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 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.
|PLAYER AWARDED||WINNING BID|
|Hank Conger, LAA||4 SiriusXM||1 Mastersball|
|Sean Rodriguez, TB||2 RotoWire||1 Mastersball|
|Wilkin Ramirez, MIN||2 Mastersball||1 RotoWire|
|Elliot Johnson, KC||2 Baseball HQ||2 RotoWire||2 Mastersball|
|Darin Downs, DET||1 USA TODAY Sports||1 Baseball HQ|
|Ryan Flaherty, BAL||1 RotoWire||1 Baseball HQ|
|Alberto Gonzalez, NYY||1 Mastersball|
|Carlos Corporan, HOU||1 Mastersball|
|Jerry Blevins, OAK||1 Baseball HQ|
|Brayan Pena, DET||3 SiriusXM||1 Mastersball|
|Bryan Shaw, CLE||1 USA TODAY Sports|
|Joe Smith, CLE||1 USA TODAY Sports|
|Oliver Perez, SEA||1 USA TODAY Sports|
|George Kottaras, KC||1 Mastersball|
|Boone Logan, NYY||1 Baseball HQ|
|Brendan Harris, LAA||1 Baseball HQ|
|Eric Sogard, OAK||1 Baseball HQ|
|T.J. McFarland, BAL||1 Baseball HQ|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
Again not a lot for the LABRites to get excited about. Hank Conger got a $4 bid and a tryout on his third LABR team of the year. Good Luck to Ray Flowers (Sirius/XM)
I landed a different catcher to replace my disabled A.J. Pierzynski and got Carlos Corporan of the Houston Astros who actually has some pop and I will just hope he gets a few starts until AJ comes back. I also needed a MI to replace the injured (but sadly not DLed Pedro Florimon) and lost a tie-breaker on Elliot Johnson so won Alberto Gonzalez, new Yankee for a dollar. My third bid of the week was $2 to get Minnesota fly chaser Wilkin Ramirez to play UT for me until Conor Gallaspie is back in the lineup.
|PLAYER AWARDED||WINNING BID|
|Derek Dietrich, MIA||13 NFBC/Stats, Inc.||7 Steve Moyer||5 USA TODAY Sports||3 RotoWire|
|3 Baseball HQ||3 ESPN - Karabell||1 RotoWire|
|Skip Schumaker, LAD||10 RotoWire||5 USA TODAY Sports||4 Steve Moyer|
|Juan Nicasio, COL||6 USA TODAY Sports|
|Juan Uribe, LAD||5 RotoWire||3 Baseball HQ|
|Jeanmar Gomez, PIT||5 RotoWire||2 USA TODAY Sports|
|Donald Lutz, CIN||4 Yahoo! Sports||7 NFBC/Stats, Inc.||1 RotoWire||1 Baseball HQ|
|Luis Cruz, LAD||3 USA TODAY Sports||1 RotoWire||1 Steve Moyer|
|Mike Baxter, NYM||3 Baseball HQ||8 NFBC/Stats, Inc.||5 RotoWire|
|Chad Gaudin, SF||1 Yahoo! Sports|
|Jonathan Herrera, COL||1 Steve Moyer||3 RotoWire||1 Baseball HQ|
|Reid Brignac, COL||1 DerekCarty.com|
|Francisco Peguero, SF||1 Baseball HQ|
|Scott Van Slyke, LAD||3 NFBC/Stats, Inc.||1 RotoWire|
|Nick Noonan, SF||1 RotoWire||1 Steve Moyer|
|Derrick Robinson, CIN||1 RotoWire|
|Eury Perez, WSH||1 RotoWire|
|Josh Wilson, ARI||1 RotoWire|
|Ryan Sweeney, CHC||1 RotoWire|
|Nick Green, MIA||1 Steve Moyer|
|Adam Ottavino, COL||1 USA TODAY Sports|
|Alfredo Figaro, MIL||1 USA TODAY Sports|
|Justin Wilson, PIT||1 USA TODAY Sports|
Lawr Michaels' CommentaryMiami second sacker Derek Dietrich is the guy who garnered the attention this week, to the tune of a $13 price tage for NFBC mates Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs.
