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.
|JaCoby Jones, DET||Baseball Prospectus 2||ESPN.com 1|
|Mitch Garver, MIN||Baseball Prospectus 2|
|Tyler Clippard, HOU||SiriusXM 2|
|Ezequiel Carrera, TOR||Baseball HQ 1||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Ehire Adrianza, MIN||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Dillon Gee, MIN||SiriusXM 2|
|Steve Cishek, TB||SiriusXM 2|
|Tyler Duffey, MIN||SiriusXM 2|
|Cheslor Cuthbert, KC||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Dominic Leone, TOR||SiriusXM 1|
|J.D. Davis, HOU||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Kyle Gibson, MIN||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Ryan Rua, TEX||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Sergio Romo, TB||SiriusXM 1|
|Simon Castro, OAK||SiriusXM 1|
|Tommy Hunter, TB||SiriusXM 1|
|Tony Barnette, TEX||SiriusXM 1|
|Troy Scribner, LAA||SiriusXM 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
It was indeed a quiet AL LABR week of transactions with just five names finding homes, all for $2 or under.
Mike Gianella added JaCoby Jones and Mitch Garver for two bucks each, along with Ehire Adrianza for a buck. Ray Flowers took a save flier on Tyler Clippard, also for $2 while Dave Adler finished moves with Ezequiel Carrera for a buck.
I do have to wonder why no bids for third sacker Yandy Diaz or reliever Zac Reininger were generated, though in my case the combination of open slots and available bucks made acquisition impossible.
We're at the point of the season where prospects have either been called up or will be held down until rosters expand later this week. Keep in mind call-ups for prospects on teams in minor league playoffs may be delayed a week or two as some clubs like getting their players playoff experience regardless of the level.
JaCoby Jones was demoted earlier in the week, but was brought back before the mandatory ten-day stay in the minors expired using the injury exception as Victor Martinez was put on the disabled list with an irregular heartbeat. At one point, Jones was considered a toolsy outfielder, but he's yet to translate athleticism to baseball skills. The Tigers are playing out the string so Jones may get some playing time down the stretch, but the "auditioning for next season" narrative doesn't apply, at least I don't think so. That ship has sailed.
|Hyun Soo Kim, PHI||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
Brian Walton's Commentary
Two NL LABR owners have spent their entire annual stipend of FAAB, shutting them out of additional purchases, but nine of the other 10, including me, sat out of this week’s bidding.
What resulted has to be a record. A grand total of one free agent was purchased in the league this week – and he went for the minimum $1 price. Recently, Hyun-Soo Kim has been seeing a bit more playing time in his new home, Philadelphia. The Korean import outfielder moved from Baltimore and changed leagues last month.
I am embarrassed to admit that I spent $10 on Kim just after the trade, hoping for good things. But with Adrian Gonzalez ready to come off the disabled list last week, I tossed Kim overboard. His new owners are Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius of NFBC/STATS.
No, I didn't mess up the tables, there was only one move in NL LABR. I think we can give Brian the night off here. Keep in mind, as Lawr referenced above, LABR uses the old school rule where you can't reserve an active player originally purchased in the auction. If you want to replace him, you need to release him. This helps explain the dearth of moves, as no one was available better, for the rest of the season, than those already on a roster.
Despite being a lefty swinger, Kim's been unable to find much time in the Phillies outfield, especially with Rhys Hoskins on an absolute tear. Hoskins and Nick Williams are going to play nearly every day, but neither can really play center field. Williams dabbled there, but the Phils have been using Pedro Florimon in center lately, which speaks more towards wanting to keep Williams in a corner spot than anything else. Still, at bats are at bats and Kim is playing enough to contribute in deep formats. A team like Philadelphia can be dangerous down the stretch as they're playing loose, with nothing on the line.
|Mark Leiter, PHI||USA TODAY Sports 3||MLB.com 1|
|John Hicks, DET||Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 2|
|Doug Fister, BOS||Baseball HQ 1|
|Miguel Gonzalez, CWS||MLB.com 1|
|Dominic Smith, NYM||Scout Fantasy 1|
|Kelby Tomlinson, SF||Scout Fantasy 1|
|Blake Parker, LAA||Fangraphs 1|
|James Shields, CWS||MLB.com 1|
|Jake McGee, COL||Fangraphs 1|
|Dillon Gee, MIN||MLB.com 1|
|Sal Romano, CIN||MLB.com 1|
|Yandy Diaz, CLE||Scout Fantasy 1|
|Yolmer Sanchez, CWS||Scout Fantasy 1|
|Tommy La Stella, CHC||Scout Fantasy 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
Leiter appears to have a rotation spot down the stretch after his impressive scorless seven-inning outing against the Marlins last time out. Anyone keeping Giancarlo Stanton in the yard lately deserves a tip of the cap.
What's going on with Doug Fister? Early in the week, he allowed a leadoff home to Francisco Lindor, then threw a "no-hitter" the rest of the way in a complete game, 9-1 win over the Indians. Then, on Sunday, Fister gave up a pair of first inning tallies to the Orioles, then shut them out for the next six frames. Unfortunately for him, the Red Sox could only muster one score in a 2-1 loss. Fister fanned 13 to only four walks in those 16 stanzas, so it was more than just some batted ball luck. Still, a two-game sample doesn't erase a career of mediocrity. Fister draws the Yankees in the Bronx later this week.
Nothing to report om team first-to-last this week. I'm beginning to reflect on what happened this season and while injuries played a huge part in the struggles, I would have struggled to compete with the pitching staff I assembled, even if Madison Bumgarner didn't go on his ill-fated joy ride. Julio Teheran was the biggest fails, with Jerad Eickhoff close behind. I'd include Zach Davies, but he vultured a bunch of wins early and has been nails over the second half.