Feb
09

Yankees sign Luis Ayala to a minor league deal

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Brian Cashman‘s trolling of the “they’d win the World Series if this was 2003!” crowd continued today, with the team signing righty reliever Luis Ayala to a minor league contract. Ayala, 33, last appeared in the big leagues with the Twins and Marlins in 2009. He spent last season in Triple-A with the Rockies, Diamondbacks, and Dodgers, and like Bartolo Colon, he pitched pretty well in winter ball this year (40.2 IP, 37 H, 9 R, 7 BB, 25 K). He’s always been a ground ball guy (47.3% career with several years over 50%), so strikeouts aren’t his forte (5.88 K/9).

Ayala made his name with the Expos back in the day, running off three straight seasons with at least 65 appearances and a sub-3.00 ERA, but he’s perhaps most famous for becoming the first casualty of the World Baseball Classic. He blew out his elbow during the 2006 event and needed Tommy John surgery. I really have no idea where he and some of these other non-roster invitees are headed, the Triple-A bullpen is full as it is.

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13 Comments»

  1. The Big City of Dreams says:

    Angry Yankee fans in 3….2….

  2. I really have no idea where he and some of these other non-roster invitees are headed, the Triple-A bullpen is full as it is.

    I believe most of them will just be cut. For ex-Major Leaguers, a lot of these deals have a pre-Opening Day outclause, and for others, the Yanks will just cut the cord before the season starts. That’s why they’re all low risk deals.

  3. MannyGee says:

    and somewhere on the West Coast, a tear runs down Jason Giambi’s cheek…

  4. A-rod#1fan says:

    With all this move i will no sorprise if they bring Kevin brown back or maybe jaret right…..hahaha

  5. Fair Weather Freddy says:

    How bout Keith Foulke?

  6. Lying Rhino says:

    Maybe Cashman is building his team like in that documentary about the Cleveland Indians, Major League.

  7. MannyGee says:

    OK we are really only a week away from Colon & Madrigal reporting… that is big news!

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