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 good news: most-traveled-player ever Edwin Jackson has a job again. The bad news: it’s not with team number 15. He’s repeating himself, going back to the Tigers, for whom he pitched in 2009. Oh well.
Jackson, 35, posted a ghastly 11.12 ERA in 28 and a third innings over eight appearances with the Blue Jays this season, five of which came as starts. If he can manage to be merely bad instead of terrible he’s likely to get several starts for Detroit in the second half as the Tigers are playing for nothing and teams playing for nothing are well-served by veteran arms.
And heck, if he starts one in the next week or so and is amazing, maybe — just maybe — Detroit can flip him to team number 15? We can dream, can’t we?