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.
|Garrett Cooper, NYY||Fangraphs 6|
|Zack Granite, MIN||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3||Fangraphs 3||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Adam Rosales, OAK||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Alex Claudio, TEX||ESPN.com 1|
|Darwin Barney, TOR||Baseball Prospectus 1||Fangraphs 1|
|Ryan Goins, TOR||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Shane Peterson, TB||Fangraphs 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
Despite a short week of games, and just four acquisitions within the league, there were still a few interesting moves in AL LABR.
The big potential buy was new Yankees first sacker Garrett Cooper, nabbed by Eno Sarris for six bucks in a buy that could indeed add ten homers between now and season's end.
Then leader's Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius dropped three bucks on the Twins Zack Granite, besting a dollar bid while Mike Gianella picked up the final hitter of the week in Adam Rosales, also for a dollar.
The only arm to find new home was Alex Claudio moving to team Cockcroft for a dollar.
It'll be interesting to see if Garrett Cooper plays regularly or if he settles into the soft side of a platoon with Ji-Man Choi. The Yankees faced three southpaws in their weekend series with Boston, with Cooper getting those starts. Choi was in the lineup versus Rick Porcello. Cooper's first half at Colorado Springs should be taken in context as he's 26 at Triple-A, playing at altitude.
Zack Granite, straight out of the Flintstones, will get an extended look with Byron Buxton on the shelf. Granite has decent on base skills and can grab a bag or two.
|Jose Quintana, CHC||Yahoo - DDD 109||ESPN - Karabell 92||Colton & The Wolfman 72||Sandlot Shrink 71|
|Baseball HQ 66||Mastersball 40||Yakkertech 28|
|RotoWire - DVR 19||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 11||USA TODAY Sports 10|
|Carlos Asuaje, SD||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2|
|Brett Phillips, MIL||RotoWire - DVR 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Luis Garcia, PHI||Yakkertech 1|
|Josh Fields, LAD||Yakkertech 1|
|Kyle Crick, SF||Yakkertech 1|
Brian Walton's Commentary
With the only really interesting free agent in NL LABR following this short week being new Cubs left-hander Jose Quintana, let’s focus right there. With the second-most FAAB at $109, Dalton Del Don got his man. “Only” 10 of the league’s 12 owners placed offers.
Sitting in the worst possible place, in the dead middle, with the 8th-most and 8th-least FAAB, I was discouraged, but still placed a bid on Quintana. Lightning did not strike, however.
A by-product of his winning offer will be costly for Del Don, however. Currently in last place, 10 ½ points out of 11th, Del Don has lost his ability to add any further free agents to plug gaps for the entire remainder of the season. This is due to LABR’s $1 minimum bid rule.
Well, that wouldn’t necessarily be true. If one of his drafted players is injured for the season, he could cash him in, which is how he got over the $100 starting point in the first place. However, it is too late for Del Don. One LABR-unique rule is that no FAAB rebates are offered after the All-Star break.
Further, FAAB cannot be traded in LABR, leaving him in a tough spot with no way to replenish his free agent kitty. But he does own Quintana, so there’s that.
With Quintana coming over to the NL earlier than the trade deadline, a trend I sense will continue, some have to make tough decisions. Do I bid on Quintana even if I don't need a pitcher? What is someone better comes over? There's no correct answer; it's contextual. In most scenarios, I believe in the bird-in-hand philosophy. That is, if I needed pitching, I wouldn't get greedy hoping for Justin Verlander or Sonny Gray to cross leagues. First off, are they really better? Take the pitcher and enjoy the extra starts. If I needed a hitter, I can see passing on Quintana, unless trading is still allowed. Here the decision is tricky - wait for a hitter or deal Quintana for a hitter.
|Zack Granite, MIN||Baseball HQ 3||0||0||0|
|Jose Reyes, NYM||Yahoo Sports 2|
|Joe Musgrove, HOU||Baseball HQ 2|
|Luis Cessa, NYY||Rotowire 1|
|Parker Bridwell, LAA||Mastersball 1|
|Alex Claudio, TEX||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|T.J. Rivera, NYM||Yahoo Sports 1|
|Zach Davies, MIL||@TheFantasyFix 1||Mastersball 1||Rotowire 1||0|
|Ricky Nolasco, LAA||@TheFantasyFix 1||Mastersball 1|
|Chris O'Grady, MIA||@TheFantasyFix 1|
|Clayton Richard, SD||@TheFantasyFix 1|
|Chad Kuhl, PIT||@TheFantasyFix 1|
|Trevor Hildenberger, MIN||Mastersball 1|
|David Phelps, MIA||Mastersball 1|
|Jacob Barnes, MIL||Mastersball 1|
|Mychal Givens, BAL||Rotowire 1|
|Paul Blackburn, OAK||Rotowire 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
The Derek Holland experience is coming to a close so it was time to grab another arm. I thought about Musgrove, as I'm still a believer, but there's talk he'll head to the bullpen when Collin McHugh and Dallas Keuchel return to the rotation. Parker Bridwell was my top choice, though he has a potentially tough draw with Boston this week, albeit in run-suppressing Angels Stadium.
I loathe being in this spot. Yeah, I'm still wallowing in last and getting some trade offers. Even though many of the offers are from others in the lower portion of the standings fighting for points, I've always been uncomfortable trading just to move up a few spots. I know it's important, if only for the practice of managing categories and scraping out max points, but it just doesn't feel right. I don't mind when others do it. Last season I was on the other side of the equation, with teams chasing me down, some via trade. So long as the deal was good for both teams, I wasn't bothered, even if one of the parties was out of the running. I don't know, maybe I'll think on it a little more. That said, I won't make a deal with one of the top teams. Moving up a couple spots isn't worth influencing the race, at least that's my feeling in redraft leagues. I could be wrong, wouldn't be the first time.