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Wednesday 22nd Nov 2017

LABRLOGO

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
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    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
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

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
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      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
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

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
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      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
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. 

 

toutwarslogo new

Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars and LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids.

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.

There are five Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League, 15-team Mixed Draft League and a brand new 12-team Mixed Auction Head to head format. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average with the Head to Head league also using other unique categories. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR was posted earlier.

lucas duda

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
LDuda, TB Mike Podhorzer 559 Patrick Davitt 558 Jeff Erickson 481 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 386
    Rob Leibowitz 375 Lawr Michaels 275 Jason Collette 122
    Seth Trachtman 85    
ENunez, Bos Patrick Davitt 558 Mike Podhorzer 483 Jeff Erickson 481 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 386
    Jason Collette 122 Seth Trachtman 87  
TCahill, KC Jeff Erickson 223 Mike Podhorzer 212 Rob Leibowitz 177 Nando DiFino 145
    Jason Collette 122 Steve Moyer 107 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 75
    Larry Schechter 34 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2  
JGarcia, Min Mike Podhorzer 212 Jeff Erickson 223 Rob Leibowitz 137 Jason Collette 122
    Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 75 Steve Moyer 57 Larry Schechter 33
    Nando DiFino 25 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2  
KCowart, LAA Nando DiFino 171 Mike Podhorzer 54 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 51 Larry Schechter 35
BColon, Min Nando DiFino 56      
BTreinen, Oak Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 51 Mike Podhorzer 17 Lawr Michaels 5 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2
TBarnette, Tex Jason Collette 22      
PBourjos, TB Lawr Michaels 4 Jeff Erickson 3    
EAdrianza, Min Lawr Michaels 4      
JPetricka, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 11    
AHeaney, LAA Seth Trachtman 0      
         
         

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
SCishek, TB Jason Collette 12                                                                           
AEngel, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 11      
WGarcia, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1      

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Compared to AL LABR, where 16 players found new teams with 11 contested bids, the week's Tout moves were somewhat low-key in comparison. However, that does not mean that some serious change wasn't expended upon several of the desirable newcomers to the American League.

League leader Mike Podhorzer has played the FAAB line perfectly, augmenting his already powerful squad with the addition of Lucas Duda for $559. then dropping another $212 on new Yankee-former Twin Jaime Garcia. That means the first place squad spent sharply spent $771 of his FAAB budget on one day, arguably sealing the fate of his team and the league for the year.

Interestingly, the second highest priced free agent, Eduardo Nunez, went to Patrick Davitt for just a buck less than the cost of Duda. Trevor Cahill generated a $223 price tag from Jeff Erickson while Nando diFino dropped $171 on new Angel third sacker Kaleb Cowart. Nando also gambled $56 on Bartolo Colon, hoping there is still a little more petrol in the tank.

Team Wolf/Colton expended $56 on Blake Treinen hoping to scrounge some saves while Jason Collette, hoping to catch Podhorzer, acquired Rangers reliever Tony Burnette for $22.

Todd's Take

 In the LABR report, I mentioned my philosophy is spending FAAB in only leagues, though everything is obviously contextual. The LABR AL leader had spend FAAB liberally while the NL LABR leader used it to fortify their squad with a top crossover acquisition.

In AL Tout, league leader Mike Podhorzer also held the FAAB hammer, but a ton of FAAB, allowing acquisition of his choice with plenty left over for another significant reinforcement. Mike didn't so much hoard FAAB as spend wisely, along with receiving a couple of moderate rebates for injured players. Lesson learned - more than one way to skin a cat, do what's dictated by your team's plight and hope one of your $2 bids turns into Jacob Faria.

brad ziegler

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
BZiegler, Mia Grey Albright 167 Brian Walton 120 Mike Gianella 13 Phil Hertz 13
    Tristan H. Cockcroft 11 Lenny Melnick 10  
CFlexen, NYM Grey Albright 81      
AConley, Mia Andy Behrens 71 Steve Gardner 33 Phil Hertz 13 Mike Gianella 4
    Scott Wilderman 2    
JLuplow, Pit Grey Albright 41 Steve Gardner 0    
BStewart, LAD Derek Carty 30 Steve Gardner 5 Phil Hertz 0  
DColeman, SD Andy Behrens 22 Steve Gardner 0 Derek Carty 0 Scott Wilderman 0
ASwarzak, Mil Brian Walton 20 Scott Wilderman 7 Mike Gianella 0  
JAlbMartinez, StL Steve Gardner 14 Andy Behrens 2    
PMaton, SD Phil Hertz 6 Grey Albright 11 Mike Gianella 0  
JTherrien, Phi Lenny Melnick 5      
JThompson, Phi Tristan H. Cockcroft 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1    
MGomez, SF Brian Walton 2      
TMoore, Mia Derek Carty 0 Grey Albright 41 Steve Gardner 8 Scott Wilderman 0
KTomlinson, SF Craig Mish 0 Steve Gardner 0    
JBarrett, Ari Scott Wilderman 0 Phil Hertz 0    
AAlcantara, Cin Craig Mish 0      
LAvilan, LAD Scott Wilderman 0      
MBowman, StL Mike Gianella 0      
CRusin, Col Mike Gianella 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
CMoncrief, SF Andy Behrens 1                                                                           
LAdams, Atl Grey Albright 1      
LGarcia, Phi Grey Albright 1      
PKivlehan, Cin Grey Albright 1      
RStripling, LAD Grey Albright 1      
CGillaspie, SF Grey Albright 1      
JTazawa, Mia Grey Albright 1      
KCrick, SF Mike Gianella 0      
KSiegrist, StL Mike Gianella 0      
HRobles, NYM Phil Hertz 0      
MAviles, Mia Derek Carty 0      
MDunn, Col Mike Gianella 0      

Brian Walton's Commentary

Despite Brad Ziegler’s bad back and a terrible 6.52 ERA and 1.828 WHIP this season, I was willing to chase his potential saves in Miami - to the point I held my nose and bid $120. My restrained league peers all stayed below $13 – with one exception. League leader Grey Albright pushed $167 to the center of the table and won. I hope it works out for him. I really do.

