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Tout Wars FAAB Report: September 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 September 2012 00:35

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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 three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 13-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.

Tout Wars uses a modified 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.

brett-cecil

AMERICAN LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
BCecil, Tor 10 (11) Michaels
DLough, KC 10 (12) Schechter
JHannahan, Cle 5 Shandler 0 Erickson:
DStraily, Oak 4 Behrens 1 Wolf/Colton:
MGomez, Bos 2 Schechter 0 Erickson:
MAdams, Tex 0 Leibowitz
JCrain, CWS 0 Leibowitz
BMyers, CWS 0 Leibowitz
KJepsen, LAA 0 Schechter
BFrancisco, TB 0 Erickson 12 Schechter:

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

ALaffey, Tor 2 Behrens
BLyon, Tor 0 Schechter
EEscobar, Min 0 Shandler
HSantiago, CWS 3 Behrens
JPeralta, TB 0 Schechter:
LAyala, Bal 0 Schechter:
MLowe, Tex 0 Leibowitz:
SDelabar, Tor 0 Schechter:

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

It is now early to mid September and the AL FAAB leader has a whopping $14 remaining to him. Kansas City outfielder David Lough and Toronto starter Brett Cecil each garnered the highest bids this week at $10 each. Lough has long been considered something of a tweener with doubles power, slightly above average speed, mediocre overall plate discipline, but good contact making skills. He was playing semi-regularly until injuring his hamstring back on the 5th.  Brett Cecil’s gopheritis got him booted from the rotation earlier this year. He has actually shown pretty good skills otherwise at stops in Double-A and Triple-A, but for now will be utilized out of the bullpen in middle and long relief. In the past the righty has been known for his ability to keep the ball on the ground, so there is still a chance he could be a productive member of the Jays' rotation in the future.

john-lannan

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
AEaton, Ari 20 Peterson 20 Cockcroft 8 Walton 4 Kreutzer 0 Gianella
JLannan, Was 10 (20) Cockcroft 1 Peterson
PAumont, Phi 10 (12) Hertz 0 Kreutzer
DDescalso, StL 4 Kreutzer 0 Gianella
BHolt, Pit 3 Walton 2 Kreutzer 1 Peterson 0 Gianella
JBay, NYM 2 Walton
MLindstrom, Ari 0 Kreutzer
RCedeno, NYM 0 Gianella
JMcDonald, Ari 0 Gianella 0 Kreutzer

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

JLindblom, Phi 12 Hertz
RMattheus, Was 7 Hertz
JGrilli, Pit 3 Hertz
JHoover, Cin 3 Hertz
CGearrin, Atl 0 Kreutzer
DMurphy, Fla 0 Gianella 0 Kreutzer
EGGonzalez, Hou 0 Kreutzer
JMejia, NYM 0 Kreutzer
TCingrani, Cin 0 Kreutzer

Brian Walton's Commentary

It has to be a comforting position to be in first place and have a considerable FAAB balance in National League Tout Wars, as well. Such is the perch in which ESPN's Tristan Cockcroft sits.

Cockcroft bid $20 on good-hitting outfield prospect Adam Eaton, called up by Arizona this week. However, he lost Eaton on a tie-breaker based on the standings to Dean Peterson, still fighting for points from his 12th-place spot. The rest of the league thanks Dean!

NL Tout also had two $10 players this week, the amount required by Vickrey rules when a higher bid is made but uncontested for $10 or more. The bidders for Washington's returned-from-the-minors starter John Lannan were two familiar names - Cockcroft ($20, reduced to $10) and Peterson ($1). This time, Cockcroft carried the day.

The other $10 player is Philadelphia's Phillippe Aumont, the recipient of a $12 offer from Phil Hertz. The BaseballHQ staffer was the lone bidder.

