Dodgers sign Brandon League to 3-year deal

Stephen Dunn

The Los Angeles Dodgers have a lot of money, and so they are giving some to Brandon League. The deal could be for more than $20 million.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have announced that they signed relief pitcher Brandon League to a three-year deal, according to an official press release. General manager Ned Colletti made the announcement.

"We’re excited to bring back a key member of our bullpen, which was a team strength last season," said Colletti. "We were very pleased with what Brandon provided us after we acquired him. He pitched in a couple of different roles including the closer role most of the last month where he was very effective."

"He gives the club someone who has saved more than 50 games the last two seasons and fortifies our bullpen in a number of ways. It's imperative that to compete in the NL West, teams need a strong bullpen with power arms, experience and depth."

Though the official dollar amount has not been released yet, it could be north of $20 million, according to Jon Heyman. If true, the deal could set a very aggressive free agent market this winter, particularly for relief pitchers.

League has a career 3.60 ERA and has spent time with the Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners. The Mariners traded him to the Dodgers at the trade deadline this season in exchange for minor leaguers Leon Landry and Logan Bawcom.

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