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LABR FAAB Report: Week of September 9 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 September 2013 14:28

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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

james_paxton

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
James Paxton, SEA 8 Mastersball 1 Fangraphs
Josmil Pinto, MIN 2 USA TODAY Sports
Danny Valencia, BAL 2 KFFL.com 1 Colton & Wolf
Jake McGee, TB 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Abraham Almonte, SEA 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Jerome Williams, LAA 1 Fangraphs 1 Colton & Wolf
Pedro Hernandez, MIN 1 Colton & Wolf

UNAWARDED BIDS

Delmon Young, TB 6 Colton & Wolf
Leury Garcia, CWS 6 Colton & Wolf
Austin Romine, NYY 1 USA TODAY Sports
Craig Breslow, BOS 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball
David Ross, BOS 1 USA TODAY Sports
Tanner Scheppers, TEX 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Tommy Hunter, BAL 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Chris Young, OAK 1 Colton & Wolf
Liam Hendriks, MIN 1 Colton & Wolf

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

I suspected that bat starved AL owners might go after Delmon Young as many in AL only leagues have seen the possibility of a productive AL outfield bat if Young stays in the Rays lineup. My needs with what I presumed would be most of my remaining $9 FAAB dollars needed to find a SP and it never occurred that I might be able to get both, so I bid $8 and landed Seattle prospect James Paxton with surprisingly no underbids while Colton & The Wolfman landed Young for just $6.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

brian_bogusevic

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Brian Bogusevic, CHC 15 USA TODAY Sports 6 ESPN - Karabell
Carlos Torres, NYM 11 ESPN - Karabell 7 Colton & Wolf 7 DerekCarty.com
Hector Sanchez, SF 8 USA TODAY Sports
Cesar Hernandez, PHI 5 ESPN - Karabell
Tyler Moore, WSH 4 Baseball HQ
Greg Reynolds, CIN 2 Colton & Wolf

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jordan Pacheco, COL 4 Baseball HQ
Brett Pill, SF 4 Baseball HQ
Hector Sanchez, SF 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc.

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The prescience of LABR Commissioner Steve Gardner was apparent during this week of free agent moves, and his draft claim speed Cincy outfielder Billy Hamilton during the draft last March blocked the remainder of the league from making a claim.

In particular this hurt my third place team’s prospects, as steals is a category where we could pick up a precious point, but the bottom line is my path to victory was just made bumpier thanks to Steve’s foresight.

The player who did cost the most FAAB this week is journeyman Cubs outfielder Brian Bogusevic, who is now a member of Steve’s USA Today team thanks to a $15 winning bid (there was a failed $6 try for Bogusevic).

As pretty much a full timer last year with Houston, Bogusevic managed a limp .203-7-28 line, with a .297 OBP, although he did steal 15 bags over 146 games.

But, there are a couple of points Steve can pick up via swipes, and at this point it is all about pride (Steve kept that trend up with a third acquisition of Giants catcher Hector Sanchez for $8, besting a $3 try from another squad).

However, Mets hurler Carlos Torres was the most coveted player this week. Torres (3-3, 2.89 over 62.1 innings) is now the property of Eric Karabell’s ESPN squad, but no fewer than three teams all submitted $7 bids for Torres’ services, yet all in vain.

As the season winds down, the available corps of replacements may be thinning, but the push to keep an active roster is just as pronounced as the first weeks of the season.

MIXED LEAGUE

billy_hamilton

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Billy Hamilton, CIN 30 ESPN.com 8 Fangraphs
Carlos Torres, NYM 4 MLB.com
Mark Reynolds, NYY 3 ESPN.com
Kole Calhoun, LAA 2 MLB.com 1 USA TODAY Sports
Chris Colabello, MIN 2 Baseball HQ
Brandon Barnes, HOU 1 USA TODAY Sports
Jose Iglesias, DET 1 MLB.com

UNAWARDED BIDS

Justin Ruggiano, MIA 2 MLB.com
Jerome Williams, LAA 2 MLB.com

Todd Zola's Commentary

Looks like we have a great race -- for second place -- shaping up in mixed LABR as mlb.com's Fred Zinkie has selfishly distanced himself a bit from the lead pack. You're truly is actually within striking distance of second, but with my empty FAAB account and no help on reserves, I expect my last ditch effort to break into the top-3 will fall short.