Albright did not hold the FAAB hammer, so he clearly was not waiting for the trade deadline to pass. He also placed the second-largest winning free agent bid this week, adding Mets starting pitcher Chris Flexen for $81. Having lost Robbie Ray due to his concussion suffered Friday night, Albright flexed his FAAB muscle. (I had to say it!)

Grey wasn’t done, also dropping $41 on Pirates fill in outfielder Jordan Luplow. The rookie looks to be an interim add while Gregory Polanco is out, but what if Andrew McCutchen is traded? Not a bad gamble, from my vantage point.

A top-dollar free agent this week who did NOT go to Albright is a retread – or should I say reborn? Adam Conley is back with the Marlins after a banishment to the minors and through three starts, looks like a new man, with a 1.74 ERA and 15 Ks in 20 2/3 innings. Andy Behrens paid $71 to find out if the lefty can keep it up.

Todd's Take

League leader Grey Albright isn't sitting on his 17-point cushion. As Brian mentioned, he's taking on some sketchy ratios, trying to pick up saves. Currently, Grey is nine saves ahead of the adjacent team below him, eight behind the team in front of him, lagging 11 from two more teams, so there's points to be had.

The area of concern is ratios, furthered by Chris Flexen's date in Coors Field this week. Grey's excelling in ratios, but there's several teams on his tail. Will be interesting to see how this plays out.

phil maton

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
PMaton, SD Brent Hershey 89 Scott Swanay 24    
SGreene, Det Tim Heaney 86 Jeff Zimmerman 46 Scott Swanay 38 Scott Engel 11
WFlores, NYM Tim Heaney 76 Ron Shandler 37 Derek Van Riper 10  
CCapps, SD Tim Heaney 56      
LMartin, Sea Tim Heaney 46      
AFrazier, Pit Jeff Zimmerman 42      
NPivetta, Phi Brent Hershey 38      
AConley, Mia Tim Heaney 36 Scott Engel 9 Fred Zinkie 7 Ray Flowers 3
BTreinen, Oak Jeff Zimmerman 32 Brent Hershey 18    
KYates, SD Scott Swanay 28 Jeff Zimmerman 23 Ray Flowers 19 Tim Heaney 11
    Scott Engel 9 Al Melchior 4  
TKahnle, NYY Zach Steinhorn 28      
CRupp, Phi Ron Shandler 27      
PBridwell, LAA Ron Shandler 21 Ray Flowers 19 Tim Heaney 11 Scott Engel 11
    Fred Zinkie 7    
HBader, StL Brent Hershey 12 Derek Van Riper 0    
MBoyd, Det Al Melchior 10 Tim Heaney 11    
DDescalso, Ari Scott Swanay 7      
SRodriguez, Atl Fred Zinkie 7 Scott Swanay 0    
LWeaver, StL Fred Zinkie 7      
CEdwards, ChC Scott Swanay 2      
MChapman, Oak Ron Shandler 1 Tim Heaney 46    
ZGranite, Min Scott Engel 0      
SSmith, Bal Derek Van Riper 0      
AJackson, Cle Al Melchior 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
BZiegler, Mia Tim Heaney 56 Al Melchior 2                           
DomSmith, NYM Tim Heaney 46      
ERamirez, Sea Ron Shandler 18 Tim Heaney 11 Brent Hershey 11  
DDietrich, Mia Tim Heaney 16      
RNolasco, LAA Tim Heaney 11 Brent Hershey 2    
BGoodwin, Was Brent Hershey 11      
DPhelps, Sea Tim Heaney 11      
JMarisnick, Hou Brent Hershey 11      
JNicasio, Pit Tim Heaney 11      
MRojas, Mia Scott Swanay 7      
KCowart, LAA Tim Heaney 6 Al Melchior 0    
ASenzatela, Col Brent Hershey 3      
LSims, Atl Al Melchior 2      
APruitt, TB Al Melchior 1      
KSuzuki, Atl Ron Shandler 1      
TWood, SD Al Melchior 1      
RTorreyes, NYY Scott Swanay 0 Fred Zinkie 0    
AHanson, CWS Al Melchior 0      
BMaxwell, Oak Al Melchior 0      
EEscobar, Min Scott Swanay 0      
EPagan, Sea Al Melchior 0      
GGarcia, StL Scott Swanay 0      
JCamargo, Atl Fred Zinkie 0      
JIglesias, Det Fred Zinkie 0      
PBlackburn, Oak Ron Shandler 0      
TMcFarland, Ari Ron Shandler 0      
YGomes, Cle Al Melchior 0      

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Who would've thought that the Brandon Maurer trade would have such a profound impact on this week's FAAB bidding? Brad Hand is currently handling ninth inning duties for San Diego but he too could be wearing a different uniform at 4 PM ET today. So, the duo of Phil Maton and Kirby Yates fetched a combined 117 FAAB bucks. Meanwhile, Carter Capps, who hasn't even thrown a big league pitch since 2015 but could soon make his long awaited return from Tommy John surgery, received a $56 winning bid. Shane Greene sports a 2.74 ERA with better than a strikeout per inning through 50 appearances for the Tigers and is considered the favorite to fill Detroit's ninth inning void following the trade of Justin Wilson to the Cubs. He might prove to be the best relief pitcher investment of the week.

