Tout Wars Free Agency Bidding Recap – Sunday, September 22

This is the final weekly report of 2019, summarizing the top free agent bids in each of 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.

Focus this week is on the league leaders, including at least one very interesting strategy taken.

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

Heading into the final period, Rob Leibowitz is on top, with Colton and the Wolfman and Patrick Davitt following, by 1.5 and 5 points, respectively.

Leibowitz is not sitting on his lead, using his final $40 to snare Cleveland slugger Jose Ramirez. The third baseman is scheduled to be activated on Tuesday, but is a risk coming back from hamate bone surgery in his hand.

Team CTW, out of cash, added Yankees utilityman Tyler Wade for $0, of course. Davitt had $22 remaining, but chose to stand pat.

Review all 9/22 AL bids here.

National League

Tristan H. Cockcroft’s $62 acquisition of Marlins’ reliever Kyle Keller was the top purchase, with the amount not coincidentally using up his entire FAAB balance, rather than reflecting the player’s current value..

The real NL news is from league leader Phil Hertz. Holding a three-point edge heading into the final week, his battleground is WHIP, where he is in the category lead, but with six others closely on his heels.

Hertz used the final bidding period to acquire seven pitchers who are out for the season for $0 each. He already has two other hurlers whose seasons are over. So his final week active roster will likely include a full complement of nine pitchers, none of whom will accrue stats, therefore protecting his current WHIP.

Review all 9/22 NL bids here.

Mixed Auction

In Mixed Auction, Bret Sayre holds a thin 1.5 point lead over Scott Swanay. Brent Hershey is 10 points off the pace.

The three contenders added a total of 10 free agents this week. The top acquisition by Sayre, who was out of cash, may be reborn Arizona outfielder Abraham Almonte ($0), back from the minors and with playing time available in the final week due to injuries.

Headlining Swanay’s additions is Cleveland’s Ramirez for $6 and Hershey nabbed returning Dodgers’ starter Rich Hill for $16. The veteran lefty is scheduled to throw just two innings on Tuesday, but if all goes well, could also take the ball in Game 162 against the Giants, ramping up his workload for the postseason.

The most expensive purchases by non-contenders were Colorado’s Garrett Hampson by Ray Flowers for $22 and red-hot Phillies’ starter Zach Eflin by Al Melchior for $15. The righty has allowed just three earned runs in his last 22 2/3 innings.

Review all 9/22 Mixed Auction bids here.

Mixed Draft

The two-way battle in Mixed Draft is between Ray Murphy and Adam Ronis, separated by 2.5 points.

Murphy split his remaining $68 of FAAB on two $34 winning bids, for Hampson and Padres starter Cal Quantrill. The latter has been struggling, with a 10.90 ERA over his most recent four starts.

Ronis had just $3 left to spend and used $2 on rookie hurler Jose Urquidy of Houston, plus for $0 picked up another rookie, Toronto left-hander Anthony Kay.

Review all 9/22 Mixed Draft bids here.

Head to Head

Clay Link and Ian Kahn are heading into week two of their finals. Between them, they acquired eight free agents this week.

Kahn was busiest, with six players added at $1 each, including a pair of catchers – St. Louis’ Yadier Molina and the Nationals’ Yan Gomes. The former plays every day and the latter has been doing so this month, as well, with Kurt Suzuki hobbled by an elbow injury.

At $0 each. Link scooped up Cardinals’ closer Carlos Martinez and hot starting pitcher Aaron Civale of Cleveland, who has a 1.53 ERA in his last three starts. Both of these players’ clubs have reasons to keep competing hard up to the end of the season.

Review all 9/22 Head to Head bids here.

Tout Wars Free Agency Bidding Recap – Sunday, September 1

This is the first of our weekly reports for the final month of 2019, 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.

Though a number of teams have announced final-month call-ups, playing time for most of them is going to remain an open question. Perhaps for that reason, bidding was not aggressive for newcomers. In the only-leagues, top prospects like Dodgers infielder Gavin Lux have been rostered for some time.

American League

This week in the Tout league focused on the Junior Circuit, 15 players were picked up off the waiver wire.

$197 of Patrick Davitt’s cash went to the acquisition of Oakland first sacker/outfielder Seth Brown. Perhaps you’ve heard the 27-year old rookie has seven RBI and a .440 average in his first six MLB games.

