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Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of July 14 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Friday, 18 July 2014 01:03

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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

bmccarthy

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

BMcCarthy, NYY 16 Mike Podhorzer 18 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 15 Rob Leibowitz 13
Larry Schechter 5 Jeff Erickson 3
CVazquez, Bos 9 Lawr Michaels 17 Joe Sheehan 8
JSmolinksi, Tex 6 Andy Behrens 8 Larry Schechter 7 Jeff Erickson 5
Steve Moyer 0 Ron Shandler 0
SGreene, NYY 6 Jason Collette 22 Ron Shandler 5 Jeff Erickson 3
CDickerson, Cle 5 Larry Schechter 9 Jeff Erickson 5 Joe Sheehan 4
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0 Steve Moyer 0 Ron Shandler 0
JArencibia, Tex 2 Larry Schechter 5 Andy Behrens 6 Mike Podhorzer 6
Ron Shandler 1
RRay, Det 1 Chris Liss 1
RGrossman, Hou 1 Jeff Erickson 5 Larry Schechter 3 Chris Liss 0
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0 Steve Moyer 0 Ron Shandler 0
DJohnson, Tor 1 Mike Podhorzer 8 Larry Schechter 2
DRoss, Bos 1 Ron Shandler 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
FCervelli, NYY 1 Joe Sheehan 3
AGarcia, CWS 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
JBurton, Min 0 Steve Moyer 0
ALoup, Tor 0 Steve Moyer 0
TSipp, Hou 0 Larry Schechter 0 Ron Shandler 0 Steve Moyer 0
BShaw, Cle 0 Ron Shandler 0
SKelley, NYY 0 Ron Shandler 0
AGose, Tor 0 Ron Shandler 0 Larry Schechter 2
ENavarro, LAA 0 Rob Leibowitz 0
BOberholtzer, Hou 0 Rob Leibowitz 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

ESogard, Oak Larry Schechter 3
CCorporan, Hou Joe Sheehan 2
BBrach, Bal Jason Collette 1
DRobertson, Tex Larry Schechter 1
DLeone, Sea Ron Shandler 0
FAbad, Oak Larry Schechter 0
GGreen, LAA Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
MMorin, LAA Larry Schechter 0
THunter, Bal Larry Schechter 0
TRedmond, Tor Steve Moyer 0
YMedina, Sea Larry Schechter 0

Todd's Take

There's something very interesting with the J.P. Arencibia bidding this week. I'm guessing some didn't realize he was called up and will see some time at first base but that's not the interesting point. It's obvious that a couple of those that bid on Arencibia did so not so much because they needed a catcher (or else they would have also bid on Christian Vazquez) but rather because they wanted his power potential, regardless of position. It just speaks towards the vapid nature of the available players that a catcher not assured of at bats (Geovany Soto was activated) but may be playing first base (Carlos Pena was released) is being looked at as the best available hitter. Explore all avenues to upgrade, you never know what you may find.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

jvotto

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JVotto, Cin 26 Peter Kreutzer 43 Tristan H. Cockcroft 25 Scott Wilderman 11
Brian Walton 6
GKottaras, StL 9 Seth Trachtman 12 Todd Zola 8 Mike Gianella 3
Derek Carty 3 Scott Wilderman 0
GSizemore, Phi 9 Phil Hertz 18 Peter Kreutzer 8 Derek Carty 3
Mike Gianella 3
RSantiago, Cin 5 Mike Gianella 5 Steve Gardner 4 Phil Hertz 2
Peter Kreutzer 0 Scott Wilderman 0
TCahill, Ari 4 Mike Gianella 20 Phil Hertz 5
VNuno, Ari 3 Seth Trachtman 8 Phil Hertz 3 Brian Walton 2
Derek Carty 2 Peter Kreutzer 0
PGosselin, Atl 1 Lenny Melnick  1
JGoebbert, SD 1 Mike Gianella 5 Steve Gardner 0
EHerrera, Mil 1 Steve Gardner 4
JDiekman, Phi 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Phil Hertz 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
RDetwiler, Was 0 Gene McCaffrey 0
SManess, StL 0 Steve Gardner 0 Gene McCaffrey 0
BMorris, Mia 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Steve Gardner 0
ATorres, SD 0 Seth Trachtman 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

BConrad, SD Mike Gianella 3
JMarquis, Phi Seth Trachtman 2
LSchafer, Mil Steve Gardner 1
JHoover, Cin Steve Gardner 0
KNegron, Cin Steve Gardner 0
OPerez, Ari Steve Gardner 0 Mike Gianella 0
JBaker, ChC Seth Trachtman 0
MStites, Ari Seth Trachtman 0
TGosewisch, Ari Seth Trachtman 0
KQuackenbush, SD Phil Hertz 1 Seth Trachtman 0
CContreras, Cin Peter Kreutzer 0
JHowell, LAD Peter Kreutzer 0
JHughes, Pit Peter Kreutzer 0
AOttavino, Col Mike Gianella 0 Steve Gardner 0
AVarvaro, Atl Mike Gianella 0
JDiaz, Cin Gene McCaffrey 0 Phil Hertz 0
JWilson, Pit Gene McCaffrey 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

With the Tout rules offering full FAAB reimbursement only until the All-Star break, Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ had a decision to make. Would he keep Joey Votto stashed on the disabled list and hope for a late season return or recoup the full $38 paid on draft day? Hertz went for the latter.

Peter Kreutzer was among the Touts who hopped all over the new free agent Votto. Rotoman offered $43 and had to pay $26. Ironically, it was Kreutzer who had originally drafted Votto before trading him to Hertz on Memorial Day for Jay Bruce.

Hertz spent some of his cash on new Phillies outfielder Grady Sizemore, bidding $18 and paying $9. We should find out very quickly if the oft-injured Sizemore will be rejuvenated or booed in the City of Brotherly Love.

I was surprised at the level of interest in George Kottaras, signed by St. Louis in the wake of Yadier Molina’s injury. Seth Trachtman was willing to go $12 and had to pay $8. My guess is that if Tony Cruz does not cut it, the Cards will look for a better fill-in than either one of them.

Despite the rumor mill heating up, no major trade occurred in the National League this past week. There was one leftover, however. The move of Vidal Nuno from the Yankees to the Diamondbacks occurred a week ago Sunday, but was not legal in Tout until the next day. As a result, my $2 high bid last Sunday night was nullified and Nuno remained in the pool for another week-plus. After Nuno posted one good start and one bad before the break, I let my $2 offer ride, fully expecting it to be beaten. It was, as Trachtman offered $8, but had to pay just $3.

