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April 21, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Luis Ayala (20) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the eighth inning at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Luis Ayala signs with Blue Jays

Recent free agent reliever Luis Ayala has already found a home.

Zach Links of MLB Trade Rumors reports that the 36-year old has agreed to a minor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. Ayala had signed as a free agent with Baltimore this winter after splitting 2013 with both the Orioles and Atlanta Braves. During that time, Ayala posted a 2-1 record, having made 39 total relief appearances. His ERA was 3.27 over his 33 innings of work, most of which came as a member of the Atlanta Braves.

Over his nine year Major League Baseball career, the right hander from Mexico has played for the Expos/Nationals, Mets, Twins, Marlins, and Yankees, as well as the other two clubs. He is a career reliever, having pitched in 534 games in 554.1 innings with a lifetime 3.34 ERA. He was eligible for free agency after exercising his opt-out clause from the Orioles. Ayala had been hoping to have an impact with Baltimore at the Major League level, but the team just didn’t see it in the cards. The new contract Ayala has signed with the Blue Jays does not include an opt-out clause, meaning that the veteran reliever does not have to be called up this season to maintain his standing on the team.

As Links points out, the Blue Jays may be on an incredible tear right now, sitting in first place in American League East, but they hold the distinction of having the second-worst bullpen ERA in all of baseball with a 4.32 mark.

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