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LABR FAAB Report: Week of April 14 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 14 April 2014 08:29

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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

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SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Ricky Nolasco, MIN 23 Fangraphs 23 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 RotoWire 1
Anthony Bass, HOU 21 Fangraphs 21 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 Mastersball 1
Shawn Kelley, NYY 9 ESPN.com 9 Fangraphs 11 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5
Winning Fantasy Baseball 3 USA TODAY Sports 1 Mastersball 1
Jordan Danks, CWS 6 Mastersball 6 Winning Fantasy Baseball 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1
RotoWire 1
Ryan Goins, TOR 5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5 Winning Fantasy Baseball 4
Ryan Roberts, BOS 5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Kevin Kouzmanoff, TEX 5 Winning Fantasy Baseball 5 Colton & The Wolfman 3 USA TODAY Sports 2
Cesar Ramos, TB 4 Mastersball 4
Dellin Betances, NYY 3 RotoWire 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 ESPN.com 1
Mastersball 1
Ian Stewart, LAA 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Adam Warren, NYY 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Robinson Chirinos, TEX 1 SiriusXM 1
Zach Britton, BAL 1 USA TODAY Sports 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Chris Herrmann, MIN Mastersball 1 SiriusXM 1
Tyler Collins, DET Mastersball 1 RotoWire 1
Aaron Crow, KC Mastersball 1
Carlos Corporan, HOU SiriusXM 1
Cesar Cabral, NYY Mastersball 1
Dan Otero, OAK Mastersball 1
Darin Mastroianni, MIN RotoWire 1
Don Kelly, DET Mastersball 1
Erik Kratz, TOR SiriusXM 1
Gorkys Hernandez, CWS Mastersball 1
Ian Krol, DET RotoWire 1
Jason Frasor, TEX Mastersball 1
Wade Davis, KC Fangraphs 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Tough week as I lost both David Robertson and Avisail Garcia to the DL. Can’t replace the production but I needed an OF and a P. The best hope for the outfield slot is the recently recalled White Sox flychaser Jordan Danks. Danks had terrific spring training and if that counted should have had him starting instead of heading to AAA Charlotte to start the season. But with Garcia gone for the season with shoulder surgery Danks was called up. Hopefully for him and me, Dayan Viciedo has been terrible – well he can still hit LHP – so Danks should find some at bats. He just needs to hit to keep him in both lineups. I did back that $6 bid up with a series of one dollar bids – an overpay for some listed.

On the pitching side the only possibility was Cesar Ramos of the Rays and I chose to hope for another try based on his great first inning. I was only willing to risk $4 though as there were several good reliever choices to vie for my one dollar underbids.

I got both my players while the most money was spent by Eno Sarris of Fangraphs who tried to fix his pitching staff with Anthony Bass ($21) and Ricky Nolasco ($23) – too bad for him this wasn’t Vickrey bidding as he would have saved thirty plus dollars.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

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SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jonathan Broxton, CIN 13 Baseball HQ 13 RotoExperts 16
Hector Rondon, CHC 6 Sandlot Shrink 6 Colton & The Wolfman 6 Fantasy Insiders 5
Baseball HQ 4 RotoWire - DVR 2 Inside Edge 1
Kyle Farnsworth, NYM 5 Fantasy Insiders 5 Baseball HQ 1
Alfredo Simon, CIN 4 Baseball HQ 4 Sandlot Shrink 4 Fantasy Insiders 1
Tim Federowicz, LAD 3 Baseball HQ 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Steven Souza, WSH 3 Colton & The Wolfman 3
Freddy Galvis, PHI 3 ESPN - Karabell 3
Justin Grimm, CHC 2 RotoWire - DVR 2
Xavier Nady, SD 2 Sandlot Shrink 2
Gonzalez Germen, NYM 1 Baseball HQ 1
Adam Ottavino, COL 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Tony Watson, PIT Baseball HQ 1
Jean Machi, SF Baseball HQ 1
Tony Watson, PIT Baseball HQ 1
Jean Machi, SF Baseball HQ 1
Tony Watson, PIT Colton & The Wolfman 1
Craig Stammen, WSH Colton & The Wolfman 1
Gonzalez Germen, NYM Colton & The Wolfman 1
Jeff Locke, PIT RotoExperts 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

In the LABR scramble for saves and backstops, Jonathan Broxton, copped by Doug Dennis of BBHQ led the way with this week's financial transactions. Doug shelled out $13 for the heavyweight, once described by Bay Area OS Michael Duca as "resembling the box your refrigerator was delivered in."

Then with the injury to A.J. Ellis, the Dodgers Tim Federowicz also went to Doug, who jettisoned Wil Nieves, after a week with the team in order to make room for his new backstop.

Derek Carty and the Fantasy Insiders, also looking for conversions, took a crapshoot on Kyle Farnsworth (perfect as 4/14 happens to be Farnsworth’s birthday) for $5, beating out a $1 bid.

A couple of grasps at starting arms were Doug also shelling out $4 for Alfredo Simon, unchallenged, while Derek Van Riper of Rotowire hopes the $2 he spend on ex-Ranger Justin Grimm proves to be worth something.

Finally, also of note was ESPN’s Eric Karabell grabbing Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis, while the Sandlot Shrink’s Bob Radomski bagged Xavier Nady for a couple of bucks.

Tough times when the reserve pool is as iffy as our economy.

MIXED LEAGUE

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SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Brandon Morrow, TOR 17 DFSEdge 17 Fangraphs 8 Baseball HQ 5
USA TODAY Sports 2 Rotowire-Colton 1
Jonathan Broxton, CIN 17 RotoExperts 17 Fangraphs 6 KFFL.com 4
Sean Doolittle, OAK 14 Bloomberg Sports 14 Mastersball 3 KFFL.com 2
Rotowire-Colton 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Edward Mujica, BOS 13 RotoExperts 13 Bloomberg Sports 8 KFFL.com 3
Mastersball 2 USA TODAY Sports 1
Edinson Volquez, PIT 8 KFFL.com 8 USA TODAY Sports 2
Scott Feldman, HOU 7 DFSEdge 7 USA TODAY Sports 4 Rotowire-Colton 1
Shawn Kelley, NYY 7 Mastersball 7 Baseball Prospectus 5 Bloomberg Sports 4
KFFL.com 4 Rotowire-Colton 3 Fangraphs 3
USA TODAY Sports 1
Conor Gillaspie, CWS 6 Towers of Power 6 RotoExperts 2 Mastersball 1
Rotowire-Erickson 1
Zach McAllister, CLE 5 Baseball Prospectus 5 Towers of Power 4 Mastersball 2
Rotowire-Colton 1
Josh Collmenter, ARI 4 Baseball HQ 4
Hector Rondon, CHC 4 KFFL.com 4 Rotowire-Colton 1
Alberto Jose Callaspo, OAK 2 Towers of Power 2 Rotowire-Erickson 1
J.B. Shuck, LAA 1 Baseball HQ 1
Bruce Chen, KC 1 Baseball Prospectus 1
Garrett Jones, MIA 1 Mastersball 1 Razzball 1
Travis Snider, PIT 1 Razzball 1 Baseball HQ 1 Mastersball 1
Rotowire-Erickson 1
Luke Gregerson, OAK 1 Rotowire-Colton 1 RotoExperts 5 Mastersball 3
KFFL.com 2 USA TODAY Sports 1
Juan Uribe, LAD 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1 Bloomberg Sports 1 Mastersball 1
Jose Lobaton, WSH 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Roenis Elias, SEA 1 USA TODAY Sports 1 USA TODAY Sports 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Danny Espinosa, WSH RotoExperts 2 Mastersball 1
Ryan Cook, OAK KFFL.com 2
Anthony Bass, HOU Bloomberg Sports 2
Juan Lagares, NYM Rotowire-Erickson 1 Mastersball 1
Alex Presley, HOU Mastersball 1 Baseball HQ 1
Adam Ottavino, COL Baseball Prospectus 1
Jeremy Guthrie, KC Baseball Prospectus 1
Kyle Gibson, MIN Baseball Prospectus 1
Tony Watson, PIT Baseball Prospectus 1
Tyler Thornburg, MIL Baseball Prospectus 1
Al Alburquerque, DET KFFL.com 1
Carlos E. Martinez, STL KFFL.com 1
Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA Mastersball 1
Brandon Crawford, SF Mastersball 1
Kevin Frandsen, WSH Mastersball 1
Kevin Kouzmanoff, TEX Mastersball 1
Steve Lombardozzi, BAL Mastersball 1
Donnie Murphy, TEX Rotowire-Erickson 1
Kevin Kouzmanoff, TEX Rotowire-Erickson 1
Luis Valbuena, CHC Rotowire-Erickson 1
Mike Aviles, CLE Rotowire-Erickson 1
Nyjer Morgan, CLE Rotowire-Erickson 1
Ryan Raburn, CLE Rotowire-Erickson 1
Juan Nicasio, COL USA TODAY Sports 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

