Brewers trade OF Norichika Aoki to Royals for pitcher Will Smith
Aoki hit .286 with eight homers and 37 RBI and stole 2o bases for the Brewers last season. He is under contract from $2 million next season. Aoki came to the States from Japan two years ago and has a .756 OPS in 305 career major league games.
Smith, 24, had a 3.24 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 43 strikeouts in 33.1 innings this year for the Royals. He was primarily used out of the bullpen.