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Sunday 23rd Jul 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.

alec asher

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Alec Asher, BAL Mastersball 13 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1                                                  
Alex Presley, DET Baseball HQ 1                                                    
Caleb Joseph, BAL Baseball Prospectus 1                                                    
Deven Marrero, BOS Baseball Prospectus 1                                                    
Daniel Robertson, CLE Fangraphs 1                                                    
Danny Farquhar, TB NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1                                                    
Shane Greene, DET USA TODAY Sports 1                                                    
Tyler Clippard, NYY Winning Fantasy Baseball 1                                                    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
John Hicks, DET Baseball Prospectus 1                                                                           
Zach McAllister, CLE NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1                                                                           
Liam Hendriks, OAK NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1                                                                           
Chris Beck, CWS NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1                                                                           
Nick Vincent, SEA Winning Fantasy Baseball 1                                                                           
Bryan Shaw, CLE Winning Fantasy Baseball 1                                                                           

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

With Memorial Day upon us, the moves in LABR all pointed to pitching, and I led the pack with a $13 bid on Alec Asher, besting one $1 bid, meaning I could have saved $11, but who knows these things?

For now with Aaron Sanchez and AJ Griffin on the DL, and Jordan Zimmermann not worth his weight in soba noodles, Asher seemed like a good gamble.

But, as far as the $11 difference is concerned, no other player even mustered a bid of over $1.

Among the $1 arms the desperado owners sought, Shane Greene (to Steve Gardner), Tyler Clippard (to Larry Schechter), and Danny Farquhar (Greg Ambrosius/Shawn Childs) met new homes, while Alex Presley (Dave Adler), Caleb Joseph and Deven Marrero (Mike Gianella), and Daniel Robertson (Eno Sarris) fit the player position bid bill for the week.

Have a happy and safe holiday!

Todd's Take

I'm going to take the other side of Lawr's "who knows these things?" query. Obviously, no one truly KNOWS, but as I've discussed, looking at previous bids for similar players sometimes helps frame a logical amount. For example, The most recent starting pitchers acquired in AL LABR were Christian Bergman for $3 and Nick Martinez for $5. Very early in the season, Jordan Montgomery cost $9, Jesse Hahn fetched $6 while Derek Holland drew $5. It can be argued a mid-to-high single digit bid was likely to bag Asher.

That said, if you're not worried about saving budget for the trade deadline, I'm all about making sure you get the players you want previous to July 31. Hence, I have no issues with an aggressive bid. I just thought this was a good example of how it's possible to ballpark a reasonable bid.

Dinelson Lamet

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Dinelson Lamet, SD Lenny Melnick 11 Baseball HQ 6 Mastersball 3 USA TODAY Sports 2
Paul DeJong, STL ESPN - Karabell 3 Mastersball 1    
Franchy Cordero, SD ESPN - Karabell 2      
Chase d'Arnaud, SD Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 ESPN - Karabell 1  
Randall Delgado, ARI Baseball HQ 1      
Jake McGee, COL Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Andrew Chafin, ARI Baseball HQ 1      
Josh Fields, LAD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball HQ 1    
Aaron Hill, SF NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Gift Ngoepe, PIT ESPN - Karabell 1 Baseball HQ 1                                                  
Chris Rusin, COL Baseball HQ 1                                                    
Patrick Kivlehan, CIN Baseball HQ 1                                                    

Brian Walton's Commentary

Dinelson Lamet was promoted from Triple-A and made his MLB debut for the Padres against a banged-up Mets lineup at Citi Field on Thursday. The 24-year old right-hander performed admirably, allowing just five baserunners and one run with eight strikeouts over five innings. It did not appear to be a fluke, as Lamet had logged a 3.23 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 39 innings in the Pacific Coast League this season. That was good enough for Lenny Melnick, who topped five other bidders at $11. Lamet’s first game on Lenny’s roster will against be the Cubs at home on Tuesday in a potential two-start week.

Eric Karabell of ESPN dropped $3 for infielder Paul DeJong of the Cardinals, who homered in his first MLB at-bat on Sunday and could find himself in the mix for playing time given the unsettled Cardinals offense.

The only other bid over the $1 minimum this week was a $2 offer from Karabell for new Padre Franchy Cordero. With Manuel Margot on the disabled list, Cordero may receive an extended trial in the San Diego outfield.

Todd's Take

Lamet is interesting. Brian referenced his outstanding strikeout rate. On the flip side, Lamet's control needs work, as he walked 20 in those 39 frames. The 6'4", 187 pound right-hander averages 95 mph on his fastball, meaning he throws a few even harder. Considering that velocity coming from a tall and lanky frame with spotty control, I can't imagine hitters are all that comfortable the first few times they step into the box. I have a feeling I'll be deploying Lamet in a DFS lineup or two, trying to catch lightning in a bottle.

leury garcia

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Dinelson Lamet, SD Scout Fantasy 8 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 3 Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 2 USA TODAY Sports 1
Leury Garcia, CWS Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 6      
Ty Blach, SF Fantasy Alarm 2 USA TODAY Sports 1 Scout Fantasy 1  
Josh Tomlin, CLE Baseball HQ 2 MLB.com 1    
Jorge Bonifacio, KC RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2      
Miguel Montero, CHC Scout Fantasy 1      
Yovani Gallardo, SEA Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Robbie Grossman, MIN Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 5                                                                           
Martin Perez, TEX Baseball HQ 2                                                                           
Adalberto Mejia, MIN Scout Fantasy 1                                                                           
Chris Herrmann, ARI Scout Fantasy 1                                                                           
Kurt Suzuki, ATL Scout Fantasy 1                                                                           
Martin Maldonado, LAA Scout Fantasy 1                                                                           
Paul Sewald, NYM Scout Fantasy 1                                                                           
Tucker Barnhart, CIN Scout Fantasy 1                                                                           

Todd Zola's Commentary

Oh man, I really hope Howard Bender of Fantasy Alarm doesn't read this as I'm about to rave about his acquisition of Giants rookie hurler, Ty Blach. The Rotobuzzguy lives in the Bay area so he's no doubt aware Blach's tossed at least seven stanzas in five of his last six outings. Considering the average start is fewer then six innings, that's an impressive run, especially for a freshman. Blach's minuscule 3.5 K/9 suggests he'll have some not-so-impressive efforts, but with AT&T at his back, the 26-year old southpaw has a place on a mixed league roster.

Todd's Take

No moves for Team Todd this week, but I am getting a couple of injured hitters back as Josh Donaldson and Asdrubal Cabrera were both activated from the DL over the weekend. I jettisoned Chase Headley and reluctantly, C.J. Cron. Donaldson goes in for Headley while Cabrera bumps Christian Arroyo to reserve. I have a tough row to hoe, languishing in the lower third of the 15-team league. I've set the goal of moving into the middle third by the end of June, with an eye on the upper third by the All-Star break. At that point, I could get Madison Bumgarner back for the stretch. One step at a time though, time to make a move now that my hitting is mostly healthy.

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.

jorge bonifacio

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JBonifacio, KC Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 183 Jeff Erickson 57 Rob Leibowitz 44  
MKopech, CWS Chris Liss 37      
JHoying, Tex Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 30 Mike Podhorzer 12    
JPazos, Sea Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 30 Larry Schechter 13 Jason Collette 2  
DRobertson, TB Jason Collette 16 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 30 Larry Schechter 13 Nando DiFino 13
MCastro, Bal Nando DiFino 11      
CGreen, NYY Jason Collette 6      
JPhegley, Oak Jason Collette 2 Seth Trachtman 0    
AMejia, Min Jason Collette 2      
CFrazier, NYY Jeff Erickson 1      
KSmith, CWS Mike Podhorzer 0      
AAlford, Tor Rob Leibowitz 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2    
RTorreyes, NYY Larry Schechter 0      
CGimenez, Min Seth Trachtman 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

SCishek, Sea Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 30  
WGarcia, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 19  
SGreene, Det Jason Collette 2  
BWorkman, Bos Jason Collette 1  
BPowell, Sea Rob Leibowitz 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
MMahtook, Det Rob Leibowitz 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
PBourjos, TB Rob Leibowitz 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
MMartinez, TB Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0 Larry Schechter 0
DRobertson, Cle Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0  
DMachado, Det Larry Schechter 0  
EAdrianza, Min Larry Schechter 0  
DButera, KC Jason Collette 0  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The big moves in AL Tout this week started with trades. Steve Moyer is attempting to jump-start his squad by swapping Kyle Seager, Tyler Thornberg and Dan Otero to Chris Liss for Lance McCullers, Miguel Gonzalez, and Josh Rutledge.

