Angels Make Offer To Luis Ayala


That’s pretty much it. But if you made it through the post title and are still reading, I might as well put on a little song and dance for you.

The free agent pool of relievers is drying up but the Angels are still casting lines. Ryan Madson signed with the Reds, Francisco Cordero signed with the Blue Jays and Brad Lidge signed with the Nationals. Jerry Dipoto, still looking for bullpen help, has tendered an offer to Luis Ayala per Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com

The Angels are one of “a handful of teams” that have tendered a formal offer to Luis Ayla, but a source familiar with the negotiations said the free-agent reliever is still weighing his options and a decision is not imminent.

It’s unclear at this point whether the Angels have offered a Major League or a Minor League contract, but they are believed to be in the mix along with the Orioles, Yankees, Astros and perhaps others.

Ayala tossed a 2.09/4.19/4.15 (ERA/FIP/xFIP) pitching line for the Yankees in 2011 after spending 2010 toiling in Triple-A for the Yankees, Dodgers and Rockies. Still not excited? He’s a former Expo!

Ayala is just an arm. Bobby Cassevah had a 2.72/3.66/3.90 (ERA/FIP/xFIP) line for the Angels last year and made $414,000. Lidge at least used to be a dominant closer. Ayala might be running a Smoothie King by June.

If you need me, I’ll be looking up Angels junk on eBay.

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