The New York Mets have made their decision, the club will be signing outfielder, Alejandro De Aza, Buster Olney of ESPN reports on Twitter. The deal is a one-year, $4.5 million contract. The value of the contract is slightly lower than the $5 million De Aza earned in 2015.
Alejandro de Aza’s one-year deal with the Mets is for about $4.5 million.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 22, 2015
De Aza, who will be 32 in April, has hit right-handed pitching pretty well over the course of his career. Posting a lifetime .274/.338/.448 against right-handers, which will serve has a good platoon option with current center fielder, Juan Lagares. However, De Aza, has not been reliable in center field like Larages. In 2013 De Aza posted a -18 DRS mark, which does not compare to the Gold Glove caliber defense that Lagares shows out in center.
Last season, De Aza played for the, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, and San Francisco Giants, where he hit .262/.333/.422 in 365 plate appearances. He also contributed seven home runes to go along with 35 runs batted in. The Orioles attempted to use De Aza as their everyday leadoff hitter, but his tendency to strikeout, combined with Baltimore’s refusal to stick with a consistent option in left and right field early in the year hampered his effectiveness with the team. De Aza was ultimately traded twice during the season, but produced much better offensive numbers on his two stops following a failed start to the year in Baltimore.