San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – The San Francisco Giants signed
outfielder Nori Aoki to a one-year contract on Monday.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but according to CSN Bay Area, the
contract is worth $4 million with a $5.5 million club option for 2016.
Aoki, 33, hit .285 with 43 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 132 games for the AL-
champion Kansas City Royals last season. He started four of the seven World
Series games in right field, but struggled at the plate, going 1-for-14 (.071)
in the seven-game set against San Francisco.
Aoki, who becomes the fifth Japanese-born player to wear a Giants uniform,
will return to the National League, where he spent his first two MLB seasons
in Milwaukee. For his career, he has hit .287 with a .353 on-base percentage,
while striking out just 144 times in over 1,811 plate appearances.