Baltimore Orioles trade Alejandro De Aza


The Baltimore Orioles have found a landing spot for Alejandro De Aza – Boston. The O’s of course designated De Aza for assignment last week, and they had ten days to trade him or for him to pass through waivers. Unfortunately for the Orioles, it appears that the only team willing to take on his contract was a rival within the division.

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According to this tweet from MASN’s Roch Kubatko, the Orioles are only getting cash back for De Aza. Let’s be clear; DeAza was DFA’d due to lack of production, and the need for an additional roster spot.

In general, trades which occur involving a DFA’d player such as De Aza are fairly low level trades. I’m sure that the Orioles would have loved to have gotten even a low-level prospect back. But I’m sure that they would have if they could have.

So De Aza will now have to find a way onto Boston’s roster, because as I said he has no options available – which is partially why he was DFA’d in the first place. While just getting cash for a player is less-than-desirable, the O’s might be able to take the savings from De Aza’s contract (which will now be picked up by Boston) and perhaps swing another deal or two prior to the deadline.

While a career .265 hitter, De Aza was only hitting .214 at the time he was released by the Orioles. This is the second player off the opening day roster who is no longer in the organization, as Ryan Lavarnway refused an outright assignment to the minors, and was later signed by Atlanta. De Aza was the Orioles’ lead off hitter on opening day.

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