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Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of June 23 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 23 June 2014 00:21

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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.

*PLEASE NOTE - We have slightly altered the presentation in an effort to help you reconstruct the actual bidding a little better. The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

Also included is "Todd's Take" where Lord Zola will share his unique perspective focusing on FAAB strategy, game theory and league dynamics.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

ypino

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

YPino, Min 13 Andy Behrens 32 Steve Moyer 12 Larry Schechter 7
Chris Liss 3
EnChavez, Sea 5 Andy Behrens 6 Steve Moyer 4
JMaxwell, KC 5 Larry Schechter 12 Steve Moyer 4 Jeff Erickson 3
MBetts, Bos 2 Rob Leibowitz 6 Chris Liss 1
BMills, Oak 1 Steve Moyer 5 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
CParmelee, Min 1 Jeff Erickson 3 Larry Schechter 5
TMay, Min 1 Chris Liss 1
EMujica, Bos 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

ENavarro, LAA Jeff Erickson 1
YMedina, Sea Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Sometimes when the free agent pool is so thin you have to take a longshot. Well, Mookie Betts really is not that much of a longshot after there was some recent buzz that the 21-year old might get a call-up soon. A right-handed hitter, Betts has cruised through the minors and both Double-A and Triple-A this season showing some modest power, plus stolen base skills, and leadoff hitter on-base skills at the plate with a .400-plus OBP at both levels of the minors. While it is unclear just how much, if at all, Betts will play for Boston this year, it is hard not to take a small risk on a player who could be quite an asset if that opportunity does occur.

Journeyman Yohan Pino got a good amount of attention from the Touts after a strong MLB debut. Andy Behrens continues to make large bids as he tries to climb his way back up into the standings, taking care to get the guy he is targeting. Pino had been stellar in Triple-A with a 9 near 9:1 K/BB ratio and has a very long history of being a strikezone pounder with above average control and solid secondary stuff, but a high eighties tops fastball. There is enough skill here to make Pino’s stay in Minnesota a long one, but ideally suited as a #4 or #5 starter.

Todd's Take

To put Rob's point about the thin pool in perspective, there are presently 13 available hitters in AL Tout that played last week. Of the baker's dozen, 7 squat behind the plate for a living. Four more stepped to the dish four or fewer times last week. That leaves two non-catchers that played in more than one game: Munenori Kawasaki and Dan Robertson. Kawasaki will likely continue to play as Brett Lawrie is probebly going to be out more than 15 days after breaking a finger. Robertson is platooning with Leonys Martin and hitting leadoff when he plays. I'm actually a little surprised he's available. Personally I prefer Robertson over Justin Maxwell but agree Endy Chavez (at least now) will play more.

Who wants to make a gentlemen's wager that Robertson and Kawasaki will both be in the successful bids part of the report next week? I say yes.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

jpanik

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JPanik, SF 18 Brian Walton 22 Peter Kreutzer 17 Phil Hertz 12
Scott Wilderman 7 Derek Carty 3
EJackson, ChC 8 Seth Trachtman 45 Steve Gardner 7 Derek Carty 6
Phil Hertz 6
DBuchanan, Phi 4 Scott Wilderman 4 Phil Hertz 3
MBolsinger, Ari 1 Derek Carty 2 Scott Wilderman 0
ADeSclafani, Mia 1 Gene McCaffrey 5 Seth Trachtman 0
JNicolino, Mia 1 Phil Hertz 1
TKahnle, Col 1 Steve Gardner 1
TWada, FA 1 Seth Trachtman 1
CHatcher, Mia 0 Scott Wilderman 0
DEveland, NYM 0 Scott Wilderman 0
JBaker, ChC 0 Mike Gianella 0
KGiles, Phi 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Steve Gardner 0
MRojas, LAD 0 Derek Carty 0

 UNAWARDED BIDS

ZDuke, Mil Steve Gardner 0 Scott Wilderman 0
BMorris, Mia Steve Gardner 0
AVarvaro, Atl Scott Wilderman 0
JDiekman, Phi Scott Wilderman 0
ZDuke, Mil Scott Wilderman 0
ZDuke, Mil Scott Wilderman 0
WNieves, Phi Mike Gianella 0
CHernandez, Phi Derek Carty 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

Three players went for crooked number prices in NL Tout this week.

I hate myself for joining those populating the long list of bad puns, but one might assume that I was in Panik mode by bidding up to $22 for new Giants infielder Joe Panik. Rotoman, Peter Kreutzer, set my price at $18 by Vickrey Rule. My logic in making the hefty offer is simple. I need infield at-bats. Reid Brignac injured his knee this past week, joining Jedd Gyorko on my disabled list and third baseman Chase Headley has one foot on the proverbial banana peel with a creaky back. Panik hit .321 with a .382 OBP in Triple-A but offers limited power and speed.

With few starting pitchers on the waiver wire, Chicago's Edwin Jackson was alluring to Seth Trachtman of The Sporting News - so much that the league co-leader would have gone $45, almost half his annual FAAB stipend, if necessary. As it turned out, $6 and $7 bids by others were all he had to top. If Trachtman breaks the code as to when to start and when to sit the frustrating Jackson, he could make a mint with the information.

Scott Wilderman of onRoto spent $4 for Phillies pitcher David Buchanan. He needed the full amount to top Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ. The right-hander dominated the struggling Cardinals hitters on Thursday, lowering his season ERA under five. A favorable home matchup against the Marlins is ahead this week.

Todd's Take

By means of reminder, Tout Wars has a rather innovative rule that takes the fifth outfield spot and makes it a swingman spot, able to be occupied by any hitter or a pitcher. The reason for the rule is to help alleviate the roster crunch emanating from MLB teams keeping 12 if not 13 pitchers on their 25-man roster. When the Founding Fathers originally came up with the 14-hitter, 9-pitcher fantasy roster, MLB clubs carried only 10 or 11 hurlers.

I thought it may be interesting to see how many on the NL Tout Warriors are using the SW spot for a pitcher. With the caveat that rosters can be adjusted until Monday evening's first pitch, there are presently five squads using ten pitchers. As the person who led the charge getting this rule added, I'm happy to see so many taking advantage of the flexibility it provides. If you play in a deep 12-team AL or NL only format, think about proposing the change this winter.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

carlos-martinez

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CMartinez, StL 13 Derek Van Riper 22 Nando DiFino 12 Ray Flowers 9
Al Melchior 7 Tim Heaney 4
JDMartinez, Det 9 Tim Heaney 13 Fred Zinkie 8 Scott Pianowski 7
Nando DiFino 6
JMarisnick, Mia 5 Scott Pianowski 5 Nando DiFino 4 Tim Heaney 1
SPearce, Bal 4 Ray Flowers 6 Tim Heaney 6 Fred Zinkie 3
KGibson, Min 4 Al Melchior 27 Ray Flowers 3 Scott Pianowski 3
Tim Heaney 3
JLocke, Pit 4 Fred Zinkie 6 Scott Pianowski 3 Tim Heaney 3
Ray Flowers 2 Patrick Davitt 1
CGillaspie, CWS 2 David Gonos 12 Cory Schwartz 1
DDietrich, Mia 2 Fred Zinkie 8 Cory Schwartz 1
TWatson, Pit 1 David Gonos 9
PNeshek, StL 1 David Gonos 6
JTurner, LAD 1 Cory Schwartz 1 Ray Flowers 2
DBuchanan, Phi 1 Ray Flowers 2
MShoemaker, LAA 1 Scott Pianowski 3
VWorley, Pit 1 Tim Heaney 2 Al Melchior 0
JFamilia, NYM 1 Al Melchior 2
ERamirez, Sea 0 Patrick Davitt 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

