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Beware of Early Standings PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Perry Van Hook   
Friday, 12 April 2013 00:00

It seems like every year one of us cautions against looking at early standings in your league(s). Of course, the reason for this warning is that the sample sizes are so small that there is no reality in your league standings.

In LABR’s AL league for instance, I was in second place on one day and after a truly ugly pitching line from one of my starters dropped to next to last the next day. I know it’s hard not to look at the standings – especially if you have a team that is atop the pile – and yeah, we all do it. BUT you must look beyond the standings to find anything of note in the early going. Look instead at the categories – here is one.

STOLEN BASES

Team

Year

Wk

PTS

+/-

Greg Ambrosius

15

3

15.0

0.0

Grey Albright

12

2

14.0

0.0

Tom Kessenich

10

4

13.0

3.0

Scott Engel

9

0

12.0

-1.0

Tim McLeod

8

2

10.5

0.5

Gene McCaffrey

8

1

10.5

-1.5

Mike Podhorzer

7

2

8.5

0.5

Paul Greco

7

1

8.5

-1.5

Brent Hershey

5

2

6.0

0.0

Charlie Wiegert

5

2

6.0

0.0

Ray Guilfoyle

5

2

6.0

0.0

Anthony Perri

3

2

3.0

2.0

Matthew Pouliot

3

1

3.0

0.0

Eno Sarris

3

1

3.0

0.0

Perry Van Hook

2

0

1.0

-2.0

 

The stolen base column from the TOUT Wars Draft League shows me in last place with just two steals in the first two weeks. That does not mean I should trade my only stolen base guy or trade one of my good pitchers for Everth Cabrera. Do you really think that a team with Paul Goldschmidt, Todd Frazier, Kyle Seager, Jose Altuve, Jean Segura, Bryce Harper, Justin Maxwell, and Austin Jackson is going to be last in stolen bases?

Even with a 13 steal deficit I would sooner bet on winning the category than being in last place, and that is what you need to see beyond the box scores and the standings. Be realistic, but don’t overreact.

It is oh so early in a very long season.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 April 2013 07:40
 
Sidd Finch, Part 1 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pasko Varnica   
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 15:21

   I play in a league named after Sidd Finch. Google “Sidd Finch” should you be curious about the history of this fictitious name. Wikipedia has a nice article on it.

   The first draft was held in spring of 2011, the second last year, and the third and last this year coinciding with the beginning of the competition. Let me repeat to make it clear, we drafted two years ahead of time. What is different about Sidd Finch from other fantasy baseball leagues is the pool from which we could pick up players. Only those players that were clearly marked as minor leaguers and foreign players not on a Major League roster were draftable. Baseball America had to show a player as minor leaguer at of the beginning of the season for that player to qualify for the draft.

   We had a plethora of sources to study, including Lawr’s Top 250 Prospects, BaseballHQ’s Minor League Baseball Analyst and several websites, such as www.baseballprospectus.com. In other words, finding study material regarding minor league players was not a problem. On the other hand, scouting foreign players required digging for rumors.

   I will report on the experience throughout the season. Perhaps it is too soon to draw any lasting conclusions but allow me to report on my first impression: predicting pitchers is next to impossible.

   The league has 11 teams. Each team can place five pitchers on the active roster. There is a total of 55 active pitchers. Of these, only eight have produced any substantial number of points up to now. They are Mike Minor, Matt Harvey, Yu Darvish, Ryun-Jin Hyu, Chris Sale, Matt Moore, Aroldis Chapman and Hisashi Iwakuma. No team has more than two of these top eight hurlers on their roster. Those teams who have them are far ahead in the standings.

   The lesson here for those of us who play in keeper leagues and draft prospects is a simple one: picking up minor league pitchers may be a high risk, high reward gamble.

   We know by experience playing in keeper leagues that the profit is returned by no more than 30% of minor league players drafted two or more years before they appear in their first Major League game. That probability of 30% is frustratingly lower when hurlers only are taken into consideration. On top of that, a good number of highly touted pitching prospects need the so-called maturing. It may be counter-productive to activate them too soon, see Brandon Maurer’s struggles this year.