ESPN's James Quintong is doing his best to catch Fred as he's looking for a late-season boost in steals. Billy Hamilton has yet to step into an MLB batter's box, but he already has 4 steals.

Similar to the Tout Wars Mixed leagues, not much trust is being placed on the available starting pitchers. 

Last Updated on Monday, 09 September 2013 17:20
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of September 9 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 September 2013 10:35

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Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well as the runner-up bids. There are four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. The Mixed leagues use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

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

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE

jackie_bradley_jr

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
JBradley, Bos 37 (40) Rob Leibowitz 36 Matthew Berry 12 Larry Schechter 0 Wolf/Colton
JPaxton, Sea 1 (47) Ron Shandler
DYoung, TB 1 (12) Larry Schechter 0 Wolf/Colton
LGarcia, CWS 0 Wolf/Colton
PHernandez, Min 0 Wolf/Colton
SDoolittle, Oak 0 Larry Schechter

UNAWARDED BIDS

DValencia, Bal 8 Larry Schechter 0 Wolf/Colton
LCain, KC 40 Rob Leibowitz 0 Wolf/Colton
EJohnson, CWS 36 Ron Shandler
AAlmonte, Sea 12 Larry Schechter 0 Wolf/Colton
QBerry, Bos 0 Wolf/Colton
NCotts, Tex 0 Larry Schechter
LColeman, KC 0 Larry Schechter
JSmith, Cle 0 Larry Schechter
CFurbush, Sea 0 Larry Schechter
CCapps, Sea 0 Jeff Erickson

Todd Zola's Commentary

It's rare that an impact full-time player becomes available with only three weeks remaining but Rob Leibowitz may have happened upon such an instance with Jackie Bradley Jr. It appears as though Jacoby Ellsbury will return before the end of the season in an effort to get him play-off ready, but Bradley should see regular playing time, especially with Shane Victorino dinged up as well.

The other catch of the week was Seattle pitcher James Paxton who will assume the spot of fellow rookie Taijuan Walker whom Seattle is shutting down after getting a cup of coffee in the bigs. Paxton had a bit of a disappointing campaign but the Mariners still consider him, along with Walker and Danny Hultzen to be the foundation to support Felix Hernandez.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

justin_turner

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
JTurner, NYM 11 (46) Steve Gardner 10 Mike Gianella 8 Tristan H. Cockcroft
CHernandez, Phi 4 (20) Mike Gianella 3 Peter Kreutzer
JBianchi, Mil 1 (10) Mike Gianella 43 Todd Zola
JHarrison, Pit 1 (43) Todd Zola
MDavidson, Ari 1 (44) Tristan H. Cockcroft
DHernandez, Ari 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft
NVincent, SD 0 Peter Kreutzer
LAvilan, Atl 0 Peter Kreutzer

UNAWARDED BIDS

CWithrow, LAD 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Peter Kreutzer
JLopez, SF 0 Peter Kreutzer

Brian Walton's Commentary

Though there were a number of double-digit bids placed in National League Tout Wars this week, they were more of a function of large FAAB totals remaining than of great quality becoming available. In all cases but one, there were no other owners bidding beyond single digits for the free agents.

The most expensive player at $11 is one who has been on my roster several times this season in Mets infielder Justin Turner. Receiving time at third base in the absence of injured David Wright, Turner hit his only two home runs of the season this weekend at Cleveland.

