(NEW YORK) — In an attempt to fill out their already deep roster, the Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired relief pitcher Brandon League from the Seattle Mariners.
The Dodgers have tried to trade for League before, but this time the team was able to swing a deal for him prior to baseball’s non-waiver deadline. League was one of the better closers in the American League last season, but was demoted after some early season struggles. The Dodgers plan on using League as a set up man.
“I know him from the American League and he’s dirty,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “This is a good arm. If he was in a different spot in his career, they’d really have to think twice about moving him. He still throws 96-97 miles per hour.”
Last season, League saved 37 games with a 2.79 ERA but this season has been a different story. In 46 appearances, League is 0-5 with nine saves and a 3.63 ERA.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN