Norichika Aoki traded to Kansas City

Former Tokyo Swallows center fielder, Norichika Aoki, was traded by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Kansas City Royals for left-handed pitching after two

Aoki played right and center field for the Brewers in 2013.

Aoki played right and center field for the Brewers in 2013.

years of work in Wisconsin. He has one year remaining on his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2014 season.

Most pundits figure Aoki to have a direct line on becoming Kansas City’s everyday right fielder. However, with teams still vying to land Carlos Beltran’s services, it is possible that Aoki would be shifted to right if the Royals can land the veteran outfielder.

After finishing fifth in Rookie of the Year voting following the 2012 season, Aoki posted similar numbers this past season. He tallied a .286/.356/.370 slash line and banged out 171 hits. His power numbers were down last year, but so were his strikeouts. On the upside, he beat his 2012 numbers by 21 hits and 12 walks. Check Aoki’s stats here.

 

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Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini