Mariners Close To Trading Brandon League

5:15pm: The Giants and Mariners have definitely discussed League, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (on Twitter). It's still not clear where League will be traded, though, according to Morosi.

4:06pm: The Mariners were discussing League with multiple teams as of this afternoon, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports (on Twitter).

3:03pm: There's some scuttlebutt in high circles that the Giants are the team getting League, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports (on Twitter). But it's not a sure thing.

2:52pm: The Braves and Rangers aren't in the mix for League, Crasnick tweets.

2:46pm: The Angels and Mariners are in talks for League, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports. The Mariners could be close to trading League to the Giants or the Angels, Gonzalez writes.

2:24pm: The White Sox have been talking to the Mariners about League and the Angels continue seeking relief help, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports (Twitter links).

2:05pm: The Mariners are close to trading Brandon League to an unknown team, ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reports (on Twitter). The Giants, Angels and Mets are known to have some interest in the right-hander.

League is earning $5MM this year and will hit free agency this offseason. The 29-year-old has a 3.05 ERA with 5.3 K/9, 3.9 BB/9 and a 46.4% ground ball rate in 42 1/3 innings for Seattle. He lost the closer's job in May, but has pitched to a 1.96 ERA with twice as many strikeouts as walks since the beginning of June. His fastball averages 95.2 mph, according to FanGraphs.

Steve Adams contributed to this post.


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83 Comments on "Mariners Close To Trading Brandon League"


3 years 30 days ago

Mystery team!

JB
3 years 30 days ago

Detroit please, we have a recent trade history with the M’s! Papa potato had a great year last year, but his time has passed, we need to upgrade there too!

JacksTigers
3 years 30 days ago

Valverde is still good and League is in no way an upgrade.

3 years 30 days ago

Mystery team = “You better call us back with the offer we purposed to said team”

sam_lammert
3 years 30 days ago

cardinals?

Haywood1
3 years 30 days ago

My guess is the Redbirds as well

Jeremiah Cloa
3 years 30 days ago

every time there’s mystery team, somehow it always turns out to be the Angels.

PWNdroia
3 years 30 days ago

Not true. Prince Fielder signed with Detroit.

rickjimbo
3 years 30 days ago

Don’t forget Philly signing Cliff Lee

Jeremy
3 years 30 days ago

Now a fan from every team that needs relievers will comment on how its hopefully their team.

Shane
3 years 30 days ago

Of Course!

77SoxFan
3 years 30 days ago

I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s Kenny WIlliams and the Chicago White Sox. KW always pulls deals out of thin air that you rarely see coming.

TheoHoyer
3 years 30 days ago

They just landed Brett Myers and Francisco Liriano, why would they trade for League?

mwagner26
3 years 30 days ago

Dan Knobler (via Twitter): “White Sox have been talking to Mariners about Brandon League.”

And the reason they might trade for him is that clearly, Kenny Williams has lost his mind.

authenhausen
3 years 30 days ago

You sir have not met the Kenslinger

jwsox
3 years 30 days ago

Can’t ever have too many electric arms for the pen. I hope it’s the whitesox. As long as jones and Reed are not involved in 100% for getting league.

3 years 30 days ago

I would agree. I could see League being the closer, Reed and Myers for the 8th with Thornton from the left side. I think you would have to lose Jones if this is going to happen

jwsox
3 years 28 days ago

if you have to lose jones i dont want them to do the deal, he is a beast and a little more coaching he could be a legit lock down reliever, could fight with reed for the closers role

authenhausen
3 years 30 days ago

I also have 1908 reasons why the cubs fans should let the big boys discuss what a contender needs

mwagner26
3 years 30 days ago

I’m not sure if you’re really trying to underplay the Cubs as an organization, but coming from me, a Seattle Mariners fan, the White Sox are far from a “successful” club.

authenhausen
3 years 30 days ago

Wanna compare rings? Oh forgot lack of al pennants makes you a dull boy, stick to coffee and software

mwagner26
3 years 30 days ago

Congratulations. Your team has won three, that’s 3, World Series since baseball started. While, yes, my team has won 0, I don’t go about boasting. We were a few games behind the Rangers last year. I didn’t think they were great. I kind of figured they’d suck. And they did.

authenhausen
3 years 30 days ago

This is Chicago, if you dont understand the Northside Southside thing just backoff, he said why would they, and I answered, and you came w/ the mariners, thats like coming to a dragrace w/ a prius

jwsox
3 years 30 days ago

1st place in the division for a majority of the season and in the last 22 years they have only had 6 sub .500 seasons throw in a couple al central titles and a world series, how is that a bad franchise

authenhausen
3 years 30 days ago

I love the whole coming from a Mariners Fan, that is like talking about the NBA coming from a Sonics fan….

cderry
3 years 30 days ago

Don’t forget about Youkilis.

