Orioles Acquire Alejandro De Aza

The Orioles have announced that they’ve acquired left-handed outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the White Sox for minor league pitchers Miguel Chalas and Mark Blackmar. Orioles executive Dan Duquette says (via MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko on Twitter) that De Aza had been available for a few weeks, which suggests he cleared waivers.

USATSI_7890034_154513410_lowresDe Aza, 30, has hit .246/.312/.358 this season, with his power, in particular, taking a step backward — he hit a career-high 17 homers last year, but only has five this season, and his slugging percentage is off by about 50 points as compared to the last two years. He remains, however, a solid defender who can play all three outfield spots. He’s making $4.25MM this season in his second year of arbitration, and he can become eligible for free agency after 2015, although at least one executive has opined that De Aza could be a non-tender candidate after the season.

The Orioles already have a strong starting outfield of Nelson Cruz, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis, but they can surely use De Aza as a backup. With Manny Machado‘s recent injury, sometime-outfielder Steve Pearce is needed more frequently in the infield, meaning the Orioles have playing time available for a fourth outfielder type. De Aza’s addition will probably also mean even less playing time for fellow lefty outfielder David Lough, who has struggled at the plate this season.

Even with the Orioles’ need to play Pearce more in the infield, they were fairly well stocked with outfielders, so De Aza represents more of a luxury than a need. It’s no surprise, then, that they do not appear to have paid a high price to get him. Chalas, 22, has pitched most of the season with Class A+ Frederick, where he posted a 4.80 ERA, 6.4 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 in 69 1/3 innings of relief. He has also appeared in two games for Triple-A Norfolk. Blackmar, also 22, has pitched 130 1/3 innings for Frederick, with a 3.18 ERA, 5.7 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9, pitching mostly has a starter. MLB.com does not rank either of them in its list of the top 20 Orioles prospects.

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48 Comments on "Orioles Acquire Alejandro De Aza"


What?
1 year 3 days ago

Interesting move…

MAC
1 year 3 days ago

Good for both teams. O’s get an extra bat with some speed, and the Sox can finally keep Jordan Danks on the roster to see what he can do with some playing time. Also clears a 40 man spot for another call up for September.

Rabbitov
1 year 3 days ago

From an O’s fan this is a great move for us. We upgrade over Ryan Flaherty and give up nothing in return to do it.

cole
1 year 3 days ago

If Chicago is committed to seeing Sanchez at 2B, I’d be giving LF reps to Semien. Since July 1 at AAA: .312/.426/.568. More walks (39, 15.6%), than K’s (37, 15.2%). .437 wOBA. 173 wRC+. 6/6 on bases. I’m assuming Chicago still sees serviceable LF as part of Semien’s versatility. LF or elsewhere, he’s deserving of everyday run.

Overbrook
1 year 3 days ago

I hope the Sox don’t waste the audition period looking at Jordan Danks. He has limited talent and has had numerous opportunities.

Ralph Esposito
1 year 3 days ago

I couldn’t agree more. I would like to see Jared Mitchell in De Aza’s spot and Andy Wilkins in Dunn’s spot to see what they can do. They both deserve a shot to play everyday. Kenny and Rick already know what they are going to do with Jordan Danks, Viciedo and Dunn for next year. I would like to see Matt Davidson in there as well.

Ralph Esposito
1 year 3 days ago

If some reports are true, it looks like they are waiting for Dunn to waive his no trade to Oakland.

WillieWildkat
1 year 3 days ago

Shaping up to be an exciting Sept, a reason for Sox fans to trek out to the cell, aside from Paulie’s victory lap. Too bad Michah is on the shelf, but would love to see these lads, along with Rodon or Danish

Jerry Mandering
1 year 3 days ago

Great pickup for the Orioles. De Aza had an atrocious start, but he’s been back to his normal self minus the power with limited playing time. Just a solid player that does everything, will be missed in Chicago.

Snag
1 year 3 days ago

His atrocious start included two home runs on opening day.

Jerry Mandering
1 year 3 days ago

He also hit .185 in April, .161 in May.

SquirrellyQ
1 year 3 days ago

He is also one of the two worst base runners in the league along with gorDon Beckman. Glad to see them both gone from the Sox. Unfortunately, now we are probably stuck with Viciedo who’s another liability.

WillieWildkat
1 year 3 days ago

That he is. Still think Dayan can develop-somewhat better plate discipline this yr and raw power, plus the only quality OF arm, at least until one of the kids comes up.

Ralph Esposito
1 year 3 days ago

Jerry, are you a cub fan?

Ralph Esposito
1 year 3 days ago

Oh wait a minute. I get it. You’re playing possum. No need for reverse psychology. It’s a done deal. Baltimore is stuck with him.

BaseballBeisbol
1 year 3 days ago

Hahn doing a great job of shedding the dead weight. I’d be fairly surprised if Viciedo was on the team at the start of next year.

Also makes a Rodon 2014 cameo appearance even more likely now with yet another spot on the 40 man available.