The only other player fetching more than a dollar was Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez at $4. Seeing time in centerfield and leading off, the 23-year-old switch-hitter had a pair of runs scored and two RBI in five games this past week.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

chris_colabello

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
MWacha, StL 12 (23) Zach Steinhorn 11 Tim Heaney 6 Cory Schwartz
CColabello, Min 9 (11) Nando DiFino 8 Scott Swanay 8 Fred Zinkie 2 Derek Van Riper
2 Tim Heaney
LDuda, NYM 8 Scott Swanay 8 Fred Zinkie 2 Tim Heaney
APresley, Min 7 (8) Scott Swanay 6 Cory Schwartz 2 Derek Van Riper
ENunez, NYY 1 (8) Cory Schwartz 6 Cory Schwartz
BPeacock, Hou 1 (6) Cory Schwartz
CBlackmon, Col 1 (2) Derek Van Riper
JShuck, LAA 1 Derek Van Riper
EJohnson, CWS 1 (21) Al Melchior
LChisenhall, Cle 1 (2) Tim Heaney
CTorres, NYM 0 Fred Zinkie
THelton, Col 0 Fred Zinkie
ACallaspo, Oak 0 Fred Zinkie

UNAWARDED BIDS

JNicasio, Col 13 Zach Steinhorn 8 Zach Steinhorn
WCastillo, ChC 8 Scott Swanay
RSweeney, ChC 8 Scott Swanay
FGutierrez, Sea 8 Scott Swanay
DYoung, TB 8 Scott Swanay
BBarnes, Hou 8 Scott Swanay
TRoark, Was 6 Cory Schwartz
JWilliams, LAA 0 Fred Zinkie

Todd Zola's Commentary

As an outsider, I have found in interesting how the FAAB bidding in the Mixed Draft always seems to be busier than the Mixed Auction, even though both are 15-team leagues with the same 4-man reserve lists. Perhaps it's a reflection on the owners or perhaps it's due to the distribution of injured players and the need to replace them. Another possibility is Tout Wars has a rule designed to keep everyone active until the end, penalizing owners FAAB dollars for the following season if they finish below a set threshold of point. At least this week, perhaps the added activity is due to owners fighting ts stay north of the cut-off.

Hitters dominated the acquisitions this week as the Tout Warriors are looking at scratch out all the points in the counting categories they can. Perhaps they're reluctant to pick up the available (incorrectly) feeling there are no more points to be gained or lost in the pitching ratios.

Justin Morneau's waiver deal opened the door for Chris Colabello to receiver regular at bats. He could provide some pop down the stretch.

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Todd is right on about the FAAB penalty rule being the primary reason behind some of the aggressive biding. At least that was the case for me with my Wacha bid, as I’m desperate for quality pitching since the majority of my starting pitchers are slumping at the same time. Pitching has been the biggest factor in my epic collapse over the past couple of weeks, so maybe a few starts from Wacha will make a positive impact. And besides, it’s not like we can carry over FAAB dollars into next year. If you don’t use them, you lose them!

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

matt-adams

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
MAdams, StL 19 (45) Gene McCaffrey 18 Mike Podhorzer
MWacha, StL 1 (2) Tim McLeod
YPetit, SF 1 (18) Perry Van Hook
BMcCarthy, Ari 0 Tim McLeod

UNAWARDED BIDS

JPaxton, Sea 7 Perry Van Hook
TRoark, Was 0 Tim McLeod
JHellickson, TB 0 Tim McLeod
RErlin, SD 0 Tim McLeod
SFeldman, Bal 0 Tim McLeod

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

The two teams battling for the top spot in this league - Mike Podhorzer and Gene McCaffrey both went to war over the same hope of power from Matt Adams filling in for the Cardinals until Allen Craig is back. Podhorzer bid $18 of his remaining $21 for Adams but McCaffrey was familiarly all in, bidding $45 of his $47 and ultimately landing him for the Vickrey-reduced $19.

