Dodgers: Could Luis Ayala be next season's Jeff Weaver?
Ayala, who turns 32 next month, was 1-5 with a 5.62 earned-run average for the Twins and Marlins this year. The right-hander had a rough year, as he was released by the Twins in July and designated for assignment by the Marlins in August.
Ayala is 29-39 with a 3.67 ERA over six major-league seasons. The last time his ERA was less than four was in 2007, when he posted a 3.19 ERA in 44 games for Washington.
Ayala is currently pitching in Mexico’s winter league and has five saves and a 3.92 ERA in 18 appearances for Culiacan.
The Dodgers have received significant mileage from pitchers they signed to minor-league deals in recent seasons, among them Takashi Saito, Chan Ho Park and Jeff Weaver.
-- Dylan Hernandez
Photo: Luis Ayala. Credit: John Raoux / Associated Press