Then Larry Schechter and I made the big gamble swap, with Larry sending me Troy Tulowitzki in exchange for current Yankees closer Dellin Betances.

Fantasy Alarm brain trust Rick Wolf and his partner Glenn Colton dug deep, going $183 for the rights to Jorge Bonifacio, then went $30 each on Jared Hoying and Seattle hurler James Pazos, meaning 25% of a budget drop on three players to ideally jump-start the Alarm team.

Chris Liss gambled $37 on White Sox prospect Michael Kopech to earn second most dollars spent while Nando DiFino put $11 on Miguel Castro ($11).

Jason Collette led the circuit with the most moves, acquiring Daniel Robertson ($16), Josh Phegley ($2) Chad Green ($6), and Adalberto Mejia ($2).

Finally, Mike Podhorzer joined a troika of owners making $0 bids, copping White Sox backstop Kevan Smith.

Todd's Take

Bonifacio isn't a top prospect, but he'll likely make a living playing major league baseball for the next decade or so. He doesn't excel at anything, but does nothing poorly. If his contact rate were higher, I'd be more optimistic. The 75 percent range is good enough to stay employed but not enough to be a regular unless it comes with more power and/or speed. That said, in a deep league, at bats are currency and Bonifacio is currently getting semi-regular playing time, on the soft side of a platoon with Brandon Moss along with occasionally spelling the struggling Alex Gordon.

 rio ruiz

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

RRuiz, Atl Derek Carty 82 Mike Gianella 34 Steve Gardner 33 Brian Walton 25
    Scott Wilderman 6    
ESogard, Mil Steve Gardner 45 Mike Gianella 36 Craig Mish 11 Brian Walton 2
    Derek Carty 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0  
RDelgado, Ari Todd Zola 17      
AAmarista, Col Mike Gianella 6 Steve Gardner 37 Brian Walton 3 Craig Mish 1
    Derek Carty 0    
LSims, Atl Brian Walton 3      
JLocke, Mia Craig Mish 1      
DLamet, SD Craig Mish 1      
BEibner, LAD Craig Mish 1 Steve Gardner 0    
CColon, Mia Mike Gianella 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

MBowman, StL Todd Zola 13  
BStassi, Phi Mike Gianella 6 Steve Gardner 0
BGoodwin, Was Steve Gardner 5 Derek Carty 0
CTorres, Mil Brian Walton 2  
MMorse, SF Steve Gardner 0  
TKelly, Phi Mike Gianella 0  
DSantana, Atl Derek Carty 0  
JLobaton, Was Derek Carty 0  
RFuentes, Ari Derek Carty 0  

Brian Walton's Commentary

I was prepared to bid $100 for Atlanta infielder Rio Ruiz – until the Braves acquired Matt Adams over the weekend to play first base in Freddie Freeman’s two-month absence. That move essentially makes the rookie the short-term fill-in for third baseman Adonis Garcia - with the latter is on track to return this week. Stashing Ruiz for later in the season would not be a bad move, but I was not willing to spend $82 like Derek Carty did. We will see who read the situation most accurately.

Veteran Eric Sogard is shaking up the shaky middle infield for the surprising first-place Milwaukee Brewers. The veteran has been red-hot, batting .450 for the week with five RBI. Steve Gardner of USA TODAY bid $45 in hopes Sogard can continue to amaze – or at least sustain healthy results.

Randall Delgado is pitcher about whom many fantasy owners once had high hopes. While that did not come to pass, the right-hander has become an effective long man and our Lord Zola dropped $17 to acquire the Arizona hurler.

Fantasy interest in Alexi Amarista was never high as the infielder slogged through five years in San Diego with an aggregate .233 batting average. Now a member of the high-flying Rockies, Amarista is contributing when called upon to the tune of a .347 mark. Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus was interested enough to drop $6 to see how long the 28-year old can sustain.

Todd's Take

I think it was two weeks ago I mentioned placing a bid on Ruiz, then still in the minors, since I was going to take a zero at the spot had I not acquired my top choice at the time, Pat Valaika. I say top, but mean only since there were no other corner infielders even eligible. I sort of wish I eschewed Valaika and went right to Ruiz, who I think will see some decent playing time, even with Matt Adams in town.

In the name of a smooth segue, at the time Valaika was filling in for the injured Trevor Story. Lately, those duties belong to Amarista, who as Brian suggests, took full advantage. However, in the name of cheesy segues, the story is about to change as the Rockies sophomore shortstop is slated to come off the DL early this week, pushing Amarista into a back-up role.

There's really nothing to read into my acquisition of Delgado other then wanting an option to use when my starters have poor matchups. Losing Madison Bumgarner and Jerad Eickhoff's woes have mitigated the ratio buffer I planned on in March.

 bradley zimmer

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

BZimmer, Cle Brent Hershey 187 Ray Flowers 187 Tim Heaney 128 Zach Steinhorn 108
    Fred Zinkie 60 Scott Swanay 48  
MAdams, Atl Gene McCaffrey 177 Derek Van Riper 77 Tim Heaney 58 Fred Zinkie 30
    Scott Swanay 18    
AGonzalez, LAD Tim Heaney 128 Ron Shandler 125 Jeff Zimmerman 67  
LChisenhall, Cle Ron Shandler 126 Scott Pianowski 113 Scott Engel 13 Scott Swanay 1
MJoyce, Oak Ron Shandler 55 Gene McCaffrey 17    
AAvila, Det Al Melchior 50 Brent Hershey 45 Scott Pianowski 37 Fred Zinkie 22
    Ron Shandler 5 Scott Swanay 1  
JChacin, SD Scott Engel 36 Ray Flowers 27    
TBauer, Cle Tim Heaney 32 Jeff Zimmerman 16 Ray Flowers 11  
TGlasnow, Pit Tim Heaney 32 Ron Shandler 27 Ray Flowers 11  
CTaylor, LAD Scott Swanay 28 Ron Shandler 35 Tim Heaney 7 Scott Pianowski 7
KFreeland, Col Ron Shandler 26 Ron Shandler 15    
ASwarzak, CWS Al Melchior 16      
JuGuerra, Mil Fred Zinkie 15 Tim Heaney 16    
YSanchez, CWS Scott Engel 14      
FRivero, Pit Tim Heaney 13 Joe Pisapia 4    
MCanha, Oak Scott Swanay 13 Scott Engel 7    
DPhelps, Mia Jeff Zimmerman 12      
CPinder, Oak Scott Pianowski 11 Scott Swanay 24 Scott Engel 9  
BMiller, TB Tim Heaney 11      
JUrena, Mia Ray Flowers 11 Scott Engel 19    
BPeacock, Hou Scott Pianowski 9      
JSoria, KC Joe Pisapia 8 Fred Zinkie 0    
MFeliz, Hou Joe Pisapia 6 Fred Zinkie 0    
ACordoba, SD Al Melchior 6      
JMauer, Min Derek Van Riper 5      
CRusin, Col Al Melchior 4      
GBlanco, Ari Scott Pianowski 3      
ONarvaez, CWS Ron Shandler 3      
AMeyer, LAA Jeff Zimmerman 1      
DHolmberg, CWS Ron Shandler 1      
RRivera, NYM Fred Zinkie 0 Ron Shandler 1    
ZMcAllister, Cle Fred Zinkie 0 Joe Pisapia 5    
JHoyt, Hou Fred Zinkie 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

AAlford, Tor Brent Hershey 121
JRiddle, Mia Gene McCaffrey 17
DEspinosa, LAA Ron Shandler 5
MDavidson, CWS Ron Shandler 5
SCishek, Sea Tim Heaney 3
TZych, Sea Tim Heaney 3
RAMondesi, KC Tim Heaney 2
LWeaver, StL Scott Swanay 2
EHernandez, LAD Scott Swanay 1
KSuzuki, Atl Ron Shandler 1
SFeldman, Cin Jeff Zimmerman 1
WHarris, Hou Fred Zinkie 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

As anticipated, Bradley Zimmer headed this week's FAAB purchase list, and for good reason. Through 33 games at Triple-A Columbus, the 24-year-old posted a .294-5-14 line with 22 runs scored and nine swipes, the kind of across-the-board production that fantasy owners crave. The concern with Zimmer is that he strikes out too much, which is true. And it's probably also true that the Indians would have ideally preferred to keep him in the Minors for at least another month but the Abraham Almonte injury forced them to make the move right now. But Zimmer is off to a fine start through five games with Cleveland, batting .267 with one homer, three RBIs, two runs scored and one steal. As long as he continues to produce, there's little reason to think that a return trip to the Minors is in his future.

