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Tuesday 19th Sep 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.

brandon phillips

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Brandon Phillips, LAA Baseball HQ 27 Baseball Prospectus 10 USA TODAY Sports 4 ESPN.com 4 Winning Fantasy Baseball 4
Mike Leake, SEA SiriusXM 26 Brandon Funston 20 Rotowire 14 Winning Fantasy Baseball 4 Baseball HQ 4
    ESPN.com 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Kyle Gibson, MIN Brandon Funston 17 Baseball HQ 2 Baseball Prospectus 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2  
Jeimer Candelario, DET Baseball Prospectus 4        
Artie Lewicki, DET Mastersball 4        
Brett Anderson, TOR Baseball HQ 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Chris Gimenez, MIN Colton & The Wolfman 1        
Matthew Boyd, DET NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1        
Dominic Leone, TOR Baseball Prospectus 1 SiriusXM 2      
Francisco Mejia, CLE Baseball HQ 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
Sergio Romo, TB SiriusXM 2                                                                                                    
Mike Minor, KC SiriusXM 2        
Bryan Shaw, CLE SiriusXM 2        
Roberto Perez, CLE Colton & The Wolfman 1        
Raffy Lopez, TOR Colton & The Wolfman 1        
Gregory Infante, CWS NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1        
Chance Sisco, BAL Baseball HQ 1        

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The trade non-waiver deadline might have passed a month ago, but that doesn't mean deals were not made and the AL LABR folks were ready to pounce. Dave Adler spent $27 on Brandon Phillips, besting four would-be owners. Adler also sneaked Brett Anderson ($3) and Francisco Mejia ($1) onto his roster, looking for some September. Ray Flowers went to Mike Leake, grabbing the new Mariner for $26, besting six bids, while Brandon Funston nabbed the third highest priced acquisition of the week, dropping $17 on Kyle Gibson, beating out a troika of $2 tries.

Mike Gianella made a pair of pick-ups with Jeimer Candelario ($4) and Dominic Leone ($1) while I gambled on new Tiger starter Artie Lewicki ($4).

Finishing up the moves of the week were Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton picking up Chris Gimenez for a buck while Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs added Matthew Boyd, also for a dollar.

Todd's Take

Hopefully those of you playing in AL West-only leagues had some spare FAAB to bid on Justin Upton and Justin Verlander as well as Leake and Phillips. It was certainly a fun couple of days with the Angels raising the pot followed by an all-in bid from the Astros. 

Leake had the perfect landing spot for his first AL start, facing the free-swinging Athletics. Oakland is vulnerable to finesse pitchers and Leake took advantage with seven stellar frames. Things will get tougher quick as he's lined up to face the Astros this week.

I'm curious to see if the Indians play Francisco Mejia or if he was just brought up as insurance as well as getting their future backstop a taste of the Show. You likely recognize him as the author of a 50-game hitting streak last season in A-ball. This season, Mejia slashed .297/.346/.490 as a 21-year old for Double-A Akron. Current Tribe receiver Yan Gomes sports a weak .583 OPS versus righties. Mejia, a switch-hitter, could pick up some playing time when a right-hander is on the hill.

jack flaherty

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Jack Flaherty, STL Baseball HQ 24 Mastersball 10                                                                           
Norichika Aoki, NYM USA TODAY Sports 17 ESPN - Karabell 1      
Tyler Mahle, CIN Mastersball 10 Baseball HQ 19      
Eric Sogard, MIL Derek Carty 3        
Brian Anderson, MIA ESPN - Karabell 1        
Rio Ruiz, ATL Mastersball 1 ESPN - Karabell 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
Alex Verdugo, LAD Baseball HQ 24 ESPN - Karabell 2                                                                           
Dillon Peters, MIA Mastersball 10        
Jordy Mercer, PIT Mastersball 1        
Luke Voit, STL Mastersball 1 Derek Carty 1      
Tomas Telis, MIA Derek Carty 1        
Alejandro De Aza, WSH Baseball HQ 1        
Gorkys Hernandez, SF Baseball HQ 1        
Ichiro Suzuki, MIA Baseball HQ 1        
Mike Aviles, MIA Baseball HQ 1        
Ross Stripling, LAD Baseball HQ 1        

Brian Walton's Commentary

Though only seven players were acquired this week in NL LABR, considerable FAAB was expended. Doug Dennis spent all of his remaining money on two $24 players – pitcher Jack Flaherty of St. Louis and outfielder Alex Verdugo of Los Angeles. Flaherty should be given opportunity to start – at least until Adam Wainwright returns. Verdugo has started in three of four games since his September 1 call-up, with two hits and two walks in 12 plate appearances.

Nori Aoki is a known quantity, though not a world beater. Being able to cover the outfield positions and hit a bit is just what the Mets need. $17 made him the target of USA TODAY’s Steve Gardner.

I decided to bid $10 to get one of three pitchers, Tyler Mahle of Cincinnati, Flaherty or Dillon Peters from Miami. The former was my first priority, with a 2.45 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and eight strikeouts in 11 innings. However, Mahle has no wins yet with his next start on Thursday at Citi Field.

