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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE

budnorris

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

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

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

Todd's Take

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

NATIONAL LEAGUE

jimmynelson

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

 UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Brian Walton's Commentary

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

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

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

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

Todd's Take

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

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

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

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

eduardosuarez

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

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

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

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

Todd's Take

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

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

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

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

neilramirez

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

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

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

Todd's Take

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

 

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

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

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

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE

suarez

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

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

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

All the rest of the bids Sunday night were uncontested.

Todd's Take

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

NATIONAL LEAGUE

reedjohnson

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Todd's Take

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

MIXED LEAGUE

tomlin

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Todd Zola's Commentary

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

DEAL ONE

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

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

DEAL TWO

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

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

DEAL THREE

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

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

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

Todd's Take

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE

kiermaier

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

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

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

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

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

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

Todd's Take

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

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

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

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

NATIONAL LEAGUE

davidperalta

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

 UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Brian Walton's Commentary

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

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

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

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

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

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

Todd's Take

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

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION

cron

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

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

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

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

Todd's Take

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

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

michael-choice

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

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

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

Todd's Take

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

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

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

Last Updated on Monday, 09 June 2014 17:25
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of June 2 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 02 June 2014 01:41

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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

rubby

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Rubby De La Rosa, BOS $23 Mastersball 23 RotoWire 23 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 21
Baseball HQ 5 Colton & The Wolfman 3 Fangraphs 3
USA TODAY Sports 2 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2
Daniel Santana, MIN $9 KFFL.com 9
Matt Shoemaker, LAA $8 RotoWire 8 USA TODAY Sports 2 Baseball HQ 1
Colton & The Wolfman 1
Alex Presley, HOU $8 Winning Fantasy Baseball 8 Baseball HQ 5 Colton & The Wolfman 1
T.J. House, CLE $4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Marwin Gonzalez, HOU $1 Baseball HQ 1 KFFL.com 1
Alex Hassan, BOS $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Joe Saunders, TEX $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Adrian Nieto, CWS $1 SiriusXM 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Carlos Corporan, HOU $1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 SiriusXM 1
Andrew Miller, BOS $1 USA TODAY Sports 1

 UNAWARDED BIDS

Jose Molina, TB Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 SiriusXM 1
Bryan Holaday, DET Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Brett Hayes, KC Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Erik Kratz, TOR SiriusXM 1
Willie Bloomquist, SEA Colton & The Wolfman 1
Jason Giambi, CLE Colton & The Wolfman 1
Endy Chavez, SEA Colton & The Wolfman 1 Baseball HQ 1
Steve Tolleson, TOR Baseball HQ 1
Luis Sardinas, TEX Baseball HQ 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary.

Bring up a heralded prospect starting pitcher and have him throw seven shutout innings – especially in the American League and BOOM – pyrotechnics for the AL LABR crowd. The winning bid for Rubby De La Rosa, former Dodger prospect now hurling for the Boston Red Sox was $23 and there was a tie which I am glad to report I won. Sadly that was on standings tie-breaker but whatever.

Other winning bids of note were:

Danny Santana, MIN sometimes SS sometimes OF - $9 uncontested to KFFL.com

Matt Shoemaker, SP, LAA for $8 to Rotowire with $5 highest of the underbids

Alex Presley, OF, HOU for $8 to Winning Fantasy Baseball, again $5 the highest underbid

Todd's Take

Two things strike me during a rather uneventful FAAB period. First, despite a strong outing against the Twins last week and a two-start week at home versus Baltimore and Cleveland, the Rangers' Joe Saunders attracted only one bid while Rubby De La Rosa and Matt Shoemaker both secured multiple. Given that Arlington isn't a great place to call home for a pitcher, a couple of relative unknowns are preferred to Saunders. While I agree, in a year with some very odd turnarounds, Saunders could surprise.

Or maybe not.

