Legends On Deck

Without A Spot In The OF, Mets De Aza Vying For An Opportunity

Alejandro De Aza

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When the Mets signed free agent Alejandro De Aza in December for $5.75 million/1-year contract, there wasn’t a clear indication that Yoenis Cespedes was going to make a return to New York. So adding the lefty hitting outfielder meant that he would platoon in Center Field with Juan Lagares and bring that extra speed from the left side of the box.

But the Mets surprised the baseball world by agreeing with Cespedes on a 3-year contract and pretty much stalled any chance of De Aza playing regularly in the outfield.

Back in early spring, De Aza was asked by the Media if he was upset about the Cespedes signing,”Not at all. I’m just there to play baseball. There’s things that we can’t control. And we’re all there to play a game and try to win.”

With that in mind, what is next for the 31-year old Dominican native is to battle Lagares this spring for the fourth outfield spot. That option is highly unlikely unless Lagares tanks in the spring, but it is also very unlikely that the Mets will try and unload him in a trade since the organization has invested so much in him money wise already.

The Mets have options now for their outfield situation, but when thinking about platooning, both Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson bat lefty, so the only opportunity De Aza will have to get in a game is as a pinch hitter or out hit the starters.

The situation for De Aza doesn’t seem fair, but so far he is taking it in stride as he is 3 for 7 in three games, with a double and RBI. As for Lagares, he has played in two games and is 1 for 4.

If there is a true battle looming this spring, then you might want to keep a watchful eye on these two, because stakes are high to see who comes out on top as the fourth outfielder.

Who would you rather see win the job?


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