May 17, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Brandon League (43) walks off the field after giving up a game-winning single to Cleveland Indians catcher Carlos Santana (41) in the 11th inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

League, Closer No More


Well that certainly puts a wrinkle in the deadline trade plans doesn’t it.

Wedge, for the time being, has removed Brandon League from the closers role. Wilhelmsen is the likely candidate to take over until League is deemed ready.

The news isn’t all the surprising. Over his last 10 games, League has allowed 8 runs, 8(!) walks, and 13 hits in 9.2 innings. Relievers are volatile assets as it is, so there is no guarantee that this sort of behavior carries on throughout the season, but for right now I do believe Wedge made the right move.

While it does hurt his trade value a bit, throwing him in there game after game while his stats continue to balloon wasn’t helping it either. Better to get him in there in non-save situations and hope he can figure it out before the trade deadline.

While League works on that, we should get an early glimpse into the future if Wilhelmsen can take over. Even if he doesn’t, closer by committee is always a great source of entertainment. For the sake of the organization and just because I like League, I hope he figures this thing out relatively soon.

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