   That’s all nice and reasonable. The problem is that when time comes to pick long-term prospects, some of us often rely on instinct; we find a guy’s name and we just got to have him. Didn’t someone say, “Heart has reasons that reason cannot know”?

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 21:24
 
Keep Calm and Cheer on PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Scarborough   
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 15:19

I work a day job where I’m up at 4:00 AM to be at work by 4:45 AM. I’m one of those people who sets the alarm as late as possible, crawl unwilling out of bed, throw hair up, brush teeth and head out the door without so much as glancing at a mirror. At this time in the morning, the only thought in my mind is how fast I can get caffeine in me and not at all about how I look. Arriving at work, the first thing I heard this morning was “you look almost as terrible as your Blue Jays.”  This is the last thing I want to hear first thing in the morning. It’s not even the “you look terrible” portion of the statement that gets me, as I’ve gladly sacrificed that for extra z’s. It’s when my home team, the love of my life, my sanity and my Zen gets bashed by someone who probably hasn’t sat through a full nine innings ever in their life. But, at this time in the morning, I have no energy to defend them. Thus, my rant to you.  

I feel like it’s the bandwagon jumpers, or the people who will show up only for the home opener of their city's team, or the people who complain about how long the season is who make such quick and uneducated judgements on teams and players, and it really drives me bonkers.

Here are a few things the irrational baseball fan should be aware of:

-162 games are played by each Major League team. That’s one hundred and sixty two. This one speaks for itself.

-Robinson Cano entered Monday’s game with a .130/.200/.130 slash line. After seven beautiful swings of the bat in the next two games, he raised it to .303/.361/.667. Numbers can change that fast this time of year.

-John Buck has hit four home runs and has banked 14 RBIs over eight games while hitting .393.  This is a 32-year-old, career .237 catcher we are talking about. Hot bats can turn cold just as quickly.

-After six games in 2012, the Giants went 2-4, the same record as the 2013 Blue Jays after six. The Giants went on to win the World Series. Don’t lose faith.

-Last April, the LA Dodgers had the second most wins in the Majors with 16, and failed to make a postseason appearance. Do not get cocky.  

The first month of April, let alone the first week and a half, gives hardly any indication as to what’s to come for the year. Please, do not burn your favorite player's jersey, or jump ship on your home team only to hop back on when they make the playoffs, and definitely DO NOT sell your number one draft pick, of whom may be off to a slow start, for a handful of mediocre players that are sure to hit the waiver wire at some point in the season. Just remain calm and cheer on.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 21:33
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of April 8 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 08 April 2013 21:30

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

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

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE

smyly

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Drew Smyly,  DET 13 NFBC/Stats 8 SiriusXM 4 ESPN.com
Eric Sogard, OAK 6 Fangraphs
Kevin Correia,  MIN 4 Mastersball 1 NFBC/Stats 1 SiriusXM
Sam Fuld,  TB 3 KFFL.com
Brett Cecil,  TOR 2 USA TODAY Sports 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Shelley Duncan,  TB 2 Mastersball 2 KFFL.com
Jayson Nix,  NYY 1 ESPN.com 2 KFFL.com 1 Yahoo! Sports
Blake Beavan,  SEA 1 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Mastersball 1 NFBC/Stats

 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

Liam Hendriks,  MIN 1 NFBC/Stats
Pedro Hernandez,  MIN 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Steve Delabar,  TOR 1 NFBC/Stats

 Perry Van Hook's Commentary

I have mixed feelings about the high bid this week as NFBC (Greg Ambrosius & Shawn Childs) rostered the pitcher I dropped last week – Tigers Drew Smyly for $13 beating the underbid of $8 by a healthy margin.