Todd's Take

I was all set to carry on how much I screwed up this week (and I did) but as it turns out, it isn't quite as much as I thought. I'll explain.

SCREW UP #1 -- I read somewhere the Cardinals were going to give George Kottaras some decent playing time and with Gerald Laird and Hector Sanchez as my catchers, I could certainly use an upgrade. For reasons I'll discuss in my screw up section next week, I'm sitting with the second most FAAB, 8 more than the next team so I bid 8 on Kottaras, figuring I'd still be #2. I then realized I have Yonder Alonso on the DL and Thursday was the last day to turn in DL players for the full rebate ($15 in this case, else it drops to $7). I could have turned in Alonso and upped my bid on Kottaras but didn't think I would need more than 8 for him and also didn't think the extra FAAB would get me something better than Alonso when he comes back, even if he loses playing time (which is likely). After the FAAB results were announced, I was pretty mad that I didn't drop Alonso and bid more. Then Brian sent in his quip and he's not as high on Kottaras as what I had read -- and Brian knows his Cardinals. Truth be told, if this were another league, I would have dropped Brian a note, asking about St . Louis' plans at catcher but it would have been really bad form to put him on the spot in a league in which we both compete. So the bottom line is I may not regret not bidding more for Kottaras but I'm not happy with my process -- always judge the process, not the result.

SCREW UP #2 -- I put in my bid for Kottaras earlier in the week and since there were no NL transactions of consequence that would change my bids, I never went back to the site until after the run. Lo and behold, Joey Votto was purchased -- how did I miss that?!?!?! My initial reaction was shame on me for not reviewing last week's drops. As it turns out, shame on me is still appropriate, but for a different reason -- don't assume, know thy rules. I was under the impression that a player dropped for DL rebate would not be available until the next FAAB run -- I was wrong. There was indeed a reason for me to check the site periodically; to see if there was a DL drop that may be worth a bid. Shame on me. Not that it matters, but failing to note Votto was available if dropped last week would have been more egregious than not knowing the rule, though both are sloppy playing on may part.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

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SUCCESSFUL BIDS

AAlcantara, ChC 23 Scott Swanay 67 Fred Zinkie 22 Al Melchior 16
Nando DiFino 11 Tim Heaney 3
CCoghlan, ChC 9 Paul Singman 13 Fred Zinkie 8 Fred Zinkie 2
Tim Heaney 2
KGiles, Phi 5 Ray Flowers 5 Tim Heaney 4
CCorporan, Hou 1 David Gonos 4
JArencibia, Tex 1 Nando DiFino 6
NFranklin, Sea 1 Nando DiFino 2
KJohnson, NYY 1 Patrick Davitt 9
WVenable, SD 1 Patrick Davitt 3
STolleson, Tor 1 Scott Swanay 5
JNelson, Mil 1 Scott Swanay 13
DPhelps, NYY 1 Scott Swanay 7 Tim Heaney 0
EVolquez, Pit 1 Scott Swanay 7
JVeras, Hou 1 Tim Heaney 2
SFuld, Min 1 Fred Zinkie 4 Tim Heaney 0 Al Melchior 0
CBethancourt, Atl 1 Zach Steinhorn 6
JDyson, KC 0 Al Melchior 0 Patrick Davitt 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

GSoto, Tex Zach Steinhorn 3
MScutaro, SF Scott Swanay 3
JCollmenter, Ari Scott Swanay 3
DMatsuzaka, NYM Scott Swanay 3
BreAnderson, Col Scott Swanay 2
YSolarte, NYY Scott Swanay 1
DStoren, Was Scott Swanay 1
DODay, Bal Scott Swanay 1
AGuerrero, LAD Scott Swanay 1
BBoxberger, TB Scott Swanay 1 Tim Heaney 0
NHundley, Bal Zach Steinhorn 0
CJoseph, Bal Zach Steinhorn 0
VNuno, Ari Tim Heaney 0
SGreene, NYY Tim Heaney 0
NFeliz, Tex Tim Heaney 0
CYoung, NYM Patrick Davitt 0
CDenorfia, SD Patrick Davitt 0
DJohnson, Tor Fred Zinkie 0
CDickerson, Cle Al Melchior 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Armed with a league-high 92 FAAB dollars heading into the first post-All-Star break FAAB period, Scott Swanay decided that now was a good time to put that money to use, bidding a hefty $67 on recent Cubs call-up Arismendy Alcantara and winning him for the Vickrey reduced price of $23. Through his first five big league games, the 22-year-old second baseman is batting .391 with one homer, five RBI, six runs scored and one stolen base. Alcantara has posted some impressive power and speed numbers in the Minors, and with the North Siders in full-scale rebuild mode, he should continue to see regular playing time for the rest of the season.

Chris Coghlan has been swinging a red-hot bat in July, hitting .435 with three homers and 12 RBI through 13 games, and he’s another guy who can contribute in multiple categories. Oh, and he’s also a former Rookie of the Year, so this isn’t exactly a no-name player who is benefiting from some good fortune. There’s definitely mixed league value here.

The Jonathan Papelbon trade rumors will not go away until he is actually dealt. In the increasingly likely scenario that Papelbon gets traded, Ken Giles, who has allowed just one run over his first 14 big league innings while striking out 18, seems like the logical ninth inning replacement for the Phillies. By the way, a notable benefit of making these speculative-type pickups this week is that the added player only needs to be in active lineups for three days as opposed to the usual seven days.

Todd's Take

Since The Fantasy Sherpa is front and center with this week's bidding, it's the perfect time to check back in and see where his team sits and how well he has recovered from his now infamous draft day escapade of using over $50 of unused budget (not planned, but a clever gaming of a rules loophole) to draft a DL player then turn him in for more FAAB. Scott is still middle-of-the-pack but there are several points in play so a top-5 finish is well within reach. By means of reminder, clicking the heading for each section takes you to the standings for that league in both the Touit Wars and LABR reports.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

