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Friday 22nd Sep 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 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.




David Lough, KC 6 Fangraphs
Freddy Garcia, BAL 5 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 RotoWire 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Chris Dickerson, BAL 4 Mastersball 2 Rotowire
Alexander Torres, TB 4 KFFL.com
Miguel Tejada, KC 1 RotoWire
Samuel Deduno, MIN 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Alexi Casilla, BAL 1 Mastersball
Franklin Morales, BOS 1 Fangraphs 1 KFFL.com 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.


Anthony Swarzak, MIN 1 Fangraphs
Brendan Harris, LAA 1 Mastersball
Ryan Flaherty, BAL 1 Mastersball 1 Fangraphs
Steve Johnson, BAL 1 Fangraphs
Michael Kohn, LAA 1 KFFL.com
Neal Cotts, TEX 1 Fangraphs
Oliver Perez, SEA 1 KFFL.com
Bryan Shaw, CLE 1 KFFL.com
Carlos Corporan, HOU 1 Mastersball
Carlos Triunfel, SEA 1 Mastersball

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Some very hopeful bids this week as the free agent pool remains very thin. High bid for the week was for Kansas City OF David Lough for $6 to Fangraphs. Right behind that was a well measured pitching match-up for Oriole's pitcher Freddy Garcia - Winning Fantasy Baseball betting $5 that a start against the Houston Astros would be a good one.

Once again I needed to replace my middle infielder, this time Yamaico Navarro being sent down by Baltimore and I landed one of his replacements, Alexi Casilla for a dollar. I also was tempted by the nice couple of weeks that Chris Dickerson has had for the Orioles and with Gordon Beckham likely to return to the White Sox thought my at bats for Conor Gillaspie might get cramped, so I reserved him (which LABR participants can only do for players on the DL or sent to the minors or who were original reserve selections), and bought Dickerson to fill my UT slot for $4




Omar Quintanilla, NYM 6 Colton & Wolf
Roger Bernadina, WSH 5 USA TODAY Sports 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Scott Van Slyke, LAD 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 Sandlot Shrink 1 USA TODAY Sports
Brandon Kintzler, MIL 2 Sandlot Shrink
Tyler Cloyd, PHI 2 RotoWire
Wil Nieves, ARI 2 Baseball HQ
Dale Thayer, SD 1 ESPN - Ravitz 1 Colton & Wolf 1 Sandlot Shrink 1 RotoWire
Jeremy Hefner, NYM 1 DerekCarty.com 1 Colton & Wolf
Derrick Robinson, CIN 1 Sandlot Shrink
Luis Cruz, LAD 1 Colton & Wolf
Nathan Karns, WSH 1 Colton & Wolf


Ed Lucas, MIA 3 USA TODAY Sports
Carlos Villanueva, CHC 1 RotoWire 1 ESPN - Ravitz 1 Colton & Wolf
Mike Dunn, MIA 1 Colton & Wolf 1 RotoWire
Brett Pill, SF 1 USA TODAY Sports
Alfredo Figaro, MIL 1 RotoWire
Jordan Walden, ATL 1 RotoWire
Justin Wilson, PIT 1 RotoWire
Sam LeCure, CIN 1 RotoWire
Wilton Lopez, COL 1 RotoWire
J.P. Howell, LAD 1 ESPN - Ravitz
Cesar Hernandez, PHI 1 Colton & Wolf
Cody Ransom, CHC 1 Colton & Wolf

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

With the influx of top young arms in the Majors this past cycle, it is not surprising that players not named Michael Wacha (smartly snatched up by Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs of the NFBC as a reserve pick) were Tyler Cloyd, and Nate Karns.

Oddly, though both are rookie pitchers, there were just solo winning bids for each:  $1 to Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton in the case of Karns, and $2 to Jeff Erickson for Cloyd.

Of the remaining flotsam and jetsam in the player pool, recently promoted Omar Quintanilla went to Rick and Glenn as well, uncontested, for $6, while LABR host Steve Gardner grabbed another National—Roger Bernadina, for $5 fending off two $4 hopefuls. And, Greg and Shawn augmented their NFBC squad with Dodger outfielder Scott Van Slyke.

Among this troika of utility players, Quintanilla could prove to be the most promising, at worst earning platoon time while Ruben Tejada is on the DL. Formerly a pick of the Athletics, then swapped to the Rockies, Quintanilla was a solid on-base player in the minors whose skills seem to have eroded simply due to lack of confidence somewhere. At age 31, with a chance at full time play, he could finally realize that potential.

