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Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of August 11 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 11 August 2014 01:15

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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

jschafer

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JSchafer, Min 3 Jeff Erickson 11 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2 Larry Schechter 1
Steve Moyer 0
JAxford, Cle 1 Jason Collette 2
RRaburn, Cle 1 Larry Schechter 1 Steve Moyer 0
TMay, Min 1 Jeff Erickson 2
ANieto, CWS 0 Chris Liss 0
BMaurer, Sea 0 Chris Liss 0 Jeff Erickson 0
CBrown, Bos 0 Steve Moyer 0
DSantana, Hou 0 Steve Moyer 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JorDanks, CWS Jeff Erickson 1 Steve Moyer 0
MSierra, CWS Jeff Erickson 1 Steve Moyer 0
DRobertson, Tex Steve Moyer 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Things got rather quiet after the trade all of the fallout of the trade deadline leaving rather little on the free agent market. The two best purchases of the week may have been by Jeff Erickson who snagged both Jordan Schafer and Trevor May of the Twins. The former top Braves’ prospect has pretty much proven he can’t hit MLB level pitching, but at least his wheels are for real. 19 steals in 112 plate appearances is useful.

Rookie Trevor May was the more intriguing of the two pickups and his rough MLB debut probably was the cause of his $1 purchase price. The 24-year old had an 8.5 K.9 and 3.5 BB/9 in Triple-A, but has a history of command issues and a fairly pronounced fly-ball tendency. There’s upside here given his stuff, but also not a huge margin for error either.

Todd's Take

The results in the National League remind us that there can still be players of consequence available after the MLB trade deadline - even without a waiver deal. I hope there are more players that can help (sure would assist when it comes to providing pithy commentary) as the amount of FAAB left among the AL combatants is pretty tight and it could make for some interesting bidding. For those keeping score at home, here's the standings with the remaining FAAB in AL Tout:

FAAB PTS
1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton $24 104.5
2 Rob Leibowitz $18 87.5
3 Jeff Erickson $17 79
4 Lawr Michaels $33 74.5
5 Joe Sheehan $20 71.5
6 Larry Schechter $10 66
7 Ron Shandler $22 66
8 Steve Moyer $28 53
9 Jason Collette $26 52.5
10 Mike Podhorzer $16 45
11 Chris Liss $0 44
12 Andy Behrens $0 36.5

Colton and the Wolfman are in good shape with ample FAAB to continue to plug holes. Lawr has the hammer (which could be relevant as you'll see in a moment) and could at minimum make a run into the proverbial money.

Tout Wars has a rule designed to keep as many owners engaged and that's to penalize squads that finsh below 60 points by subtracting an equivalent amount of FAAB from their initial total nest season. For example, if the season emded today, Steve would begin next year with $93 FAAB. Good thing for Steve the season doesn't end today and he's sitting with the second most FAAB left to help propel his team above the threshold. Knowing Steve as I do, I bet he does it.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

rliriano

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

RLiriano, SD 27 Brian Walton 50 Seth Trachtman 26 Peter Kreutzer 13
Mike Gianella 12 Derek Carty 11
JLamb, Ari 19 Seth Trachtman 36 Peter Kreutzer 18 Brian Walton 12
Derek Carty 11 Tristan H. Cockcroft 10 Scott Wilderman 6
Mike Gianella 3
MFiers, Mil 15 Phil Hertz 48 Brian Walton 50 Peter Kreutzer 14
Mike Gianella 12 Steve Gardner 9 Seth Trachtman 8
Tristan H. Cockcroft 8
AlMarte, Ari 6 Seth Trachtman 7 Peter Kreutzer 5 Mike Gianella 3
BPenny, Mia 4 Scott Wilderman 8 Peter Kreutzer 3
ADuvall, SF 1 Brian Walton 10
KNieuwenhuis, NYM 1 Mike Gianella 3 Brian Walton 4 Steve Gardner 0
MThornton, Was 1 Brian Walton 2
VBlack, NYM 0 Gene McCaffrey 0 Brian Walton 1
BZiegler, Ari 0 Derek Carty 0
OPerez, Ari 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
JPerez, SF 0 Steve Gardner 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

BPaulsen, Col Brian Walton 4
SDyson, Mia Brian Walton 2
ARamos, Mia Brian Walton 1
ATorres, SD Brian Walton 1
JAffeldt, SF Gene McCaffrey 0
SLeCure, Cin Derek Carty 0
JNix, Pit Steve Gardner 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

While there were no interleague trades of substance this past week, FAAB money was still spent – on young players being promoted from the minors into the National League.

Top San Diego prospect Rymer Liriano has been red hot in the minors and received the call on Sunday. With a combination of power and speed, Liriano could contribute in multiple categories. As a result, I bid $50, and it required $27. I am very familiar with Liriano, having held him through his Tommy John 2013 season in the XFL keeper league.

The Arizona Diamondbacks have at-bats available at third base and prospect Jake Lamb is up to take them. Seth Trachtman had the most money in the league and still does, even after spending $19 on the 23-year-old.

From one player’s misfortune comes opportunity for another. So it goes with Matt Garza’s injury, re-opening the door for Mike Fiers to get a shot at the Milwaukee rotation. Fiers has pitched well in Triple-A, but had to wait behind a hotter prospect in Jimmy Nelson to return to the bigs. Unless another injury occurs, Fiers’ value seems tied to the length of Garza’s recovery. Phil Hertz spent $15 to roster Fiers.

Though he does not fit this week’s theme, I cannot let the latest rebirth of Brad Penny pass. Scott Wilderman is hoping there is more than one good start remaining in the arm of the 36-year-old, back in his original stomping grounds in Miami.

Todd's Take

I remember Liriano from the Arizona Fall League - he's an impressive phycial specimen as the above photo suggests.

Liriano, Lamb and Fiers all have the opportunity to be fantasy difference-makers down the stretch. Of course, all it takes is a full-time role. Liriano should get that opportunity while Fiers has at least a month, likely the rest of the season. Lamb's at bats aren't assured but since he's competing with Jordan Pacheco, if Lamb hits, he should get the lion's share of playing time.

Here's the NL standings and remaining FAAB:

FAAB PTS
1 Tristan H. Cockcroft $29 88.5
2 Seth Trachtman $44 85.5
3 Steve Gardner $13 80.5
4 Phil Hertz $35 67
5 Derek Carty $11 64.5
6 Peter Kreutzer $36 64
7 Mike Gianella $14 60
8 Lenny Melnick $28 59
9 Todd Zola $34 57
10 Gene McCaffrey $20 56.5
11 Brian Walton $36 51.5
12 Scott Wilderman $33 46

Seth already made a move for Lamb this week and still has the hammer so he could add another player of consequence. Steve needs to hope no one like that is available. Tristan will be able to fill in holes since he's behind not only Seth but four others.Personally, I'm not going to win but I'll fight for jumping into the top-half. Set goals, try to achieve them and use that experience in following seasons.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

neovaldi

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

NEovaldi, Mia 13 Scott Swanay 20 Zach Steinhorn 12 Ray Guilfoyle 10
Ray Flowers 4
Tim Heaney 1
MFiers, Mil 11 Scott Pianowski 32 Derek Van Riper 10 Al Melchior 9
Ray Flowers 7 Fred Zinkie 4
WCastillo, ChC 2 Ray Flowers 3 Scott Pianowski 1
DMurphy, Cle 1 David Gonos 13
BOberholtzer, Hou 1 Ray Flowers 5 Derek Van Riper 5
CTaylor, Sea 1 Fred Zinkie 6 Ray Flowers 2
BBoxberger, TB 1 Scott Swanay 13 Tim Heaney 0
TWada, ChC 1 Paul Singman 4
TMilone, Min 1 Tim Heaney 1 Fred Zinkie 0
RLiriano, SD 1 Tim Heaney 3
BNorris, Bal 1 Derek Van Riper 10
EVolquez, Pit 1 Derek Van Riper 10

UNAWARDED BIDS

AMiller, Bal Scott Swanay 13
DODay, Bal Scott Swanay 13
JLyles, Col Derek Van Riper 10
TCahill, Ari Derek Van Riper 5 Tim Heaney 0
EStults, SD Ray Flowers 3
JCosart, Mia Derek Van Riper 5
JGuthrie, KC Ray Flowers 1
JHapp, Tor Tim Heaney 0
MMoustakas, KC Ray Flowers 3
MTaylor, Was Tim Heaney 1
RGrossman, Hou Tim Heaney 1
CCarrasco, Cle Tim Heaney 0
RGrossman, Hou Fred Zinkie 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

My decision to trade Nathan Eovaldi just prior to the All-Star break worked out rather well, as he went on to give up 18 runs over his first three second half starts, a stretch that earned him a trip to the waiver wire. But the erratic righty has put together two straight dominant outings since, so I figured that re-acquiring him could be a worthwhile move. I also figured that there was enough distrust of Eovaldi that my $12 bid could very well turn out to be the winning bid. Not quite, as Scott Swanay’s late-season FAAB spending spree continues. Yeah, I’m a little bummed out, but maybe cashing in my Eovaldi earnings while I had the chance will turn out to be the wiser choice in the long run.

Tim Heaney’s addition of Tommy Milone for a mere one dollar is a move that has profit written all over it. Milone is very quietly enjoying the best season of his career, yet he was by default bumped from Oakland’s starting staff following the club’s acquisitions of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. Then came the Jon Lester trade, and barring multiple injuries, there was no chance that Milone would return to the rotation, so he was dealt to the Twins at the trade deadline. While in Oakland, Milone was a useful fantasy option for home starts, and with Target Field being another pitcher-friendly park, he belongs on the mixed league radar going forward.

Todd's Take

I'm a little surprised no one in Mixed Auction has discovered the treasure that is Brad Boxberger. The normal mode of thinking is middle relievers aren't useful in mixed leagues but we're at the point of the season when protecting ratios while adding on a few strikeouts and putting wins on the back-burner is viable. Other top candidates include Wade Davis, Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Tyler Clippard.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

mfiers

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

RLiriano, SD 7 Tim McLeod 7 Nicholas Minnix 6
MFiers, Mil 6 Ray Murphy 6 Perry Van Hook 6 Eno Sarris 1
JArencibia, Tex 3 Scott Engel 3 Tim McLeod 3 Anthony Perri 1
Nicholas Minnix 0 Perry Van Hook 0
JFamilia, NYM 3 Tim McLeod 5 Nicholas Minnix 2
KHendricks, ChC 3 Tim McLeod 6 Perry Van Hook 2 Nicholas Minnix 0
KNegron, Cin 3 Perry Van Hook 6 Anthony Perri 2
GSizemore, Phi 1 Eno Sarris 1 Paul Sporer 3
TMay, Min 1 Eno Sarris 1
WVenable, SD 1 Paul Sporer 8 Nicholas Minnix 0 Perry Van Hook 0
JSchafer, Min 1 Ray Murphy 6
CLewis, Tex 1 Ray Murphy 6
CCarrasco, Cle 1 Nicholas Minnix 4 Tim McLeod 3
JHapp, Tor 1 Anthony Perri 1 Nicholas Minnix 0
CJoseph, Bal 1 Anthony Perri 3
JLamb, Ari 1 Scott Engel 3
AGarcia, ChW 1 Tim McLeod 3
CVazquez, Bos 1 Tim McLeod 1
JRutledge, Col 0 Nicholas Minnix 0
JLagares, NYM 0 Anthony Perri 0 Perry Van Hook 0
DYoung, Bal 0 Perry Van Hook 0
BOberholtzer, Hou 0 Perry Van Hook 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

NReimold, Tor Paul Sporer 6
CCrawford, LAD Ray Murphy 6
DValencia, Tor Perry Van Hook 3
WFlores, NYM Scott Engel 2
AAlburquerque, Det Tim McLeod 2
JJay, StL Tim McLeod 2
AAlmonte, SD Eno Sarris 1
THouse, Cle Eno Sarris 1 Scott Engel 1
ALoup, Tor Tim McLeod 1
BBoxberger, TB Perry Van Hook 0
CCowgill, LAA Perry Van Hook 0
CParmelee, Min Perry Van Hook 0
DLough, Bal Perry Van Hook 0
ECarrera, Det Perry Van Hook 0
EnChavez, Sea Perry Van Hook 0 Anthony Perri 0
JBroxton, Cin Perry Van Hook 0
CCapuano, NYY Nicholas Minnix 0
JCosart, Mia Nicholas Minnix 0 Perry Van Hook 0
JDyson, KC Nicholas Minnix 0
RSweeney, ChC Nicholas Minnix 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Well $6 was the most popular bid of the night – even if the results show more players went for a dollar. Having lost Anibal Sanchez I wanted the best starting pitcher I could get or at least one with a very good matchup without spending too much. My choice was Mike Fiers, back in the Milwaukee Brewers rotation where he has shone before so I ventured $6. That was the winning amount but I lost the standings tie-breaker to Ray Murphy and also got out bid for the Cubs Kyle Hendricks (by a $6 bid), so I will have to settle for Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer (home vs the Twins this Wednesday), the highest of my zero dollar bids.

I have a good middle infield but couldn’t leave the white hot Kristopher Negron currently manning 2B for Cincinnati and as luck would have it my $6 bid was Vickrey reduced to $3.

I also had a list of $0 outfielders to replace David Murphy and got my first choice of Delmon Young, back from obscurity once again.

Actually the highest winning bid was $7 as Tim McLeod was forced to use all of that to roster Rymer Liriano. That topped one of the eight – yes $6 bids, this one from Nick Minnix.

Todd's Take

Perry mentioned how popular $6 was for a bid and it may not be a coincidence. In an auction, there's a psychological barrier upping a bid that ends in nine. It's the same idea as charging $2.99 per pound (or per gallon) as opposed to $3.00 (or whatever).

Over the years, I've noticed a larger percentage of bids being a multiple of $5 ($5, $10, $15 etc.). As such, I favor ending in 2 or 7 -- to account for the person that's also aware of this and ends in 1 or 6. I also spent the last few years building up an immunity to iocane powder.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 13:13
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of August 4 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 04 August 2014 15:54

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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

prado

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Allen Craig, BOS $25 KFFL.com 25 Yahoo! Sports 21 SiriusXM 19
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 18 Colton & The Wolfman 11 RotoWire 11
Mastersball 7 ESPN.com 6 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2
Martin Prado, NYY $21 Yahoo! Sports 21 SiriusXM 19 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 18
Colton & The Wolfman 11 RotoWire 11 KFFL.com 10
Mastersball 7 ESPN.com 6 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2
Jake Marisnick, HOU $14 SiriusXM 14 RotoWire 11 ESPN.com 3
KFFL.com 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2
Kennys Vargas, MIN $11 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 11 ESPN.com 4 Colton & The Wolfman 3
Winning Fantasy Baseball 2 Yahoo! Sports 1
Joe Kelly, BOS $11 RotoWire 11 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 11 KFFL.com 7
SiriusXM 6 Mastersball 3 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Fangraphs 1
Chris Denorfia, SEA $7 Mastersball 7 SiriusXM 9 KFFL.com 5
ESPN.com 3 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2
Jose Ramirez, CLE $5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Nolan Reimold, TOR $4 ESPN.com 4 SiriusXM 6 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Ezequiel Carrera, DET $2 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Danny Valencia, TOR $2 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2 SiriusXM 6 Yahoo! Sports 1
Colton & The Wolfman 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Yohan Pino, MIN $2 SiriusXM 2 KFFL.com 2
Ryan Goins, TOR $1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Tom Wilhelmsen, SEA $1 SiriusXM 1
Chase Whitley, NYY $1 KFFL.com 1
Carlos Corporan, HOU $1 KFFL.com 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Miles Mikolas, TEX RotoWire 2
L.J. Hoes, HOU Colton & The Wolfman 1
David Lough, BAL Colton & The Wolfman 1
T.J. House, CLE NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary.