The second nugget is a bit esoteric and that's partners Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton picked up Alex Hassan in both AL LABR and Tout. Either they know something we don't know or they took the time to dig deep. Hassan was only called up Sunday so he isn't likely to appear on an available free agent list using the usual sorts like at bats so along with searching in that manner, the lesson is to peruse the transactions from the day your bids are due since someone may be available that not everyone in your league realizes is there.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

abreu

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Bobby Abreu, NYM $7 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Shae Simmons, ATL $5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5 RotoWire - DVR 1
Brandon Cumpton, PIT $5 RotoWire - DVR 5
Mike Adams, PHI $2 RotoWire - DVR 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Randal Grichuk, STL $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
J.J. Hoover, CIN $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1

 UNAWARDED BIDS

George Kontos, SF Colton & The Wolfman 1
Neil Ramirez, CHC RotoWire - DVR 1
Tony Watson, PIT RotoWire - DVR 1
Pat Neshek, STL RotoWire - DVR 1
Neil Ramirez, CHC RotoWire - DVR 1
Tony Watson, PIT RotoWire - DVR 1
Pat Neshek, STL RotoWire - DVR 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Apparently Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius were experiencing remorse after drafting Bobby Abreu during the LABR auction, in early March, the NFBC/STATS team released the 40-year old as the season was starting. Well, this past week, searching for at-bats, Shawn and Greg spent $7 to get the Met who is hitting .320-1-8 with a swipe. With just 51 at-bats this year, it is hard to see how much oomph Abreu can add to the mix, but at least they seem to portend to be good at-bats.

Shawn and Greg also nabbed Braves hurler Shae Simmons for a buck, fending off two other teams wanting Simmons services

Currently in second place, Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton of Fantasy Alarm picked up reliever J.J. Hoover for a dollar, Derek Van Riper copped Mike Adams for $2 and Brandon Crumpton for $1.

With seven teams still in possession of over $90 in FAAB, including $137 for Rotowire's Van Riper, suggest interesting machinations as the mid-season arrives.

Unlike the American League, where trades created bidding wars for Nick Hundley and Kyle Blanks, and the likes of Tommy La Stella (owned by ESPN's Eric Karabell) and Oscar Taveras (owned by BBHQ;'s Doug Dennis) plucked up on draft day, the tension is out.

It will be interesting to see how the NL players adjust and use their resources second half.

Todd's Take

Yawn. LABR head honcho Steve Gardner from USA Today extended a playful challenge for me to find something pithy to say about this week's NL moves so here goes.

Sorry, I got nothing.

Next league...

OK, I'll thing of something (the kids call this a stall).

Lawr hit on how over half the teams still have at least $90 FAAB left. If I'm in the minority, I'm not shy about spending now. Heck, with DVR holding $137 if I'm a team with 90-plus I'm no longer looking to hoard for the trade deadline. In fact, I'm scouting the impending call-ups once the Super-2 deadline is assumed to have passed for potential acquisitions.

Sorry Steve, that's all I got.

MIXED LEAGUE

lastella

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Rubby De La Rosa, BOS $7 RotoExperts 7 Fangraphs 7 Baseball HQ 3
Towers of Power Baseball Hour 2 MLB.com 2
Tommy La Stella, ATL $5 ESPN.com 5 MLB.com 2
Tyler Flowers, CWS $4 RotoExperts 4 Towers of Power Baseball Hour 2
Chase Whitley, NYY $4 Fangraphs 4
Yonder Alonso, SD $3 KFFL.com 3 ESPN.com 3
Josh Harrison, PIT $2 Towers of Power Baseball Hour 2 Razzball 1
Joba Chamberlain, DET $2 USA TODAY Sports 2
Tommy Medica, SD $2 ESPN.com 2
Brandon Workman, BOS $1 Baseball HQ 1
Brad Peacock, HOU $1 MLB.com 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Brock Holt, BOS KFFL.com 3
Jonathan Schoop, BAL ESPN.com 2
Kyle Blanks, OAK KFFL.com 2
Nate McLouth, WSH KFFL.com 2
Chris Young, SEA MLB.com 1
Gaby Sanchez, PIT ESPN.com 1
Jeurys Familia, NYM USA TODAY Sports 1
Ruben Tejada, NYM ESPN.com 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

So when I last left you I got over my self-pity and decided to do something about my wallowing team and sent out a league-wide note putting everyone on the trading block. I should have some deals to report next week involving some pretty major names.

