Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars and LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids.
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.
Here's the LABR report, the Tout Wars will be posted later today.
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.
|Cody Anderson, CLE||$16||Fangraphs 16||RotoWire 9||SiriusXM 1|
|Danny Farquhar, TB||$8||Colton&TheWolfman 8||RotoWire 3||Yahoo!Sports 3|
|USATFantasy 2||SiriusXM 1||Mastersball 1|
|A.J. Griffin, TEX||$4||RotoWire 4||Mastersball 1|
|Reymond Fuentes, KC||$3||Fangraphs 3||Colton&TheWolfman 2||USATFantasy 2|
|Jerry Sands, CWS||$3||USATSports 3|
|Fernando Salas, LAA||$2||USATFantasy 2||SiriusXM 1|
|Luis Sardinas, SEA||$2||Yahoo!Sports 2|
|Hanser Alberto, TEX||$2||Yahoo!Sports 2|
|Roberto Perez, CLE||$1||BaseballHQ 1|
|Steven Wright, BOS||$1||Mastersball 1||RotoWire 1|
|Mike Wright, BAL||$1||RotoWire 1||Fangraphs 2|
|Erik Kratz, HOU||$1||RotoWire 1|
|Joey Butler, CLE||$1||RotoWire 1|
|Pat Neshek, HOU||$1||Yahoo!Sports 1||SiriusXM 1|
|Craig Gentry, LAA||$1||Colton&TheWolfman 1|
|Justin Wilson, DET||$1||SiriusXM 1|
|Nolan Reimold, BAL||USATSports 3||Colton&TheWolfman 1||Fangraphs 1|
|Mike Aviles, DET||Yahoo!Sports 2||Fangraphs 1||RotoWire 1|
|Bryan Holaday, TEX||BaseballHQ 1||RotoWire 1|
|Junichi Tazawa, BOS||USATFantasy 1||SiriusXM 1|
|Mychal Givens, BAL||USATFantasy 1|
|Mike Pelfrey, DET||Fangraphs 1|
|Steve Clevenger, SEA||Fangraphs 1||RotoWire 1|
|Tom Wilhelmsen, TEX||USATFantasy 1||Yahoo!Sports 1|
|Odrisamer Despaigne, BAL||Fangraphs 1|
|Brad Brach, BAL||SiriusXM 1|
|Casey Fien, MIN||SiriusXM 1|
|Dae-Ho Lee, SEA||Fangraphs 1|
|Ezequiel Carrera, TOR||Colton&TheWolfman 1|
|Gavin Floyd, TOR||Fangraphs 1|
|Ji-Man Choi, LAA||Fangraphs 1|
|Josh Fields, HOU||SiriusXM 1|
|Josh Thole, TOR||RotoWire 1|
|Rob Brantly, SEA||BaseballHQ 1|
|Ryan Flaherty, BAL||Fangraphs 1|
|Tony Sipp, HOU||SiriusXM 1|
|Travis Ishikawa, CWS||Fangraphs 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
Clearly arms were the sought after commodity with the first free agent run in the American League LABR free-for-all that took place on the eve of the season.
Eno Sarris of Fangraphs netted Cody Anderson for $16, but dropping 16% of one's seasonal FAAB budget before a pitch has been tossed is a serious move. Clearly, Eno was not alone, however, as five other team's tried to purchase the rights to the Tribe's #4 starter, with two bids of $1 and three of $9.
At the other end of the pitching spectrum, seven teams submitted failed bids for Danny Farquhar, who is likely sitting behind Alex Colome in the Rays pen while Brad Boxberger rehabs. Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf had to drop $8 to close the deal over four $3 bids, a $2 shot, and a pair of $1 gambits.
Kansas City flychaser Rey Fuentes was the stick teams coveted, again with Sarris dropping $3, beating out three $2 bids for the speedy Royal.
The remaining bids were pretty much filler shots aimed at plugging holes in the deep league, meaning the likes of Jerry Sands ($2), A.J Griffin ($1), Steven Wright ($1), Joey Butler ($1) and Roberto Perez ($1) being the names most likely to make us go, "ohhhh."
It will be interesting to see how Eno, who did drop one-fifth of his total for the year this early parlays his money for the remaining 26 weeks and how that works.