MMoustakas, KC Ray Flowers 6 David Gonos 4 Tim Heaney 3
CGillespie, Sea Ray Flowers 6
LMorrison, Sea Ray Flowers 4
CWhitley, NYY Scott Pianowski 3 Ray Flowers 2
JMayberry, Phi Ray Flowers 3
YPino, Min Tim Heaney 2 Fred Zinkie 0
DJeter, NYY Scott Pianowski 2
JSchoop, Bal Ray Flowers 2
EMujica, Bos David Gonos 2
AAmarista, SD Ray Flowers 2
ACallaspo, Oak Ray Flowers 2
ODespaigne, SD Tim Heaney 1
TMedica, SD Tim Heaney 1
TDArnaud, NYM Fred Zinkie 0
BRoberts, NYY Fred Zinkie 0
HNoesi, CWS Patrick Davitt 0
JPanik, SF Fred Zinkie 0
KKendrick, Phi Patrick Davitt 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

In a Martinez-themed week, it was Carlos Martinez who both fetched the highest bid and went for the highest price. A former top prospect, Martinez pitched almost exclusively out of the bullpen in his rookie season last year (one start) and began this season in the bullpen. But he made two spot starts last week and will now remain in the rotation for the foreseeable future with Jaime Garcia and Michael Wacha sidelined indefinitely. Through two starts, Martinez has allowed three runs over nine innings while striking out eight, so for the reasonable price of $13, there’s certainly upside to be had here.

J.D. Martinez, another former top prospect, showed some flashes over parts of three big league seasons with the Astros but could never quite carve out an everyday job. Now with the Tigers, the streaky slugger isn’t exactly guaranteed regular at-bats, but as long as he’s producing like this (4 HR, 13 RBI over his last nine games), the club will find room for him in the lineup. J.D. is a worthy speculative addition for Tim Heaney, but if history has taught us anything, Martinez’s bat is liable to turn ice cold at any moment.

I really like what Al Melchior did in scooping up Jeurys Familia for $1 before his FAAB price would skyrocket in the event that he ascends to the Mets closer role. Being that Familia’s overall numbers are way better than Jenrry Mejia’s and considering Mejia’s uneven performance in the ninth inning, I would not at all be surprised if a change is made sooner rather than later.

Todd's Take

.Another rules quirk in Tout Wars is designed to keep everyone playing things out all season. There's a threshold number of roto-points one needs to surpass lest one is penalized via FAAB dollars the following season. While this is less important in the Mixed leagues, especially with Vickrey bidding, it does set a tone that Tout Wars expects its participants to play hard all 26 weeks.

The reason I bring this up is there was a little bit of curious bidding this week. Note David Gonos concentrated on middle relievers while there were several viable starters available. Perhaps he's chasing cheap saves or perhaps he's chasing ERA/WHIP points.

Looking at the standings, it appears David is doing what I'm doing in Mixed LABR - scratching for as many points as possible to get out of the cellar. I'm using the opposite pitching strategy of foregoing ratios for wins and whiffs but the point is we're both still engaged - playing for pride. If I'm in Mixed Tout Auction, I note David is still looking to make a move and approach him about a trade. I may not even have anything specific in mind. I just know he's trying to gain points and may be willing to do some creative category management to get it done.

The lesson is sometimes you can glean how a competitor is thinking via their FAAB requests. And if you can't figure out exactly what they're planning, activity shows they're at least planning something thus might be open to trade talks.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

markmelancon

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MMelancon, Pit 14 Tom Kessenich 33 Adam Ronis 13 Grey Albright 6
Anthony Perri 3
JDMartinez, Det 10 Adam Ronis 13 Charlie Wiegert 9 Greg Ambrosius 8
Tim McLeod 4 Scott Engel 3 Nicholas Minnix 3
Eno Sarris 3 Perry Van Hook 2
KGibson, Min 5 Tom Kessenich 5 Adam Ronis 4
JLocke, Pit 3 Nicholas Minnix 8 Tom Kessenich 3 Perry Van Hook 2
JMercer, Pit 2 Grey Albright 5 Scott Engel 1
JDyson, KC 1 Nicholas Minnix 6 Perry Van Hook 2
JJay, StL 1 Charlie Wiegert 9
VWorley, Pit 1 Perry Van Hook 2 Tom Kessenich 2
MShoemaker, LAA 1 Anthony Perri 1
RLudwick, Cin 1 Greg Ambrosius 6
MBetts, Bos 1 Tim McLeod 3
SPearce, Bal 1 Perry Van Hook 2
JMarisnick, Mia 0 Nicholas Minnix 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

DPeralta, Ari Charlie Wiegert 9
EEscobar, Min Charlie Wiegert 5
JGuthrie, KC Tom Kessenich 5
JMayberry, Phi Greg Ambrosius 4
WVenable, SD Charlie Wiegert 3 Nicholas Minnix 0
TMedica, SD Charlie Wiegert 1
WMiley, Ari Tom Kessenich 1
JCosart, Hou Tom Kessenich 1
JRuggiano, ChC Nicholas Minnix 0
GBlanco, SF Nicholas Minnix 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Is there a new closer available? Check

Is there a very large bid on said pitcher? Check

One minute after midnight Tom Kessenich’s $33 bid on Mark Melancon was Vickrey reduced to a $14 winning bid to beat Adam Ronis who did manage to win the hitting star this week as his other $13 bid was reduced to $10 to win J.D. Martinez.

Elsewhere a lot of small winning bids – for me $1 for Steve Pearce one of the Orioles hottest hitters and Vance Worley now pitching pretty well after being recalled by the Pittsburgh Pirates. I didn’t want to spend a lot on Melancon with a decent position in saves with my two closers but would love to have nabbed Joel Hanrahan for a dollar in this league but fending off the field couldn’t voluntarily put up a zero in one of my pitching slots as I did in LABR.

Todd's Take

It's subtle but Perry is making an interesting point as pertains to FAAB bidding and risk tolerance. The Captain is currently leading this league but he's not resting on his laurels. On the other hand, he's not taking chances; he's looking for steady over risky to keep all his roster spots productive. This is one reason there were multiple bids on J.D. Martinez (including Perry) but only Perry bid on Steven Pearce. Pearce has been available week after week. He's a platoon player but at least is getting regular at bats. Martinez is on fire and the league is chasing that upside but yet not one put in a contingency on Pearce. 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 23 June 2014 13:54
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of June 16 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 16 June 2014 01:00

 

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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 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.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

hectorsantiago

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Hector Santiago, LAA $17 ESPN.com 17 Colton & The Wolfman 8 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Brad Snyder, TEX $6 RotoWire 6 USA TODAY Sports 6 Winning Fantasy Baseball 4
Colton & The Wolfman 3 ESPN.com 3 Fangraphs 2
Mike Morin, LAA $2 Baseball HQ 2
Hector Noesi, CWS $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
George Kottaras, CLE $1 ESPN.com 1
Endy Chavez, SEA $1 Fangraphs 1
Kevin Jepsen, LAA $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Willie Bloomquist, SEA ESPN.com 1 Fangraphs 1 RotoWire 1
Marwin Gonzalez, HOU RotoWire 1
Scott Baker, TEX NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Jesus Guzman, HOU ESPN.com 1
Don Kelly, DET ESPN.com 1
Adam Warren, NYY ESPN.com 1
Cam Bedrosian, LAA Baseball HQ 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

A small bidding war in the AL league erupted for new Ranger first baseman Brad Snyder with half the teams in the league putting in a bid between $2 and $6. In fact there were two six dollar bids so the standings tie-breaker sent him to Rotowire’s Chris Liss.

