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.
|James Shields, CWS||Colton & The Wolfman 57||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 37||SiriusXM 36||ESPN.com 29|
|RotoWire 17||Baseball HQ 9|
|Chris Parmelee, NYY||Baseball HQ 7||ESPN.com 2|
|Ricky Nolasco, MIN||SiriusXM 7||Colton & The Wolfman 11|
|Luis Sardinas, SEA||ESPN.com 2|
|Shane Robinson, LAA||Baseball HQ 1||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|John Axford, OAK||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Ryan Flaherty, BAL||ESPN.com 1|
|Kurt Suzuki, MIN||RotoWire 1|
|Shawn O'Malley, SEA||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Jefry Marte, LAA||Baseball HQ 2|
|Mike Aviles, DET||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Jake Smolinski, OAK||Baseball HQ 1||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Stefen Romero, SEA||Baseball HQ 1|
|Mychal Givens, BAL||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Justin Wilson, DET||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Enny Romero, TB||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Jared Hoying, TEX||ESPN.com 1|
|Gregorio Petit, LAA||ESPN.com 1|
|Fernando Rodriguez, OAK||RotoWire 1|
|Michael Martinez, CLE||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
As we would expect, the big ticket FAAB item this week was ex-Padre, new Pale Hose James Shields who went to Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton for a solid $57, a tidy sum, but not as much as we might have anticipated. Colton and the Wolfman easily bested bids of $9, $17, $29, $36, and $37.
Rick and Glenn adding reliever John Axford ($1), were among a cluster of other buck adds in the form of Shane Robinson (Dave Adler of BBHQ), Shawn O'Malley (Larry Schechter), Kurt Suzuki (Chris Liss), and Ryan Flaherty (Tristan Cockcroft).
In the middle, Adler grabbed Chris Parmelee for $7, besting a pair of $2 attempts, while Ray Flowers rostered Ricky Nolasco for $3, outbidding a pair of $2 throws, while league leader Cockcroft added Luis Sardinas for $2.
The look on Shields face in the introductory image is familiar. That's the same expression I had when the winning bids were announced in the AL only NFBC league. My squad is doing well but the pitching is precarious with Felix Hernandez hurt and Steven Wright active. Jose Quintana is doing his part while Jesse Hahn reminded us this week how hittable be can be at times. Still, the club is in the title hunt and I have the FAAB hammer. I didn't want to go all-in, but I also didn't want a competitor getting a potential difference-maker on the cheap. Dropping $317 of the $1000 budget left me with with $652, the fifth most in the league. I lost the hammer, but have the services of Shields for a lot longer than the time players acquired at the trade deadline are helpful.
So now the question is will Shields be helpful? I promise all you'll read is how risky he is, seeing as how he was homer-prone in Petco and is now moving to U.S. Cellular Field. Yeah, that's a huge concern. Though, I'm not convinced he'll give up appreciably more homers. What I'm counting on is a veteran who's been through the wars is again pitching in meaningful games. Sure, the weather in San Diego is perfect but it must be hard for a guy whose moniker was Big Game, in the twilight of a very successful career, to take the ball knowing if he gets a win, it will be one of about 70 the team accrues on the season. Chris Sale can do the heavy lifting. Jose Quintana is quietly having an All-Star campaign. Just go out there and give me seven strong and I'll be fine.
At least that's what I keep saying to myself.
|Jimmy Paredes, PHI||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 16||Colton & The Wolfman 2|
|James Loney, NYM||Mastersball 13||Colton & The Wolfman 12||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9||Inside Edge 2|
|RotoWire - DVR 1|
|Carlos Torres, MIL||Sandlot Shrink 4|
|Joe Blanton, LAD||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2||Inside Edge 1||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Ross Ohlendorf, CIN||Mastersball 2||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Stephen Drew, WSH||Inside Edge 1|
|Tyler Lyons, STL||Inside Edge 1|
|Adam Rosales, SD||Colton & The Wolfman 1||Inside Edge 1|
|Travis Wood, CHC||Mastersball 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Andrew Bailey, PHI||Inside Edge 1|
|Brandon Snyder, ATL||Inside Edge 1|
|Clint Robinson, WSH||Inside Edge 1|
|Jim Henderson, NYM||Inside Edge 1|
|Miguel Rojas, MIA||Inside Edge 1|
|Carlos Villanueva, SD||Mastersball 1|
|Adam Morgan, PHI||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Neftali Feliz, PIT||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
Brian Walton's Commentary
New Phillies utilityman Jimmy Paredes fetched the high bid in NL LABR this week at $16. Greg Ambrosius/Shawn Childs of NFBC/Stats, Inc. were surprisingly the lone bidders for a player who almost certainly will be seeing regular at-bats for a team looking for answers offensively.
Though the trade of James Loney to the Mets was announced prior to last week’s LABR waiver deadline, the veteran first baseman had not yet officially been placed on New York’s roster. As a result, a $6 bid by Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf of Full Moon Sports was nullified due to league rules.
