If there is one supreme surprise in the 2014 MLB season, it is that the Baltimore Orioles have run away with the American League East. For the most part, they simply have to prepare for a successful postseason run at this point. With that goal in mind, the trade they pulled off with the Chicago White Sox to bring in Alejandro De Aza is a great move.
The overall numbers for De Aza are not going to blow anyone’s socks off, no pun intended, but he does add depth. Especially with the season reaching the most difficult stage, depth is something that the Orioles need more than anything. De Aza certainly does bring something besides another outfield body to the table, however.
When he walks in the door, he will have more stolen bases than anyone else on the team. The season-ending injury to Manny Machado has resulted in the O’s being short-handed as well. De Aza will steal bases, hits well against right-handed pitching, and is very good defensively as well.
The Orioles didn’t necessarily need someone to be a legend. They needed another solid MLB player to play the role that the team needs filled at any certain time. De Aza fills a few of those needs at just the perfect time and will not cost the Orioles too much in return. It is an all around great move by the O’s.