Plenty of good crossover players to bid on Sunday night so interesting to see who went for each.

Again I had a maximum of $7 to try for Allen Craig, Martin Prado, and Joe Kelly in that order.

Craig went for $25 to KFFL. There were ten underbids from $2 to $21 so everybody but one team bid for his services. He had the largest purse going in with $55 and is now tied at $28 with Dave Adler of Baseball HQ (leading the standings).

Prado went for $21 to Yahoo leaving him with just one dollar for the rest of the year (he was the $21 underbid for Craig). Again there were ten underbids ranging from $2 to $18.

I won Denorfia for $7 as there were four $2 and $3 underbids.

In between those players were Jake Marisnick for $14 to Ray Flowers of Sirius/XM with five underbids from $2 to $11.

There were also two players who went for $11. Joe Kelly to Rotowire’s Chris Liss using all of his remaining FAAB, and Kenny Vargas of the Twins who went to Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs of NFBC/Stats.

There were also nine players bought for single digit bids.

Todd's Take

Like what we did in the Tout Wars report, below are the double-digit bids from the past several weeks in AL LABR.

Jeff Samardzija, OAK $68 7-Jul
Chase Headley, NYY $57 28-Jul
Huston Street $57 21-Jul
Jason Hammel, OAK $57 7-Jul
Allen Craig, BOS $25 4-Aug
Martin Prado, NYY $21 4-Aug
Brandon McCarthy, NYY $19 7-Jul
Jake Marisnick, HOU $14 4-Aug
Kennys Vargas, MIN $11 4-Aug
Joe Kelly, BOS $11 4-Aug
Roenis Elias, SEA $11 28-Jul

There's nothing all that surprising as the players line up in order of reasonable market value. Actually, I have an idea. Later this week. I'll do a comparison between Tout Wars and LABR to put a Vickrey and non-Vickrey league side-by-side to see the effect (if any) of the budget adjustments.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

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SUCCESSFUL BIDS

John Lackey, STL $95 Inside Edge 95 Yahoo Sports 94 RotoWire - DVR 78
Sandlot Shrink 61 ESPN - Karabell 44 USA TODAY Sports 36
RotoExperts 32 Baseball HQ 14 Colton & The Wolfman 1
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Asdrubal Cabrera, WSH $94 Yahoo Sports 94 RotoWire - DVR 77 ESPN - Karabell 41
USA TODAY Sports 36 Baseball HQ 14 Sandlot Shrink 9
Colton & The Wolfman 6 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Jarred Cosart, MIA $77 RotoWire - DVR 77
Justin Masterson, STL $19 USA TODAY Sports 19 RotoWire - DVR 77 Mastersball 18
ESPN - Karabell 11 Sandlot Shrink 7
Enrique Hernandez, MIA $14 Baseball HQ 14 Sandlot Shrink 7 ESPN - Karabell 4
Abraham Almonte, SD $6 Colton & The Wolfman 6 Colton & The Wolfman 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Andy Marte, ARI $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Trevor Cahill, ARI $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Nick Ahmed, ARI $1 Sandlot Shrink 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Alfredo Marte, ARI USA TODAY Sports 8
Matt Duffy, SF Colton & The Wolfman 1
Travis Wood, CHC NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Alfredo Marte, ARI Sandlot Shrink 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

For a second week there was a FAAB dump with Steve Moyer (Inside Edge) pulling the strings to the tune of $95 in acquiring John Lackey.

Steve beat out no fewer than nine bids, ranging from $1 to $94 in virtually emptying his FAAB wallet.

Then, Derek del Don dropped $94 on Asdrubal Cabrera, the newest National, outlasting seven would be owners who went as high as $77 but were bested by Team Yahoo.

Keeping the spending going, LABR host and USA Today Fantasy top dog Steve Gardner  nabbed Justin Masterson for $19, outspending three, including me ($18) while Doug Dennis of BBHQ grabbed Enrique Hernandez for $14 (there were two other bids of $4 and $7).

The Sandlot Shrink's Bob Radomski picked up Nick Ahmed for a dollar, while Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs of NFBC/STATS copped Trevor Cahill for the same price.

But, the final words go to Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton of Fantasy Alarm, who first bought Abraham Almonte for $6 (there was a $1 bid) but took a chance on Andy Marte for a buck.

Way to go, guys!

Todd's Take

And here's the NL version....

John Lackey, STL $95 4-Aug
Asdrubal Cabrera, WSH $94 4-Aug
Jake Peavy, SF $89 28-Jul
Jarred Cosart, MIA $77 4-Aug
A.J. Pierzynski, STL $37 28-Jul
Arismendy Alcantara, CHC $37 14-Jul
Justin Masterson, STL $19 4-Aug
Yangervis Solarte, SD $15 28-Jul
Jimmy Nelson, MIL $15 14-Jul
Enrique Hernandez, MIA $14 4-Aug
Tony Cruz, STL $10 14-Jul

I admit I like Masterson more than most (skills usually strong, home runs and walks to LHB usually the key) but this price is a bit shocking.

MIXED LEAGUE

kvargas

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Kennys Vargas, MIN $16 Towers of Power Baseball Hour 16 Fangraphs 4 ESPN.com 1
Jake Marisnick, HOU $6 Fangraphs 6
Chris Iannetta, LAA $5 Towers of Power Baseball Hour 5
Sam Fuld, OAK $2 Fangraphs 2 Fangraphs 2
Yangervis Solarte, SD $1 RotoExperts 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Tommy Medica, SD $1 ESPN.com 1
Mike Aviles, CLE $1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Roberto Hernandez, PHI $1 KFFL.com 1
Tommy Milone, MIN $1 KFFL.com 1
Yonder Alonso, SD $1 MLB.com 1
Ezequiel Carrera, DET $1 Fangraphs 1
Brad Hand, MIA $1 KFFL.com 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

None

Todd Zola's Commentary

Arghh. We've gone from battling for 70 points back to battling to stay out of the cellar. I knew the risk dealing Mike Trout for Troy Tulowitzki and it's something I'd do if that's what it took to win so I have no regrets. All I can do is hope he comes back in mid-August and isn't shut down.

Todd's Take.

