MLB roundup: Indians add Aardsma, Ayala drawing interest

Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

A quick look at some the minor moves that went down while you were reading about Tanaka.

The Cleveland Indians have signed reliever David Aardsma to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Aardsma appeared in 43 games for the Mets last season, posting a 4.31 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 39⅔ innings of middle relief. The 32-year-old right hander has pitched for seven different clubs in his eight-year major league career, most notably as the Mariners closer in 2009 and 2010. He saved 69 games for the M's over that span before hip and elbow injuries caused him to miss the entire 2011 season. After working his way back to the majors last year, Aardsma will enter Indians' camp with a chance to continue his big league career.

Market for Luis Ayala heating up

The Indians, Tigers, and Mariners are among the teams considering free agent reliever Luis Ayala, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. The nine-year veteran continued his late-career resurgence with the Braves last season, posting a 2.90 ERA in 31 innings with Atlanta. After a strong start to his career with the Expos -- he's been around a while -- Ayala struggled through his early 30s. However, in 2011 he reemerged with the Yankees, putting up a 2.09 ERA in over 50 innings of work. He followed that up with a solid run in Baltimore in 2012, and with Braves last season. He could be a valuable middle relief option for teams in search of a veteran for the right side of the bullpen.

Mariners bring back Endy Chavez

Seattle will reunite with outfielder Endy Chavez this spring, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. The Mariners signed Chavez, 35, to a minor league deal with an invitation to join the team in Peoria, Ariz. when players report for team activities next month. After being cut by the Kansas City Royals during spring training last year, Chavez was picked up by Seattle. In 97 games, he hit .267/.290/.327.

Angels add Ian Stewart

The Angels have signed former Rockies and Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. The 28-year-old infielder was once considered a bright spot for the Rockies future, hitting 43 homers and posting a .242/.329/.454 batting line in 268 games in 2009 and 2010. Since, Stewart has struggled to stay on the field due to wrist and quadriceps injuries -- though, his open criticism of the Cubs on Twitter didn't help much either. If he fails to break camp with the team, Stewart could serve as organizational depth and/or an emergency option if David Freese needs an extended stay on the DL.

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