What changed? I always wonder that around this time of year. It was just a couple of weeks ago the pungent aroma emanating from some players was so strong we laughed at the mere possibility of picking them for our fantasy baseball teams. Brandon Morrow? Too risky. Scott Feldman? He's terrible. Edinson Volquez? Really, I mean REALLY?!?!

Has our sense of smell been desensitized? Is that it? Is it all relative? There's been matriculation and this is the best of what's left?

Or do we really feel Feldman and Volquez are new guys? We preach not to panic over slow starts, why do we seemingly ignore fast ones? Or again, is it more desparation or grasping at the potential? Remember when your Little League coach said you can't hit it if you don't swing? Maybe this is just the equivalent of swinging real hard - in case we indeed make contact.

I can't speak for my competitors. I'm sure there's a plethora of reason why last week's crap is this week's catch. My team has been decimated with injuries (Jose Reyes, Doug Fister, Kris Medlen, Aroldis Chapman, David Robertson, Avisail Garcia, Wilson Ramos, Will Middlebrooks) and I'm even sweating out the news on Dustin Pedroia. But even with all the woes, if it sucked a month ago it still sucks today so I am taking the band-aid approach then will think of each returning player as a FAAB acquisition. I don't feel the sennd of urgency just yet to go the high-risk-high-reward route. My opponents will all suffer injuries. If there is any silver lining to my M*A*S*H unit it's the early season replacements are much better than those available later. While others are acquiring crap from free agency, my injured players will be returning so hopefully I can make up the ground I am now losing.

My pick-ups this week were Shawn Kelley (he was worth more to me than everyone else. even for a week or two since I have Robertson) and the boring but reliable Garrett Jones.

With the injury to Pedroia, the regret I have this week was not making a stronger play for Danny Espinosa who should be seeing regular run with Ryan Zimmerman on the shelf for more than a month.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 16:46
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of April 14 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 14 April 2014 00:13

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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.

kelley

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

SKelley, NYY 10 Jeff Erickson 10 Rob Leibowitz 9 Andy Behrens 8
Ron Shandler 8 Larry Schechter 7 Mike Podhorzer 4
Steve Moyer 0
KKouzmanoff, Tex 10 Mike Podhorzer 12 Andy Behrens 9 Andy Behrens 5
RRoberts, Bos 8 Mike Podhorzer 8 Rob Leibowitz 8
EBedard, TB 5 Mike Podhorzer 10 Chris Liss 4
SDeduno, Min 1 Ron Shandler 2 Lawr Michaels 0
RChirinos, Tex 1 Rob Leibowitz 3
DOtero, Oak 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
JSmith, LAA 1 Larry Schechter 1
NKarns, TB 1 Jason Collette 1
IStewart, LAA 1 Chris Liss 1
IKrol, Det 1 Chris Liss 1 Jeff Erickson 0
JorDanks, CWS 1 Andy Behrens 8 Mike Podhorzer 6 Steve Moyer 0
DMastroianni, Min 0 Steve Moyer 0
TWilhelmsen, Sea 0 Rob Leibowitz 0
SDelabar, Tor 0 Lawr Michaels 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

TCollins, Det Mike Podhorzer 3 Steve Moyer 0 Rob Leibowitz 0
ERomero, TB Jason Collette 1
ACrow, KC Lawr Michaels 0
BCecil, Tor Rob Leibowitz 0
BShaw, Cle Ron Shandler 0
JAdduci, Tex Steve Moyer 0
JStinson, Bal Jason Collette 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

One week in and I am already doing triage, looking for temporary replacements for David Robertson and Josh Willingham, chasing the likes of Shawn Kelley, Ryan Roberts, and Kevin Kouzmanoff. While none of these players are long-term upside plays, the first two on the list do offer some insight.

If you come to the Tout Wars site looking for FAAB bidding ideas, the quest for Shawn Kelley’s services was quite illuminating. Five of the 7 bids for Kelley ranged from $7 to $10. Everyone knows his role is only temporary and likely to last three weeks tops, but it pays to pick up any saves whenever possible. The result – more than $5 bid is necessary to obtain him, so $7 is a logical bid. 2 teams bid $8 knowing 7 is the typical logical bid, and two teams went slightly higher, not wanting to break the bank on a temporary closer, but both knowing others would be involved in the bidding process. So if you want a temporary closer, low double digits may be the way to go, but you have to be willing to swallow that risk and use of FAAB resources on a temporary fill-in.

Last week, Chris Liss and I made a play for Garin Cecchini (Liss winning the bid). Almost immediately following that FAAB period, the Red Sox signed veteran Roberts to a minor league contract, gave him a few minor league games, and then purchased his contract and inserted him into the lineup. This says quite a bit about the Red Sox’s plans for Cecchini who should in time rest the starting 3B job for Will Middlebrooks. As a contending team, the Red Sox prefer to go with someone with MLB experience while at the same time want Cecchini to get more time in the minors, and intend to delay that arbitration clock as long as possible. So even if Roberts does not work out, to expect to see Cecchini up before June given the above factors, seems unlikely.

hrondon

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

HRondon, ChC 9 Mike Gianella 12 Tristan H. Cockcroft 8 Phil Hertz 8
Steve Gardner 6 Derek Carty 5 Brian Walton 2
TFederowicz, LAD 4 Mike Gianella 4 Brian Walton 3 Steve Gardner 0
SSouza, Was 3 Peter Kreutzer 3 Seth Trachtman 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 2
JPettibone, Phi 3 Peter Kreutzer 3 Seth Trachtman 2
KFrandsen, Was 2 Todd Zola 2 Derek Carty 2 Peter Kreutzer 0
GGermen, NYM 2 Phil Hertz 12 Brian Walton 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1
Peter Kreutzer 1
ZWalters, Was 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 9
FGalvis, Phi 1 Phil Hertz Phil Hertz 4
CTorres, NYM 1 Peter Kreutzer 2 Brian Walton 0
JHanrahan, FA 1 Lenny Melnick 2
JNix, Phi 1 Lenny Melnick 4
RDetwiler, Was 1 Gene McCaffrey 3
JLyles, Col 1 Derek Carty 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
RRivera, SD 1 Brian Walton 1
SMarshall, Cin 1 Brian Walton 1
TCruz, StL 0 Steve Gardner 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

TGwynn, Phi Todd Zola 2 Peter Kreutzer 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
JAffeldt, SF Gene McCaffrey 2
JThatcher, Ari Gene McCaffrey 1
JBaker, ChC Brian Walton 0 Steve Gardner 0
DButera, LAD Brian Walton 0
TWatson, Pit Brian Walton 0
CBarmes, Pit Lenny Melnick 0
EAdrianza, SF Lenny Melnick 0
ATorres, SD Mike Gianella 0
AMBrown, NYM Peter Kreutzer 0
JBianchi, Mil Peter Kreutzer 0
XNady, SD Peter Kreutzer 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

The race to pick up emerging closers dominated National League Tout Wars bidding action this week. Former Rule 5 pick Hector Rondon generated the most interest across the league as the result of Jose Veras being pulled from ninth-inning duty for the Cubs. Baseball Prospectus' Mike Gianella was the winning bidder. Pedro Strop is already owned and is my guess for being first in line for opportunities.

