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Norichika Aoki | Outfielder

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 1/5/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 182
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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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. Nov 10 - 10:53 AM

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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
Nov 2 - 10:19 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.
Oct 27 - 5:12 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.
Sep 26 - 11:14 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.
Sep 21 - 6:41 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.
Sep 20 - 12:34 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.
Sep 17 - 12:56 AM

Nori Aoki went 4-for-4 with a double and a walk to lead the Royals to a 4-3 win over the White Sox on Monday.

Aoki doubled in a tie game in the bottom of the ninth, only to be replaced by a pinch-runner despite his plus speed. It ended up working out for the Royals, as the outrageously fast Terrence Gore scored from second on an infield single to win the game. Aoki is hitting .349 in 43 at-bats this month, though he's not doing much else to help fantasy owners at the moment.
Sep 16 - 12:04 AM

Norichika Aoki is not in the Royals starting lineup on Saturday.

It looks to be a routine day off for the speedy outfielder. Carlos Peguero is starting in his place in right field and will hit seventh for the Royals.
Sep 6 - 12:32 PM

Norichika Aoki drove in the only run one of the game in the Royals' 1-0 victory over the Yankees on Friday.

Aoki's run-scoring single off of Yankee starter Michael Pineda in the third inning was all the offense this game would see, as Aoki's hit backed a brilliant James Shields. The RBI was his 34th of the season. Aoki also attempted to steal a base in the contest, but was unsuccessful. On the season, he's slashing an uninspiring .265/.330/.335.
Sep 5 - 10:15 PM

Norichika Aoki went 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.

Aoki drove in the first run of the game with his double in the third inning. He also doubled to lead off the sixth before being removed for pinch runner Jarrod Dyson. The outfielder has a modest six-game hitting streak that has his average up to .266.
Sep 2 - 11:16 PM

Norichika Aoki went 2-for-2 with three stolen bases and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Giants.

Aoki also walked twice, reaching base all four times he came to the plate. He took advantage of rookie catcher Andrew Susac behind the plate, swiping three bags as the Royals stole seven bases on the day. The stolen bases gave Aoki 13 steals on the year. The outfielder is hitting .267/.339/.336 with 47 runs scored on the year.
Aug 10 - 7:25 PM

Norichika Aoki hit a grand slam on Tuesday, driving in four in a 12-2 Royals win.

We'll let that sink in for a few minutes. Aoki only had eighteen career home runs coming into Tuesday's game, with no long balls on the 2014 line. Wade Miley loaded the bases in the fifth inning, and once Bo Shultz replaced Miley to face Aoki, the fearsome slugger promptly homered. Slam aside, it's been a tough season for Aoki in his first year in the AL, as he's battled leg injuries and hasn't produced when healthy, slashing to a .265/.333/.329 line.
Aug 6 - 1:00 AM

Norichika Aoki helped the Royals walk off with an RBI single in Thursday's 14-inning, 2-1 win over the Indians.

Aoki had been hitless in his four previous trips to the plate, but ended up becoming the hero. Lorenzo Cain singled and stole second base to lead off the 14th. After Danny Valencia struck out, Aoki singled to left field to plate Cain. Aoki has been hitting better as of late, but still has a mediocre .262/.331/.320 slash line with no home runs, 15 RBI, and eight stolen bases.
Jul 25 - 12:51 AM

Royals activated OF Norichika Aoki from the 15-day disabled list.

Aoki is hitting leadoff and is in right field on Friday against the Tigers. He batted just .263/.326/.324 over 68 games before going down with a groin injury and might not receive regular playing time once Alex Gordon (wrist) returns.
Jul 11 - 3:31 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
3Francisco Peña
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
2Johnny Giavotella
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Orlando Calixte
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Jayson Nix
3Christian Colon
4Ryan Roberts
LF1Alex Gordon
2Terrance Gore
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
3Lane Adams
4Paulo Orlando
5Reymond Fuentes
RF1Norichika Aoki
2Carlos Peguero
3Jorge Bonifacio
DH1Josh Willingham
2Raul Ibanez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Danny Duffy
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Francisley Bueno
6Scott Downs
7Louis Coleman
8Brandon Finnegan
9Casey Coleman
10Aaron Crow
11Tim Collins
12Michael Mariot
13Joe Paterson