Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:45:08 -0700
The Los Angeles Dodgers will activate RP Brian Wilson onto the active roster Monday, Aug. 19.
Fantasy Tip: Wilson has done everything the team asked of him in the minors to prove he's healthy. He has his velocity back and has looked good. However, his fantasy impact will be very minimal, since he has virtually no shot at saves with Kenley Jansen firmly locked into that role.
Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:02:54 -0700
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed free-agent RP Brian Wilson (Giants) to an undisclosed deal Tuesday, July 30, according to a source. He will start out in the minors.
Fantasy Tip: Wilson will have to prove he's healthy and effective in the minors before they bring him up, much like they did with Carlos Marmol. The Dodgers have Kenley Jansen locked down in the ninth inning, so if Wilson makes to Hollywood, he'll most likely be serving in some sort of setup role, limiting his fantasy value to mainly NL-only leagues.
Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:17:40 -0700
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Carlos Marmol is likely to pitch in middle relief for the team. He allowed two home runs in three innings with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and tossed two scoreless innings with Double-A Chattanooga down on the farm. He went 2-4 with a 5.86 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 21 games for the Chicago Cubs earlier this year.
Fantasy Tip: The Blue are set with Kenley Jansen as their closer. Marmol won't threaten for the closer role at any point for the rest of the season and probably won't be an option to pitch meaningful late innings, either. He shouldn't be considered in fantasy circles.
Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:29:09 -0700
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Brandon League won't be trusted in late-inning situations in close games anymore, according to manager Don Mattingly. RP Ronald Belisario will now be the eighth-inning setup man to RP Kenley Jansen, and the team will mix and match in the seventh inning between RPs Paco Rodriguez and Peter Moylan. League will be used in low-pressure situations to "start piecing him back together." The Dodgers think League is opening up his shoulder too soon in his delivery, which makes it easier for opponents to see his pitches.
Fantasy Tip: If he corrects his mechanical flaws, League could move back to important late-inning work, but he has virtually no shot at unseating Jansen as the closer again. Feel free to drop League in all formats.
Wed, 26 Jun 2013 11:41:02 -0700
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Kenley Jansen was rested against the San Francisco Giants in a save situation Tuesday, June 25, because he had pitched in three straight games. RP Brandon League was brought in for the save, but he had to be pulled after allowing three hits and two runs. RP Paco Rodriguez eventually came on to record the save, his first of the year.
Fantasy Tip: League didn't help his chances at being considered again for the closer role if Jansen struggles. It doesn't appear like he'll have a shot anytime soon at usurping Jansen, so there's no reason to hold onto League outside of NL-only formats.
Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:10:02 -0700
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has named Kenley Jansen closer.
Fantasy Tip: He deposes Brandon League, who can be dropped in most leagues. Jansen has the skills to hold the gig for the rest of the season and should be added everywhere.
Wed, 15 May 2013 15:26:28 -0700
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Kenley Jansen came in for the save against the Washington Nationals Tuesday, May 14. "In that game, I had to go with the guy who's throwing the ball best; as much as anything he's been throwing the ball better than anybody," said manager Don Mattingly. RP Brandon League was never warmed up in the game, but Mattingly refused to say that Jansen is the new closer.
Fantasy Tip: We already told you that Jansen should be owned in all leagues, and this is why. It's likely that League is still Mattingly's closer, for now, but Jansen is pitching better and could take the ninth-inning duties from League if he continues to struggle.
Mon, 13 May 2013 16:18:10 -0700
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said RP Brandon League is still the team's closer "for now."
Fantasy Tip: Mattingly last week ackowledged that he was considering moving Kenley Jansen into the closer's role. Jansen should be owned in pretty much all leagues, but League will probably have to pitch his way out of the role with multiple blown saves for the switch to become a reality.
Thu, 09 May 2013 09:40:17 -0700
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he has considered mixing up the closer role, but he doesn't want to mess up the bullpen's fluidity.
Fantasy Tip: There's the first hint that Mattingly is considering replacing Brandon League with the more dominant Kenley Jansen.
League's 5.40 ERA leaves much to be desired, but he is 8-for-9 in save chances. It looks like Donnie Baseball is looking for a reason to promote Jansen. Jansen has a 2.50 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 18 innings. It's just a matter of time before he snatches the job. You might want to see if you can buy low now.
Thu, 25 Apr 2013 12:01:07 -0700
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Brandon League blew his first save of the season against the New York Mets Wednesday, April 24, allowing a two-out single to 3B David Wright in the ninth.
Fantasy Tip: The Dodgers have another capable closer in Kenley Jansen as their setup man, but Don Mattingly will have to lose faith in League before he'll consider a chance. Jansen strikes out plenty of hitters, though, so he's worth owning for his numbers and as a handcuff to League.