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Tuesday 23rd 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.

 austin romine



Austin Romine, NYY Baseball HQ 3 Baseball Prospectus 1  
Christian Bergman, SEA Fangraphs 3    
Chad Pinder, OAK Rotowire 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 ESPN.com 1
Omar Narvaez, CWS SiriusXM 2 Baseball HQ 1 Baseball Prospectus 1
Yandy Diaz, CLE Fangraphs 2 ESPN.com 1  
Cliff Pennington, LAA USA TODAY Sports 1 Rotowire 1  


Dillon Overton, SEA Fangraphs 3 Baseball HQ 1
Drew Butera, KC SiriusXM 1  
David Hernandez, LAA Fangraphs 1  
Heath Hembree, BOS Fangraphs 1  
James Hoyt, HOU Fangraphs 1  
Shane Greene, DET Fangraphs 1  
Kevan Smith, CWS Baseball HQ 1  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The LABR owners took Mother's Day seriously, focusing on domesticity rather than transactions, for just six players were acquired during the waiver period for a grand total of $13.

Dave Adler landed Austin Romine for $3, and Eno Sarris copped Christian Bergman, also for $3. Omar Navarez (Ray Flowers), Yandy Diaz (Sarris), and what might prove to be the best play, Chad Pinder (Clay Link), all cost two bones. Former Athletics infielder Cliff Pennington was the last name on the list, going for a buck to Steve Gardner.

Todd's Take

Slim pickings this week in the Junior Circuit, resulting in an oddity - not a single outfielder garnered a bid. Omar Narvaez drew a little interest and I think it's warranted. With Geovany Soto on the shelf, Narvaez will catch the bulk of the White Sox games. The 25-year old backstop is more of the "won't hurt you" type, but that's fine for a second receiver. Don't expect much power; Narvaez's strength is getting on base, sporting a nice contact and walk rate. Unfortunately, his teammates aren't getting on much, nor driving him home. Currently hitting just .236, Narvaez profiles closer to a .250 guy.

ian happ



Ian Happ, CHC RotoWire - DVR 23 ESPN - Karabell 5    
Pat Valaika, COL Lenny Melnick 5 RotoWire - DVR 3 USA TODAY Sports 2 Yakkertech 2
Jesus Aguilar, MIL Lenny Melnick 3 ESPN - Karabell 3 USA TODAY Sports 2  
Justin Ruggiano, SF Mastersball 3      
Jeimer Candelario, CHC RotoWire - DVR 2 USA TODAY Sports 1    
German Marquez, COL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Mastersball 2    
Brian Goodwin, WSH USA TODAY Sports 1 Mastersball 1    


Danny Santana, ATL Lenny Melnick 3 Mastersball 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Daniel Descalso, ARI Lenny Melnick 1    
Patrick Kivlehan, CIN Lenny Melnick 1    
Tyler Moore, MIA Lenny Melnick 1    
Brett Eibner, LAD Mastersball 1    
Ichiro Suzuki, MIA Mastersball 1    
Ty Kelly, PHI Mastersball 1    
Kyle Freeland, COL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    

Brian Walton's Commentary

Derek Van Riper of Rotowire made two very strong moves – perhaps more for the future than the present. He picked up a pair of top Chicago Cubs infield prospects, neither of whom is assured of immediate playing time, yet bring high potential. Second baseman Ian Happ joined his roster for $23 but a $2 offer was enough to get third baseman Jeimer Candelario.

It is important to remember that LABR rules do not allow healthy players to be reserved – unless they are sent to the minors. As long as DVR has room among the six allowable reserve spots, he can now hold onto both Cubs even if they are optioned out this time up. I would not have won Happ, but I was probably sleeping on Candelario.

A couple of old names recently called up were among the higher-priced free agent acquisitions this week. Lenny Melnick went $5 to secure Colorado infielder Pat Valaika while I spent $3 for Giants outfielder Justin Ruggiano. Valaika is seeing time at shortstop while Trevor Story is on the DL, while Ruggiano would seem to have a decent chance at some playing time - if he can perform. The alternative is to join the high roster turnover San Francisco has been dealing with this season in search of a winning formula.

Melnick also spent $3 on Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar. If he wasn’t stuck behind one of MLB’s hottest starters to the season in Eric Thames, Aguilar would have more than 55 at-bats already. Still, when called upon, the right-handed hitter has done a credible job, and this league is deep enough that the Aguilars of the NL are usually rostered.