I actually made an $18 bid on Yusmeiro Petit - not trying to buy another complete game shutout - just trying to replace Zach Wheeler with a better hurler for the last three weeks. Apparently no one else was interested, so it cost me just one dollar.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 September 2013 15:10
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of September 2 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 02 September 2013 10:44

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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

jason-kubel

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Jason  Kubel, CLE 51 ESPN.com 6 SiriusXM 1 Mastersball 1 KFFL.com
Alex  Presley, MIN 42 RotoWire 41 ESPN.com 6 SiriusXM 4 Mastersball
1 KFFL.com
Kurt  Suzuki, OAK 7 SiriusXM 6 Colton & Wolf 2 USA TODAY Sports
Paul  Clemens, HOU 3 Colton & Wolf
Luis  Jimenez, LAA 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 KFFL.com
Bruce  Rondon, DET 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Matt  Tuiasosopo, DET 1 Mastersball
Ryan  Goins, TOR 1 KFFL.com
Daric  Barton, OAK 1 Fangraphs 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 KFFL.com

UNAWARDED BIDS

Austin  Romine, NYY 3 SiriusXM
Jerome  Williams, LAA 2 Colton & Wolf 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Kevin  Correia, MIN 2 Colton & Wolf 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Danny  Valencia, BAL 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
David  Huff, NYY 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Liam  Hendriks, MIN 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Travis  Blackley, TEX 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Colton & Wolf
Carlos  Torres, NYM 1 Colton & Wolf
Carter  Capps, SEA 1 Colton & Wolf
Eury  De La Rosa, ARI 1 Colton & Wolf
Greg  Reynolds, CIN 1 Colton & Wolf

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

I had saved what precious little FAAB - ten dollars - I had left so that I might be able to find a player or two called up after rosters expanded in September who would help my team gain a few points to finish in the upper half of the AL LABR league. With several small trades beating the MLB waiver deadline there were several interesting outfielders available for bidding on Sunday evening so I tried to get new Twins fly chaser Alex Presley for four dollars, adding one dollar bids for Jason Kubel and Matt Tuiasosopo.

Lo and behold those who had large FAAB purses awoke and Kubel went for $51 to ESPN's Tristan Cockcroft whlle Chris Liss of Rotowire landed Presley for $42. My consolation prize was Tuiasosopo who would take the spot of Wilkin Ramirez who headed back to the DL. Meanwhile in a trade with Larry Schechter I obtained young Blue Jay Moises Sierra and Oriole closer Jim Johnson for Daniel Nava and Joakim Soria. Hopefully my $9 of FAAB can add an extra piece next week.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

justin_morneau

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Justin  Morneau, PIT 62 Sandlot Shrink 57 Mastersball 55 Sandlot Shrink 40 USA TODAY Sports
30 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 17 DerekCarty.com 12 Colton & Wolf
7 ESPN - Ravitz
Matthew  den Dekker, NYM 18 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 6 ESPN - Karabell
Yusmeiro  Petit, SF 8 RotoWire 1 Colton & Wolf
Juan  Nicasio, COL 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 RotoWire 3 DerekCarty.com 2 Colton & Wolf
Adam  Ottavino, COL 1 DerekCarty.com
Elliot  Johnson, ATL 1 Colton & Wolf
Ronny  Cedeno, SD 1 Colton & Wolf

UNAWARDED BIDS

Reymond  Fuentes, SD 5 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Carlos  Torres, NYM 3 RotoWire
Felix  Pie, PIT 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Chad  Qualls, MIA 1 DerekCarty.com
Burke  Badenhop, MIL 1 DerekCarty.com

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Hindsight is so beautiful.

In my aggressiveness to grab Xavier Paul last week for $35 (I had $92 in FAAB) with a dominating bid, I aced myself out of a chance for Justin Morneau this week.

That honor went to Steve Moyer who spent $62 for the new Pirate, acing my bid of $57—and subsequent tries of $55, $40, $30, $17, $12, and $7) out.

I am not sure just how Morneau will do, but he surely is a better gamble that Paul was.

Also anxious to spend FAAB, Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs gambled $18 on Mets Matt den Dekker, easily outdistancing the $6 failed bid for the outfielder.

Pitchers Yusmeiro Petit ($8 to Jeff Erickson and Rotowire, with a failed $1 bid) and Juan Nicasio ($4 to Greg and Shawn’s NFBC/STATS team, over bids of $2 and $3) were the other interesting gambles this week.

As for me, I am still living in hindsight, though somehow I doubt either Morneau or Paul will make a difference to my team at this point.

