The Brewers and right-hander Kameron Loe avoided arbitration today by agreeing to a one-year, $1.25 million contract, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com.
Loe requested $1.65 million and was offered $1.055 million from the Brewers when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this week. While this contract is below the midpoint, the 29-year-old right-hander can make up the difference should he earn an additional $115,000 in performance-bonuses based on appearances up to 78 games.
Loe, who spent the 2009 season in Japan, posted a 2.78 ERA and 46/15 K/BB ratio over 58 1/3 innings with the Brewers last season. He ranked ninth among major league relievers with at least 50 innings last season with a ground ball rate of 59.4 percent.
Free agent right-hander Chris Tillman is narrowing his pool of potential suitors, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Returning to the Orioles is one option, of course, but Heyman also mentions another two undisclosed teams who are still in the running. An earlier report from Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun suggests that as many as four teams may be in the mix; either way, a final decision is expected by Monday.
Tillman, 29, has spent the entirety of his major league career in Baltimore. After posting career-high numbers in 2016, his progress was derailed during an injury-plagued 2017 campaign, during which he missed nearly six weeks on the disabled list with recurring right shoulder inflammation. He finished the season with a bloated 7.84 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 4.9 SO/9 over 93 innings.
While the mystery teams have yet to reveal themselves, the Blue Jays, Twins and Tigers have all expressed interest in the veteran right-hander this offseason. Both the Blue Jays and Twins have made big moves to bolster their rotations over the last few days, with the additions of Jaime Garcia and Jake Odorizzi, respectively. That doesn’t mean that Tillman is out of reach, however — if his price is right, he could provide some much-needed depth for pitching staffs that finished 15th and 22nd in the league last year.