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Friday 26th May 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.

 nick martinez

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Nick Martinez, TEX Rotowire 5 Colton & The Wolfman 3  
Caleb Joseph, BAL Colton & The Wolfman 2 Baseball HQ 1 Mastersball 1
Mike Minor, KC NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2    
Brad Peacock, HOU Baseball HQ 1 Rotowire 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Jorge Bonifacio, KC ESPN.com 1    
Rickie Weeks Jr., TB Fangraphs 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1  
James Pazos, SEA Rotowire 1    
Blake Parker, LAA USA TODAY Sports 1    
Willy Garcia, CWS Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Tony Zych, SEA Fangraphs 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Cheslor Cuthbert, KC Colton & The Wolfman 1 Fangraphs 1
Chris Gimenez, MIN Colton & The Wolfman 1 Mastersball 1
Juan Graterol, LAA Mastersball 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Aaron Loup, TOR Baseball HQ 1  
Nick Vincent, SEA Baseball HQ 1  
Tuffy Gosewisch, SEA Colton & The Wolfman 1  
Chad Pinder, OAK ESPN.com 1  
James Hoyt, HOU Fangraphs 1  
Matt Belisle, MIN Fangraphs 1  
Alex Claudio, TEX USA TODAY Sports 1  
Matt Barnes, BOS USA TODAY Sports 1  
Zach McAllister, CLE USA TODAY Sports 1  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

AL LABR turned into a predictable bunch of transactions destined to plug deep league holes, meaning very little money was spent on some that might help some teams.

Clay Link led the league in dollars spent, going $5 for Nick Martinez, and Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius "risked" a couple of bucks on Mike Minor while Glenn Colton and Rick Wolfe extended the same salary to Caleb Joseph.

From there seven $1 players were acquired, including scintillating names like Brad Peacock, Blake Parker, Rickie Weeks, Jr., and Jorge Bonifacio.

Pretty typical moves for a deep league this time of year. Right now, a bunch of seemingly non-consequential moves. October 1 might tell a different story, however.

Todd's Take

Need whiffs from a middle reliever? Check out Brad Peacock who's playing the Chris Devenski role when the Astros are losing, which thus far isn't very often. With 20 whiffs in 13.1 innings, the converted starter is getting it done from the 'pen. Beware, his .98 WHIP is misleading as he sports an erratic 5.4 BB/9 with a lucky .208 BABIP. 

tommy pham

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Tommy Pham, STL Baseball HQ 11 Colton & The Wolfman 11 Mastersball 7 RotoWire - DVR 7
    USA TODAY Sports 5    
Jacob Turner, WSH Lenny Melnick 6 Mastersball 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Dustin Garneau, COL Lenny Melnick 5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Jose Urena, MIA Mastersball 5 RotoWire - DVR 1    
Tyler Anderson, COL Colton & The Wolfman 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Enny Romero, WSH Baseball HQ 1 Mastersball 3 Colton & The Wolfman 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Ryan Hanigan, COL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Nick Pivetta, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
A.J. Cole, WSH NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Alexi Amarista, COL RotoWire - DVR 1 Baseball HQ 1    
Magneuris Sierra, STL Mastersball 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Rene Rivera, NYM Lenny Melnick 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Matt Albers, WSH Mastersball 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Rafael Bautista, WSH Baseball HQ 2  
Josh Fields, LAD Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Hunter Strickland, SF NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Jake McGee, COL Baseball HQ 1  
Jorge De La Rosa, ARI Baseball HQ 1  
Kevin Plawecki, NYM NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Kyle Freeland, COL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Patrick Kivlehan, CIN Baseball HQ 1  

Brian Walton's Commentary

Outfielder Tommy Pham is 29 years old, and spent all of 2016 with St. Louis without particularly distinguishing himself. This spring, he lost his job as the Cardinals’ primary reserve to unknown Jose Martinez. After a month back at Triple-A, Pham found himself back in the bigs after both Martinez and Stephen Piscotty hit the disabled list. Pham, who can play all three outfield positions, returned with a bang, including a two-home run game Sunday. I was willing to go $7, but that turned out to be third-best behind Doug Dennis of BaseballHQ’s $11, who won on the standings tiebreaker.

Not able to get Pham, I slipped a dollar bid in on a much lower-profile outfielder who joined the Cardinals on Sunday. Magneuris Sierra is a very unusual call up directly from high-A, who is very-well-liked by the organization. Whether the 21-year old is truly ready and will see enough playing time to become relevant could be another matter entirely.

The potential for former Marlin Jacob Turner to slide into the Washington rotation replacing now-minor leaguer Joe Ross was enticing for four owners. Only Lenny Melnick was willing to spend more than a dollar and got his man for $6.

Dustin Garneau could be the poster child for post-hype fatigue. Still, the catcher is receiving a couple of starts per week in Colorado while Tom Murphy remains out and is performing well. Melnick dropped $5 to find out where that takes him.

I also had a winning $5 bid, for Jose Urena. As a reliever, the Marlin’s results had not been distinguished enough to draw any attention. However, in a spot start on Sunday, the 25-year old right-hander carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning against a battered Mets lineup. Still, I am betting on the potential suggested. Looking at the next three scheduled Miami pitchers all carrying ERAs over five indicate the rotation is far from stable.

Todd's Take

Dustin Garneau, and to a lesser extent Ryan Hanigan are intriguing pick-ups this week as the Rockies will be playing at altitude all week. Tony Wolters is on the 7-day concussion DL after taking a bat to the head, leaving Garneau as the primary backstop. Note expected starter Tom Murphy's forearm is taking longer to heal than expected, meaning Garneau's roster spot is secure a little longer, even after Wolters returns.

justin wilson

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Justin Wilson, DET Fangraphs: Sleeper & Bust 13 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 8 Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 4 Scout Fantasy 4
    Rotowire 3 MLB.com 3 @TheFantasyFix 2
Marwin Gonzalez, HOU Fantasy Alarm 7 Yahoo Sports 4 Baseball HQ 4 Fangraphs: Sleeper & Bust 3
    RotoExperts/ FNTSY 3 Rotowire 3 Scout Fantasy 1
Ariel Miranda, SEA Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 5 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 3 @TheFantasyFix 2 Mastersball 2
    MLB.com 1 USA TODAY Sports 1  
Zack Cozart, CIN RotoExperts/ FNTSY 5 MLB.com 2 Yahoo Sports 1 Rotowire 1
Sandy Leon, BOS Baseball HQ 3 Baseball HQ 3 Yahoo Sports 1 Baseball Prospectus 1
A.J. Griffin, TEX Baseball Prospectus 3 USA TODAY Sports 1 MLB.com 1  
Mike Montgomery, CHC Scout Fantasy 3 Scout Fantasy 3    
Yan Gomes, CLE Baseball HQ 2 Baseball HQ 2 Baseball Prospectus 1  
Matt Cain, SF Mastersball 2 Mastersball 2    
Luis Perdomo, SD Mastersball 2 Mastersball 2 Fangraphs: Sleeper & Bust 1  
Justin Smoak, TOR Rotowire 2      
Guillermo Heredia, SEA Baseball HQ 2      
Colby Rasmus, TB Fangraphs 2      
Miguel Gonzalez, CWS Yahoo Sports 1 @TheFantasyFix 2 MLB.com 1  
Joe Biagini, TOR Scout Fantasy 1 Scout Fantasy 1 MLB.com 1  
Dustin Garneau, COL Baseball Prospectus 1      
Brad Peacock, HOU USA TODAY Sports 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Tommy Pham, STL Fangraphs 2 Scout Fantasy 1
Ben Gamel, SEA RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2 Baseball HQ 2
Scott Feldman, CIN Baseball Prospectus 2 @TheFantasyFix 2
Clayton Richard, SD @TheFantasyFix 2 @TheFantasyFix 1
Mike Clevinger, CLE Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 2  
Tyler Anderson, COL @TheFantasyFix 2  
Tommy Kahnle, CWS Scout Fantasy 1 Baseball Prospectus 1
Kyle Freeland, COL @TheFantasyFix 1  
Caleb Joseph, BAL Baseball HQ 1  
Chris Iannetta, ARI Baseball HQ 1  
Matt Garza, MIL Baseball Prospectus 1  
Jose Berrios, MIN Fangraphs: Sleeper & Bust 1  
Adam Rosales, OAK Fantasy Alarm 1  
Whit Merrifield, KC Fantasy Alarm 1  
Rafael Montero, NYM Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1  
Derek Dietrich, MIA Rotowire 1  
Enny Romero, WSH Rotowire 1  
Tim Adleman, CIN USA TODAY Sports 1  
J.J. Hoover, ARI Yahoo Sports 1  
Ryan Madson, OAK Yahoo Sports 1  

Todd Zola's Commentary

A pair of blown saves were fresh on everyone's mind, resulting in the only double-digit, courtesy of Jason Collette and Paul Sporer. The voices behind the Sleeper and Bust podcast on Fangraphs laid a baker's dozen on Justin Wilson, hoping to preempt a Francisco Rodriguez demotion. K-Rod had a rough weekend in Oakland, allowing five runs combined, costing the Tigers a pair of wins. Rodriguez's 10 K/9 is impressive, though that comes with an elevated 3.9 ERA. Some are pointing to the 5 mph delta between his not-so-fastball and change as his bugaboo, but last season's difference was just 1 mph more. The main difference between this year and last is in 2016, the veteran was a 2:1 ground ball to fly ball pitcher while thus far in 2017, that's reversed. Additionally, his HR/FB is 21 percent. More fly balls plus an elevated HR/FB is bad news for anyone, especially a closer. Wilson could be a short-term fix, but this smells like a scenario where K-Rod works in low leverage situations a couple times, regression occurs and the homers wane, at which point he'll be reinserted as closer. Long-term, Joe Jimenez looks to be the ninth-inning man.

