Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars and LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids.
Included with each league report will be commentary from a Mastersball staff member participating in that league. We invite you to ask questions and post comments at the bottom of the report.
All contingency bids for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this bid is tied to a player that the owner received, so at times the bid amount is larger than the winning bid. We are including it to provide as much information and context as possible with each report.
There are five Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League, 15-team Mixed Draft League and a brand new 12-team Mixed Auction Head to head format. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average with the Head to Head league also using other unique categories. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.
Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR was posted earlier.
|GCooper, NYY||Rob Leibowitz 145||Lawr Michaels 47||Nando DiFino 31||Mike Podhorzer 13|
|TSaladino, CWS||Larry Schechter 135||Mike Podhorzer 13|
|MDuffy, TB||Rob Leibowitz 38|
|DCoulombe, Oak||Jason Collette 12|
|CRuiz, Sea||Nando DiFino 12|
|CSmith, NYY||Lawr Michaels 11|
|NVincent, Sea||Chris Liss 5||Patrick Davitt 0|
|TZych, Sea||Jeff Erickson 1|
|MMinor, KC||Patrick Davitt 0||Jason Collette 6||Chris Liss 5||Jeff Erickson 1|
|TLin, Bos||Nando DiFino 14||0|
|DBarnes, Tor||Chris Liss 5||Patrick Davitt 0|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
Rob Leibowitz, encouraged by his team's surge in the standings, put $183 of his FAAB in continuing the push grabbing new Yankees first sacker Garrett Cooper ($145) then working to shore up the opposite side of the diamond with the acquisition of Matt Duffy for $38.
And, in a parallel move Larry Schechter put $135 and some faith in Tyler Saladino, while a cluster of owners made lesser moves.
Surging league leader Jason Collette grabbed the Athletics Daniel Coulombe ($12), while Nando diFino spent a like sum on Seattle back-up backstop Carlos Ruiz. I spent $11 on Caleb Smith hoping to get some decent innings. Chris Liss went $5 on Nick Vincent. Closing out, Jeff Erickson spent a buck on Tony Zych giving the Mariners a troika of desirables this time around.
Whither Matt Duffy? The on-again, off again potential to return and help this season is back on again. Duffy had a procedure in late June to remove calcium deposits from this balky heel. This reportedly has helped, enabling Duffy to resume baseball activities soon, with the intent on returning in August. The question is where will be play? Evan Longoria isn't moving off the hot corner. Recently acquired Adeiny Hechavarria wasn't brought in to sit. logan Morrison is entrenched at first, leaving Brad Miller to second base. Chances are, Morrison would sit versus lefties with Miller moving to first, opening up some playing time, then Duffy would spell the others on occasion.
|JQuintana, ChC||Mike Gianella 866||Tristan H. Cockcroft 862||Todd Zola 517||Lenny Melnick 385|
|Craig Mish 201||Grey Albright 121||Scott Wilderman 169|
|MSierra, StL||Brian Walton 53||Lenny Melnick 1|
|JBlash, SD||Scott Wilderman 23||Brian Walton 53||Todd Zola 13||Steve Gardner 12|
|Tristan H. Cockcroft 0|
|CBettis, Col||Lenny Melnick 15|
|CHeisey, Was||Todd Zola 13|
|SRodriguez, Atl||Steve Gardner 5|
|JWinker, Cin||Lenny Melnick 1|
|JHughes, Mil||Grey Albright 0||Scott Wilderman 0|
|GKontos, SF||Scott Wilderman 0|
|MMorse, SF||Todd Zola 3|
|TMoore, Mia||Lenny Melnick 1|
|JBarrett, Ari||Grey Albright 0|
|JFields, LAD||Grey Albright 0|
|PMaton, SD||Grey Albright 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
The big prize this week is of course, the first major interleague trade of the summer, with lefty Jose Quintana moving from the White Sox to the Cubs. If you have the FAAB hammer, do you swing now, or hope for an even better prize in a week or two?
While there were a number of triple-digit bits, the real battle was between Mike Gianella and Tristan H. Cockcroft. The former bid $866, just enough to edge the latter’s best-possible offer. With Cockcroft second in the league standings, Gianella did all of his mates a favor by the keep-away. Of course, having Quintana on his staff is not a bad result for Mike, either.
Needing an outfielder with Randal Grichuk out, I went $53 to try to get either Magneuris Sierra of the Cardinals, a punch-and-judy hitter with a bit of speed, or Jabari Blash, a power threat who hasn’t yet shown enough power.
I got Sierra, who may remain even after Grichuk is back, but I was amazed no one else offered more than $1 for a player who has hit in all nine games in the majors and went 4-for-4 with a steal on Sunday. San Diego’s Blash, who homered and plated three over the weekend, went to Scott Wilderman for a more reasonable $23.
I plead guilty for not bidding on Sierra, though if I did, it would not have bested Brian's bid. I was looking for more overall category juice to replace Andres Blanco at utility. None of the available hitters have long-term potential as they're all replacing a currently injured starter. Blash is filling in for Hunter Renfroe while Sierra is helping plug the holes with Stephen Piscotty and Randal Grichuk on the shelf. Heisey, my new utility, along with Ryan Raburn, are filling in for Michael A. Taylor.
