Fittingly, Bartolo Colon the final torch bearer for the Montreal Expos

Coming into 2015, there were seven “active” players who previously suited up for the Montreal Expos. In no particular order, they were Luis Ayala, Scott Downs, Bruce Chen, Endy Chavez, Maicer Izturis, Bartolo Colon, and Jon Rauch. Chen retired before the start of the season. Ayala is pitching in the Mexican League after spending all of the 2014 season in the minor leagues. Rauch...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

The Last Expo Standing: Poll Results

Yesterday I examined all seven viable candidates who could one day hold the title of the last ex-Expo playing in the Major Leagues. What I found remarkable about this “race” is that there really is not an obvious favorite when it comes to who will outlast the others. With the possible exceptions of Luis Ayala […]
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March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

The last Expo standing

By Miles Wray The Washington Nationals — who once earned exactly 59 wins in consecutive seasons (2008-09) and who are presently one of baseball’s most-feared, most-bankrolled teams — are entering their eleventh season playing their home games in America’s capital. That means it’s been more than a decade since the Montreal Expos played their final season in Canada, in front...
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March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

The last Expo standing

The Washington Nationals — who once earned exactly 59 wins in consecutive seasons (2008-09) and who are presently one of baseball’s most-feared, most-bankrolled teams — are entering their eleventh season playing their home games in America’s capital. That means it’s been more than a decade since the Montreal Expos played their final season in Canada, […]
Via Fangraphs
March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Orioles Rumors: Luis Ayala close to signing?

Luis Ayala was granted his release yesterday by the Washington Nationals after it became evident that he may not make the team.  He wasn't on the free agent market for long before his phone started ringing.  Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports tweets: Source: RHP Luis Ayala, released today by #Nationals, has offers from #Orioles and another club. Decision likely tomorrow.— Ken Rosenthal...
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March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

The Nationals could have fielded a team of former Montreal Expos yesterday

This morning, 10 former Montreal #Expos players were at Space Coast Stadium. Beaux memoires de nos amours! — Washington Nationals (@Nationals) March 5, 2014   Lots of former Expos at Space Coast Stadium yesterday morning: From left to right: Brad Wilkerson, Jamey Carroll, Jose Vidro, Jose Guillen, Nick Johnson, Ryan Church, Vinny Castilla...
Via Nationals Enquirer
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals sign reliever Luis Ayala

The Washington Nationals added to their middle relief depth this week by adding original National Luis Ayala to the 40 man roster. Ayala entered the major leagues as a Montreal Expo in 2003, and has played for the Expos, Nats, New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Florida Marlins, New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, and Atlanta Braves over his lengthy career. Ayala was signed to a minor...
February 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals, Ayala agree on minor league deal

The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms with right-hander Luis Ayala on a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. The deal was confirmed by the team on Friday. The 36-year-old Ayala was 1-1 with a 2.90 ERA and two blown saves in 37 games with Atlanta in 2013 after beginning the season with Baltimore. He began his major league career with the Montreal Expos...
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February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals Sign Luis Ayala to Minor League Deal

The Washington Nationals have signed veteran reliever Luis Ayala to a minor league deal, reports Andrew Rickli of SportsReelBoston. The 36 year old Ayala spent most of last season with the Atlanta Braves after being traded from the Baltimore Orioles in the first two weeks of the season. He pitched to a 3.27 ERA in 33 innings, with strikeout and walk rates of 15.4 percent and...
Via Baseball News Source
February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Minor Roster Moves (2/7)

The Washington Nationals made two roster moves over the last twenty-four hours. First, the Nationals have signed veteran catcher Koyie Hill to a minor league deal with a spring training invitations.  Hill will join another veteran, Chris Snyder, and younger backups Sandy Leon and Jhonatan Solano in a four man fight to back up starter Wilson Ramos.   The position backing up Ramos...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians join the list of teams interested in Luis Ayala

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Cleveland Indians are among several teams to be interested in free agent reliever Luis Ayala. Ayala collected a 2.90 ERA for the Braves last season, and has posted a 2.58 ERA across 157 appearances over the last three years. Per Heyman, the Tribe joins the Detroit Tigers and Seattle...
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January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Multiple teams still interested in Luis Ayala

Relief pitcher Luis Ayala is still drawling interest from multiple teams according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. Heyman lists the Tigers, Indians and Mariners as teams still expressing interest in the 36-year-old Ayala. indians, tigers, mariners among teams looking at luis ayala, who had 2.90 era for braves in '13 — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 23, 2014 Last season Ayala...
January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Notes: Luis Ayala searching for a Major League deal

Despite delivering a third consecutive season as a valuable member of a big league bullpen, right-handed reliever Luis Ayala has found minimal interest in an over-saturated relief market as free agent. In search of a guaranteed contract, the 35-year old has only been the beneficiary of offers of the minor league variety according to Andrew Rickli of Sports Reel Boston.Luis Ayala...
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December 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Red Sox Have Shown Preliminary Interest in Veteran Reliever Luis Ayala

The Red Sox recently added Burke Badenhop to their bullpen for 2014. Now, it sounds like Boston might have its sights set on another veteran right-hander. According to Chris Cotillo of, the Red Sox are among the teams who have shown preliminary interest in reliever Luis Ayala. The Rays, Dodgers, Giants, Braves, Orioles and Phillies reportedly have shown interest...
December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Multiple teams interested in Luis Ayala

getty images The Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox are the latest teams to show interested in reliever Luis Ayala. Ayala, 35, spent the 2013 season split between the Orioles and Braves appearing in 39 games and posting a 3.27 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. Source: #Rays and #RedSox showing preliminary interest in reliever Luis Ayala. #Orioles, #Dodgers, #SFGiants, #Phillies, #Braves in too...
November 29, 2013  |  Discuss
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