Coming into the season, it looked like Marwin Gonzalez was the odd-man out as the loaded Astros brought in veterans Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran. Funny how these things work out as the super-utility guy has played 8 at 1B, 4 at 2B, 8 at 3B and 9 in the outfield. He's also smacked nine homers. The power will wane, but the multiple eligibility will remain, which comes in handy with so many hitters carrying the dreaded DL tag.

Todd's Take

Speaking of injuries, I finally have no more to whine about, I mean report. Wait, yes I do as Zach Britton is back on the shelf. By this time next week, I should have Josh Donaldson and J.D. Martinez back, along with C.J. Cron. With offensive support on the way, I looked to fortify a depleted staff with Matt Cain and Luis Perdomo. One replaces Britton while the other fills in for John Lackey while the Cub convalesces on my bench with a Coors start on the docket this week. I would have preferred Ariel Miranda, but being short on FAAB after dealing with the April injury onslaught, I didn't want to go over 2 FAAB units, which was obviously short of the handful Rudy Gamble dropped on the Mariner. Cain is coming off a terrible effort, but I still believe in the rejuvenation as he's relying more on a sinking two-seamer as opposed to his riding four-seamer.

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.

ben gamel

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

BGamel, Sea Seth Trachtman 101 Nando DiFino 72 Rob Leibowitz 8
DHernandez, LAA Patrick Davitt 16    
AWilson, Det Steve Moyer 11    
MLatos, Tor Jeff Erickson 11    
TKahnle, CWS Mike Podhorzer 7    
ASwarzak, CWS Mike Podhorzer 7    
JRickard, Bal Jeff Erickson 5    
CAsche, CWS Nando DiFino 2    
DSantana, Min Rob Leibowitz 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

TZych, Sea Steve Moyer 11
BGamel, Sea Jeff Erickson 5
SPeterson, TB Jeff Erickson 5
TKemp, Hou Nando DiFino 2
DHernandez, LAA Mike Podhorzer 2
JHoyt, Hou Mike Podhorzer 1
JRickard, Bal Rob Leibowitz 0
DRobertson, TB Rob Leibowitz 0
BPowell, Sea Rob Leibowitz 0
AWilson, Det Rob Leibowitz 0

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

In general it was a low-key week for AL Tout transactions, with slim pickings in the free agent pool.

Defending champ Seth Trachtman led the league in spending, dropping $101 on the Mariners Ben Gamel, showing commitment necessary to drive to victory.

The dollar drop off then moved to Patrick Davitt who copped David Hernandez for $16, followed by Steve Mpyer--also looking for arms and hoping Alex Wilson of the Tigers will be the tonic.

Jeff Erickson went $11 for Mat Latos, and Mike Podhorzer is trying a double dip of White Sox, with thoughts that Anthony Swarzak and Tommy Kahnle can pick up the injured Felix Hernandez and Tyler Skaggs void.

Erickson also added Joey Rickard ($5). Rounding the moves out were Nando DiFino nabbing Cody Asche ($2) and Rob Leibowitz taking a shot on Danny Santana while C.J. Cron convalesces.

Todd's Take

To spend or not to spend is always a conundrum in single-league formats, with the enticement of having the hammer at the trade deadline the pot at the end of the rainbow. I'll discuss my personal situation in a bit but I like the aggressive approach from Seth. In the spirit of know thy league, there are at least two owners usually spending very little early, hoping for the deadline jewel. You can choose to join them, or make sure you're still in the hunt come July then take your chances. You all know the deal -- get a guy now, have him for five months as compared to the final two months. In another example of know thy league, Nando DiFino has proven to be willing to spend early so a decent bid is needed to acquire a player of quality, which in AL or NL only essentially only requires a pulse and the chance of at bats. Seth's $101 bid was a sage amount considering Nando's $72 try.

christian arroyo

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CArroyo, SF Phil Hertz 333 Tristan H. Cockcroft 221 Mike Gianella 193 Craig Mish 112
    Steve Gardner 107 Grey Albright 61 Derek Carty 22
JBlash, SD Andy Behrens 81 Derek Carty 32 Scott Wilderman 31 Steve Gardner 18
    Grey Albright 17 Tristan H. Cockcroft 12 Mike Gianella 11
    Phil Hertz 0    
RBautista, Was Tristan H. Cockcroft 61 Phil Hertz 13 Craig Mish 2  
RHoskins, Phi Mike Gianella 46 Andy Berens 1    
MMorse, SF Steve Gardner 37 Phil Hertz 13 Craig Mish 3  
GNgoepe, Pit Craig Mish 13 Grey Albright 12 Steve Gardner 6 Phil Hertz 1
TAnderson, Col Derek Carty 2      
WPeralta, Cin Brian Walton 2 Steve Gardner 6 Phil Hertz 1  
IHapp, ChC Tristan H. Cockcroft 1      
JDeLaRosa, Ari Phil Hertz 1 Brian Walton 1 Grey Albright 1  
DStubbs, SF Grey Albright 1 Phil Hertz 13 Derek Carty 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
DLaw, SF Andy Behrens 0 Grey Albright 1 Phil Hertz 0  

UNAWARDED BIDS

AAmarista, Col Mike Gianella 6  
JBarrett, Ari Phil Hertz 1 Grey Albright 1
MCabrera, Atl Brian Walton 1  
MWisler, Atl Grey Albright 1  
JNicasio, Pit Phil Hertz 0  
PGosselin, Pit Phil Hertz 0  

Brian Walton's Commentary

San Francisco third baseman Christian Arroyo has become the new most-expensive player added this season in NL Tout. Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ’s $333 bid, one-third of his full-year stipend, was tops.

Jabari Blash is back from the minor leagues and likely to receive at least platoon at-bats in the very young Padres outfield. The winning offer of $81 was submitted by Andy Behrens of Yahoo.com.

The recently high scoring Washington Nationals added outfielder Rafael Bautista. So did Tristan H. Cockcroft of ESPN for $61. It is unclear whether Bautista or incumbent Michael A. Taylor will get starts in center with Adam Eaton on the shelf, but it is not coincidence that Cockcroft also owns Eaton.

First baseman Rhys Hoskins of Philadelphia, who is raking in Triple-A, fetched a $46 winning bid from Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus. Owning the disappointing Tommy Joseph in Tout and contender Brock Stassi in NL LABR puts me in a strong position to sense that Mike is definitely on the right wavelength by planning for the future.

Todd's Take

I'll be honest; I have no idea why I didn't at least place a few bids this week. I passed on Arroyo and wasn't one of the eight tries on Blash, despite favoring an aggressive aproach. Further, in the silver lining department, I'm sitting on Madison Bumgarner (not literally, that would be weird). MadBum is slated to be back in three months, right around the trade deadline. As such, I could have my equivalent of a trade deadline acquisition activated from reserve while getting help in the months leading up to that point. If things don't look good, I have the option of releasing the injured lefty, recouping $290 in FAAB. Depending how much I spent until then, that could be sufficient to put me in the running for a top cross-over player. Knowing this going into the bidding, it's even more curious why I didn't enter a single bid this week.

