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.
|Eduardo Nunez, BOS||USA TODAY Sports 83||ESPN.com 59||Colton & The Wolfman 49||SiriusXM 43|
|Baseball HQ 34||Baseball Prospectus 25||Fangraphs 19|
|Winning Fantasy Baseball 12||Colton & The Wolfman 5||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Rafael Devers, BOS||ESPN.com 59||Fangraphs 19||Baseball Prospectus 17||Colton & The Wolfman 8|
|Lucas Duda, TB||Colton & The Wolfman 49||USA TODAY Sports 81||Fangraphs 19||Baseball Prospectus 12|
|Trevor Cahill, KC||Baseball HQ 23||ESPN.com 12||Baseball Prospectus 11||Colton & The Wolfman 8|
|Winning Fantasy Baseball 3||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Jaime Garcia, MIN||ESPN.com 20||Colton & The Wolfman 49||Baseball Prospectus 7||Baseball HQ 3|
|Winning Fantasy Baseball 3||Fangraphs 1||Mastersball 1|
|NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Kaleb Cowart, LAA||Winning Fantasy Baseball 6||Colton & The Wolfman 8||Mastersball 4||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Jake Petricka, CWS||Colton & The Wolfman 1||Fangraphs 1|
|Kevan Smith, CWS||USA TODAY Sports 1||Mastersball 1|
|Omar Narvaez, CWS||Mastersball 1||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Jeremy Hellickson, BAL||Mastersball 1||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Adam Warren, NYY||Fangraphs 1|
|Tyler White, HOU||Fangraphs 1|
|Peter Bourjos, TB||Mastersball 1|
|Bartolo Colon, MIN||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Steve Cishek, TB||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Ryan Dull, OAK||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Brandon Maurer, KC||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Emilio Pagan, SEA||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Simon Castro, OAK||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Trevor Hildenberger, MIN||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
With the promise of even more inter-league trades on the horizon, AL LABR probably enjoyed its most active and competitive week with a total of 16 players changing uniforms with nine of the acquisitions being challenged within a week's worth of desirable free agents.
Leading the pack was Steve Gardner's grab of Eduardo Nunez for $83, with nine teams submitting bids ranging from $1 to $59.
Tristan Cockcroft also went to Boston, obtaining Rafael Devers for that exact sum of $59, with three failed attempts.
Furthering the fun, former Met Lucas Duda went to Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton for $49, besting four failed tries, followed price-wise by Trevor Cahill, now property of Dave Adler to the tune of $23. while another new AL starter, Jaime Garcia,($20) joined just one Tout team even if he was flipped twice in real life. Both pitchers also garnered nine competitive bids.
Angel Kaleb Cowart went to Larry Schechter for $6, besting four owners and the remaining bids were all $1 gambles.
A couple points of interest are both young White Sox catchers--Omar Navarez and Kevan Smith--found homes for the first time, the former to me, the latter to Steve Gardner, and Peter Bourjos joined my team for the third time this year, all three for a buck.
Finally, in a year of awful pitching, new American Leaguers Jeremy Hellickson and Bartolo Colon, who will give innings, both only mustered a buck bid, which in the end might prove to be overpaying.
To hoard FAAB or not to hoard FAAB, that is the question. I've been pretty adamant believing it's better to spend early and often and not worry about deadline machinations. The goings-on here support that, however, this has been such a wacky season with respect to injuries, I'm not comfortable questioning anyone's tactics. The fact remains, the league leader, Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs representing the NFBC have been liberal with their spending, either forced or voluntarily. By forced, I mean as a result of injury. League head Steve Gardner runs a tight ship, but forcing teams to spend FAAB is out of his purview.
Speaking of Steve, he's mid-pack, 12.5 points back, well within striking range of the leaders. He needs helps on the hitting side of the ledger so he's hoping the Red Sox are true to their plan of playing Nunez nearly full-time, bouncing him all over the diamond.
The current FAAB leader, Brandon Funston, is in the lower third of the league. However, Nunez's skills don't mesh with what he needs to make a move, so perhaps he's crossing his fingers a big stick comes over by Monday's 4 PM deadline.
|Harrison Bader, STL||Lenny Melnick 10||Mastersball 6||Baseball HQ 2||Derek Carty 2|
|USA TODAY Sports 2||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Brad Ziegler, MIA||Mastersball 10|
|Adam Conley, MIA||Baseball HQ 9||Sandlot Shrink 3||Mastersball 2||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Kirby Yates, SD||Lenny Melnick 3||ESPN - Karabell 2||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Travis Wood, SD||Mastersball 3||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Tyler Moore, MIA||Derek Carty 1||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Phil Maton, SD||Colton & The Wolfman 1||ESPN - Karabell 1|
|Jose Martinez, STL||Baseball HQ 1|
|Jordan Luplow, PIT||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Patrick Kivlehan, CIN||Derek Carty 1|
|Brandon Morrow, LAD||ESPN - Karabell 1|
|Dusty Coleman, SD||Mastersball 1|
|Chris Flexen, NYM||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Greg Garcia, STL||Sandlot Shrink 1|
|Anthony Swarzak, MIL||Mastersball 2|
|Rafael Montero, NYM||Baseball HQ 1|
|Dustin McGowan, MIA||Lenny Melnick 1|
|Mike Aviles, MIA||Mastersball 1|
Brian Walton's Commentary
Though there were no big trades this week that affected eligible players in NL LABR, there was still enough disabled list action to drive healthy bidding. In fact, 13 players were acquired off the waiver wire this period.
