Nori Aoki
LF/CF HOU
3 days ago

Aoki agreed to a one-year, $5.5 million contract with the Astros on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Josh Reddick signing last week clouded Aoki's future with the organization a bit, with some speculating that he could be non-tendered, but the 34-year-old is staying put. A waiver acquisition earlier this month, Aoki hit .283/.349/.388 in 118 games with the Mariners this past season, striking out just 45 times in 417 plate appearances. As a high-contact lefty, Aoki could see regular time on the favorable end of a left-field platoon.

Nori Aoki
LF/CF HOU
1 month ago

Aoki was claimed off waivers by the Astros on Thursday, Shannon Drayer of ESPN Radio reports.

EDGE Analysis

Aoki batted a solid .283 in 2016, but his ability to hit lefties completely disappeared over the course of the season. That being said, the 34-year-old is an outstanding contact hitter, which could bode well for him to garner a spot in the outfield for a strikeout-happy Astros squad.

Nori Aoki
LF/CF HOU
2 months ago

Aoki is out of Sunday's lineup against the A's, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Aoki has been putting on a show in recent outings. Over the last six games, he's gone 10-for-22 (.455) with three doubles and a home run. However, he'll be replaced by Ben Gamel in left field Sunday afternoon.

Nori Aoki
LF/CF HOU
2 months ago

Aoki had two hits Friday, including a home run, as the Mariners kept their playoff hopes alive with a win against the A's.

EDGE Analysis

After a miserable first half, Aoki salvaged his season with a strong second half, particularly in September. In his last 18 games, he's hitting .375 (24 for 64) with six doubles, three homers and 11 RBI. He went to Triple-A at the end August because of a roster-construction issue, but has swung the bat well since coming back from his first trip to Triple-A on July 20. In that span, he's hitting .337/.386/.497 in 50 games. Almost all of that production has come off right-handers (.329/.372/.500), though he has seven hits in 17 at-bats against lefties in that span.

Nori Aoki
LF/CF HOU
2 months ago

Aoki is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Blue Jays, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

J.A. Happ, a southpaw, is set to take the mound for Toronto, so the Mariners are opting to start Guillermo Heredia in left field and get an extra righty in their lineup. With Aaron Sanchez scheduled to start Wednesday, look for Aoki to return to his usual spot for Seattle's series finale against Toronto.

Nori Aoki
LF/CF HOU
3 months ago

Aoki reached base four times Saturday with a walk and three hits, including a double.

EDGE Analysis

Aoki is swinging a hot bat. In his last eight games since he returned from Triple-A, he has 12 hits in 30 at-bats (.400) with two homers, three doubles and a stole base. In his last 22 games, he's batting .389/.443/.583. He'll continue to see plenty of at-bats against right-handers in the M's outfield.

Nori Aoki
LF/CF HOU
3 months ago

Aoki homered and walked in a 2-for-3 game with three runs scored Tuesday against the Angels.

EDGE Analysis

Aoki has a five-game hitting streak that now includes two doubles, two homers and five RBI. He appears to have worked himself back into the lineup since being recalled from Triple-A on September 6, as he has started five straight games and has proven more reliable than options like Ben Gamel and Shawn O'Malley.

Nori Aoki
LF/CF HOU
3 months ago

Aoki stroked a bases-loaded single to plate two runs Monday in a win at the Angels.

EDGE Analysis

Aoki has swung the bat much better lately than he did earlier in the season. In his last 18 games he has 22 hits in 59 at-bats (.373) with a .422 OBP, seven doubles and a home run. That stretch was interrupted by 10 days at Triple-A because of a roster-construction issue, but he picked up where he left off after his return Sept. 6. The Mariners have a crowded outfield with four left-handers and switch hitter, but Aoki should continue to get at-bats against right-handers.

Nori Aoki
LF/CF HOU
3 months ago

Aoki will leadoff and start in left field Sunday against the Athletics, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Aoki will be making his third start in a row after collecting four hits in nine at-bats in the preceding two contests. The 34-year-old has had a down season with a .269 average and a 6-for-15 success rate on stolen-base attempts, but he seems poised to assume the bulk of the starts in left field over the remainder of the campaign.

Nori Aoki
LF/CF HOU
3 months ago

The Mariners recalled Aoki from Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

Aoki is rejoining the big league squad after spending nearly two weeks with Tacoma. His .679 OPS with the Mariners this season is serviceable, but the fact he has been optioned multiple times this season, including his recent demotion, signals that he will work in a reserve role the rest of the season.