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 Draft 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.
|Alex Meyer, MIN||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 11||ESPN.com 6||USA TODAY Sports 2|
|Rafael Ortega, LAA||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5||Fangraphs 1|
|Chris Devenski, HOU||Mastersball 6||USA TODAY Sports 2||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2||Fangraphs 1|
|Fernando Salas, LAA||USA TODAY Sports 2|
|Mike Wright, BAL||Fangraphs 1|
|Nick Vincent, SEA||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1||Mastersball 1|
|Hyun-soo Kim, BAL||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4||Fangraphs 1|
|Gavin Floyd, TOR||Mastersball 2|
|Jose Alvarez, LAA||Fangraphs 1|
|Ronald Torreyes, NYY||Fangraphs 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
With Sean Manaea (Tim Heaney), Jose Berrios (Ray Flowers), and Mike Fulmer (Doug Dennis) snatched up on draft day, the free agent market took its own turn this cycle, starting with the $11 Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs dropped on Twins pitcher Alex Meyer, besting three bids--one of $6, and a pair at $2).
Having traded Jesse Hahn and Steven Wright for Luis Valbuena and Matt Shoemaker last week (I needed a third sacker to cover for the injured Danny Valencia), I thought I could let Shoemaker make one start (how much could that hurt). Two innings, nine hits, and seven runs later I had an answer, so I was able to cover the spot vacated by Shoemaker when down by snatching up Chris Devenski, the Astros pitcher for $6, outlasting two more $2 bids and one of a buck.
Three more pitchers, Fernando Salas ($2 to Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton), Mike Wright ($1 to Eno Sarris), and Nick Vincent ($1 to Brandon Funston) were rostered, unchallenged, while only only one batter--Rafael Ortega--was purchased by Steve Gardner for $7, besting shots at $5 and $1.
Because LABR allows a six-man reserve list, plus a DL, the free agent market is thin, but it seems owners are plugging lineup holes while also letting the numbers stabilize to see what is really needed to be competitive
Let's play a game of "What if." What if Berrios. Manaea and Fulmer were available this week, what would they have cost? Alex Meyer went for 11 FAAB units so that's the baseline. Of the three, Berrios is ranked higher on most prospect lists, followed my Manaea then Fulmer. Fulmer likely would have needed a high to mid-teens bid with Manaea in the twenties. Berrios is the wild-card as it's easy to see someone breaking the bank. Personally, a mid-30s bid seems right.
|Justin Nicolino, MIA||RotoExperts 9|
|Adam Morgan, PHI||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4||Baseball HQ 2|
|Matt Szczur, CHC||RotoExperts 3||Baseball HQ 1|
|Kyle Barraclough, MIA||RotoExperts 3||Baseball HQ 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Arquimedes Caminero, PIT||RotoExperts 3|
|Ivan De Jesus, CIN||Baseball HQ 2||RotoExperts 3||Baseball HQ 1|
|Ramon Flores, MIL||Baseball HQ 2|
|David Hernandez, PHI||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2||Baseball HQ 1|
|Ruben Tejada, STL||Baseball HQ 1|
|Tucker Barnhart, CIN||RotoExperts 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Miguel Rojas, MIA||RotoExperts 1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Rickie Weeks, ARI||Baseball HQ 1|
|Colin Walsh, MIL||Baseball HQ 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Hernan Perez, MIL||RotoExperts 1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Matthew den Dekker, WSH||RotoExperts 1|
|David Ross, CHC||RotoExperts 1|
|Chris Stewart, PIT||RotoExperts 1|
|Stephen Drew, WSH||Baseball HQ 1|
Brian Walton's Commentary
It was a relatively quiet week this time around in NL LABR, with no players going for more than single-digit prices. The three moves that most caught my eye were made by the same owner, RotoExperts’ Lenny Melnick.
$9 fetched lefty Justin Nicolino of Miami, a player who Melnick also grabbed in NL Tout Wars. The 24-year-old held the Dodgers to two hits over 7 1/3 innings in his first MLB start of 2016, however, he fanned just two. Look for strikeouts elsewhere.
Kyle Barraclough is a hard throwing right-handed reliever who made a nice debut for the Marlins in 2015, but surprisingly opened 2016 down in Triple-A. Back with the Fish now, Barraclough looks to be slotted as the seventh inning man ahead of David Phelps and closer A.J. Ramos. I really like this $3 addition.