I led the way, picking up presumed new Miami closer Brad Ziegler for $10. Sadly, there were no failed bids, meaning I overspent by $9. Just to point out the differences in leagues, all it takes is one owner to drive prices high. In NL Tout, the equivalent winning bid for Ziegler was $16.70. I offered $12 equivalent there and lost out.
Prospect outfielder Harrison Bader was called up by St. Louis when Dexter Fowler went back on the disabled list. Though it is quite possible that Bader will return to Triple-A when Stephen Piscotty is activated early in the week, LABR rules allow minor leaguers to be reserved. Even if he goes down now, Bader should be back. So I bid what I thought was an aggressive $6, only to be aced out by Lenny Melnick’s $10 offer.
For $9, reborn Miami lefty Adam Conley went to Doug Dennis of Baseball HQ. After a trip to the minors to get his mechanics straightened out, Conley has strung together three strong starts for the Fish - though it should be noted that the three opponents were the Phillies, Rangers and Reds.
See, my chest-pounding is already coming back to bite me as my ESPN colleague Eric Karabell holds a narrow lead over the aforementioned Mr. Gardner while also holding the FAAB hammer on the league. To be fair, Eric may have traded for FAAB or received a rebate for injured players, but regardless, he's in a great spot knowing worst case scenario, I'll be talking about his acquisition of Jonathan Lucroy next week. Twitter is understandably excited about the move to Coors. That said, while Lucroy is making excellent contact, it's not hard contact as evidenced by his meek 22 percent hard hit rate.
|Derek Fisher, HOU||Fangraphs 14||0||0|
|Rafael Devers, BOS||MLB.com 13||Baseball HQ 5|
|Harrison Bader, STL||ESPN.com 9|
|Zach Davies, MIL||USA TODAY Sports 8||Baseball Prospectus 2||@TheFantasyFix 2||Rotowire 1|
|Blake Treinen, OAK||Fangraphs 6|
|Carlos Beltran, HOU||Fangraphs 5|
|Leury Garcia, CWS||MLB.com 4||MLB.com 6|
|Brad Ziegler, MIA||Scout Fantasy 3||USA TODAY Sports 5||MLB.com 3||@TheFantasyFix 2|
|Adam Conley, MIA||MLB.com 2||Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 2||Rotowire 1|
|Freddy Galvis, PHI||Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 2||MLB.com 1|
|Ricky Nolasco, LAA||Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 2|
|Matthew Boyd, DET||Rotowire 1||MLB.com 1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Luke Weaver, STL||Baseball HQ 1||MLB.com 1|
|Paul Blackburn, OAK||Baseball Prospectus 1||Rotowire 1|
|Adam Lind, WSH||Baseball HQ 1|
|Andrew Cashner, TEX||Rotowire 1|
|Chad Kuhl, PIT||Rotowire 1|
|Kaleb Cowart, LAA||Scout Fantasy 1|
|Ubaldo Jimenez, BAL||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Shane Greene, DET||@TheFantasyFix 4|
|Leonys Martin, SEA||Fangraphs 3|
|Kirby Yates, SD||@TheFantasyFix 2||Scout Fantasy 1|
|Miguel Gonzalez, CWS||Rotowire 1|
|Sal Romano, CIN||Rotowire 1|
|Travis Wood, SD||Rotowire 1|
|Sean Rodriguez, ATL||Baseball HQ 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
With George Springer out, Derek Fisher's been getting regular playing time, and taking advantage. I share an NFBC team with Rotowire comrade Derek Van Riper and we've been stubbornly holding onto him, hoping the Astros come to their senses and play Fisher over Nori Aoki. If he continues to produce in Springer's stead, we may get our wish. For what it's worth, we also own Springer on this team, currently fighting for a money spot.
So far so good for Red Sox phenom Rafael Devers, who needs to continue to produce or he'll lose more playing time to Eduardo Nunez. As it stands now, expect Nunez to play the hot corner whena southpaw's on the hill. Note, Devers poked one into the Monster seats over the weekend, a great sign he'll be able to take advantage of Fenway's quirks.
What a difference a year makes. The only commonality is last season and this season couldn't end fast enough. This time last year, I was watching a big lead dwindle as my ace, Clayton Kershaw was out. This time around, I just want the embarrasment to be over. There's no shame in last place - this is a tough group. But still, it's not a great feeling. I'm doing what I can to keep my roster an max strength, hopefully there's a run in here to gain some respectability.