The high bid for the week however was $17 from ESPN’s Tristan Cockcroft for the re-emergent Hector Santiago of the Angels.

Todd's Take

I'm sure you all have analysts you favor for whatever reason. Something I like to do is use the bidding to get an idea of how my brethren feel about players for which I have a vested interest in other leagues. It helps even more if the information is gleaned from a person whose opinion you most respect. To me, there's no one better at what he does than Tristan and I find his bidding on Santiago quite telling. My ESPN colleague did not back up the bid with another starter- it was Santiago or bust. He wasn't looking for a starter - if he did there would be bids on others. The back-up was reliever Adam Warren. He wanted Santiago and he got him. I've been holding onto Santiago in a few leagues and I have a little peace of mind that was justified.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

reidbrignac

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Reid Brignac, PHI $7 Mastersball 7 Sandlot Shrink 2
Chris Coghlan, CHC $2 Sandlot Shrink 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Baseball HQ 1
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Charlie Culberson, COL $1 Baseball HQ 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
J.T. Realmuto, MIA $1 Baseball HQ 1
Matthew den Dekker, NYM $1 Fantasy Insiders 1 Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
John Baker, CHC $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Travis Snider, PIT Baseball HQ 1
Wil Nieves, PHI Baseball HQ 1
Tim Federowicz, LAD Baseball HQ 1
Joaquin Arias, SF Mastersball 1
Elian Herrera, MIL Mastersball 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Although there were only six Waiver transactions this cycle, four of those moves resulted in what could be construed as bidding wars.

I managed to grab Reid Brignac for $7 to plug my horrid third base slot, vacated with the injury to Emilio Bonifacio, beating out a $2 shot for the former Orioles top prospect.

So, though that was not a bidding war, it did represent the highest payout of the week, but certainly not the most contested.

Bob Radomski of the Sandlot Shrink dropped $2 for Chris Coghlan, staving off another $2 bid and a pair of $1 shots.

Similarly, Doug Dennis (BBHQ) won the rights to infielder Charlie Culberson for a $1, holding back three other $1 shots, winning Culberson thanks to the dubious honor of being lowest in the standings among the bidders.

Fantasy Insiders nabbed Matthew den Dekker in the same fashion, as two other LABR squads were willing to go that same buck for the Mets outfielder.

Finally, there were a pair of unchallenged bids: $1 for J.T. Realmuto to Mr. Dennis, and $1 for John Baker to the NFBC/Stats, Inc boys, Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs.

Again, FAAB movement was limited largely due to a dearth of any players worthy of rostering for more than a cursory bid.

However, if there is a big inter-league swap or two, it will be interesting to see how that bidding goes.

Todd's Take

As Lawr has described, there's an interesting cat-and-mouse game going on with the have and have nots with respect to FAAB. Here's a look at the standings with the FAAB left per team:

PTS FAAB
Inside Edge 85 $101
RotoExperts 84.5 $68
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 77 $23
Colton & The Wolfman 75.5 $83
USA TODAY Sports 75.5 $90
ESPN - Karabell 70.5 $92
RotoWire - DVR 68.5 $138
Baseball HQ 62 $56
Yahoo Sports 57.5 $94
Fantasy Insiders 56 $90
Mastersball 40 $84
Sandlot Shrink 28 $73

With the caveat that things could change as LABR rebates FAAB for injured players (which is why Derek Van Riper has more than $100), the league leader Steve Moyer holds the second position. Having the second spot means you (usually) get the best hitter or pitcher unless the second best available player at one is superior than the best at the other or need dictates one over the other. The point being, many times, holding the second most FAAB is just as good as the most if your needs (hitter versus pitcher) differ from the FAAB leader. Steve is in a good spot since he can still put in a few low single digit bids in the case of emergency. Like Lawr, I'm very much looking forward to how this plays out.

ETA: Thanks to Doug Dennis for pointing out I inadvertently listed Derek Carty as the league leader. Sorry Steve, I owe you one and I'm sure you'll make me pay -- emotionally if not financially.

MIXED LEAGUE

jakemcgee

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jake McGee, TB $8 Fangraphs 8
Eugenio Suarez, DET $6 RotoExperts 6 MLB.com 3
Neil Ramirez, CHC $4 Fangraphs 4 Rotowire-Colton 1
Kyle Gibson, MIN $2 Baseball Prospectus 2
A.J. Ellis, LAD $2 Razzball 2
Edinson Volquez, PIT $2 Rotowire-Erickson 2
John Danks, CWS $1 Baseball Prospectus 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1 MLB.com 1
Logan Morrison, SEA $1 Baseball HQ 1
Luis Valbuena, CHC $1 Baseball HQ 1 Razzball 1
Jeremy Guthrie, KC $1 Baseball Prospectus 1
Chris Young, SEA $1 MLB.com 1
Josh Rutledge, COL $1 Razzball 1 Baseball HQ 1
Jonathan Broxton, CIN $1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Stephen Vogt, OAK $1 Mastersball 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jose Lobaton, WSH Mastersball 1 Razzball 1
Robinson Chirinos, TEX Mastersball 1 Razzball 1
Erik Bedard, TB Rotowire-Erickson 1
J.A. Happ, TOR Rotowire-Erickson 1
Jesse Hahn, SD Rotowire-Erickson 1
Matt Shoemaker, LAA Rotowire-Erickson 1
Pat Neshek, STL Rotowire-Colton 1
Jordy Mercer, PIT Razzball 1
Ryan Hanigan, TB Razzball 1
Chris Gimenez, TEX Mastersball 1
John Buck, SEA Mastersball 1
Michael McKenry, COL Mastersball 1
Nick Hundley, BAL Mastersball 1
Rene Rivera, SD Mastersball 1
Hector Santiago, LAA Baseball Prospectus 1
Jhoulys Chacin, COL Baseball Prospectus 1
Nick Tepesch, TEX Baseball Prospectus 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Woohoo! With apologies to one of the really good guys in the industry - KFFL's TIM Heaney - WOOHOO! For about two hours last week I flip-flopped with Tim and was in 14th place!.Since me deals I've actually gained 17 points in the standings but I think that has as much to do with some players finally getting their act together as it does shrewd maneuvering. Now of course one of my newly acquired players, Christian Yelich is hurt. Story of my season.

Oh yeah, my catcher Wilson Ramos is hurt again which is the reason for my string of catchers. I got my first choice in Steven Vogt but am regretting not targeting Mike McKenry first.

In general it was a rather quiet week, nothing really sticks out. And besides, I need to leave something for....

Todd's Take.

Part of my plan the rest of the way is to punt ERA and WHIP and use the free agent pool to keep the supply of not-so-good starting pitchers plush. The results of this week's FAAB is very encouraging in that a bunch of starters that I could use (if I needed) went for no more than $1. I get dibs on a $1 tie - at least for now - so when I embark on more trading, I can hopefully turn James Shields into a hitting upgrade as well as converting David Robertson and Aroldis Chapman into lesser closers with a hitting bump. That is, I don't need to ask for pitching back.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 15:26
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of June 16 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 16 June 2014 00:32

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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.

