Mets sign outfielder Alejandro De Aza for $4.5 million

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UPDATE: Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that it’s a one-year, $4.5 million deal for De Aza, who made $5 million in 2015.

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Free agent outfielder Alejandro De Aza is “close” to signing with the Mets, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

De Aza isn’t a household name and has bounced around a lot, but his production has consistently been very solid and compares well to some other free agent outfielders likely to get significantly more money.

He’s a good defensive corner outfielder capable of playing center field in a pinch and is a career .267 hitter with a .736 OPS in 680 games through age 31, including hitting .262 with seven homers and a .755 OPS in 114 games for the Orioles, Red Sox, and Giants in 2015.

Much of what the Mets have done–or haven’t done–this offseason suggests a focus on adding quality depth following a year in which they were left short-handed by injuries in several key instances and De Aza certainly fits that same mold. He’s not a headline-grabber, but he’s a decent left-handed hitter with some defensive versatility and the price tag figures to be reasonable.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.