The good news about punting saves is that you don't have to deal with this stuff. The bad news is that it's much harder to win a league. But, it did feel good to skip over the saves speculation and instead grab Tommy Kahnle, who will help to further stabilize my ERA and WHIP, which are in the process of being stabilized but still have a ways to go.

Todd's Take

Curiously, with all the closer speculation, Brad Ziegler wasn't picked up.

I'm also a little surprised Dominic Smith only drew one contingency bid, from Rotowire colleague Tim Heaney. Smith is rumored to be summoned and the Mets have a series in Coors Field to open the week. Further, the Mets Triple-A affiliate is the Las Vegas 51s, so Smith shouldn't be that far away.

ketel marte

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
LBrinson, Mil D.J. Short 85 Adam Ronis 43 Tim McLeod 38 Greg Ambrosius 37
    Charlie Wiegert 14 Perry Van Hook 11 Scott White 0
KMarte, Ari Tim McLeod 53      
PBridwell, LAA Tim McLeod 48 Perry Van Hook 31 Greg Ambrosius 1  
DFisher, Hou Adam Ronis 43 Charlie Wiegert 14 Perry Van Hook 4 Corey Parson 3
    Greg Ambrosius 1 Scott White 0  
BMoss, KC Charlie Wiegert 37 Ray Murphy 2    
BZiegler, Mia Corey Parson 36 Adam Ronis 43 Scott White 12 Perry Van Hook 11
MMahtook, Det Charlie Wiegert 36 Tim McLeod 17 Perry Van Hook 4  
RChirinos, Tex Ray Murphy 35      
HBader, StL Perry Van Hook 31      
SRodriguez, Atl Ray Murphy 26 Greg Ambrosius 2    
AConley, Mia Rudy Gamble 16 Tim McLeod 17 Perry Van Hook 4 Greg Ambrosius 1
KYates, SD Scott White 15 Perry Van Hook 2    
TWilliams, Pit Rudy Gamble 13 Rudy Gamble 11    
HBailey, Cin Jeff Boggis 12      
MJoyce, Oak Jeff Boggis 12      
LMartin, Sea Tim McLeod 11 Charlie Wiegert 15 Greg Ambrosius 6  
CAnderson, Mil Scott White 10      
ZGranite, Min Greg Ambrosius 7 Charlie Wiegert 14    
WDifo, Was Corey Parson 3      
YPetit, LAA Perry Van Hook 2      
JIglesias, Det Anthony Perri 1      
LSims, Atl Greg Ambrosius 1      
ERamirez, Sea Greg Ambrosius 1      
MBoyd, Det Greg Ambrosius 1      
DMcGowan, Mia Perry Van Hook 1      
BTreinen, Oak Scott White 0 Corey Parson 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
JEickhoff, Phi Rudy Gamble 26 Corey Parson 11 Tim McLeod 3                         
MDavidson, CWS Charlie Wiegert 22      
LWeaver, StL Corey Parson 12 Tim McLeod 9    
KCowart, LAA Perry Van Hook 11      
GHeredia, Sea Ray Murphy 8      
AHanson, CWS Tim McLeod 5      
AEngel, CWS Ray Murphy 3      
JCamargo, Atl Corey Parson 2      
BRevere, LAA Tim McLeod 1      
JJimenez, Det Greg Ambrosius 1      
AHeaney, LAA Greg Ambrosius 0      
JBrugman, Oak Greg Ambrosius 0      

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Very spirited bidding Sunday by 13 of the 15 teams in the league with some new MLB players drawing healthy interest.

High bid of the night was $85 for Brewers CF Lewis Brinson, the only bid from D.J. Short, currently in 3rd place but over twenty points behind the leader. Former Mastersball favorite Ketel Marte who was traded from the Mariners to the Diamondbacks and has emerged from the minor leagues may have even more playing time with the injury to Chris Owings and fully reward the $58 bid from Tim McLeod. McLeod also was the high bidder for Angel rookie pitcher Parker Bridwell with a $48 bid.

Two other rookie fly chasers, Derek Fisher ($43) and Harrison Bader ($31) were rostered by Adam Ronis and myself, respectively.

And of course this league like all others continues to look for more saves, so with A.J. Ramos traded by the Marlins who will close for them? Corey Parson won the Brad Ziegler derby at $36. Failing to land Ziegler or Padre Kirby Yates (currently the understudy to Brad's Hand), I settled for the long shot in the Marlins' pen, rostering Dustin McGowan for a buck.

I also got my third choice in the starting pitcher queue having not bid enough for Bridwell or Adam Conley and won Yusmeiro Petit for $2, hoping the Angels give him at least one more start (or he is traded to a team looking for rotation help).

The trade deadline Monday may nominate a fresh set of players for next weeks' bidding.

Todd's Take

Quick note on Marte, he'll be away from the Dbacks for a few days, as there was a death in his family. Arizona picked up Adam Rosales but still expect Marte to see increased playing time when he returns.