With Freddie Freeman expected to miss 10-12 weeks, the Braves traded for Matt Adams over the weekend with the idea that Adams will take over as their everyday first baseman, a role that he was never able to earn while with the Cardinals thanks to his struggles against left-handed pitching. But his power potential certainly makes him someone worth owning in deeper mixed leagues, and he carried a hefty $177 FAAB price tag in this particular deep mixed league.

When Adrian Gonzalez landed on the DL, he was released by his previous owner in exchange for a FAAB redemption. Well, the Dodgers first baseman has returned and is fresh off a three-hit performance on Sunday. While Gonzalez is clearly past his prime, he still warrants a roster spot in most league formats and a starting roster spot in most deep-league formats. Great pickup by Tim Heaney.

Rotoman Peter Kreutzer, in his weekly FAAB e-mail to the league, noted that he was surprised by how much less Gonzalez went for as compared to Adams. I couldn't agree more.

Todd's Take

Oh great, now Peter's doing my job in two leagues!

FWIW, I agree, though I don't agree Adams will play against southpaws. At least not in a couple weeks when he's exposed, but we'll see. Unfortunately, it won't be Ruiz platooning as he's also a lefty swinger.

A name slipping under the radar this week is David Phelps. The Marlins hinted at a return to the rotation for the current reliever. The Fish 'pen is deep enough to absorb the loss. Phelps was placed on the bereavement list to begin the week, and isn't stretched out, but smoke usually means fire. I like Phelps as a long-term spec play and in the meantime, he can help support ratios as a reliever.

justin smoak 

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

BZimmer, Cle Tom Kessenich 351 Jeff Boggis 306 Anthony Perri 124 Adam Ronis 124
    D.J. Short 43 Corey Parson 20 Rudy Gamble 5
JSmoak, Tor Adam Ronis 124 Tim McCullough 122 D.J. Short 78 Ray Murphy 63
    Jeff Boggis 57 Corey Parson 44 Scott White 37
    Rudy Gamble 5 Charlie Wiegert 5  
AFrazier, Pit Perry Van Hook 63 D.J. Short 44 Charlie Wiegert 5 Adam Ronis 0
MAdams, Atl Ray Murphy 63 Tom Kessenich 299 D.J. Short 45 Adam Ronis 29
    Corey Parson 21 Charlie Wiegert 5  
MClevinger, Cle Jeff Boggis 62 Greg Ambrosius 33 Tim McLeod 23 Scott White 10
    D.J. Short 10 Adam Ronis 8 Ray Murphy 8
    Corey Parson 6 Charlie Wiegert 6  
LChisenhall, Cle Jeff Boggis 57 D.J. Short 42 Perry Van Hook 27 Adam Ronis 0
AMeyer, LAA David Gonos 48 Anthony Perri 12    
JChacin, SD Jeff Boggis 37 Anthony Perri 5    
DSmyly, Sea Jeff Boggis 37      
JPazos, Sea Anthony Perri 34      
GMarquez, Col David Gonos 33 Perry Van Hook 11    
BPeacock, Hou Perry Van Hook 17      
JTomlin, Cle Charlie Wiegert 17      
CBergman, Sea Jeff Boggis 12 Tim McLeod 3    
AAmarista, Col David Gonos 12      
AWilson, Det Corey Parson 11 Perry Van Hook 4    
ERamirez, TB D.J. Short 11 Tim McLeod 8 Ray Murphy 8 Greg Ambrosius 4
    Adam Ronis 2    
CGreen, NYY Tim McLeod 5      
LGarcia, CWS Corey Parson 5 Adam Ronis 16    
CArroyo, SF Anthony Perri 4      
JSucre, TB Perry Van Hook 1      
RRivera, NYM Corey Parson 1      
MFiers, Hou Ray Murphy 1      
CPinder, Oak Adam Ronis 0      
DPhelps, Mia Greg Ambrosius 0 Corey Parson 6    

UNAWARDED BIDS

ESogard, Mil Perry Van Hook 11    
JRoss, Was D.J. Short 9    
MCanha, Oak Corey Parson 5 Perry Van Hook 0 Adam Ronis 0
JJunis, KC Greg Ambrosius 2    
CHerrmann, Ari Corey Parson 1    
YSanchez, CWS Perry Van Hook 0 Adam Ronis 0  
AKnapp, Phi Perry Van Hook 0    
CVazquez, Bos Perry Van Hook 0    
DNava, Phi Perry Van Hook 0    
JJay, ChC Perry Van Hook 0    
KSuzuki, Atl Perry Van Hook 0    
MMinor, KC Greg Ambrosius 0    

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Is Bradley Zimmer the next Cody Bellinger? Tom Kessenich hopes so, grabbing Zimmer for a cool $351, just beating a $306 bid from Jeff Boggis. In order to make the high bid worth it, Zimmer needs to make better contact than he displayed in the minors.

The next highest bid was $124 from Adam Ronis to add Toronto first baseman Justin Smoak, whose power plays in any format. Note Smoak's walk rate makes him better for an OBP league like Tout Wars.

There were a group of $60+ winning bids, including $63 from yours truly for Adam Frazier. The Pirates 2B/OF picked up where he left off before a recent DL stint. Frazier gives fantasy players a little bit of power, some steals and good OBP. It behooves the Bucs to keep him in the lineup. With him, they are a .500 club - when he doesn't play they win about a third of those games. The position flexibility is a plus for weekly lineups. Joining the $60 club are Braves first baseman Matt Adams, who also went for $63 to Ray Murphy, while $62 landed Mike Clevinger for Jeff Boggis.

With Tony Wolters back, I needed another cheap catcher to replace Ryan Hanigan. As such, Jesus Sucre was worth a dollar atop my list and he will be in my lineup this week. Wanting to add two pitchers, $17 was enough to add Astros new SP Brad Peacock, who will start at least once for Houston this period. I wasn't so lucky with a cheap stab at Detroit's Alex Wilson. With an eight game week, including a doubleheader on Friday, Alex may vulture a save or two from fellow Wilson, Justin. My $4 fell to an $11 try from Corey Parson.

Todd's Take

Speaking of others doing my job for me, my friend and ESPN colleague Tristan Cockcroft wrote a nice piece on Smoak (and others) supporting Perry's take on his pick.