delino deshields

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DDeShields, Tex Zach Steinhorn 178 Scott Pianowski 79 Brent Hershey 43 Tim Heaney 26
    Fred Zinkie 23 Scott Swanay 4  
CArroyo, SF Brent Hershey 79 Scott Engel 64 Al Melchior 12  
KVargas, Min Al Melchior 53 Derek Van Riper 38 Scott Swanay 13  
JBenoit, Phi Zach Steinhorn 53 Ray Flowers 39 Scott Swanay 4  
JBonifacio, KC Brent Hershey 51      
LPerdomo, SD Tim Heaney 46      
MCain, SF Al Melchior 40 Tim Heaney 36 Ron Shandler 18 Ray Flowers 6
JHoover, Ari Ray Flowers 39 Scott Pianowski 31 Brent Hershey 27 Tim Heaney 6
    Scott Swanay 0    
AMiranda, Sea Al Melchior 38 Tim Heaney 36 Derek Van Riper 21 Ron Shandler 18
BreAnderson, ChC Derek Van Riper 38 Ron Shandler 18 Tim Heaney 11 Scott Swanay 7
ASenzatela, Col Tim Heaney 36 Ray Flowers 6 Jeff Zimmerman 1  
ZEflin, Phi Scott Engel 31 Ron Shandler 18 Tim Heaney 11  
MTaylor, Was Joe Pisapia 28 Zach Steinhorn 118 Tim Heaney 26  
HSantiago, Min Bret Sayre 26 Tim Heaney 11    
LGarcia, CWS Scott Engel 21      
AGriffin, Tex Ron Shandler 18      
MDavidson, CWS Scott Engel 13      
TWolters, Col Ray Flowers 13 Scott Pianowski 11    
LValbuena, LAA Scott Swanay 13      
SSmith, Bal Fred Zinkie 13 Gene McCaffrey 2    
EAybar, SD Jeff Zimmerman 12      
BGamel, Sea Al Melchior 12      
AVizcaino, Atl Jeff Zimmerman 11 Scott Swanay 0    
ERosario, Min Gene McCaffrey 9 Jeff Zimmerman 5    
AAvila, Det Scott Engel 9 Scott Pianowski 7    
WMerrifield, KC Gene McCaffrey 8      
CVazquez, Bos Scott Pianowski 5 Ray Flowers 13    
MBoyd, Det Scott Swanay 5 Tim Heaney 36 Ray Flowers 6  
TKahnle, CWS Bret Sayre 2 Tim Heaney 0    
JSmoak, Tor Tim Heaney 0 Scott Engel 11 Scott Swanay 7 Jeff Zimmerman 5
NVincent, Sea Tim Heaney 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

MGonzalez, CWS Ron Shandler 18 Ray Flowers 6
SFeldman, Cin Ray Flowers 9  
GHeredia, Sea Scott Swanay 5  
KKela, Tex Bret Sayre 2 Scott Swanay 0
BPeacock, Hou Bret Sayre 2 Tim Heaney 0
AJackson, Cle Al Melchior 2  
BHand, SD Bret Sayre 2  
BParker, LAA Bret Sayre 2  
CSpangenberg, SD Gene McCaffrey 2  
ARosales, Oak Scott Swanay 2  
TRivera, NYM Gene McCaffrey 1  
HKim, Bal Scott Swanay 0 Gene McCaffrey 0
JJimenez, Det Scott Swanay 0  
BZiegler, Mia Tim Heaney 0  
TClippard, NYY Tim Heaney 0  

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

These are the situations where I wish we still used the Vickrey system for FAAB, as I ended up overpaying by $98 to acquire the services of Delino DeShields. But from a categorical standpoint, DeShields is an ideal fit, as my team has gotten off to a disappointing start in the steals department yet the stolen base standings remain bunched up. I can gain 5-6 points very quickly with one more reliable speed source. Playing time is the issue, however, but DeShields is hitting well right now and has made two straight starts versus right-handed pitching. Hopefully, the Rangers will opt to give him consistent at-bats going forward. The fact that Jurickson Profar and Ryan Rua are both struggling certainly helps his chances.

Joaquin Benoit already lost the ninth inning gig once this season, but it's not like the Phillies gave him a fair leash. Outside of his blown save on April 16, Benoit hasn't allowed a run. Maybe Philadelphia will stick with Hector Neris as their closer, but maybe they will go in a different direction after his Saturday meltdown. In that case, Benoit is still a viable veteran alternative. Although I don't necessarily need a third closer, as a Francisco Rodriguez owner, I figured that Benoit could prove to be a useful asset in the unlikely but possible event that K-Rod eventually gets demoted from the closer role.

Joe Pisapia's $28 purchase of Michael A. Taylor (my fallback option to DeShields) has the potential to pay off in a big way. The AVG/OBP probably won't be pretty, but Taylor does offer an intriguing mix of power and speed, and it sounds like the Nationals will give him every opportunity to hold onto the starting centerfield job in the wake of Adam Eaton's season-ending injury.

Todd's Take

A couple things fascinate me: the human mind and pitching. Let's look at this week's grabs in this league. Luis Perdomo, Matt Cain, Ariel Miranda, Brett Anderson, Antonio Senzatela, Zach Eflin, Hector Santiago, A.J. Griffin and Matthew Boyd were all acquired. This isn't about who was picked up, but someone who wasn't.

Why did Miguel Gonzalez, sporting a 2.88 ERA and 1.11 WHIP over his last 112.1 innings extending back into last season garner only two contingency bids and is still not owned?

Is it recency bias? Gonzalez allowed 14 hits and six earned runs in six innings last time out in Detroit. Perdomo, Cain, Miranda, Eflin and Boyd all had nice efforts last week. Santiago and Griffin are returning from injury after starting the season strong. Senzatela struggled last time but was solid in three previous outings.

Is it match-up? Gonzalez draw the Orioles in Camden Yards while Anderson is home for a pair in Wrigley Field.

Is it his home venue being perceived as a hitter's park? The newly named Guaranteed Rate Park's run index is 96. Don't confuse hitter's park with homer-friendly venue.

Is it a low 5.8 K/9? Perhaps, though a 1.6 BB/9 helps mitigate that, at least in terms of ratios.

The answer is likely, "because he's Miguel Gonzalez and he really stinks, he's just lucky and I don't trust him to continue."

There's some basis to that as a .276 BABIP over the discussed span is low. On the other hand, he's a fly ball pitcher, so a low BABIP isn't unusual. That means his 5 percent HR/FB is the real culprit. This is supported by a 3.39 FIP and 4.68 xFIP over that span. Keep in mind xFIP regresses home run rate while FIP doesn't.

I'm torn. There's absolutely recency bias in play, but there's also regression brewing. For me, the low K-rate is the deciding factor, especially in mixed leagues. This week's match-ups aside, I prefer Gonzalez to Senzatela, Anderson and Perdomo (who I still like, just still raw). The only ones I'd definitely take over Gonzalez are Cain and Boyd. The thing is, choosing Cain is probably recency bias on my part.

When the human mind meets pitching, things get interesting.

 michael a taylor

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MTaylor, Was Tom Kessenich 62 Corey Parson 41 Anthony Perri 34 Adam Ronis 27
    Rudy Gamble 5    
CMorton, Hou Scott White 53 D.J. Short 50 Corey Parson 27 Charlie Wiegert 7
    Rudy Gamble 3    
JCRamirez, LAA Anthony Perri 33 Charlie Wiegert 9    
RGrossman, Min D.J. Short 32 Jeff Boggis 6 Rudy Gamble 3 Adam Ronis 0
DHolland, CWS Perry Van Hook 27 Tim McLeod 13 Charlie Wiegert 11  
FGalvis, Phi Perry Van Hook 17 Rudy Gamble 5    
JWilson, Det Tim McLeod 17 Scott White 23    
AAlmonte, Cle Perry Van Hook 13      
JHoover, Ari Charlie Wiegert 13 Perry Van Hook 16 Corey Parson 2  
AMiranda, Sea Charlie Wiegert 12 Tim McLeod 9 Corey Parson 5  
SFeldman, Cin Anthony Perri 9      
TBeckham, TB Corey Parson 7 Perry Van Hook 13    
WMerrifield, KC Rudy Gamble 5      
ZEflin, Phi Tim McLeod 4      
RRua, Tex Adam Ronis 2      
ARosario, NYM Adam Ronis 2      
GHeredia, Sea Perry Van Hook 0 Adam Ronis 2    
BHand, SD Scott White 0      
TKahnle, CWS Scott White 0      
JLeclerc, Tex Scott White 0      
BPeacock, Hou Scott White 0 Tim McLeod 5    

UNAWARDED BIDS

MCain, SF Anthony Perri 12  
RBuchter, SD Tim McLeod 9  
KFreeland, Col Perry Van Hook 7  
LGarcia, CWS Rudy Gamble 3 Adam Ronis 2
JPeterson, Atl Perry Van Hook 3  
RDickey, Atl Charlie Wiegert 3  
JSmoak, Tor Adam Ronis 2  
ASwarzak, CWS Scott White 0  
BParker, LAA Scott White 0  
HRobles, NYM Scott White 0  
HRondon, ChC Scott White 0  
JSmith, Tor Scott White 0  
KBarraclough, Mia Scott White 0  
KKela, Tex Scott White 0  
AAlmora, ChC Perry Van Hook 0  
BGamel, Sea Perry Van Hook 0  
DNava, Phi Perry Van Hook 0  
HKim, Bal Perry Van Hook 0  
JAdduci, Det Perry Van Hook 0  
JOsuna, Pit Perry Van Hook 0  

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Without a newly ordained closer open the purse strings, the high bid fell to a replacement center fielder, Michael A. Taylor, won by Tom Kessenich for $62.

A trio of interesting starting pitchers garnered the next three high bids as Charlie Morton was won by Scott White for $53, J.C. Ramirez went for $33 to Anthony Perri and I won Derek Holland's start in Kansas City for $27.

I also needed to disable Taylor's predecessor Adam Eaton and won Abraham Almonte for $13. The GrandyMan can't so it so I finally dropped him to add a $0 Guillermo Heredia. Needing to give Javier Baez some bench time, Freddy Galvis was landed for $17 and a full week of at bats, with four games in Wrigley Field. Hopefully, the wind is blowing out with no Cubs or Phillies pitchers in my lineup.