As was mentioned last week, mixed leagues don't have crossover players but they do have players that benefit from deadline dealing - Jake Marisnick being a prime example. The Astros have beeen playing musical outfielders so his time isn't assured, but there's a strong chance Marisnick will play the lion's share of innings in center. He won't dominate any one category, which is actually a detriment at this point of the season but he will contribute across the board with a little more speed than power.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 August 2014 17:05
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of August 4 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 04 August 2014 02:28

 

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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

acraig

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ACraig, Bos 51 Steve Moyer 58 Joe Sheehan 50 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 35
Mike Podhorzer 34 Ron Shandler 20 Larry Schechter 13
Jeff Erickson 11 Andy Behrens 0 Chris Liss 0
MPrado, NYY 36 Joe Sheehan 38 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 35 Mike Podhorzer 26
Jason Collette 25 Ron Shandler 20 Ron Shandler 15
Larry Schechter 13 Jeff Erickson 11 Andy Behrens 0
JMarisnick, Hou 14 Mike Podhorzer 16 Joe Sheehan 20 Larry Schechter 13
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3 Andy Behrens 0
Chris Liss 0
KVargas, Min 14 Ron Shandler 15 Larry Schechter 13 Mike Podhorzer 12
Jeff Erickson 11 Jason Collette 4 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3
Chris Liss 0
JKelly, Bos 12 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 30 Jeff Erickson 11 Mike Podhorzer 4
Chris Liss 0
CDenorfia, Sea 12 Larry Schechter 13 Jeff Erickson 11 Lawr Michaels 7
Joe Sheehan 7 Mike Podhorzer 5 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3
Larry Schechter 0 Andy Behrens 0
MCarp, Bos 2 Mike Podhorzer 11 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
ECarrera, Det 2 Mike Podhorzer 6 Larry Schechter 6 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
ZWalters, Cle 1 Ron Shandler 8
RFlaherty, Bal 1 Jason Collette 2 Larry Schechter 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
MKrauss, Hou 1 Jason Collette 1 Larry Schechter 6
CColon, KC 1 Jason Collette 1
JPeralta, TB 1 Joe Sheehan 2
JFrasor, KC 1 Joe Sheehan 1
BPeacock, Hou 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
JAdduci, Tex 0 Chris Liss 0 Larry Schechter 13
MFoltynewicz, Hou 0 Chris Liss 0
RGoins, Tor 0 Larry Schechter 0 Jason Collette 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
CCorporan, Hou 0 Ron Shandler 0
ESogard, Oak 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

DKelly, Det Jason Collette 1
ANieto, CWS Ron Shandler 0
ARomine, Det Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
ARosales, Tex Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
CFigueroa, TB Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
DButler, Bos Ron Shandler 0
DRobertson, Tex Larry Schechter 0
EKratz, KC Ron Shandler 0
FAbad, Oak Joe Sheehan 0
GPetit, Hou Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
MSierra, CWS Larry Schechter 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

The Red Sox’s new left fielder drew the most bids this week despite having a sub-par season for the Cardinals. The 30-year old righty has battled some injuries recently and has provided less power and approached the plate more aggressively, increasing his strikeouts and overall rendering him fairly ineffective. The Sox saw enough to give him another chance, but Allen Craig has a rather unforgiving skill. If it is health holding him back, then a rebound is possible but it is also quite possible Craig will be moving into the platoon player stage of his career.

Martin Prado’s career may also be at a crossroads as he shows declining power skills and is increasingly keeping the ball on the ground. The one thing that may keep him in the lineup is his positional versatility though he is likely to find himself on most days when the Yankees face a right-hander.

The Astros have installed former top Blue Jays prospect Jake Marisnick as their everyday center fielder.  The righty is not likely a future star, but plays good enough centerfield, has mid to high teens power potential and 20-plus stolen base speed. His plate approach, however, is suspect and it remains to be seen whether he can even hit righties at the MLB level.

Todd's Take

I thought it would be interesting to cull together all the double-digit bids from the past several weeks in the four single leagues to see how the timing played out. While you can't plan on the same scenarios in either the AL or the NL next season, it is intriguing food for thought when considering how to manage your FAAB next season. Below are the bids, with the cost deducted, the original bid (keep in mind Tout Wars is a Vickrey league) and the date.

Player Cost Bid Date
Jeff Samardzija 77 85 7-Jul
Allen Craig 51 58 4-Aug
Jason Hammel 51 85 7-Jul
Chase Headley 39 65 28-Jul
Martin Prado 36 38 4-Aug
Huston Street 36 74 21-Jul
Brandon McCarthy 16 18 14-Jul
Jake Marisnick 14 16 4-Aug
Kennys Vargas 14 15 4-Aug
Joe Kelly 12 30 4-Aug
Chris Denorfia 12 13 4-Aug
Christian Vazquez 8 17 14-Jul
Shane Greene 6 22 14-Jul
Mike Carp 2 11 4-Aug
Allen Webster 1 15 28-Jul
Chris Taylor 1 14 28-Jul
Danny Santana 1 21 7-Jul

My initial reaction is this is pretty much how I would expect the players to be ordered with the possible exception of Street - which is more a by-product of Vickrey. It will be interesting to compare the order to LABR which isn't a Vickrey league.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

jmasterson

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JLackey, StL 53 Mike Gianella 66 Steve Gardner 66 Brian Walton 52
Seth Trachtman 51 Phil Hertz 45 Todd Zola 44
Derek Carty 41 Tristan H. Cockcroft 39 Peter Kreutzer 34
Scott Wilderman 32 Gene McCaffrey 25 Lenny Melnick  21
JMasterson, StL 53 Mike Gianella 53 Brian Walton 52 Todd Zola 44
Derek Carty 41 Tristan H. Cockcroft 39 Gene McCaffrey 25
Phil Hertz 22 Seth Trachtman 15 Peter Kreutzer 11
Scott Wilderman 3 Steve Gardner 0
ACabrera, Was 53 Steve Gardner 66 Mike Gianella 53 Brian Walton 52
Derek Carty 41 Tristan H. Cockcroft 39 Peter Kreutzer 27
Gene McCaffrey 25 Mike Gianella 3 Derek Carty 0
JCosart, Mia 30 Derek Carty 41 Tristan H. Cockcroft 29 Gene McCaffrey 25
Phil Hertz 8 Scott Wilderman 6 Peter Kreutzer 4
Mike Gianella 3 Seth Trachtman 3 Steve Gardner 0
MDuffy, SF 10 Todd Zola 11 Gene McCaffrey 9 Seth Trachtman 3
Mike Gianella 2
AnMarte, Ari 8 Tristan H. Cockcroft 8 Seth Trachtman 7 Scott Wilderman 4
Mike Gianella 1 Peter Kreutzer 0
EHernandez, Mia 7 Gene McCaffrey 9 Peter Kreutzer 6 Scott Wilderman 1
Mike Gianella 0 Derek Carty 0
TSnider, Pit 2 Scott Wilderman 2 Mike Gianella 3 Peter Kreutzer 2
AAlmonte, SD 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 9 Mike Gianella 3 Derek Carty 3
Peter Kreutzer 1 Derek Carty 0
TWatson, Pit 1 Peter Kreutzer 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1 Brian Walton 0
KNegron, Cin 1 Mike Gianella 3
CCulberson, Col 1 Peter Kreutzer 2
JSoler, ChC 1 Phil Hertz 2
MDenDekker, NYM 1 Seth Trachtman 1 Phil Hertz 2
RHernandez, Phi 1 Seth Trachtman 1
NAhmed, Ari 0 Mike Gianella 0
CNelson, SD 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Mike Gianella 0 Derek Carty 0
Seth Trachtman 0
JDiaz, Cin 0 Phil Hertz 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

SSouza, Was Phil Hertz 2
TStauffer, SD Derek Carty 0
SLeCure, Cin Derek Carty 0
MEllis, StL Mike Gianella 0
JPerez, SF Mike Gianella 0
JFrancoeur, SD Scott Wilderman 0
BZiegler, Ari Derek Carty 0
ASusac, SF Mike Gianella 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

All 12 league members got into the action, trying to acquire one or all of the big three players traded into the National League at the deadline – new Cardinals starting pitchers John Lackey and Justin Masterson and Nationals shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.

In reality, only two players were really players – Mike Gianella and Steve Gardner. With a whopping $56 more in his kitty than Gardner, Gianella was not only assured of getting his pick of the litter, but also the third-best free agent.

