Report: Mariners sign free-agent outfielder Nori Aoki to one-year deal
The Seattle Mariners have signed free-agent outfielder Nori Aoki to a one-year contract, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The deal includes a team option for 2017. The move comes just a day after the Mariners parted ways with outfielder Mark Trumbo, trading him to the Baltimore Orioles for catcher Steve Clevenger.
Aoki, 33, hit .287 with five home runs and 26 RBIs in 93 games with the San Francisco Giants last season. He missed much of the first half of the season after sustaining a concussion.
Aoki has a career .287 average in four major league seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers, Kansas City Royals and Giants. He had his best season with the Brewers in 2012, hitting .288 with 10 home runs, 50 RBIs and 30 stolen bases.
The move is one of several that new general manager Jerry Dipoto has pulled off since being hired following the regular season. Seattle signed catcher Chris Iannetta last week and traded shortstop Brad Miller and first baseman Logan Morrison as part of a six-player deal that brought pitcher Nathan Karns from the Tampa Bay Rays on Nov. 5.