I'll dovetail Lawr's thoughts on Eno's healthy bid on Anderson. Opting not to hoard FAAB for deadline deals is perfectly defensible - and to be clear Lawr's comment was more about Anderson than spending big and having no chance of the hammer come the end of July. If you have a weakness and there's an available player that addresses that weakness...go for it! Twenty-six weeks of a usable starting pitcher could trump two months of an ace.
|Juan Nicasio, PIT||$17||InsideEdge 17||USATODAYSports 13||Colton&TheWolfman 7|
|Cedric Hunter, PHI||$6||InsideEdge 6||Colton&TheWolfman 1|
|Drew Stubbs, ATL||$6||InsideEdge 6||ESPN-Karabell 1|
|Dalier Hinojosa, PHI||$4||BaseballHQ 4||USATODAYSports 3||Colton&TheWolfman 2|
|Jeff Francoeur, ATL||$2||InsideEdge 2||ESPN-Karabell 1|
|Kelby Tomlinson, SF||$1||BaseballHQ 1|
|Jabari Blash, SD||$1||Colton&TheWolfman 1|
|Jemile Weeks, SD||$1||Colton&TheWolfman 1|
|Andres Blanco, PHI||$1||ESPN-Karabell 1||BaseballHQ 1|
|Jordan Pacheco, CIN||$1||ESPN-Karabell 1|
|Jared Hughes, PIT||$1||USATODAYSports 1|
|Trevor Cahill, CHC||InsideEdge 3|
|Andrew Bailey, PHI||USATODAYSports 2|
|John Gant, ATL||USATODAYSports 1|
|Michael Blazek, MIL||USATODAYSports 1|
|Carlos Villanueva, SD||InsideEdge 1|
|David Phelps, MIA||InsideEdge 1|
|Joe Blanton, LAD||InsideEdge 1|
|Matt Szczur, CHC||InsideEdge 1|
|Neftali Feliz, PIT||InsideEdge 1|
|Brett Wallace, SD||Colton&TheWolfman 1|
|Emmanuel Burriss, PHI||Colton&TheWolfman 1|
|Alexi Amarista, SD||BaseballHQ 1|
|Colin Walsh, MIL||BaseballHQ 1|
|Ehire Adrianza, SF||BaseballHQ 1|
|Ivan DeJesus, CIN||BaseballHQ 1|
|Jose Pirela, SD||BaseballHQ 1|
|Miguel Rojas, MIA||BaseballHQ 1|
|Tommy LaStella, CHC||BaseballHQ 1|
|Yadiel Rivera, CIN||BaseballHQ 1|
|Yusmeiro Petit, WSH||BaseballHQ 1|
Brian Walton's Commentary
Though the approach was most logical and we were all informed, it appears that more than half of the NL LABR owners were caught flat-footed this week, myself included. A one-time Saturday at 7 p.m. ET waiver deadline only drew moves from five teams – despite the auction having been a month ago.
Steve Moyer of Inside Edge was aggressive to say the least, spending $31 of his $100 full-season stipend right out of the gate. His jewel was Pirates starting pitcher Juan Nicasio, with his $17 winning bid barely beating out a $13 offer. In hindsight only, Moyer spent $8 more than would have been required to pick up a couple of retread outfielders making opening day clubs. He paid $6 each for Drew Stubbs (Atlanta) and Cedric Hunter (Philadelphia), when $2 each could have been enough. Despite being out of the bigs for four years, Hunter looks to get regular at-bats while Cody Asche is on the DL. Yes, the Phils are that bad.
Speaking of… The unsettled relief situation in Philadelphia drew some interest. There were four bids on Dalier Hinojosa, with the winner, Doug Dennis of BaseballHQ, paying $4. Host Steve Gardner of USA TODAY wanted to gamble $2 on veteran Andrew Bailey, but the pitcher’s late reassignment to the minors made him ineligible to be acquired. Bailey had quite a roller-coaster ride during March. He was out of the picture for our March 6 draft. By mid-month, he was the favorite to get the closer’s job, but finished the month in Triple-A.
The player Brian didn't discuss who is really intriguing is Jabari Blash, outfielder for the San Diego Padres. As a Rule 5 guy, the Padres have to keep him on their 25-man roster and why not? They're in rebuilding mode so why not see what they have? Blash displayed a great eye and very good power in the minors. His playing time is up in the air but even as a bench player, he has utility in an NL only format. He's a right-handed hitter so if he platoons, it would be on the lesser side but even then, double digit homers are possible. If he wins a job outright, we're talking 20 bombs.