Because I am about to shake up my roster I opted not to spend any of my limited remaining budget this week. I have a strong suspicion I'll end up punting ERA and WHIP which means I'll be able to pick up the lower end starting pitchers that no one else wants and in essence use free agency to stream in an effort to get more whiffs and hopefully wins. All my roster spots have active players so it's not like I'm running with a dead spot this week.

Of my competitor's picks, for hitters I like La Stella and Alonso mainly because they'll be getting near full time at bats while the rest are sketchy. Especially with so many injuries thinning the pool, opportunity trumps expectations. It's a hard concept for some of us, present company included, but it's part and parcel to the way we need to play nowadays.

For pitching, De La Rosa is intriguing. Boston has a wealth of young arms with Allen Webster and Brandon Workman (also on the MLB roster) capable of helping the big club now. Felix Doubront is decent, but he doesn't appear to be on track to be anything more than that so De La Rosa "Wally Pipping" him isn't out of the question. And who really knows with Clay Buchholz. Not enough attention was paid to this in the fantasy world save for ESPN's Stephania Bell who proved to be prescient in her analysis but Buchholz was a huge unknown coming into this season. Recall he missed most of the second half last year but battled back to get to the playoffs. It was obvious he still wasn't right but yet didn't have any off-season surgery figuring the rest would cure what ails him. As Stephania warned, there was no guarantee that would happen.

Todd's Take.

Something I'm noticing in this league (and you should do this in your league) is track the minimum bid to get a decent but not great player. A few weeks ago this number was $2 or $3.It looks like we're ticking up a bit. The primary reasons are we're a little further into the season and you can't take it with you but more importantly, the available inventory is shrinking. You can't just put in a string of $1 bids and be satisfied with the one you got. It's now necessary to tack on a buck or two if you want to make sure you pick up a better player.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 June 2014 12:11
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of June 2 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 02 June 2014 00:26

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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

rubby

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

RDeLaRosa, Bos 37 Chris Liss 37 Steve Moyer 36 Andy Behrens 29
Jason Collette 26 Lawr Michaels 16 Jeff Erickson 15
Mike Podhorzer 6 Ron Shandler 3 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2
RGrossman, Hou 22 Chris Liss 23 Jason Collette 21 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 17
Mike Podhorzer 14 Ron Shandler 3 Jeff Erickson 3
JSands, TB 9 Jason Collette 10 Mike Podhorzer 8 Ron Shandler 3
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
SPearce, Bal 6 Lawr Michaels 19 Jeff Erickson 5 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
BWorkman, Bos 3 Rob Leibowitz 14 Jeff Erickson 2 Mike Podhorzer 1
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
MGonzalez, Hou 3 Ron Shandler 3 Jason Collette 2
JSantana, Bal 1 Mike Podhorzer 1
RChirinos, Tex 1 Lawr Michaels 14 Ron Shandler 0 Jeff Erickson 0
THouse, Cle 1 Ron Shandler 1
DMcGowan, Tor 1 Jason Collette 6
DRoss, Bos 1 Larry Schechter 2 Jeff Erickson 0
GKottaras, Cle 0 Ron Shandler 0
CCorporan, Hou 0 Jeff Erickson 0
AHassan, Bos 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

