PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 12: American League All-Star Brandon League #43 of the Seattle Mariners pitches in the seventh inning of the 82nd MLB All-Star Game at Chase Field on July 12, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Teams are targeting the Seattle Mariners as sellers this summer, and the club has received some inquiries on right-hander Brandon League, reports Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. According to Cafardo, the fact that the Mariners haven’t given indications they will sell off veteran pieces hasn’t stopped teams from checking in with them.
Cafardo notes there continues to be interest in League, despite his erratic start to the 2012 season, because the 29-year-old has a great arm.
On the year, League has posted an ERA and WHIP of 4.18 and 1.536. The right-hander’s strikeout numbers (6.1 SO/9) are down on the year and his walk rate is up (4.2 BB/9).
Still, League was impressive last season for the Mariners, maintaining an ERA and WHIP of 2.79 and 1.076 over his 61 1/3 innings of work. During that span, League posted 6.6 SO/9 and 1.5 BB/9 while compiling 37 saves.
Over his nine years in the majors, League owns a career ERA and WHIP of 3.74 and 1.279. The Mariners are 27-35 on the season leaving them 8 ½ games behind the Texas Rangers in the American League West.