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There are four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

welington_castillo

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

WCastillo, Sea 10 Rob Leibowitz 13 Ron Shandler 9 Steve Moyer 7
Mike Podhorzer 5 Lawr Michaels 4 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
GSoto, CWS 6 Ron Shandler 7 Mike Podhorzer 5 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
MMuncy, Oak 5 Jason Collette 9 Mike Podhorzer 4 Steve Moyer 0
BFarmer, Det 3 Mike Podhorzer 4 Jeff Erickson 2 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
CColon, KC 1 Jason Collette 4 Rob Leibowitz 0 Mike Podhorzer 0
STolleson, Tor 1 Andy Behrens 5 Jason Collette 0 Mike Podhorzer 0
MKrauss, LAA 1 Mike Podhorzer 1 Steve Moyer 0
PKlein, Tex 1 Rob Leibowitz 6 Steve Moyer 0
DBundy, Bal 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
JLindgren, NYY 1 Jason Collette 4
BSnell, TB 1 Jeff Erickson 1
PNeshek, Hou 0 Steve Moyer 0 Andy Behrens 3 Jeff Erickson 1
SHeathcott, NYY 0 Steve Moyer 0
RLavarnway, Bal 0 Steve Moyer 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

TCollins, Det Rob Leibowitz 9
SDelabar, Tor Andy Behrens 2
ROhlendorf, Tex Jason Collette 2
JGraham, Min Jason Collette 2
INova, NYY Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
ARosales, Tex Mike Podhorzer 1
TCollins, Det Steve Moyer 0
JSmolinksi, Tex Steve Moyer 0
SRobinson, Min Steve Moyer 0
EFrieri, TB Steve Moyer 0
SGeltz, TB Steve Moyer 0
DLough, Bal Rob Leibowitz 0
SGeltz, TB Rob Leibowitz 0
TSipp, Hou Rob Leibowitz 0
JGraham, Min Rob Leibowitz 0
WBloomquist, Sea Mike Podhorzer 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Todd's Take

Like with LABR below, let's look at the standings and FAAB remaining thout about 25 percent of the season:

Pts Balance
Mike Podhorzer 87 $78
Jeff Erickson 83 $70
Rob Leibowitz 77.5 $86
Ron Shandler 75.5 $78
Chris Liss 75 $24
Jason Collette 75 $87
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 75 $82
Larry Schechter 69.5 $76
Steve Moyer 58 $82
Seth Trachtman 44 $88
Andy Behrens 35.5 $40
Lawr Michaels 25 $106

Bidding among the leaders could get interesting. A couple of the big spenders (Chris and Andy) probably won't be quite as aggressive. How aggressive will those near the top of the standings be since they're likely unexpectedly close to having the most FAAB among the leaders?

NATIONAL LEAGUE

brandon-barnes

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

BPaulsen, Col 16 Ray Guilfoyle 45 Steve Gardner 15 Scott Wilderman 11
Mike Gianella 11 Gene McCaffrey 9 Tristan H. Cockcroft 9
Phil Hertz 6 Peter Kreutzer 3
BBarnes, Col 10 Steve Gardner 10 Ray Guilfoyle 25 Scott Wilderman 9
Phil Hertz 6 Brian Walton 5 Peter Kreutzer 3
Mike Gianella 1
RYnoa, Col 3 Brian Walton 3 Steve Gardner 9 Phil Hertz 3
SOSullivan, Phi 1 Peter Kreutzer 3 Scott Wilderman 0
DCeciliani, NYM 1 Scott Wilderman 2 Phil Hertz 0
JGray, Col 1 Brian Walton 1
JMoscot, Cin 1 Brian Walton 1
TBarnhart, Cin 1 Ray Guilfoyle 3
DMuno, NYM 1 Phil Hertz 2
JUrena, Mia 1 Phil Hertz 5
JJeffress, Mil 1 Phil Hertz 1
RBetancourt, Col 0 Mike Gianella 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
JLake, ChC 0 Mike Gianella 0 Brian Walton 2 Scott Wilderman 0
Phil Hertz 0
PCiriaco, Atl 0 Phil Hertz 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

CCapps, Mia Phil Hertz 1 Peter Kreutzer 0
ALiberatore, LAD Mike Gianella 0
BBoesch, Cin Scott Wilderman 0
BCunniff, Atl Phil Hertz 0
CRobinson, Was Phil Hertz 0
CTorres, NYM Peter Kreutzer 0
EGoeddel, NYM Mike Gianella 0
JTabata, Pit Phil Hertz 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

 Here is an example how tough it is to find offense on the waiver wire in NL Tout. Less than a half-dozen free agents had more than eight at-bats last week, and each was scooped up this period.

The Colorado Rockies feature all three players to receive winning bids of greater than $1 this week. In their just-completed eight-game homestand, the Rox broke out the lumber, averaging eight runs per game against the defending World Champion Giants. Still, they just managed a four-game split. It is Coors for both teams, after all.

Injuries to key players Justin Morneau (7-day DL, concussion) and Corey Dickerson (15-day DL, plantar fasciitis) have created opportunity. Ben Paulsen has been very good at first base and drove the most spirited bidding, going to Ray Guilfoyle for $16 (down from $45 Vickrey). Brandon Barnes is also performing well in the outfield, with his price $10, the exact amount bid by Steve Gardner of USAToday. I got in on the Colorado scraps, picking up switch-hitting infielder/outfielder Rafael Ynoa for $3. It may require a Troy Tulowitzki injury for the utilityman to receive regular time, and we all know how unlikely that is!

Todd's Take

Pts Balance
Derek Carty 84.5 $78
Mike Gianella 81 $94
Phil Hertz 80.5 $36
Lenny Melnick 75.5 $91
Tristan H. Cockcroft 74.5 $85
Steve Gardner 71.5 $86
Ray Guilfoyle 68 $75
Brian Walton 56 $89
Scott Wilderman 54.5 $77
Gene McCaffrey 50 $74
Todd Zola 47.5 $69
Peter Kreutzer 36.5 $27

It will be interesting to follow what Mike does with his FAAB. Presently he's hanging in there without spending much, giving him the hammer at the MLB trade deadline. Will he spend some if necessary beforehand? This is where managing FAAB gets hairy.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

will-venable

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TRoark, Was 10 Derek Van Riper 16 Fred Zinkie 9 Tim Heaney 4
Scott Swanay 3 Cory Schwartz 3
WVenable, SD 7 Tim Heaney 11 Cory Schwartz 6 Derek Van Riper 1
TWada, ChC 6 Derek Van Riper 17 Paul Singman 5 Fred Zinkie 5
Scott Swanay 3 Cory Schwartz 3 Nando DiFino 2
SMarcum, Cle 6 Joe Pisapia 8 Derek Van Riper 7 Fred Zinkie 5
MDuffy, SF 6 Scott Swanay 6 Al Melchior 5 Ray Flowers 3
CMorton, Pit 6 Cory Schwartz 8 Derek Van Riper 7 Fred Zinkie 5
Scott Swanay 3
JBour, Mia 6 Scott Engel 14 Derek Van Riper 5 Al Melchior 5
KGraveman, Oak 5 Nando DiFino 14 Derek Van Riper 7 Tim Heaney 4
SPearce, Bal 4 Scott Swanay 6 Derek Van Riper 3 Ray Flowers 3
Cory Schwartz 1 Tim Heaney 1 Fred Zinkie 0
DDeJesus, TB 2 Ray Flowers 2 Tim Heaney 6 Scott Swanay 6
Derek Van Riper 3 Scott Pianowski 1 Cory Schwartz 0
NAhmed, Ari 1 Paul Singman 1
PKlein, Tex 1 Nando DiFino 8
JNiese, NYM 1 Scott Swanay 5 Tim Heaney 0
NSwisher, Cle 1 Derek Van Riper 10 Cory Schwartz 0
RGrichuk, StL 1 Derek Van Riper 5 Scott Engel 4
MReynolds, StL 1 Ray Flowers 2
CTaylor, Sea 1 Al Melchior 3
AEllis, LAD 1 Tim Heaney 2
WHarris, Hou 0 Scott Pianowski 0
EBurgos, Ari 0 Tim Heaney 0 Scott Engel 6

UNAWARDED BIDS

MMuncy, Oak Derek Van Riper 5
JJay, StL Scott Swanay 4
DValencia, Tor Derek Van Riper 3 Ray Flowers 2
CarSmith, Sea Scott Swanay 3 Tim Heaney 0
BBuxton, Min Tim Heaney 3
DMurphy, Cle Ray Flowers 2
BFarmer, Det Nando DiFino 2
JButler, TB Derek Van Riper 1
ARosales, Tex Al Melchior 1
WCastillo, Sea Tim Heaney 1
ADeAza, Bal Derek Van Riper 1
AGriffin, Oak Tim Heaney 0
BHolt, Bos Paul Singman 0
DDescalso, Col Paul Singman 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

 The best starting pitcher who didn't open the season in a starting rotation found a Tout Wars home this week, landing on Derek Van Riper's roster for the fair price of $10. Tanner Roark, who won 15 games for the Nats last year and sports a career 2.57 ERA and 1.08 WHIP since making his big league debut in 2013, will fill the rotation spot of the injured Doug Fister. With Fister sidelined indefinitely due to an elbow injury, Roark could see extended time in the rotation, and he's scheduled to make two starts this week. In other words, the 28-year-old righty is a must-add in the majority of fantasy leagues.

Starting pitching was clearly the theme of this week, as while Roark was the only player who garnered a double-digit dollar winning bid, a quartet of starters went for at least $5. Fresh off the DL, Tsuyoshi Wada pitched well in his season debut on Wednesday, despite being on a pitch count, and posted a fine stat line in last season's 13-start sample. The fact that Wada is replacing a pitcher who got demoted to the bullpen (Travis Wood) is an added bonus, as unlike Roark, his spot in the rotation should be secure going forward as long as he remains effective. In my mind, Wada is the most appealing option among the group that also includes Shaun Marcum, Charlie Morton and Kendall Graveman.

