Luis Ayala drawing interest from several teams

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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.

Andrelton Simmons, Shohei Ohtani both injured in Angels’ loss

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The loss of a close, well-pitched game is hard enough for any team to take, but when you lose two key players to injury in the process it’s gotta be damn nigh intolerable. That’s what happened to the Angels last night in their 3-1 loss to Minnesota, losing Andrelton Simmons and Shohei Ohtani. And it happened on consecutive plays in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Simmons is likely to be gone for an extended period after suffering a sprained ankle which was later deemed “severe”. Indeed, they weren’t sure it wasn’t broken until the X-rays came back negative. He sustained the injury running to first base, trying to beat out an infield hit. He came down on the ankle and it twisted in ugly fashion — there are Gifs of it on Twitter and stuff, but you don’t wanna see them — before tumbling over the bag to the ground. Simmons will have an MRI today to see how bad things really are.

Ohtani got off more easily, getting hit in the right ring finger with a pitch while striking out. His X-rays were also negative, but they will reassess him today.

Simmons is hitting .298/.323/.415 on the year while playing his usual spectacular defense. Ohtani, who just came back from Tommy John surgery as a hitter a couple of weeks ago, is hitting .250/.345/.375.