With the emptiness at first base that is known as Ryan Howard killing my slumping team, I decided to join the Loney fray this week, bidding double last week’s top amount, plus $1. $13 is also $2 more than the most expensive free agent position players this season to date (Hernan Perez and Jeremy Hazelbaker). Another way to look at is that $13 is one-seventh of my full-year budget.
Even so, despite the league-wide scuffle for at-bats, this is still Loney, after all. Perhaps as a result, no one else bid, not even Colton/Wolf, so I spent $12 too much.
Now that Brandon Maurer has clearly pitched himself out of San Diego’s closing hierarchy and is pitching poorly, I dumped him over the side for another volatile reliever in Ross Ohlendorf ($2). At least the latter still has a chance to get the Reds closers job that no one seems to want.
Some have questioned why a rebuilding team like the Phillies would want a journeyman like Paredes. True, the Phillies are readying for the future and Paredes isn't likely to be a major part. However, with their promising pitching at the Major League level and prospects J.P. Crawford, Nick Williams, Jorge Alfaro and Roman Quinn in the pipeline, it won't be long before the team in the City of Brotherly Love is fighting again. Paredes is a nice stop-gap that can play all over, helping the squad give their maturing staff a little more run support.
|Archie Bradley, ARI||Baseball HQ 19||Baseball Prospectus 13||RotoWire 10||Mastersball 7|
|Fangraphs 5||RotoExperts 1||Razzball 1|
|USA TODAY Fantasy 1|
|Will Harris, HOU||Baseball HQ 12||USA TODAY Fantasy 7||MLB.com 5||RotoWire 5|
|Fangraphs 4||Baseball Prospectus 4||RotoExperts 1|
|Zach Davies, MIL||Mastersball 7||Baseball HQ 1|
|Julio Urias, LAD||RotoWire 5||Razzball 2||MLB.com 1|
|James Paxton, SEA||Fangraphs 3||Baseball HQ 1|
|Chris Young, BOS||Baseball HQ 2|
|Jarrett Parker, SF||USA TODAY Fantasy 2||Baseball HQ 2||USA TODAY Sports 1||RotoExperts 1|
|Seung Hwan Oh, STL||Mastersball 2|
|Tyler Naquin, CLE||MLB.com 1|
|David Ross, CHC||USA TODAY Fantasy 1|
|Austin Romine, NYY||Baseball HQ 1|
|Michael Feliz, HOU||USA TODAY Fantasy 1||RotoExperts 1|
|John Jaso, PIT||Razzball 1|
|Dae-Ho Lee, SEA||RotoExperts 1|
|Martin Prado, MIA||USA TODAY Fantasy 2|
|Bryan Holaday, TEX||Baseball HQ 1|
|Drew Butera, KC||Baseball HQ 1|
|Jake Marisnick, HOU||Baseball HQ 1|
|Dioner Navarro, CWS||USA TODAY Fantasy 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
Pitching was the theme of this week's bidding as four starters and one potential closer drew the five highest bids. Archie Bradley leads the way as he's coming off consecutive outings highlighted with 19 whiffs to only four walks in 13 2/3rd frames. LABR rules require acquisitions to be active so Ray Murphy will have the Snakes righty in there when the strikeout-prone Tampa Bay Rays visit the desert.
Luke Gregerson's woes continue so the Astros are giving him a break from closing. Will Harris, along with Michael Feliz and perhaps Ken Giles are the favorites to pick up the slack. As much as I need a closer, I couldn't drop what I figured it would take for Harris. I'm just not that confident he'll be the guy going forward.
Part one of my free agent foray was grabbing Zach Davies to replace the injured Mike Foltynewicz. Davies has a double-dip on the docket, scheduled to face the Athletics and Mets, both in Miller Park. The hitter-friendly venue is worrisome, but a 29-to-2 strikeout to walk ratio over Davies last four outings, spanning 25 1/3rd stanzas eases the concern.
Part two was a result of ridiculously careless bidding. I blame it on the aftermath of winning James Shields. As mentioned, I had to replace Foltynewicz. After bidding on Bradley and Davies I added Seung Hwan Ho for $2, to make sure I got someone. The assumption was someone may take a $1 flyer on Oh, but not $2. The problem is I already have David Phelps and Joaqin Benoit on reserve so a parachute was already in place. To make a dumb mistake even dumber, I then decided to try to get both starters since I like their match-ups this week. There's a mechanism to duplicate bids so instead of re-entering the second block, I just hit the copy button and was set. If I left it at one block, Davies would be mine with Oh's bid cancelled.
As alluded to, I really need saves, especially with my second closer, Kevin Jepsen, soiling the rubber. As of Sunday night, I have 23 saves, good for four points. Only seven more saves would land me nine more points. The category is incredibly bunched with my squad at the bottom. With Ketel Marte coming off the DL, I have an extra middle infielder or extra outfielder (using a sixth fly chaser at utility) along with Brandon Drury on reserve so there's plenty of depth to do a two-for-one with the one being a closer. I missed the trade deadline this period but hopefully this time next week I'm dissecting a deal for more saves.