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, 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|
|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.
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, 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|
|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.
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, 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|
|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.
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.