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Giants Sign Free Agent Aoki

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The San Francisco Giants filled a hole in their outfield on Friday by signing free agent outfielder, Nori Aoki.  The deal is reported to be a one-year deal with a mutual option in 2016.  According to several reports, Aoki will make $4 million in 2015 and the option is $5.5 in 2016, with a $700k buyout.  All in all the deal could max out at $12.5 over the two years including incentive.

Aoki, 33, played 2014 for the American League Champion Kansas City Royals.  He appeared in 132 games and ended the season .285/.349/.360/.710.  He has played in three seasons in the United States with the first two in Milwaukee.  Aoki will most likely play left field sending Gregor Blanco into the fourth outfield spot.

Personally I feel that this is a real good signing for the Giants.  Aoki can hit and get on base and at the end of the day that is what you need to do right?  I feel like there were probably other suitors for him, but it is hard to not go to the defending World Champs if given the opportunity.

John Ginder

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