In the Big Apple, Papa Grande is on shaky ground after blowing a Saturday night save via a three-run home run. The man with two last names, unheralded Gonzalez Germen, has looked good in the early going and may get a chance before too long for the Mets. Gonzalez ...er Germen, went to Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ.

Trying to corner the Reds left-handed relief market after my addition of Manny Parra last week, this time I picked up Sean Marshall. The latter is on track to come off the disabled list by the coming weekend.

The top starting pitcher selected was the Phillies' Jonathan Pettibone, joining the roster of Rotoman, aka Peter Kreutzer. Pettibone, squeezed out of a rotation spot initially this spring, yielded two runs, one earned, in his first start of five innings duration on Saturday night.

On the offensive side of the ledger, Denard Span's concussion opened up playing time for call-up Steven Souza in Washington's outfield. Kreutzer made this star-spangled addition as well.

I lost catcher A.J. Ellis to injury, but was outbid for his apparent replacement Tim Federowicz. I chose to limit my bid to $3 based on Tim's 1-for-15 start with seven strikeouts. Once again, Gianella won the battle, but will he win the war?

edmujica

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

EMujica, Bos 19 Al Melchior 21 Derek Van Riper 18 Scott Swanay 13
Zach Steinhorn 8 Scott Swanay 8 Ray Guilfoyle 7
David Gonos 6 Cory Schwartz 6
SKelley, NYY 16 Zach Steinhorn 32 Ray Guilfoyle 15 Tim Heaney 11
David Gonos 11 Eric Mack 10 Cory Schwartz 9
Scott Swanay 4 Ray Flowers 4 Derek Van Riper 4
SDoolittle, Oak 16 Scott Pianowski 26 Cory Schwartz 15 Scott Swanay 10
EVolquez, Pit 8 Tim Heaney 13 Scott Swanay 7 Ray Flowers 5
Zach Steinhorn 4
Eric Mack 1
HRondon, ChC 8 Cory Schwartz 12 Scott Pianowski 13 Tim Heaney 7
Ray Guilfoyle 5 Ray Flowers 3 Zach Steinhorn 2
Derek Van Riper 2
JCollmenter, Ari 6 Al Melchior 18 Cory Schwartz 5
JSchoop, Bal 4 Tim Heaney 6 Eric Mack 3
MLeake, Cin 3 Scott Swanay 6 Ray Flowers 3 Patrick Davitt 2
Ray Guilfoyle 1 Eric Mack 0
CWithrow, LAD 3 Scott Pianowski 13 Paul Singman 2
KFarnsworth, NYM 1 Zach Steinhorn 1
CLewis, Tex 1 Zach Steinhorn 13
RLudwick, Cin 1 Zach Steinhorn 6 Tim Heaney 1
RCook, Oak 1 Tim Heaney 3
ACallaspo, Oak 1 Scott Swanay 5 Patrick Davitt 0 Tim Heaney 0
CGillaspie, CWS 1 Scott Pianowski 9 Scott Swanay 2
JNicasio, Col 1 Ray Guilfoyle 1 Tim Heaney 0
AOgando, Tex 1 Ray Guilfoyle 5
GGermen, NYM 1 Ray Flowers 4
ASimon, Cin 1 Paul Singman 3 Ray Flowers 1
JLagares, NYM 1 Paul Singman 3
JUribe, LAD 1 Patrick Davitt 3 Scott Pianowski 6
FDoubront, Bos 1 Patrick Davitt 2
TSnider, Pit 1 Nando DiFino 7 Scott Pianowski 4 Eric Mack 0
DDietrich, Mia 1 Eric Mack 1
MOlt, ChC 1 Eric Mack 3
ABass, Hou 1 Derek Van Riper 2
CYoung, Sea 1 Al Melchior 11
DLough, Bal 1 Al Melchior 1
MCleto, CWS 0 Paul Singman 0
ZMcAllister, Cle 0 Cory Schwartz 0 Ray Flowers 2 Derek Van Riper 2
Ray Guilfoyle 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

YSolarte, NYY Al Melchior 5 Scott Pianowski 3 Eric Mack 2 Scott Swanay 1
AAlburquerque, Det Ray Guilfoyle 5
SGennett, Mil Nando DiFino 4 Scott Swanay 1
SFeldman, Hou Ray Flowers 3 Ray Guilfoyle 1
MParra, Cin Tim Heaney 3
JBeckett, LAD Tim Heaney 3 Derek Van Riper 2 Ray Flowers 2 Cory Schwartz 0
BArroyo, Ari Ray Flowers 3
JKelly, StL Ray Flowers 2 Ray Guilfoyle 1 Patrick Davitt 0
JGuzman, Hou Tim Heaney 2
JGrimm, ChC Derek Van Riper 2
ESogard, Oak Scott Swanay 2 Eric Mack 0
DMurphy, Cle Tim Heaney 2
MGonzalez, Bal Derek Van Riper 1
KSiegrist, StL Ray Flowers 1
JTazawa, Bos Ray Flowers 1
EStults, SD Ray Flowers 1 Derek Van Riper 1 Patrick Davitt 0
DMcGowan, Tor Derek Van Riper 1
BCrawford, SF Scott Swanay 1 Tim Heaney 0
RHernandez, Phi Ray Flowers 1
TCahill, Ari Cory Schwartz 0
MIzturis, Tor Patrick Davitt 0
MChoice, Tex Paul Singman 0
LChisenhall, Cle Patrick Davitt 0
KCorreia, Min Patrick Davitt 0
JShuck, LAA Paul Singman 0
JDanks, CWS Cory Schwartz 0
DDeJesus, TB Paul Singman 0
BRoberts, NYY Eric Mack 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

It sure does seem like the early-season bids in this league are a lot more aggressive than they were last year. Maybe it’s the quality of the free agent pool or maybe it’s just that owners are using the Vickrey system to make sure that they get their guy.

In the case of Shawn Kelley, that’s exactly what I did when I decided to place a $32 bid on the temporary Yankees’ closer, thinking that I could probably win him for no more than $10. I was not at all expecting to pay $16 for him, but being that I’m a David Robertson owner, I’m fine with it. Robertson is expected to return from the DL next Tuesday, as soon as he is eligible, so I might not get anything close to $16 worth of production, but you never know. Why not play it safe?

Koji Uehara’s shoulder injury is not considered serious but if he were to need a DL stint, Edward Mujica, who saved 37 games for the Cardinals last season, would serve as a more than capable replacement. At first, I was surprised by Mujica’s $19 price tag, but then again, I spent $16 on Kelley, and one could make the argument that as of now, Uehara’s health status is more concerning than Robertson’s. I guess the moral of the story is that if you want to add a free agent temporary closer in Mixed Auction Tout Wars this year, you better be ready to spend.

