Rumor: Luis Ayala choosing between the Angels and Orioles

The Yankees have seven starters to fill five spots and with no room in the rotation for the five near major league ready starters down in Triple-A they will have no shortage of bullpen options. That means the Yankees lone un-signed free agent, Luis Ayala almost definitely will not be coming back next year.

While he is looking for a job, he seems to have narrowed his options down to the Angels and the Orioles, according to Fernando Ballesteros (in Spanish) via MLB Trade Rumors.

The Yankees will likely start the season with Mariano Rivera, David Robertson, Rafael Soriano, Phil Hughes, Cory Wade, and Boone Logan in the pen with Joba Chamberlain back by June.  Lefty Cesar Cabral and righty Brad Meyers are a pair of Rule 5 guys that will have a shot to make the pen out of spring training. George Kontos, David Phelps, and D.J. Mitchell will be among the first of the minor league starters that could be called up to pitch out of the bullpen too.

That’s 12 options for seven likely openings in the pen and that’s not even counting Kevin Whelan or the minor leaguers not on the 40-man roster. No room at all for Ayala.

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One Response to Rumor: Luis Ayala choosing between the Angels and Orioles

  1. cyril morley says:

    There are no room for pitcher Luis Ayala, so move on. Please dont trade pitcher Phil Hughes, i like lefty Cesar Cabral a lot. The key is to move A.J.Burnett to NL for minor league players.