Why all the fuss over Mike Clevinger? Filling in for Corey Kluber, Clevinger spun a Kluber-like gem last week against the Astros in Minute Maid Park, holding the home team scoreless for seven innings, allowing just two hits and a pair of walks, fanning eight along the way. Clevinger will likely head back down to Triple-A when the former Cy Young award winner returns but he'll get at least one more start this week against the Reds.

ian happ 

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

IHapp, ChC Michael Beller 313 Dr. Roto 300 Jake Ciely 125 Peter Kreutzer 44
CTaylor, LAD Paul Sporer 69 Peter Kreutzer 37 Dr. Roto 10  
MClevinger, Cle Jake Ciely 65 Vlad Sedler 13 Dr. Roto 1  
JSmoak, Tor Howard Bender 52 Paul Sporer 37 Jake Ciely 25  
AAvila, Det Kyle Elfrink 47      
SGray, Oak Howard Bender 42      
JHahn, Oak Jeff Mans 36      
BZimmer, Cle Jake Ciely 35 Dr. Roto 5    
BHand, SD Vlad Sedler 29 Dr. Roto 2    
LGarcia, CWS Andrea LaMont 22 Dr. Roto 1    
CPinder, Oak Paul Sporer 21 Paul Sporer 16    
FRivero, Pit Dr. Roto 20      
DSwanson, Atl Dr. Roto 15      
JBandy, Mil Stephania Bell 15 Howard Bender 12    
CHerrmann, Ari Andrea LaMont 11      
DPhelps, Mia Dr. Roto 4 Michael Beller 1    
WMerrifield, KC Andrea LaMont 1      
ECarrera, Tor Dr. Roto 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

AFrazier, Pit Howard Bender 51
CTillman, Bal Howard Bender 32
ACashner, Tex Jeff Mans 27
DHolland, CWS Jeff Mans 17
AWainwright, StL Howard Bender 12
AMeyer, LAA Jeff Mans 9
JNelson, Mil Andrea LaMont 6
RRua, Tex Howard Bender 3
DPomeranz, Bos Dr. Roto 2
JLowrie, Oak Andrea LaMont 2
MMaldonado, LAA Andrea LaMont 2
MCanha, Oak Dr. Roto 1

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

One big thing happened in Tout H2H this week, and it is likely to make Michael Beller very happy or very unhappy. He spent $313 on Ian Happ, edging out Dr. Roto's 300 bid. Happ has continued his hot start to the season in Triple-A since being promoted to the majors, and suddenly seems entrenched in the Cubs outfield. He's a potential difference-maker for Beller, who is at the bottom of the middle of the pack, and surely would have helped the good Dr., who has been buried in the first quarter.

There was lots of other bidding this week, with some interesting names involved, like Bradley Zimmer and the suddenly so-hot-he-has-flames-coming-out-his-ears Justin Smoak. He has smoke coming out, too, I suspect. But mostly this was otherwise a roster of teams grasping at hot hands, with the only risk the commitment to keep each of these guys active for a week.

It will be interesting to see how many of them are active next week.

Todd's Take

Another busy week in the head-to-head universe, in part due to quality of available players, in part from injury-induced needs but also I sense the league is more in tune with category management necessary to succeed in this format than this time last season.

 

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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

rickie weeks jr

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

RWeeks, TB Nando DiFino 77 Jeff Erickson 31 Chris Liss 1 Jason Collette 0
YDiaz, Cle Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 52 Jeff Erickson 17 Chris Liss 1  
MCanha, Oak Seth Trachtman 42 Jeff Erickson 31 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1  
AMeyer, LAA Chris Liss 41      
CPennington, LAA Seth Trachtman 21      
MBolsinger, Tor Seth Trachtman 5      
DMarrero, Bos Jason Collette 3      
LMaile, Tor Mike Podhorzer 3      
MMinor, KC Jason Collette 2 Rob Leibowitz 0 Mike Podhorzer 0 Larry Schechter 0
JFaria, TB Mike Podhorzer 2      
MOhlman, Tor Mike Podhorzer 0      
JHoyt, Hou Mike Podhorzer 0      
BPeacock, Hou Rob Leibowitz 0      
HHembree, Bos Rob Leibowitz 0      
RTepera, Tor Larry Schechter 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

WGarcia, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 22
CBergman, Sea Seth Trachtman 5
KSmith, CWS Mike Podhorzer 0
JGraterol, LAA Mike Podhorzer 0

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Relative to the half-dozen AL LABR moves yesterday, Tout was a veritable flea market of free agent activity Mother's Day even. Of course, there are a couple of significant differences between the leagues, the first being LABR allows $100 of FAAB while Tout jumped that total to $1000. but, LABR does allow for six reserve players, while Tout just four, and that means a deeper free agent pool of potential help to sift through.

So, some spirited spending took place, with Rickie Weeks being the high priced spread going for $77 to Nando DiFino, followed on the price list by Yandy Diaz ($52) to team Wolf/Colton. Seth Trachtman picked up Oakland outfielder Mark Canha ($42), while Chris Liss dropped $41 on Angels hurler Alex Meyer.

From there the price drop off was significant. Mike Bolsinger ($5) moved to team Trachtman while league leader Mike Podhorzer adjusted four roster spots with buys of Luke Maile ($3), and Mike Ohlman ($0) covering potential Jays backstops and then Jacob Faria ($2) and James Hoyt ($0). Current runner-up Jason Collette made a pair of purchases (Deven Marrero, $3, Mike Minor, $2).

Rob Leibowitz and Larry Schechter finished off the spending spree with $0 bids Brad Peakcock, Heath Hembree, and Ryan Tepera donning new uniforms, at least for the week.

Todd's Take

An underused ploy in AL and NL Tout is auctioning off impending drops likely to be bid on the following week. FAAB is a tradable commodity, why not alert your competitors you intend to release so-and-so, asking for FAAB offers. The idea is someone will probably prefer a pre-emptive trade so they don't have to cross their fingers they submit the highest offer into the Bidmeister. Granted, it's rare one has the depth to pull this off, but a great example is Rickie Weeks Jr. I bet he would have garnered a FAAB offer close to the 77 he sold for. Who knows, maybe even more if there are multiple owners interested.

eddie butler

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

EButler, ChC Lenny Melnick  195 Brian Walton 84 Phil Hertz 32 Scott Wilderman 2
    Tristan H. Cockcroft 2    
MSzczur, SD Lenny Melnick  151 Andy Behrens 81 Brian Walton 63 Todd Zola 47
    Scott Wilderman 18 Mike Gianella 14  
ZGodley, Ari Brian Walton 84 Andy Behrens 71 Scott Wilderman 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 2
JCandelario, ChC Mike Gianella 63 Scott Wilderman 13 Brian Walton 13  
PNeshek, Phi Andy Behrens 19 Craig Mish 11    
JHoffman, Col Craig Mish 16      
JLagares, NYM Brian Walton 13 Scott Wilderman 1    
GMarquez, Col Brian Walton 12 Phil Hertz 12    
DNava, Phi Mike Gianella 9 Brian Walton 12 Scott Wilderman 6 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
MReynolds, NYM Steve Gardner 0      
JNicasio, Pit Tristan H. Cockcroft 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

DSantana, Atl Brian Walton 12 Lenny Melnick  11 Mike Gianella 6
TLaStella, ChC Mike Gianella 4    
TMoore, Mia Brian Walton 3    
BEibner, LAD Brian Walton 2    
LSims, Atl Brian Walton 1    
MRojas, Mia Steve Gardner 0    
TKelly, Phi Mike Gianella 0    

Brian Walton's Commentary

It has never been about me in NL Tout this season. Perhaps that is part of my problem, as I came into the week with the second-most money at $925 and $60 more coming back in a rebate for the loss of Andrew Toles. With eight players on the disabled list, including three in the last week, it was clearly time to spend. Therefore, I bid $84 each for pitchers Zach Godley and Eddie Butler and $64 for outfielder Matt Szczur. I only won one of my targets.

Arizona starter Godley joined my roster after firing seven one-run innings at the Tigers on Wednesday. With reports of increased velocity this season, the 27-year old is lined up for a two start week ahead against the Mets and Padres. It will be a massive overpay unless he delivers and can hold his rotation spot.

Butler, a former Rockies prospect and now a member of the Cubs, was recalled from Triple-A, and was in his words, “effectively wild” as he threw six two-hit shutout innings at the Cardinals on Friday. If he keeps it up, the fifth spot in Chicago’s rotation should be his. Lenny Melnick’s $195 winning bid made me a very distant second.

