Yankees Sign Luis Ayala to Minor League Deal

<b><a target=Via Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports:

Yankees have agreed in principle with free agent reliever Luis Ayala on a minor-league deal, source tells FOXSports.com. Ayala closed for Mexico, who won the Caribbean Series. So the Yankees are getting someone who is throwing well right now.

Another pitcher on a minor league deal. There are going to be a lot of cuts this winter.

Ayala, 33, was in Triple-A last season with the Diamondbacks and Rockies organizations. His last season in the majors was in 2009 when he pitched for the Marlins and the Twins. That year he threw 40 innings over 38 games with a 5.63 ERA. He does have 390.1 innings logged in his major league career with a 3.67 ERA.

It’s hard to see where Ayala fits with the Yankees. They already have Mariano Rivera, Rafael Soriano, Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson, Pedro Feliciano, and Boone Logan as solid options. They’ll probably carry seven relievers, but the seventh guy will probably be a long-man which Ayala is not.

He’ll also have to compete with guys like Mark Prior, Robert Fish, Brian Schlitter, and Daniel Turpen for a spot should somebody get hurt. Even in Triple-A, the Scranton Yankees bullpen is pretty packed.

But he’s another guy to throw out there in spring training to see what he’s got. He pitched well in the Caribbean World Series so it’s worth a shot.

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