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.
|Jared Hoying, TEX||USA TODAY Sports 7||Baseball HQ 3||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1||ESPN.com 1|
|Anthony Alford, TOR||Baseball HQ 3||ESPN.com 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Steve Cishek, SEA||Baseball Prospectus 2|
|Sam Dyson, TEX||Winning Fantasy Baseball 2||Baseball HQ 1|
|Rickie Weeks Jr., TB||Fangraphs 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Ryan Tepera, TOR||ESPN.com 1||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Jake Junis, KC||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Drew Butera, KC||SiriusXM 1|
|Mike Pelfrey, CWS||Mastersball 12|
|Alex Claudio, TEX||Mastersball 3|
|Boog Powell, SEA||USA TODAY Sports 1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Frankie Montas, OAK||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1||Mastersball 1|
|Peter Bourjos, TB||Baseball HQ 1|
|Michael Martinez, TB||Baseball HQ 1|
|Cheslor Cuthbert, KC||Fangraphs 1|
|Ehire Adrianza, MIN||Mastersball 1|
|Dixon Machado, DET||Mastersball 1|
|Nick Vincent, SEA||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Bryan Shaw, CLE||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
LABR moves were low-key moving into the holiday week, with league host Steve Gardner leading the open wallet charge with a $7 bid for the rights to Jared Hoying. Steve beat out three would-be owners, while Dave Adler, of BaseballHQ bagged Anthony Alford for the princely sum of $3, besting a pair of one-dollar shots.
The search for closers fell to the next financial strata with Larry Schechter spending two hopeful dollars on struggling Rangers closer Sam Dyson, while Mike Gianella went the same amount for former stopper Steve Cishek
At the bottom of the player chain, Tristan Cockcroft nailed Ryan Tepera, Ray Flowers got Drew Butera, Eno Sarris acquired Rickie Weeks, Jr. and the Colton/Wolf tandem picked up Jake Junis, all for a dollar.
Hoying was called up the Rangers to platoon with Delino DeShield's in center field while Carlos Gomez is on the DL with a sore hamstring for the month to six weeks. Back in 2014 and 2015 with Triple-A Round Rock, Hoying turned in a pair of 20/20 seasons, so he has power and speed. His issue is contact. If you can afford the likely dent to your average, Hoying should be in the lineup against righties for the next month-plus.
With Steve Pearce and Darrell Ceciliani on the shelf, the Jays summoned Alford, one of their top prospects. For those wondering why Dalton Pompey didn't get the call, he's on the 60-day DL with a concussion suffered in the spring. Pompey played his first rehab game early last week, which is obviously a good sign. With respect to Alford, he's a toolsy outfielder some of us saw play in the AFL, where he earned All-Star honors. The 22-year old outfielder was called up from Double-A new Hampshire where he was slashing .325/.411/.455 with nine steals in ten attempts. His visit will likely be short, but the fact the Jays promoted him suggests he's on the fast track.
|Jon Jay, CHC||Yakkertech 23||Derek Carty 1||Mastersball 1||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Eric Sogard, MIL||USA TODAY Sports 4||ESPN - Karabell 1||Mastersball 1||Derek Carty 1|
|Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Matt Albers, WSH||RotoWire - DVR 3|
|Daniel Descalso, ARI||Colton & The Wolfman 1||Derek Carty 1||Yakkertech 1|
|Rey Fuentes, ARI||Derek Carty 1||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Carlos Torres, MIL||Mastersball 1|
|Jose Torres, SD||Yakkertech 1|
|Rene Rivera, NYM||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1||USA TODAY Sports 2||Derek Carty 1|
|Brian Ellington, MIA||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|J.T. Riddle, MIA||Mastersball 1||Derek Carty 1||USA TODAY Sports 1||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Asher Wojciechowski, CIN||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Brett Eibner, LAD||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Danny Ortiz, PIT||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Jose Lobaton, WSH||Derek Carty 1|
|Chris Heisey, WSH||Yakkertech 1|
Brian Walton's Commentary
Outfielder Jon Jay had been cut loose since last week’s bidding and while the veteran is not starting every day for the Cubs, his roughly 10 at-bats per week are generally decent. With a poor position in the standings, I correctly assumed my $1 would beat the others by tiebreaker. What I did not expect, however, was a massive $23 bid by Yakkertech’s Steve Moyer. I settled for Miami fill-in shortstop J.T. Riddle for my $1, to serve as my utilityman.
Five NL LABR owners also bid for infielder Eric Sogard of the Brewers. After all, it is hard to ignore an 11-for-22 start that includes three doubles and a pair of home runs. Again, the only one willing to spend more than $1 got his man – league commissioner Steve Gardner of USA TODAY.
The only other non-$1 acquisition this period is Washington pitcher Matt Albers, who is now part of Rotowire Derek Van Riper’s roster in return for a $3 investment. Albers, an 11-year veteran, has picked up the first two saves of his career and could grab a few more as long as the Koda Glover – Shawn Kelley disabled list merry-go-round continues.