In the LABR auction which you may remember was the first week of March, I bought Smyly for a nice $4 thinking he would be in the Tigers rotation. When the bell rang for opening day almost a month later, Smyly had been sent to the bullpen in favor of Rick Porcello who astute readers may remember I rostered in several drafts this spring thinking his outstanding work resurrecting his curveball would get him traded out of Detroit and hopefully into a good situation.

But with only one closer in LABR (so far) I really needed that seventh starter and had the opportunity to add Dylan Axelrod who had pitched so well in the spring he won the fifth spot in the White Sox rotation and with LABR roster rules the only way I could do that was by releasing Smyly. So while I wasn’t happy the rest of my league thought my Smyly was the most valuable player to add this week, I won’t lose sleep on it because he is a $3 pitcher on my AL keeper league so if they beat me with him here I will certainly win real money with him in that league.

I made two successful bids this week, the first dropping my one save and one horrific outing from Phil Coke (maybe I just am down on Tigers pitchers not named Verlander) largely on the news that Detroit had signed Jose Valverde to a minor league contract after seeing him throw in the 90s and partially because Coke is no longer at the top of the committee list for Jim Leyland – this week. I replaced with Minnesota’s Kevin Correia who has two nice starts this week.

When the Yankees added Brennan Boesch it sucked out all the value out of my Ben Francisco, so I dropped Francisco in favor of Tampa Bay’s Shelley Duncan who should get enough OF/DH at bats to add a few home runs.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

xavierp

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Xavier Paul, CIN 3 RotoWire 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Steve Moyer
Laynce Nix, PHI 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Steve Moyer 1 RotoWire
John Lannan, PHI 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Chad Tracy, WSH 1 DerekCarty.com 2 Steve Moyer
Craig Stammen, WSH 1 ESPN - Karabell
Alberto Gonzalez, CHC 1 Steve Moyer
Reid Brignac, COL 2 Steve Moyer
Eric Hinske, ATL 1 Baseball HQ 1 DerekCarty.com 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
1 RotoWire 1 Steve Moyer
Justin Sellers, LAD 1 DerekCarty.com 1 Steve Moyer
Anthony Recker, NYM 1 DerekCarty.com

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

Blake DeWitt, ATL 1 Steve Moyer
Burke Badenhop, MIL 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Chris Valaika, MIA 1 Steve Moyer
Dave Sappelt, CHC 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 RotoWire
Derrick Robinson, CIN 1 RotoWire
Ezequiel Carrera, PHI 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Humberto Quintero, PHI 1 DerekCarty.com
John Baker, SD 1 Steve Moyer 1 DerekCarty.com
Jon Garland, COL 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Khristopher Davis, MIL 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Steve Moyer 1 RotoWire
Shane Robinson, STL 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 RotoWire

 Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Probably the most interesting free agent acquisition of the week belongs to Derek Carty, who copped Dodger shortstop Justin Sellers for just a buck in a low ball bidding showdown with Steve Moyer.

The big deal with Sellers is until Hanley Ramirez returns, he is--for now--the every day shortstop and that means everyday at-bats. With a .191-3-16 line over 206 Major League at-bats, it is hard to see how the former Oakland Athletic draft pick, then traded to the Cubs, then purchased by the Dodgers can be much of a contributor, but at-bats are at-bats and they spell counting stats. However, I fear the bottom line is Sellers provides a National League counterpart to Brendan Ryan. Meaning glove, but not stick.

Two other players piqued my curiosity, first with a former Dodger, Xavier Paul, was purchased by Rotowire for a $3 bid over $1 bids by Steve Moyer and Greg Ambrosius' NFBC squad. Paul will provide #4 outfield help while Ryan Ludwick is down especially if Chris Heisey cannot handle the load. Over parts of five years as a big leaguer, Paul has 473 at-bats with a .262-6-45 line along with 23 swipes although 32 walks to 110 walks does not bode so well. Still, Paul can sure bag some steals, and knowing he might be in the lineup daily could be a motivator.

