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Saturday 21st Oct 2017


Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well as the runner-up bids. 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. The Mixed leagues 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.

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 is a bid 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.




Player Awarded Winning Bid
MGonzalez, Hou 8 Lawr Michaels 7 Jeff Erickson 4 Matthew Berry 3 Mike Siano
3 Ron Shandler 2 Joe Sheehan 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton
AHarang, Sea 3 (16) Rob Leibowitz 2 Mike Siano 1 Jeff Erickson
CWells, Tor 3 (6) Joe Sheehan 2 Mike Siano
JCarroll, Min 3 (4) Rob Leibowitz 2 Lawr Michaels
RAndino, Sea 1 Lawr Michaels 0 Mike Siano 0 Jeff Erickson 0 Ron Shandler
KCorreia, Min 1 (5) Ron Shandler 4 Rob Leibowitz 1 Jeff Erickson
EnChavez, Sea 1 (3) Matthew Berry 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton
MTaylor, Oak 1 (3) Jeff Erickson 0 Ron Shandler
FRodriguez, FA 1 (6) Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton
OArcia, Min 1 (11) Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton
RCruz, Hou 0 Mike Siano
YGomes, Cle 0 Mike Siano
CResop, Oak 0 Steve Moyer
MTuiasosopo, Det 0 Ron Shandler


LGarcia, Tex 4 Joe Sheehan
BCecil, Tor 2 Ron Shandler 0 Rob Leibowitz 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton
TScheppers, Tex 2 Joe Sheehan
LJimenez, LAA 2 Jeff Erickson 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton
AWarren, NYY 1 Ron Shandler 0 Mike Siano
BHarris, LAA 1 Jeff Erickson
JGrimm, Tex 1 Jeff Erickson 0 Rob Leibowitz
DDowns, Det 0 Ron Shandler
EScribner, Oak 0 Ron Shandler
JBlevins, Oak 0 Ron Shandler
JShuck, LAA 0 Ron Shandler
MLindstrom, CWS 0 Ron Shandler
AParrino, Oak 0 Rob Leibowitz
ARomine, LAA 0 Rob Leibowitz 0 Matthew Berry
AMiller, Bos 0 Mike Siano
JChamberlain, NYY 0 Mike Siano
RSantiago, Det 0 Mike Siano

 Rob Leibowitz Commentary

So like many fantasy owners this week, I have the burden of asking myself , "How the heck am I going to replace Jose Reyes!”. Well, sadly, the answer especially for AL only players is, "I'm not.", barring a trade. Given how early it is in the season, that’s an unlikely occurrence, so the only option you really have is to look for filler. Jamey Carroll, sadly, came to the top of my list and I threw down a $4, “I feel dirty”, bid there and ended up obtaining him for $3. Carroll has always had a great bat control and has the potential to hit for average, but provides little else especially at age 39. Andrew Romine might have a better temporary fill-in as the Angels may give him plenty of playing time with Erick Aybar on the DL. Romine makes pretty good contact and has some speed and might help soften the blow (not really) of losing Reyes’ stolen bases.

While I am not in any way high on Aaron Harang as noted in my Diamond Exchange last week, a $3 bid won the chance to see if he has anything left in the tank. I actually bid into the teens, with the thinking that veterans with some history of success do not often come along this early in the season, but the next highest bid was $2.  I would let the apathy of the Touts towards Harang be a guide in your bidding this week. After all, in all likelihood, we are talking about a 4+ ERA starter for the rest of the season unless Harang can rediscover his once above average command and control.




Player Awarded Winning Bid
TCingrani, Cin 52 (69) Chris Liss 51 Phil Hertz 32 Brian Walton 31 Tristan H. Cockcroft
30 Lenny Melnick 15 Mike Gianella 15 Mike Gianella
14 Derek Carty 11 Peter Kreutzer
JMahoney, Mia 4 (17) Todd Zola 3 Phil Hertz
SCamp, ChC 4 (5) Brian Walton 3 Tristan H. Cockcroft 2 Peter Kreutzer 1 Chris Liss
EMujica, StL 3 Mike Gianella 2 Phil Hertz
CCoghlan, Mia 2 Phil Hertz 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft
RPena, Atl 1 (3) Todd Zola
RDolis, ChC 1 (2) Peter Kreutzer
DRobinson, Cin 1 Mike Gianella
ECarrera, Phi 1 Mike Gianella
BWilson, FA 1 Lenny Melnick
FRodriguez, FA 1 (2) Lenny Melnick
DThayer, SD 1 Brian Walton 2 Chris Liss 0 Peter Kreutzer
EOFlaherty, Atl 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Phil Hertz
MDunn, Mia 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
NNoonan, SF 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
JHarrison, Pit 0 Scott Wilderman
MBowden, ChC 0 Peter Kreutzer
WNieves, Ari 0 Brian Walton