An under-the-radar name to monitor is Joe Jimenez, a contingency choice of Greg Ambrosius. Jimenez is entrusted with the sometimes dreaded closer-in-waiting label in Detroit. He was recently promoted to Triple-A and could see some action in the bigs before too long.

lewis brinson

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
LBrinson, Mil Stephania Bell 102                                                    
TRosenthal, StL Vlad Sedler 29      
BGamel, Sea Dr. Roto 18 Peter Kreutzer 10    
KCowart, LAA Dr. Roto 15      
ERosario, Min Peter Kreutzer 11      
JBonifacio, KC Peter Kreutzer 9      
ACabrera, NYM Clay Link 6      
YPetit, LAA Peter Kreutzer 6      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
HBader, StL Stephania Bell 65                                                                           
BTreinen, Oak Vlad Sedler 17      
SGreene, Det Vlad Sedler 17      
TClippard, CWS Vlad Sedler 9      
DSpan, SF Peter Kreutzer 8      
GoHernandez, SF Peter Kreutzer 8      
AFrazier, Pit Peter Kreutzer 6      
BMiller, TB Clay Link 5      
JSmith, Tor Peter Kreutzer 4      
DLamet, SD Vlad Sedler 3      
KMarte, Ari Clay Link 3      
BParker, LAA Peter Kreutzer 1      
JEickhoff, Phi Peter Kreutzer 1      
MAlbers, Was Peter Kreutzer 0      
TomHunter, TB Peter Kreutzer 0      


Todd's Take

While anything can happen in a head-to-head format with so many points in play each week, Vlad Sedler currently leads the pack at 64-26, 10 games ahead of Andrea Lamont. Peter Kreutzer is four games behind Andrea, currently leading a tightly bunched group for the show position.

Managing categories to squeeze out points in standard rotisserie is obviously paramount. However, we're at the point of the season where you can look at your remaining schedule in head to head leagues to see if there's a way to reshape your club to compete with maximum efficiency against the clubs still left to play.

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Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars and LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids.

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.

There are five Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League, 15-team Mixed Draft League and a brand new 12-team Mixed Auction Head to head format. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average with the Head to Head league also using other unique categories. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR was posted earlier.

bruce rondon

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
TClippard, CWS Jason Collette 262 Patrick Davitt 199 Rob Leibowitz 81 Larry Schechter 63
    Nando DiFino 40 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 36 Seth Trachtman 18
BRondon, Det Patrick Davitt 99 Jason Collette 26 Seth Trachtman 4  
DPhelps, Sea Jason Collette 54 Nando DiFino 11 Jeff Erickson 5 Seth Trachtman 1
CMoran, Hou Patrick Davitt 39      
DRobinson, Tex Jason Collette 24      
ChSmith, Oak Larry Schechter 16 Jeff Erickson 1    
MGonzales, Sea Jeff Erickson 15 Seth Trachtman 1    
TWade, NYY Seth Trachtman 15 Steve Moyer 0    
DMarrero, Bos Jeff Erickson 11      
JLeclerc, Tex Nando DiFino 11 Jason Collette 13    
LGregerson, Hou Patrick Davitt 9      
PBridwell, LAA Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 8 Larry Schechter 15 Seth Trachtman 1  
ARomine, NYY Patrick Davitt 1      
AWarren, NYY Seth Trachtman 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
PBourjos, TB Patrick Davitt 39                                                                           
BTreinen, Oak Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 8      
TWhite, Hou Jason Collette 6      
DMachado, Det Jason Collette 6      
CPennington, LAA Seth Trachtman 5      
BBurns, KC Patrick Davitt 4      
JPhegley, Oak Patrick Davitt 1      
CValdez, Tor Jeff Erickson 1      
DButera, KC Patrick Davitt 0      
EAdrianza, Min Seth Trachtman 0      
EGonzalez, Cle Seth Trachtman 0      
SCishek, Sea Patrick Davitt 0      

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

It's the hunt for saves everywhere as Tyler Clippard, who managed a 16% FAAB outlay in LABR took a relatively large jump in Tout Wars with Jason Collette jumping that number to 23.6% ($236) in an effort to keep pace with league leader Mike Podhorzer. In fact, in an effort to keep a strong pen, Collette also bagged David Robertson ($16) along with new Mariner David Phelps ($54) meaning Jason spent $306 of his FAAB budget yesterday.

Still, the most moves were made by Patrick Davitt who played musical chairs with four roster spots, acquiring Bruce Rondon ($99), Luke Gregerson ($9), Andrew Romine ($1) and finally made a tough move grabbing the promising Houston third sacker Chris Moran ($39) who unfortunately was felled by his own foul ball for an indefinite period of time.

Jeff Erickson made a pair of moves picking up Marco Gonzalez ($15) and Devin Marerro ($11), and in a week with a lot of pitching opportunities in the free agent pool, starters Parker Birdwell ($8 to Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton) and Chris Smith ($16 to Larry Schechter) look like the moves that might indeed slip through at the lowest investment cost with the highest long-term potential.

Todd's Take

Anatomy of a first-place team: league leader Mike Podhorzer has the FAAB hammer, by a healthy 278 units. In this injury-riddled season, I was curious how he's able to pull this off. Mike didn't go complete stars and scrubs, but he did invest $47 in Mike Trout. And, for a total of $50, he bought Trout and Aaron Judge. Yup, a $3 Judge.

On the pitching side, Mike took a couple risks with Felix Hernandez and David Price, for a combined $29. That's worked out, but not as well as a $2 purchase on one of my favorite guys to watch, Luis Severino. Copping Craig Kimbrel for $18 didn't hurt, nor did a $2 FAAB pickup of Jacob Faria.

