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 Mariners in their continued quest for a bolstered bullpen, putting them in the mix with two teams that have had no issues spending money this offseason. Making matters worse, as the winter meetings rolled along, there were as many as 12 teams that reportedly had interest in the 36-year old, including the free-spending Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. If Ayala were to find his way to the Indians, he would join a litany of bullpen arms, including recent additions like John Axford, David Aardsma and Josh Outman.

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  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I saw Garza signed with Milwaukee I think 4 years $52 M I would hope Ubaldo was paying attention.

  • Joseph Devito

    Impact free agents are signing everywhere else. All we do is sign cheap relievers that nobody wants. What about replacing the two starters we lost? What about a middle-of-the-order hitter we desperately need? Can the futility get any worse?

  • Joseph Devito

    All these cheap relievers that we are signing are going to protect exactly what…if they could? We have lost two good starters and still do not have a clean-up hitter or a three hole hitter for that matter. Are we really going to be going into the late innings with leads so these non-discript relievers can come in and try to get lucky?