Jon Heyman just reported that the Mariners have agreed to sign outfielder Nori Aoki.
Aoki, who turns 34 in January, played with the Giants this past season. He finished the year with a line of .287/.353/.380 with five home runs, 26 RBI, and 14 stolen bases in 392 plate appearances. He last started a game on August 31, making only two pinch-hit appearances in early September before the Giants shut him down for the remainder of the season due to lingering concussion symptoms after being hit in the head with a pitch.
He had a $5.5 million option for 2016 which the Giants declined in early November. The terms of the Mariners deal are not yet known.
We probably should’ve seen this coming years and years ago, really. But it didn’t occur to me until yesterday, when news of the David Price signing broke.
That’s when one of my favorite Twitter follows offered this up:
I laughed. I retweeted. Then I thought “nah, no one will use that. Headlining a story about this signing with ‘The Price is Right’ is way too on the nose.”
But I guess on-the-nose works:
There are probably many more.
To be clear: I enjoy a good, obvious pun as much if not more than the next guy. And part of me does sort of wish that my post on the Price signing included this, mostly so people could groan at me.
Multiple reports circulated in the past week that the Red Sox would need to unload the money truck in order to sign David Price. Well, the truck just got unloaded: Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox have signed David Price to a seven-year, $217 million contract.
This is, by far, the largest free agent contract the Red Sox have ever given a pitcher. It beats Max Scherzer‘s seven-year, $210 million deal signed last offseason as the largest ever free agent pitcher contract. Clayton Kershaw‘s contract extension with the Dodgers was for $215 million.
Price went 82-47 with a 3.18 ERA pitching in the AL East while with the Tampa Bay Rays. After being traded to the Tigers just before the 2014 trade deadline he went 13-8 with a 2.90 ERA in 32 starts. He returned to the AL East with the Blue Jays this year, going 9-1 with a 2.30 ERA in 11 starts. He also pitched in the playoffs for the Jays starting three times in four overall appearances.
The Red Sox were in dire need of pitching and they were said to be gunning for Price to fill that need. Target: acquired.