Before you ask Mike for the lottery numbers, he left the March auction with Matt Duffy, Greg Bird, Nate Karns, Matt Shoemaker and Tyler Skaggs, further proof that anything can happen in this game.

This league is far from over. I'm just fascinated how many different ways there are to skin this proverbial cat and the league leader with the FAAB hammer piqued my cat-like curiosity.

jd martinez

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
JDMartinez, Ari Derek Carty 867 Scott Wilderman 867 Craig Mish 700 Steve Gardner 505
    Todd Zola 463 Andy Behrens 437 Mike Gianella 14
SDoolittle, Was Lenny Melnick 375 Scott Wilderman 375 Craig Mish 174 Brian Walton 150
    Derek Carty 117 Mike Gianella 14  
ASenzatela, Col Andy Behrens 251 Scott Wilderman 15    
RMadson, Was Steve Gardner 237 Scott Wilderman 175 Brian Walton 100 Derek Carty 31
    Mike Gianella 14    
BPhillips, Mil Todd Zola 113 Scott Wilderman 31 Derek Carty 31 Craig Mish 14
HeSanchez, SD Phil Hertz 27 Scott Wilderman 27    
DNava, Phi Grey Albright 3 Todd Zola 43 Scott Wilderman 3  
COGrady, Mia Mike Gianella 1      
ACordoba, SD Todd Zola 0 Scott Wilderman 0    
AWojciechowski, Cin Scott Wilderman 0      
MRojas, Mia Mike Gianella 0 Scott Wilderman 0    
MMoroff, Pit Derek Carty 0 Scott Wilderman 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
CKelly, StL Scott Wilderman 12                                                                           
AAlcantara, Cin Scott Wilderman 0      
FCordero, SD Todd Zola 0      
PKivlehan, Cin Todd Zola 0      
PMaton, SD Mike Gianella 0      
TKelly, Phi Todd Zola 0      
VCaratini, ChC Scott Wilderman 0      

Brian Walton's Commentary

As I also mentioned in the LABR report, FAAB leader Derek Carty would have burned his cash last week on Jose Quintana, had he remembered to bid. Instead, he was the recipient of new Diamondbacks outfielder J.D. Martinez this week, a player that Carty felt better fit his team’s needs, anyway. Carty’s $867 bid topped the owner with the second-most money, Tristan H. Cockcroft.

Having too little FAAB to compete for Quintana or Martinez, I decided to try to slip in and grab Washington’s new closer. But, who is it? Is it lefty Sean Doolittle, righty Ryan Madson or someone the Nats have yet to acquire?

Given that uncertainty, I did not go all-in on either, and as a result, got neither. I am not sure I am upset, though. It took $612 to land the duo, with Doolittle drawing $375 and Madson $237.

But who will get the saves? Looking at owner bidding behavior, we are unsure. One owner bid the same on both relievers. Another bid on Doolittle only. Another three (including me) offered more for Doolittle. Another bid more on Madson. It is worth noting that this latter owner is Steve Gardner, who lives in the DC area.

Another big-money free agent this week is starter Antonio Senzatela, acquired by Andy Behrens for $251. The Rockies starter had been released by league leader Grey Albright three weeks ago. Since then, the 22-year old has allowed five earned runs in six innings. The only other offer for his services was for just $15.

Todd's Take

What's worse than spending a big chunk of FAAB on an unopposed Brett Phillips when you mean to spend it on Jose Pirela, then drop Phillips a couple weeks later? How about dropping another 131 units on the same Phillips when 31 would have sufficed.

At least this time, I meant to click on Phillips as he's reportedly going to be given a decent look, even though the Brewers are still hanging around for a playoff berth. Keon Broxton was sent to the minors, paving the way for Phillips to see near-regular playing time. As is the case with a lot of prospects, his ability to put bat to ball will be the determining factor whether he makes it. In his first stint with the Brewers, Phillips fanned nine times in 16 trips to the dish. After being recently recalled, he's whiffed just five times in 18 plate appearances, but let's wait for a few (hundred) more precincts to be counted. But, when you're in my desperate stead, without a chance to get a better crossover player, these are the chances necessary to take.