Todd's Take

Pts Balance
Zach Steinhorn 116.5 $34
Tim Heaney 102.5 $39
David Gonos 100.5 $53
Scott Engel 98.5 $58
Patrick Davitt 89 $102
Al Melchior 87 $71
Scott Pianowski 82 $27
Fred Zinkie 79 $51
Ray Flowers 74 $49
Cory Schwartz 71.5 $23
Derek Van Riper 71.5 $49
Scott Swanay 67 $50
Nando DiFino 61.5 $41
Paul Singman 55 $25
Joe Pisapia 44.5 $41

The average balance is 47. Let's see what the average is in the draft league.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

mwright

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MWright, Bal 4 Eno Sarris 6 Tim McLeod 3 Adam Ronis 2
BGuyer, TB 4 Brent Hershey 5 Perry Van Hook 4 Rudy Gamble 3
DDeJesus, TB 3 Tom Kessenich 12 Perry Van Hook 4 Rudy Gamble 2
Tim McLeod 1 Adam Ronis 0
RGrichuk, StL 2 Tim McLeod 5 Tom Kessenich 4 Rudy Gamble 1
Adam Ronis 0
JGarcia, StL 2 Perry Van Hook 37 Rudy Gamble 1
ECampbell, NYM 1 Tom Kessenich 1
CarSmith, Sea 1 Tim McLeod 4 Adam Ronis 0
SMarcum, Cle 1 Tim McLeod 1
EEscobar, Min 1 Rudy Gamble 1 Charlie Wiegert 1
CTaylor, Sea 1 Rudy Gamble 1
CYoung, NYY 1 Rudy Gamble 1
WMiley, Bos 1 Ray Murphy 3
KGraveman, Oak 1 Perry Van Hook 11 Adam Ronis 0
BBarnes, Col 1 Perry Van Hook 4
BPaulsen, Col 1 Charlie Wiegert 5
JKelly, Bos 1 Brent Hershey 8 Eno Sarris 6
MTaylor, Was 1 Brent Hershey 12
CSpangenberg, SD 1 Brent Hershey 4 Rudy Gamble 1
CYoung, KC 1 Adam Ronis 2 Perry Van Hook 2
WVenable, SD 1 Adam Ronis 2 Tom Kessenich 6
CIannetta, LAA 1 Adam Ronis 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

DYoung, Bal Tom Kessenich 8
EBurgos, Ari Eno Sarris 6
MMuncy, Oak Charlie Wiegert 3
PKlein, Tex Ray Murphy 3
TMay, Min Ray Murphy 3 Adam Ronis 1
RNolasco, Min Ray Murphy 3
ROhlendorf, Tex Eno Sarris 2
CMorton, Pit Perry Van Hook 2 Tim McLeod 0 Adam Ronis 0
DMurphy, Cle Charlie Wiegert 2
ISuzuki, Mia Tom Kessenich 2
MDuffy, SF Tim McLeod 2 Rudy Gamble 1 Charlie Wiegert 1
ODespaigne, SD Perry Van Hook 2
PCorbin, Ari Eno Sarris 2 Adam Ronis 0
NSwisher, Cle Rudy Gamble 1
DGregorius, NYY Rudy Gamble 1
SDrew, NYY Rudy Gamble 1
BFarmer, Det Adam Ronis 1
GSizemore, Phi Tom Kessenich 1
HGomez, Mil Rudy Gamble 1
BHolt, Bos Tom Kessenich 1
BPena, Cin Tom Kessenich 1
CCoghlan, ChC Adam Ronis 0
PStrop, ChC Adam Ronis 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

 The vagaries of Vickrey or how I lost my mind to acquire what I thought was the best pitcher available and bid $37 for St. Louis' Jaime Garcia but only had to pay two dollars for him. In fact despite how much people actually bid for players this week the highest winning bid was only $4 and that was for Tampa fly chaser Brandon Guyer and Orioles SP Mike Wright. Eno Sarris bid $6 for Wright but only had to use $4 to beat Tim McLeod's three dollar bid while Brent Hershey bid $5 for Guyer but only had to beat a $3 bid from Rudy Gamble.

Meanwhile there were two hidden $12 bids - Brent Hershey for Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor whom he got for a buck and from Tom Kessenich for David DeJesus of Tampa whom he won for $3.

Not nearly as costly as the LABR bids.

Todd's Take

Pts Balance
Adam Ronis 112 $42
Rudy Gamble 106 $91
Greg Ambrosius 105.5 $76
Paul Sporer 104.5 $85
Tom Kessenich 90 $64
Grey Albright 89.5 $63
Paul Greco 86.5 $79
Perry Van Hook 86 $75
Charlie Wiegert 77.5 $73
Brent Hershey 75 $90
Eno Sarris 74 $65
Ray Murphy 66.5 $64
Tim McLeod 62 $20
Anthony Perri 46 $78
Rick Wilton 19 $98

The average here is 71. The player availabilities weren't exact but the rules and league sizes are the same. This just emphasizes that you should really know your league in terms of tendencies.

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There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo..

AMERICAN LEAGUE

lance-mccullers

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Lance McCullers, HOU 37 Mastersball 37 RotoWire 31 Fangraphs 23
Baseball HQ 16 FantasyScore 9 USA TODAY Sports 7
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Maxwell Muncy, OAK 6 Baseball HQ 6 Fangraphs 11 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2
ESPN.com 1
Shaun Marcum, CLE 6 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 6 Mastersball 6 Baseball HQ 3
RotoWire 3 Colton & The Wolfman 2 USA TODAY Sports 1
Fangraphs 1 FantasyScore 1
Tyler Collins, DET 5 RotoWire 5
Liam Hendriks, TOR 4 RotoWire 4
Craig Gentry, OAK 3 RotoWire 3 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Slade Heathcott, NYY 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2 RotoWire 3 Fangraphs 2
ESPN.com 1 Fangraphs 1 Baseball HQ 1
David Lough, BAL 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Welington Castillo, SEA 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 FantasyScore 1
Steve Tolleson, TOR 1 ESPN.com 1
Jose Alvarez, LAA 1 Mastersball 1
Phil Klein, TEX 1 Baseball HQ 1 Mastersball 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Eric Sogard, OAK Fangraphs 6 ESPN.com 1
Rickie Weeks, SEA RotoWire 3 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Fangraphs 1
Marc Krauss, LAA Colton & The Wolfman 2 Fangraphs 2
J.B. Shuck, CWS Colton & The Wolfman 1
Brandon Gomes, TB Mastersball 1
Matt Barnes, BOS Mastersball 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Lots of bids this week and the Lance McCullers derby made more interesting because he wasn't eligible for FAAB last week as he wasn't activated until Monday but a few teams had made bids, in fact my $11 was high. Not so easy after the Houston prospect had two good outings and appears to be in the rotation for the foreseeable future. I tried $37 and of course had remorse it might either be too much or not enough but it turned out that eight of the twelve teams bid for him and I beat the underbid of $31 by only six dollars.

The second highest bid was for new but not young Cleveland Indians SP Shaun Marcum where the winning bid was $6 by NFBC/STATS - actually they beat me on a standings tie-breaker.

Todd's Take

We're about one-quarter into the season, a nice time to take a look at the standings and the remaining FAAB units for each team. By means of reminder, the standings and reports for each league are linked to the leage heading, right above each photo.

PTS FAAB
USA TODAY Sports 98.5 $94
FantasyScore 88 $51
ESPN.com 80 $82
Mastersball 74 $35
Colton & The Wolfman 69.5 $69
SiriusXM 68.5 $62
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 62.5 $27
Winning Fantasy Baseball 57 $31
Baseball HQ 53 $85
RotoWire 52 $74
Yahoo! Sports 42 $120
Fangraphs 35 $87

Steve Gardner is in the driver's season, both in terms of standings and FAAB. Remember, you can get a rebate equal to the player's bid price for anyone you cut that's been placed on the DL.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

ben-paulsen

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Ben Paulsen, COL 11 RotoExperts 11 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 RotoWire - DVR 2
Jason Rogers, MIL 11 RotoExperts 11
Nick Ahmed, ARI 9 Sandlot Shrink 9 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 RotoWire - DVR 1
Carter Capps, MIA 7 Mastersball 7 USA TODAY Sports 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Sean O'Sullivan, PHI 3 Sandlot Shrink 3
Jeremy Jeffress, MIL 2 USA TODAY Sports 2 RotoWire - DVR 1
Tyler Moore, WSH 1 Baseball HQ 1
Corey Knebel, MIL 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Kevin Siegrist, STL 1 RotoWire - DVR 1
Todd Cunningham, ATL 1 RotoWire - DVR 1 Sandlot Shrink 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Brandon Barnes, COL Sandlot Shrink 2 Baseball HQ 1 RotoWire - DVR 1
Jason Motte, CHC RotoExperts 2
Brandon Cunniff, ATL RotoWire - DVR 1
Chad Bettis, COL RotoWire - DVR 1
Chris Hatcher, LAD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Dale Thayer, SD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Jose Rafael Diaz, CIN NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Sam Dyson, MIA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Williams Perez, ATL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Leading off the moves for the week are a couple of trades, both initiated by yours truly who had a team in search of a closer.

I traded Lucas Duda to ringleader Steve Gardner for Hector Rondon, and then Gio Gonzalez for Jason Grilli with the NFBC duo, giving me points to gain in saves, and ideally my pitching, with Mike Bolsinger in tow, an improving Jeremy Hellickson on reserve, an injured Patrick Corbin due back, and Clayton Kershaw at the helm witll kick my pitching, and maybe even add some depth for potential future trades.

Steve's USAT team needed some pop, and Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs NFBC/STATS team needed a starter and some whiffs, so for now everyone got something they needed.

As for free agents, Ben Paulson and Jason Rogers were a pair of sticks who went to RotoExperts Lenny Melnick, each for $11. Failed bids of $2 and $4 went for Paulsen, but the Rogers bid curiously went unchallenged.

The Sandlot Shrink's Bob Radomski added infielder Nick Ahmed for $9, outbidding shots of $3 and $1, while Doug Dennis of BBHQ dropped a buck on Tyler Moore.

Pitching wise, Radomski also added Sean O'Sullivan for $3, while Mr. Gardner got the services of Jeremy Jeffress for a dollar. Childs and Ambrosius picked up Ciorey Knebel for a buck, and league leaduer Derek Van Riper of Rotowire acquired Kevin Siegrist for a dollar.

As for me, I tried to add to my relieving corps by also adding Carter Capps for $7, although I now rue not bidding on Rogers. I hope that oversight will neither haunt, nor cost.

Todd's Take

PTS FAAB
RotoWire - DVR 99 $63
Colton & The Wolfman 88 $95
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 87 $85
Fantasy Insiders 80 $100
USA TODAY Sports 65 $87
ESPN - Karabell 61.5 $89
RotoExperts 60.5 $65
Mastersball 56 $71
Baseball HQ 55 $87
Yahoo Sports 50.5 $100
Inside Edge 46 $75
Sandlot Shrink 31.5 $75

Derek Van Riper is in the opposite predicament as Steve as DVR is also winning but as opposed to Steve who's carry the second most FAAB in the AL, DVR has the least. The silver lining with that is you don't have to worry about the trading deadline and can be a little more cavalier about spending if you see someone you like.

MIXED LEAGUE

tanner-roark

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Tanner Roark, WSH 15 USA TODAY Sports 15 MLB.com 8 BSports 3
Jaime Garcia, STL 7 Fangraphs 7 Baseball Prospectus 4 Razzball 3
Baseball HQ 1 FantasyScore 1
Charlie Morton, PIT 5 MLB.com 5
Kendall Graveman, OAK 5 Rotowire-Erickson 5 Baseball Prospectus 2 RotoExperts 1
Brayan Pena, CIN 4 Mastersball 4
Wade Miley, BOS 3 USA TODAY Sports 6 BSports 1
Shaun Marcum, CLE 3 MLB.com 3
Ryan Raburn, CLE 3 FantasyScore 3
Joe Kelly, BOS 2 Baseball Prospectus 2 FantasyScore 1
Lance McCullers, HOU 2 BSports 2 USA TODAY Sports 6 FantasyScore 1
RotoExperts 1
Carson Smith, SEA 1 Baseball Prospectus 1
Maxwell Muncy, OAK 1 ESPN.com 1 MLB.com 1
David DeJesus, TB 1 Razzball 1 FantasyScore 2
Matt Duffy, SF 1 Razzball 1
Enrique Burgos, ARI 1 RotoExperts 1
Will Venable, SD 1 Baseball HQ 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Mike Aviles, CLE FantasyScore 2
David Murphy, CLE Baseball HQ 1
Jeremy Jeffress, MIL USA TODAY Sports 1
Michael Taylor, WSH FantasyScore 1
Phil Klein, TEX Baseball HQ 1
Randal Grichuk, STL Baseball HQ 1
Rene Rivera, TB Mastersball 1
Ricky Nolasco, MIN Baseball HQ 1
Welington Castillo, SEA Mastersball 1
Zach McAllister, CLE USA TODAY Sports 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Welcome to America's favorite game show, What Catcher Will Todd Overbid on This Week. With Yan Gomes set to return to the Indians, I need to replace Roberto Hernandez. I thought about Reve Rivera but figure I can always go back to him if necessary. I opted for Brayan Pena as it's becoming increasingly likely that Devin Mesoraco will need hip surgery.

