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Luis Ayala chooses Mexico over Orioles’ Triple-A team

Jun 2, 2014, 12:40 PM EDT

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Veteran reliever Luis Ayala opted out of his minor-league contract with the Orioles last week and became a free agent because they wouldn’t call him up to the majors, and now Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the 36-year-old right-hander will pitch in the Mexican League.

Ayala is from Mexico, so it’s possible that he had some other Triple-A offers and simply decided to head home rather than keep grinding away in the International or Pacific Coast Leagues.

Ayala looked washed up 4-5 years ago, but then he posted a 2.58 ERA in 164 innings from 2011-2013. Yet despite that good work no teams ever seemed to really trust him as a bullpen option, so he bounced around and now couldn’t get back to the big leagues.

  1. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 2, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    If he was a left handed pitcher he’d be making 4-5 million right now.

  2. mikhelb - Jun 2, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    The Mexican Leagues are the best option for lots of minor leaguers, specially those who are not signed to millionaire deals with teams, since in México the leagues pay them up to twice more (sometimes even way more), and their level of play is very good, albeit not a welcoming place for players who dope since they have a more advanced anti-doping system which is in line with WADA’s statutes and a first positive means a lifetime suspension.

    Though in the case of Ayala, I don’t know if he’ll play since he’s had quite a bit of problems recently with owners and executives in México.

  3. goodellisruiningtheleague - Jun 2, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    mexico > baltimore

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