Infielder Mike Freeman of the Indians was picked up by Chris Liss for $90. The 32-year old reached base four times on Sunday and seems a decent source of on-base percentage in AL-only leagues such as this one.

A pair of Rangers, Emmanuel Clase ($29) and Ronald Guzman ($25), went to Colton and the Wolfman and Nando DiFino, respectively. Clase earned a win in relief on Sunday and may be earning more meaningful innings while first sacker Guzman is back from the minors, likely pushing Logan Forsythe into a part-time role.

Review all 9/1 AL bids here.

National League

15 free agents were also added to National League Tout rosters this weekend.

One call-up who arrived early due to injury is Rockies outfielder Sam Hilliard. The 25-year old hit 35 home runs, plated 1010 and stole 22 bags at Triple-A and is getting playing time with David Dahl injured again (no surprise). ESPN’s Tristan H. Cockcroft snared Hilliard for $124.

Cockcroft also purchased Milwaukee’s Travis Shaw for $50. It has been a lost season for the infielder, to the point he was banished to Triple-A. Yet, with rookie Keston Hiura on the injured list, Shaw could work his way back into the picture.

Minor leaguer Ian Anderson was picked up by Lenny Melnick for $35. The Braves pitching prospect hasn’t been called up yet, to my knowledge, but would be worth watching if/when he makes his MLB debut.

Review all 9/1 NL bids here.

Mixed Auction

It was very busy in Mixed Auction this week with 27 free agents acquired.

Leading the way is Lux at $103, purchased by Al Melchior. With Max Muncy out due to injury, the Dodgers want their top prospect to play.

Melchior also acquired the Twins’ Jake Cave, for $64. The outfielder has been hot recently, with five of his seven home runs on the year having come in the last nine games.

At $99, ESPN’s Eric Karabell added Rockies’ outfielder Hilliard.

Jeff Zimmerman picked up Detroit pitcher Daniel Norris for $55. The lefty has a 3.75 ERA over his most recent four starts, and 13 strikeouts over 12 innings. In other words, Norris is pitching exactly three frames each time out. No good for wins, but his ratios are improved.

Review all 9/1 Mixed Auction bids here.

Mixed Draft

We are back to this week’s magic number of 15 players, purchased via FAAB bidding this week in Mixed Draft.

A’s pitcher Sean Manaea joined the roster of Adam Ronis for $88. In his first outing of the season back from shoulder surgery, the lefty kept the Yankees off the scoreboard for five innings on Sunday.

Bidding amounts really dropped off from there, with $23 the price paid by Ronis to purchase Nate Lowe. The Rays first baseman is back from the minors for the final month. The 24-year old hit a two-run home run in his Sunday return and could be a nice final-month power source – if he gets the at-bats.

Perry Van Hook spent $17 each on pitcher Andrew Kittredge of Tampa and outfielder Jake Bauers of Cleveland. Reliever Kittedge has struck out better than a batter per inning, but has been inconsistent as of late. Bauers is back up from the minors with Tyler Naquin injured, but his playing time is unknown.

Review all 9/1 Mixed Draft bids here.

Head to Head

In Sunday’s head to head bidding in the Head to Head league, 17 players were added to team rosters, with amounts paid muted.

Ryan Bloomfield had the rare trifecta of having submitted the top three winning bids. First up was Phillies outfielder Corey Dickerson for $26. The veteran has a pair of long balls and five RBI in his last six outings.

$21 brought Hanser Alberto onto Bloomfield’s roster. The Orioles middle infielder went 9-for-18 on the week, though eight of the hits were singles. Alberto is quietly batting .321 with a .343 OBP this season, both career highs by a considerable margin.

Finally, old hand Homer Bailey, now with Oakland, was a $13 acquisition by Bloomfield. The former Reds star has a solid 2.22 ERA over his most recent four starts.

Review all 9/1 Head to Head bids here.

Tout Wars Free Agency Bidding Recap – Sunday, August 25

This is our final August weekly report for 2019, summarizing the top free agent bids in each of 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

Action for the Junior Circuit was fairly busy, with 17 players added via FAAB.

For $75, Chris Liss acquired Seattle prospect outfielder Jake Fraley. The 24-year old shot through Double-A and Triple-A this season, with a total of 19 long balls and 80 RBI in 96 games. Fraley has started five of the last six games, but is batting just .133 in very early action.

