Brandon League Arrives, But What’s Next?

Why can’t the Dodgers ever make moves that don’t happen in the middle of the night?

What are the repercussions of trading for Brandon League, other than “I guess no one expects to see Matt Guerrier ever again?”

And what am I going to say about it in the, oh, seven minutes before my flight starts to board?

Let it be said, quickly, that while I liked both Leon Landry & Logan Bawcom, neither were irreplaceable parts. I dug Bawcom’s ability to miss bats, but the level of failure from minor league relievers is huge, and Landry hasn’t shown he can hit outside of high-offense environments; neither were even among the top-30 Dodger prospects per Baseball America entering the season, though that may have changed now since each were doing well. Each clearly had others at their position ahead of them on the depth chart, so to give them up, while disappointing because I liked both, is hardly fatal.

League, however, is… well, he’s a guy. He’s still got a great fastball, but his strikeout rate is disappointingly down to a 5.44/9, the worst it’s been since 2007, while his walks have increased (highest since 2008) and his usual ability to induce groundballs is down to 46%. He’s not bad, he’s not great, he’s just a guy – I assume I don’t have to tell you not to get too pumped over his 37 saves last year, especially when he lost that job to Tom Wilhemsen already this year – and while I don’t mind having him for two months, I also don’t see him as a huge improvement.

If anything, this makes me wonder what’s next. Is there a larger reason for Ronald Belisario‘s struggles? Is Josh Lindblom really on his way out for Shane Victorino? Is Shawn Tolleson really just going to get sent down? Either way, League isn’t the move that puts you into the playoffs, so this is just the first domino of potentially several; it may be premature to judge until we know more.. as I selfishly hope that none of it happens in the next three hours before I’m back on the ground.

504 comments
JoeyE
JoeyE

i want to see the phils SHOCK and trade utley

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

Juan Uribe has been traded to North Korea to feed the people. (we are telling them its manatee meat)

Frank J Lapidus
Frank J Lapidus

Scott Miller ‏@ScottMCBSDodgers announce Victorino deal, Phillies get Lindblom, Martin and player to be named later or cash considerations

 

Because Lindblom and Martin wasn't enough...

Tony Fernandez (MSTY Most Informative Poster)
Tony Fernandez (MSTY Most Informative Poster)

VODF would be proud. Here's Dave Cameron talking about Chase Headley.

 

Dave Cameron: Most of that value is from being able to produce in a pitcher-friendly park. That doesn't necessarily translate to crazy good production in a more neutral park. Not every park affects every player the same way.

Frank J Lapidus
Frank J Lapidus

Now Rosenthal talking about a possible huge deal the Dbacks are working on

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

One thing's for sure: Ruben Amaro is a genius.

JoeyE
JoeyE

afraid of what dempster will cost us

Guestu76987
Guestu76987

Victorino: .357/.416/.629 career at Dodger Stadium (79 atbats), .357/.400/.589 since ASB; good defense; finally a guy with a decent combination of OBP/speed that Don won't seem stupid for having in the leadoff spot. ...All that aside, shit, we have Shane Victorino. Damn.

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

The Victorino trade will be a raging success if Giants fans hate him nearly as much as we do.*

 

*Used to?

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

Eric Stephen: Cubs are angling hard for Webster in Dempster deal, possible multiple players from Cubs

 

Weston Taylor
Weston Taylor

 @phattonez7 He's right. If a player hits IFFB every single time, park factors aren't going to affect that. 

JoeyE
JoeyE

 @ThtsaPaddlin he's done well so far. i'm surprised. Ned would have never done something like that

seanbro
seanbro

 @JohnM I think the Dodgers expectations of Puig have to be greater than they've stated publicly. I doubt Logan White would have given a 42M green light to a player as distant from the majors as a high schooler.

Tony Fernandez (MSTY Most Informative Poster)
Tony Fernandez (MSTY Most Informative Poster)

 @JohnM  @phattonez7 Why? Park factors aren't a single number applicable to every player. Parks affect different players differently. For instance, playing in Citizens Bank Park or Comerica Park probably doesn't make much of a difference to Juan Pierre.

Frank J Lapidus
Frank J Lapidus

 @JoeyE he was talking about the dbacks, but didn't mention any names...I'm with Phattonez on this

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

 @Frank J Lapidus  @phattonez7 I agree. But it's like the League thing. Yeah, we overpaid, but whatever. Neither prospect is exactly the type that's going to haunt us for years to come.