A Reminder That Brandon League Exists

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When J.P. Howell signed the other day, I briefly outlined the current state of the bullpen:

CL — Kenley Jansen
RHP — Brian WilsonChris Withrow
LHP — Howell, Paco Rodriguez

You’ll notice that I forgot to include Brandon League there. I did the same thing in a conversation in the comments the other day, too. This echoes the exact same thing from last year, when Matt Guerrier was such an afterthought that I continued to forget his existence. In League’s case, I suppose that’s my subconscious taking pity on me. “No, you don’t want to think about that. Let’s think about bat flips instead!”

But we really can’t forget about him, can we? After making $4.5m in 2013, he’s due $7.5m in each of the next two seasons, and even this team isn’t going to up and just eat $15m by cutting him loose. (Fortunately, his 2016 player option, which requires at least 55 games finished in 2015, seems like it’s safely out of reach.) I’d like to grasp to that small bit of hope that says that he’s been so up and down over the last few years that he could “find it” as quickly as he lost it last year, but that’s based on nothing more than a desperate hope for any sort of value. (He, ah, kinda sorta missed more bats as the year went on? Ah, forget it.)

Really, the only chance that League goes somewhere is if the Dodgers end up making an Andre Ethier trade and agree to eat a ton of his money, but then force the acquiring team to take on League as well. That doesn’t seem super likely, unfortunately.

So assuming League sticks around, that makes the bullpen depth chart look more like…

CL — Kenley Jansen
RHP — Brian WilsonChris Withrow, League
LHP — Howell, Paco Rodriguez

That’s six spots, with one remaining for the collection of Javy Guerra, Jose Dominguez, Seth Rosin, any other free agents they sign, and the usual collection of NRIs. It’s a good bullpen, with a potential to be very good. But we’ll have to remember that League exists. Clearly, it’s all too easy to forget him.

925 comments
ryus_hadouken
ryus_hadouken

I credit the quote to @megobits on twitter. She came up with it originally,  I'm just re-purposing the awesomeness.

Iron Brian
Iron Brian

Honestly, I don't care that much about Tanaka. I am more concerned about making sure the best pitcher in baseball stays with the Dodgers for the next 5-10 years. 

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

maybe we get a bench guy today to break the monotony 

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

Breaking News!   There has been a decision to to delay making a decision on The Tanaka posting.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

Tanaka will not be posted Later today Tanaka will be posted the after that he won't. Then he will.Then he won't. Then just fuck it I'm tired of it already

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

Mike, I am reminded every day (ok just two) that League exists. sign

Lobo
Lobo

You guys scare me sometimes

RA_S
RA_S

There was a great photo of VIn Scully around here a few months back of him in the booth.  Anyone have that image or knowledge where I can get it?

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

@DBrim I thought there was a decision, but the decision was to mull it over a little bit longer

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@DBrim hopefully the rest of the crack staff of reporters can get this information on twitter too

efb
efb

@Lobo you dont internet enough 

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

But still no decision to add it to my column

efb
efb

@Lobo i spent my youth at rotten.com 

RA_S
RA_S

@deBlue @RA_S  there was one from behind...image is in black and white or sepia. Pretty stunning. Want to blow up and put in my office.


efb
efb

@DKDodgers how did you decide to get into music copyright? 

Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

@efb Remember the pic of the dude that lost the lower part of his jaw in a motorcycle accident? The caption on it said something like "Why Rotten.com does not ride motorcycles".

RA_S
RA_S

@The Notorious VND yes! That's the image. Someone must've had it through a filter. It looked excellent. I'll mess around with it in photoshop to see what happens. Thanks. 

RA_S
RA_S

@deBlue @RA_S  it's relatively new. I've been looking in Google Images for hours