May 12 FAABraganza! Who bought who and why.


Corbin Martin’s debut for the Astros was zeroed in on by several in this league. No solace that my bid of $123 was second to Tim McLeod’s winning bid of $149.

At the other end of the rookie spectrum I was surprised that J.P. Crawford went for only $8. He could easily work his way into an everyday role even after injured Mariners return.

There was a hefty market for players drafted in March who were in the free agent pile this week:Danny Duffy for $53 to Charlie WiegertAsdrubal Cabrera for $69 to Greg Ambrosius (dropping Carter Kieboom)Francisco Pena also $69 to Ambrosius.

There were also two teams that needed a catcher who went the $0 bid route to roster Travis d’Arnaud and Alex Avila. Any way to save a buck is worth a try. — Perry Van Hook

See all the bidding in Tout Mixed Draft.

TOUT MIXED AUCTION: Corbin Martin’s one walk nine strikeout performance on Sunday fired some Mixed Auction imaginations as well. Tim Heaney’s 154 bid won the day over Derek VanRiper’s $137.

Another C Martin, this one named Chris, drew a bid of $148 from Gene McCaffrey. Chris Martin saved a game this week for the Rangers, and could very well save some more.

Brent Hershey spent $81 on John Means, the Orioles starter who has impressed so far despite his lack of pedigree. Results are so much more important, as long as they last.

Bret Sayre went cheap, spending $1 each on Yordan Alvarez, who may get the call to Houston at any point (all he has to do is keep him active for week to put him on reserve) and Stephen Vogt, who has been hot. –Peter Kreutzer

See all the bidding in Tout Mixed Auction.

TOUT WARS AL: The two Martins were the big draws in Tout AL as well. Corbin went for $355 to Nando Di Fino, while Chris went to Howard Bender for $167. Bender coincidentally also spent $167 on Charlie Tilson, not a Martin but another guy whose first name starts with the letter C.

Jeff Erickson had the losing bid on Corbin, with $177. Doug Dennis’s $157 was the losing bid on Chris. Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf had second bid on Charlie, with $77.

Shed Long drew a $65 winning bid from Nando DiFino, which could prove savvy. I like Jason Collette’s $25 win on Jordan Luplow, who had a two homer game this week. –Peter Kreutzer

To see all the Tout Wars AL bids click here.

TOUT WARS HEAD TO HEAD: In the 12 team head to head league Clay Link picked up Corbin Martin for $66, besting Jake Ciely’s $63 bid. Burn.

Andrea LaMont had the week’s big buy, with Matt Olson drawing a bid of $224. The penultimate bid there was Ralph Lifschitz’s $28, which means Olson wasn’t a bargain but could still prove to be one.

Other interesting bids were $64 to Lucas Giolita, who is getting a little hot, from Ian Kahn, and $55 to Charlie Tilson from Dr. Roto. There was no bidding on Chris Martin in this league, by the way. –Peter Kreutzer

To see all the Tout Wars Head to Head bids click here.

TOUT WARS NL: An oft disappointing player, one I picked as a sleeper this year, gets sent to the minors, kicks it into gear and is called up. A massive winning bid ensues. That’s the log line to The Mac Williamson Story, as written this week by Phil Hertz. On Netflix in August.

Phil was supposed to be writing these notes this week, but got held up at a Mothers Day dinner. Grey Albright’s $78 bid finished second.

Harold (not Hanley) Ramirez, newly signed in Miami, went for $111 to Andy Behrens. The bids for Williamson and Ramirez expose an NL desperate for hitters. –Peter Kreutzer

You can see all the Tout Wars NL bids by clicking here.

Good luck everyone.

Who Is Winning Tout Wars Draft and Hold?

The new Tout Draft and Hold league is going strong, and Mike Sheets has a small lead over Matt Modica. We’re still working toward getting a public link for the lead, but for now this most recent standings will have to suffice.

Tout Daily: Will Jose Show the Way?

It’s the second week of Period 2. Pricing remains sharp. Who will the Touts turn to this evening?