Todd's Take

PTS FAAB
USA TODAY Sports 116.5 $58
Baseball Prospectus 111 $40
BSports 106 $55
MLB.com 102 $69
FantasyScore 93 $43
Razzball 84.5 $88
Fangraphs 80 $48
Baseball HQ 75 $39
RotoExperts 73.5 $0
Mastersball 67.5 $35
Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 67 $37
FNTSY 61 $16
Rotowire-Erickson 60.5 $31
ESPN.com 56 $93
Rotowire-Colton 46.5 $82

I knew I should have gone with the "I'll post the standings this week" meme when I was much higher up. Steve Gardner is having a fine season here as well but spent some money to get his lead. I'm not sure I get the reasoning behind zeroing out in a mixed league with three-quarters of a season to go but that's why we play the game.

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.

 Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR is available below.

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There are four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

jackiebradley

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JBradley, Bos 10 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 16 Mike Podhorzer 9
CColabello, Tor 9 Rob Leibowitz 9 Mike Podhorzer 9 Lawr Michaels 8
Steve Moyer 6 Jason Collette 5 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
CPerez, LAA 9 Andy Behrens 18 Larry Schechter 8 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6
Ron Shandler 3 Mike Podhorzer 2 Seth Trachtman 1
JPirela, NYY 7 Seth Trachtman 11 Steve Moyer 6 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6
MAndriese, TB 1 Seth Trachtman 1 Lawr Michaels 0
JButler, TB 1 Steve Moyer 6 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
ABellatti, TB 1 Jason Collette 4
PTucker, Hou 1 Jason Collette 1 Jason Collette 5 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 16
CCorrea, Hou 1 Chris Liss 34
AWojciechowski, Hou 0 Lawr Michaels 0
BWilson, TB 0 Seth Trachtman 0 Mike Podhorzer 0
JAlvarez, LAA 0 Ron Shandler 0 Jason Collette 0
LHochevar, KC 0 Chris Liss 0 Jason Collette 2 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
JWilson, NYY 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
JFields, Hou 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
CHerrmann, Min 0 Mike Podhorzer 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JRuggiano, Sea Chris Liss 13
TWilson, Bal Ron Shandler 1
JBerrios, Min Chris Liss 1
EFrieri, TB Ron Shandler 0
TMcFarland, Bal Ron Shandler 0
ERosario, Min Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
JRuggiano, Sea Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
SDelabar, Tor Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
EFrieri, TB Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
THunter, Bal Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
ZDuke, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
SDelabar, Tor Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
EFrieri, TB Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
THunter, Bal Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
ZDuke, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
BHayes, Cle Mike Podhorzer 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Bad news for me as I lost Drew Smyly for the season, but was able to reclaim his $11 salary as FAAB. With Brett Oberholtzer coming off the DL this week, I inserted him rather than pursue a free agent.

On the hitting front, we presented a few interesting FAAB options, though few that fit within the context of my roster. Journeyman catcher Carlos Perez had been swinging a hot bat in AAA and has done likewise since his promotion to the Majors. With Iannetta struggling, Perez could get a long look, but he's a contact hitter with marginal power and limited other assets. In other words, consider him as a short-term only option. I already own Caleb Joseph, Blake Swihart, and Salvador Perez, so no openings for the 24-year were available.

I have been suffering with Ryan Lavarnway at corner recently, so I entered the derby for quadruple-A slugger, Chris Colabello. The righty has been hitting over .500 since his call-up and has legitimate 20+ HR power. His handedness and tendency to swing and miss, however, mean this pace cannot be sustained. That's irrelevant considering he'll move back to a bench or minor league role once Jose Bautista and/or Michael Saunders can play the field. Still, a temporary upgrade, is an upgrade.

Jose Pirela offers another option, stealing time from the non-hitting Stephen Drew. While not a high-upside guy, Pirela offers good contact-making skills, gap power, and slightly above average speed actually making him a better fantasy candidate than the Drew. Rob Refsnyder is not destroying AAA, so Pirela could end up with the job for awhile.

Todd's Take

I have to hand it to my colleagues Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton. The following may not seem like much and it's going to be hard to convey in this space since it may easily be viewed as a slight against others but that's not the intent. Like all of us, Rick and Glenn are extremely busy and the last thing they want to do on a Sunday night is put in zero dollar bids for the sludge that's available in the free agent pool. Again, this may not seem like a big deal, and I really like OnRoto as a service, but the FAAB mechanism is EXTREMELY tedious and it takes some patience to string in the bids the way Glenn and Rick do every week. The duo have multiple championships across all sorts of leagues on their resume. For as SMART as they are as players, they are every bit as diligent when it comes to the little things. And little things often lead to big things...like championships.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

hectorgomez

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

HGomez, Mil 1 Steve Gardner 12
JMonell, NYM 1 Peter Kreutzer 3
AAlmonte, SD 1 Peter Kreutzer 3
AHedges, SD 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 3 Phil Hertz 3 Peter Kreutzer 1
PBaez, LAD 1 Brian Walton 2 Peter Kreutzer 0 Scott Wilderman 0
RScahill, Pit 1 Todd Zola 1
MBlazek, Mil 1 Phil Hertz 3 Todd Zola 1 Lenny Melnick  0
PGosselin, Atl 1 Gene McCaffrey 2
MSocolovich, StL 1 Gene McCaffrey 3
SManess, StL 1 Phil Hertz 2
JUrias, LAD 1 Ray Guilfoyle 1
CHernandez, Phi 0 Phil Hertz 0 Gene McCaffrey 1 Steve Gardner 0
Peter Kreutzer 0 Derek Carty 0
PKozma, StL 0 Derek Carty 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
GKontos, SF 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Brian Walton 0
CTorres, NYM 0 Brian Walton 0 Phil Hertz 0
PRodriguez, LAD 0 Lenny Melnick  0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JArias, SF Steve Gardner 2
AChafin, Ari Todd Zola 1
ATorres, NYM Scott Wilderman 0
JJeffress, Mil Phil Hertz 0
JDeFratus, Phi Phil Hertz 0
WPerez, Atl Peter Kreutzer 0
SSolis, Was Peter Kreutzer 0
JHoover, Cin Peter Kreutzer 0
DSolano, Mia Peter Kreutzer 0
MSzczur, ChC Gene McCaffrey 2 Peter Kreutzer 0
MDunn, Mia Brian Walton 0
JGrimm, ChC Brian Walton 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

 Perhaps the biggest news in the National League over the last seven days is the ascension of top New York Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard to the Majors. However, Syndergaard, like every other name-brand prospect, has been owned and stashed in NL Tout's four-man reserve rosters since draft day.

As a result, it was a Mets backstop, Johnny Monell, who led a group of 11 $1 players taken in the league this week. It is not clear why the Metropolitans are carrying three catchers as their only two May interleague games are history. Further, Monell's new owner, Rotoman, aka Peter Kreutzer, will not get the results of Monell's first MLB hit, a two-run double on Sunday, but why not take a shot on a guy who batted .397 for his first month in Triple-A?

Another even better-known catching prospect received his first call to the bigs this past weekend, as well. Like in the case of Monell, it is difficult to see how Austin Hedges of San Diego is going to get a lot of at-bats while playing behind standout Derek Norris. Couple that with Hedges' so-so hitting history and one can see why ESPN's Tristan H. Cockcroft only laid down $1.

Obviously, with each owner having two catcher spots to fill in an "only" league such as this one, these kinds of bets are wise.

Todd's Take

While this is a gratuitous humblebrag since I was the person that proposed the idea to the Tout Wars LLC, one of my favorite rules we use is the swingman, which is basically a utility that can be filled by any hitter or pitcher (the 5th OF is SW). The impetus was MLB teams are carrying fewer hitters and more pitchers now than they did when the 14H/9P roster was designed and accordingly, there are more potentially useful pitchers available than hitters. The swing spot allows us to avoid having a hitter that may see action on a Sunday in lieu of a reliever that will toss a few innings and hopefully get a few strikeouts.

I had an opening this week with Chris Denorfia hitting the DL and didn't like the hitters available above so I opted for Rob Scahill who's been racking up serious whiffs lately, albeit walks and hits too, but I'll bank on the skills winning out. That said, I always prefer a stick at SW so I'll be looking for a bat to float in the spot.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

carlosperez

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CPerez, LAA 15 Paul Singman 15 Al Melchior 15 Scott Engel 3
CPeguero, Tex 9 Paul Singman 10 Nando DiFino 8 Ray Flowers 1
LMorrison, Sea 9 Paul Singman 20 Nando DiFino 8 Tim Heaney 8
Ray Flowers 6 David Gonos 3
JMcCann, Det 7 Al Melchior 10 Scott Pianowski 6 Joe Pisapia 1
AHill, Ari 6 Derek Van Riper 12 Ray Flowers 5
CCorrea, Hou 5 Joe Pisapia 18 Cory Schwartz 4
CYoung, KC 4 Al Melchior 13 Ray Flowers 3
CWhitley, NYY 3 Derek Van Riper 5 Cory Schwartz 2 Ray Flowers 2
TGosewisch, Ari 2 Scott Pianowski 2 Joe Pisapia 1
RVogelsong, SF 1 Paul Singman 1
WandRodriguez, Tex 1 Fred Zinkie 4 Ray Flowers 2
ECarrera, Tor 1 Scott Swanay 10
VWorley, Pit 1 Cory Schwartz 1
CSeager, LAD 1 Cory Schwartz 1
CSpangenberg, SD 1 Scott Engel 2 Tim Heaney 8 Al Melchior 3
Derek Van Riper 2 Cory Schwartz 1
DEspinosa, Was 1 Tim Heaney 8 Ray Flowers 3 Derek Van Riper 2
Cory Schwartz 0
ERamirez, TB 1 Ray Flowers 3
EEscobar, Min 1 Ray Flowers 3
CColabello, Tor 1 Tim Heaney 8 Ray Flowers 1
MTaylor, Was 1 Al Melchior 8
DAckley, Sea 1 Al Melchior 4
JSaltalamacchia, Ari 1 Tim Heaney 3
WVenable, SD 0 Cory Schwartz 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

ERosario, Min Tim Heaney 8
JTurner, LAD Derek Van Riper 2
ABarrett, Was Ray Flowers 2
JUribe, LAD Derek Van Riper 2
MGonzales, StL Joe Pisapia 2
MJoyce, LAA Ray Flowers 1
PNeshek, Hou Derek Van Riper 1
ZMcAllister, Cle Derek Van Riper 1
DDeJesus, TB Ray Flowers 1
CBethancourt, Atl Scott Pianowski 0
HConger, Hou Scott Pianowski 0
JPacheco, Ari Scott Pianowski 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

For this FAAB run, I had a tough time finding players that interested me, or at least players that would represent clear upgrades over my current starters, so I ultimately decided to sit the week out. My league mates, or more specifically Paul Singman, clearly felt otherwise. Singman ended up spending 34 of his remaining 58 FAAB dollars this week on four players, headlined by recent call-up Carlos Perez. The 24-year-old backstop has been swinging a red-hot bat since opening his big league career with a walk-off homer on Tuesday and he's now started four of his club's last six games. Chris Iannetta has been brutal offensively to this point, so it will be interesting to see if Perez can earn the majority of the catcher at-bats going forward. In a two-catcher deep mixed league like Tout, he's certainly worth a flier, though I'm not sure that Paul expected the price tag to be this high. The same applies to Peguero and Morrison. Both are playing well right now but there is legitimate doubt as to whether they can sustain this level of production over a lengthy period of time.