Todd's Take

Brian handled the top half of the board, the bottom consisted of a trio of infielders including a couple of third baseman that should get a good look down the stretch. With the trade of Brandon Phillips to the Angels, Rio Ruiz has received the hot corner starts versus righties. Adonis Garcia may get some action when he comes back, but keep in mind he's 31 years old while Ruiz is eight years his junior. The Marlins advanced Brian Anderson as it looks like Martin Prado's season could be over. Anderson began this season at Double-A Jacksonville where he had moderate success, before exploding after being promoted to Triple-A New Orleans where he crushed it to the tune of .363/.416/.602 decimals. He's definitely worth tracking, especially if you can grab him in keeper formats.

jorge polanco

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Jorge Polanco, MIN USA TODAY Sports 8 @TheFantasyFix 1      
Lucas Giolito, CWS Mastersball 3 @TheFantasyFix 2                                                                           
Rafael Montero, NYM Baseball Prospectus 2 Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 2                                                                           
Jabari Blash, SD Fangraphs 2                                                                             
Robert Stephenson, CIN Baseball Prospectus 2                                                                             
Jayson Werth, WSH Fangraphs 2                                                                             
Bruce Maxwell, OAK MLB.com 1                                                                             
Andrew Cashner, TEX MLB.com 1                                                                             
Austin Jackson, CLE MLB.com 1                                                                             

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
Andrew Heaney, LAA Mastersball 3                                                                                                     
Dillon Peters, MIA Mastersball 3                                                                             
Derek Holland, CWS Baseball Prospectus 1                                                                             
Robert Stephenson, CIN MLB.com 1                                                                             
Robert Stephenson, CIN @TheFantasyFix 1                                                                             
Troy Scribner, LAA Baseball Prospectus 1                                                                             

Todd Zola's Commentary

The Mixed LABR brethren looked to fill some holes this week, mostly riding the hot hand. To wit, Polanco has a 1.143 OPS over the last month. If this were May, the party line would be "he's playing over his head." With four weeks left, who cares. 

I have a little FAAB in the kitty, so I figured I'd buy one of the young starters, as much to see if I picked the right one as it is to help my team. Though, I'm pretty sure most would rank them Giolito, Heaney and Peters. Giolito and Heaney are known commodities. Peters earned a September audition with a 1.97 ERA and .97 WHIP at Double-A Jacksonville. However, at 24, Peters is at an age most prospects are either in Triple-A or the Majors.

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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.

yandy diaz

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
YDiaz, Cle Lawr Michaels 125 Larry Schechter 2 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1

 

 
ZReininger, Det Lawr Michaels 35                               
KVargas, Min Chris Liss 33 Larry Schechter 13 Jason Collette 12 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1  
TScribner, LAA Mike Podhorzer 23 Jason Collette 16 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0    
DGee, Min Mike Podhorzer 23 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0      
DEspinosa, TB Jason Collette 12        
BNorris, LAA Larry Schechter 9        
MCanha, Oak Larry Schechter 6 Jason Collette 6 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0    
DHolland, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0        
DRobinson, Tex Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
JCurtiss, Min Lawr Michaels 12                                                                             
RBrantly, CWS Jason Collette 6        
GUrshela, Cle Larry Schechter 3        
CCuthbert, KC Larry Schechter 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0      
ChSmith, Oak Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0        
DMachado, Det Larry Schechter 0        

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Six owners tussled for the rights to players this past week, although it was a quiet with respect to bidding wars.

For example, I collected the Indians Yandy Diaz hoping for some semblance of offense, bidding $125 for the corner man, but just two $1 challenged my big bid. Similarly, I grabbed Zac Reininger for $35 unopposed.

Larry Schechter took a $9 chance on Bud Norris and a $6 gamble on Mark Canha, while league leader Mike Podhorzer tried to hold off any challenges by grabbing Dillon Gee and Troy Scribner, both for $23. Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton acquired Derek Holland and Drew Robinson, both for $0 investments.

Second placer Jason Collette took a $12 chance on Danny Espinosa while Chris Liss threw $33 on Kennys Vargas hoping, like me, for a sign of some offense.

Todd's Take

It's not my favorite aspect of this game but sometimes you have to hang your hat on opportunity. Ask the beneficiaries of Scooter Gennett, Eric Sogard, Paul Dejong and Whit Merrifield. Last season there was Eduardo Nunez ad Hernan Perez. Why not Yandy Diaz?

Diaz appears to have leapfrogged Giovanny Urshela at the hot corner while Jason Kipnis and his sore hamstring convalesce on the disabled list. Versatile Jose Pamirez slides over to second. Diaz was old for the level, but he was an on base machine for Double-A Akron last season then carried that over to Triple-A Columbus. He's maintained a good eye, and reasonable solid contact rate with the Tribe. It's not surprising his near .400 BABIP has fallen precipitously in the majors, where it lands will ultimately decide whether Diaz gets listed with the above names or is included with all the failed opportunities like... like... like... see, we don't remember the ones that didn't make it.

ben lively

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
BLively, Phi Scott Wilderman 212 Steve Gardner 9                         
RStripling, LAD Scott Wilderman 102                                                   
TLaStella, ChC Steve Gardner 67 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0      
MAviles, Mia Andy Behrens 44 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0      
YCespedes, NYM Brian Walton 25 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0      
RStephenson, Cin Steve Gardner 12        
TMahle, Cin Grey Albright 5        
SRomano, Cin Phil Hertz 2 Phil Hertz 0      
RRivera, ChC Grey Albright 1        
MReynolds, NYM Tristan H. Cockcroft 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
AEllis, Mia Grey Albright 1                                                                             
CKelly, StL Grey Albright 1        
TKelly, Phi Tristan H. Cockcroft 0        
AWojciechowski, Cin Steve Gardner 0                           
BMorrow, LAD Steve Gardner 0        
KCrick, SF Steve Gardner 0        

Brian Walton's Commentary

With $765 remaining and the trade season apparently over, Scott Wilderman of onRoto spent close to half of his remaining cash on a pair of hurlers. He forked out $212 for starter Ben Lively of Philadelphia and $102 for reliever Ross Stripling of the Dodgers. Lively is coming off a rough start in which the Cubs plated six earned runs in five innings. Most notable was that eight of his 15 outs secured came via the strikeout. After 35 relief appearances, Stripling made a spot start this week and tossed three scoreless frames at the Brewers, fanning five.

Steve Gardner had $200 remaining and dropped $67 of it on Tommy LaStella. The USA TODAY fantasy head must be hoping the part-time Cubs third baseman can replicate his two-homer, four RBI game on Saturday.

For $44, Mike Aviles of the Marlins joined the roster of Andy Behrens of Yahoo. The outfielder/infielder has come back nicely from having been outrighted to the minors by the Fish and going unclaimed back in May.

