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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
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of July 21 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 21 July 2014 12:10

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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

hstreet

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Huston Street, LAA $57 Baseball HQ 57 Baseball HQ 24 USA TODAY Sports 19
Mastersball 7 ESPN.com 6 Winning Fantasy Baseball 3
Christian Vazquez, BOS $3 SiriusXM 3 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Mike Carp, BOS $1 Fangraphs 1
Scott Carroll, CWS $1 Mastersball 1
Eric Surkamp, CWS $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Aaron Loup, TOR $1 SiriusXM 1
Leury Garcia, CWS $1 RotoWire 1

 UNAWARDED BIDS

Carlos Corporan, HOU SiriusXM 3
Shawn Kelley, NYY SiriusXM 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary.

Well with just fourteen dollars left I wasn’t likely to get a ride on Huston Street but I wagered seven just in case. But the BIG purse – Colton & the Wolfman swept in to take Street to their neighborhood for $57 beating the five other bids but by more than double.

In fact the next highest winning bid on a light night was $3 for Boston catcher Christian Vazquez by Ray Flowers of Sirius/XM. For my dollar I got White Sox starter Scott Carroll who while pitching better lately comes most recommended by his two starts this week against Kansas City and Minnesota.

Todd's Take.

Vickrey versus non-Vickrey. Street cost Glenn and Rick the full $57 in LABR but a $74 bid was cut down to $36 in Tout Wars from Vickrey. Context is everything but it's an interesting contrast.

Yeah, I know, that makes no sense. But by writing some vague comment that sounds intelligent, it makes you try to figure out what I'm trying to say as a means to distract you from realizing I have nothing to say.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

kottaras

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Cody Ross, ARI $1 Inside Edge 1
George Kottaras, STL $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

None

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Yawn.

Two moves in NL LABR, and when one of them is George Kottaras (to Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs for a buck) is one, well that defines it all.

Mind you, I like Kottaras for his power potential, in fact I bet Greg that the then Milwaukee backstop had 20-homer potential if he ever got 400-plus at-bats (the bet was Corona for Mexican Cole, make with real sugar, in a bottle). Don't think that will happen this year.

The other move was Cody Ross to Steve Moyer and Inside Edge for a buck.

Like I said: Yawn.

Todd's Take.

Or, I can just come right out and say -- I got nuthin'. 

MIXED LEAGUE

amarista

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Alexi Amarista, SD $4 Mastersball 4 RotoExperts 2
Hector Santiago, LAA $4 Mastersball 4
Brayan Pena, CIN $2 Baseball HQ 2
David Phelps, NYY $2 Baseball HQ 2 KFFL.com 1 Razzball 1
Rotowire-Erickson 1 Mastersball 1
J.P. Arencibia, TEX $2 Fangraphs 2
Aaron Loup, TOR $2 USA TODAY Sports 2
Kevin Quackenbush, SD $1 Mastersball 1
Shane Greene, NYY $1 KFFL.com 1 Mastersball 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Dan Johnson, TOR $1 Fangraphs 1
Brandon Crawford, SF $1 RotoExperts 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Logan Forsythe, TB $1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Travis Wood, CHC $1 Mastersball 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Josh Fields, HOU $1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Jordany Valdespin, MIA $1 Fangraphs 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Enrique Hernandez, HOU Mastersball 2 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Neftali Feliz, TEX USA TODAY Sports 2
Ramon Santiago, CIN Mastersball 2
Didi Gregorius, ARI Mastersball 1
Joe Panik, SF Mastersball 1
Nick Hundley, BAL Baseball HQ 1
Jonathan Schoop, BAL Mastersball 1
Marwin Gonzalez, HOU Mastersball 1
Munenori Kawasaki, TOR Mastersball 1
Roberto Hernandez, PHI KFFL.com 1
Tyler Flowers, CWS Baseball HQ 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

It was time to fill a hole (Brandon Phillips) alomg with adding a couple more starting pitchers that can get wins and whiffs at the expense of ratios. I really like Santiago to have a nice post-break run so I was willing to invest a little more. Quackenbush is a popular choice to close in San Diego in the event Joaquin Benoit follows Huston Street out of town.

