September 28, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants pinch hitter Alejandro De Aza (45) hits a sacrifice fly scoring right fielder Marlon Byrd (6, not pictured) for game-winning run during the 12th inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park. The Giants defeated the Dodgers 3-2 in 12 innings. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Alejandro De Aza: 114 G, 325 AB, .262/.333/.422, 7 HR, 35 RBI, UZR/150 -2.0, WAR 1.2
De Aza was a regular for a few seasons with the White Sox before moving on to the O’s before being shipped to Boston in early June for Joe Gunkel. De Aza became the odd man out in the outfield for the fading Red Sox and was dealt on 8/31 to the Giants for Luis Ysla.
De Aza certainly made a positive impression in his Boston stay with some tough at bats, excellent defensive work, strong-arm and hustle. The Boston stat was .292/.347/.484 with seven home runs and 25 RBI while playing right and left field. De Aza also had a knack for triples as he finished the season with seven, of which five came while with Boston.
De Aza, a 31-year-old lefty, can play all three outfield positions and did manage to show some quite positive ability to handle the very testy right field at Fenway Park. With the bat De Aza is best suited to face right-handers since his career average is .238 against lefties.
The time spent in Boston made an impression on the fans and the team. De Aza also appears comfortable with being a platoon player who could give you 300-400 decent at bats during the year. De Aza is coming off a five million dollar contract and will generate interest in the free agent market for anyone, especially Boston, seeking a proven complimentary piece for the outfield.