Yours truly was next in the FAAB kitty pecking order with $52. I bid my entire amount on all three free agents, which simply led to all three being sold for $53. The two Cardinals went to Gianella with Cabrera going to Gardner's roster.

Of the three, the major uncertainty is with Masterson, who was an all-star last season. 2014 has brought injury, lower velocity and considerably poorer results. The free agent to be should have at least until/if Michael Wacha is ready to return to prove he should remain among the starting five.

Pitcher Jarred Cosart was also on the move, heading from Houston to Miami. The bidding was not as aggressive as for the others, but Derek Carty offered $41, paying $30. Cosart should remain in the Marlins rotation as long as he pitches acceptably.

Todd's Take

Here's the NL data...

Asdrubal Cabrera 53 66 4-Aug
John Lackey 53 66 4-Aug
Justin Masterson 52 53 4-Aug
Jake Peavy 42 56 28-Jul
A.J. Pierzynski 39 67 28-Jul
Yangervis Solarte 34 52 28-Jul
Jarred Cosart 30 41 4-Aug
Joey Votto 26 43 14-Jul
Dan Straily 15 21 7-Jul
Darin Ruf 15 30 28-Jul
Matt Duffy 10 11 4-Aug
George Kottaras 9 12 14-Jul
Grady Sizemore 9 18 14-Jul
Jordany Valdespin 8 18 21-Jul
Trevor Cahill 4 20 14-Jul

Of course, the influx of free agents to the National League was more conventional as opposed to the craziness that was the Junior Circuit but still, the order looks reasonable. It struck me as I was putting the list together that comparing against the available FAAB that week would be the best research but I didn't archive that information. Next season I will.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

jreddick

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JReddick, Oak 10 Scott Swanay 62 Scott Pianowski 9 Ray Flowers 9
Tim Heaney 6
YSolarte, SD 7 Scott Pianowski 40 Paul Singman 6 Ray Flowers 5
Ray Flowers 4 Tim Heaney 3 Tim Heaney 2
Paul Singman 1
SMiller, StL 7 Zach Steinhorn 13 Fred Zinkie 6 Scott Pianowski 5
Ray Flowers 5
KVargas, Min 4 Al Melchior 9 Tim Heaney 3
MBuehrle, Tor 3 Fred Zinkie 3 Ray Flowers 2 Tim Heaney 2
LValbuena, ChC 3 Fred Zinkie 4 Tim Heaney 2
TMedica, SD 2 Tim Heaney 2
APierzynski, StL 1 David Gonos 8
TFlowers, CWS 1 Patrick Davitt 1 David Gonos 5
DJeter, NYY 1 Ray Flowers 6 Tim Heaney 1 Scott Pianowski 0
MGonzalez, Bal 1 Ray Flowers 5
BHand, Mia 1 Ray Flowers 3 Fred Zinkie 3 Tim Heaney 1
HSantiago, LAA 1 Tim Heaney 2 Zach Steinhorn 7 Ray Flowers 3
JMarisnick, Hou 1 Ray Flowers 7
JTurner, Mia 1 Patrick Davitt 1
TMay, Min 1 Al Melchior 13
RHernandez, Phi 0 Patrick Davitt 0 Ray Flowers 3 Fred Zinkie 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

WCastillo, ChC Scott Pianowski 9
BNorris, Bal Scott Pianowski 6 Ray Flowers 3
DSantana, Hou Al Melchior 6
CTaylor, Sea Al Melchior 5 Ray Flowers 5 Tim Heaney 1
MAviles, Cle Scott Pianowski 5
YEscobar, TB Ray Flowers 4
DMurphy, Cle Ray Flowers 4
VNuno, Ari Ray Flowers 3 Tim Heaney 1
MCarp, Bos Tim Heaney 2
ARanaudo, Bos Al Melchior 2
DThayer, SD Tim Heaney 2
YPino, Min Ray Flowers 2
JCosart, Mia Ray Flowers 2
JCollmenter, Ari Ray Flowers 2
TMilone, Min Tim Heaney 1
BBoxberger, TB Tim Heaney 1
JGuthrie, KC Patrick Davitt 0
EStults, SD Patrick Davitt 0
CGimenez, Tex Patrick Davitt 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Since coming off the DL on July 22, Josh Reddick is batting .390 with four homers, seven RBI and ten runs scored. After slugging 32 homers back in 2012, Reddick has been a huge disappointment for two straight seasons now, with injuries being partly to blame. But this recent surge is surely welcome news for those owners who stuck with him. Interestingly enough, Reddick fell victim to the Tout Wars FAAB redemption rule, as he was released while on the DL in exchange for the full refund (based on auction day price). In this league, it's important not to assume that a certain player who is on the real life DL is on the Tout DL just because Tout allows for unlimited DL spots.  

Getting traded to San Diego seems to be the wakeup call that Yangervis Solarte needed, as he's hitting .286 to go along with two home runs, nine RBI and ten runs scored through his first 12 games as a member of the Padres. He's obviously a streaky hitter, so maybe Scott Pianowski can cash in on this hot stretch. Also note that Solarte qualifies at second base, shortstop and third base, which gives him some added appeal.

Searching for a replacement for the injured Henderson Alvarez, I settled on Shelby Miller as my top waiver wire target. In two starts since moving back into the rotation, Miller is 1-0 with a 3.09 ERA and 0.51 WHIP. Remember that this is a guy who won 15 games last season while posting a 3.06 ERA and 1.21 WHIP, and he's only 23. Despite his inconsistent performance in 2014, he certainly has the ability to close out the year looking more like the Shelby Miller of 2013.

Todd's Take

There's really not much to say in terms of game theory and strategy in the mixed leagues this week, those still engaged are filling holes and addressing needs. So instead I'll highlight a couple players I find noteworthy.

Kennys Vargas is an interesting dart to throw. In AL-only, he could be big help whereas in mixed formats it's more of a flier. Vargas should get playing time in Minnesota (even when Joe Mauer returns) so opportunity is there. He was a little old for his minor league level which can skew the numbers but his discipline and contact are pretty good and he has double-digit home run pop.

Tommy Medica is the new Chris Denorfia in San Diego. That is, a player that looks like he's on the wrong side of a platoon but will happen upon more at bats. I don't see a full-time guy but he's definitely worth a flier (and will be a cheap play in daily games for the next few days/weeks until his price catches up).

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

leake

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MLeake, Cin 4 Nicholas Minnix 4 Tim McLeod 4 Scott Engel 3
OArcia, Min 4 Adam Ronis 6 Tim McLeod 3
YSolarte, SD 3 Tom Kessenich 7 Anthony Perri 2 Charlie Wiegert 1
Perry Van Hook 0
TMedica, SD 2 Adam Ronis 6 Charlie Wiegert 1 Anthony Perri 1
Perry Van Hook 0
KVargas, Min 1 Grey Albright 1 Adam Ronis 5
TCahill, Ari 1 Nicholas Minnix 4
JMasterson, StL 1 Nicholas Minnix 4 Ray Murphy 1
TWada, ChC 1 Anthony Perri 2
JTomlin, Cle 1 Ray Murphy 1
EInciarte, Ari 1 Charlie Wiegert 1
SFuld, Oak 1 Charlie Wiegert 3
JPacheco, Ari 1 Tim McLeod 1
BreAnderson, Col 1 Tim McLeod 4
HSantiago, LAA 1 Perry Van Hook 4
RGrossman, Hou 0 Eno Sarris 0
YAlonso, SD 0 Eno Sarris 0
DMurphy, Cle 0 Perry Van Hook 0 Tom Kessenich 4

UNAWARDED BIDS

RRivera, SD Adam Ronis 4 Charlie Wiegert 1
AGose, Tor Tom Kessenich 3
BWorkman, Bos Tim McLeod 1
AnMarte, Ari Ray Murphy 0
VNuno, Ari Eno Sarris 0
WVenable, SD Anthony Perri 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Of course in mixed leagues without crossover players there is much less action at the trading deadline and that was the case in this league.

