PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Alejandro De Aza is here to help the Mets put up Ws.That's the goal and the plan for the 31-year-old veteran who is with his sixth Major League team heading into his ninth season in 2016.De Aza has been knocking the cover off the ball
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Alejandro De Aza is here to help the Mets put up Ws.
That's the goal and the plan for the 31-year-old veteran who is with his sixth Major League team heading into his ninth season in 2016.
De Aza has been knocking the cover off the ball so far in Spring Training, hitting .407 (11-for-27) with three doubles. He's getting on base, a lot. In fact, De Aza leads the Mets with a .514 on-base percentage after walking twice in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Marlins.
"I'm just trying to get ready for the season," De Aza said. "Things are going well."
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Quite well, in fact. De Aza has played in 13 games, not recording a hit in just four of them. In two of those hitless games, he drew a walk.
It's business as usual for De Aza, who played for three teams last season (Orioles, Red Sox, Giants) and has a lifetime OPS of .736.
"Just preparing myself and come into Spring Training and give it a shot," said De Aza, who has been nothing but impressed with what he has seen this spring from the Mets as a team. "The Mets have everything. They have pitching, hitting, defense, I love the team."
The feeling will be mutual if De Aza continues on this pace into the regular season. He is currently listed on the depth chart as a back-up in both left and right field to Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson, respectively, and No. 3 in center field behind Yoenis Cespedes and Juan Lagares.
"I'm here to try to help the team," De Aza said. "It's all about the team. It's all about winning games. Anything that I can do to help the team take a W is great."
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• Erik Goeddel retired all three batters he faced in an inning of work in Sunday's Minor League game. It marked his first spring outing after suffering a right lat strain.
Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com.