Scratching for hitting points, I lost out on Eaton due to lack of cash (why didn't I nab him for $1 last week?). I added disappointing Jason Bay off the scrap heap for $2 and Bucs infielder Brock Holt ($3) from the bargain rack.

eric-stults

MIXED LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
EStults, SD 4 Singman 3 Zinkie 0 Steinhorn 0 Heaney
DStraily, Oak 4 Singman 3 Zinkie 1 Schwartz 0 Minnix
AWerner, SD 3 Zinkie 0 Schwartz
TCloyd, Phi 3 Zinkie 0 Schwartz
GBeckham, CWS 2 VanRiper 0 Minnix
MDominguez, Hou 1 Steinhorn
WPeralta, Mil 1 Schwartz 0 Minnix
AEaton, Ari 1 Schwartz
KSuzuki, Was 1 Minnix 0 Singman 0 Heaney
CArcher, TB 1 Minnix 1 Schwartz
MCarpenter, StL 1 McCaffrey
JMcDonald, Pit 0 Steinhorn 0 Zinkie
GKottaras, Oak 0 Singman
HSantiago, CWS 0 Minnix 2 Singman
RCanzler, Cle 0 Minnix 0 Minnix
RHanigan, Cin 0 McC
CParmelee, Min 0 Heaney 2 Minnix
LForsythe, SD 0 Flowers 0 Minnix

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

DDescalso, StL 1 Van Riper 0 Steinhorn
JArias, SF 1 Van Riper
RAndino, Bal 1 VanRiper
GHernandez, Fla 1 McCaffrey
CHeisey, Cin 0 Minnix
CMcHugh, NYM 0 Minnix
JDonaldson, Oak 0 Steinhorn 0 Minnix 0 Flowers
JGuthrie, KC 0 Zinkie
JLannan, Was 0 Zinkie
JLyles, Hou 0 Schwartz
JRuggiano, Fla 0 Minnix 0 Flowers
RBrantly, Fla 0 Singman 0 McCaffrey
SMiller, StL 0 Minnix

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

There was no shortage of starting pitchers on this week’s FAAB list, with the Padres’ Eric Stults and Athletics’ Dan Straily leading the way. Stults has allowed just one run combined over his last three starts and is in line for a two-start week while Straily, who has been impressive through his first three big league starts, will now take the place of the sidelined Brandon McCarthy in Oakland’s rotation.

I joined the starting pitching frenzy, and am actually very surprised that a $0 bid was enough to win James McDonald. Yeah, McDonald has been extremely erratic of late, but with a matchup against a sub-par Cubs’ lineup on tap, I like his chances of racking up a bunch of strikeouts and possibly even netting a win. Matt Dominguez of the Astros was my other pickup this week. He’s been on fire since getting called up to the Majors a couple weeks ago, and while he’s not really known for his bat, I’m hoping he stays hot for a bit longer. With Mark Teixeira out indefinitely, I was desperate for a corner infielder, so this was more a move out of necessity. I’m keeping my expectations in check.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 September 2012 16:25
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of September 3 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 03 September 2012 14:38

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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, 13-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.

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.

chris_parmelee

AMERICAN LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
SANTIAGO, HECTOR 3 Yahoo
DONALDSON, JOSH 2 NFBC
CANZLER, RUSS 1 Perry
PARMELEE, CHRIS 1 Perry
DREW, STEPHEN 1 Nate Ravi 2 NFBC
KLUBER, COREY 1 NFBC

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

DICKERSON, CHRIS 1 Perry
GARCIA, AVISAIL 1 Perry
CARSON, MATT 1 Perry
SNYDER, BRANDON 1 Perry
PROFAR, JURICKSON 1 Nate Ravi
FLORIMON JR., PEDR 1 Nate Ravi

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Disappointing last week to lose players by a dollar, but having the ability to get players for a dollar for the rest of the year was worthwhile today. I had two holes this week with Brett Lawrie still on the DL and surprisingly with Casper Wells sent to the minors by Seattle. But as only one of five teams able to bid today I was able to get Chris Parmalee, MIN to fill the CI slot while getting Russ Canzler, CLE to cover the hole in the outfield. There were only six players bought today and four of those were for a dollar. The $3 player this week was Hector Santiago won by Brad Evans (Yahoo) and might be worth it IF he gets both starts this week for the Pale Hose. The $2 player was 3B/C Josh Donaldson of the Athletics, won by league leader Greg Ambrosius (NFBC).