Mike Podhorzer acquired the next three highest-priced players this week – Houston’s Framber Valdez for $47, Matt Magill of Seattle for $38 and Brandon Dixon of Detroit for $36. The lefty Valdez was recalled from Triple-A to sub for Aaron Sanchez and spun six scoreless innings with eight strikeouts against the Angels on Sunday. Magill, the next in a long line of real and presumed Mariners closers, saved two games last week, but also had a blown save and a loss. First baseman Dixon is the cleanup hitter for the Tigers and leads the team with 14 homers, but is in the midst of a dismal August.

Review all 8/25 AL bids here.

National League

With a week until rosters expand and a week and a day until the minor league seasons end, free agent activity was muted in the National League, with just seven acquired.

Billy Hamilton has returned to the National League, as a designated pinch-runner for the Atlanta Braves. In his first three games with his new club, the 28-year old has two steals, a run scored and a bonus RBI. Don’t expect many of the latter. Phil Hertz, in a battle for the league, spent $24 to acquire the former Red and Royal.

Word out of Miami is that Opening Day starter Jose Urena, sidelined by a back injury since June, may become the Marlins’ closer in September. Then again, the last-place Fish haven’t had a save in a month, so work could be sporadic for Urena. Marlins insider Craig Mish spent $20 for the acquisition.

Review all 8/25 NL bids here.

Mixed Auction

20 players were picked up off the waiver wire this Sunday in Mixed Auction.

Leading the way, fetching $67 of Jeff Zimmerman’s cash, is Reds shortstop Freddy Galvis. Though he has yet to steal a base with his newest team, the 29-year old has shown surprising pop, with three home runs and seven RBI in his first 11 games there.

Ray Flowers dropped $39 on Magill and $38 for Nick Solak of the Rangers. The former Rays second base prospect is 7-for-21 including three extra base hits in his first six MLB contests and may see regular playing time in the final month.

For $27, reborn outfielder Harrison Bader of the Cardinals joined Zach Steinhorn’s roster. While demoted to Triple-A, Bader found his stroke and since his return has logged a .533 OBP by being more selective at the plate.

Review all 8/25 Mixed Auction bids here.

Mixed Draft

This week’s Mixed Draft action was slow, with 12 players being purchased.

Top dollar was just $23, paid by Perry Van Hook for Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco. The 26-year old spent three weeks in Triple-A before being recalled, but regular playing time down the stretch seems a question, with Scott Kingery holding down the hot corner as of late.

Shortstop Aledmys Diaz of Houston was acquired by Adam Ronis for $14. The veteran, who was out with dizziness, is scheduled to be activated on Tuesday and should be the regular while Carlos Correa is on the shelf.

Review all 8/25 Mixed Draft bids here.

Head to Head

15 free agents were acquired for FAAB (or $0 bids) this Sunday in Head-to-Head.

Magill was the top acquisition, going to Ryan Bloomfield for $39. Bloomfield also picked up Colorado outfielder Raimel Tapia for $26. The 25-year old has been a quiet success for the Rockies in the second half, but missed the last two games with a hand injury.

The Dodgers’ Dustin May had already been picked up in many leagues, but not here until Sunday, when $21 of FAAB was used for his acquisition by Ian Kahn. The rookie right-hander was bombed in his only relief appearance before being moved back into the rotation. May will bring a 4.26 ERA into his start on Monday against San Diego.

Review all 8/25 Head to Head bids here.

Tout Wars Free Agency Bidding Recap – Sunday, August 18

Another Sunday night means another 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

14 players were acquired by American League owners in this week’s free agent period.

Leading the way at $128 is Royals outfielder Brett Phillips, a new member of the roster of Colton and the Wolfman. The former Brewers prospect should be playing in center along with Bubba Starling now that Billy Hamilton has been designated for assignment.

Chris Liss added catcher Jose Treviño of the Rangers for $35. It must be driven by a hope for better things to come as Treviño is batting just .188 in his first nine games after a .229 mark in Triple-A. His defense is good enough to keep earning him at-bats.

At $33, Rick Porcello joined Mike Podhorzer’s team. The Red Sox right-hander has alternated bad and good starts over his most recent six outings, but that is progress, as his ERA has crept down to 5.49.

Review all 8/18 AL bids here.

National League

This week, 17 free agents joined National League rosters via free agent bidding.

Former Astros prospect Josh Rojas joined the Snakes in the Greinke trade and has been called up. Starting at third base for Arizona, the 25-year old is batting .263 in his first 19 MLB at-bats. Todd Zola snapped Rojas up for $113.