Finally, Ty Wigginton's cosmic baseball twin, Eric Hinske went for a buck, again over the NFBC/STATS and Steve Moyer teams. Hinske, like Wigginton, is just one of those guys who is a throwaway every season it seems. Then he latches on with a team, and somehow manages to get 200 at-bats and hit 10 homers every year. Well, he had up until 2012, but the outfielder/first sacker who hits lefty could provide that pop we have mostly gotten used to over Hinske's dozen season's at the Show.

MIXED LEAGUE

gutierrez

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Jim Henderson, MIL 15 Bloomberg Sports 14 KFFL.com 7 Fangraphs 5 Razzball
5 Sports Grumblings 2 RotoWire
Chris Heisey, CIN 14 KFFL.com 5 MLB.com 4 Baseball HQ 2 USA TODAY Sports
1 Sports Grumblings
Kelvin Herrera, KC 14 KFFL.com 10 Bloomberg Sports 9 Fangraphs 3 Razzball
3 Sports Grumblings 1 RotoWire 1 USA TODAY Sports
Vernon Wells, NYY 6 KFFL.com 3 USA TODAY Sports 1 Baseball HQ 1 Sports Grumblings
Franklin Gutierrez, SEA 3 USA TODAY Sports 2 KFFL.com 1 Sports Grumblings
Jhoulys Chacin, COL 3 RotoWire 1 KFFL.com 1 Sports Grumblings
J.A. Happ, TOR 3 Fangraphs 2 KFFL.com 1 MLB.com
Barry Zito, SF 2 Yahoo! Sports 1 MLB.com
Roberto Hernandez, TB 2 RotoWire
Greg Dobbs, MIA 1 Sports Grumblings 1 RotoWire
Mike Adams, PHI 1 Sports Grumblings
Jeremy Guthrie, KC 1 MLB.com 1 KFFL.com
Travis Wood, CHC 1 MLB.com
Seth Smith, OAK 1 Baseball HQ
Daniel Descalso, STL 1 RotoWire

 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

Matt Garza, CHC 8 MLB.com
Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA 1 RotoWire
Blake Beavan, SEA 1 MLB.com
Bronson Arroyo, CIN 1 Bloomberg Sports 1 MLB.com
Craig Gentry, TEX 1 KFFL.com 1 Sports Grumblings
Daniel Nava, BOS 1 Sports Grumblings
Eric Chavez, ARI 1 RotoWire
Jamey Carroll, MIN 1 RotoWire
Jarrod Dyson, KC 1 KFFL.com
Joe Smith, CLE 1 Sports Grumblings
John Lannan, PHI 1 MLB.com 1 RotoWire
John Mayberry, PHI 1 Sports Grumblings
Jordan Pacheco, COL 1 RotoWire
Josh Donaldson, OAK 1 RotoWire 1 KFFL.com
Kyle Kendrick, PHI 1 KFFL.com
Luis Mendoza, KC 1 MLB.com
Marlon Byrd, NYM 1 Sports Grumblings
Nate Schierholtz, CHC 1 Sports Grumblings

 Todd Zola's Commentary

Due to a couple of glitches, both technical and human, we're coming at you a little later than usual. As such, the Monday games are nearly complete so please realize I am writing this with a heavy heart as my week one acquisition of Mitchell Boggs ruined my entire week in the course of getting one out earlier today. But as a professional, I'll pull myself together and comment on the Mixed LABR FAAB moves.

Two primary targets this week are both speculative closers but I didn't feel the need to get involved, because I already hit the jackpot the previous week with what's his name from the Cardinals. But even if I hadn't picked up whosimidickle, I'm not convinced Jim Henderson is the answer for the Brewers and I am not at all sure Greg Holland's job with the Royals is in peril.

