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Norichika Aoki | Outfielder

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (33) / 1/5/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 182
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that Norichika Aoki could bat leadoff at times in 2015.
Angel Pagan will enter spring training as the Giants' primary leadoff hitter, but Bochy told reporters that he and his staff are open to using Aoki if he proves to be the better option. Aoki, who signed a one-year, $4 million contract with San Francisco last week, owns a .353 career on-base percentage in 438 major league games. Pagan's career OBP is .334. Jan 20 - 4:18 PM

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Giants signed OF Norichika Aoki to a one-year, $4 million contract with a club option for 2016.

The option is for $5.5 million and Aoki has the chance to earn $1.5 million per year in incentives, so the contract could potentially max out at $12.5 million. The former Royal batted .285/.349/.360 last season with 17 steals, though he hit just one homer. The power doesn't figure to rebound at AT&T Park, but Aoki is a good bet for a nice average and decent stolen bases total. He'll be the Giants' main left fielder.
Jan 19 - 8:03 PM

John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants have signed Norichika Aoki to a one-year contract.

It's a $4 million deal that includes a $5.5 million option for 2016. He can earn $1.5 million per year in incentives, so the contract could potentially max out at $12.5 million. Aoki hit just one homer last season in a move to pitcher-friendly Kauffman Stadium, but he batted a solid .285/.349/.360 overall. His power isn't likely to return at AT&T Park, but Aoki is a good bet for a nice average and around 20 stolen bases. He'll be the Giants' left fielder, pushing Gregor Blanco to a fourth outfielder role.
Jan 16 - 12:08 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles, Braves, and Giants are possible landing spots for free agent Norichika Aoki.

The Orioles have been linked to Aoki since the beginning of December, after Nelson Cruz signed with the Mariners. The Braves and Giants are relative newcomers to the mix. Pickings are slim at this point in the off-season, so Aoki and his career .353 on-base percentage look quite good despite his lack of power.
Jan 15 - 12:01 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Orioles are "still showing interest" in free agent Norichika Aoki.

Baltimore is also staying in touch with fellow free agent outfielders Colby Rasmus and Ichiro Suzuki. Aoki, 32, batted .285/.349/.360 with one home run and 17 stolen bases in 132 games this past season for the American League-champion Royals. He owns a cool .353 career on-base percentage. The Reds and Mariners have also been floated as potential landing spots.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 03:34:00 PM

The Orioles, Reds and Mariners are "among possibilities" for Norichika Aoki, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Aoki was previously reported to be talking with the O's, but the other two teams are new potential destinations for the 32-year-old. Heyman speculates Aoki will likely get a two- or three-year deal worth $7-8 million annually. Alex Rios landing in Kansas City means Aoki will almost surely be with a new team -- somewhere -- in 2015.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 11:43:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles are talking to Nori Aoki and Colby Ramsus among other free agent outfielders.

Neither are surprising targets, as they have both been connected to the Orioles in recent weeks. As Orioles executive VP Dan Duquette mentioned last week, the club is also interested in bringing back Delmon Young. Despite the losses of Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis, pursuing Melky Cabrera doesn't appear to be a consideration.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 11:53:00 AM

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the Orioles have "limited" interest in Norichika Aoki.

It sounds as though it's nothing more than the O's kicking the tires on the free agent outfielder. Aoki is said to be seeking a three-year deal on the free agent market, but interest in him has been limited to this point.
Source: MASN Sports
Sat, Dec 6, 2014 03:42:00 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is hearing that free agent Norichika Aoki wants a three-year deal.

The Reds, White Sox, and Royals are among his known suitors. Aoki has a decent .287/.353/.387 career major league batting line and his free agency is not tied to draft pick compensation, so he should do pretty well for himself on the open market. The Japanese outfielder will turn 33 years old in January.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 10:53:00 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the White Sox are expected to have "a lot of interest" in Norichika Aoki this offseason.

Aoki hit a solid .285/.349/.360 for the Royals this season, but the feeling is that he's likely to depart as a free agent. The White Sox could easily create a spot for him by trading Dayan Viciedo or using Viciedo as their primary designated hitter. Aoki will turn 33 in January.
Source: Boston Globe
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 10:19:00 AM

Royals manager Ned Yost said at Monday's media session that Nori Aoki and Billy Butler will be back in the starting lineup for Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday.

Aoki and Butler were both on the bench under National League rules for Games 3-5, but they'll return now that the Royals are back home. Yost also said that he's thinking about moving Mike Moustakas out of his standard No. 9 spot for Game 6.
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 05:12:00 PM

Norichika Aoki's RBI triple in the first inning spurred a three-run frame as the Royals went on to defeat the White Sox 3-1 on Friday.

The Royals are in the post-season for the first time since 1985, clinching at least a Wild Card appearance with Friday's win. Aoki has been solid at or near the top of the Royals' batting order, hitting .283/.348/.360 with 17 stolen bases and 63 runs scored.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 11:14:00 PM

Norichika Aoki hit a two-run triple in Sunday's win over the Tigers.

Aoki tripled off Tigers starter Rick Porcello, his fifth triple of the year, in the fourth inning. It was Aoki's only hit in three at-bats before being removed. The 32-year-old is hitting .282/.350/.356 with 40 RBI on the year.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 06:41:00 PM

Norichika Aoki was one of the few bright spots offensively in Friday's loss to the Tigers, going 2-for-3.

The speedy outfielder has been a strong catalyst atop the Royals lineup this year, slashing .275/.309/.368 with a homer, 38 RBI, 60 runs scored and 17 stolen bases.
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 12:34:00 AM

Norichika Aoki turned in his second straight four-hit game Tuesday, going 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in a loss to the White Sox.

With eight hits in his last nine at-bats -- all but one of which have been singles -- Aoki has raised his batting average from .265 to .277 in the two-game span. Aoki also stole a base in Tuesday's game, his 16th stolen base of the season. Aided by his back-to-back outstanding performances, the 32-year-old is batting an impressive .396 in the month of September.
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 12:56:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Buster Posey
2Hector Sanchez
3Andrew Susac
1B1Brandon Belt
2Travis Ishikawa
3Adam Duvall
2B1Joe Panik
SS1Brandon Crawford
2Matt Duffy
3Ehire Adrianza
3B1Casey McGehee
2Joaquin Arias
LF1Norichika Aoki
2Travis Ishikawa
3Chris Dominguez
CF1Angel Pagan
2Gregor Blanco
3Gary Brown
RF1Hunter Pence
2Juan Perez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Madison Bumgarner
2Matt Cain
3Tim Hudson
4Jake Peavy
5Tim Lincecum
6Ryan Vogelsong
7Yusmeiro Petit
8Joan Gregorio
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Santiago Casilla
2Sergio Romo
3Jeremy Affeldt
4Javier Lopez
5Jean Machi
6Hunter Strickland
7George Kontos
8Chris Heston
9Erik Cordier
10J.C. Gutierrez
11Cody Hall
12Ray Black
13Curtis Partch