Mind you, I am not criticizing Wilderman or Gardner for their FAAB management. I cannot talk as I had about one-third of my full-year cash remaining coming into this week. Sitting in third place in the standings, I can only wonder “What if?” about players I missed early on.

With no one on the waiver wire I was interested in buying and over $300 burning a hole in my pocket, I took a long-shot $25 flyer on Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. First of all, the Cuban native would need to have a healed hamstring and secondly, the going-nowhere Mets would have to be willing to play him as a lost season winds down. Smart money says Cespedes is not coming back in 2017, but I am fine with taking a week of zero stats to stash him – just in case he has a speedy recovery.

Todd's Take

Hey, guess who finished in first for the week? Sigh, I wish I could blame injuries on having my goal be not finishing in last, but the truth is I drafted a poor team. It's hard to explain, but I think I spent more time trying to be the defending champion that I did defending my title. Instead of being cute and nominating Ketel Marte first for the humor, I should spent more time filtering the player pool. On paper, the club wasn't bad, but it took on far too much risk. It was a poorly constructed team, more my old style of buying a dollar value and not a player.

Sigh.

derek dietrich

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
DDietrich, Mia Scott Swanay 34        
ZDavies, Mil Scott Engel 22 Derek Van Riper 17 Scott Swanay 13 Fred Zinkie 0                         
LSims, Atl Ron Shandler 21 Ray Flowers 2      
JMinaya, CWS Scott Engel 11 Scott Engel 12      
BPowell, Oak Ray Flowers 11 Ron Shandler 8      
JMercer, Pit Ron Shandler 11 Scott Swanay 34      
JHicks, Det Ray Flowers 4        
JShields, CWS Ray Flowers 3        
MPerez, Tex Al Melchior 0        
DGossett, Oak Al Melchior 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
BNimmo, NYM Ron Shandler 10                                                                             
JPolanco, Min Scott Engel 8        
KSmith, CWS Ray Flowers 3        
TTelis, Mia Ray Flowers 3        
RStephenson, Cin Ray Flowers 2 Al Melchior 0      
DomSmith, NYM Scott Engel 2        
YPetit, LAA Ron Shandler 2        
MGonzalez, CWS Ray Flowers 2        
RoPerez, Cle Ray Flowers 2        
TScribner, LAA Ray Flowers 2        
ALind, Was Ron Shandler 1        
DSteckenrider, Mia Ron Shandler 1        
RStripling, LAD Ron Shandler 1        
LValbuena, LAA Ron Shandler 0        
DGee, Min Al Melchior 0        

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

A quiet week on the FAAB front with only 10 purchases, seven of which were accompanied by a DL move, suggesting that most of these acquisitions were made more out of necessity than enthusiasm over the purchased player.

This week's highest priced player honor goes to Derek Dietrich, who is manning third base on a regular basis for the Marlins these days. Aside from a solid .333 OBP for the season and useful positional flexibility (Dietrich is eligible at 1B, 2B and 3B), there isn't much to get excited about here from a fantasy perspective.

Zach Davies is the one player I strongly considered bidding on before coming to the conclusion that he wasn't really a clear upgrade over any of my current starting pitchers. Plus, I wasn't comfortable starting him this week versus the Nationals. Davies definitely deserves to be on a roster in a deep mixed league, and he did stand out as the best available SP. Note that the Brewers righty is 5-3 with a 2.28 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP in nine starts since the All-Star break.

Todd's Take

The Athletics haven't been as active in their OBP focus in recent seasons, in part because there's not as much of a market inefficiency anymore. Still, OBP is important so it's no surprise they're giving Boog Powell a long look, as well as sluggers Matt Olson and Matt Chapman. Powell, who recently met his namesake, is about half the size of Baltimore favorite BBQ proprietor. The younger Powell has minimal power, but can swipe a base. His calling card, is suggested, is a discerning eye and solid contact skills. He's been playing center and leading off against righties, scoring an impressive 15 runs in 87 plate appearances.

jorge polanco

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
JPolanco, Min Perry Van Hook 63 Charlie Wiegert 43 Adam Ronis 27 Corey Parson 11  
LGiolito, CWS Tim McLeod 49        
TWilliams, Pit Perry Van Hook 47        
JJunis, KC Charlie Wiegert 43 D.J. Short 9      
CStratton, SF Perry Van Hook 41 Corey Parson 10 Tim McLeod 4 D.J. Short 4  
JHeyward, ChC Ray Murphy 32        
BNimmo, NYM Ray Murphy 32        
MLeiter, Phi Adam Ronis 29 Tim McLeod 23 Corey Parson 10 D.J. Short 2  
AAlbers, Sea Rudy Gamble 27 D.J. Short 1      
JMcGee, Col Corey Parson 19 Adam Ronis 17 Scott White 6    
KGibson, Min Ray Murphy 13 Perry Van Hook 13      
JMinaya, CWS Corey Parson 13 Adam Ronis 28                             
BMoss, KC Charlie Wiegert 12        
TLyons, StL Scott White 4 Charlie Wiegert 3 Scott White 0    
CBettis, Col D.J. Short 4        
SRomano, Cin D.J. Short 1 Charlie Wiegert 40      
TBarnhart, Cin Adam Ronis 1        
JBrebbia, StL Scott White 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
DFister, Bos Charlie Wiegert 12 Ray Murphy 3                                                                           
JLagares, NYM Ray Murphy 12        
PValaika, Col Charlie Wiegert 12        
EJackson, Was Corey Parson 8        
PNeshek, Col Adam Ronis 1        
MMontero, Tor Adam Ronis 0        
ONarvaez, CWS Adam Ronis 0        

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Down to the last month of the season, time to give up on some players while giving others a chances to help down the stretch. Both led to my high winning bid of $63 for hot Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco, replacing Jonathan Villar at my MI slot.