MIXED LEAGUE

danny_duffy

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Danny  Duffy, KC 4 MLB.com 1 Mastersball
Alex  Presley, MIN 3 Fangraphs
Alberto Jose  Callaspo, OAK 1 MLB.com
Hank  Conger, LAA 1 Baseball HQ
Taijuan  Walker, SEA 1 Fangraphs
Yusmeiro  Petit, SF 1 Mastersball 1 USA TODAY Sports

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jose  Iglesias, DET 1 MLB.com
Pedro  Florimon, MIN 1 MLB.com
Angel  Pagan, SF 1 Fangraphs
Chris  Colabello, MIN 1 Fangraphs
Cody  Asche, PHI 1 Fangraphs
Matthew  den Dekker, NYM 1 Fangraphs
Reymond  Fuentes, SD 1 Fangraphs

Todd Zola's Commentary

The flurry of September call-ups and late waiver trades may have added some intrigue to the single league formats, but Mixed LABR was devoid of that mystery. Half of the six purchases were starting pitchers which speaks towards the mantra of there always being pitching available - though the quality is often suspect. This week's potpourri consists of a talented hurler returning from injury in Duffy to the shiny new prospect toy in Walker to the journeyman filling in late season after a rash of injuries in Petit.

I spent my last FAAB dollar on Petit in hopes of his continuing his recent strikeout dominace, secure in that he will work some games in AT&T so his peripherals shouldn't be too bad.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 September 2013 15:09
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of September 2 PDF Print E-mail
MASTERSBLOG
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Monday, 02 September 2013 01:02

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Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well as the runner-up bids. There are four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. The Mixed leagues use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

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

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE

alex_presley

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
JKubel, Cle 24 (47) Joe Sheehan 47 Ron Shandler 41 Matthew Berry 23 Rob Leibowitz
APresley, Min 13 (56) Ron Shandler 12 Wolf/Colton
DBarton, Oak 5 (41) Matthew Berry 4 Wolf/Colton
CCapps, Sea 1 (2) Ron Shandler
YVentura, KC 1 Ron Shandler
MSierra, Tor 1 (6) Rob Leibowitz
NFeliz, Tex 1 (3) Rob Leibowitz
PClemens, Hou 1 (3) Joe Sheehan
MZunino, Sea 0 Wolf/Colton
LHendriks, Min 0 Wolf/Colton

UNAWARDED BIDS

AAlmonte, Sea 47 Ron Shandler 41 Matthew Berry 0 Rob Leibowitz
DYoung, TB 47 Ron Shandler
LGarcia, CWS 3 Joe Sheehan
QBerry, Bos 12 Ron Shandler
BDuensing, Min 1 Ron Shandler
MLindstrom, CWS 1 Ron Shandler
NCotts, Tex 1 Ron Shandler
RRoss, Tex 1 Ron Shandler
ERogers, Tor 0 Wolf/Colton

 Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Slim pickings in the AL even with roster expansion. With a disappointing Josh Reddick disabled I pursued the equally disappointing Jason Kubel. Kubel will play only part time for the Indians but still has pop and patience. Best option available.

The return of Neftali Feliz is most notable to keeper leaguers but figured I'd bid just in case a freak occurrence places the former closer back in that role.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

justin_morneau

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
JMorneau, Pit 82 Phil Hertz 82 Tristan H. Cockcroft 58 Steve Gardner 42 Brian Walton
28 Derek Carty 20 Mike Gianella 4 Chris Liss
RErlin, SD 1 (6) Derek Carty 16 Todd Zola
YTorrealba, Col 0 Peter Kreutzer
DThayer, SD 1 Peter Kreutzer 2 Derek Carty
BKintzler, Mil 1 (5) Tristan H. Cockcroft 2 Derek Carty 0 Mike Gianella
VBlack, NYM 1 Lenny Melnick
EDeLaRosa, Ari 0 Chris Liss
MDenDekker, NYM 21 Brian Walton 27 Todd Zola 20 Mike Gianella 11 Tristan H. Cockcroft
RFuentes, SD 9 (42) Todd Zola 11 Brian Walton 8 Tristan H. Cockcroft 6 Lenny Melnick
0 Derek Carty
CTorres, NYM 6 (16) Todd Zola 5 Tristan H. Cockcroft
KSiegrist, StL 6 (8) Steve Gardner 5 Tristan H. Cockcroft 5 Phil Hertz 0 Mike Gianella
JHowell, LAD 0 Mike Gianella
RBelisario, LAD 0 Phil Hertz

