Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Dodgers sign Brandon League to 3-year deal, not the end of the world

No matter the similarities in the length and money, the Dodgers signing Brandon League to nearly the same deal Juan Uribe got is actually not a bad thing.

The team signed the veteran right-handed reliever to a 3-year, $22.5 million contract on Tuesday with a vesting option for 2016.

It really isn't the end of the world, despite what you may have read on Twitter. I will say isn't preferable to give a reliever three years, but don't go jumping off any bridges just quite yet.

We all knew this was coming, but there are worse ways to spend $22.5 million (not many, but see Uribe, Juan).

I've written about bringing back League on a couple of occasions (Oct. 9, Saturday).

League will apparently be the Dodgers' closer (with that type of money, I don't know why I was surprised). But this also raises the question: Are the Dodgers not sold on Kenley Jansen's long-term health?

Jansen had his heart procedure last week and is doing great. However, if the Dodgers don't think they can rely on him consistently, I understand the need to bring League back.

Money is obviously no object for this ownership group. While this deal is a Ned Colletti special, they gave him $10 million more than Matt Guerrier (younger, better pitcher, makes sense). This deal will not hamper the Dodgers' ability to add players down the road -- but it isn't a particularly good business practice to continue, either.

The Dodgers now have nine free agents, none of whom I especially I want to see back. I wouldn't be opposed to Randy Choate coming back, but everyone else can go elsewhere.

Photo credit: swswigart, Flickr


  1. Dunno, I liked Jamey Wright for what he was. Another 1yr/1mil deal would be cool

  2. The procedure on Jansen isn't foolproof. Maybe 70-80% curative. That, and the fact that there's no need to have 'Just One Closer', makes signing League a good move.

  3. Although Ned Colletti has made some pretty bonehead signings over the past several years, he is actually a very bright guy. He is definitely not a "wait and see" kind of guy, so when a player or pitcher is having issues (performance or physical), he will aggressively go after a replacement. Now this is not to say that he will throw the struggling guys away, quite the contrary, in fact. He usually finds a way to bring them back once they have resolved their issues. (The HUGE exception is, of course, Juan Uribe, who I still think has some compromising photographs of Colletti or some other serious dirt on him - why else would Colletti keep him - haha!).

    It's pretty safe to say that Kenley isn't going anywhere anytime soon and will (most likely) be a set up guy for Belisario and/or League. However, I also expect that Kenley will also be used as an occasional closer in the event that League needs some rest after after multiple appearances. So, too, with Beli and Guerra - in my opinion.