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12 Alejandro De Aza LF
Height/Weight: 6-0/195 | Birthdate: 4/11/1984 | Birthplace: Guaymate, DR | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Baltimore | College: No College | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $2,075,000 | Owned/Started%: 37/29 | Average Draft Position: 318.62
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Orioles likely to use a combo of players to replace Markakis in RF


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Orioles manager Buck Showalter is expecting to use a few players in right field to replace Nick Markakis, who signed a free-agent deal with the Braves in the offseason.

"We're equipped to have that be a two- or three-headed player," Showalter said of the Orioles' right-field situation which could include a combination of Travis SniderSteve PearceDelmon YoungAlejandro De Aza and Chris Davis, per MLB.com. "It also allows us to keep everybody in the flow and have everybody make contributions with their skill set. But somebody steps out there and takes off with it … that's why I think Steve [Pearce] graduated a little bit from that [role as a part-time player]."


Orioles talked multi-year deal with De Aza before arbitration


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) The Orioles discussed a multi-year extension with outfielder Alejandro De Aza before going to arbitration, according to the Baltimore Sun

The reported deal would have kept De Aza in Baltimore past the 2015 season. De Aza is set to become a free-agent at the conclusion of the year. De Aza said he was unaware of the contract talks, but expressed a desire to remain in Baltimore. "This is a great team, and I’m excited about the opportunity here, and I want to be here for a long time."

De Aza is set to make $5 million in 2015. He hit .252/.314/.386 over 477 at-bats last year.


Alejandro De Aza loses arbitration hearing against Orioles


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Orioles outfielder Alejandro De Aza lost his arbitration hearing against the club, and will receive $5 million in 2015. He reportedly filed for $5.65 million, per the team's official website.

Baltimore has now signed all of its arbitration-eligible players. De Aza, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time, is expected to report to camp later on Saturday.

De Aza hit .252/.314/.386 with eight home runs, 41 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 477 at-bats in 2014.


Orioles, De Aza set for arbitration hearing Feb. 20


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2015) The Orioles and outfielder Alejandro De Aza will have their arbitration hearing on Feb. 20 in St. Petersburg, Baltimore's executive vice president Dan Duquette told MASN.com Friday.

De Aza reportedly filed for $5.65 million with the team offering $5 million.

"We made a good offer," Duquette said. "I don't know why it didn't settle. I thought that would settle the case. I'm surprised it didn't frankly."

De Aza played in 20 games for the Orioles in 2014, hitting .293 with five doubles and three home runs for Baltimore.


De Aza wants to 'work hard' to become Orioles' leadoff hitter


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2015) Outfielder Alejandro De Aza is well aware he could get the chance to bat leadoff for the Orioles now that Nick Markakis, who made a team-high 148 starts at leadoff in 2014, is with the Braves. However, he won't go into spring training assuming he has the role, per MASNsports.com.

"I can't just go there and tell them I want to lead off and have them just give me the spot," De Aza said. "I have to work hard. Every spring training is important. You have to show what you've got, show the team you can play.

"Me as a leadoff, I just try to play the game and let the game dictate what to do. Just go out and do my best."

As a team, the Orioles hit .272 with a .336 on-base percentage, .388 slugging percentage and .724 OPS from the leadoff spot in 2014. De Aza has primarily hit out of the leadoff spot in his MLB career, posting a .271/.334/.405/.740 slash line in 304 games.


Report: Orioles' Alejando De Aza files for $5.65 million


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Orioles outfielder Alejandro De Aza has filed for $5.65 million in arbitration, while the team has offered $5 million, masnsports.com reports.

De Aza is eligible for arbitration for the final time this offseason. He hit .252/.314/.386 with eight home runs, 41 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 477 at-bats in 2014.


