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Wednesday 18th 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 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
James Paxton, SEA 8 Mastersball 1 Fangraphs
Josmil Pinto, MIN 2 USA TODAY Sports
Danny Valencia, BAL 2 KFFL.com 1 Colton & Wolf
Jake McGee, TB 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Abraham Almonte, SEA 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Jerome Williams, LAA 1 Fangraphs 1 Colton & Wolf
Pedro Hernandez, MIN 1 Colton & Wolf


Delmon Young, TB 6 Colton & Wolf
Leury Garcia, CWS 6 Colton & Wolf
Austin Romine, NYY 1 USA TODAY Sports
Craig Breslow, BOS 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball
David Ross, BOS 1 USA TODAY Sports
Tanner Scheppers, TEX 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Tommy Hunter, BAL 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Chris Young, OAK 1 Colton & Wolf
Liam Hendriks, MIN 1 Colton & Wolf

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

I suspected that bat starved AL owners might go after Delmon Young as many in AL only leagues have seen the possibility of a productive AL outfield bat if Young stays in the Rays lineup. My needs with what I presumed would be most of my remaining $9 FAAB dollars needed to find a SP and it never occurred that I might be able to get both, so I bid $8 and landed Seattle prospect James Paxton with surprisingly no underbids while Colton & The Wolfman landed Young for just $6.




Player Awarded Winning Bid
Brian Bogusevic, CHC 15 USA TODAY Sports 6 ESPN - Karabell
Carlos Torres, NYM 11 ESPN - Karabell 7 Colton & Wolf 7 DerekCarty.com
Hector Sanchez, SF 8 USA TODAY Sports
Cesar Hernandez, PHI 5 ESPN - Karabell
Tyler Moore, WSH 4 Baseball HQ
Greg Reynolds, CIN 2 Colton & Wolf


Jordan Pacheco, COL 4 Baseball HQ
Brett Pill, SF 4 Baseball HQ
Hector Sanchez, SF 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc.

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The prescience of LABR Commissioner Steve Gardner was apparent during this week of free agent moves, and his draft claim speed Cincy outfielder Billy Hamilton during the draft last March blocked the remainder of the league from making a claim.

In particular this hurt my third place team’s prospects, as steals is a category where we could pick up a precious point, but the bottom line is my path to victory was just made bumpier thanks to Steve’s foresight.

The player who did cost the most FAAB this week is journeyman Cubs outfielder Brian Bogusevic, who is now a member of Steve’s USA Today team thanks to a $15 winning bid (there was a failed $6 try for Bogusevic).

As pretty much a full timer last year with Houston, Bogusevic managed a limp .203-7-28 line, with a .297 OBP, although he did steal 15 bags over 146 games.

But, there are a couple of points Steve can pick up via swipes, and at this point it is all about pride (Steve kept that trend up with a third acquisition of Giants catcher Hector Sanchez for $8, besting a $3 try from another squad).

However, Mets hurler Carlos Torres was the most coveted player this week. Torres (3-3, 2.89 over 62.1 innings) is now the property of Eric Karabell’s ESPN squad, but no fewer than three teams all submitted $7 bids for Torres’ services, yet all in vain.

As the season winds down, the available corps of replacements may be thinning, but the push to keep an active roster is just as pronounced as the first weeks of the season.




Player Awarded Winning Bid
Billy Hamilton, CIN 30 ESPN.com 8 Fangraphs
Carlos Torres, NYM 4 MLB.com
Mark Reynolds, NYY 3 ESPN.com
Kole Calhoun, LAA 2 MLB.com 1 USA TODAY Sports
Chris Colabello, MIN 2 Baseball HQ
Brandon Barnes, HOU 1 USA TODAY Sports
Jose Iglesias, DET 1 MLB.com


Justin Ruggiano, MIA 2 MLB.com
Jerome Williams, LAA 2 MLB.com

Todd Zola's Commentary

Looks like we have a great race -- for second place -- shaping up in mixed LABR as mlb.com's Fred Zinkie has selfishly distanced himself a bit from the lead pack. You're truly is actually within striking distance of second, but with my empty FAAB account and no help on reserves, I expect my last ditch effort to break into the top-3 will fall short.

ESPN's James Quintong is doing his best to catch Fred as he's looking for a late-season boost in steals. Billy Hamilton has yet to step into an MLB batter's box, but he already has 4 steals.

Similar to the Tout Wars Mixed leagues, not much trust is being placed on the available starting pitchers. 

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