andrew-werner

NATIONAL LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
LEAGUE, BRANDON 14 Ray Flowe 6 Full Moon 5 SMoyer 5 BBHQ
BELISARIO, RONALD 3 SMoyer 12 Ray Flowe
WERNER, ANDREW 2 Full Moon 1 SMoyer
KELLY, CASEY 2 Full Moon 1 SMoyer 1 Tristan

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

CHOATE, RANDY 1 SMoyer
MCHUGH, COLLIN 1 SMoyer
POMERANZ, DREW 1 Full Moon

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Coveting saves was on the mind of NL LABR owners this week as Steve Moyer from BIS worked to solidify his first place slot by adding $3 Ronald Belisario hoping to add to his save store (Steve made the good move of jumping on my trade offer for John Axford last week (I got Lance Lynn in exchange) while second place Ray Flowers and his Sirius/XM team went for Brandon League ($14).

But, among the scant four FAAB moves this week I like Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton's grab of Casey Kelly for $2 best. Kelly looks good, though the addition of the pitcher pushes Jacob Turner, last week's astute move by the Full Moon pair, to the bench for the week. Full Moon also grabbed Andrew Werner (also $2) to replace Dallas Keuchel in their rotation giving them some youthful options in the rotation going into the season's final month.

nate_mclouth

MIXED LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
LEAGUE, BRANDON 6 Mike Pod 1 Rotowire
MCLOUTH, NATE 2 Fred Zink
MCHUGH, COLLIN 2 BBHQ
LAVARNWAY, RYAN 1 Rotowire
KELLY, CASEY 1 Rotowire
LOCKE, JEFF 1 Fred Zink

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

CASTILLO, WELINGTO 1 Rotowire

Todd Zola's Commentary

The eternal search for a useful starting pitcher continues as Collin McHugh, Casey Kelly and Jeff Locke joined the Mixed LABR ranks. Kelly's debut was highly anticipated as he has had a roller-coaster ride thus far in his early career, going from top prospect traded for Adrian Gonzalez to failed prospect back to top prospect again. Considering he won't be 23 until next month, Kelly's future is back on the bright path. McHugh's ascent was a bit unexpected though he earned his September audition with a wonderful season at Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Buffalo, though at 25, he should be able to hold his own against the younger competition. Locke was given a shot this time last season but failed miserably. He must have taken that experience to heart as he excelled at Triple-A Indianapolis.

The big money ticket of the week, all of six bucks was Brandon League who will be sharing closing duties with Ronald Belasario. Kenley Jansen is going to be examined Tuesday and may be out for the season if it is determined he needs to continue to take blood thinners for a heart condition.

 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of September 3 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 03 September 2012 08:12

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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 three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 13-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.

Tout Wars uses a modified 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.

eduardo-nunez

AMERICAN LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
JProfar, Tex 16 (17) Berry 15 Collette 9 Moyer 4 Shandler 1 Wolf/Colton 0 Erickson
ENunez, NYY 5 Moyer 3 Shandler 0 Erickson
CDickerson, NYY 5 Moyer
RCanzler, Cle 3 Collette 0 Erickson
CDeVries, Min 3 Berry 0 Leibowitz
AGarcia, Det 2 Shandler 0 Erickson
SPearce, NYY 1 Wolf/Colton 0 Siano 0 Shandler
DAxelrod, CWS 1 Wolf/Colton
LFord, Bal 0 Siano 0 Shandler
RWolf, Bal 0 Siano
OHudson, CWS 0 Shandler
BLincoln, Tor 0 Moyer 0 Erickson
DJohnson, CWS 0 Leibowitz
CPeguero, Sea 0 Erickson
KHerrera, KC 0 Erickson

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

BFrancisco, TB 1 Shandler 0 Siano
JBlevins, Oak 0 Moyer
PFigueroa, Oak 0 Moyer
PNeshek, Oak 0 Moyer

Todd Zola's Commentary

Texas phenom Jurickson Profar was called up, primarily as Ian Kinsler insurance but since Elvis Andrus has been nicked as well, he could see some time down the stretch. It will be interesting to see what Texas does with its two talented young shortstops, but remember, it was not that long ago that we were all worried that Mark Teixeira and Hank Blalock were both blocked by Mike Lamb.