Cory Schwartz's $1 purchase of Corey Seager is also worthy of note, as it's a gamble that his recent promotion to Triple-A will soon lead to a big league promotion, and if Cory had waited another week or two to grab Corey (confusing, I know), he would be priced out of the bidding (Schwartz currently holds the least amount of FAAB dollars in the league). The downside of this approach is that, in accordance with Tout rules, Cory will need to carry Seager in his active lineup this week and thus receive no stats. But obviously, the potential long-term benefit is huge.

Todd's Take

There's a few contrasts between playing it safe and rolling the dice. As Zach mentioned, Corey Seager got a bid as did Carlos Correa who was promoted to Triple-A while the parent club is trying to get by at shortstop with Marwin Gonzalez and Jonathan Villar with Jed Lowrie out. In contrast, veterans Aaron Hill and Danny Espinosa also have new Tout homes, Which is better, filling a spot with middling talent like Hill or taking a goose-egg to stash Seager or Correa -- time will tell.

At catcher, it was interesting how Carlos Perez and James McCann each garnered three bids but only one owner bid on both. But meanwhile, Tim Heaney threw an uncontested three jelly beans at Jarrod Saltalamacchia - the safe choice. Tim needs to keep Salty active this week (as Zach described) but who knows, he may get the call sooner than later. It's not like Tuffy Gosewisch or Jordan Pacheco will stand in his way.  Put Saltalamacchia in a much better hitter's park than Miami and more of the preponderance of fly balls he strikes will leave the yard.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

carloscorrea

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CCorrea, Hou 2 Tim McLeod 13 Anthony Perri 1
JKang, Pit 2 Eno Sarris 22 Adam Ronis 1
CPerez, LAA 1 Anthony Perri 1 Adam Ronis 1
JMaxwell, SF 1 Anthony Perri 2 Perry Van Hook 0
CLewis, Tex 1 Anthony Perri 3 Greg Ambrosius 5 Tim McLeod 1
Perry Van Hook 0
HSantiago, LAA 1 Greg Ambrosius 7 Anthony Perri 1 Tim McLeod 0
Perry Van Hook 0
JPeterson, Atl 1 Brent Hershey 6 Eno Sarris 1
DPhelps, Mia 1 Perry Van Hook 3 Ray Murphy 0
BGuyer, TB 1 Tim McLeod 4 Perry Van Hook 0
SMatz, NYM 1 Tim McLeod 3
CFrias, LAD 1 Tim McLeod 2 Perry Van Hook 3 Adam Ronis 0
YEscobar, Was 1 Charlie Wiegert 4
CColabello, Tor 1 Charlie Wiegert 3 Perry Van Hook 0
PTucker, Hou 1 Tom Kessenich 18
FGalvis, Phi 1 Perry Van Hook 2 Tom Kessenich 3
DRuf, Phi 1 Rudy Gamble 3
CWhitley, NYY 0 Ray Murphy 0 Adam Ronis 0
CPeguero, Tex 0 Perry Van Hook 0 Rudy Gamble 3 Tim McLeod 2
WVenable, SD 0 Adam Ronis 0 Charlie Wiegert 3
ASusac, SF 0 Adam Ronis 0
JimJohnson, Atl 0 Adam Ronis 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

DYoung, Bal Tom Kessenich 11 Perry Van Hook 0
JLoney, TB Tom Kessenich 6 Charlie Wiegert 0
EEscobar, Min Charlie Wiegert 4 Tim McLeod 1 Rudy Gamble 1
KLobstein, Det Perry Van Hook 3
DEspinosa, Was Brent Hershey 4
CYoung, KC Anthony Perri 1
BHolt, Bos Tom Kessenich 3
MPelfrey, Min Greg Ambrosius 3
CSpangenberg, SD Eno Sarris 2 Charlie Wiegert 0
TBeckham, TB Tom Kessenich 2
CarSmith, Sea Tim McLeod 0
KKela, Tex Tim McLeod 0
MEstrada, Tor Ray Murphy 0
DDeJesus, TB Perry Van Hook 0
DDeShields, Tex Perry Van Hook 0
ECarrera, Tor Perry Van Hook 0
JButler, TB Perry Van Hook 0
MAviles, Cle Perry Van Hook 0
WandRodriguez, Tex Perry Van Hook 0
ACallaspo, Atl Charlie Wiegert 0
CGillaspie, CWS Charlie Wiegert 0
KBlanks, Tex Charlie Wiegert 0
MReynolds, StL Charlie Wiegert 0
AHedges, SD Adam Ronis 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

As with my LABR bids I had an opportunity in this league to exploit the league rules and add three new players for very few dollars by using several $0 bids. In particular I did this for a new outfielder not only to replace Michael Saunders now back on the DL, but in anticipation that George Springer currently on the 7 day concussion DL list will be activated midweek and in order to put him back in my lineup I will have to cut the outfielder he will replace, so why not add a playable one for a zero bid. If they do great I can always delay Springer's return or decide to replace someone else. Thus my $0 list for ten outfielders mostly with good on base percentage and some likelihood of other contributions in the counting stats.

So how did all these turn out? Well I got my highest pitching target David Phelps of Miami for $1 on a three dollar bid while I won Philly shortstop Freddy Galvis for $1 on a two dollar bid and won my second highest outfielder, Carlos Peguero for $0 while my first choice Chris Colabello went for a Vickrey reduced $1 to Charlie Weigert on his $3 bid.

The highest Vickrey winning bids were $2 - Jung-ho Kang of the Pirates to Eno Sarris on a $22 bid and Carlos Correa, Houston shortstop for $2 on a future bid of $13 by Tim McLeod.

Todd's Take

Tom Kessenich is this week's owner of the "Thank you for Vickrey" bid as he was willing to shell out 18 for Preston Tucker while no one else contested. Seeing this gave me an idea -- I'm going to figure out all the FAAB totals without Vickrey and compare them to the adjusted totals as well as to the corresponding LABR league. It will start out as a fun exercise but who know, it may turn out to be actionable, we'll see.

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There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo..

AMERICAN LEAGUE

jose-pirela

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jose Pirela, NYY 22 Fangraphs 22 Winning Fantasy Baseball 6
Carlos Perez, LAA 16 Winning Fantasy Baseball 16 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9 FantasyScore 7
Colton & The Wolfman 6 Mastersball 3 ESPN.com 2
Chris Colabello, TOR 13 Mastersball 13 Winning Fantasy Baseball 16 FantasyScore 8
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3
Jackie Bradley Jr., BOS 11 Colton & The Wolfman 11 Winning Fantasy Baseball 7
Danny Valencia, TOR 8 SiriusXM 8 Winning Fantasy Baseball 4
Joey Butler, TB 8 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 8 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2
Delino DeShields Jr., TEX 7 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7 RotoWire 6 Winning Fantasy Baseball 3
ESPN.com 2
Carlos Peguero, TEX 6 RotoWire 6 Mastersball 12 Winning Fantasy Baseball 10
Winning Fantasy Baseball 5 SiriusXM 5 FantasyScore 2
ESPN.com 1
Eddie Rosario, MIN 6 FantasyScore 6 Mastersball 11 ESPN.com 6
Colton & The Wolfman 2
Luke Hochevar, KC 3 FantasyScore 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball HQ 1
Andrew Bellatti, TB 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3
Evan Scribner, OAK 1 FantasyScore 1 FantasyScore 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Will Harris, HOU 1 Baseball HQ 1
Fernando Rodriguez, OAK 1 Mastersball 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Adam Rosales, TEX Winning Fantasy Baseball 11
Preston Tucker, HOU Colton & The Wolfman 11 Mastersball 4 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2
Jake Elmore, TB Fangraphs 2
Steven Geltz, TB NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 FantasyScore 1 Mastersball 1
Brett Hayes, CLE NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
J.R. Graham, MIN NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Fernando Salas, LAA Mastersball 1
Alexi Ogando, BOS FantasyScore 1
Esmil Rogers, NYY FantasyScore 1
Liam Hendriks, TOR FantasyScore 1
Matt Andriese, TB FantasyScore 1
Aaron Thompson, MIN Baseball HQ 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary..

Quite unusual over a month into the season that all of a sudden there were some excellent names on the free agent list, especially at the outfield position so I expect quite a bidding war on recent call-ups Chris Colabello, TOR; Eddie Rosario, MIN; Preston Tucker, HOU; and one player who was released two weeks ago, TEX fly chaser Carlos Peguero. While I don't have a hole in my outfield I do have two outfielders I can reserve so while you can't reserve a player you bought in the auction - you would have to release him to replace him, I can add one of the outfielders and deepen my roster. I actually bid more on Colabello over Rosario only because he also qualifies at first base and is a security blanket if Toronto were to send down Justin Smoak. There was also a desirable catcher for a change with Carlos Perez having an immediate impact for the Angels and perhaps pushing Chris Iannetta to the backup role.

So the high bid for the night was a complete surprise as Eno Sarris/Fangraphs won Jose Pirela, 2B, NYY for $22 - the underbid was $6. Meanwhile my Carlos Perez bid was way wide as Larry Schechter won him at $16 - the highest of several underbids was $9. I won Colabello for my $13 bid besting several bids the highest being $8. Jackie Bradley recalled Sunday by the Red Sox went for $11 to Colton & The Wolfman with a $7 underbid. The next highest winning bid was $8 for Tampa outfielder Joey Butler while Texas fly chaser Delino DeShields went for $7 while teammate Carlos Peguero went for $6 as did Eddie Rosario of the Twins.

Todd's Take

Perry alludes to a rule in AL and NL LABR that is often overlooked and if you aren't aware how to take advantage on draft day you could be at a small competitive disadvantage and in a league of his nature, even small factors can decide the winner. To reiterate, there isn't free movement from active to reserve like there is in most leagues (including Tout Wars and Mixed LABR). You can get rid of an under-performing player, but you can't reserve him, you need to drop him. If your middling pitcher has a start in Coors, tough noogies, you need to keep him active or release him. The one exception is players drafted onto your reserve. These players can be yo-yo'd from active to reserve all season. The best way to take advantage of this rule is to draft an injured player, put him on the disabled list (which is separate from reserve) and bring up a replacement from reserve. You can freely ship this player back to reserve. If the player is a pitcher, and you have another pitcher on reserve, you can basically choose between the two each week. A common ploy is to grab a pitcher best used as a spot-starter and a solid reliever.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Michael_Lorezen

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Michael Lorenzen, CIN 12 Mastersball 12 Sandlot Shrink 3
Tyler Lyons, STL 5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5
Hector Gomez, MIL 2 Baseball HQ 2
Alexander Torres, NYM 1 Mastersball 1
Kristopher Negron, CIN 1 Baseball HQ 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Kevin Siegrist, STL Mastersball 2

Lawr Michaels' Commentary.

Deep league, good prospects on reserves, few moves pretty much describes the NL LABR moves for the week.

I confess that in a somewhat desperate move to heal my Danny Cabrera pitching staff (last in Saves, WHIP, and ERA, while first in Strikeouts) I blew my Brandon McCarthy rebate on Michael Lorenzen for $12, and then tried to help stabilize by adding Alexander Torres for a buck.

Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs (NFBC/STATS) spent $5 on Cardinals starter Tyler Lyons, while the two remaining moves were Doug Dennis of BaseballHQ nabbing infielders Hector Gomez ($2) and Kris Negron ($1).

And, that was all she wrote.

