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Brewers trade Aoki to Royals
Milwaukee Journal Sentienl
Last season, Aoki played in 155 games, batting .286 with 20 doubles, three triples, eight homers and 37 RBI. He stole 20 bases and had a .356 on-base percentage.
“Nori is a true professional and performed very well as a member of the Brewers,” said Melvin. “This was a tough call because of what he brought to our organization on the field and in the clubhouse.”
He can play CF, lead off, get on base, make contact, run well, and does not cost much.
Below is what I wrote about Aoki on July 9.
During the game last night
I like Aoki #Reds— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) July 9, 2013
That tweet was in reference to Brewers OF Norichika Aoki.
I like his approach at the plate, short, quick, Ichiro like swing, seems to know who/what he is.
The more I thought about Aoki and looked at his numbers, the more he intrigues/excites me.
It is now believed his contract runs through 2013 ($1.5M) with a team option for 2014 ($1.5M).
This year: .298-.366-.378-.744 with more BB than K (30/19) and 10 SB.
Career: .292-.359-.411-.770 with 73 BB/74 K
He was an All-Star and won a batting title in Japan
I like the fact:
He's cheap, $1.5M this year, $1.5M next year
His contract is not too long, through 2014
He's still young, 31
He's a grinder at the plate, makes contact and shows plate discipline. (856 career AB/74 K)
From MLB.com: He strikes out once every 16.76 PA, the ML average is every 4.53 PA.
He gets on base. OBP this year .366, career OBP .359.
He has speed (30 SB last year), although he's only 10 of 19 steal attempts this year.
He can lead off: 180 career starts in leadoff spot: .294 BA, .361 OBP.
What is not ideal for Reds:
He's not a big bat that will drive in runs
He's left-handed. But look at splits:
Career vs RHP: .288/.365.....2013 .273/.353
Career vs LHP .299/.349......2013 .345/.392
He is a RF, but has 19 games in CF and 13 games in LF.
Could he help the Reds now and into the short-term future?
He could bat 2nd, get time in LF and be insurance vs Ludwick this year.
The fly in ointment this year would be that he's LH and that would mean Choo-Aoki-Votto...3 straight LHB. Dusty's head might explode.
Aoki could also be a 2014 option in CF and at leadoff, if Shin-Soo Choo does not return and if Billy Hamilton is not ready.
He could buy the Reds another year of development for Hamilton in 2014 and would become a free agent after 2014.
The Bewers are out of the race this year and probably won't be ready to contend by next year.
The Brewers only control Aoki through next year.
The Brewers have OF prospects in their pipeline.
Would the Brewers deal a productive/cheap player?
What would the Reds have to give up to get him?
The Brewers clearly lack pitching. If I'm Milwaukee I'm asking for Tony Cingrani or Mike Leake.
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Closing the door on the debate?
Walt speaks on MLB Network Radio: Click orange arrow to listen.
Walt on Chapman: "He could start, but he's been very successful as a closer. We have depth in rotation that we can keep him in bullpen."— MLB Network Radio (@MLBNetworkRadio) December 4, 2013
Chapman likely to remain as closer
Mark Sheldon, MLB.com
"I do think we can utilize him more in the bullpen instead a guy that may be a single-inning guy now that he's done this for a few years," Price said. "I think there are ways we can get more value out of Aroldis, not necessarily by starting him but keeping him in the bullpen. There's still a bit more dialogue to have organizationally before we put a stamp on what role he'll have. Right now, I'm very comfortable with where he is."
Walt: Berry declined coaching position
The American Athletic Conference announces bowl lineup 2014-2019
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Audio: What Tommy Tuberville told Dan Hoard about the game
Previewing UC vs UL
It is the 53rd meeting in a series which began in 1929. It also will be the last, at least for a while. With Louisville (10-1, 6-1 AAC) moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference next season, this is the last scheduled meeting in a rivalry that has spanned several leagues. "We won't play them for a while, but we'll still have to recruit against them," Tuberville said.
Will you be there tonight?
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