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

Tout Wars Free Agency Bidding Recap – Sunday, April 28

Welcome to this week’s 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 Andrea Lamont, aka @rotolady of Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports, along with other Touts.

American League

A whopping count of 23 free agents were acquired in free agent bidding this week.

The top dollar player is Hansel Robles of the Angels at $370 to Rob Leibowitz of RotoHeaven. With an uncertain closing situation, some thought Robles may be behind Ty Buttrey, but on Sunday, Buttrey pitched the eighth and Robles the ninth. Still it was a non-save situation and Robles has just one on the season. This is a situation to keep watching.

The next-highest winning offer was also for an emerging closer, as $199 landed Tampa Bay’s Emilio Pagan onto the roster of Patrick Davitt of BaseballHQ. Pagan is the fifth Rays reliever to secure a save this season, but has collected three straight.

$103 was the top bid for Luis Rengifo of the Angels, acquired by Jeff Erickson of RotoWire. The second baseman is getting regular playing time while batting ninth for the Halos. Rengifo hasn’t stolen a base yet but had 40 last season in the minors.

Review all 4/28 AL bids here.

National League

Though the number of players taken in NL Tout this week was low, just eight, two players fetched big money.

The Padres promoted third baseman Ty France, who was batting .423 with nine home runs in Triple-A. With Greg Garcia his primary competition, France could put pressure on struggling Ian Kinsler for playing time at second. Fernando Tatis’ Sunday injury could add to the opportunity, with Manny Machado moving from third to short. All of this together led to a $261 winning bid from Andy Behrens of Yahoo, with the next closest at $119. (As a point of reference, NL Tout had just 11 other eligible free agent hitters in the entire pool.)

Gio Gonzalez opted out of his minor league contract with the Yankees and re-signed with Milwaukee, where the veteran lefty was quickly inserted into the rotation, where he also made five effective starts to close 2018 after his acquisition from Washington. On Sunday, Gonzalez took a no-decision after allowing two runs in five innings in New York. A proven starter of this quality rarely comes available this early in the season, so bidding was brisk. I won with my $256 offer over the closest competing bid of $217.

Review all 4/28 NL bids here.

Mixed Auction

23 was also the total of free agents to be acquired this week in Mixed Auction.

New Nationals middle infielder Carter Kieboom, with two home runs in his first weekend in the majors, was snapped up for $228 by Derek Van Riper of The Athletic. Playing time looks wide open for at least the next three weeks due to Trea Turner’s injury.

Griffin Canning of the Angels went for $131 to Ray Flowers of Fantasy Guru. The 22-year old is the club’s top pitching prospect and was off to a strong start at Triple-A, with a 0.56 ERA through three starts. The right-hander is slated to make his MLB debut on Tuesday against Toronto.

The money was spread around as no other free agent fetched more than $77 (for Brandon Belt by Tim Heaney).

Review all 4/28 Mixed Auction bids here.

Mixed Draft

Over in Mixed Draft, 16 players found new roster homes this week.

Kieboom caused the biggest blast, drawing a $235 winning bid from Greg Ambrosius of the NFBC. Other top dollar players were taken in other leagues as well, with Pagan and Canning each drawing top offers of $87 (from Tom Kessenich and Tim McLeod, respectively). Next up was Buttrey at $79, also to Ambrosius.

The first new name in the bidding hierarchy is Angels infielder Tommy LaStella, who went to Ray Murphy of BaseballHQ for $66. The 30-year old swatted three home runs last week and is a regular at third.

Review all 4/28 Mixed Draft bids here.

Head to Head

H2H action this week was moderate, with 17 free agents acquired.

Leading the way was Kieboom at $287 to Jake Ciely, followed by a round $150 for Pagan, paid by AJ Mass.

From there, prices dropped hard to the $34 winning offer for Luke Jackson of Atlanta, paid by Clay Link and $33 spent by Ciely on Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff. With Braves closer AJ Minter in a tailspin, Jackson was called upon to pick up the save on Sunday and converted the three-out opportunity against the heart of the Rockies’ lineup. As evidenced by his sharp 2.12 ERA through three outings, Eickhoff is doing his best to make demoted Nick Pivetta a distant memory.

