Luis Ayala Rumors: Four Teams Interested

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01: Luis Ayala #38 of the New York Yankees throws a pitch against the Detroit Tigers in the ninth inning during Game One of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium on October 1, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

According to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, the Los Angeles Angels are among four teams interested in giving a major-league contract to right-handed reliever Luis Ayala. Ayala, 34, signed a minor-league deal with the New York Yankees last year, and went on to post a 2.09 ERA across 52 appearances. For his career, spanning seven seasons, he's got a 3.47 ERA (126 ERA+) over 446 innings (429 appearances), and he's accumulated 5.4 wins above replacement in total.

The Angels already signed RHP LaTroy Hawkins this offseason, but they're still looking to add some bullpen depth. Brad Lidge is another name that's been connected to the Angels. A couple weeks ago, our own Satchel Price looked at the remaining right-handed RP market, though some of the listed players have since signed.

  • Ayala now on Angels’ radar " MLB.com Hot Stove Blog
    "The Angels have expressed interest in free-agent reliever Luis Ayala, a source with knowledge of the situation told MLB.com. Right now, though, it appears they’re one of four clubs interested in giving the 34-year-old right-hander a big league contract, an industry source said."

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