Todd's Take

Geez, if all the runs were like this I may actually get some sleep on a Sunday night and not be cranky the rest of the week. Actually, that's not true, I''d be cranky regardless.

Not only was the bidding light, but other than Lawr, no contingency bids were put in. It was pretty much "Screw it, if I don't get this guy, I don't want anyone else." Not that there's a whole lot or anyone else to bid on, but still.

MIXED LEAGUE

james_mccann

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

James McCann, DET 13 Mastersball 13
Chris Young, KC 6 Fangraphs 6 BSports 2 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2
Justin Maxwell, SF 5 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 5
Kyle Blanks, TEX 5 USA TODAY Sports 5
Carlos Frias, LAD 4 Fangraphs 4 MLB.com 3 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2
Razzball 2 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Colby Lewis, TEX 4 BSports 4 FantasyScore 1
Wandy Rodriguez, TEX 4 BSports 4 MLB.com 3 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Peter Bourjos, STL 2 FantasyScore 2 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 3 USA TODAY Sports 2
RotoExperts 1
Rafael Betancourt, COL 2 RotoExperts 2
Brandon Guyer, TB 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Kyle Gibson, MIN 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2 BSports 1
FantasyScore 1
Mike Pelfrey, MIN 1 FantasyScore 1
Wilin Rosario, COL 1 MLB.com 1
Steven Geltz, TB 1 BSports 1
Tyler Lyons, STL 1 Razzball 1 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Preston Tucker, HOU Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 4
Michael Lorenzen, CIN Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Eduardo Escobar, MIN Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2 USA TODAY Sports 2
Danny Espinosa, WSH USA TODAY Sports 2 FantasyScore 1
Marco Estrada, TOR Fangraphs 2
Zach McAllister, CLE BSports 1
Odrisamer Despaigne, SD Rotowire-Erickson 1
Mark Buehrle, TOR Rotowire-Erickson 1
Ichiro Suzuki, MIA Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1
Freddy Galvis, PHI FantasyScore 1
Delino DeShields Jr., TEX USA TODAY Sports 1
Adam Warren, NYY Rotowire-Erickson 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Aw geez guys. Every week there's goofy bidding on all the available catchers, you all had to choose this week to go silent? Actually again I'm not complaining that I seemingly overbid to get a receiver. I've been on James McCann since the end of last season. Alex Avila almost retired from concussions and it's pretty clear this is his last season with the Tigers. Between potential for injury, not to mention one ill-placed foul tip to the mask, I didn't feel Avila would make it through the season and now he's out to the All-Star break. It's not like McCann is the second coming of Johnny Bench -- or even Brian McCann. But he's the ideal "won't hurt you", Greg Zaun with a full-time gig type of hitter. In today's landscape, that means something. I released the underperfoming Rene Rivera. I considered dropping someone else and trying to deal a catcher but practically speaking, what am I going to get for Rivera and I'm already stashing John Jaso, albeit on the disabled list.

Todd's Take

Note that there are a couple of interesting Texas Rangers pitchers picked up by Bloomberg Sports. If you're like me, you Pavlovianly ignore all Colorado and Texas pitchers (along with a few other teams) since their park is so hitter-friendly. Ignoring Ranger pitchers for this reason is a mistake. Renovations over the past couple of seasons have really softened the hitting boost. Globe Life Park still favors offense but not to the extreme extent it did before 2013. We can argue whether Colby Lewis and Wandy Rodriguez are mixed league worthy, it's just using the park as a reason to avoid them is now myopic.

For the record, I like Lewis and would use him in mixed. Despite his recent two-game stretch, I still don't trust Wandy.

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.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR is available below.

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There are four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

mwright

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TField, Tex 19 Larry Schechter 28 Rob Leibowitz 18 Ron Shandler 9
Jeff Erickson 3 Mike Podhorzer 1 Steve Moyer 0
MWright, Bal 14 Ron Shandler 14 Lawr Michaels 13 Jason Collette 3
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
LMcCullers, Hou 9 Chris Liss 9 Mike Podhorzer 8 Jason Collette 4
SWright, Bos 1 Lawr Michaels 11
GJones, NYY 1 Lawr Michaels 4 Larry Schechter 3
RGoins, Tor 1 Jeff Erickson 1 Ron Shandler 0
ERosario, Min 1 Jason Collette 2 Larry Schechter 9 Mike Podhorzer 0
JRuggiano, Sea 1 Mike Podhorzer 4 Larry Schechter 2
THunter, Bal 1 Larry Schechter 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
SMarcum, Cle 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
BJohnson, Bos 1 Rob Leibowitz 1
WHarris, Hou 0 Ron Shandler 0
CarSmith, Sea 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0 Ron Shandler 0
ARomine, Det 0 Ron Shandler 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

ARosales, Tex Larry Schechter 2
RNavarro, Bal Larry Schechter 2 Jeff Erickson 1
MMuncy, Oak Mike Podhorzer 1
BGomes, TB Ron Shandler 0
LHendriks, Tor Ron Shandler 0
MKrauss, LAA Mike Podhorzer 0
SDelabar, Tor Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
STolleson, Tor Jeff Erickson 0
TSipp, Hou Ron Shandler 0
TWilhelmsen, Sea Ron Shandler 0
ZDuke, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

 A week makes a big difference. I bid $9 on Tommy Field when he was called up last week and landed him for a dollar given Vickery. After starting nearly every game this week I bid $ 18. Field is a journeyman with a good plate approach and gap power so I made the bid knowing his ceiling was modest but do think he has the skills to possibly stick. I was more surprised by the lack of other bids for his services.

I bid on Brian Johnson to stash him for later this season. I am not sure how many bats he'll miss but he has great command and keeps the ball on the ground. Johnson is also near, if not at the top, the top of the pecking order for call up on Boston's depth charts too.

Todd's Take

Mike Wright may have cost Ron 14 FAAB units but he cost me a little chuck of my DFS bankroll on Sunday. I felt the Angels were in a good spot, facing a rookie pitcher in a favorable park, OOPS! I know there's narrative on both sides. Wright hasteh edge of unfamiliarity - but he is still a rookie making his debut. Right or wrong, I think I'm going to fade stacking against the unknown going forward in DFS.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

toddcunningham

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TCunningham, Atl 7 Gene McCaffrey 27 Brian Walton 6 Phil Hertz 3
ACole, Was 6 Brian Walton 56 Peter Kreutzer 5 Phil Hertz 4
Tristan H. Cockcroft 4
EHerrera, Mil 5 Todd Zola 13 Tristan H. Cockcroft 4 Brian Walton 3
Gene McCaffrey 2 Mike Gianella 1 Peter Kreutzer 0
Derek Carty 0
WPerez, Atl 4 Lenny Melnick  12 Phil Hertz 3 Mike Gianella 0
LSardinas, Mil 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 5 Mike Gianella 1
MDunn, Mia 1 Brian Walton 6
JNicolino, Mia 1 Lenny Melnick  1
EBurgos, Ari 1 Phil Hertz 1
JHellickson, Ari 1 Mike Gianella 2
DDescalso, Col 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Todd Zola 7 Gene McCaffrey 0
Phil Hertz 0 Derek Carty 0
KNieuwenhuis, NYM 0 Scott Wilderman 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

MSzczur, ChC Gene McCaffrey 4
JMarquis, Cin Mike Gianella 2
CBergman, Col Brian Walton 1
RYnoa, Col Gene McCaffrey 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

Two pitchers and two hitters went for between $4 and $7 in NL Tout this week.

Leading the way is Atlanta outfielder Todd Cunningham. Gene McCaffrey of Wise Guy Baseball was willing to spend $27, but only had to beat two $6 bids - mine and that of Scott Wilderman. I had hoped to add Cunningham to share space on my roster with his possible platoon partner with the Braves, Jonny Gomes.

With the left side of Milwaukee's infield banged up, Elian Herrera is seeing considerable playing time. Todd Zola was willing to pay $13 for the at-bats, but just had to top my $3 offer.

In the league's pitching cellar, I put considerable money on the table for Washington's A.J. Cole, though only $6 was required to win. Runner up Peter Kreutzer said, "I upgraded Cole four times today, from 1 to 2 to 3 to 4 to 5. I wish I'd gone all in!" The 23-year-old prospect has the first opportunity to step into the Nationals' rotation to replace injured Doug Fister. Bidding may have been depressed due to Cole's MLB debut being a clunker against the Braves last month.

Our final spotlight player this week is Williams Perez of Atlanta, acquired for $4 by Lenny Melnick. The 23-year-old, who impressed in Triple-A this season, is moving into the rotation to replace Eric Stults.

Todd's Take

I apologize for those hoping to see how much Maikel Franco cost in NL Tout as I've been stashing him on my roster since the auction (he cost $6), While I'm happy he's promoted, he's going to need to really produce for me to compete. I went with a stars and scrubs approach and the scrubs (well, the stars too) have not produced, That said, my main concern at this point of the season is pitching ratios and, well, they stink too.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

maikel_franco

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MFranco, Phi 19 Tim Heaney 32 Scott Engel 18 Ray Flowers 17
Derek Van Riper 12 Cory Schwartz 4
DPomeranz, Oak 18 Paul Singman 19 Derek Van Riper 17 Nando DiFino 8
Tim Heaney 3 Cory Schwartz 0
BZiegler, Ari 17 Scott Pianowski 22 Nando DiFino 16 Tim Heaney 11
Zach Steinhorn 5 Cory Schwartz 0
DDeShields, Tex 10 Tim Heaney 16 Scott Swanay 12 Scott Engel 9
Derek Van Riper 5 Ray Flowers 4 Paul Singman 4
Cory Schwartz 0
STolleson, Tex 6 Scott Pianowski 20 Tim Heaney 6 Derek Van Riper 5
LMcCullers, Hou 6 Al Melchior 26 Scott Engel 5 Tim Heaney 3
MBolsinger, LAD 4 Cory Schwartz 5 Scott Engel 3
AHicks, Min 1 Joe Pisapia 6
JSingleton, Hou 1 Joe Pisapia 6 Tim Heaney 7
RIglesias, Cin 1 Nando DiFino 8
JGarcia, StL 1 Scott Swanay 12
PBourjos, StL 1 Cory Schwartz 7 Derek Van Riper 12
JTurner, LAD 1 Cory Schwartz 4 Ray Flowers 5 Derek Van Riper 5
Tim Heaney 4
ACabrera, TB 1 Ray Flowers 9 Tim Heaney 3
KKela, Tex 1 Tim Heaney 6 Ray Flowers 3
SVanSlyke, LAD 1 Derek Van Riper 12
PTucker, Hou 1 Derek Van Riper 12
MWright, Bal 1 Scott Engel 2

UNAWARDED BIDS

NSwisher, Cle Derek Van Riper 12
SVictorino, Bos Cory Schwartz 7 Ray Flowers 4
SPearce, Bal Ray Flowers 5 Tim Heaney 3
DDeJesus, TB Ray Flowers 3
ADeAza, Bal Derek Van Riper 3
JButler, TB Derek Van Riper 1
JLocke, Pit Cory Schwartz 0
TRoark, Was Cory Schwartz 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

In my years of participating in the Mixed Auction league, most of the top hitting prospects have been drafted, maybe for a dollar at the end of the auction or more likely in the reserve rounds. And with the increase in reserves from four to six this season, the chances of purchasing an impact call-up using the FAAB route are even slimmer. Well, Maikel Franco could be one of the exceptions. So far, Franco's second stint in the Majors is going considerably better than his first one, last year's 16-game sample, and it sure sounds like the rebuilding Phillies have every intention to leave him in their starting lineup for the remainder of the season. For 19 FAAB bucks, he's certainly worth a flier. 

