MLB Rumor Central: Roster spot in Oakland for Alejandro De Aza?

Alejandro De Aza spent last season with the New York Mets, hitting just .205 with a .297 OBP. Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports

With the help of a contract clause, veteran Alejandro De Aza may be the front-runner to land the final outfield spot on the Oakland Athletics' roster, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

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A shoulder injury to Jake Smolinski has created an opening, and the A's are considering the idea of using the extra slot on a fifth outfielder. De Aza and Jaff Decker are the primary contenders.

De Aza is hitting just .227 with a .261 OBP this spring, but Slusser reports the 32-year-old might have the edge because he has an opt-out clause in his contract if he has not been assured a roster spot by the end of March.

Decker is hitting .300 with a pair of homers this spring.

The A's would be the seventh big league team for De Aza, who hit just .205 last season with the New York Mets.

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