Melnick’s third buy was also for a bullpen arm, Arquimedes Caminero of Pittsburgh ($3), who has reclaimed having the coolest name in the Senior Circuit now that Socrates Brito has been demoted. Caminero was a dependable set up man with just under a strikeout per inning for the 2015 Bucs, but his bad spring has continued through the first month of the regular season (5.68 ERA and 10 walks in 12 2/3 innings). In his defense, the right-hander did grab a vulture save two weekends ago. Ironically, this same weekend, I gave up on Caminero, releasing him in NL Tout.
In a recent column I wrote for Rotowire, the notion of offering choices in trades was discussed. One reason is we all view players differently. The NL LABR bidding offers a neat little example of this. Lenny Melnick bid on (and won) Justin Nicolino but he didn't include contingencies. On the other hand, the duo of Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs along with Doug Dennis both bid on Adam Morgan but not Nicolino. Obviously we're not talking about Clayton Kershaw and Jake Arrieta here, but it does help emphasize we all see players differently.
|Sean Manaea, OAK||Baseball Prospectus 18||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 8||Razzball 8||@TheFantasyFix 4|
|USA TODAY Fantasy 2||RotoExperts 1|
|Jesse Hahn, OAK||Razzball 16||MLB.com 8||Baseball Prospectus 7||@TheFantasyFix 6|
|Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2||RotoExperts 1|
|Seth Smith, SEA||ESPN.com 16||MLB.com 1|
|Trevor May, MIN||Mastersball 13||USA TODAY Sports 2||@TheFantasyFix 1|
|Brandon Drury, ARI||Mastersball 13||MLB.com 8||USA TODAY Fantasy 3||RotoExperts 1|
|Michael Fulmer, DET||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 11||ESPN.com 8||Baseball Prospectus 3||Razzball 2|
|@TheFantasyFix 1||USA TODAY Fantasy 1|
|Dioner Navarro, CWS||Baseball HQ 9||Fantasy Alarm 3||USA TODAY Sports 2||@TheFantasyFix 1|
|Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1|
|Joe Smith, LAA||USA TODAY Fantasy 7||Baseball Prospectus 9||Fangraphs 7||Razzball 6|
|@TheFantasyFix 5||MLB.com 2|
|Danny Santana, MIN||Fantasy Alarm 6||Baseball HQ 2||@TheFantasyFix 1||MLB.com 1|
|Jackie Bradley Jr., BOS||USA TODAY Fantasy 6||MLB.com 3||Baseball HQ 2||RotoExperts 2|
|Ricky Nolasco, MIN||@TheFantasyFix 6||USA TODAY Sports 1||USA TODAY Fantasy 1|
|Daniel Hudson, ARI||ESPN.com 5|
|Alex Meyer, MIN||Razzball 3|
|A.J. Griffin, TEX||USA TODAY Sports 3||@TheFantasyFix 3||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2|
|David Ross, CHC||Fantasy Alarm 1|
|Coco Crisp, OAK||Baseball HQ 1||Fantasy Alarm 3|
|Carlos Ruiz, PHI||@TheFantasyFix 1||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1|
|Tyler Flowers, ATL||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1|
|Tyler Naquin, CLE||MLB.com 1|
|Geovany Soto, LAA||USA TODAY Sports 1||Baseball HQ 1||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1||@TheFantasyFix 1|
|Kevin Plawecki, NYM||Baseball HQ 6||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Chris Devenski, HOU||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2|
|Brad Brach, BAL||Razzball 1||USA TODAY Fantasy 1|
|Trevor Brown, SF||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1|
|Ross Ohlendorf, CIN||Razzball 1|
|Colin Rea, SD||USA TODAY Sports 2|
Todd Zola's Commentary
As was discussed a couple weeks back, one of my shortcoming in this format is waiting until I need to replace a hurt player and not being more proactive about upgrading a weak spot. I've been looking to improve upon Eduardo Escobar and/or Martin Prado. C.J. Cron and Ben Paulsen are on the bench while Almedys Diaz was occupying utility. The return of Charlie Blackmon means Diaz can replace Escobar. In previous seasons I would have stayed put and waited for Cron to heat up. This time I took the plunge with Brandon Drury. For the record, I don't believe in riding streaks but I do recognize team management tends to give more playing time to pereived hot players and there's worse lineup spots than ahead of Paul Goldschmidt.
Earlier this week, I was contacted by mlb.com's Fred Zinkie as he was looking to deal a closer, dangling Jeurys Familia for one of my starting pitchers. We didn't find a match primarily because I planned on grabbing Trevor May to back up my scuffling Kevin Jepsen. My main closer is Francisco Rodriguez so at some point I'll likely need to make a move but this early in the season I opted not to deal a commodity like a starting pitcher for saves. At least not yet.