Drew Pomeranz was the most appealing starting pitcher on the wire, and he is in line for two starts this week. But I'm not a fan of the matchups (@HOU, @TB) being that he's 0-3 with a 6.86 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in four road outings this season compared to 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA and 0.74 WHIP in three home starts. Even though I could've used an extra starting pitcher, I was ultimately scared off by these splits and opted to pass on Pomeranz. And there will be no second-guessing if I'm wrong about this since it would have cost me 20 of my remaining 34 FAAB dollars to land him. 

Finally, a FAAB run would not be complete without talking about closers, and the situation in Arizona is tough to read. Is Addison Reed's demotion a short-term or long-term decision? Brad Ziegler has proven that he can handle the closer job when called upon to fill in, but I still think that Chip Hale's preference is to reinstall Reed into the ninth inning once he fixes whatever is going wrong mechanically. That said, 17 bucks is far from a crazy price for Ziegler.

Todd's Take

The unawarded list is interesting as it contains several players thought to be contributors this season and now not only have they been released, they're the second and third choices to fill holes. Especially in a mixed league, there's nothing wrong with churning fungible roster spots. Why not take a shot at Preston Tucker or Aaron Hicks? Are Shane Victorino and David DeJesus going to get you to the promised land?

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

raisel_iglesias

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MFranco, Phi 9 Tom Kessenich 17 Brent Hershey 8 Grey Albright 5
Charlie Wiegert 2
RIglesias, Cin 5 Tim McLeod 5 Eno Sarris 4 Perry Van Hook 2
EInciarte, Ari 3 Grey Albright 7 Perry Van Hook 5 Eno Sarris 2
Tim McLeod 1
LMcCullers, Hou 1 Tim McLeod 4 Perry Van Hook 7
MBolsinger, LAD 1 Perry Van Hook 17 Tim McLeod 3
GParra, Mil 1 Perry Van Hook 9 Charlie Wiegert 2 Tim McLeod 0
DDeShields, Tex 1 Charlie Wiegert 9 Grey Albright 6 Perry Van Hook 0
Tim McLeod 0
STolleson, Tex 1 Rudy Gamble 2 Adam Ronis 0
ROsuna, Tor 1 Eno Sarris 2
MBourn, Cle 1 Eno Sarris 1
MEstrada, Tor 1 Ray Murphy 2
ACole, Was 1 Brent Hershey 3
CQualls, Hou 1 Perry Van Hook 3
CHeston, SF 1 Paul Greco 11
TWada, ChC 1 Adam Ronis 1
GBlanco, SF 0 Tim McLeod 0
DEspinosa, Was 0 Ray Murphy 0
FCervelli, Pit 0 Adam Ronis 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

DYoung, Bal Tom Kessenich 6
TCunningham, Atl Charlie Wiegert 5 Perry Van Hook 0
KLobstein, Det Perry Van Hook 4
CSpangenberg, SD Charlie Wiegert 2 Ray Murphy 0
EEscobar, Min Charlie Wiegert 2
KBlanks, Tex Charlie Wiegert 2
CarSmith, Sea Tim McLeod 1 Eno Sarris 1
AWarren, NYY Eno Sarris 1
EBurgos, Ari Perry Van Hook 1
JFields, Hou Perry Van Hook 1
JTazawa, Bos Eno Sarris 1
PCorbin, Ari Adam Ronis 0
DMurphy, Cle Perry Van Hook 0
MTaylor, Was Perry Van Hook 0
JTurner, LAD Ray Murphy 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

A shout out for Vickrey and people ordering their lists differently. I really needed to buttress my sagging pitching and get a better outfielder so I bid $17 on Dodgers starter Mike Bolsinger - reduced to a $1 winning bid as was my $9 bid on Gerardo Parra, Brewers outfielder who has done so well the last two weeks he has raised his season BA to over .300 and CF Carlos Gomez may be facing concussion protocol but even if Gomez is back immediately, Khris Davis hasn't been performing well so I think Parra continues to get more at bats at thrive. My third bid group was headed by Houston's Chad Qualls at $3 and again I won him for a dollar. While closer Luke Gregerson is back, he won't pitch every day and that club is finding enough ways to win that Qualls has value even if only for a week. Funny that my second choice in both pitching threads was Astros minor league SP Lance McCullers who will make his major league debut on Monday and could have a two start week if that goes well. Had I not gotten Bolsinger my $7 bid on McCullers would have won the pot but instead Tim McLeod, the league's defending champion won him for $4 on a $5 bid.

The high bid for the night was Tom Kessenich's $9 win on Maikel Franco, his $17 bid reduced to beat runner up Brent Hershey at $8.

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There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo..

AMERICAN LEAGUE

tommyfield

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Tommy Field, TEX 28 Winning Fantasy Baseball 28 Fangraphs 16 ESPN.com 3
Joe Kelly, BOS 18 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 18 Colton & The Wolfman 17 Fangraphs 6
RotoWire 1
Preston Tucker, HOU 6 ESPN.com 6 Winning Fantasy Baseball 8
Mike Wright, BAL 6 Fangraphs 6 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5 Baseball HQ 4
Colton & The Wolfman 2 FantasyScore 2
Sam Fuld, OAK 4 Winning Fantasy Baseball 4
Steven Wright, BOS 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4
Maxwell Muncy, OAK 2 ESPN.com 2
Zach Walters, CLE 1 ESPN.com 1
Alexi Ogando, BOS 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Matt Barnes, BOS NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Esmil Rogers, NYY NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Chasen Shreve, NYY NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

 As they say, one man's trash is another's treasure or perhaps more aptly my hurry to get rid of Joe Kelly's assault on my pitching ratios and then subsequent best outing of the year inspired the NFBC duo of Ambrosius and Childs to bid $18 and add Kelly to their roster (btw narrowly pipping an unknown to me underbid of $17). Strangely that was not the high bid of the night as Larry Schechter (Winning Fantasy Baseball) bid $28 to secure the services of new Ranger 2B Tommy Fields - he wasn't totally out in left field there was a $16 underbid.

The only listed free agent pitcher that I would have (okay truth out did bid) bid on was Houston prospect Lance McCullers who will start on Monday and have a chance at a two start week if he does well. But LABR doesn't allow bidding on players not on the active roster so my bid was cancelled and I will likely have to decide whether to give Oakland's Fernando Rodriguez another week or whether to activate Masahiro Tanaka early to replace him and hope for a late week start (no midweek moves in LABR).

Todd's Take

There were some interesting players available, mostly pitching, but the name that intrigues me the most is Preston Tucker of the Astros. He's played some left and DH mostly against right-handers as he's a lefty swinger. He hasn't been in the forefront of prospect rankings but the kid can hit. His plate patience isn't great but in today's landscape it's not bad either. The club is pretty crowded at outfield and designated hitter with Colby Rasmus the main guy in the way. I don't expect Ticket to play any more than three or four times a week, but in AL only that means something, And for those DFS dabblers, he's a nice cost-saving option.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

mikebolsinger

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Michael Bolsinger, LAD 8 Mastersball 8 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 8 Baseball HQ 6
USA TODAY Sports 3 Colton & The Wolfman 2 ESPN - Karabell 2
Sandlot Shrink 2
Abraham Almonte, SD 5 RotoWire - DVR 5 Baseball HQ 1
Randall Delgado, ARI 5 RotoWire - DVR 5
A.J. Cole, WSH 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 Sandlot Shrink 2 ESPN - Karabell 1
Kyle Kendrick, COL 2 Sandlot Shrink 2
Daniel Descalso, COL 2 Sandlot Shrink 2 Inside Edge 1
Philip Gosselin, ATL 1 Inside Edge 1
Enrique Burgos, ARI 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Jean Machi, SF 1 ESPN - Karabell 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Todd Cunningham, ATL Sandlot Shrink 2
George Kontos, SF ESPN - Karabell 1
Erik Goeddel, NYM NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Blake Treinen, WSH NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Jose Rafael Diaz, CIN NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

 Bidding was active this FAAB cycle, as teams tried to shore up their pitching, starting with the newest Dodgers ace of the future, who generated eight bids of between $2-$8, including three at the exact $8 price tag. And, while I cannot say I enjoy being in the lower portion of the standings, in this instance one of the $8 bids was mine, so hopefully Bolsinger can help fill the Brandon McCarthy void.

There were a number of other stabs for pitching, with Derek Van Riper spent $5 unchallenged on Randall Delgado, while Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs bagged A.J. Cole for a couple of dollars besting a pair of bids (Shawn and Greg also picked up Enrigue Burgos for a buck). Bob Randomski (Sandlot Shrink) spent $2 on Kyle Kendrick, while Eric Karabell took San Francisco reliever Jean Machi for a dollar.

On the position player side, Van Riper also picked up Abraham Almonte for $5, while Radomksi tied to push some at-bats with Daniel Descalso for a dollar. Steve Moyer bid a successful buck on infielder Philip Gosselin, and that was all she wrote.

Not too many choices, for the most part, you have to pick your spots in such a league. I am hoping Bolsinger helps with just that.

Todd's Take

It will be interesting to see what the Padres do when Wil Myers is back. With Yonder Alonso on the DL, Wil Myers could play first, leaving centerfield to Wil Venable and Abraham Almonte. You never know, but sometimes you need to take a chance on the opportunity as much as the talent in deep leagues.

MIXED LEAGUE

delinodeshields

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

 

Delino DeShields Jr., TEX 13 Mastersball 13 BSports 8 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2
Baseball HQ 1 FantasyScore 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Brad Ziegler, ARI 12 Fangraphs 12 Razzball 7 RotoExperts 1
Rotowire-Erickson 1
Yunel Escobar, WSH 9 USA TODAY Sports 9 FantasyScore 1
Shawn Tolleson, TEX 7 BSports 7 Fangraphs 6 Razzball 2
Rotowire-Erickson 1
Cory Spangenberg, SD 4 MLB.com 4 USA TODAY Sports 4 RotoExperts 1
Drew Stubbs, COL 4 Fangraphs 4
Michael Bolsinger, LAD 3 Razzball 3 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Mike Wright, BAL 3 Rotowire-Colton 3
Danny Espinosa, WSH 3 Rotowire-Erickson 3 USA TODAY Sports 4
Preston Tucker, HOU 3 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 3
Logan Forsythe, TB 2 Baseball HQ 2 Logan Forsythe, TB
Keone Kela, TEX 1 RotoExperts 1
Freddy Galvis, PHI 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Marco Estrada, TOR 1 Baseball HQ 1
Chris Colabello, TOR 1 BSports 1 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1 MLB.com 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Joey Butler, TB Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2
A.J. Cole, WSH Baseball HQ 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Elian Herrera, MIL USA TODAY Sports 1
Joe Smith, LAA Rotowire-Colton 1
Kelvin Herrera, KC Rotowire-Colton 1
Eddie Rosario, MIN Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Similar to Almonte above, Delino Deshields is not assrued of playing time once Josh Hamilton is ready. On the other hand, he's getting steals in bunches so I thought I'd try to squeeze some more bags from him and see what happens. I was replacing Mark Canha, who's really slowed down so the opportunity cost is nil.

Todd's Take

My takeaway from this week's bidding is the multitude of bids on Deshields suggest many are in the market for speed while the action of Ziegler and Tolleson show there may also be a market for saves. Neither of these are a surprise but taking this to the next level, instead of just putting a speedster or a closer on the block, these results pave the way for a more personal, well thought out offer. Identify the owners bidding on speed and tailor an offer based on that and the rest of their roster. You'd get better results that just saying "speed for sale, make me an offer."

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.

