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Wednesday 18th 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
JParedes, Hou 12 (31) Wolf/Colton 11 Matthew Berry 4 Joe Sheehan 1 Ron Shandler
0 Jason Collette
SKazmir, Cle 10 Matthew Berry 9 Joe Sheehan 9 Larry Schechter 7 Ron Shandler
7 Steve Moyer
SFuld, TB 1 (2) Matthew Berry 0 Ron Shandler
DBarton, Oak 1 (7) Matthew Berry 0 Joe Sheehan
THunter, Bal 1 (3) Larry Schechter
TCrowe, Hou 1 (5) Jason Collette 0 Ron Shandler 0 Joe Sheehan 0 Matthew Berry
OPerez, Sea 0 Steve Moyer
MPelfrey, Min 0 Ron Shandler 0 Matthew Berry
MDeRosa, Tor 0 Ron Shandler
CAllen, Cle 0 Joe Sheehan 1 Larry Schechter


JSmith, Cle 2 Larry Schechter 0 Steve Moyer
DDowns, Det 1 Larry Schechter 0 Steve Moyer 0 Matthew Berry
NJones, CWS 1 Larry Schechter
LMendoza, KC 0 Joe Sheehan 0 Matthew Berry
AWarren, NYY 0 Joe Sheehan
DDowns, Det 0 Matthew Berry
GSoto, Tex 0 Matthew Berry
LMendoza, KC 0 Matthew Berry
SKelley, NYY 0 Steve Moyer

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Scott Kazmir drew some attention this week and it was actually surprising there weren't more or higher bids. The lefty has missing bats at a rate higher than his prime and throwing strikes more often then ever. While he does not throw as hard as in the past, Kazmir’s approach is unchanged with a fastball/slider/change combination. The lefty’s first start of the season continues to make his numbers ugly, but Kazmir’s allowed just 5 ER in 3 starts since then and walked just three. This is the healthiest Kazmir’s been in several seasons and it shows. The skills and stuff, over the teeny tiny sample are all encouraging, so expect more for now as long as his shoulder and elbow hold out.

Jimmy Paredes has been thrust into the Astros starting outfield and is worth a flier in AL only formats. A switch-hitter, Paredes main asset is speed. Throughout his career Paredes has been an aggressive hitter who has not been able to translate his contact-making skills to the Majors. If he plays well, he could stay with the team even after Justin Maxwell returns later this month.




Player Awarded Winning Bid
DDietrich, Mia 14 (21) Tristan H. Cockcroft 13 Mike Gianella 11 Peter Kreutzer 11 Lenny Melnick
5 Scott Wilderman 2 Brian Walton 1 Derek Carty
DLutz, Cin 5 (15) Steve Gardner 4 Brian Walton 0 Peter Kreutzer
RSweeney, ChC 4 Peter Kreutzer 4 Steve Gardner 3 Brian Walton
JNicasio, Col 4 (5) Lenny Melnick 3 Steve Gardner 1 Derek Carty
ROswalt, Col 1 (2) Peter Kreutzer
JMercer, Pit 1 (4) Peter Kreutzer 4 Steve Gardner 0 Derek Carty
TCloyd, Phi 1 Peter Kreutzer
FPeguero, SF 1 (3) Mike Gianella 0 Brian Walton
EPerez, Was 1 (3) Mike Gianella
SLeCure, Cin 1 (2) Lenny Melnick 0 Derek Carty
JBroxton, Cin 1 (2) Chris Liss
RJohnson, Atl 1 Brian Walton
JGomez, Pit 0 Steve Gardner
JHerrera, Col 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
RWebb, Mia 0 Mike Gianella
RBrignac, Col 0 Derek Carty
BBadenhop, Mil 0 Derek Carty
DDescalso, StL 0 Chris Liss 0 Mike Gianella 0 Derek Carty


JGast, StL 1 Chris Liss
NGreen, Mia 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
CCoghlan, Mia 0 Mike Gianella 0 Steve Gardner
ASimon, Cin 0 Steve Gardner 0 Mike Gianella
SVanSlyke, LAD 0 Peter Kreutzer
GKontos, SF 0 Mike Gianella
RPena, Atl 0 Mike Gianella
JHowell, LAD 0 Derek Carty
JLopez, SF 0 Derek Carty

 Brian Walton's Commentary

The big bidding this week in NL Tout Wars indicate the warriors may believe Derek Dietrich can offer more than the injured second baseman he is replacing with the Miami Marlins, Donovan Solano. Dietrich, who raised his average to .364 with two hits Sunday, drew four double-digit bids and went to Tristan H. Cockcroft of ESPN for $14.