*PLEASE NOTE - We have slightly altered the presentation in an effort to help you reconstruct the actual bidding a little better. The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

New to the report is "Todd's Take" where Lord Zola will share his unique perspective focusing on FAAB strategy, game theory and league dynamics.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

budnorris

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

BNorris, Bal 32 Rob Leibowitz 38 Andy Behrens 31 Ron Shandler 22
Jason Collette 12 Steve Moyer 7
BSnyder, Tex 23 Andy Behrens 31 Larry Schechter 22 Jeff Erickson 10
Mike Podhorzer 6 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
JMontero, Sea 12 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 13 Larry Schechter 11 Steve Moyer 7
Jason Collette 6
STolleson, Tor 3 Jeff Erickson 5 Larry Schechter 2
JGuzman, Hou 1 Jason Collette 3 Larry Schechter 1
BRyan, NYY 1 Jason Collette 1
JHerrera, Bos 1 Larry Schechter 1 Jason Collette 1
EFryer, Min 1 Jason Collette 3
KJepsen, LAA 0 Ron Shandler 0
DRobertson, Tex 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

CParmelee, Min Jason Collette 2 Larry Schechter 0
GKottaras, Cle Jason Collette 1
MSierra, CWS Larry Schechter 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
AWarren, NYY Ron Shandler 0
DLeone, Sea Ron Shandler 0
FSalas, LAA Ron Shandler 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

This is Brad Snyder’s big chance. The former Indian and first round pick  is the beneficiary of the injuries to Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland and should significant playing time or at least should receive the longest audition of his career. In recent seasons the 32-year old has finally tapped into his power potential and has taken advantage of the rather hitter friendly conditions at Round Rock with 18 homers in 260 plate appearances. Given an all or nothing approach that has seen his strikeouts rise to the 30%-plus level in Triple-A, this is not someone likely to hit for average, but could be useful in OBP leagues given a fair amount of patience and power-hitting abilities. His profile is that of a platoon player and it may be exactly in that capacity that the Rangers will use him.

Bud Norris was released last week and was instantly the subject of some aggressive bidding as a result of a decent track record for staying generally healthy and missing bats, albeit mediocre results in the ERA department. Norris currently owns a 3.73 ERA and is throwing strikes more consistently in the past, but some may have been scared off by a .257 batting average on balls in play and a slightly elevated left-on base rate. Norris’ strikeout rates have also had a three-year downward trend, but the righty is actually throwing harder than he has in several seasons, so an injury is not a likely culprit for that decline. Some regression is likely especially if the strikeout rates don’t climb, but it’ not often you get a chance to bid on a durable veteran with some upside in mid-season that is not a league crossover acquisition.

Todd's Take

I like it -- see something you like and go for it without worrying about your FAAB totals at the deadline. Sure, Jeff Samardzija or Cliff Lee may be traded to the AL. Or maybe Bud Norris is the best available starter in AL Tout for the rest of the season. In this case the proverbial bird-in-hand is an Oriole.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

jimmynelson

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JNelson, Mil 9 Steve Gardner 37 Phil Hertz 8
JLobaton, Was 4 Phil Hertz 7 Peter Kreutzer 3 Mike Gianella 1
Derek Carty 1 Scott Wilderman 0 Gene McCaffrey 0
JHahn, SD 4 Tristan H. Cockcroft 9 Peter Kreutzer 3 Phil Hertz 3
Steve Gardner 0
VWorley, Pit 3 Brian Walton 6 Phil Hertz 2 Steve Gardner 1
CBethancourt, Atl 1 Brian Walton 1
RPena, Atl 1 Gene McCaffrey 1 Seth Trachtman 1 Scott Wilderman 0
TCampana, Ari 1 Lenny Melnick  12 Peter Kreutzer 0 Phil Hertz 0
EAdrianza, SF 1 Phil Hertz 1
JTurner, Mia 1 Derek Carty 3 Steve Gardner 6
SSchumaker, Cin 1 Seth Trachtman 1
ABastardo, Phi 0 Scott Wilderman 0
ECampbell, NYM 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Derek Carty 0
DButera, LAD 0 Scott Wilderman 0
TSnider, Pit 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
TCruz, StL 0 Gene McCaffrey 0 Phil Hertz 0
CBarmes, Pit 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
RWheeler, Col 0 Derek Carty 0

 UNAWARDED BIDS

JBaker, ChC Gene McCaffrey 0 Phil Hertz 0
JDeFratus, Phi Steve Gardner 0
JEdgin, NYM Steve Gardner 0
JArias, SF Seth Trachtman 0
JDiekman, Phi Scott Wilderman 0
JHowell, LAD Scott Wilderman 0
JRomak, LAD Scott Wilderman 0
ZDuke, Mil Scott Wilderman 0
CStewart, Pit Phil Hertz 0
JMathis, Mia Phil Hertz 0
JPerez, SF Phil Hertz 0
WNieves, Phi Phil Hertz 0
CHernandez, Phi Derek Carty 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

Milwaukee right-hander Jimmy Nelson is one to watch. A 6-foot-6, he is easy to spot, but his results have stood out as well with 86 strikeouts in 77 2/3 Triple-A innings to go with a 1.51 ERA. The 25-year-old made one spot start in May and should be back soon. USA TODAY's Steve Gardner made sure he was the winning bidder with a $37 offer, reduced to $9.  

Despite being a reserve catcher with Washington, Jose Lobaton has always offered a decent on-base percentage. In addition, Wilson Ramos has not proven to be an iron man. As such, Lobaton drew multiple bids this week, going to Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ for $4, down from $7.

Tim Stauffer's injury created opportunity to Jesse Hahn of San Diego for a second recall from Double-A. This time was more successful, as the 24-year-old right-hander threw six scoreless innings at the Mets on Saturday. Tristan H. Cockcroft was willing to go $9, but had to pay just $4.

With dependable but unexciting Bronson Arroyo heading to the disabled list, I picked up another unexciting starter in Pittsburgh's Vance Worley. His long-term value seems to depend on Francisco Liriano staying away or another Bucs rotation member going down. To roster Worley, I had to spend just half of my maximum $6 offer.

Todd's Take

It seemed to me that the activity in the NL paled in comparison to the AL so I thought I'd look at the FAAB totals. I'm admittedly surprised.

Derek Carty 83.5 $42
Seth Trachtman 81 $74
Tristan H. Cockcroft 74 $89
Phil Hertz 69 $29
Steve Gardner 68.5 $84
Peter Kreutzer 66 $70
Lenny Melnick 65.5 $45
Todd Zola 61.5 $96
Gene McCaffrey 57 $34
Mike Gianella 56.5 $141
Scott Wilderman 49 $84
Brian Walton 48.5 $69

I thought there would be more money left. I'm especially not happy that I hold so much FAAB and am wondeing what I missed. It's never too early to think about how one will do things in the future so this week I'm going to review the season's worth of bids and see if I was right or wrong not taking many plunges.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

eduardosuarez

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ESuarez, Det 9 Scott Swanay 25 Fred Zinkie 8 David Gonos 6
Al Melchior 6 Scott Pianowski 5
SVogt, Oak 2 Paul Singman 2 Scott Pianowski 2
JMontero, Sea 1 Ray Flowers 6
SCasilla, SF 1 Tim Heaney 6
JHahn, SD 1 Derek Van Riper 2
JCosart, Hou 1 Al Melchior 3
JSmith, LAA 1 Zach Steinhorn 6
ChJohnson, Atl 1 Zach Steinhorn 6
HConger, LAA 0 Cory Schwartz 0 Scott Pianowski 0 Zach Steinhorn 0
TKoehler, Mia 0 Patrick Davitt 0
JJay, StL 0 Patrick Davitt 0
JBuck, Sea 0 Scott Pianowski 0
RChirinos, Tex 0 Zach Steinhorn 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JNelson, Mil Tim Heaney 3
JMachi, SF Tim Heaney 3
TMatzek, Col Tim Heaney 1
EVolquez, Pit Tim Heaney 1
TSnider, Pit Patrick Davitt 0
RNolasco, Min Patrick Davitt 0
RHanigan, TB Zach Steinhorn 0
JLocke, Pit Patrick Davitt 0
JLobaton, Was Cory Schwartz 0
HSanchez, SF Zach Steinhorn 0
CGimenez, Tex Cory Schwartz 0
ARecker, NYM Cory Schwartz 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Talk about a low-cost FAAB week. Tigers top prospect Eugenio Suarez was by far the most popular target, and being that Scott Swanay has by far the most FAAB dollars left of any owner in the league, if he really wants a player, he’s going to get that player. As for Suarez, he’s kicked off his big league career in impressive fashion, posting a .375 batting average with three homers and six RBI over his first nine games. Although his minor league stat lines aren’t exactly jaw-dropping, Suarez was performing very well prior to his call-up and offers some power and some speed. But perhaps most importantly, Detroit’s lack of appealing alternatives at the shortstop position means that Suarez will likely get a long look.