Duquette: Orioles have internal replacements for open OF slot


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2014) Orioles executive vice president for baseball operations Dan Duquette said Thursday that the team has internal options on hand to replace outfielder Nick Markakis, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Markakis is heading to Atlanta, leaving the Orioles with a hole in the outfield, but it appears they're leaning towards plugging that slot internally. Duquette mentioned Alejandro De Aza, David Lough and Steve Pearce as potential options, while Dariel Alvarez and Mike Yastrzemski are minor-leaguers who could also figure into the mix. The Orioles will still be looking for outfield depth on the market, even if the team's starting replacement for Markakis is already in the organization. Duquette also mentioned the bullpen as an area of priority this offseason.

Of the major-league options mentioned, Pearce shined the brightest offensively in 2014, hitting .292/.373/.556 with 21 home runs, 49 RBI and five stolen bases in 338 at-bats in the best season of his career by far. De Aza spent much of the season with the White Sox before coming to Baltimore, and he hit .252/.314/.386 between the two teams with eight home runs, 41 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 477 at-bats. Lough hit .247/.309/.385 with four home runs, 16 RBI and eight stolen bases in 174 at-bats.


O's tender contracts to all 11 arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) As expected, the Orioles announced Tuesday they have tendered contracts to all 11 arbitration-eligible players. Those players include: Catcher Matt Wieters, infielders Chris Davis, Ryan Flaherty and Steve Pearce, outfielder Alejandro De Aza, right-handers Miguel Gonzalez, Tommy Hunter, Bud Norris and Chris Tillman and left-handers Zach Britton and Brian Matusz.

Orioles LF Alejandro De Aza on bench Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) Orioles left fielder Alejandro De Aza is out of the lineup for Game 4 of the American League Championships Series at Kansas City. A matchup against left-hander Jason Vargas has him on the bench. Nelson Cruz is set to play that position instead.

De Aza is just 12 for 79 against southpaws this season.


Alejandro De Aza on fire since joining Orioles


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Orioles outfelder Alejandro De Aza has sizzled since arriving from the White Sox and has started every game since Sept. 7.

De Aza has hit safely in 11 of 12 games and is 16 of 49 during that stretch with two home runs and nine RBI. He has fanned just seven times.


O's acquire Alejandro De Aza in exchange for two minor-leaguers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) The Orioles have acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the White Sox in exchange for minor-league pitchers Miguel Chalas and Mark Blackmar, the Chicago Tribune reports.

De Aza batted .243/309/354 with five homers, 31 RBI and 15 steals in 122 games with the White Sox.


Alejandro De Aza ready to roll again Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) A left knee injury sustained when he fouled a ball off it Monday will not keep White Sox outfielder Alejandro De Aza out of the lineup again Wednesday against Texas, the Chicago Sun-Times has reported.

De Aza had been on a mini-streak before going down. He had two hits in each of his previous four games.


Bruised knee keeps Alejandro De Aza out Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) White Sox outfielder Alejandro De Aza is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Rangers, one day after he fouled a ball off his left knee. He is considered day to day at this point. 

Alejandro De Aza exits game after fouling ball off his knee


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) White Sox outfielder Alejandro De Aza was forced out of Monday's game against the Rangers because of a bruised left knee.

De Aza fouled a ball off his left knee in the sixth inning and left the game in the seventh. He owns a .288/.323/.419 slash line with five homers and 30 RBI in 333 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Tuesday's game.


Alejandro De Aza sitting Saturday against lefty


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) A matchup against Kansas City left-hander Danny Duffy has White Sox outfielder Alejandro De Aza out of the Saturday lineup.

De Aza, who has managed to inch his average up to .199 with nine hits in his last 22 at-bats, has a disturbing two hits in 42 at-bats against southpaws this season.


Alejandro De Aza snapping out of funk


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) White Sox outfielder Alejandro De Aza is starting to show some signs of life in recent days, as he put together another multi-hit effort Saturday against the Angels.

De Aza reached base twice in the game, as he went 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles. He drove in two runs and scored one, as the White Sox went on to lose, 6-5.

De Aza is 5 for 9 with three extra-base hits and three RBI over his last three games, to raise his average nearly 20 points. He is still hitting .191/.265/.319 on the season. 


Alejandro De Aza picks up three hits


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) White Sox outfielder Alejandro De Aza picked up three hits Friday against the Diamondbacks.

