By Gem Tablak
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicled reported just recently that Alejandro De Aza is expected to opt out of his contract with the Oakland Athletics.
De Aza signed a minor league deal with the A’s where if he would of made the team, he would of earned $1.25M. However, Slusser reports that the A’s prefer to go with Mark Cahna & Jaff Deker instead. De Aza has been batting .300 this spring with a .879 OPS while also driving in 5 runs.
I wonder if the Mets would consider a reunion with De Aza if Lagares’ injury ends up keeping him out of action longer than the Mets could afford. I’d imagine the Mets would prefer a replacement that’s right handed in order to give the Mets better balance. However, if that’s not a factor, the Mets could also opt to stay in house & go with Brandon Nimmo.
One way or the other, I do see Lagares as a vital part to the Mets outfield so I hope that this oblique injury doesn’t linger on for too long.