In fact the high winning bid was $4 by Nick Minnix who in shuffling his pitching staff for the upcoming week had bid four dollars on three different pitchers – Mike Minor who he had to use all four dollars for; Trevor Cahill and Justin Masterson who he won for $1 each on the Vickrey reduced bids.

Yangervis Solarte, former Yankee now Padre, went for $3 to Tom Kessenich of NFBC/Stats reduced from his $7 bid for the versatile infielder.

Good thing Nick and I had different pitchers in mind as I also bid $4 for Hector Santiago and his two start week but won him for just one dollar. Nick would have beaten me on the standings tie-breaker if Santiago had been on his parlay ticket.

Todd's Take

He's not going to hit for power but Jordan Pacheco makes decent contact and with catcher-eligibility, I'm surprised he didn't draw more interest. An increase in at bats was already in store at third base after Martin Prado was traded but now with Paul Goldschmidt out (likely for the duration), Pacheco will also need to break in a first baseman's mitt.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 August 2014 12:08
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of July 28 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 28 July 2014 13:29

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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

chaseheadley

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Chase Headley, NYY $57 USA TODAY Sports 57 Baseball HQ 24 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 23
RotoWire 22 SiriusXM 21 KFFL.com 19
Colton & The Wolfman 11 Mastersball 8
Roenis Elias, SEA $11 RotoWire 11 KFFL.com 9 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3
Colton & The Wolfman 1 ESPN.com 1
Christopher Taylor, SEA $8 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 8
Aaron Sanchez, TOR $1 Fangraphs 1
Jose Veras, HOU $1 KFFL.com 1
Brandon Maurer, SEA $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 SiriusXM 1
Munenori Kawasaki, TOR $1 SiriusXM 1
Shawn Kelley, NYY $1 SiriusXM 1
Robinson Chirinos, TEX $1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 Yahoo! Sports 3 SiriusXM 1
Zelous Wheeler, NYY $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Francisco Cervelli, NYY Colton & The Wolfman 1 SiriusXM 1
L.J. Hoes, HOU SiriusXM 1 SiriusXM 1
Kevin Jepsen, LAA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 SiriusXM 1
David Lough, BAL Yahoo! Sports 1
Nolan Reimold, TOR Yahoo! Sports 1
Brad Brach, BAL SiriusXM 1
Carlos Corporan, HOU SiriusXM 1
Casey Fien, MIN SiriusXM 1
Don Kelly, DET SiriusXM 1
Ryan Goins, TOR SiriusXM 1
Shawn Tolleson, TEX SiriusXM 1
Tom Wilhelmsen, SEA SiriusXM 1
Yohan Pino, MIN SiriusXM 1
Neal Cotts, TEX Fangraphs 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary.

Well I knew my $8 bid on Chase Headley from my puny thirteen dollar stash wouldn’t hold up but I could freeze out three competitors. There were nine of the twelve teams that bid on the new Yankee third baseman but USA Today’s Steve Gardner all in bid of $57 beat the three bids in the twenties. But fighting to improve Steve guarded against a similar push from KFFL.

Two Mariners drew the other bids of more than a dollar with Rotowire’s Chris Liss buying the resurgent Roenis Elias for $11 while NFBC/Stats Greg Ambrosius grabbed new shortstop Chris Taylor.

Todd's Take.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

jpeavysf

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jake Peavy, SF $89 Fantasy Insiders 89 Sandlot Shrink 41 Inside Edge 22
RotoExperts 17 RotoWire - DVR 16 ESPN - Karabell 4
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3
A.J. Pierzynski, STL $37 USA TODAY Sports 37 Inside Edge 22 Baseball HQ 22
RotoExperts 12 Colton & The Wolfman 6 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Yangervis Solarte, SD $15 Baseball HQ 15 RotoExperts 12 Fantasy Insiders 7
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7 RotoWire - DVR 6 Inside Edge 5
ESPN - Karabell 4 Sandlot Shrink 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Jordany Valdespin, MIA $7 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7 Baseball HQ 2
Kyle Hendricks, CHC $5 RotoWire - DVR 5 Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Chris Nelson, SD $3 Sandlot Shrink 3 Baseball HQ 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Jeff Francoeur, SD $2 Baseball HQ 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Tsuyoshi Wada, CHC $2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 RotoWire - DVR 1
Brad Hand, MIA $1 Baseball HQ 1 RotoWire - DVR 3
Ben Paulsen, COL $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Baseball HQ 2
Nate McLouth, WSH $1 Inside Edge 1 Baseball HQ 1
Pedro Strop, CHC $1 Inside Edge 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Tyler Matzek, COL RotoWire - DVR 3
Travis Wood, CHC RotoWire - DVR 2
Jeff Mathis, MIA USA TODAY Sports 2
Kristopher Negron, CIN Baseball HQ 1 RotoWire - DVR 1
Zach Walters, WSH Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Gerald Laird, ATL USA TODAY Sports 1
Joaquin Arias, SF RotoWire - DVR 1
Nick Ahmed, ARI RotoWire - DVR 1
Jacob Turner, MIA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Antonio Bastardo, PHI Inside Edge 1
J.P. Howell, LAD Inside Edge 1
Jake Diekman, PHI Inside Edge 1
Jean Machi, SF Inside Edge 1
Bobby Abreu, NYM Baseball HQ 1
Brent Morel, PIT Baseball HQ 1
George Kontos, SF Baseball HQ 1
Justin De Fratus, PHI Baseball HQ 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Finally.

After three months of sitting on chunks of FAAB, finally cut loose this past week dumping a wad on the trade deadline spoils.

Leading the pack was the $89 price tag for new Giants hurler Jake Peavy, who went to Derek Carty of Fantasy Insiders for the whopping sum of $89. Derek outbid six teams and bids ranging from $41 at the top to a wishful $3 at the bottom.

Then, another vet in A.J. Pierzynski was plucked by the LABR host Steve Gardner for $37, holding off five teams who offered $22 (two teams tried this) to $2 in an attempt to win the stats rights to the new St. Louis backstop.

Add in the $15 Doug Dennis of BaseballHQ spent on new Padre Yangervis Solarte, outbidding nine other teams who were willing to go from between $12 and a buck.

Right there we have more money spent and activity than it seems in the previous 17 weeks, but such is baseball.

On the bottom end of the spectrum, Jordany Valdespin went to Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs of NFBC/STATS for $7 (there was also a $2 challenge), and Derek van Riper of Rotowire spent $5 on Kyle Hendricks.

There were other moves rounding out the bottom of the FAAB pond, but $2 was all it took for Doug Dennis to grab vet Jeff Francouer (there was a $1 shot on the outfielder, who seems like he should be older than the 30-years old he is).

Rounding out the week were $3 for Chris Nelson (to Bob Radomski of the Sandlot Shrink), Tsuyoshi Wada who went for $2 to team Ambrosius/Childs, and four $1 players: Brad Hand (BBHQ), Ben Paulsen (Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf), and Nate McLouth and Pedro Strop to the Inside Edge (Steve Moyer who still has $98 left in his kitty).

Todd's Take.

