As the Mariners losing streak grows to historic proportions, the team once again regresses to the status of both cellar-dweller and seller at the deadline. Brandon League is indisputably the top trade chip the Mariners have at this point that they would realistically consider dealing.
Although the team lost on Sunday, it was relieving to see that Brandon League was still alive back there and his arm hadn't shriveled up or something. For a pitcher that hadn't appeared in over a week, it was nice to see that he was still throwing normally.
The Mariners would like to have him for next year as there seems to be a lack of closer-ready options at the moment. However, as one of the top relief pitching options, Jack Zduriencik is certain to see if he can get a decent return for League in a trade. As I've said before, Z's philosophy tends to deflate the value of a closer to a team, especially if it isn't immediately contending.
With that said, there are plenty of teams looking to add a pitcher with closing experience who can perform in a setup role.