When Neal Walker was about to come off the injured list of the Marlins, league leader Phil Hertz jettisoned the infielder. That led to a mini bidding frenzy this week, with Steve Gardner winning the bidding at $55.

In this evolving world of August waiver moves, Freddy Galvis returned to the Senior Circuit and is starting in the middle infield for the post-Scooter Reds. In his first five games with his new team, Galvis batted a cool .529. No steals yet, but the former Phillie-Padre-Blue Jay could pick up a few in the late going for a needy owner. Justin Mason’s top bid was $31.

Review all 8/18 NL bids here.

Mixed Auction

In a fairly busy Sunday night, 19 players were acquired via FAAB in Mixed Auction.

The top dollar and third-highest free agents were acquired by Scott Pianowski. Arizona’s Nick Ahmed for $113 and Adrian Houser of Milwaukee for $44. The D-backs’ infielder was red-hot this past week, with five long balls and 13 RBI in seven games. The Brewers’ right-hander has allowed one run each in three of his last four starts, logging a 2.74 ERA during that period.

Ron Shandler acquired Arizona’s Rojas for $57.

Left-handed pitcher Kolby Allard of Texas joined Scott Swanay’s roster for $35. The former Brave, who moved to the Rangers in the Chris Martin trade, has a 4.50 ERA in his first two American League starts, which were against the Brewers and Blue Jays. Allard fanned 12 in his 10 innings.

Review all 8/18 Mixed Auction bids here.

Mixed Draft

Mixed Draft had a busy week, with 22 free agents purchased.

At $89, Rojas led the way, joining Rudy Gamble’s roster.

It took $51 of Tim McCullough’s FAAB for acquire Brewers reliever Matt Albers. With closer Josh Hader slumping, the 36-year old Albers has picked up three saves already this month for a Milwaukee team which has been giving up runs at an alarming rate.

Peter Kreutzer, aka Rotoman, picked up Edwin Rios for $32. The first-third baseman was back from the minors and productive when given a chance while Alex Verdugo is out for the Dodgers. Rios had a two-home run, three RBI game in Miami on Wednesday and batted .333 for the week. However, he was still optioned to the minors on Sunday.  

Review all 8/18 Mixed Draft bids here.

Head to Head

The busiest league action this Sunday came in Head-to-Head, with 24 players acquired. Spending was muted, however.

Top dollar was just $35, spent by Dan Strafford on Pirates infielder Colin Moran. The third baseman is coming off a hot week during which he batted .368, with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI. That raised his season batting average to .280 with a .327 OBP.

Ian Kahn made a nice acquisition of Daniel Hudson of the Nationals for $23. With Sean Doolittle placed on the injured list, the 32-year old Hudson should be in the middle of mix for saves with the resurgent Nats. He picked up one save this past week.

A player already picked up in many other leagues previously, Mike Yastrzemski, went to Andrea Lamont for $22. The Giants outfielder had a strong week, with five home runs and eight RBI in just five games. The 28-year old is up to 16 long balls in 71 games in his rookie season.

Review all 8/18 Head to Head bids here.

Tout Wars Free Agency Bidding Recap – Sunday, August 11

We are back with another weekly reports, 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

I guess it was post-trade deadline blues across AL Tout, as just 14 free agents were purchased.

It was oldies but goodies week, as Byron Buxton was acquired by Rob Leibowitz for the top sum of $56. The Twins outfielder is on the injured list with a shoulder problem, so it appears Rob is willing to take a week of zeros in hopes that Buxton can return strongly later in the season.

Howard Bender was busy, spending $90 on two injury infielder fill-ins – Ryan Goins of the White Sox ($52) and Dawel Lugo of the Tigers ($38). Goins has been producing at third while Yoan Moncada is out and Lugo is covering the hot corner for Jeimer Candelario.

Colton and the Wolfman dropped $50 on infielder/outfielder Tim Lopes of the Mariners. Fresh off a concussion-driven time out, the 25-year old had a pair of two-RBI outings in his four appearances this past week.

Review all 8/11 AL bids here.

National League

17 free agents were acquired in the National League, the most spent on any player being $20.

That is the amount of my winning bid on new Cubs catcher Jonathan Lucroy. I am not expecting miracles from the well-traveled former Brewers star, but I will get more at-bats from him and a batter contribution than from OBP-drain Yan Gomes.

