Of the three, only Withrow pitched significant innings last season. Withrow posted a 3.58 ERA in 37.2 innings pitched for the Braves in 2016, but his Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) was a much less impressive 4.90. He also walked 4.1 hitters per nine innings and struck out a mere 6.7 per nine. In short, his peripherals suggest his solid numbers were more due to good fortune than skill.
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However, the KC Royals apparently hope that he’ll improve in his second season back from elbow surgery in 2015. Before his injury, the 27-year-old Withrow struck out 11.4 hitters per nine innings in 56.0 innings pitched for the Dodgers in 2013 and 2014.
Before pitching for the Angels, 30-year-old Alburquerque was an effective set-up man in Detroit for five seasons where he compiled a 17-6, 3.20 ERA with a 11.0 K/9 in 225.0 innings.
Thirty three-year-old Brandon League hasn’t pitched in major-league baseball since 2014, and not at all since 2015. His career has been derailed by shoulder troubles. But, before his injuries, League represented Seattle in the 2011 All-Star game during a 2.79 ERA, 37 save season.
The Mariners traded League to the Dodgers at the trade deadline in 2012, and Los Angeles signed him to a three-year deal before the 2013 season. The Dodgers cut him before the final year of the deal due to shoulder troubles, despite his 2.57 ERA in 2014.