Although De Aza is drawing interest, New York is reportedly waiting to move him until the club finds a suitor open to paying him his full $5.75 million salary for 2016.
Before they signed Yoenis Cespedes, the Mets expected De Aza to platoon with Juan Lagares in center field. However, after re-signing Cespedes, De Aza appears to be the club's fifth outfielder.
In addition to the fact De Aza would be a costly fifth outfield option, he is also a left-handed hitter. Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson are also left-handed Mets outfielders.
De Aza, 32, is a versatile outfielder capable of playing any of the three outfield positions. He has not had a notable amount of success against left-handed pitchers in his career but has been productive against righties.
Over 114 games with three different clubs last season, De Aza batted .262/.333/.422 to complement seven home runs and 35 RBIs. He is a career .267 hitter and could prove to be valuable on the base paths in certain situations.
Since there are not many clubs with a clear desire to upgrade their outfields and De Aza is not a cheap option, the Mets might have difficulty moving him.
Cleveland is arguably the team that needs the most outfield help but might not be in a position to take on De Aza's full salary. The Angels have made it clear they do not want to add to their payroll but could also benefit from an upgrade.
Toronto and St. Louis remain possibilities, and the Mets might decide to negotiate given their crowded outfield situation.
It might not be soon, but the Mets will likely find a landing spot for De Aza.