Throughout all their injuries, especially at the hot corner, the Yankees stuck to their plan and kept Eduardo Nunez at shortstop to gain some necessary experience. But now its crunch time and Nunez' offensive and defensive versatility will come in handy.

Russ Canzler is an interesting guy to watch down the stretch as the Indians are likely going to give him a decent look. Canzler has had a modicum of success in the past and could provide some late season pop.

ronald-belasario

NATIONAL LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
BLeague, LAD 22 Peterson 21 Hertz 21 Cockcroft 2 Carty 0 Gianella
RBelisario, LAD 11 (32) Hertz 15 Peterson 10 Cockcroft 5 Gardner 4 Wilderman 2 Cockcroft
2 Carty
MDominguez, Hou 8 Cockcroft 0 Gianella
JBianchi, Mil 6 Hertz 2 Kreutzer 0 Gianella
TCloyd, Phi 5 Peterson 5 Cockcroft 0 Gianella
JLocke, Pit 2 Cockcroft 1 Carty
XNady, SF 2 Cockcroft 6 Hertz
WPeralta, Mil 2 Carty
DNavarro, Cin 1 Kreutzer
JElmore, Ari 0 Gianella
NPunto, LAD 0 Gianella
TChatwood, Col 0 Gianella

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

 

BHolt, Pit 4 Hertz
MBelisle, Col 3 Hertz
DDescalso, StL 2 Hertz 0 Gianella
TCruz, StL 1 Kreutzer
HAmbriz, Hou 0 Gianella
JLindblom, Phi 0 Gianella
JVeras, Mil 0 Gianella
MDowns, Hou 0 Hertz
TLayne, SD 0 Gianella
TRosenthal, StL 0 Gianella

Brian Walton's Commentary

One consistency in sports is that injury creates opportunity. So it was in Los Angeles this week. The scary heart condition which has once again sidelined Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen for an indefinite period has created save chances for Ronald Belisario and Brandon League.

With the Dodgers in the midst of the wild card fight, the opportunities have already begun for the two. Each logged one save this past weekend. Three Tout warriors bid double-digit amounts for both, with two of three putting more cash on League than Belisario.

Even so, the latter had the highest bid, meaning one of three owners apparently had a bit more conviction about his feelings. Belisario had a $32 offer, reduced to just $11 by the Vickrey rules. League drew a $25 top bid, dropped to $22. When all was said and done, League cost twice as much.

Slick-fielding but weak-hitting third baseman Matt Dominguez, having moved from Florida to Houston earlier this season, is back in the bigs. His return elicited an $8 bid.

Brewers’ infielder Jeff Bianchi went for $6 and Tyler Cloyd, a new member of the Phillies' rotation, cost $5

brandon-league

MIXED LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
BLeague, LAD 7 Steinhorn 3 Flowers 1 VanRiper 0 Heaney 0 DiFino
BMoss, Oak 4 Minnix
JProfar, Tex 2 Steinhorn
JBlanton, LAD 2 Minnix 1 Flowers
JLopez, SF 2 Flowers
LDuda, NYM 1 Zinkie 1 Minnix
CKelly, SD 1 VanRiper 3 Minnix
KKendrick, Phi 1 Flowers
AAmarista, SD 0 Schwartz
RBelisario, LAD 0 Heaney 3 Steinhorn 2 Flowers 0 Heaney

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

 

KFrandsen, Phi 1 Flowers
JRuggiano, Fla 1 Flowers
JDonaldson, Oak 1 Minnix
JCarroll, Min 1 VanRiper
CMcHugh, NYM 1 Minnix
CPennington, Oak 1 VanRiper
DLeMahieu, Col 1 Flowers
GBeckham, CWS 1 VanRiper
JArias, SF 1 Flowers 1 VanRiper
ABass, SD 0 Heaney
JGrilli, Pit 0 Flowers