rafael devers

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
RDevers, Bos Ray Flowers 201 Fred Zinkie 150 Tim Heaney 77 Derek Van Riper 77
0 0 Scott Swanay 34 Al Melchior 8  
ZDavies, Mil Jeff Zimmerman 57 Ray Flowers 34 0  
JHeyward, ChC Derek Van Riper 37 Ray Flowers 34 Scott Pianowski 11  
BRevere, LAA Zach Steinhorn 36      
TClippard, CWS Scott Swanay 35      
ASwarzak, CWS Scott Swanay 35 Jeff Zimmerman 12 Scott Engel 0 Fred Zinkie 0
NSyndergaard, NYM Fred Zinkie 20      
JHammel, KC Ray Flowers 19 Scott Pianowski 5    
ChSmith, Oak Derek Van Riper 15      
AMeyer, LAA Fred Zinkie 15 Derek Van Riper 15 Fred Zinkie 10 Al Melchior 7
    Scott Engel 3    
TBarnhart, Cin Jeff Zimmerman 12      
KBarraclough, Mia Jeff Zimmerman 12 Scott Engel 7 Al Melchior 7  
BPhillips, Mil Al Melchior 8      
WDifo, Was Bret Sayre 6      
RMontero, NYM Al Melchior 6      
JBlash, SD Scott Pianowski 5 Ray Flowers 31 Scott Engel 1  
HeSanchez, SD Scott Pianowski 3      
MMahtook, Det Scott Engel 2 Ray Flowers 11    
BRondon, Det Al Melchior 2      
CAsuaje, SD Fred Zinkie 0      
JHoffman, Col Fred Zinkie 0 Fred Zinkie 10    
AWilson, Det Scott Engel 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
SLeon, Bos Jeff Zimmerman 15                                                    
AFrazier, Pit Ray Flowers 11 Derek Van Riper 1                           
APresley, Det Ray Flowers 11                             
BMoss, KC Ray Flowers 11                             
BTreinen, Oak Jeff Zimmerman 10                             
CRupp, Phi Jeff Zimmerman 10                             
PBridwell, LAA Ray Flowers 4 Fred Zinkie 0                           
TWilliams, Pit Ray Flowers 4 Fred Zinkie 0                           
AEllis, Mia Jeff Zimmerman 2                             
ONarvaez, CWS Jeff Zimmerman 2                             
SRomano, Cin Al Melchior 1                             
ASanchez, Det Fred Zinkie 0                             
BBoxberger, TB Fred Zinkie 0                             
BCecil, StL Jeff Zimmerman 0                             
DBarnes, Tor Fred Zinkie 0                             
TomHunter, TB Fred Zinkie 0                             
TRogers, Min Fred Zinkie 0                             

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

As it turned out, Rafael Devers' stay in Triple-A lasted less than two weeks. The Red Sox, in dire need of an upgrade at third base, have turned to their own top prospect to address the issue rather than giving up a valuable asset in a trade. In 86 games between Double-A and Triple-A this season, Devers batted .311 with 20 homers, 60 RBI, 54 runs scored and a .377 OBP, and the hope is that he can perform well enough to serve as Boston's everyday third baseman going forward. Ray Flowers' hope is that his 201 FAAB dollars will not go to waste on a guy who struggles mightily and gets sent back down to the Minors, a scenario which I think is unlikely.

How far has Jason Heyward fallen? Far enough to land him on the waiver wire in a deep mixed league. But, he's batting .313 with one home run, nine RBI, eight runs scored and a steal in 14 games since returning from the DL, so grabbing the fallen star for the modest cost of 37 FAAB bucks could prove to be a wise move by Derek Van Riper.

One particularly interesting acquisition was Fred Zinkie's purchase of Noah Syndergaard, who was recently released in exchange for a large ($290) FAAB redemption. Syndergaard has begun a throwing program, so there's growing optimism that he will indeed return this season. However, being that they are out of postseason contention, the Mets will be careful not to rush him back. The bottom line here is that Zinkie was willing to make a one-week sacrifice of a starting roster slot with the potential reward being a few starts from Thor in September.

Delino DeShields has done a nice job for me as my fifth outfielder, but he's hardly playing these days. Since DeShields has been one of my main stolen base sources, this is a problem. Ben Revere has been playing fairly regularly of late, and he's pretty good at stealing bases. Hopefully, the lineup switch from DeShields to Revere will net me a few extra steals, at least in the short term.

Todd's Take

To embellish Zach's note on Devers, the Red Sox plan on platooning Devers with Deven Marrero with the lefty-swinging Devers being on the strong side of the time share. Devers will hit at the bottom of the order and it wouldn't be surprising if Marrero came in late for defensive purposes.

Is this still mixed league worthy? Maybe, in today's injury-riddled climate. Just realize we're not looking at a full time player. I expect Devers to receive about 60 to 65 percent of the playing time at the hot corner. Considering he'll be in the lower third of the order, that's about 160 plate appearances. 

tyler clippard

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
TClippard, CWS Anthony Perri 154 Scott White 10   0
RDevers, Bos Scott White 85      
GParra, Col D.J. Short 85 Adam Ronis 47 Anthony Perri 34 Perry Van Hook 23
    David Gonos 21    
SGreene, Det Tim McLeod 59 Scott White 0    
MGonzalez, CWS Perry Van Hook 23      
TBarnhart, Cin Adam Ronis 2      
BStewart, LAD Greg Ambrosius 2      
JMcCann, Det Corey Parson 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
PBridwell, LAA Tim McLeod 9                                                                           
JBandy, Mil Adam Ronis 0      

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

The high bid for the night was $154 by Anthony Perri hoping that Tyler Clippard is in line for some saves for the White Sox.

Back from the DL and playing well despite a crowded outfield in Coors, Gerardo Parra drew several bids with D.J. Short winning at $85.

The best two start pitcher I could find for next week was Miguel Gonzalez who is inconsistent to say the least but desperate teams will try anything so put $23 and rostered him. The Cubs and Indians can be beat so hopefully he isn't facing Kluber in his second start.

Todd's Take

Note, Parra missed the last two games with a bruised calf. The Rockies don't feel it's serious. Also note, the club just wrapped up a week-long home stand and is now slated for a road series in St. Louis then DC.