77SoxFan
3 years 30 days ago

The Sox have been winning with a largely inexperienced bullpen. True, they have landed Myers and Liriano, but Williams loves pitching, and yhe Sox have traditionally had a strong bullpen under his reign.

BaseballBeisbol
3 years 30 days ago

Because they’re pen still has 4 rookies in it. At one point I believe they had a total of 8 in their active pitching roster. Not exactly a confidence builder late in the season.

Glenn O'Brien
3 years 30 days ago

Its probally to the Giants for Nate

J. Alora
3 years 30 days ago

I agree. He seems like the semi-broken reliever type the Giants target.

Wilsonl
3 years 30 days ago

I hope so!

55saveslives
3 years 30 days ago

Good trade for both sides. It also opens up a spot in the OF for Giants to make another trade. If we don’t add either Pence, Choo, Cuddyer, Hart, Willingham…we won’t go far in the playoffs.

Stoibs
3 years 30 days ago

If that is the case then the M’s should just hold onto him. I’m sure they are asking about Belt. That would be an overpay for the Giants, but it makes way more sense.

John Evans
3 years 30 days ago

Seems trading League for Belt wouldn’t necessarily be an overpay for SF. It seems to me as if Belt is pretty much like Justin Smoak v.2.0… There is value there, but maybe not as much as some think.

PennMariner
3 years 30 days ago

Belt has posted a league average wRC+ as a 24 year old with inconsistent playing time. He walks a ton and mashes lefties. Justin Smoak has posted the second lowest wRC+ out of any player in the league and has almost no redeeming qualities.

Travis White
3 years 30 days ago

Chiba Lotte Marines?

Jeremy Johnson
3 years 30 days ago

Yankees? lol

3 years 30 days ago

Braves? or Giants

OaklandFan22
3 years 30 days ago

I see the Giants gettin him.

ugotrpk3113
3 years 30 days ago

Texas. Calling it now.

ugotrpk3113
3 years 30 days ago

Damn.

HARRISON ROSE
3 years 30 days ago

Gotta be going to the White Sox. I get the sense Liriano is getting flipped, or Floyd is being traded as part of a bigger deal.

3 years 30 days ago

why flip liriano for league?

Wilsonl
3 years 30 days ago

Giants!!

Nick Kramer
3 years 30 days ago

Any fan of a team that lands League should think of him as a Set up guy and very very limited Closer. Unless your team has a super pitchers park , its not going to be pretty. An AL would be okay but an NL team would be a better fit for League.

tonydif
3 years 30 days ago

Blue Jays need a catcher and relievers badly. Possible they would be interested in Olivo and League. MAybe Snider in return, but more likely Lind, Thames, or David Cooper.

Runtime
3 years 30 days ago

League got destroyed in the AL East… that makes no sense.

harmony55
3 years 30 days ago

In six seasons in Toronto, Brandon League posted an ERA of 4.09 in 202.1 innings, while opposing hitters posted a .258/.334/.392/.726 line.

Runtime
3 years 29 days ago

I wouldn’t want that in my bulpen.

harmony55
3 years 29 days ago

I wouldn’t want the current Toronto bullpen’s season ERA of 4.33, either. The cumulative ERA for American League relievers this season is 4.39; Oakland is the only team with a bullpen ERA under 4.00.

Runtime
3 years 29 days ago

What I meant is: We have enough mediocre relievers… we don’t need another one. You are also lumping League’s good seasons with his bad ones.

And his bad ones were REALLY bad.

Jack
3 years 30 days ago

He’s getting traded for Brandon Morrow people! Book it!

Runtime
3 years 30 days ago

lol

Nick Kramer
3 years 30 days ago

Angels or Giants it looks like right now……….

Nick Kramer
3 years 30 days ago

Braves and Rangers not in the mix

Nick Kramer
3 years 30 days ago

Dodgers now appear to be in the mix!

Squirrel57
3 years 30 days ago

Why do I fell that it could be belt for league and another player.

John Evans
3 years 30 days ago

This is what I believe we’re looking at.

harmony55
3 years 30 days ago

Brandon Belt for Brandon League, Kevin Millwood, Chone Figgins and enough cash to cover Figgins’ contract?
That would create roster problems for the Giants.

SFrush90
3 years 30 days ago

That would also create a riot.

3 years 29 days ago

Revolving Brandons. Morrow – League – Belt

gmenfan
3 years 30 days ago

Epic overpay on the Giants part if this were the case. Sabean would be wise to make this deal from a plane headed for another country.