|Jan. 19 6:33 PM PT7:33 PM MT8:33 PM CT9:33 PM ET21:33 ET2:33 GMT10:33 7:33 PM MST9:33 PM EST10:03 PM VEN6:33 UAE (+1)8:33 PM CT-Aoki has finalized his $4.7 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants. The team announced the deal Monday after he passed a physical.
Analysis: Aoki played last season with Kansas City, which lost the World Series to the Giants in seven games. He figured if you can't beat them, join them! Aoki hit .285 with a home run, six triples, 22 doubles and 43 RBIs over 132 games in his lone season with the Royals after two in Milwaukee. He also stole 17 bases.
|Jan. 16 11:49 AM PT12:49 PM MT1:49 PM CT2:49 PM ET14:49 ET19:49 GMT3:49 12:49 PM MST2:49 PM EST3:19 PM VEN23:49 UAE1:49 PM CT-A person with knowledge of the agreement say free agent outfielder Nori Aoki has reached a $4.7 million, one-year deal with the San Francisco Giants. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal had not been announced.
Analysis: Aoki gives the Giants a proven outfielder to join regular center fielder Angel Pagan and right fielder Hunter Pence on the defending World Series champions. Aoki, who sought to join a contender and liked the Bay Area culture, gets a $4 million base salary this year, and the Giants have a $5.5 million option for 2016 with a $700,000 buyout. The option can become mutual, and the deal includes performance bonuses.
|Sep. 29 9:53 AM PT10:53 AM MT11:53 AM CT12:53 PM ET12:53 ET16:53 GMT0:53 9:53 AM MST11:53 AM EST12:23 PM VEN20:53 UAE11:53 AM CT-Aoki was 2 for 3 against the White Sox on Sunday to close his regular season.
Analysis: Aoki hit .370 over his final nine games to raise his season average from .261 to .285.
|Sep. 17 3:23 PM PT4:23 PM MT5:23 PM CT6:23 PM ET18:23 ET22:23 GMT6:23 3:23 PM MST5:23 PM EST5:53 PM VEN2:23 UAE (+1)5:23 PM CT-Aoki collected four hits for a second straight day in Tuesday's loss to the Chicago White Sox.
Analysis: Aoki is 8 for 9 in two games and is batting .368 over his last 17.
|Sep. 16 8:18 AM PT9:18 AM MT10:18 AM CT11:18 AM ET11:18 ET15:18 GMT23:18 8:18 AM MST10:18 AM EST10:48 AM VEN19:18 UAE10:18 AM CT-Aoki went 4 for 4 with a run scored in Monday's 4-3 walkoff win over the White Sox.
Analysis: Aoki raised his average back up to .271, the highest it's been since Aug. 17.
|July 27 10:33 AM PT11:33 AM MT12:33 PM CT1:33 PM ET13:33 ET17:33 GMT1:33 10:33 AM MST12:33 PM EST1:03 PM VEN21:33 UAE12:33 PM CT-Aoki was 2 for 4 on Saturday.
Analysis: Aoki had two RBIs and has 17 on the year.
|June 21 9:51 AM PT10:51 AM MT11:51 AM CT12:51 PM ET12:51 ET16:51 GMT0:51 9:51 AM MST11:51 AM EST12:21 PM VEN20:51 UAE11:51 AM CT-Aoki returned Friday, batting leadoff in a huge AL Central showdown with Detroit.
Analysis: Aoki was on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain.
|June 17 5:37 PM PT6:37 PM MT7:37 PM CT8:37 PM ET20:37 ET0:37 GMT8:37 5:37 PM MST7:37 PM EST8:07 PM VEN4:37 UAE (+1)7:37 PM CT-Aoki was out of the starting lineup Wednesday at Detroit after leaving Tuesday night's game with left groin discomfort. Manager Ned Yost describes the injury as a cramp.
Analysis: The 32-year-old Aoki was back in the lineup Thursday. He's hitting .264 in his first season with the Royals, who acquired him in an offseason trade with Milwaukee.
|May 24 5:27 PM PT6:27 PM MT7:27 PM CT8:27 PM ET20:27 ET0:27 GMT8:27 5:27 PM MST7:27 PM EST7:57 PM VEN4:27 UAE (+1)7:27 PM CT-Aoki collected three hits in Friday's loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
Analysis: The Royals' leadoff hitter is batting .435 in his last six games.
|Apr. 5 2:35 PM PT3:35 PM MT4:35 PM CT5:35 PM ET17:35 ET21:35 GMT5:35 2:35 PM MST4:35 PM EST5:05 PM VEN1:35 UAE (+1)4:35 PM CT-Aoki had three hits Friday.
Analysis: Aoki was A-OK as he busted out of a 0-for-9 slump.