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23 Norichika Aoki RF
Height/Weight: 5-9/180 | Birthdate: 1/5/1982 | Birthplace: Hyuga City, Miyazaki, Japan | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: San Francisco | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 49/36 | Average Draft Position: 257.28
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Giants' Bochy: Norichika Aoki sticking to left field for now


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Giants manager Bruce Bochy has told outfielder Norichika Aoki that he'll only play left field for now, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reports.

The team doesn't want Aoki, who spent most of his three seasons in Kansas City in right field, moving back and forth between corner outfield positions. The Giants will likely use Gregor Blanco in right field until Hunter Pence is ready to return.


Giants discussing Nori Aoki in left, Gregor Blanco in right


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Giants manager Bruce Bochy won't say it for sure, but the team is considering using Norichika Aoki in left field and Gregor Blanco in right field with Hunter Pence injured, reports MLB.com.

"That move has not been made," Bochy emphasized. "It's been in discussion."

Bochy likes how Aoki has looked in the outfield so far this spring.

"He's been fine out there," Bochy said of Aoki's right-field performance. But AT&T Park, Bochy added, features a "quirky outfield."


Giants experimenting with Norichika Aoki in the leadoff spot


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) The Giants are experimenting with using outfielder Norichika Aoki in the leadoff spot, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Aoki will hit leadoff on Tuesday with Angel Pagan sidelined. While Pagan is expected to claim the role once the regular season begins, manager Bruce Bochy said he would consider using Aoki in the leadoff role occasionally. When that happens, Pagan would hit in the third spot in the order. 

Aoki, 33, hit .285/.349/.360 over 491 at-bats last year. 


Belt, Posey, Pence to hit 3-4-5 in Giants' expected lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2015) Giants manager Bruce Bochy outlined the plans he has for the batting order in 2015, per the San Francisco Chronicle.

He expects Angel Pagan to hit leadoff. He will be followed by Joe Panik, Brandon Belt, Buster Posey, Hunter Pence, Casey McGehee, Norichika Aoki and Brandon Crawford. The pitcher will hit ninth.


Giants' Angel Pagan to open spring training as leadoff hitter


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2015) Giants centerfielder Angel Pagan will open spring training as the the leadoff hitter, but it is subject to change, according to San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy.

He also mentioned the lineup could change if the club determines the lineup is better with newly acquired Norichika Aoki as the leadoff hitter in the lineup.

Hitting as the leadoff man for most of the 2014 season, Pagan hit .300 with a .389 slugging percentage and 21 doubles.


Giants manager Bochy expects Aoki to be everyday left fielder


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2015) Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters Tuesday he is expecting newly acquired outfielder Norichika Aoki to become the everyday left fielder in San Francisco. Bochy also said Aoki would spell Angel Pagan in center and Hunter Pence in right. 

Aoki replaces Michael Morse in left, who signed with the Marlins during the offseason.

Aoki signed a one-year, $4 million deal with San Francisco Friday after spending last season with the Royals, where he .285 with 43 RBI in 2014. 


Norichika Aoki agrees to one-year, $4M deal with the Giants


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Free agent outfielder Norichika Aoki has agreed to a one-year contract with the Giants, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

He will make $4 million, plus performance bonuses. He has a 2016 option, which includes a $700,000 buyout. The max Aoki can make on the deal is $12.5 million.

The Giants will be the third MLB team for the 33-year-old Aoki, who played for the Brewers from 2012-13 and the Royals in 2014. He is a career .287 hitter with a .353 on-base percentage, .387 slugging percentage and .741 OPS in three MLB seasons.

He has a career .990 fielding percentage and can play all three outfield positions. However, he has mostly played in right field.


Following Gattis trade, outfielder Norichika Aoki on Braves' radar


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) With the trade of Evan Gattis, outfielder Norichika Aoki is on the Braves' radar, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Orioles, Blue Jays and Giants are also among other teams interested in Aoki.

The Braves have a need for another outfielder with the trade of Gattis, per Heyman. The team likes Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano, who they signed this offseason. Heyman also suggests veteran outfielder B.J. Upton might get a fair amount of playing time in the outfield in a chance to showcase the veteran outfielder for a trade.


Report: Norichika Aoki seeking a three-year deal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/4/2015) Former Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki is seeking a three-year deal, according to the Boston Globe

Aoki may want three years, but teams have been hesitant to add a third season to any contract offer. The Orioles are said to have interest in the 32-year-old outfielder as a possible replacement for Nick Markakis. The Giants also remain a possibility, according to the report. Aoki hit .285/.349/.360 over 491 at-bats. 


Three teams showing interest in Norichika Aoki


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) The Orioles, Reds and Mariners are among the teams looking at outfielder Norichika Aoki, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The 32-year-old Aoki hit .285/.349/.360 over 491 at-bats last year. With the Royals signing Alex Rios earlier in the week, Aoki will likely have to move on with a different club. 