In need of a catcher to fill in for the again injured Wilson Ramos, I had considered placing a bid on failed (for now) former elite prospect Jesus Montero, who despite no longer playing the catcher position, is still catcher-eligible. But after earning a big league promotion thanks to his eight home runs and 40 RBI in 59 Triple-A contests this year, Montero appeared in only one game over the weekend, so I was ultimately scared off by the initial lack of playing time. Still, Ray Flowers’ $1 addition is an intriguing one that could pay off if the playing time situation in Seattle changes.

Instead of Montero, I made the hot-hitting Robinson Chirinos my temporary (hopefully) Ramos replacement. Yeah, the OBP is terrible, but he does have two homers and five RBI in his last four games. Joe Smith is a low risk/high reward $1 pickup in the event that Ernesto Frieri’s complete meltdown on Saturday is a sign of things to come. Chris Johnson plays every day and is finally snapping out of his season-long funk, so I felt that he deserved to be on a roster, and I had some extra room.

Todd's Take

It's a recurring theme but once again, the results of the bidding really embellish how we all value players. Look at all the unopposed bids - even in the contingencies. Derek Van Riper only wanted Jesse Hahn, no one else. Ditto for Al Melchior with Jarred Cosart. Patrick Davitt was the only one to bid on Tom Koehler but he backed it up with Ricky Nolasco (not Hahn or Cosart).

I have no idea who will end up being right or wrong - and for this discussion it's really moot. I just find it fascinating that three really good fantasy players didn't share bids on three fairly equal starting pitchers.

One reason may be Tout Wars requires all free agents to be active the week of acquisition so perhaps the upcoming matchups played a part. Maybe one owner was looking long term while another really liked the schedule this week.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

neilramirez

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

NRamirez, ChC 12 Eno Sarris 12 Tim McLeod 11 Charlie Wiegert 9
JRutledge, Col 3 Charlie Wiegert 9 Nicholas Minnix 2 Ray Murphy 1
Adam Ronis 0
AEthier, LAD 3 Adam Ronis 3 Tom Kessenich 2
LValbuena, ChC 1 Ray Murphy 1 Adam Ronis 0
KKiermaier, TB 1 Eno Sarris 2 Charlie Wiegert 9 Adam Ronis 3
JSmith, LAA 1 Nicholas Minnix 2 Tim McLeod 1
JMontero, Sea 1 Adam Ronis 4 Charlie Wiegert 2
JLobaton, Was 1 Anthony Perri 1 Adam Ronis 0
WChen, Bal 1 Charlie Wiegert 5
JHahn, SD 1 Perry Van Hook 2 Charlie Wiegert 1
JMcGee, TB 1 Anthony Perri 4
SCasilla, SF 1 Tim McLeod 3
DJeter, NYY 1 Tom Kessenich 1
JGray, Col 1 Tom Kessenich 2

UNAWARDED BIDS

EEscobar, Min Charlie Wiegert 9
BWorkman, Bos Perry Van Hook 2 Tim McLeod 2
JLocke, Pit Perry Van Hook 2 Charlie Wiegert 1
KGibson, Min Tom Kessenich 2
TMedica, SD Charlie Wiegert 2
GFloyd, Atl Charlie Wiegert 1 Eno Sarris 1
BSnyder, Tex Tom Kessenich 1 Adam Ronis 0
BAbreu, NYM Eno Sarris 1
EBedard, TB Charlie Wiegert 1
EVolquez, Pit Tom Kessenich 1
JCosart, Hou Tom Kessenich 1
JGuthrie, KC Tom Kessenich 1
JMercer, Pit Ray Murphy 1
MAviles, Cle Tom Kessenich 1
HConger, LAA Adam Ronis 0
NHundley, Bal Adam Ronis 0
RHanigan, TB Adam Ronis 0
WVenable, SD Adam Ronis 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Once again potential saves were the hot commodity as Fangraphs’ Eno Harris out bid both Charlie Wiegert ($9) and Tim McLeod ($11) to roster Cubs pitcher Neil Ramirez for his full $12 bid.

All the other winning bids were from $1 to $3 with a smaller bidding war for Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier. Now I like Ethier too and would have considered bidding on him except that in TOUT (as well as LABR) leagues you have to have the player active for the week after you add him to your roster. This week the Dodgers play three games at home against the Colorado Rockies and then three games in San Diego against the Padres and Ethier and his mates will face left handed starting pitchers in half of those games – not when you want to deploy Ethier.

Todd's Take

It continues to baffle me how few in this league use $0 bids and I'm more convinced than ever they aren't aware they are able to (and also don't read this report and me pointing it out, but I digress). KNOW THY RULES!

 

Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 15:43
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of June 9 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 09 June 2014 02:03

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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 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.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

suarez

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Kevin Kiermaier, TB $14 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 14 Colton & The Wolfman 11 Mastersball 4
Fangraphs 3 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 SiriusXM 2
Eugenio Suarez, DET $8 Colton & The Wolfman 8 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7
Carlos Carrasco, CLE $5 RotoWire 5
Brad Boxberger, TB $3 ESPN.com 3
Cole Gillespie, SEA $2 Mastersball 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Dominic Leone, SEA $2 Yahoo! Sports 2
Stephen Vogt, OAK $2 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Aaron Crow, KC $1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Luis Sardinas, TEX $1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Jonathan Herrera, BOS $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Willie Bloomquist, SEA Mastersball 2
Bryan Holaday, DET Colton & The Wolfman 1
Caleb Joseph, BAL Colton & The Wolfman 1
Fernando Abad, OAK Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Jason Frasor, TEX Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Kevin Jepsen, LAA Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Yoervis Medina, SEA Winning Fantasy Baseball 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Sadly there was no high priced auction for Jon Singleton as he was bought at the auction in early March by Chris Liss of Rotowire. But two lesser lights attracted several bids this week.  Greg Ambrosius of NFBC/STATS had the high bid for Tampa Bay outfielder Kevin Kermaier at $14 and needed most of it because there was an $11 bid as well as several lower ones.

The other contested bidding was for new Detroit shortstop Eugenio Saurez who went for $8 to Colton & The Wolfman, just ahead of a seven dollar bid.

All the rest of the bids Sunday night were uncontested.

