Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn says the club is willing to listen to trade offers for center fielder Alejandro De Aza now that they've acquired Adam Eaton from the Arizona Diamondbacks, Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports.
The 29-year-old De Aza has been a productive player in center for the White Sox the last three seasons, but he became expendable with the addition of the younger, more projectable Eaton. De Aza hasn't earned great marks for his glove in the outfield, but with Jacoby Ellsbury, Rajai Davis and Peter Bourjos already off the market, he became one of the better center fielders available.
Though De Aza didn't get extended playing time in the majors until his age-27 season, which often indicates that a player is more of a journeyman, he has held his own against big-league pitching. The lefty hit .264/.323/.405 with a career-high 17 home runs in 153 games for Chicago in 2013, and he owns a .744 OPS overall across 424 games in six seasons.
With De Aza out the door, the White Sox would likely go ahead with a young and promising outfield of Dayan Viciedo (24) in left, Eaton (25) in center and Avisail Garcia (22) in right.
Just where De Aza would end up is a bit of a mystery. The New York Yankees, Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers and Diamondbacks are all seemingly done with their outfield shopping. The Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Giants are rumored to be on the prowl for outfield help, but Seattle is hoping to make another big splash and San Francisco is focused on acquiring a left fielder.