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.
|Matt Belisle, MIN||SiriusXM 17||Winning Fantasy Baseball 3|
|Matthew Boyd, DET||Baseball Prospectus 4||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Marco Gonzales, SEA||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3||SiriusXM 4|
|Nicky Delmonico, CWS||Baseball HQ 2||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Chris Gimenez, MIN||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Addison Reed, BOS||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1||SiriusXM 2|
|Jake Junis, KC||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Derek Holland, CWS||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Austin Pruitt, TB||Colton & The Wolfman 1||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Drew Butera, KC||Baseball HQ 2||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Tommy Kahnle, NYY||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1||SiriusXM 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Bryan Shaw, CLE||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Luke Gregerson, HOU||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Nick Vincent, SEA||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Tyler Duffey, MIN||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Alex Wilson, DET||SiriusXM 1|
|Tommy Hunter, TB||SiriusXM 1|
|David Phelps, SEA||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Carlos Ruiz, SEA||Baseball HQ 1|
|Jim Adduci, DET||Baseball HQ 1|
|Juan Centeno, HOU||Baseball HQ 1|
|Mark Canha, OAK||Baseball HQ 1|
|Ryan Rua, TEX||Baseball HQ 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
With the trade deadline in the rear view mirror, the players, and relative caliber thereof dropped a lot as owners scrambled just to plug gaps and generate numbers at this juncture.
Ray Flowers did open deep pockets to net Matt Belisle for $17, and Mike Gianella dropped four bucks for Matthew Boyd. Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs expended three dollars on Marco Gonzales and also obtained Jake Junis for a buck, while Dave Adler nabbed Drew Butera ($2) and Nicky Delmonico ($2).
Larry Schechter rostered Addison Reed for a dollar and the remaining moves belonged to Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton who went a dollar and collect each of Chris Gimenez, Austin Pruitt, and Derek Holland.
Kind of ho hum. But necessary
Pitching is theme of this week's AL LABR moves with only two of the nine acquisitions batters. One, Chris Gimenez, is getting weak side of the platoon at bats with Jason Castro. When he plays, Gimenez is one of the few catchers to hit in the meat of the order. The problem is, he's doing nothing with the opportunity. Still, he's hit southpaws hard in the past, there's still time to add some punch at a weak position.
Does anyone know what the White Sox plan on doing with their outfield? Baseball HQ's Dave Adler hopes Nicky Delmonico plays a major part. There's an opening with Melky Cabrera traded to the Royals. Well, there's openings because no one is really likely to be part of the Pale hose fly chasers when they're ready to compete again. Centerfield was supposed to be Charlie Tilson's domain, but a spring injury ceded the gig to Jacob May. We all know how that turned out. Leury Garcia held the fort for much of the first half. Lately, it's been Adam Engel along with Garcia. Avisail Garcia was having a nice campaign before getting hurt, though he's due back soon. Rymer Liriano has been playing at Triple-A Charlotte, registering a rather meek .255/.323/.398 triple-slash considering he's 26 years old.
So, why not give Delmonico a look? A third baseman by trade, the recently turned 25-year old lefty swinger was hitting .262/.347/.421 at Charlotte, earning his promotion. Since his recall, Delmonico is 8-for-23 including a homer in Fenway Park, though he's also fanned eight times. With both Garcia's on the mend, Delmonico's 15 minutes may be over soon - or maybe not. What do the White Sox have to lose (other than games)?
|Yu Darvish, LAD||ESPN - Karabell 88||Colton & The Wolfman 87||Sandlot Shrink 62||Baseball HQ 61|
|USA TODAY Sports 44||Yakkertech 30||Derek Carty 19|
|Mastersball 15||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Jonathan Lucroy, COL||Colton & The Wolfman 62||Sandlot Shrink 62||Baseball HQ 44||USA TODAY Sports 44|
|Derek Carty 17||Mastersball 15||Lenny Melnick 3|
|Alex Avila, CHC||Sandlot Shrink 62||USA TODAY Sports 9||Lenny Melnick 2||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Brandon Kintzler, WSH||Sandlot Shrink 22||Baseball HQ 1|
|Brandon Woodruff, MIL||Baseball HQ 10|
|Hyun Soo Kim, PHI||Mastersball 10||Derek Carty 5||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Anthony Banda, ARI||Yakkertech 6||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Adam Rosales, ARI||Derek Carty 5||Sandlot Shrink 3|
|Anthony Swarzak, MIL||Mastersball 2||Baseball HQ 1||Yakkertech 1|
|Lucas Sims, ATL||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Alexi Amarista, COL||Yakkertech 1|
|Justin Wilson, CHC||Sandlot Shrink 22||Baseball HQ 1|
|Asher Wojciechowski, CIN||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Drew Steckenrider, MIA||Baseball HQ 1|
|Josh Fields, LAD||Yakkertech 1|
|Tyler Lyons, STL||Baseball HQ 1|
|Vance Worley, MIA||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
Brian Walton's Commentary
With $91 of his season-opening $100 remaining, Eric Karabell used $88 of his FAAB hammer to land this week’s biggest name traded into the Senior Circuit, new Dodgers right-handed starter Yu Darvish.
