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Tuesday 19th Sep 2017


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.

New to the report is "Todd's Take" where Lord Zola will share his unique perspective focusing on FAAB strategy, game theory and league dynamics.




Nick Hundley, BAL $7 NFBC/Stats,  Inc. 7 Colton & The Wolfman 7 USA TODAY Sports 2
Juan Carlos Oviedo, TB $6 SiriusXM 6 NFBC/Stats,  Inc. 5 Fangraphs 2
Colton & The Wolfman 1
Chris Parmelee, MIN $4 Fangraphs 4 USA TODAY Sports 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Liam Hendriks, TOR $3 NFBC/Stats,  Inc. 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Jacob Petricka, CWS $2 Baseball HQ 2 SiriusXM 2
Chris Gimenez, TEX $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Nicholas Martinez, TEX $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Pedro Ciriaco, KC $1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Jimmy Paredes, KC $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1


Andrew Miller, BOS SiriusXM 4
Erik Kratz, TOR NFBC/Stats,  Inc. 2
Zach Putnam, CWS NFBC/Stats,  Inc. 1
Luis Sardinas, TEX USA TODAY Sports 1
Adam Warren, NYY SiriusXM 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

There wasn’t much to bid on in the AL league but it is not surprising that a new catcher who can actually hit a little drew some attention. Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs of NFBC/Stats won the tie-breaker on their $7 bid to land the new Baltimore Orioles’ backstop.

Ray Flowers of Sirius XM won hit attempt for Tampa Bay saves with a $6 bid on Juan Carlos Oviedo trumping the five dollar underbid. Still Aussie Grant Balfour got Sunday’s save chance.

Todd's Take

Interesting contrast between AL Tout and LABR as the LABR bids are usually lower due to no Vickrey. If I'm looking to deal saves, my first contact is to SiriusXM, NFBC, Fangraphs and Colton and the Wolfman. If you're willing to bid on the former Leo Nunez, you may be interested in acquiring saves.




Tim Stauffer, SD $9 Mastersball 9 Baseball HQ 3 RotoWire - DVR 1
Blake Treinen, WSH $3 Baseball HQ 3 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Boone Logan, COL $2 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Juan Centeno, NYM $1 NFBC/Stats,  Inc. 1
Greg Dobbs, WSH $1 Sandlot Shrink 1


Mike Adams, PHI Colton & The Wolfman 1
Antonio Bastardo, PHI Colton & The Wolfman 1
J.P. Howell, LAD Colton & The Wolfman 1
Chris Stewart, PIT NFBC/Stats,  Inc. 1
Ramon Santiago, CIN Sandlot Shrink 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Just because it was a holiday weekend, does not mean the NL LABR participants were away somewhere, off the grid.

For, though there were only five moves this week, again that seems to be the result of a dearth of talent in the free agent pool, as opposed to anything else.

I actually did bag the high priced item of the week in San Diego hurler Tim Stauffer, who picked up his second win of 2014, while making his first start since early 2012.

In some kind of hope of kick starting my anemic team, as well as knowing if I stumble into a good starter we are all better off with the options of having surplus, I spent $9 on the Padre, easily beating out the two $3 and on $1 attempts to procure his services.

Of course this is a time when I love Vickery, as is used in the sister Tout Wars competition, as in that case I would have sneaked Stauffer through for just $4, but as I have noted, rules is rules. All that really matters is that I can get some mileage out of Stauffer.

There were two other pitching gambles taken this cycle:  Doug Dennis nabbed Nationals hurler Blake Trienen for $3 (there was a $2 bid) at the expense of Jose Valverde, whom Doug cut, while Rick Wolf, probably at the behest of his partner and Yankeephile Glenn Colton acquired Boone Logan for a couple of bucks.

In the two moves that involved position players, Bob Radomski of the Sandlot Shrink shook out a dollar for long time utilityman Greg Dobbs, while the NFBC/STATS team of Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs risked a dollar on Mets catcher Juan Centeno, in this case at the expense of Miguel Olivo, who not that long ago was a top hitting catcher.

Alas, no longer.

Todd's Take

A major difference between LABR and Tout Wars is Tout permits bidding on minor league players before they're called up (with the caveat they need to be active the week following acquisition). It's very noticeable during slow weeks such as this as NL Tout featured several such bids. That said, another difference is there isn't as much up and down freedom from reserve to active in LABR so the rule may not be as useful in LABR. It's a good example of how rules are intertwined and don't exist in a vacuum - not to mention if you do decide to change a rule, it's necessary to think things through and come up with all the ancillary repercussions.




Trevor Bauer, CLE $10 MLB.com 10 Fangraphs 9 KFFL.com 7
Bloomberg Sports 1
Rougned Odor, TEX $7 KFFL.com 7
Jean Machi, SF $6 RotoExperts 6
Wilmer Flores, NYM $5 Rotowire-Colton 5
Ronald Belisario, CWS $5 Baseball HQ 5 Bloomberg Sports 2 KFFL.com 1
Danny Valencia, KC $2 Razzball 2
Mike Carp, BOS $2 MLB.com 2
Paul Konerko, CWS $1 Bloomberg Sports 1
Vidal Nuno, NYY $1 Razzball 1


Jason Motte, STL Towers of Power Baseball Hour 1 KFFL.com 1 RotoExperts 1
John Danks, CWS Bloomberg Sports 1 KFFL.com 1
Luis Valbuena, CHC Razzball 1 KFFL.com 1
Adam Ottavino, COL Baseball HQ 1 RotoExperts 1
Jake McGee, TB RotoExperts 1
Joel Peralta, TB RotoExperts 1
Aaron Hicks, MIN KFFL.com 1
Andre Rienzo, CWS KFFL.com 1
Erik Bedard, TB KFFL.com 1
Juan Nicasio, COL KFFL.com 1
Matt Shoemaker, LAA KFFL.com 1
Nicholas Martinez, TEX KFFL.com 1
Rickie Weeks, MIL KFFL.com 1
Yonder Alonso, SD KFFL.com 1
Yusmeiro Petit, SF KFFL.com 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

A couple of years ago I was languishing in last place, mush like I am now. Admittedly, it was later in the season but I somewhat controversially refused to make trades with other teams feeling it wasn't worth trying to finish 13th instead of 15th. It's a lot earlier in the season and this time my tact will be different as I plan on putting everyone on the block and buying low - real low. Everyone will know and have a shot. I may finish with 10 points but that's OK. The year in between last place finishes I came in third so I have next year to look forward to -- but I still plan on lifting my ass from the cellar.

Todd's Take

OK, this is going to be weird. I feel like Ricky Henderson doing fantasy analysis. The volume of bidding between the LABR and Tout Wars mixed leagues usually favors Tout. The reason is likely because Tout Wars only has 4 reserves while LABR has 6 (both use unlimited DL's). The NFBC uses 7 man reserves with no DL and there has been some discussion to request a change. The FAAB results from 15-team LABR and Tout make for good models to see how the NFBC FAAB might look with a change.

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