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Luis Ayala leaves the Orioles to sign with the Blue Jays

Jun 6, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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Luis Ayala opted out of his minor-league deal with the Orioles last week and was reportedly headed to pitch in the Mexican League, but now Zach Links of MLB Trade Rumors says the 35-year-old reliever will instead sign a new minor-league contract with the Blue Jays.

Ayala posted a nice-looking 2.58 ERA in 164 innings from 2011-2013, but a poor strikeout rate and mediocre raw stuff kept teams from trusting him. He’s bounced around a lot and has recently been passed over for call-ups back to the majors, but as far as organizational depth goes he’s a nice pickup for Toronto.

He’ll head to Triple-A for now, perhaps with another opt-out clause looming.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    The Jays can use relief help on their Triple A team in Buffalo due to injuries.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      Buffalo currently has 6 pitchers on the DL.

  2. garybrian - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Maybe the pitchers are suffering from jet lag. These guys are going up and down like a toilet seat!

  3. rdillon99 - Jun 6, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Where are all the sarcastic “plan the parade!” comments?

    • mackstrong2013 - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      It’s less funny when the team is actually good.

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