Two other claims this week caught my eye. I picked up Franklin Gutierrez in a couple of other leagues feeling he's healthy and ready to be productive again. Chris Heisey has always been a favorite since he grades out extrememly well if he were to ever get full time run. He's in line for just that with Ryan Ludwick hurt. However, I didn't place a bid on either, although I should have since my flyer on Jordany Valdespin doesn't look like it's going to pan out.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 April 2013 09:22
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of April 8 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 08 April 2013 13:04

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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.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

valverde

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
JValverde, Det 9 (32) Rob Leibowitz 8 Larry Schechter 5 Matthew Berry 2 Wolf/Colton
BBeavan, Sea 3 Mike Siano 3 Jeff Erickson 2 Wolf/Colton 0 Matthew Berry
SDuncan, TB 1 (6) Matthew Berry 3 Jeff Erickson 0 Steve Moyer
SPearce, Bal 1 (3) Jeff Erickson
CFurbush, Sea 1 (2) Andy Behrens
EEscobar, Min 1 (2) Wolf/Colton
DDuffy, KC 0 Matthew Berry
PHernandez, Min 0 Wolf/Colton

 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

KCorreia, Min 1 Mike Siano
JCarroll, Min 1 Matthew Berry
HConger, LAA 1 Jeff Erickson
SBurnett, LAA 1 Andy Behrens
JCarroll, Min 0 Wolf/Colton
MGonzalez, Hou 0 Wolf/Colton
RAndino, Sea 0 Wolf/Colton
AWarren, NYY 0 Mike Siano
DDowns, Det 0 Mike Siano
DVeal, CWS 0 Mike Siano
MTejada, KC 0 Matthew Berry

 Rob Leibowitz Commentary

After the roster fix-up flurry of last week things calmed down. In my mind, the biggest news item for AL only leaguers was the signing by Detroit of Jose Valverde to a minor league contract. Valverde is by no means guaranteed his closer job should he make it back to the Majors after extended spring training, but given that he is coming off a 35-save season and 6 straight seasons of at least 25 saves, one at least has to take a chance on the righty.  Valverde is now 35 and has been amidst a seven-year decline in strikeout rates that endured a two-plus point drop from 8.6 to 6.3 strikeouts per nine innings in 2012. So caution is definitely warranted. At $9 the risk is a pretty good one to take, though admittedly I expected him to cost in excess of $15 this week. If it were announced immediately he would be closing, it would no doubt require a bid even higher..

NATIONAL LEAGUE

yuni

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
YBetancourt, Mil 1 (9) Chris Liss
XPaul, Cin 1 (3)  Mike Gianella 2 Phil Hertz 0 Steve Gardner 0 Peter Kreutzer
FSalas, StL 1 (2) Phil Hertz 0 Derek Carty
SFeldman, ChC 1 (2) Phil Hertz
RBelisario, LAD 1 Scott Wilderman 0 Derek Carty
BKintzler, Mil 1 Mike Gianella
JFrancis, Col 1 Derek Carty
JRussell, ChC 1 Chris Liss
KFrandsen, Phi 0 Todd Zola
ABass, SD 0 Scott Pianowski
JAffeldt, SF 0 Scott Pianowski 0 Derek Carty
JBaker, SD 0 Scott Pianowski
SLeCure, Cin 0 Phil Hertz
ALaffey, NYM 0 Derek Carty
DSappelt, ChC 0 Chris Liss
ASanabia, Mia 0 Brian Walton 0 Brian Walton

 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

ECarrera, Phi 1 Mike Gianella
SCamp, ChC 1 Chris Liss
JHannahan, Cin 0 Todd Zola
JoWilson, Ari 0 Todd Zola
PAumont, Phi 0 Scott Wilderman
SClevenger, ChC 0 Scott Pianowski
CIzturis, Cin 0 Mike Gianella
BBadenhop, Mil 0 Derek Carty
BZiegler, Ari 0 Derek Carty 0 Scott Pianowski
EMujica, StL 0 Derek Carty 0 Phil Hertz 0 Scott Pianowski 0 Scott Wilderman
SAtchison, NYM 0 Derek Carty
EOFlaherty, Atl 0 Chris Liss 0 Phil Hertz
MRzepczynski, StL 0 Chris Liss 0 Derek Carty

Brian Walton's Commentary

It was a tough opening week for NL Tout owners with stars like Aramis Ramirez, Ryan Braun, Freddie Freeman and Ryan Ludwick hitting the sidelines due to injury.

