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Yankees sign reliever Luis Ayala to a minor league deal

Feb 9, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

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Luis Ayala has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Yankees, according to’s Jon Paul Morosi.

Morosi notes that Ayala “is coming off a strong showing in Mexican winter teague,” where he had a 1.99 ERA and 14 saves, but … well, he hasn’t been any good in the majors for a long time.

In fact, when my beloved Twins signed Ayala to a one-year, $1.3 million deal I hated the move. And that was two years ago.

He didn’t pitched in the majors at all last season, but had a gruesome 6.42 ERA in 48 innings at Triple-A. Before that Ayala went 3-15 with a 5.68 ERA in 116 innings for the Nationals, Mets, Twins, and Marlins in 2008/2009.

If he gets anywhere close to Yankee Stadium in 2011 something went terribly wrong for the Yankees’ bullpen.

  1. phukyouk - Feb 9, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    LUIS AYALA! but they couldnt give Ace 700K? WHAT THE FU*K IS WRONG WITH THEM!

    • alainavarro - Feb 9, 2011 at 2:12 PM

      nothing is wrong LUIS INGANCIO AYALA “EL CHICOTE” is better than ALFREDO ACEVES. es mucho mejor, sin lesiones y con contrato de liga menor a menor precio. (better wihtout injuries and low cost than Aceves)

      Red sox are Wrong WHY guarantee a mayor league instead of minor and with more money.

      lo siento por el ingles saludos de mexico

  2. phukyouk - Feb 9, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Ayala is better than Ace? how the hell do you figure that? when healthy Ace gives you a solid 5 innings every time (AKA 5th starter). I hate Cashman

    • alainavarro - Feb 9, 2011 at 6:53 PM

      Ayala is not a long reliever like Aceves, they are diferent. and yes is better now not in the future or in the past “WHEN IS HELTHY” (see performance in the serie del caribe 2011). note Ace broke his clavicula of not trowing arm so he would be ready for half season at least.

  3. baseballstars - Feb 9, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    I knew the Yankees were going to panic when they didn’t get Lee. To my surprise, they aren’t trading off good prospects for mediocre pitching… yet, anyway.

    • alainavarro - Feb 9, 2011 at 6:55 PM

      well if hank or hal not mess it like the soriano signing Cashman is going to do it well

  4. jhorton83 - Feb 9, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Luis Ayala was actually a very good pitcher until he blew out his arm a few years ago. Then again, there’s a lot of pitchers you can say that about.

  5. brayanl - Mar 31, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    he is da best

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