The Dodgers made their second move of the trade deadline season on Monday night, acquiring relief pitcher Brandon League from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for minor leaguers Leon Landry and Logan Bawcom.
League was 0-5 with a 3.63 ERA this season with Seattle, with 27 strikeouts and 19 walks in 44 2/3 innings, but he was demoted from his closer role in late May after blowing four saves in 13 chances. He saved 37 games last season and had a 2.79 ERA in 65 games with 45 strikeouts and 10 walks in 61 1/3 innings.
"I've seen this cat in the American League, and he's dirty. He may have had troubles with lefties this year, but he's like (Ronald Belisario)," said manager Don Mattingly. "When he gets the ball down he gets everybody out. He's filthy. This is a good arm."
General manager Ned Colletti agreed, and said League will likely be used in the later innings.
"We've watched him a lot. He's throwing 95-96 miles per hour with a good split and good slider," Colletti said. "Any time you can add people in that segment of the game, that's a good spot to have."
Landry, 22, the Dodgers' third round pick in 2010, was hitting .328/.358/.559 for Class A Rancho Cucamonga with 26 doubles, 15 triples, and eight home runs in 80 games.
Bawcom, 23, was drafted in the 17th round in 2010, and was Landry's teammate earlier this year until a promotion to Double A Chattannoga. Combined at both levels, Bawcom had 20 saves, a 2.03 ERA, 60 strikeouts, and 22 walks in 48 2/3 innings.
"Both have a chance to play in the big leagues," Colletti said.
League makes $5 million this season and will be eligible for free agency at the end of the year. With 65 days left in the season, the Dodgers will be on the hook for approximately $1,775,956 for League.
The Dodgers will have to make a corresponding roster mvoe to add League to the 40-man roster, though that will likely come as soon as Tuesday. In fact, it affected how Mattingly managed his bullpen on Monday.
With Aaron Harang out after five innings and trailing 7-0, it was a perfect spot to use a long reliever. But Mattingly said the potential for trades and mid-game transactions made him weary of putting all of his eggs in one basket. So instead, five relievers combined to pitch four innings.
"It's one of those nights where you don't know what's going on tonight," Mattingly said. "What I tried to do tonight is have everybody available tomorrow."