Replacements were not to be found on the free agent wire. Only one hitter with more than eight at-bats was available to FAAB. Every NL stolen base last week was collected by players already rostered in Tout.

The only home run and RBIs from an unowned hitter were logged by Cincinnati's Xavier Paul. The reserve outfielder had all of four plate appearances during the period and went to Baseball Prospectus' Mike Gianella for $1 ($3 Vickrey). Chris Heisey is the primary beneficiary of Ludwick's misfortune, but like so many others, he was already rostered.

The high bid for the week was from Rotowire's Chris Liss, who was willing to pay up to $9 for Yuniesky Betancourt of the Brewers. Liss ended up getting the shortstop for a single buck. As long as Corey Hart and Ramirez are out, Betancourt should receive some at-bats. Whether he does anything with them remains to be seen.

Speaking of Milwaukee, the closer situation is unsettled as John Axford struggles. Having missed out on potential first option Jim Henderson last week, I made a tepid $0 bid on another Brewers set-up man. However, I lost out on Brandon Kintzler due to a $1 offer from Gianella.

Instead, I added Marlins' fill-in starter Alex Sanabia. The right-hander's job will likely evaporate as soon as Henderson Alvarez or Nathan Eovaldi returns. Sanabia's assignment this week will be a challenge - facing the Braves at home. Here's hoping this was not a bad decision.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

jose_f

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
JHenderson, Mil 13 (35) Seth Trachtman 12 Nicholas Minnix 12 Paul Singman 11 Patrick Davitt
8 Tim Heaney 6 Ray Flowers 3 Derek Van Riper
JFernandez, Mia 8 (17) Eric Mack 7 Fred Zinkie 7 Zach Steinhorn 5 Tim Heaney
2 Paul Singman
CHeisey, Cin 9 (14) Nicholas Minnix 8 Tim Heaney 5 Derek Van Riper 4 Fred Zinkie
JValverde, Det 7 (12) Nicholas Minnix 6 Tim Heaney 2 Zach Steinhorn
EGattis, Atl 1 (7) Nando DiFino 0 Eric Mack
ChJohnson, Atl 1 (6) Zach Steinhorn 1 Derek Van Riper
JHapp, Tor 2 (3) Tim Heaney 1 Al Melchior
DDeJesus, ChC 1 (3) Derek Van Riper
MEllis, LAD 1 (3) David Gonos 0 Nicholas Minnix
TWood, ChC 1 (3) Fred Zinkie
DSmyly, Det 1 (3) David Gonos 0 Patrick Davitt
JBuck, NYM 2 Nicholas Minnix 1 Tim Heaney 0 Eric Mack
NMcLouth, Bal 1 (2) Tim Heaney 2 Derek Van Riper 0 Nicholas Minnix
GSanchez, Pit 1 (2) Derek Van Riper
BDozier, Min 1 Al Melchior 0 Nicholas Minnix
BPeacock, Hou 1 Al Melchior
BZito, SF 1 Seth Trachtman 0 Fred Zinkie 0 Eric Mack
MMelancon, Pit 1 Patrick Davitt
NHundley, SD 1 Tim Heaney
JGuthrie, KC 1 Cory Schwartz 1 Seth Trachtman 1 Tim Heaney 0 Fred Zinkie
BBeavan, Sea 0 Fred Zinkie
EKratz, Phi 0 Eric Mack
JRauch, Mia 0 Zach Steinhorn
SPryor, Sea 0 Patrick Davitt

