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)
The #Mariners are close to trading reliever Brandon League, say baseball sources. Location yet undetermined.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 29, 2012
The Los Angeles Angels and San Francisco Giants have been in talks with the Mariners for League according to a report on MLB.com. Giants beat writer Henry Schulman says the Los Angeles Dodgers are looking at League as well.
League lost his closer's job to Tom Wilhelmsen in May after a series of blown saves. The 29-year-old was a an All-Star in 2011 and finished the season 37 saves and a 2.79 ERA, but struggled as the M's closer at the beginning of the 2012 season.
Since Wilhelmsen's emergence as a dependable closer, League has become a trade chip, though his perceived value is at question because of his status of not being a closer.
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