It will be interesting to see if Jay continues to secure 10 at bats a week with everyone healthy and Ian Happ still with the big club. Chances are, several players will lose a a bit of playing time including Jay, Albert Almora Jr., Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist and perhaps even Kyle Schwarber.
Remember the push for Sogard to be the face of MLB? Good times. With the Athletics last season, Sogard had knee surgery which ended up costing him the entire season. The Brewers signed him in the off-season, sending him to Triple-A Columbus where .330/.421/.516 decimals earned him a call-up with Ryan Braun out. A second baseman by trade, Sogard's continued hot hitting will keep him in the lineup a few times a week, but there won't be regular playing time unless an infielder, or Braun, get hurt.
|Ian Happ, CHC||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 22||MLB.com 22||Scout Fantasy 21||USA TODAY Sports 16|
|RotoExperts/ FNTSY 6||@TheFantasyFix 3|
|Bradley Zimmer, CLE||Fangraphs 16||MLB.com 12||Fantasy Alarm 6||USA TODAY Sports 5|
|Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 3||RotoExperts/ FNTSY 3||Scout Fantasy 3|
|Matt Adams, ATL||Baseball HQ 11||Fantasy Alarm 9||MLB.com 8||Scout Fantasy 4|
|RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1|
|Chris Taylor, LAD||USA TODAY Sports 8||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 6||Scout Fantasy 4||Yahoo Sports 3|
|Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1||Mastersball 1|
|Mike Clevinger, CLE||RotoExperts/ FNTSY 6||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 4||Scout Fantasy 1||Rotowire 1|
|Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Tony Zych, SEA||Baseball HQ 6|
|Jhoulys Chacin, SD||Fantasy Alarm 3|
|Chad Pinder, OAK||Yahoo Sports 3||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 6|
|Whit Merrifield, KC||Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 2|
|Christian Arroyo, SF||Mastersball 2|
|Jesus Aguilar, MIL||Scout Fantasy 1|
|David Phelps, MIA||Scout Fantasy 1|
|Ryan Rua, TEX||Fantasy Alarm 1|
|Chris Carter, NYY||Fangraphs 1|
|Chad Green, NYY||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1||Scout Fantasy 1|
|Jacob Turner, WSH||Rotowire 1||Scout Fantasy 1|
|German Marquez, COL||Baseball Prospectus 1||Rotowire 1||RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1||Fantasy Alarm 1|
|Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1|
|Jesus Sucre, TB||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1|
|Mark Canha, OAK||Baseball HQ 2||Scout Fantasy 1|
|Leury Garcia, CWS||Scout Fantasy 1||RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1|
|Alex Wilson, DET||Scout Fantasy 1||Fantasy Alarm 1|
|Scott Feldman, CIN||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Austin Barnes, LAD||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1|
|Josh Phegley, OAK||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1|
|Miguel Montero, CHC||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1|
|Pat Valaika, COL||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1|
|James Pazos, SEA||Fantasy Alarm 1|
|Matt Szczur, SD||Fantasy Alarm 1|
|J.T. Riddle, MIA||Mastersball 1|
|Ryan Madson, OAK||RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1|
|Adalberto Mejia, MIN||Rotowire 1|
|Jose Urena, MIA||Rotowire 1|
|Jacob Barnes, MIL||Scout Fantasy 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
Quiet week for Team Todd as I'm still scrapping until more of the M*A*S*H unite returns. J.D. Martinez has been a welcome addition; I can only hope Josh Donaldson hits the ground running in like manner when he's ready to play. My only move was replacing the feckless Alcides Escobar, who was subbing for Asdrubal Cabrera who was subbing for Marcus Semien. The power newly acquired Christian Arroyo displayed when he was first called up wasn't going to persist, but I still like his plate skills and expect he takes advantage of AT&T's generous power alleys as the spring turns to summer.
I'm fascinated by the thinking displayed by my opponents. Look at the top three acquisitions this week. We have a couple of high-profile prospects leading the pack, followed by a recently-traded first baseman looking at playing versus right-handers for the next two to three months. Ray Murphy bagged Matt "Big City" Adams for 11 units. Ray needs to replace Freddie Freeman so Adams is a logical target, but the co-GM of BaseballHQ has the flexibility to work in an outfielder too. Yet, Ray didn't even place a bid on Happ or Zimmer. While I can't cyber-speak for Ray, the logical reason is he's more interested in the floor Adams provides with almost regular at bats as opposed to speculating if Happ or Zimmer remain productive at the major league level. Everyone else either didn't bid on Adams or bid more on the two prospect fly chasers. Keep in mind Adams has outfield eligibility, so that isn't an issue. The Jason Collette/Paul Sporer tag-team and Mike Podhorzer likely preferred the upside offered by Happ and Zimmer, respectively.
Neither line of thinking is right or wrong. it's all contextual. Not only is it fun to try to decipher why moves are made, sometimes it provides a snapshot of the direction their team is headed. Often, this can be used in trade talks.