Todd's Take

AL LABR has an interesting contrast to its NL counterpart. The AL owners have fewer $1 winning bids. This suggests they're willing to go the extra buck or two to make sure they beat the $1 bids. While I don't know this for sure, it is clear from looking back at old reports that the duo of Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton along with Larry Schechter have a tendency to string a bunch of $1 bids. If you're ahead of them in the standings, you need to bid an extra buck or two.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

reedjohnson

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

David Peralta, ARI $22 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 22 Mastersball 3
Reed Johnson, MIA $7 Mastersball 7
Kenneth Giles, PHI $3 RotoExperts 3
Ryan Wheeler, COL $1 Baseball HQ 1
Neil Ramirez, CHC $1 Baseball HQ 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
George Kontos, SF $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Randy Wolf, MIA $1 Sandlot Shrink 1
Taylor Teagarden, NYM $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Matthew den Dekker, NYM NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4
J.T. Realmuto, MIA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Tim Federowicz, LAD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Again, it was a curious week of somewhat guarded transactions.

On the plus side there were eight transactions, but on the minus only two players--David Peralta and Neil Ramirez--merited a challenge bid.

The D-backs Peralta cost Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius $22, leaving the NFBC/Stats boys just $24 remaining in the FAAB checkbook.

In fact, the pair could have grabbed Peralta for $4, as the only other attempt at getting Peralta was my $3 shot, however, that was a contingent bid as I decided with the ability to move Emilio Bonifacio to third, I grabbed Reed Johnson for $7 trying to add some oomph to my struggling 11th place team.

Looking for an arm, Lenny Melnick of RotoExperts spent $3 on Kenneth Giles, the only other non-$1 award, and while Doug Dennis had a competing bid for the rights to Neil Ramirez, being lower in the standings meant the BaseballHQ team got Ramirez.

Randy Wolf (Sandlot Shrink), Ryan Wheeler (BBHQ), Taylor Teagarden (NFBC/Stats), and George Kontos (Colton & the Wolfman) made up the balance of moves.

There may be a number of reasons why FAAB movement is so slow this season, but I suspect it is simply because of the dearth of solid players being promoted and/or simply emerging out of nowhere, a la Yangervis Solarte.

If they do not come, no one will buy them.

Todd's Take

As Lawr suggests, Shawn and Greg paid a lot for David Peralta. On the surface it looks like a misjudgement of the market but I don't see it as such. I see it as a go big or go home move. Like Lawr points out, they don't have a bunch of FAAB left but it's ample to get by. The NFBC pair wasn't going to be in the running for a crossover stud so they're talking their shot now. LABR is a winner-take-all league. There's no cash on the line. There's no trolling waivers for keepers. Second place is first loser. It's not definite that Peralta will continue to play when Mark Trumbo returns but if Ender Inciarte doesn't hit and Peralta does, Gerardo Parra could play center. It's worth a shot.

MIXED LEAGUE

tomlin

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Josh Tomlin, CLE $5 Baseball HQ 5 MLB.com 3 Baseball Prospectus 2
USA TODAY Sports 1
Eddie Butler, COL $5 Baseball Prospectus 5
Anthony Recker, NYM $1 Baseball Prospectus 1
Daniel Santana, MIN $5 Razzball 5 MLB.com 1
Chase Anderson, ARI $1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Ed Lucas, MIA $1 ESPN.com 1
Michael Choice, TEX $3 Fangraphs 3 MLB.com 1
Brock Holt, BOS $3 RotoExperts 3 ESPN.com 1
Kyle Blanks, OAK $3 USA TODAY Sports 3 ESPN.com 1
Juan Carlos Oviedo, TB $2 Fangraphs 2 Fangraphs 2
Yasmani Grandal, SD $3 Fangraphs 3 Baseball Prospectus 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jeurys Familia, NYM Baseball Prospectus 2
Kyle Gibson, MIN Baseball Prospectus 2
Jonathan Schoop, BAL USA TODAY Sports 2
Jordy Mercer, PIT Razzball 2
Chris Gimenez, TEX Baseball Prospectus 1
Chris Young, SEA USA TODAY Sports 1
Jake McGee, TB Baseball Prospectus 1
Josh Fields, HOU USA TODAY Sports 1
Junichi Tazawa, BOS Baseball Prospectus 1
Matt Shoemaker, LAA USA TODAY Sports 1
Zack Cozart, CIN Razzball 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

And so it begins. Returning readers may recall my squad is about 20 points behind the team directly above me and there is no one below. I'm not going to win but I consider it a personal victory to get out of the cellar without negatively influencing the competitive balance of the rest of the league. To that end I put my entire team on the block. Steve Ballmer offered me $2 and said I could handle the charitable foundation in association with the team but I respectfully declined. Trading makes better column fodder.

DEAL ONE

MLB.com (Zinkie) deals OFs Christian Yelich and Kole Calhoun to Mastersball (Zola) for SS Jose Reyes.

Reyes is an injury risk so dealing him to a perennial league contender assuaged concern about competitive balance. On my end, I have 1 point in steals so I opted for a couple of young lead off hitters that should score some runs with the potential to hit double digit homers. I need potential and at bats - check and check.

DEAL TWO

Baseball HQ (Murphy) sends 2B Brandon Phillips and SP Ubaldo Jimenez to Mastersball (Zola) for 2B Dustin Pedroia

A major part of the rebuild is to shun ERA and WHIP and focus on wins and whiffs so Ubaldo fits the plan. As an aside, why do writers refer to players by their first name if the name is unique? Anyway, Pedroia is gutting out another injury and isn't hitting for power. He's also curtailed his running as his stolen base success rate is poor. Phillips is a reasonable proxy.

DEAL THREE

RotoExperts (Ciely) trades SPs Lance Lynn and Chris Tillman, plus 1B Lucas Duda to Mastersball (Zola) for SP Corey Kluber, 1B Adam LaRoche and OF Nick Markakis.

Kluber has become a favorite of many in the industry, present company included. So as much as it hurts letting Corey go, getting back Lance and Chris fits the new-fangled staff. See what I mean - just doesn't have the same feel. Like Pedroia, Markakis is mostly empty batting average and I want to focus on counting stats so adding him worked for me. The LaRoche and Duda part was requested by my colleague and wasn't a deal breaker so I accepted.

I still have Mike Trout, James Shields and closers David and Aroldis to deal. I mean David Robertson and Aroldis to deal. The objective will be to upgrade hitting as I now have the core of the crappy pitching staff in place and can always get more slugs from free agency since I don't care about ratios. I hope to turn the closers into those with jobs but worse ratios with a hitting upgrade.

Todd's Take

Something I find very interesting - if not curious - is that Kluber generated more interest than Shields when I was shopping them around. As suggested, Kluber has developed a bit of a cult following but let's be real, bias aside the safe play is Shields for the rest of the season. to put this in persective, who do you want the rest of the season, Edwin Encarnacion or Jose Abreu? Abreu has a similar cult-like appreciation in the fantasy community but anyone answering without bias would take Encarnacion.

The actionable message is if you have a player whose name adds to his market value, you need to take advantage of that and get back more stats than you give. Trust me, I'll still be rooting for Corey - just not as part of my LABR team.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 June 2014 11:52
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of June 9 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 09 June 2014 00:54

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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.