Kyle Farnsworth could very well be a waste of a dollar, but I figured I’d jump early at a potential saves source before he will cost me a whole lot more. Farnsworth has pitched well so far and he has experience in the closer role. Oh, and the far from dependable Jose Valverde blew a save chance in ugly fashion on Saturday.

I was pleasantly surprised that no one else placed a bid on Colby Lewis. Yeah, he missed the entire 2013 season due to injury, but he was an above average mixed league starting pitcher from 2010-2012 and he offers some strikeout upside. For $1, I’ll give it a shot. As for Ryan Ludwick, he adds outfield depth as my frustration level with Chris Carter grows by the day.

gregerson

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

LGregerson, Oak 14 Eno Sarris 16 Grey Albright 13 Tom Kessenich 11
Nicholas Minnix 3 Perry Van Hook 2 Anthony Perri 2
Adam Ronis 2
JPinto, Min 5 Tim McLeod 8 Adam Ronis 4
SFeldman, Hou 5 Paul Greco 11 Perry Van Hook 4 Scott Engel 2
Anthony Perri 1
EVolquez, Pit 5 Nicholas Minnix 15 Perry Van Hook 4 Greg Ambrosius 3
Adam Ronis 3
YSolarte, NYY 4 Tom Kessenich 9 Nicholas Minnix 3
SDoolittle, Oak 3 Tom Kessenich 11 Eno Sarris 13 Perry Van Hook 2
Anthony Perri 2 Adam Ronis 2 Nicholas Minnix 0
MLeake, Cin 3 Tim McLeod 4 Paul Greco 2 Scott Engel 1
Anthony Perri 1
JKubel, Min 3 Perry Van Hook 6 Anthony Perri 2 Adam Ronis 2
Ray Murphy 1
MReynolds, Mil 3 Tom Kessenich 6 Paul Greco 3 Adam Ronis 2
SKelley, NYY 3 Grey Albright 12 Tom Kessenich 6 Perry Van Hook 2
Adam Ronis 2
EMujica, Bos 3 Adam Ronis 3 Eno Sarris 11 Anthony Perri 5
Perry Van Hook 2
ABass, Hou 2 Grey Albright 3 Eno Sarris 13 Paul Greco 3
Scott Engel 1 Perry Van Hook 1
Scott Engel 1
JShuck, LAA 2 Grey Albright 2 Ray Murphy 1
HRondon, ChC 2 Eno Sarris 16 Tom Kessenich 3 Tim McLeod 3
Adam Ronis 2 Scott Engel 1 Perry Van Hook 1
DViciedo, CWS 2 Anthony Perri 3 Grey Albright 2 Adam Ronis 1
ASimon, Cin 1 Scott Engel 4 Nicholas Minnix 0
APresley, Hou 1 Ray Murphy 1
JCollmenter, Ari 1 Ray Murphy 5
RCook, Oak 1 Nicholas Minnix 6 Tom Kessenich 3
ZMcAllister, Cle 1 Greg Ambrosius 5
RElias, Sea 1 Anthony Perri 2
TSnider, Pit 1 Adam Ronis 1
CTorres, NYM 0 Scott Engel 0
BCrawford, SF 0 Nicholas Minnix 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

CGillaspie, CWS Tom Kessenich 7 Perry Van Hook 4
JUribe, LAD Tom Kessenich 7 Paul Greco 1
DMurphy, Cle Perry Van Hook 5 Tom Kessenich 4
MAviles, Cle Tom Kessenich 4
KFarnsworth, NYM Grey Albright 4
RHanigan, TB Tim McLeod 4
AAlburquerque, Det Tom Kessenich 3 Grey Albright 3
JDanks, CWS Greg Ambrosius 3
JNicasio, Col Greg Ambrosius 3
DOtero, Oak Tom Kessenich 3
KKouzmanoff, Tex Tom Kessenich 3
MOlt, ChC Tom Kessenich 2
NPunto, Oak Tom Kessenich 2
GGermen, NYM Tim McLeod 2 Scott Engel 0
JLobaton, Was Tim McLeod 2
ARamos, Mia Tim McLeod 1
BNorris, Bal Ray Murphy 1
TKoehler, Mia Nicholas Minnix 0
MMelancon, Pit Adam Ronis 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

A mixed week had me back up to tied for 2nd place and while I still like my roster this week’s FA bids were to try and upgrade the roster for power in an outfield slot and another decent starter.  Even with Casey Janssen heading out to rehab next week I also put some bids on some hopefully save worthy relievers.

The OF slot was the disappointing Josh Reddick who the Athletics almost sent down but I am still kicking him to the curb for one of Jason Kubel ($6), David Murphy )$5), or 3B Conor Gillaspie ($4) with plans to move Mark Trumbo from CI to OF.

Best starters available this week were Edinson Volquez and Scott Feldman. While Feldman has been (unbelievably) better so far I gave the edge to Volquez for NL schedule and strikeouts, bidding $4 on each. My third queue was a bunch of relievers for potential saves for a couple of bucks.

The good news and most important player for me was Kubel who I got for three dollars. Both SP went for one dollar more than my bids after Vickrey adjustment, and I got bageled on my six reliever bids – losing all of them by a dollar or two although the winning bidders would have gone much higher – Gregerson ($16), Doolittle ($13), and Rondon ($16) all went for single digit adjusted bids.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 14:33
 
LABR FAAB REPORT: Week of April 7 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 07 April 2014 15:28

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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.

colabello

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Colabello, Chris MIN 21 Mastersball 21 Fangraphs 19 RotoWire 11 Baseball HQ
9 Winning Fantasy Baseball 8 USA TODAY Sports
Garcia, Leury CWS 6 RotoWire
Herrera, Jonathan BOS 4 Winning Fantasy Baseball 5 RotoWire 3 RotoWire 3 Baseball HQ
1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Furbush, Charlie SEA 2 SiriusXM
Belisario, Ronald CWS 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Correia, Kevin MIN 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Fangraphs
Cervelli, Francisco NYY 2 Colton & The Wolfman 3 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Adduci, James TEX 1 RotoWire
Diaz, Jonathan TOR 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 Baseball HQ
Wilson, Josh TEX 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Martinez, Nicholas TEX 1 Fangraphs
Punto, Nick OAK 1 Fangraphs 1 Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Fuld, Sam OAK 1 Baseball HQ 5 Mastersball 3 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 RotoWire
Rodriguez, Sean TB 1 Baseball HQ 4 Mastersball 2 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 Baseball HQ
1 RotoWire

UNAWARDED BIDS

Johnson, Elliot CLE 2 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Rzepczynski, Marc CLE 1 Yahoo! Sports
Escobar, Eduardo MIN 1 RotoWire 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Pelfrey, Mike MIN 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Davis, Wade KC 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Betances, Dellin NYY 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Stewart, Ian LAA 1 Baseball HQ
Romine, Andrew DET 1 Baseball HQ
Kelly, Don DET 1 Baseball HQ

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

With Mark Teixeira down I made a large bid for Chris Colabello and won him at $21. He has settled into hitting cleanup as the Twins DH in the early going and producing and the injury to Josh Willingham has lessened the chance he loses at bats to Jason Kubel. There were six bids for Colabello and I actually won the tie-breaker at $21 while there was a $19 underbid.

