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By Dan Connolly | February 10, 2012
The Orioles continue to add to their crowded 40-man roster. The club has signed reliever Luis Ayala, a 34-year-old right-hander who had a resurgent 2011 when he was 2-2 with a 2.09 ERA in 52 games with the New York Yankees, to a one-year, major league contract. The deal is worth a guaranteed $925,000. There is a team option for 2013 for $1 million with a $100,000 buyout. Ayala will earn $825,000 in 2012, and there are performance bonuses, mainly based on appearances, worth up to $350,000 for both 2012 and 2013.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Tuesday was a busy day at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold saw his first simulated game action in several weeks, making five plate appearances in a simulated game on the Camden Yards field at the complex.  Reimold tracked pitches in his first at-bat, then hit a looper to right field in his second plate appearance. Reimold hit a scorcher up the middle in his third at-bat, then drew a walk and hit a ball that would have been a groundout to shortstop.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2013
In an attempt to lessen their glut of big league pitchers, the Orioles have contacted teams to let them know veteran right-handed reliever Luis Ayala is available in a trade, according to an industry source. 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 Matt Wieters and oft-injured reserve Taylor Teagarden.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -   Orioles  third baseman Manny Machado returned to Sarasota on a red-eye flight from Los Angeles late Thursday night, but it's still unclear when Machado can return to playing in games. Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the surgeon who performed Machado's left-knee surgery in October, cleared Machado for all physical activity after examining his left knee on Thursday. His return is in the Orioles trainers' hands now, but first Machado must resume his baserunning progression that was halted by releasing of scar tissue as a result of the surgery.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2013
To anyone who has followed the Orioles the past few days, I know what you're asking. Why in the world is it taking so long for Orioles reliever Luis Ayala to decide whether he's going to pitch for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic? It's a reasonable question. We've been waiting for that news going on three days now. Hopefully, we find out this morning. But the thing is, we're not really waiting on Ayala's decision. From talking to him, it sounds like he wants to represent his home country.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles right-handed reliever Luis Ayala said this morning that he still hasn't made a decision on whether he will pitch for Mexico in next month's World Baseball Classic. Ayala, who is listed on Mexico's provisional roster, expected to make a decision Thursday evening, but said he's awaiting a call before he finalizes a decision. Orioles center fielder Adam Jones (United States), right-hander Pedro Strop (Dominican Republic), Jonathan Schoop (Netherlands), catcher Chris Robinson (Canada)
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2013
The new season is just six games old and the Orioles are already struggling to hold the 25-man roster together. Left fielder Nolan Reimold had to be removed from Sunday's game with a tight hamstring and reliever Luis Ayala was taken to a local hospital after becoming ill during the middle innings, which left manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette considering possible roster replacements in...
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -   Orioles  third baseman Manny Machado returned to Sarasota on a red-eye flight from Los Angeles late Thursday night, but it's still unclear when Machado can return to playing in games. Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the surgeon who performed Machado's left-knee surgery in October, cleared Machado for all physical activity after examining his left knee on Thursday. His return is in the Orioles trainers' hands now, but first Machado must resume his baserunning progression that was halted by releasing of scar tissue as a result of the surgery.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2013
BOSTON -- The Orioles traded veteran reliever Luis Ayala to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, receiving minor league left-handed reliever Chris Jones in return. But the move was less about unloading Ayala than it was allowing the Orioles the opportunity to keep Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland while moving to a seven-man bullpen. It lets the team go to back a four-man bench after playing short-handed since Saturday. The Orioles purchased the contract of outfielder Chris Dickerson from Triple-A Norfolk, and he replaced Ayala on the 40-man and 25-man rosters.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles reliever Luis Ayala, who is listed on Mexico's provisional roster for next month's World Baseball Classic, said Thursday that he has yet to decide whether he will pitch in the event. The 35-year-old right-hander, who was a key piece of a strong Orioles bullpen last season, said he would make a decision Thursday night and announce it Friday. “[The Orioles] said it's my decision, you know,” Ayala said. “They haven't said [anything]. I'm looking [out]
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - Spring training is making its way down the final stretch. There's only one week of games left here in Florida. The Atlanta Braves are traveling down from Disney World today to play the Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium for their only spring meeting. Right-hander Chris Tillman was slated to start today, but Miguel Gonzalez - who was going to start in a Triple-A game today -- will get the start for the Orioles. Tillman is sick and isn't at the facility today.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are working on a minor league deal with right-hander Luis Ayala, according to industry sources. Ayala, who was a valuable reliever on the Orioles' 2012 playoff team, was released by the Washington Nationals on Wednesday following a rough spring training in which he allowed nine runs and 10 hits in six innings. The move would give the Orioles added bullpen depth with a familiar reliever. The 36-year-old reliever would report to minor league camp in Twin Lakes Park.
