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Saturday 16th Dec 2017


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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Wade Miley, BAL USAT Sports 1
Joey Wendle, OAK USAT Sports 1


Andrew Romine, DET USAT Sports 1
JaCoby Jones, DET USAT Sports 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Yawn Holiday weekend. Football drafts. Not quite time for a rash or prospects. Steve Gardner spent a buck on Wade Miley, and another on Joey Wendle.

That is all.

Note, Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs bagged Yoan Moncada on draft day as a reserve pick

Todd's Take

We've all know Wade Miley; who is Joey Wendle? Wendle is a 26-year old left-handed hitting second baseman expected to platoon witd Chad Pinder at second base for the Athletics. As an organization, Oakland has backed off the focus on drawing walks as neither Wendle nor Pinder excel in that area. Wendle's contact has hovered near 80 percent which is acceptable but combined with a low walk rate, will make him better for batting leagues than OBP formats. Wendle projects to teens power and speed which can play second base, even as a platoon hitter. It's doubtful he's the second baseman of the future but he could stick as a utility guy. or this year, however, he's looking at maybe 75 plate appearances down the stretch which makes him an asset in AL only and borderline in mixers.

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Stephen Cardullo, COL ESPN - Karabell 34 Baseball HQ 3 Mastersball 2
Wily Peralta, MIL Baseball HQ 3 USA TODAY Sports 1  
Destin Hood, MIA Mastersball 3    
Luis Perdomo, SD Baseball HQ 1    
Carl Edwards Jr., CHC Derek Carty 1    
David Ross, CHC Mastersball 1    
Robert Gsellman, NYM RotoExperts 1    


Luis Perdomo, SD Baseball HQ 1
Neftali Feliz, PIT Baseball HQ 1
Trevor Cahill, CHC Baseball HQ 1
Will Smith, SF Baseball HQ 1

Brian Walton's Commentary

29-year-old outfielder Stephen Cardullo burst onto the MLB scene last week for the Colorado Rockies and his arrival drew the attention of Eric Karabell. The ESPN writer paid $34, $1 more than the next-closest owner Derek Carty could spend. Cardullo could also see time at first base and earn regular playing time in September.

Wily Peralta has recently pitched like a new man, with four quality starts in his last five outings. The Brewers right-hander was scooped up by Steve Gardner of USA TODAY for just $3. That is the same price I paid for new Miami outfielder Destin Hood, who could benefit from the continued absence of Giancarlo Stanton.

Todd's Take

For as close as we all follow this game, every once in awhile we run across and name and go, "Who?" I'll cop to that earlier in the week when I saw Destin Hood's name in the lineup for the Marlins. Now 26, Hood has been toiling in the minors since 2008, spending multiple years at each level. A .267 season with 15 homers and 11 steals at Triple-A New Orleans earned the right-handed swinging outfielder a look in South Beach. With Marcel Ozuna out, Christian Yelich is the only fixture in the Fish outfield. Ichiro Suzuki and Jeff Francoeur have been sharing time with Hood and should continue to do so until Ozuna returns. Ozuna isn't expected back until the end of the week at the earliest. Ichiro is the only lefty (other than Yelich) so he'll likely continue to play against all right-handers, leaving Hood to battle Francoeur for playing time. Playing time is currency so in NL only formats, Hood is an asset. Mixed leagues should monitor the situation to see how the playing time scenario fleshes out.

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Yoan Moncada, BOS MLB.com 6 Razzball 2 USA TODAY Sports 1
Ryan Howard, PHI Razzball 1    
Luis Cessa, NYY MLB.com 1    
Derek Holland, TEX Baseball HQ 1    


A.J. Cole, WSH MLB.com 1
Jose Urena, MIA MLB.com 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Fred Zinkie reeled in the big fish, Yoan Moncada. The number one prospect of the Red Sox and one of the top prospects in all of baseball has been summoned to help fill the void at the hot corner as Travis Shaw has struggled for much of the second half. The early plan is for Moncada to platoon with Aaron Hill but we'll see how long that lasts. If he hits, expect the 21-year old phenom to grab most of the time at third base. Built like a defensive back, Moncada has blazing speed along with decent pop. His defense at third needs a lot of polishing but he was brought up for his stick, not glove. His stolen base potential alone makes him viable for all formats.

Todd's Take

He's back! Barring a setback, Clayton Kershaw returns to the majors, and my roster this week. The Mastersball entry is enjoying a 14 point lead but there were times this week it fell to single digits. This race is far from over but with the return of Kershaw, the other teams will have to close the gap as I should be able to continue to hover around 120 points. Losing Kershaw resulted in the squad totaling more hitting than pitching points though that could flip back.

It's going to be a fun - and long - four weeks.

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