UNAWARDED BIDS

CWithrow, LAD 4 Steve Gardner
SDowns, Atl 3 Steve Gardner
WHarris, Ari 3 Steve Gardner
BFlynn, Mia 2 Derek Carty
ARecker, NYM 0 Derek Carty
CMiller, Cin 0 Derek Carty
JLopez, SF 0 Derek Carty

Brian Walton's Commentary

The waiver wire trade of Justin Morneau from Minnesota to Pittsburgh might be the last chance for the many National League Tout Warriors with considerable FAAB to spend it. Specifically, four owners had more than $60 remaining with another three (including me) with more than $40 in the bank. Not surprisingly, the winner was the man with the most cash, as Phil Hertz spent $82 of his $91 to secure the services of the newest Pirate.

Perhaps I was swayed a bit by his home run Sunday night, as I bid $21 for the Mets' Matt den Dekker despite his playing time in center not being clear cut. It took every dime to top the $20 offer of Mike Gianella. With time rapidly running out on the 2013 season, spending half my remaining cash did not bother me.

Another just-called up centerfielder with stolen base potential and a potential path to September playing time is Reymond Fuentes of San Diego. Knowing he is a former Red Sox prospect may help explain why our own Lord Zola was willing to drop $42 to roster Fuentes. Because other bids were canceled out, Todd got a veritable bargain at just $9.

Todd Zola's Bonus Commentary

I thought I'd chime in with a little explanation of my bids this week. Morneau was obviously the big catch, but I need steals more than I need power so my cross-hairs were on Fuentes since I expect that he'll run more than the other available options, most notably den Dekker. But I also selfishly wanted Carlos Torres, who I favor a bit more Erlin so my mission was to come up with an amount for each so that I could get both.

Unbeknownst to my league-mates, I was sitting on $20 worth of FAAB rebates (Tout Wars allows the release of players on the DL with a FAAB rebate commensurate with their auction price, which after the All-Star break is reduced to half the salary). The major point is I wasn't afraid to go all-in this week, knowing I had ample FAAB being added to my account next week to get through the final three weeks.

I ultimately settled on splitting my available $58 by bidding $42 on Fuentes and $16 on Torres because the theme of NL Tout Wars is everyone needs hitting so I figured there would be more action for Fuentes. The thing is, I also need to make up some lost pitching points so getting just Fuentes was not going to give me what I needed to get back in with the lead pack. I looked at what starting pitching has gone for in FAAB and added a couple of buffer bucks.

As it turns out, the countless combinations I entered were moot as the competition for Fuentes and Torres was light so I'll have the second most FAAB next week after Vickrey reduced my bids - oh boy.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

angel_pagan

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
APagan, SF 13 (28) Cory Schwartz 12 Nicholas Minnix 7 Seth Trachtman 1 Derek Van Riper
YPetit, SF 1 (6) Cory Schwartz 2 Ray Flowers
WPeralta, Mil 7 (8) Al Melchior 6 Cory Schwartz
HConger, LAA 1 (3) Ray Flowers 9 Patrick Davitt 0 Nando DiFino
NHundley, SD 0 Nando DiFino 9 Patrick Davitt 2 Ray Flowers
MBuehrle, Tor 1 (6) Ray Flowers
DDuffy, KC 7 (8) Fred Zinkie 6 Nicholas Minnix 6 Ray Flowers
TThornburg, Mil 1 (2) Ray Flowers
BRondon, Det 2 (6) Nicholas Minnix 1 Nando DiFino
GKottaras, KC 1 (9) Patrick Davitt
JRuggiano, Mia 3 (12) Paul Singman 2 Fred Zinkie
NCastellanos, Det 1 (3) Nicholas Minnix 4 Paul Singman
ADirks, Det 1 (21) Paul Singman
HAlvarez, Mia 1 (5) Fred Zinkie

