Collette Calls: NL LABR Review
Collette Calls: NL LABR Review

This article is part of our Collette Calls series.

This should be the final column on NL LABR by the RotoWire staff this week. Derek VanRiper wrote his own recapping his team and how he put it together, and Todd Zola interviewed himself about the NL LABR auction. If you have not yet read either, do so before reading this one.

Since last week's AL LABR recap was so popular, I'm going to go ahead and break down the NL one in a similar fashion with a few extra wrinkles. The draft dynamics part of last week's piece still applies here, but it is a little more extreme in the NL for a couple of reasons. First off – there is the Doug Dennis factor. I don't believe Dennis has ever spent double digits on any pitcher in the history of this draft, and a 230/30 split is the norm there so that impacts how hitters will go. Derek Carty is essentially assured of owning Clayton Kershaw, and the entire room knows it. It comes down to a game of chicken and on one of the recent DVR/Zola podcasts, DVR talked about pushing Kershaw to $44 to make Carty pay $45. DVR did push Kershaw up from the initial bid of $40, but stopped at $43 and Carty said he went as high as he would have gone at $44. True to form, Dennis spent the fewest percentage of his dollars on pitching while Carty's acquisition of Kershaw essentially assured him of being on the high end of

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