Orioles Sign Reliever Luis Ayala


The Orioles have signed reliever Luis Ayala, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com who had been in camp with the Nationals, but he asked for his release on Wednesday after it became clear he wouldn’t make the team.

Ayala had a 3.27 ERA (121 ERA+) with an excellent 58.9 percent ground ball rate in 33 total innings last season.

The Orioles have a very crowded bullpen, with Tommy Hunter, Darren O’Day, Brian Matusz and Ryan Webb the only locks so Ayala will have to compete for a spot with out of options players like Zach Britton, Kelvin De La Cruz and Josh Stinson.

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