|LABR FAAB Report: Week of July 22|
|Written by Administrator|
|Monday, 22 July 2013 12:06|
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.
Todd Zola's Commentary
Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf feel Wade Davis will be better than anyone they have a legitimate shot to snag at the MLB trading deadline. While I completely endorse the strategy, I am leery of Davis who has given back everything KC has gained via James Shields in the Wil Myers deal. Davis is in danger of losing some second-half starts to the returning Danny Duffy and Felipe Paulino. Glenn and Rick also added a hitter in Colabello who has a chance to get some short term run in left field. He's going to have to hit as Minnesota has some other options, though the reason Colabello is being auditioned as the rest have scuffled (Oswaldo Arcia, Clete Thomas, Chris Herrmann and Chris Parmelee).
Steve Gardner also senses he'll be shut out at the deadline, so he opted for Henry Urrutia who will be on the good side of a platoon in Baltimore and will be afforded the chance to claim the DH at bats intended for the perpetually injured Nolan Reimold.
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
Ok, that could be taken a couple of ways.
Perhaps we all needed a bit of a nap during the All Star break, for one.
Or, perhaps, in anticipation of some kind of trade deadline blockbuster deals, over a short week with not too many transactions, the NL LABR Waiver Wire simply was indeed a Yawn Festival.
I mean, Derek Carty, ever active, nabbed two players, starting with the more interesting in 23-year old Cubs infielder (but will be playing outfield) Junior Lake for $6 (outbidding attempts of $4 and $6 from two other owners).
The young Dominican was faring pretty well at AAA Iowa (.295-4-18 with 14 steals) when summoned to Wrigley, but that speed is the main asset Lake brings to the table setting.
Derek also nabbed D-backs reliever Heath Bell--whom I saw pitch against the Giants on Friday, and pretty effectively at that--who might be able to grab a save or two, but is essentially as much of a flier as Lake.
The last tranny for the week was Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton grabbing back up catcher Jeff Mathis for a buck. About what he is worth. Colton and the Wolf Man may get a dinger from Mathis, but they will also get a .212 average.
Like I said, zzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Todd Zola's Commentary
And Lawr the NL was a snooze-fest. Mixed LABR was a recycling of mediocrity, headed by the side-winding Ziegler after he received the thumbs up from Manager Kirk Gibson.
Mayberry has a chance to make a bit of an impact as he can play either center field or first base and both are open with the injuries to Ben Revere and Ryan Howard. Mayberry will spend the majority of his time shagging flies as Darin Ruf is getting a look at first.
I'm down to $3 FAAB so will only bid when I have an injury replacement need, or a multi-eligibility player is available. However, I did alert the league I am looking to move Clayton Kershaw so we'll see what happens there.