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Sunday 17th Dec 2017

LABRLOGO

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.

 nick martinez

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Nick Martinez, TEX Rotowire 5 Colton & The Wolfman 3  
Caleb Joseph, BAL Colton & The Wolfman 2 Baseball HQ 1 Mastersball 1
Mike Minor, KC NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2    
Brad Peacock, HOU Baseball HQ 1 Rotowire 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Jorge Bonifacio, KC ESPN.com 1    
Rickie Weeks Jr., TB Fangraphs 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1  
James Pazos, SEA Rotowire 1    
Blake Parker, LAA USA TODAY Sports 1    
Willy Garcia, CWS Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Tony Zych, SEA Fangraphs 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Cheslor Cuthbert, KC Colton & The Wolfman 1 Fangraphs 1
Chris Gimenez, MIN Colton & The Wolfman 1 Mastersball 1
Juan Graterol, LAA Mastersball 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Aaron Loup, TOR Baseball HQ 1  
Nick Vincent, SEA Baseball HQ 1  
Tuffy Gosewisch, SEA Colton & The Wolfman 1  
Chad Pinder, OAK ESPN.com 1  
James Hoyt, HOU Fangraphs 1  
Matt Belisle, MIN Fangraphs 1  
Alex Claudio, TEX USA TODAY Sports 1  
Matt Barnes, BOS USA TODAY Sports 1  
Zach McAllister, CLE USA TODAY Sports 1  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

AL LABR turned into a predictable bunch of transactions destined to plug deep league holes, meaning very little money was spent on some that might help some teams.

Clay Link led the league in dollars spent, going $5 for Nick Martinez, and Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius "risked" a couple of bucks on Mike Minor while Glenn Colton and Rick Wolfe extended the same salary to Caleb Joseph.

From there seven $1 players were acquired, including scintillating names like Brad Peacock, Blake Parker, Rickie Weeks, Jr., and Jorge Bonifacio.

Pretty typical moves for a deep league this time of year. Right now, a bunch of seemingly non-consequential moves. October 1 might tell a different story, however.

Todd's Take

Need whiffs from a middle reliever? Check out Brad Peacock who's playing the Chris Devenski role when the Astros are losing, which thus far isn't very often. With 20 whiffs in 13.1 innings, the converted starter is getting it done from the 'pen. Beware, his .98 WHIP is misleading as he sports an erratic 5.4 BB/9 with a lucky .208 BABIP. 

tommy pham

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Tommy Pham, STL Baseball HQ 11 Colton & The Wolfman 11 Mastersball 7 RotoWire - DVR 7
    USA TODAY Sports 5    
Jacob Turner, WSH Lenny Melnick 6 Mastersball 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Dustin Garneau, COL Lenny Melnick 5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Jose Urena, MIA Mastersball 5 RotoWire - DVR 1    
Tyler Anderson, COL Colton & The Wolfman 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Enny Romero, WSH Baseball HQ 1 Mastersball 3 Colton & The Wolfman 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Ryan Hanigan, COL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Nick Pivetta, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
A.J. Cole, WSH NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Alexi Amarista, COL RotoWire - DVR 1 Baseball HQ 1    
Magneuris Sierra, STL Mastersball 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Rene Rivera, NYM Lenny Melnick 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Matt Albers, WSH Mastersball 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Rafael Bautista, WSH Baseball HQ 2  
Josh Fields, LAD Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Hunter Strickland, SF NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Jake McGee, COL Baseball HQ 1  
Jorge De La Rosa, ARI Baseball HQ 1  
Kevin Plawecki, NYM NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Kyle Freeland, COL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Patrick Kivlehan, CIN Baseball HQ 1  

Brian Walton's Commentary

Outfielder Tommy Pham is 29 years old, and spent all of 2016 with St. Louis without particularly distinguishing himself. This spring, he lost his job as the Cardinals’ primary reserve to unknown Jose Martinez. After a month back at Triple-A, Pham found himself back in the bigs after both Martinez and Stephen Piscotty hit the disabled list. Pham, who can play all three outfield positions, returned with a bang, including a two-home run game Sunday. I was willing to go $7, but that turned out to be third-best behind Doug Dennis of BaseballHQ’s $11, who won on the standings tiebreaker.

Not able to get Pham, I slipped a dollar bid in on a much lower-profile outfielder who joined the Cardinals on Sunday. Magneuris Sierra is a very unusual call up directly from high-A, who is very-well-liked by the organization. Whether the 21-year old is truly ready and will see enough playing time to become relevant could be another matter entirely.

The potential for former Marlin Jacob Turner to slide into the Washington rotation replacing now-minor leaguer Joe Ross was enticing for four owners. Only Lenny Melnick was willing to spend more than a dollar and got his man for $6.

Dustin Garneau could be the poster child for post-hype fatigue. Still, the catcher is receiving a couple of starts per week in Colorado while Tom Murphy remains out and is performing well. Melnick dropped $5 to find out where that takes him.

I also had a winning $5 bid, for Jose Urena. As a reliever, the Marlin’s results had not been distinguished enough to draw any attention. However, in a spot start on Sunday, the 25-year old right-hander carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning against a battered Mets lineup. Still, I am betting on the potential suggested. Looking at the next three scheduled Miami pitchers all carrying ERAs over five indicate the rotation is far from stable.

