|An all-star in 2011 when he racked up 37 saves, Brandon League proved unable to hold down that job again this season for the Mariners, losing all five of his decisions and losing the closer gig to sophomore Tom Wilhelmsen. Seattle made League available in a thin bullpen market and found a taker in the Dodgers, who exchanged outfielder Leon Landry and righthander Logan Bawcom to add League to their National League West push.
League becomes a free agent at the end of the season, and the 29-year-old at least gives the Dodgers a hard-throwing, fairly durable set-up man with a fastball that sits at 95 mph with sink. The Mariners get a possible future bullpen piece and likely fourth outfielder in return.
|Leon Landry, of
Age: 22. Born: Sep 20, 1989 in Baker, La.
Ht.: 5-11. Wt.: 185.
Bats: L. Throws: R.
School: Louisiana State.
Career Transactions: Selected by Dodgers in third round of 2010 draft; signed June 18, 2010.
Landry is young for a 2010 college draft pick and helped Louisiana State to the 2009 College World Series championship. He’s flashed some power and speed as a pro since signing for $284,400. Mostly, Landry has shined in good hitting environments such as the Rookie-level Pioneer League and this year the high Class A California League. He’s athletic and has some strength to go with plus speed and profiles as a fourth outfielder capable of handling the defensive demands of center or left field. He’ll have to be more efficient as a basestealer down the line, as he’s been caught in eight of his last 17 tries in the Cal League. Scouts have had concerns about his swing, which gets too sweepy and lacks enough of a load to produce consistent power, but he has the strength to impact the ball if he makes some swing adjustments. Landry missed time this season with a concussion.
|Logan Bawcom, rhp
Age: 23. Born: Nov 2, 1988 in Lubbock, Texas.
Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 200.
Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by Dodgers in 17th round of 2010 draft; signed June 27, 2010.
The Dodgers quietly have added some power arms in recent years despite severe limits in their draft and international signing budgets, more evidence of the hard work and ability of the entire scouting department. Area scout Calvin Jones signed Bawcom, who led the organization with 27 saves last season at two Class A levels and had moved up to Double-A Chattanooga this season with some success. His fastball lacks the pure butane velocity of League’s, sitting in the 91-93 mph range at its best, and it lacks much life. However, he does a good job of keeping it on a downhill plane and locates it fairly well. His cutter-type slider is his out pitch, at times reaching 86 mph with some tilt. Neither is a true plus pitch yet, but like League, Bawcom keeps both pitches down and keeps the ball in the ballpark, having yielded just five home runs over 116 innings in full-season ball the last two years.
|Brandon League, rhp
Age: 29. Throws: R. Remaining Commitment: Under contract for $5 million this season (approximately $833,000 per month), then free agent-eligible for first time in offseason.
Contract details courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts.