Brewers, Kameron Loe avoid arbitration with one-year deal

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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.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.