And just like that, his career with Seattle was over. On Tuesday, League's career with Los Angeles was just beginning, as he sat in front of his new locker in a Dodger uniform surrounded by his new teammates. For League, the trade came as bittersweet news.
"I'm just sad to leave Seattle, where I held my home for the last three years," he said. "But I'm also very excited to start a new chapter and play for a team that is in a race right now. I'm happy to be here and I'm ready to contribute."
League has struggled this year, posting an 0-5 record with a 3.53 ERA and nine saves in 46 games. However, he is just one year removed from an All-Star game appearance and a season with 37 saves in 42 chances.
Manager Don Mattingly said Kenley Jansen remains the team's closer, with League sliding into the eighth-inning role alongside Ronald Belisario. Mattingly, who described League as a pitcher with big-time stuff, said who he uses will depend on that night's matchup.
League, a right-hander, essentially replaces Josh Lindblom in the bullpen after Tuesday's trade that sent the former Dodgers right-hander to the Phillies for Shane Victorino.
"Throughout my career, I have pitched anywhere from the fifth inning to the ninth, even sometimes past that," League said. "I'm ready to pitch where they see me being the most successful."