Nori Aoki LF SEA 1 week ago

Aoki is back in the starting lineup Sunday against the Reds, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Aoki has been held out of the lineup in back-to-back games, but will return to the starting left field role Sunday afternoon. He'll need to pick it up at the plate soon, however, as a .613 season OPS could soon cause him to lost playing time to the likes of Franklin Gutierrez.

Nori Aoki LF SEA 3 weeks ago

Aoki is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Rays, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Aoki is hitting just .229, and the Mariners are trotting out a righty-heavy lineup against southpaw Drew Smyly, so the outfielder will head to the bench. Franklin Gutierrez will get the start in left field in his place and bat second Tuesday.

Nori Aoki LF SEA 4 weeks ago

Aoki got on base four of his five times up Thursday against the Astros, knocking two singles, drawing two walks and scoring two runs. He was, however, also caught stealing on his only attempt.

Competitive Edge Analysis

A horrid start to the year has given way to more typical Aoki production, as he's hit safely in six straight and drawn a spectacular 12 walks in his last 10 games. The Japanese outfielder's outstanding plate discipline should help him end up hitting over .280 again -- as he's done in each of his four MLB seasons -- but with his speed fading (just two steals in six tries), his fantasy relevance is as well.

Nori Aoki LF SEA 4 weeks ago

Aoki went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, a run scored and a stolen base during Monday's 4-3 win at Oakland.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Aoki manufactured Seattle's fourth run all on his own, following up a one-out double in the seventh inning by stealing third base and scoring on an errant throw by catcher Stephen Vogt. His performance in this one demonstrated why the Mariners opt to use the Japanese outfielder at the top of the order, though it is worth noting that Aoki's steals total has decreased in each of his first four major league seasons.

Nori Aoki LF SEA 1 month ago

Aoki is out of the lineup Sunday against the Royals.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Aoki hasn't really provided the oomph the Mariners were expecting at the top of the order so far this season, posting a .298 on-base percentage while getting caught stealing on three of his four attempts. He'll find himself out of the lineup for the second time in four games as Seth Smith replaces him in left field.

Nori Aoki LF SEA 1 month ago

Aoki is out of the lineup Wednesday against Houston.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Aoki is 6-for-42 in his last 11 games so a night off could serve him well to turn his slump around. Seth Smith, who is normally a DH/left fielder, will fill in for Aoki in left Wednesday night. The 34-year-old will likely return to the lineup Friday against Kansas City.

Nori Aoki LF SEA 1 month ago

Aoki's two-run triple in the second inning was all the offense the Mariners needed to sneak past the Indians in Wednesday's 2-1 victory.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Aoki is off to a slow start in 2016, slashing just .228/.241/.333 through his first 57 at-bats. Despite his struggles, the outfielder has managed to score fantasy points in 12 of his 14 games. Now with his fourth team in as many years, Aoki is a solid contributor in many categories and is a good fill-in for daily leagues. However, there are better options out there for weekly formats.

Nori Aoki LF SEA 2 months ago

Aoki is not in the lineup Wednesday due to some soreness after fouling a ball off his leg Tuesday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. However, manager Scott Servais said that Aoki could be available as a pinch-hitter late in Wednesday's game against the Rangers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Aoki led off the first two games of the Mariners' series with the Rangers, but he'll get the day off Wednesday. The lineup will be shuffled around a bit for the Mariners' matchup against right-hander Colby Lewis, with Leonys taking Aoki's spot in left and leading off, along with a few other moves down the order. Aoki is believed to be fine after fouling a ball off his shin, so he could get an at-bat or two Wednesday despite being out of the starting lineup.

Nori Aoki LF SEA 2 months ago

Aoki has a hit in each of his last four games in spring training with one double and two walks.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Aoki will start in left field for the Mariners this year. His season last year was ruined by injuries. The Mariners hope that now healthy he can return to being the player who started .317/.383/.385 last season before injuries knocked him off stride.

Nori Aoki LF SEA 6 months ago

Aoki agreed to a contract with the Mariners on Wednesday, CBS Sports reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Aoki's deal is for one year and includes an option. He played in just 93 games last season with the Giants but posted a respectable .733 OPS -- his best mark since his first year with the Brewers in 2012. It's not immediately clear if he will be the Mariners' primary left fielder given the options on their roster, but he does figure to see ample action at the position.