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Portrait of Brandon League

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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
15 498 532 27 35 74 3.65 1.7
Birth Date3-16-1983
Height6' 2"
Weight200 lbs
Age36 years, 2 months, 4 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2004 TOR MLB 3 0 4.7 1 0 0 3 1 2 0 104 5.8 1.9 0.0 3.9 73% .200 0.86 2.94 0.00 116 6.45 133.0 0.0
2005 TOR MLB 20 0 35.7 1 0 0 42 20 17 8 106 10.6 5.0 2.0 4.3 57% .296 1.74 6.85 6.56 128 7.91 170.1 -1.0
2006 TOR MLB 33 0 42.7 1 2 1 34 9 29 3 106 7.2 1.9 0.6 6.1 77% .240 1.01 3.58 2.53 74 3.31 67.4 1.1
2007 TOR MLB 14 0 11.7 0 0 0 19 7 7 1 97 14.7 5.4 0.8 5.4 59% .419 2.23 5.01 6.17 118 7.41 153.3 -0.2
2008 TOR MLB 31 0 33.0 1 2 1 28 15 23 2 99 7.6 4.1 0.5 6.3 69% .265 1.30 4.18 2.18 103 5.50 117.4 0.0
2009 TOR MLB 67 0 74.7 3 6 0 72 21 76 8 105 8.7 2.5 1.0 9.2 56% .318 1.25 3.61 4.58 83 3.66 78.5 1.3
2010 SEA MLB 70 0 79.0 9 7 6 67 27 56 7 98 7.6 3.1 0.8 6.4 63% .256 1.19 3.88 3.42 98 4.28 96.7 0.6
2011 SEA MLB 65 0 61.3 1 5 37 56 10 45 3 94 8.2 1.5 0.4 6.6 59% .279 1.08 2.81 2.79 90 3.61 84.0 0.8
2012 LAN 0 28 0 27.3 2 1 6 17 14 27 0 91 5.6 4.6 0.0 8.9 58% .258 1.13 2.80 2.30 104 4.43 101.5 0.1
2012 SEA 0 46 0 44.7 0 5 9 48 19 27 1 90 9.7 3.8 0.2 5.4 48% .322 1.50 3.40 3.63 111 4.82 110.5 0.0
2013 LAN MLB 58 0 54.3 6 4 14 69 15 28 8 100 11.4 2.5 1.3 4.6 60% .313 1.55 4.89 5.30 111 5.65 135.3 -0.7
2014 LAN MLB 63 0 63.0 2 3 0 65 27 38 0 97 9.3 3.9 0.0 5.4 69% .320 1.46 3.37 2.57 105 4.81 118.0 -0.3
2012 TOT MLB 74 0 72.0 2 6 15 65 33 54 1 90 8.1 4.1 0.1 6.8 51% .302 1.36 3.17 3.13 108 4.67 107.1 0.1
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2001 MED Rk PIO 9 9 38.7 2 2 0 36 11 38 3 8.4 2.6 0.7 8.8 0% -.623 1.21 4.27 4.65 0 0.00 0.0
2002 AUB A- NYP 16 16 85.7 7 2 0 80 23 72 2 8.4 2.4 0.2 7.6 0% .310 1.20 3.08 3.15 0 0.00 0.0
2003 CWV A SAL 12 12 70.7 2 3 0 58 18 61 1 7.4 2.3 0.1 7.8 0% .295 1.07 2.54 1.91 0 0.00 0.0
2003 DUN A+ FSL 13 12 66.3 4 3 0 76 20 34 3 10.3 2.7 0.4 4.6 0% .313 1.45 3.79 4.75 0 0.00 0.0
2004 TOR MLB AL 3 0 4.7 1 0 0 3 1 2 0 104 5.8 1.9 0.0 3.9 73% .200 0.86 2.94 0.00 116 6.45 133.0
2004 NHP AA EAS 41 10 104.0 6 4 2 92 41 90 3 8.0 3.5 0.3 7.8 0% .302 1.28 3.30 3.38 0 0.00 0.0
2005 TOR MLB AL 20 0 35.7 1 0 0 42 20 17 8 106 10.6 5.0 2.0 4.3 57% .296 1.74 6.85 6.56 128 7.91 170.1
2005 SYR AAA INT 19 10 63.0 4 4 0 78 18 35 7 87 11.1 2.6 1.0 5.0 56% .326 1.52 4.58 5.71 0 0.00 0.0
2006 TOR MLB AL 33 0 42.7 1 2 1 34 9 29 3 106 7.2 1.9 0.6 6.1 77% .240 1.01 3.58 2.53 74 3.31 67.4
2006 SYR AAA INT 31 1 54.2 3 2 8 57 15 43 0 104 9.5 2.5 0.0 7.1 78% .337 1.33 2.43 2.16 0 0.00 0.0
2007 TOR MLB AL 14 0 11.7 0 0 0 19 7 7 1 97 14.7 5.4 0.8 5.4 59% .419 2.23 5.01 6.17 118 7.41 153.3
2007 DUN A+ FSL 4 0 6.0 0 0 0 5 2 6 1 103 7.5 3.0 1.5 9.0 72% .235 1.17 4.47 4.50 0 0.00 0.0