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SUCCESSFUL BIDS

AAlcantara, ChC 23 Perry Van Hook 31 Tim McLeod 22 Grey Albright 21
Adam Ronis 17 Tom Kessenich 14 Charlie Wiegert 6
GGonzalez, Was 20 Anthony Perri 25 Perry Van Hook 48 Charlie Wiegert 19
Tim McLeod 19
NSwisher, Cle 9 Paul Sporer 13 Adam Ronis 8 Charlie Wiegert 0
WMiley, Ari 3 Charlie Wiegert 5 Eno Sarris 2 Anthony Perri 2
CCoghlan, ChC 3 Adam Ronis 4 Anthony Perri 2 Perry Van Hook 1
CColabello, Min 3 Tom Kessenich 5 Charlie Wiegert 2 Anthony Perri 2
AHeaney, Mia 1 Eno Sarris 3 Nicholas Minnix 3
EVolquez, Pit 1 Nicholas Minnix 12 Eno Sarris 1
JHellickson, TB 1 Eno Sarris 1 Nicholas Minnix 0
AAmarista, SD 1 Grey Albright 2 Charlie Wiegert 2
CGillaspie, CWS 1 Anthony Perri 1 Paul Sporer 8 Adam Ronis 1
Perry Van Hook 1
DSalazar, Cle 1 Ray Murphy 6 Nicholas Minnix 6
MGonzalez, Hou 1 Charlie Wiegert 2
RGrossman, Hou 1 Perry Van Hook 1
KFujikawa, ChC 0 Charlie Wiegert 0
DPhelps, NYY 0 Charlie Wiegert 0
NFeliz, Tex 0 Perry Van Hook 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

HSantiago, LAA Eno Sarris 1
EButler, Col Eno Sarris 1
BRoberts, NYY Charlie Wiegert 1
EMujica, Bos Charlie Wiegert 0 Perry Van Hook 0
JHanrahan, Det Perry Van Hook 0
BZiegler, Ari Perry Van Hook 0
RFlaherty, Bal Charlie Wiegert 0
MGonzalez, Bal Charlie Wiegert 0
JDeLaRosa, Col Charlie Wiegert 0
BMcCarthy, NYY Charlie Wiegert 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

This is a perfect strategy week in TOUT with only three games on the schedule. Remember that in TOUT leagues a player you win in FAAB must be active on your team for the first week. With only three games you can afford to take a zero at either a hitting or pitching slot, so you could add whichever minor leaguer you think might be called up soon or buy a player on the DL.

As I noted before while it was legal to do that in any prior week I couldn’t waste a slot as a leading or contending team. And this week there was the tantalizing Arismendy Alcantara in the free agent pile. Unfortunately not only is MI not a weak position on my roster with Jose Altuve, Jimmy Rollins, and normally Chris Owings or Martin Prado, BUT we don’t really know how long Alcantara will be up for the Cubs and I already have Javier Baez on reserve with only four reserve slots. So even if I won him and played him this week if he was sent down this week or next I would have to drop him or Baez or one of the pitchers I regularly play. I also have Mark Trumbo ready to be activated since he is no longer on the DL. So I eschewed bidding on Alcantara and tried to replace Ender Inciarte who will lose at bats with Trumbo back in the Arizona lineup by bidding on someone I could play this week in the UT slot.

BUT I did want to add a relief pitcher this week as the relievers have more value in a three day week where some of your SP won’t have a start anyway. At the top of that list were those relief pitchers that might get a chance to close if their teams traded the current closer and on top of that list were Neftali Feliz, Texas and Edward Mujica, Boston. Joaquin Benoit is already rostered or he would have been in that group. I also added Joel Hanrahan who is on the DL for the Tigers but is trying to work his way back to be there waiting for a Joe Nathan meltdown. And I could try and buy one of these RP or a couple of playable SP I for just a $0 bid.

And at that point I thought I was done, but I went back to the free agent list to make sure that I hadn’t missed another reliever and lo and behold, sitting there waving to me was Gio Gonzalez. I wasn’t sure that was correct so I went to the transactions from last week and found out that sure enough Gonzalez had been released by Team X. Back to the bid routine and I bid $48 of my $67 remaining FAAB to try and add Gonzalez for the rest of the season. (Thank goodness this is a Vickrey bid system because while I would love to have Gio for the rest of the year I would prefer to play less)

Would I be successful?

ETA – I wrote that last Sunday before our normal FAAB run in TOUT … Except that because of the ASB the FAAB run was pushed to Thursday night which I was unaware of. And in the meantime I had proposed at trade to Nick Minnix, offering him Jimmy Rollins for Doug Fister. This would strengthen my pitching staff at the cost of some stolen bases but that is a category where I currently lead the pack by twenty nine swipes. In addition Nick has 82 steals good for seventh in the league and nine points. But just five steals ahead in fifth place in that column is Tim McLeod currently in 2nd place, nine points behind me. So Nick taking away a point from Tim would help my cause.

That also meant I had room to play Alcantara for as long as he stays up and with Fister in hand lessened my need for Gio. So I altered my top bid group to $31 on Alcantara and secondarily $48 for Gonzalez.  I didn’t want to bid more on Alcantara with his status on the Cubs up in the air, thus the lower bid. But if I missed on him – highly likely as there four teams with more FAAB than my total – I did not want to miss out on Gonzalez. (Pardon my lengthening this week’s comments but I thought important to fully explain my moves in a very unusual week)

So now how did I do? Well the good news is that I got Alcantara (headed to Phoenix for three games) for just $23 and beat the $22 put up by second place Tim McLeod. The bad news is that Gonzalez then went for just $20 to Anthony Perri, so I could have had both for less than I bid for Gio – but who knew? I would have thought that if I bid $25 on each I might get neither. I did get Neftali Feliz for my $0 bid and yes there were others who rostered Andrew Heaney (minors) $1; Danny Salazar (minors) $1; and even Jeremy Hellickson sent back to the minors (so $1) for extra work because of the short week.

The bids on Alcantara and Gonzalez were the high bids for the week and several players were one for one or zero dollar bids because of the short week.

Todd's Take

There's a lot to digest this week (and Perry hit on a couple of points I wanted to make already) so I'll leave you with one last thought. We're approaching the point in the season where points trump value. There's still ten weeks left - alot can happen so overall quality is still important. But categories are beginning to take shape in terms of distribution and now's the time to begin managing accordingly. Raw value is secondary to roster impact.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 14:29
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of July 14 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 14 July 2014 10:50

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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.

