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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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Anibal Sanchez, DET RotoWire 10 Baseball HQ 3    
Erick Aybar, DET Fangraphs 6      
Chad Green, NYY Baseball HQ 5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 ESPN.com 2 USAT Sports 1
Luis Cessa, NYY NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Baseball HQ 3    
Anthony Ranaudo, CWS Baseball HQ 1      
Fernando Salas, LAA ESPN.com 1      


Dillon Gee, KC Baseball HQ 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

In the post trade deadline financial Apocalypse there simply is not that much money to spend in AL LABR making arguably the most desirable hitter--Erick Aybar--a cheap acquisition at $6 for Eno Sarris without a challenge. I have always been a fan of Aybar, who was a decent and steady selection as an Angel for many years, and since the Tigers will likely hand the starting shortstop gig to him, and since the shortstop should be able to contribute some hits and especially some steals, it is amazing there were no other Aybar bids (I only had $5 in my FAAB wallet, so even had I bid, it would have been a loser).

In a search for arms, Chris Liss collected Anibal Sanchez for $10 beating out a pair of $3 bids, while former top Athletics pick Chad Green went to Dave Adler for $5, besting three tries.

Aside from those acquisitions, Luis Cessa went to the NFBC/STATS team for a couple of bucks while Adler also grabbed Anthony Ranaudo for a dollar while Tristian Cockcroft nabbed Fernando Salas for the same amount.

Todd's Take

Yes, Anibal Sanchez is relevant again. The Tiger's veteran righty was banished to the bullpen earlier in the summer but injuries to Jordan Zimmermann and Mike Pelfrey forced a reinsertion to the rotation where he...hasn't...completely sucked. Perhaps that's faint praise but at this time of the season, you take what you can get.

Since the break, Sanchez has six starting efforts, tossing four quality starts (three with 1 or fewer runs) with two weak outings, one of which was a real stinker. In this time of increased offense, four good games, one not so good and one blow-up is par for the course.

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Patrick Kivlehan, SD Colton & The Wolfman 11      
Mitch Haniger, ARI Derek Carty 9 Colton & The Wolfman 11 Baseball HQ 2 RotoWire - DVR 1
Enrique Burgos, ARI Mastersball 8 Baseball HQ 4    
Tyler Holt, CIN Colton & The Wolfman 3      
Hector Neris, PHI Baseball HQ 1      
Felipe Rivero, PIT Baseball HQ 1      
Clint Robinson, WSH Baseball HQ 1      
Pedro Baez, LAD Derek Carty 1      


Xavier Scruggs, MIA Colton & The Wolfman 3  
Derek Law, SF Baseball HQ 1 Derek Carty 1
Adam Rosales, SD Baseball HQ 1  
Carl Edwards Jr., CHC Derek Carty 1  
Chris Heisey, WSH Baseball HQ 1  
David Ross, CHC Baseball HQ 1  
Justin Ruggiano, NYM Baseball HQ 1  
Neftali Feliz, PIT Baseball HQ 1  
Ryan Buchter, SD Baseball HQ 1  
Tony Renda, CIN RotoExperts 1  

Brian Walton's Commentary

I must admit it felt good after having selected Dansby Swanson on draft day and holding him all season to see the Braves prospect shortstop receive the call. It was even sweeter after being chided back in March by at least one peer for taking a player “who would not see the majors this season,” in his opinion. We shall see if it pays off.

This week’s bidding was light. Though money was definitely spent, the top bid of $11 was on an uncontested add by Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf of well-traveled Patrick Kivlehan of San Diego. The corner infielder/outfielder has stormed onto the scene, going 6-for-8 plus two walks in his first 10 plate appearances, including a home run, two RBI and four runs scored while playing left and right field so far.

Outfielder Mitch Haniger of Arizona drew the most bids, four, with the winner, league leader Derek Carty paying $9. In his first three days up, the rookie went an eye-opening 6-for-13 with two runs scored and five RBI. Over the weekend, however, Haniger went just 1-for-10 with four strikeouts. The 25-year-old had a strong minor league season between Double-A and Triple-A and his D-backs club is going nowhere, creating an ideal opportunity for playing time.

