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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
Contract: view contract details

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Nori Aoki went 2-for-5 with a run scored against the Blue Jays on Friday.
Aoki doubled and tripled in the victory. The 34-year-old has hit leadoff in back-to-back games since returning from the minors, but there’s limited appeal here in mixed fantasy leagues. Jul 22 - 10:34 PM

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Mariners recalled OF Nori Aoki from Triple-A Tacoma.

Aoki was demoted to the minors on June 24 after batting just .245/.323/.313 over his first 284 plate appearances with Seattle. He was raking at the Triple-A level, but we wouldn't expect a sudden offensive explosion in his return to the Mariners. The 34-year-old outfielder isn't much of a base stealer anymore either.
Jul 20 - 12:11 PM

Mariners optioned OF Nori Aoki to Triple-A Tacoma.

It's a surprising move, but Aoki has proven to be a big disappointment this season by batting just .245/.323/.313 across 67 games. According to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, the Mariners want him to work on hitting left-handed pitching in the minors.
Jun 24 - 6:42 PM

Nori Aoki went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and a steal against the A's on Monday.

Aoki stole third base in the seventh inning and scored when the throw went into left field. He entered the night with a .212/.302/.294 line and just one steal in four tries this season.
May 3 - 1:10 AM

Nori Aoki is absent from the Mariners' lineup Sunday.

He's simply receiving a day off. The M's have Seth Smith in left field, Nelson Cruz in right, Robinson Cano in the designated hitter spot and Luis Sardinas at second base Sunday.
May 1 - 1:25 PM

Nori Aoki accounted for the Mariners' only two runs on Wednesday against the Indians, going 1-for-4 with a two-RBI triple in the second inning.

It's been a slow start to the year for Aoki, who's now only hitting .228/.241/.333 in 58 plate appearances. He's a guy who has historically provided most of his fantasy value with a solid batting average and double-digit stolen bases, but that could now be a thing of the past at 34 years old. He's even 0-for-2 in stolen base attempts in 2016. The Mariners continue to bat him leadoff, which should keep him relevant in deep leagues, but if he slides down the order, Aoki's fantasy value will go right along with it.
Apr 20 - 9:15 PM

Nori Aoki (shin) smacked a pinch-hit single and scored a run in Wednesday's win over the Rangers.

Aoki was held out of the starting lineup Wednesday in Texas after fouling a ball off his shin on Tuesday. It's clearly nothing too serious. Aoki, the Mariners' primary left fielder and leadoff man, now stands 3-for-10 (.300) to open the 2016 regular season.
Apr 7 - 8:50 AM

Nori Aoki is out Wednesday against the Rangers because of some mild soreness in his shin.

Aoki fouled a ball off the shin on Tuesday. It's just a bruise and he should be fine to start Friday against the A's after Thursday's scheduled team off day. Luis Sardinas is starting in left field on Wednesday afternoon versus Texas righty Colby Lewis. Leonys Martin is serving as the Mariners' leadoff man.
Apr 6 - 12:04 PM

Nori Aoki is out Wednesday versus the Rangers.

It's just a day of rest for the 34-year-old outfielder, who is 2-for-9 with an RBI to open the 2016 regular season. Leonys Martin is batting leadoff on Wednesday afternoon against Texas right-hander Colby Lewis. Luis Sardinas will get the start in left field.
Apr 6 - 11:28 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

C1Chris Iannetta
2Mike Zunino
3Steve Clevenger
1B1Adam Lind
2Dae-Ho Lee
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Ketel Marte
2Luis Sardinas
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Franklin Gutierrez
2Nori Aoki
CF1Leonys Martin
2Shawn O'Malley
RF1Seth Smith
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3Taijuan Walker
4Wade Miley
5James Paxton
6Wade LeBlanc
7Adrian Sampson
Relief Pitcher
R1Steve Cishek
2Joaquin Benoit
3Edwin Diaz
4Charlie Furbush
5Tony Zych
6Nick Vincent
7Vidal Nuno
8Nate Karns
9Tom Wilhelmsen
10Evan Scribner
11Ryan Cook