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. He walked 20 batters, but he also struck out 39 and held opponents to a .256/.336/.372 batting line.
The 33-year-old native of Mexico had to accept a minor league contract last offseason due to a lack of overall interest.
With six teams already expressing a desire for a deal, he shouldn’t have that problem this time around.
The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that the club signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $4 million contract.
Mathis, 33, isn’t much with the stick as he owns a career .197/.254/.308 triple-slash line over parts of 12 seasons in the majors. The veteran, though, is well-regarded for his ability to play defense, call games, handle a pitching staff, and get along with his teammates in the clubhouse. As Craig mentioned last year, Mathis is often talked about as a future manager.
The D-Backs non-tendered Welington Castillo on Friday, so Chris Herrmann and Mathis are the team’s two catchers as presently constructed.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins wants to continue playing in 2017.
Rollins, 38, signed a minor league deal with the White Sox for the 2016 season but hit a disappointing .221/.295/.329 over 166 plate appearances. The club released Rollins in the middle of June and he did not sign with a new team. He did join TBS as part of their playoff coverage.
Rollins is almost certainly looking at another minor league contract and will have to earn his way onto a major league roster by performing well in spring training.