Speaking of Cubs, Matt Szczur went from the 25th man in Chicago to a potential outfield starter in San Diego. Interest was high in NL Tout, with Melnick’s $151 offer besting Andy Behrens by $70.

In a big Cubs week, third baseman Jeimer Candelario is seeing his first extended action in the bigs. It is hard to see meaningful playing time ahead, but heating up after a very quiet .063 start could help the top prospect’s chances of sticking around. Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus submitted the winning bid of $63.

Todd's Take

I talked a little about Butler in the LABR reports, but for those checking just the Tout version, Butler may not stay up long, but he's sure to be back as Brett Anderson isn't likely to stay healthy and the Cubs seem to like Mike Montgomery in a relief role. Getting out of Coors obviously helps Butler, as will working with Chris Bosio. The Cubs offense should eventually get going. Their defense remains very good. All that's missing is the element most yearned for by fantasy gamers - strikeouts. Butler no longer profiles as a dominant starter, but he'll miss ample bats to be effective. If you're in a mixed league, keep in mind the lower strikeout potential.

ian happ

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

EButler, ChC Joe Pisapia 188 Tim Heaney 36 Scott Engel 9  
IHapp, ChC Derek Van Riper 153 Al Melchior 58 Jeff Zimmerman 0  
DLaw, SF Derek Van Riper 67 Scott Pianowski 63 Tim Heaney 16  
ZGodley, Ari Scott Engel 46 Jeff Zimmerman 45 Al Melchior 44 Joe Pisapia 42
    Scott Swanay 28 Ron Shandler 27 Tim Heaney 26
    Derek Van Riper 23 Brent Hershey 11 Fred Zinkie 3
DDietrich, Mia Scott Pianowski 44 Tim Heaney 11 Scott Engel 2  
TRivera, NYM Al Melchior 28 Scott Pianowski 13 Tim Heaney 11 Scott Engel 3
GMarquez, Col Tim Heaney 26      
TClippard, NYY Zach Steinhorn 22      
ERamirez, TB Ron Shandler 21 Tim Heaney 7    
ECarrera, Tor Scott Swanay 14      
MMontero, ChC Tim Heaney 13 Gene McCaffrey 7    
PValaika, Col Tim Heaney 11      
NAhmed, Ari Scott Engel 7      
CRasmus, TB Scott Engel 7 Derek Van Riper 19    
MAlbers, Was Scott Pianowski 3      
YGallardo, Sea Fred Zinkie 3      
ARosales, Oak Scott Swanay 2      
MMinor, KC Tim Heaney 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

JSoria, KC Zach Steinhorn 16
AAlmora, ChC Scott Swanay 13
CaJoseph, Bal Tim Heaney 13
GHeredia, Sea Scott Swanay 13
JSmith, Tor Zach Steinhorn 5
DODay, Bal Tim Heaney 0
EEscobar, Min Scott Engel 0
JuGuerra, Mil Tim Heaney 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Filling in for the injured Brett Anderson in the Cubs rotation, Eddie Butler was impressive on Friday, blanking the Cardinals over six innings. Butler, a former top prospect in the Rockies organization, is still only 26, so the "upside" tag hasn't expired just yet. But I can't get excited about a guy with a 6.26 ERA and 1.74 WHIP across 165 1/3 big league innings.

The runner-up award for this week goes to another Cub, 22-year-old Ian Happ. Drafted in the first round by the North Siders in 2015, Happ was hitting .298-9-25 through 26 games for Triple-A Iowa upon his callup on Saturday, and he did indeed homer in his first big league game. The problem is that his stay with the Cubs is expected to last only a few days. Still, I do like this move for Derek Van Riper, as he can play Happ for a few games before stashing the stud prospect with the hope that he gets another opportunity sooner rather than later.

A little over a week ago, my closers were Aroldis Chapman and Francisco Rodriguez, so I'm now left with zero closers. Instead of weakening other areas of my team by making multiple trades for closers, I'm leaning towards punting saves, a strategy that I really hate to follow. But I'm left with little choice at this point. The downside of playing so many starting pitchers is that your ERA and WHIP might suffer, so I figured that grabbing Tyler Clippard, a high-end setup man who could help with my ratios, was a good idea. The added bonus with Clippard is that he's now second in line for saves.

Todd's Take

I handle the weekly pitching rankings for Rotowire. My comment for Zack Godley was, "Given shot for 5th spot, like his chances to keep the job." Based on the interest here with ten owners clicking in bids for the Dbacks righty, I'm not alone. Shelby Miller's injury opened up a spot in the desert. Braden Shipley got the first chance, now it's Godley's turn. Godley generates ground balls, which plays well in Chase Field. His skills aren't especially strong, but he should hover around the league norm in whiffs and walks. Remember, we're talking 5th starter here, not a stud. Though, his double-dip this week is enticing, first entertaining the Mets then visiting Petco Park.

derek law

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ZGodley, Ari Tom Kessenich 168 Corey Parson 38 Perry Van Hook 37 Adam Ronis 12
    Greg Ambrosius 3    
EButler, ChC Tim McLeod 111 Tom Kessenich 68 Corey Parson 37 Perry Van Hook 23
    Greg Ambrosius 0    
BGamel, Sea Tim McLeod 53 Adam Ronis 11    
TBauer, Cle Greg Ambrosius 44      
CRasmus, TB Ray Murphy 32 Tim McLeod 25 Charlie Wiegert 5  
DValencia, Sea Ray Murphy 32 Adam Ronis 1    
JChavez, LAA Anthony Perri 23      
DLaw, SF Adam Ronis 22 Tim McLeod 62 Charlie Wiegert 9 Corey Parson 5
    Greg Ambrosius 4    
JNelson, Mil Corey Parson 21      
ONarvaez, CWS Rudy Gamble 18 Corey Parson 0    
JUrena, Mia Perry Van Hook 7      
FRivero, Pit Tim McLeod 6      
IHapp, ChC Charlie Wiegert 6 Adam Ronis 2    
MGarza, Mil Corey Parson 5 Corey Parson 14    
JPolanco, Min Adam Ronis 5      
RHanigan, Col Perry Van Hook 0      
TBarnhart, Cin Corey Parson 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

LGarcia, CWS Adam Ronis 11  
RRivera, NYM Rudy Gamble 7 Perry Van Hook 0
JTomlin, Cle Perry Van Hook 7 Greg Ambrosius 1
WPeralta, Cin Tim McLeod 5  
MMinor, KC Greg Ambrosius 4  
JSmoak, Tor Adam Ronis 4  
TRivera, NYM Adam Ronis 3  
MSierra, StL Charlie Wiegert 2  
PValaika, Col Adam Ronis 2  
BJohnson, Bos Greg Ambrosius 1  
ABarnes, LAD Perry Van Hook 0  
AKnapp, Phi Perry Van Hook 0  
ISuzuki, Mia Perry Van Hook 0  
JSucre, TB Perry Van Hook 0  
RChirinos, Tex Perry Van Hook 0  
GMarquez, Col Greg Ambrosius 0  
CHerrmann, Ari Corey Parson 0  
CArroyo, SF Adam Ronis 0  
NAhmed, Ari Adam Ronis 0  

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

A pair of new starting pitchers were the headliners in the mixed draft league with the Diamondbacks Zack Godley going for $168 to Tom Kessenich while Tim McLeod added Eddie Butler for $111.

I bid modestly for both Godley (good two-start week) and Butler but settled for new Marlins starter Jose Urena for $7 which will prove to be a bargain if his start this coming week matches his previous two efforts.

With Russell Martin on the 10 day DL, I merely submitted a list of the decent backstops available in a zero dollar queue, winning first choice Ryan Hanigan, COL. Sadly it looks like at least another month before Tom Murphy ascends from my growing DL list.