Howard Bender (Fantasy Alarm, @RotobuzzGuy)

Pitcher: Jose Berrios – Nothing wrong with going chalk for pitching tonight and Berrios has everything you could want in this match-up against a struggling Blue Jays lineup. Toronto already has the fifth-lowest wOBA and wRC+ against right-handed pitching, but now couple it with just how ice-cold they’ve been recently — .246 wOBA, 0.99 ISO and a near-27% strikeout rate — this should be a walk in the park for the Twins righty.

Hitter: Brandon Lowe – Ride the wave until it breaks. Lowe has been outstanding for the Rays this season and he’s really taken to the leadoff spot in the absence of Austin Meadows. He’s still striking out too much, but in this match-up against Taylor Clarke, I’ll bank on Lowe’s power and poise to get the better of Clarke, whose numbers at every level he’s pitched, have been far from strong.

Rick Wolf (Fantasy Alarm, @RickWolf1)

Pitcher: Caleb Smith – I always look for the most consistent picther. Many will be worried that he is facing the Cubbies, but he has 8Ks in each of the last three games he has pitched plus he has won three of his last four including at Philly. He is sharp, consistent and has great poise. Look for 20+ from the young Marlins’ hurler tonight.

Hitter: Andrew Benintendi – The Red Sox gave Benintendi the night off last night and he is super hot with multi-hits in three of his last four and the only reason he did not have multi hits in that game was that he walked three times. He does not strike out a lot so he gives you points in every game. He is face an Orioles pitcher in David Hess who gave up five home runs in the last four games and will face a formidable lineup around Andrew. Safest play tonight.

Patrick Davitt (BaseballHQ, @patrickdavitt)

Pitcher: Jose Berrios – TOR is 27th this season in OPS vs RHP, and #2 in fanning vs RHP at 27%. And the Jays have been really struggling of late vs RHP: .216 BA in the last two weeks, 668 OPS, 24% K%.

Hitter: Tommy Pham – Pham has been running pretty hot lately, and tonight faces rookie RHP Taylor Clarke, and even if Clarke exits early as expected, Pham has a career .861/.850 OPS vs RHP/LHP, so he should be OK no matter what happens. Also, Ben Clemens of Fangraphs this week named Pham a slightly-less-awesome version of Mike Trout. Who doesn’t want a share of that?!

Gene McCaffrey (The Athletic, @WiseGuyGene)

Pitcher: Noah Syndergaard – I’m having a rough time on Tuesday’s so I’m taking a different tack and going pitching heavy with Berrios and Noah. Both are facing high-K offenses.

Hitter: Matt Carpenter – Looking hitterish, nice and cheap at $3800.

Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis)

Pitcher: Madison Bumgarner – Pairing him with Syndergaard tonight. Bumgarner is cheap at $7,600 versus $10,100 for Syndergaard, and only averages 0.8 fantasy points per game less. I’m OK with this game being at Colorado today.

Hitter: Vlad Guerrero Jr. – He let me down last week, so he owes me a big game tonight at home against Minnesota starting pitcher, Jose Berrios. Time for Vlad Jr. to start warming up. He’s cheap at only $3,600. Hope it begins tonight!

Anthony Aniano (Rotoballer, @AAnianoFantasy)

Pitcher: Cal Quantrill – After going 5.2 serviceable innings in his debut Quantrill get a second start against the offensively inept Mets who are averaging 1.67 runs over their last 3 games and haven’t scored 4 runs since April 28. At $5700 Quantrill allows me to pay up at other positions.

Hitter: Chris Taylor – Taylor is 9 for his last 17 with 2 doubles, 2HRs, 6 RBIs and 1 SB. He’s hitting .289 with 3 HRs versus lefties on the year and faces LHP Fried tonight. His price of $3600 is very friendly

Charlie Wiegert (CDM Sports, @GFFantasySports)

Pitcher: Jon Lester – He has pitched great over his last few starts and gets weak hitting Marlins. Should be good for 25+ points

Hitter: Javier Baez – Has been on fire and hitting the long ball, plus he torments lefties. Caleb Smith has been great at home, but Wrigley is different!

Dan Strafford (FNTSY Radio, @DanStrafford)

Pitcher: Noah Syndergaard – The San Diego Padres currently sit with the second highest K% against RHP on the year, at 26.5%. Over his career, Syndergaard has struggled about with the location of his fastball but was very effective with the four seamer last time out. This is a prime matchup for him to build on that success. The Padres sport a 3.2 implied run total with the Mets rising on the money line from -130 to -142. There are a lot of question marks around pitching today, especially on certain sites where SP pitching has contracted. Syndergaard gets top billing for me.