Outfielders Aoki, Rasmus, Young on radar for Orioles


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) After losing outfielders Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis in free agency, the Orioles are talking to outfielders Norichika Aoki, Colby Rasmus and Delmon Young, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Report: Orioles have 'limited' interest in OF Norichika Aoki


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/6/2014) The Orioles have "limited" interest in free-agent outfielder Norichika Aoki, masnsports.com reports.

The Orioles have a hole to fill in the outfield after losing Nick Markakis in free agency, but they've indicated a willingness to roll with internal options if the right deal isn't struck. CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reported in November that Aoki was seeking a three-year deal.

Aoki hit .285/.349/.360 with one home run, 43 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 491 at-bats in 2014. He's proven to be a tough out for left-handers in his three-year career and hit .363/.428/.435 against southpaws this past season.


Free agent Norichika Aoki looking for three-year deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) Free agent outfielder Norichika Aoki is seeking a three-year deal in free agency, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Reds and Royals are among interested teams, but the Royals seem more focused on signing veteran outfielder Torii Hunter.

The 32-year-old Aoki spent the 2014 season with the Royals, batting .285 with one home run, 22 doubles and 43 RBI in 132 games. He then hit .195 in 14 postseason games.


Jocketty: Reds targeting Michael Morse, Norichika Aoki


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said Friday that his team will target outfielders Michael Morse and Norichika Aoki in free agency, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The Reds prefer to add to the offense via free agency rather than through a trade, and the outfield is a clear area of need, as none of the team's outfielders who logged at least 200 at-bats in 2014 was able to manage an OPS of .700 or better. A free-agent addition would presumably be brought in to man left field next to Billy Hamilton and Jay Bruce.


Norichika Aoki on tear in leading Royals roll offensively


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) The Royals have picked it up lately offensively and right fielder Norichika Aoki is greatly responsible.

Aoki has been white-hot with 11 hits in his last 13 at-bats to raise his average 16 points to .281 - no easy feat at this time of year. That mark is at its highest point since May 25, but his overall hot streak has extended back to Aug. 27. Aoki has hit safely in all but four games since then and is 28 for 72 during that stretch.


Norichika Aoki heating up from top of lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Royals right fielder Norichika Aoki has thrived since returning to the top of the lineup on July 26, where he hit almost exclusively until slumping early that month.

Aoki has 19 hits and 12 runs scored in his last 16 games. He has six hits in his last nine at-bats with five runs scored in his last three starts. His average has soared from .258 to .273 in the last three weeks, its highest point since May 26.


Norichika Aoki rips grand slam in defeat of Diamondbacks


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Royals right fielder Norichika Aoki only contributed one hit to his team's 15-hit attack Tuesday night in Arizona. But he had the biggest one of all.

Aoki blasted off with the bases loaded in the fifth inning to cap an eight-run inning and stretch the lead to 11-1. He has hit safely in seven of his last game with six RBI and four runs in the last three combined.


Norichika Aoki returns from DL


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) The Royals activated outfielder Norichika Aoki from the disabled list Friday, after his recovery from a groin injury.

Aoki appeared in three rehab games at Double-A Northwest Arkansas, picking up one hit in 10 at-bats. He was hitting .263/.326/.324 in 262 at-bats prior to the injury.  


Manager: Norichika Aoki to need 6-7 rehab games


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Ned Yost has indicated that outfielder Norichika Aoki will require at least six or seven rehab games before returning to the Royals lineup, which means no roster move regarding him will be necessary until after the All-Star break.

A groin injury has sidelined Aoki since June 20. He will take a .263/.326/.324 stat line into his return to the team.


Norichika Aoki goes hitless in rehab debut Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki went 0 for 3 in his rehab debut with Double-A Northwest Arkansas Monday.

Aoki hasn't played since June 20, and he doesn't have a specific timetable for his return from a groin injury. It wouldn't be surprising to see him remain on the disabled list through the All-Star break, especially if the team wants him to continue to get comfortable at the plate while the major-league club rests.


No timetable for Norichika Aoki's return


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki (groin) will begin a rehab assignment Monday with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, but there's no timetable for his return, reports MLB.com. He has not played since June 20

"I really haven't heard much about it," Aoki told the website. "I just want to get some at-bats and play some games. In terms of drills and practice, I feel great and I've just got to bring that into the game now."


Norichika Aoki to begin rehab assignment Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki (groin) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Northwest Arkansas Monday.

Norichika Aoki out through road trip


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2014) Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki will likely need more time than the minimum to make his return from the disabled list, as he continues to recover from a groin injury.

Aoki is eligible to come off the DL Sunday, but manager Ned Yost told the Kansas City Star Tuesday he does not expect Aoki back during the team's current road trip. That road trip runs until July 9, with July 10 against the tigers appearing to be his earliest possible return date. 


Norichika Aoki hits 15-day disabled list Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki has been placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday. 

Aoki has been dealing with a groin injury, but has attempted to return the past few days. The team called up Justin Maxwell to take his roster spot. Aoki is hitting .263/.326/.324 over 262 at-bats.


Norichika Aoki returns Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki returned to the starting lineup Thursday.

Aoki is dealing with a groin injury, and was considered questionable coming into the day. Through 257 at-bats, Aoki is hitting .261/.325/.319.