Todd's Take

Dustin Garneau, and to a lesser extent Ryan Hanigan are intriguing pick-ups this week as the Rockies will be playing at altitude all week. Tony Wolters is on the 7-day concussion DL after taking a bat to the head, leaving Garneau as the primary backstop. Note expected starter Tom Murphy's forearm is taking longer to heal than expected, meaning Garneau's roster spot is secure a little longer, even after Wolters returns.

justin wilson

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Justin Wilson, DET Fangraphs: Sleeper & Bust 13 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 8 Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 4 Scout Fantasy 4
    Rotowire 3 MLB.com 3 @TheFantasyFix 2
Marwin Gonzalez, HOU Fantasy Alarm 7 Yahoo Sports 4 Baseball HQ 4 Fangraphs: Sleeper & Bust 3
    RotoExperts/ FNTSY 3 Rotowire 3 Scout Fantasy 1
Ariel Miranda, SEA Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 5 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 3 @TheFantasyFix 2 Mastersball 2
    MLB.com 1 USA TODAY Sports 1  
Zack Cozart, CIN RotoExperts/ FNTSY 5 MLB.com 2 Yahoo Sports 1 Rotowire 1
Sandy Leon, BOS Baseball HQ 3 Baseball HQ 3 Yahoo Sports 1 Baseball Prospectus 1
A.J. Griffin, TEX Baseball Prospectus 3 USA TODAY Sports 1 MLB.com 1  
Mike Montgomery, CHC Scout Fantasy 3 Scout Fantasy 3    
Yan Gomes, CLE Baseball HQ 2 Baseball HQ 2 Baseball Prospectus 1  
Matt Cain, SF Mastersball 2 Mastersball 2    
Luis Perdomo, SD Mastersball 2 Mastersball 2 Fangraphs: Sleeper & Bust 1  
Justin Smoak, TOR Rotowire 2      
Guillermo Heredia, SEA Baseball HQ 2      
Colby Rasmus, TB Fangraphs 2      
Miguel Gonzalez, CWS Yahoo Sports 1 @TheFantasyFix 2 MLB.com 1  
Joe Biagini, TOR Scout Fantasy 1 Scout Fantasy 1 MLB.com 1  
Dustin Garneau, COL Baseball Prospectus 1      
Brad Peacock, HOU USA TODAY Sports 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Tommy Pham, STL Fangraphs 2 Scout Fantasy 1
Ben Gamel, SEA RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2 Baseball HQ 2
Scott Feldman, CIN Baseball Prospectus 2 @TheFantasyFix 2
Clayton Richard, SD @TheFantasyFix 2 @TheFantasyFix 1
Mike Clevinger, CLE Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 2  
Tyler Anderson, COL @TheFantasyFix 2  
Tommy Kahnle, CWS Scout Fantasy 1 Baseball Prospectus 1
Kyle Freeland, COL @TheFantasyFix 1  
Caleb Joseph, BAL Baseball HQ 1  
Chris Iannetta, ARI Baseball HQ 1  
Matt Garza, MIL Baseball Prospectus 1  
Jose Berrios, MIN Fangraphs: Sleeper & Bust 1  
Adam Rosales, OAK Fantasy Alarm 1  
Whit Merrifield, KC Fantasy Alarm 1  
Rafael Montero, NYM Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1  
Derek Dietrich, MIA Rotowire 1  
Enny Romero, WSH Rotowire 1  
Tim Adleman, CIN USA TODAY Sports 1  
J.J. Hoover, ARI Yahoo Sports 1  
Ryan Madson, OAK Yahoo Sports 1  

Todd Zola's Commentary

A pair of blown saves were fresh on everyone's mind, resulting in the only double-digit, courtesy of Jason Collette and Paul Sporer. The voices behind the Sleeper and Bust podcast on Fangraphs laid a baker's dozen on Justin Wilson, hoping to preempt a Francisco Rodriguez demotion. K-Rod had a rough weekend in Oakland, allowing five runs combined, costing the Tigers a pair of wins. Rodriguez's 10 K/9 is impressive, though that comes with an elevated 3.9 ERA. Some are pointing to the 5 mph delta between his not-so-fastball and change as his bugaboo, but last season's difference was just 1 mph more. The main difference between this year and last is in 2016, the veteran was a 2:1 ground ball to fly ball pitcher while thus far in 2017, that's reversed. Additionally, his HR/FB is 21 percent. More fly balls plus an elevated HR/FB is bad news for anyone, especially a closer. Wilson could be a short-term fix, but this smells like a scenario where K-Rod works in low leverage situations a couple times, regression occurs and the homers wane, at which point he'll be reinserted as closer. Long-term, Joe Jimenez looks to be the ninth-inning man.

Coming into the season, it looked like Marwin Gonzalez was the odd-man out as the loaded Astros brought in veterans Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran. Funny how these things work out as the super-utility guy has played 8 at 1B, 4 at 2B, 8 at 3B and 9 in the outfield. He's also smacked nine homers. The power will wane, but the multiple eligibility will remain, which comes in handy with so many hitters carrying the dreaded DL tag.

Todd's Take

Speaking of injuries, I finally have no more to whine about, I mean report. Wait, yes I do as Zach Britton is back on the shelf. By this time next week, I should have Josh Donaldson and J.D. Martinez back, along with C.J. Cron. With offensive support on the way, I looked to fortify a depleted staff with Matt Cain and Luis Perdomo. One replaces Britton while the other fills in for John Lackey while the Cub convalesces on my bench with a Coors start on the docket this week. I would have preferred Ariel Miranda, but being short on FAAB after dealing with the April injury onslaught, I didn't want to go over 2 FAAB units, which was obviously short of the handful Rudy Gamble dropped on the Mariner. Cain is coming off a terrible effort, but I still believe in the rejuvenation as he's relying more on a sinking two-seamer as opposed to his riding four-seamer.

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