Luis Ayala

Orioles sign Nationals castoff Luis Ayala

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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 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.