FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2015, file photo, San Francisco Giants' Alejandro De Aza watches his RBI single against the San Diego Padres during the third inning of a baseball game in San Diego. A person familiar with the negotiations says outfielder Alejandr
Gregory Bull, File
December 22, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) Outfielder Alejandro De Aza and the New York Mets have agreed to a $5.75 million, one-year contract, pending a physical, according to person familiar with the negotiations.

The person spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced. The deal contains an additional $1.25 million in performance bonuses.

The 31-year-old De Aza bats left-handed and could platoon in center field with right-handed-hitting Juan Lagares.

De Aza batted .262 this year with seven homers - all off right-handers - and 35 RBIs in 365 plate appearances for Baltimore, Boston and San Francisco. Lagares hit .253 against right-handers, 20 points under his average against lefties.

New York has been seeking an outfielder in place of Yoenis Cespedes, who became a free agent after helping the Mets reach the World Series for the first time since 2000.

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