I also went looking for starting pitching, adding Pirates Trevor Williams for a risky two start week for $47 and the rejuvenated Giants Chris Stratton who has been good for three week and cost me $41. The other $40+ bid was from Tim McLeod who bought White Sox prospect pitcher Lucas Giolito for $49.

Todd's Take

Wow, nine starting pitchers grabbed this week, Perry wasn't the only one looking to beef up their fantasy staff for the final push. It's been such an odd, and challenging season with the confluence of injuries and homers on the rise. I've talked about this in a few different places, but we could be back to the point where mixed staff pitching isn't just seven starters with two closers. Middle relievers are likely to be back in the picture.

patrick corbin 

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
PCorbin, Ari Stephania Bell 65        
NWilliams, Phi Dr. Roto 13                                                                                                    
DBundy, Bal Dr. Roto 6        
JGyorko, StL Peter Kreutzer 6        
WDifo, Was Peter Kreutzer 4        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
LGiolito, CWS Dr. Roto 5                                                                                                    
MMahtook, Det Dr. Roto 3        
JLowrie, Oak Peter Kreutzer 2        
JMauer, Min Peter Kreutzer 0        

Todd's Take

Is Patrick Corbin good again? Admittedly, I wasn't as high on the lefty as some previous to his Tommy John surgery. The jury was still out last season, his first full campaign after the surgery. This year would be the measure. Early on, it seemed last year may not have been just rust, but lately Corbin's been impressive, reeling off five straight quality starts. Over those 36 1/3 innings, Corbin's pitched to a .99 ERA and .88 WHIP with 39 punch outs and seven walks. Admittedly, I need to do a deeper dive to see what's driving this surge, but considering the state of pitching, I don't blame Stephania Bell for hoping he carries the run into September.

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.

aaron slegers

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
ASlegers, Min Lawr Michaels 75        
TAustin, NYY Jeff Erickson 57 Rob Leibowitz 24 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 11 Larry Schechter 4                         
AAlbers, Sea Jason Collette 52 Rob Leibowitz 33 Seth Trachtman 1    
MGarver, Min Patrick Davitt 49 Jeff Erickson 15      
JDDavis, Hou Rob Leibowitz 24 Jeff Erickson 5 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2    
ASantander, Bal Rob Leibowitz 16 Jeff Erickson 5      
MStassi, Hou Jeff Erickson 13 Patrick Davitt 39 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0    
CGentry, Bal Jeff Erickson 5 Rob Leibowitz 7 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0    
BGuyer, Cle Larry Schechter 4 Rob Leibowitz 11 Jeff Erickson 5 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2  
DFister, Bos Seth Trachtman 1        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
DRobinson, Tex Rob Leibowitz 5 Jeff Erickson 5                                                                           
GUrshela, Cle Jeff Erickson 5 Rob Leibowitz 1      
BNicholas, Tex Jeff Erickson 1        

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

I led the circuit in money spent spending $75 on Aaron Slegers. The 6'10" hurler was sent down the day after his one start), but I do expect Slegers to return by September 1 as a worst case scenario. For a team scrambling for arms at the end of the season, that seemed like a reasonable gamble.

More rooted in the current roster was Jeff Erickson who landed Yankees first sacker Tyler Austin for $57, adding Max Stassi for $13, and Craig Gentry ($5), while Patrick Davitt landed Twins backstop Matt Garver for $49. Rob Leibowitz added Astros infielder J.D. Davis for $24 and Anthony Santander for $16 while second-place owner Jason Collette acquired Andrew Albers for $52 in a late charge attempt to catch leader Mike Podhorzer..

The final moves were Larry Schechter's purchase of Brandon Guyer for $4 and Seth Trachtman taking on another tall hurler in Doug Fister, a la Slegers, for a buck.

Todd's Take

By most league rules, Mitch Garver qualifies at catcher, but there's a good chance the Twins use him all over the diamond. The club's best hitters are lefty swingers (Eddie Rosario, Max Kepler and...well...Joe Mauer). Robbie Grossman was taking many at bats versus southpaws, that's the role Garver will assume, dabbling at first, left field and DH. He may get back behind the plate too as Chris Gimenez isn't exactly raking when given the chance. Given he's been a little old for his level, Garver's displayed a little pop with a lot of plate discipline. He'll easily pick up ample at bats to help an AL only team, but perhaps not enough for mixed, unless it's an OBP league.

brandon nimmo 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
BNimmo, NYM Derek Carty 25 Phil Hertz 15 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1 Phil Hertz 0  
CStewart, Pit Brian Walton 22 Derek Carty 0                             
TLyons, StL Phil Hertz 15 Grey Albright 11 Craig Mish 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0  
PErvin, Cin Grey Albright 11 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Phil Hertz 0    
MRojas, Mia Craig Mish 0 Phil Hertz 0 Derek Carty 0    
TTelis, Mia Derek Carty 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Craig Mish 0    
JBrebbia, StL Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Grey Albright 1      
KPlawecki, NYM Phil Hertz 0        
ADeAza, Was Tristan H. Cockcroft 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
GCecchini, NYM Phil Hertz 14 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0                                                                           
RStephenson, Cin Phil Hertz 11        
HRobles, NYM Phil Hertz 10        
JMathis, Ari Brian Walton 1        
RRivera, ChC Brian Walton 1        
MReynolds, NYM Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Phil Hertz 0      
EDiaz, Pit Derek Carty 0 Brian Walton 0      
JLobaton, Was Derek Carty 0 Brian Walton 0      
MMoroff, Pit Phil Hertz 0        

Brian Walton's Commentary

Who is left to play in the outfield for the New York Mets other than Yoenis Cespedes? As the club looks to the future, one of their lower-key promotions from the minors is Brandon Nimmo. The at-bats should be there if the 24-year old hits. Heck, they may be there, anyway. Derek Carty spent $25 to roster Nimmo.

Having lost The Great Caratini to the minors thanks to the Cubs’ acquisition of Rene Rivera from the aforementioned selling New Yorkers, I needed a replacement catcher. With Francisco Cervelli out again with continuing hand problems, Chris Stewart should receive the lion’s share of his at-bats for the Bucs. I went $22 to get my man.

