HOUSTON (AP) Outfielder Nori Aoki agreed to a contract with the New York Mets on Saturday and was expected to join the team before its game at Houston.
Aoki had a $5.5 million, one-year contract and was released Tuesday by Toronto. The Mets pay just a prorated share of the $535,000 major league minimum, which comes to $87,705.
Aoki hit .274 with 13 doubles, two triples, five homers and 27 RBIs in 83 games for Houston and Toronto, which acquired the 35-year-old in July as part of the trade sending pitcher Francisco Liriano to the Astros.
Aoki has a .285 average with 128 doubles, 33 homers and 211 RBIs during a big league career that has included stops in for Milwaukee, Kansas City, San Francisco and Seattle.
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