Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE
Both Loe and Ishikawa have rejected their assignments and elected free agency.
The Brewers continued clearing house and re-shaping their roster over the weekend, outrighting right-hander Kameron Loe and first baseman Travis Ishikawa to Triple-A, while claiming right-hander Arcenio Leon from the Houston Astros off of waivers, reports Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
The Brewers sent reliever Kameron Loe and first baseman Travis Ishikawa outright to Class AAA Nashville, and also claimed minor-league reliever Arcenio Leon off waivers from Houston.
Loe and outfielder Nyjer Morgan, who was sent outright to Nashville the previous day, exercised their right to become free agents as expected, and Ishikawa is expected to do likewise.
Following five seasons with the Texas Rangers primarily as a starter, the 37-year-old Loe spent three seasons in the Milwaukee bullpen, posting a 3.67 ERA and 7.3 K/9 in nearly two hundred innings of work. Loe would have been eligible for a final year of arbitration had the Brewers not pushed him off the roster and into free agency.
Ishikawa, 29, appeared in ninety-four games for the Brewers in 2012, hitting .257/.329/.428 with four home runs while filling in for the injured Mat Gamel and Corey Hart. The lefty hitter, who has now played in parts of five big-league seasons, has also exercised his right to free agency rather than accept his Triple-A assignment.
Leon, 26, had been in the Astros’ minor-league system since 2005, slowly making his way through the ranks after signing as an 18-year-old out of Venezuela. Leon has spent most of the last three seasons at Double-A, where he holds an impressive 9.2 K/9 in over one hundred fifty innings, but also has a 6.1 BB/9 and a 5.00 ERA.