Hitter: Bryce Harper – I’ll point out that Brandon Belt is underpriced at Coors Field, but the weather is far from ideal. So we’ll spotlight Bryce Harper. Harper has obviously struggled on the season with a K% nearing 30% for the season thus far. His walk rate still remains elite. His hard hit rate and exit velocity remain consistent with his career norms. Tonight, he gets a matchup with Dakota Hudson. Hudson has yielded 2.63 home runs per 9 against LHB in his young career. I’ll take the power of and upside of Bryce Harper at a slightly depressed price point.

Phil Hertz (BaseballHQ, @prhz50)

Pitcher: Thor – Banking on the last outing being the true Syndergaard. Plus San Diego’s not an offensive juggernaut

Hitter: Justin Turner – Seems like a bargain price even though Fried’s been pitching well. P.s. I’m another who thinks Belt’s underpriced at Coors

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola)

Pitcher: Daniel Norris – Oy vey, what am I doing? The Angels are starting 3 LHB (including that Ohtani guy) and the rest (except that Trout guy) don’t scare me.

Hitter: Joey Votto – This feels like such a donkey play, but at such a reduced price, leading off against Fiers, even on the road, call me Eeyore.

Michael Florio (NFL Network, @MichaelFFlorio)

Pitcher: Cal Quantrill – The Mets have the lowest wOBA in the majors over the last two weeks, as well as the fifth highest strikeout rate, and the second-lowest ISO in that span. Their offense has been abysmal and at just $5,700, Quantrill is a bargin in a favorable matchup at home. It allows me to also pay up for bats.

Hitter: Nolan Arenado – Getting a value at pitcher allows me to pay up for a bat and Arenado is my favorite on the slate. I get that MadBum has pitched better than anyone expected this season, but Coors Field will do him no favors. Plus, Arenado has always mashed lefties and this year in no different as he has a .371 average with a .450 OBP and a .486 ISO against southpaws. I am expecting him to mash in Coors tonight!

Clay Link (Rotowire, @claywlink)

Pitcher: Noah Syndergaard – I watched Thor filet the Reds his last time out, so this may be a case of recency bias, but he’s been far better on the whole than the surface numbers would suggest.

Hitter: Justin Turner – Not hitting for power, and not hitting lefties so far this season. I’m betting on the latter being an aberration and that Turner gets a couple base knocks against Max Fried.

Jeff Erickson (Rotowire, @Jeff_Erickson)

Pitcher: Hyun-Jin Ryu – So many good pitching options, but I think Ryu might be the starter less traveled, but he’s almost automatic at home.

Hitter: Eugenio Suarez – Suarez has woken up, and while losing the great venue to hit in hurts, he still gets Mike Fiers. I’m also rolling with a Rays stack.

Steve Gardner (USAToday Fantasy Sports, @SteveAGardner)

Pitcher: Jon Lester – Hoping the threat of rain will keep people away from the best matchup on the board. Marlins hitters have a .596 OPS vs. lefties.

Hitter: J.D. Martinez – Getting back to his familiar DH spot, he won’t have to worry about robbing homers from O’s hitters. He can concentrate on hitting them himself off the O’s gopher-ballers.

Who’s Winning Tout Wars, May 6, 2019 Edition

With a bit more than a month passed in the 2019 season, Tout Wars standings are starting to define themselves a bit. Here’s a look at the teams in the lead:

Tout AL: Jason Collette has a slim lead over Patrick Davitt. Here are the standings through May 5:

Tout Mixed Auction: Derek VanRiper has a slim lead over Eric Karabell. The standings:

Tout NL: Brian Walton has a lead over Grey Albright.

Tout Mixed Draft: Rudy Gamble is winning, of course. DJ Short and Scott White are trying to make it interesting.

Tout H2H: Clay Link has a four game lead over Ryan Bloomfield and Ian Kahn.

Tout Table: Correcting an Inadvertent Drop

This week, the Touts address an administrative conundrum:

How should it be handled when someone inadvertently drops a player?