Review all 4/28 Head to Head bids here.

Tout Wars Free Agency Bidding Recap – Sunday, April 21

This is our Easter Sunday 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

In a busy week in the AL, 21 players received bids.

The scuffling Red Sox brought up top prospect Michael Chavis and give the third sacker his first start at second base. Jason Collette did not fool around, dropping $303 for the acquisition. The second-highest offer was $104 in the blind bidding process.

Chris Liss of RotoWire likes new White Sox center fielder Ryan Cordell enough to bid $135. The 27-year old has an uneven minor league history, but can lock down regular playing time with performance. Cordell is off to a good early start.

25-year old starter Erik Swanson was called up by the Mariners and made a strong first impression, with just two baserunners (including a solo home run) in six innings against the Indians. His stay could be longer than a cup of coffee.

Review all 4/21 AL bids here.

National League

Though only 13 players were acquired this week, the big money came out Sunday night.

When a rash of injuries occur, opportunity is created for others. Such was the case with the Pirates this weekend, as Bryan Reynolds and Cole Tucker were pushed into the starting spotlight for the hottest team in baseball after a horrific outfield collision between Erik Gonzalez and Starling Marte.

Shortstop Tucker has been leading off and has begun his career with a double and home run in two games. The speedster seems to have the better chance of securing a long-term job at this point. Switch-hitting center fielder Reynolds is 4-for-6 with a double and could be worth a stash for later in the season.

OK, what are the odds that two owners would bid exactly $326? Well, that happened with Tucker. Lenny Melnick edged Grey Albright by the narrowest of margins – standings tiebreaker. Reynolds went to Scott Wilderman for $79, based on what appears to be a shorter shelf life.

Jerad Eichkoff is back from the minors and made Sunday’s start for the Phils at Colorado. The right-hander carried a shutout into the sixth before allowing four runs and taking the loss. Tristan H. Cockcroft of ESPN submitted the winning bid of $107.

Review all 4/21 NL bids here.

Mixed Auction

31 players purchased this week is impressive, especially considering four owners stood pat.

Top dollar went for new Seattle closer Roenis Elias, who slipped through unpurchased last week. With Hunter Strickland out at least two months, Elias looks to be in the driver’s seat – at least until summer – or Anthony Swarzak takes it away. The winning bid was $89, placed by Scott Engel.

Cole Tucker drew considerable attention in Mixed Auction, with the top offer placed by Tim Heaney for $67.

At $62, my choice as the player of the prior decade, Albert Pujols, joined the roster of Zach Steinhorn. Interestingly, Zach benched Pujols’ Angels teammate Justin Bour in the process.

Review all 4/21 Mixed Auction bids here.

Mixed Draft

27 free agents joined Mixed Draft rosters this weekend.

Leading the way is Tucker, the most popular Tout acquisition this week, taken in all four leagues in which he was eligible. Seth Trachtman made the top Mixed Draft bid of $185 for the new Pirates shortstop and leadoff man.

Outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. of Baltimore is coming off a big week, with seven RBI in six games. The only yellow flag is a quad injury suffered on Sunday. New owner Peter Kreutzer has to be hoping his $177 went to a player only sidelined for a short period.

Eickhoff was the third player who fetched more than $100 this week, with Kruetzer dropping $123 for the new-old Phillies starter for a tidy total of $300 on this latter pair.

Review all 4/21 Mixed Draft bids here.

Head to Head

21 is the number of new free agent acquisitions in the Head to Head League this Sunday.

The most expensive player is new Atlanta starter Mike Soroka, who was acquired by Clay Link of RotoWire for $102. The right-hander made a strong season debut this week, but with the wealth of rotation talent the Braves have, Soroka’s leash could be short.