2007 NHP AA EAS 6 0 7.7 1 1 0 5 7 7 0 112 5.8 8.2 0.0 8.2 60% .250 1.56 4.16 3.51 0 0.00 0.0
2007 SYR AAA INT 11 0 12.0 0 0 0 12 6 10 0 73 9.0 4.5 0.0 7.5 71% .375 1.50 4.00 3.00 0 0.00 0.0
2007 BLJ Rk GCL 1 1 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 101 9.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 50% .500 1.00 1.44 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2008 TOR MLB AL 31 0 33.0 1 2 1 28 15 23 2 99 7.6 4.1 0.5 6.3 69% .265 1.30 4.18 2.18 103 5.50 117.4
2008 SYR AAA INT 20 0 34.3 2 3 2 36 10 32 2 88 9.4 2.6 0.5 8.4 70% .310 1.34 3.26 3.94 0 0.00 0.0
2009 TOR MLB AL 67 0 74.7 3 6 0 72 21 76 8 105 8.7 2.5 1.0 9.2 56% .318 1.25 3.61 4.58 83 3.66 78.5
2010 SEA MLB AL 70 0 79.0 9 7 6 67 27 56 7 98 7.6 3.1 0.8 6.4 63% .256 1.19 3.88 3.42 98 4.28 96.7
2011 SEA MLB AL 65 0 61.3 1 5 37 56 10 45 3 94 8.2 1.5 0.4 6.6 59% .279 1.08 2.81 2.79 90 3.61 84.0
2012 LAN MLB NL 28 0 27.3 2 1 6 17 14 27 0 91 5.6 4.6 0.0 8.9 58% .258 1.13 2.80 2.30 104 4.43 101.5
2012 SEA MLB AL 46 0 44.7 0 5 9 48 19 27 1 90 9.7 3.8 0.2 5.4 48% .322 1.50 3.40 3.63 111 4.82 110.5
2013 LAN MLB NL 58 0 54.3 6 4 14 69 15 28 8 100 11.4 2.5 1.3 4.6 60% .313 1.55 4.89 5.30 111 5.65 135.3
2014 LAN MLB NL 63 0 63.0 2 3 0 65 27 38 0 97 9.3 3.9 0.0 5.4 69% .320 1.46 3.37 2.57 105 4.81 118.0
2015 RCU A+ CAL 5 2 5.0 0 1 0 5 0 4 0 107 9.0 0.0 0.0 7.2 65% .294 1.00 2.18 0.00 108 4.46 100.5
2015 OKL AAA PCL 5 0 5.7 0 0 0 5 2 4 0 86 7.9 3.2 0.0 6.4 71% .294 1.24 3.77 1.59 90 3.02 65.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2008 471 0.5223 0.4947 0.8283 0.6748 0.2978 0.8916 0.6716 0.1717
2009 1099 0.5086 0.4977 0.6965 0.6422 0.3481 0.8162 0.4681 0.3035
2010 1087 0.5087 0.4839 0.7605 0.6420 0.3202 0.8845 0.5029 0.2395
2011 896 0.5324 0.5011 0.7751 0.6562 0.3246 0.8882 0.5147 0.2249
2012 1067 0.4442 0.4564 0.7433 0.6667 0.2884 0.8259 0.5906 0.2567
2013 919 0.4777 0.4755 0.7963 0.6925 0.2771 0.8947 0.5714 0.2037
2014 927 0.3905 0.4498 0.8153 0.6575 0.3168 0.9034 0.6983 0.1847
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Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-02-17 2014-03-03 Camp 14 0 Right Shoulder Strain Latissimus Dorsi - -
2011-06-22 2011-06-24 DTD 2 2 Right Lower Leg Contusion Calf -
2007-08-05 2007-09-05 15-DL 31 29 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2007-03-31 2007-07-14 60-DL 105 89 Right Shoulder Recovery From Strain Latissimus Dorsi -
2007-02-22 2007-03-31 Camp 37 0 Right Shoulder Strain Latissimus Dorsi -
2007-02-17 2007-02-18 Camp 1 0 Thigh Soreness Hamstring -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 LAN $8,500,000
2014 LAN $8,500,000
2013 LAN $5,500,000
2012 SEA $5,000,000
2011 SEA $2,250,000
2010 SEA $1,087,500
2009 TOR $640,000
2008 TOR $400,300
2005 TOR $316,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
9 yrPrevious$32,193,800
9 yrTotal$32,193,800