Jeff Zimmerman (Fangraphs, The Process, @jeffwzimmerman): As long the person immediately admits the issues, they should be added back. Weird stuff happens. If the league or commish is going to be an ass about it, make sure they state their hardline take in the league rules. At least everyone knows the rules Nazi will be watching.

Alex Chamberlain (Rotofraphs, @DolphHauldhagen): As a dingus who has done this more than once before (big thumbs, small phone screen, cut me some slack!), I think as long as you announce it to the league and/or commissioner immediately after the transaction occurs, there shouldn’t be an issue. If you don’t notice that you accidentally dropped someone and then make a fuss over it after another owner claims him (which, if you have FAAB or even an 48-hour waiver claim buffer, is PLENTY of time to notice), then that’s on you. Technology is meant to facilitate our fantasy baseball experience but sometimes it can backfire.

AJ Mass (ESPN, @AJMass): I used to work at a casino in the poker room and we always operated under the concepts of “immediate reporting” and “significant subsequent action.” That same standard should be applied here. If a fantasy manager inadvertently drops a player and immediately reports the mistake to the commissioner (or other appropriate authority), he should be returned. Mistakes happen. If the report comes a few hours later, he should also be returned, so long as there hasn’t been anything significant to happen in the interim (news that said player has been promoted from Triple-A or will become the closer, etc.). Easy peasy.

Ray Flowers (Fantasy Guru Elite, @BaseballGuys): Here is the link to my write up about the poll, and the question.

Anthony Aniano (Rotoballer, @AAnianoFantasy): In the average league an accidental drop should be reversed as long as the accident is brought to the league’s attention immediately after it occurs. Days or even hours later is too long not to notice the mistake and at that point the released player is now fair game.

Brad Johnson (Patreon/BaseballATeam, @BaseballATeam): Typically, I’ll undo the move so long as I’m informed immediately of the mistake. Same for accidental trades. If there’s a delay that makes it seem as if the owner is maybe pulling a fast one, I might refuse. I’ll also add language to our constitution when necessary to govern these sorts of scenarios. If you care enough about your league to make a fuss about undoing an accidental add/drop, then you should have a constitution.

Anthony Perri (Fantistics, @Anthony_Perri): It all depends on the circumstance. If it’s brought to the attention of the league commissioner within the first few minutes, there should be no question. However there are special circumstances that should be taken into consideration, including the website commissioner product.. For instance, one website commissioner product that I’m in, has a setup that separates the difference between a drop and a reserve as “Res” and “Rel” (when setting the lineup). I dropped Mike Trout one year and wasn’t aware until someone pointed it out to me, my league mates were sympathetic and understood that it was a clear mistake.

Ariel Cohen (CBS Sports, @ATCNY): If the fantasy owner immediately gives the league notice, the player should be awarded back by the commissioner. Certainly, if the mistake is alerted to within the hour – there should be no issue to reverse the transaction. I think that reversing an inadvertent drop should also be allowed for the overnight right after a waiver period before lineups come out the next day. The exception would be if some “news” – good or bad – has come out about any player involved. The main idea is that if it can be determined that it was accidental, an owner should not be penalized – whether it be in a big money league or just in a social league. As an example of a correction rule – In one of my leagues, we instituted a “Four Hour” rule for lineups (which all lock at the start of the scoring period). If you inadvertently set a wrong lineup, you can alert the commissioner to make a change on your behalf up to 4 hours thereafter.

Bret Sayre (Baseball Prospectus, @BretSayreBP): Your league commissioner should have a period of time during which they’ll reverse inadvertent drops (I would recommend an hour or two), during which the owner can raise the issue if it was indeed inadvertent. In the end, we’re supposed to be having fun here. That said, if the player has any playing time or any news comes out during the period between the drop and the notification that it was inadvertent, they’re out of luck.

Seth Trachtman (Rotoworld, @sethroto): As a commissioner, I prefer to give the owner a mulligan if I catch the drop before someone else picks up the player. The same goes for an accidental pickup, like picking up the wrong Rougned Odor (cough, cough). However, if another owner picks up the player before the accidental drop is identified and the accident impacts multiple owners, usually at that point I’d let the moves stand. I qualify all of this by saying I think each unique situation should be analyzed on a case-by-case basis. Honest mistakes do happen, and decisions should be made with that in mind.

