Yankees To Sign Luis Ayala

The Yankees agreed to sign reliever Luis Ayala to a minor league deal, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (Twitter links). The right-hander a career ERA of 3.67 with 5.9 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9 in parts of six major league seasons.

Ayala last appeared in the majors in 2009, but he has been pitching recently. The 33-year-old closed for Mexico in the Caribbean Series, according to Morosi. Another Mexican right-hander, former Yankee Alfredo Aceves, signed with the Red Sox yesterday.

Ayala will presumably compete for a spot at the back of the Yankees' bullpen with the likes of Buddy Carlyle, Neal Cotts and Mark Prior. There doesn't appear to be much room for competition in the Yankees' restocked 'pen, but spots could open up because of injuries or ineffectiveness.

29 Responses to Yankees To Sign Luis Ayala Leave a Reply

    • East Coast Bias 4 years ago

      For their minor league affiliate team?!

      • LifeLongYankeeFan 4 years ago

        If World Series were won on paper the Yankees would have a lot more then 27. The Phillies and Red Sox aren’t automatically penciled into the World Series.

        • East Coast Bias 4 years ago

          Agreed, but Ayala was signed to a minor league deal. Hence the comment…

  1. Glad to see him back pitching. Highly doubt he gets a shot at the bigs this year with the yanks, but it could get him in the right direction for him to get back to the majors soon with the right organization.

    • The_Silver_Stacker 4 years ago

      If he pitches well in the minors and yankees are looking for say a veteran utilityman he can be used in a deal then

  2. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    Welcome to the bargain bin NYY, feel free to scrounge around

  3. Is Prior even going to pitch this year?? I doubt it

    • thevoiceofbv 4 years ago

      Prior pitched in the Independent League last year. That info and $1.80 will get us a cup of coffee….

  4. flickadave 4 years ago

    With Colon, Garcia, Prior and now Ayala to close, the Yankees’ AAA team is going to ROCK this year!

  5. Fangaffes 4 years ago

    Obvious desperation move to counter the Red Sox signing Aceves.

  6. if the Yankees hope to trade for a decent SP in ST they will likely trade from their strength, bullpen arms. if they do they will need other arms, like Ayala, to step into the breack. good move, Cashman!

  7. basemonkey 4 years ago

    wow. another blast from the past…

  8. cayanksfan 4 years ago

    The Yankees ARE definitely winning the World Series….in 2003.

  9. Can he Pitch?

    -B. Ca$h Man

  10. I thought he’d dictated it while trying to swallow a chicken bone, or something.

  11. Obvious fail at recognizing a joke.

  12. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    I read your comment and was shocked

    then I read your user name

    and it all makes sense

  13. Fangaffes 4 years ago

    Wow. The joke went completely over your head and you’re calling ME dumb? Sad.

  14. LifeLongYankeeFan 4 years ago

    get it done cashman lol.

  15. thevoiceofbv 4 years ago

    8 years ago and that would have been a steal of a trade for the Mariners

  16. 0bsessions 4 years ago

    And people say the Yankees front office isn’t learning.

  17. RedSoxDynasty 4 years ago

    i usually dont agree with you, but truer words have never been said!lol!

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