The Athletics have signed outfielder Alejandro De Aza to a minor-league deal, according to a team announcement. The deal includes an invite to major-league spring training.
De Aza, who turns 33 in April, joins new additions Rajai Davis and Matt Joyce in an A’s outfield mix that already includes Khris Davis, Mark Canha and Jake Smolinski. With a solid spring training performance, De Aza would appear to have a good shot at making the club as a fourth outfielder over Canha or Smolinski.
De Aza spent last year with the Mets, hitting just .205/.297/.321 with six homers in 130 games after signing a one-year deal with the club. He appeared at all three outfield positions for New York, but had a bit of a reduced role due to the club’s unexpected reunion with Yoenis Cespedes late last winter.
De Aza is a veteran of nine major-league seasons with the Marlins, White Sox, Orioles, Red Sox, Giants and Mets and owns a lifetime .261/.328/.398 line with 51 home runs in that span.