SVogt, Oak Lawr Michaels 4
MRzepczynski, Cle Chris Liss 0
BBrach, Bal Jason Collette 0
EKratz, Tor Jeff Erickson 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Rubby de la Rosa’s first start of the year got a lot of attention and some tight bidding. Word to the wise, if you’re going to already be in for a high bid, go up a few single-digits from a multiple of 5 or 10 to ensure you snag the guy you’re after. De la Rosa certainly has some wipeout stuff in his arsenal (8.8 K/9 in the minors in 2014), but keep in mind the 25-year old continues to have a history of inconsistent command and despite being lights out in his season debut, was coming off of a 5.56 ERA in Triple-A and was having some issues with the long-ball. He’s high risk/high-reward here, but that explains well the bidding for his services given the rare opportunity to obtain a potential impact pitcher in mid-season.

Robbie Grossman reclaimed his starting job with the Astros and was bid on accordingly given the opportunity he has at regular playing time. The switch-hitter has some on-base skills and can handle the outfield well enough, but is not exactly an impact tools player that favors him for fantasy baseball purposes. He had been hitting .299/.373/.453 in Triple-A, but has yet to ever show those skills at the MLB level.

Todd's Take

You gotta love it. Chris Liss of Rotowire knows the numbers, odds and probabilities as well as anyone. That makes him good. But he also has a gambler's mentality and isn't afraid to go for it. That makes him dangerous. The problem is he's as equally as dangerous to himself as he is the rest of the league which is the stigma those of us more conservative have a hard time grasping. Picking De La Rosa was a go big or go home move. I'll admit I'm too risk averse and need to play more like Liss and not less like Liss. Say that ten times fast.

You know the pool is thin when just about everyone bid on was acquired -- there were limited that went un-drafted and two of them were contingncy catchers. That's a deep league. Everyone active in the AL deemed roster worthy is presently on a roster.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

dice-k

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DMatsuzaka, NYM 12 Mike Gianella 20 Lenny Melnick  11 Brian Walton 6
JMarisnick, Mia 1 Brian Walton 1
SSimmons, Atl 1 Phil Hertz 1 SSimmons, Atl
TMatzek, Col 1 Brian Walton 2
ATorres, SD 1 Seth Trachtman 1
CBarmes, Pit 1 Lenny Melnick  2
CStewart, Pit 0 Brian Walton 0 Steve Gardner 0
RGrichuk, StL 0 Phil Hertz 0 Brian Walton 0
CTorres, NYM 0 Brian Walton 0 Mike Gianella 0 Phil Hertz 0
MAdams, Phi 0 Gene McCaffrey 0 Phil Hertz 0
TCruz, StL 0 Gene McCaffrey 0
JLobaton, Was 0 Steve Gardner 0 Phil Hertz 0
SLeCure, Cin 0 Lenny Melnick  0

 UNAWARDED BIDS

RBrignac, Phi Lenny Melnick  2 Brian Walton 1
JHoover, Cin Phil Hertz 0 Mike Gianella 0
DButera, LAD Brian Walton 0
JBaker, ChC Brian Walton 0
ABastardo, Phi Mike Gianella 0
CPerez, LAD Mike Gianella 0
JHowell, LAD Mike Gianella 0
ZDuke, Mil Mike Gianella 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

OK, it isn’t exactly 2007 revisited, back when more than $100 million was spilled by the Boston Red Sox to acquire the services of Daisuke Matsuzaka. Still, Dice-K has pitched well for the New York Mets since his recall from Triple-A with a strikeout per inning. Given a chance to start again, the right-hander drew the only crooked number bids in Tout this week. At the last minute, Mike Gianella from Baseball Prospectus raised his $12 bid to $20. As it turned out, exactly $12 was enough to beat Lenny Melnick and me.

A pair of relievers, Alex Torres of San Diego and Shae Simmons of Atlanta, generated $1 bids. Saves are not likely on the way, but good peripherals have value, too.