On the surface, it looks like a quiet week in the Draft league, especially compared to the Auction. However, nine owners placed bids, which is a god number.

nick castellanos

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
RDevers, Bos Jake Ciely 178                                                    
NCastellanos, Det Andrea LaMont 77      
AMeyer, LAA Peter Kreutzer 67 Dr. Roto 20    
HRyu, LAD Peter Kreutzer 54      
NWilliams, Phi Dr. Roto 47      
BPhillips, Atl Howard Bender 46      
MBoyd, Det Stephania Bell 25      
CSpangenberg, SD Dr. Roto 22      
MFiers, Hou Vlad Sedler 15      
AKnapp, Phi Jake Ciely 13      
PCorbin, Ari Jake Ciely 9      
ASwarzak, CWS Andrea LaMont 3      
CGreen, NYY Andrea LaMont 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
JCotton, Oak Peter Kreutzer 52                                                                           
FGalvis, Phi Howard Bender 36      
RMontero, NYM Peter Kreutzer 34      
JGarcia, Atl Peter Kreutzer 32      
ACabrera, NYM Howard Bender 26      
KBarraclough, Mia Stephania Bell 20      

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

The big bid in Tout this week was Jake Ciely's claim of Rafael Devers, the uber-prospect who is the new third baseman for the Red Sox. Another third baseman, the Tigers Nick Castellanos, caught the attention of Andrea LaMont. After a slow start to the season Castellanos has been hitting better of late. He's not a huge OBP guy. LaMont also picked of backup closer in Chicagoland, White Sox version, Anthony Swarzak, for a song. He's on the trading block, however, but all he needs is for Tyler Clippard to fail and to not be traded this week to have real value.

Two interesting pick ups are Nick Williams, young and raking right now, but with an apparent hole in his wing waiting to be discovered, and inveterate veteran Brandon Phillips, who is often hurt but often gets healthy and has been productive for years. Williams goes to Dr. Roto, Phillips to Howard Bender.

What about me? I had Clayton Kershaw and Steven Strasburg get hurt on Sunday, with no real medical information about their conditions at bid time. So I replaced them both. It looks like Strasburg may avoid the DL, so I reactivated him, but Kershaw is out for 4-6 weeks. I bought Alex Meyer and Hyun-Jin Ryu to replace them. They were two of the highest K-rate starters out there, but losing Kershaw changes everything.

Todd's Take

While it bugs me Castellanos changed from Nick to Nicholas, messing up some v-lookups (there are times ID numbers can't be used, especially pulling from DFS player lists), he's been an interesting case study with the new Stacast data. Everyone looks at his league-leading exit velocity and cries bad luck with hit rate. Keep in mind, launch angle is the second part of that equation and many of Castellanos well hit balls hit the ground. teams can defense him well and throw him out. That said, more hard hit balls grounder should get through, not to mention Castellanos can adjust and elevate more batted balls. That's what's happening lately. In fact, he's one of my favorite targets, along with Jonathan Schoop, in keeper leagues.

 

LABRLOGO

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
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
    ESPN.com 10    
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
    Fangraphs 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      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
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.

Todd's Take

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

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
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      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
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.

Todd's Take

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 

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
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      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
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.

Todd's Take

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.

LABRLOGO

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.

tyler clippard

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Tyler Clippard, CWS Fangraphs 16 Rotowire 7    
Ryan Goins, TOR Winning Fantasy Baseball 2                                                    
Blake Treinen, OAK Rotowire 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Caleb Joseph, BAL SiriusXM 2      
Caleb Smith, NYY Mastersball 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Giovanny Urshela, CLE Fangraphs 1 ESPN.com 1    
Adam Engel, CWS Baseball Prospectus 1      
Chris Smith, OAK Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Dan Jennings, CWS NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Darwin Barney, TOR Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Kyle Gibson, MIN Colton & The Wolfman 1                                                                           
Omar Narvaez, CWS SiriusXM 1      
Dixon Machado, DET Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      
Josh Rutledge, BOS Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

In the season of chasing saves, the trend continues with Eno Sarris hoping to bag the White Sox saves, investing $16 on Tyler Clippard, besting bids of $3 and $7.

And, though that is where the expensive purchases ended, Clay Link gambled a couple of bucks on Blake Treinen hoping for some Oakland closure. Elsewhere, Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius spent a buck on Dan Jennings, while in an odd case of role reversal, the New York tandem of Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf acquired Oakland hurler Chris Smith for a buck, while Bay Area resident, yours truly, got the Yankees Caleb Smith for the same price. And, in a perfect name game pairing, another Caleb, that would be Joseph, was a smart pick-up for Ray Flowers for just a buck.

Hitting in the waiver pool is thin, but Ryan Goins still generated a couple of bucks worth of FAAB to Larry Schechter who paired the Jay up with his Toronto teammate Darwin Barney. The final hitters in roster flux were Adam Engel to Mike Gianella for a dollar and Giovany Urshela, also to Mr. Sarris, also for a buck.

Todd's Take

Sorry, I couldn't track down a picture of Clippard in his new threads, and unlike that dude who wakes up Bryce Harper in his hotel room "perfectly coiffed", and then takes a selfie with him in the on-deck circle, I don't have all-access.

Everyone things saves are a crap shoot to project. There's significant variance, but there are some guidelines to help ballpark a logical amount. Saves correlate to wins - the more wins, the more saves. Further, on average, 52 percent of wins are saved, at least for the past five seasons. This year, only 47 percent of wins are saved, but that's a story for another day.

The White Sox are pacing for 65 wins, meaning they're due another 25 victories. With their deals, they'll likely win fewer, but let's be generous and stick with 25.

The percent of wins that are saved correlates with ERA -- the lower the ERA, the more wins are saved. This correlation is greater than run differential. Runs scored and percent of wins that are saved don't correlate.

The White Sox are mid-park in terms of team ERA. That will likely slide. Let's say they'll be right around this season's average of 47 percent. That's 11 or 12 more team saves (they only have 13 now). Someone is likely to vulture one or two, so my projection for Clippard is nine or 10 more saves. 

