A Typical Twins Signing
Besides signing Matt Guerrier to a one-year contract, the Twins also added reliever Luis Ayala, who spent portions of last season with the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets. Ayala will get $1.3 million for one season.
I don’t know a whole lot about this Ayala (although that should be pretty self-explanatory considering he played for the Expos/Nats franchise most of his career), but I don’t like his 2008 stats: 2-10, 75 IP, 5.71 ERA. However, I also noticed that Luis has had some very solid past seasons (’02-’05) with the Expos/Nats, posting sub-3.00 ERAs.
This is a typical Twins move in that Ayala is a guy who nobody is beating down the door for, so his price is pretty low. If he pitches well, that would be great, but he’s also just as important to create some competition for the setup man role in Spring Training. Ayala, Matt Guerrier, and Jose Mijares will now all be battling for the “exclusive rights” to work the eighth inning when the Twins have the lead, and competition for jobs is something the Twins have always liked to put a priority on (especially with their young players).
It’s not quite Brandon Lyon or Eric Gagne, but we’ll see how Ayala pans out.