Almost all of the other bids this week in the AL were for a dollar or two although Chris Liss of Rotowire hopes the White Sox give more at bats to Leury Garcia for his winning $6 bid – especially this week in a three game set in Colorado.

ishikawa

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Ishikawa, Travis, PIT 8 Sandlot Shrink 3 USA TODAY Sports 1 ESPN - Karabell 1 Baseball HQ
Frandsen, Kevin, WSH 2 USA TODAY Sports
Laird, Gerald, ATL 1 Sandlot Shrink 1 Baseball HQ
Brown, Andrew, NYM 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Sanchez, Tony, PIT 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball HQ
Gwynn, Tony, PHI 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Parra, Manny, CIN 1 Inside Edge
Hernandez, Cesar, PHI 1 ESPN - Karabell
Morales, Franklin, COL 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Nieves, Wil, PHI 1 Baseball HQ
Adrianza, Ehire, SF 1 Baseball HQ

UNAWARDED BIDS

Nix, Jayson, PHI 2 Sandlot Shrink 1 Baseball HQ
Baker, John, CHC 1 Baseball HQ 1 Sandlot Shrink
Descalso, Daniel, STL 1 Baseball HQ
Harrison, Josh, PIT 1 Baseball HQ
Rivera, Rene, SD 1 Baseball HQ
Solano, Donovan, MIA 1 Baseball HQ
Bastardo, Antonio, PHI 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 RotoExperts
Machi, Jean, SF 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Ottavino, Adam, COL 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Stammen, Craig, WSH 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Watson, Tony, PIT 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Nady, Xavier, SD 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Perez, Juan, SF 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Johnson, Reed, MIA 1 Sandlot Shrink

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

I would say caution was the key word following the first week of National League LABR FAAB moves.

When we consider the top bid of the week was $8 that brought former Giant Travis Ishikawa to the roster of the Sandlot Shrink. Owner Bob Radomski outdistanced two $1 bids, and one of $3 to earn the rights to the good field, decent OBP, but otherwise lackluster first base option.

@theNFBC Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs made three such moves, filling space with the likes of Andrew Brown, and Tonys Sanchez and Gwynn.

Doug Dennis of @BBHQ grabbed the unlikely duo of Wil Nieves and Ehire Adianza, while ESPN's Eric Karabell selected Cesar Hernandez with his dollar. Fantasy Alarmers Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf snatched Franklin Morales in the same manner.

However, perhaps the most interesting move—and perhaps that with the most upside—was by save hungry Steve Moyer from the Inside Edge, who grabbed Manny Parra, again for a dollar, and unchallenged.

I guess as the season progresses we will see just who really was the savior in that move.

franciscorodriguez

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Rodriguez, Francisco MIL 23 Rotowire-Erickson 16 Baseball HQ 11 DFSEdge 8 Fangraphs
8 KFFL.com 2 USA TODAY Sports
Lindstrom, Matt CWS 18 Fangraphs 18 Bloomberg Sports 13 Rotowire-Erickson 13 DFSEdge
12 Baseball HQ 8 KFFL.com
Fields, Josh HOU 18 Bloomberg Sports 7 Rotowire-Erickson 7 Baseball HQ 6 KFFL.com
Valverde, Jose NYM 18 Bloomberg Sports 19 Rotowire-Erickson 12 Fangraphs 8 KFFL.com
7 Baseball HQ
Koehler, Tom MIA 14 Mastersball 1 Rotowire-Erickson
Hale, David ATL 13 Mastersball
Meek, Evan BAL 13 Mastersball
McGehee, Casey MIA 13 Mastersball 7 RotoExperts 6 KFFL.com 2 Bloomberg Sports
Webb, Daniel CWS 12 Mastersball 2 Baseball HQ
Solarte, Yangervis NYY 6 KFFL.com 3 RotoExperts
Colabello, Chris MIN 5 MLB.com 4 USA TODAY Sports 2 KFFL.com 2 Bloomberg Sports
Hammel, Jason CHC 4 Baseball HQ 1 Rotowire-Erickson
Buehrle, Mark TOR 3 Baseball HQ 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1 MLB.com
Lough, David BAL 2 MLB.com
Hanigan, Ryan TB 2 Mastersball
Danks, John CWS 2 KFFL.com
Vargas, Jason KC 2 KFFL.com 1 USA TODAY Sports 1 MLB.com
Smith, Seth SD 1 USA TODAY Sports 1 Baseball HQ
Withrow, Chris LAD 1 USA TODAY Sports
Harang, Aaron ATL 1 MLB.com
Murphy, David CLE 1 Baseball HQ 1 USA TODAY Sports

UNAWARDED BIDS

Uribe, Juan LAD 11 Mastersball 2 Bloomberg Sports
Elias, Roenis SEA 9 Mastersball 1 KFFL.com 1 Rotowire-Erickson
Callaspo, Alberto Jose OAK 2 KFFL.com
Johnson, Josh SD 2 Fangraphs 1 Bloomberg Sports
Chen, Bruce KC 2 Baseball HQ
Gibson, Kyle MIN 2 Baseball HQ
Guzman, Jesus HOU 1 USA TODAY Sports
Volquez, Edinson PIT 1 Rotowire-Erickson
Belisario, Ronald CWS 1 Mastersball
Cervelli, Francisco NYY 1 Mastersball
Corporan, Carlos HOU 1 Mastersball
Doolittle, Sean OAK 1 Mastersball
Doumit, Ryan ATL 1 Mastersball
Gillaspie, Conor CWS 1 Mastersball 1 MLB.com
Iannetta, Chris LAA 1 Mastersball
Izturis, Maicer TOR 1 Mastersball
Kintzler, Brandon MIL 1 Mastersball
Lobaton, Jose WSH 1 Mastersball
Murphy, Donnie TEX 1 Mastersball
Nix, Jayson PHI 1 Mastersball
Sanchez, Hector SF 1 Mastersball
Suzuki, Kurt MIN 1 Mastersball
Tazawa, Junichi BOS 1 Mastersball
Vincent, Nick SD 1 Mastersball
Watson, Tony PIT 1 Mastersball
Britton, Zach BAL 1 Baseball HQ
Casilla, Santiago SF 1 Baseball HQ
Gregerson, Luke OAK 1 Baseball HQ
Herrera, Kelvin KC 1 Baseball HQ
Parra, Manny CIN 1 Baseball HQ
Snider, Travis PIT 1 Baseball HQ 1 USA TODAY Sports

Todd Zola's Commentary

I guess I'll never learn. I spent the last few weeks of LABR last season lamenting having no FAAB so what did I do? I just blew two-thirds of my 2014 wad on five speculative players for which I could have paid less than half what I did. Oh well. My squad has been hit hard with injuries (lost Kris Medlen for the season plus Will Middlebrooks, Doug Fister, Aroldis Chapman, Jose Reyes and Wilson Ramos). So I'm looking to hold down the fort and when the injured players return, it's like a winning FAAB bid. I know, but it makes me feel a little better.

Actually, if either of Evan Meek or Daniel Webb become closer, the gambit will have paid off. Check out Meek. I think there may be something there. He almost was the Pirates' closer a few years back, got hurt and has been lost in the shuffle in Washington.

The big bucks this week went to K-Rod and Papa Grande - a couple of guys actually with the job. I figured they'd go for more which makes my speculative bids on Webb and Meek look even more bloated.