Todd's Take

Ben Gamel has been quietly productive while Mitch Haniger heals on the DL. The lefty swinger has been hitting second versus right-handers though he's dropped to the bottom third of the order versus southpaws. Guillermo Heredia has also hit well while manning left field. Haniger is out for at least two more weeks, but if Heredia and Gamel continue producing, they'll be faced with a dilemma, how to keep everyone in the lineup.

zack godley 

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DMesoraco, Cin Jake Ciely 135    
HNeris, Phi Andrea LaMont 130 Dr. Roto 25  
DLaw, SF Howard Bender 62 Vlad Sedler 19  
TMancini, Bal Kyle Elfrink 57    
LPerdomo, SD Vlad Sedler 24 Jake Ciely 0  
ZCozart, Cin Clay Link 22    
DGregorius, NYY Jake Ciely 20    
BGamel, Sea Vlad Sedler 19    
ZDavies, Mil Dr. Roto 15    
MCabrera, CWS Vlad Sedler 13    
ZGodley, Ari Dr. Roto 10 Vlad Sedler 6 Jake Ciely 5
JCRamirez, LAA Vlad Sedler 9    
DStraily, Mia Vlad Sedler 6    
EButler, ChC Clay Link 5 Dr. Roto 25  
LMorrison, TB Peter Kreutzer 4    
TPham, StL Peter Kreutzer 3    
YGomes, Cle Andrea LaMont 3    
JHoyt, Hou Peter Kreutzer 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

KFreeland, Col Andrea LaMont 51
DSpan, SF Vlad Sedler 15
AGriffin, Tex Dr. Roto 10
JBiagini, Tor Dr. Roto 10
JHoover, Ari Kyle Elfrink 7
JMusgrove, Hou Vlad Sedler 6
MBoyd, Det Vlad Sedler 6
JPolanco, Min Clay Link 5
MClevinger, Cle Clay Link 4
BParker, LAA Vlad Sedler 3
CKuhl, Pit Vlad Sedler 3
LChisenhall, Cle Vlad Sedler 3
WMerrifield, KC Vlad Sedler 3
CaJoseph, Bal Andrea LaMont 2
MGivens, Bal Vlad Sedler 2
DPhelps, Mia Dr. Roto 1
JARamirez, Atl Dr. Roto 1
DHolland, CWS Jake Ciely 0
JSmith, Tor Peter Kreutzer 0
MDunn, Col Peter Kreutzer 0
TRivera, NYM Peter Kreutzer 0

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

The two big buys for the week:

Devin Mesoraco, C, Cin: He's been hurt for so often and so long, you have to be skeptical about his chances, and to top things off he was pulled from Sunday's game with a mild hamstring issue. The team says they're being careful, he said he could have played through it, but his season-high major league at bats in the last three years is 50. He's more than 60 percent there this year, optimism is not a solid option. At the same time, he's been hitting a little this year, unlike the last two years, and appears to be healthier (or have the potential to be healthier). He's worth a shot, always, if you have a bum catcher.

Hector Neris, RP, Phi: The Phillies didn't want Neris to be their closer, but when you have the best stuff in the pen it is hard not to ease past Joaquin Benoit, especially after Jeanmar Gomez was hurt. Neris hasn't put up outasight strikeout numbers yet, which along with the lack of definition in the Phils pen is why he was a free agent at this point.

In more Closer news, Howard Bender lost Aroldis Chapman this week, and spent not a lot to pick up Derek Law to replace him. Rightfully so, Law has not been dominant and is backed up by Hunter Strickland, who will be called on if Law struggles. But Law has the job right now, and the talent to get it done. Howard did well.

In other Closer news, two of my setup guys (Corey Knebel and Addison Reed) became closers this week, plus Shawn Kelley returned from the DL. This is the potential when you staff a team with high strikeout rate short relievers who don't have a closing role for cheap (Kelley was cheap, too, because he was thought not to be the closer in Washington at the start of the season). On the first day of the year I had three closers? Corey Knebel earned a save, and Kelly and Addison Reed earned two blown saves, allowing five runs in one total inning pitched. That capped a horrible week for Team Rotoman. There better be better days ahead.

Todd's Take

It's been rare the activity in the H2H league matches the other mixed leagues. Perhaps it's just the available inventory Maybe it's the league getting a better feel for their team, the scoring and how to maximize their chance to win their weekly battle. As a strategy-honk, I hope it's the latter and we continue to see the participants scratch and claw for the necessary category juice.

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.

jared hoying

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jared Hoying, TEX USA TODAY Sports 7 Baseball HQ 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 ESPN.com 1
Anthony Alford, TOR Baseball HQ 3 ESPN.com 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Steve Cishek, SEA Baseball Prospectus 2      
Sam Dyson, TEX Winning Fantasy Baseball 2   Baseball HQ 1  
Rickie Weeks Jr., TB Fangraphs 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Ryan Tepera, TOR ESPN.com 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1    
Jake Junis, KC NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Drew Butera, KC SiriusXM 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Mike Pelfrey, CWS Mastersball 12  
Alex Claudio, TEX Mastersball 3  
Boog Powell, SEA USA TODAY Sports 1 Baseball HQ 1
Frankie Montas, OAK NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Mastersball 1
Peter Bourjos, TB Baseball HQ 1  
Michael Martinez, TB Baseball HQ 1  
Cheslor Cuthbert, KC Fangraphs 1  
Ehire Adrianza, MIN Mastersball 1  
Dixon Machado, DET Mastersball 1  
Nick Vincent, SEA Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  
Bryan Shaw, CLE Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

LABR moves were low-key moving into the holiday week, with league host Steve Gardner leading the open wallet charge with a $7 bid for the rights to Jared Hoying. Steve beat out three would-be owners, while Dave Adler, of BaseballHQ bagged Anthony Alford for the princely sum of $3, besting a pair of one-dollar shots.

The search for closers fell to the next financial strata with Larry Schechter spending two hopeful dollars on struggling Rangers closer Sam Dyson, while Mike Gianella went the same amount for former stopper Steve Cishek

At the bottom of the player chain, Tristan Cockcroft nailed Ryan Tepera, Ray Flowers got Drew Butera, Eno Sarris acquired Rickie Weeks, Jr. and the Colton/Wolf tandem picked up Jake Junis, all for a dollar.

Todd's Take

Hoying was called up the Rangers to platoon with Delino DeShield's in center field while Carlos Gomez is on the DL with a sore hamstring for the month to six weeks. Back in 2014 and 2015 with Triple-A Round Rock, Hoying turned in a pair of 20/20 seasons, so he has power and speed. His issue is contact. If you can afford the likely dent to your average, Hoying should be in the lineup against righties for the next month-plus.

With Steve Pearce and Darrell Ceciliani on the shelf, the Jays summoned Alford, one of their top prospects. For those wondering why Dalton Pompey didn't get the call, he's on the 60-day DL with a concussion suffered in the spring. Pompey played his first rehab game early last week, which is obviously a good sign. With respect to Alford, he's a toolsy outfielder some of us saw play in the AFL, where he earned All-Star honors. The 22-year old outfielder was called up from Double-A new Hampshire where he was slashing .325/.411/.455 with nine steals in ten attempts. His visit will likely be short, but the fact the Jays promoted him suggests he's on the fast track.

jon jay

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jon Jay, CHC Yakkertech 23 Derek Carty 1 Mastersball 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Eric Sogard, MIL USA TODAY Sports 4 ESPN - Karabell 1 Mastersball 1 Derek Carty 1
    Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Matt Albers, WSH RotoWire - DVR 3      
Daniel Descalso, ARI Colton & The Wolfman 1 Derek Carty 1 Yakkertech 1  
Rey Fuentes, ARI Derek Carty 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Carlos Torres, MIL Mastersball 1      
Jose Torres, SD Yakkertech 1      
Rene Rivera, NYM NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 USA TODAY Sports 2 Derek Carty 1  
Brian Ellington, MIA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
J.T. Riddle, MIA Mastersball 1 Derek Carty 1 USA TODAY Sports 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
    Yakkertech 1    
Asher Wojciechowski, CIN NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Brett Eibner, LAD Colton & The Wolfman 1
Danny Ortiz, PIT Colton & The Wolfman 1
Jose Lobaton, WSH Derek Carty 1
Chris Heisey, WSH Yakkertech 1

Brian Walton's Commentary

Outfielder Jon Jay had been cut loose since last week’s bidding and while the veteran is not starting every day for the Cubs, his roughly 10 at-bats per week are generally decent. With a poor position in the standings, I correctly assumed my $1 would beat the others by tiebreaker. What I did not expect, however, was a massive $23 bid by Yakkertech’s Steve Moyer. I settled for Miami fill-in shortstop J.T. Riddle for my $1, to serve as my utilityman.

