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Friday 19th Jan 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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Matt Duffy, TB Baseball HQ 42 Fangraphs 26 ESPN.com 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2
    NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Teoscar Hernandez, HOU Fangraphs 26 RotoWire 13 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2
Tyler Austin, NYY RotoWire 16 USAT Sports 2 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2
    ESPN.com 2    
Chris Devenski, HOU RotoWire 15 ESPN.com 1 SiriusXM 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Cliff Pennington, LAA Fangraphs 3      
Raul Mondesi, KC Colton & The Wolfman 2 Fangraphs 5    
Jason Grilli, TOR ESPN.com 1 SiriusXM 1    
Casey McGehee, DET NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Fangraphs 5 Colton & The Wolfman 1  
Clay Buchholz, BOS NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Ricky Nolasco, LAA SiriusXM 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Andrew Romine, DET USAT Sports 1      


Joe Biagini, TOR SiriusXM 1
Liam Hendriks, OAK SiriusXM 1
Mychal Givens, BAL SiriusXM 1
Tony Barnette, TEX SiriusXM 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The big prize--the last of the trading deadline spoils--was Matt Duffy, who was not eligible for FAAB purchase last week as he was still on the DL. Dave Adler grabbed Duffy for $42, beating four bids ranging from the ubiquitous dollar to $26.

Next on the list, Chris Liss gambled on a couple of youngsters, starting with Teoscar Hernandez for $26, besting attempts ranging from a couple of bucks to $13, and also grabbed Chris Devenski for $15 who not only beat out three $1 tries, but grabbed a pitcher who had already been rostered on a couple of squads this year. But, coming off his great start against the Twins last week was enough for Liss to take a chance.

But, that was not all, as Liss also grabbed Yankees fly-chaser turned first baseman Tyler Austin for $16, pretty much cleaning out his bankroll, and in the process beating out a cluster of $2 bids.

The remaining purchases were largely gap fillers, though Casey McGehee--$1 to Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs--could get some time and numbers as Nick Castellanos recuperates. A couple of more retreads--Cliff Pennington ($3 to Eno Sarris), Clay Buchholz ($1 to Childs/Ambrosius), and Ricky Nolasco ($1 to Ray Flowers) completed the veterans "I hope they still have some gas" crapshoots, while Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf played the same game on the other side with rookie Raul Mondesi ($2).

Todd's Take

Conspicuous by his absence is Austin's teammate and new Yankee right-fielder Aaron Judge. The Bronx Bombers began their glimpse at the future when they promoted Gary Sanches, ostensibly setting the stage for Alex Rodriguez not-so-grand exit. Judge is a tall, strapping specimen with awesome power but typical of a hitter of his stature, there's holes in his swing. That said, if he can maintain the mid-70s contact rate displayed at Triple-A Scranton along with a walk rate in the neighborhood of ten percent, his power will certainly play, especially since the righty has power to all fields.

Austin's prospect star was dimming previous to his rebirth at Scranton where registered .323/.415/.637 decimals featuring 13 big flies. Whereas Judge (and Sanchez) are assured regular playing time, it remains to be seen how much time Austin usurps from Mark Teixeira. It makes sense for the Bronx Bombers to get a look at Austin with Teixeira leaving and first base likely betrothed to Gregory Bird, assuming he's ready to go.

If Judge were available, he'd have challenged Matt Duffy for top honors.

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Fernando Rodney, MIA Baseball HQ 19 Colton & The Wolfman 15
Luke Weaver, STL ESPN - Karabell 6 RotoExperts 6
Reynaldo Lopez, WSH RotoExperts 6  
Ryan Vogelsong, PIT Colton & The Wolfman 3  
Rob Segedin, LAD Mastersball 2 Derek Carty 1
Cristhian Adames, COL Baseball HQ 1 Derek Carty 1
Alejandro De Aza, NYM Derek Carty 1 Baseball HQ 1
Jimmy Paredes, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball HQ 1
Zack Godley, ARI Sandlot Shrink 1  


T.J. Rivera, NYM Mastersball 2 Derek Carty 1
Adam Rosales, SD Baseball HQ 1  
Chris Heisey, WSH Baseball HQ 1  
Clint Robinson, WSH Baseball HQ 1  
Matt Reynolds, NYM Baseball HQ 1  
Phil Gosselin, ARI Baseball HQ 1  
Tyler Goeddel, PHI Baseball HQ 1  
Manny Pina, MIL Mastersball 1  
Edwin Jackson, SD Sandlot Shrink 1  
Wily Peralta, MIL Sandlot Shrink 1  

Brian Walton's Commentary

A week before Miami closer A.J. Ramos was injured, I gave up on Fernando Rodney. San Diego’s former closer had not put up particularly good numbers setting up and his value seemed tanked. Last week, he of the crooked cap went unclaimed, but once Ramos went down, Rodney fetched $19 from Doug Dennis of BaseballHQ.

