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Tuesday 24th Oct 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.




Kevin Kiermaier, TB $14 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 14 Colton & The Wolfman 11 Mastersball 4
Fangraphs 3 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 SiriusXM 2
Eugenio Suarez, DET $8 Colton & The Wolfman 8 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7
Carlos Carrasco, CLE $5 RotoWire 5
Brad Boxberger, TB $3 ESPN.com 3
Cole Gillespie, SEA $2 Mastersball 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Dominic Leone, SEA $2 Yahoo! Sports 2
Stephen Vogt, OAK $2 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Aaron Crow, KC $1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Luis Sardinas, TEX $1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Jonathan Herrera, BOS $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1


Willie Bloomquist, SEA Mastersball 2
Bryan Holaday, DET Colton & The Wolfman 1
Caleb Joseph, BAL Colton & The Wolfman 1
Fernando Abad, OAK Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Jason Frasor, TEX Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Kevin Jepsen, LAA Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Yoervis Medina, SEA Winning Fantasy Baseball 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Sadly there was no high priced auction for Jon Singleton as he was bought at the auction in early March by Chris Liss of Rotowire. But two lesser lights attracted several bids this week.  Greg Ambrosius of NFBC/STATS had the high bid for Tampa Bay outfielder Kevin Kermaier at $14 and needed most of it because there was an $11 bid as well as several lower ones.

The other contested bidding was for new Detroit shortstop Eugenio Saurez who went for $8 to Colton & The Wolfman, just ahead of a seven dollar bid.

All the rest of the bids Sunday night were uncontested.

Todd's Take

AL LABR has an interesting contrast to its NL counterpart. The AL owners have fewer $1 winning bids. This suggests they're willing to go the extra buck or two to make sure they beat the $1 bids. While I don't know this for sure, it is clear from looking back at old reports that the duo of Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton along with Larry Schechter have a tendency to string a bunch of $1 bids. If you're ahead of them in the standings, you need to bid an extra buck or two.




David Peralta, ARI $22 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 22 Mastersball 3
Reed Johnson, MIA $7 Mastersball 7
Kenneth Giles, PHI $3 RotoExperts 3
Ryan Wheeler, COL $1 Baseball HQ 1
Neil Ramirez, CHC $1 Baseball HQ 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
George Kontos, SF $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Randy Wolf, MIA $1 Sandlot Shrink 1
Taylor Teagarden, NYM $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1


Matthew den Dekker, NYM NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4
J.T. Realmuto, MIA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Tim Federowicz, LAD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Again, it was a curious week of somewhat guarded transactions.

On the plus side there were eight transactions, but on the minus only two players--David Peralta and Neil Ramirez--merited a challenge bid.

The D-backs Peralta cost Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius $22, leaving the NFBC/Stats boys just $24 remaining in the FAAB checkbook.

In fact, the pair could have grabbed Peralta for $4, as the only other attempt at getting Peralta was my $3 shot, however, that was a contingent bid as I decided with the ability to move Emilio Bonifacio to third, I grabbed Reed Johnson for $7 trying to add some oomph to my struggling 11th place team.

Looking for an arm, Lenny Melnick of RotoExperts spent $3 on Kenneth Giles, the only other non-$1 award, and while Doug Dennis had a competing bid for the rights to Neil Ramirez, being lower in the standings meant the BaseballHQ team got Ramirez.

Randy Wolf (Sandlot Shrink), Ryan Wheeler (BBHQ), Taylor Teagarden (NFBC/Stats), and George Kontos (Colton & the Wolfman) made up the balance of moves.

There may be a number of reasons why FAAB movement is so slow this season, but I suspect it is simply because of the dearth of solid players being promoted and/or simply emerging out of nowhere, a la Yangervis Solarte.

If they do not come, no one will buy them.

Todd's Take

As Lawr suggests, Shawn and Greg paid a lot for David Peralta. On the surface it looks like a misjudgement of the market but I don't see it as such. I see it as a go big or go home move. Like Lawr points out, they don't have a bunch of FAAB left but it's ample to get by. The NFBC pair wasn't going to be in the running for a crossover stud so they're talking their shot now. LABR is a winner-take-all league. There's no cash on the line. There's no trolling waivers for keepers. Second place is first loser. It's not definite that Peralta will continue to play when Mark Trumbo returns but if Ender Inciarte doesn't hit and Peralta does, Gerardo Parra could play center. It's worth a shot.




