While the Dodgers failed to land one of the big-name relievers, they have acquired some help via trade in Joel Peralta and Chris Hatcher among others. Those new names, along with some of the useful returners, give the Dodgers some wiggle room in deciding who will pitch the later innings. On Tuesday morning, they designated Brian Wilson for assignment and are now trying to rid themselves of another reliever.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Dodgers are looking to trade one of their right-handers:
#Dodgers aren’t done. Per sources, talking to teams about Brandon League, willing to pay almost half of his $7.5M salary as part of deal.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 17, 2014
League was acquired from the Seattle Mariners in 2012 and signed a three-year deal following that season. He struggled in his first full season with the Dodgers, racking up a 5.30 ERA in 58 games. The 31-year-old redeemed himself a bit last season by becoming one of the few consistent arms in the bullpen. He finished with a 2.57 ERA in 63 appearances. By the end of the year, League was one of manager Don Mattingly’s go-to guys.
By agreeing to pay half his salary, the Dodgers are looking for a bigger return. It’s unclear what they could get for League, or what teams would be looking to trade for him, but with the new front office anything is possible. League could end up on a team that would use him as a closer again.