Blue Jays designate Nori Aoki for assignment

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The Toronto Blue Jays have designated outfielder Nori Aoki for assignment.

Toronto acquired the Aoki from the Astros at the trade deadline as part of the Francisco Liriano deal. He hasn’t played much for the Blue Jays, but he has played decently, going 9-for-32 with three homers in 34 plate appearances in 12 games, only seven of which were starts. Yesterday he went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI. Just not in the Jays’ plans, it seems. For the whole season he’s hitting .274/.319/.402.

He is making $5.5 million this year on a one-year deal he signed with the Astros to avoid arbitration. He’s 35, and could likely still prove useful for some team, though perhaps more as outfield depth as opposed to serving in a starting role.