 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

PPolanco, Mia 6 Zach Steinhorn 1 David Gonos 0 Nicholas Minnix 0 Eric Mack
JDonaldson, Oak 5 Zach Steinhorn 1 Tim Heaney 0 Nicholas Minnix
MAdams, StL 2 Tim Heaney 1 Derek Van Riper 0 Nicholas Minnix
GDobbs, Mia 2 Derek Van Riper
JFrancoeur, KC 2 Derek Van Riper 0 Nicholas Minnix
JValdespin, NYM 2 Derek Van Riper
GRichards, LAA 1 Tim Heaney
JNicasio, Col 1 Tim Heaney
KSlowey, Mia 1 Seth Trachtman 0 Tim Heaney
ErChavez, Ari 1 Derek Van Riper
JMayberry, Phi 1 Derek Van Riper
ABailey, Bos 0 Tim Heaney
FCervelli, NYY 0 Tim Heaney 0 Eric Mack
FLiriano, Pit 0 Tim Heaney
JBurton, Min 0 Tim Heaney
JFrancis, Col 0 Tim Heaney
JLannan, Phi 0 Tim Heaney
TRoss, SD 0 Tim Heaney
JHoover, Cin 0 Patrick Davitt
AGonzalez, Mil 0 Nicholas Minnix
BCrawford, SF 0 Nicholas Minnix
CGetz, KC 0 Nicholas Minnix
JFrancoeur, KC 0 Nicholas Minnix
MByrd, NYM 0 Nicholas Minnix
NSchierholtz, ChC 0 Nicholas Minnix
RTejada, NYM 0 Nicholas Minnix
SSizemore, Oak 0 Nicholas Minnix
SSmith, Oak 0 Nicholas Minnix
EBedard, Hou 0 Eric Mack
MLeake, Cin 0 Eric Mack
MMaldonado, Mil 0 Eric Mack
DDescalso, StL 0 David Gonos
DSolano, Mia 0 David Gonos

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Only one week into the season and we already have a number of bullpen controversies around the league. So it was no surprise that the Brewers’ Jim Henderson fetched the highest FAAB bid in Mixed Tout Wars this week, $35 from Seth Trachtman. The vickrey system reduced Henderson’s price to $13, still a significant investment considering that a closer change in Milwaukee remains just speculation at this point, despite John Axford’s awful start to the year. The saves speculation game continued with Nick Minnix’s purchase of Jose Valverde, who was recently signed to a minor league contract by the Tigers, a team that is still searching for a reliable stopper. Valverde’s experience in the role suggests that it’s only a matter of time before he returns to being Detroit’s closer, but manager Jim Leyland has also expressed confidence in Joaquin Benoit. Still, $7 is a more than reasonable price to pay for what could very well be 30-plus saves. I’ll take Valverde at $7 over Henderson at $13 any day of the week.

Minnix wasn’t done with his shopping spree, as he also snagged Chris Heisey for the vickrey adjusted price of $9. With Ryan Ludwick on the shelf, Heisey will be given every opportunity to seize the Reds’ starting left field job, but he has struggled so far this year and we’re already starting to see Xavier Paul take away some of Heisey’s playing time.

Last but certainly not least, Jose Fernandez’s splendid big league debut did not go unnoticed, as Eric Mack opted to throw a $17 bid his way. My $7 bid for Fernandez turned out to be the second highest, so Mack ended up paying just eight bucks. The Marlins seem committed to Fernandez sticking with the big club for good, but it would be a mistake to not expect growing pains as Fernandez, at just 20 years of age, is making the enormous jump from Single-A to the Majors.

With Aramis Ramirez heading to the DL, I was forced to go to the waiver wire to find a third base replacement. I settled on Chris Johnson, and Freddie Freeman’s trip to the DL was the major reason why, as Johnson will take over everyday first base duties while Freeman is out, at least temporarily removing him from a third base platoon situation. Hopefully, Johnson will provide me with some pop while Ramirez is sidelined.

After witnessing Steve Cishek’s disastrous weekend, I also opted to grab Jon Rauch as closer insurance. Rauch hasn’t exactly impressed during his past closing stints, but at least he has some ninth inning experience. I consider him to be next in line for saves. Cishek’s job appears to be safe for now, but I didn’t want to be left without a No. 2 closer.

