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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE IMPACT: MARINERS NET NORI AOKI TO BAT LEADOFF

The Seattle Mariners remained quite active on Wednesday, picking up outfielder Nori Aoki just 24 hours after dealing away 1B Mark Trumbo to the Baltimore Orioles.  The Mariners reeled in Aoki with a one-year deal with an option for 2017 in order to plant him in the leadoff spot which has been a problem for the team since Ichiro left town.  While a concussion pretty much ruined Aoki's second half of 2015, prior to that he was doing a quietly very good job for the San Francisco Giants as he batted .287 with 14 steals in 93 games.  While Aoki is aging as he turns 34 in January, he still has the terrific contact skills (just a 6.4 percent K rate in 2015) to go with enough speed to make him a threat to swipe 15-20 bases and score around 80 runs in the leadoff spot.  Now Aoki's best season came as a rookie in 2012 when he hit 10 home runs and stole 30 bases but the guy is still solid enough to net outfielder 3 consideration in 2016 fantasy baseball and carry some more value in five outfielder formats.  While Aoki's power on the surface look spent, he hit 5 home runs in 392 at-bats which means he would have been near the 10 he hit as a rookie if he had stayed healthy.  When you invest in Aoki however, you are looking for average, runs, and steals and you should be able to get a decent dose of all three for the dirt cheap rate of a late round draft pick. 
 
2016 Baseball Forecaster: & Encyclopedia of Fanalytics (Ron Shandler's Baseball Forecaster)

The Fantasy Sports Boss 2016 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide: Early OffSeason Edition

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