The Los Angeles Dodgers took a step in shoring up their beleaguered bullpen by re-signing relief pitcher and part-time closer Brandon League.
The deal is reportedly for three years and will pay League $22.5 million.
League was considered one of the Dodgers top priorities this offseason as he performed quite admirably after regaining the form he had back in 2011, where he posted a 2.79 ERA and saved 37 games as a member of the Seattle Mariners.
After being traded to the Dodgers, he struggled mightily with an ERA that ballooned up to 16.88 in his first five appearances.
He discovered the main problem was he sinker ball. He found that it just wasn’t sinking enough.
Rectifying the problem, League managed to bounce back during the last month of the season. In his 28 games with the Dodgers, he got his ERA down to 2.30, posted six saves and struck out 27 batters.
He became the Dodgers closer by default as Kenley Jansen was put on disabled list because of an irregular heartbeat.
Jansen had successful surgery to remedy his heart problem, but it is unknown if he will return to the closer role he had last year.
Javy Guerra, who lost his closer job to Jansen early in the 2012, is also a possibility, but it is unlikely to return to the closing role after his struggles last season.
It is unknown whether League will be closing games next year or return as the set-up man. Much of it depends on how Jansen performs following heart surgery.