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

At around 11 PM ET last night, I put in token bids on both Brandon League and Jurickson Profar. Maybe I’d get Profar for $2. But League for $7, this late in the season when almost all of my league mates had a larger remaining FAAB budget than I did? Not a chance! Turns out I won both players. Bidding more than $0 on Profar is a little risky, as no one really knows for sure how much playing time he’ll get down the stretch. At the same time though, it’s rare to find an impact middle infield bat on the wire in September. As for League, I’m OK with this investment. The only wrinkle here is that the Dodgers are planning on using both League and Ronald Belisario in the closer role while Kenley Jansen is sidelined, but at this point, I think League is the safer bet. Yeah, Belisario got the save earlier in the week, but then League closed things out on Saturday. Then, Belisario came in with the team trailing in the ninth on Sunday. And unlike Belisario, League has closing experience. I hope I’m right about this. If I’m not though, Tim Heaney’s $0 pickup of Belisario would be quite the steal.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 September 2012 16:08
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of August 27 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 27 August 2012 19:47

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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, 13-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.

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.

james-loney

AMERICAN LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
LONEY, JAMES 15 Yahoo 2 NFBC 1 Perry
SAUNDERS, JOE 3 BHQ 1 Full Moon
SCOTT, LUKE 2 NFBC 1 Perry
GOMEZ, MAURO 2 NFBC 1 Perry
JOHNSON, STEVE 1 Full Moon
ADAMS, MIKE 1 Nate Ravi

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

DONALDSON, JOSH 2 NFBC
DREW, STEPHEN 2 NFBC
CRAIN, JESSE 1 Nate Ravi
DELABAR, STEVE 1 Nate Ravi
KLUBER, COREY 1 Full Moon
MCGEE, JAKE 1 Nate Ravi
O'DAY, DARREN 1 Nate Ravi
SMITH, WILL 1 Full Moon

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Well I didn’t guess right on how to play the bidding this week. There were surprisingly several decent hitters available – James Loney new to the AL, Luke Scott off the DL, and Mauro Gomez who has been hitting very well for the depleted Sawks and likely to keep getting at bats if David Ortiz is shut down for the year. There who while being on a list or two was not even rostered. Joe Saunders was not of interest to me but obviously Dave Adler (BHQ) has more risk tolerance than I do.

With only three dollars for the balance of the year and both Brett Lawrie and Alejandro DeAza on the DL I wanted to try and get two hitters and still save a dollar. I couldn’t outbid the teams who still had money and one dollar was more than several teams have, so I bid $1 on Scott/Loney and Gomez/Loney – and promptly lost both Scott and Gomez to Greg Ambrosius (NFBC) who ten dollars to play with correctly gauged that none of the teams who had three dollars would use it all but since they are leading the league and would lose all tie-breakers it seems like the correct bid would have been $3. Loney went for an inexplicable $15 to Brad Evans (Yahoo).

josh-beckett

NATIONAL LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
GONZALEZ, ADRIAN 84 ESPN - EK 83 Yahoo 26 lawr mich 20 Ray Flowe 15 Full Moon 8 Shrink
4 Tristan
BECKETT, JOSH 24 ESPN - EK 15 Full Moon 9 BHQ 7 SMoyer 4 Tristan
FRANCISCO, JUAN 7 lawr mich 3 Greg Ambr
LAYNE, TOM 4 SMoyer
PEGUERO, FRANCISCO 3 Yahoo
TURNER, JACOB 2 Full Moon
EDGIN, JOSH 1 Greg Ambr
BARMES, CLINT 1 Greg Ambr
BRANTLY, ROB 1 Greg Ambr

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

 

RALEY, BROOKS 2 Full Moon
CAMP, SHAWN 1 SMoyer
CHOATE, RANDY 1 SMoyer
WERNER, ANDREW 1 SMoyer
MALDONADO, MARTIN 1 Greg Ambr

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Well, the big guns arrived in the National League from Boston, and although they might be enough to boost the Dodgers into the post-season, it could well be too little, too late in the world of NL LABR:

Of course the real prize was Adrian Gonzalez, who went to ESPN and team Eric Karabell for $84. We knew Eric was saving his ducats for something (he had $108 FAAB), although with a pretty solid hold on the cellar, how much impact AGone can muster to push the team up the standings is the issue.