Speaking of the Snakes, I added their latest closer du-jour, Enrique Bourgos, for $8. To be honest, I still haven’t gotten over the sting of giving up on Fernando Rodney just before A.J. Ramos was injured and Bourgos isn’t likely the cure, but saves are saves.

Todd's Take

Looking at the contingency bids, Colton and the Wolfman were willing to pay 11 units for either Kivlehan or Haniger and obviously listed the Friar ahead of the Snake. The league appears to favor Haniger more as he drew more secondary bids. It's close, but I think I side with the league.

In terms of talent, it's close but I give the slight edge to Haniger. What does it for me is a better strikeout to walk ratio along with a better home park. That said, the point I've been preaching lately is you're bidding on upside and opportunity, not talent (though talent obviously influences everything). I'll call the upside a wash. That leaves opportunity.

Alex Dickerson will play left versus all righties with Travis Jankowski the regular centerfielder, at least until Jon Jay returns after the rosters expand. That leaves right field. Kivlehan is playing primarily because Jabari Blash has a mysterious hand injury and can't hold a bat. Both can play versus southpaws but it remains to be seen whether Blash or Kivlehan get the majority of the run when (if?) Blash comes back. Then there's the chance either Hunter Renfroe or Manuel Margot get a call-up come September.

Haniger is playing every day. Not only that, he's started at all three outfield spots. Rickie Weeks plays versus all southpaws while Yosmany Tomas has smashed his way to near full-time action. Michael Bourn is still around along with the bevy of infielders that have chased flies in the desert this summer. A.J. Pollock is nearing a return and who know if the Diamondbacks will give Pete O'Brien another look. In part because of his ability to play anywhere along with the lesser competition for at bats, my take is Haniger has a clearer path to playing time. 

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Reynaldo Lopez, WSH @TheFantasyFix 6  
Fernando Salas, LAA RotoWire 5 Razzball 2
Delino DeShields Jr., TEX RotoWire 5  
Justin Morneau, CWS Keith Hernandez 1  
CC Sabathia, NYY Keith Hernandez 1  
Mitch Haniger, ARI USA TODAY Sports 1  
Zack Godley, ARI MLB.com 1  


Anibal Sanchez, DET MLB.com 1
Dan Jennings, CWS RotoWire 1
Freddy Galvis, PHI RotoWire 1
Chad Green, NYY USA TODAY Sports 1
Alex Reyes, STL USA TODAY Sports 1
Enrique Burgos, ARI USA TODAY Sports 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Consecutive 7-inning outings, the second featuring 11 punch outs against the Atlanta Braves drew the attention of Mixed LABR, with a $6 bid (twice what I have to spend for the rest of the season) getting the job done for Alan Harrison. Jeff Erickson snagged Fernando Salas who could be closing for the duration as Huston Street could be out for the season - fancy that.

As mentioned, I don't have much FAAB left, with the ability to nab three $1 purchases. However, my DL served as a FAAB surrogate as C.J. Cron is back (replacing Adonis Garcia at corner) along with Brett Anderson, who I'm trusting for a home date with division rival, the SF Giants later this week. I have an open spot created by John Lackey's visit to the DL.

Todd's Take

The quest for my first LABR championship has just passed the quarter pole and the lead has shrunk to 15.5 points. Remember the lead was built mostly via the left arm of Clayton Kershaw and I'm beginning to feel his absence as I've dropped a bunch of strikeout points with a few ratio points soon to be in jeopardy. I've mentioned this before but it bears repeating. The saving grace of this squad is the accumulation of the most AB in the league, though Fred Zinkie is hot on my heels in that department. The reason this is important is I obviously didn't draft a hitter in the first round so I was behind the eight-ball. I chose the safe route as opposed to taking chances to make up for not having the stud stick, and it's paying off. We'll see if it continues to do so, 20 down, six to go.

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