My $4 offer for Cincinnati's Donald Lutz was trumped by Steve Gardner of USA TODAY, who was willing to spend up to $15 (Vickrey), but only paid $5. Even if the outfielder, who launched a three-run homer on Sunday, is sent back down when Chris Heisey returns this week, he will be back later.

With opportunity to earn playing time on a struggling Cubs team, outfielder Ryan Sweeney is getting another MLB life. Peter Kreutzer bid $4 and won. Speaking of Rotoman, Peter also took a $1 flyer on the potential return to the majors of Roy Oswalt later this season.

And speaking of Rockies starters, my general worry about playing them along with the undependable early performance of Juan Nicasio led me to release the right-hander last week. Following a five-inning, two-run outing against the Mets, the right-hander went to Lenny Melnick for $4 this time around.




Player Awarded Winning Bid
HBell, Ari 38 (41) Derek Van Riper 37 Zach Steinhorn 35 Seth Trachtman 29 Patrick Davitt
19 Nicholas Minnix 17 Eric Mack 13 Ray Flowers
12 Tim Heaney
SKazmir, Cle 16 (21) Al Melchior 15 Seth Trachtman 7 Nicholas Minnix 6 Tim Heaney
4 Derek Van Riper 3 Ray Flowers 2 Paul Singman
UJimenez, Cle 8 (10) Cory Schwartz 7 Tim Heaney 7 Nicholas Minnix 2 Ray Flowers
JTeheran, Atl 6 Tim Heaney 5 Eric Mack
MLeake, Cin 2 (6) Zach Steinhorn 2 Cory Schwartz 1 Derek Van Riper
RNolasco, Mia 1 (4) Ray Flowers 5 Zach Steinhorn 4 Cory Schwartz
MIzturis, Tor 1 Ray Flowers 0 Nicholas Minnix
JDyson, KC 1 (5) Paul Singman 3 Tim Heaney
KUehara, Bos 1 (5) Patrick Davitt 2 Derek Van Riper 1 Ray Flowers
YEscobar, TB 1 (3) Derek Van Riper 1 Ray Flowers
DDietrich, Mia 1 (3) Derek Van Riper
CBlackmon, Col 1 Derek Van Riper
ALind, Tor 1 (5) Al Melchior
SDoolittle, Oak 0 Patrick Davitt 1 Ray Flowers
RGrossman, Hou 0 Nicholas Minnix 2 Al Melchior 1 Ray Flowers
JLocke, Pit 0 Fred Zinkie 1 Cory Schwartz


JGast, StL 2 Tim Heaney
JNicasio, Col 2 Tim Heaney
LOverbay, NYY 2 Tim Heaney
DStoren, Was 2 Ray Flowers
JNix, NYY 1 Derek Van Riper 1 Ray Flowers
NPunto, LAD 1 Derek Van Riper 1 Ray Flowers
JGomez, Pit 1 Tim Heaney
ACrow, KC 1 Ray Flowers
BMaurer, Sea 1 Ray Flowers
JaMcDonald, Pit 1 Ray Flowers
JCastro, Hou 1 Ray Flowers
JPeralta, TB 1 Ray Flowers
SMarshall, Cin 1 Ray Flowers
BDozier, Min 1 Derek Van Riper
LMendoza, KC 0 Tim Heaney

