The Mariners have signed outfieler Norichika Aoki to a 1-year, $5.5 million deal that includes a $6 million vesing option for a second year, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.
Breaking: mariners agree to deal with free-agent OF Norichika Aoki. story on @CBSSports— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 2, 2015
The Mariners have reportedly been hoping to upgrade the outfield and Aoki has a significant amount of experience. He also gives the club another left-handed bat, and Aoki could see time as the Mariners' designated hitter at times throughout 2016.
Aoki, 33, batted .287/.353/.380 to complement five home runs and 26 RBIs over 93 games with the Giants last season. He also stole 14 bases and has been consistent with the Giants and Royals over four major league seasons.
Seattle created a spot in the outfield for Aoki by trading Mark Trumbo to the Orioles late Tuesday night.
New Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto has been busy adding key pieces to the club's roster since he was hired. The Mariners decision to add Aoki might suggest they are no longer interested in Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna, who they were linked to last week.