This morning Scott Pianowski messaged the Mixed Auction league:
Just a reminder, my entire roster is in play at any time. Not just the scrubs I’m going to cut. Not just the obvious sell-high guys, or players at a position I’m deep in. I’ll trade anyone (or FAAB) at any time.
Sometimes, just for fun. This is supposed to be fun, right?
Fred Zinkie, likely the world’s most prolific and successful trader (and Ontario native), replied:
You now have me totally focused on getting Donaldson! It’ll bug me every time I watch the Jays. I just have to figure out how…..
RE: AL Tout – I was surprised at how pricey the early hitters were. I was also surprised at how many young and talented arms went in the single digits.
Saturday March 19, 2016 3:14 Craig in Chi
Pricing is typically high out of the gate in all of these drafts. The younger pitchers have as much upside as they do risks, but Tiers 1 & 2 went high so that deflated prices downstream
and we’re off!
Saturday March 19, 2016 3:16 Jason Collette
defending champ opens up the draft by offering a trade. Kershaw goes for $38 to DVR which is the same price he went for in NL LABR. Then, we get crickets on Andre Ethier at $2 to the mixed newbie Bret Sayre
Saturday March 19, 2016 3:17 Jason Collette
track the closer market: Ramos $12 to Swanay
Saturday March 19, 2016 3:17 Jason Collette
DVR buys Goldschmidt for $47 — he won this league 2 years ago rostering Kershaw, Goldy & Trout. He’s trying it again but gave up on Harper when Scott Engel went to $48
Saturday March 19, 2016 3:18 Jason Collette
AL Cy Young winner Carlos Carrasco goes for $22 to Tim Heheheheaney
Buster Moves Posey $30 to Al Melchior. Yes, the auction is going this quickly. Erickson is the Kevin Kiermaier of auctioneers. DVR doubles down with pitchers and gets Scherzer for $38 giving him both Kershaw and Scherzer. Trout goes to Sayre for $46
Why, beside Jonah’s adoration, did you have T Walker targeted? (maybe repost the Periscope link, too)
Saturday March 19, 2016 4:00 Craig in Chi
Walker has fewer than 250 innings at the big league level and has been rushed up & yo-yoed. He’s adding a 2-seamer & re-working his changeup and I liked what I saw of him last year. I believe I got Jonah on board with TW late last year
Cody Allen at $14 to Zinkie (again, deal) and Odor goes $18
Where will the best and brightest fantasy baseball writers and broadcasters be this weekend?
Many will be in New York City, for the annual Tout Wars weekend of drafts and parties.
This year’s drafts are being held in the studio at SiriusXM and aren’t open for the public, but you can follow along live on the SiriusXM fantasy sports channel, and on the live blog and spreadsheet at toutwars.com.
When are the drafts? Where and when are the parties?
Tout H2H: March 18, 7pm. Doors open at 6pm. Ron Shandler is auctioneer. Joe Pisapia has the spreadsheet. Mike Gianella is on chat.
Tout AL: March 19, 9am. Doors open at 8am. Brian Feldman is auctioneer. Paul Sporer is on spreadsheet. Al Melchior is doing chat.
Tout Mix Auction: March 19, 3pm. Doors open at 2pm. Jeff Erickson is auctioneer. Ray Murphy has the spreadsheet. Jason Collette is on chat.
Foley’s NY Party: March 19, 8pm. 18 West 33rd Street. Party with the pros!
Tout NL Auction: March 20, 10am. Doors open at 9am. Brian Feldman is the auctioneer. Steve Moyer is on spreadsheet. Jason Collette will chat.
For the third time in five years, Fred Zinkie heads into a Tout Wars Mixed Auction throwing out the first nomination. He hasn’t shown quite the same dominance in the even-numbered years as he has in the odd. Could that open up some opportunity?
Newcomers to Tout Mixed Auction, Bret Sayre (won Tout X last year), and Gene McCaffrey, from the NL league, hope to make a difference.
Players are listed in the order they will choose in the reserve draft after the auction. The numbers in parentheses are the amount of FAAB each team starts the season with.
2016 Tout Wars MIXED AUCTION
Fred Zinkie (1000) 2011, 2013, 2015 Mixed Auction Champion Bret Sayre (1000) 2015 Tout X Champion Scott Swanay (1000) Tim Heaney (1000) won coin flip Zach Steinhorn (1000) Cory Schwartz (1000) 2012 Mixed Auction Champion Scott Pianowski (1000) Ray Flowers (1000) Scott Engel (1000) Gene McCaffrey (960) 2001 NL Champion, Transfer from NL Al Melchior (910) David Gonos (890) 2008 Mixed Auction Champion Joe Pisapia (890) Derek VanRiper (840) 2014 Mixed Auction Champion Nando DiFino (720)
There are three days left in the season. Three games left for each major league team, though a massive storm plus a possible hurricane in the east may affect games in Baltimore (versus Yankees), Philadelphia (versus Miami) and New York (versus Washington). None of these series will matter in determining the playoffs, so rainouts on Sunday (or Saturday and Sunday) may not be rescheduled.
How are things looking in Tout Wars? Let’s start with the easy ones.
AL: Chris Liss leads Mike Podhorzer by 8.5 points. Liss’s volatility index gives him a range of 86-97 points. Podhorzer could finish with 79-88. The door is not completely shut, but everything has to go right for Podhorzer and completely wrong for Liss.
NL: Mike Gianella leads Tristan Cockcroft by 11 points. Gianella range is 87-95.5, while Cockcroft’s is 75-86. There is virtually no chance that Cockcroft can make up enough ground, no matter how badly Gianella’s team goes.
Mix Auction: Fred Zinkie leads Scott Swanay by 4 points, and Tim Heaney by 6. It’s good be Zinkie, for sure, but there are still lots of points in play. Zinkie has already gained three points in homers this week, but lost them in Runs, OBP, ERA and Saves, and is tied in Runs and Saves. There’s a lot of baseball left to be played here.
Mix Draft: Adam Ronis is 2 points ahead of Rudy Gamble, who is 3.5 points ahead of Grey Albright. Rudy has gained five points this week, which means he could give back five easily enough. He’s in a three-way tie in wins, with one ahead and one behind. One of the guys he’s tied with is Ronis. Crazy things could happen there. Gamble has five starts over the weekend, while Ronis has just two. There is also a four-way tie in saves. Gamble has Tolleson, Feliz and Robbie Ross(who has yet to get a save and wasn’t listed in the intial post), McLeod has Axford, Vizcaino, and Jepsen, Kessenich lost Huston Street and is left with Hector Rondon, and Paul Sporer has Andrew Miller and Cody Allen. Over three games, pretty much anything can happen in saves. Plus there are a mess of possibilities in ERA and Ratio. Keep your eye on this one folks! That said, Grey Albright doesn’t have much headroom, especially since Gamble and Ronis each stand to either gain or lose in the categories in which they’re tied, so it’s hard to see them both falling. Which makes Grey something of a spoiler, especially since he’s right behind Ronis in ERA and right behind Gamble in strikeouts, with his five red hot starters going.
It’s all in the headline. Mastersball.com has published their comments about the final week FAAB moves in Tout Wars. You can read it here.
At this point, it is highly probable that Mike Gianella will win Tout NL and Chris Liss will win Tout AL. But the mixed leagues both have compelling three man races for the top. Best of luck to Adam Ronis, Gray Albright and Rudy Gamble in the Mixed Draft league, and Fred Zinkie, Tim Heaney and Scott Swanay in mixed auction.