PLEASE NOTE: Tout Wars will run FAAB on Thursday night this week. The Tout Wars FAAB report will be posted on Friday.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

shanegreene

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Shane Greene, NYY $8 Mastersball 8 RotoWire 5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
SiriusXM 1
Chris Dickerson, CLE $6 SiriusXM 6 USA TODAY Sports 1 Mastersball 1
Fangraphs 1
Dan Johnson, TOR $5 Baseball HQ 5 SiriusXM 3
Kris Johnson, MIN $4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4
Jake Smolinski, TEX $4 USA TODAY Sports 4 SiriusXM 3 Mastersball 2
Baseball HQ 2 Fangraphs 2
Josh Fields, HOU $2 SiriusXM 2 Mastersball 1
John Axford, CLE $1 Mastersball 1
Adam Warren, NYY $1 RotoWire 1 SiriusXM 1
Casey Fien, MIN $1 SiriusXM 1

 UNAWARDED BIDS

Munenori Kawasaki, TOR SiriusXM 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Mastersball 1
Aaron Loup, TOR SiriusXM 1
Adrian Nieto, CWS SiriusXM 1
Andrew Romine, DET SiriusXM 1
Brad Brach, BAL SiriusXM 1
Bruce Chen, KC NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Caleb Thielbar, MIN SiriusXM 1
Carlos Corporan, HOU SiriusXM 1
Charlie Furbush, SEA SiriusXM 1
Chris Gimenez, TEX SiriusXM 1
Christian Vazquez, BOS SiriusXM 1
David Lough, BAL SiriusXM 1
Fernando Abad, OAK SiriusXM 1
Francisco Cervelli, NYY SiriusXM 1
Joel Hanrahan, DET Mastersball 1
Joel Peralta, TB SiriusXM 1
John McDonald, LAA SiriusXM 1
Josh Thole, TOR SiriusXM 1
Kirby Yates, TB SiriusXM 1
Neal Cotts, TEX SiriusXM 1
Scott Atchison, CLE SiriusXM 1
Shawn Tolleson, TEX SiriusXM 1
Yoervis Medina, SEA SiriusXM 1
Zelous Wheeler, NYY SiriusXM 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary.

Well it will be hard to fill all my DL'd slots and those woefully under-performing but I attempted to spend half my remaining $24 FAAB to do it. The problem is that there are several teams with a lot of money and more than half the league has more than I do.

So I bid $8 on Shane Greene, NYY, the only viable starting pitcher available this week thus blocking the two teams with less than that amount and hoping to win a standings tie-breaker if the big purses also bid more on those teams.

And that turned out to be the high bid for the week my $8 bid besting the $5 underbid and several one dollar bids.

Chris Dickerson, new Indians outfielder was won by Sirius/XM’s Ray Flowers

Todd's Take.

I'm going to be honest. While these hitters may not be world beater, I'm a little surprised Christian Vazquez and Zelous Wheeler went undrafted - especially Vazquez. The new Red Sox catcher will be playing a lot so replacing a back-up catcher with a starter for the rest of the season could have been a nice little boost. Come to think of it, it still can. Anyone want to put a gentleman's bet whether Vazquez will be picked up next week?

NATIONAL LEAGUE

alcantara

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Arismendy Alcantara, CHC $37 Colton & The Wolfman 37 RotoExperts 15 Inside Edge 13
Baseball HQ 9 Sandlot Shrink 3 Fantasy Insiders 2
Jimmy Nelson, MIL $15 RotoExperts 15 Colton & The Wolfman 13 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Inside Edge 1
Tony Cruz, STL $10 USA TODAY Sports 10 Sandlot Shrink 3
Cameron Rupp, PHI $2 Sandlot Shrink 2 USA TODAY Sports 1
Mike Olt, CHC $2 Baseball HQ 2
Grady Sizemore, PHI $1 Fantasy Insiders 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Inside Edge 1
Charlie Culberson, COL $1 RotoExperts 1
Kevin Quackenbush, SD $1 Inside Edge 1
Ramon Santiago, CIN $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1

 UNAWARDED BIDS

None

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Finally, as we hit the break, the NL LABR owners opened their wallets a bit, starting with Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton, who copped the big prize of Arismendy Alcantara, shelling out $37 for the Cubs exciting second sacker/shortstop/outfielder.

In the process they trounced bids of $15, $13, $9, $3, and $2, indicating the desire of the Fantasy Alarmers was not misplaced.

Still searching for arms, Lenny Melnick snatched Jimmy Nelson for $15, also seriously outbidding a couple of wannabe Nelson owners who only mustered $2 and $1 shots.

Then, Steve Gardner gambled that catcher Tony Cruz will get some playing time in deference to the Yadier Molina injury, spending $10 and winning the new Cardinal  over just one $3 bid.

From there the bids dropped to a couple of bucks for Cameron Rupp (to Bob Radomski and the Sandlot Shrink) and Mike Olt (Doug Dennis of BBHQ).

The $1 crap shoots were just that, as much for the Major League teams as the players and new roto owners, starting with the seemingly worn out Grady Sizemore who went to Derek Carty (Fantasy Insiders), although perhaps the fact that Derek earned the new Philly, not so much by outbidding two other $1 shots, but rather by being lower in the standings.

Tough.

Finally, Colton & the Wolfman also copped Ramon Santiago for a buck, and Lenny paid the same for Charlie Culberson and Derek for Kevin Quackenbush.

Todd's Take.

Granted, there's no guarantee Alcantara plays regularly for the Cubs going forward. And there's a chance someone of consequence gets traded to the Senior Circuit in a couple of weeks. But there's something to be said for the bird-in-hand principle and placing a hefty bid on Alcantara is a strategy I can rubber stamp, and indeed mimicked in the NFBC NL-only auction. I had the third most FAAB left, sitting in a decent spot (though my place in the standings isn't so decent). Alcantara doesn't require an all-in bid, it just takes you off the hammer at the deadline. The best part is you still have some FAAB left over for waiver-wire moves as well as the September roster machinations where early shut-downs avail unexpected playing time opportunities.

MIXED LEAGUE

jimmynelson

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Arismendy Alcantara, CHC $15 Razzball 15 MLB.com 14 MLB.com 6
RotoExperts 5
Jimmy Nelson, MIL $9 MLB.com 9 RotoExperts 5
Aaron Harang, ATL $5 USA TODAY Sports 5 KFFL.com 1
Kevin Kiermaier, TB $3 MLB.com 3 ESPN.com 2 KFFL.com 1
Christian Vazquez, BOS $2 ESPN.com 2
Kenneth Giles, PHI $1 RotoExperts 1
Chris Coghlan, CHC $1 KFFL.com 1 ESPN.com 1 RotoExperts 1
Chris Parmelee, MIN $1 ESPN.com 1
Ichiro Suzuki, NYY $1 ESPN.com 1
Brad Ziegler, ARI $1 KFFL.com 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

David Phelps, NYY USA TODAY Sports 3 KFFL.com 1
Neftali Feliz, TEX USA TODAY Sports 3
Chris Iannetta, LAA ESPN.com 2
Brandon Crawford, SF Razzball 1
Brayan Pena, CIN ESPN.com 1
Chase Anderson, ARI KFFL.com 1
Chris Colabello, MIN KFFL.com 1 ESPN.com 1
Christian Bethancourt, ATL ESPN.com 1
Daniel Nava, BOS ESPN.com 1
Logan Forsythe, TB ESPN.com 1
Sam Fuld, MIN KFFL.com 1
Shane Greene, NYY KFFL.com 1
Zack Cozart, CIN Razzball 1

 

Todd Zola's Commentary

Interesting, Vazquez found a home in the mixed league but not AL-only...just sayin'. The rumors of Joakim Soria and Jonathan Papelbon being on the move sparked interest in Neftali Feliz and Ken Giles. Giles is an interesting add in keeper leagues as he has a shot to pitch himself into the closer gig in Philly next season.

