San Francisco Giants acquire outfielder Alejandro de Aza from Boston Red Sox
The San Francisco Giants were rumored to have been searching for depth in the outfield this past week. Sure enough, just nine days after acquiring Marlon Byrd, San Francisco has added yet another outfielder in Alejandro De Aza:
The trade from the Red Sox to the Giants is De Aza’s second time swapping teams this season, as he was traded from the Baltimore Orioles to Boston in early June. Since being traded to Boston, de Aza has hit exceptionally well, slashing .292/.347/.484 while adding four home runs and 25 RBIs. Perhaps the most significant statisitic De Aza has to his name is his 1.4 WAR. De Aza will be tied with Nori Aoki for the highest WAR among all San Francisco outfielders this season.
De Aza can play any outfield position with the majority of his playing time coming in right field. De Aza is known to be an above average outfielder with speed, exemplified by committing just two errors all season and having a career .987 fielding percentage.
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The 31-year-old was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers back in 2001 as an undrafted free agent, and would eventually make his debut in the MLB with the Florida Marlins in 2007. The Dominican Republic native has primarily been a fourth outfielder throughout his career, much like Gregor Blanco.
De Aza’s one-year, $5 million contract that he signed with Baltimore in the offseason expires at the end of this year. De Aza will be a rental player for the last five weeks of the season as the Giants try to propel themselves to a playoff birth.
Rosenthal also reported that the Giants have sent 23-year-old left-hander Luis Ysla in return for de Aza. Ysla has spent all of his 2015 season with Single-A San Jose where he has struggled. Ysla currently owns a 3-6 record with a 6.21 ERA, while opposing hitters are batting .329 against him.