Five NL LABR owners also bid for infielder Eric Sogard of the Brewers. After all, it is hard to ignore an 11-for-22 start that includes three doubles and a pair of home runs. Again, the only one willing to spend more than $1 got his man – league commissioner Steve Gardner of USA TODAY.

The only other non-$1 acquisition this period is Washington pitcher Matt Albers, who is now part of Rotowire Derek Van Riper’s roster in return for a $3 investment. Albers, an 11-year veteran, has picked up the first two saves of his career and could grab a few more as long as the Koda Glover – Shawn Kelley disabled list merry-go-round continues.

Todd's Take

It will be interesting to see if Jay continues to secure 10 at bats a week with everyone healthy and Ian Happ still with the big club. Chances are, several players will lose a a bit of playing time including Jay, Albert Almora Jr., Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist and perhaps even Kyle Schwarber.

Remember the push for Sogard to be the face of MLB? Good times. With the Athletics last season, Sogard had knee surgery which ended up costing him the entire season. The Brewers signed him in the off-season, sending him to Triple-A Columbus where .330/.421/.516 decimals earned him a call-up with Ryan Braun out. A second baseman by trade, Sogard's continued hot hitting will keep him in the lineup a few times a week, but there won't be regular playing time unless an infielder, or Braun, get hurt. 

ian happ

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Ian Happ, CHC Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 22 MLB.com 22 Scout Fantasy 21 USA TODAY Sports 16
    RotoExperts/ FNTSY 6 @TheFantasyFix 3  
Bradley Zimmer, CLE Fangraphs 16 MLB.com 12 Fantasy Alarm 6 USA TODAY Sports 5
    Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 3 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 3 Scout Fantasy 3
Matt Adams, ATL Baseball HQ 11 Fantasy Alarm 9 MLB.com 8 Scout Fantasy 4
    RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1    
Chris Taylor, LAD USA TODAY Sports 8 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 6 Scout Fantasy 4 Yahoo Sports 3
    Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1 Mastersball 1  
Mike Clevinger, CLE RotoExperts/ FNTSY 6 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 4 Scout Fantasy 1 Rotowire 1
    Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1 Baseball HQ 1  
Tony Zych, SEA Baseball HQ 6      
Jhoulys Chacin, SD Fantasy Alarm 3      
Chad Pinder, OAK Yahoo Sports 3 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 6    
Whit Merrifield, KC Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 2      
Christian Arroyo, SF Mastersball 2      
Jesus Aguilar, MIL Scout Fantasy 1      
David Phelps, MIA Scout Fantasy 1      
Ryan Rua, TEX Fantasy Alarm 1      
Chris Carter, NYY Fangraphs 1      
Chad Green, NYY Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1 Scout Fantasy 1    
Jacob Turner, WSH Rotowire 1 Scout Fantasy 1    
German Marquez, COL Baseball Prospectus 1 Rotowire 1 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1 Fantasy Alarm 1
    Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1    
Jesus Sucre, TB Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Mark Canha, OAK Baseball HQ 2 Scout Fantasy 1
Leury Garcia, CWS Scout Fantasy 1 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1
Alex Wilson, DET Scout Fantasy 1 Fantasy Alarm 1
Scott Feldman, CIN Baseball Prospectus 1  
Austin Barnes, LAD Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1  
Josh Phegley, OAK Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1  
Miguel Montero, CHC Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1  
Pat Valaika, COL Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1  
James Pazos, SEA Fantasy Alarm 1  
Matt Szczur, SD Fantasy Alarm 1  
J.T. Riddle, MIA Mastersball 1  
Ryan Madson, OAK RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1  
Adalberto Mejia, MIN Rotowire 1  
Jose Urena, MIA Rotowire 1  
Jacob Barnes, MIL Scout Fantasy 1  

Todd Zola's Commentary

Quiet week for Team Todd as I'm still scrapping until more of the M*A*S*H unite returns. J.D. Martinez has been a welcome addition; I can only hope Josh Donaldson hits the ground running in like manner when he's ready to play. My only move was replacing the feckless Alcides Escobar, who was subbing for Asdrubal Cabrera who was subbing for Marcus Semien. The power newly acquired Christian Arroyo displayed when he was first called up wasn't going to persist, but I still like his plate skills and expect he takes advantage of AT&T's generous power alleys as the spring turns to summer.

Todd's Take

I'm fascinated by the thinking displayed by my opponents. Look at the top three acquisitions this week. We have a couple of high-profile prospects leading the pack, followed by a recently-traded first baseman looking at playing versus right-handers for the next two to three months. Ray Murphy bagged Matt "Big City" Adams for 11 units. Ray needs to replace Freddie Freeman so Adams is a logical target, but the co-GM of BaseballHQ has the flexibility to work in an outfielder too. Yet, Ray didn't even place a bid on Happ or Zimmer. While I can't cyber-speak for Ray, the logical reason is he's more interested in the floor Adams provides with almost regular at bats as opposed to speculating if Happ or Zimmer remain productive at the major league level. Everyone else either didn't bid on Adams or bid more on the two prospect fly chasers. Keep in mind Adams has outfield eligibility, so that isn't an issue. The Jason Collette/Paul Sporer tag-team and Mike Podhorzer likely preferred the upside offered by Happ and Zimmer, respectively.

Neither line of thinking is right or wrong. it's all contextual. Not only is it fun to try to decipher why moves are made, sometimes it provides a snapshot of the direction their team is headed. Often, this can be used in trade talks.

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.

 austin romine

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Austin Romine, NYY Baseball HQ 3 Baseball Prospectus 1  
Christian Bergman, SEA Fangraphs 3    
Chad Pinder, OAK Rotowire 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 ESPN.com 1
Omar Narvaez, CWS SiriusXM 2 Baseball HQ 1 Baseball Prospectus 1
Yandy Diaz, CLE Fangraphs 2 ESPN.com 1  
Cliff Pennington, LAA USA TODAY Sports 1 Rotowire 1  

UNAWARDED BIDS

Dillon Overton, SEA Fangraphs 3 Baseball HQ 1
Drew Butera, KC SiriusXM 1  
David Hernandez, LAA Fangraphs 1  
Heath Hembree, BOS Fangraphs 1  
James Hoyt, HOU Fangraphs 1  
Shane Greene, DET Fangraphs 1  
Kevan Smith, CWS Baseball HQ 1  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The LABR owners took Mother's Day seriously, focusing on domesticity rather than transactions, for just six players were acquired during the waiver period for a grand total of $13.

Dave Adler landed Austin Romine for $3, and Eno Sarris copped Christian Bergman, also for $3. Omar Navarez (Ray Flowers), Yandy Diaz (Sarris), and what might prove to be the best play, Chad Pinder (Clay Link), all cost two bones. Former Athletics infielder Cliff Pennington was the last name on the list, going for a buck to Steve Gardner.

