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.
|Anibal Sanchez, DET||Fangraphs 6||Colton & The Wolfman 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2|
|Andrew Moore, SEA||Winning Fantasy Baseball 6||Fangraphs 3||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3|
|Miguel Montero, TOR||ESPN.com 5|
|Ji-Man Choi, NYY||Baseball Prospectus 2||Fangraphs 1||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Bruce Rondon, DET||Fangraphs 2||Fangraphs 1|
|Drew Robinson, TEX||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2|
|Neftali Feliz, KC||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Tzu-Wei Lin, BOS||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1||SiriusXM 1||Fangraphs 1|
|Zack Granite, MIN||Baseball Prospectus 2|
|Taylor Rogers, MIN||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Luke Gregerson, HOU||Baseball Prospectus 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
As we relax a bit with the All Star Break, a quiet day of transactions found their way into AL LABR, with as usual pitching dominating the wire as four of the eight acquisitions were indeed hurlers.
Larry Schechter spent a massive $6 on Andrew Moore, besting a pair of $3 bids, while Eno Sarris gambled on Anibal Sanchez, also for six bucks also beating a pair of lesser bids. Sarris also added pitcher Bruce Rondon. Schechter also added infielder Lin Tzu-Wei for a buck, with the final hurler, vet Neftali Feliz, going to Mike Gianella for a buck.
Bring on the second half and the trade deadline, no?
Wait, Anibal's good again. in the season of Russian Roulette rotations (hat tip to Lawr), a three-game stretch of a 2.95 ERA with a 0.65 WHIP with 17 K to just 1 BB in 18 1/3 innings is worthy of attention.
So is Ji-Man Choi as the Yankees have again released Chris Carter. Heading into the break, Choi was playing a lot of first base with Tyler Austin nursing a sore hamstring and Matt Holliday under the weather. With Greg Bird's return looking less likely, Choi could see the lefty at bats at first base, which is a nice spot considering the inviting short porch in right field for his home games.
|Kyle Freeland, COL||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 6||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Brent Suter, MIL||Baseball HQ 5||Mastersball 2|
|Wilmer Difo, WSH||Mastersball 3||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Jake McGee, COL||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Daniel Hudson, PIT||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Kirby Yates, SD||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Chris Heisey, WSH||Mastersball 1|
|Kelby Tomlinson, SF||Mastersball 1|
|Lane Adams, ATL||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
Brian Walton's Commentary
As injuries thinned the rotation of first-place Milwaukee, the Brewers gave Brent Suter a chance to start. After two good starts against Baltimore and the Yankees heading into the break (two earned runs in 12 1/3 innings), the 27-year old lefty was given the word that he will continue to start when play resumes. I offered $2, but was aced out by Doug Dennis of BaseballHQ at $5.
Wilmer Difo looks to be in a good position to receive regular playing time for the Nationals with Trea Turner and Michael Taylor ailing. A bonus has been his placement in the second spot in Dusty Baker’s lineup. With an open hitting spot, I snatched up the infielder for $3.
The top dollar player this week was a pitcher I owned early in the season, but dropped. Despite being owned in 76 percent of RTSports-run leagues, Colorado’s Kyle Freeland had remained on our waiver wire for weeks, primarily because LABR does not allow streaming of pitchers. As most know, the left-hander came very close to a no-hitter on Sunday, leading to a $6 winning offer from Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs. Immediately prior to that, however, Freeland gave up 14 earned runs over 17 2/3 innings with two of those three starts having been on the road. Been there, tried that, and moved on.
Embellishing a little on Suter, he came out of the bullpen for those two starts Brian referenced. Tossing at least six frames in each is noteworthy unto itself, fanning 13 with just a pair of free passes in that span is quite impressive. Beware, however, the 27-year old southpaw can barely break a pane of glass, averaging 86 mph. To his credit, he's always done a nice job keeping the ball in the yard, a metric more important than ever - ask Jason Vargas (another soft-tosser).
|Rajai Davis, OAK||@TheFantasyFix 6|
|Homer Bailey, CIN||@TheFantasyFix 1|
|Josh Hader, MIL||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Brent Suter, MIL||MLB.com 1|
|Joakim Soria, KC||Scout Fantasy 1|
|Luke Weaver, STL||Scout Fantasy 1|
|Wilmer Difo, WSH||@TheFantasyFix 1|
|Erik Gonzalez, CLE||@TheFantasyFix 1|
|Ruben Tejada, BAL||@TheFantasyFix 1|
|Jose Reyes, NYM||@TheFantasyFix 1|
|JT Riddle, MIA||@TheFantasyFix 1|
|Erick Aybar, SD||@TheFantasyFix 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
The Josh Hader and Luke Weaver bids are interesting as they're both good prospects, currently working in relief but expected to be starters down the line. LABR requires players acquired in FAAB to be active, so this is the perfect week to grab them. As a reliever, they may pitch this weekend and chances are you have hole or two in leagues counting this week as a short, three-game week. Unlike AL and NL LABR, there's free movement between active and reserve so Weaver and Hader can be reserved on Monday, if so desired, until they are put in the rotation. Doing this a full-seven game week isn't bad if you want to bench a starter with a poor matchup, but doing it this week has the added benefit of not worrying bout reserving someoene else, you likely have starter not scheduled this weekend.
Gonna be honest folks, I'm running on fumes (in Vegas for the Rotowire All-Star break retreat) so I'll put off updating you on my last-place LABR team until Monday.