De Aza served as the team's leadoff hitter, and did not disappoint. After striking out his first time up, De Aza hit a double in the fourth inning. He would single in his next two at-bats, giving him three hits on the day.

De Aza finished the game 3 for 5, with one run scored and one RBI.


Alejandro De Aza belts fourth home run


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2014) White Sox outfielder Alejandro De Aza belted his fourth home run of the season in his team's 7-3 victory over the Rays on Monday.

De Aza took starter Jake Odorizzi deep for a two-run home run in the second inning. He finished 1 for 3 with a run scored and two RBI. He is hitting .188/.255/.353 with four home runs and 11 RBI in 85 at-bats.

White Sox move forward without Avisail Garcia in outfield


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) In the first game after it was announced outfielder Avisail Garcia would miss the rest of the season due to a shoulder injury, the White Sox aligned their outfield with Alejandro De Aza in left field, Adam Eaton in center field and Dayan Viciedo replacing Garcia in right field Thursday vs. Cleveland.

Viciedo and De Aza are likely to see more playing time in Garcia's absence. Jordan Danks, who was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte, is likely to work into the outfield mix as well. The White Sox have Leury Garcia listed as a reserve outfielder on the team's depth chart, but he has yet to make a start in the outfield this season.


Alejandro De Aza grabbing some pine Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) White Sox center fielder Alejandro De Aza, who has just two his in 17 at-bats since a two-homer explosion on opening day, has been benched for the Wednesday game in Colorado.

De Aza has no walks and is saddled with a .190 on-base percentage in seven games this season.


Alejandro De Aza homers twice on Opening Day


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) White Sox outfielder Alejandro De Aza went 2 for 4 with two home runs and three RBI in his team's 5-3 win over the Twins on Opening Day Monday.

De Aza appeared to get squeezed out of a starting job after his team's offseason moves, but he showed again Monday why he deserves to be a regular starter for a major-league team. He hit .383/.400/.596 in 47 at-bats this spring.


White Sox LF situation will be merit-based decision


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said playing time in left field between Alejandro De Aza and Dayan Viciedo will be merit-based and not because a righty or lefty is on the mound.

"[Manager] Robin [Ventura] is going to fill out the lineup card with options that give him the best chance to win on a given day," Hahn told MLB.com concerning the De Aza/Viciedo split. "Conceivably it breaks down into a straight left-right platoon, but I don't think it's going to be just that simplistic.

"Sometimes the defense is going to factor into it. Sometimes the player's individual history against a pitcher is going to factor into it, as well as physical or clubhouse issues that the world is not privy to could impact who is in the lineup on a given day."


Alejandro De Aza has 'more chances to drive in runs'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) With Adam Eaton now on the roster, White Sox manager Robin Ventura had to find a new spot in the batting order for Alejandro De Aza, who hit leadoff in 146 games last season.

De Aza hit seventh in Monday's opener against the Twins after batting .383 with a .596 slugging percentage, .996 OPS, two home runs, four doubles and six RBI in 15 spring games.

"He'll have more chances to drive in runs that you just don't get as a leadoff hitter," Ventura said, per the Chicago Daily Herald. "He has some pop, too. He had 17 homers so I don't see this as a demotion as much as giving him more opportunities where he's at. I mean, Adam (Dunn) where he's at, he's where he belongs, too."


Report: Twins have some trade interest in Alejandro De Aza


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2014) The White Sox continue to draw trade interest for outfielder Alejandro De Aza, according to The Boston Globe. The Twins reportedly have some interest in trading for the 29-year-old outfielder.

White Sox getting calls on Alejandro De Aza, Dayan Viciedo


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2014) The White Sox are getting calls about outfielders Alejandro De Aza and Dayan Viciedo, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

With the acquisition of Adam Eaton, De Aza and Viciedo are competing for the job in left. The club has needs in other areas, and may consider dealing one in order to shore up other positions. De Aza was solid last season, hitting .264/.323/.405 in 607 at-bats. Viciedo hit .265/.304/.426 in 441 at-bats.