The Mets outfielder has been living on borrowed time
Alejandro De Aza is the least productive offensive player currently in the majors, and his time seems to finally be running out.
Hitting .158/.223/.232, De Aza recently added laziness to his putrid batting line, failing to run out a bunt he popped up, resulting in a double play.
Add to that the fact that De Aza began his Mets career by sulking — as the last position player to report to Spring Training because he was upset about playing time — and you get someone who should’ve been designated for assignment over a month ago.
But while the Mets have allowed De Aza, who’s making close to $6 million this season, to overstay his welcome, his final game as a Met might have already happened.
With his timely hitting and infectious smile, it would be unthinkable for the Mets to demote Brandon Nimmo at this point, which leaves only a few options when Juan Lagares and Jose Reyes are activated.
Lagares is set to return to the Mets on Sunday, and the team could make the cleanest swap by designating De Aza for assignment to make room on the roster.
Reyes, whose minor league tuneup has moved from Brooklyn to Binghamton, will likely be called up by the Mets early next week. And if De Aza is still here before that move is made, he’ll be the one dropped for Reyes.
It seems a bit unbecoming to root for a player to lose his job, but in the case of De Aza, I’m willing to make an exception.
His behavior before he even put the Mets uniform on, his awful production, and his recent indifference has taken away any empathy one might have had for him.
So enjoy your final days as a Met, Alejandro. It’s been real!