Alejandro De Aza

John Farrell explains thinking behind Alejandro De Aza deal

Rob Bradford
June 03, 2015 - 9:23 am

While the Red Sox hadn't officially announced the trade for outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the Orioles (for cash) John Farrell explained to Joe Castiglione on the Red Sox Radio Pregame Show the thinking behind the acquisition. "He gave them a little over a year of really good production for them in Baltimore," the Red Sox manager said. "Given our reserve group of players, with Daniel Nava being down, De Aza has been in that role a little bit in Baltimore where he has come off the bench. He'€™s been a little bit of a platoon player. I'€™m not saying De Aza is going to come in here and platoon in left with Hanley. But at the same time we'€™ve got a veteran, a guy who can run, a guy that can play all three outfield positions. He'€™s en route for most of today from the Dominican so it'€™s unlikely he'€™ll be here for any of the day-night doubleheader today. We were able to acquire a veteran guy who has some success and track record." The 31-year-old was acquired by the Orioles on Aug. 30, 2014 in exchange for two minor leaguers. The lefty hitter .293 with a .877 OPS over 20 games in the final month of that season, while totaling a .214 average and .636 OPS in 30 games with Baltimore this year. De Aza's best season came in 2012 when he played in 131 games for the White Sox, hitting .281 with a .760 OPS, stealing 26 bases. He has been an everyday player for the last five seasons, carrying a career .272 batting average against righty pitching (and .239 vs. lefties).