AGonzalez, ChC 3 Todd Zola
JHannahan, Cin 3 Todd Zola 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
ARamos, Mia 1 Mike Gianella 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
ARamos, Mia 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
JHoover, Cin 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
JHughes, Pit 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
ASimon, Cin 0 Peter Kreutzer
JWilson, Pit 0 Peter Kreutzer
LOndrusek, Cin 0 Peter Kreutzer
TSipp, Ari 0 Peter Kreutzer
ARecker, NYM 0 Brian Walton
BZiegler, Ari 0 Brian Walton 0 Peter Kreutzer
HQuintero, Phi 0 Brian Walton

Brian Walton's Commentary

 Another week, another run of injuries thinned the NL ranks. Central Division favorite Cincinnati lost top starter Johnny Cueto to a lat strain that could linger. The door is open for left-handed prospect Tony Cingrani, who has put up video game numbers in the minors. Even when Cueto returns, Cingrani could stay on to replace Mike Leake.

I bid with that and the Reds' strong offense in mind, putting almost one-third of my full-season stipend on the table, $32. The good news? I edged defending league champ Tristan H. Cockcroft of ESPN by $1 and lapped several other owners. The bad news? Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ went $51, setting RotoWire's Chris Liss' winning bid of $52 ($69 before Vickrey).

Being the closer for the Cubs is akin to drumming for Spinal Tap. Carlos Marmol actually showed some resiliency, losing the job multiple times. Kyuji Fujikawa had the job for less than two weeks before admitting forearm soreness. What that means for the long-term remains to be seen, but we have seen Tommy John situations begin similarly.

Looking at Cubs Plans C and D, James Russell is already owned. Shawn Camp diminished his free agent value when yielding four runs to the Giants in 1 1/3 innings on Sunday. Holding my nose, I bid just $5 and rostered Camp for $4 (Vickrey).

Another chaotic closer situation is in St. Louis. Like Fujikawa, formerly-dependable Jason Motte is out indefinitely and could be heading for TJS. Mitchell Boggs blew another save opportunity on Sunday and young gun Trevor Rosenthal does not appear to be ready, either. Baseball Prospectus' Mike Gianella went $46 in a speculative play for Edward Mujica, reduced to just $3 by Vickrey.




Player Awarded Winning Bid
TCingrani, Cin 11 Fred Zinkie 10 Eric Mack 3 Nicholas Minnix 2 Paul Singman
1 Tim Heaney
ABailey, Bos 7 Tim Heaney 6 Derek Van Riper 3 Ray Flowers 2 Fred Zinkie
1 Nicholas Minnix
MAdams, StL 7 (11) Al Melchior 6 Nicholas Minnix 5 Paul Singman 4 Derek Van Riper
4 David Gonos 2 Ray Flowers 0 Tim Heaney
ZMcAllister, Cle 4 (9) Patrick Davitt 3 Derek Van Riper
CCapuano, LAD 2 (13) Fred Zinkie 3 Tim Heaney 1 Zach Steinhorn
BColon, Oak 1 Zach Steinhorn 2 Fred Zinkie 1 Derek Van Riper 1 Paul Singman
BCrawford, SF 1 (2) Tim Heaney 1 Ray Flowers 0 Nicholas Minnix
EStults, SD 1 (2) Ray Flowers 0 Tim Heaney
RTejada, NYM 1 Ray Flowers 1 Tim Heaney 1 Paul Singman 0 Nicholas Minnix
EBedard, Hou 1 Paul Singman 1 Tim Heaney 1 Derek Van Riper
NSchierholtz, ChC 1 (2) Paul Singman 1 Ray Flowers 0 Nicholas Minnix
RIbanez, Sea 1 (9) Patrick Davitt
JDMartinez, Hou 1 (4) Nando DiFino
JQuintana, CWS 1 (5) Nando DiFino
JRussell, ChC 1 (10) Eric Mack 1 Tim Heaney
GRichards, LAA 1 (3) Derek Van Riper 3 David Gonos 0 Tim Heaney
SSmith, Oak 1 (2) Derek Van Riper
NTepesch, Tex 1 (4) David Gonos 0 Eric Mack
JDonaldson, Oak 1 (2) Cory Schwartz 1 Ray Flowers 0 Tim Heaney 0 Nicholas Minnix
MGonzalez, Hou 0 Paul Singman 1 Tim Heaney 1 Ray Flowers
JBurton, Min 0 Patrick Davitt
APollock, Ari 0 Nicholas Minnix
JValdespin, NYM 0 Nicholas Minnix 0 Paul Singman 0 Patrick Davitt