Derek VanRiper (Rotowire, @DerekVanRiper): As long as there is quick, near immediate acknowledgment of the erroneous drop, it should be corrected.

Michael Stein (Fantasy Judgment, @FantasyJudgment): As the Chief Justice of Fantasy Judgment, I have had this scenario submitted to me for resolution in the past. I believe a GM who inadvertently drops a player and immediately recognized the error by alerting the commissioner and entire league should be allowed to have the player placed back on their roster. Mistakes happen and people click the wrong buttons at times, so as long as the error is acknowledged right away with valid justification then it is fine to revert them back onto the roster. The exception to this is if there is breaking news about that player which would lead one to believe it was not an error, but rather seller’s remorse. The commissioner will have to use his/her discretion in evaluating those circumstances and decide whether it is more likely a mistake or regret.

Brian Walton (CreativeSports2, @B_Walton): If the problem is brought up in a timely manner, the move should be reversed – PLUS – the commissioner/SWAT should inform the league what happened so there is no misunderstanding later. This latter point is often disregarded, but the best leagues have open communications.

Jason Collette (Rotowire, @jasoncollette): If the issue is raised within 30 minutes of the error, make the change. If the person didn’t realize the move until later that day or the next day, too much could have happened in that time to reverse it. Every site gives you a confirmation step before you do something, so two-click accidents are tough to make.

Jeff Zimmerman (Fangraphs, The Process, @jeffwzimmerman): Per Collette Another major industry league is hosted on a website which doesn’t have this safeguard. I know because I “tested” it out this year.

Howard Bender (Fantasy Alarm, @RotobuzzGuy): This actually just happened to me as I ‘fat-thumbed” my way into dropping Domingo Santana while using a site’s app. I reached out to the commish who said he understood and told everyone in the league to not put in any waiver claims. If the person who made the mistake reaches out to the commish immediately, then the commish should be able to simply reverse the transaction. Unfortunately, some websites do not allow the commish to override a transaction which means it drags out and, like in my case, when an owner who “forgot” to withdraw his waiver claim gets the player, it then becomes a headache to make a series of transactions to right one simple wrong.

Michael Beller (Sports Illustrated, @MBeller): This one is pretty simple. So long as the offending owner addresses it in a timely manner, the move should be reversed. This is fantasy baseball, and while we all want to win, we’re mainly here to have fun. It’s no fun being ruled over with an iron fist.

Greg Ambrosius (NFBC, @GregAmbrosius): In the NFBC and NFFC we realize that mistakes on cuts can happen, especially with so many people doing transactions from their phones. If contacted immediately, we do allow the cut player to be replaced and we tell the league members what just happened. The FAAB pickup can NEVER be altered, whether that involves the price spent or the player that was picked up. But the cut is easier to replace and is allowed in high-stakes for the fairness of the league and the fairness of the overall contest. Having a superstar in one league’s FAAB pool due to a human error doesn’t help the integrity of the overall contest. Correct the error and keep that league whole. A few years ago in football some teams owned both Adrian Petersons or both Steve Smiths and there were some owners who cut the wrong Adrian Peterson or the wrong Steve Smith. Simple correction and one that just uses common sense to correct.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola): As others have stated the process should be explicitly written in the league’s Constitution. Admittedly, Tout Wars fails in this regard, at least for now. I’m sure we’ll formalize our policy which is to indeed reverse moves if notified right away. As a few have shared, not all sites are as user-friendly as others and we’re in an era where many manage teams over their phone. As a desktop guy, i often need to remember this is the case. That said, the overriding approach used in Tout Wars is each participant is ultimately responsible for his/her team so if the mistake isn’t caught immediately, it may not be reversed. It then becomes incumbent open the fantasy manager to “check their work”, especially if they’re playing one one of the more error-prone platforms.

Tim McCullough (Baseball Prospectus, @TimsTenz): As much as we all compete with one another and hope for our opponents to “give up” on a player and put him on waivers, this is supposed to be a friendly game. If a mistake is made and reported in a timely manner to the commissioner, then a mistaken drop should be reversed. Timely is where the sticking point is but a few hours shouldn’t be a big deal.

Dr. Roto (Scout Fantasy, @DrRoto): If the person catches the mistake quickly enough I am always open to reversing the move. No sense punishing someone for a minor error. If it gets caught after 2-3 days, that becomes more or a case by case issue.

