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Nationals sign Luis Ayala

Feb 7, 2014, 12:12 PM EDT

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Washington continues to add depth, as Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Nationals have signed reliever Luis Ayala to a minor-league deal.

Ayala looked pretty washed up five years ago, but somehow stuck around, kept getting jobs, and actually has put together a nice run for the past three seasons with a 2.58 ERA in 164 innings.

At age 36 teams understandably didn’t have much faith in him keeping that up, but for a non-roster invitation to spring training he’s certainly a worthwhile addition for the Nationals.

  1. lyon810 - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    The only Expo on the roster a decade after they left

    • karlkolchak - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      Nope, they signed Jamey Carroll this year as well.

  2. proudlycanadian - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    I wonder if they will also sign A. J. to a minor league contract? His Maryland house is closer to Washington than Philadelphia.

  3. karlkolchak - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Too bad Endy Chavez already signed with the Mariners. That could have been three last ever Expos, first ever Nats competing to come back to DC.

    • natstowngreg - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      A check of the 2004 Expos shows that 3 other active players were on that team — Maicer Izturis, Scott Downs and Jon Rauch.

      Of course, that doesn’t include active players who were 2004 Expos’ farm hands — Ian Desmond, Roger Bernadina, Jim Henderson, Armando Galarraga and Brendan Harris,

      • karlkolchak - Feb 7, 2014 at 5:59 PM

        Only Rauch made it to DC, though.

  4. tysonpunchinguterus - Feb 7, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    I’d say his 1.55 WHIP last year meant more to teams than his ERA.

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