Brewers reliever Loe becomes free agent

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers continue to take the initial steps in rebuilding their shaky bullpen from a year ago.

The club announced Friday that reliever Kameron Loe has refused an assignment to Triple-A and will become a free agent. This comes a day after the Brewers parted ways with reliever Jose Veras.

In additional roster shuffling, first baseman Travis Ishikawa was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville, where he will likely elect free agency, outfielder Nyjer Morgan refused his assignment and became a free agent and the Brewers claimed right-handed reliever Arcenio Leon off waivers from Houston.

Loe, 31, spent three seasons with the Brewers but had his worst year in a Milwaukee uniform in 2012.

Appearing in 70 games, Loe posted a 6-5 record with a 4.61 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. In his three seasons, Loe appeared in 195 games with a 3.67 ERA in 198 2/3 innings for the Brewers.

Arbitration eligible this offseason, Loe was projected to get $2.6 million. It was unlikely all along that the Brewers were going to tender Loe a contract.

Ishikawa, 29, hit .257 with four home runs and 30 RBI in his lone season with the Brewers. The reserve first baseman hit .260 as a pinch hitter in 2012.

In 44 games for Double-A Corpus Christi in 2012, the 26-year-old Leon posted a 4.38 ERA in 63 2/3 innings out of the bullpen.

Leon has appeared in only one game above the Double-A level, allowing three earned runs in just two innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2011. He has a power arm, but walks have plagued Leon during his career.

Outrighted to Nashville on Wednesday, Morgan was expected all along to refuse the assignment in order to become a free agent.

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