*PLEASE NOTE - We have slightly altered the presentation in an effort to help you reconstruct the actual bidding a little better. The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

New to the report is "Todd's Take" where Lord Zola will share his unique perspective focusing on FAAB strategy, game theory and league dynamics.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

kiermaier

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

KKiermaier, TB 15 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 16 Larry Schechter 14 Jeff Erickson 5
Mike Podhorzer 3
ESuarez, Det 14 Lawr Michaels 23 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 16 Larry Schechter 13
Joe Sheehan 10 Larry Schechter 7 Mike Podhorzer 3
LSardinas, Tex 5 Joe Sheehan 5 Jeff Erickson 5
VNuno, NYY 4 Andy Behrens 15 Joe Sheehan 3
SVogt, Oak 3 Larry Schechter 14 Ron Shandler 2 Jeff Erickson 1
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
CBedrosian, LAA 1 Jason Collette 3 Lawr Michaels 0
CSanchez, CWS 1 Joe Sheehan 1
HNoesi, CWS 1 Joe Sheehan 1
SRomero, Sea 1 Jeff Erickson 3 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
CGillespie, Sea 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0 Lawr Michaels 5
ACrow, KC 0 Lawr Michaels 0
JSaunders, Tex 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JGiambi, Cle Jeff Erickson 1
KYates, TB Jason Collette 1
EnChavez, Sea Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
JGuzman, Hou Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
JHerrera, Bos Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
MSierra, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
FAbad, Oak Lawr Michaels 0
JFrasor, Tex Lawr Michaels 0

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

In the biggest move of the week, bolstered by the signing of Kendrys Morales who was neatly tucked on his reserve list, Inside Edge's Steve Moyer swapped Billy Butler to Rotowire's Chris Liss for the now road weary Sean Doolittle (this would be Doolittle's third Tout team this season). Ideally the offense will help Chris, and well, the saves and whiffs go to Steve.

On the FAAB front, rallying to exploit the offense among the a pair of the top AL Tout teams, first placers Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf (the Fantasy Alarmists, who bid $16) shelled out $15 and beat out three other hopeful owners to win the rights to Kevin Kiermaier, hot out out of the blocks as the apparent replacement for the injured Wil Myers, while third placer, yours truly, was willing to go to $14 (I actually bid $23) for the services of new Detroit shortstop, and equally hot Eugenio Suarez.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Yahoos! struggling Andy Behrens, hit with nearly as many crippling injuries as the Rangers team, tried to bolster his pitching a bit by purchasing Yankees hurler Vidal Nuno for $4, besting Joe Sheehan's $3 thanks to a Vickrey cushion of $11 (Andy actually bid $15)

Similarly, defending AL champ Larry Schechter copped catcher Steven Vogt for $3, though he too used Vickrey to his advantage with a $14 bid, beating out Ron Shandler who tried unsuccessfully to jettison the ever wandering George Kottaras.

Among the remaining pickups, the last that looked interesting was Jason Collette acquiring former first rounder Cam Bedrosian, a bona fide closer in the making (eight saves this year and 45 whiffs over 24 minor league innings with just six hits and eight walks, good for a 0.583 WHIP) with a $3 bid that beat out my $0 attempt. Meaning Bedrock Jr. could be a great $1 investment over the course of the season.

Todd's Take

I occasionally receive personal correspondence from someone confused by the listing of bids. Since this week's AL ledger has every possible scenario, it makes for the perfect model to explain how to read the bids.

Starting with Kiermaier everything looks fine. Moving onto Suarez, it's odd that Colton and Wolf bid $16 but the Vickrey reduced price for Michaels was only $14 which is in accordance with Schechter's $13 bid. The reason is Glenn and Rick had Suarez listed as a contingency to Kiermaier. Admittedly, the string looks confusing but including it adds a little value in that you can discern Glenn and Rick favored Kiermaier over Suarez.

From the reader's end, any time there appears to be a bid out of sequence, look at the other bids to find a player that cost more. In almost all instances the out of order bid was superceded by a higher bid on another player. The same scenario can be witnessed with Cole Gillespie as Michaels bid $5 is listed after the zero dollar winning bid from Colton and the Wolfman. Looking back, Gillespie was Lawr's contingent to Suarez. The lesson here is Lawr favored Suarez enough to bid 23 bones while he was only willing to go 5 balloons on Suarez.

A procedural note from this FAAB run is Sheehan beat Erickson for Luis Sardinas based place in the standings. It helps to know the tie-breaking process since that may influence your bid.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

davidperalta

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DPeralta, Ari 14 Seth Trachtman 14 Scott Wilderman 13 Phil Hertz 8
Peter Kreutzer 3 Tristan H. Cockcroft 2 Derek Carty 1
DGregorius, Ari 13 Lenny Melnick  15 Brian Walton 12 Gene McCaffrey 10
Scott Wilderman 7 Phil Hertz 6 Derek Carty 5
Seth Trachtman 5 Mike Gianella 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 2
JPeterson, SD 6 Lenny Melnick  17 Seth Trachtman 5 Brian Walton 3
Peter Kreutzer 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1
MMcKenry, Col 2 Steve Gardner 2 Phil Hertz 1 Brian Walton 1
RBrignac, Phi 1 Brian Walton 1 Derek Carty 0 Scott Wilderman 0
JRealmuto, Mia 1 Mike Gianella 1 Brian Walton 0
TWatson, Pit 1 Gene McCaffrey 2 Scott Wilderman 0
MDenDekker, NYM 1 Scott Wilderman 9 Peter Kreutzer 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
Derek Carty 0
ABrown, NYM 1 Peter Kreutzer 6 Scott Wilderman 0
DSolano, Mia 1 Peter Kreutzer 5 Scott Wilderman 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
JLocke, Pit 1 Phil Hertz 2
MEllis, StL 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Brian Walton 0
TTeagarden, NYM 0 Brian Walton 0 Phil Hertz 1

 UNAWARDED BIDS

DButera, LAD Mike Gianella 1 Steve Gardner 0
JMathis, Mia Mike Gianella 1
JGutierrez, SF Gene McCaffrey 1
NEvans, Ari Scott Wilderman 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
GKontos, SF Phil Hertz 0
CHernandez, Phi Brian Walton 0 Scott Wilderman 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

The biggest transaction in NL Tout this week occurred out of the public view. Baseball Prospectus’ Mike Gianella gobbled up $50 FAAB (and a reserve catcher) from Wise Guy Baseball’s Gene McCaffrey in return for Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant.

Both of the owners (along with me) are currently in the bottom quarter of the league, with obviously different ideas on how to improve.

With that single stroke, Gianella turned a $1 investment made just two weeks ago into a large FAAB hammer heading into the interleague trading period. Mike told me that a key factor in his trade decision was a belief that Bryant will not reach Chicago until September. (Bryant had been released in April by Peter Kreutzer, who paid $1 on draft day.)

Through last week, Gianella had the fourth-most money remaining at $92. Now his total is $46 more than anyone else. McCaffrey’s revised total of $36 still does not put him quite in the league cellar and with enough money remaining to make reasonable moves the rest of the way.

David Peralta is a great story. A washout as a minor league pitcher, he was released by the Cardinals only to remake himself as an outfielder in independent ball and get a second chance in affiliated baseball with Arizona. Seth Trachtman needed every one of his $14 to win the spirited bidding.

Though Didi Gregorius’ fast start in his return to Arizona may not sustain, it appears he will receive enough at-bats to be NL-relevant. I thought my $12 bid was aggressive, but it was not enough to top Lenny Melnick’s $15. Even worse was that Melnick was willing to go $17 for my disabled Jedd Gyorko’s replacement, Jace Peterson. It only took $6, however. I hope I don’t regret going higher on both of the middle infielders, as I had to settle for a $1 Reid Brignac.

