Cubs sign RHP Bobby Ayala, recall OF Bo Porter

Updated: September 3, 1999, 4:17 PM ET

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Bobby Ayala has a new team, the Chicago Cubs.

Ayala, released by the Montreal Expos exactly one week ago, today signed with the Cubs for the rest of the season. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Cubs moved pitcher Jeremi Gonzalez from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. Chicago also recalled outfielder Bo Porter from Triple-A Iowa.

The Cubs have followed their wild card appearance with a disappointing 55-77 record and are in last place in the National League Central Division. They have a worse record than Montreal and the second-worst mark in the NL.

Starved for pitching, Chicago has seen its season become centered around Sammy Sosa's home run chase. Ayala will do nothing to change that and likely is playing for a spot on next season's team.

Ayala, 30, was just 1-6 but had a respectable 3.68 ERA in 53 appearances with Montreal. He allowed 60 hits, walked 34 and struck out 64 in 66 innings.

The righthander was signed by the Expos after a disastrous 1998 campaign with the Seattle Mariners. He was 1-10 with a 7.29 ERA in 62 games last season.

For his career, Ayala is 37-43 with a 4.84 ERA over parts of eight seasons with Montreal, the Cincinnati Reds and Seattle.

Porter, 27, was hitless in one at-bat over five games for the Cubs from May 9-23. In 111 games for Iowa, he hit .292 with 27 homers and 64 RBI. He added 24 doubles, scored 86 runs and stole 15 bases.

Porter is a former all-Big Ten Conference performer in baseball and football at the University of Iowa.