Report: Yankees Reach Deal With Luis Ayala

NEW YORK (WFAN) — According to, the New York Yankees have agreed in principle to a minor-league deal with righty reliever Luis Ayala.

The Yankees will formally invite Ayala to spring training camp in Tampa, Florida.

Ayala had a strong offseason after spending 2010 bouncing between various Triple-A affiliates for the Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks.

The relief pitcher had 14 saves and a 1.99 earned run average while pitching for Mexico this winter, including the Caribbean Series. Mexico won its sixth title, defeating Venezuela 3-2.

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Ayala, who last pitched in the majors for the Florida Marlins and Minnesota Twins in 2009, underwent Tommy John surgery in 2006 after his right elbow was injured on a delivery to Alex Rodriguez. He was playing for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic when his elbow gave way.

In 2010, Ayala was involved in an apparent attempted kidnapping by gunmen at his home in the northern Mexico state of Sinaloa.

Neither he nor his family were hurt. He was found handcuffed at the home.

Is Ayala a good signing for the Yankees? Sound off in the comments below!

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pixy Report: Yankees Reach Deal With Luis Ayala
  • alex llanes

    ayala is a great deal for the yankees ,cheap pay and a veteran arm in the bullpen , a lot of people dont like him for there own reasons but i think he’s a great catch. he can teach the other rookies thing that other players might not see, i have seen him in action and i think he will do very well with the team…good job

  • Tony

    First Mark Pryor, then Bartolo Colon, Freddie Garcia, and now Luis Ayala.
    All rethreads at best. Cashman continues to throw money down the toilet.
    Who will Cashman sign next? Does he have plans for Kei Igawa?

  • George L. Encarnacion

    Well!!, if his healthy enough he can help the yankees in the rotation and also help win another world series.

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