SAN FRANCISCO — Free agent outfielder Nori Aoki has finalized his $4.7 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants.
The team announced the deal Monday after he passed a physical. Aoki played last season with Kansas City, which lost the World Series to the Giants in seven games.
The 33-year-old from Japan was to be introduced Tuesday at AT&T Park. He receives a $4 million base salary this year, and the Giants have a $5.5 million option for 2016 with a $700,000 buyout. The option would become mutual if Aoki has 550 plate appearances this year, and he would receive the buyout if he exercises the option and the team declines.
Aoki can earn an additional $1.5 million in performance bonuses each year based on plate appearances: $100,000 each for 400, 425, 475 and 500; and $250,000 apiece for 525, 550, 575 and 600. The team will release him at the end of the contract, making him a free agent again.
Aoki hit .285 with a home run, six triples, 22 doubles and 43 RBIs over 132 games in his lone season with the Royals after two in Milwaukee. He also stole 17 bases.