Todd's Take

The fight to finish out of last is taking shape nicely as a few of us are jostling between 13th and 15th. Silly as this seems, the experience garnered from scrapping for points now helps the effort in the future when those points may lead to a money spot.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 12:05
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of July 7 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 07 July 2014 16:09

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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

samardzija

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jeff Samardzija, OAK $68 Yahoo! Sports 68 ESPN.com 61 Colton & The Wolfman 51
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 47 SiriusXM 39 RotoWire 24
KFFL.com 22 Mastersball 17 Baseball HQ 16
Winning Fantasy Baseball 5
Jason Hammel, OAK $57 ESPN.com 57 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 47 USA TODAY Sports 37
SiriusXM 32 RotoWire 24 Mastersball 17
KFFL.com 17 Colton & The Wolfman 16 Baseball HQ 14
Winning Fantasy Baseball 5
Brandon McCarthy, NYY $19 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 19 ESPN.com 35 SiriusXM 17
Colton & The Wolfman 16 KFFL.com 15 Baseball HQ 12
USA TODAY Sports 9 RotoWire 8 ESPN.com 5
Winning Fantasy Baseball 2
Kevin Correia, MIN $9 SiriusXM 9
Grant Balfour, TB $5 ESPN.com 5 SiriusXM 6 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Fangraphs 2 KFFL.com 1
Jose Molina, TB $2 KFFL.com 2 SiriusXM 1
Ryan Cook, OAK $2 KFFL.com 2 Fangraphs 1
Endy Chavez, SEA $2 SiriusXM 2 Mastersball 1 ESPN.com 1
Sam Fuld, MIN $2 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2 SiriusXM 2 Mastersball 1
ESPN.com 1 Fangraphs 1
Marwin Gonzalez, HOU $1 Fangraphs 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 SiriusXM 1
Colton & The Wolfman 1
Tony Sipp, HOU $1 Fangraphs 1
Alex Presley, HOU $1 Mastersball 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2 SiriusXM 2
Fangraphs 1 ESPN.com 1
Enrique Hernandez, HOU $1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Nate Freiman, OAK $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

T.J. House, CLE NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3
Zelous Wheeler, NYY SiriusXM 2 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Munenori Kawasaki, TOR SiriusXM 2 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Willie Bloomquist, SEA SiriusXM 1 Fangraphs 1
Carlos Corporan, HOU SiriusXM 1
Christian Colon, KC SiriusXM 1
Daniel Robertson, TEX ESPN.com 1
David Lough, BAL ESPN.com 1
Eric Surkamp, CWS NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Francisco Cervelli, NYY SiriusXM 1
Joel Peralta, TB KFFL.com 1
Nate Freiman, OAK Winning Fantasy Baseball 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary.

The first two crossover players to the AL were huge pluses for those with enough FAAB dollars left to win them. Yahoo’s Brandon Funston beat ten other league mates with his $68 bid. Meanwhile ESPN’s Tristan Cockroft won Jason Hammel with a $57 bid. Both players hope their new Oakland pitchers can help them move up in the standings.

I didn’t have enough funds to compete for the pitchers so just tried to grab the best one dollar outfielder I could and landed Astros Alex Presley.

Todd's Take.

With the caveat I may have made a mistake reverse engineering the totals before the bidding, Yahoo! had the hammer and bid what it took to make sure the won the tie over ESPN, who had the third most FAAB. Maybe Yahoo decided there wasn't enough of a difference between Samardzija and Hammel so it wasn't worth spending the maximum necessary to make sure they got Samardzija. As it turns out, Colton and the Wolfman with the second-most FAAB laid back a bit, perhaps waiting for a hitter to come over as they now have the hammer. ESPN was the big winner as they needed a pitcher and now have one -- and for a couple extra starts than if the deal was at the deadline.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

vidalnuno

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Vidal Nuno, ARI $2 Sandlot Shrink 2 Fantasy Insiders 1
Jeff Baker, MIA $1 Baseball HQ 1 Inside Edge 1
Bobby Abreu, NYM $1 Inside Edge 1 Baseball HQ 1
Pat Neshek, STL $1 Fantasy Insiders 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Charlie Culberson, COL Inside Edge 1
Cody Ross, ARI Inside Edge 1
Mike Olt, CHC Inside Edge 1
Cody Ross, ARI Baseball HQ 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The AL gets Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel while Vidal Nuno, now of the Diamondbacks is the lone AL transplant (at least until Dan Straily is promoted as minor leaguers are ineligible). Nuno actually was won on a $2 bid, that by Bob Radomski of the Sandlot Shrink, but again, the only other shot at Nuno was also $2.

The truth as I see it is that Nuno, however, is a better 2014 crapshoot than Straily will be, especially for what he'll no doubt cost.

Irrespective, they are both crapshoots.

The remaining three players involved with this weeks FAAB were Pat Neshek (Derek Carty of the Fantasy Insiders), Jeff Baker (to Doug Dennis of BBHQ) and Bobby Abreu (to Steve Moyer), all for $1 bids.

Even though my own FAAB resources are largely blown, I am still hoping someone as enticing as Samardzija does move to the NL just to kick the FAAB dust around a little.

Todd's Take

It's an interesting contrast between LABR and Tout. Straily was eligible in Tout since minor league players are eligible whereas they're ineligible in LABR. On the other hand, McCarthy and Nuno were eligible in LABR but not Tout as they leagues have different rules pertaining to deals announced on Sunday. The bottom line is there's no right or wrong (maybe better or worse, but I digress). The key is the rule should be crystal clear to minimize confusion. This is a topic the site will be addressing a bit more in the future.