I had my choice of Chris Colabello, Yangervis Solarte and Casey McGehee to fill in at corner and opted for McGehee figuring he is most likely to keep the job.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 16:31
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of April 7 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 07 April 2014 09:41

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It's back! 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. This year all four 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.

solarte

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MLindstrom, CWS 29 (35) Larry Schechter 28 Rob Leibowitz 24 Mike Podhorzer 19 Jeff Erickson
12 Chris Liss
YSolarte, NYY 17 (16) Larry Schechter 15 Jason Collette 14 Mike Podhorzer 12 Andy Behrens
11 Chris Liss 7 Jeff Erickson 1 Wolf/Colton
0 Steve Moyer
AGonzalez, Det 4 (5) Jason Collette 3 Jeff Erickson 0 Steve Moyer
GCecchini, Bos 4 (5) Chris Liss 3 Rob Leibowitz
KCorreia, Min 3 (5) Jeff Erickson 3 Joe Sheehan 2 Wolf/Colton 0 Rob Leibowitz
SRodriguez, TB 3 (12) Andy Behrens 2 Lawr Michaels
MAlbers, Hou 2 Jason Collette 1 Chris Liss 0 Ron Shandler 0 Jeff Erickson
ASanchez, Tor 1 (3) Rob Leibowitz
JDiaz, Tor 1 Jeff Erickson
CLewis, Tex 1 (5) Jeff Erickson
FAbad, Oak 0 Ron Shandler
DYoung, Bal 0 Chris Liss 0 Steve Moyer
CCowgill, LAA 0 Chris Liss

UNAWARDED BIDS

BCecil, Tor 1 Larry Schechter 0 Ron Shandler 0 Rob Leibowitz
SDelabar, Tor 1 Larry Schechter 0 Jeff Erickson
JSmith, LAA 1 Larry Schechter
MPelfrey, Min 1 Jeff Erickson
RBelisario, CWS 0 Wolf/Colton 0 Jeff Erickson
TWilhelmsen, Sea 0 Rob Leibowitz
WDavis, KC 0 Jeff Erickson
JoWilson, Tex 0 Jeff Erickson
ACrow, KC 0 Jeff Erickson
SKelley, NYY 0 Jason Collette
EJohnson, Cle 0 Jason Collette
RChirinos, Tex 0 Chris Liss

 Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

This week's most coveted FAAB target Matt Lindstrom is the first in likely many closers de jour. I made a substantial bid, but given a history of mediocre strikeout rates (for a closer) and especially difficulty versus left handers, I did not make an extreme bid either, just one I'd be comfortable with in case the righty somehow sticks in the role for the season. I was actually in the end a bit surprised I had the second highest bid, figuring teams needing saves more than me would spend a bit more. That should say a lot of about how long most Touts thinks he'll actually stick as closer.

Will Middlebrooks is on the DL and given a lack of faith in his on-base abilities as well room on my roster due to several disabled players, I made a $3 bid to roster Garin Cecchini on the off-chance he gets promoted later in the season. Tip of my hat to Chris Liss who had the same idea.

Similarly I made a play for the Blue Jays top pitching prospect Aaron Sanchez should he get a mid-season call-up. Initially I simply wanted to bench Dustin McGowan for a reliever. The fragile one still has some upside and a rotation spot, so no reason to drop him outright, but gave me the thought to target Sanchez in the first place. Now that I have Sanchez, just have to hope he crushes in the minors.

Yangervis Solarte got some love as a result of the Mark Teixeira injury. He'll probably be starting for the next two weeks and should still see action at 2B and 3B over the remainder of the season. The switch-hitter is a very good contact hitter with high single-digits to low-teens pop. He won't help much in the OBP department though.

josevalverde

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JValverde, NYM 42 (45) Derek Carty 41 Peter Kreutzer 32 Lenny Melnick 25 Mike Gianella
19 Steve Gardner 15 Tristan H. Cockcroft 9 Gene McCaffrey
8 Phil Hertz 7 Brian Walton
RKalish, ChC 21 Phil Hertz 21 Derek Carty 7 Seth Trachtman 5 Peter Kreutzer
0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
AHarang, Atl 16 (32) Lenny Melnick 15 Steve Gardner 9 Mike Gianella 8 Tristan H. Cockcroft
6 Peter Kreutzer 5 Steve Gardner 2 Scott Wilderman
1 Seth Trachtman 0 Derek Carty
RHernandez, Phi 13 (21) Phil Hertz 12 Seth Trachtman 6 Peter Kreutzer
TIshikawa, Pit 8 Brian Walton 8 Phil Hertz 8 Derek Carty 6 Peter Kreutzer
4 Gene McCaffrey 3 Scott Wilderman 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
JArias, SF 8 (10) Seth Trachtman 7 Phil Hertz 3 Lenny Melnick 2 Scott Wilderman
1 Brian Walton 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Derek Carty
BHicks, SF 7 (11) Lenny Melnick 6 Phil Hertz 1 Scott Wilderman 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
0 Seth Trachtman
LOverbay, Mil 7 Peter Kreutzer 7 Phil Hertz 4 Brian Walton 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft
1 Derek Carty
AAmarista, SD 4 (9) Gene McCaffrey 5 Phil Hertz 3 Scott Wilderman 0 Peter Kreutzer
0 Seth Trachtman
ASimon, Cin 3 (7)Peter Kreutzer 4 Steve Gardner 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 2 Scott Wilderman
0 Brian Walton
KFarnsworth, NYM 2 (8) Phil Hertz 1 Brian Walton
BHand, Mia 1 Brian Walton 0 Peter Kreutzer
MParra, Cin 1 (5) Brian Walton 4 Steve Gardner
RPena, Atl 1 Gene McCaffrey
ABastardo, Phi 3 Lenny Melnick 3 Phil Hertz 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Mike Gianella
SPimentel, Pit 1 (5) Peter Kreutzer 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
TCampana, Ari 1 (5) Peter Kreutzer 0 Phil Hertz
CCulberson, Col 1 (5) Phil Hertz 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Seth Trachtman
CPennington, Ari 1 Scott Wilderman 0 Gene McCaffrey
TSanchez, Pit 1 (2) Scott Wilderman 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Mike Gianella 0 Steve Gardner
LOndrusek, Cin 1 (4) Steve Gardner
CStammen, Was 0 Derek Carty 2 Phil Hertz
TStauffer, SD 0 Derek Carty 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
GLaird, Atl 0 Mike Gianella 0 Steve Gardner 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
KSiegrist, StL 0 Mike Gianella 0 Seth Trachtman 0 Derek Carty
KSlowey, Mia 0 Peter Kreutzer
CWithrow, LAD 0 Seth Trachtman 4 Steve Gardner 0 Peter Kreutzer
MAdams, Phi 0 Seth Trachtman 1 Phil Hertz
RJohnson, Mia 0 Seth Trachtman 0 Peter Kreutzer
AOttavino, Col 0 Steve Gardner 0 Brian Walton
TBarnhart, Cin 0 Steve Gardner 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft

UNAWARDED BIDS

CFiggins, LAD 5 Phil Hertz
RDetwiler, Was 3 Phil Hertz
JMachi, SF 2 Phil Hertz
FGalvis, Phi 1 Phil Hertz
EAdrianza, SF 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Seth Trachtman 0 Phil Hertz 0 Gene McCaffrey
JBaker, ChC 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Steve Gardner 0 Scott Wilderman
JFamilia, NYM 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
JSatin, NYM 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Phil Hertz 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Brian Walton
SLeon, Was 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Mike Gianella
BZiegler, Ari 0 Seth Trachtman
JWalden, Atl 0 Seth Trachtman 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Derek Carty
MEllis, StL 0 Seth Trachtman
MMaldonado, Mil 0 Scott Wilderman
AMBrown, NYM 0 Phil Hertz
CHernandez, Phi 0 Phil Hertz
GGermen, NYM 0 Phil Hertz
JNix, Phi 0 Phil Hertz 0 Gene McCaffrey 0 Brian Walton
JPerez, SF 0 Phil Hertz
KFrandsen, Was 0 Phil Hertz 0 Gene McCaffrey
DHuff, SF 0 Peter Kreutzer
NSoto, Cin 0 Peter Kreutzer
RSantiago, Cin 0 Peter Kreutzer
TWatson, Pit 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Brian Walton
CBarmes, Pit 0 Lenny Melnick
JLyles, Col 0 Derek Carty
GDobbs, Mia 0 Brian Walton

Brian Walton's Commentary

The big money primarily chased pitching in the first round of bidding in 2014. Volume was high due to the numbers of players to be disabled in this transaction round.

