HOUSTON — The Orioles are close to trading outfielder Alejandro De Aza to the Boston Red Sox, an industry source confirmed Tuesday morning.
It is not yet known what the club will receive in return or whether the Orioles would be taking on a portion of De Aza's remaining contract.
The Orioles designated De Aza for assignment May 27 after he batted .214 with a .277 on-base and .359 slugging percentage, three homers and seven RBIs in 30 games this season. By designating De Aza, the Orioles had 10 days to either trade or release him. He couldn't be sent to the minor leagues because he has more than five years of major league service time.
The 31-year-old was acquired from the Chicago White Sox last August for two minor league pitchers, and proceeded to hit .293/.341/.537 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 20 games down the stretch. He also went 7-for-21 in the playoffs.
De Aza was the Orioles' Opening Day starting left fielder and leadoff hitter, and the team expected him to play a big role this season. But his playing time dwindled as he hit just .186 in 15 games in May. He had just one hit in his last 14 at-bats as an Oriole.