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Sunday 17th Dec 2017


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



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

Todd's Take

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



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!

Todd's Take

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



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.

Todd's Take

No moves for me this week as I had Jarrett Parker and Tyler Skaggs coming off the disabled list. 


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