Twins, Luis Ayala Reach Agreement

According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Twins reached an agreement with reliever Luis Ayala today on a one-year, $1.3MM deal.  He can earn another $575K in incentives.  If met, he’d exceed his ’08 salary of $1.7MM.  Ayala was ranked as a Type B free agent after the season, but the Mets did not offer him arbitration.

Ayala, 31, posted a 5.71 ERA in 75.6 innings for the Nationals and Mets last year.  He stuck out just 5.95 per nine innings, but showed good control with a 2.85 BB/9.  He showed an elevated groundball rate in his short stint with the Mets.  FanGraphs valued last year’s performance at $100K.

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