Todd's Take

Slim pickings this week in the Junior Circuit, resulting in an oddity - not a single outfielder garnered a bid. Omar Narvaez drew a little interest and I think it's warranted. With Geovany Soto on the shelf, Narvaez will catch the bulk of the White Sox games. The 25-year old backstop is more of the "won't hurt you" type, but that's fine for a second receiver. Don't expect much power; Narvaez's strength is getting on base, sporting a nice contact and walk rate. Unfortunately, his teammates aren't getting on much, nor driving him home. Currently hitting just .236, Narvaez profiles closer to a .250 guy.

ian happ

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Ian Happ, CHC RotoWire - DVR 23 ESPN - Karabell 5    
Pat Valaika, COL Lenny Melnick 5 RotoWire - DVR 3 USA TODAY Sports 2 Yakkertech 2
Jesus Aguilar, MIL Lenny Melnick 3 ESPN - Karabell 3 USA TODAY Sports 2  
Justin Ruggiano, SF Mastersball 3      
Jeimer Candelario, CHC RotoWire - DVR 2 USA TODAY Sports 1    
German Marquez, COL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Mastersball 2    
Brian Goodwin, WSH USA TODAY Sports 1 Mastersball 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Danny Santana, ATL Lenny Melnick 3 Mastersball 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Daniel Descalso, ARI Lenny Melnick 1    
Patrick Kivlehan, CIN Lenny Melnick 1    
Tyler Moore, MIA Lenny Melnick 1    
Brett Eibner, LAD Mastersball 1    
Ichiro Suzuki, MIA Mastersball 1    
Ty Kelly, PHI Mastersball 1    
Kyle Freeland, COL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    

Brian Walton's Commentary

Derek Van Riper of Rotowire made two very strong moves – perhaps more for the future than the present. He picked up a pair of top Chicago Cubs infield prospects, neither of whom is assured of immediate playing time, yet bring high potential. Second baseman Ian Happ joined his roster for $23 but a $2 offer was enough to get third baseman Jeimer Candelario.

It is important to remember that LABR rules do not allow healthy players to be reserved – unless they are sent to the minors. As long as DVR has room among the six allowable reserve spots, he can now hold onto both Cubs even if they are optioned out this time up. I would not have won Happ, but I was probably sleeping on Candelario.

A couple of old names recently called up were among the higher-priced free agent acquisitions this week. Lenny Melnick went $5 to secure Colorado infielder Pat Valaika while I spent $3 for Giants outfielder Justin Ruggiano. Valaika is seeing time at shortstop while Trevor Story is on the DL, while Ruggiano would seem to have a decent chance at some playing time - if he can perform. The alternative is to join the high roster turnover San Francisco has been dealing with this season in search of a winning formula.

Melnick also spent $3 on Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar. If he wasn’t stuck behind one of MLB’s hottest starters to the season in Eric Thames, Aguilar would have more than 55 at-bats already. Still, when called upon, the right-handed hitter has done a credible job, and this league is deep enough that the Aguilars of the NL are usually rostered.

Todd's Take

The Cubs are saying Happ's promotion was simply a matter of needing depth while Addison Russell and Kris Bryant are nicked up. The highly-regarded prospect has been playing outfield for Triple-A Iowa as that avails a quicker path for a permanent stay in the Show. In fact, he played right field twice over the weekend. Especially with Jason Heyward sidelined for at least another series, Happ may continue to stay with the big club and if he hits, who knows what will happen. Who would have believed the defending champs could use a spark at this point of the season? 

jose berrios

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jose Berrios, MIN RotoExperts/ FNTSY 54 Baseball Prospectus 24 @TheFantasyFix 17 USA TODAY Sports 15
    Scout Fantasy 11 Fantasy Alarm 6 MLB.com 6
    Fangraphs 4    
Derek Law, SF Yahoo Sports 7 Baseball Prospectus 4 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 3 Rotowire 1
Eddie Butler, CHC MLB.com 6 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 3 Baseball Prospectus 3 Scout Fantasy 2
    Rotowire 1    
Ezequiel Carrera, TOR ESPN.com 5 Rotowire 1    
Ben Gamel, SEA @TheFantasyFix 5 Rotowire 2 Yahoo Sports 1  
Chad Kuhl, PIT Baseball Prospectus 4      
Matt Albers, WSH Baseball Prospectus 4 Rotowire 1    
Tommy Pham, STL Rotowire 3      
Joakim Soria, KC USA TODAY Sports 3      
Nick Ahmed, ARI ESPN.com 3      
Brad Hand, SD @TheFantasyFix 3 Yahoo Sports 1 Baseball Prospectus 1  
Mychal Givens, BAL RotoExperts/ FNTSY 3      
Kyle Freeland, COL Baseball Prospectus 3 Rotowire 2    
Tommy Kahnle, CWS @TheFantasyFix 3 Baseball Prospectus 1    
Derek Dietrich, MIA Baseball HQ 2 Rotowire 1    
Zack Godley, ARI Fangraphs 2 Scout Fantasy 2 MLB.com 1  
Rene Rivera, NYM Rotowire 1      
Darren O'Day, BAL Rotowire 1      
Robinson Chirinos, TEX Fantasy Alarm 1 USA TODAY Sports 1    
James Hoyt, HOU Baseball Prospectus 1      
T.J. Rivera, NYM Rotowire 1 Baseball HQ 1    
Nick Hundley, SF USA TODAY Sports 1      
Caleb Joseph, BAL Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1 Fantasy Alarm 1 USA TODAY Sports 1  

UNAWARDED BIDS

Ian Happ, CHC @TheFantasyFix 5  
Ty Blach, SF Rotowire 1 MLB.com 1
Andrew Cashner, TEX Rotowire 1  
Ben Revere, LAA Rotowire 1  
Chris Carter, NYY Rotowire 1  
Chris Taylor, LAD Rotowire 1  
Erasmo Ramirez, TB Rotowire 1  
Joey Rickard, BAL Rotowire 1  
John Jaso, PIT Rotowire 1  
Jorge Bonifacio, KC Rotowire 1  
Jose Urena, MIA Rotowire 1  
Josh Tomlin, CLE Rotowire 1  
Leury Garcia, CWS Rotowire 1  
Magneuris Sierra, STL Rotowire 1  
Matt Garza, MIL Rotowire 1  
Matt Szczur, SD Rotowire 1  
Mike Clevinger, CLE Rotowire 1  
Ryan Madson, OAK Rotowire 1  
Yovani Gallardo, SEA MLB.com 1  
David Phelps, MIA Baseball Prospectus 1  
Whit Merrifield, KC Baseball HQ 1  
Miguel Montero, CHC @TheFantasyFix 1  

Todd Zola's Commentary

It may have been quiet in the AL and NL world, my Mixed brethren were busy filling in holes. Pitching was the focus as Jose Berrios was finally called up, throwing a gem Saturday in Cleveland. Berrios was crushing Triple A, sporting a 1.13 ERA and .82 WHIP with 39 punchies to just eight walks in 39 2/3 innings. He looked more comfortable that his first go-round last season. Jake Ciely is hoping Berrios is up to stay, dropping over half his 100 budget on the lefty.

Mark Melancon is supposed to be back soon, maybe even this week, but that didn't stop Scott Pianowski from investing seven units in hopes of a few saves.

Ealier, it was suggested Happ could provide a lift for the hitters. Well, Eddie Butler has also been summoned, hoping to be a shot in the arm for the Cubs rotation. Acquired from the Rockies, the former top prospect no longer racks up a ton of strikeouts, but he misses ample bats to be dangerous while keeping the ball on the ground. This is a good combination considering the Cubs excellent defenders. Also like Happ, Butler's stay in the bigs is supposed to be short as the hope is Brett Anderson will be ready to come off the DL after the minimum ten days. However, Anderson has trouble staying healthy, so even if he's send down soon, Butler will likely be back up later in the season.

Ezequiel Carrera garnered the top bid among the hitters. He's on the strong side of a platoon in left field for the Toronto Blue Jays. Thought of as a speedster, Carrera has chipped in with three homers. The Jays have seven games this week, the first six facing a right-handed starter so Carrera will see plenty of at bats.

Todd's Take

The first of my walking wounded has made it back with a bang. Unfortunately, J.D. Martinez was on my reserve this week, but at least it appears I don't have to worry about a slow start after missing spring training, all of April and early.

It looks like I'll have another DL stint to deal with as Asdrubal Cabrera has a torn ligament in his thumb. After perusing the available shortstops, I decided Jordy Mercer, on my reserve, was the best option. As you can see above, Nick Ahmed was the sole shortstop eligible hitter drawing a bid. I was hoping Chris Taylor was eligible at the spot, but alas, he is not.

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