It’s only Spring Training, and Brandon League already has a 13.50 ERA. Yes, you read that right.
If I’m running the Los Angeles Dodgers, there’s no way I let League get anywhere near the major league club this year. While some may point to it being just Spring Training, League’s struggles began during the 2013 regular season, when his slow start led to him losing the closing job to Kenley Jansen. The demotion did little to improve League’s performance as he struggled for the rest of the season and was left off the Dodgers’ playoff roster.
In addition to League’s longstanding struggles, the emergence of young relievers such as Jose Dominguez and Seth Rosin leave little room for him on the roster. The flamethrowing Dominguez has pitched five innings this spring and has yet to give up an earned run. Rosin has been the Dodgers’ best pitcher this spring, tossing eight scoreless innings.
With Rosin, Dominguez and mainstays such as Jansen, Brian Wilson and Paco Rodriguez performing so well, it’s hard to see where League fits in. As of right now, I wouldn’t put League on the roster above any of those men. With five spots full, that leaves only two more spots in the bullpen. New signee Chris Perez will likely take one of those spots, presumably leaving the last spot for a long relief pitcher.
League’s bloated contract shouldn’t make him exempt from being designated for assignment. The Dodgers need to cut all ties with League now to ensure that their 25 best players make the Opening Day roster.