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LABR FAAB Report: Week of June 18 PDF Print E-mail
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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, 13-team NL only and 15-team Mixed 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.

franklin-morales

AMERICAN LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

PLAYER AWARDED WINNING BID
MORALES, FRANKLIN 17 NFBC 8 Jason Col 3 KFFL 1 Jeff Eric 1 Full Moon 1 Perry
WELLS, CASPER 6 Perry 4 BHQ 3 Jeff Eric 3 KFFL 2 Nate Ravi
MAZZARO, VIN 3 KFFL
BURTON, JARED 1 Perry
MARSON, LOU 1 Nate Ravi
KELLY, DON 1 Jeff Eric 1 Perry
GRIMM, JUSTIN 1 Full Moon
WISE, DEWAYNE 1 Jason Col
VILLANUEVA, CARLOS 1 Jeff Eric

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

VILLARREAL, BRAYAN 1 KFFL 1 Full Moon
ACCARDO, JEREMY 1 Full Moon
ATCHISON, SCOTT 1 Perry
BLEVINS, JERRY 1 Perry
BURTON, JARED 1 Jeff Eric
ROGERS, ESMIL 1 Full Moon
STEWART, ZACH 1 Jeff Eric

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Like many I was impressed with Boston Red reliever Franklin Morales in his spot start for the Red Sox on Sunday night. After Bobby V delivered a likely unprintable message Morales got himself straightened out and ended up with five innings pitched giving up two runs on four hits and no walks while striking out nine Cubs. But there is no guarantee that gets him another start so I was a little surprised to see a $17 bid from the NFBC duo of Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs which more than doubled the underbid of $8. However the bet could doesn’t have to be immediately successful to pay dividends so we will see.

Part of their reasoning may be that with Roy Oswalt already owned along with the most likely minor league prospects that they didn’t have enough FAAB dollars to fight for a starter who might get traded over. Just conjecture there but certainly reasonable if you look at the other contending rosters.

My $6 bid for Casper “hopefully the friendly LFer” Wells edged BHQ's Dave Adler by two bucks, and Rotowire’s Jeff Erickson by three dollars so I was able to get Ryan Sweeney’s slot while he rests on the disabled list. I was not as fortunate in trying to replace Mike Carp as both Erickson and I bid $1 on Detroit’s Don Kelly, but he won the tie on the lower in the standings rule. So I DLed Carp and activated Alex Liddi on the off chance he might get called back up during the week – a better chance than either Carp, Sweeney, or Andy Dirks coming off the DL. In case you are wondering, freshly recalled Red Sox outfielder Ryan Kalish was not available having been bought in the original draft.

I also needed to replace a DLed Drew Smyly, and while I was obviously higher on Erasmo Ramirez of the Mariners than the rest of the league (no one bid on him this week) I didn’t like the one start in Arizona. Like Morales I don’t think that Justin Grimm of the Rangers necessarily gets another start for the Rangers, so again Erickson won the tie-breaker over several teams who all ventured just a dollar for the chance he might start. Jared Burton of the Twins was next on my list and added for a dollar. I really need Smyly to come back next week as the Tigers are thinking and for the Mariners to call up Danny Hultzen to get some help for my pitching staff.

travis-wood

NATIONAL LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

PLAYER AWARDED WINNING BID
WOOD, TRAVIS 6 RotoWire 6 BHQ 1 ESPN - EK
VALBUENA, LUIS 4 Greg Ambr 2 BP Carty 2 Full Moon
KELLY, JOE 4 USAT
MARTINEZ, MICHAEL 2 BP Carty
ZIEGLER, BRAD 1 lawr mich
THATCHER, JOE 1 Greg Ambr 1 BIS
COLLMENTER, JOSH 1 BHQ
VERAS, JOSE 1 BHQ
MALDONADO, MARTIN 1 BP Carty
OHLENDORF, ROSS 1 Full Moon 1 Greg Ambr
REDMOND, TODD 1 BIS
SIMON, ALFREDO 1 BHQ

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

BELISARIO, RONALD 1 Greg Ambr
BURRISS, EMMANUEL 1 Greg Ambr
GONZALEZ, MIKE 1 BIS
HUGHES, JARED 1 Greg Ambr
LOE, KAMERON 1 BIS
LOUX, SHANE 1 BHQ
NICKEAS, MICHAEL 1 BP Carty
NIEVES, WIL 1 BP Carty
SOLANO, DONOVAN 1 Greg Ambr
WRIGHT, JAMEY 1 BIS

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

There is almost a touch of mid-season irony in this week's LABR transactions.