Seamaholic
1 year 3 days ago

They didn’t need to trade him for org filler to do it, though. Could have just non-tendered him. Kind of silly move from Sox perspective. Doesn’t really hurt, but no point to it.

steimel
1 year 3 days ago

If they non-tender him they don’t get anything. Why not get a couple pitchers in return? It’s better than nothing at all.

WillieWildkat
1 year 3 days ago

Sox have a way of turning org filler into useful parts. Look at all the dudes in the bullpen whose names start with the letter “P”. More chum for the revolving door

steimel
1 year 3 days ago

Yay! My day has brightened!

Jacob Cook
1 year 3 days ago

Hopefully he does the exact opposite of David Lough and returns to his better form, not vice versa.

Lefty_Orioles_Fan
Lefty_Orioles_Fan
1 year 3 days ago

I always liked De Aza!
Way to go Duquette!
I thought when they first announced the trade on MASN, I thought they were going to say they traded for Beltre! =P

However, I am happy with De Aza!

Go Bears!
1 year 3 days ago

Baltimore, the city of Chicago thanks you!

Rabbitov
1 year 3 days ago

Lol you could have just waived him if you didn’t like him. Maybe you really like Chalas?

Chris March
1 year 3 days ago

And you could’ve just claimed him and keep your prospects.

Rabbitov
1 year 3 days ago

Those aren’t prospects . . .

Jason
1 year 3 days ago

Hahahaha

Go Bears!
1 year 2 days ago

Uh, last I checked, I’m not the GM.

Jack Miller
1 year 3 days ago

Always liked De Aza, him, Adam Jones, and Starlin Castro are my 3 favorite players to watch.

WillieWildkat
1 year 3 days ago

You must have some fascinating viewing habits, that.

Jack Miller
1 year 2 days ago

Haha will be the first to admit that.

James Flores
1 year 3 days ago

Wow the Orioles got robbed! Pretty sure Rick Hahn would’ve traded De Aza to them for a bullpen catcher, some pine tar, and a fungo..

Rabbitov
1 year 3 days ago

They got minor league filler in return. We need our pine tar.

basemonkey
1 year 3 days ago

This move isn’t about the OF. Certainly some of those basic things matter, but this is about his lefthanded bat.

He’s shown some pop in the past, has base stealing ability and speed. That combo at the top of this order has Nate McLouth-esque potential to maybe catch lightning. He might see some time in front of the RH power, or at least on the flip slot at #9. If he can get on base, he could help unlock a dimension that’s missing in this offense, which Lough hasn’t quite been able to manage.

Ralph Esposito
1 year 3 days ago

You had me until you said De Aza is a solid defender. What else, a smart baserunner? Bad defender, almost always throws to the wrong base or misses cutoff man, bad pitch selection at the plate and probably the worst instinct on the bases I have ever seen. Good riddance Alejandro. Definite non tender candidate.

Chioakcisco
1 year 3 days ago

Looking at his Baseball Reference page, Mark Blackmar might be the only person on Earth to have attended Temple College (TX) and Temple University (PA). Honestly, how does that happen?

1 year 3 days ago

Sorry, but DeAza is not a “solid” defender as stated in this article. Jordan Danks needs to go too, though he is a “solid” defender. Can’t hit consistently in the big leagues, time for him to move on too like Gordan Beckham.

NRD1138
1 year 3 days ago

De Aza fell over his own stupid feet trying to catch a fly ball this season.. Good luck Os. Danks I dunno, I know one thing, he costs a lot less than De Aza did, both in the field and on the payroll.

NRD1138
1 year 3 days ago

double post

MiggyCabby24
1 year 3 days ago

What becomes of Delmon Young? He’s played well for them, getting big hits.

Baloo
1 year 3 days ago

He’s been excellent as a late-inning pinch hitter this season, so I’m sure he’ll be back in that role, never hurts for depth.

WillieWildkat
1 year 3 days ago

Hope things work out for Allie. Yes, a boneheaded blunder on the basepaths every other homestand or so, but well liked in the clubhouse and on quite a tear since a frighftul April, hitting over .300 to get to where he is now. Why do I get the sense that one of these pickups will develop into a diamond in the rough?

orangeoctober
1 year 3 days ago

Decent trade, I think. Gives them another left handed bat off the bench, and he could play better defense than Cruz/Young I’m sure. The only lefty they had off the bench before that was Flaherty and Clevenger. Plus they gave up basically nothing. Looking at De Aza’s numbers on BR, he’s been getting more hits and his slugging has been slowly rising for the last two months.

NRD1138
1 year 3 days ago

WOOHOO Christmas comes early, De Aza AND Dunn gone AND you get something for both? WOW, I mean I could care less who they got back, just surprising that Hahn got anything for him.
Now as long as Hahn does not trade Sale for a 3rd base prospect this off season things should be looking up.

Unassisted Triple Play
1 year 3 days ago

5 homeruns this year and 3 of those were in the first series of the year, 2 in the first game! His power has taken a step back is a total understatement, it’s practially a complete power outage!

Tyler Claus Coners
1 year 3 days ago

Viciedo next? Maybe John Danks?

NRD1138
1 year 2 days ago

Danks is stoo hard to move right now, and Viciedo is likely going to be DH to see if they can get his numbers to rise before trying to trade him.