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Sunday 25th 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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Yulieski Gurriel, HOU ESPN.com 8    
Dillon Gee, KC Colton & The Wolfman 1 USAT Sports 1  
Andrew Triggs, OAK Fangraphs 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 SiriusXM 1
Matt Andriese, TB SiriusXM 1    


Wade Miley, BAL SiriusXM 1
Mychal Givens, BAL SiriusXM 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

A massive $11 was spent on free agent selections this cycle, with a grand total of four players hitting new rosters.

The big deal was Yulieski Gurriel went to Tristan Cockcroft for $8, while Ray Flowers nabbed Matt Andriese for a buck, the same amount that Eno Sarris spent on Andrew Triggs, and the same price tag that brought Dillon Gee to Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton.

That leaves an aggregate $23 for all the teams to focus on unaffiliated prospects coming up in September, and that means some potentially fun price wars in the coming weeks.

Todd's Take

It's only been four games or so but early indications are Jason Castro will lose the most playing time how that Gurriel is finally called up. The Astros plan on using the Cuban primarily at DH which has pushed Evan Gattis behind the plate for three of the past four games, albeit two of those against southpaws where you'd expect the lefty-swinging Castro to sit. This appears to be a fluid situation.

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Rich Hill, LAD Derek Carty 42 ESPN - Karabell 40 Baseball HQ 23 RotoWire - DVR 1
Seth Lugo, NYM Baseball HQ 9 RotoWire - DVR 1    
Luis Sardinas, SD Mastersball 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Randall Delgado, ARI Mastersball 1 Baseball HQ 1    
Oswaldo Arcia, SD Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Xavier Scruggs, MIA Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Braden Shipley, ARI RotoWire - DVR 1      
Ramon Cabrera, CIN USA TODAY Sports 1      


Neftali Feliz, PIT Baseball HQ 1 Mastersball 1 RotoWire - DVR 1
Jake Elmore, MIL Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Jeff Hoffman, COL RotoWire - DVR 1    
Jesse Chavez, LAD Baseball HQ 1    
Kevin Quackenbush, SD Mastersball 1    
Phil Gosselin, ARI Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Rene Rivera, NYM USA TODAY Sports 1    
Rob Zastryzny, CHC Mastersball 1    
Trevor Cahill, CHC Baseball HQ 1    

Brian Walton's Commentary

Derek Carty finally got his man! Four weeks of waiting for Rich Hill to come off the disabled list of his new team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, finally paid off when the 36-year-old lefty was acquired by the FAAB leader and league leader. The winning amount was $42, $1 more than the owner with the second-most cash had available. Unfortunately for him, Carty missed out on Hill’s six shutout innings over the Giants in his long-awaited Dodgers debut.

The only other free agent to find a new home for more than the $1 minimum is Mets pitcher Seth Lugo, who went to Doug Dennis of BaseballHQ for $9. Up and down to Triple-A this season as a reliever, the 26-year-old was moved into the rotation due to Steven Matz’ sore shoulder and has pitched well in two starts. Against playoff contenders St. Louis and San Francisco, Lugo allowed just three earned runs over 11 2/3 innings.

Todd's Take

In this space last week, the playing time expectation for Mitch Haniger and Patrick Kivlehan was detailed, concluding Haniger had a clearer path and thus was a better pick-up. Of course mid-week, Haniger was sent down to clear a path for A.J. Pollock because of course it's imperative the Diamondbacks continue to give playing time to Michael Bourn. Looks like Kivelhan owners could call scoreboard on me.

Except Kivlehan was also sent down, so the Padres could get a look at Alexei Ramirez in right field. Really?!?! I can see using Luis Sardinas at shortstop and think Brian made a sneaky good pick-up. But why not continue to Kivlehan a look? Jabari Blash is on the disabled list while Hunter Renfroe and Manuel Margot are likely to stay down as they're in the playoffs. is it really necessary to keep Ramirez's bat in the lineup? Oh well.

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Alex Reyes, STL RotoWire 2 MLB.com 1
Sandy Leon, BOS Baseball HQ 2  
Scott Schebler, CIN Baseball HQ 2  
Andrew Triggs, OAK Mastersball 1  
Chad Kuhl, PIT MLB.com 1  
Seth Lugo, NYM Razzball 1  


Anibal Sanchez, DET Mastersball 1
Daniel Norris, DET Razzball 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

And the 20-something point lead is down to 8.5. Ray Murphy of Baseball HQ has been charging hard, having made some clever deals and strong free agent pickups. Chances are things will get even closer. I have points to gain back, especially in strikeouts. John Lackey is due back which helps a lot. I also added Andrew Triggs and will have to sweat out his start this week at home versus Boston. I like what he's done recently and with the injuries to the Athletics rotation, Triggs should continue to hold a spot.

Todd's Take

This just in: when your commissioner sends a note to the league with a suggestion how to submit your FAAB bids, pay attention. Arghh - my intent was to pick up both Anibal Sanchez and Triggs, with preference to Sanchez. I have an open reserve spot so in order to get both, I only need to drop one. The plan was for the system to look at the Sanchez bid, and if available, give him to me without a drop. Then it was to move to the second block with just Triggs and drop Tony Zych if I have the winning bid. Well, it opted to go to the Triggs solo block and not drop Zych since I had an open spot. Then it went to Sanchez, which was an uncontested bid. But it was refused since there wasn't an associated drop. Having seen this before, LABR Head Poobah Steve Gardner told everyone to always include a drop, regardless and let the system say it's not necessary. But Bozo over here forgot and Sanchez is available.

Bottom line? Play Sanchez anywhere you can this week as he'll no doubt toss a gem.


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