The Giants have agreed to a one-year, $4.7 million deal with outfielder Norichika Aoki, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle and Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. The deal includes a club option for 2016, and can max out at $12.5 million over two seasons based on the option and performance bonuses.
Aoki, 33, was beaten in the World Series by the Giants as a member of the Royals last season. He hit .285/.349/.360 with one home run and 43 RBI in 132 games, and also stole seventeen bases on the year.
Aoki was pursued by the Braves, Orioles and Reds this offseason, but will head to San Francisco to become the starting left-fielder alongside center-fielder Angel Pagan and right-fielder Hunter Pence. Gregor Blanco was slated to be the Giants' left fielder, though Aoki will see the bulk of the playing time at the position.
In three major league seasons with Milwaukee (2012-2013) and Kansas City (2014), Aoki is a lifetime .287/.353/.387 hitter with nineteen home runs and 130 RBI. He spent the first eight seasons of his professional career with the Yakult Swallows in Japan.