How he fared in 2016
To say Alejandro De Aza struggled in his only year as a Met would be a gross understatement.
De Aza looked completely lost at the plate as soon as the year started, and that would remain for a majority of the season. There were some spots that he actually came through late in the season, but his overall body of work was plain and simply terrible.
For the year, De Aza batted .205 in 130 games played. He had 267 plate appearances last year – way too many in my book – and posted an OPS of just .618. That’s the lowest of his 7-year career with any team.
De Aza struggled in pretty much every situation this past season. As a lefty batter, we didn’t expect him to light up lefty pitchers (and he didn’t, .581 OPS), but he also didn’t hit righties at all either (.625 OPS).
Injuries to Yoenis Cespedes and Juan Lagares, as well as Michael Conforto‘s inability to hit consistently gave Terry Collins a justification for playing De Aza in 130 games this season. As you can imagine, we weren’t the biggest fans of that.
One of the only positive things you can really say about his offensive production this year was that it was a little bit better in the second half of the season. After hitting .176/.252/.269 in the first half, De Aza posted a line of .230/.333/.365 in the latter part of the 2016 campaign. Still pretty bad, but at least there was some improvement.