Orioles sign Luis Ayala

The Orioles today announced that they have signed RHP LUIS AYALA to a one-year contract with a club option for 2013.

Ayala, 34, posted a 2.09 ERA (56.0IP, 13ER) in 52 appearances for the Yankees last season.  In seven major league seasons, he has gone 31-41 with a 3.47 ERA (446.1IP, 172ER) for Montreal/Washington, the Mets, Minnesota, Florida and the Yankees.

To clear room for Ayala on the 40-man roster, OF MATT ANGLE has been designated for assignment. Angle, 26, batted .271/.347/.344 in 108 games for Triple-A Norfolk in 2011 before joining the Orioles for 31 games.

ORIOLES SIGN INF NICK JOHNSON TO MINOR LEAGUE DEAL WITH AN INVITATION TO SPRING TRAINING

Avery, Hoes, Sardinha also receive invites

The Orioles also announced that they have signed INF NICK JOHNSON to a minor league contract with a spring training invite.  OFs XAVIER AVERY, L.J. HOES and CA DANE SARDINHA have also been invited to big league camp.

Johnson, 33, played in 55 games for Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus in the Cleveland organization in 2011.  He owns a .401 on-base percentage over nine seasons (794 games) in his major league career.

Avery, 22, batted .259/.324/.343 in 138 games for Double-A Bowie last season.

Hoes, 21, batted .305/.379/.413 in 95 games with the Baysox in addition to 41 games with Class-A Frederick.

Sardinha, 32, appeared in 15 games for the Phillies and 29 games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley last season.