Mets sign OF Alejandro De Aza to a one year deal

Former Baltimore Orioles outfielder Alejandro De Aza, 31, on Tuesday has signed a one year, 5.75 million dollar contract with the New York Mets.

De Aza became an unrestricted free agent after the 2015 Major League Baseball season ended. His contract with the San Fransisco Giants expired. 

The Giants decided to let De Aza test the free agent market to pursue a team that needed his services as an outfielder in the 2016 regular baseball season.

The New York Mets needed the services of De Aza to work with their current center fielder Juan Lagares during the 2016 baseball season.

De Aza has played in the Major Leagues with the Florida Marlins from 2007, 2009, the Chicago White Sox from 2010-2014, Baltimore Orioles from 2014-2015, Boston Red Sox in 2015 and the San Fransisco Giants in 2015.

De Aza was designated for assignment by the Orioles on May 27, 2015. The Boston Red Sox traded a minor league player to the Orioles in exchange for the services of De Aza.

The Red Sox traded De Aza to the San Fransisco Giants on August 31, 2015 for the Giants minor league pitcher Luis Ysla. The Red Sox at the time of trade were not in contention to make a playoff run. 

The Giants needed De Aza on their roster since they were in contention to make another playoff run at the time of the trade. The Giants finished in second place in the National League Western Division standings with a record of 84 wins and 78 losses which was eight games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers who won their third straight division title in 2015.

De Aza will increase the chances of the Mets being able to defend their National League East Division title since he will provide outfield depth during the 2016 baseball season.

De Aza will become a free agent at the end of the 2016 baseball season unless the Mets decide to give him a contract extension at the end of the next baseball season.

Featured image: By Keith Allison on Flickr (Originally posted to Flickr as “Alejandro De Aza”) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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