Report: Giants sign OF Nori Aoki to one-year, $4 million deal

Friday January 16th, 2015

The San Francisco Giants have agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with outfielder Nori Aoki, the San Francisco Chronicle's John Shea reports.

Shea reports the deal includes a team option for 2016 worth $4 million with potentially $1.5 million additional money in performance bonuses. If the Giants do not exercise their 2016 option, Aoki will receive a $700,000 buyout.

Aoki, 33, played for the Kansas City Royals last season, losing to the Giants in the World Series. He is expected to start in the outfield alongside Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence.

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Aoki batted .285 with one home run, 43 RBI and 17 steals last season for the Royals. Before joining the Royals, he played two seasons for the Milwaukee Brewers, hitting .288 in 2012 and .286 in 2013.

The Giants' biggest offseason transaction so far has been failing to re-sign Pablo Sandoval, who joined the Boston Red Sox on a five-year contract.

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