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Saturday 17th Feb 2018


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.

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Edwin Diaz, SEA Yahoo! Sports 2 ESPN.com 1
Mike Aviles, DET ESPN.com 1  
Michael Tonkin, MIN RotoWire 1  
Andrew Romine, DET ESPN.com 1  


Danny Worth, HOU ESPN.com 1
Gregorio Petit, LAA ESPN.com 1
Jake Smolinski, OAK ESPN.com 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

With the major heat wave in the center of the country, FAAB moves slowed to almost a halt as only four moves even registered in AL LABR this week.

Aside from what can only be referred to as a bidding war, Edwin Diaz went to Brandon Funston's Yahoo! team for $2, besting a $1 bid, and aside from that three one dollar players--Michael Tonkin to Chris Liss and RotoWire for a buck, and Mike Aviles and Andrew Romine both to Tristan Cockcroft, all for a buck--completed the week of minimalist moves.

Bring on the trade deadline?

Todd's Take

Lawr's not kidding. This is a list of the available hitters getting at least one AB last week:

Sandy Leon (C,U)
Josh Thole (C,U)
Chris Gimenez (C,U)
Francisco Pena (C,U)
Drew Butera (C,U)
Bryan Holaday (C,U)
Casey McGehee (1B,3B,CI,U)
Max Muncy (1B,CI,U,OF)
Andrew Romine (1B,SS,3B,MI,CI,U,OF)
Josh Rutledge (2B,3B,MI,CI,U)
Danny Worth (2B,MI,U)
Michael Martinez (2B,MI,U,OF)
Mike Aviles (2B,SS,3B,MI,CI,U,OF)
Gregorio Petit (2B,SS,MI,U)
Andy Burns (3B,CI,U)
Paul Janish (SS,3B,MI,CI,U)
Jaff Decker (U,OF)
Jake Smolinski (U,OF)
Jason Coats (U,OF)
Todd Cunningham (U,OF)

We've got six catchers, two middle infielders that are now back to bench fodder after filling in for an injury (Petit and Janish) and a bunch of flotsam and jetsam. I'm usually aggressive with FAAB, even in single leagues but this is a league where hoarding could be the optimal play.

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Jameson Taillon, PIT ESPN - Karabell 42 Baseball HQ 41 Colton & The Wolfman 33 ESPN - Karabell 31
    RotoWire - DVR 26 USA TODAY Sports 24 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 18
    Mastersball 7    
Willson Contreras, CHC RotoWire - DVR 11 Mastersball 2    
Ramon Flores, MIL Baseball HQ 8 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Inside Edge 1  
Zach Eflin, PHI Inside Edge 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 RotoWire - DVR 1  
Adam Morgan, PHI Colton & The Wolfman 2      
David Phelps, MIA Baseball HQ 1 RotoWire - DVR 1 Inside Edge 1  
Ryan Schimpf, SD Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Tyler Anderson, COL Mastersball 1 RotoWire - DVR 3    
John Gant, ATL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Mastersball 1    
Matt Belisle, WSH Inside Edge 1      
Brandon Barnes, COL Inside Edge 1      
Joe Blanton, LAD Inside Edge 1 Baseball HQ 1    
Tony Watson, PIT Inside Edge 1 Baseball HQ 1    
Chris Heisey, WSH Inside Edge 1      
Neftali Feliz, PIT Inside Edge 1      


Joe Blanton, LAD Inside Edge 1 Baseball HQ 1
Tony Watson, PIT Inside Edge 1 Baseball HQ 1
Chris Heisey, WSH Inside Edge 1  
Neftali Feliz, PIT Inside Edge 1  

Brian Walton's Commentary

LABR rules precluding the adding of prospects until they reach the majors meant that top Pirates pitching prospect Jameson Taillon was unowned – until Sunday night, that is. In very close bidding, Eric Karabell from ESPN's $42 offer, representing 42 percent of his full-season FAAB allocation, brought the Bucs' hurler home.

Word is that Cubs catching prospect Willson Contreras will soon be returned to Triple-A. Still, he homered on his first pitch seen in the majors and has a Monday night start scheduled. Since my second catcher Trevor Brown doesn’t get more than a half-dozen at-bats per week, I was willing to add Contreras and see what happens. Unfortunately, I came in second of the two bidders, with my $2 offer eclipsed by Derek Van Riper of Rotowire at $11.

Todd's Take

A few years back I have a cool QA/QC gig with MLBAM where I proofed all their social media copy before it was posted. By far, the name most often misspelled was Welington Castillo. I have a feeling that's about to change. Actually, maybe Castillo should ask Willson Contreras for one of his "l's" and they both could spell their name in a more conventional manner. While we're at it, let's get Jerad Eickhoff to flip-flip the e and a -- everyone is so careful with the last name they gloss over the non-intuitive first name.

Real quick on Contreras, if you recall, the Cubs did a similar tactic with Kyle Schwarber last season, bringing him up for a cup of coffee, asking him to absorb as much as he can from David Ross then head back down to Triple-A for more seasoning. Obviously things can change but Theo Epstein doesn't do anything without a plan. And as Brian suggests, the current plan is for Contreras to get a taste of the bigs then come back up later in the season, perhaps as a designated hitter when the club is in an AL park and then we'll see what happens.

