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Trade deadline mania: Brandon League to the Dodgers, Steve Delabar dealt to the Blue Jays

It should have been a sign of things to come.

In the seventh inning, Travis Snider of Toronto had jogged out to his position in left field. Moments later he was signaled off the field and replaced. Why? He had been traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for pitcher Brad Lincoln. Snider collected his gear, gave a few hugs and was gone. We later saw him on a cart being whisked away, presumably to his hotel or the airport.

That's how the MLB trade deadline works.

So when it took about 10 minutes longer than usual for the Mariners to open the clubhouse postgame, we knew there was something going on. Moments later we found out.

Relievers Brandon League and Steve Delabar were both notified when they walked into the clubhouse postgame that they had been traded in separate deals.

Delabar, who is 2-1 with a 3.17 ERA in 34 appearances, won’t have to go far. He was traded to the Blue Jays for outfielder Eric Thames.

“My emotions are up in the air,” Delabar said noting that it was the Mariners that gave him a chance when he was substitute teaching in high school. “It never hurts to stay in the big leagues.”

Thames was hitting .335 (65-for-194) with 15 doubles, three triples and six home runs and 32 RBI in 53 games with Triple A Las Vegas. Over parts of the last two seasons in AAA has combined to hit .344 (139-for-404) with 69 runs, 40 doubles, 7 triples, 13 home runs and 77 RBI in 106 games.

He made his Major League debut with Toronto in 2011, hitting .262 (95x362) with 24 doubles, 5 triples, 12 home runs and 37 RBI in 95 games (entering Monday). In parts of two seasons in the Majors has combined to hit .257 (131x510) with 31 doubles, 6 triples, 15 home runs and 48 RBI in 141 games. In his Major League career, he has played in 95 games (89 starts) in left field and 27 games (25 starts) in right field.

League is headed to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In return, the Mariners will receive a pair of prospects – outfielder Leon Landry and right-handed pitcher Logan Bawcom.

“I gave a couple high fives and they called me into the office,” League said.

Was he surprised?

“You can’t ignore the rumors,” he said. “The deadline is the deadline. For the past three years, I’ve been hearing stuff. I’ve said nothing but express how much I love Seattle and want to stay here. But I’m also a free agent at the end of the year and you never know what might happen.”

League lost his closing job this season and was demoted to set-up man. He was 0-5 with nine saves and a 3.69 ERA.

“Things didn’t really work out, but I kept pitching and kept trying to help the team,” League said.

Landry, 22, was hitting.328 (113-for-345) with 26 doubles, 15 triples, 8 home runs and 51 RBI in 80 games for Class A Rancho Cucamonga entering Monday. He has played both center field (46 games) and left field (35 games) this season. He currently leads all of minor league baseball with 15 triples, and is tied for the California League lead with 49 extra base hits. He also ranks amongst the Cal League leaders in doubles (tied for third), 4th in slugging (.559), 4th in total bases (193) and 5th in batting average (.328).

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound left-handed swinger was originally selected by the Dodgers in the 3rd round of the 2010 June Draft. In three minor league seasons he has combined to bat .297 (325-for-1094) with 113 extra base hits (2B – 67, 3B – 30, HR – 16). The native of Baton Rouge, La, played three seasons at LSU from 2008-2010.

Landry will stay in the Cal League and go to Class A High Desert.

Bawcom, 23, has combined to go 4-4 with 20 saves, a 2.03 ERA (11 ER, 48.2 IP) and 11.09 K/9.0 IP (60 SO) in 39 relief appearances with Rancho Cucamonga (High-A) and Chattanooga (AA) this season (entering Monday). Bawcom is one of only 9 pitchers in the Minor Leagues to record at least 20 saves, and is T5th in the Southern League with 13 saves. Overall he has limited opponents to a .196 batting average (34-for-173), and allowed only one home run. Since June 26, he is 1-0 with 6 saves and a 0.60 ERA (1 ER, 15.0 IP) in 11 games with the Lookouts, lowering his Southern League ERA from 4.12 to 2.60.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound right-handed reliever was originally selected by the Dodgers in the 17th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. In three minor league seasons he is 12-8 with 49 saves and a 2.96 ERA (47 ER, 143.0 IP) in 107 relief appearances. The native of Midland, Texas, played one season at UT Arlington (2010) and two seasons at Midland Junior College.

He will head to Double A Jackson.

There will also be corresponding roster moves to go with it.

Carlos Peguero and all of his strikeouts will be heading back to Tacoma. Meanwhile, you can expect Stephen Pryor and hopefully Carter Capps will be getting called up.