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|
|Brayan Pena, DET||13 Fangraphs||3 Mastersball|
|Jose Iglesias, BOS||4 Winning Fantasy Baseball||1 Mastersball|
|Danny Valencia, BAL||2 Colton & Wolf|
|P.J. Walters, MIN||4 NFBC/Stats, Inc.|
|Joe Smith, CLE||4 Winning Fantasy Baseball||2 Mastersball|
|Cody Allen, CLE||1 USA TODAY Sports||1 KFFL.com||1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.|
|Robert Coello, LAA||1 Colton & Wolf||4 Mastersball|
|David Ross, BOS||1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.|
|Adam Warren, NYY||1 KFFL.com|
|Yamaico Navarro, BAL||1 Mastersball|
|Hector Gimenez, CWS||2 Fangraphs|
|Andrew Miller, BOS||1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.|
|Brendan Harris, LAA||1 Mastersball|
|Carlos Triunfel, SEA||1 Mastersball|
|Leury Garcia, TEX||1 Mastersball|
|Bryan Shaw, CLE||1 KFFL.com|
|Caleb Thielbar, MIN||1 KFFL.com|
|Carlos Corporan, HOU||1 Fangraphs|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
With Alex Avila continuing almost a year of suckitude, Brayan Pena has continued to get more playing time from Jim Leyland and has responded by hitting .300 while doing a great job behind the plate. Id doesn't take long for LABR caliber players to jump aboard and Fangraphs' Eno Sarris put $13 up to get Penai into his lineup this week.
I was finally successful in getting a replacement for Alberto Gonzalez by getting Yamaico Navarro for a dollar this week (unsuccessful on Jose Iglesias who went for $4). Obviously my $3 bid on Pena was wide right but I was the underbidder. I also bid $4 on Angels reliever Robert Coello whose forkball is baffling AL West hitters and Angel catchers (hint to Hank Conger turn your mitt up not down), but lost it to the Colton/Wolf team. Hopefully they don't get many saves from him.
|PLAYER AWARDED||WINNING BID|
|DJ LeMahieu, COL||17 DerekCarty.com||9 ESPN - Ravitz||6 Colton & Wolf||6 Steve Moyer|
|1 ESPN - Karabell||1 Baseball HQ|
|Tyler Lyons, STL||6 ESPN - Ravitz||2 DerekCarty.com|
|Chris Coghlan, MIA||3 Baseball HQ||1 DerekCarty.com|
|Tyler Chatwood, COL||2 Sandlot Shrink|
|Chad Qualls, MIA||2 NFBC/Stats, Inc.|
|Daniel Descalso, STL||1 Steve Moyer||1 Baseball HQ||1 DerekCarty.com|
|Jeff Kobernus, WSH||1 Colton & Wolf|
|John Baker, SD||1 Baseball HQ|
|Guillermo Quiroz, SF||1 Baseball HQ|
|Jeff Mathis, MIA||1 Baseball HQ|
|Juan Lagares, NYM||1 Baseball HQ|
|Justin Wilson, PIT||1 ESPN - Ravitz|
|Roger Bernadina, WSH||1 Baseball HQ|
|Ryan Sweeney, CHC||1 Baseball HQ|
|Scott Van Slyke, LAD||1 Baseball HQ|
|Tim Stauffer, SD||1 ESPN - Ravitz|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
As we past Memorial Day, the first important milepost of the season, filling the middle infielder spot seems to be the call to "gloves," if you will.
But, before we look at the troika of defenders nabbed in LABR this week, perhaps the big coup was Nate Ravitz collecting St. Louis starting hurler Tyler Lyons for a relatively cheap $6 bid.
Lyons, hot off a fine start (seven innings, four hits, a run, and four whiffs) is probably going to stay in the Cards rotation as long as he both produces, and the St. Louis rotation is hampered. Which it surely is at present. Only one other bid of $2 came in, meaning pitching is not really where eyes were focused this week (despite Bob Radomski's $2 taking of Tyler Chatwood).
Derek Carty spent a full $17, earning the rights to D.J. LeMahieu, outdistancing five other wanna be owners whose desires stopped at $9.
Then, Chris Coughlan went to Doug Dennis and BaseballHQ for $3 (uncontested), while Steve Moyer picked up Daniel Descalso for a dollar (also uncontested).
If might be a tough season on arms, but this week, apparently it was a tough season up the middle.
|PLAYER AWARDED||WINNING BID|
|Francisco Rodriguez, MIL||11 USA TODAY Sports||7 KFFL.com||5 Sports Grumblings||3 Fangraphs|
|Kevin Gausman, BAL||8 RotoWire||4 Fangraphs||3 Baseball HQ||2 Sports Grumblings|
|1 Razzball||1 KFFL.com|
|John Danks, CWS||7 KFFL.com|
|Vinnie Pestano, CLE||6 KFFL.com||1 RotoWire|
|Joe Smith, CLE||5 Sports Grumblings|
|Corey Kluber, CLE||4 Mastersball||4 Fangraphs||1 RotoWire|
|Jake Odorizzi, TB||4 RotoWire||3 Fangraphs||2 KFFL.com||1 Razzball|
|DJ LeMahieu, COL||2 Razzball|
|Yan Gomes, CLE||2 KFFL.com||1 Baseball HQ|
|Mike Fiers, MIL||1 Baseball HQ|
|Erik Kratz, PHI||1 Baseball HQ||1 KFFL.com|
|Tim Stauffer, SD||1 RotoWire|
|Darren O'Day, BAL||6 KFFL.com||5 Sports Grumblings||3 Mastersball|
|Rex Brothers, COL||6 KFFL.com||3 USA TODAY Sports||1 Sports Grumblings|
|Cody Allen, CLE||3 Mastersball||1 USA TODAY Sports|
|Eric Chavez, ARI||3 KFFL.com|
|Tyler Chatwood, COL||1 Sports Grumblings|
|Vidal Nuno, NYY||1 Sports Grumblings|
|Elliot Johnson, KC||1 Razzball|
|Pedro Florimon, MIN||1 Razzball|
|Erik Bedard, HOU||1 KFFL.com|
|Jonathan Pettibone, PHI||1 KFFL.com|
|Tyler Cloyd, PHI||1 Baseball HQ|
|Nick Hundley, SD||1 Baseball HQ|
Todd Zola's Commentary
Closing time - you don't have to go home but you can't stay here. Three different Indian set up men garnered bids and it looks like Tim Heaney of KFFL got it right, at least initially as Vinnie Pestano was announced as having first shot at replacing Chris Perez after a shoulder flare-up felled the Tribe stopper. There would be no doubt Pestano was the guy expect he has been injured himself and is still building up arm strength, but his body of work warrants initial dibs. I threw a buck at Cody Allen as a contingency mainly due to solid peripherals. If I got him, I'd hope he got the gig, if not, no biggie.
My real target was Corey Kluber and I did get him. A 43/7 K/BB in 41.1 innings has my attention.