Mets sign outfielder Alejandro De Aza for $4.5 million


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


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

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.

Cards’ Yadier Molina says he tested positive for COVID-19

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina says he’s one of the players on the team who tested positive for COVID-19.

The nine-time All-Star revealed his results Tuesday in a Spanish-language Instagram post. Soon afterward, the Cardinals issued a release naming six of the players who have tested positive.

The others are infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo along with pitchers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley.

“I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after adhering to safety guidelines that were put in place,” Molina said in a release issued by the team. “I will do everything within my power to return as soon as possible for Cardinals fans, the city of St. Louis and my teammates.”

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that seven players and six staff members had tested positive. At the time, Mozeliak said the people to test positive hadn’t been identified publicly because they had declined to have their names released.

The Cardinals said Tuesday that six players had decided to grant permission to have their names revealed.

“I will approach my healing as I do all other things in my life – with education, commitment, and persistence. I look forward to re-joining the team soon and ask that you respect my privacy at this time,” DeJong said in a statement released by the team.

The outbreak resulted in the postponement of the Cardinals’ scheduled three-game weekend series at Milwaukee as well as a four-game series with Detroit that was supposed to run Monday through Thursday. The Cardinals have played just five games this season and are hoping to return to action Friday hosting the Chicago Cubs.

As of now, the Cardinals who have tested positive have returned home while the rest of the team remains isolated in Milwaukee hotel rooms. Their last game was July 29 at Minnesota.

Mozeliak said Monday that five of the 13 overall members of the Cardinals’ traveling party to test positive were asymptomatic. The other eight had minor symptoms including headaches, coughs, sniffles and low-grade fevers. Mozeliak said none of the eight had required hospitalization.

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