Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids. There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.
Included with each league report will be commentary from a Mastersball staff member participating in that league. We invite you to ask questions and post comments at the bottom of the report.
All contingency bids for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this bid is tied to a player that the owner received, so at times the bid amount is larger than the winning bid. We are including it to provide as much information and context as possible with each report.
|Player Awarded||Winning Bid|
|Scott Feldman, BAL||23 Winning Fantasy Baseball||17 NFBC/Stats, Inc.||13 Baseball HQ||12 KFFL.com|
|11 Colton & Wolf||5 Fangraphs|
|Josh Phegley, CWS||12 NFBC/Stats, Inc.||7 Colton & Wolf||4 SiriusXM||3 KFFL.com|
|Jake McGee, TB||4 SiriusXM||1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.|
|Jake Elmore, HOU||4 Colton & Wolf||1 Fangraphs||1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.|
|Brandon Snyder, BOS||3 Fangraphs||1 Colton & Wolf|
|Marc Krauss, HOU||1 USA TODAY Sports||1 Colton & Wolf||1 Fangraphs|
|Jeremy Bonderman, SEA||1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.|
|Tommy Hunter, BAL||1 Fangraphs||3 SiriusXM||2 Winning Fantasy Baseball||1 Baseball HQ|
|Luis Cruz, NYY||1 Colton & Wolf||1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.|
|Ramon Santiago, DET||1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.|
|Jason Giambi, CLE||1 Fangraphs|
|Shawn Kelley, NYY||1 Fangraphs|
|Will Smith, KC||1 Fangraphs|
|Collin Cowgill, LAA||1 Colton & Wolf|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
Fewer than half the AL LABR teams made free agent bids this week. The most sought after player was back-to-the-AL starting pitcher Scott Feldman who Larry Schechter won for $23 (the highest underbid was $17).
Still with five players on my DL list - two of whom are back but I will let rest for the week - I couldn't see over spending for Feldman, a better play than conserving FAAB dollars. Fortunately for the league not only did Schechter lose points reducing his lead over the pack sitting at 2nd through 4th, but will now have to spend his remaining four dollars very carefully.
|Player Awarded||Winning Bid|
|Carlos Villanueva, CHC||7 DerekCarty.com||7 RotoWire||2 ESPN - Ravitz|
|Yorvit Torrealba, COL||7 Steve Moyer|
|Cole Gillespie, SF||3 Baseball HQ||1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.|
|Brandon Inge, PIT||1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.|
|Jordan Walden, ATL||1 ESPN - Ravitz|
|Joseph Terdoslavich, ATL||1 Baseball HQ|
|Wil Nieves, ARI||3 Steve Moyer||1 Baseball HQ|
|Dave Sappelt, CHC||3 Baseball HQ||1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.|
|Michael McKenry, PIT||1 Steve Moyer|
|Rene Rivera, SD||1 Steve Moyer|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
Interestingly it was a week in which a potential top prospect was advanced, though essentially there was almost no fanfare or bidding around that player, the Braves outfielder Joey Terdoslavich.
The sixth round selection in 2010, out of Cal-State Long Beach, was hitting very well at Gwinnett (.318-18-58) when summoned Thursday, although at this time, with the Braves having such a potentially talented outfield, the future disposition of the young flychaser is in question.
Perhaps that is why a $1 bid to Doug Dennis (BBHQ) copped the new Atlantian.
However, the big bidding war was over 29-year old Cubs hurler Carlos Villanueva, who went to Derek Carty for $7, acing out another $7 bid and a $2 one as well.
This again shows in a deep contest how important simply having a potentially serviceable arm can be, as while Villanueva does have a decent 2-4, 3.39 mark this year for the poor Cubbies, his career record of 35-39, 4.17 is not that encouraging. Still, with a 1.281 career WHIP over 731.2 innings, and 628 whiffs, seven bucks is a reasonable gamble.
Aside from that, the other player of interest was Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius dropping $1 on perennial waiver wire favorite Brandon Inge. At least he can hit a handful of homers, even if his average hovers dangerously close to the Mendoza line.
|Player Awarded||Winning Bid|
|Daniel Nava, BOS||7 MLB.com||3 Mastersball||2 Fangraphs||2 Sports Grumblings|
|2 USA TODAY Sports|
|J.B. Shuck, LAA||3 Mastersball|
|Nick Hundley, SD||3 ESPN.com||1 Baseball HQ|
|David Lough, KC||2 USA TODAY Sports||2 Mastersball|
|Jose Tabata, PIT||2 Mastersball||1 Baseball HQ|
|Tyler Skaggs, ARI||2 Fangraphs||1 Baseball HQ||1 KFFL.com|
|Oliver Perez, SEA||1 USA TODAY Sports||1 KFFL.com|
|Edinson Volquez, SD||1 Sports Grumblings|
|Carlos Villanueva, CHC||1 KFFL.com||1 KFFL.com|
|Charlie Morton, PIT||1 KFFL.com|
|Will Venable, SD||1 Fangraphs|
|Travis Hafner, NYY||1 Fangraphs|
|Randall Delgado, ARI||1 Baseball HQ||1 KFFL.com|
|Brett Wallace, HOU||1 Baseball HQ|
|John Mayberry, PHI||2 USA TODAY Sports|
|Juan Uribe, LAD||2 Mastersball|
|Logan Schafer, MIL||2 Mastersball|
|Lyle Overbay, NYY||2 Mastersball|
|Dioner Navarro, CHC||2 ESPN.com|
|Jeff Mathis, MIA||2 ESPN.com|
|Derek Dietrich, MIA||1 Mastersball|
|Omar Quintanilla, NYM||1 Mastersball|
|Taylor Jordan, WSH||1 KFFL.com|
|Wily Peralta, MIL||1 KFFL.com|
|Zach Britton, BAL||1 KFFL.com|
|Darin Ruf, PHI||1 Fangraphs|
|Nolan Reimold, BAL||1 Fangraphs|
|John Buck, NYM||1 ESPN.com|
Todd Zola's Commentary
I have an idea guys, let's all let the runaway leader pick up another possible impact player while we sit on FAAB dollars we'll never spend! I couldn't do anything about Fred Zinkie of mlb.com picking up Daniel Nava since I only had $10 left (now $5).
I'm not saying Nava is all that as he has been slumping lately and fallen into a platoon (despite being a switch-hitter) but he was leading the AL OF in OBP a good portion of the first half and there is plenty of season left to make an impact.
I settled for Jose Tabata who will be given a chance to do what Travis Snider couldn't - offer the league leading Pirates some production from right field.
I also reclaimed JB Scuck now that Peter Bourjos is hurt again. With so many injuries, I need counting stats so I'll take advanatge of players while they are in there and replace then when they lose time.