Todd's Take

Speaking of pitching, friend and colleague Eno Sarris took time away from his new home at BeerGraphs to visit his old and still sometimes home at FanGraphs to author this piece on JC Ramirez. It's well worth the read, but the bottom line is Anthony Perri may have happened upon a nice starter with his $33 purchase.

 bud norris

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CBellinger, LAD Clay Link 224 Vlad Sedler 157    
JGallo, Tex Paul Sporer 166 Andrea LaMont 121 Clay Link 51 Kyle Elfrink 8
BNorris, LAA Kyle Elfrink 49 Jake Ciely 35    
MTaylor, Was Vlad Sedler 47      
MFoltynewicz, Atl Dr. Roto 30 Vlad Sedler 16    
SSchebler, Cin Kyle Elfrink 29 Dr. Roto 23 Clay Link 1  
JReyes, NYM Andrea LaMont 22 Peter Kreutzer 13 Jake Ciely 2  
ACobb, TB Vlad Sedler 16      
TKahnle, CWS Paul Sporer 11 Peter Kreutzer 0    
WMiley, Bal Andrea LaMont 9      
SGray, Oak Vlad Sedler 9      
NMarkakis, Atl Jake Ciely 5      
AWood, LAD Jake Ciely 5      
AAltherr, Phi Andrea LaMont 3 Dr. Roto 10 Jake Ciely 2 Kyle Elfrink 1
AAvila, Det Andrea LaMont 0      
JTorres, SD Peter Kreutzer 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

JWilson, Det Kyle Elfrink 22
DGregorius, NYY Andrea LaMont 21
TBeckham, TB Kyle Elfrink 15
ZCozart, Cin Andrea LaMont 13
JBenoit, Phi Kyle Elfrink 10
ATriggs, Oak Andrea LaMont 7
AWainwright, StL Andrea LaMont 7
AHicks, NYY Andrea LaMont 5
AMiranda, Sea Andrea LaMont 1
BPeacock, Hou Peter Kreutzer 0
JHoover, Ari Peter Kreutzer 0
JSmith, Tor Peter Kreutzer 0
CVazquez, Bos Andrea LaMont 0

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

Conditions were ripe for a bidding war. A top rookie talent, Cody Bellinger, was called up by the Dodgers to fill in while Joc Pederson was out. He batted leadoff in his second ML game, then hit two dingers on Saturday during the team's comeback win. Even though Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Bellinger will return to Triple-A on Friday when Pederson is back, Pederson owner Clay Link went large -- 224 units large.

Vlad Sedler had the losing bid of 157. These are both strong bids for five days or so of a guy destined for the minors right now, but it's a long season. If Bellinger is up with Pederson's ding, he can be expected back whenever there's a Dodger need. Belinger was terrific in the AFL and was off to a hot start in Triple-A this year. He could force his way into the major league lineup at any time, and could be a big help even in a 12-team league later this year. He's well worth stashing.

The other big ticket item this week was Joey Gallo. Nobody doubted his power, and nobody doubted his ability to swing and miss, both of which he has shown this season in ample quantities so far, but his ability to draw walks has him getting on base in one-third of his at bats, which makes him playable in an OBP league. Paul Sporer placed the biggest bet on Gallo, with Andrea LaMont just behind him.

In other injury related news, Vlad Sedler bought Michael Taylor for 49, a modest amount. Taylor is getting first crack at Adam Eaton's job after Eaton was hurt and out for the season. There wasn't much enthusiasm for Taylor, Vlad was the only bidder, because he has failed in the past to hold onto the spot, despite having a bit of a power-speed combo going for him. Taylor has contact issues, though not as bad as Gallo, but is not inclined to draw walks.

Todd's Take

I want some of what Bud Norris is having. Where did this come from? For the record, I'm not implying anything, just riffing off an old movie line. Last season, Norris started in the rotation but was moved to the bullpen. After some success as a reliever, Norris spend the second half of 2016 as a swing man, This year,he's been exclusively a reliever, recording a 2.57 ERA and 1.00 WHIP with 19 K and 6 BB in 14 frames. His fastball velocity hasn't changed; the main difference is a huge bump in cutter usage. Norris may cede the closer back to Cam Bedrosian when Bedrosian is back, but it's not like the second-generation closer is free from further injury. With the protection of Angels Stadium and good defense having his back, Norris is roster-worthy even when he's not closing.

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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.

jaff decker

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JDecker, Oak Lawr Michaels 75 Steve Moyer 14 Jeff Erickson 5 Wolf/Colton 0
JHicks, Det Jeff Erickson 66 Chris Liss 66 Wolf/Colton 36 Jason Collette 6
BPeacock, Hou Chris Liss 56      
JRutledge, Bos Chris Liss 44      
JBonifacio, KC Steve Moyer 21 Jeff Erickson 66 Chris Liss 1  
FMontas, Oak Rob Leibowitz 16      
ONarvaez, CWS Steve Moyer 14      
KKela, Tex Steve Moyer 14 Chris Liss 5    
TDuffey, Min Larry Schechter 8      
HHembree, Bos Rob Leibowitz 7      
JCRamirez, LAA Wolf/Colton 6 Mike Podhorzer 3    
CWhitley, TB Wolf/Colton 6      
RWeeks, TB Jason Collette 6 Chris Liss 1 Wolf/Colton 0  
RPressly, Min Larry Schechter 2      
MClevinger, Cle Jason Collette 2      
MMahtook, Det Seth Trachtman 1 Jeff Erickson 5    
JAdduci, Det Wolf/Colton 1      
SSelsky, Bos Chris Liss 1      
MHernandez, Bos Seth Trachtman 0 Wolf/Colton 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PBourjos, TB Lawr Michaels 25 Jeff Erickson 1 Chris Liss 1
AWilson, Det Chris Liss 9    
YPetit, LAA Rob Leibowitz 3    
NVincent, Sea Rob Leibowitz 2    
ZPutnam, CWS Rob Leibowitz 2    
CColon, KC Jeff Erickson 1 Wolf/Colton 0  
DRobertson, TB Jeff Erickson 1    
MBelisle, Min Rob Leibowitz 1    
MOlson, Oak Chris Liss 1    
TomHunter, TB Rob Leibowitz 1    
ZMcAllister, Cle Rob Leibowitz 1    
CGentry, Bal Wolf/Colton 0    
JMay, CWS Wolf/Colton 0    
SPeterson, TB Wolf/Colton 0    

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Perhaps part of the fun, not to mention interest, in summarizing the LABR moves and the Tout moves each week is that Tout allows a $1000 a year to blow on free agent pick-ups while LABR reduces the seasonal budget by 90%, giving just 100 clams to try and buy the same commodities.

So, while five bucks was as far as the prices were pushed for LABR moves this past week for the rights to Angels reliever Blake Parker, Parker was snatched up already in Tout by Mike Podhorzer for a buck, leaving Cam Bedrosian owner Chris Liss with a hole and the leading filler gone. Still, Chris went $56 to get Brad Peacock to replace the Camster.

Even with that, the high priced spread this week was Oakland's "new" outfielder, Jaff Decker who has been threatening rosters since he was drafted #1 by the Padres in 2008. I went $75 for Decker, whom I think will get some good playing time, but a week ago, Decker went in LABR for $2 a week ago to BBHQ's Dave Adler.

Elsewhere among the Tout moves, Liss also spent $44 on Josh Rutledge to spell the 10-day DL stint of Miguel Cabrera, but Jeff Erickson was really the big spender going $66 for John Hicks, whom Jeff thinks might also get some at-bats while Miggy recuperates.

On the lower end, meaning the teen dollar range which would be expensive in LABR, Omar Narvaez went to Steve Moyer for $14, who spent a like amount on Keone Kela, and upped the ante to $21 for Jorge Bonifacio, while Rob Leibowitz spent $16 on Athletcs current long-man Frankie Montas.

However, there were a few low-end buys that were interesting speculations. Team Wolf/Colton went after JC Ramirez and Larry Schechter went $8 on Tyler Duffey (who went for $3 in LABR), Seth Trachtman snatched up Mikie Mahtook for just a buck while this week's leader, Jason Collette spent six bucks on his newest hometown fave, Rickie Weeks.