The only new closer in the Senior Circuit not rostered on draft day is the Mets' Jose Valverde. Given the 34-year-old's checkered past, many bids reflected an uncertain view of the future for Papa Grande. Derek Carty, however, did not flinch. A point to file away: Kyle Farnsworth went for $40 less to Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ. Also, keep an eye on my stealth addition of Cincinnati's Manny Parra for $1.

Speaking of Hertz, he dropped over one-third of his allocated FAAB, $34, on outfielder Ryan Kalish plus hurler Roberto Hernandez. While Kalish had a big day on Sunday for the Cubs, Phil won't get those stats. Another performance like that may not occur again soon. The pitcher currently known as Hernandez had an up and down spring, but logged a decent initial regular season start. Then again, it was against Kalish's Cubs.

One impressive start turned veteran Aaron Harang from being ignored entirely to a $16 player for Lenny Melnick. Melnick is apparently not concerned that the bad Aaron we know far too well may show up again at any moment.

Four infielders went in the $7-8 range. Corner players Travis Ishikawa and Lyle Overbay were found on the scratch and dent table, but still have value for at-bats expected to be received. I bought the former to cover for injured Darin Ruf. Middle infielders Brandon Hicks and Joaquin Arias were the others acquired.

franciscorodriguez

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

FRodriguez, Mil 34 (60) Cory Schwartz 33 Zach Steinhorn 22 Nando DiFino 20 Scott Swanay
19 Patrick Davitt 18 David Gonos 16 Al Melchior
15 Ray Guilfoyle 8 Ray Flowers 8 Derek Van Riper
6 Tim Heaney
JValverde, NYM 20 Scott Swanay 55 Cory Schwartz 19 Patrick Davitt 15 Scott Pianowski
15 David Gonos 12 Zach Steinhorn 10 Ray Guilfoyle
8 Ray Flowers 7 Paul Singman 7 Derek Van Riper
6 Tim Heaney
CBlackmon, Col 14 Scott Pianowski 13 Ray Guilfoyle 9 David Gonos 8 Paul Singman
3 Ray Flowers 2 Scott Swanay
MLindstrom, CWS 13 (19) Patrick Davitt 40 Cory Schwartz 15 Scott Swanay 11 Paul Singman
10 Zach Steinhorn 8 Ray Flowers 8 David Gonos
6 Tim Heaney 2 Derek Van Riper
MSemien, CWS 7 Scott Swanay 6 Al Melchior 3 Ray Flowers 2 Cory Schwartz
0 Tim Heaney
JMejia, NYM 6 (10) Scott Pianowski 8 Nando DiFino 5 Fred Zinkie 3 Ray Flowers
1 Tim Heaney
JBroxton, Cin 6 (14) Scott Swanay 30 Cory Schwartz 8 Ray Flowers 8 Scott Swanay
5 Tim Heaney 5 Paul Singman
CColabello, Min 5 (6) Nando DiFino 10 Scott Pianowski 4 Fred Zinkie 3 Tim Heaney
3 Ray Flowers
JFields, Hou 4 David Gonos 8 Ray Flowers 3 Tim Heaney
PStrop, ChC 4 (8) Ray Flowers 10 Scott Swanay 3 Tim Heaney 2 Derek Van Riper
1 Zach Steinhorn
GParra, Ari 2 (4) Fred Zinkie 3 Ray Flowers 3 Scott Swanay 1 Ray Guilfoyle
BMcCarthy, Ari 1 (5) Cory Schwartz 2 Ray Flowers
CMorton, Pit 1 Cory Schwartz 3 Ray Flowers 0 Ray Guilfoyle
JHammel, ChC 1 (6) Cory Schwartz 0 Scott Pianowski
JPinto, Min 1 (2) Cory Schwartz 1 Tim Heaney
AHechavarria, Mia 1(5) David Gonos 3 Ray Flowers
DEspinosa, Was 1 Derek VanRiper 3 Ray Flowers
KGibson, Min 1 (3) Nando DiFino
DWebb, CWS 1(2)  Paul Singman 2 Ray Flowers 0 Scott Pianowski
CMaybin, SD 1 (11) Ray Flowers
JArencibia, Tex 1 Ray Guilfoyle 0 Cory Schwartz
RIbanez, LAA 1 Ray Guilfoyle
CGentry, Oak 1 (5) Scott Swanay 0 Paul Singman
JMercer, Pit 1 (10) Scott Swanay 3 Ray Flowers
CMcGehee, Mia 1 (3) Tim Heaney 6 Scott Swanay 3 Ray Flowers
JVargas, KC 1 (2) Tim Heaney 0 Fred Zinkie
RErlin, SD 1 (3) Tim Heaney
TJordan, Was 1 (3) Tim Heaney
MBuehrle, Tor 1 (2) Zach Steinhorn 5 David Gonos 0 Tim Heaney 0 Fred Zinkie
0 Ray Guilfoyle
AHarang, Atl 0 Fred Zinkie
AHicks, Min 0 Patrick Davitt 4 Scott Swanay 3 Ray Flowers 0 Cory Schwartz
BMatusz, Bal 0 Patrick Davitt

UNAWARDED BIDS

SGennett, Mil 6 Scott Swanay 0 Scott Pianowski
JUribe, LAD 5 Scott Swanay
LForsythe, TB 5 Scott Swanay
YSolarte, NYY 4 Scott Swanay 3 Tim Heaney 3 Ray Flowers 2 David Gonos
JHerrera, Bos 3 Scott Swanay
BRoberts, NYY 3 Ray Flowers 0 Cory Schwartz
DDeJesus, TB 3 Ray Flowers
DHale, Atl 3 Ray Flowers
DHolland, Tex 3 Ray Flowers
JDyson, KC 3 Ray Flowers
JKelly, StL 3 Ray Flowers
KSuzuki, Min 3 Ray Flowers 1 Ray Guilfoyle
MOlt, ChC 3 Ray Flowers
SDoolittle, Oak 3 Ray Flowers 0 Paul Singman
ZCozart, Cin 3 Ray Flowers 0 Cory Schwartz
MIzturis, Tor 2 Scott Swanay
NPunto, Oak 2 Scott Swanay
JMcGee, TB 2 Ray Flowers 0 Patrick Davitt
JTazawa, Bos 2 Ray Flowers
SKelley, NYY 2 Ray Flowers
ZMcAllister, Cle 2 Ray Flowers 1 Cory Schwartz
BCrawford, SF 2 David Gonos
JBeckett, LAD 2 Cory Schwartz
JDanks, CWS 1 Tim Heaney 1 Zach Steinhorn 0 Cory Schwartz
LHoes, Hou 1 Tim Heaney
RElias, Sea 1 Tim Heaney
RHanigan, TB 1 Ray Guilfoyle
ARamos, Mia 1 Cory Schwartz
CCarrasco, Cle 1 Cory Schwartz 1 Zach Steinhorn
MLeake, Cin 1 Cory Schwartz
TCahill, Ari 1 Cory Schwartz
ACallaspo, Oak 0 Tim Heaney
JCosart, Hou 0 Tim Heaney 0 Cory Schwartz
JNicasio, Col 0 Tim Heaney
CGillaspie, CWS 0 Scott Pianowski
JGomes, Bos 0 Patrick Davitt
DMurphy, Cle 0 Cory Schwartz
JDeLaRosa, Col 0 Cory Schwartz
RDelgado, Ari 0 Cory Schwartz
SDeduno, Min 0 Cory Schwartz

