Cubs sign RHP Bobby Ayala, recall OF Bo Porter

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

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.