Los Angeles Dodgers Brandon League Closes the Deal—For Now
In the MLB off-season, the Los Angeles Dodgers consistent closer Brandon League inked a three-year, $22.5 million contract extension with the team. So far, he has been worth every penny. League has proven himself to be an effective and efficient closer, and the Dodgers are glad he is.
After Kenley Jansen was put on the disabled list, League became the closer and it proved to be a blessing from above for the Dodgers. League had a 0.55 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings. He finished the year at 2-1 with a 2.30 ERA and six saves for the Dodgers
League was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the second round. With the Blue Jays, he had a good season in 2006 with a .2.53 ERA 29 SO and 9 BB. In 2008, League had his lowest ERA (2.18).
Traded to the Seattle Mariners in 2009, League began to see more action, and became the Mariners full-time closer in 2011. He was selected to his first All-Star game as a relief pitcher in 2011.
But there are some Dodgers pitchers who will compete for the role of set-up man, or closer. Jansen, once healthy, will be a major player. His 2.58 ERA, and .94 WHIP the last two years, demands innings. Also, Javy Guerra was the closer at the beginning of last year, but had a string of injuries. He will want his closer duties back.
At 29, League still has plenty of gas in the tank. He will need it in this busy Dodger bullpen that will challenge League for closer duties. Still, League is the closer—for now.
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