Two of the four top acquisitions in the league this week went to Alex Chamberlain for a total of $150. $85 was deployed on Oakland’s Frankie Montas, with $65 spent on the aforementioned Seattle starter Erik Swanson. Four starts into the season and the 26-year old right-hander has a 2.70 ERA with a WHIP under 1.00 and better than a strikeout per inning.

Cole Tucker was picked up by Ralph Lifshitz for $77.  

Review all 4/21 Head to Head bids here.

Tout Wars Free Agency Bidding Recap – Sunday, April 14

Welcome to our 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

15 players moved from free agency to AL Tout rosters this week – but at mostly single-digit prices. The clear exception is Minnesota reliever Trevor Hildenberger. The 28-year old, recently thought to be third in the Twins closer hierarchy, bailed out Blake Parker on Sunday for his first save of 2019. That was enough for Jeff Erickson of Rotowire to put in a winning $65 offer.

At $59, Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus added Roenis Elias of Seattle. The 30-year old lefty has logged a pair of saves already this season despite apparently not being in the Mariners’ closing race.

Josh Phegley of Oakland has swung a hot bat in the early going, taking playing time away from Nick Hundley. Three home runs and eight RBI this week is an impressive haul, but Gianella won’t get those stats for his $26.

Review all 4/14 AL bids here.

National League

With recent call-ups Austin Dean (MIA OF) and Touki Toussaint (ATL SP) already rostered, NL owners were faced with an offensive talent pool led in at-bats for the week by Giants back-up catcher Erik Kratz with 12.

Another new Giant, Tyler Austin, has received decent playing time at first base and offered one of the few offensive upgrades this week. Yet, seven strikeouts in 13 at-bats across his two stops is hardly comforting. Yet, I bit the bullet and paid $55.

Miami reliever Nick Anderson is off to a strong start, with 14 punchouts in just 6 1/3 innings to go with just one run allowed. Mastersball’s Todd Zola won the bidding at $37 as a replacement for injured Atlanta closer Arodys Vizcaino.

Zola, who has been bidding aggressively early this season, plunked down $33 for Rockies outfielder Yonathan Daza. An 0-for-11 start with four K’s did not deter Todd, but the potential near-term return of David Dahl could put Daza back down to Triple-A.

In total, 13 players were acquired this week, including four $0 winning offers.

Review all 4/14 NL bids here.

Mixed Auction

There was both quality and higher prices paid this week in Mixed Auction. 21 players were acquired, led by the $203 paid for former Phillies closer Hector Neris. Jeff Zimmerman is Neris’ new owner. The reliever collected a save this week, but still seems behind David Robertson and Seranthony Dominguez in the closing hierarchy.

Braves starter Touki Toussaint was called up to replace another hurler who attracted FAAB dollars in week no. 1, Kyle Wright. After throwing six shutout innings on Saturday, Toussaint joined the roster of Brent Hershey of BaseballHQ for $179.

With injury to Scooter Gennett in Cincinnati and top prospect Nick Senzel biding his time in Triple-A, free agent signee Derek Dietrich has received regular playing time. The former Marlin has shown nice power and attracted the eye of Tim Heaney for $47.

Review all 4/14 Mixed Auction bids here.

Mixed Draft

21 new players acquired was also the total in Mixed Draft this week. The top dollar offer went for Pirates starter Jordan Lyles, joining the roster of Perry Van Hook for $123. Now on his fifth MLB team, the right is being skipped in the Pittsburgh rotation this week, but seems to have hold of the no. 5 spot. An 0.82 ERA over two starts has to have a lot to do with that.

Tom Kessenich of the NFBC acquired Toussaint for $69 and his boss Greg Ambrosius snared Angels infielder Tommy La Stella for $55. Earlier in the week, the veteran hit three home runs on Monday and Tuesday, but hasn’t had a hit since.

Outfielder Avisail Garcia is with Tampa Bay this season and joined the roster of Van Hook for $53. The veteran was red-hot this week, with a total of 11 hits in a four-game stretch. Eight of those hits were against his former White Sox teammates.

Review all 4/14 Mixed Draft bids here.

