Yankees sign Luis Ayala to a minor league deal

Rounding up the 2011 position battles
My favorite Al Aceves games

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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Rounding up the 2011 position battles
My favorite Al Aceves games
  • 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!