Todd's Take.

Returning readers know I set a goal not to finish in last place -- not exactly the most noble objective but you play the hand your dealt. While I am not saying I can't fall back into the cellar, I have managed to climb from fewer than 40 roto-points into the low 60's and out of the basement. So it's time for a new goal -- a total in the 70's. The experience gaimed managing to get these extra points makes doing it next season when the 10 points gets me my first LABR title is invaluable.

 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of July 21 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 21 July 2014 00:35

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

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

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

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

*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

hstreet

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

HStreet, LAA 36 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 74 Mike Podhorzer 35 Larry Schechter 13
Jeff Erickson 12 Steve Moyer 9
SCarroll, CWS 1 Andy Behrens 2
GGreen, LAA 1 Jeff Erickson 2
KYates, TB 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1 Jeff Erickson 1
CKnebel, Det 1 Lawr Michaels 12
RIbanez, KC 0 Chris Liss 0
KJohnson, Min 0 Steve Moyer 0
DRobertson, Tex 0 Rob Leibowitz 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

DKelly, Det Chris Liss 0
EBedard, TB Chris Liss 0
KCorreia, Min Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Colton/Wolf went full force after Huston Street and their one lagging category of saves. Few others with FAAB bothered to bid with the next highest bid being $35 allowing the first place team enough of a budget to still make key maneuvers the rest of the way. While Joe Smith has done a very impressive job as the Angel’s closer and does not deserve a promotion, the Angels did not give up their more advanced hitting prospect in Taylor Lindsey and others (though he projects as an Adam Kennedy type sans speed at best) in order for Street to be a setup man for Smith.

Todd's Take

What an odd few weeks as players of consequence have been available in AL-only leagues before the MLB trade deadline, forcing some interesting decisions if you don't need the player(s) available. If you need a stick, do you bid on Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel or Huston Street with the hope of dealing the arm for a bat? The problem with that thinking is the teams in needs of arms may not have the excess offense to deal for your new-found surplus in pitching.

Vickrey introduces an interesting twist and that's the ability to possibly deal the player for more FAAB than you had to pay after the Vickry reduction. The pieces have to align perfectly and it's even more of a risk to rely on this but it does make for an intriguing means of increasing your FAAB total to be in a better spot for the hitter you need if he crosses leagues.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

jvaldespin

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JValdespin, Mia 8 Phil Hertz 18 Tristan H. Cockcroft 7 Peter Kreutzer 0
KQuackenbush, SD 6 Todd Zola 8 Seth Trachtman 5 Phil Hertz 4
RCastillo, FA 1 Peter Kreutzer 5
JMarquis, Phi 1 Seth Trachtman 1
CNelson, SD 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
MDunn, Mia 0 Peter Kreutzer 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

KNegron, Cin Peter Kreutzer 0
DLutz, Cin Peter Kreutzer 0
JHughes, Pit Peter Kreutzer 0
CContreras, Cin Peter Kreutzer 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

Coming off the short week this time around, bidding was limited in NL Tout. Having several players coming off the disabled list, I was among those who sat out of the free agent market entirely this week.

With Rafael Furcal placed on the perpetually-disabled list, there should be at-bats in the Miami middle infield for Jordany Valdespin. Whether the former Met and his career .271 OBP can do anything with them is an open question. BaseballHQ’s Phil Hertz bid $18, reduced to $8 by Vickrey Rule.

Someone has to replace Huston Street as San Diego’s closer. Kevin Quackenbush was a somewhat popular target, going to Lord Zola for $6 versus his $8 bid. For what it is worth, Quackenbush pitched the final out of the eighth inning on Saturday, with veteran Blaine Boyer throwing the ninth in a game in which the Pads were up by six runs. In a tie game Sunday, Quackenbush again retired the final hitter in the eighth with Joaquin Benoit covering the ninth. Of course, there are rumors the latter could soon join Street on the road out of town.

