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Loe wins job, Kinney to 60-day DL

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The Mariners have purchased the contract of Kameron Loe and moved Josh Kinney to the 60-day DL, opening up a spot for Loe on the 40 man roster.

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It's been speculated here for a while, and now it's official. Kameron Loe has won a spot in the 2013 Seattle Mariners bullpen, as the Mariners announced they have purchased his contract and moved reliever Josh Kinney to the 60-day disabled list.

Moving Kinney to the 60-day DL frees up a spot on the 40-man roster, so there will not be any more corresponding roster transactions from this move. Kinney has a stress reaction in his left shoulder and will be out for an undetermined amount of time, although his move to the 60-day DL suggests he could be out for far longer than was originally anticipated.

Loe moves into the bullpen after signing a minor league contract this spring, and his history as well as this year's projection was outlined here last week. Loe is a ground ball specialist who will most likely pitch in both middle and long relief.

There is a chance more relievers could be added as other teams make their own cuts, but they would have to drop somebody from the 40-man roster to make it happen, which seems unlikely at this point.

Assuming the Mariners go with a 7 man pen, it now stands as is:

  • Tom Wilhemsen
  • Stephen Pryor
  • Carter Capps
  • Oliver Perez
  • Lucas Luetge
  • Kameron Loe
  • Charlie Furbush

If the Mariners decide to keep a long reliever/spot starter or go with a 6 man bullpen (unlikely), it's reasonable to project that Luetge might be the first one out, as he has options after last year's Rule 5 pick spent all last year on the active roster. For now, one spot has been determined.