With the ninth inning for the St. Louis Cardinals in shambles, who will get the team’s saves going forward is anyone’s guess. Though he throws from the left side, Tyler Lyons has arguably been the club’s most reliable reliever of late and could see closing opportunities. Phil Hertz spent $15 in hopes that Lyons will leap forward.

Todd's Take

Quiet week for me on the FAAB front as a couple of players came off my DL. Adrian Gonzalez and Scott Schebler will reinforce my lineup in my push to lose fewer FAAB dollars next season. In addition, Seung Hwan Oh was sitting on reserve and with the possibility of garnering saves, he'll be active this week.

In a change from usual, I needed to drop some players and not simply put someone else on the DL. Allen Cordoba and Andrew Stevenson were shown the door. Greg Garcia and Jacob Barnes were reserved to accommodate the activations. It's subtle, but Tout Wars rule of penalizing FAAB for next season is a plenty reason to keep grinding.  

nicky delmonico

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
NDelmonico, CWS Derek Van Riper 55 Ray Flowers 8 Scott Pianowski 5 Al Melchior 1 Tim Heaney 0
CRichard, SD Ron Shandler 37 Ray Flowers 4 Scott Pianowski 0 Derek Van Riper 0  
DSpan, SF Scott Pianowski 33        
AHeaney, LAA Derek Van Riper 22 Ron Shandler 2 Al Melchior 0    
RGsellman, NYM Derek Van Riper 22 Ron Shandler 5 Tim Heaney 0    
CStratton, SF Fred Zinkie 20 Ron Shandler 5      
JMauer, Min Ray Flowers 14 Fred Zinkie 0      
GBird, NYY Al Melchior 11 Tim Heaney 0      
CBettis, Col Fred Zinkie 10 Fred Zinkie 20 Gene McCaffrey 0    
JCastro, Min Ray Flowers 9        
TLyons, StL Al Melchior 2        
AAlbers, Sea Scott Pianowski 0        
DFister, Bos Scott Pianowski 0        
JAlfaro, Phi Gene McCaffrey 0        
SOh, StL Gene McCaffrey 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
RMontero, NYM Ron Shandler 11                                                                                                    
JAlbMartinez, StL Derek Van Riper 11        
JHicks, Det Ray Flowers 4        
KSmith, CWS Ray Flowers 4        
NHundley, SF Ray Flowers 3        
ONarvaez, CWS Ray Flowers 3        
DGee, Min Ron Shandler 1        
AJackson, Cle Al Melchior 1        
MGarver, Min Al Melchior 1        
CaJoseph, Bal Gene McCaffrey 0        
CHerrmann, Ari Gene McCaffrey 0        
SLeon, Bos Gene McCaffrey 0        
SLugo, NYM Gene McCaffrey 0        
BBoxberger, TB Fred Zinkie 0        
JHader, Mil Fred Zinkie 0        
LSims, Atl Derek Van Riper 0        
RNolasco, LAA Derek Van Riper 0        
THildenberger, Min Derek Van Riper 0        

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Quite the start to a big league career for Nicky Delmonico, who boasts a .361/.451/.639 slash line with five homers (one being of the inside-the-park variety), 11 RBI and 12 runs scored through 17 games. However, his minor league numbers dating back to 2012 don't exactly jump off the page, so it will be interesting to see how much longer he can keep this up.

After being snatched off the waiver wire in AL Tout last week, Greg Bird is now off the board in the Mixed Auction league, and I wasn't surprised. I actually considered bidding on him but the crowded corner infield situation in New York complicates things. With Todd Frazier at third, we could be looking at a first base timeshare between Bird and Chase Headley, who has been very productive lately. The Yankees do have the DH spot at their disposal, so the playing time outlook for Bird is a little less complicated than it would be on a National League club.

Rarely do $0 winning bids catch my attention, but Gene McCaffrey made a couple of free additions that could really pay off. With Trevor Rosenthal now on the DL, Seung Hwan Oh has to be considered the favorite for saves in St. Louis, and if he pitches well enough, it would not be surprising if his temporary return to the closer role becomes a permanent one. A month or two ago, Oh's FAAB cost, assuming he was not the closer at the time, likely would have approached triple-digits. Over in Philadelphia, former top prospect Jorge Alfaro is 10-for-29 with a homer and three RBI in seven games since being recalled from Triple-A. Poor plate discipline continues to be an issue, but the rebuilding Phillies figure to give him plenty of playing time down the stretch, and playing time means counting stats.

Todd's Take

Speaking of fighting for points, Jeff Zimmerman enjoys a 21.5 point lead, but that didn't quell over half the league from looking to improve their roster.

I want to write something on Clayton Richard, I'm just not sure where to take it. We're at the point of the season where needs trump talent and he has a couple starts this week, albeit on the road. number-scouting, Richard's walk rate is good and he's keeping the ball in the yard, aided by an extreme ground ball rate. As is typical of ground ball pitchers, Richard carries a high BABIP. That said, a .350 mark is obviously high, even for his style of pitching. His line drive and hard hit rate are a little high, helping to explain the elevated BABIP.

