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Orioles sign Nationals castoff Luis Ayala

Mar 20, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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Released by the Nationals yesterday, veteran reliever Luis Ayala has already found a new home with the Orioles, according to Jon Heyman of

Ayala is 35 years old, averaged under 90 miles per hour with his fastball last season, and has never topped 6.5 strikeouts per nine innings in his career, but his ERAs the past three seasons have been 3.27, 2.64, and 2.09

Worst-case he’s merely a depth pickup to stash at Triple-A, but he certainly looks capable of helping in a middle-relief role and pitched well for the Orioles in 2012 with a 2.64 ERA and 51/14 K/BB ratio in 75 innings.

  1. 18thstreet - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Classic Duquette. Just sign every available player and hope that five percent of them can contribute in some way.

    It sorta works, but I do wonder about the impact on the clubhouse of having a constant churn of bodies coming through. And of having a team that’s 25 percent comprised of players who think they’re going to be replaced if they have two bad weeks. I think that’s where Duquette fails, but it’s not like I’ve ever been a part of such a lockerroom.

    • mmeyer3387 - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:09 PM

      You may be right that the Orioles GM signs player’s that often Don’t work out. However,he has also made a strong body of work that shows that the duke has found some true gems. Chen is just one example, you will find more than few examples his finding good players that others often miss. Furthermore, some may disagree with your assessment of Duquette to where he is viewed as being resourceful and wise by getting the most out of his team’s payroll. Not every team is able to spend like the Yankees and Dodgers.

      • 18thstreet - Mar 21, 2014 at 7:07 AM

        I hope I wasn’t being critical. The 1995 Red Sox had no business making the playoffs. Duquette’s an impressive guy.

  2. annapterp - Mar 20, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    I don’t get this. He’s AAA at best and the O’s have much better arms already in AAA.

    • beachnbaseball - Mar 20, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      Agree. Typical Duquette. Throw a handful at the wall and hope some of it, any of it, sticks.

  3. shaggylocks - Mar 20, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Well, at least he doesn’t have to break the lease on his DC area apartment now…

  4. dowhatifeellike - Mar 20, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    We already have a RH middle-inning guy with an odd delivery named O’day. I don’t see how this helps.

    • mmeyer3387 - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:17 PM

      Luis may not be able to regain his pitching abilities again. However, if he does it’s a good pickup for the Orioles. But either way this is a classic high reward and low risk deal.

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