The Seattle Mariners have decided to take a chance on former Milwaukee Brewers reliever Kameron Loe. The team signed him to a Minor League contract that guarantees him a spot on the spring training roster.
Loe decided to test out free agency this past winter instead of taking the Brewers offer of an assignment to Triple-A Nashville. Considering the right-hander has spent eight of the last nine years in the big leagues the last thing he wanted to do was go back to the minors knowing he could still pitch in the majors. Milwaukee was thrilled to see Loe leave town because he would have been arbitration eligible with a possible salary of $2.6 million for the 2013 MLB season.
The 31-year-old has had an up and down career with the Texas Rangers and Brewers. He pitched outstanding for Milwaukee in 2010, his first year with the ball club, but he steadily got worse over the next two years. In 2012, he posted a 6-5 record with a 4.61 earned run average, 55 strikeouts, seven holds and five blown saves in 70 appearances.
There is no question that Loe has plenty of potential and solid pitches in his arsenal but the fact is, just like his career, he tends to be very inconsistent on the mound. Standing at 6-foot-8 one would think Loe would be able to pound the strike zone with his mid-90’s fastball and then use his above-average curveball to strikeout batters. However, because he can be inconsistent with both pitches he tends to walk more than he can handle.
Loe will have a legitimate shot at making Seattle’s 25-man roster as the seventh inning reliever, but that is only if he can give a good show in spring training.