Todd's Take

If you've been following recent reports, the FAAB action in the Senior Circuit has been eerily quiet. But this week the Touts showed they're willing to open up their wallets if warranted as seven of the 12 owners were willing to spend at least $5. I'm in this league and was not involved in the bidding but what I notice is the highest bid was $17 from Lenny Melnick with a few others in the low double digits. To me, these seem like regular bids and not bids expected to be protected by Vickrey. of course a player with a greater skill set than those purchased this run would cost more but a bid in the 20's for a player of similar caliber than I really want is not likely to require the full boat. That is, I can bid a few more and be willing to take the Vickrey reduction instead of haggling whether to bid $14 or $17.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION

cron

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CCron, LAA 5 Ray Guilfoyle 8 Ray Flowers 4
MChoice, Tex 4 Paul Singman 5 Ray Flowers 3 Fred Zinkie 0
KGausman, Bal 3 Derek Van Riper 12 Cory Schwartz 2
JMercer, Pit 1 Ray Flowers 4
DEspinosa, Was 1 Ray Flowers 3
BMiller, Sea 1 Nando DiFino 8 Ray Flowers 3 Cory Schwartz 1
Fred Zinkie 0
CMaybin, SD 1 Cory Schwartz 1 Ray Flowers 3
BHolt, Bos 1 Scott Pianowski 9 Ray Flowers 3 Nando DiFino 1
NRamirez, ChC 1 Nando DiFino 11
JMcGee, TB 1 Scott Swanay 7 Paul Singman 2 Nando DiFino 1
DNava, Bos 1 Nando DiFino 4
RWolf, Mia 1 Patrick Davitt 3
WDavis, KC 1 Scott Swanay 7
JPeralta, TB 1 Paul Singman 8
KKiermaier, TB 1 Paul Singman 2 Fred Zinkie 0
BZiegler, Ari 1 Zach Steinhorn 21
AHeaney, Mia 1 Fred Zinkie 4
NSchierholtz, ChC 0 Fred Zinkie 0 Ray Flowers 3
CBedrosian, LAA 0 Patrick Davitt 0
DButera, LAD 0 Scott Pianowski 0
JHapp, Tor 0 Scott Pianowski 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

EButler, Col Derek Van Riper 7
JCosart, Hou Derek Van Riper 3
ELucas, Mia Ray Flowers 3
DStoren, Was Scott Swanay 3
JChacin, Col Derek Van Riper 2 Fred Zinkie 0
TSipp, Hou Scott Swanay 2
JTazawa, Bos Scott Swanay 2
JBroxton, Cin Scott Swanay 2
KYates, TB Derek Van Riper 2
RTejada, NYM Ray Flowers 2
JTurner, LAD Ray Flowers 2
BRoberts, NYY Ray Flowers 2
JNicasio, Col Derek Van Riper 2
MMoustakas, KC Nando DiFino 1
HNoesi, CWS Nando DiFino 1
AAmarista, SD Nando DiFino 1
ERamirez, Sea Derek Van Riper 1
TWatson, Pit Scott Swanay 1
EVolquez, Pit Patrick Davitt 0
BCumpton, Pit Patrick Davitt 0
CMartinez, StL Nando DiFino 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Only three players fielded winning bids in excess of $1 this week, and unsurprisingly, C.J. Cron was one of them. Cron was purchased in FAAB four weeks ago by Derek Van Riper only to be released two weeks ago, probably due to playing time concerns. But maybe a solid 5-for-18, 4 RBI week will finally convince the Angels that Cron deserves to be in the lineup every day. With three homers and 15 RBI in just 95 at-bats, the stats certainly back him up.

The highest rational bid of the week (more on that later) went to Kevin Gausman, the former top prospect who has yet to stick in the big leagues. But after dominating a dangerous Oakland lineup over the weekend, Gausman has earned another start, which is scheduled for Thursday against the Blue Jays. It will be his second straight tough test, but if he passes, he might not make a return trip to the Minors. Oh, and the winning bid for him next week would be a whole lot higher than $3.

There are few worse things a fantasy owner can experience than losing their closer, whether it be due to poor performance or injury, and then see his likely replacement land on another roster. Addison Reed could be fine, but considering that Brad Ziegler was the one who closed out yesterday’s victory due to Reed having a “tired arm”, I didn’t want to take any chances. So I used the strategy of overbidding by a crazy amount to make sure I got my guy, and was somewhat surprised that Ziegler didn’t receive any other bids.

Todd's Take

Every week since the season began I have looked at the Tout Mixed Auction league with extra interest and every week I end up shaking me head wondering why Scott Swanay wasn't more aggressive on a player or two. If you recall, Swanay was going to leave the table with over 60 unspent auction dollars, so he took advantage of a rules quirk and purchased an injured player with the intent of turning them in and getting the auction price back in a FAAB rebate (know thy league rules). Well guess what. Scott has done a remarkable job and is currently in the middle of the pack and is in a position to make some FAAB purchases going forward that can help him rise even higher in the standings. I challenge all of my fellow pundits that used Scott's plight as column fodder in the spring to follow up and give the guy some props.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

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SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MChoice, Tex 1 Adam Ronis 9 Grey Albright 2
JTurner, LAD 1 Charlie Wiegert 9 Scott Engel 0
JDanks, CWS 1 Tom Kessenich 7
CWhitley, NYY 1 Eno Sarris 5 Tom Kessenich 3
JTomlin, Cle 1 Ray Murphy 5
ESuarez, Det 1 Tim McLeod 5 Adam Ronis 3
BBarnes, Col 1 Perry Van Hook 4
AHeaney, Mia 1 Tim McLeod 3
MMoustakas, KC 1 Grey Albright 3
RChirinos, Tex 1 Grey Albright 2
DSantana, Min 1 Eno Sarris 2 Adam Ronis 9
SRodriguez, TB 1 Paul Sporer 2
KSuzuki, Min 1 Scott Engel 1 Grey Albright 1
KBlanks, Oak 1 Scott Engel 1 Adam Ronis 0
ARecker, NYM 0 Anthony Perri 0 Scott Engel 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

JCosart, Hou Tom Kessenich 5
DEspinosa, Was Adam Ronis 4
JGuthrie, KC Tom Kessenich 4
NRamirez, ChC Eno Sarris 2
EButler, Col Tom Kessenich 2
JFamilia, NYM Eno Sarris 1
HConger, LAA Grey Albright 1
BAbreu, NYM Eno Sarris 1
LValbuena, ChC Adam Ronis 1
YPetit, SF Tom Kessenich 1
LOverbay, Mil Scott Engel 0
JRealmuto, Mia Scott Engel 0
DButera, LAD Scott Engel 0
BPena, Cin Scott Engel 0
KKiermaier, TB Eno Sarris 2 Adam Ronis 0
DMurphy, Tex Adam Ronis 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

It was dollar night in the mixed draft league – all players FAABed going for just one dollar to whoever put up the high bid. The would be high bid was $9 for Rangers outfielder Michael Choice but Adam Ronis only had to use one of those dollars to roster his Choice.

My four dollar bid on Colorado fly chaser Brandon Barnes like all the others similarly reduced as I tried to bolster my outfield depth – a good week to do that it seems.

Todd's Take

As Perry points out, every non-zero bid (after contingencies were taken out of the process, see the AL Todd's take) was reduced to $1. This emphasizes how everyone values players differenttly with the caveat that needs are involved.

For instance, Perry favors Barnes over Choice. Charlie Wiegert bid on Justin Turner but not the similar Sean Rodriguez while Paul Sporer did the obvious.

Looking at pitching, Ray Murphy was the only one to bid on Josh Tomlin. Not only that, there are a bunch of other starting pitchers others bid on but Ray did not get in on the action - he wants Tomlin. As an aside, this tells me to take a second to look at Tomlin. Ray does not do things on a whim. As most of you know, he is part of the management team at Baseball HQ. This tells me there is something in his peripherals that warrant some investigation. But the larger point is if you asked five of these guys which available starting pitcher they liked the most this week, you'd get five different replies. This is relevant in trade talks as you just never know how others perceive a player's potential.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 June 2014 17:25
 
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