Patrick Davitt (BaseballHQ, @patrickdavitt): I’m all for returning the inadvertently waived player if the Commish is notified immediately. The issue is what “immediately” means. I’ve seen references to “half an hour” “quickly enough,” “before anyone else picks the player up,” etc. I hate to be a stickler for “da rules,” but it’s important that there BE a rule here so there’s no post-move bickering about how soon was soon enough. Where the waste solids hit the A/C is when the player is picked up by someone else. Personally, I think the move should be final and irrevocable after the transactions deadline has passed.

Grey Albright (RazzBall, @razzball): I once drove my wife to the airport but dropped her off at the mall by accident. We’re still happily married

Rudy Gamble (Razzball, @RudyGamble): There are two scenarios to think through IMO. If we are talking about an average to mediocre player, as long as the owner recognized the mistake before another owner picks him up, I am okay with giving him back to the erring owner. If we are talking a top player, I would rather give him back to the original owner than potentially decide a league’s fate because one guy was on his phone when dufus owner dropped Trevor Bauer.

Tim McLeod (PattonandCo, @TimothyLMc): Fess up right away, and simply fix the error.

Ian Kahn (Rotowire, @IanKahn4): In all of theses cases it seems that common sense should prevail. If a player were to drop a top player by a slip of the finger, and not notice till the next day, I would always try to rectify the situation. This is a fun game. It’s important to keep it that way.

Rob Leibowitz (Rotoheaven, @rob_leibowitz): I’m with the majority. As long as the error occurs before anyone picks up the player again, I will correct it. Playing too cutthroat is a way to destroy a league. Correcting mistakes and keeping the game fun and non confrontational is more important in the long run. Also I consider it more of a commissioner’s discretion situation which doesn’t need to be explicitly stated in the rules. The commish should always have the ability to make decisions that are in the bests interest of the league.

Ray Flowers (Fantasy Guru Elite, @BaseballGuys): What if a league has a N/A spot for minor leaguers. Someone drops Mallex Smith. Then, they notice he was sent to the minors. Then, the ask for the drop to be changed cause it was a mistake. Was it a mistake, or did the person just not pay attention and note that Smith was sent to the minors? How could we then know if the person actually made a mistake by hitting the wrong button, or, perhaps they just didn’t do their homework and didn’t notice that Smith had been demoted?

Ryan Hallam (Fighting Chance Fantasy, @FightingChance): As long as the error is brought up right away, I definitely think the person who made the drop should be able to get the player back. Are we really that serious that we are trying to take advantage of someone’s error to win? Everyone is human, everyone makes mistakes, as long as it isn’t hours later, put the player back on their roster.

Charlie Wiegert (CDM Sports, @GFFantasySports): Depends on the game. Friend leagues ( like Tout, FSTA, Labr), no harm, no Foul and if caught before any other moves get affected, change it back. But in bigger money leagues ( like NFBC, High $ leagues, etc.), where there are rules are established , rules have to be followed or the games operator has to maintain the integrity of the games.

Lenny Melnick (LennyMelnickFantasySports, @LennyMelnick): Common Sense should prevail

Michael Rathburn (Rotowire, @FantasyRath): As long as the mistake was recognized within timely fashion, (24 hours) the move should be ok to reverse.

Steve Gardner (USAToday Fantasy Sports, @SteveAGardner): Even the best players occasionally make a mistake. As the commissioner in LABR, I always give the owner the benefit of the doubt if the error is identified promptly. No one wants to win or lose a league on a technicality.

Mike Sheets (ESPN, @MikeASheets): I’m with the consensus here. If it’s a mistake and the owner alerts the commish of the mistake within a reasonable amount of time, it should be reversed. I’ve made this mistake before, and I’ve known other experienced players who have made this mistake, too. Fix it and move on.

