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Orioles trade reliever Luis Ayala to Braves for minor league left-handed reliever

Orioles trade reliever Luis Ayala to Braves for minor league left-handed reliever

BOSTON -- The Orioles traded veteran reliever Luis Ayala to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, receiving minor league left-handed reliever Chris Jones in return. But the move was less about unloading Ayala than it was allowing the Orioles the opportunity to keep Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland while moving to a seven-man bullpen. It lets the team go to back a four-man bench after playing short-handed since Saturday. The Orioles purchased the contract of outfielder Chris Dickerson from Triple-A Norfolk, and he replaced Ayala on the 40-man and 25-man rosters. “The trade of Ayala allows us the opportunity to keep T.J. McFarland on our major league staff, someone who we like and would like to...

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