Todd's Take

Piggy-backing on Lawr's point between the LABR and Tout Wars budgets, everyone assumes a $5 bid in LABR is equivalent to a $50 bid in Tout Wars. I suppose this is the case, but there's a couple major differences. Using 5 and 50 doesn't work as well as 50 and 500. The big difference is a $50 bid in LABR leaves just 50 $1 bids whereas a $500 bid leaves 500 such acquisitions. Not to mention, Tout Wars allows $0 bids. The National Fantasy Baseball Championship uses the $1000 budget, but no $0 bids (the way it should be, in my not so humble opinion). For me, a $5 LABR bid should equate to more than $50 in Tout Wars and the NFBC.

enrique hernandez 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

EHernandez, LAD Andy Behrens 91 Steve Gardner 75 Todd Zola 37 Scott Wilderman 32
    Craig Mish 19 Mike Gianella 14 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1
    Derek Carty 0    
SVanSlyke, LAD Todd Zola 37 Scott Wilderman 12 Steve Gardner 2 Derek Carty 0
MCain, SF Todd Zola 37 Phil Hertz 2    
ACordoba, SD Todd Zola 27 Mike Gianella 14 Steve Gardner 8 Scott Wilderman 5
    Craig Mish 2 Derek Carty 0 Phil Hertz 0
ZEflin, Phi Brian Walton 23 Todd Zola 17 Phil Hertz 7 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
TRivera, NYM Steve Gardner 18 Andy Behrens 51 Mike Gianella 14 Phil Hertz 0
PErvin, Cin Mike Gianella 14      
CTaylor, LAD Scott Wilderman 13 Todd Zola 33 Phil Hertz 0 Derek Carty 0
PKivlehan, Cin Steve Gardner 2      
AEllis, Mia Phil Hertz 1      
RStripling, LAD Grey Albright 1      
TAdleman, Cin Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Brian Walton 12 Phil Hertz 0  
JGrimm, ChC Derek Carty 0      
NRamirez, SF Derek Carty 0      
JWeaver, SD Phil Hertz 0      
CHeisey, Was Derek Carty 0 Steve Gardner 2    
RRivera, NYM Derek Carty 0 Phil Hertz 0    
ERomero, Was Phil Hertz 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

LSardinas, SD Mike Gianella 14 Scott Wilderman 2  
CDArnaud, Atl Steve Gardner 8 Todd Zola 3 Scott Wilderman 1
MBowman, StL Brian Walton 1    
AAmarista, Col Phil Hertz 0    
DLaw, SF Phil Hertz 0    
JUrena, Mia Phil Hertz 0    
MGarza, Mil Phil Hertz 0    
PGosselin, Pit Phil Hertz 0    
KQuackenbush, SD Derek Carty 0    

Brian Walton's Commentary

Two home runs and three RBI over 15 at-bats made Kike Hernandez the league’s top target this week. Though five owners made their top offer for the Dodgers utiltyman, only one could be the winner. That is Andy Behrens of Yahoo at $91.

Another Dodger, Scott Van Slyke, has long been a power threat, though his at-bats have been sporadic. While the outfielder is batting just .182 to date, Todd Zola’s $37 bid suggests he sees better results ahead.

Speaking of $37, that was Lord Zola’s number for a blast from the past, Giants pitcher Matt Cain. Though the club is off to a rough opening to the season, it is due to the offense. Cain has quietly put together two strong starts in a row, allowing just two runs in his last 12 innings.

Todd's Take

As Brian notes, some slug actually bid on Matt Cain. Oh wait, that was me. Like in Mixed LABR, I'm saddled with replacing Madison Bumgarner. Obviously, I'm not counting on Cain to do that, but with two starts in pitcher-friendly AT&T, I'll take my chances this week.

Injuries to Lucas Duda and Jhonny Peralta left a couple of hitting holes, filled by Scott Van Slyke and Allen Cordoba. Van Slyke starts against some lefties so I'm hoping he gets some action early in the week with the Dodgers drawing Ty Blach and Matt Moore. They conclude the week against three Philly righties, so I'll hope for a couple of pinch-hitting at bats. I discussed Cordoba in the LABR report. In brief, there's a pathway to playing time with Erick Aybar off to a slow start.

trevor rosenthal

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TRosenthal, StL Scott Pianowski 99 Scott Swanay 2    
BNorris, LAA Bret Sayre 73 Scott Pianowski 53 Brent Hershey 51  
KWong, StL Bret Sayre 64 Scott Pianowski 59 Tim Heaney 22 Gene McCaffrey 17
    Scott Swanay 4    
ASimmons, LAA Scott Pianowski 55 Fred Zinkie 5 Scott Swanay 3  
AHicks, NYY Scott Pianowski 49 Scott Pianowski 39 Scott Swanay 6  
JBarnes, Mil Tim Heaney 48 Al Melchior 36    
KGlover, Was Scott Swanay 44 Zach Steinhorn 32 Jeff Zimmerman 22 Derek Van Riper 1
JCRamirez, LAA Al Melchior 44      
JWilson, Det Jeff Zimmerman 42 Scott Swanay 14    
TBlach, SF Fred Zinkie 42 Al Melchior 32    
ARomine, NYY Ron Shandler 32 Tim Heaney 4    
WMiley, Bal Derek Van Riper 22 Tim Heaney 11    
LMorrison, TB Tim Heaney 22 Scott Engel 11 Derek Van Riper 1 Al Melchior 1
MPrado, Mia Al Melchior 21 Tim Heaney 8    
RTorreyes, NYY Scott Engel 19 Scott Swanay 2    
DVogelbach, Sea Fred Zinkie 18      
ERamirez, TB Brent Hershey 17      
CHerrmann, Ari Tim Heaney 13      
ARosario, NYM Fred Zinkie 5      
JMercer, Pit Scott Swanay 3 Gene McCaffrey 0    
YEscobar, LAA Derek Van Riper 1      
JHardy, Bal Gene McCaffrey 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

MBoyd, Det Scott Swanay 28 Fred Zinkie 3  
JSmoak, Tor Bret Sayre 24 Tim Heaney 22 Scott Engel 11
AVizcaino, Atl Jeff Zimmerman 22    
ARomine, Det Al Melchior 16    
KKela, Tex Scott Swanay 13    
AGarcia, Atl Tim Heaney 8 Al Melchior 1  
GGarcia, StL Al Melchior 6    
YGomes, Cle Tim Heaney 4    
BPeacock, Hou Scott Pianowski 3    
ARosales, Oak Scott Swanay 3    
SGennett, Cin Scott Swanay 2 Gene McCaffrey 0  
EAybar, SD Scott Swanay 2    
TKahnle, CWS Scott Swanay 1    
BHand, SD Bret Sayre 1    
AAvila, Det Tim Heaney 1    
AWarren, NYY Scott Swanay 0    
HHembree, Bos Scott Swanay 0    
NVincent, Sea Scott Swanay 0    

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

In a relatively quiet FAAB week, at least in terms of total dollars spent, a trio of speculative closers stands out. Trevor Rosenthal, the most expensive purchase for this week at $99, used to be an elite fantasy closer until midway through last season, when things fell apart, largely due to control problems. But he's pitched well so far this year, the most noteworthy stat being his 11-to-0 K/BB ratio across 5 1/3 innings. Meanwhile, Seung-Hwan Oh, who was dominant last season as Rosenthal's ninth inning replacement, hasn't been nearly as sharp so far this year, though he has tossed four scoreless innings after allowing runs in four of his first five appearances. Maybe Rosenthal will not return to his old role this year. Or maybe Oh's inconsistency will continue. Either way, it's worth the 99 bucks to take a flier on the former St. Louis stopper.

Cam Bedrosian has been outstanding as the Angels closer so far (6 2/3 scoreless innings, nine strikeouts). But a groin strain has now landed him on the DL, which is good news for Bud Norris, who picked up the save for the Halos on Saturday. However, Blake Parker could figure into the saves mix as well, and Bedrosian's injury might not be too serious, so Norris' fantasy relevance might be short-lived.

Finally, I was about to go two straight weeks without making a FAAB bid until the Nats turned to Koda Glover, not Shawn Kelley, for the save last night. And Glover proceeded to earn his second save in as many days. Perhaps this was simply a situation of Kelley, who has undergone two Tommy John surgeries, needing an additional rest day. Or maybe deep down, Dusty Baker would really prefer to leave Kelley in the eighth inning. So, I figured a token bid of $32 on Glover was in order, though I was not going to be surprised if the winning bid was in the triple-digits. The strange thing is that I almost won Glover, but he instead went to Scott Swanay, who just so happens to be the owner of Shawn Kelley. I guess that's the way it should be.

Todd's Take

Granted, it's not especially relevant, or helpful to your game play, but stuff like this fascinates me. There's not much difference between Trevor Rosenthal, Jacob Barnes and Koda Glover. All three are speculative closers, though most would likely peg Glover with the best chance to lead the trio in saves the rest of the campaign. Oddly, no one bidding on Glover bid on Barnes, and vice versa. For Scott P, it was Rosenthal or bust while Scott S preferred Glover to Rosenthal, and won him.

 aaron altherr

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

AAltherr, Phi Corey Parson 79 Adam Ronis 39 Perry Van Hook 17 Rudy Gamble 14
TBlach, SF Perry Van Hook 56 Corey Parson 4 Greg Ambrosius 2  
TMotter, Sea Corey Parson 46 Perry Van Hook 17 Adam Ronis 12 Anthony Perri 7
TCahill, SD Ray Murphy 42 Greg Ambrosius 0    
WMiley, Bal Tom Kessenich 36 Scott White 23 Charlie Wiegert 2  
BNorris, LAA Greg Ambrosius 27 Adam Ronis 27 Jeff Boggis 26 Corey Parson 2
MPina, Mil Jeff Boggis 26      
MDavidson, CWS Perry Van Hook 17 Corey Parson 12    
DMesoraco, Cin Scott White 17      
MGonzalez, Hou Tim McCullough 15      
AHicks, NYY Perry Van Hook 13 Corey Parson 41 Tom Kessenich 11 Corey Parson 6
CRichard, SD Anthony Perri 12      
YAlonso, Oak Adam Ronis 12      
ARosales, Oak Ray Murphy 10      
JLowrie, Oak Tim McCullough 9      
YEscobar, LAA Ray Murphy 3 Corey Parson 3    
JChacin, SD Greg Ambrosius 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

WMerrifield, KC Perry Van Hook 17
DNava, Phi Perry Van Hook 4
RGrossman, Min Perry Van Hook 4
DVogelbach, Sea Adam Ronis 2
EEscobar, Min Perry Van Hook 2

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Eleven Touts participated in this relatively active week of bidding. There were two prmary sets of targets: emerging bats and starting pitchers.