Gonzalez' former Boston teammate, Josh Beckett is now his new Dodger teammate, and, well, now the one and same Mr. Karabell, just like Magic Johnson, owns both players, exhausting the balance of his FAAB budget, spending his final $24 for the hurler.

Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton copped the fine now Miami prospect Jacob Turner for a couple of bucks, a move I like a lot at this time of the year, while Brad Evans and his Yahoo! team look to Giants prospect Francisco Peguero ($3) for a lift. A traditionally low OBP guy, looking for playing time, I am not sure that Peguero is the tonic, but like the Tuner pick, this is the time of year to try and find the boosts available.

As for me, my $27 bid for AGone obviously failed. It was all the money I had, but obviously, it could not compete with team Karabell. So, $7 of my FAAB went to Juan Francisco, although trying to fill the current DL holes I have with Aubrey Huff, Emilio Bonifacio, Nate Schierholtz, and Mark DeRosa all on the DL, my climb is as uphill as is my mate Eric's.

marco-estrada

MIXED LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
ESTRADA, MARCO 7 USAT 3 BBHQ 2 Mike Pod 1 Rotowire 1 KFFL
COLVIN, TYLER 4 Fred Zink 2 Rotowire 1 KFFL
CIRIACO, PEDRO 3 Fred Zink 1 Todd Zola
SKAGGS, TYLER 3 BBHQ 1 KFFL
MAYBERRY, JOHN 2 Fred Zink
CARROLL, JAMEY 1 Todd Zola
LOPEZ, JAVIER 1 Rotowire
PHELPS, DAVID 1 Mike Pod 6 USAT
PODSEDNIK, SCOTT 1 KFFL

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

 

WISE, DEWAYNE 2 Fred Zink
ELLIS, MARK 1 Fred Zink
FURCAL, RAFAEL 1 Todd Zola
HERRERA, JONATHAN 1 Todd Zola
MCLOUTH, NATE 1 Fred Zink
SOLANO, DONOVAN 1 Todd Zola

Todd Zola's Commentary

It looks like some difference makers were picked up this week in Marco Estrada, Tyler Colvin, Pedro Ciriaco and Tyler Skaggs. My definition of difference maker may be liberal, but anyone getting near full-time at bats or a start every five days has the opportunity to impact the standings down the stretch. Truth be told, if I had more FAAB money (I spent half of my $2 this week) Estrada would not have been available.

Skaggs is your typical high risk, high reward crap shoot that you are often forced to deploy at this time of the season. He will need to sport better control than teammate Trevor Bauer did during his inaugural jaunt through the bigs for Baseball HQ to be happy.

I had a middle infield spot to fill (why oh why did I ever take Troy Tulowitzki and not Robinson Cano?!?!?!) and ended up with Jamey Carroll, the guy who keeps plugging away and getting near full time at bats.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 August 2012 20:31
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of August 27 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 27 August 2012 03:53

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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 three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 13-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.

Tout Wars uses a modified 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.

stephen-drew

AMERICAN LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
SDrew, Oak 20 (23) Collette 19 Berry 14 Moyer 14 Schechter 11 Michaels 3 Wolf/Colton
1 Siano 0 Behrens 0 Liss
JLoney, Bos 15 (19) Behrens 14 Schechter 14 Moyer 11 Michaels 10 Berry 3 Wolf/Colton
1 Siano
JSaunders, Ari 15 (20) Shandler 14 Schechter
PFlorimon, Min 10 Berry 3 Wolf/Colton 0 Liss 10 Berry
SJohnson, Bal 5 Erickson 10 Berry 0 Leibowitz
DBundy, Bal 2 Leibowitz
MLaPorta, Cle 1 Siano 19 Behrens 0 Liss 0 Behrens
CPennington, Oak 0 Liss 7 Berry
MThornton, CWS 0 Siano
SFuld, TB 0 Behrens
OVizquel, Tor 0 Erickson