Josh Tomlin, CLE $5 Baseball HQ 5 MLB.com 3 Baseball Prospectus 2
USA TODAY Sports 1
Eddie Butler, COL $5 Baseball Prospectus 5
Anthony Recker, NYM $1 Baseball Prospectus 1
Daniel Santana, MIN $5 Razzball 5 MLB.com 1
Chase Anderson, ARI $1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Ed Lucas, MIA $1 ESPN.com 1
Michael Choice, TEX $3 Fangraphs 3 MLB.com 1
Brock Holt, BOS $3 RotoExperts 3 ESPN.com 1
Kyle Blanks, OAK $3 USA TODAY Sports 3 ESPN.com 1
Juan Carlos Oviedo, TB $2 Fangraphs 2 Fangraphs 2
Yasmani Grandal, SD $3 Fangraphs 3 Baseball Prospectus 1


Jeurys Familia, NYM Baseball Prospectus 2
Kyle Gibson, MIN Baseball Prospectus 2
Jonathan Schoop, BAL USA TODAY Sports 2
Jordy Mercer, PIT Razzball 2
Chris Gimenez, TEX Baseball Prospectus 1
Chris Young, SEA USA TODAY Sports 1
Jake McGee, TB Baseball Prospectus 1
Josh Fields, HOU USA TODAY Sports 1
Junichi Tazawa, BOS Baseball Prospectus 1
Matt Shoemaker, LAA USA TODAY Sports 1
Zack Cozart, CIN Razzball 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

And so it begins. Returning readers may recall my squad is about 20 points behind the team directly above me and there is no one below. I'm not going to win but I consider it a personal victory to get out of the cellar without negatively influencing the competitive balance of the rest of the league. To that end I put my entire team on the block. Steve Ballmer offered me $2 and said I could handle the charitable foundation in association with the team but I respectfully declined. Trading makes better column fodder.


MLB.com (Zinkie) deals OFs Christian Yelich and Kole Calhoun to Mastersball (Zola) for SS Jose Reyes.

Reyes is an injury risk so dealing him to a perennial league contender assuaged concern about competitive balance. On my end, I have 1 point in steals so I opted for a couple of young lead off hitters that should score some runs with the potential to hit double digit homers. I need potential and at bats - check and check.


Baseball HQ (Murphy) sends 2B Brandon Phillips and SP Ubaldo Jimenez to Mastersball (Zola) for 2B Dustin Pedroia

A major part of the rebuild is to shun ERA and WHIP and focus on wins and whiffs so Ubaldo fits the plan. As an aside, why do writers refer to players by their first name if the name is unique? Anyway, Pedroia is gutting out another injury and isn't hitting for power. He's also curtailed his running as his stolen base success rate is poor. Phillips is a reasonable proxy.


RotoExperts (Ciely) trades SPs Lance Lynn and Chris Tillman, plus 1B Lucas Duda to Mastersball (Zola) for SP Corey Kluber, 1B Adam LaRoche and OF Nick Markakis.

Kluber has become a favorite of many in the industry, present company included. So as much as it hurts letting Corey go, getting back Lance and Chris fits the new-fangled staff. See what I mean - just doesn't have the same feel. Like Pedroia, Markakis is mostly empty batting average and I want to focus on counting stats so adding him worked for me. The LaRoche and Duda part was requested by my colleague and wasn't a deal breaker so I accepted.

I still have Mike Trout, James Shields and closers David and Aroldis to deal. I mean David Robertson and Aroldis to deal. The objective will be to upgrade hitting as I now have the core of the crappy pitching staff in place and can always get more slugs from free agency since I don't care about ratios. I hope to turn the closers into those with jobs but worse ratios with a hitting upgrade.

Todd's Take

Something I find very interesting - if not curious - is that Kluber generated more interest than Shields when I was shopping them around. As suggested, Kluber has developed a bit of a cult following but let's be real, bias aside the safe play is Shields for the rest of the season. to put this in persective, who do you want the rest of the season, Edwin Encarnacion or Jose Abreu? Abreu has a similar cult-like appreciation in the fantasy community but anyone answering without bias would take Encarnacion.

The actionable message is if you have a player whose name adds to his market value, you need to take advantage of that and get back more stats than you give. Trust me, I'll still be rooting for Corey - just not as part of my LABR team.

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