Starting with the sticks, the high bid was for Phillies fly chaser Aaron Altherr whose hot week spurred Corey Parson to put up $76, hoping for continued playing time. Parson also dropped $46 on Taylor Motter, fresh off his Sunday grand slam. Motter began the season as a fantasy outfielder, picking up shortstop eligibility as he's filling in for the disabled Jean Segura. It will be interesting to see if Motter gets full time at bats in the outfield (or possibly first base) when Segura returns next week.

Next comes starting pitchers, featuring a duo enjoying a double dip. I placed the high bid on Ty Blach of the Giants, spending $56 for his home pair against the Dodgers and Padres while hoping he grabs the job and stays in the rotation beyond the 6-8 weeks that the MadCyclist will be on the DL. Ray Murphy put $42 on Padre starter Trevor Cahill, with Tom Kessenich winning Orioles hurler Wade Miley and his two-start week for $36. Miley has impressed thus far, sporting a 1.89 ERA and 0.84 WHIP, supported by 24 whiffs in 19 innings.

With Martin Prado and Adeiny Hechevarria back on the left side of the Marlins infield, I need to replace Miguel Rojas, my temporary replacement for the vacationing Josh Dondaldson. Newly acquired Pale Hose 3B/DH Matt Davidson ($17) will be inserted. Also wanting to upgrade at least one of my struggling outfielders, Travis Jankowski was selected to walk the plank and cede his spot to Yankees Aaron Hicks for $13, my third choice behind Altherr and Motter.

Todd's Take

Sure, now that I'm off Altherr, he does what I thought he'd do for a couple of years. Odubel has done what I expected Altherr to do, but injuries got in the way. With Howie Kendrick sidelined, it's Altherr's time to shine. At least I have him on my first-place Scoresheet team, hashtag humblebrag.

michael conforto

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MConforto, NYM Clay Link 124 Dr. Roto 65 Vlad Sedler 59
JVargas, KC Michael Beller 84 Paul Sporer 2  
JBandy, Mil Jake Ciely 64    
TMancini, Bal Dr. Roto 55 Jake Ciely 37 Andrea LaMont 32
KPillar, Tor Dr. Roto 45    
MEstrada, Tor Howard Bender 41 Jake Ciely 6  
PCorbin, Ari Kyle Elfrink 35 Vlad Sedler 8  
BMcCarthy, LAD Andrea LaMont 33 Vlad Sedler 13  
RDavis, Oak Andrea LaMont 32    
JMontgomery, NYY Howard Bender 31    
JReddick, Hou Kyle Elfrink 25 Dr. Roto 31  
DPomeranz, Bos Vlad Sedler 23    
CKuhl, Pit Vlad Sedler 18 Howard Bender 21  
JPanik, SF Vlad Sedler 16    
RSchimpf, SD Michael Beller 14    
JBarnes, Mil Clay Link 6    
TRosenthal, StL Jake Ciely 6 Peter Kreutzer 1  
JLeclerc, Tex Peter Kreutzer 1 Paul Sporer 0  
TClippard, NYY Paul Sporer 0 Peter Kreutzer 0  
WPeralta, Cin Paul Sporer 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

AAltherr, Phi Dr. Roto 31  
WMiley, Bal Andrea LaMont 27  
JZimmermann, Det Kyle Elfrink 22  
WChen, Mia Kyle Elfrink 21 Vlad Sedler 4
KWong, StL Dr. Roto 15  
LChisenhall, Cle Kyle Elfrink 15  
AToles, LAD Dr. Roto 12  
JHellickson, Phi Howard Bender 11  
ASenzatela, Col Howard Bender 7  
AWainwright, StL Vlad Sedler 7  
JHahn, Oak Vlad Sedler 6  
BNorris, LAA Clay Link 5  
MGonzalez, CWS Howard Bender 3  
ZPutnam, CWS Paul Sporer 0  

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

Even in the 12 team mixed pool there was a decided lack of excitement this week.

Well, Clay Link was righteously excited about Michael Conforto, who might possibly conceivably have a chance at regular playing time. If he keeps hitting the way we all knew he could he will.

But otherwise this week's adds were not an exciting set. But what was a little exciting were the releases.

Dansby Swanson. Luke Gregerson. Nick Markakis. Daniel Norris. Joaquin Benoit. Jaime Garcia. Gio Gonzalez. Alex Wood. Stephen Pearce.

These are not all stars, but all have played at a high quality or have recently come with high expectations. It surprises that there isn't room on a six-man reserve list (plus DL guys) for some of these. But I'm not looking closely.

In a 12 team mixed league, who you roster and how you handle your reserves has to be idiosyncratic. As much potential as those names above have, there are plenty of other marginal players who are performing better right now. Which is why each week we come back to the free agent list to replenish.

I suspect I'll be bidding on some of those names in the future, though probably not next week.

NOTE: Howard Bender and I have renewed our match bet of last year. The winner of this week's H2H matchup between Bender and Rotoman gets to stay at home with pride, while the loser visits a local haunt carrying a sign that the winner is really a winner. We'll revisit the results next week, and look for a picture on Facebook (and elsewhere).

Todd's Take

As alluded to last week, you can't tell me the bids here on Conforto and elsewhere on Motter weren't at least partially a result of a strong Sunday performance. Well, you can tell me, but I won't believe you. The lesson is keep that in mind when ruminating on an amount. Not that I won't believe you... recency effect. 

 

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.

 john hicks

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

John Hicks, DET Mastersball 8 ESPN.com 1    
Chase Whitley, TB Colton & The Wolfman 6 ESPN.com 1    
Ben Gamel, SEA Yahoo! Sports 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9    
Josh Rutledge, BOS NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3      
Joe Smith, TOR Yahoo! Sports 2 SiriusXM 1 Fangraphs 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Carlos Ruiz, SEA ESPN.com 1      
Anthony Swarzak, CWS ESPN.com 1 SiriusXM 1 Yahoo! Sports 1  
Frankie Montas, OAK ESPN.com 1 Yahoo! Sports 1    
Alex Wilson, DET SiriusXM 1      
Jesus Sucre, TB USA TODAY Sports 1      
Austin Pruitt, TB Fangraphs 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jorge Bonifacio, KC NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Yahoo! Sports 1
Nick Vincent, SEA SiriusXM 1 Yahoo! Sports 1
Alec Asher, BAL ESPN.com 1  
Boog Powell, SEA Yahoo! Sports 1  
Dan Jennings, CWS SiriusXM 1  
Danny Farquhar, TB SiriusXM 1  
James Pazos, SEA SiriusXM 1  
Jonathan Holder, NYY Fangraphs 1  
Juan Graterol, LAA ESPN.com 1  
Nick Martinez, TEX SiriusXM 1  
Tony Zych, SEA Fangraphs 1  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Dollar bids dominated the billing cycle as we head towards May Day, for even though I landed the high-priced spread on the Tigers John Hicks, the one challenger was for a buck.

Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton bagged hurler Chase Whitley for $6, besting a pair of $1 tries. A $4 bid on Ben Gamel by Brandon Funston, and a $3 bid for Josh Rutledge by Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius went unchallenged. A $2 Yahoo! bid on Joe Smith pulled three failed $1 attempts.

From then on, the place in the standings is what determined the outcome of the one-buck battles of Week 5.

Todd's Take

Note there's a good chance Hicks only plays one more game in Miguel Cabrera's stead as the star first baseman is on track to be activated from the DL on Tuesday. That said, Hicks isn't a bad stash if you have the reserve spot since he's a catcher by trade and could be called upon if James McCann or Alex Avila are felled or even if McCann is traded, a possibility if the Tigers aren't competing come July. It isn't likely, but at least Hicks has demonstrated he can hit major league pitching.

A couple of the other top bid winners are in a a battle for playing time. With Leonys Martin clearing waiver and outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma and Haniger shelved, Ben Gamel joins Guillermo Heredia, Taylor Motter and Danny Valencia in the battle for playing time in the Mariners outfield. Gamel doesn't hit for power, but he has a decent eye and can swipe a base, something Seattle is doing more this season. Last week, I advised holding onto Martin. Even though he's no longer on the 40-man roster, it wouldn't be surprising to see him back up if he gets things going on the farm.