Here's the LABR report, the Tout Wars is available below.

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There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo..

AMERICAN LEAGUE

weeksrickie

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Rickie Weeks, SEA 11 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 11 SiriusXM 6 SiriusXM 3
Yahoo! Sports 2 FantasyScore 2
Marwin Gonzalez, HOU 4 FantasyScore 4 SiriusXM 3
Ryan Goins, TOR 2 SiriusXM 2
Samuel Deduno, HOU 1 FantasyScore 1
Ezequiel Carrera, TOR 1 SiriusXM 1
JR Murphy, NYY 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 Mastersball 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Carlos Peguero, TEX FantasyScore 2 SiriusXM 1
Chris Herrmann, MIN SiriusXM 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Bobby Wilson, TB Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Brett Hayes, CLE Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
David Lough, BAL SiriusXM 1
Gregorio Petit, NYY SiriusXM 1
Chris Martin, NYY FantasyScore 1
Evan Scribner, OAK FantasyScore 1
J.B. Shuck, CWS FantasyScore 1
Steven Geltz, TB FantasyScore 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary..

High bid for the week was the $11 that Greg Ambrosius of Stats/NFBC bid to win Rickie Weeks, 2B/OF of Seattle. Otherwise the only bids above a dollar were for some backup infielders who are seeing more at bats - $4 on Marwin Gonzalez, HOU by Tim Heaney, Fantasy Score and $2 for Ryan Goins, TOR to Ray Flowers, Sirius/XM.

After a good week I dodged some wounds to my lineup with Masahiro Tanaka going on the DL and Dalton Pompey unexpectedly being sent to the minors because Oakland called up Billy Burns and Alex Colome came off Tampa's DL. I went to bid on new Boston catcher Blake Swihart to replace Drew Butera only to find that Rotowire's Chris Liss had bolstered his starters with a boatload of minor leaguers that unfortunately included Swihart. So instead I bid $1 on Detroit's James McCann to replace Drew Butera until Yan Gomes returns, but lost the tie-breaker (standings).

Todd's Take

The Mariners have taken a page out of the Oakland A's playbook and have gone to using a lefty-righty platoon at a couple of spots. When a lefty is on the mound, Weeks is in the lineup. This gives him some utility in an AL-only league. He may seem like an intriguing DFS option when he's starting, but remember, Weeks is likely to be lifted for Dustin Ackley when a righty reliever comes in or perhaps for defense. Still, the 200 or so plate appearances will be useful in this league.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

frias

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Carlos Frias, LAD 6 RotoWire - DVR 6 Sandlot Shrink 2 ESPN - Karabell 1
Rafael Ynoa, COL 3 Inside Edge 3 Baseball HQ 1
Carlos Villanueva, STL 2 ESPN - Karabell 2
Justin Bour, MIA 1 Baseball HQ 1
Jose Lobaton, WSH 1 Baseball HQ 1
Jonathan Broxton, MIL 1 ESPN - Karabell 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Edwin Jackson, CHC 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Jordan Pacheco, ARI 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball HQ 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Michael Lorenzen, CIN RotoWire - DVR 6 ESPN - Karabell 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Alexander Torres, NYM ESPN - Karabell 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Randall Delgado, ARI RotoWire - DVR 1
Kevin Siegrist, STL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 RotoWire - DVR 1
Jean Machi, SF NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Reid Brignac, MIA Inside Edge 1
Kristopher Negron, CIN Inside Edge 1
Wil Nieves, SD Baseball HQ 1
Tony Cruz, STL Baseball HQ 1
Hector Sanchez, SF Baseball HQ 1
Hector Gomez, MIL Baseball HQ 1
David Ross, CHC Baseball HQ 1
Chris Stewart, PIT Baseball HQ 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary.

A month into the season, the depth, or actual lack thereof, of substantial free agent help in NL LABR is apparent. Without the likes of a Kevin Plawecki or Addison Russell, FAAB purchases are pretty much hopeful crapshoots for meaningful numbers.

Among position players, were four successful bids for non-pitchers. Rafael Ynoa of the Rockies went to Derek Carty of the Inside Edge for $3, Justin Bour to BaseballHQ for a buck, and backstops Jose Lobaton (also BBHQ) for another dollar, and Jordan Pacheco to NFBC/STATS partners Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs, again for a dollar.

The remaining players awarded were pitchers, starting with the intriguing Dodger starter Carlos Frias who went to Derek Van Riper's Rotowire squad for $6 (there were also bids of $1 and $2), and Eric Karabell selected Jonathan Braxton for a dollar looking for saves, along with Carlos Villanueva ($2), while team Childs and Ambrosius also nabbed Edwin Jackson looking for pitching help.

Todd's Take

I look at the pitching that is available here and in NL Tout Wars below and just shake my head. Then I recall having the same reaction last season, albeit a bit further in when Jacob deGrom and Anthony Desclafani were recalled in the same week. The game has morphed into one where you make bids on players due to availability and not analysis.

MIXED LEAGUE

blake_swihart

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Blake Swihart, BOS 37 Baseball HQ 37 MLB.com 13 ESPN.com 4
RotoExperts 4 Baseball Prospectus 1
Alex Colome, TB 6 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 6 RotoExperts 1
Kelly Johnson, ATL 6 BSports 6 Rotowire-Erickson 3 Baseball HQ 1
Roberto Osuna, TOR 5 BSports 5
Zack Cozart, CIN 5 Rotowire-Erickson 5 USA TODAY Sports 2 MLB.com 2
Razzball 1 Rotowire-Colton 1 RotoExperts 1
Michael Foltynewicz, ATL 4 BSports 4 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 4
David Phelps, MIA 4 USA TODAY Sports 4 FantasyScore 1 Baseball HQ 1
Mark Canha, OAK 3 Mastersball 3 BSports 3
Scott Van Slyke, LAD 3 Baseball HQ 3
Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA 2 MLB.com 2 Rotowire-Erickson 4 BSports 3
Rotowire-Colton 1
A.J. Ramos, MIA 2 Baseball Prospectus 2 BSports 2 USA TODAY Sports 2
Delmon Young, BAL 1 FantasyScore 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Kyle Gibson, MIN Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 6
Colby Lewis, TEX BSports 4 USA TODAY Sports 1
Michael Lorenzen, CIN Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 4
Justin Turner, LAD Rotowire-Erickson 3
David DeJesus, TB BSports 2
Justin Maxwell, SF BSports 2
Kelvin Herrera, KC BSports 2
Adam Warren, NYY Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2
Brad Ziegler, ARI Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2
Carlos Frias, LAD Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2 BSports 1
Mike Pelfrey, MIN Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2 FantasyScore 1
Kevin Gausman, BAL USA TODAY Sports 2
Kyle Blanks, TEX MLB.com 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Carson Smith, SEA BSports 1
Steven Geltz, TB BSports 1
Andrew Susac, SF Baseball Prospectus 1
James McCann, DET Baseball Prospectus 1
Jordan Pacheco, ARI Baseball Prospectus 1
Chase Whitley, NYY Baseball HQ 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Sure, now there's a possible difference-maker available at catcher. Where was Swihart when I was looking to replace John Jason? Actually, I'm fine with Roberto Perez. I look at the bidding, however and have to scratch my head. This is a mixed league - they'll be players at the other spots to upgrade, It's really hard to find a good set of catchers. The chance to upgrade with a full-time receiver is rare. I showed that I was willing to bid a decent number to secure Perez. I'm a little surprised how tame these bids are and applaud Ray Murphy for his aggressive bid.

Todd's Take

Sometimes it's not the mistake but the timing an repercussions. As I explained in previous commentary, on occasion I've set up some bids but failed to hit the save button and was therefore shut out of claims. It's not like I could ask Commissioner Steve Gardner of FantasyScore to trust my bids and redo everything by hand. I made a mistake.

On the other hand, there have been a few instances of Mixed owners setting their bids up incorrectly - usually failing to properly include ample drops or not realizing you need a separate bid group for every acquisition. Stringing bids in the same group is basically adding back-up contingencies, not a separate bid on that player. The site we use documents these errors so the Commish (correctly) resorted everything and assigned the players in the spirit of what was supposed to happen. Steve sent out a couple notes reiterating the process while offering his help for those still not familiar with the mechanism.

Well, there have been a few more instances of these errors. Steve has again done the right thing and processed the mistakes, but has also said enough is enough. It's been a month. We're professionals. going forward, Steve has correctly decreed that bids will be automatically processed as they are entered and errors will no longer be corrected.

It's a tough job being the commissioner, especially in a league in which you participate. I've always said the role of a commissioner is to facilitate, not govern. The rules should govern and the league should essentially run itself. But on those instances where something needs to be done, be fair and influence the outcome as little as possible. I'm fine with giving the benefit of the doubt with a grace period to learn the site. Let's have the league decided on the field and not lose a free agent due to being unfamiliar with the mechanism (I have no excuse having played on the site for several years). But on the other hand, let's show some responsibility and respect and not put the Commissioner in the position to have to make a decision of this nature.

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There are four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

kblanks

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

KBlanks, Tex 16 Andy Behrens 16 Seth Trachtman 15 Mike Podhorzer 12
Rob Leibowitz 9 Chris Liss 5 Steve Moyer 0
ECarrera, Tor 1 Andy Behrens 13
JVillar, Hou 1 Jason Collette 46 Steve Moyer 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
SGeltz, TB 1 Jason Collette 1 Rob Leibowitz 0
RGoins, Tor 0 Steve Moyer 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
RMadson, KC 0 Rob Leibowitz 0 Ron Shandler 0 Mike Podhorzer 0
SLeon, Bos 0 Ron Shandler 0
CMartin, NYY 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
EScribner, Oak 0 Mike Podhorzer 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

THolt, Cle Andy Behrens 6
JButler, TB Andy Behrens 4
DLough, Bal Andy Behrens 3
ARomine, Det Jason Collette 2
DLeone, Sea Jason Collette 1
ZDuke, CWS Rob Leibowitz 0
CHerrmann, Min Ron Shandler 0
DCarpenter, NYY Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
JWilson, NYY Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

This week was all about Kyle Blanks. He'll be the Ranger's 1B/DH until Mitch Moreland returns and has been hitting well over a small sample size. The journeyman  is known for his plus power and patient approach, but has the the wrong side of the platoon split label as a career .227 hitter. Still, his power and OBP skills are attention-grabbing in this league. My $9 bid was more of a token bid based on Blank's track record and the transiency of his playing time. In other words, paying into the teens for those services wasn't something I desired to do.

I picked up Cam Bedrosian as a speculative long-term saves pick, but he's more of a keeper-leaguer player. With his demotion, I targeted other relievers who have been performing well. Ryan Madson has been having a nice comeback year, showing the same skills and throwing almost as hard as he did in his years as a closer.

Todd's Take

Dear Mr. Vickrey,

I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for your brilliant brainchild. I realize its intent was for blind auctions such as those on E-Bay but we have adopted it in Tout Wars, one of the two signature fantasy baseball industry leagues. This past week I bid 46 of my 100 FAAB units on Jonathan Villar, one of the two Houston Astros that will be filling in for Jed Lowrie as he will be out until the All-Star break. But since none of the other 11 teams bid on Villar, I was only charged one unit. The next time you're in my neck of the woods I'd like to buy you a beer. Heck, I travel a bit for work, I'll come to you.

