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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  • The Big City of Dreams

    Angry Yankee fans in 3….2….

  • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

    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.

  • MannyGee

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

    • MIke

      why?

      • Esteban

        He wants to be part of the 2003 All Star team that the Yankees are assembling.

        • The Big City of Dreams

          Well he can still be a mid season pick-up. The Yankees are always looking for a bat off the bench :D

          • MannyGee

            I thought I read “Lefty off the Bench” somewhere in the Position Battles” post…

            SIGN THAT MAN

  • A-rod#1fan

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

  • Fair Weather Freddy

    How bout Keith Foulke?

  • Lying Rhino

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

    • Dave

      Lol. Documentary.

    • Chinese Grounds Keeper

      They’re Still Shitty

  • MannyGee

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