Dodgers Shopping Brandon League

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  1. TheKnockdown

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    F.O Nerds trying to undo all of Nud's mistakes in one offseason. I would take anything at this point.

    Dodgers Shopping Brandon League
    By Jeff Todd [December 16, 2014 at 9:56pm CST]
    After designating fellow high-priced reliever Brian Wilson earlier today, and cleaning house more generally, the Dodgers are apparently looking to move on from another expensive remnant of the prior administration. Acordding to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link), the club is talking with competitors about righty Brandon League and offering to pick up “almost half” of the $7.5MM he is owed this year in a trade.

    League, now 31, was signed to a three-year, $22.5MM deal just after the end of the 2012 season. Pursuant to that contract, he is owed the above-noted $7.5MM sum for 2015. The deal also includes a vesting option, though it is only triggered if he finishes 55 games in the coming season.

    The contract was widely disparaged immediately upon signing, and League fell far short of expectations in its first year. But he was actually productive last season, working to a 2.57 ERA over 63 frames. Though his 5.4 K/9 against 3.9 BB/9 do not inspire much confidence, he did generate an obscene 67.5% groundball rate. ERA estimators like FIP (3.40), xFIP (4.09), and SIERA (3.58) viewed him, collectively, as an essentially average relief pitcher.

    Of course, there is value in being average, and some teams will perhaps be enticed by League’s groundball abilities, generally strong history before his 2013 meltdown, and his bottom-line results last year. As the Dodgers continue to clean out some of the team’s more notable players, the ability to move on from League and save some cash in the process apparently holds some appeal as well.
     
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    i can understand them trying to save money here, but i wouldn't be mad if they kept him either. you see those numbers from last year..pretty decent and that's without Rollins/Kendrick/Joc up the middle defensively. 4 appearances in the postseason in 2014 without giving up a run as well and still throwin 95. he's far from a Wilson.
     
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    What can Colletti possibly be thinking on a daily basis about the job he did when he is witness to this excoriation of so many of his moves? I guess a salary is a salary, but what can he possibly be doing every day?
     
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    Advising Stan. This week he's helping him sort through his colour choices of yarmulkes.
     
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    Besides being anti Semitic, where did you grow up Kufu? Your spelling of colour is intersting.
     
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    I would keep League, he has far more use on the field than Wilson did at this point.
     
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    definitely better than wilson, but that's not saying a lot
    personally, i never felt comfortable with league in
    felt like he got lucky and dodged a lot of bullets, and was always one hit away from disaster
     
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    Yeah I wouldn't mind League on the team cause he can be used nicely. But obviously also wouldn't mind getting something in return for him that might be useful and replacing him with a free agent reliever they feel can be just as good if not better
     
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    You'd think this is a guy they would actually like in the pen, with his absurd ground ball rate combined with our sexy new defense up the middle. As Doyer said though, if you can get something pretty valuable for him, go for it.
     

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