MIXED LEAGUE

dsalazar

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Neftali Feliz, TEX $44 USA TODAY Sports 44 Fangraphs 14 MLB.com 1
Danny Salazar, CLE $16 Fangraphs 16 Baseball HQ 9 MLB.com 5
KFFL.com 3 Rotowire-Erickson 2
Jeremy Hellickson, TB $3 Baseball HQ 3 Baseball Prospectus 2 KFFL.com 2
Efren Navarro, LAA $2 Towers of Power Baseball Hour 2
Gregor Blanco, SF $2 Baseball HQ 2
Daniel Nava, BOS $1 FNTSY 1
Jacob Turner, MIA $1 MLB.com 1
Wilmer Flores, NYM $1 RotoExperts 1
Chase Anderson, ARI $1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Kyle Hendricks, CHC $1 KFFL.com 1
Tyler Flowers, CWS $1 Baseball Prospectus 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Anthony Gose, TOR Baseball HQ 2
Tyler Matzek, COL KFFL.com 1
Roberto Hernandez, PHI KFFL.com 1
Danny Espinosa, WSH RotoExperts 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

I knew dealing for Troy Tulowizki -- err Troy Tulowitzki was a risk but it was one I was willing to take. The quest for 70 points takes a hit but I'll keep pushing on. In retrospect, it was probably a mistake not try to get Josh Rutledge as a hedge.

The elevated bids on Salazar aren't surprising; it further feeds into the industry's fascination with strikeouts (I'm looking at you Bud Norris and Brad Peacock). I'm also a Salazar fan but the walks still scare me.

Todd's Take

It's interesting - we talk about mixed leagues being devoid of deadline deal excitement, but an argument can be made there are some players available due to trades that have their roles change (Feliz will close) or enter an improved situation (Solarte will play every day, Peavy moves to a pitching park). But on the other hand, it's not like closers, starting pitchers and viable but not difference-making hitters aren't available all season in mixed leagues.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 14:12
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of July 28 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 28 July 2014 01:50

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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.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

webster

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CHeadley, NYY 39 Jason Collette 65 Mike Podhorzer 35 Rob Leibowitz 19
Ron Shandler 20 Larry Schechter 14 Jeff Erickson 11
Andy Behrens 1
AWebster, Bos 5 Steve Moyer 15 Jeff Erickson 4 Rob Leibowitz 3
Mike Podhorzer 2 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0 Mike Podhorzer 0
LHoes, Hou 1 Andy Behrens 1
CCapuano, NYY 1 Mike Podhorzer 5 Steve Moyer 7 Rob Leibowitz 3
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
ASanchez, Tor 1 Rob Leibowitz 8 Chris Liss 0
CTaylor, Sea 1 Larry Schechter 14 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0 Chris Liss 0
ASwarzak, Min 1 Lawr Michaels 8
DYoung, Bal 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
CLewis, Tex 0 Mike Podhorzer 3
MMikolas, Tex 0 Chris Liss 0
JoRamirez, Cle 0 Steve Moyer 0
JThole, Tor 0 Jason Collette 0
NCotts, Tex 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JAdduci, Tex Larry Schechter 6
ESogard, Oak Andy Behrens 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
RGoins, Tor Andy Behrens 1 Steve Moyer 0
KHerrera, KC Steve Moyer 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Jason Collette is probably a happy camper this morning. Not only did he outbid six other combatants for Chase Headley, it only took 39 of his 65 bid meaning he's still in the running for more crossover players should there be some activity later this week.

The latest Red Sox youngster to get a crack at the rotation, Allen Webster, attracted the second most attention this week and it was justified as the righty could be here to stay. Webster is a four-pitch pitcher with multiple swing and miss offerings. He is, however, prone to having some issues with his command, so it would not be surprising to see some dominant starts and god awful starts out of him as he adjusts to the Majors. Brandon Workman and Anthony Ranaudo are waiting in the wings for Jon Lester to be dealt or for Webster or Rubby de la Rosa to struggle.

Chris Capuano actually drew three bids and one higher than the winning bidder with Moyer’s purchase of Webster superseding the bid.

Larry Schechter’s bargain basement purchase of Chris Taylor might be the purchase of the week. Taylor has the defense to stay at short, draws walks and gets on base, has 20-plus stolen base speed, and doubles/mid-single digits home run power and has hit .328/.397/.497 in Triple-A this year. That’s a Triple-A inflated line that is beyond Taylor’s abilities, especially given the righty’s high strikeout rates when contrasted against his modest power potential. Still, there is a potential .270s hitter here and Brad Miller owners need to be very concerned.

Todd's Take

What an odd year in the American League. The hammer at the deadline has 79 FAAB units with the next 58 and then 43 after that. This is the first time I can remember such a weird scenario. Or course, the reason is there have been several very good players floating in over the past few weeks. What I'm curious to follow is the price it takes to buy any further decent crossover players. The dynamic of spend or hold is fascinating and I'm looking forward to seeing the bang for the buck each owner gets relative to who they purchased and when.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

jpeavysf

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JPeavy, SF 42 Tristan H. Cockcroft 56 Derek Carty 41 Gene McCaffrey 26
Phil Hertz 19 Steve Gardner 18 Mike Gianella 16
Peter Kreutzer 4 Brian Walton 4 Lenny Melnick  1
APierzynski, StL 39 Todd Zola 67 Derek Carty 38 Seth Trachtman 35
Steve Gardner 30 Gene McCaffrey 26 Peter Kreutzer 17
Mike Gianella 10
YSolarte, SD 34 Scott Wilderman 52 Derek Carty 33 Brian Walton 20
Mike Gianella 14 Peter Kreutzer 14 Lenny Melnick  11
Tristan H. Cockcroft 8 Seth Trachtman 7
DRuf, Phi 15 Steve Gardner 30 Derek Carty 14 Lenny Melnick  11
Brian Walton 10 Seth Trachtman 9 Mike Gianella 4
Gene McCaffrey 3 Tristan H. Cockcroft 3
JTurner, Mia 6 Phil Hertz 8 Derek Carty 5 Seth Trachtman 0
BPaulsen, Col 4 Peter Kreutzer 4 Steve Gardner 18 Tristan H. Cockcroft 5
Seth Trachtman 4 Gene McCaffrey 3 Lenny Melnick  2
Mike Gianella 1
BHand, Mia 1 Gene McCaffrey 4
JBroxton, Cin 1 Peter Kreutzer 2
ZWalters, Was 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Scott Wilderman 0
KFrandsen, Was 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Steve Gardner 0
JBaker, ChC 0 Seth Trachtman 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

ARamos, Mia Peter Kreutzer 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
CStewart, Pit Todd Zola 0
JMathis, Mia Todd Zola 0
DLutz, Cin Steve Gardner 0
JArias, SF Steve Gardner 0
NEvans, Ari Steve Gardner 0
DButera, LAD Seth Trachtman 0
TGosewisch, Ari Seth Trachtman 0
AlMarte, Ari Peter Kreutzer 0
AVarvaro, Atl Peter Kreutzer 0
JFrancoeur, SD Peter Kreutzer 0
TSnider, Pit Peter Kreutzer 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

To be honest, writing these reports the past few weeks has been a bit boring. Not this time, as $115 was spilled on three players coming into the National League from the American League East.

Tops at $42 was Jake Peavy. Tristan H. Cockcroft is banking on improvement in the new Giant’s return to the Senior Circuit. Tristan was willing to go $56, but required “just” $42. Three earned runs in six innings in Peavy’s San Francisco debut on Sunday night is a “meets minimum” for a quality start, but Tristan won’t get those results as these transactions are effective Monday.

A.J. Pierzynski isn’t going to win any Mr. Nice Guy contests but wasn’t unemployed long after being dumped by Boston. With Yadier Molina out, the Cardinals needed help behind the plate and the fit seems good. Lord Zola pushed a whopping $67 to the center of the table, but needed $39 to get the job done. Interestingly, the catcher received the broadest big-money interest, with five bids at $25 or more.