The Braves have no shortage of former closers in the pen, with veteran Mark Melancon declared “the man” on Friday. He proceeded to give up four runs in the ninth on Saturday, with the help of Shane Greene, who blew the save. Pre-trade deadline closer Luke Jackson converted on Sunday. Still, Grey Albright spent $12 on Melancon, who I dropped last week thinking he would not get any saves with Atlanta. I might still be right.

St. Louis prospect outfielder Lane Thomas was called up 10 games ago and got just five plate appearances and no starts while infielder Tommy Edman made four starts in right, the latter’s first professional games in the outfield. Finally given a start on Sunday, Thomas hit a grand slam and an RBI triple, plus threw out a Pirate at home. Still, with Tyler O’Neill soon coming back from injury, Thomas’ chances for playing time remain with Mike Shildt – not a good thing. Craig Mish was willing to invest $9 in Thomas.

Review all 8/11 NL bids here.

Mixed Auction

Finally, a normal week, with 23 free agents acquired in the Mixed Auction league.

Leading the way at $77 was Jeff Zimmerman’s purchase of rookie right-hander Aaron Civale of the Indians. In two starts totaling 12 innings, the 25-year old has yielded just one earned run on five hits and four walks with 13 punchouts. Not bad at all…

Ron Shandler took a shot at Melancon for $73.

Derek Law of Toronto went for $61 to Scott Engel. The right-hander has logged 11 straight scoreless appearances and even if Ken Giles wasn’t iffy, he has earned a shot at the ninth. All three of Law’s saves have come in August, with two this past week.

Mitch Keller of the Pirates joined the roster of Zach Steinhorn for $54. The 23-year old prospect was sent down two months ago after three rough starts, but is getting another shot for the reeling Bucs on Monday against the Angels.

Review all 8/11 Mixed Auction bids here.

Mixed Draft

It was a busy Sunday night in Mixed Draft, as 27 players joined team rosters.

Leading the way at $164 is “The Punisher”, Aristedes Aquino, who homered in four straight games, including three long balls on Saturday. The Reds outfielder has 14 RBI in his last eight games, though Adam Ronis will get none of those impressive numbers.

Mike Foltynewicz is back from Triple-A and the Braves’ right-hander drew $70 of D.J. Short’s FAAB. The 27-year old fanned seven in 5 1/3 innings in his return, but was charged with three earned runs at Minnesota. On Sunday, Folty yielded four runs in six frames against the Marlins. A tough home showdown against the Dodgers is next.

With the Pirates’ season going nowhere, Jose Osuna is back from the minors and the infielder/outfielder is starting regularly. For good reason, as the right-handed hitter is batting .412 over the last two weeks with 10 RBI in 12 games. His new owner is Perry Van Hook ($49).

Review all 8/11 Mixed Draft bids here.

Head to Head

19 players were added via FAAB in the Head-to-Head League this Sunday.  

Dan Strafford, a name I almost never mention here, spent big, placing $300 in total on two players – Aquino for $200 and Yankee Mike Tauchman for an even $100. The New York outfielder has been on fire, with five home runs and 12 RBI over his last seven games.

Nick Anderson of Tampa Bay joined the roster of A.J. Mass for $75. The former Marlin has 11 strikeouts in just five innings since joining the Rays. Anderson has a win and a hold, but no saves yet with his new club.

Overall spending was down, as no other Head-to-Head player cost more than $12 to purchase this week.  

Review all 8/11 Head to Head bids here.

Tout Wars Free Agency Bidding Recap – Sunday, August 4

The trade deadline edition is our busiest weekly report for 2019, 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

The AL- and NL-only leagues had the most action this week, as expected. In the AL, only one owner had more than $800 FAAB, Larry Schechter. Next at $691 was Mike Podhorzer and Doug Dennis at $482.

22 free agents joined AL-only teams in this week’s bidding.

Schechter used his hammer to acquire new Cleveland outfielder Yasiel Puig for $484. His new outfield mate by way of San Diego, Franmil Reyes, was acquired by Podhorzer for $416. That was a dollar more than Doug Dennis spent to acquire new Astros starter Zack Greinke.

Spreading his cash around, Schechter also nabbed Detroit outfielder Travis Demeritte for $297.  For $295, former Brewers-now Rays slugger Jesus Aguilar joined the roster of Jeff Erickson.