Bernadina is largely a fill-in while Bryce Harper is down, so don’t expect much, and Van Slyke’s playing time (for the injured Matt Kemp) could be reduced with the Dodger’s anticipated promotion of uber-prospect Yasiel Puig from Double-A




Michael Wacha, STL 15 ESPN.com 14 DFSEdge 12 RotoWire 10 Baseball HQ
10 MLB.com 8 Fangraphs 6 Baseball Prospectus
3 KFFL.com 3 Sports Grumblings
Rex Brothers, COL 13 Razzball 13 Baseball Prospectus 11 Baseball HQ 10 Sports Grumblings
10 USA TODAY Sports 6 KFFL.com 4 Fangraphs
3 MLB.com
Nick Franklin, SEA 12 Baseball HQ 10 MLB.com 10 RotoWire 3 KFFL.com
Chris Coghlan, MIA 6 Mastersball
Jason Bay, SEA 4 USA TODAY Sports 3 Mastersball 2 KFFL.com
Chris Dickerson, BAL 3 Baseball Prospectus
Hector Ambriz, HOU 2 USA TODAY Sports
Jonathan Pettibone, PHI 2 ESPN.com
Jacob Turner, MIA 1 Sports Grumblings 1 KFFL.com
Freddy Garcia, BAL 1 Sports Grumblings 2 USA TODAY Sports
Miguel Gonzalez, BAL 1 MLB.com 1 KFFL.com
Daniel Descalso, STL 1 KFFL.com 1 USA TODAY Sports
Avisail Garcia, DET 1 KFFL.com 1 Mastersball 1 KFFL.com
Tyler Chatwood, COL 1 Baseball HQ 1 KFFL.com 1 Sports Grumblings


Luis Valbuena, CHC 2 USA TODAY Sports
Brandon Barnes, HOU 1 Mastersball
Darren O'Day, BAL 1 Sports Grumblings
Dylan Axelrod, CWS 1 KFFL.com
Erik Bedard, HOU 1 KFFL.com
Greg Dobbs, MIA 1 Mastersball
Jeanmar Gomez, PIT 1 KFFL.com
Marlon Byrd, NYM 1 Mastersball
Robert Coello, LAA 1 USA TODAY Sports
Scott Diamond, MIN 1 KFFL.com

Todd Zola's Commentary

A couple of call-ups and another injury replacement closer topped the Mixed LABR bidding this week and my name is conspicuously absent from all three - more on that in a minute.

Michael Wacha replaces John Gast who replaced either Jaime Garcia or Jake Westbrook (with Tyler Lyons the other new starter). There is an interesting debate going on in the NFBC forums discussing the relative merits of Wacha and another recent starting pitcher promoted to the Show, the O's Kevin Gausman. Most contend that Gausman is the better prospect, but I'm not sure he's the better option for the next four months. While neither are assured of anything more than a few more June starts (Gausman is subbing for Wei-Yin Chen but also has the likes of Jake Arrieta and Zach Britton honing their craft on the farm), St. Louis has a history of both monitoring innings while keeping the pitcher in a relevant role. It was a few years ago, but remember a then young Adam Wainwright closed for the Redbirds during their playoff run. Last season Lance Lynn was moved to the bullpen, in part to preserve innings. I can easily envision the Cardinals riding Wacha until mid-August then putting him into the bullpen. I'm not so confident with the Orangebirds management of young pitching. From the aforementioned Britton and Arrieta, to Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman, Baltimore is pretty quick on the trigger to send a scuffling prospect back to the farm. With the caveat that he may not be as useful come September, I favor Wacha over Gausman for the rest of this season.

Nick Franklin was promoted and immediately handed the second base gig to replace the struggling Dustin Ackley, who was demoted to get all those sabermetric thoughts out of his head. Franklin is a shortstop by trade but should be able to handle the switch, at least short term. His star had begun to dim a bit, but a strong AFL campaign put Franklin back on the map. I'm not expecting a whole lot but sometimes simply the possibility of more is enough of a reason to take a chance, especially in a ravaged middle infield landscape.

Rex Brothers will fill in for Rafael Betancourt. He's been groomed as the heir apparent and despite being a southpaw, has the stuff to get it done, though his control can be an issue.

The reason I did not place a bid for any of the three can be summed up the trade I consummated with mlb.com's Fred Zinkie (who, by the way is an exceptional player and is going to be a stalwart in the industry sooner than later). I dealt Fred Alex Cobb and Marco Scutaro for Casey Janssen and Alexei Ramirez. I have a nice pitching staff so I could afford to give up Cobb. I'm at the bottom of a tightly bunched group vying for points in saves so acquiring a solid closer can net me several points. I've tried the scavenger route, it was time to deal for a more stable commodity. That said, I am a bit concerned about Janssen's health over the course of the season. My hitting is under-producing, especially with counting stats so the middle infield switch begins to address that. I preferred the veteran Ramirez over taking a flier on Franklin.

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