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

As will be the case numerous times this season, closers were the dominant theme of this week's FAAB bidding, and when I entered in a $33 bid for Francisco Rodriguez, I was almost certain that I would get him. I wasn't desperate for a closer but I figured it would be nice to have three of them, and after Saturday's Brewers-Red Sox game, in which K-Rod picked up his second save of the season while Jim Henderson continued to struggle, I think Rodriguez will hold onto the job for awhile, quite possibly the rest of the season. And as we all know, the ninth inning role is something that he's fairly familiar with. Anyway, I wasn't expecting a $60 bid, but I guess Cory Schwartz is high on K-Rod as well, and with Jose Veras being his second closer, an aggressive bid was understandable. But $60?

Speaking of experienced closers, Jose Valverde has plenty of experience. The only question is whether he is going to implode like he did last year. I'm expecting the Mets to give him a long leash though, as they don't have any clear-cut alternative candidates to replace Tommy John surgery-bound Bobby Parnell. With no closers on his roster and all those extra FAAB dollars in hand after leaving $61 on the table on auction day and redeeming them for FAAB, spending $20 on Valverde will hardly make a dent in Scott Swanay's budget, and it might work out just fine if Valverde can remember how to get outs in the ninth inning.

Despite placing competitive bids on Rodriguez, Valverde and Matt Lindstrom, my only purchase this week turned out to be the ageless Mark Buehrle, who is coming off an outstanding performance in his season debut and now heads into a two-start week. I'm not expecting any more 11 K outings from him this year, but a pair of quality starts would suit me just fine.

mattlindstrom

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JValverde, NYM 28 (33) Scott Engel 27 Tom Kessenich 21 Grey Albright 13 Tim McLeod
11 Anthony Perri 9 Eno Sarris 4 Adam Ronis
0 Nicholas Minnix
MLindstrom, CWS 22 (27) Tom Kessenich 21 Grey Albright 16 Eno Sarris 12 Ray Murphy
12 Anthony Perri 3 Adam Ronis 1 Charlie Wiegert
0 Nicholas Minnix
FRodriguez, Mil 13 Scott Engel 27 Tom Kessenich 12 Ray Murphy 11 Grey Albright
9 Charlie Wiegert 9 Perry Van Hook 8 Adam Ronis
8 Anthony Perri 6 Eno Sarris 0 Nicholas Minnix
CMcGehee, Mia 10 (16) Tim McLeod 9 Charlie Wiegert 4 Anthony Perri 3 Scott Engel
2 Adam Ronis
JFields, Hou 8 Ray Murphy 7 Perry Van Hook 6 Eno Sarris 5 Scott Engel
3 Tom Kessenich 1 Charlie Wiegert
CBlackmon, Col 7 (11) Perry Van Hook 9 Scott Engel 6 Paul Greco 3 Adam Ronis
3 Anthony Perri
CColabello, Min 7 (26)  Paul Greco 8 Perry Van Hook 6 Nicholas Minnix 5 Ray Murphy
4 Scott Engel 3 Adam Ronis
MBuehrle, Tor 4 (5) Anthony Perri 3 Nicholas Minnix 3 Paul Greco 2 Charlie Wiegert
PStrop, ChC 4 (8) Tim McLeod 7 Scott Engel 7 Tom Kessenich 3 Anthony Perri
3 Charlie Wiegert 1 Adam Ronis
LDuda, NYM 3 (5) Ray Murphy 2 Nicholas Minnix 1 Adam Ronis
JHammel, ChC 2 (3) Paul Sporer 1 Nicholas Minnix
AHarang, Atl 1 (2) Charlie Wiegert 2 Scott Engel 2 Perry Van Hook
AHechavarria, Mia 1 (6) Scott Engel
BChen, KC 1 (2) Perry Van Hook
DEspinosa, Was 1 (6) Nicholas Minnix
JDiaz, Tor 1 Grey Albright
JFamilia, NYM 1 Eno Sarris
JLagares, NYM 1 (3) Anthony Perri 4 Scott Engel
JLoney, TB 1 Adam Ronis
KSuzuki, Min 1 (2) Adam Ronis
RLudwick, Cin 1 (5) Ray Murphy 0 Adam Ronis
SSmith, SD 1 (6) Paul Sporer
TPlouffe, Min 1 (9) Charlie Wiegert 7 Tim McLeod 5 Ray Murphy 0 Adam Ronis
KKendrick, Phi 0 Nicholas Minnix 2 Charlie Wiegert

 UNAWARDED BIDS

JKubel, Min 5 Ray Murphy
BCecil, Tor 3 Tom Kessenich
CGillaspie, CWS 2 Perry Van Hook
JPacheco, Col 2 Perry Van Hook
JLobaton, Was 2 Adam Ronis
RHanigan, TB 2 Adam Ronis
JSmith, LAA 1 Tim McLeod
JTazawa, Bos 1 Tim McLeod
LGregerson, Oak 1 Tim McLeod
GGermen, NYM 1 Eno Sarris
RElias, Sea 1 Anthony Perri 1 Scott Engel
HConger, LAA 1 Adam Ronis
JPinto, Min 1 Adam Ronis
BRoberts, NYY 0 Nicholas Minnix
SFeldman, Hou 0 Nicholas Minnix
YSolarte, NYY 0 Nicholas Minnix
BreAnderson, Col 0 Anthony Perri
JArencibia, Tex 0 Adam Ronis

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

As always in the early weeks of a season people are looking for saves. In this league Jose Valverde went for $28 this week while Matt Lindstrom went for $22; Francisco Rodriguez went for $13; and Josh Fields for $8.

I had bought Jonathan Broxton for $3 last week and DLed him this year to pick up another pitcher but bid only single digits for KRod and Fields since I already had LaTroy Hawkins, Casey Janssen, and Jonathan Broxton but had to settle for Bruce Chen and his late week start against the Twins for $2.

I though the two clear hitter pickups – Charlie Blackmon and Chris Colabello would go for more and had bid $11 on Blackmon and $8 on Colabello and got Blackmon for $7 which was the same price that Colabello went for.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 17:08
 
Rotoderby: Upside versus Reliability PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Don Drooker   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 17:28

Donald's Ducks

Fairly basic approach, as I went through the list and tried to find players who would hit more HR's than last year for various reasons. The first eight were Craig, Headley, Pujols, Fielder, Bautista, Myers, Heyward and Puig. Their totals left me with room for 78 additional HR's, so I added Cabrera and Beltre.

Quack-Ups

Used reliability as the main focus on this entry, utilizing players with zero (or close to zero) DL days. The first eight were Hosmer, Goldschmidt, Encarnacion, Rosario, Rios, Myers, Puig and Trout. Their totals left me with room for 33 additional HR's, so I added Craig and Pujols.

Obviously, the downside is that four players are on both teams and a significant injury to one of them could derail the chances of both squads. Normal DL stints, however, will still allow the teams to be competitive in the monthly standings. _____________________________________________________________________

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