No other AL free agents went for more than $77, but as one might guess, the NL-only bidding was even wilder.

Review all 8/4 AL bids here.

National League

Money had been hoarded in the National League with two owners holding more than $1000 – Scott Wilderman at $1085 and Justin Mason with $1055. Next were Derek Carty at $940 and Craig Mish with $810.

It paid off as the biggest quantity of names to be traded headed into the Senior Circuit. In some wild and crazy bidding, a whopping 28 players were acquired this week.

Wilderman picked up new Reds starter Trevor Bauer for $1056. (As one would expect, Mason offered “just” $941.) Not coincidentally, that is what Mason paid for his second choice, new Cubs outfielder Nicholas Castellanos.

Per the unwritten script, Carty picked up new Mets starter Marcos Stroman for $811. Mish took new Braves closer Shane Greene for $709.

A pair of called-up prospects were next in the spending hierarchy. Dodgers starter Dustin May, with additional opportunity now that Hyun-Jin Ryu is out, fetched $602 of Grey Albright’s cash. Brewers outfield prospect Trent Grisham was snapped by Tristan H. Cockcroft for $400.

Steve Gardner added new Cubs second baseman-outfielder Tony Kemp for $204 and new Arizona starter Mike Leake for $145.

Review all 8/4 NL bids here.

Mixed Auction

While the dollar amounts were not higher, with none reaching $100, a whopping 31 free agents joined Mixed Auction rosters this Sunday evening.

Seattle has changed closers this season more often than Spinal Tap drummers (yes, I am dating myself with this reference). Maybe Anthony Bass is back around for another shot. He pitched the ninth Sunday, but the M’s were down by two runs. Scott Pianowski spent $99 to hook Bass.

Another new closer is Archie Bradley in Arizona, replacing (again) imploded Greg Holland. Brent Hershey spent $83 to land Bradley.

Eric Karabell likes shortstop Isan Diaz of the Marlins enough to submit a winning bid of $73. A call-up for the talented prospect is said to be imminent.

Review all 8/4 Mixed Auction bids here.

Mixed Draft

25 players found new homes in FAAB bidding this week in Mixed Draft, but spending was centered on two owners.

Arizona’s closer Bradley led the way, fetching $104 of the bankroll of league co-leader Rudy Gamble. He also acquired Royal Chelsor Cuthbert for $54.

D.J. Short dropped $145 on a trio of players – no-hit Astros starter Aaron Sanchez ($70), the Marlins’ Diaz ($45) and A’s outfielder Stephen Piscotty ($30).

Review all 8/4 Mixed Draft bids here.

Head to Head

24 free agents were acquired in the Head-to-Head League this Sunday evening.

Top dollar was the $188 pitching analyst Paul Sporer spent on former Jays-now Astros hurler Sanchez.

From there, the bidding dropped dramatically, to the $41 of Ian Kahn’s FAAB used to acquire new Dodgers starter May.

Next up was the $36 paid by Andrea LaMont for Blake Treinen of Oakland. The results have been there, but the right-hander’s chances to reclaim the closer’s job seem cloudy.

Review all 8/4 Head to Head bids here.

Tout Wars Free Agency Bidding Recap – Sunday, July 28

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 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

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.

Review all 7/28 AL bids here.

National League

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?

Review all 7/28 NL bids here.

Mixed Auction

An even 20 free agents were added to Mixed Auction rosters this week.

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 mildly.

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 production.

Review all 7/28 Mixed Auction bids here.

Mixed Draft

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 slam.

Rotoman, aka Peter Kreutzer, picked up presumed new Marlins closer Nick Anderson for $58, the same price Adam Ronis paid for Wojciechowski.

Review all 7/28 Mixed Draft bids here.

Head to Head (by Todd Zola)

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.

Tout Wars Free Agency Bidding Recap – Sunday, July 21

Following is our newest 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

Who needs big trades? 21 free agents joined AL Tout rosters this Sunday night.

$328 was the high bid across all leagues, the amount Mike Gianella paid for some pitcher named Corey Kluber. Interestingly, the second-highest offer was just $69. The Klubot is progressing toward a mid-August return and Gianella wisely made a stash move now. (Kluber’s original owner cashed him out for a FAAB rebate earlier.)

