League was released by the Royals on Sunday, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports. After being informed he wouldn't win a bullpen job with the big club, it appears League was unwilling to report to the Royals' minor-league camp, so he'll become a free agent. The 34-year-old was out of baseball last season and could be nearing the end of the line.
League received a spring training invite from the Royals on Saturday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. League has been out of affiliated baseball since mid-2015 after shoulder issues prematurely ended his tenure with the Dodgers. While he's mostly remembered for his infamous $22.5 million contract, League did put in a good year as recently as 2014 when he posted a 2.57 ERA in 63 innings, so he could still have some major league potential in him as long as the shoulder is healthy.
The Dodgers have released veteran reliever Brandon League after desginating him for assignment on July 2. The 32-year-old League has been dealing with a shoulder ailment all season and has yet to pitch. He performed well for them in 63 appearances last year, compiling a strong 2.57 ERA. League's career has taken a significant downturn after a stretch as a dependable closer in 2011 and 2012.
Dodgers right-handed reliever Brandon League has been designated for assignment, the team announced. League did not pitch this season, as he had been nursing a right shoulder impingement since spring training. He did make 10 minor-league rehab appearances, posting a 0.84 ERA in 10 2/3 innings. The Dodgers are responsible for the $7.5 million on League's current contract, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said pitcher Brandon League is expected to make his last rehab appearance Monday at Triple-A, reports MLB.com. Monday's game was rained out before League could make an appearance. League has not pitched this season because of right shoulder impingement.