Tristan H. Cockcroft (ESPN, @SultanofStat): Echoing a lot of what’s been said: so long as the manager in question reports the error to the commissioner promptly, the player should be returned to that team. As to what “promptly” means, it’s almost always easy to tell when it was an honest mistake versus regretting the drop. As to Ray’s follow-up question, moving players into IL or N/A spots on mobile can often trip some people up, myself included, so I’m understanding with that. But specifically with the Mallex Smith example, it’d come down to what time the drop was made. If it was at noon ET on Tuesday and I get that e-mail at 6 p.m., the drop needs to stand because Smith’s demotion wasn’t formally announced until just after 5. And, yes, I do occasionally get managers wanting to reclaim a player whose status changed after the drop — that shouldn’t be allowed.

Phil Hertz (BaseballHQ, @prhz50): Not much to add. Even in cutthroat leagues, if the owner reports things right away, then correcting the error is fine. A couple of notes, I might still charge for the move or impose a fine, since it will be extra work to correct. Also I might come out differently if the same owner did this more than once or (or twice).

Justin Mason (Friends with Fantasy Benefits, Fangraphs, Fantasy Alarm, @JustinMasonFWFB): I think this depends on the league you are playing in. If this is a fun league with friends, then you take it back. If there is serious money involved, then you don’t.

Mike Podhorzer (Fangraphs, @MikePodhorzer): I included a rule in my league’s constitution that if the owner who made the mistake notifies me within 10 minutes of the error, I would reverse it.

Scott Swanay (FantasyBaseballSherpa, @fantasy_sherpa): I think it depends on how competitive the league is/how understanding other owners are. I generally try to put myself in other owner’s shoes and give them the same benefit of the doubt I’d want to be shown if I were the owner in question. I think the timeliness of notification and common sense should be the 2 overriding criteria in such cases. A companion problem that just came up in a home league (AL-only) I play in that has $100 FAAB – the other owner won some marginal player with a bid of $55, then claimed he’d meant to bid only $5 on the player in question but had fat-fingered his entry. After determining that no other owner had bid more than $5 the Commissioner let him keep the player for $5, which seemed fair to all of us.

Ray Murphy (BaseballHQ, @RayHQ): If identified immediately, then I think it’s fine to roll back an inadvertent drop. They are generally easy to correct with no consequence to other players. Other categories of errors, like fat-fingered bids, are obviously tougher to undo. But when it’s a clear error identified in a timely fashion, I’m a benevolent commissioner.

Adam Ronis (Scout Fantasy, @AdamRonis): As long as the mistake is made publicly on the message board or in an email to the league immediately, it can be fixed. Unfortunately, in a league with significant money on the line this might not be good enough. As always, address this mishap now and come up with a rule so there’s no controversy in the future.

Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis): If a league manager makes a mistake of dropping a player, I have no problem adding them back to their roster. But the league manager must contact the commish immediately and inform him of the mistake. It would also help if the league manager emails the league to explain the mistake. We’ve all done this.

Nando Di Fino (The Athletic, @nandodifino): I’d like to link to Ray’s link. If I can’t, I’ll say that I don’t see the side of the argument where a fantasy player shouldn’t get the dropped player back. This game was designed to be very personal — calling in and faxing moves to the commissioner, scoring by hand, etc. An inadvertent drop would never happen in its original iteration. But on a cell phone, with changing UI… I could see where an inadvertent finger move could lead to a drop instead of an IL move, or a wrong player being put into the drop box. So I’m for the return of the player. But you need a window. Four hours max.

Vlad Sedler (Fantasy Guru Elite, @rotogut): It should depend on the type of league. In friends and family league, it should be forgiven if the person clearly states it was done in error and he/she is not a repeat offender. In all other types, the rules of that league or site takes precedence.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola): Reading through the replies, I haven’t changed my mind, an inadvertent drop should be returned, however as someone who as been on the administrative side of as many league as just about anyone, it isn’t cut and dried. I’ve always felt the same action should have the same repercussions, regardless of the outcome. I also want as many rules to be black and white as possible, especially in a league like Tout Wars where we are governing 81 teams in six different leagues with three different SWATs handling the work. The less subjectivity, the better. The obvious approach is to set a hard deadline for reporting a mistake. The problem is,my colleagues are all over the place in this regard, though it is league contextual. Having a deadline to report the error puts the onus on the person to check their work after it’s entered. This is perfect since ultimately, especially in a league like Tout Wars, we all need to be responsible and accountable for our own teams. RARELY, there may be a move reports disingenuously. In the short window, news broke, affecting the decision. Or, the individual changed their mind from what they would have done. I’d like to think we don’t have any of this in Tout Wars. However, even if we did, the incredibly rare instance someone took advantage is significantly trumped by the occasional correcting of an accidental drop.

