Orioles Sign Luis Ayala

10:10pm: Rosenthal tweets that the deal between Ayala and the Orioles is officially complete. In a second tweet, he adds that it's a minor league contract with an invite to big league camp that contains multiple opt-out dates.

10:41am: The Orioles have agreed to a deal with reliever Luis Ayala, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman tweets. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported last night that Ayala had an offer from the Orioles. Ayala is represented by Boston Sports Counsel.

The Nationals released Ayala yesterday. His decision to sign with the Orioles returns him to the team with which he pitched in 2012 and early in 2013, before being traded to the Braves. The 36-year-old posted a 3.27 ERA with 6.0 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9 in 33 big-league innings last year. He has also pitched for the Expos, Nationals, Mets, Marlins, Twins and Yankees in a Major League career spanning parts of nine seasons.

Steve Adams contributed to this post.


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9 Comments on "Orioles Sign Luis Ayala"


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Rally Weimaraner
1 year 3 months ago

Ayala is a low strike out, ground ball pitcher. His skill set should combine well with Baltimore’s defense and Camden’s friendly homerun factors. Good signing by the O’s, assuming the year/dollars are reasonable.

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Baloo
1 year 3 months ago

They probably got him for less than $2m/y so won’t be a bad contract at all. I think he can do well in Baltimore again. Looking forward to seeing him in the bullpen again. Stinson or McFarland are probably out though.

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Bleed_Orange
1 year 3 months ago

I think this is probably 800K minor league deal… this guy has been meh for the last few seasons.

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Rally Weimaraner
1 year 3 months ago

He has not pitched a ton of innings but over the last 3 years he has a 3.07 ERA in 164 IP with an fWAR of 1.1, that’s not bad at all. I think he can do better than a standard MiLB deal.

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Eric
1 year 3 months ago

they forgot to put the Twins as part of his teams when pitching in the bigs

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connfyoozed .
1 year 3 months ago

To commemorate the occasion, did the Orioles tie Ayala ribbon around the old oak tree?

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NL_East_Rivalry
1 year 3 months ago

I think that will only happen if he makes the The team and comes home to the bigs.