Kameron Loe Moves to Milwaukee
Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette posts the details of another two-way contract. Kameron Loe, cut loose by the Rangers, will join the Brewers with an opportunity to make $650,000 to $850,000 if he makes the club and meets the incentive bonuses in the contract.
Loe allows too many baserunners, doesn't strike out enough hitters, but does keep the ball in the park at an average rate. The NL may prove a better venue for Loe.
Mets Finalize Deals with Dessens, Everts
Bart Hubbuch, Mets beat writer for the New York Post, tweets that the rumored deals for Clint Everts and Elmer Dessens have been officially announced. Dessens returns to the Mets - his 9th major league team - after putting together his best season since 2001. Like 2001, last year was built on an unsustainable hit rate destined to shoot up.
Everts moves to the Mets after seven seasons in the Montreal/Washington organization. Everts was the fifth overall selection in the 2002 draft, but finally reached AAA for the first time in 2009. Originally a starter, Everts, just 25, has transitioned successfully to the bullpen. His upside counters the considerable downside that Dessens carries with him.
Tigers Sign Dumatrait
We turn back to Dejan Kovacevic again, who is following former the non-tendered Pirates to their new homes. Phil Dumatrait, who will be 28 next year, is reportedly being considered for a starting job, though the Pirates used him out of the pen when he was with the big club.
Dumatrait was once considered a top-prospect in the Red Sox system, but his stock fell along with his strikeout rate after Tommy John surgery in 2004.
Reds Bring Back Nix
John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer tweets that Laynce Nix and the Reds have agreed to a minor league contract. Nix spent parts of seven seasons in the big leagues with the Rangers, Brewers and Reds. His career slash line (.236/.277/.421) shows how batting average reliant the 29 year old outfielder is.
Nix plays credibly at each outfield position and showed surprising pop last season for the Reds with a career high .476 slugging percentage. While probably destined for a fourth-outfielder/pinch hitting role with the club, Nix will battle Wladimir Balentien and Chris Dickerson for playing time.
Rincon Re-Ups with Rockies
Tom Harding of MLB.com has all the details of Juan Rincon's minor-league deal with the Rockies. Rincon had tremendous success out of the Twins pen early in his career, but has scuffled posting three consecutive seasons with an ERA north of 5.00
Rincon received a ten-game suspension in 2005 under Major League Baseball's drug policy. Colorado is his fourth team in the last two seasons.
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