I added a pair of minor league standouts for minimum $1 bids in hopes they will become contributors in the majors soon. Outfielder Jake Marisnick has been tearing the cover off the ball in Triple-A, but awaits an opening in Miami that is not yet evident. The good news is that left-hander Tyler Matzek could be called upon soon to join the rotation to replace disappointing Franklin Morales. The bad news is that it will be in Colorado.

Todd's Take

Check out the contrast between the bids in AL and NL Tout. In the American League, there were 14 players acquired with nine initial bids greater than $1. In the National League, only three of 13 bids exceeded a buck with over half being $0. This could be due to the inventory or the personality of the league owners or even a function of the FAAB totals.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

lastella

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TLaStella, Atl 17 Al Melchior 23 Tim Heaney 16 Derek Van Riper 9
Ray Flowers 6
CMcHugh, Hou 9 Scott Pianowski 9 Paul Singman 9 Derek Van Riper 5
Ray Flowers 3
HAlvarez, Mia 9 Zach Steinhorn 20 Scott Pianowski 8 Derek Van Riper 1
RDeLaRosa, Bos 4 David Gonos 13 Derek Van Riper 3
AOttavino, Col 3 Al Melchior 23 Ray Flowers 2
JHarrison, Pit 3 Tim Heaney 3 Ray Flowers 2
EJackson, ChC 1 Cory Schwartz 1
ISuzuki, NYY 1 Nando DiFino 8 Ray Flowers 2
JChamberlain, Det 1 Ray Flowers 2
JBenoit, SD 1 Derek Van Riper 1 Scott Swanay 8 Ray Flowers 2
JVargas, KC 1 Scott Swanay 13 Ray Flowers 1
RWeeks, Mil 1 Ray Flowers 2
JGomes, Bos 1 Patrick Davitt 9
CCowgill, LAA 1 Paul Singman 10 Patrick Davitt 0
DSantana, Min 1 Derek Van Riper 1
RGrichuk, StL 1 Paul Singman 6 Tim Heaney 1
BPena, Cin 1 Ray Guilfoyle 1
HConger, LAA 1 Al Melchior 3
SRodriguez, TB 0 Patrick Davitt 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

GBlanco, SF Tim Heaney 3
BRoberts, NYY Nando DiFino 2 Ray Flowers 2
JSands, TB Nando DiFino 2
AHicks, Min Ray Flowers 2
APresley, Hou Ray Flowers 2
BMiller, Sea Ray Flowers 2
CRoss, Ari Ray Flowers 2
CYoung, NYM Ray Flowers 2
DEspinosa, Was Ray Flowers 2
JDMartinez, Det Ray Flowers 2
JFamilia, NYM Ray Flowers 2
NSchierholtz, ChC Ray Flowers 2
RRaburn, Cle Ray Flowers 2
TKoehler, Mia Ray Flowers 2
BAbreu, NYM Nando DiFino 1 Tim Heaney 0
JRealmuto, Mia Al Melchior 1
EMujica, Bos Ray Flowers 0
JBroxton, Cin Ray Flowers 0
JMcGee, TB Ray Flowers 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Although Tommy La Stella has played regularly since his call-up last week and has performed well, I’m skeptical about his long-term fantasy outlook for the rest of this season as a middle infielder who hasn’t particularly excelled in either the power or speed departments during his minor league career. He should post a strong OBP, however, and 17 FAAB dollars isn’t exactly a fortune. But with fellow middle infielders Ian Desmond, Ian Kinsler and Alexei Ramirez already on Al Melchior’s roster, I don’t quite understand the need.

With each dominant performance, it’s becoming harder and harder to dismiss Collin McHugh’s impressive start to the season as fluky, and the Astros’ righty is coming off two straight dominant performances. McHugh has also struck out well over a batter per inning through seven starts and he’s a two-start pitcher this week. Adding McHugh for a reasonable price of $9 looks like a worthy gamble for Scott Pianowski.