Todd Zola chimes in as well:

Something I do is check out bids of fellow competitors whose opinions I trust. A FAAB bid is the equivalent of an opinion. Cory Schwartz of mlb.com is a great example. I find it very telling that Cory eschewed the action on Jose Fernandez and instead snuck in a cool $1 bid on Jeremy Guthrie. Perhaps Cory knew it would cost more for the Marlins' rookie phenom, but he didn't even put in a token bid. This tells me he prefers the tried and true Guthrie over the shiny new toy, which is a philosophy I share.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

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PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
JFernandez, Mia 24 (26) Eno Sarris 23 Tom Kessenich 17 Gene McCaffrey 14 Tim McLeod
11 Perry Van Hook 8 Scott Engel 4 Mike Podhorzer
JHenderson, Mil 12 (17) Tim McLeod 11 Mike Podhorzer 9 Tom Kessenich 6 Anthony Perri
1 Ray Guilfoyle
CHeisey, Cin 9 (15) Brent Hershey 8 Anthony Perri 6 Eno Sarris 2 Tom Kessenich
JValverde, Det 2 (13) Tom Kessenich 1 Ray Guilfoyle
TRosenthal, StL 2 (7) Scott Engel
MByrd, NYM 1 (6) Eno Sarris 2 Tom Kessenich
DDescalso, StL 1 (4) Tom Kessenich 0 Ray Guilfoyle
EGattis, Atl 1 (4) Perry Van Hook 7 Brent Hershey
CaVillanueva, ChC 3 Mike Podhorzer 2 Scott Engel
GDobbs, Mia 1 (3) Tom Kessenich
JArrieta, Bal 1 (3) Anthony Perri
TWood, ChC 1 (2) Perry Van Hook
JCastro, Hou 1 Ray Guilfoyle
JFrancis, Col 1 Tom Kessenich
CPennington, Ari 0 Ray Guilfoyle

 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BID

ACallaspo, LAA 7 Brent Hershey 2 Tom Kessenich
JLoney, TB 2 Tom Kessenich 0 Brent Hershey
PKozma, StL 2 Tom Kessenich
PPolanco, Mia 2 Tom Kessenich
BRyan, Sea 1 Tom Kessenich
JChacin, Col 1 Tom Kessenich
LOverbay, NYY 1 Tom Kessenich
RNolasco, Mia 1 Tom Kessenich
BColon, Oak 1 Perry Van Hook
KCorreia, Min 1 Perry Van Hook
JDMartinez, Hou 1 Eno Sarris
NHundley, SD 0 Ray Guilfoyle
RTejada, NYM 0 Ray Guilfoyle
ASanabia, Mia 0 Perry Van Hook
BBeavan, Sea 0 Perry Van Hook
RIbanez, Sea 0 Brent Hershey

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Jose Fernandez great first outing plus the one week delay in teams being able to bid on him led to a winning bid of $24 by Eno Sarris of Fangraphs. That’s a lot of a $100 FAAB but Fernandez albeit young is a very talented pitcher and getting him in April means that should be a lot of strikeouts with decent ratios, even if Marlins' wins will be hard to come by.

But Eno must be a believer because his bid was actually $26 reduced by Vickrey to $24 to top the $23 bid of Tom Kessenich (NFBC). In all there were five double digit bids on the young Miami hurler.

I was lucky on one of my acquisitions. I bid $4 for Atlanta’s Evan Gattis who currently only qualifies at OF but has already caught three games thus needing just two more to be C eligible. While I have two good catchers in Salvador Perez and A.J. Pierzynski, depth is a wonderful thing as well as having Gattis having a lot of trade value, especially to the Brian McCann owner whoever he might be.  But Brent Hershey (BHQ) who bid $7 for Gattis had him second on his list behind Chris Heisey who he won and apparently no one else wanted Gattis as an OF/U so my bid was reduced to $1 by Vickery.

My second winning bid was also reduced, this time from $2 down to $1 as I landed Cub pitcher Travis Wood who has two nice starts this week – home vs the Brewers and Giants in nice cold Chicago weather.

 

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