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Saturday 21st Oct 2017


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 above 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.




Player Awarded Winning Bid
Maurer, Brandon 43 Fangraphs 12 KFFL.com 8 ESPN.com 6 SiriusXM
3 Colton & Wolf 3 Mastersball 3 Colton & Wolf
5 Baseball HQ
Tepesch, Nicholas 13 Fangraphs 21 Fangraphs
Ankiel, Rick 11 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7 KFFL.com 4 ESPN.com 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
1 Mastersball
Cedeno, Ronny 9 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 KFFL.com 2 Mastersball
Peacock, Brad 9 KFFL.com 4 SiriusXM 4 Colton & Wolf 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
DeRosa, Mark 5 USA TODAY 1 Mastersball
Mendoza, Luis 5 SiriusXM 6 KFFL.com 2 Mastersball 1 Baseball HQ
Francisco, Ben 4 Mastersball 1 Baseball HQ 1 KFFL.com
Overbay, Lyle 3 Baseball HQ AA
Axelrod, Dylan 2 Mastersball 1 Baseball HQ 1 Colton & Wolf
Flaherty, Ryan 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball HQ 1 Mastersball 1 ESPN.com
Borbon, Julio 1 Mastersball
Iglesias, Jose 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. AA
Jepsen, Kevin 1 Baseball HQ 1 KFFL.com
Lobaton, Jose 1 Colton & Wolf AA
Pearce, Steve 1 KFFL.com 4 USA TODAY 2 Baseball HQ 1 Mastersball
Ross, David 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball HQ 1 USA TODAY 1 KFFL.com
1 Colton & Wolf 1 Mastersball
Strop, Pedro 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 KFFL.com
Villarreal, Brayan 1 Colton & Wolf 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.


Correia, Kevin 21 Fangraphs
Sogard, Eric 5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball HQ 1 KFFL.com 1 Mastersball
Cruz, Rhiner 4 SiriusXM
Delabar, Steve 4 SiriusXM 2 Fangraphs 1 Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Feliz, Neftali 4 SiriusXM
Lindstrom, Matt 3 SiriusXM
Farnsworth, Kyle 2 Fangraphs
Florimon, Pedro 2 Mastersball
Fuld, Sam 2 USA TODAY 1 Mastersball
Garcia, Leury 2 Mastersball
Hendriks, Liam 2 KFFL.com
Albers, Matt 1 SiriusXM
Andino, Robert 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Mastersball
Baker, Jeff 1 Mastersball
Beavan, Blake 1 KFFL.com
Blevins, Jerry 1 Baseball HQ
Conger, Hank 1 Colton & Wolf 1 KFFL.com
Fien, Casey 1 Fangraphs
Johnson, Elliot 1 Mastersball
Jones, Nate 1 Fangraphs
Kirkman, Michael 1 KFFL.com
Kottaras, George 1 Colton & Wolf 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Nix, Jayson 1 Baseball HQ 1 KFFL.com 1 Mastersball 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Pena, Brayan 1 Colton & Wolf 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Santiago, Ramon 1 Mastersball

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Most of the teams in the AL were content to spend relatively minor amounts to fix some players who it the DL or were sent down, but Enos Sarris of Fangraphs needed pitching help and spent more than half of his $100 budget for the year to roster Mariner rookie starting pitcher Brandon Maurer for $43 and soon to be Ranger starting pitcher Nick Tepesch for $13. While I think he will happy with both those starters he won't like the fact that the highest of many underbids on Maurer was $12 while no on bid on Tepesch (probably thinking he wouldn't be available yet).

I had to replace a DLed Hiroyuki Nakajima at MI and got my second choice of Pedro Florimon for $2. Ronny Cedeno of the Astros went for $9 to Rotowire's Chris Liss. I also needed to replace Juan Rivera and Casper Wells. I beat the one dollar bids on Ben Francisco with a $4 toss and tried something different than the real rags available in the outfield by claiming Julio Borbon for a dollar hoping the Rangers find a trade partner for him in the next week before they are likely forced to put him on waivers to activate Tepesch. I was much less happy that I had to replace Drew Smyly from my pitching staff but with him not starting I just can't afford to leave that slot vacant and got Dylan Axelrod of the Pale Hose for $2. Fortunately I had also drafted Rick Porcello so Smyly's loss was covered.