Like McHugh, Henderson Alvarez is scheduled to make two-starts this week. Like McHugh, he went for $9. But unlike McHugh, Alvarez cannot be relied on for strikeouts. I don’t care. He’s tossed 12 shutout innings over his last two starts and he has always done a fine job keeping walks to a minimum. Plus, neither of his matchups (vs. TB, @CHC) are of the scary variety.

Purposely overbidding to make sure you “get your guy” has been a growing trend in this league this year. It’s a risky Vickrey strategy, but it does work most of the time. I used it this week with my $20 bid on Alvarez, and I was fine with the eventual $9 price. Melchior employed it with Adam Ottavino. As the season goes along, I’ll be interested to see if more owners join in. If they do, the strategy might not work as often.

Todd's Take

Check out how Ray Flowers of Fantasy Alarm/Baseball Guys arranges his bids. He identifies players he wants the most and is fairly aggressive. Then he has a long list of players he considers equal and orders them but bids the same. And finally, in the off-chance everyone is taken, he'll throw in some zero dollar bids on a handful to make sure he gets someone but doesn't feel they're worth losing FAAB to do it. It may take a little time (depending on your commissioner service some more than others) but setting bids in this manner assures getting a player in the most efficient and economical manner.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

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SUCCESSFUL BIDS

RDeLaRosa, Bos 10 Nicholas Minnix 13 Tom Kessenich 9 Ray Murphy 6
Adam Ronis 4 Perry Van Hook 1
AEthier, LAD 5 Ray Murphy 6 Adam Ronis 5 Perry Van Hook 4
Eno Sarris 3
CDickerson, Col 3 Adam Ronis 16 Perry Van Hook 2 Scott Engel 0
JAxford, Cle 2 Tom Kessenich 3 Perry Van Hook 1 Nicholas Minnix 0
RGrossman, Hou 1 Scott Engel 1 Eno Sarris 1
JPeavy, Bos 1 Ray Murphy 1
GSizemore, Bos 1 Eno Sarris 1 Ray Murphy 1
TLaStella, Atl 1 Nicholas Minnix 6
JCollmenter, Ari 1 Paul Greco 3
JNicasio, Col 1 Paul Greco 3
JChamberlain, Det 1 Tim McLeod 3
JMachi, SF 1 Perry Van Hook 1
BPena, Cin 0 Perry Van Hook 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JCosart, Hou Tom Kessenich 2
JGuthrie, KC Tom Kessenich 2
DMatsuzaka, NYM Tim McLeod 2
BAbreu, NYM Eno Sarris 1 Scott Engel 0
NSchierholtz, ChC Eno Sarris 1
JPetricka, CWS Tim McLeod 1
TMedica, SD Scott Engel 1
CGimenez, Tex Perry Van Hook 0
JMurphy, NYY Perry Van Hook 0
KSuzuki, Min Perry Van Hook 0
DDietrich, Mia Nicholas Minnix 0
SDeduno, Min Nicholas Minnix 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

There were two raw double digit bids but the Vickrey system forced only one - $10 for Rubby De La Rosa to Nicholas Minnix, saving him three dollars.

Meanwhile, the $16 bid on Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson was Vickrey reduced to just $3 for Adam Ronis. While I played Dickerson last week on two teams, that was when the Rockies were in the AL park, giving them an extra hitter (and facing five of six RHP). No such luck this week as Colorado is home against NL division rivals.

Todd's Take

One of my favorite ploys in trades is to offer a choice of players. The reason is I'm not sure how my competitor ranks players and I've often been pleasantly surprised by their choice. An example of how different people see a player differently is Tommy La Stella. Look at the bids in Mixed Auction versus the Draft league. Granted, some of it could be league dynamics with respect to what teams have openings but considering La Stella is a middle infielder slated for full time at bats one would think there should be interest considering the plethora of injuries. But yet La Stella drew multiple high dollar bids in Auction and only a single bid in Draft. Again, this could be league dynamics but it's more likely differing views on what La Stella will do with those at bats.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 02 June 2014 11:01
 
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