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

CDeVries, Min 0 Leibowitz
NJones, CWS 0 Siano
CEppley, NYY 0 Siano
VPadilla, Bos 0 Leibowitz

Rob Leibowitz Commentary

The Red Sox and Oakland trades sparked some life into the AL Tout Wars trade market. Not nearly as much excitement as the NL market, but something is better than nothing! Stephen Drew attracted 9 bids and was ultimately won by Collette for a Vickery adjusted $20 bid. Drew, now 29, was expected to enjoy a breakout season in 2011. Injuries and some ineffectiveness later, Drew is a very likely free agent at the end of the season and is in the heart of a pennant race, so perhaps he’ll at least get some inspiration, whatever that is worth. Overall he’s still a fairly disciplined hitter who probably hits too many fly balls for someone with limited power potential. Right now it looks like 2010 may have been his peak. He’s the A’s starting shortstop now, so mid-teens or low-twenties bids are to be expected.

James Loney is also a likely a free agent to be. Yes he makes quite a bit of contact and hits a ton of live drives which suggests he’s still a .280s hitter having a poor season, but there is no power upside here. I would not be surprised to see Loney having to fight for a back-up or minor league contract after this season. For now, if you need some help in the batting average department, Loney might be able to help you.

I decided with my $2 of extreme bidding power to focus on a minor leaguer this week. Given the rumors swirling around a possible September call-up for Orioles’ phenom, Dylan Bundy, I decided to go after him and see if I could possibly catch a little lighting in a bottle to move out of the back end of the league. Of course he would be on a heavy pitch count and might not go more than 5 innings any night, but there would be a chance for some wins and strikeouts. Skipping Triple-A successfully as a 19-year old though is no easy task. Joe Saunders will of course be taking over a rotation spot this week, but given the weak performances of others in the Orioles’ rotation, there are potential openings.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
AGonzalez, LAD 41 (69) Hertz 40 Peterson 34 Melnick 31 Cockcroft 27 Kreutzer 18 Carty
11 Gardner 7 Walton 5 Ravitz 1 Gianella
JBeckett, LAD 35 (55) Wilderman 34 Melnick 31 Cockcroft 18 Carty 14 Peterson 12 Hertz
11 Gardner 5 Ravitz 5 Pianowski 1 Gianella
CMcHugh, NYM 10 (11) Kreutzer
AWerner, SD 5 Pianowski 0 Peterson 0 Gianella 0 Carty
FAbad, Hou 4 Carty
EMujica, StL 2 Hertz 0 Ravitz 0 Gianella 0 Wilderman 0 Kreutzer
WNieves, Ari 2 Kreutzer
ABrown, Col 1 Walton 1 Gianella 0 Peterson 0 Gianella
AOttavino, Col 1 Gardner 0 Kreutzer
DRuf, Phi 1 Gianella
CKelly, SD 1 Carty
BPetersen, Fla 0 Peterson 1 Gianella
FSalas, StL 0 Ravitz 0 Gianella 2 Hertz
RCedeno, NYM 0 Gianella
RBrothers, Col 0 Gianella
CStammen, Was 0 Gianella 0 Wilderman
MAlbers, Ari 0 Kreutzer

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

BRaley, ChC 0 Carty
DMurphy, Fla 0 Gianella
DNavarro, Cin 0 Kreutzer
JBaker, SD 0 Kreutzer
JElmore, Ari 0 Gianella
PAumont, Phi 0 Kreutzer
TChatwood, Col 0 Carty
TCruz, StL 0 Kreutzer

Brian Walton's Commentary

The excitement over the Red Sox salary dump trade to the Dodgers manifested itself in NL Tout bidding this weekend. FAAB leader Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ topped the offers for Adrian Gonzalez with a $69 bid, $1 more than the most the team with the second-most cash could possibly spend. With Vickrey bidding, the final cost turned out to be just $41, a nice deal.

The warrior with the second-most FAAB, Scott Wilderman, avoided what he probably correctly figured would be the second-best bid for Gonzalez. Instead, he went in for $55 on the other major element of the trade with potential 2012 impact, Josh Beckett. A full $20 came off that offer due to the Vickrey rules.

