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Nori Aoki | Outfielder | #8

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (34) / 1/5/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 180
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Waseda University
Drafted: 2012 / UDFA / MLW
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Mariners GM Jerry DiPoto expects Nori Aoki to play primarily in left field.
It brings stability to a position that's been a revolving door for Seattle. Dustin Ackley, Mark Trumbo, Seth Smith, and Franklin Gutierrez all saw time in left field last season. Smith will likely move to right with Gutierrez handling the majority of the action in center if he can stay healthy. Nelson Cruz might also see the occasional start in right field but will primarily serve as the DH. Sat, Dec 5, 2015 05:47:00 PM

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Mariners signed OF Nori Aoki to a one-year contract.

The deal includes a vesting mutual option for 2017. Financial terms of the deal weren't immediately available. Aoki hit .287/.353/.380 in 93 games with the Giants in 2015 but dealt with concussion issues that stole nearly half his season. If healthy, he could prove to be a solid starter in a revamped Mariners outfield next year.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 05:19:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mariners and Nori Aoki have agreed to a one-year deal with an option for 2017.

No word yet on the exact terms involved. Aoki was shut down early this past season due to lingering concussion symptoms, but he played well for the Giants when he was healthy, batting .287/.353/.380 with 14 stolen bases over 93 games. He's a solid top-of-the-order hitter and should play one of the corner outfield spots in Seattle. This signing should officially take the Mariners out of the mix for Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 08:40:00 AM

Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the Mariners are interested in Nori Aoki.

"At this point," an industry source told Dutton, "there appears to be real interest (in Aoki) from the Mariners. Whether that leads to a deal is anybody’s guess." Aoki played well for the Giants this past season when healthy, hitting .287/.353/.380 slash line with 14 stolen bases in 93 games. He ended the year with concussion issues but reportedly entered the offseason with a clean bill of health. The Giants declined a $5.5 million option on Aoki earlier this month.
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 08:47:00 PM

Giants declined OF Nori Aoki's $5.5 million club option for the 2016 season.

Aoki headed home to Japan for the winter with a clean bill of health after battling concussion symptoms for much of the second half, and there were reports that the Giants would exercise the option if Aoki was cleared medically. But there is apparently still some concern in the San Francisco front office. Aoki will officially become a free agent on Friday and should draw interest from multiple major league teams. He had a decent .287/.353/.380 slash line with 14 stolen bases in 93 games this season.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 08:46:00 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Giants will exercise Nori Aoki's (concussion) $5.5 million option for 2016 "presuming he continues to heal."

Aoki's 2015 campaign ended early due to concussion issues, but San Francisco doesn't anticipate it being an issue for the outfielder moving forward. As it stands right now, the 33-year-old would appear to be in line to start in left field for the Giants. Aoki batted .287/.353/.380 with five homers and 14 steals over just 93 games for San Fran this season.
Fri, Oct 23, 2015 12:56:00 PM

Giants general manager Bobby Evans said Monday that it will be a "close call" as to whether the club picks up Nori Aoki's $5.5 million option for 2016.

Aoki hit .287/.353/.380 for the Giants in 2014 but was plagued by injuries, playing in just 93 games. His season ended prematurely due to a concussion, but the Giants don't expect it to be a long-term issue. They'll owe Aoki a $700,000 buyout if they decide to decline his option.
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 05:35:00 PM

Nori Aoki (concussion) is feeling much better, but will not return before the end of the season.

Giants skipper Bruce Bochy said Friday that Aoki is at about 90%, but there's no reason for the team to rush him back into action. He should be fully healthy heading into the 2016 season.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 08:15:00 PM

Nori Aoki will visit a concussion specialist in hopes of being cleared to return to action.

Aoki could be available to pinch-hit later this week if he receives clearance. He first suffered a concussion back in July and has been shut down for a few weeks after having a setback.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 07:45:00 PM

Nori Aoki will visit a concussion specialist on Wednesday.

Aoki returned from the concussion disabled list a couple weeks ago but recently began experiencing symptoms again. The Giants aren't giving up hope of him returning later this month, but the chances probably aren't good.
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 03:13:00 PM

Nori Aoki (concussion) could be sidelined for the rest of the season.

He's still dealing with post-concussion syndrome and at this point it might be best for the Giants to shut him down. "It’s a little concerning with Nori," said manager Bruce Bochy. "He was just tired, lightheaded. He did not feel like his normal self." The Giants' outfield is getting thin with Hunter Pence and Aoki both sidelined. Alejandro De Aza and Gregor Blanco are candidates to fill in at left field.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 07:33:00 PM

Nori Aoki is not in the Giants lineup Saturday against the Rockies.

He's dealing with post-concussion syndrome and could be sideline for an extended period. Alejandro De Aza will grab the start in left field and bat cleanup.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 06:40:00 PM

Nori Aoki went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's win over the Cubs.

Aoki went ya-ya with a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the first inning. It would be his only hit of the game. He recently landed on the concussion list after being hit in the helmet by a Jake Arrieta pitch, but the Giants brought him back last Thursday and he's since returned to his power-hitting ways. Aoki's slashing .296/.360/.387 with five homers, 39 runs scored and 13 steals this season.
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 01:27:00 AM

Giants activated OF Nori Aoki from the 15-day disabled list.

Aoki gets the go-ahead just as the Giants lose Hunter Pence to an oblique injury. Aoki spent seven days on the concussion disabled list after getting struck in the helmet by a Jake Arrieta pitch. He returns Thursday to a cool .302 batting average and .368 OBP.
Thu, Aug 20, 2015 03:12:00 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Monday that Nori Aoki (concussion) will be activated from the disabled list when first eligible on Thursday.

Aoki has been performing baseball activities for a few days and not experienced any concussion-related symptoms, so he's ready to go. He'll miss the Giants' series in St. Louis but will be ready to roll later this week when they head to Pittsburgh.
Mon, Aug 17, 2015 06:47:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Chris Iannetta
2Steve Clevenger
3Jesus Sucre
4Steven Lerud
5Steven Baron
1B1Adam Lind
2Jesus Montero
3Dae-ho Lee
4Gaby Sanchez
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Ketel Marte
2Luis Sardinas
3B1Kyle Seager
2Ed Lucas
LF1Nori Aoki
2Shawn O'Malley
3Stefen Romero
CF1Leonys Martin
2Boog Powell
RF1Seth Smith
2Franklin Gutierrez
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3Taijuan Walker
4James Paxton
5Wade Miley
6Nate Karns
7Jose Torres
8Joe Wieland
9Donn Roach
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Steve Cishek
2Joaquin Benoit
3Charlie Furbush
4David Rollins
5Mayckol Guaipe
6Evan Scribner
7Jonathan Aro
8Justin De Fratus
9Vidal Nuno
10Tony Zych
11Joel Peralta
12Casey Coleman
13Blake Parker
14Ryan Cook