Dodgers sign Brandon League to 3-year contract

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

The closer will earn a reported $22.5 million over three seasons, plus a vesting option for $7.5 million for 2016.

The Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday signed relief pitcher Brandon League to a three-year contract, bringing back a key piece of their bullpen who was acquired in a July 30 deal from the Seattle Mariners. League became a free agent on Monday, one day after the World Series ended.

League's contract is worth a reported $22.5 million, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, and includes a $7.5 million option for 2016 that would vest if League finishes 55 games in 2015.

League was 2-1 with a 2.30 ERA in 28 games for the Dodgers, and he took over as closer in September when Kenley Jansen was sidelined with an irregular heartbeat. League, who saved 37 games for the Mariners in 2011 and nine more before losing his closer role in Seattle in May 2012, saved six games for the Dodgers in September.

General manager Ned Colletti said League would remain the closer, at least heading into spring training.

"After what he did the last two or three weeks of the season, that closing is the role," Colletti said. "That's what he was in Seattle in 2011 and for part of 2012. When we acquired him and needed him to close for us, he was obviously very, very solid. So that's where we start."

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