Six Teams Pursuing Luis Ayala

There are six teams in on free agent reliever Luis Ayala, tweets Jim Bowden of ESPN XM radio, including the Mets, Yankees, Rays, Blue Jays, Angels and Red Sox.

Ayala was an excellent value signing for the Yankees in 2011 after inking a minor league contract in February. The right-hander, who did not appear in the Majors in 2010, posted a 2.09 ERA in 56 innings last season and could land a Major League contract this trip through free agency.

Of the clubs listed here, the Mets, Jays and Rays, in particular, have several openings in their respective bullpens, while Ayala could simply provide depth for a team like the Yankees or Red Sox.


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29 Comments on "Six Teams Pursuing Luis Ayala"


Lastings
3 years 8 months ago

Mets!?! Didn’t they learn the last time they acquired Luis Ayala?

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

Do the Mets ever actually learn?

Lastings
3 years 8 months ago

Baby steps… baby steps…

icedrake523
3 years 8 months ago

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, here’s a 3-year deal.

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

…..worth $36MM.

3 years 8 months ago

With opt-outs every year and a 4th year vesting option.

bleachercreature
3 years 8 months ago

Rafael Soriano? is that you?

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

I think that ’11 was a career year. But I’m sure someone will overpay.

3 years 8 months ago

sarcasm?

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

Not at all? Why do you ask?

3 years 8 months ago

you wrote something about his stats being awful, i was referring to that 

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

Whatever you say?

joeybw
3 years 8 months ago

My first thought will forever be the 3 run homer to Longo to let us back into game 162 but with ground balls 50% of the time and our middle infield, Rays would be wise to sign Ayala.

buddaley
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t see it, unless the contract is near minimum and for 1 year. He seems the definition of a fungible pitcher. He is a reliever who doesn’t strike out many, and whose last few years in the majors has seen his BB rate get a bit worse so that it is nothing special.

He got a lot of ground balls last year, but in his four previous major league seasons the rate was nothing special either, twice under 40%. ERA is hardly a worthwhile stat by which to evaluate a starter let alone a reliever, but even so, in his previous 2 major league seasons it was over 5.

Other than giving a team the chance to have another reliever in spring training to evaluate, I don’t see why any team would be willing to pursue him more avidly than any of a dozen or more relievers.

vinniemiller
3 years 8 months ago

His stats ended up looking alright, but as a Yankees fan I really never felt comfortable with him in there. Marginally deserving of a one year major league contract, but definitely not a very big one.

bleachercreature
3 years 8 months ago

Let in all the inherited runners, but its ok, shiny ERA preserved.

3 years 8 months ago

If I were the Yankees I’d let Ayala go, he had a very lucky year. He might of had a 2.09 ERA, but thats because he allowed alot of inherited runners to score. I’m not saying he’s a bad pitcher, but the Yankees can do alot better than Ayala

3 years 8 months ago

Whoever gets him is in for a baaaaad regression

Howard
3 years 8 months ago

Meh, there’s better players.

Salmon4Coach
3 years 8 months ago

Whose list for RP aren’t the Angels in?

3 years 8 months ago

This is going to be an overpay for sure. But he will help out all of those teams. 

SixAces
3 years 8 months ago

One word: regression.

Buyer beware.

RAYS7
3 years 8 months ago

BREAKING NEWS : Houston Astros acquire Maicer Izturis for PTBNL or Cash

3 years 8 months ago

If you’re gonna make stuff up, at least try to have it make sense.

3 years 8 months ago

How is it that you know this, yet no one else does???

3 years 8 months ago

Yeah he’s going to regress.  A multi-year deal from any teams is a bad decision.  Something like a one year major league deal for 2 million would make sense I suppose.

He did very well last season, though. ERA+ of 212…got pretty lucky on balls hit in play. His BABIP was .282…his other peripherals like SO/9 BB/K/ didn’t really change so he had a better season than usual because he got lucky. Big surprise.

/captain obvious post

3 years 8 months ago

I wouldn’t mind he comes to the Rays. Jim Hickey is a great pitching coach and make Ayala progress even for one year

johnsilver
3 years 8 months ago

you just described Scott Atchisson to a “T”.. All of which makes me wonder why Boston is interested in paying this guy 10’s of millions to do the same thing that Atch does for 500k??

Jim McGrath
3 years 8 months ago

You’re right johnsilver Atch is a one to three batter pitcher or your designated long mop-up guy–he deserves a little riase as does Aceves. Actually if Ayala could produce like Ace did this season we would be in great shape.