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Orioles sign veteran reliever Luis Ayala for $925,000

Feb 10, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Ayala gets a one-year, $925,000 deal with a team option for 2013.

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Last offseason Luis Ayala could manage only a minor-league deal with the Yankees, but after throwing 56 innings with a 2.09 ERA he had multiple suitors this offseason and Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that he’s agreed to sign a big-league contract with the Orioles.

Prior to last season Ayala hadn’t posted an ERA below 5.00 since 2007 and he didn’t pitch in the majors at all in 2010, but the 33-year-old right-hander posted the highest strikeout rate of his career at 6.3 per nine innings and did a nice job keeping the ball on the ground for New York.

Based on his secondary numbers Ayala is a prime candidate to regress significantly in 2012, but even if his luck dries up he’s capable of being a useful middle reliever. His addition also seemingly makes it less likely that the Orioles will reacquire Koji Uehara from the Rangers.

  1. dowhatifeellike - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    F***

  2. DJ MC - Feb 10, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Yet another decent move with little downside that my fellow O’s fans can whine about.

    • dowhatifeellike - Feb 10, 2012 at 5:41 PM

      Little downside? Dude sucks. His only good year in the last 5 was last year – in AAA. The team already had 4 right-handed middle-reliever types. He’s just more no-name cannon fodder for AL East hitting.

      • dowhatifeellike - Feb 10, 2012 at 10:15 PM

        Nevermind. I had stats up for the wrong guy.

  3. seahawks80 - Feb 10, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    The Orioles? LOL, Luis must be having financial problems

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