A wild Week 1 is in the books as the storyline in Major League Baseball revolved around a guy named Trevor Story and his home run hitting antics.
In both the American and National Leagues, the player of the week honors went to rookies.
In the senior circuit, Rockies shortstop sensation Trevor Story of record setting home run hitting fame and from the junior circuit, Astros former 33rd round draft pick, Tyler White received the honors.
Unfortunately in Arizona, season ending injuries dominated the headlines as Kyle Schwarber suffered a torn ACL and LCL after colliding with teammate Dexter Fowler. Also, the news on Diamondbacks Outfielder A.J. Pollock suggest he’ll likely miss the majority. if not the remainder of the season after having surgery to repair his fractured right elbow.
Let’s investigate the highly sought after players in the NFBC and their costs.
For this weekly exercise we will focus on the NFBC prestigious Main Event leagues for Free Agent Acquisition Budget winning bids.
Week 2 NFBC FAAB
Javier Baez, 2B, Chicago Cubs
Baez began the season on the disabled list but should be activated in the near future as the cubs want to get him 20-25 at-bats before returning to the show. The Schwarber injury should open up playing time for Soler especially but Baez as well.
• Minimum Winning Bid $151
• Maximum Winning Bid $503 (2)
Scooter Gennett, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers
The bulked up Gennett looks like a different player at the plate and garnered twelve different bids this week. Scooter is a scrappy player with pop and his interest was warranted at a scarce position.
• Minimum Winning Bid $12
• Maximum Winning Bid $111
Jeremy Hazelbaker, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
A former fourth round draft pick of the Red Sox in 2009 and career minor leaguer, Jeremy has done nothing but hit since the start of Spring Training and throughout the first week of the season. Hazelbaker has found himself consistently in the Cards lineup and he received 29 separate bids for his services.
• Minimum Winning Bid $12
• Maximum Winning Bid $125
Nomar Mazara, OF, Texas Rangers
Mazara mania will be on full display this week as his availability was limited under NFBC rules but he did record three high priced bids where applicable. Depending upon his performance this week, his price could climb further creating a bidding war in most leagues where available. Nomar is a supremely talented player who offers upside in a waiver wasteland.
• Minimum Winning Bid $383
• Winning Bid $415
• Maximum Winning Bid $555
Jeanmar Gomez, RP, Philadelphia Phillies
Gomez is the Phillies presumed closer, at least for the moment. Gomez does not provide confidence with his game as two consecutive saves does not make a season. This situation will most likely continue to be a revolving door and is probably best avoided. Chasing closers is an expensive proposition and turbulent trade.
• Minimum Winning Bid $108
• Maximum Winning Bid $331
Check back next week to see what players are being purchased in the high stakes arena that is the NFBC FAAB.