Head to Head

This was a relatively quiet week in Head-to-Head, with 14 players acquired, none over $75.

In fact, $75 was the highest offer made, as Brandon Lowe of the Rays was acquired by Dr. Roto. The second baseman had two standout outings this past week, with three long balls and six driven in. Lowe is working on an eight-game hitting streak.

Max Fried looks to have positioned himself in the Braves youthful starting rotation, justifying a $71 bid from Clay Link of Rotowire. Five other owners placed lesser offers.

Franmil Reyes, competing for time in a crowded and talented Padres outfield, brought $49 of Ralph Lifshitz’ cash. The 23-year old outfielder launched his first three home runs of the season this past week.

Review all 4/14 Head to Head bids here.

Tout Wars Free Agency Bidding Recap – Sunday, April 7

Welcome to our 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

The big money in AL Tout this week went toward Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier, the recipient of regular playing time now that about half the Bronx Bombers’ roster is on the injured list. Chris Liss of Rotowire made sure he got his man, spending a hefty $443, the top bid of the week across the five leagues. Interestingly, the next two offers were exactly $348 and $347.

Alen Hanson, always a stolen base threat, but never hitting enough to earn regular playing time, moved this week to his third MLB stop, Toronto. Nando DiFino of The Athletic needed an infielder to replace Troy Tulowitzki and took home Hanson for $133.

15 other AL players were acquired this Sunday evening.

Review all 4/7 AL bids here

National League

The Giants needed a center fielder and were willing to give up three players to Toronto to acquire veteran Kevin Pillar. Never an OBP machine but a consistent source of double-digit steals, the 30-year old should get regular at-bats by the Bay. Despite a dreadful start to the season, Pillar was in demand in a very shallow talent pool. Mastersball’s Todd Zola’s $312 topped bids of $225 and $221, among others.

Another outfielder receiving at-bats currently is Jason Martin of Pittsburgh. However, this may be short-lived as Gregory Polanco has already begun his minor league rehab with two other mates soon to follow, Lonnie Chisenhall and Corey Dickerson. Yet, Craig Mish of SiriusXM bought for today, paying $57 for the 23-year old.

A total of 15 players were added to NL rosters this period.

Review all 4/7 NL bids here

Mixed Auction

21 players were rostered in this busy week in Mixed Auction.

Scott Pianowski of Yahoo whipped out his bankroll, spending a total of $462 on two veterans enjoying an early season power revival – second baseman Kolten Wong of St. Louis ($331) and Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward ($131).

Seattle Opening Day starting pitcher Marco Gonzales had to complete a pair of starts before generating interest, but the lefty, not known for high strikeouts, drew a stout $146 winning offer from Ray Flowers of Fantasy Guru.

Jake Lamb’s return to his home away from home, the IL, opened the door for Christian Walker to secure regular playing time at first base in Arizona. Michael Rathburn made the purchase for $129.

Review all 4/7 Mixed Auction bids here

Mixed Draft

A whopping 28 players were purchased in Mixed Draft this Sunday evening, with all 15 owners participating in the action.

The dollar amounts were somewhat muted, however, with just one player fetching triple digits. Arizona first baseman Walker went to Michael Beller for $179.

Ask Rotoman, aka Peter Kreutzer, acquired Yankees pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga for $97. It is not clear how long the 24-year old will remain up, but the prospect tossed four one-run innings his first time out.

Thought to be a fourth or fifth outfielder coming into the season, injuries to others not only elevated Jarrod Dyson to a starting role for the Snakes, but he is leading off. Anthony Perri submitted the winning bid of $86.

Review all 4/7 Mixed Draft bids here

Head to Head

Many observers scratched their heads when D.J. LeMahieu and the Yankees paired up this off-season. It took less than a week for Miguel Andujar’s injury to create a need at third base, now filled by LeMahieu. Dan Strafford paid an even $200 get D.J. on his roster.

Jake Ciely targeted saves, spending a total of $165 for Anthony Swarzak of Seattle ($83) and a dollar less for Minnesota Twin Blake Parker.

