According to Jim Bowden of ESPN XM via Twitter, there are six teams in on RHP Luis Ayala; the Mets, Yankees, Rays, Blue Jays, Angels and Red Sox.
That sounds like a lot of competition for Ayala, who turns 34 in January and is coming off a solid comeback season in 2011 that saw him go 2-2 with a 2.09 ERA in 52 games for the New York Yankees.
Ayala, who has been plagued by injuries and bouts of ineffectiveness, spent all of the 2010 season in Triple-A, going 2-10 with a 6.42 earned run average in 36 appearances for the Dodgers’, Rockies’ and Diamondbacks’ organizations prior to signing his one-year deal with the Yankees last February.
The one-time Met would be a decent addition for the Mets bullpen, but with so many teams in the bidding, the odds are pretty low that the Mets can reel him in as his price escalates both in dollars and years.
Based on comments he made after the season, Ayala enjoyed his time with the Yankees and would like to return, and Yankees GM Brian Cashman has indicated that under the right circumstances that he would like to bring him back.