Mets don’t really need Alejandro De Aza, but they’re not shopping him

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Alejandro De Aza was no longer needed as a semi-regular once the Mets re-signed Yoenis Cespedes, leading to speculation that New York would try to move the veteran outfielder they signed to a one-year, $5.75 million deal.

However, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post the Mets are not shopping De Aza and “haven’t received calls about” him. That could change in a hurry, of course, but for now at least the Mets seem willing to go into the season with tons of outfield depth and see what happens.

In addition to De Aza basically being reduced to a left-handed bench bat the Mets also have center fielder Juan Lagares slated for, at most, a couple starts per week versus left-handed pitching. It’s a nice problem to have, but it’s also possible that the Mets could turn a spare outfielder into something more useful at another spot.

There are plenty of teams for which De Aza could be an upgrade playing regularly in a platoon role or even as a starter. Last season he hit .262 with seven homers and a .755 OPS in 114 games for three different teams and he’s topped a .700 OPS every year since 2010.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

Joe Kelly suspended eight
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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.