Buck Showalter and the O’s have been particularly impressed with T.J. McFarland‘s performance this spring and they’re looking for a spot on their 25 man roster for him. The Birds are also looking for a backup catcher behind Matt Wieters and Taylor Teagarden.
Ayala pitched to a 2.64 ERA over 66 appearances last season. The 35 year old was a crucial part of the Orioles bullpen last season and honestly, I’m not a big fan of parting ways for him for a guy that’s performed well in spring training.
McFarland is making his first spring start today against the Red Sox. He’s thrown eight scoreless innings over his past three outings.