The Baltimore Orioles have contacted teams to let them know
veteran right-hander Luis Ayala is available in trade, according to Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun.
Connolly says it’s unclear what the O’s are seeking in
exchange for Ayala, but they have several big league pitchers in camp and are
looking to make room on their roster for Rule 5 Draft selection T.J. McFarland.
As things currently stand, Baltimore’s bullpen is set with
right-handers Ayala, Jim Johnson, Darren O’Day, Pedro Strop and Tommy Hunter
and lefties Troy Patton and Brian Matusz – assuming Matusz isn’t the team’s No.
5 starter. The O’s could trade others – including Hunter – but they are said to
be more interested in moving Ayala.
Baltimore is one of the few teams with a surplus of major
league arms. They don’t necessarily need players that would have to be placed
on the 40-man roster in exchange for Ayala, and they’ve reportedly been seeking
catching depth behind Matt Wieters and Taylor Teagarden.
Ayala has proven a productive reliever in the American League
East, posting an ERA of 2.40 over the past two seasons as a member of the New
York Yankees and O’s. He’s set to make an affordable $1 million in 2013.
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