Could Nori Aoki sign with the White Sox?
Sep 14, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals designated hitter Nori Aoki (23) at bat against the Boston Red Sox during the second inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
How do you feel about this, Chicago White Sox fans … Nori Aoki signing with the Good Guys this offseason?
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe wrote the following on Sunday:
"“Aoki is likely to leave the Royals and sign elsewhere. He was a nice fit for the Royals and will be a nice fit elsewhere as a good on-base, defensive right fielder. Look for the White Sox to be a team with a lot of interest.”"
This is interesting, and it would add improvement to the outfield, as they want to improve at left field, even though Aoki is a right fielder. Avisail Garcia could possibly move to left field, or even Adam Eaton could if need be, but this would be a good problem to have for the White Sox.
Aoki is already familiar with the AL Central since he just finished the season with the American League champion Kansas City Royals, and the White Sox should be able to afford him.
This past season, during the regular season in 132 games, Aoki batted .285 with a .349 on-base percentage and .360 slugging percentage.
Also in ’14, Aoki had 140 hits, which included 22 doubles, six triples and one home run. Along with 43 walks, Aoki had 43 RBIs.
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Again, I most certainly wouldn’t have a problem with Aoki, because it is an improvement over Dayan Viciedo at the plate (in terms of consistency, not power) and in the field, as Aoki had a .991 fielding percentage.
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This postseason at the plate, Aoki batted .195 in 14 games, going 8-for-41 with all his hits being singles. So yes, the postseason average is a bit of concern, but it gets trumped by what he did in the regular season.
About his contract … he is coming off a three-year deal for $4.95 million, so it is easy to expect he’ll make more than that, but again, the White Sox can afford him.
Now as we wait until the White Sox can officially make an offer, the White Sox could sit pat and stay with what they have, but that would be a bigger surprise than if the White Sox were to sign Aoki.
With that said … would Aoki be a good fit with the White Sox? I believe so, but what are you thinking about this potential signing?