Confession time: the purpose of this analysis is to help me be more open to taking chances on arms like Richard when apropos. It's easy to explain my research on two-start hurlers shows in a vacuum, the potential wins and whiffs are more helpful than possible damage to ratios. There's evidence pitchers throwing well tend to continue doing so. If someone were looking to pick up Richard, I'd pose these arguments. But yet, I have trouble doing so myself, even if I know the benefits. Kudos to those taking the chance.

luke weaver

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
LWeaver, StL Rudy Gamble 134 D.J. Short 90 Anthony Perri 54 Adam Ronis 33

 

HKendrick, Was D.J. Short 100 Rudy Gamble 23 Adam Ronis 22 Corey Parson 11 Greg Ambrosius 2
NDelmonico, CWS Anthony Perri 36 D.J. Short 25 Corey Parson 9 Scott White 0  
MMontgomery, ChC D.J. Short 30 Ray Murphy 22      
MBelisle, Min Adam Ronis 22        
JJay, ChC D.J. Short 10        
ERamirez, Sea D.J. Short 10        
JPeraza, Cin Corey Parson 7 D.J. Short 10      
JHicks, Det Scott White 4        
MGarver, Min Greg Ambrosius 0        
BPowell, Oak Greg Ambrosius 0        
TKahnle, NYY Scott White 0        
ASwarzak, Mil Scott White 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
JMinaya, CWS Adam Ronis 22                                                                             
JJunis, KC D.J. Short 10        
BRevere, LAA D.J. Short 8 Greg Ambrosius 6      
CPinder, Oak D.J. Short 5        
JHeyward, ChC Greg Ambrosius 1        
PSeverino, Was Scott White 0        
AGordon, KC Greg Ambrosius 0        

Todd's Take

Originally acquired as a luxury, Howie Kendrick is playing an important role for the Nationals in the second half. The veteran could be hitting the quietest .342 in history. It isn't empty either, as Kendrick has chipped in with 7 homers and 10 swipes in just 221 plate appearances. With so many injuries to their fly chasers, Kendrick will continue to play almost every day. Obviously, he'll be hard-pressed to maintain the average, but hitting in the Nationals lineup, Kendrick's production should stay solid.

 josh reddick

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
JReddick, Hou Stephania Bell 32 Vlad Sedler 9      
JBlash, SD Stephania Bell 25                                                                             
JAlfaro, Phi Peter Kreutzer 24        
JNelson, Mil Peter Kreutzer 17        
CCron, LAA Andrea LaMont 13 Vlad Sedler 0      
NDelmonico, CWS Peter Kreutzer 12        
SOh, StL Andrea LaMont 8 Vlad Sedler 3      
AClaudio, Tex Dr. Roto 7 Andrea LaMont 5      
ERosario, Min Dr. Roto 6 Andrea LaMont 4      
DStraily, Mia Vlad Sedler 4        
JBradley, Bos Vlad Sedler 3        
MMontero, Tor Kyle Elfrink 2        
TBarnhart, Cin Andrea LaMont 1 Peter Kreutzer 13      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
JJay, ChC Stephania Bell 28                                                                             
VCaratini, ChC Peter Kreutzer 22        
DSpan, SF Peter Kreutzer 12        
CVazquez, Bos Peter Kreutzer 11        
ALind, Was Stephania Bell 8        
BSnell, TB Dr. Roto 6        
AJackson, Cle Peter Kreutzer 5        
PCorbin, Ari Vlad Sedler 4        
KBarraclough, Mia Vlad Sedler 2 Dr. Roto 2                 
JGyorko, StL Vlad Sedler 1        
WFlores, NYM Vlad Sedler 1        
BMorrow, LAD Peter Kreutzer 0        
JoeSmith, Cle Peter Kreutzer 0        
TOlson, Cle Peter Kreutzer 0        


Todd's Take

While I like to see Jabari Blach getting another chance, I'm surprised it comes at the expense of Hunter Renfroe. I realize Renfroe is fanning at a high clip, but to be honest, 29 percent isn't as bad as the same mark in previous seasons. I'd prefer players be allowed to figure it out at the big league level, but he wouldn't be the first to get things right on the farm then come back and rake.

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.

jacoby jones

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
JaCoby Jones, DET Baseball Prospectus 2 ESPN.com 1      
Mitch Garver, MIN Baseball Prospectus 2                                                                             
Tyler Clippard, HOU SiriusXM 2        
Ezequiel Carrera, TOR Baseball HQ 1 Baseball Prospectus 1      
Ehire Adrianza, MIN Baseball Prospectus 1        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
Dillon Gee, MIN SiriusXM 2                                                                                                    
Steve Cishek, TB SiriusXM 2        
Tyler Duffey, MIN SiriusXM 2        
Cheslor Cuthbert, KC Baseball Prospectus 1        
Dominic Leone, TOR SiriusXM 1        
J.D. Davis, HOU Baseball Prospectus 1        
Kyle Gibson, MIN USA TODAY Sports 1        
Ryan Rua, TEX Baseball Prospectus 1        
Sergio Romo, TB SiriusXM 1        
Simon Castro, OAK SiriusXM 1        
Tommy Hunter, TB SiriusXM 1        
Tony Barnette, TEX SiriusXM 1        
Troy Scribner, LAA SiriusXM 1        

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

It was indeed a quiet AL LABR week of transactions with just five names finding homes, all for $2 or under.

Mike Gianella added JaCoby Jones and Mitch Garver for two bucks each, along with Ehire Adrianza for a buck. Ray Flowers took a save flier on Tyler Clippard, also for $2 while Dave Adler finished moves with Ezequiel Carrera for a buck.

I do have to wonder why no bids for third sacker Yandy Diaz or reliever Zac Reininger were generated, though in my case the combination of open slots and available bucks made acquisition impossible.

Todd's Take

We're at the point of the season where prospects have either been called up or will be held down until rosters expand later this week. Keep in mind call-ups for prospects on teams in minor league playoffs may be delayed a week or two as some clubs like getting their players playoff experience regardless of the level.

JaCoby Jones was demoted earlier in the week, but was brought back before the mandatory ten-day stay in the minors expired using the injury exception as Victor Martinez was put on the disabled list with an irregular heartbeat. At one point, Jones was considered a toolsy outfielder, but he's yet to translate athleticism to baseball skills. The Tigers are playing out the string so Jones may get some playing time down the stretch, but the "auditioning for next season" narrative doesn't apply, at least I don't think so. That ship has sailed.

hyun soo kim

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Hyun Soo Kim, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1                                                                                  

Brian Walton's Commentary

Two NL LABR owners have spent their entire annual stipend of FAAB, shutting them out of additional purchases, but nine of the other 10, including me, sat out of this week’s bidding.

