Dodgers get RHP League from Mariners

Associated Press Modified: July 31, 2012 at 1:16 am •  Published: July 31, 2012
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their bullpen for a playoff run, acquiring former All-Star reliever Brandon League from the Seattle Mariners for two prospects Monday night.

The teams announced the deal a day before the deadline to make trades without waivers. Seattle also sent righty reliever Steve Delabar to the Blue Jays for outfielder Eric Thames.

"New league, new hitters, new teammates," League said after the Mariners' 4-1 over Toronto, a game in which he did not pitch. "It's definitely an exciting time. Now, it's a new chapter in my life and go help the Dodgers try and win a ring."

The Dodgers, challenging San Francisco for the NL West lead, sent outfielder Leon Landry and right-handed pitcher Logan Bawcom to the Mariners. Seattle is last in the AL West.

League was 0-5 with nine saves and a 3.63 ERA in 46 games this season. The 29-year-old righty was an All-Star last year when he had 37 saves for the Mariners.

The Dodgers are familiar with League — he got two outs against them in June when six Seattle pitchers combined for a no-hitter against Los Angeles.

League has been particularly tough on right-handed hitters, holding them to a .225 batting average during his career.

League is 17-27 with 54 saves and a 3.69 ERA since 2004 with Toronto and Seattle. He had an inkling a deal might be in the works.



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