Player Awarded Winning Bid
Fernandez, Jose 17 ESPN - Ravitz 13 USA TODAY
Gonzalez, Alex 12 USA TODAY 10 DerekCarty.com 3 Sandlot Shrink 1 Baseball HQ
Coghlan, Chris 8 Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Pollock, A.J. 8 ESPN - Ravitz 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Punto, Nick 7 Mastersball 3 USA TODAY 1 DerekCarty.com
Ransom, Cody 6 USA TODAY 2 DerekCarty.com 1 ESPN - Karabell
Torrealba, Yorvit 3 Steve Moyer 2 ESPN - Ravitz 2 DerekCarty.com 1 Baseball HQ
Hannahan, Jack 2 DerekCarty.com 3 USA TODAY 1 Baseball HQ
Henderson, Jim 2 Colton & Wolf
Maldonado, Martin 2 ESPN - Ravitz 1 Steve Moyer 1 Baseball HQ 1 DerekCarty.com
Ross, Tyson 2 Sandlot Shrink 1 Colton & Wolf
Donald, Jason 1 DerekCarty.com
Locke, Jeff 1 Colton & Wolf
Navarro, Dioner 1 Baseball HQ 1 Steve Moyer 1 DerekCarty.com
Ramos, A.J. 1 Baseball HQ
Skipworth, Kyle 1 DerekCarty.com


Uribe, Juan 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 USA TODAY 1 DerekCarty.com 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Wilson, Josh 1 DerekCarty.com
Badenhop, Burke 1 Colton & The Wolf
Baker, John 1 DerekCarty.com 1 Steve Moyer
Brignac, Reid 1 DerekCarty.com
Clevenger, Steve 1 DerekCarty.com
Cruz, Tony 1 DerekCarty.com 1 Steve Moyer
Davis, Khristopher 1 Baseball HQ
Herrera, Jonathan 1 DerekCarty.com 1 USA TODAY
Hughes, Jared 1 Baseball HQ 1 ESPN - Ravitz
Inge, Brandon 1 USA TODAY
Kontos, George 1 Baseball HQ
LeCure, Sam 1 Baseball HQ
McDonald, John 1 DerekCarty.com
Nieves, Wil 1 Baseball HQ 1 DerekCarty.com 1 Steve Moyer
Nix, Laynce 1 Baseball HQ
Noonan, Nick 1 DerekCarty.com
Paul, Xavier 1 Baseball HQ
Pena, Ramiro 1 DerekCarty.com
Quintanilla, Omar 1 DerekCarty.com
Quintero, Humberto 1 DerekCarty.com
Recker, Anthony 1 DerekCarty.com 1 Steve Moyer
Salas, Fernando 1 Baseball HQ
Tracy, Chad 1 DerekCarty.com

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

With all due respect to the 15 players plucked from the Free Agent Pool in NL LABR this week not named Jose Fernandez, for the most part those guys are all fillers.

Fernandez, on the other hand, could be a bone fide whiz kid of an arm who went to ESPN and Nate Ravitz for $17 (topping out Steve Gardner's $13 USA Today bid).

Just 20 years old, Fernandez was the Marlins first round pick in 2011 out of Braulio Alonso High School, in Tampa Florida. The big (6'2", 240 lb) right-hander went 7-0 1.59 at Greensboro last year, then moved to High-A Jupiter and went 7-1, 1.96, striking out a total of 158 over 134 innings, logging a miniscule 0.925 WHIP.

With little to lose, the Fish simply advanced Fernandez to the majors and their rotation and Monsieur Ravitz should indeed be able to cull some whiffs from his new treasure, although he will likely get some 20-year old rookie lumps as Fernandez tries to pitch a team searching for an identity to respectability.

Still, a nice move and gamble for a guy who ranked #19 on the Mastersball Top 250 Prospect List for 2013.

The other clamoring you might have heard was for Alex Gonzalez of the Brewers, the "former" shortstop now being pressed into some first base duties thanks to injuries to Corey Hart, Mat Gamel, and Taylor Green. Gonzalez does have 156 career dingers, so maybe his bat will help the same Steve Gardner who missed out on Fernandez buoy his NL LABR offense.