Tout Wars Free Agency Bidding Recap – Sunday, May 5

Following is our weekly report, summarizing the top free agent bids in each of the five Tout Wars leagues, with links to the detailed bidding action following our 8 p.m. ET deadline each Sunday evening. All prices are on a $1000 base.

After you scan the detail below, please join our live chat, starting at 9 p.m. ET Sunday evening, to discuss these results with Todd Zola of Mastersball and other Touts.

American League

What American League lacked in quantity, with just nine free agents added this week, they made up for in quality. New Rays first baseman Nate Lowe caused Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus to make a directory assistance call for $411. Next-closest was $373.

Cool name of the week (or season), Skye Bolt of Oakland, joined the roster of Nando DiFino of The Athletic for $122. The 25-year old outfield prospect was off to a nice start at Triple-A Las Vegas, though his route to playing time with the A’s is unclear.

Review all 5/5 AL bids here

National League

As you can imagine, one of the Reds’ call-ups this week was already owned, Nick Senzel. On the other hand, despite the highest OPS in Triple-A, utilityman Josh VanMeter did not register on any top prospect lists. That didn’t matter, as bidding was strong, despite an unclear playing time situation. My aggressive $57 bid was obliterated by Todd Zola’s winning offer of $273. That is the last time I go on his Sunday afternoon SiriusXM show!

Outfielder Mike Gerber is the next in line in the seemingly endless outfield trials in San Francisco. The former Tiger drew multiple offers, with the top being $111 by Andy Behrens.

With long memories, the NL Touts avoided well-traveled Mets starter Jason Vargas during April, but after the 36-year old lefty strung three strong starts together, Scott Wilderman of onRoto jumped in for $68.

Click on the link below to see the other dozen winning bids as well as the also-rans, too.

Review all 5/5 NL bids here

Mixed Auction

Of the 23 players to be purchased this week in Mixed Auction, Lowe drew the most FAAB by a significant amount, going to Derek Van Riper of Rotowire and The Athletic for $247. The next-closest offer was a more conservative $139.

The only other player drawing a bid for more than $37 is Derek Dietrich of Cincinnati, acquired by Brent Hershey of BaseballHQ for $89. Amazingly, the former Marlin had to come to camp on a minor league deal but his early-season power display is forcing his way into the regular playing rotation for the last-place Reds.

Review all 5/5 Mixed Auction bids here

Mixed Draft

Across the 17 players purchased with FAAB this week in Mixed Draft, spending was muted. Top money was $77 for presumed Baltimore closer Mychal Givens, who received no save opportunities until April 24, but has converted three since. Anthony Perri is Givens’ new owner.

$65 put Lou Trivino of Oakland on the roster of D.J. Short. The right-handed reliever is back after missing time with a thumb injury and has been very dependable overall, with 12 of 13 scoreless appearances this season. With A’s closer Blake Treinen dealing with elbow discomfort, Trivino’s role could expand.

Likely, Tim McLeod has been watching top Astros prospect Yordan Alvarez rake in Triple-A and decided not to wait, paying $51 and a week of likely empty stats for the right to stash the outfielder until he is called up.

Lowe fetched $63 from Rudy Gamble of Razzball.  

Review all 5/5 Mixed Draft bids here

Head to Head

Finally! We find a league in which new Reds outfielder-infielder Nick Senzel was unowned. That changed with Ralph Lifshitz’ winning $420 offer, the highest amount paid for any free agent across the five leagues this week. If one is going to spend big, could there be a better investment?

Jack Ciely dropped an even $300 on two players. Lowe led the way at $174, joined by new Angels starter Griffin Canning at $126. The latter, a 22-year old right-hander, has reached the majors inside of two years after being drafted. Though Canning yielded three home runs in his MLB debut, his future is bright.

Lifshitz also added assumed new Rangers closer Shawn Kelley for $77. The door seems wide open after Jose Leclerc was removed from Texas’ ninth-inning role and Kelley received and converted the first opportunity.

In all, 15 players were purchased this week, with full bidding details viewable via the link below.

Review all 5/5 Head to Head bids here