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AP source: De Aza, Mets agree to $5.75M, 1-year deal

AP source: De Aza, Mets agree to $5.75M, 1-year deal


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NEW YORK (AP) — Outfielder Alejandro De Aza and the New York Mets have agreed to a $5.75 million, one-year contract, pending a physical, according to person familiar with the negotiations.

The person spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced. The deal contains an additional $1.25 million in performance bonuses.

The 31-year-old De Aza bats left-handed and could platoon in center field with right-handed-hitting Juan Lagares.

De Aza batted .262 this year with seven homers — all off right-handers — and 35 RBIs in 365 plate appearances for Baltimore, Boston and San Francisco. Lagares hit .253 against right-handers, 20 points under his average against lefties.

New York has been seeking an outfielder in place of Yoenis Cespedes, who became a free agent after helping the Mets reach the World Series for the first time since 2000.

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