What resulted has to be a record. A grand total of one free agent was purchased in the league this week – and he went for the minimum $1 price. Recently, Hyun-Soo Kim has been seeing a bit more playing time in his new home, Philadelphia. The Korean import outfielder moved from Baltimore and changed leagues last month.

I am embarrassed to admit that I spent $10 on Kim just after the trade, hoping for good things. But with Adrian Gonzalez ready to come off the disabled list last week, I tossed Kim overboard. His new owners are Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius of NFBC/STATS.

Todd's Take

No, I didn't mess up the tables, there was only one move in NL LABR. I think we can give Brian the night off here. Keep in mind, as Lawr referenced above, LABR uses the old school rule where you can't reserve an active player originally purchased in the auction. If you want to replace him, you need to release him. This helps explain the dearth of moves, as no one was available better, for the rest of the season, than those already on a roster.

Despite being a lefty swinger, Kim's been unable to find much time in the Phillies outfield, especially with Rhys Hoskins on an absolute tear. Hoskins and Nick Williams are going to play nearly every day, but neither can really play center field. Williams dabbled there, but the Phils have been using Pedro Florimon in center lately, which speaks more towards wanting to keep Williams in a corner spot than anything else. Still, at bats are at bats and Kim is playing enough to contribute in deep formats. A team like Philadelphia can be dangerous down the stretch as they're playing loose, with nothing on the line.

mark leiter

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Mark Leiter, PHI USA TODAY Sports 3 MLB.com 1      
John Hicks, DET Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 2                                                                             
Doug Fister, BOS Baseball HQ 1        
Miguel Gonzalez, CWS MLB.com 1        
Dominic Smith, NYM Scout Fantasy 1        
Kelby Tomlinson, SF Scout Fantasy 1        
Blake Parker, LAA Fangraphs 1        
James Shields, CWS MLB.com 1        
Jake McGee, COL Fangraphs 1        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
Dillon Gee, MIN MLB.com 1                                                                                                    
Sal Romano, CIN MLB.com 1        
Yandy Diaz, CLE Scout Fantasy 1        
Yolmer Sanchez, CWS Scout Fantasy 1        
Tommy La Stella, CHC Scout Fantasy 1        

Todd Zola's Commentary

Leiter appears to have a rotation spot down the stretch after his impressive scorless seven-inning outing against the Marlins last time out. Anyone keeping Giancarlo Stanton in the yard lately deserves a tip of the cap.

What's going on with Doug Fister? Early in the week, he allowed a leadoff home to Francisco Lindor, then threw a "no-hitter" the rest of the way in a complete game, 9-1 win over the Indians. Then, on Sunday, Fister gave up a pair of first inning tallies to the Orioles, then shut them out for the next six frames. Unfortunately for him, the Red Sox could only muster one score in a 2-1 loss. Fister fanned 13 to only four walks in those 16 stanzas, so it was more than just some batted ball luck. Still, a two-game sample doesn't erase a career of mediocrity. Fister draws the Yankees in the Bronx later this week.

Todd's Take

Nothing to report om team first-to-last this week. I'm beginning to reflect on what happened this season and while injuries played a huge part in the struggles, I would have struggled to compete with the pitching staff I assembled, even if Madison Bumgarner didn't go on his ill-fated joy ride. Julio Teheran was the biggest fails, with Jerad Eickhoff close behind. I'd include Zach Davies, but he vultured a bunch of wins early and has been nails over the second half.

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.

 andrew heaney

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Andrew Heaney, LAA Fangraphs 10 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 ESPN.com 1 Baseball Prospectus 1

 

Juan Minaya, CWS Baseball Prospectus 4 Fangraphs 3 SiriusXM 3 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2                         
Taylor Motter, SEA Baseball Prospectus 2 Fangraphs 1      
Adam Engel, CWS Fangraphs 2        
Giovanny Urshela, CLE Fangraphs 2        
Ryan Tepera, TOR SiriusXM 2        
Max Stassi, HOU Baseball Prospectus 1 SiriusXM 1      
Daniel Robertson, TB Colton & The Wolfman 1 Fangraphs 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Drew Robinson, TEX NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Fangraphs 1      
Juan Centeno, HOU SiriusXM 1 Baseball Prospectus 1      
Mychal Givens, BAL USA TODAY Sports 1 SiriusXM 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
Anthony Santander, BAL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Fangraphs 1                                                                           
JaCoby Jones, DET Baseball Prospectus 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Carlos Ruiz, SEA SiriusXM 1        
Dustin Garneau, OAK SiriusXM 1        
Juan Graterol, LAA SiriusXM 1        
Roberto Perez, CLE SiriusXM 1        
Tyler Clippard, HOU SiriusXM 1        
Ezequiel Carrera, TOR Fangraphs 1        
Dixon Machado, DET Colton & The Wolfman 1        
Ehire Adrianza, MIN Colton & The Wolfman 1        
Andrew Albers, SEA Baseball Prospectus 1        
Chris Rowley, TOR Baseball Prospectus 1        
Mitch Garver, MIN Baseball Prospectus 1        

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The season cruised past three-quarter mark, with a thinning of FAAB dollars among the AL LABR owners. That meant the $10 Eno Sarris spent on Andrew Heaney made him the high cost item for the week. Sarris also added outfielder Adam Engel ($2) and cornerman Giovanny Urshela ($2).

Juan Minaya pulled $4 from Mike Gianella, who also picked up utility Taylor Motter for two bucks and backstop Max Stassi for a dollar. Ray Flowers selected Ryan Tepera for a buck, also adding Juan Centeno for a dollar.

In fact, a buck was it for the remaining picks with a pair of D. Robinsons--Daniel to team Wolf/Colton, and Drew to team Ambrosius/Childs--while Steve Gardner landed Mychal Givens.

So, though late in the season, the scramble for at-bats and innings continues, just with a lower economic ceiling.

