Brandon League: L.A. Dodgers Acquire RHP from Mariners

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IJuly 31, 2012

The Los Angeles Dodgers are not going to fail for a lack of trying (to improve). Their latest move has them acquiring bullpen righty Brandon League from the Seattle Mariners. 

The official Twitter account for the MLB tweeted out the deal. 

BREAKING: @dodgers acquire RHP Brandon League from @mariners in exchange for OF Leon Landry, RHP Logan Bawcom.

MLB (@MLB) July 31, 2012


This is a huge boost to the Dodgers bullpen. League is experienced and reliable. He has made 46 appearances this season and has a 3.63 ERA.

He's made at least 65 appearances in the three seasons prior and was a 2011 All-Star who went on to record 37 saves and 45 strikeouts to just 10 walks. He has not been as dominant this season with the M's, and a big part of that has been his control. 

League has allowed 19 walks, but he has still recorded 27 strikeouts. He had been moved from his closer's role with Seattle, and he is a free agent at the end of the season, which made him readily available. 

In return for League, the Mariners will receive a pair of minor leaguers in 22-year-old Leon Landry and 23-year-old Logan Bawcom.

Landry was in High-A at the time of the trade and hitting .328. He has played left and center field this season. Bawcom has been closing in the minors and has 20 saves while splitting time with Rancho Cucamonga (High-A) and Chattanooga (Double-A).