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Just in case I would somehow forget to bid on Heath Bell come Sunday, I made sure to enter in my bid earlier in the week. And it was $43. I figured that since Bell carried a considerable amount of closing experience and, despite last season’s disaster, had pitched fairly well so far this year, a generous bid was warranted. Plus, the saves category was so bunched up that by adding a third closer, I could gain a lot of points very quickly. Oh yeah, and then there was the fact that as a David Hernandez owner, I would be able to corner the market on Diamondbacks’ saves. But after seeing Bell blow up on Sunday, I began to think that Hernandez will be closing games sooner rather than later, so why waste nearly half of my remaining FAAB on Bell? So I lowered the bid slightly, to $37. Turns out that Derek Van Riper bid $41, so that last second decision of mine cost me Bell. So now I’m just hoping that he blows up one more time in the near future. Or maybe two more times. And I think it’s very possible.

Considering my recent starting pitching woes, I was scared off by Scott Kazmir and Ubaldo Jimenez. I know that both have been on a roll of late, but what if the inevitable stat correction comes while they are on my roster. Well, both went for a decent amount of dough, so I’m perfectly content with my $2 purchase of Mike Leake, who has a tasty road matchup vs. the Marlins this week. I like Ray Flowers’ Ricky Nolasco pickup and I feel that he’s a better long-term investment than Leake. And Nolasco is a two-start pitcher this week, which seems like an added bonus. But the Tout Wars rule that you must leave your FAAB pickups active for at least one week was the deciding factor here. Nolasco’s matchups (vs. CIN, vs. ARI) concern me, particularly the Reds, who are very lefty heavy. I guess it’s safe to say that my recent starting pitching woes scared me off.




Player Awarded Winning Bid
HBell, Ari 25 (39) Paul Greco 24 Eno Sarris 22 Tom Kessenich 15 Perry Van Hook
13 Scott Engel 6 Anthony Perri 4 Mike Podhorzer
SKazmir, Cle 14 (23) Scott Engel 13 Eno Sarris 9 Mike Podhorzer 6 Gene McCaffrey
FLiriano, Pit 13 (22) Tom Kessenich 12 Mike Podhorzer 7 Scott Engel 6 Scott Engel
2 Tim McLeod
WVenable, SD 3 (14) Tom Kessenich 2 Grey Albright 1 Greg Ambrosius
MEstrada, Mil 2 (13) Mike Podhorzer 1 Eno Sarris
JDeLaRosa, Col 2 (8) Scott Engel 1 Tim McLeod
DSmyly, Det 1 Tim McLeod
SDiamond, Min 1 (2) Scott Engel
MGonzalez, Hou 1 (3) Scott Engel
KUehara, Bos 1 Eno Sarris
RGrossman, Hou 1 Grey Albright
DMesoraco, Cin 1 Greg Ambrosius
JPettibone, Phi 1 (6) Gene McCaffrey
JGast, StL 1 (2) Perry Van Hook
JMercer, Pit 1 (2) Perry Van Hook


LScott, TB 3 Scott Engel
UJimenez, Cle 2 Tom Kessenich
FRodriguez, Mil 1 Tom Kessenich
JParedes, Hou 1 Grey Albright
SFeldman, ChC 0 Gene McCaffrey 0 Perry Van Hook
JWilliams, LAA 0 Perry Van Hook

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Another new closer - another high bid - probably the same story in your league. Actually almost half the league (7 of 15) bid on Heath Bell, but Paul Greco's high bid of $39 was Vickrey reduced to $25.

I had bid $15 on Bell, knowing it wasn't likely enough but worth the try. But my $2 underbid got me John Gast the minor league pitcher the St. Louis Cardinals will call up to replace Jake Westbrook in a start at home versus the New York Mets - thus my interest. Gast was off to a very good start at Triple-A Memphis with a 1.13 ERA and 35/13 K/BB ratio in his 38+ innings pitched.

I also wanted to have another middle infielder and thought there was some possibility that the Pirates would shift Jody Mercer to shortstop when Neil Walker returns this week. Alas it doesn't look like that will happen as the last note I saw from KFFL said Mercer was going to be sent down - well at least that will prohibit me from getting zeroes for the entire week from Mercer.


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