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Orioles drop $5 million outfielder Alejandro De Aza

Alejandro De Aza

Baltimore Orioles’ Alejandro De Aza races to third base on a one run triple against the New York Yankees in the fourth inning in the second baseball game of a doubleheader, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

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Baltimore designated for assignment Alejandro De Aza, dropping the 31-year-old outfielder from the 40-man roster after he hit just .214 with three homers and a .636 OPS in 30 games.

De Aza played very well for the Orioles down the stretch last season after they acquired him from the White Sox and got $5 million to reprise that role this season, but combined from 2012-2014 he hit .266 with a .730 OPS in 426 games.

That’s enough offense to be useful when paired with good corner outfield defense, but the Orioles have decided to go with the Travis Snider, Delmon Young, and David Lough trio instead.

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