A second round pick of the Rays in 2010, Dietrich was swapped to the Fish for Yunel Escobar last December, and after assembling .282-4-16 totals over 28 Jacksonville games (with 16 walks to 23 whiffs the 23-year old as brought forth to add some keystone juice.
So far Dietrich is hitting .364-1-3 over his first three games, enough to generate six failed bids ranging from $1-$7.
Perhaps a more reliable second sack gamble would have been the Dodgers Skip Schumaker, who is getting regular playing time with Mark Ellis injured.
Schumaker is hitting .357-0-1 over the past week, and has 11 walks to nine whiffs this season and that was enough for Jeff Erickson of Rotowire to expend a $10 bid (beating out offers of $4 and $5) for the career .286 hitter.
Two other purchases of interest are both San Francisco Giants, and though each only went for a buck, each is worthy of tracking in your league.
Starting with veteran Chad Gaudin, a journeyman if there ever was one, has an 0-1, 1.27 mark over his first 21 innings this season at ATT, with 21 punch outs and a WHIP of 1.031. Brad Evans gambled the $1 for his Yahoo! Team, and that could indeed be a quiet winner of a pick for the season as Gaudin generally picks up mop-up innings. Meaning he will pad the stats, but generally not hurt them.
Then, Giants youngster/flychaser Francisco Peguero went to Doug Dennis of BaseballHQ, also for $1. Though Peguero's tenure with the team is largely based upon the injury factor, he has a .307-34-327 minor league line that includes 128 swipes.
|PLAYER AWARDED||WINNING BID|
|Junichi Tazawa, BOS||17 Mastersball||16 RotoWire||12 Baseball Prospectus||7 USA TODAY Sports|
|Scott Feldman, CHC||6 USA TODAY Sports||2 RotoWire||2 Mastersball||1 KFFL.com|
|Jordan Schafer, ATL||6 Baseball Prospectus|
|Jason Marquis, SD||3 Clay Davenport||1 USA TODAY Sports|
|Jarrod Dyson, KC||3 Baseball HQ||3 KFFL.com|
|Derek Dietrich, MIA||2 RotoWire|
|Kelvin Herrera, KC||1 Sports Grumblings|
|Koji Uehara, BOS||1 RotoWire||1 Sports Grumblings|
|Robbie Grossman, HOU||1 Razzball|
|Eric Stults, SD||1 Mastersball|
|Lyle Overbay, NYY||1 KFFL.com|
|Luke Scott, TB||2 Baseball HQ|
|Jeanmar Gomez, PIT||1 Mastersball||1 USA TODAY Sports|
|Jamey Carroll, MIN||1 RotoWire|
|Jayson Nix, NYY||1 RotoWire|
|Leury Garcia, TEX||1 RotoWire|
|Nick Punto, LAD||1 RotoWire|
|Pete Kozma, STL||1 RotoWire|
|Jimmy Paredes, HOU||1 Razzball|
|Nolan Reimold, BAL||1 Razzball|
|Corey Kluber, CLE||1 Mastersball|
|Luis Mendoza, KC||1 KFFL.com|
Todd Zola's Commentary
I've been carrying Vinnie Pestano on my reserves with the hope Chris Perez is dealt at the trade deadline as well as for weeks I want to bench a starting pitcher with rough matchups. Well, I haven't used Pestano and now he's hurt so I was going to replace him anyway, but when Tazawa inherited the Red Sox closer gig, I opted to make a decent play for him and now I own him. I expect a healthy Bailey to usurp the job back but I also don't expect Bailey to stay healthy so there's a decent chance Tazawa ends up leading Boston in saves with a total in the 20's - I'll take a FAAB buck (or so) a save.
I also wanted to improve my streaming abilty (full disclosure, I just mistyped that as streaking ability which would have led to some ugly images so I'm glad I caught it). Where was I. Oh yeah, I was rationalizing Eric Stults. Long story short is I had the injured Clayton Richard on my roster so I figured why not just get the healthy version.