|Trevor Story, COL||$43||RotoExperts 43||Razzball 27||@TheFantasyFix 23|
|USATODAYSports 19||BaseballProspectus 12||Fangraphs 8|
|Tyler White, HOU||$18||RotoExperts 18||ESPN.com 7||Fangraphs 3|
|Juan Nicasio, PIT||$16||FantasyAlarm 16||@TheFantasyFix 11||RotoExperts 9|
|Fangraphs 8||Razzball 5||USATODAYSports 4|
|BaseballHQ 1||USATODAYFantasy 1||MLB.com 1|
|Chris Owings, ARI||$12||USATODAYSports 12|
|Drew Pomeranz, SD||$9||@TheFantasyFix 9||FantasyAlarm 8||Fangraphs 3|
|Jimmy Rollins, CWS||$9||USATODAYSports 9||RotoExperts 3||MLB.com 1|
|Austin Jackson, CWS||$8||Fangraphs 8||RotoExperts 7||BaseballHQ 6|
|Carl Crawford, LAD||$8||Fangraphs 8||USATODAYFantasy 1|
|Travis Shaw, BOS||$7||USATODAYFantasy 7||Razzball 7||RotoExperts 6|
|Yunel Escobar, LAA||$4||Fangraphs 4|
|Cody Anderson, CLE||$4||Fangraphs 4||@TheFantasyFix 3||MLB.com 1|
|Brock Holt, BOS||$4||RotoExperts 4||USATODAYSports 4||BaseballHQ 1|
|USATODAYFantasy 1||Fangraphs 1|
|Robbie Erlin, SD||$3||@TheFantasyFix 3|
|Danny Farquhar, TB||$3||FantasyAlarm 3||RotoExperts 2|
|Tyler Naquin, CLE||$3||USATODAYFantasy 3||Fangraphs 1||BaseballHQ 1|
|Shane Greene, DET||$3||USATODAYSports 3||Fangraphs 4||MLB.com 1|
|Joey Rickard, BAL||$1||BaseballHQ 1||Fangraphs 1|
|Marlon Byrd, CLE||$1||Fangraphs 1||USATODAYFantasy 1|
|Scott Schebler, CIN||$1||Fangraphs 1|
|Doug Fister, HOU||$1||MLB.com 1||Fangraphs 2|
|Chris Bassitt, OAK||$1||MLB.com 1|
|Darren O'Day, BAL||$1||MLB.com 1||RotoExperts 2|
|Dalier Hinojosa, PHI||$1||USATODAYFantasy 1||FantasyAlarm 2||MLB.com 1|
|Daniel Nava, LAA||$1||USATODAYFantasy 1||BaseballHQ 1|
|Scott VanSlyke, LAD||$1||BaseballHQ 1|
|Peter Bourjos, PHI||$1||Fangraphs 1|
|Joe Kelly, BOS||$1||BaseballHQ 1|
|Melvin Upton Jr., SD||$1||BaseballHQ 1||Fangraphs 1|
|Wilmer Flores, NYM||USATODAYSports 6|
|Danny Espinosa, WSH||USATODAYSports 4|
|Andrew Bailey, PHI||RotoExperts 2||USATODAYFantasy 1|
|Koji Uehara, BOS||RotoExperts 2|
|Keon Broxton, MIL||USATODAYFantasy 2|
|Trevor May, MIN||BaseballHQ 1|
|A.J. Griffin, TEX||Fangraphs 1|
|Jon Jay, SD||Fangraphs 1|
|Matt Wisler, ATL||Fangraphs 1|
|Chase Anderson, MIL||MLB.com 1|
|Jhoulys Chacin, ATL||MLB.com 1|
|Tommy Milone, MIN||MLB.com 1|
|Johnny Giavotella, LAA||USATODAYSports 1|
|Scooter Gennett, MIL||USATODAYSports 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
Well, I did know about the change in time but made the conscious decision to pass in Week 1 bids, in part to save myself from way overspending like normal and leaving very little to work with for the next 25 weeks. That said, there are no major injuries to deal with (for a change) and for fear of disrupting karma, I really like my squad. The only player I considered was Trevor Story as my weak spot is Eduardo Escobar at MI. But shoot, he's starting so it's not like a dead spot would be replaced. Playing in Colorado is great -- if you can consistently hit the ball. It's a long season, I'm fine fading Story.
Keeping in mind we drafted several weeks ago, the number of emerging outfielders is pretty staggering (and fed into my strategy drafting at the NFBC Main Event, but that's a story for another day). The two that are most intriguing are the aforementioned Blash plus Scott Schebler of the Reds. If Schebler platoons (he is a lefty), high teens into the twenties homers are possible. Another interesting situation to monitor is in Boston with Brock Holt and Travis Shaw ostensibly replacing Rusney Castillo and Pablo Sandoval. Presently, it's the right thing to do as the former have outplayed the latter but we'll see if this is a motivational tool or at minimum serves as one.