UNAWARDED BIDS

DRoss, Bos 9 Patrick Davitt
BBogusevic, ChC 5 Paul Singman
JGuthrie, KC 5 Fred Zinkie
CHerrmann, Min 3 Paul Singman
JArrieta, ChC 3 Nicholas Minnix
MWacha, StL 3 Nicholas Minnix
CRusin, ChC 2 Ray Flowers
JLobaton, TB 2 Ray Flowers
TRedmond, Tor 2 Ray Flowers
BHamilton, Cin 1 Nicholas Minnix

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Angel Pagan is back! And, since he was released right before the All-Star break in exchange for the full FAAB redemption, the veteran outfielder was there for the taking. In his first game action since late-May, Pagan went 2-for-7 over the weekend with two walks, two runs scored and a stolen base. He did get a day off on Sunday, and this could become a trend down the stretch, but the 32-year-old should play enough to make a positive contribution to Cory Schwartz’s squad. And in September, a positive contribution is really all you can ask from a waiver wire pickup.

A pair of young hurlers, Wily Peralta and Danny Duffy, each received $8 bids but were purchased for seven bucks. After getting hammered by the Reds on August 18th, Peralta seems to have righted the ship, with a combined four earned runs allowed over his last two starts, spanning 11 innings. Duffy, meanwhile, has been lights out in two starts since his latest recall from the Minors, tossing 12 2/3 scoreless innings with a 0.71 WHIP and ten strikeouts. With a two-start week on tap (vs. SEA, vs. DET), he could prove to be a solid addition to Fred Zinkie’s roster, though personally, I was scared off by the vs. DET matchup. Coming off a terrible pitching week, I simply cannot afford many more disaster outings.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

danny_duffy

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
DDuffy, KC 4 (11) Perry Van Hook 3 Scott Engel 1 Tim McLeod 1 Eno Sarris
NEovaldi, Mia 3 (5) Ray Guilfoyle 2 Scott Engel 0 Tim McLeod
JMercer, Pit 1 Tim McLeod
RVogelsong, SF 1 Tim McLeod
ACallaspo, Oak 1 (2) Scott Engel 1 Eno Sarris
CTorres, NYM 1 (4) Perry Van Hook 1 Eno Sarris
GGermen, NYM 1 Eno Sarris
BRoberts, Bal 1 Eno Sarris
YGomes, Cle 1 (39) Gene McCaffrey
JSchafer, Atl 1 (12) Mike Podhorzer
CCapuano, LAD 0 Tim McLeod

UNAWARDED BIDS

JMaxwell, KC 39 Gene McCaffrey
APresley, Min 12 Mike Podhorzer
MDenDekker, NYM 12 Mike Podhorzer
RFuentes, SD 12 Mike Podhorzer
CColabello, Min 12 Mike Podhorzer
TWalker, Sea 9 Perry Van Hook
YPetit, SF 2 Perry Van Hook 0 Tim McLeod
THelton, Col 9 Gene McCaffrey
ErChavez, Ari 1 Scott Engel
SFeldman, Bal 0 Tim McLeod
TRoark, Was 0 Tim McLeod
BMcCarthy, Ari 0 Tim McLeod

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

I thought the group of young pitchers who arrived late last week would garner the most free agent attention as mixed leagues generally have rostered players that are of more interest in Only leagues. However a need to improve at catcher must have necessitated new league leader Gene McCaffrey (Wiseguy Baseball) to bid $39 of his remaining $48 to land Cleveland's Yan Gomes. Fortunately for Gene this cost only one dollar as there were no other bids. With great needs for some new hurlers - Sam DeDuno having headed for the infirmary and Miquel Gonzalez wishing he was there, I bid $11 on Danny Duffy of the Royals with a $9 underbid on Seattle's Taijuan Walker. Part of my reasoning for valuing Duffy more was his two start week but also because it isn't clear how many September starts the Mariners will give their top young pitcher while Duffy should be in the Roayls rotation for the balance of the year. Vickrey adjusted my bid down to four dollars on Duffy while I was very surprised there were no other bids on Walker.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 September 2013 10:00
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of August 26 PDF Print E-mail
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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

david_dejesus

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
David DeJesus, TB 6 Colton & Wolf David DeJesus, TB 3 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Chris Herrmann, MIN 4 SiriusXM David DeJesus, TB
Kevin Pillar, TOR 2 Yahoo! Sports 2 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Moises Sierra, TOR 2 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Ryan Flaherty, BAL 1 Baseball HQ 1 KFFL.com 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball