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 145 dACES1 year (2017)

Details
  • 1 year (2017). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 1/7/17 (minor-league contract). Released by Kansas City 3/20/17.
  • 3 years/$22.5M (2013-15), plus 2016 player option. Signed extension with LA Dodgers 10/30/12. $3M signing bonus ($1M paid in 2012, $2M in 2015). 13:$4.5M, 14:$7.5M, 15:$7.5M. 16: player option. 2016 option guaranteed at 1) $7.5M with 55 games finished in 2015, 2) $8.5M with 55 GF in 2015 and 100 GF in 2014-15, or 3) $9M with 55 GF in 2015 and 150 GF in 2013-15. Annual performance bonuses: $0.15M for 55 GF, $0.25M for 60 GF, $0.1M for 65 GF. DFA by LA Dodgers 7/3/15. Released 7/10/15.
  • 1 year/$5M (2012). Re-signed by Seattle 1/17/12 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by LA Dodgers in trade from Seattle 7/31/12.
  • 1 year/$2.25M (2011). Re-signed by Seattle 1/18/11 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1.0875M (2010). Re-signed by Seattle 1/21/10 (avoided arbitration, $1.325M-$0.9M)
  • 1 year/$0.64M (2009). Re-signed by Toronto 1/19/09 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Seattle in trade from Toronto 12/23/09.
  • 1 year/$0.4003M (2008). Re-signed by Toronto 2/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Re-signed by Toronto 3/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Re-signed by Toronto 2/06.
  • 1 year/$0.316M (2005). Re-signed by Toronto 2/05.
  • 1 year (2004). Contract selected by Toronto 9/19/04.
  • Drafted by Toronto 2001 (2-59) (St. Louis HS, Honolulu). $0.66M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-06-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Will need 3 pitchers for next week in 5x5...main need is saves but can use all categories...Suspects are Lyons, Gregerson, Jansen, Maholm, Turner, Tillman, Vargas...WW has guys like Phelps, Westbrook, Kendrick, Norris, Straily, Lohse, Gee, McCawthy, Archer...Suggestions please!
(LittleRon from WV)
If you need saves, keep an eye on the news regarding Huston Street (who is ready to begin a rehab assignment) and Brandon League (who might not be long for the ninth inning). Depending on the headlines there, either Gregerson or Jansen could take one of the three spots.

