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Angels interested in Brandon League

The Angels have been in talks with the Mariners for right-handed reliever Brandon League, sources said Sunday, though it’s unsure how deep those discussions are at this point.

An industry source told MLB.com on Sunday afternoon that the Mariners could be close to trading League to either the Giants or Angels. Nothing is definite just yet, but the Angels are an interested suitor. They’ve been looking for another late-inning bullpen option all month, but after giving up pitchers John Hellweg and Ariel Pena along with shortstop Jean Segura for Zack Greinke on Friday, they don’t have a lot left in their farm system to deal. The Mariners seek young offensive help.

League, 29, is a free agent at the end of the season and is making $5 million in 2012. He struggled through the first two months and lost his job as closer, but has rebounded ever since. In 44 1/3 innings, he has a 3.05 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP, with 26 strikeouts and 19 walks. As an All-Star last year, he posted a 2.79 ERA and 37 saves in 65 appearances.

– Alden Gonzalez

Giants focus on relief help as Deadline nears

Thursday, July 29

SAN FRANCISCO — As Saturday’s 1 p.m. non-waiver Trade Deadline crept closer, indications grew that the Giants were almost exclusively concentrating on acquiring bullpen help and had abandoned their pursuit of a hitter.

Sources familiar with the Giants’ trade talks said team officials constantly found that the “prices” for competent hitters, in terms of players San Francisco would have to part with, were far too costly. Giants general manager Brian Sabean has stated his unwillingness to trade left-handers Jonathan Sanchez or Madison Bumgarner, who routinely appear on other teams’ most-wanted lists.

San Francisco’s most immediate division rivals have fortified themselves. The Los Angeles Dodgers traded for outfielder Scott Podsednik while the San Diego Padres got slugging infielder Miguel Tejada.

But the Giants believe they aren’t so desperate offensively that they must overpay for a proven hitter. Despite Thursday’s 5-0 loss to Florida, they lead the National League with 141 runs scored in July. They’re 18-8 this month. As a result, they’re willing to stand pat.

“I like this club, I do,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “If it’s the right fit, I’m sure something would happen, but this is a good team with a lot of moveable parts. …”

This enables the Giants to throw even more energy into obtaining a reliever — preferably a left-hander, since injuries have sidelined southpaws Jeremy Affeldt and Dan Runzler.

“You know the obvious. We lost two left-handers,” Bochy said. “There’s been a lot of talks. I’ll leave it at that.”

San Francisco reportedly has expressed interest in Toronto lefty Scott Downs, who has limited left-handed hitters to a .182 batting average. Downs also has been effective against righties, who have batted .232 off him.

By contrast, another lefty who captures the Giants’ fancy, Baltimore’s Will Ohman, is the quintessential situational reliever. Left-handers own a .207 batting average against him, compared to .340 for righties.

A handful of right-handers also intrigue the Giants, including Florida’s Leo Nunez, who has a .210 opponents’ batting average against lefties. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the Giants are eyeing Seattle’s Brandon League, against whom lefties are batting .235.

Chris Haft, Cash Kruth

Tigers could use some bullpen help

The Tigers have had interest rumored in starting pitchers and shortstops the last several days, but manager Jim Leyland laid a subtle hint what his team’s most pressing need might be.
“I guess if you could make a wish, you might wish Santa would drop another good reliever,” Leyland told reporters Tuesday afernoon. “It might happen and it might not happen. I’d like to deepen it a little bit. We’ve actually survived decent, but you don’t know if it can continue. 
“With the loss of [Bobby] Seay and [Zach] Miner, that was a big loss to start with. Now [Joel] Zumaya is out again. That’s three guys that you counted on. We’ve actually survived it pretty good. Whether we can continue or not, it remains to be seen. I’d just like to deepen it with maybe a little more experience or something. That’s easier said than done.”
Indeed, with so many teams looking for relief help, it’s a tall order. And as Leyland has said repeatedly, he doesn’t have much say on the trade front. Still, if you want to know what the Tigers really need, that just might be it.
Leyland’s comments came a day after his post-Zumaya bullpen mix seemed to take shape. Once the Tigers took a lead into the seventh inning Monday, Ryan Perry pitched an inning, followed by Phil Coke and closer Jose Valverde.
Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse posted Tuesday on Twitter that the Tigers had a scout at Monday’s Mariners-Royals game, supposedly to watch potential bullpen help. The Mariners were in Detroit for three games over the weekend, but they never saw Seattle closer David Aardsma and only saw Brandon League and Sean White once. The Royals bullpen has been in flux all season, though it has settled down lately. It’s unlikely the Tigers would welcome back Kyle Farnsworth, whose last stint in Detroit two years ago went horribly wrong for both the Tigers and Farnsworth.
– Jason Beck
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