|AClaudio, Tex||Scott Engel 24||Zach Steinhorn 23||Al Melchior 6||Gene McCaffrey 4|
|DRobinson, Tex||Al Melchior 22|
|TRivera, NYM||Scott Pianowski 21||Scott Engel 0||Fred Zinkie 0|
|JTomlin, Cle||Bret Sayre 12||Fred Zinkie 8|
|ERosario, Min||Derek Van Riper 11|
|TBlach, SF||Fred Zinkie 8||Gene McCaffrey 4|
|CAdams, NYY||Tim Heaney 4|
|NWilliams, Phi||Fred Zinkie 4|
|BHand, SD||Gene McCaffrey 4|
|MGrace, Was||Scott Engel 2||Scott Engel 3|
|BStewart, LAD||Al Melchior 2|
|EAybar, SD||Fred Zinkie 0|
|YGomes, Cle||Al Melchior 0|
|BCecil, StL||Scott Engel 14|
|BGoodwin, Was||Derek Van Riper 11|
|JCamargo, Atl||Fred Zinkie 0|
|JIglesias, Det||Fred Zinkie 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
As expected, the second FAAB run in four days was a rather uneventful one. Don't tell that to Scott Engel, who is hoping that he just found a bargain source of saves. With the Rangers ninth inning situation in flux, Alex Claudio has recorded the last two saves for Texas. Who knows if Claudio is indeed the team's new stopper, but he has rather quietly posted a 2.59 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP in 43 appearances this season. However, his pedestrian strikeout rate (33 K in 48 2/3 IP) is a concern when it comes to his long-term outlook in the stopper role. Despite punting saves for the past two months, I figured I'd enter in a modest bid for Claudio, as I could still gain one point in the category. As it turned out, my modest bid of $23 was one dollar too modest.
I'm a little surprised that there was only one bid for Nick Williams, who made a strong impression on Sunday by going 2-for-4 with a grand slam. The free-swinging 23-year-old might struggle to hit for average in his first taste of the big leagues. The top prospect offers some pop and is worth watching if he can perform well enough to stick around in the Majors.
Here's another great example of how we all view players in a different manner. If I offered Drew Robinson, Eddie Rosario and Nick Williams to Al Melchior, Derek Van Riper and Fred Zinkie, they'd all pick a different fly chaser. Keep this in mind when fashioning trade offers -- choices may result in the trade partner selecting someone you consider to be a lesser player.
|RMadson, Oak||Anthony Perri 210||Scott White 210||Perry Van Hook 69||Ray Murphy 26|
|TRosenthal, StL||Tim McLeod 74||Scott White 74|
|BSuter, Mil||Perry Van Hook 69||Scott White 41|
|SPearce, Tor||Charlie Wiegert 41||Scott White 41|
|AClaudio, Tex||Ray Murphy 26||Scott White 13||Perry Van Hook 1|
|RTorreyes, NYY||Anthony Perri 23||Scott White 23|
|ACashner, Tex||Charlie Wiegert 23||Scott White 23||Jeff Boggis 12||Perry Van Hook 1|
|JBlash, SD||Charlie Wiegert 17||Scott White 18|
|CSpangenberg, SD||Rudy Gamble 12||Scott White 11|
|JZimmermann, Det||Jeff Boggis 12|
|JTomlin, Cle||Jeff Boggis 12|
|LPerdomo, SD||Jeff Boggis 12|
|CTillman, Bal||Jeff Boggis 2|
|ECarrera, Tor||Tim McLeod 2||Scott White 2|
|CGreen, NYY||Perry Van Hook 1||Scott White 1|
|BHolt, Bos||Perry Van Hook 1||Scott White 1|
|BHand, SD||Corey Parson 1||Scott White 1|
|GParra, Col||Scott White 16|
|TRogers, Min||Scott White 6|
|AAlmora, ChC||Scott White 5|
|BBoxberger, TB||Scott White 3||Perry Van Hook 0|
|MSierra, StL||Scott White 2||Adam Ronis 2|
|KVargas, Min||Scott White 1||Adam Ronis 1|
|AWarren, NYY||Perry Van Hook 1||Scott White 0|
|JHellickson, Phi||Scott White 1|
|JOsuna, Pit||Scott White 1|
|TWood, KC||Scott White 1|
|LGarcia, Phi||Perry Van Hook 0|
|DDescalso, Ari||Scott White 0|
|GoHernandez, SF||Scott White 0|
|NFranklin, LAA||Scott White 0|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
New closers are obviously in high demand, but in leagues like this, anyone with a hint of some upcoming save chances will draw bids. The top purchase was for new Nationals reliever Ryan Madson with Anthony Perri adding the former Oakland closer for $210.
Cardinals reliever Trevor Rosenthal was won by Tim McLeod for $74 while Rangers southpaw reliever Alex Claudio went to Ray Murphy's team for $23.
With Johnny Cueto and Hyun-jin Ryu on the DL I went shopping for two pitchers bidding $69 for Madson and for who I perceived the best two start pitcher in the upcoming week, Brent Suter of the Brewers. At least I got Suter. Below the larger bids were my $1 and $ lists which netted me Yankee pitcher Chad Green, who I am hoping may get some spot starts in addition to his good middle relief outings.
In the LABR report, I suggested Sean Doolittle would be the Nationals choice to close. Since that posting, it's been reported Washington was primarily after Ryan Madson when Billy Beane suggested they expand the deal. With that revelation, I'd like to call for a review with the call being overturned.
|CHamels, Tex||Vlad Sedler 118|
|RGrossman, Min||Peter Kreutzer 42|
|BSnell, TB||Vlad Sedler 16|
|TRosenthal, StL||Vlad Sedler 16|
|RTapia, Col||Peter Kreutzer 8|
Very slow week in the head to head league with Hamels the big prize. By rule, he must be active for his start in Camden Yards this week. The Orioles are dangerous, but this outing isn't nearly as daunting as previous seasons. Hamels has had an odd year. His surface stats are impressive, 4-0 with a 3.05 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. However, he's fanned only 33 in 59 frames. Hamels is being boosted by a .218 BABIP, likely to correct where the deflated strikeout rate should result in an ERA correction.