For the others, without taking the time to look closely at matchups, I'd roll with Paul Maholm and Dan Straily (who I believe will face the Mariners at the tail-end of the week, albeit with a start in Texas earlier). Also, I'd recommend checking out Paul Sporer's SP Planner on Friday for more info. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-05-22 18:00:00 (link to chat)Other than Rodney are there any other closers who have struggled you would specifically avoid? Johnson, Chapman, and Soriano have all blown their fair share of saves.
(Kyle from Denver)
The closer market isn't as such where any one can be avoided. I traded for Jose Veras 3 weeks ago and have enjoyed what he's been able to do. Brandon League - that's avoidable. (Jason Collette)
2013-03-06 20:00:00 (link to chat)What closer do you think loses his job first?
(Wes from Texas)
Bruce Rondon, does he count? Was he ever the closer in Detroit? For an actual closer, I'd be shaking in my boots if I were Brandon League with Kenley Jansen behind me. (Paul Singman)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)How long before Jansen starts taking away save opps from League?
(Sean T from Bethesda)
Tough to say, but even in a best case scenario for Brandon League owners it's not hard to see Kenley Jansen saving 5-10. The simple answer is if League struggles I don't think Don Mattingly will have orders from up above to use League because he has the big contract. (Mike Gianella)
2013-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)% chance Brandon League stays closer all year?
(Fred from LA)
I wonder what the minimum is for this question. Incumbency is so important, after all; if Clay Hensley were the declared closer going into Opening Day, how often would HE be the closer all year? That's the floor. I'd guess 12 percent is the floor. Maybe 6 percent, maybe 18 percent. Somewhere between 6 and 18 percent.

League: 24 percent. Not a pitcher I like much. (Sam Miller)
2012-12-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Lindbergh and miller talked about their favorite/least favorites moves on the podcast the other day. Your favorite/least favorite offseason move?
(Roberto from jury duty (fml))
Glad I could make jury duty go by a little faster, Roberto - and I've got my own appearance to look forward to not long from now.

If we count extensions, I wasn't a fan of the Brandon League move for the Dodgers; if we limit this to free-agent signings, relative to some of the deals handed out since, the three-year, $25 million hitch the Royals gave Jeremy Guthrie seems a little out of place. Specifically, I liked the one-year, $6 million deal for Scott Feldman and the two-year, $15.5 million deal for Brandon McCarthy. And from a bullpen standpoint, one year and $4.25 million for Koji Uehara looks good.

To just choose two, I'll take League and Feldman. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-12-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)How hard is it as a writer to adjust to the new money in baseball? It seems like you should scream that's a terrible contract to most of the recent signings, but maybe we have to realize that the market is changing.
(jfive613 from New Mexico)
Talked about this some with Marc Normandin yesterday on twitter. The market is most certainly changing. I don't see *writers* having difficulty with that per se, but i see lots of fans freaking out about it. Look at all the hoopla about the Brandon League signing a coupla weeks ago. In light of what we've seen in the subsequent days, that deal looks almost reasonable.

But yes, your point is well taken: whether it's the new TV money or just the changing landscape of the game, free agents are getting mo money and payrolls are going waaay up. (Ian Miller)
2012-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who's the closer in Seattle?
(JT from Exhibition Stadium)
Brandon League. He seems underrated this year. (Derek Carty)
2012-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)If Seattle moves Brandon League mid-season, who takes over as the M's closer?
(PepeShady from St Paul)
The obvious candidate is George Sherrill, given his previous closer experience. If he bombs... David Aardsma might be rehabbing by then.

Also, quick use of dianagram's ESC trick has shown me that Aardsma's sister is attractive. -- Dave (Best of BP with Ben and Dave)
2010-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who closes in Seattle? Is League still the next best thing if Aardsma is traded or continues to blow saves?
(Nordburg from Golfing carrying memorabilia)
Brandon League is supposedly their best trade chip, so neither of them might stay. I don't think the Mariners are too worried about who is going to close games. (Marc Normandin)


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