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Nori Aoki | Outfielder | #23

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (35) / 1/5/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 176
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Waseda University
Drafted: 2012 / UDFA / MLW
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Nori Aoki went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's loss to the Astros.
Aoki uncoiled for a two-run home run off Mike Fiers in the seventh inning, his first dinger since being traded over to Toronto from these same Astros at the deadline. The light-hitting outfielder is working to a .271/.320/.382 triple-slash with three homers, 21 RBI and five steals for the campaign as a whole. Aug 6 - 5:53 PM

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Blue Jays acquired OFs Nori Aoki and Teoscar Hernandez from the Astros for LHP Francisco Liriano.

Aoki has batted .272/.323/.371 over 71 games in a part-time role with the Astros this season. The 35-year-old is under team control for another year, but he's looking like an early non-tender candidate.
Jul 31 - 5:11 PM

Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that the Astros will trade Nori Aoki and a minor leaguer to the Blue Jays in the Francisco Liriano deal.

The move signifies that Derek Fisher should stick around with the Astros for the remainder of the season. As for Aoki, he comes with another year of team control. The 35-year-old is batting .272/.323/.371 across 71 games this season.
Jul 31 - 1:54 PM

Nori Aoki went 2-for-3 with a two-run double in Sunday's win over the Twins.

Aoki flipped what had been a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 advantage with his two-run double off Kyle Gibson in the fourth inning. The light-hitting veteran is slashing .271/.322/.343 with 21 runs scored and five steals for the campaign as a whole.
Jul 16 - 5:06 PM

Nori Aoki is not in the Astros' lineup Saturday against the Mariners.

The Astros are going with an outfield of Josh Reddick, Jake Marisnick and George Springer on Saturday. Aoki has hit a respectable .277 this year, but it's come with only one homer and four stolen bases. He's a tough sell, even in deeper mixed leagues.
Jun 24 - 7:32 PM

Nori Aoki went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI on Tuesday in Cleveland.

Aoki's double in the fifth knotted things up at 1-1. He also added a couple singles. Aoki has been a nice addition so far for the Astros, batting .364/.408/.477 in the early going.
Apr 25 - 9:18 PM

Nori Aoki went 2-for-4 and hit his first homer Friday against the A's.

Aoki was benched in favor of Marwin Gonzalez on Monday and Tuesday before returning to the lineup the last two games. He figures to outhit Gonzalez and he's the better defensive outfielder, too, but the Astros like what Gonzalez has given them so far. Aoki isn't exactly slacking, though; he's 7-for-20 with one strikeout and two walks to date.
Apr 15 - 1:38 AM

Nori Aoki singled, doubled and walked twice in Japan's World Baseball Classic win over the Netherlands on Sunday.

He scored a couple runs in the game, including one that helped put Japan back ahead for good in the 11th. Sho Nakata was the offensive star for Japan, going 3-for-6 at the plate with a home run and five RBI. Japan will next play Cuba on Tuesday.
Mar 12 - 11:43 AM

Nori Aoki went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored Sunday in the Astros' 3-2 win over the Braves.

Aoki played center field today. That's going to be George Springer's position this year, so the Astros hope they won't have much need for Aoki there. He's likely to play left field when Carlos Beltran serves as a DH. It's still to be determined how often that is going to happen.
Feb 26 - 4:51 PM

Nori Aoki went 2-for-4 with a stolen base as the leadoff batter versus the Tigers on Saturday.

He figures to start in left field and lead off for the Astros this season. He made a good first impression today after coming over from the Mariners this off-season. The veteran had a .283 batting average with four home runs and 63 runs scored in 118 games in 2016.
Feb 25 - 5:27 PM

Astros and OF Nori Aoki avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.5 million contract.

Those contract numbers courtesy of the Houston Chronicle's Jake Kaplan. The club scooped Aoki off waivers from the Mariners at the beginning of the month, but it was unclear whether he would be non-tendered after the Astros signed Josh Reddick. He has dodged that fate. This past season, Aoki slashed .283/.349/.388 with 24 doubles and 63 runs scored over 417 at-bats. He turns 35 in January.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 08:39:00 PM

Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros could non-tender Nori Aoki following the Josh Reddick signing.

MLBTradeRumors.com projects Aoki to make $6.8 million in arbitration, which is a healthy amount for a guy the Astros might now project as a fourth outfielder. Aoki, who will turn 35 in January, batted .283/.349/.388 this past season for the Mariners.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 08:16:00 AM

Astros claimed OF Nori Aoki off waivers from the Mariners.

Aoki's 2017 club option didn't vest this season because he fell short in the number of plate appearances, but he's still eligible for arbitration this winter. The 34-year-old had a rough first half and even spent some time in the minors at one point, but he ultimately finished with a solid .283/.349/.388 batting line across 118 games. He primarily played left field for Seattle and that's presumably where he'd fit with Houston assuming he isn't non-tendered.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 05:34:00 PM

Nori Aoki went 3-for-3 with a walk and a run scored on Saturday versus the Astros.

The veteran outfielder is batting .275/.342/.373 with only three home runs, 22 RBI and 56 runs scored in 424 plate appearances. He has chipped in seven stolen bases but has been caught nine times. He got picked off today. He spent a month in the minors before being recalled last week.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 12:51:00 AM

Nori Aoki hit his second homer of the year Friday against the Mariners.

Aoki was making his first start since being recalled from Triple-A on Tuesday. He'll play against the occasional right-hander the rest of the way, maybe more if he keeps hitting.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 01:35:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Miguel Montero
3Luke Maile
4Rafael Lopez
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Darwin Barney
3Rob Refsnyder
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Ryan Goins
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Steve Pearce
2Nori Aoki
3Ezequiel Carrera
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Dalton Pompey
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Cesar Valdez
6Nick Tepesch
7Chris Rowley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Ryan Tepera
3Aaron Loup
4Dominic Leone
5Danny Barnes
6Matt Dermody
7Bo Schultz
8T.J. House
9Tim Mayza