Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/31/12
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The Seattle Mariners stripped down their bullpen after Monday's game, trading Brandon League to the Los Angeles Dodgers for two minor-leaguers and sending Steve Delabar to the Toronto Blue Jays for outfielder Eric Thames, who has been in the majors off and on the last few seasons.

With Tom Wilhelmsen away from the team as his wife gives birth to the couple's first child, the Mariners were woefully short of pitchers Monday. However, Hisashi Iwakuma threw eight strong innings to cover up the holes in the bullpen, and Seattle beat Toronto 4-1.

Now the Mariners, who acquired minor league outfielder Leon Landry and minor league pitcher Logan Bawcom from the Dodgers, will have to make a couple of moves before Tuesday's game to get the bullpen re-staffed.

"We like these two pitchers, but these are probably the right moves for the ballclub," general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "Brandon is going to be a free agent at the end of the season. We're getting Thames, a left-handed hitter with some big-league experience who also has some options left."

Thames, 25, hit .243 with three homers, 11 RBI and a .652 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in 46 games for the Blue Jays earlier this season. He was batting .330 with six homers and 32 RBI in 54 games for Class AAA Las Vegas before he was removed from Monday's game against Salt Lake in the seventh inning.

Thames appeared in 95 games for Toronto last year, hitting .262 with 12 homers and 37 RBI.

Delabar, 29, was 2-1 with a 4.17 ERA in 34 appearances for Seattle this season. He last pitched for the Mariners on Wednesday, throwing a scoreless inning against the Yankees.

League lost the Mariners' closer job to Wilhelmsen earlier this season. He had a 3.63 ERA with an 0-5 record in 44 2/3 innings over 46 appearances.

Landry, 22, was hitting .328 with eight homers, 51 RBI and 20 steals for high Class A Rancho Cucamonga. Bawcom, 23, was a combined 4-4 with 20 saves and a 2.03 ERA between Rancho Cucamonga and Class AA Chattanooga.

Seattle could make another move, even two, before the trade deadline comes and goes Tuesday. Left-handed starter Jason Vargas doesn't want to be traded, but he already has a career-best 11 wins with two months to go, and given that he's supposed to start Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays, he has a chance to end July with a dozen wins.

The Mariners aren't facing free agency with him for another season and a half, but if the price is right, the club would have to consider a trade. Presuming he's still a Mariner come Tuesday night, Vargas comes into that start 4-0 with a 1.46 ERA in five July starts.

And then there is pitcher Kevin Millwood, who at 37 is a veteran who has been throwing the ball well of late and who might well be attracting interest.

Neither player wants to go, but neither did League or Delabar, and yet League and Delabar are gone.

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