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Ayala becomes free agent

On Aug. 29, Luis Ayala gave up three runs on four hits in one-third of an inning against the Padres. After the game, the Marlins designated the right-handed reliever for assignment.

On Saturday, Ayala was outrighted and he opted for free agency.

Ayala now can try to work out a deal with any club, although he wouldn’t qualify to be on a postseason roster since it is past the deadline to have playoff rosters set by Sept. 1.

Ayala appeared in 10 games for the Marlins, and he threw 7 2/3 innings. He struggled, posting an 0-3 record with an 11.74 ERA. He opened the season with the Twins, appearing in 28 games while tossing 32 1/3 innings. With Minnesota, he was 1-2 with a 4.18 ERA.

— Joe Frisaro


Maybin recalled, Ayala designated

About two hours before the September call-up period began, the Marlins made some moves.

After Florida lost 5-2 to the Braves on Monday night at Land Shark Stadium, the team announced reliever Luis Ayala was designated for assignment, and center fielder Cameron Maybin was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans.

The Marlins also announced Rick VandenHurk will be recalled on Tuesday from Triple-A, and the right-hander will start against the Braves on Wednesday.

Catcher Brett Hayes also will be called up from Triple-A, and reliever Burke Badenhop will be reinstated off the disabled list and added to the roster on Tuesday.

— Joe Frisaro


Ayala, Wood recalled

A depleted bullpen picked up two fresh arms on Saturday, as the Marlins recalled from Triple-A New Orleans relievers Luis Ayala and Tim Wood.

The two right-handers were added to help preserve a bullpen that has picked up 12 2/3 innings the past two games.

Ayala and Wood were added to fill the roster spots of Chris Volstad and Gaby Sanchez. Both were optioned to Triple-A on Friday night.

Both Wood and Ayala have split time this year with the Marlins and Triple-A.

Wood has a 1-2 record with a 3.18 ERA in 31 games with New Orleans. He last threw an inning on Thursday.

Ayala has made nine appearances with New Orleans, and he last threw on Wednesday.

Rosters expand on Tuesday, and the Marlins are hoping to preserve their bullpen until then.

The Marlins are shying away from their two primary long relievers, Cristhian Martinez and Brian Sanches.

Sanches threw 2 1/3 innings on Friday, and Martinez tossed 3 1/3 innings on Thursday.

Asked who was available for long relief on Saturday against the Padres, manager Fredi Gonzalez quipped: “Don’t ask me that.”

The Marlins are hopeful starter Ricky Nolasco can go deep into the game. However, if there is a need for a reliever to throw multiple innings, both Ayala and Wood are candidates.

Gonzalez said he is hoping to avoid using Sanches the rest of the weekend.

— Joe Frisaro


— Joe Frisaro

Ayala and bullpen alternatives

Relief help is on its way for the Marlins.

The bullpen has been heavily taxed the past two games, combining to throw 13 2/3 innings, including 7 1/3 innings in Friday’s 9-5 loss to the Padres.

After the game, Chris Volstad was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans, along with infielder Gaby Sanchez. The Marlins have yet to announce who will get called up. Reliever Luis Ayala, who last pitched an inning on Wednesday, is expected to be recalled from New Orleans.

Ayala has thrown multiple innings, but the Malrins are in need of long relief, because both Cristhian Martinez and Brian Sanches each have thrown more than two innings the past two days.

Tim Wood could be an option. The right-hander threw an inning on Thursday, and two more on Tuesday.

In the past two games, Anibal Sanchez and Volstad each combined to throw 5 1/3 innings for Florida, creating a tough situation for the bullpen.

Rosters expand on Tuesday, Sept. 1, and the Marlins will then be in position to better pick up their relievers.

Burke Badenhop could help the team right now, but on Friday, he threw 3 1/3 innings in a rehab assignment for Class A Jupiter. Badenhop is a possibility to replace Volstad in the rotation. So is Rick VandenHurk, who tossed six innings at New Orleans on Thursday.

Lefty Andrew Miller is pitching rehab games in the Gulf Coast League.

Before Friday’s game, manager Fredi Gonzalez said Miller and VandenHurk are likely candidates to pitch out of the bullpen when rosters expand. They may be counted on to start, if necessary.

The Marlins also are pursuing Brad Penny, who is expected to clear waivers and become a free agent on Monday. Penny, released by the Red Sox, also is drawing interest from the Giants.

— Joe Frisaro



West recalled, Ayala optioned

No real surprise as to who will be Florida’s starting pitcher on Saturday night in Philadelphia.

As expected, Sean West is being recalled from Double-A Jacksonville. The 23-year-old, who was optioned on July 11, will be making his 11th start at the big league level. The 6-foot-8 lefty is 3-4 with a 4.91 ERA with the Marlins.

At Double-A, West is 7-3 with a 4.78 ERA in 12 games, with 11 starts.

To make room on the roster, reliever Luis Ayala was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans. Ayala has appeared in nine games with the Marlins, and in 7 1/3 innings, he has yielded seven runs on eight hits.

— Joe Frisaro


Ayala absent on Monday

The Marlins will be without reliever Luis Ayala on Monday night at San Diego.

The veteran right-hander returned to his home in Arizona to be with his wife, who gave birth to a baby boy when the Marlins were traveling to San Diego after Sunday’s game in Miami.

Ayala is expected to rejoin the team on Tuesday.