It'll be interesting to see how things flesh out at the hot corner in Boston. Rutledge, along with Marco Hernandez and Chase D'Arnaud, plucked off waivers from the Braves, vie for playing time while Pablo Sandoval mends.

christian arroyo

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Christian Arroyo, SF RotoWire - DVR 16 Colton & The Wolfman 11 Baseball HQ 4 Mastersball 3
    Sandlot Shrink 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
J.J. Hoover, ARI Baseball HQ 2      
Hansel Robles, NYM Mastersball 1      
Michael Morse, SF Mastersball 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Drew Stubbs, SF Derek Carty 1 ESPN - Karabell 1    
Gift Ngoepe, PIT ESPN - Karabell 1 Mastersball 1 RotoWire - DVR 1  
Nick Ahmed, ARI Sandlot Shrink 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Alexi Amarista, COL Sandlot Shrink 1
Jorge De La Rosa, ARI Mastersball 1
Kyle Freeland, COL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Lane Adams, ATL Sandlot Shrink 1
Tyler Anderson, COL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

Brian Walton's Commentary

Only two free agents fetched more than one bid this week in NL LABR, with almost half the league, six owners, in on new Giants third sacker Christian Arroyo. The $16 offer from Rotowire’s Derek Van Riper, one-sixth of his full-season budget, distanced the next-best bid at $11.

An old, familiar name, also on the injury-plagued San Francisco club, is Mike Morse. With Brandon Belt being outfield capable, Morse could receive starts at first base, as the scuffling Giants look for offense wherever they can find it. I won the $1 bid on a tie-breaker.

One other free agent cost more than $1 this week, and it is another player back from the fantasy dead. Reliever J.J. Hoover, now with the Arizona Diamondbacks, went for $2 to Doug Dennis of BaseballHQ. Any pitcher who shares a bullpen with Fernando Rodney could find himself in the spotlight eventually. Further, Doug knows Hoover well from the latter’s time with Cincinnati.

Todd's Take

Back in the day when I played pick-up hoops -- stop laughing, I really used to play -- the worst thing I could do was sink my first outside shot (I think you need to leave the ground more than an inch to call it a jumper). If I did, anyone on my team not familiar with my game would assume I could shoot. They chose poorly. Comparing my two-handed, no-spin, set shot to a major league baseball player is a huge stretch, but I actually have a point. Those investing a good chunk of FAAB in Arroyo may be doing so after Arroyo went deep twice in his debut week. Long-term, the jury is still out as Arroyo is just 21. He's currently more of a gap hitter, which plays just fine in AT&T. Double-digit homers are possible, just don't count on many more multiple dinger weeks. Arroyo was originally called up to provide a spark at the hot corner, but with shortstop Brandon Crawford sidelined, he'll play at his natural spot, at least this week.

cody bellinger

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Cody Bellinger, LAD USA TODAY Sports 15 @TheFantasyFix 9 Baseball HQ 9 Fangraphs: Sleeper & Bust 6
    Fangraphs 2 MLB.com 1  
Michael Taylor, WSH @TheFantasyFix 9 USA TODAY Sports 6 Fangraphs 3 Baseball HQ 3
Delino DeShields, TEX MLB.com 8 Fangraphs: Sleeper & Bust 4 @TheFantasyFix 3 Fangraphs 2
Christian Arroyo, SF @TheFantasyFix 8 MLB.com 1    
Jose Reyes, NYM RotoExperts/ FNTSY 7 Mastersball 3 Baseball HQ 3 Yahoo Sports 2
    MLB.com 1    
JC Ramirez, LAA Fangraphs: Sleeper & Bust 6 USA TODAY Sports 1    
Alex Cobb, TB Fangraphs 3 Yahoo Sports 2 Fangraphs: Sleeper & Bust 2 MLB.com 1
Erick Aybar, SD RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2      
R.A. Dickey, ATL MLB.com 1      
Christian Vazquez, BOS Rotowire 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Ariel Miranda, SEA USA TODAY Sports 2  
Matt Cain, SF MLB.com 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Blake Parker, LAA USA TODAY Sports 1  
Hansel Robles, NYM USA TODAY Sports 1  
Miguel Montero, CHC Rotowire 1  
Yan Gomes, CLE Rotowire 1  
Zack Cozart, CIN MLB.com 1  
Erasmo Ramirez, TB Fangraphs: Sleeper & Bust 1  
Marwin Gonzalez, HOU Fangraphs: Sleeper & Bust 1  

Todd Zola's Commentary

Pitching took a back seat this week with several teams looking to upgrade their infield and outfield. The big haul went to Steve Gardner, netting top prospect Cody Bellinger. The Dodger insist Bellinger's stay will be brief, as he's up to fill in for Joc Pederson. However, with Adrian Gonzalez showing his age, there's pathways to more playing time.

Michael A. Taylor gets first crack at filling Adam Eaton's shoes. Taylor has a little pop and can run, but has been exposed in the contact department when given regular playing time. Currently, the Nationals offense is crushing, as they lead the league in scoring by a wide margin, suggesting Taylor's offense could be secondary to defense. That said, the club is in win-now mode so at some point, Taylor will need to hit. Washington could trade for a center fielder or even turn to one of their promising youngsters, Andrew Stevenson or Victor Robles.

The on-again, off-again playing time for DeShields is back on again, in part due to Jurickson Profar being sent down to the minors. Many thought DeShields would be a bigger part of the Rangers outfield from opening day after he closed out 2016 with a bang, followed by a strong spring. He won't play every day, but when he's in the lineup, DeShields is a threat to swipe some bags.

After a horrendous start to the 2017 campaign, Jose Reyes was dropped all over the fantasy landscape. After a modest six-game hitting streak in which Reyes has gone 9-for-23 with two homers, 6 runs, 3 RBI and a pair of steals, he's back in our good graces. A hot week by Erick Aybar has him back on the map as well.

Todd's Take

Another week, another injury. Make that three as C.J. Cron, Tyler Skaggs and of course, Adam Eaton join Zach Britton, Madison Bumgarner, Josh Donaldson, Brandon Finnegan, J.D. Martinez, Jarrett Parker and Marcus Semien on my DL. Actually, the list has one fewer name as I dealt Bike Flip for Bat Flip, acquiring the slumping Jose Bautista from Jake Ciely for Madison Bumgarner. I grabbed Carlos Carrasco at a discount in the February draft, along with Julio Teheran so I felt it was more important to buy low on a potential slugger than hope MadBum can help me in three months. It'll be tough, but with injuries affecting everyone, the plan is to get through this early onset of health woes, then manage the categories as the walking wounded return.

 

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.

 blake parker

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Blake Parker, LAA Mastersball 5 Fangraphs 3 SiriusXM 1 Baseball Prospectus 1
    Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Cheslor Cuthbert, KC NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3      
Tyler Duffey, MIN NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 Mastersball 2 Baseball Prospectus 1  
Jim Adduci, DET USA TODAY Sports 3      
Yolmer Sanchez, CWS Baseball HQ 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 USA TODAY Sports 1  
Adam Warren, NYY Baseball HQ 1 Baseball Prospectus 1    
Mat Latos, TOR Baseball Prospectus 1      
JC Ramirez, LAA Baseball Prospectus 1      
Will Harris, HOU Baseball Prospectus 1      
Yusmeiro Petit, LAA Mastersball 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Ryan Goins, TOR NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball HQ 1    
Leury Garcia, CWS Rotowire 1 USA TODAY Sports 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Heath Hembree, BOS NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball Prospectus 1    
Tommy Kahnle, CWS Fangraphs 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

John Hicks, DET USA TODAY Sports 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Shane Peterson, TB USA TODAY Sports 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Cliff Pennington, LAA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball HQ 1
Matt Barnes, BOS NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball Prospectus 1
Zach McAllister, CLE NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Michael Tonkin, MIN Mastersball 1  
Alex Wilson, DET Baseball Prospectus 1  
Bryan Shaw, CLE Baseball Prospectus 1  
Casey Lawrence, TOR Baseball Prospectus 1  
Joe Jimenez, DET Baseball Prospectus 1  
Nick Vincent, SEA Baseball Prospectus 1  
James Hoyt, HOU Baseball HQ 1  
Joe Smith, TOR Baseball HQ 1  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

A session of spirited bidding occurred in AL LABR as we finish up our first month of play, and the guy I targeted, Blake Parker of the Angels, who-get this this--"might" get some Angels saves went to me for $5 with eight other teams submitting bids, six of them for $1.

Parket wound up as not just the most sought after, but the most expensive with Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs divvying up $3 a pop for both Tyler Duffey and Cheslor Cuthbert. while our host, Steve Gardner also went the whole three bucks for Jim Adduci

Finishing off the crooked bids, Dave Adler copped Yolmer Carlos Sanchez for a couple of bucks and the remaining fodder were battles for players new and old for a buck, with the winning contingent upon the combination of demand and position in the standings.

