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Marlins pick center fielder: De Aza
By CLARK SPENCER
cspencer@MiamiHerald.com
The Marlins appear to have picked their starting center fielder.

Alejandro De Aza, who has never played above the Double A level, was being congratulated Wednesday morning around the batting cage at the team's spring training facility in Jupiter.

Meanwhile, his major competition for the job, veteran outfielder Alex Sanchez, had cleaned out his locker and was gone.

Eric Reid, the third contender, will probably be reassigned to Triple A Albuquerque.

De Aza has impressed the manager and coaching staff this spring, hitting near .350 during Grapefruit League games.
 

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WOW! Bold move. I sensed this a few weeks ago when I heard Fredi talk on a radio interview.
 

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I'd keep Reed on the team if we're picking De Aza. Reed is the best defensive outfielder in our organization, and he's got nothing left to prove at AAA, and it's not like he's got much upside and needs everyday at-bats. Plus I really don't want to see Alex Sanchez on the team.
 

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I was pulling for ya baby!!! Let's go Alejandro!!
 

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I believe in Gonzalez, and his decisions. I like this decision, De Aza came hot out of the gates and hasn't slowed down. Hopefully he can continue his success and carry it onto the season. Hard work always pays off, and from what i've heard this man has busted his ass to get here.


Where did Alex Sanchez go, the article makes it seem as if he just fumed out of camp, without saying anything.. We signed him to a minor league contract..
 

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I actually preferred Reed, but I guess it doesn't make a difference. Neither is our CF of the future. At least we don't have to hear from reedismaster.
 

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I actually preferred Reed, but I guess it doesn't make a difference. Neither is our CF of the future. At least we don't have to hear from reedismaster.
LMAO :notworthy :lol
 

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I'd keep Reed on the team if we're picking De Aza. Reed is the best defensive outfielder in our organization, and he's got nothing left to prove at AAA, and it's not like he's got much upside and needs everyday at-bats. Plus I really don't want to see Alex Sanchez on the team.
Reed will be back if De Aza struggles, but this was his last option, I believe. Reed needs the at bats. He already complained that he can not produce from the bench. With a 25 man roster, De Aza will play most of the time and Reed would have been a pinch runner-which is a spot that there is no room for. De Aza can field and he is also lefty, as is Reed, so there is no need for the extra spot to be used by Reed.
 

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I actually preferred Reed, but I guess it doesn't make a difference. Neither is our CF of the future. At least we don't have to hear from reedismaster.

So you're saying Alejandro isn't our CF of the future? I think it's too early to make that conclusion. He's only 22.
 

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For a while now Freddi has been saying that he likes having De Aza in the lineup because of his intangibles. Alejandro definitely has the most upside, but hopefully we're not rushing him to the bigs to soon. (I still like this move, because selfishly I want to see what he's able to do.)
 

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I actually preferred Reed, but I guess it doesn't make a difference. Neither is our CF of the future. At least we don't have to hear from reedismaster.

why wouldn'he be the CF of the future, he's young and has major skills....
if he has a good year and keeps it going, why wouldn't we keep him around...
 

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I'd keep Reed on the team if we're picking De Aza. Reed is the best defensive outfielder in our organization, and he's got nothing left to prove at AAA, and it's not like he's got much upside and needs everyday at-bats. Plus I really don't want to see Alex Sanchez on the team.
Reed will be back if De Aza struggles, but this was his last option, I believe. Reed needs the at bats. He already complained that he can not produce from the bench. With a 25 man roster, De Aza will play most of the time and Reed would have been a pinch runner-which is a spot that there is no room for. De Aza can field and he is also lefty, as is Reed, so there is no need for the extra spot to be used by Reed.
Reed better learn how to hit off the bench, because that's the only way he's ever going to make it in the majors. His speed and defensive ability makes him the ideal backup outfielder.

And I just saw that Sanchez had been released which is great news.
 

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I'd keep Reed on the team if we're picking De Aza. Reed is the best defensive outfielder in our organization, and he's got nothing left to prove at AAA, and it's not like he's got much upside and needs everyday at-bats. Plus I really don't want to see Alex Sanchez on the team.
Reed will be back if De Aza struggles, but this was his last option, I believe. Reed needs the at bats. He already complained that he can not produce from the bench. With a 25 man roster, De Aza will play most of the time and Reed would have been a pinch runner-which is a spot that there is no room for. De Aza can field and he is also lefty, as is Reed, so there is no need for the extra spot to be used by Reed.
You'd rather it be used by Alex Sanchez? With Hermida starting on the DL if Reed doesn't make the team, I would think Sanchez will.

And Reed better learn how to hit off the bench, because that's the only way he's ever going to make it in the majors. His speed and defensive ability makes him the ideal backup outfielder.

I'm not surprised. He lit up Double A last season until he got injured. He didn't play for a while and when he came back he was in a funk. If not for his injury he probably would have hit like .320 last season.
 

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Wow, I'm pleasantly surprised. I hope they're not rushing Aza but he really stepped up this spring & made an impression so maybe he's ready for the job.

Surprised they sent Reed down though, figured he'd be a 5th outfielder at least.

So let's see, Hammer-Aza-Borchard in the OF, Ross & Gall on the bench and one goes down when Hermida comes back I guess?
 

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Where would he hit? IMO, he should hit 7

I agree. Get on base for Olivo. Dance around trying to steal bases to distract the pitcher and give Olivo better pitches to hit (presumably more fastballs).
 

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