Overall, MLB is pacing to have 120 fewer saves than last season. This leads to more bunching in your fantasy league standings. It all depends where you're situated, but with bunched stats, there's more room to move. That is, nine saves could result in more points than previous seasons if you're in the right spot in the standings.

jd martinez

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
J.D. Martinez, ARI Derek Carty 93 ESPN - Karabell 92 Sandlot Shrink 72  
    Baseball HQ 66 RotoWire - DVR 18  
    NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9    
Ryan Madson, WSH USA TODAY Sports 21 Baseball HQ 16 RotoWire - DVR 1  
Sean Doolittle, WSH RotoWire - DVR 18 USA TODAY Sports 16 Mastersball 15  
    Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Sean Rodriguez, ATL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9 Derek Carty 1    
Allen Cordoba, SD Colton & The Wolfman 1 Derek Carty 1    
Hector Sanchez, SD Derek Carty 1      
Cameron Perkins, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1                             

Brian Walton's Commentary

As I wrote about last week, FAAB leader Derek Carty missed out on Jose Quintana because he forgot to bid, but he told me he preferred offense, anyway. With outfielder J.D. Martinez’ arrival in the desert of Arizona the big inter-league move this week, Carty was poised to pounce, and did, spending $93 to get his man.

The other interesting trade of the week brought relievers Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle to Washington. However, the closing situation remains unclear to say the least.

In favor of Madson: Nats president Mike Rizzo said Madson was his acquisition target and Doolittle was added during the discussion. Doolittle pitched Sunday in a non-save situation. Madson is right-handed.

In favor of Doolittle: The lefty received the first two save opportunities after the trade, with Madson pitching the eighth.

In favor of both: The Nats are one of the best teams in the NL, with ample save opportunities.

In favor of neither: The Nats are rumored to still be looking at other closers. With one of the poorer pens in the game, adding three relievers is not out of the question.

Unlike Tout, where the two went for a total of $61 in equivalent FAAB, here in LABR, they sold for a total of “just” $39. Also unlike Tout, Madson went for the higher amount, $21, to $18 for Doolittle. Steve Gardner snared Madson while Derek Van Riper added Doolittle.

Todd's Take

Apparently, Martinez is more photogenic than Clippard as there are several shots of him wearling his new colors.

I had to make a decision in the NFBC NL only league. I'm currently in second, around five points out of the lead. My hitting is better than my pitching, despite owning Clayton Kershaw. Obviously, I'm concerned about his back issue.

I have the sixth most FAAB left, so unless there's a bunch of deals, I'm not getting anyone of significant consequence. I could use help in saves, so I opted to go hard after Doolittle, not spending all my FAAB, leaving a little over 100 units of a 1000 budget so I can still grab emergency replacements. I won the bid, so now I'm hoping Brian's second outcome is prescient. Dusty Baker seems to be the kind of guy that wants one guy - Doolittle was handed the ball for the first two chances. We not only have to read numbers, we have to read tea leaves. We'll see what happens.

kyle barraclough

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Kyle Barraclough, MIA ESPN.com 4 Fangraphs 3 Scout Fantasy 2                         
Jerad Eickhoff, PHI Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 4 @TheFantasyFix 3 MLB.com 2  
Brett Phillips, MIL ESPN.com 3      
Jabari Blash, SD Fangraphs 3      
Tyler Clippard, CWS @TheFantasyFix 3 Scout Fantasy 3    
Anthony Swarzak, CWS Fangraphs 3 @TheFantasyFix 1    
Jose Leclerc, TEX Rotowire 3      
Ben Revere, LAA Baseball HQ 2      
Miguel Rojas, MIA ESPN.com 2      
Carlos Asuaje, SD Baseball HQ 2 Scout Fantasy 1    
Jett Bandy, MIL Fantasy Alarm 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Chad Kuhl, PIT Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 3 @TheFantasyFix 1                                                  
Matt Joyce, OAK Baseball HQ 2 Fangraphs 1    
Brandon Moss, KC Baseball HQ 2      
Tyler White, HOU Baseball HQ 2      
Andrew Knapp, PHI Fantasy Alarm 1      
Chris Herrmann, ARI Fantasy Alarm 1      
Hector Sanchez, SD Fantasy Alarm 1      
James McCann, DET Fantasy Alarm 1      
Tucker Barnhart, CIN Fantasy Alarm 1      
Zach Davies, MIL Rotowire 1      

Todd Zola's Commentary

With set up man David Phelps traded to Seattle, Kyle Barraclough's pathway to saves has one fewer roadblock. For the season. the right-hander is having an off year. he's fanning a hitter an inning, but that's well below his career norm. It would be one thing if the drop in punch outs came with fewer walks, but alas, it doesn't. Barraclough's issued 30 free passes in 45 1/3rd innings.

Next up is Jerad Eickhoff, a personal favorite entering the season whose been a big disappointment over the first half. He's showing signs of life in the second half so maybe Eickhoff can give Rudy Gamble a boost. I'm rooting for him, since I own him (Eickhoff, not Rudy) in just about every other league.

Brett Phillips is an interesting pick-up for Stephania Bell as the Brewers outfielder is in line for an extended look with Keon Broxton recently demoted.

Todd's Take

Not much toi say about Team Todd. I'm still grinding, making moves, keeping my active roster as strong as possible. I'm also still in the basement. What a difference a year makes.

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