Baltimore designated for assignment Alejandro De Aza, dropping the 31-year-old outfielder from the 40-man roster after he hit just .214 with three homers and a .636 OPS in 30 games.
De Aza played very well for the Orioles down the stretch last season after they acquired him from the White Sox and got $5 million to reprise that role this season, but combined from 2012-2014 he hit .266 with a .730 OPS in 426 games.
That’s enough offense to be useful when paired with good corner outfield defense, but the Orioles have decided to go with the Travis Snider, Delmon Young, and David Lough trio instead.
The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?
Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.