O’s, Reds, Mariners “among possibilities” for Nori Aoki
Norichika Aoki’s market looks to be developing.
According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Orioles, Reds, and Mariners are among the possible landing spots for the 32-year-old free agent corner outfielder.
Heyman suspects that Aoki will be able to find a two- or three-year deal worth around $7-8 million annually.
Aoki isn’t much of a power threat -- he slugged just one home run in 132 games this past season for the Royals -- but he boasts a .287 career batting average and .353 career on-base percentage in over 1,800 major league plate appearances. Aoki has also stolen 67 bases in 438 games since leaving his native Japan to sign a $2.5 million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers in January 2012.
That speed and the OBP production make him a good fit for the top of many lineups.