Alejandro De Aza

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Alejandro De Aza
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De Aza with the New York Mets in 2016
New York Mets – No. 16
Outfielder
Born: (1984-04-11) April 11, 1984 (age 35)
Guaymate, Dominican Republic
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
April 2, 2007, for the Florida Marlins
MLB statistics
(through April 28, 2016)
Batting average .266
Hits 615
Home runs 46
Runs batted in 225
Stolen bases 88
Teams

Alejandro Alberto De Aza Ceda (born April 11, 1984) is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Florida Marlins, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, and San Francisco Giants.

Professional career

Minor leagues

De Aza was originally signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent on May 1, 2001. The Florida Marlins selected him from the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft in 2004

In 2005, De Aza batted .286 with 34 stolen bases and 75 runs scored while playing for the Marlins Single-A Jupiter affiliate. In 2006, De Aza batted .278 with 12 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 16 RBI and 27 stolen bases at Double-A.

Florida Marlins

On March 28, 2007, De Aza was named the starting center fielder for the Marlins, beating out Reggie Abercrombie, Eric Reed, and Alex Sánchez in what was seen as a surprise. In 2007, he batted .303 (10-for-33) in nine games for the Marlins before going on the disabled list on April 16 with a right ankle sprain; an MRI in mid-May revealed that his ankle had a hairline fracture. The fractured ankle required surgery and De Aza was placed on the disabled list for the 2007 season. De Aza was called up by the Florida Marlins in May 2009.

Chicago White Sox

On October 21, 2009, the Chicago White Sox claimed De Aza off waivers from the Marlins. On July 27, 2011, he hit the first home run of his MLB career, off Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer.

On January 18, 2013, De Aza signed a one-year, $2.075 million deal to avoid arbitration with the White Sox. De Aza was the starting center fielder once again, and his main backups were Jordan Danks and DeWayne Wise. He would also periodically fill in at left field when Dayán Viciedo would be injured. In 153 games, he hit .264/.323/.405 with 17 HR, 62 RBI and 20 SB.

On March 31, 2014, De Aza recorded his first career multi-home run game in an Opening Day win over the Minnesota Twins.

Baltimore Orioles

On August 30, 2014, De Aza was traded from the Chicago White Sox to the Baltimore Orioles for minor league pitchers Miguel Chalas and Mark Blackmar.[1] In his first five games with the Orioles, De Aza hit two home runs, had three RBI, stole a base, scored four runs and batted .400.[2] He was designated for assignment on May 27, 2015.[3]

Boston Red Sox

On June 3, 2015, De Aza was traded to the Boston Red Sox for cash considerations and a prospect.[4]

San Francisco Giants

On August 31, 2015, De Aza was traded to the San Francisco Giants with cash considerations for minor league pitcher Luis Ysla.[5]

New York Mets

On December 23, 2015, De Aza signed a 1-year, $5.75 million contract with the New York Mets.[6]

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De Aza with the Mets in 2016.

World Baseball Classic

Medal record
Representing Dominican Republic
Men's Baseball
World Baseball Classic
Gold medal – first place 2013 San Francisco Team

In 2013, De Aza played for the eventual 2013 World Baseball Classic winning team from the Dominican Republic, having a .208 batting average and 3 RBI in 8 games as a center fielder, going 1 for 3 in the final game against Puerto Rico.[7][8]

Personal life

De Aza and his wife Magda have at least one child, a son born in December 2013.[9]

References

  1. "Orioles acquire OF De Aza in trade with White Sox". ESPN.com. Associated Press. August 30, 2014. Retrieved August 31, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Alejandro De Aza". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 10, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Orioles designate De Aza for assignment; Flaherty in lineup". ESPN.com. Associated Press. May 27, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Gleeman, Aaron (June 3, 2015). "Red Sox acquire Alejandro De Aza from Orioles". hardballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved June 3, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Half, Chis. "Giants add lefty-hitting outfielder De Aza". MLB.com. Retrieved 31 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Links, Zach. "Mets sign Alejandro De Aza". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved December 23, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Domi-nation: DR runs table en route to title". worldbaseballclassic.com. MLB.com. March 19, 2013. Retrieved May 23, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "2013 Statistics". worldbaseballclassic.com. Retrieved May 23, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Haugh, David (March 31, 2014). "Sox, Alejandro De Aza blast away the winter blues". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 24 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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