Nori Aoki will reportedly suit up next season for the team he played against in the World Series just a few months ago, as the 33-year-old outfielder agreed Friday to a one-year, $4.7-million deal with the San Francisco Giants, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Aoki will earn $4 million - plus performance incentives - in 2015 with a $700,000 buyout on a club option for the following season. Though Aoki reportedly received multi-year offers from other clubs, the Japanese expatriate was enamored with San Francisco and eager to play for a contender.
Aoki, who made his MLB debut with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2012 after eight season in Japan, is expected to log plenty of innings in left field next season, where he'll likely compete for playing time with Gregor Blanco. The two players, however, share astonishingly similar offensive profiles and have produced at nearly identical levels over the last two seasons.
NAME AVG OBP SLG WRC+ WAR
Gregor Blanco 0.263 0.337 0.361 103 4.9
Nori Aoki 0.286 0.353 0.366 103 3.9
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