A pair of young starters, Luke Weaver of St. Louis and Reynaldo Lopez of Washington, each went for $6, to ESPN’s Eric Karabell and Lenny Melnick of RotoExperts, respectively. Neither right-hander was expected to be in the majors at this point, but here they are, in their club’s rotations instead of top prospects Alex Reyes and Lucas Giolito.

Ryan Vogelsong looks as good as ever in his pair of starts in the Pirates’ rotation after recovering from his facial injury suffered in May. Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf picked up the veteran right-hander for $3.

Todd's Take

A player I've been tracking as he's intriguing for DFS play based on the low cost is Rob Segedin, picked up by none other than Mr. Walton. Segedin was crushing southpaws at Triple-A Oklahoma City, playing mostly third base. When the Dodgers lefty-killer, Scott Van Slyke got hurt, Segedin was summoned to play left field when the club is facing a lefty. Then Justin Turner was hit on the hand with a pitch last Friday, shifting Segedin back to the hot corner over the weekend. Turner's injury isn't supposed to be serious but he's also not expected back until later in the week, giving Segedin a little more run at regular play. At that point he'll likely resume his platoon gig, but keep in mind when healthy, Van Slyke was a nice piece for NL only squads so if Segedin falls into that role, he can help fill a hole down the stretch. Of course, this depends on Yasiel Puig and if the Dodgers bring him back this season.

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Aaron Judge, NYY Baseball HQ 15 Fangraphs 4 Razzball 2 USA TODAY Sports 1
Gary Sanchez, NYY Fangraphs 6 MLB.com 1 Razzball 1  
Adam Ottavino, COL Keith Hernandez 6 Razzball 2    
Rajai Davis, CLE Keith Hernandez 5 Razzball 1    
Abraham Almonte, CLE Keith Hernandez 4      
Tyler Austin, NYY Fangraphs 3      
Keon Broxton, MIL Razzball 1 Keith Hernandez 2    
Jorge Polanco, MIN MLB.com 1      
Luke Weaver, STL Razzball 1      


Jarred Cosart, SD Keith Hernandez 1
Jeremy Jeffress, TEX Keith Hernandez 2
Ryan Vogelsong, PIT MLB.com 1
Ryon Healy, OAK Razzball 1
Scott Schebler, CIN Keith Hernandez 3
Teoscar Hernandez, HOU Fangraphs 2
Tyrell Jenkins, ATL Keith Hernandez 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Well there you go, the three Yankees prospects falling 1, 3 and 6 in the Mixed LABR bidding. That order makes sense. Remember, you're not bidding on expected performance with seven weeks left in the campaign. You're bidding on upside or opportunity. Judge has both, which is why his winning bid exceeded that of Sanchez. Sanchez has the playing time edge on Austin.

It took two-thirds of the season but Adam Ottavino finally re-assumed the closer role in Colorado. The shelf life of mile-high closers isn't all that long but who cares - saves are saves. Last I checked, this isn't a keeper league.

Another potential impact player is Keon Broxton as he's playing nearly every day. Broxton has the wheels to make a difference if you're looking to make up some ground in the stolen base category.

Todd's Take

It's still status quo for Team Mastersball, maintaining a 20-plus point lead though Ray Murphy's Baseball HQ squad cut that to the high teens a couple times last week. The key remains sweating out Clayton Kershaw's absence. The already weakened pitching staff took another couple hits this week with Zach Eflin and Adam Conley hitting the DL. Softening the blow is David Phelps on reserve as my speculative closer is now in the Marlins rotation. Brett Anderson is also now available but after his initial outing and subsequent sore wrist, I'll wait a week before activating the injury-prone Dodger. Complicating matters is John Lackey left Sunday's start with shoulder stiffness. Both Lackey and Hammel have Coors starts on their ledger but I don't have the depth to replace them and with only $3 FAAB left, I opted to save it for a bigger emergency. If I can make it through this week without giving up too many points, I like the squad's chances. Should be a long - but fun - week.

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