Luis Ayala

Luis Ayala

Orioles sign Nationals castoff 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

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.

Nationals release Luis Ayala

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 long since ceased being impressive and the Nationals’ bullpen is a tough one to crack considering both the depth and quality of relievers, so Ayala ultimately might be better off latching on somewhere else.

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Nationals sign Luis Ayala

Luis Ayala

Washington continues to add depth, as Ken Rosenthal of 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 in 164 innings.

At age 36 teams understandably didn’t have much faith in him keeping that up, but for a non-roster invitation to spring training he’s certainly a worthwhile addition for the Nationals.