Alejandro De Aza

Alejandro De Aza

39-Year-Old OutfielderOF
 Free Agent  
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Twins in July of 2019.
Healthy again in Triple-A
OFMinnesota Twins  
August 27, 2019
De Aza (hand) was activated from the minor-league injured list at Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
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De Aza missed a brief period with a bruised right hand. The veteran has hit .333/.410/.588 in 28 games for Rochester this season.
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July 31, 2016
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June 12, 2016
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De Aza's real-life utility has been steadily declining over the past five seasons, to the point where he's been a below-replacement-level player over the past two years, and it's difficult to see that trend reversing in his age-34 season. He sat out the first two and a half months of 2017 after opting out of his minor-league deal with the A's at the end of spring training. De Aza ultimately signed with the Nationals and was promoted two months later, seeing a total of 70 plate appearances down the stretch. He walked just 4.3 percent of the time in that limited sample and failed to homer, resulting in a measly 29 wRC+. De Aza also graded out poorly on defense despite making just one appearance in center field (46 appearances in 2016). It's not a lock that De Aza even gets another chance in the majors. If he does, it will be as a reserve outfielder.
De Aza signed with the Mets before the 2016 season, but after the club re-signed Yoenis Cespedes later in the offseason, De Aza was relegated mainly to the team's fourth or fifth outfielder role. The 32-year-old struggled through maybe his worst season, putting up career-worst marks with a .205 average and 25.1 percent strikeout rate, to go along with a steep drop from earlier in his career in steals (four in seven attempts) and OPS (.618). Though the lefty didn't fare too much better against righties, his .195 average against southpaws will essentially render him as an option strictly against right-handed pitching. It wasn't long ago he blasted 17 home runs and was a 20-base stealer in consecutive seasons, but he seems to be entrenched behind the other outfield options Oakland has to offer heading into the season.
De Aza spent the 2015 season as a part of three different teams, finishing with a .262/.333/.422 line in 365 plate appearances. He brings a well-rounded skill set to the table, but the one thing holding him back from being an everyday outfielder is his inability to hit lefties (.182 with no homers against lefties in 2015). That being said, his ability to play all three outfield positions coupled with his power and speed combination make him an ideal fourth-outfielder type, and the Mets welcomed him aboard in the offseason to fill that very role.
The Orioles acquired De Aza prior to the waiver trade deadline at the end of August, using him as their primary left fielder against right-handed pitching down the stretch. With an opportunity to hit in the first two spots in the Baltimore lineup, De Aza's value ticked up following the trade, and he also showed more consistent power in September than he did throughout the year. For the season, De Aza showed on-base skills against righties that were more in line with his pre-2013 numbers, but there was nothing in his profile that suggests he'll be able to replicate the 17-homer campaign that he had with the White Sox in 2013. On the more favorable side of a platoon, De Aza's value may hinge entirely on whether he's able to carve out a place as a tablesetter for a manager willing to give him enough green lights to steal 20-plus bags.
If De Aza's .760 OPS and 26 steals in 2012 were a surprise, then his near 20-20 campaign in 2013 was a real shocker. However, his season was a bit less successful than his 17 home runs and 20 steals would suggest. He went 20-for-28 on steal attempts, but he also made 26 additional outs on the bases. He also made quite a few outs at the plate, as his 147 strikeouts were 10th in the American League. De Aza could be on the trade block if the team feels that he could bring back some value, especially with the addition of Adam Eaton. With his ability to play all three outfield spots, De Aza's versatility should provide him with plenty of a playing time in Chicago even if a trade never materializes.
De Aza parlayed a sterling late-season audition in 2011 into the White Sox's starting center field and leadoff role in 2012. He was above average in both regards, playing adequate defense in the outfield while stealing 26 bases in 38 tries. He was also a sparkplug in the first inning with a .370 OBP in his 127 plate appearances that led off games. He provided a bit more value on top when you consider he saw nearly four pitches per plate appearance. De Aza has doubles power to go along with his 20-plus stolen-base potential. He heads into 2013 as the team's leadoff man and there are now over 800 at-bats of proof that he is a capable major league hitter.
The White Sox recalled De Aza midway through the 2011 campaign to challenge the struggling Alex Rios, and he surprised all to the tune of .329/.400/.520 with four home runs and 12 steals in 152 at-bats. Those stats should come down a bit as his .404 BABIP drops, but it is worth noting that his career rate is .351. De Aza has a good set of legs and a good glove, but 27-year-olds don't typically emerge out of nowhere and put up that slash line. He could play center and bat leadoff on an everyday basis for the 2012 club now that Juan Pierre is out of town, and he would be a cheap source of steals should he do so.
The White Sox claimed De Aza off of waivers from the Marlins prior to the season. He impressed with his performance in Cactus League play and then went on to steal 16 bases in 318 at-bats for Triple-A Charlotte. He stole another two for the Sox during a September callup, but his 2011 ceiling is probably as a reserve outfielder.
De Aza put together a nice season at Triple-A in 2009 but it wasn't enough to earn him another look from the Marlins. Claimed off waivers by the White Sox, he'll head into spring trying to win the role DeWayne Wise had in Chicago last season.
De Aza parlayed a good spring into the Marlins' starting center field job, but promptly hurt his ankle, tried to play through it, and missed over three months of action. He wasn't able to hit or use his speed effectively in the majors when he returned, no real surprise given his minor league track record, but Florida may still need a stop-gap in center until Cameron Maybin is ready and De Aza's glove might be enough to win him that job.
The 2004 Rule 5 pick from the Dodgers has speed and athleticism, but questionable plate discipline. He emerged this spring as the starting center fielder, but he'll need to get on base at a higher clip than his minor league numbers suggest to produce fantasy value with his speed.
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Sidelined at Triple-A
OFMinnesota Twins  
Hand
August 19, 2019
De Aza was placed on Triple-A Rochester's 7-day injured list Sunday with a right hand contusion, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
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Joins Minnesota on MiLB deal
OFMinnesota Twins  
July 17, 2019
De Aza signed a minor-league deal with the Twins on Wednesday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
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Re-signs with Nationals
OFWashington Nationals  
March 26, 2018
De Aza signed a minor-league deal to remain with the Nationals, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports Monday.
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Released by Nationals
OFFree Agent  
March 24, 2018
De Aza was released by the Nationals on Saturday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.
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Minors deal with Nationals
OFWashington Nationals  
March 2, 2018
De Aza signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals on Friday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
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