Darvish’s former batterymate in Texas, catcher Jonathan Lucroy, went to the Dodgers’ NL West rival in Colorado in another deadline deal. The team with the second-most cash, Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf, spent $62 of their remaining $87 to pick up the new Rockies backstop.
That $62 bid was one more than the total held by the third owner in the FAAB hierarchy, Doug Dennis of BaseballHQ. Dennis dropped just $10 of his cash, however, on Milwaukee right-handed pitching call-up Brandon Woodruff.
Speaking of Brandons, another one, from the Kintzler family, joined the roster of Bob Radomski for $22. The sinkerballing former Twins closer could find himself in the mix for saves with the high-flying Nationals, but with Dusty Baker’s bunch, who knows for sure?
Radomski then spent all but $2 of his remaining cash, $62, on new Cubs reserve catcher Alex Avila. One has to hope Avila can be a positive veteran presence after earlier backup Miguel Montero threw teammate Jake Arrieta under the bus and soon found himself wearing a Toronto jersey.
I really like a couple of low-price under-the-radar acquisitions of starting pitchers – Anthony Banda to Steve Moyer for $6 and Lucas Sims of Atlanta for the $1 minimum to Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs. Nice buys, guys!
My ESPN colleague Erik Karabell was in an interesting spot. As Brian points out, Erik had the most FAAB, assuring he could get the player of his choice, with the repercussion of having only three more $1 purchases at his disposal. I'm not usually in that spot, but the few times I have been, I play mind games, sort of like Vizzini in The Princess Bride.
Do I bid what I need to get my guy, or do I assume the person with the next-most FAAB bids $1 more than the third most, assuring he gets one of the top two free agents?
But what if the person with the second-most FAAB figures I'll bid just enough to beat that bid so instead, they go all in, snagging their top player despite my having more FAAB?
The answer comes down to whether the team with the second most FAAB is likely targeting the same player as you. If this is the case, you have to go all-in, which is what EK did. It's a good thing too, as Glenn and Rick also preferred the pitching boost as opposed to the upgrade at catcher.
|Amed Rosario, NYM||MLB.com 13||Baseball Prospectus 7||USA TODAY Sports 2||@TheFantasyFix 1|
|Matt Belisle, MIN||Fangraphs 3|
|Tyler White, HOU||USA TODAY Sports 3|
|Jordan Zimmermann, DET||Baseball Prospectus 2|
|James McCann, DET||Fangraphs 2||Scout Fantasy 1|
|Brandon Woodruff, MIL||Baseball HQ 2||MLB.com 2||Rotowire 1|
|Marco Gonzales, SEA||Baseball HQ 2||Rotowire 1|
|Kendall Graveman, OAK||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Matt Garza, MIL||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Jeff Hoffman, COL||Rotowire 1||@TheFantasyFix 1|
|Johan Camargo, ATL||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Asher Wojciechowski, CIN||Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1|
|Ozzie Albies, ATL||MLB.com 4||USA TODAY Sports 2||@TheFantasyFix 1|
|Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Jesse Winker, CIN||MLB.com 3|
|Sean Rodriguez, PIT||USA TODAY Sports 3|
|Edwin Jackson, WSH||@TheFantasyFix 1||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Adalberto Mejia, MIN||Rotowire 1|
|Anthony Banda, ARI||Rotowire 1|
|Anthony Swarzak, MIL||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Chase Utley, LAD||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Chris O'Grady, MIA||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Danny Santana, ATL||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Lucas Sims, ATL||Rotowire 1|
|Mike Montgomery, CHC||@TheFantasyFix 1|
|Sal Romano, CIN||Rotowire 1|
|Tucker Barnhart, CIN||Fangraphs 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
League leader Feed Zinkie's in a good spot, holding enough FAAB to make a big play for a player that could pay big dividends. There's nine teams ranging from 82 to 94 steals, with Fred being in the middle with 85. So, not only is he looking to gain points in the category, he's also protecting points from those on his heels. Rosario's forte is running, swiping 19 in 25 tries at Triple-A Las Vegas before his promotion. he was successful in his only try with the Mets.
No moves for me this week as I had Jarrett Parker and Tyler Skaggs coming off the disabled list.