In an attempt to lessen their glut of big league pitchers, the Orioles have contacted teams to let them know veteran right-handed reliever
It’s unclear exactly what the Orioles are looking for in return, but the club is interested in adding players with minor league options that don’t necessarily have to be placed on the 40-man roster. Its biggest need is catching depth behind starter
And the Orioles are one of the few clubs in the majors that has major league arms to deal.
Ayala, 35, pitched in 66 games for the Orioles last year, going 5-5 with a 2.64 ERA in 75 innings. He served a variety of roles, including one-inning stints in the middle and late innings and eight different games in which he pitched two innings or more.
This winter, the Orioles picked up Ayala’s $1 million option for 2013 – a reasonable contract that should entice teams looking for bullpen help. It appears, the source said, the Orioles are more motivated to move Ayala than right-handed reliever
Ayala, who has been brought along slowly this spring after pitching winter ball, appeared in his first road game of the
The impetus to trade Ayala is connected to Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland, whom the Orioles selected from the
The Orioles want to keep the 23-year-old lefty, but the bullpen is currently set with right-handers Ayala,