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Sports Digest | February 8, 2014
Baseball Ex-Orioles pitcher Ayala returns to Nationals The Washington Nationals reunited with veteran right-handed reliever Luis Ayala , a former Montreal Expo and original 2005 National, by signing him Friday to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league camp, according to a person familiar with the situation. The incentives of Ayala's deal are still being worked out, but he will have a base salary of at least $1 million, the person said. Ayala, 36, signed with the Orioles last spring and was traded to the Atlanta Braves in April after allowing two runs in only two appearances.
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2013
The Orioles signed veteran right-hander Jon Rauch to a minor league deal, and the reliever will report to Triple-A Norfolk on Monday, the team announced Saturday. Rauch, 34, started the season with the Miami Marlins before he was released on May 23 after going 1-2 with a 7.56 ERA in 15 games. He allowed 23 hits and 14 runs in 16 2/3 innings for the Marlins. He allowed runs in seven of his 14 relief appearances with Miami. Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said the club had interest in Rauch in the offseason, but the two sides couldn't agree on a deal.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2013
Lost in the Orioles' 3-0 shutout loss to the Yankees Sunday night at Yankee Stadium was the relief performance of Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland. Orioles manager Buck Showalter has said it regularly, that you can't hide a reliever in the AL East. Yet, McFarland hadn't pitched in eight days since making his major league debut against the Twins on two Saturday's ago. On Sunday night, McFarland entered a three-run game in the seventh inning and allowed just one hit over two scoreless innings, walking one and striking out three - including the final two batters he faced in the eighth, Kevin Youkilis and Ben Francisco.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2013
BOSTON -- The Orioles traded veteran reliever Luis Ayala to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, receiving minor league left-handed reliever Chris Jones in return. But the move was less about unloading Ayala than it was allowing the Orioles the opportunity to keep Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland while moving to a seven-man bullpen. It lets the team go to back a four-man bench after playing short-handed since Saturday. The Orioles purchased the contract of outfielder Chris Dickerson from Triple-A Norfolk, and he replaced Ayala on the 40-man and 25-man rosters.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles right-hander Jair Jurrjens, signed to a minor league contract Friday evening, joined spring training camp this morning for the team's first full squad workout of the spring. Jurrjens, who initially agreed to a major league deal worth $1.5 million pending a physical, settled for a minor league contract with spring training invite when his physical raised health concerns. “There's no hard feelings,” Jurrjens said before Saturday's workout. “That's part of the business.” Jurrjens will compete for a rotation spot, but since he's signed to a minor league contract, the team could easily send him to Triple-A Norfolk.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2013
BOSTON -- The Orioles' trade of veteran right-hander reliever Luis Ayala allowed the team the get back to a conventional 12-pitcher staff and seven-man bullpen - and the move was also a show of confidence in Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland. McFarland must stay on the roster all season or else the team will likely lose him back to the Cleveland Indians. “I still have to perform,” said McFarland, who tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings in his major league debut on Saturday. “The security is there a little bit, but not really because I still have to get outs.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2013
The new season is just six games old and the Orioles are already struggling to hold the 25-man roster together. Left fielder Nolan Reimold had to be removed from Sunday's game with a tight hamstring and reliever Luis Ayala was taken to a local hospital after becoming ill during the middle innings, which left manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette considering possible roster replacements in...
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