Florida’s bullpen already is thin after six relievers combined to throw 5 1/3 innings in Sunday’s 5-0 loss to the Phillies.

The Marlins are currently carrying 13 pitchers, and the team likely will keep that number, at least through the rest of the road trip, which begins in San Diego on Monday and wraps up in Los Angeles on Sunday.

— Joe Frisaro



Marlins add Ayala

Veteran reliever Luis Ayala was added to the Marlins on Sunday.

The Marlins selected Ayala’s contract from Triple-A New Orleans, filling the roster spot vacated when lefty Sean West was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville.

The Marlins recently signed Ayala to a Minor League contract.

The Marlins won’t need a fifth starter until Monday, July 20, when they are at San Diego.

— Joe Frisaro

Marlins 'want to add'

Phone calls are being made, and the Marlins certainly are looking to improve themselves before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

For now, whether anything gets done is a wait-and-see proposal.

“We don’t want to take away, we’d like to add,” Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said.

The Marlins feel they are very much in the National League East race, and specifically, they’d like to add relief help. If a closer could be obtained, they’d be interested.

“We’d like to improve just like all the other teams looking to improve,” Beinfest said. “We recognize, we’re heading into the All-Star Break, and we’re in the race for the division. So you want to see what’s out there to improve yourself the best you can.

“There are so many teams in it, that it’s tough to make trades. They don’t want to take from their team. They want to add to it. In terms of your prospects, you have a threshold on what to give and not to give.”

Closer Matt Lindstrom is on the disabled list with a right elbow sprain. Beinfest is not optimistic that the right-hander will be back by the July 31 trade deadline.

“We’ll make due with what we have,” Beinfest said of the bullpen. “Those are good arms, and by and large, they’ve done a good job. We’d like to get Matt back. We hope he’s on the mound here in the next week or so, and start that progression.”

With Lindstrom, Beinfest added: “I don’t know. We’ll see the progression. We’ll have him on the mound, and we’ll have a better idea. You can deal with what if? But we’ll look at everything, and move on, and hope that he comes back.”

Recently, the Marlins signed veteran right-hander Luis Ayala to a Minor League contract. Ayala could help the team after the Break, after he gets some work in the Minor Leagues.

In terms of possible trades, Beinfest said the landscape changes daily.

“We’ll see what happens. It changes from day to day,” he said. “An injury today, or something happens. Or you have a bad week. You’re in. You’re out. It always gets dicey when you get to the end of the month.”

— Joe Frisaro





Calero back from DL

On Thursday, the transaction became official as reliever Kiko Calero was reinstated off the disabled list. The right-hander had been out since June 18 with shoulder inflammation.

Reliever Tim Wood, who was doing a nice job, was optioned back to Triple-A. Even though Wood was sent back down, the Marlins saw promise from the right-hander. He likely will get called back up in the second half.

Calero’s return helps solidify the bullpen, which is starting to shape up. The 34-year-old has appeared in 36 games, and he will help out in a setup role, either in the seventh or eighth innings.

The Marlins also recently added veteran Brendan Donnelly. More veteran relief help promises to be on the way after the All-Star Break. On June 26, the Marlins signed right-hander Scott Williamson to a Minor League deal. Williamson last pitched in the big leagues in 2007, and he’s getting himself back into shape in Jupiter.

Shortly after the All-Star Break, closer Matt Lindstrom (right elbow sprain) may be ready to return.

Luis Ayala, who also signed a Minor League contract recently, is another relief option.

The Marlins open a four-game set with the Diamondbacks on Thursday in Arizona. In the final two games at San Francisco, Florida’s bullpen worked only one inning, so they should be rested.

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins seeking bullpen help

With Matt Lindstrom on the disabled list, and Leo Nunez dealing with a right ankle sprain, it’s no secret that the Marlins are exploring bullpen help.

Kiko Calero also is on the disabled with with right shoulder inflammation, but he is expected back around July 3.

Already, a couple of names have been floated out there in speculation. Right-hander Luis Ayala was designated for assignment by the Twins on Tuesday after he appeared in 28 games.

According to an American League scout who saw Ayala pitch recently: “He’s done. He’s got nothing left.”

The scout added that he wouldn’t recommend Ayala to his organization. That doesn’t mean the Marlins share the same point of view. The scout noted that Ayala is a Calero-type pitcher, meaning he throws a fastball and slider and has a similar style. Calero has been effective for Florida.

In his last outing, on June 20, Ayala’s fastball was between 89-91 mph.

LaTroy Hawkins of the Astros is another right-hander who may be available through a trade.

The trouble the Marlins are facing is every contending team is in the same boat — they all want relief help. For the candidates who might be available, the price is expected to be high.

The Marlins alternatives are to stay with what they have, patch the pen together until Lindstrom returns in four to six weeks, or try to catch lightning in the bottle with a journeyman such as Ayala. Typically, the Marlins won’t take on money if the player they are bringing in is not a real upgrade over what they already have.

If they are more creative, the Marlins may end up dealing away a regular and look to make a bigger impact. In 2004, Florida put together a deal that included Brad Penny and they acquired from the Dodgers Paul Lo Duca, Juan Encarnacion and Guillermo Mota.

The Marlins could offer either outfielder Jeremy Hermida or Cody Ross — both arbitration-eligible — in hopes of luring in a veteran reliever. With Cameron Maybin playing better at Triple-A New Orleans, he could fill center field if the Marlins opt to deal a regular.

In the meantime, the team will explore all possibilities.

— Joe Frisaro