MIXED LEAGUE

boxberger

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Brad Boxberger, TB $12 Towers of Power Baseball Hour 12 Baseball HQ 2 KFFL.com 1
USA TODAY Sports 1
Travis d'Arnaud, NYM $3 Rotowire-Colton 3 Fangraphs 2 FNTSY 2
RotoExperts 1
Justin Ruggiano, CHC $3 KFFL.com 3 MLB.com 1
Brian Roberts, NYY $1 Fangraphs 1
Robinson Chirinos, TEX $1 RotoExperts 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Eric Campbell, NYM $1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Ronald Belisario, CWS $1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Ender Inciarte, ARI $1 USA TODAY Sports 1 KFFL.com 1
David Peralta, ARI $1 MLB.com 1 KFFL.com 1
Odrisamer Despaigne, SD $1 Rotowire-Erickson 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Domingo Santana, HOU Fangraphs 2
Chris Parmelee, MIN KFFL.com 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Chris Colabello, MIN KFFL.com 1
Chris Iannetta, LAA Rotowire-Colton 1
Eduardo Nunez, MIN KFFL.com 1
Jonathan Schoop, BAL Fangraphs 1
Kevin Kiermaier, TB KFFL.com 1
Ryan Cook, OAK USA TODAY Sports 1
Tom Wilhelmsen, SEA USA TODAY Sports 1
Tommy Medica, SD KFFL.com 1
Zack Cozart, CIN Fangraphs 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

You know what? I got nothin'. I'm drawing a blank. So let's fall back on a little player analysis. I'm a little surprised Boxberger was still available (yeah, I'm in this league too but his ratio support is lost on me). That said, I still think Balfour will get the closer gig back bit if I'm in a keeper league, I'm all over Boxberger.

Dang it, Fred Zinkie struck again. David Peralta is playing well (and playing regularly) - hitting high up in a lineup that plays half the time in the hitter-friendly Chase Field. 

Todd's Take.

OK, so if I had nothing before I REALLY have nothing now. Well, maybe a little something. It's always dangerous to assume what happens one season will also happen the next but punting the catcher position and trolling the free agent pool appears to be a good ploy this season. I made a point of getting a couple of decent receivers in the draft. Next year maybe I'll wait and look to free agency to keep the position fresh.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 07 July 2014 23:54
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of July 7 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 07 July 2014 11:32

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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

samardzija

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JSamardzija, Oak 77 Andy Behrens 85 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 76 Jeff Erickson 64
Jason Collette 50 Lawr Michaels 47 Steve Moyer 42
Ron Shandler 35 Larry Schechter 19 Rob Leibowitz 19
JHammel, Oak 51 Jeff Erickson 58 Andy Behrens 85 Jason Collette 50
Steve Moyer 42 Ron Shandler 35 Lawr Michaels 30
Rob Leibowitz 19 Larry Schechter 19 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 13
BBoxberger, TB 5 Jason Collette 6 Rob Leibowitz 4 Jeff Erickson 2
Chris Liss 0 Steve Moyer 0
MKawasaki, Tor 3 Lawr Michaels 4 Larry Schechter 2
JGallo, Tex 1 Chris Liss 1
ZWheeler, NYY 1 Jason Collette 3 Jeff Erickson 10 Larry Schechter 2
Chris Liss 0 Steve Moyer 0
DSantana, Hou 1 Mike Podhorzer 21 Chris Liss 0 Steve Moyer 0
EHernandez, Hou 1 Larry Schechter 2 Steve Moyer 0 Jeff Erickson 0
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
NFreiman, Oak 1 Lawr Michaels 5 Larry Schechter 2 Steve Moyer 0
RIbanez, KC 1 Larry Schechter 2 Steve Moyer 0
AWarren, NYY 0 Chris Liss 0
RFlaherty, Bal 0 Steve Moyer 0 Larry Schechter 2 Jeff Erickson 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

CColon, KC Chris Liss 0 Steve Moyer 0
CSmith, Det Jason Collette 0
FCervelli, NYY Steve Moyer 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

When it comes to league crossover trades, the bids on the best player to cross, in this case Jeff Samardzija, are generally amongst the least interesting to witness. However, this instance was slightly more interesting than usual. This type of situation usually comes down to the team with the most FAAB remaining bids $1 more than the second FAAB hoarder has. Generally the #2 FAAB budgeted team has the unwritten responsibility of  keeping the #1 team honest by A) making sure the first team uses as much FAAB as possible and 2) to protect against or take advantage of  the first team trying to be cute and keep a little left FAAB budget left over by not maxing out their bid. Moyer opted to not go all out and bid in the middle on both league cross over pitchers and the responsibility fell to the third place FAAB budget to price enforce. Behrens almost caught a big break as it’s usually the third highest budget where the deviations from simply maxing out your bid on players you are unlikely to get occur, but it wasn’t meant to be in this instance.

Typically it is the second best player crossing where the bids get more interesting and given that we are still weeks away from the deadline, not everyone went all in on Jason Hammel including the top two FAAB budgets behind Behrens despite the great season he’s having. There’s no guarantee anyone better than Hammel will even cross over.

The sneak-thru FAAB picks of the week were power prospect Joey Gallo and reliever Brian Boxberger. Gallo has already hit 30 HRs between A+ and Double-A this season. The twenty-year old is striking out over 40% of the time in Double-A, but continues to get on base high rates and could be a September call-up. Boxberger picked up a save last week and has been pitching well all season with a K/9 approaching 14.0. However, he is still back on the depth charts behind Jake McGee, so it remains to be seen if he receives more opportunities. In another organization, Boxberger could easily already be a closer

Todd's Take

So much for the notion no one of consequence will be traded across leagues.

As Rob suggested, it is usually the onus of the second place FAAB holder to bid their full boat but in this case, there is a huge caveat. We're not at the trading deadline yet. The reason for pushing the limit is the chances of a better player becoming available is rare but there's still a chance someone else comes over and now Steve has the FAAB hammer (barring a FAAB trade or reclaim). Steve's needs are more towards a power hitter than starting pitcher so he opted to wait for a player that fits as opposed to relying on making a deal.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

hendricks

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Dstraily, ChC 15 Lenny Melnick  21 Brian Walton 14 Derek Carty 11
Phil Hertz 6 Tristan H. Cockcroft 3 Seth Trachtman 1
KHendricks, ChC 6 Tristan H. Cockcroft 9 Brian Walton 5 Seth Trachtman 1
MFranco, Phi 1 Brian Walton 2
TColvin, SF 1 Lenny Melnick  9
FMorales, Col 1 Steve Gardner 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
MRojas, LAD 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
DThayer, SD 0 Gene McCaffrey 0
SFreeman, StL 0 Gene McCaffrey 0
CTorres, NYM 0 Phil Hertz 0 Steve Gardner 0
JBour, Mia 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
ZDuke, Mil 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Steve Gardner 0
JLobaton, Was 0 Derek Carty 0
KHill, Phi 0 Derek Carty 0