WDavis, KC 4 Tim Heaney 1 Ray Flowers 0 Eric Mack
JDeLaRosa, Col 3 Tim Heaney
ACallaspo, LAA 2 Cory Schwartz
DNava, Bos 2 Al Melchior 0 Paul Singman
AGonzalez, Mil 1 Tim Heaney
MIzturis, Tor 1 Tim Heaney 0 Patrick Davitt 0 Nicholas Minnix 0 Paul Singman
CGillaspie, CWS 1 Ray Flowers
JBay, Sea 1 Ray Flowers
SLombardozzi, Was 1 Ray Flowers
DMastroianni, Min 1 Derek Van Riper
JMayberry, Phi 1 Derek Van Riper
RNolasco, Mia 1 David Gonos 0 Patrick Davitt 0 Zach Steinhorn
EEscobar, Min 0 Tim Heaney
FLiriano, Pit 0 Tim Heaney
FPaulino, KC 0 Tim Heaney
JDanks, CWS 0 Tim Heaney
KSlowey, Mia 0 Tim Heaney
MKawasaki, Tor 0 Tim Heaney
CGetz, KC 0 Patrick Davitt 0 Nicholas Minnix
DODay, Bal 0 Patrick Davitt
SCasilla, SF 0 Patrick Davitt
TSnider, Pit 0 Patrick Davitt
DBarney, ChC 0 Nicholas Minnix
DSolano, Mia 0 Nicholas Minnix
ESogard, Oak 0 Nicholas Minnix
JFrancoeur, KC 0 Nicholas Minnix
MByrd, NYM 0 Nicholas Minnix
MGonzalez, Bal 0 Fred Zinkie

Todd Zola's Guest Commentary

The way this hobby has evolved, the rules regarding transactions along with switching to 5x5 from 4x4 have mitigated the need for risk aversion. A great example of this is how the top two starting pitchers awarded this week are youngsters, one completely unproven in Tony Cingrani and the other, Zach McAllister off to a string start to his career. These hurlers were more highly sought after than more tried and true veterans, Bartolo Colon, Eric Stults and Erik Bedard. The reason is pretty simple - with the present set-up of the rules, the reward outweighs the risk. We know what we'll get from the grizzled vet and there is a ceiling. We don't know what we'll get from Cingrani and while the odds are against a rookie coming in and making a fantasy difference, he at least has the chance to do so. Colon, Stults and Bedard are safe, if not useful - but they're not difference makers. The same dynamic is present with Garrett Richards and Nick Tepesch going for nominal bids while Ricky Nolasco, Francisco Liriano, Kevin Slowey, John Danks and Jorge De La Rosa were all contingencies.

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Johnny Cueto’s trip to the DL opens the door for top prospect Tony Cingrani to show what he can do at the big league level, and Cingrani’s exceptional minor league numbers, particularly in the strikeout department, was enough of a reason for Fred Zinkie to shell out 11 bucks for him. Despite having pitched only two seasons in the Minors, I can see the Reds, like the Marlins with Jose Fernandez, leaving Cingrani in their rotation for good should he perform well out of the gate.

Runner-up honors this week go to Matt Adams and Andrew Bailey, who will temporarily fill in as the Red Sox closer, at least for the next few days as regular stopper Joel Hanrahan deals with a hamstring injury. While Hanrahan isn’t expected to need a stint on the DL, that could change, and factoring in his overall inconsistency, the $7 Tim Heaney spent on the closer proven Bailey could go a long way.

Deciding to add a little more depth to my starting rotation, as I plan on switching to a 7 SP/2 RP roster alignment for the foreseeable future, mainly to boost my strikeouts, my top target was Capuano. But I’m satisfied with Colon, who has a favorable matchup this week at home vs. the Astros. A quality start is a given, I hope.