Todd's Take

Andrew Heaney's in an interesting spot  Often, when a pitcher returns from Tommy John surgery in the latter part of the season, the objective is to shake off the rust while regaining confidence your arm won't snap while throwing a ball in anger. The hurler can then spend a normal off-season, preparing as usual as opposed to worrying if they'll be able to pitch normally. While some of this is likely the case, the Angels are within shouting distance of a wild card spot, so they're also looking for Heaney to provide their rotation a boost down the stretch. His first game back was interesting -- 5 K and no BB in 5 IP, but 4 HR allowed. The contest was in warm and muggy Camden Yards so the long balls are understandable. With his pedigree, and the comfort of Angels Stadium, Heaney isn't just AL-only fodder, he's viable as a streamer at home in Mixed formats.

Last Wednesday night, after Carlos Rodon was lifted following tossing 8 1/3 stellar frames against the Dodgers, I tweeted, "Finally, we get to see who'll be blowing saves for the White Sox." Turns out I was prescient, but it wasn't a hard call. Minaya did his job in the 8th inning before Gregory Infante, Aaron Bummer and Jake Petricka blew the lead in the 9th. Two days later, Minaya successfully converted a save opportunity thus looks like the closer for the two or three remaining saves the White Sox will get this season.

albert almora

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Albert Almora Jr., CHC USA TODAY Sports 6        
Chris Stratton, SF Colton & The Wolfman 2                                                                                                    
Brandon Nimmo, NYM Derek Carty 2        
Pedro Florimon, PHI Yakkertech 1        
Josh Fields, LAD Yakkertech 1        
Kelby Tomlinson, SF NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
Travis Wood, SD Colton & The Wolfman 1                                                                                                    
Juan Nicasio, PIT Yakkertech 1        
Tony Watson, LAD Yakkertech 1        

Brian Walton's Commentary

The story of my season is missed opportunity. I rostered Albert Almora all season long, but with middling results and dwindling at-bats, he ended up on the waiver wire two weeks ago to accommodate the return of Jarrett Parker. Since then, Almora’s playing time picked up and he outplayed his replacement. Steve Gardner of USA TODAY snatched up the Cubs youngster this waiver period for $6.

Pitcher Chris Stratton of the Giants joined the roster of Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf for $2. A week ago Sunday, the right-hander tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts at Washington, but did not pitch last week. In a two-start week just ahead, Stratton is scheduled to take on the Brewers Monday and Arizona on Saturday.

I stayed out of the action this waiver period, having to accommodate a pair of already-rostered first basemen at the opposite ends of their careers. Adrian Gonzalez is off the DL and back in the Dodgers lineup, with likely NL Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger moving to left. My other addition is new Mets first baseman Dominic Smith, who I have stashed away since draft day. We will see if it was worth it.

Todd's Take

Brian alluded to it so let's talk about the revamped Mets lineup. Nimmo and Juan Lagares project to share center with Cespedes and Michael Conforto on the flanks. With Jose Reyes on the DL, Wilmer Flores is playing every day. Perhaps the most notable point is Travis d'Arnaud's hitting fifth, making him a great DFS catcher, especially with a southpaw on the hill.

luke weaver

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Luke Weaver, STL Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 4 MLB.com 4 @TheFantasyFix 1    
Mike Napoli, TEX Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 3 Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 2                                                    
Matt Joyce, OAK Yahoo Sports 3 Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 3 @TheFantasyFix 1    
Mikie Mahtook, DET Yahoo Sports 3        
Mike Montgomery, CHC Baseball HQ 2 MLB.com 2      
Nicky Delmonico, CWS @TheFantasyFix 1 Scout Fantasy 1      
Ezequiel Carrera, TOR ESPN.com 1        
Erasmo Ramirez, SEA MLB.com 1        
Matt Olson, OAK Scout Fantasy 1        
Kendall Graveman, OAK Scout Fantasy 1        
Juan Minaya, CWS Yahoo Sports 1        
Kyle Gibson, MIN Baseball Prospectus 1        
Clayton Richard, SD Baseball Prospectus 1        
Lucas Giolito, CWS @TheFantasyFix 1        
Andrew Albers, SEA @TheFantasyFix 1        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
Chad Bettis, COL MLB.com 1                                                                                                    
Dominic Smith, NYM Scout Fantasy 1        
Joe Biagini, TOR Scout Fantasy 1        
Kirby Yates, SD Scout Fantasy 1        

Todd Zola's Commentary

When LABR front man Steve Gardner sent me the FAAB results, he noted we have some great races in the making. I'll be watching the Mixed LABR from afar as perennial contender Fred Zinkie from mlb.com nurses a slim three point lead over Jake Ciely, representing FNTSY Network/RotoExperts. Fangraph's Mike Podhorzer's within shouting distance of the leaders. That said, a lot can happen in six weeks, so everyone is still scratching for points.

Razzball's Rudy Gamble is counting on Luke Weaver to provide a second half push as the youngster fills the spot of veteran Adam Wainwright. Rudy also snagged Mike Napoli who's smacked 26 of the quietest homers of the season as he's struggled to stay north of the Mendoza line. We're at the point where category management is paramount, just keep in mind it's actually easier to gain/lose points in batting average than the counting stats, though it ultimately depends on where you're situated in the standings.

Todd's Take

It was a silent FAAB week for me as I had a couple of players returning from the DL to serve as reinforcements. One is Kevin Keirmaier, slotted right back at lead off for the Rays. Steals are hard to come by, Kiermaier could be a sneaky candidate to lend a hand -- or a leg, so to speak. Keeping with the theme of my season, I didn't need to clear a spot for Kiermaier with Brian Goodwin swapping places on the DL.

My other activation was Chase Anderson, who was enjoying a break out campaign before being sidelined. Back in April, I though Chris Devenski would be a luxury. I know longer need a ratio protector, so he was an easy release to free up space for Anderson. With Tyler Skaggs also returning recently, I have a couple more options to help extricate myself from the basement.

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