Twins, Ayala reach 1-year deal

Updated: February 19, 2009, 11:19 AM ET
Associated Press

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Right-handed reliever Luis Ayala and the Minnesota Twins finalized a $1.3 million, one-year contract.

Ayala and the Twins agreed to terms earlier this month, but the team had to make room on the 40-man roster. Right-handed reliever Bobby Korecky was claimed off waivers Wednesday by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The 31-year-old Ayala went 1-8 with a 5.77 ERA for the Washington Nationals last season before being traded to the New York Mets on Aug. 17. He went 1-2 with a 5.50 ERA and nine saves for the Mets.

Ayala has a career record of 28-34 and a 3.44 ERA with 18 saves, 78 walks and 227 strikeouts in 339 appearances in six seasons.

He'll have a chance to be Minnesota's eighth-inning setup man.

Ayala reported to the Twins training camp on Sunday.

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