Player Awarded Winning Bid
TCingrani, Cin 20 (31) Tim McLeod 19 Charlie Wiegert 9 Anthony Perri 1 Perry Van Hook
MAdams, StL 9 Brent Hershey 8 Charlie Wiegert 4 Ray Guilfoyle
SSmith, Oak 9 (15)Brent Hershey 8 Tim McLeod 3 Perry Van Hook 1 Charlie Wiegert
BZito, SF 7 (8) Scott Engel 6 Anthony Perri 2 Greg Ambrosius
PPolanco, Mia 6 (9) Tom Kessenich 5 Scott Engel
BNorris, Hou 4 Paul Greco 7 Gene McCaffrey 4 Scott Engel 3 Scott Engel
3 Anthony Perri 2 Ray Guilfoyle
DNava, Bos 4 (9) Paul Greco 3 Tom Kessenich 1 Perry Van Hook
KSuzuki, Was 4 (7) Brent Hershey 3 Anthony Perri
DSolano, Mia 3 Anthony Perri 2 Greg Ambrosius
JGuthrie, KC 3 Scott Engel 2 Greg Ambrosius
JQuintana, CWS 3 Gene McCaffrey 3 Scott Engel 2 Scott Engel 2 Matthew Pouliot
BColon, Oak 2 Perry Van Hook 1 Eno Sarris
JChacin, Col 2 (4) Anthony Perri 1 Eno Sarris 1 Ray Guilfoyle
RDavis, Tor 2 (1) Matthew Pouliot 11 Brent Hershey 1 Charlie Wiegert
RIbanez, Sea 2 Perry Van Hook 1 Charlie Wiegert
APollock, Ari 1 (3) Scott Engel 3 Ray Guilfoyle
ChJohnson, Atl 1 (4) Ray Guilfoyle
EMujica, StL 1 (2) Mike Podhorzer 1 Grey Albright
GBlanco, SF 1 Eno Sarris
JFrancisco, Atl 1 Tom Kessenich
JWestbrook, StL 1 Grey Albright
KSlowey, Mia 1 Eno Sarris
MMaldonado, Mil 1 (2) Greg Ambrosius
PCiriaco, Bos 1 (2) Greg Ambrosius
PKozma, StL 1 Charlie Wiegert 1 Tom Kessenich
RTejada, NYM 1 Ray Guilfoyle 1 Scott Engel 1 Tom Kessenich
SCamp, ChC 1 (5) Anthony Perri 1 Grey Albright


DDeJesus, ChC 8 Brent Hershey
NTepesch, Tex 4 Anthony Perri 1 Eno Sarris
ACallaspo, LAA 3 Tom Kessenich
JRussell, ChC 2 Scott Engel 1 Grey Albright
BCrawford, SF 2 Ray Guilfoyle 1 Tom Kessenich
RRoberts, TB 2 Greg Ambrosius
WLeBlanc, Mia 2 Anthony Perri
BRyan, Sea 1 Tom Kessenich
CGetz, KC 1 Tom Kessenich
JLannan, Phi 1 Scott Engel
EBedard, Hou 1 Perry Van Hook 1 Grey Albright
EStults, SD 1 Perry Van Hook
JPeralta, TB 1 Grey Albright
SCasilla, SF 1 Grey Albright
YBetancourt, Mil 1 Greg Ambrosius
CGillaspie, CWS 1 Eno Sarris
JDMartinez, Hou 1 Eno Sarris
CCoghlan, Mia 0 Brent Hershey
TSnider, Pit 0 Brent Hershey 0 Matthew Pouliot

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

The greater population of a mixed league versus the NL only muted the enthusiasm or desperation for a minor league pitcher who hasn't even been called up yet, but the success of Jose Fernandez may have aided the run at Tony Cingrani, CIN who supposedly will be called up to replace the DLed Johnny Cueto on Wednesday. In the draft league it was Tim McLeod whose $31 bid was reduced to $20 by Vickrey and awaits his new pitcher's arrival.

I needed a new hurler as well and eschewed a couple of two start pitchers this week (Eric Stults or Erik Bedard) bidding two dollars on Oakland's Bartolo Colon who will face the Astros this week and has been improving each time out. I also needed to replace the faded Collin Cowgill and didn’t get my first choice of Seth Smith but am fine with Raul Ibanez who I got for two dollars. At least Ibanez will have seven games on the schedule for my team while I wait a week to activate Cody Ross. I did have a unique lineup solution this week, being able to move Evan Gattis to C to replace Salvador Perez because the Royals only play five games this week as they have a two game Interleague set at Atlanta.


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