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.
|Brad Ziegler, BOS||Mastersball 65||SiriusXM 3|
|Kennys Vargas, MIN||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 16||Fangraphs 11||Winning Fantasy Baseball 9||Colton & The Wolfman 2|
|Aaron Hill, BOS||SiriusXM 11||Winning Fantasy Baseball 9||Baseball HQ 6||USAT Fantasy 3|
|Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Ricky Nolasco, MIN||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5|
|Jake Marisnick, HOU||Winning Fantasy Baseball 2|
|Ji-Man Choi, LAA||Fangraphs 1|
|Matt Boyd, DET||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5|
|Ryan Hanigan, BOS||Mastersball 4|
|Mike Montgomery, SEA||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3|
|Andrew Romine, DET||Fangraphs 1|
|Christian Colon, KC||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Drew Butera, KC||Mastersball 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
If ever I misjudged the market on a player, it was this last week when in an effort to pick up the slack for my injured closer Craig Kimbrel, while trying to pick up slack for my injured second reliever, Brad Boxberger, I made sure I acquired new Red Sox and theoretical closer Brad Ziegler. So, essentially as a LABR cuff to Kimbrel, I determined $65 was a reasonable bid for potential saves.
Clearly, I misjudged Ziegler's role, if not perceived worth in the league as only one $3 bid challenged mine, meaning I overbid by $61. This move better work as it aces me out of much in the way of trade deadline moves.
Not so for the Twins Kennys Vargas, who went to the NFBC/STATS team of Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs for $16, besting shots of $11, $9, and $2. Similarly, Ray Flowers went $11 for Aaron Hill, besting four bids ranging from $1 to $9.
Team Childs/Ambrosious also bagged Ricky Nolasco for $5, while Larry Schechter went two unchallenged dollars to roster Jake Marisnick while Eno Sarris spent a buck on Ji-Man Choi.
This was an interesting week in AL-only leagues as the top-three players in LABR were available in most American League formats, forcing some to make a difficult decision -- take a chance on a useful but not difference-making type player or wait for another couple of weeks for the trade deadline with a larger kitty to bid.
It's a different format but I had this decision in the AL only NFBC league. I had given up the hammer a couple weeks back with a 317 (out of 1000) bid on James Shields. I'll let you know in October if I have buyer's remorse, right now it's up-in-the-air. But perhaps more importantly, no longer having the hammer made it easier to fill a couple of holes with the pair of Red Sox in Ziegler and Hill. I'm running with Gregorio Petit and Brock Holt active so Hill is quite useful. Word out of Boston is Holt will be OK post-break but still, Hill is a nice hedge if he isn't or a replacement for Petit if Holt is back in there. At minimum, Hill will be Travis Shaw's platoon partner but he's likely to find more at bats over the second half.
Five saves could get me three points which is likely going to be a difference maker in this league (looks like it will be decided by a point or two) so Ziegler made sense. It's really unclear who will close in Boston as well as how long Craig Kimbrel will be out but once I was out of the running for a deadline impact player, the chance of Ziegler falling into some saves was too good to pass up. For those looking to gauge bids, I grabbed Hill for 213 (185 next) and Ziegler for 113 (59 next).
|Ryan Howard, PHI||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4|
|Dario Alvarez, ATL||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2|
|Jim Johnson, ATL||Mastersball 1|
|Nick Ahmed, ARI||Mastersball 1|
|Ramon Cabrera, CIN||Sandlot Shrink 1|
|Eric Fryer, PIT||Mastersball 1|
|Grant Green, SF||Mastersball 1|
|Trevor Brown, SF||Mastersball 1|
|Ruben Tejada, SF||Mastersball 1|
Brian Walton's Commentary
It was a quiet waiver period for most in NL LABR, but not for me. After losing a pair of starters to the DL this week, I acquired two of the five players in the league to find new homes at $1 each. I took a risk adding Arizona’s Nick Ahmed off the waiver wire. While the shortstop receives starter’s at-bats, his results have been mediocre. Will his bad breath be better than no breath? At least I can reassess my options after the short three game-week ahead. With a minor injury to Atlanta’s closer Arodys Vizcaino, veteran Jim Johnson picked up a pair of saves over the weekend. Owning the former, I added the latter as a cheap insurance policy in case the problem lingers.
Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs of NFBC/STATS, Inc. spent a total of $6 on two free agents, including $4 on Ryan Howard. The veteran first sacker, now a reserve in Philly, was part of my draft day roster, and he has been added and dropped by one other LABR owner before now. The big guy ran into one last week, but true to form, that was pretty much it as he batted .222 for the period. Their other $2 went for a lefty in the Atlanta pen, Dario Alvarez.
As often is the case in these industry leagues, what would have been the top free agent to debut last week, Pittsburgh first baseman Josh Bell, has been stashed on reserve by Rotowire’s Derek Van Riper since draft day.
While Brian was obviously wise to grab Jim Johnson as he's the short-term stopper in Atlanta, he may not be the guy if Arodys Vizcaino is traded. Johnson could also be moved but like the case with Ziegler, sometimes a handful of saves equals the same number of roto-points. The Dariel Alvarez pickup was in hopes Vizcaino (and Johnson) are dealt with Mauricio Cabrera in the mix as well.
|Tyler Clippard, ARI||Fangraphs 8||MLB.com 3||USA TODAY Fantasy 3||Razzball 2|
|Razzball 1||Fantasy Alarm 1|
|Koji Uehara, BOS||USA TODAY Fantasy 4||Fangraphs 4||Fantasy Alarm 1||Razzball 3|
|Ken Giles, HOU||Baseball HQ 2||USA TODAY Fantasy 1|
|David Freese, PIT||USA TODAY Fantasy 2|
|Dylan Bundy, BAL||Baseball HQ 2|
|Mauricio Cabrera, ATL||Razzball 1|
|Avisail Garcia, CWS||Fangraphs 1|
|Cam Bedrosian, LAA||Razzball 1|
|Joakim Soria, KC||Fantasy Alarm 1|
|Mark Reynolds, COL||Fangraphs 2|
|Martin Prado, MIA||USA TODAY Fantasy 1|
|Ryan Dull, OAK||USA TODAY Fantasy 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
Searching for saves is the theme as the Brad Ziegler deal made both Clippard and Uehara mixed-league relevant again. Ken Giles is interesting as he's fanned two hitters with no walks in four straight one-inning appearances, bringing his K/9 to 12.2 with a BB/9 at 2.7. That's closer-worthy if you ask me. Cabrera was mentioned above while Bedrosian is a Huston Street hedge. Finally, though it appears Kelvin Herrera will get most of the chances in KC with Wade Davis out, grabbing Soria makes sense especially since he only needs to be active for 3 days (short week).
No bids for Mastersball this week despite losing C.J. Cron. With only $8 left and Whit Merrifield and Brandon Drury on reserve to play corner, it seemed prudent to go in that direction as opposed to someone like Freese, snagged for $2.
I got a kick out of friend and colleague Ray Murphy from Baseball HQ grabbing Dylan Bundy. We recorded a special Mid-Season Roundtable edition of HQ Radio (drops Tuesday) together. Ray made a crack how we play in some leagues together and he was reticent to name his sleeper, so of course he grabs mine in Bundy.
I'm willing to bet Ray was well aware of Bundy's recent exploits in 2 and 3 inning stints with the chance Baltimore inserts him into their rotation sometime after the break previous to the podcast, but it's funny how he landed on the Orioles righty in this league.