PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Alejandro De Aza is a man in limbo.
He possesses skills that normally would bring him regular playing time, as he thought would be the case with the Mets.
When he signed a one-year, $5.75-million deal, the idea of bringing Yoenis Cespedes back to Queens appeared farfetched at best.
Then, the unthinkable happened. Cespedes re-signed and De Aza could be bumped out of a clear role.
On his first day with his new team, De Aza made no waves about his lack of a role and his dim prospects for playing time.
“I’m just here to play baseball,” De Aza said Tuesday morning. “There’s things we can’t control. We all have to play games and help the team to win games.”
De Aza, 31, was in line to start against righties in a centerfield platoon with Juan Lagares. But Cespedes will now play plenty of centerfield.
“Honestly, I don’t think about that,” De Aza said. “I just got here and I’m out here to play a game. Roles, like I said earlier, it’s just win the game. That’s all that matters.”
De Aza insisted he was not surprised by the move to bring in Cespedes.
“It’s a game,” De Aza said. “As the owner, you’ll do anything that makes it [easier] to win games, to get to a championship.”
De Aza hit .262 with seven homers and 35 RBIs last season with the Red Sox, Orioles and Giants.
“It wasn’t the best year but I hope this one’s better,” De Aza said. “As I always say, I don’t think about the past. I only put my mind on the future.”
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