Todd's Take

The Cubs are saying Happ's promotion was simply a matter of needing depth while Addison Russell and Kris Bryant are nicked up. The highly-regarded prospect has been playing outfield for Triple-A Iowa as that avails a quicker path for a permanent stay in the Show. In fact, he played right field twice over the weekend. Especially with Jason Heyward sidelined for at least another series, Happ may continue to stay with the big club and if he hits, who knows what will happen. Who would have believed the defending champs could use a spark at this point of the season? 

jose berrios



Jose Berrios, MIN RotoExperts/ FNTSY 54 Baseball Prospectus 24 @TheFantasyFix 17 USA TODAY Sports 15
    Scout Fantasy 11 Fantasy Alarm 6 MLB.com 6
    Fangraphs 4    
Derek Law, SF Yahoo Sports 7 Baseball Prospectus 4 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 3 Rotowire 1
Eddie Butler, CHC MLB.com 6 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 3 Baseball Prospectus 3 Scout Fantasy 2
    Rotowire 1    
Ezequiel Carrera, TOR ESPN.com 5 Rotowire 1    
Ben Gamel, SEA @TheFantasyFix 5 Rotowire 2 Yahoo Sports 1  
Chad Kuhl, PIT Baseball Prospectus 4      
Matt Albers, WSH Baseball Prospectus 4 Rotowire 1    
Tommy Pham, STL Rotowire 3      
Joakim Soria, KC USA TODAY Sports 3      
Nick Ahmed, ARI ESPN.com 3      
Brad Hand, SD @TheFantasyFix 3 Yahoo Sports 1 Baseball Prospectus 1  
Mychal Givens, BAL RotoExperts/ FNTSY 3      
Kyle Freeland, COL Baseball Prospectus 3 Rotowire 2    
Tommy Kahnle, CWS @TheFantasyFix 3 Baseball Prospectus 1    
Derek Dietrich, MIA Baseball HQ 2 Rotowire 1    
Zack Godley, ARI Fangraphs 2 Scout Fantasy 2 MLB.com 1  
Rene Rivera, NYM Rotowire 1      
Darren O'Day, BAL Rotowire 1      
Robinson Chirinos, TEX Fantasy Alarm 1 USA TODAY Sports 1    
James Hoyt, HOU Baseball Prospectus 1      
T.J. Rivera, NYM Rotowire 1 Baseball HQ 1    
Nick Hundley, SF USA TODAY Sports 1      
Caleb Joseph, BAL Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1 Fantasy Alarm 1 USA TODAY Sports 1  


Ian Happ, CHC @TheFantasyFix 5  
Ty Blach, SF Rotowire 1 MLB.com 1
Andrew Cashner, TEX Rotowire 1  
Ben Revere, LAA Rotowire 1  
Chris Carter, NYY Rotowire 1  
Chris Taylor, LAD Rotowire 1  
Erasmo Ramirez, TB Rotowire 1  
Joey Rickard, BAL Rotowire 1  
John Jaso, PIT Rotowire 1  
Jorge Bonifacio, KC Rotowire 1  
Jose Urena, MIA Rotowire 1  
Josh Tomlin, CLE Rotowire 1  
Leury Garcia, CWS Rotowire 1  
Magneuris Sierra, STL Rotowire 1  
Matt Garza, MIL Rotowire 1  
Matt Szczur, SD Rotowire 1  
Mike Clevinger, CLE Rotowire 1  
Ryan Madson, OAK Rotowire 1  
Yovani Gallardo, SEA MLB.com 1  
David Phelps, MIA Baseball Prospectus 1  
Whit Merrifield, KC Baseball HQ 1  
Miguel Montero, CHC @TheFantasyFix 1  

Todd Zola's Commentary

It may have been quiet in the AL and NL world, my Mixed brethren were busy filling in holes. Pitching was the focus as Jose Berrios was finally called up, throwing a gem Saturday in Cleveland. Berrios was crushing Triple A, sporting a 1.13 ERA and .82 WHIP with 39 punchies to just eight walks in 39 2/3 innings. He looked more comfortable that his first go-round last season. Jake Ciely is hoping Berrios is up to stay, dropping over half his 100 budget on the lefty.

Mark Melancon is supposed to be back soon, maybe even this week, but that didn't stop Scott Pianowski from investing seven units in hopes of a few saves.

Ealier, it was suggested Happ could provide a lift for the hitters. Well, Eddie Butler has also been summoned, hoping to be a shot in the arm for the Cubs rotation. Acquired from the Rockies, the former top prospect no longer racks up a ton of strikeouts, but he misses ample bats to be dangerous while keeping the ball on the ground. This is a good combination considering the Cubs excellent defenders. Also like Happ, Butler's stay in the bigs is supposed to be short as the hope is Brett Anderson will be ready to come off the DL after the minimum ten days. However, Anderson has trouble staying healthy, so even if he's send down soon, Butler will likely be back up later in the season.

Ezequiel Carrera garnered the top bid among the hitters. He's on the strong side of a platoon in left field for the Toronto Blue Jays. Thought of as a speedster, Carrera has chipped in with three homers. The Jays have seven games this week, the first six facing a right-handed starter so Carrera will see plenty of at bats.

Todd's Take

The first of my walking wounded has made it back with a bang. Unfortunately, J.D. Martinez was on my reserve this week, but at least it appears I don't have to worry about a slow start after missing spring training, all of April and early.

It looks like I'll have another DL stint to deal with as Asdrubal Cabrera has a torn ligament in his thumb. After perusing the available shortstops, I decided Jordy Mercer, on my reserve, was the best option. As you can see above, Nick Ahmed was the sole shortstop eligible hitter drawing a bid. I was hoping Chris Taylor was eligible at the spot, but alas, he is not.

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