Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:47:24 -0800
San Francisco Giants OF Norichika Aoki will hit leadoff against the Oakland Athletics in the exhibition game Tuesday, March 3, and manager Bruce Bochy plans to experiment with Aoki as the leadoff hitter, although OF Angel Pagan is likely to start the year as the team's leadoff hitter. In the times that Aoki hits leadoff, Pagan would hit third. Pagan feels more comfortable at leadoff, but he's excited about the possibility of hitting in front of C Buster Posey, too.
Fantasy Tip: Aoki's fantasy allure comes from his stable batting average and speed on the basepaths, but the move to San Francisco isn't the most intriguing. Hitting at the top of the lineup will give him more opportunities to score runs, but he remains nothing more than a late-round stolen base source in deeper mixed leagues.
Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:09:13 -0800
San Francisco Giants OF Norichika Aoki is the favorite to be the team's starting left fielder on opening day, but he'll be battling OFs Gregor Blanco, Travis Ishikawa and Juan Perez this spring. Aoki has just 144 strikeouts in the last three seasons combined. Blanco and Perez are probably slightly better defensive options than Aoki, though.
Fantasy Tip: As the favorite to start in left field, Aoki will have late mixed-round value in 12-team fantasy baseball leagues. His power has declined slightly in recent years, so you'll be getting a scrappy player that is mainly useful as a stolen-base and on-base percentage asset.
Sat, 07 Feb 2015 11:07:19 -0800
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy has revealed his team's projected batting order for 2015. OF Angel Pagan is expected to bat first, followed by 2B Joe Panik, 1B Brandon Belt, C Buster Posey, OF Hunter Pence, 3B Casey McGehee, OF Norichika Aoki and SS Brandon Crawford.
Fri, 16 Jan 2015 09:26:25 -0800
San Francisco Giants OF Norichika Aoki will make $4.7 million guaranteed in 2015, and his deal carries a $700,000 buyout on his 2016 option. The total value of the deal is up to $12.5 million including the option.
Fri, 16 Jan 2015 09:12:00 -0800
Free-agent OF Norichika Aoki (Royals) signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the San Francisco Giants Friday, Jan. 16. The deal includes incentives. Aoki will be slated to start in left field this year.
Thu, 15 Jan 2015 07:44:56 -0800
Free-agent OF Norichika Aoki (Royals) may be attracting interest from the Atlanta Braves.
Sun, 04 Jan 2015 10:45:58 -0800
The San Francisco Giants may be interested in free-agent OF Norichika Aoki (Royals). He was looking for a three-year deal when free agency began but may have to settle for a two-year contract.
Sat, 03 Jan 2015 07:14:37 -0800
Free-agent OF Norichika Aoki (Royals) is receiving some interest from the Baltimore Orioles, but the team appears to more interested in free-agent OF Colby Rasmus.
Sun, 28 Dec 2014 11:16:37 -0800
The Baltimore Orioles' current interest in free-agent OF Norichika Aoki (Royals) appears to be lukewarm.
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:11:24 -0800
Free-agent OF Melky Cabrera (Blue Jays) remains on the radar of the Kansas City Royals. If they can't land him, they'll look to free-agent OFs Norichika Aoki (Royals), Colby Rasmus (Blue Jays) and Alex Rios (Rangers).