20 players were acquired across the league this week, with Andrea LaMont executing a major spring housecleaning. RotoLady bought a whopping seven free agents, coupled with one IL move and six releases. Her winning bids ranged from $41 (Heyward) to just $1 (Kelvin Herrera).

Review all 4/7 Head to Head bids here

4/7 Chat Transcript is here.


Tout Wars Free Agency Bidding Recap – Sunday, March 31

This is the second of our weekly reports 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.

(In case you missed the results from our first FAAB period, held on Wednesday, March 27, just scroll down the page. 82 players were rostered across the five leagues.)

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

American League

For the second straight period, bidding was relatively heavy in AL, with 18 players taken.

Dumped by the Royals and scooped up the injury-challenged Angels, outfielder Brian Goodwin drew a strong winning bid of $109 from Patrick Davitt of BaseballHQ. Goodwin should see time as long as Justin Upton will be out, which could be a couple of months. In the same race, Jeff Erickson spent $31 on Peter Bourjos, who must have more than nine lives.

If one can believe Ned Yost, former starter Ian Kennedy will share save opportunities for KC with Wily Peralta. One save is on the books, and Howard Bender snapped up Kennedy for $81. At $53, another potential saves source, Seattle’s Cody Gearrin, joined the roster of Colton and the Wolfman.

Review all 3/31 AL bids here.

National League

It is a selfish question, but the reason I want to know if Padres lefty Nick Margevicius is going to stay around is to determine if I am going to have to memorize his name like Grudzielanek, Mientkiewicz and Rzepczynski. Despite never pitching above A-ball, Nick spun five one-run innings at the Giants. His new owner is Derek Carty, who paid $31.

The top dollar player this week in NL is outfielder Rosell Herrera, formerly of Kansas City and now with Miami. Herrera holds the honors of being the only free agent available this week with 10 or more at-bats. (Margevicius was also the only hurler with at least five innings pitched.) The talent pool is that depleted.

None of the 16 other players added fetched more than $19.

Review all 3/31 NL bids here.

Mixed Auction

Wow! A whopping 32 players were purchased in Mixed Auction this week.

Leading the way at the top price across all five leagues this week is the $228 spent on Taylor Rogers of the Twins by Michael Rathburn. Rogers received and converted the save opp on Opening Day, but it is not clear he owns the job over Trevor May or Blake Parker.

Tim Beckham, he of the first-week home run feats for the Mariners, joins Al Melchior’s roster for $76. Al does not get the stats already accrued, however. Ray Flowers plucked Goodwin for an interesting bid of $69 and outfielder Scott Schebler of the Reds landed on Jeff Zimmerman’s roster for $63.

(Note to self: For a good story idea, poll the Touts on how they select their precise bid amounts.)

Review all 3/31 Mixed Auction bids here.

Mixed Draft

Old standard Jake Odorizzi of the Twins was the top player off the board in Mixed Draft with a winning bid of $125 submitted by Seth Trachtman. Odorizzi yielded a solo home run over six innings in his initial start. Tim McCullough was also in search of a starting pitcher and nabbed Marco Estrada of the A’s for $91. The 35-year old fanned just three, but tossed six scoreless innings against the Halos on Friday.

Tom Kessenich of the NFBC apparently favors symmetric bids as he speared a pair of Mariners for a total off $99. Beckham cost $66 and Gearrin was a $33 buy. D.J. Short added Schebler for $50.

Lucas Giolito carried a no-hitter into the seventh against the Royals on Sunday and for $37, Michael Beller wants to see more of those kinds of results from the former White Sox top prospect.

21 players in all were acquired in Mixed Draft this week. Review them all via the following link.

Review all 3/31 Mixed Draft bids here.

Head to Head

18 players were the subject of winning bids in Head to Head.

Top dollar of $150 went to Brad Keller of Kansas City, acquired by A.J. Mass. The Royals’ Opening Day starter dominated the Pale Hose hitters for seven shutout innings. If there is more to come, Keller will be nice buy.