UNAWARDED BIDS

Austin Romine, NYY 3 SiriusXM
Jake Elmore, HOU 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Matt Tuiasosopo, DET 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Ramon Santiago, DET 1 Baseball HQ

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

With only $10 left to spend I passed on David DeJesus and am insttead hoping for a September call-up to provide a late boost.

Curious that not a single bid was made on a pitcher. 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

xavier_paul

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Xavier Paul, CIN 35 Mastersball
Daisuke Matsuzaka, NYM 5 RotoWire
Tanner Roark, WSH 4 Sandlot Shrink
Kevin Siegrist, STL 3 Sandlot Shrink
Gonzalez Germen, NYM 3 Sandlot Shrink 1 DerekCarty.com
Chaz Roe, ARI 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Chad Bettis, COL 3 DerekCarty.com
Tony Watson, PIT 2 Sandlot Shrink

UNAWARDED BIDS

Andrew Lambo, PIT 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Adam Ottavino, COL 1 DerekCarty.com
Chad Qualls, MIA 1 DerekCarty.com
Burke Badenhop, MIL 1 DerekCarty.com

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

With an abundance of FAAB money, and no one to spend on (Is anyone humming Meat Loaf’s “All Revved up With Nowhere to Go” in their heads) I dropped $35 on Xavier Paul, hoping to glean a little late power and offense from the spots opened when Andres Torres and Carlos Quentin went out injured (add in Tony Cingrani, and the week and season look pretty bleak).

I was surprised I had no challenges for Paul, however, the only failed bid this week was $1 on Kevin Siegrist, the St. Louis reliever who was rostered by the Sandlot Shrink squad for $3.

The Shrink team also nabbed Gonzalez German ($3) and Tony Watson ($2), along with Tanner Roark ($4) as we scramble last minute to fill holes and pray for production.

Jeff Erickson did nab Daisuke Matsuzaka for $5, by the way, adding potentially another set of teams where he can disappoint.

MIXED LEAGUE

andre_rienzo

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Andre Rienzo, CWS 5 Razzball 1 Sports Grumblings
Avisail Garcia, CWS 2 Sports Grumblings
Luke Hochevar, KC 1 USA TODAY Sports
Donnie Murphy, CHC 1 Sports Grumblings 1 Fangraphs
Kurt Suzuki, OAK 1 KFFL.com
Andrew Lambo, PIT 1 Fangraphs

UNAWARDED BIDS

Brett Oberholtzer, HOU 1 Sports Grumblings
Chia-Jen Lo, HOU 1 Sports Grumblings
Chris Herrmann, MIN 1 KFFL.com
Cody Allen, CLE 1 USA TODAY Sports
Gregor Blanco, SF 1 Fangraphs
Hank Conger, LAA 1 KFFL.com
John Mayberry, PHI 1 Fangraphs
Josh Fields, HOU 1 Sports Grumblings
Josh Fields, HOU 1 Sports Grumblings
Kelvin Herrera, KC 1 USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Pillar, TOR 1 Fangraphs
Tim Stauffer, SD 1 Razzball

Todd Zola's Commentary

Grumble, grumble. Why oh why did I exhaust all my FAAB? It's not like there are studs available, but the leaders have come back to the pack and they're now close enough that if I had consistent production at every spot, dealing Clayton Kershaw for a stick and back-filling with weekly fliers like Brett Oberholtzer (I like his 2-start week) could have given me a chance.

Grumble grumble.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 August 2013 14:00
 
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