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  1. Orioles sign Nationals castoff Luis Ayala

    Mar 20, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

    Luis Ayala

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

  2. Nationals release Luis Ayala

    Mar 19, 2014, 1:53 PM EDT

    Luis Ayala

    The Nationals have released veteran reliever Luis Ayala after signing him to a minor-league contract in early February. Ayala has actually been remarkably effective over the past three seasons, posting a 2.58 ERA in 164 total innings despite being in his mid-30s and looking more or less washed up previously. However, his raw stuff has…

  3. Nationals sign Luis Ayala

    Feb 7, 2014, 12:12 PM EDT

    Luis Ayala

    Washington continues to add depth, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com 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…

  4. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  5. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  6. Dodgers squandered plenty of opportunities against the Braves

    Oct 4, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Division Series - Los Angeles Dodgers v Atlanta Braves - Game Two

    Despite making it close, the Dodgers had plenty of opportunities to score but came up empty plenty of times following Hanley Ramirez‘s RBI double in the first inning. They couldn’t get the big hit against Braves starter Mike Minor from the second through the sixth innings, nor relievers Luis Ayala or Luis Avilan in the…

  7. Dodgers extend lead against Braves in Game 1 of NLDS

    Oct 3, 2013, 10:56 PM EDT

    Yasiel Puig AP

    The Braves got on the board against Clayton Kershaw in the bottom of the fourth inning, but the Dodgers got a run right back in the top of the sixth inning. Jordan Walden took over for Luis Ayala to begin the sixth inning and retired Carl Crawford on a ground out, but he then gave…

  8. Eric O’Flaherty has torn ulnar collateral ligament in elbow, Tommy John surgery next?

    May 18, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

    Eric O'Flaherty AP

    UPDATE: It looks like Eric O’Flaherty is facing the worst-case scenario, as David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that he was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. He’ll see Dr. James Andrews next week, but it would be a surprise if Tommy John surgery wasn’t the next step. The…

  9. Braves place Luis Ayala on DL with anxiety disorder

    Apr 30, 2013, 6:17 PM EDT

    Luis Ayala

    Veteran right-handed reliever Luis Ayala was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Braves on Tuesday due to anxiety disorder, the team announced. The news comes straight out of left field, given that Ayala has spent nine years in the big leagues without any public hint of previous problems. However, he is on a…

  10. Braves put Cristhian Martinez on disabled list

    Apr 12, 2013, 8:35 PM EDT

    Cristhian Martinez

    The Braves recently acquired reliever Luis Ayala and they found a way to get him on the roster. Right-hander Cristhian Martinez, suffering from a right-shoulder strain, was placed on the disabled list, per David O’Brien. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez talked about his reliever’s injury: We were going to pitch him in the last inning, and…

  11. The Orioles trade Luis Ayala to the Braves

    Apr 10, 2013, 2:32 PM EDT

    Luis Ayala

    Wait … he’s not an Upton. I don’t understand: The Braves have acquired veteran RHP Luis Ayala from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for minor league LHP Chris Jones. — Atlanta Braves (@Braves) April 10, 2013 Apparently the impetus for this is that the Orioles need to free up roster space for Chris Dickerson or…

  12. 2013 Preview: Baltimore Orioles

    Mar 26, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles' Johnson pitches against the Boston Red Sox during a MLB spring training baseball game in Sarasota, Florida

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Baltimore Orioles. The Big Question: Was last season a fluke? Wanna make an Orioles fan mad? Tell them that…

  13. Orioles are trying to trade Luis Ayala

    Mar 25, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Luis Ayala

    Luis Ayala pitched very well for the Orioles last season, throwing 75 innings with a 2.64 ERA, but Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that they’re trying to trade the 35-year-old reliever. Connolly speculates that they’re looking for backup catching depth or a minor leaguer in return after bringing Ayala back for 2013 by…

  14. Joan Jett loves the Orioles

    Oct 2, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    joan jett

    Now that the Orioles are headed back to the playoffs for the first time since 1997 fans are coming out of the woodwork and Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun wrote an article about some celebrities making their Orioles fandom known. My favorite was this little tidbit about lifelong Orioles fan Joan Jett: Jett sent…

  15. Luis Ayala’s guide to making friends and ending up on Deadspin

    Aug 27, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT

    Luis Ayala

    Short story: Luis Ayala sees a pretty girl and wants to get to know her a little better. Since this happened while he was in the bullpen before an Orioles-Rangers game in Arlington, he did the obvious thing: he wrote his phone number and uniform number down on a baseball and saw to it that…

  16. Astros’ Fernando Rodriguez takes eighth relief loss of season

    Jul 8, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    Fernando Rodriguez

    Fernando Rodriguez might make a name for himself after all, just not in a good way. The Astros right-hander took his eighth relief loss after giving up two runs in the 10th inning Sunday against the Brewers. His ERA jumped to 6.61. Rodriguez has 34 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings this season, but his poor…

  17. Running down the rosters: Baltimore Orioles

    Feb 23, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Matt Wieters, Adam Jones

    After sitting out the chase for Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder, the Orioles are staring down a fifth straight last-place finish and a seventh consecutive 90-loss season. Such is life in the AL East. Rotation Jason Hammel – R Zach Britton – L Jake Arrieta – R Wei-Yin Chen – L Tommy Hunter – R…

  18. Orioles sign veteran reliever Luis Ayala for $925,000

    Feb 10, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    ayala getty

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

  19. Running down the rosters: Los Angeles Angels

    Feb 8, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be projecting 25-man rosters for each of the 30 teams. I’m starting today with the Angels. The winter’s biggest spenders, the Angels are now again poised to threaten a Rangers team that appeared to be in pretty good position to set up its own little mini-dynasty in the…

  20. Angels make offer to free agent reliever Luis Ayala

    Jan 25, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

    ayala getty

    According to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez, the Angels have “tendered a formal offer” to free agent right-hander Luis Ayala. Whether it’s a major league or minor league contract offer is not yet known. Ayala is also drawing free agent interest from a “handful” of other teams, according to Gonzalez’s source, and is “still weighing his options.” The…

  21. Angels among teams with interest in reliever Luis Ayala

    Jan 22, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

    ayala getty

    From MLB.com beat writer Alden Gonzalez comes word that the Angels are “one of four clubs” showing interest in free agent reliever Luis Ayala. All four are offering major league contracts. Ayala posted a cool 2.09 ERA in 56 innings last season for the Yankees after signing a minor league deal in February and earning…

  22. Luis Ayala drawing interest from several teams

    Dec 4, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    ayala getty

    According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM, free agent reliever Luis Ayala is drawing interest from the Mets, Yankees, Rays, Blue Jays, Angels and Red Sox. And other clubs could join the fray at this week’s annual Winter Meetings in Dallas. Ayala posted a surprising 2.09 ERA across 56 innings of relief for the Yankees in 2011.…

  23. Report: Red Sox and Rays interested in reliever Luis Ayala

    Nov 26, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game 1

    Luis Ayala had to settle for a spring training invite last offseason, but he might find a guaranteed major league contract this winter. According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, the Red Sox and Rays are among the teams who have “checked in” on the veteran right-hander. Ayala, who turns 34 in January, made the…

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