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.
|Brandon Maurer, KC||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7|
|Teoscar Hernandez, TOR||Baseball Prospectus 2||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Andrew Moore, SEA||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2|
|Scott Alexander, KC||USA TODAY Sports 2|
|Darwin Barney, TOR||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Richard Urena, TOR||Baseball Prospectus 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
With just a few weeks left to the season, moves in AL LABR were scant with just five buys on six bids.
Leading the pack was Clay Link who nabbed Brandon Maurer for $7 hoping for a couple of saves. Mike Gianella picked up Teoscar Hernandez for a couple of bucks, and Steve Gardner paid the same amount for Scott Alexander.
That left the remaining acquisition at the hands of Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius who bagged pitcher Andrew Moore,for $2 and infielder Darwin Barney for a dollar.
In three appearances since being activated off the disabled for a forearm strain, Kelvin Herrera has been terrible, allowing seven runs (five earned) with six hits, four walks and just one strikeout in 1 2/3 innings. He obviously isn't right. For the rest of this season, Herrera won't be closing as that will fall to Brandon Maurer, Scott Alexander and Mike Minor with Maurer already snagging two helpers. The conundrum will be where to rank Herrera for early drafts. I'll be drafting my first NFBC team with my Rotowire Podcast partner Derek Van Riper starting the last weekend of the season. It would be nice to see Herrera have a couple of clean innings with good velocity before the 2017 campaign comes to a close, but if he doesn't, he needs to be downgraded until we get more reports or even see him in the spring.
|Juan Nicasio, STL||Yakkertech 21||ESPN - Karabell 2|
|Phillip Ervin, CIN||Colton & The Wolfman 11||USA TODAY Sports 6|
|Dillon Peters, MIA||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1||0|
|Amir Garrett, CIN||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1||0|
|Luiz Gohara, ATL||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1||0|
|Steven Brault, PIT||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
Brian Walton's Commentary
Just as in AL LABR, there were only five acquisitions this week, with only a pair generating more than the minimum bid.
The St. Louis Cardinals made a September-only move this past week, acquiring reliever Juan Nicasio from Philadelphia. Though the former Pirates hurler will not be eligible for the post-season, the Cardinals have a late-innings need right now. With a wild card still possible, St. Louis are giving Nicasio meaningful work, as he recorded two saves over the weekend. Steve Moyer of Yakkertech made the winning $21 bid.
Outfield prospect Phillip Ervin of Cincinnati joined the roster of Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf for $11. Leading off with Billy Hamilton out, the 25-year old swiped three bags this past week. With the Reds assured of last place in the NL Central, they should not be rushing Hamilton back.
It's been a whirlwind September for Nicasio as he's is on his third team in the last two weeks. He was placed on waivers by Pittsburgh late August, then claimed by Philadelphia who agreed to pick up the remaining $600,000 on his 2017 contract. Late last week, the Phillies dealt Nicasio to St. Louis for infielder Eliezer Alvarez. The hefty contract was no doubt the reason for picking up extra frequent flyer miles as he boasts an impressive 2.69 ERA and 1.07 WHIP with 63 whiffs in 63 2/3 innings.
|Phillip Ervin, CIN||Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 6||MLB.com 1|
|Ben Lively, PHI||Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 4|
|Brandon Maurer, KC||Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 2|
|Dillon Peters, MIA||Baseball Prospectus 2||Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 3||MLB.com 1|
|Brent Suter, MIL||Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 2||Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 3|
|Joe Biagini, TOR||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Jose Reyes, NYM||MLB.com 1|
|Jose Martinez, STL||Baseball Prospectus 1||MLB.com 1|
|Jorge Alfaro, PHI||Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1|
|Juan Lagares, NYM||MLB.com 1|
|Tyler Glasnow, PIT||MLB.com 1|
|Teoscar Hernandez, TOR||Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 3|
|Brett Anderson, TOR||Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1|
|David Robertson, NYY||Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1||MLB.com 1|
|Kurt Suzuki, ATL||Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1|
|Rene Rivera, CHC||Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1|
|Scott Alexander, KC||Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1|
|Alex Presley, DET||MLB.com 1|
|Archie Bradley, ARI||MLB.com 1|
|Harrison Bader, STL||MLB.com 1|
|Jordan Luplow, PIT||MLB.com 1|
|Matt Albers, WSH||MLB.com 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
This period was all about Rudy Gamble and Fred Zinkie, with Mike Gianella crashing the party. Mike Podhorzer has a comfortable 12-point lead, though being in his position this time last year, nothing feels comfortable. There a heated battle for second, which does mean a lot, between Fred, Jake Ciely and Rudy. That said, trust me, all three are doing the category math in an effort to make Podz sweat a bit.
Ervin and Maurer were addressed earlier. The next several highest bids went to a starting pitchers. Lively has tossed four quality starts in his last six outing. He has a tasty matchup with Oakland at home lined up this week. Dillon Peters is looking at a two-start week, beginning in Philly before entertaining the Brewers, hopefully in Miami, next weekend. Brent Suter was removed from the Brewers rotation, but with the unfortunate season-ending injury to Jimmy Nelson, he's been reinserted for Milwaukee's wild-card push.