April 7, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Brandon League (43) celebrates after the game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. The Mariners defeated the Athletics 8-7. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
League would both teams' search for a back end bullpen arm. League is owed the remainder of his $5 million this season before becoming a free-agent at season's end.
After playing in the All-Star game last year, the 29-year-old League isn't the same reliever he once was despite posting a 2.98 ERA across 42 1/3 innings of work this season. League has more than doubled his walk rate (3.83 BB/9) from last season and is missing less bats (5.3 K/9) than he usually does (6.5 K/9). His 2.7% HR/FB rate is unsustainable for any pitcher, and it could get ugly when it does if he can't improve his K/BB rates.