Welcome to our weekly summary of 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
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.
16 free agents were acquired for FAAB this week in the AL.
Mike Podhorzer spent the most, $83, on the Royals’ Ryan O’Hearn. KC’s first sacker to start the season is back from Omaha, replacing Lucas Duda, and should get extended playing time in another opportunity to stick.
Will Sergio Romo close for the Twins, who now have the
Indians hot on their heels? Colton and the Wolfman put down $72 of their money
to acquire the former ninth-inning man of the Marlins.
Matt Duffy of the Rays was also a $72 acquisition, picked up
by Jason Collette. When Jason adds a Tampa Bay player, take special notice.
all 7/28 AL bids here.
It was busy in the National League, with 19 players
acquired, though since his trade is not yet official, prospective Marcus
Stroman owners will have to wait a week.
At the top of the league standings, Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ
opened up his pocketbook, spending $194 on Will Smith – the highest price paid
across the five leagues this week. The new Dodgers catcher (not the current
Giants closer) was previously owned, but dropped when sent down earlier in the
season. Phil won’t get Smith’s six RBIs from Saturday, but there should be more
from where that came.
Hertz also spent $57 for Miami reliever Jarlin Garcia. It is
unclear if he or Jose Quijada, Nick Anderson or someone else will pick up the
closing duties for the Fish with Sergio Romo traded, but Garcia did get the
ninth on Sunday (in a non-save situation). Quijada went to Grey Albright for
the substantially lower price of $12. (Anderson was already rostered.)
At $64, former Reds-now new Braves outfielder Adam Duvall
was snapped up by Albright, as well. With Nick Markakis out, at-bats should be
available, and on a better team, who knows what Duvall might do?
all 7/28 NL bids here.
An even 20 free agents were added to Mixed Auction rosters
Leading the way at $112 is the Dodgers’ new backstop, Will
Smith. His new team assignment is with Eric Karabell of ESPN, who came into
Sunday with $843 FAAB compared to the owner with the next-most at just $343. To
observe that Karabell holds the hammer the rest of the way is putting it
Chris Martin, who seems to be the leader of the closer
committee for the Rangers currently (unless/until he is traded), joined the roster
of Brent Hershey of BaseballHQ for $37. Also at $37, Baltimore’s Asher Wojciechowski
was acquired by Ron Shander.
Shandler also added Kolten Wong, for $27. The Cardinals second
sacker has improved his OBP recently, reflecting with his entire club’s upward
all 7/28 Mixed Auction bids here.
This time around, the busiest league was Mixed Draft, with
23 free agents finding new homes.
The top dollar player was Will Smith at $102. I wonder if
new owner Tim McLeod was bidding in Canadian dollars…
Ray Murphy of BaseballHQ snapped up Astros hurler Jose
Urquidy for $78. The rookie looked good against the Cardinals this weekend,
with upper-90’s heat, a good changeup as well as a slider. However, with no
idea what Houston plans to do in the trade market this week, Urquidy may or may
not continue to get starts.
Old hand Jason Kipnis joined the roster of Charlie Wiegert
for $71. The 32-year old second sacker for the Tribe has two homers, 10 RBI and
a .386 OBP over the last three weeks. It was capped off by a Saturday grand
Rotoman, aka Peter Kreutzer, picked up presumed new Marlins
closer Nick Anderson for $58, the same price Adam Ronis paid for Wojciechowski.
all 7/28 Mixed Draft bids here.
Head to Head (by Todd
Pitching was the focus of the Head to Head combatants with Fangraphs
Paul Sporer submitting the high bid, $54 on the surging Reynaldo Lopez. Lopez
has added a couple ticks to his four seamer, averaging 97 mph while also
throwing his curve and slider more. Further, he’s spinning both secondaries
more, increasing their effectiveness.
The next highest bid came courtesy of Alex Chamberlain from
Rotographs, dropping $45 on Asher Wojciechowski. The Baltimore righty is
exhibiting a new level, fanning 37 to just eight walks in 30 frames.
Rotowire’s Ian Kahn decided $41 was the right bid to see if Nick
Anderson takes over as the Miami Marlins closer.
The top bid on the hitting side belongs to A.J. Mass from ESPN with a
$50 expenditure on the Dodger’s new backstop Will Smith. The club has announced
Smith will be the regular receiver and he celebrated with his fourth homer of
the season on Sunday. Mass also grabbed Reds infielder Josh VanMeter for $50.
The next highest hitter bid came from Dan Strafford, taking a $25
chance Yasmany Tomas will be extended a long look by Arizona.
The other double-digit bids were placed by Sporer, adding catcher
Pedro Severino and starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani, both for $11. Like
Lopez, DeSclafani has recently added a couple ticks to his heater.
Review all 7/28 Head to Head bids here.