 UNAWARDED BIDS

NSoto, Cin Phil Hertz 1
SManess, StL Phil Hertz 0 Steve Gardner 0
CRupp, Phi Derek Carty 0
EArruebarrena, LAD Scott Wilderman 0
JBianchi, Mil Scott Wilderman 0
JDiaz, Cin Gene McCaffrey 0
JHowell, LAD Peter Kreutzer 0
JHughes, Pit Peter Kreutzer 0
JPerez, SF Peter Kreutzer 0
JWright, LAD Steve Gardner 0
KQuackenbush, SD Peter Kreutzer 0
LAvilan, Atl Gene McCaffrey 0
WWright, ChC Peter Kreutzer 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

As it turned out, I was in the midst of the action for both crooked number players this week, but only as an enforcer. Both are new players in the pool, as fresh trade-deadline blood has started to flow into the NL. While bigger deals could be coming, I am not waiting around to find out.

The blockbuster swap in which the Cubs sent 2/5 of their rotation to Oakland did not hurt NL Tout, as players traded out of the league remain eligible for the remainder of the season. On the other hand, all of the three new Cubs were dispatched to the minors after the trade, so are not going to immediately alter our standings.

Billy McKinney and Addison Russell will not likely contribute in Chicago in 2014, but Dan Straily is a proven major league starter. As such, I went $14, assuming I would be outbid. I was, but only by one Tout warrior, Lenny Melnick. Lenny offered $21 and paid $15 Vickrey.

One pitcher potentially standing in the way of Straily is Kyle Hendricks. Being pulled early from his Triple-A start on Sunday increased speculation that the 24-year-old is on the way to the Windy City. Hendricks has a 3.58 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 100 2/3 Triple-A innings this season.

The other new pitcher expected to join the Cubs rotation is Tsuyoshi Wada, already owned by Seth Trachtman. All Straily needs is for one of the two of Hendricks and Wada to stumble – or another trade!

A far less exciting interleague swap is the one in which Arizona received lefty Vidal Nuno from the Yankees for Brandon McCarthy and cash. Nuno for $2 was my second conditional bid after Straily and Hendricks. I thought I won the standings tiebreaker for the new Diamondback with Derek Carty, who also had lost out on Straily, but it was not to be.

Though the trade occurred during the day on Sunday, Tout’s stats provider, onRoto.com, only updates player status once per 24 hours, overnight. So according to league rules, Nuno will not be in the eligible NL player pool until next Sunday night. This also tripped up AL Tout bidding for McCarthy.  Timing is everything – or nothing.

Todd's Take

I'm going to take a little liberty and discuss a more general topic than these FAAB results. I'm in this league and the epiphany struck while looking at this league so I figured I'd talk about it here.

In batting average leagues (BA) it has been a common strategy not to worry about the category because it is so fickle. Tout switched to OBP for all its leagues this season and I carried that thinking into the March auction (not worrying about OBP). Shame on me.

I'll save the correlations for a more appropriate space but the bottom line is the other hitting categories correlate better with OBP than they do batting average. As such, the leaders in OBP leagues should be faring better in OBP than the leaders in BA leagues fare in BA. Granted we're only halfway through and this deserves a more complete investigation at season's end, but here is how well OBP/BA correlates to place in the standings to date in Tout Wars and LABR. The closer to 1.00, the better the correlation

 

AL NL Mix Draft Mix Auction
Tout Wars 0.66 0.70 0.46 0.56
LABR 0.64 0.51 0.20

It's too early to start suggesting in OBP leagues it is wise not to ignore OBP, but we're leaning that way.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

ruggiano

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JRuggiano, ChC 14 Paul Singman 18 Ray Flowers 13 Scott Swanay 13
Tim Heaney 7 Scott Pianowski 5 Fred Zinkie 2
TKoehler, Mia 5 Scott Pianowski 9 Derek Van Riper 4 Ray Flowers 4
Tim Heaney 3 Ray Guilfoyle 1 Patrick Davitt 0
YGrandal, SD 2 Cory Schwartz 11 Al Melchior 1
RChirinos, Tex 2 Scott Pianowski 2 Al Melchior 1
EMujica, Bos 1 Ray Flowers 2
SVanSlyke, LAD 1 Scott Pianowski 5
LForsythe, TB 1 Paul Singman 5 Scott Pianowski 4 Tim Heaney 3
Fred Zinkie 0
TMatzek, Col 1 Patrick Davitt 1 Tim Heaney 3
MMoustakas, KC 1 Tim Heaney 7 Paul Singman 4
BGuyer, TB 1 David Gonos 2
DPeralta, Ari 1 Scott Swanay 12 Paul Singman 12 Fred Zinkie 0
JPetricka, CWS 1 Tim Heaney 7
JBroxton, Cin 1 Tim Heaney 4
ODespaigne, SD 1 Ray Guilfoyle 1 Tim Heaney 2
MMikolas, Tex 1 Al Melchior 2
EHernandez, Hou 1 Al Melchior 1
RHanigan, TB 0 Patrick Davitt 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

BBoxberger, TB Tim Heaney 2
UJimenez, Bal Tim Heaney 2
DStraily, ChC Tim Heaney 1
JTazawa, Bos Tim Heaney 1
CGimenez, Tex Patrick Davitt 0
DMatsuzaka, NYM Patrick Davitt 0
KKendrick, Phi Patrick Davitt 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Heading into the season, I liked Justin Ruggiano as an underrated power/speed asset, but up until a few weeks ago, things just weren’t working out for him. His production and playing time were inconsistent and he missed over a month due to a hamstring strain. But he’s been hot of late, having recorded multiple hits in six of his last eight games with two homers and nine RBI over that span. Ruggiano is playing just about every day for the time being, but that crowded Cubs outfield worries me. He did tally 18 homers and 15 steals in 424 at-bats last year, so he certainly carries some upside going forward. But $14 still seems a bit high. Then again, with FAAB, I’ve always been an advocate of spending for immediate help over saving for later.

Very quietly, Tom Koehler has registered a 1.89 ERA and 0.95 WHIP over his last three starts, spanning 19 innings, to go along with a 21-to-4 K/BB ratio. Being that he’s a two-start pitcher this week, Koehler is definitely worth the $5 investment. I considered bidding on him but couldn’t decide who to drop, so I reluctantly passed. The four-man reserve limit can really be a pain sometimes.