One of the big stories of the first half was the rise of Yangervis Solarte from the scrap heap to a credible showing for the Yankees in A-Rod’s absence at the hot corner. The Bombers sent Solarte to San Diego as part of the take for Chase Headley this past week and continued at-bats seem assured. Scott Wilderman won the bidding at $34, though he was willing to go $52 if needed.

Sadly (for him), Derek Carty played the enforcer’s role to the max. Not only did he have the second-highest bids for all three players above, he did the same thing for Steve Gardner’s $15 Darin Ruf. Carty ended up being shut out this week, but not for trying.

Todd's Take

So my unintentional hoarding of FAAB netted me A.J. Pierzynski? Talk about rubbing salt in the wound. My colleague Lawr expressed some optimism Pierzynski would have a decent last couple of months (and anything can happen in 8 weeks), but I'm not nearly as warm and fuzzy. Busch Stadium is a terrible park for power (not that Pierzynski is known for homers) but what little pop he has will be squashed. Keep in mind he's played in a some of the best hitter's parks (U.S. Cellular, Arlington and Fenway).

So why did I go nearly all-in for him? My catching situation is terrible (by design). Hector Sanchez is on the 7-day concussion DL. Regardless what I think, it's a significant upgrade for me and who knows what else will be coming over. I wasn't in the top-two so I went with bird-in-hand and will hope Lawr is right and I'm wrong. It wouldn't be the first time.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

nfeliz

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

NFeliz, Tex 12 Zach Steinhorn 22 Ray Flowers 11 Tim Heaney 7
VWorley, Pit 2 Derek Van Riper 15 Ray Flowers 2 Patrick Davitt 1
JPetricka, CWS 1 Derek Van Riper 15 Zach Steinhorn 8 Ray Flowers 7
Tim Heaney 3
SVanSlyke, LAD 1 Patrick Davitt 3
KHendricks, ChC 1 Patrick Davitt 3 Tim Heaney 1
CAnderson, Ari 1 Tim Heaney 3
OArcia, Min 1 Al Melchior 2
ADeAza, CWS 1 Fred Zinkie 2

UNAWARDED BIDS

JReddick, Oak Tim Heaney 3 Fred Zinkie 0
MGonzalez, Bal Ray Flowers 3
BBoxberger, TB Ray Flowers 2 Tim Heaney 1
AOttavino, Col Ray Flowers 2
BNorris, Bal Ray Flowers 2
HSantiago, LAA Ray Flowers 2
JCollmenter, Ari Ray Flowers 2
JFields, Hou Ray Flowers 2
VNuno, Ari Ray Flowers 2
YPino, Min Ray Flowers 2
YSolarte, SD Patrick Davitt 1
JTurner, LAD Patrick Davitt 0
GBlanco, SF Fred Zinkie 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Considering the exorbitant prices that closers have been going for in FAAB this year, I figured there was no chance a $22 bid would be enough to land Neftali Feliz. Since I don’t particularly have a need for saves, I entered in the bid more as a price-enforcing measure. With Joakim Soria now in Detroit, Feliz is the clear favorite to become the Rangers’ new full-time stopper. While the skeptics are correct that his stuff isn’t as dominating as it was in his pre-Tommy John surgery days, Feliz does sport a 2.38 ERA and 0.88 WHIP through eight appearances this season, and he successfully converted his first save chance over the weekend. So now I have four closers, and Feliz will likely head to my bench next week (Tout Wars rules require that all players picked up via FAAB need to be active for the first week) since I can’t afford to lose points in wins and strikeouts. But I’m fine with spending 12 bucks on a guy who, as long as he’s not terrible and loses the ninth inning gig, could at the very least net me a useful piece in a trade.

Todd's Take

Larry Schechter is recognized as one of the more successful players in industry leagues (and rightfully so) but Fred Zinkie is quietly establishing quite the track record, and he's at it again - leading the Tout Auction league by 16 points. I'm not saying 16 points is an insurmountable lead with two months left, far from it. But I am curious (seems I'm curious about a few things today) the activity in this league versus the draft version (which is closer). 

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

relias

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

RElias, Sea 4 Greg Ambrosius 9 Tom Kessenich 3 Grey Albright 1
JPeavy, SF 3 Eno Sarris 3 Nicholas Minnix 3 Tom Kessenich 3
Ray Murphy 2
JUribe, LAD 3 Tom Kessenich 12 Adam Ronis 2
SDrew, Bos 2 Paul Sporer 12 Scott Engel 2 Tim McLeod 1
CTaylor, Sea 2 Scott Engel 3 Tim McLeod 1
EHernandez, Hou 1 Eno Sarris 1
NAoki, KC 1 Tim McLeod 4 Eno Sarris 1
CAnderson, Ari 1 Grey Albright 1 Eno Sarris 1
JFields, Hou 1 Eno Sarris 1
JDeLaRosa, Col 1 Grey Albright 2 Greg Ambrosius 5 Tom Kessenich 1
APierzynski, StL 1 Greg Ambrosius 9
CHart, Sea 1 Greg Ambrosius 7
VWorley, Pit 1 Ray Murphy 6
ENavarro, LAA 1 Perry Van Hook 2 Nicholas Minnix 0 Tim McLeod 0
FCervelli, NYY 1 Anthony Perri 1
BPena, Cin 1 Tom Kessenich 3
JGuthrie, KC 1 Tom Kessenich 1
JBradley, Bos 0 Nicholas Minnix 0
DAckley, Sea 0 Tim McLeod 0 Perry Van Hook 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JArencibia, Tex Greg Ambrosius 7 Tom Kessenich 1 Anthony Perri 0
WFlores, NYM Tom Kessenich 3
KHendricks, ChC Grey Albright 2
RRivera, SD Greg Ambrosius 8 Tom Kessenich 2
YSolarte, SD Greg Ambrosius 5 Scott Engel 3 Tom Kessenich 2
Nicholas Minnix 0
JDiekman, Phi Eno Sarris 1
JSchoop, Bal Tom Kessenich 1
KGibson, Min Eno Sarris 1 Tom Kessenich 1
MAviles, Cle Tom Kessenich 1
OArcia, Min Tim McLeod 1
AWebster, Bos Eno Sarris 1
BMorris, Mia Eno Sarris 1
CCorporan, Hou Tom Kessenich 1
DEspinosa, Was Nicholas Minnix 0
DGregorius, Ari Scott Engel 0
WVenable, SD Tim McLeod 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

In a week where there wasn’t much available, there were actually two $12 bids – Paul Sporer had to use only $2 of his to roster Stephen Drew, while Greg Ambrosius was pushed to $4 for Mariner starter Roenis Elias.

Curiously, a new catcher is usually pursued by teams in need in a deep mixed league like this, but former Red Sox, now Redbird backstop A.J. Pierzynski cost Ambrosius only one dollar of  his $9 bid.

My offense was very good this week, but trying to improve every slot, I threw back Robbie Grossman and replaced him with recalled Angel Efren Navarro (1B/OF), who had quite a good week and should see more at-bats with the hot start, especially if Josh Hamilton has more knee problems.

Todd's Take

A subtle difference between the Tout auction and draft leagues is the auction league allows FAAB reimbursement based on purchase price while the draft league doesn't have a similar system in place (though they might next season as we're talking about installing a conversion system where draft round is converted to price). The extra available FAAB may be adjusting prices though Vickrey is the great equalizer. Still, even in a mixed league with FAAB, leaving money on the table is leaving assets on the table. I like the fact that there were so many bids this week, even if they were small bids.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 17:45
 
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