Os trade Ayala to Braves, will add Dickerson
Seeking to get back to a four-man bench and for a way to enable them to keep Rule 5 Draft pick T.J. McFarland in the bullpen, the Orioles traded right-handed Luis Ayala to the Atlanta Braves prior to Wednesday’s game in Boston.
The Orioles will receive Minor League pitcher left-hander Chris Jones in exchange for Ayala and he will be assigned to Double-A Bowie.
Baltimore had been shopping Ayala since this spring and the move enables the Orioles to add another position player in outfielder Chris Dickerson. Dickerson, who was not on the 40-man roster, is expected to have his contract selected prior to the game against the Red Sox and will take the spot vacated by Ayala.
The move puts the Orioles’ bullpen back at seven and Dickerson gives manager Buck Showalter another option off the bench in that he can play infield and outfield. One of the spring’s final roster cuts, Dickerson has played in parts of five Major League seasons, posting a .266 /.352 /.407 line.
Ayala pitched to a 2.64 ERA in 66 games for the Orioles last year and had his club option picked up over the winter. The 35-year-old right-hander pitched in two games this season, allowing two runs on four hits over two innings.
Jones, 24, is 24-20 with a 3.58 ERA over seven minor league seasons with the Cleveland Indians and Braves. He posted a 3.90 ERA in 45 appearances in relief for Double-A Mississippi in 2012.