Truly yours,

Jason Collette

NATIONAL LEAGUE

cfrias

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

SBaker, LAD 12 Lenny Melnick  16 Scott Wilderman 11 Peter Kreutzer 8
Gene McCaffrey 0
CFrias, LAD 12 Scott Wilderman 12 Lenny Melnick  16 Brian Walton 12
Phil Hertz 10 Gene McCaffrey 7 Peter Kreutzer 3
Mike Gianella 2
MLorenzen, Cin 11 Peter Kreutzer 14 Phil Hertz 10
CaVillanueva, StL 3 Peter Kreutzer 3 Lenny Melnick  5 Gene McCaffrey 3
Phil Hertz 3 Brian Walton 0
JLake, ChC 3 Peter Kreutzer 3 Phil Hertz 8 Gene McCaffrey 2
TLyons, StL 2 Phil Hertz 11 Brian Walton 1
CMartin, Atl 1 Mike Gianella 1 Peter Kreutzer 0 Scott Wilderman 0
CPennington, Ari 1 Steve Gardner 3
SDyson, Mia 0 Brian Walton 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Phil Hertz 0
KQuackenbush, SD 0 Phil Hertz 1 Scott Wilderman 0 Brian Walton 0
Mike Gianella 0 Phil Hertz 0
JNicasio, LAD 0 Gene McCaffrey 0
RYnoa, Col 0 Gene McCaffrey 0 Steve Gardner 2
CContreras, Cin 0 Brian Walton 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

MBlazek, Mil Lenny Melnick  5
TBarnhart, Cin Steve Gardner 3
CHernandez, Phi Steve Gardner 2
HGomez, Mil Peter Kreutzer 1
ZRosscup, ChC Peter Kreutzer 0
EJackson, ChC Peter Kreutzer 0
ATorres, NYM Phil Hertz 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

Pitching was the name of the game in National League Tout this week, with three hurlers drawing double-digit dollar winning bids.

Having formally and completely lost my March gamble on Homer Bailey when the Reds hurler underwent Tommy John surgery, I came into the week looking for a starting pitching replacement. My choice was Carlos Frias of the Dodgers. The 25-year-old was off to a sharp opening in Triple-A with a 2.84 ERA and 15 strikeouts to no walks in 12 2/3 innings.

Brandon McCarthy’s injury enabled Frias to move into the Dodgers’ rotation this week and he produced 5 2/3 scoreless frames. Some of my enthusiasm was tempered by the opponent, the Diamondbacks, but I still bid $12, the same amount of my FAAB recovery for the loss of Bailey. Sadly, I lost again, this time on a standings tiebreaker with Scott Wilderman of onRoto.com.

Another Dodgers starter, Scott Baker, also went for $12, though Lenny Melnick was willing to go to $16 for either Baker or Frias. Unfortunately, Baker allowed four runs in four innings on Sunday and media reports have Los Angeles ready to designate Baker for assignment. At least his stats will follow him, even if Baker ends up in the American League.

The third big-money player is Michael Lorenzen of Cincinnati, who took over Bailey’s rotation opening. In his debut, the right-hander allowed three runs in five innings. A contact rather than a strikeout pitcher, Lorenzen does not look like a slam dunk, especially with the shaky Reds offense behind him. Rotoman, aka Peter Kreutzer, spent $11, reduced from $14 by Vickrey rules, to find out.

Todd's Take

One of the things I like to do this time of the season is to look at the standings to find category inconsistencies. The two things you really don't want to see is an ERA much higher in the standings than your WHIP (implying a lucky ERA that will regress back to your WHIP) and a high batting average, or in this case, on base percentage and low counting stats. The theory here is if your hitters are off to slow starts, once they get going their production will rise. But if your BA/OBP is good (and likely to drop) and your production is still low, you're in trouble.

I'm in SERIOUS trouble.

10 in OBP. 1 in HR, RBI, Runs.

I purposely went a bit stars and scrubs with the hope Jose Peraza and Maikel Franco would come up mid-season and save the day -- and they still might. But my shining star, Carlos Gomez, has been hurt and my scrubs are even scrubbier than expected. I need to let things play out, but so far my brilliant plan is falling very flat.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

bcecil

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

BCecil, Tor 40 Zach Steinhorn 42 Patrick Davitt 39 Nando DiFino 38
Joe Pisapia 36 Derek Van Riper 22 Ray Flowers 13
David Gonos 7 Fred Zinkie 5
JAxford, Col 25 Joe Pisapia 26 Zach Steinhorn 41 Nando DiFino 24
Derek Van Riper 22 David Gonos 14 Ray Flowers 17
Tim Heaney 16 Scott Engel 14
BSwihart, Bos 21 Ray Flowers 23 Al Melchior 20 Scott Engel 17
Joe Pisapia 16 Tim Heaney 6
MFoltynewicz, Atl 13 Nando DiFino 15 Al Melchior 12 Cory Schwartz 7
Ray Flowers 6 Tim Heaney 2 Scott Engel 1
AColome, TB 12 Derek Van Riper 21 Paul Singman 11 Scott Swanay 10
Cory Schwartz 5
YSolarte, SD 12 Scott Engel 12 Scott Pianowski 11 Ray Flowers 6
Cory Schwartz 4 Tim Heaney 4 Nando DiFino 4
BCrawford, SF 9 Scott Pianowski 22 Derek Van Riper 8 Fred Zinkie 7
Joe Pisapia 3 Patrick Davitt 2 Cory Schwartz 1
CFrias, LAD 6 Joe Pisapia 8 Al Melchior 5 Cory Schwartz 1
KelJohnson, Atl 4 Ray Flowers 4 Scott Pianowski 3 Cory Schwartz 2
Scott Engel 1
RElias, Sea 4 Scott Swanay 10 Tim Heaney 3 Scott Pianowski 1
BBurns, Oak 1 Paul Singman 16
MLorenzen, Cin 1 Cory Schwartz 7
CLewis, Tex 1 Cory Schwartz 5
MEstrada, Tor 1 Tim Heaney 2 Joe Pisapia 4 Cory Schwartz 0
MAviles, Cle 1 Scott Engel 1 Derek Van Riper 5 Cory Schwartz 0
KBlanks, Tex 1 Joe Pisapia 4
FGalvis, Phi 1 Derek Van Riper 5 Ray Flowers 2
KGibson, Min 1 Ray Flowers 4
JPeterson, Atl 1 Nando DiFino 6
WHarris, Hou 1 Scott Pianowski 2
SVanSlyke, LAD 1 Derek Van Riper 8
TLyons, StL 1 Derek Van Riper 5
BGuyer, TB 1 David Gonos 1
DiHerrera, NYM 0 Cory Schwartz 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JVillar, Hou Derek Van Riper 5
RRivera, TB Ray Flowers 4
TFlowers, CWS Ray Flowers 3
MJoyce, LAA Ray Flowers 3
CMcGehee, SF Ray Flowers 3
SFeldman, Hou Ray Flowers 3
RoHernandez, Hou Ray Flowers 3
TCingrani, Cin Joe Pisapia 2
JMcCann, Det Ray Flowers 2
POBrien, Ari Ray Flowers 2
ABarrett, Was Ray Flowers 2
CaVillanueva, StL Tim Heaney 2
LMorrison, Sea Paul Singman 1
MPelfrey, Min Cory Schwartz 1
CSeager, LAD Cory Schwartz 1
CCorrea, Hou Cory Schwartz 1
TRoark, Was Derek Van Riper 1
TMatzek, Col Cory Schwartz 0
DEspinosa, Was Cory Schwartz 0
ACallaspo, Atl Cory Schwartz 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

The Cecil vs. Axford decision was something I wrestled with right up to the FAAB deadline, but ultimately I chose to bid more on Cecil because I think he has a better chance of holding onto the closer job for the rest of the season. The inconsistent control is a concern, however, so I wasn't exactly thrilled to learn of his $40 price tag. But in a mixed league, the difference of owning two closers or three closers is significant, often translating to five or six points in the final standings. Also, the fact that Cecil garnered a number of bids in the high 30's is reassuring. Now I just need to sell some players to bolster my dwindling FAAB budget.

Todd's Take

People want to change scoring to add holds. If that happens, we'd be robbed of our chance to witness a bidding war over Brett Cecil and John Axford. I know the shortcomings with the stat, but I still prefer the game theory elements sticking with saves provides.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

jmarisnick

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JMarisnick, Hou 25 Adam Ronis 38 Greg Ambrosius 24 Tim McLeod 22
Charlie Wiegert 14 Grey Albright 12 Perry Van Hook 11
Rudy Gamble 2
BSwihart, Bos 20 Ray Murphy 31 Perry Van Hook 19 Anthony Perri 5
Adam Ronis 4
KelJohnson, Atl 6 Perry Van Hook 7 Tim McLeod 5 Charlie Wiegert 2
Anthony Perri 1
ARamos, Mia 2 Adam Ronis 3 Rudy Gamble 1
BMorris, Mia 1 Eno Sarris 1
JGiavotella, LAA 1 Tim McLeod 2
JWieland, LAD 1 Tim McLeod 5
PBourjos, StL 1 Tim McLeod 2
DiHerrera, NYM 1 Ray Murphy 3
ASanchez, Tor 1 Ray Murphy 4
MFoltynewicz, Atl 1 Grey Albright 5
JMcCann, Det 1 Perry Van Hook 1 Adam Ronis 0
HConger, Hou 0 Adam Ronis 0 Perry Van Hook 0
NMartinez, Tex 0 Paul Greco 0
RBetancourt, Col 0 Adam Ronis 3

UNAWARDED BIDS

DPhelps, Mia Ray Murphy 2
BHolt, Bos Perry Van Hook 2
KBlanks, Tex Adam Ronis 2
FGalvis, Phi Tim McLeod 1 Ray Murphy 1
JPeterson, Atl Ray Murphy 1 Tim McLeod 0
DEspinosa, Was Ray Murphy 1
JLocke, Pit Grey Albright 1
TMay, Min Grey Albright 1
BPena, Cin Perry Van Hook 1
JPacheco, Ari Perry Van Hook 1
CMartin, Atl Tim McLeod 0
MAviles, Cle Tim McLeod 0
ASusac, SF Perry Van Hook 0
KKela, Tex Adam Ronis 0
CQualls, Hou Adam Ronis 0 Adam Ronis 0
PStrop, ChC Adam Ronis 0
JPhegley, Oak Adam Ronis 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

I set out to rectify an error I made last Sunday morning when with Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders activated from the DL and Astros' fly chaser Jake Marisnick listed as "guarded" I made a midweek move to activate Saunders dropping Marisnick. Of course you likely know that Marisnick proceeded to have a one of the best weeks of his young career while Michael Saunders not yet 100% (which I should have thought about) was below average. Sadly my $11 bid for Marisnick wasn't even in the ballpark as it was exceeded by several competitors with Adam Ronis the winner, his $38 bid Vickrey reduced to $25 to fend off $24 from Greg Ambrosius.

I also wanted to try and replace Angels catcher Chris Iannetta who has been struggling all year and I wasn't sure I could land Blake Swihart in this league but if not there were several other catcher options I thought I could get cheaply. So I bid $19 on Swihart given he is a switch hitter who makes good contact and this is an on base percentage not batting average league. My loss there looks much closer as the winning bid was $20 but in fact Ray Murphy had bid $31.

Todd's Take

Sometimes you just know who you want. Perhaps because he's been a conundrum for me to evaluate, but I was curious if Nick Martinez would garner any interest. With many of the Tout Warriors placing multiple bids with many back-up bids, Paul Greco placed one bid, on Martinez, and got his man. No one contested the bid and he placed no other bids. Paul lives in Texas so perhaps there's some local coverage that swayed Paul to covet Martinez. My problem is there's no doubt he's pitching into some good luck but I also feel he's a better pitcher - or a more improved pitcher - than most perceive.

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