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Brandon League | Relief Pitcher

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/16/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are talking to teams about a trade involving Brandon League.
Rosenthal says that the Dodgers are willing to eat almost half of League's $7.5 million salary for next season in order to move him. League is coming off a nice season, having posted a 2.57 ERA over 63 appearances, so he could draw some interest with the Dodgers paying down part of his contract. Dec 16 - 10:44 PM

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Brandon League allowed two runs in an inning of work against the Athletics on Monday.

League followed Kershaw in the third and allowed two of his inherited runners to score along with two of his own on two hits and two walks. League had been bothered by a lat strain in his right shoulder in February. After a disastrous 2013 season, League is trying to remain relevant in the Dodgers' bullpen.
Mar 3 - 6:28 PM

Brandon League (lat) felt no discomfort while throwing to hitters for the first time Wednesday.

League has been sidelined due to a mild lat strain that's kept him out of game action to this point. On Wednesday, League threw to teammates Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier and reportedly came out of the session alright. If everything goes well, League will likely throw a bullpen session Friday or Saturday before getting into an exhibition game sometime next week.
Feb 26 - 8:03 PM

Brandon League (lat) will throw off a mound Wednesday.

League backed off his throwing program due to a mild lat strain, but it was considered precautionary. The 30-year-old is coming off a 5.30 ERA and 28/15 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings last season and is still owed $15 million through 2015.
Feb 19 - 12:10 PM

Brandon League is nursing a mild lat strain but hopes to resume throwing from a mound on Wednesday.

League insisted that the rest is just "precautionary" and he expects to be fine. "We don't think it's anything serious," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "But we want to be extra cautious, especially with the schedule we've got, we don't want anybody pushing it and winding up with something worse. Just like Zach (Lee), Brandon is feeling better and he's moving closer to getting back on the mound."
Feb 17 - 7:05 PM

Brandon League has undergone surgery to improve his eyesight.

League was a disaster this past season, posting a 5.30 ERA and 28/15 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings, so the Dodgers will have to hope that the surgery pays dividends. The 30-year-old is owed $7.5 million in each of the next two seasons while his contract includes a vesting option for 2016.
Wed, Nov 13, 2013 09:52:00 AM

Brandon League is not on the Dodgers' NLDS roster.

League got a three-year, $22.5 million contract last offseason and was the Dodgers' closer on Opening Day, but he got lapped on the bullpen depth chart after posting a 5.30 ERA in 54 1/3 innings during the regular season. Carlos Marmol, Edinson Volquez and Jerry Hairston Jr. are also absent from the Dodgers' roster for the NLDS. Dee Gordon, Chris Withrow, Chris Capuano and Scott Van Slyke have made the cut.
Thu, Oct 3, 2013 10:41:00 AM

Brandon League pitched a scoreless ninth inning in the Dodgers' 5-0 win over the Phillies on Saturday.

It wasn't a save situation, but it was still a positive outing for the Dodgers' $22.5 million man. He had a very good month of July and has thrown scoreless outings in five of his six appearances in August, but the recent signing of Brian Wilson likely means he'll continue to pitch in a middle relief role.
Sat, Aug 17, 2013 10:11:00 PM

Brandon League has been placed on waivers.

It's a pretty common thing this time of year, and it's highly doubtful League gets moved. He signed a three-year, $22.5 million contract last October.
Sat, Aug 3, 2013 05:33:00 PM

Brandon League pitched a scoreless 11th inning to collect his 14th save of the season Saturday in the Dodgers' 5-3 win over the Pirates.

League allowed two hits and was the victim of some poor defense but he got the job done after Kenley Jansen blew a save chance in the bottom of the ninth. League still has an ugly 5.54 season ERA but will be ready to reclaim closer duties if Jansen has another rough outing or two. League should be stashed in most standard fantasy leagues.
Sat, Jun 15, 2013 08:09:00 PM

After entering with the bases loaded, none out and the Dodgers down 5-4 in the 12th, Brandon League gave up two hits and a walk to the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

League got three outs in the process, and since all the baserunners to score were inherited from Ronald Belisario, he wasn't actually charged with any earned runs in the game. Still, it wasn't an outing that's going to earn back much in the way of faith, even if both hits against him came on grounders.
Thu, Jun 13, 2013 02:40:00 AM

Brandon League blew his fourth save of the season Monday night against Arizona by surrendering four runs in less than an inning.

Boos rained down from the Chavez Ravine faithful onto both League and skipper Don Mattingly. One wonders how much longer Donnie Baseball will continue to trot League and his 6.00 ERA into save situations when he has one of the league's premier young relievers, Kenley Jansen, at his disposal. Owners looking to stay ahead of the curve should pick up Jansen immediately and hope Mattingly comes to his senses and temporarily banishes League to middle relief. Jansen (2.53 ERA) tossed a perfect eighth inning Monday, striking out a batter, to set the table for League's implosion.
Tue, Jun 11, 2013 02:00:00 AM

Thanks to a game-ending wild pitch, Brandon League was credited with the victory as the Dodgers beat the Braves 2-1 in 10 innings Friday.

Anthony Varvaro's wild pitch scored pinch-runner Skip Schumaker to end the game in the bottom of the 10th. League previously pitched a scoreless top of the 10th. He's allowed runs in just one of his last seven appearances.
Sat, Jun 8, 2013 01:23:00 AM

Brandon League nailed down his 12th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Monday's win over the Padres.

It wasn't exactly smooth. League got to a three-ball count on Jedd Gyorko before getting a groundout and then walked Chris Denorfia. Kyle Blanks then hit a laser to right field, but, luckily for League, Yasiel Puig caught it on the warning track and then doubled up Denorfia at first. League is still clearly the preferred ninth inning choice for the Dodgers, but it feels like only a matter of time before he yields to Kenley Jansen.
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 12:53:00 AM

Brandon League blew his third save of the season Friday night against the Rockies.

After entering the bottom of the ninth inning with a 5-3 lead, League struck out Nolan Arenado and gave up a single to D.J. LeMahieu. However, he then lost an 11-pitch battle against Todd Helton by giving up a game-tying two-run homer. League avoided any more damage and was actually credited with the victory after the Dodgers scored two runs in the top of the 10th. More blowups are likely in League's future given his low strikeout rate, so Dodgers manager Don Mattingly could make the switch to Kenley Jansen at any time.
Sat, Jun 1, 2013 12:47:00 AM

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C1Yasmani Grandal
2A.J. Ellis
3Austin Barnes
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2Jamie Romak
2B1Howie Kendrick
2Justin Turner
3Alex Guerrero
4Enrique Hernandez
SS1Jimmy Rollins
2Darwin Barney
3Erisbel Arruebarrena
3B1Juan Uribe
LF1Carl Crawford
2Chris Heisey
3Scott Van Slyke
4Scott Schebler
CF1Joc Pederson
RF1Yasiel Puig
2Andre Ethier
Starting Pitcher
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Zack Greinke
3Hyun-Jin Ryu
4Brandon McCarthy
5Juan Nicasio
6Joe Wieland
7Zach Lee
8Chris Reed
Relief Pitcher
R1Kenley Jansen
2Joel Peralta
3J.P. Howell
4Brandon League
5Chris Hatcher
6Jamey Wright
7Pedro Baez
8Paco Rodriguez
9Yimi Garcia
10Carlos Frias
11Daniel Coulombe
12Adam Liberatore
13Chris Withrow