Player Awarded Winning Bid
Fernandez, Jose 22 DFSEdge 12 Yahoo! 6 Bloomberg 2 Razzball 1 RotoWire
1 Fangraphs 1 KFFL.com
Boggs, Mitchell 13 Mastersball 12 RotoWire 10  Grumblings 10 USA TODAY 5 Bloomberg
3 Razzball 3 DFSEdge 3 Fangraphs 3 KFFL.com
3 MLB.com
Porcello, Rick 12 Yahoo! 6 RotoWire 3 Fangraphs 3 KFFL.com 3 MLB.com
2 Bloomberg 1  Grumblings 3 Baseball HQ
Bradley, Jackie 10  Grumblings 3 Baseball HQ 1 MLB.com
DeJesus, David 10 USA TODAY
Parra, Gerardo 8 MLB.com 9 USA TODAY 4 KFFL.com 2 Fangraphs 1 USA TODAY
Gonzalez, Alex 7 Mastersball 1  Grumblings
Maurer, Brandon 5 USA TODAY 4 RotoWire 1 Bloomberg 1 KFFL.com 1 MLB.com
Coke, Phil 5  Grumblings 3 KFFL.com 2 Razzball
Polanco, Placido 3 Yahoo!
Leake, Mike 3 Yahoo! 1 Baseball HQ 1 Razzball
Alburquerque, Al 3 Razzball 3  Grumblings 2 USA TODAY
Nunez, Eduardo 2 KFFL.com 1 MLB.com
Phelps, David 2 Baseball HQ
Quintana, Jose 2 DFSEdge
Reimold, Nolan 2 Baseball HQ 3 USA TODAY 2 Fangraphs
Boesch, Brennan 1 Fangraphs
Cruz, Luis 1 RotoWire 1  Grumblings
Gonzalez, Miguel 1 MLB.com
Hanigan, Ryan 1 ESPN.com
Kozma, Pete 1 RotoWire
Nicasio, Juan 1 Baseball HQ
Salas, Fernando 1 RotoWire 1 Razzball
Valdespin, Jordany 1 Mastersball 8 USA TODAY 1 USA TODAY
Westbrook, Jake 1 Razzball 1  Grumblings


Cowgill, Collin 8 USA TODAY 3 Bloomberg 1  Grumblings
Mayberry, John 4 USA TODAY 1  Grumblings
Donaldson, Josh 3 Yahoo! 1 KFFL.com
Zito, Barry 3 Yahoo! 1 Razzball 1  Grumblings
Schierholtz, Nate 3 USA TODAY
Gutierrez, Franklin 2 KFFL.com 1  Grumblings
Wells, Vernon 2 KFFL.com 2  Grumblings 2 Bloomberg
Hundley, Nick 2 ESPN.com
Adams, Mike 1  Grumblings
Byrd, Marlon 1  Grumblings
Dotel, Octavio 1  Grumblings
Francisco, Ben 1  Grumblings
Loney, James 1  Grumblings
Cedeno, Ronny 1 RotoWire
Ellis, Mark 1 RotoWire 1 Mastersball
Hairston Jr., Jerry 1 RotoWire
Bedard, Erik 1 Razzball
Capps, Carter 1 Razzball
Hughes, Phil 1 Razzball
Villarreal, Brayan 1 Razzball
Mendoza, Luis 1 MLB.com
Crawford, Brandon 1 Mastersball 1 RotoWire
Dozier, Brian 1 Mastersball
Getz, Chris 1 Mastersball
Arrieta, Jake 1 KFFL.com
Dyson, Jarrod 1 KFFL.com
Kendrick, Kyle 1 KFFL.com
Buck, John 1 ESPN.com
Kazmir, Scott 1 Bloomberg
Nova, Ivan 1 Bloomberg 1 Razzball
Happ, J.A. 1 Baseball HQ 1 KFFL.com

Todd Zola's Commentary

With the mixed LABR draft taking place in late February, there were many holes to be filled by my fellow combatants and me. I needed a shortstop to replace Stephen Drew and Tyler Greene so I opted for a first baseman - well, a shortstop playing first base for Milwaukee in Alex Gonzalez. I'll keep an eye on the wire in the next couple of weeks to find someone else or I'll make a deal if Drew's debut is delayed.

I left the draft light on saves so I made a strong play for Mitchell Boggs. The news on Jason Motte is still fuzzy but in a mixed league, I don't worry about over-spending early since the inventory will be plush enough to keep my team viable all season even if it means a few $1 replacements along the way.

While I'm going to say I wish I could take my bid on Jordany Valdespin back, I am less certain he will play enough to be mixed league worthy as the Mets are doing the right thing and taking a good look at Collin Cowgill. Don't be surprised if Valdespin is dropped next week for another shortstop. In general though, in mixed, I don't wait until I need a replacement, if there is someone on the wire I feel could help at some point, I'll get them before I actually need them. I had Jordan Pacheco to spare since the hope he qualifies at catcher is dwindling.

The big pickup this week was Cuban phenom Jose Fernandez as he was announced as Miami's fifth starter. Lawr and I discussed making a play for him in the FSTA league but the instances of Dwight Gooden or Felix Hernandez hitting the ground running are few and far between.


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