As originally reported by CBS’ Jon Heyman, the New York Mets have agreed to a deal with free agent outfielder Alejandro De Aza. De Aza split last season bouncing between the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, and San Francisco Giants, playing all three outfield positions.
Signing De Aza continues a surprisingly quiet offseason from the Mets, following their World Series appearance against the Kansas City Royals. This offseason, New York has re-signed pitchers Bartolo Colon and Jerry Blevins, and have also signed veteran infielder Asdrubal Cabrera. All four free agents are 30 or older, and Cabrera is the only player signed to a multi-year deal (two seasons). The Mets have also traded for second basemen Neil Walker this winter.
As mentioned in Heyman’s original tweet, De Aza will probably split duties in center field with Juan Lagares. Following the retirement of Michael Cuddyer, plus the Mets’ apparent lack of interest in pursuing free agent Yoenis Cespedes, New York will most likely start Curtis Granderson and rookie phenom Michael Conforto in the corner spots.