Never a shy guy, Paul Sporer whipped out his checkbook and dropped almost a quarter of his full-season spend, a total of $246, on the trio of Beckham ($119), Toronto starter Marcus Stroman ($89) and Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong ($38).

Ian Kahn spent $176 himself, primarily chasing saves with Arizona’s Greg Holland ($81) along with injured Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress ($77) plus some DH from the Indians named Hanley Ramirez ($18), who took Odorizzi deep on Saturday.

Review all 3/31 Head to Head bids here.

Tout Wars Free Agency Bidding Recap – Wednesday, March 27

Welcome to the first of our weekly reports for 2019, summarizing the top free agent bids in each of the five Tout Wars leagues, with links to the detailed bidding action. All prices are on a $1000 base.

A provision reportedly forgotten by some of the Touts was the annual pre-Opening Day free agent period. This year, it was pre-US opener, held on Wednesday evening, March 27.

There was one significant rub, however. Only a handful of MLB clubs made their formal injured list proclamations prior to Thursday – and until they did and it was reflected on the league site, such players were considered active.

This required many Touts had to take a calculated risk that if they acquired replacement players via FAAB that they could move their injured players to the IL prior to Thursday’s first pitch. That may have tamped down bidding action.

American League

Not so in the AL, however, as action was heavy, with 22 players acquired. Leading the way was right-hander Aaron Brooks, named Oakland’s fifth starter with Chris Bassitt out. Howard Bender doled out $116 for the privilege of rostering Brooks.

Doug Dennis of BaseballHQ went heavy on offense, paying $101 each for Lucas Duda and Carlos Gonzalez. While parking Mark Trumbo on the injured list, Larry Schechter added new Orioles’ right fielder Dwight Smith Jr. for $65.

All 3/27 AL bids here:

National League

Bidding was lighter in the NL, as 16 players were acquired, but just seven for a non-zero amount. Worried I would be fighting with Florida-based Craig Mish for new Marlins starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara, I checked first-week bids last year and upped my offer to $105. Sadly for me, Mish remained on the sidelines and most other owners did too, meaning I paid almost $90 more than necessary.

The top acquisition on offense was new Reds shortstop Jose Iglesias, who went for $59 to Steve Gardner of USA TODAY.

All 3/27 NL bids here:

Mixed Auction

18 players were added via the initial bidding period, with $117 spent by Gene McCaffrey to snare new Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson in spirited bidding. For just $2 less, Jeff Zimmerman added presumed Twins closer Blake Parker and doubled down on relievers, paying $54 for Wily Peralta of Kansas City.

A new fifth starter with strikeout potential, the Angels’ Felix Pena, was acquired by Zack Steinhorn for $65. Pena seems to have a spot at least until Andrew Heaney returns. With Greg Bird seeing time at first base for the Yankees currently, Al Melchior won his services for $52.

All 3/27 Mixed Auction bids here:

Mixed Draft

Again, 18 players found new homes on Wednesday night, with starting pitching the primary target. Frankie Montas of Oakland was the top dollar player acquired in the Mixed Draft league. In fact, the A’s starter drew the highest winning bid across the five leagues, $161 from Tim McCullough. Tims were spending big that evening, with Tim McLeod adding Hudson for $111.

Yet another new starting pitcher, Kyle Wright of the Braves went to Charlie Wiegert for $51 and Marlins pitcher Caleb Smith went to Scott White for $43.

All 3/27 Mixed Draft bids here:

Head to Head

Action was relatively quiet in Head to Head, with just eight players acquired on Wednesday night. Marlins starters were hot commodities across the leagues, as a third one, Pablo Lopez, went to Ian Kahn for $101.

Hunter Strickland of Seattle, who picked up two saves in Japan, dropped his first in the US after being acquired by Ryan Bloomfield for $68. Hang on tightly!

All 3/27 Head to Head bids here:

What is next

Check back Sunday night, March 31 for the next round of bidding results and our live chat session!