Of course, a Mixed Auction Tout Wars FAAB report would not be complete without a mention of saves, and since Jake Petricka tossed two perfect innings to pick up the save for the White Sox on Saturday, it’s no surprise that he was scooped up on Monday. At this point, who knows what Robin Ventura is thinking regarding his club’s ninth inning situation, but at the measly price of $1, Tim Heaney’s purchase is of the low risk/high reward variety.

Todd's Take

There's a lot of players and a lot of games to follow - sometimes things slip through the cracks. Something I do with these reports and look at the bids and if there is one that looks curious (Why are so many bidding on that guy?) - I'll take a look. There was a good deal of action on Logan Forsythe, more than I expected. Lo and behold Forsythe has 2 or more hits in 6 of his last 8 games including 3 homers. Will be keep it up? Of course not. But it does get him in the Tampa lineup almost every day until he slows down, and as we like to say, at-bats are currency.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

dperalta

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DPeralta, Ari 4 Charlie Wiegert 9 Perry Van Hook 3
JRuggiano, ChC 4 Charlie Wiegert 9 Perry Van Hook 3
GJones, Mia 3 Tom Kessenich 4 Adam Ronis 2
CParmelee, Min 1 Adam Ronis 2 Eno Sarris 1
AEthier, LAD 1 Eno Sarris 1 Tom Kessenich 2 Charlie Wiegert 1
RHanigan, TB 1 Charlie Wiegert 1 Ray Murphy 0
YPino, Min 1 Scott Engel 1
CLewis, Tex 1 Anthony Perri 2
LForsythe, TB 1 Tim McLeod 3
JNelson, Mil 1 Tim McLeod 1
JBroxton, Cin 1 Perry Van Hook 3 Tim McLeod 0
MAviles, Cle 1 Perry Van Hook 2
HConger, LAA 0 Ray Murphy 0 Charlie Wiegert 1
BBoxberger, TB 0 Tim McLeod 0 Perry Van Hook 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

TMedica, SD Charlie Wiegert 7
NFeliz, Tex Perry Van Hook 3
ISuzuki, NYY Tom Kessenich 2
CGentry, Oak Tom Kessenich 2
NHundley, Bal Charlie Wiegert 1 Ray Murphy 0
WVenable, SD Charlie Wiegert 1
CJoseph, Bal Charlie Wiegert 1
ECampbell, NYM Eno Sarris 1
EStults, SD Scott Engel 1
JPanik, SF Tim McLeod 1
JUribe, LAD Adam Ronis 0
MGonzalez, Bal Scott Engel 0
EVolquez, Pit Scott Engel 0
PNeshek, StL Tim McLeod 0
TMatzek, Col Scott Engel 0
WMiley, Ari Perry Van Hook 0
DNava, Bos Adam Ronis 0
CColabello, Min Adam Ronis 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

In this league I was outbid for both the outfielders I wanted to replace Ender Inciarte. I bid $3 on both David Peralta and Justin Ruggiano, but Charlie Wiegert bid $9 for Peralta and $7 for Ruggiano and rostered both for $4. Unlucky there was a team that had two outfield spots to fill against me and was the league’s high bidder this week.

On the pitching side with Tommy Milone losing his roster spot in Oakland and the All Star break week coming I wanted to pick up an extra relief pitcher that might get me a few saves. I was set to have Ranger Neftali Feliz in my top spot but with Jonathan Broxton picking up the save for the Reds on Sunday because Aroldis Chapman was dealing with a hamstring issue, I moved Broxton ahead of Feliz and won him for a dollar on a $3 bid. Again with the ASB coming it is very possible that Cincinnati is ultra conservative with Chapman and Broxton gets a few saves this week. Hopefully as this was one of three leagues where I added him on Sunday.

Todd's Take

Perry explained his bids above but if I'm in this league and have a surplus in the outfield, I'm dropping the good Captain a note. He obviously wanted an outfielder so perhaps a mutual swap is on order. 

Looking at the results of a FAAB run offers some interesting insight into an owner's strategy. Are they punting ratios as evidenced by bidding on lesser pitchers? Are they focusing on ratios by bidding on top set-up men? 

There's only one way to find out for sure-- ask!

Last Updated on Monday, 07 July 2014 23:11
 
Star Spangled Baseball PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Perry Van Hook   
Thursday, 03 July 2014 18:24

Across our great country Friday, Americans will celebrate the July 4th “birthday” of the USA with parades, picnics, fireworks displays and of course the great American sport of baseball.

The first game on the July 4 calendar will be an 11 AM ET start for the Washington Nationals hosting the Chicago Cubs in the nation’s capital. That is a nice 8 AM breakfast start for those of us on Pacific Time.

That will be followed by a 1:35 ET/10:35 PT visit of the Baltimore Orioles to Fenway Pahk to play the Red Sox. Who knows, maybe it will be one of Jon Lester’s last starts in the iconic Boston stadium.

Then we start a new game each hour.

 3:10 ET (2:10 PM CT and just past noon on the left coast) the Yankees visit Minnesota to play the Twins.

4:05 ET (1:05 PT) sees the AL East first place Toronto Blue Jays in a cross country matchup with the AL West leading Oakland Athletics.

5:05 ET (2:05 PT) is the battle for bragging rights in the state of Pennsylvania as the Phillies visit Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates.

6:40 ET (3:40 PT) is the No Cal vs Lo Cal battle with the San Francisco Giants playing the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

The bulk of the 4th of July games start in the 7 o’clock hour on the East Coast, obviously three hours earlier on the Left Coast.

7:05 ET (4:05 PT) the Kansas City Royals at the Cleveland Indians

7:08 ET (4:08 PT) the Tampa Bay Rays are at the Detroit Tigers

7:10 ET (4:10 PT) has the first pitch scheduled for three games:

Milwaukee Brewers at the Cincinnati Reds

Seattle Mariners at the Chicago White Sox, and the

Texas Rangers in New York City to play the Metropolitans

7:15 ET (4:15 PT) the Miami Marlins are in St. Louis to play the Cardinals

7:35 ET (4:35 PT) sees the Arizona Diamondbacks visiting Georgia to play the Atlanta Braves

8:10 ET (5:10 PT the Los Angeles Dodgers will be up for a game at the Colorado Rockies and finally at

9:05 ET (6:05 PT) the Houston Astros visit the home of Disneyland to play the LA Angels of Anaheim for the final game of the day.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 19:08
 
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