League set to be closer for Dodgers

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly looks at closer Brandon League and sees power and unpredictability.

"He's kind of the effectively wild guy," Mattingly said.

Almost sounds dangerous.

League was acquired from Seattle last July and decided to stay in Los Angeles, agreeing in October to a $22.5 million, three-year contract.

Originally slotted as a middle reliever, he took over as closer when Kenley Jansen was sidelined between Aug. 27 and Sept. 20 due to an irregular heartbeat.

League was 6 for 6 in save chances with the Dodgers, going 2-1 with a 2.30 ERA in 48 games after the trade. He walked 14 in 27 1-3 innings for Los Angeles and 33 in 72 innings overall.

Los Angeles agreed to the deal with the intention of having League be the closer. Jonathan Broxton, Javy Guerra and Jansen assumed the roles at various times during the last two years.