Alejandro De Aza

Alejandro De Aza
De Aza with the New York Mets in 2016
Free agent
Born: (1984-04-11) April 11, 1984
Guaymate, Dominican Republic
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
April 2, 2007, for the Florida Marlins
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Batting average .260
Home runs 51
Runs batted in 258

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

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.[1][2]

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.[3] 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.[4] He was designated for assignment on May 27, 2015.[5]

Boston Red Sox

On June 3, 2015, De Aza was traded to the Boston Red Sox for cash considerations and prospect Joe Gunkel.[6]

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.[7]

New York Mets

On December 23, 2015, De Aza signed a 1-year, $5.75 million contract with the New York Mets.[8]

In 2016 he batted a career-low .205 in 130 games, and had a .297 on-base percentage, which was his lowest since his rookie season of 2007, and his .321 slugging percentage was his lowest since 2009.[9] His average of a strikeout per every 3.99 plate appearances was the worst of his career.[10] He did not have an assist in 76 games in the outfield, which were third most among NL outfielders without any assists.[11]

Oakland Athletics

On January 20, 2017, De Aza signed a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics.[12] He opted out of the contract near the end of spring training and became a free agent.[13]

Washington Nationals

On June 14, 2017, De Aza signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals. De Aza appeared in his first game for the Nationals on August 16. He re-signed with the Nationals on another minor league contract on March 2, 2018,[14] and was released on March 24.[15] He was re-signed on March 26, 2018, to the same terms of his original minor league deal.[16] De Aza was later released from the organization on August 8, 2018.


  1. "Domi-nation: DR runs table en route to title". March 19, 2013. Retrieved May 23, 2015.
  2. "2013 Statistics". Archived from the original on April 12, 2013. Retrieved May 23, 2015.
  3. "Orioles acquire OF De Aza in trade with White Sox". Associated Press. August 30, 2014. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
  4. "Alejandro De Aza". Retrieved September 10, 2014.
  5. "Orioles designate De Aza for assignment; Flaherty in lineup". Associated Press. May 27, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  6. Gleeman, Aaron (June 3, 2015). "Red Sox acquire Alejandro De Aza from Orioles". Retrieved June 3, 2015.
  7. Half, Chis. "Giants add lefty-hitting outfielder De Aza". Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  8. Links, Zach. "Mets sign Alejandro De Aza". Retrieved December 23, 2015.
  9. Adams, Steve (January 20, 2017). "Athletics Sign Alejandro De Aza To Minor League Deal". Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  10. "AAlejandro De Aza: Opts out of minors deal". March 27, 2017. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  12. Byrne, Connor (March 24, 2018). "Nationals Release Reid Brignac, Alejandro De Aza". Retrieved March 24, 2018.
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