Red Sox acquire Alejandro De Aza from Orioles

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Boston being in the market for outfield help would have seem far-fetched at the beginning of the season, but the Red Sox’s depth situation has changed and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that they’ve acquired Alejandro De Aza from the Orioles.

De Aza was designated for assignment by Baltimore last week after getting off to a poor start, but the Orioles liked him enough to give him $5 million for this season. He’s a 31-year-old career .265 hitter with a .728 OPS who can play all three outfield spots with plus speed and is more effective when spotted mostly versus right-handed pitching.

De Aza is a very solid player in a part-time role and stretched as a regular. His presence also allows the Red Sox to avoid calling up younger players like Jackie Bradley Jr. for short-term help.

Aaron Hicks would like to avoid Tommy John surgery

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The Yankees’ 2019 run ended in heartbreak on Saturday night when, despite a stunning ninth-inning comeback, they fell 6-4 to the Astros and officially lost their bid for the AL pennant. Now, facing a long offseason, there are a few decisions to be made.

One of those falls on the shoulders of outfielder Aaron Hicks, who told reporters that he “thinks he can continue playing without Tommy John surgery.” It’s unclear whose recommendation he’s basing that decision on, however, as MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch points out that Tommy John surgery was recommended during the slugger’s most recent meeting with Dr. Neal ELAttrache.

Hicks originally sustained a season-ending right flexor strain in early August and held several consultations with ElAttrache and the Yankees’ physician in the months that followed. He spent two and a half months on the 60-day injured list and finally returned to the Yankees’ roster during the ALCS, in which he went 2-for-13 with a base hit and a Game 5 three-run homer against the Astros.

Of course, a handful of strong performances doesn’t definitively prove that the outfielder is fully healed — or that he’ll be able to avoid aggravating the injury with further activity. Granted, Tommy John surgery isn’t a minor procedure; it’s one that requires up to a year of rest and rehabilitation before most players are cleared to throw again. Should Hicks wait to reverse his decision until he reports for spring training in 2020, though, it could push his return date out by another six months or so.