Todd's Take

I'm not happy about it, it wasn't planned and it's bass ackwards to how I usually play but I have the second most FAAB as we approach the MLB trade deadline. Something curious is this is also the case in the NFBC NL-only auction and my team there is also struggling. After the season I plan on identifying the free agents I should have bid on and figure out why I didn't and make an objective decision if it was a mistake, or related to team construction etc. I don't want to make a knee-jerk reaction to a one-year flukey scenario, but it's odd I'm in the same situation in two different leagues.

With respect to my Quackenbush bid, I've come this far, I may as well protect my spot as the person that will be the second-most pissed when no one of consequence is dealt to the National League at the deadline. Had I been charged the full $8 FAAB, I'd still have the second most.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

everthcabrera

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ECabrera, SD 1 Nando DiFino 20
TWood, ChC 1 Patrick Davitt 3 Fred Zinkie 0
GSizemore, Phi 1 Scott Pianowski 2
WDavis, KC 1 Scott Pianowski 5 Scott Swanay 4
JValdespin, Mia 1 Paul Singman 2
ZPutnam, CWS 1 Paul Singman 6 Derek Van Riper 5 Tim Heaney 2
BreAnderson, Col 1 Scott Swanay 7
AHarang, Atl 1 Tim Heaney 3 Fred Zinkie 0
SGreene, NYY 1 Fred Zinkie 3 Tim Heaney 0 Al Melchior 0
JKelly, StL 1 Derek Van Riper 11 Fred Zinkie 0
MShoemaker, LAA 1 Al Melchior 6 Fred Zinkie 0
DSalazar, Cle 1 Fred Zinkie 6
KKendrick, Phi 0 Patrick Davitt 0
GKottaras, StL 0 Patrick Davitt 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

KHendricks, ChC Fred Zinkie 3
OArcia, Min Nando DiFino 2
VNuno, Ari Tim Heaney 1
JDiekman, Phi Paul Singman 1
AAmarista, SD Nando DiFino 0 Paul Singman 0
BPena, Cin Patrick Davitt 0
TFlowers, CWS Patrick Davitt 0
LMorrison, Sea Nando DiFino 0
KQuackenbush, SD Al Melchior 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Since this was the second FAAB run in the last four days, perhaps the Mixed Auction Touts were “FAABed out” and needed a break. Or perhaps there simply weren’t a lot of players to get excited about. Or perhaps it was a little bit of both. Anyway, none of the winning bids exceeded $1, with Zach Putnam and Shane Greene being the most sought after players, each garnering three bids.

Putnam earned the save for the White Sox on both Friday and Saturday, so maybe he’s the official closer now? Maybe, but maybe not. Before Sunday’s game, Robin Ventura stated that Putnam and Jake Petricka are the favorites to be used in the ninth inning, so I guess this whole situation will continue to be a mystery. Even if Paul Singman gets one save from Putnam, the $1 spent would be well worth it, but keep in mind that Matt Lindstrom is only a couple weeks away from returning.

Greene, who is in line for two starts this week, has been a pleasant surprise for the Yankees, and he’s fresh off a dominant outing against the Orioles just prior to the All-Star break. But his minor league numbers are nothing special, and the Rangers and Blue Jays aren’t exactly easy opponents. I cannot help but think that a Chase Whitley type of regression is in store.

Everth Cabrera, who was recently released for a FAAB rebate, garnered the highest bid, but somewhat surprisingly, Nando DiFino’s $20 bid went unopposed. So, Nando only needed to shell out $1 for a guy who could be a legitimate difference maker when he comes off the DL, which is expected to happen before the end of the month. Overall, it’s been a rough season for Everth, but he does have 13 steals in 80 games.

