Originally written on MetsOnline  |  Last updated 10/31/14
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#bbpBox_143184713144745985 a { text-decoration:none; color:#009999; }#bbpBox_143184713144745985 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; }There are 6 teams in on Luis Ayala including Mets Yankees Rays Blue jays Angels and Red Sox according to sourcesabout 16 hours ago via Twitter for iPhoneReplyRetweetFavorite@JimBowdenESPNxmJIM BOWDEN I know what you’re thinking: “Again? Really?” But, the thing is that besides his awful 2008 season with the Mets/Nationals and his awful season in 2009, Luis Ayala has been a solid pitcher throughout his seven year career. With the Mets in 2009, Ayala went 1-2 with a 5.50 ERA in only 18 innings (19 games). However, he has a career 3.47 ERA in 429 games and 446 1/3 innings. Also, in 56 innings this season for the Yankees, Ayala went 2-2 with a 2.09 ERA. He was great from 2003 to 2007, awful for the next few years, and then great again in 2011. But, as talent evaluators the Mets cannot only look at Ayala’s good seasons. That’s what the Mets used to do–give monstrous contracts to players who had one good season (i.e. Oliver Perez, etc…). They don’t do that anymore. I wouldn’t sign Luis Ayala as a closer. But I’d definitely look at him to possibly sign as a set-up man. He’d be an extremely valuable piece to have in the bullpen that has lacked “extremely valuable pieces” for years.
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