Sadly, of the other new Dodgers, Nick Punto joined Carl Crawford with no bidding action. At least Carl is out for the year.

One interesting bid was Peter Kreutzer's offer of $11 for Mets pitcher Collin McHugh, reduced to $10. There were no other bids made on the right-hander, who is expected to be back up in September.

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MIXED LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
JMayberry, Phi 6 Zinkie 4 Minnix 2 VanRiper 1 Flowers 0 Heaney
JLoney, Bos 6 Flowers
JMasterson, Cle 4 Schwartz 2 Steinhorn 1 Zinkie 0 Davitt
FFrancisco, NYM 4 Van Riper 3 Steinhorn
TSkaggs, Ari 3 Flowers 3 Minnix 2 Steinhorn 0 Heaney
DSolano, Fla 3 Swanay 1 Flowers
JHapp, Tor 2 Singman 1 Flowers 0 Heaney 0 Davitt
EThames, Sea 2 Minnix 1 Flowers 1 VanRiper 0 Heaney 0 Zinkie
DWise, CWS 1 Schwartz 1 Flowers 1 Minnix 0 Zinkie
DBarney, ChC 1 Van Riper
CBlackmon, Col 1 Van Riper 0 Zinkie
ZBritton, Bal 0 Heaney
NMcLouth, Bal 0 Zinkie 0 Heaney
LHendriks, Min 0 Davitt
EKratz, Phi 0 Steinhorn 0 Flowers
LHochevar, KC 0 Singman 2 Flowers 0 Singman 0 Zinkie 0 Schwartz
LMendoza, KC 0 Zinkie

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

JLopez, SF 3 VanRiper 0 Flowers
KKendrick, Phi 2 Flowers
PFlorimon, Min 2 Swanay
SLombardozzi, Was 1 Flowers
MGomez, Bos 1 VanRiper
BBeavan, Sea 0 Singman 0 Zinkie
CKotchman, Cle 0 Zinkie
CStammen, Was 0 Heaney
CYoung, NYM 0 Singman 0 Zinkie
DLeMahieu, Col 0 Flowers
DPomeranz, Col 0 Heaney
JDonaldson, Oak 0 Flowers
JGermano, ChC 0 Singman
JGrilli, Pit 0 Flowers
JGuthrie, KC 0 Heaney
EStults, SD 0 Zinkie
JKelly, StL 0 Flowers
JPeralta, TB 0 Flowers
KFrandsen, Phi 0 Flowers
KLoe, Mil 0 Flowers
MBelisle, Col 0 Flowers
RHanigan, Cin 0 Flowers
SPryor, Sea 0 Heaney
TBlackley, Oak 0 Singman
VWells, LAA 0 Heaney
ZBritton, Bal 0 Heaney

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

John Mayberry Jr. is batting .353 with three homers and eight RBIs over his last nine games. Combine that with the fact that he’s now playing every day, and it was enough of a reason for Fred Zinkie to shell out $6 for his services. I considered putting in a bid for Mayberry, but with a logjam at the corner infield, outfield and utility positions, I decided to pass and conserve my remaining 11 FAAB bucks.

James Loney, now of the Red Sox, also garnered a $6 winning claim, but I’m sure Ray Flowers is wishing he didn’t place such a high bid, as no one else even bothered to bid on Loney. As a former Loney owner, I don’t quite understand this one, as he really hasn’t done much of anything this year. But he is batting a respectable .271 since the All-Star break and maybe Flowers figures that a change of scenery will do him some good.

I was really hoping to get Justin Masterson, who despite his inconsistency is in line for a favorable matchup this week at home vs. the A’s. But I guess Cory Schwartz wanted him even more, as he snagged the Indians’ righty for $4.

This was a very frustrating FAAB week for me as I missed out on Masterson by two bucks and came just a dollar short on Tyler Skaggs and Frank Francisco. My one pickup turned out to be Phillies’ catcher Eric Kratz. He’s getting regular at-bats. He’s hitting .267 with four homers and 11 RBIs in August. And I paid nothing for him. But most importantly, he cannot possibly do worse than Ramon Hernandez!

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