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Report: Red Sox and Rays interested in reliever Luis Ayala

Nov 26, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

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Luis Ayala had to settle for a spring training invite last offseason, but he might find a guaranteed major league contract this winter.

According to Jon Paul Morosi of, the Red Sox and Rays are among the teams who have “checked in” on the veteran right-hander.

Ayala, who turns 34 in January, made the Yankees’ Opening Day roster this season and posted a 2.09 ERA and 39/20 K/BB ratio over 56 innings. He also induced ground balls 50 percent of the time, his highest percentage since 2004 as a member of the Expos.

Ayala didn’t pitch in the majors at all in 2010 and had an ugly 5.68 ERA from 2008-09 between the Nationals, Mets, Twins and Marlins. His peripherals weren’t overly impressive this season and his strand rate was a little on the fortunate side, so some regression could be in order for 2012.

  1. uyf1950 - Nov 26, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Good for Ayala. He pitched well for the Yankees and deserves a guaranteed contract. My guess is wherever he goes he probably makes about $900K +/-.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Nov 26, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    I wish there was a way both the rays and redsuks can sign this guy since anyone who watched him last year knows those numbers are fools gold and had to hold their breath anytime he came into a game. But if i was to pick i hope the redsuks get this guy and sign him for good money and lots of years, resign dice k too Asap!

    • uyf1950 - Nov 26, 2011 at 2:45 PM

      My friend the Red Sox could do a lot worse. How does Proctor or Mitre sound?

      • pisano - Nov 26, 2011 at 4:12 PM

        Don’t worry about those two my friend, they’ll be a distant memory by spring training, but I do agree with harry especially if Boston gets him, (Ayala) they’ll burn him out in no time. I was surprised the guy the Yankees wouldn’t resign (Aceves ) still has an arm left, I thought for sure he’d be gone before the end of last year.

      • deathmonkey41 - Nov 26, 2011 at 4:15 PM

        “How does Proctor or Mitre sound?”

        Uh, vomit-inducing? I agree with Harry though – Ayala got worse as the year wound down. He was definately a solid pickup for the money and played fairly well, but didn’t come through in crunch time.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Nov 26, 2011 at 7:17 PM

        Proctor was a sept call up and isnt even with the team anymore. Mitre at least has done okay in long relief rolls. But yeah i hope you guys get Ayala all day long, he’s all yours!!

      • uyf1950 - Nov 26, 2011 at 8:52 PM

        dirtyharry, none of the 3 pitchers are with the Yankees they all became Free Agents right after the World Series.

  3. pisano - Nov 26, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    uyf1950….. all I can say to your latest post is thank God, especially in Proctor’s case.

  4. uyf1950 - Nov 27, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    I also understand the Red Sox have made inquiries into Omar Minaya for a front office role. Is there no limit to their lunacy !!!

  5. foreverchipper10 - Nov 28, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Expos! Woo!

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