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Mariners could make Brandon League available

Dec 21, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT

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Even though Ryan Madson, Francisco Cordero and Brad Lidge remain available in free agency, much of the recent closer talk has been regarding trade possibilities. Now perhaps Brandon League can be added to the list of available closers that includes Andrew Bailey and maybe Joel Hanrahan.

According to, the Mariners are getting hits on League and may choose to move him closer to spring training. Such a move could hinge on the Mariners’ pursuit of Prince Fielder; if the Mariners land Fielder, they may prefer to keep League and make the club as competitive as possible. If not, then there’s really no sense of having a $5 million closer on a 65-win team.

FOXSports reports that the Dodgers are one of the teams that have asked about League, though they’re not believed to have serious interest.

League will be eligible for free agency for the first time after next season. He had a 2.79 ERA and was 37-for-42 saving games for Seattle in 2011, his first year as a closer. He won nine games and finished with a 3.42 ERA in 79 innings in 2010.

  1. Kyle - Dec 21, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    As an M’s fan who really likes League, I’m all for this.

    • shawnuel - Dec 21, 2011 at 9:54 PM

      Me too, Kyle. I also think the Mariners will win at least 75 even if they don’t get Fielder, provided Zduriencik can pick up one or two league average bats.

  2. baseballisboring - Dec 21, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    Closers are so expensiveeeee but I need one.

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