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.
In today’s column for The Athletic, Ken Rosenthal reports that the Phillies are “shopping the hell” out of first baseman Carlos Santana, according to a rival executive. Doing so would allow the Phillies to move Rhys Hoskins back to first base and open up a spot in the outfield for free agent Bryce Harper, with whom the Phillies have been commonly connected.
Santana, 32, is coming off of a mediocre season in which he hit .229/.352/.414 with 24 home runs and 86 RBI in 679 plate appearances. His 1.7 WAR, per Baseball Reference, was his lowest output since 2015. He has $35 million remaining on his contract. The Phillies would presumably eat a significant portion of that $35 million in order to make a trade work.
If the Phillies can’t move Santana but still end up signing Harper, Santana could share third base with Maikel Franco and first with Hoskins. Right now, the Phillies have a glut of outfielders with Hoskins, Odúbel Herrera, Nick Williams, and Aaron Altherr. Hoskins rated among the worst outfielders defensively in 2018, so moving him back to first base is likely one of the Phillies’ bigger priorities.