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.
|Nolan Reimold, BAL||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2||Colton & The Wolfman 1||Fangraphs 1|
|Matt Boyd, DET||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2||Fangraphs 2|
|Vance Worley, BAL||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2|
|Julio Borbon, BAL||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Caleb Joseph, BAL||ESPN.com 1|
|Wade LeBlanc, SEA||ESPN.com 1|
|Mike Aviles, DET||Fangraphs 1||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Billy Butler, OAK||RotoWire 1|
|Erasmo Ramirez, TB||RotoWire 1||ESPN.com 1|
|Chad Green, NYY||ESPN.com 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
In anticipation of the trade deadline, owners who had some FAAB stashed sat on the bucks as a flurry of $2 and $1 players changed teams this week in AL LABR (or is it that there was simply no one worth grabbing?).
Nolan Reimold led the bids going for $2 to Greg Ambrosious and Shawn Childs, who also bagged a pair of pitchers in Vance Worley and Matt Boyd, also for a $2 price tag.
The remaining players were all bargain basement dollar store values: Billy Butler and Erasmo Ramirez (to Chris Liss); Julio Borbon (Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton); Mike Aviles (Eno Sarris); and Caleb Joseph and Wade LeBlanc (Tristian Cockcroft).
Larry Schechter ($96) leads the league's FAAB pool reserves, with Cockcroft ($88), Steve Garnder ($85), and Tim Heaney ($84) in close pursuit. It all means next week should be beyond interesting.
Actually, the nest two weeks will be fun. Keep in mind the trade Monday is actually on Monday, August 1 and not it's usual July 31. It's a very good idea to get clarification from your commissioner regarding the timing of trades, when they become official and hence eligible for bidding in your league. It's best to use an official source like the ESPN.com or mlb.com transactions to consider a deal official and just live by when it's posted. Relying on Twitter or some unofficial report will cause all sorts of ruckus. The second part of the equation is the cutoff for a deal to be posted and be eligible for FAAB bidding. To be fair to all league participants, the cutoff shouldn't be close to when bids are due since everyone can't be by their PC, tablet or phone 24/7. As an example, Tout Wars requires the trade to be listed on ESPN.com or mlb.com transactions the day before bidding. In other works, for a player to be eligible for Tout Wars next week, he needs to be listed on the transaction page dated Saturday. By the sound of it, there will be some crossovers eligible next week but chances are they'll be a second flurry on Monday that have to sit around a week before they become property of an owner in their new league.
LABR uses the eligibility list on RTSports as its guide. The end result is supposed to emulate the Tout Wars process. I hope for their sake it does and no one gets added to the list on Sunday after the site's usual overnight refresh.
|Andrew Toles, LAD||Colton & The Wolfman 3||ESPN - Karabell 1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Chris Taylor, LAD||Baseball HQ 1|
|Trevor Brown, SF||ESPN - Karabell 1||USA TODAY Sports 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Kyle Barraclough, MIA||ESPN - Karabell 1|
|Mike Montgomery, CHC||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1||ESPN - Karabell 1|
|Tuffy Gosewisch, ARI||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Miguel Rojas, MIA||RotoExperts 1|
|Ivan De Jesus Jr., CIN||Baseball HQ 1|
|Jose Urena, MIA||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Mike Freeman, ARI||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Ramiro Pena, SF||Baseball HQ 1|
|Tyler Goeddel, PHI||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
Brian Walton's Commentary
The chase in NL LABR this week was relatively tame with most eagerly anticipating the barrage of moves coming this week and through the trade deadline.
An injury to Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig opened the door for Andrew Toles and uncertainly about Puig’s future with the team could mean a regular gig for the rookie. Toles has been on base six times over the last four games and his potential led to a winning $3 bid by Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf. My intended $3 bid was not registered, but I would have lost on the tiebreaker anyway.
I like the $1 addition of San Francisco’s Trevor Brown by Eric Karabell of ESPN. After all, he had been on my roster earlier in the season. The problem is that the catcher plays behind Buster Posey and his relatively high number at-bats and good results last week can be attributed the schedule, specifically to interleague play.
Not a lot to say here in terms of strategy or player analysis so let's point out the NL LABR leader, Derek Carty is sweating out the Clayton Kershaw news as Derek owns the injured lefty both here and in NL Tout. It's tough to be chasing Derek since it would help if Kershaw remains out but that means rooting for prolonged injury which is uncomfortable as a baseball fan. But it does give even more hope to those competing and may change the tact used to try to catch the leader. With Kershaw, it would l mean making up most or all of the ground by the chasing team which may necessitate taking chances. However, if Kershaw remains out, Derek may fall back to the pack so the plan may be to meet him halfway, meaning prudent category management to achieve the safer points in play.
|Ryan Schimpf, SD||RotoWire 6||USA TODAY Sports 1||Mastersball 1||MLB.com 1|
|Delino DeShields Jr., TEX||Fangraphs 3|
|Adonis Garcia, ATL||Mastersball 2|
|Jake Smolinski, OAK||Fangraphs 1||RotoWire 2|
|Kennys Vargas, MIN||Razzball 1|
|Julio Borbon, BAL||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Hernan Perez, MIL||MLB.com 1||Mastersball 1|
|Christian Friedrich, SD||Razzball 1|
|Jed Lowrie, OAK||Mastersball 1||Razzball 1|
|Ryon Healy, OAK||Mastersball 1||MLB.com 1|
|Freddy Galvis, PHI||Razzball 1|
|Johnny Giavotella, LAA||Razzball 1|
|Martin Prado, MIA||Mastersball 1|
|Mike Aviles, DET||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Nolan Reimold, BAL||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Tommy Milone, MIN||RotoWire 1|
|Tommy Pham, STL||RotoWire 1|
|Yonder Alonso, OAK||Razzball 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
I was all set to make a jumbo Schimpf joke but as you may imagine, the line's been there, done that. Schimpf is interesting since it appears Cory Spangenberg isn't coming back anytime soon as he's possibly out for the season with what's now being reported as a torn quadriceps. Schimpf has been a favorite for DFS gamers as he's been cheap and productive at a weak position. The 28-year old second baseman has pop, smacking nine homers in just 106 plate appearances, but beware, he whiffs a ton. However, he also walks a lot so he's a little more useful in OBP leagues.
I'm heading into Week 17 with a 24.5 point lead but with Kershaw's status uncertain, I can't take anything for granted hence the addition of Adonis Garcia to upgrade Brandon Drury at corner. Other than drafting Kershaw, a key to the Mastersball club is leading the league in at bats by a decent margin, buoying the runs and RBI category. There's several points in play in HR and some in SB. Garcia hopefully will help chase the power points. Steals will be tougher now that Ketel Marte is out indefinitely with mono. It would help if Jose Altuve stopped hitting homers and instead stuck to singles with a couple swipes.