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Jameson Taillon, PIT Baseball Prospectus 33 USA TODAY Fantasy 18 MLB.com 18 ESPN.com 14
    USA TODAY Sports 11 RotoWire 11 Baseball HQ 9
    Razzball 7 Fangraphs 3  
Shawn Kelley, WSH Baseball Prospectus 14 Fangraphs 7 Razzball 7 MLB.com 7
    USA TODAY Sports 7 RotoWire 6 MLB.com 5
    Fantasy Alarm 1    
Whit Merrifield, KC Mastersball 7 USA TODAY Sports 5 USA TODAY Fantasy 3 MLB.com 1
    RotoExperts 1 Fantasy Alarm 1  
Max Kepler, MIN Mastersball 4 RotoExperts 1 Fantasy Alarm 1 RotoWire 1
Tom Koehler, MIA RotoWire 4      
Cody Reed, CIN RotoWire 4 Baseball Prospectus 21 MLB.com 3  
Ichiro Suzuki, MIA USA TODAY Sports 4 Fantasy Alarm 1    
Tyler Flowers, ATL ESPN.com 3      
Doug Fister, HOU MLB.com 3 RotoWire 3 RotoExperts 1 Fantasy Alarm 1
Ezequiel Carrera, TOR USA TODAY Fantasy 3 Mastersball 1    
Willson Contreras, CHC Fangraphs 2      
Clay Buchholz, BOS Fangraphs 2      
Daniel Mengden, OAK Razzball 2 Baseball Prospectus 3 RotoWire 1 MLB.com 1
Ryan Raburn, COL Razzball 2      
Steven Moya, DET Fantasy Alarm 2      
Ryan Rua, TEX RotoExperts 1 RotoWire 1    
Paulo Orlando, KC RotoWire 1 Mastersball 1 RotoExperts 1  
John Lamb, CIN RotoWire 1      
Tyler Thornburg, MIL RotoExperts 1      
Bud Norris, ATL Baseball HQ 1      
Tim Lincecum, LAA RotoExperts 1      
Tommy Milone, MIN MLB.com 1      



Brett Eibner, KC Mastersball 3  
Tyler Wilson, BAL MLB.com 1 RotoWire 1
Cody Asche, PHI Mastersball 1  
Desmond Jennings, TB RotoExperts 1  
Gregor Blanco, SF Mastersball 1  
J.B. Shuck, CWS Mastersball 1  
Jose Peraza, CIN RotoWire 1  
Kyle Barraclough, MIA MLB.com 1  
Martin Prado, MIA RotoExperts 1  
Matt Garza, MIL RotoWire 1  

Todd Zola's Commentary

This was one of the busier weeks in a while for Mixed LABR as there was spirited bidding on several players with some more tempered buys for some others. Not surprisingly, Pittsburgh Pirates top prospect Jameson Taillon was the prize as he was summoned back to the bigs a little earlier than planned to fill in for Gerrit Cole. Assuming the youngster continues to pitch well, he could end up taking the spot of Juan Nicasio as apparently Ray Searage's pixie dust has run out.

Washington Nationals' new closer Shan Kelley was a hot commodity as Jonathan Papelbon hit the DL with a right intercostal strain (sore ribs) which typically takes several weeks to heal. i need saves badly but with limited funds and even more pressing needs, I knew I'd be outbid.

Another intriguing acquisition is Cody Reed, the Cincinnati version as it won't be too long before we have to ask "which one" with a prospect hurler of the same name progressing rapidly through the Diamondbacks system. The Reds have been fraught with injuries but were patient with Reed before finally getting sick of Alfredo Simon getting incessantly thrashed. As a Reed owner in a couple of keeper/dynasty formats, I'm eager to see how he performs. He looked composed in his debut, racking up goodly whiffs but was also hit hard when contact was made.

Todd's Take

A couple of injuries put a damper on what was an otherwise solid week for my squad with Steven Souza Jr. and J.D. Martinez felled by injury. I had Michael Saunders and his three-home run game frustratingly on my bench to take one spot but was devoid of another outfield eligible hitter for the other opening. In addition, I'm concerned that Devon Travis could lose some playing time with Troy Tulowitski back as Darwin Barney has played well while Tulo was out and could work into a time-share at second. Finally, my main reserve Brandon Drury isn't playing as much as previously, in part due to the promotion of Peter O'Brien along with Michael Bourn playing well enough to stick around after David Peralta was activated (though Peralta is hobbled again). Travis has only five games this week so with LABR's rule requiring a new pick-up to be active, it seems like a good time to reserve him which clears the way for Whit Merrifield to join the fold. Truth be told, I was a little surprised he was available. I know, it's just Whit Merrifield but he's hitting leadoff for a pesky Royals squad that just released Omar Infante. He also has outfield eligibility if I want to get Travis back in there next week.

For the other outfield spot I grabbed Max Kepler who has a chance to end the musical chairs game in the Twins outfield and secure a regular spot. At the very least, his heroics over the weekend earned him some playing time this week. I'll hang in for a week and see how things flesh out.

I am concerned I'm down to just $9 of FAAB but that should be good for nine $1 players which hopefully will get me to the finish line.

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