Of this week's moves, BBHQ's acquisition of Josh Collmenter for $1 was near and dear. I had, after all, bagged the Arizona right hander during the early March auction for $6. I had liked Collmenter since I saw him in the Fall League a few years ago, and the six bucks seemed reasonable based upon his pretty good 2011 (10-10, 3.38, 1.07 WHIP). But, I dumped him rather unceremoniously a month into the season. Good luck Doug Dennis. You are a brave man. (Doug also bagged the most expensive purchase of the week in Travis Wood, at $6. Wood replaced Brad Lincoln on the BBHQ roster).

Showing that the NL owners are indeed willing to risk their pitching in deference to the horrible spate of injuries this season, Full Moon picked up Ross Ohlendorf (if they had seen him pitch Saturday in Oakland, they may have reconsidered), Steve Moyer (BIS) placed Brian Beachy on the DL for Todd Redmond ($1), Greg Ambrosius picked up Joe Thatcher ($1), and, well, I nabbed Brad Ziegler ($1), though I was only trying to replace the injured Wilton Lopez.

Things are indeed thin all over in the free agent pool. Just ask Ambrosius, who along with his NFBC mate Shawn Childs are replacing Troy Tulowitzki with Luis Valbuena ($4).

Thin, and tough.

The worst part is there is very little end in sight.

kris-medlen

MIXED LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

PLAYER AWARDED WINNING BID
MOSS, BRANDON 6 Razzball 1 Fred Zink
WESTBROOK, JAKE 3 Clay Dave
SMITH, SETH 3 BBHQ 2 KFFL
PERKINS, GLEN 2 KFFL
PEARCE, STEVEN 2 Jonah Ker
MINOR, MIKE 1 Mike Pod
MEDLEN, KRIS 1 Mike Pod
LUDWICK, RYAN 1 KFFL 1 Fred Zink
BENOIT, JOAQUIN 1 Fred Zink
NOESI, HECTOR 1 Fred Zink
SIMMONS, ANDRELTON 1 Fred Zink
GRIMM, JUSTIN 1 Fred Zink 3 Clay Dave

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

HAIRSTON, SCOTT 3 BBHQ
MAYBERRY, JOHN 3 BBHQ
QUINTANA, JOSE 2 Clay Dave
GUTIERREZ, FRANKLI 1 KFFL
HOCHEVAR, LUKE 1 KFFL
MAXWELL, JUSTIN 1 KFFL
POLANCO, PLACIDO 1 KFFL
MARQUIS, JASON 1 Fred Zink
NOESI, HECTOR 1 Fred Zink
HENDRIKS, LIAM 1 Clay Dave
SAUNDERS, MICHAEL 1 Razzball 1 KFFL
VILLANUEVA, CARLOS 1 Fred Zink

Todd Zola's Commentary:

Yawn. I know, I'm supposed to come up with something pithy, compelling, enlightening, informative and entertaining, but come on, look this list -- YAWN!! It looks like a typical AL or NL only list in terms of talent.

Brandon Moss the highlight of the week, really? REALLY? So much for Brandon Allen, Daric Barton and Kila Ka'aihue, it's Moss time. 

Mike Podherzer may have come away with the sleeper (pun intended) of the week with Kris Medlen, who is being stretched out to start for the Braves. With Brandon Beachy being replaced by Jair Jurrjens, Atlanta could use a little shot in the arm from Medlen.

In case you are wondering where my bids are this week, I did not forget (again), I just fell asleep looking through the names.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 June 2012 13:42
 

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