Howard Bender spent $108 on two free agents, Houston’s Rogelio Armenteros ($66) and Ryan Cordell of the White Sox ($42). Armenteros fanned six over five innings in his first starting opportunity this past week and looks to be in the rotation going forward. Outfielder Cordell has a hit in six of his last seven games, but just one RBI and one run scored.

Doug Dennis acquired pitcher Jalen Beeks of the Rays for $69. The 26-year old lefty continues to deliver strong stats from his long relief role, including 56 strikeouts in 64 2/3 innings.

Review all 7/21 AL bids here.

National League

16 players were acquired this week as everyone is waiting for the trade market to open up.

While many thought Nick Williams would receive the at-bats vacated by injured Jay Bruce, the Phils have instead called on Adam Haseley instead. Obliques can be tricky and Haseley has seemed to show enough in his first week (two home runs and five RBI) to continue to play until Bruce is ready. Tristan H. Cockcroft bid an aggressive $101 to roster Haseley.

At $52, league leader Phil Hertz of BaseballHq grabbed third base prospect Zach Green of the Giants. With Evan Longoria out with a foot injury, Green, who has 23 home runs this season in Triple-A, should see time over the known quantity, Kung-Fu Panda.

For $25, Grey Albright snagged another Giant, Connor Menez. The 24-year old lefty seems to be part of a youth movement with Derek Holland (DFA) and Drew Pomeranz (bullpen) pushed aside and allowed two runs in five innings against the Mets in his Sunday debut.  

The Angels’ loss is the Marlins’ gain as outfielder Cesar Puello was acquired for cash considerations after being bumped off the Halos’ roster by the return of Justin Upton. The 28-year old Puello seems to be poised to get a long look in the revolving door Miami outfield. Derek Carty had the winning $22 offer.

Review all 7/21 NL bids here.

Mixed Auction

18 free agents found new homes this week in Tout Mixed Auction.

It is Shark Week, as Jeff Samardzija joined the roster of Zach Steinhorn for $52. This month, the veteran Giants right-hander had three straight quality starts before giving up four runs in five innings against the Mets on Saturday.

Long a prospect, Colorado outfielder Raimel Tapia was acquired by Ray Flowers for $39. The now-25-year old came out of the break with every-day playing time and logged a six-game hitting streak that included nine hits, five runs scored and a steal.  

$33 was the winning offer for Jose Urquidy of Houston, now on Al Melchior’s roster. After two so-so starts to open his MLB career, the 24-year old right-hander dominated the Rangers on Saturday, allowing just one run on two hits with nine punchouts over seven innings.

Review all 7/21 Mixed Auction bids here.

Mixed Draft

14 players were added in Mixed Draft this week, a fairly quiet level of action.

League-leader Rudy Gamble spent $64 to acquire Cardinals infielder Tommy Edman. The rookie has shown surprising power while filling in for injured Matt Carpenter. Though the latter is expected back soon, Edman has shown enough to steal some playing time away from Kolten Wong at second and become a super-utility player for the Cardinals.

Tim MacLeod was busy, spending $184 on four players, including Giants Tyler Beede at $68 and Mike Yastrzemski at $52. The latter is showing no signs of slowing down in his rookie campaign, with three home runs and 10 RBI since the break. Beede has made three strong starts this month, most recently throwing eight shutout innings on three hits and a walk against the Mets on Friday.

Review all 7/21 Mixed Draft bids here.

Head to Head

16 players were acquired via free agent bidding this Sunday in the Head-to-Head league.

RotoLady, aka Andrea Lamont, spent $252 on a pair of outfielders with Cardinals connections. Slugger Tyler O’Neill ($177) is playing every day for the Redbirds with Marcell Ozuna out and may have earned regular time even afterward. Former Cardinal Oscar Mercado ($77) has been a bright spot for the Tribe since his call up in mid-May. His primary claim to fame is steals, but the center fielder muscled up for three long balls and eight RBI this past week.

Urquidy went to Jake Ciely for $51.

Reliever Hunter Wood of the Rays joined the roster of Dan Strafford for $50. The 25-year old righty has a strong 2.08 ERA and 1.115 WHIP this season and 21 strikeouts in 26 innings, but no save opportunities.

Outfielder Danny Santana has arisen from the scrap heap in Texas, hitting .317 with a .567 SLG in 2019. The 28-year old has been on fire since the All-Star Game with four homers, seven driven in and a .433 average. Santana now rocks the roster of AJ Mass for $40.

Review all 7/21 Head to Head bids here.