The likes of Tommy Kahnle, Heath Hembree, Ryan Goins, Yusmeiro Petit, and Mat Latos were all such acquisitions, and Mike Gianella made the whole strategy a point picking up Latos, JC Ramirez, and Will Harris all at the bargain basement price.

Todd's Take

Wow, what a bunch of meh. Usually, if I can't unearth a strategic point to discuss, I'll pick out a player I find intriguing and offer a thumbnail sketch. But man, I see no one.

So instead, I'll do this. The Mariners designated Leonys Martin. There are a couple of AL Central squads, the Indians and Tigers, in need of a center fielder. Yeah, Martin is off to a slow start, but in today's financial climate, his contract, just under 5 million, isn't cost prohibitive. I wouldn't be swift to cut bait, assuming you have a reserve spot to stash the fly chaser.

jose osuna

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jose Osuna, PIT Lenny Melnick 7 USA TODAY Sports 6 Baseball HQ 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Greg Garcia, STL USA TODAY Sports 5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball HQ 1 Mastersball 1
    RotoWire - DVR 1    
Allen Cordoba, SD Yakkertech 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2 USA TODAY Sports 2 Baseball HQ 1
    RotoWire - DVR 1    
Zach Eflin, PHI Yakkertech 2 Mastersball 2    
Chris Taylor, LAD Colton & The Wolfman 1 Mastersball 1 Baseball HQ 1  
Chase d'Arnaud, ATL RotoWire - DVR 1 USA TODAY Sports 1 Baseball HQ 1  
Patrick Kivlehan, CIN Mastersball 1 Yakkertech 2    
Daniel Descalso, ARI Baseball HQ 1 USA TODAY Sports 1    
Justin Grimm, CHC Derek Carty 1      
Wandy Peralta, CIN Mastersball 1      
Matt Bowman, STL Mastersball 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Hansel Robles, NYM Derek Carty 1
Neil Ramirez, SF Derek Carty 1

Brian Walton's Commentary

Jose Osuna was added to the Pirates’ roster with the suspension of Starling Marte. Though the 24-year old qualifies at first base initially, his likely deployment will be in the outfield. The promise of semi-regular at-bats led to five offers. Lenny Melnick at $7 barely edged the next-best bid by $1.

With the Cardinals infield shaky (Jhonny Peralta on the DL and Aledmys Diaz and Kolten Wong scuffling), reserve Greg Garcia is seeing more playing time and seems to have the confidence of manager Mike Matheny. Five owners wanted Garcia, but Steve Gardner of USA TODAY’s $5 did the loudest talking.

Allen Cordoba is an interesting story. Last season, the shortstop finished in the rookie-level Appalachian League. For that reason, the Cardinals left him unprotected in the Rule 5 Draft, but San Diego pounced. Though the 21-year-old has been eased into action early on, he is contributing. That led to four offers, with Steve Moyer of Yakkertech winning at $2 on a tiebreaker (standings).

Todd's Take

I, too, am intrigued with Cordoba. The initial plan was for Cordoba to rarely play but by rule he had to be on the Padres 25-man roster lest be returned to the Redbirds. A shortstop by trade, Cordoba saw some action in place of the struggling Travis Jankowski as well as at his natural position. Erick Aybar was signed as a stop-gap, if Cordoba can show anything, the (Ay)bar isn't set so high he can't earn a lot more playing time.

trevor rosenthal

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Trevor Rosenthal, STL Yahoo Sports 11 Yahoo Sports 5 @TheFantasyFix 4 RotoExperts/FNTSY 3
    Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 1    
Jordan Montgomery, NYY Fantasy Alarm 11 USA TODAY Sports 6 @TheFantasyFix 3 Scout Fantasy 2
    Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 2 RotoExperts/FNTSY 1 Rotowire 1
Taylor Motter, SEA Yahoo Sports 9 Baseball Prospectus 4 USA TODAY Sports 3 @TheFantasyFix 3
    Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 3 Scout Fantasy 3 RotoExperts/FNTSY 2
    Mastersball 1 Rotowire 1  
Zach Eflin, PHI ESPN.com 8 Rotowire 1    
Bud Norris, LAA Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 6 Yahoo Sports 6 @TheFantasyFix 4 Fangraphs 3
    Rotowire 2    
Wade Miley, BAL USA TODAY Sports 6 Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 4 @TheFantasyFix 3 Baseball Prospectus 1
Norichika Aoki, HOU ESPN.com 5      
Aaron Hicks, NYY Yahoo Sports 5 Yahoo Sports 3 USA TODAY Sports 2 Mastersball 1
    Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 1 Baseball HQ 1 @TheFantasyFix 1
Enrique Hernandez, LAD Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 4 Mastersball 1    
Chad Kuhl, PIT Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 4 Fantasy Alarm 8 Rotowire 1 @TheFantasyFix 1
Tim Beckham, TB Baseball Prospectus 3 Mastersball 1    
Juan Lagares, NYM ESPN.com 3      
Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE USA TODAY Sports 3 Mastersball 1 Fangraphs 1 Baseball HQ 1
Matt Davidson, CWS @TheFantasyFix 2 Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 1    
Ty Blach, SF Scout Fantasy 2 MLB.com 2    
Jacob Barnes, MIL @TheFantasyFix 2 Scout Fantasy 1    
Cody Reed, CIN Baseball Prospectus 1      
Yonder Alonso, OAK Mastersball 1 Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 4 Yahoo Sports 3  
Trevor Plouffe, OAK Mastersball 1 MLB.com 1 Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 1  
John Hicks, DET Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1      
Tyler Chatwood, COL RotoExperts/FNTSY 1 Fantasy Alarm 3    
Clayton Richard, SD Rotowire 1      
Alex Avila, DET Yahoo Sports 1 MLB.com 1 Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 1  
Austin Romine, NYY Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 1 Rotowire 1 MLB.com 1  
Whit Merrifield, KC Scout Fantasy 1      
Tucker Barnhart, CIN Rotowire 1 MLB.com 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Miguel Gonzalez, CWS Fantasy Alarm 6 Baseball Prospectus 1
Cody Bellinger, LAD @TheFantasyFix 2  
Justin Wilson, DET Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 2  
Albert Almora Jr., CHC Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 1  
Brad Hand, SD Baseball Prospectus 1  
Brad Peacock, HOU Yahoo Sports 1  
Chris Iannetta, ARI Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 1  
Ezequiel Carrera, TOR Mastersball 1  
Guillermo Heredia, SEA Mastersball 1  
Jhoulys Chacin, SD Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 1  
Martin Perez, TEX Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 1  
Robinson Chirinos, TEX Fangraphs Sleeper Bust 1  
Ronald Torreyes, NYY USA TODAY Sports 1  
Scooter Gennett, CIN Baseball Prospectus 1  
Scott Feldman, CIN Rotowire 1  
Tyler Anderson, COL @TheFantasyFix 1  

Todd Zola's Commentary

Busy week for Mixed LABR with injuries and suspensions running amok.

Despite Seung Hwan Oh seemingly rounding into form, Trevor Rosenthal garnered the highest bid, with Scott Pianowski hoping the former closer becomes the current closer, or at minimum returns to dominating form, providing whiffs and ratio support, along with the occasional ninth inning bonus.

Taylor Motter drew bids from 10 of the 15 owners, the odd thing being he has more hair than all 10 of us combined. Short-term, Motter is filling in for Jean Segura. Long term, with the DFA of Leonys Martin, some outfield run is possible, as is some time at first base. Dan Vogelbach has been summoned, ostensibly to play the strong side of a platoon with Danny Valencia. If the club is willing to potential eat 5 million from Martin, what's another 3 million by letting Valencia go? Motter could also see time when Guillermo Heredia cools off. It's not a sure thing Motter plays regularly after Segura returns, but there's a plausible pathway to at bats. The Mariners have demonstrated they'll play the hot hand, but they'll also cut bait when the ride ends. The power he's displaying will no doubt wane, though he can pop one out now and again. Earlier in his minor league career, Motted was tracking with decnt on base skills, but they've declined the past couple of years. He does, however, have the ability steal some bags, fitting in well with the Seattle's new-found proclivity to run.

Todd's Take

Some guy has four of his six first picks on the DL. Oh wait, that's me. I'm scrambling with Josh Donaldson, Madison Bumgarner, J.D. Martinez and Zach Britton shelved. So much for following last season's blueprint of strong pitching with safe hitting. Like anyone in this situation, all I can do is plug the holes, stay on top of matchups and hope I'm still competitive when my walking wounded return. The loss of MadBum will be hardest to overcome, since the draft was built around the contributions he provides. Getting Carlos Carrasco at a discount in February helps. Last week, I added Derek Holland and Chase Anderson, which is why I didn't go hard after arms this week, instead looking to fill in the hitters. I also have Marcus Semien, out for a while after wrist surgery.

Not seeing much differentiation between the flotsam and jetsam to upgrade my corner and utility, I strung together two sets of $1 bids, landing on Yonder Alonso and Trevor Plouffe to take the place of Yandy Diaz and Chase Headley.

Good times.

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