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Alejandro De Aza | Outfielder | #17

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 4/11/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2001 / UDFA / LA
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Nationals re-signed OF Alejandro De Aza to a minor league contract.
De Aza was released earlier in the week to avoid a $100,000 retention bonus. The 34-year-old outfielder will function as added depth in the minor leagues for the Nationals. Mar 26 - 11:06 PM

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Nationals released OF Alejandro De Aza.

De Aza was never invited to big league camp by the Nats after they signed him to a minors deal in early March. The 33-year-old might be near the end of the line.
Mar 24 - 7:35 PM

Nationals re-signed OF Alejandro De Aza to a minor league contract.

He did not receive an invitation to big league camp. SB Nation's Chris Cotillo was first to report that the two sides were close. Slated to turn 34 next month, De Aza is a career .260/.325/.396 hitter over parts of 10 major league seasons.
Mar 2 - 8:08 AM

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports the Nationals are close to re-signing OF Alejandro De Aza to a minor league contract.

De Aza hasn't drawn much interest as a free agent after hitting just .194 across 62 at-bats for Washington last season. At this stage of De Aza's career, the Nats likely view him as little more than minor league depth.
Mar 1 - 6:43 PM

Alejandro De Aza hit a walk-off single in the ninth inning Thursday to lead the Nationals past the Pirates 5-4.

De Aza didn't even start the game, entering for Howie Kendrick in the third inning, but it was he who came up with runners on the corners and no outs in the ninth. He subsequently yanked an inside breaking ball down the first base line, scoring Anthony Rendon from third base and sending Nats fans home happy. It was a nice moment for the 33-year-old, who finished 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI in the game. He's hitting just .167/.200/.300 in 27 games overall.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 12:29:00 AM

Nationals purchased the contract of OF Alejandro De Aza from Triple-A Syracuse.

De Aza will give Washington some much-needed outfield depth. The 33-year-old signed a minor league contract with the Nationals in June and was batting .280/.368/.403 with four home runs and two stolen bases in 56 games at Syracuse.
Wed, Aug 16, 2017 10:50:00 AM

Nationals signed OF Alejandro De Aza to a minor league contract.

De Aza spent the spring in Oakland on a non-guaranteed deal with the A's. He exercised an opt out clause in that contract at the end of March when it became clear that he would not have a spot on the Opening Day roster. With the Nationals, he will serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Syracuse. For his major league career, the 33-year-old outfielder is a .261/.328/.398 hitter.
Wed, Jun 14, 2017 09:37:00 PM

Athletics released OF Alejandro De Aza.

Mark Canha and Jaff Decker are projected to open the season as the A's backup outfielders, so De Aza will try to find work elsewhere. The soon-to-be 32-year-old was in camp this spring on a non-guaranteed minor league deal, and he should be able to find another one on the free agent market. De Aza is a .261/.328/.398 career hitter in the major leagues.
Mon, Mar 27, 2017 12:08:00 PM

Alejandro De Aza is expected to opt out of his contract with the Athletics.

De Aza signed a non-guaranteed minor league deal in January that would have paid him a $1.75 million salary if he were to crack the A's major league roster, but it looks like Mark Canha and Jaff Decker will be the backup outfielders in Oakland. There should be something more official by Monday afternoon.
Mon, Mar 27, 2017 08:45:00 AM

Alejandro De Aza would make a $1.75 million salary for 2017 if he's in the majors with the Athletics.

De Aza signed a minor league deal with the Athletics earlier this month. He's turning 33 in April and batted just .205/.297/.321 across 267 plate appearances with the Mets last season, but he gives the A's a potential depth option across all three outfield spots. Odds are he ends up making the Opening Day roster as a bench player.
Tue, Jan 31, 2017 01:03:00 PM

Athletics signed OF Alejandro De Aza to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

De Aza hit only .205/.297/.321 last season with the Mets and will turn 33 just after Opening Day, but he's been plenty useful in a part-time role before. He should have a pretty decent chance to win a bench job with Oakland.
Fri, Jan 20, 2017 01:13:00 PM

Alejandro De Aza went 2-for-4 with a home run and five RBI to help the Mets hold off the Cardinals 10-6 on Thursday.

De Aza did his damage with a pair of swings, knocking a two-run single in the fourth before swatting a three-run home run an inning later. The homer was the fifth for De Aza on the year. The 32-year-old may get a little bit more run with Jay Bruce day to day, but when Bruce returns it'll be back to the bench for De Aza. And rightfully so, as the outfielder is hitting .196/.291/.324 on the year.
Thu, Aug 25, 2016 11:58:00 PM

Alejandro De Aza hit a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Yankees.

De Aza got a start in center field and batted leadoff in the game, and he hit the two-run bomb off Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka in the third inning. Yoenis Cespedes pinch-hit for him late in the game, a symbolic sign of things to come for the 32-year-old, who will be pushed even further back on the depth chart with the return of Cespedes and the recent acquisition of Jay Bruce. De Aza hasn't helped his cause, batting .211/.300/.323 when he has gotten into the lineup this year.
Tue, Aug 2, 2016 10:18:00 PM

The Mets have not considered designating Alejandro De Aza for assignment.

At least not yet. De Aza has given the Mets nothing this year, hitting just .170 across 88 at-bats. He endured another frustrating night Saturday against the Braves, going 0-for-3 and botching a bunt attempt in embarrassing fashion. De Aza only got the start Saturday because Brandon Nimmo's flight to Atlanta didn't arrive until late in the afternoon. De Aza will continue to serve as outfield depth.
Sat, Jun 25, 2016 11:46:00 PM

Alejandro De Aza worked out at first base on Thursday.

De Aza also got some reps there on Wednesday. The 32-year-old has never played first base in a major league game. You can't blame De Aza for trying to earn more playing time by learning a new position, but it's hard to see him getting much run at first with Lucas Duda playing an every-day role.
Thu, May 19, 2016 05:04:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Pedro Severino
3Jhonatan Solano
4Raudy Read
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Matt Adams
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Howie Kendrick
3Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
3B1Anthony Rendon
2Adrian Sanchez
LF1Adam Eaton
2Moises Sierra
CF1Michael Taylor
2Brian Goodwin
3Andrew Stevenson
RF1Bryce Harper
2Rafael Bautista
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Jeremy Hellickson
6Joe Ross
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Ryan Madson
3Brandon Kintzler
4Koda Glover
5Shawn Kelley
6Joaquin Benoit
7Matt Grace
8Sammy Solis
9Carlos Torres
10Trevor Gott