When the Mets signed free agent outfielder Alejandro De Aza to a one-year, $5.75 million deal in mid-December they did so thinking he’d be a regular, but re-signing Yoenis Cespedes changed those plans and now De Aza may not be long for New York.
General manager Sandy Alderson told Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal that De Aza’s role is “a little less clear” than it was at the time of the signing, adding that trading him is “conceivable.”
There’s nothing wrong with having outfield depth and $5.75 million, while a lot for a part-time player, isn’t a crazy salary. Certainly the Mets will be able to find, say, 250 at-bats for De Aza somewhere, although they also have one-time starting center fielder Juan Lagares slated for a part-time role.
As a left-handed hitter De Aza is a poor fit on a team that starts a pair of left-handed hitters, Curtis Granderson, and Michael Conforto, in the outfield corners, and Lagares will get the call first if/when a center fielder is needed.
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.
Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.
The players association said Wednesday night it was dismayed by the length of the ban.
“While we understand the concerns raised by the league with respect to a bench-clearing incident during this challenging season, we’re disappointed by the decision,” the union said. “It was an unfair result for Joe Kelly given the cases presented.”
The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty that was first reported by Barstool Sports.
Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.
After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.
Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.
Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.
The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.