Todd's Take

I'm not sure if the results of this league show the beauty of Vickrey or the problem with it. The league was willing to spend a collective 74 FAAB units on 11 players but the way things fleshed out, the minimum $1 was all it required for all 11. DVR got Joe Kelly for $1 since the next bid was $0. This took him out of the running for Zach Putnam. Scott Swanay's $7 bid for Brett Anderson was uncontested so that was adjusted to $1 and took Scott out of the Davis bidding. Tim Heaney was willing to pay $3 for Aaron Harang but only had to pay $1 since the other bid was $0. This removed Tim from Putnam contention. The result was Scott Pianowski's $5 bid for Davis and Paul Singman's $6 claim for Putnam both went uncontested so they were reduced to $1. Every other player had no second bid or the bid was $0 so the Vickrey cost was $1.

On one hand, it just seems unfair that it was just plain dumb luck that some bids are reduced while some aren't. But on the other, non-Vickrey also features just plain dumb luck so it's more a matter of which kind of dumb luck you prefer. I need to think it through and find a more crystalized means of making my point before deciding which way I lean.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

benoitj

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JBenoit, SD 23 Nicholas Minnix 28 Adam Ronis 22 Perry Van Hook 11
Charlie Wiegert 9 Anthony Perri 8
CDickerson, Cle 3 Charlie Wiegert 9 Scott Engel 2 Perry Van Hook 0
EEscobar, Min 1 Tim McLeod 1 Perry Van Hook 1 Adam Ronis 0
GJones, Mia 1 Ray Murphy 1 Adam Ronis 0
ODespaigne, SD 1 Anthony Perri 6 Tom Kessenich 3
BMcCarthy, NYY 1 Charlie Wiegert 9
SGreene, NYY 1 Charlie Wiegert 9
EStults, SD 1 Tom Kessenich 3
JRutledge, Col 1 Perry Van Hook 1
JValdespin, Mia 0 Scott Engel 0
DNava, Bos 0 Adam Ronis 0 Perry Van Hook 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JPeavy, Bos Charlie Wiegert 9
JArencibia, Tex Charlie Wiegert 4
JSmolinksi, Tex Charlie Wiegert 3
BPena, Cin Charlie Wiegert 3
CHeisey, Cin Charlie Wiegert 3
EJackson, ChC Tom Kessenich 2
WVenable, SD Ray Murphy 0 Scott Engel 0
BRoberts, NYY Tim McLeod 0
CHart, Sea Adam Ronis 0
JBradley, Bos Ray Murphy 0
JSchoop, Bal Tim McLeod 0
JUribe, LAD Adam Ronis 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Remember those who tried to roster some cheap saves last week? Yes me with the winning Neftali Feliz bid of $0 and the fact that of the potential new closers Joaquin Benoit was already rostered. Well Benoit was also dropped last week so he was the flavor of the week Sunday with Huston Street moving from Low Cal to So Cal, Benoit fetched a $28 bid from Nick Minnix – Vickrey reduced to $23 to top the $22 effort from Adam Ronis.

I was well short with my $11 try on Benoit so I will reserve Feliz this week and hope Texas sends Joakim Soria to a different city. I had hoped that when I offered to trade Jimmy Rollins that Chris Owings would be back by now but his shoulder isn’t co-operating so I traded in Mike Aviles for Josh Rutledge for a dollar since the Rockies are home all week. It won’t hurt my outlook on the switch if Troy Tulowitzki has to rest his leg this week.

Todd's Take

I'm not going to publicly call anyone out but since this thought struck me while looking over the transactions in this league and I feel the advice is pertinent, I'll put it here. We're at the point of the season where category distribution is shaping up so specific stats may be more helpful that overall value in a vacuum. As you peruse the categories to see where you can gain or lose points, it helps to know how active the owners are especially if they're directly involved with the points in question. By looking at the free agent bidding and weekly lineup moves, you can see who has checked out for the season and factor that into your ability to gain or lose points.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 21:58
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of July 14 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Friday, 18 July 2014 01:03

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

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

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

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

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

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE

bmccarthy

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Todd's Take

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

NATIONAL LEAGUE

jvotto

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Brian Walton's Commentary

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

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

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

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

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

Todd's Take

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

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

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

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

aalcantara

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

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

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

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

Todd's Take

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

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

gio

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

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

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

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

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

Would I be successful?

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

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

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

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

Todd's Take

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

 

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