Nori Aoki

SFG: Will Andrew Susac Spark Giants’ Offense with Hunter Pence and Nori Aoki Out?

Jun 3, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants catcher Andrew Susac (34) after the top of the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 3, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants catcher Andrew Susac (34) after the top of the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants are suddenly facing a shortage of outfielders with Hunter Pence and Nori Aoki both injured. Because of this, the Giants are in need of an offensive spark, and that spark could end up coming from Andrew Susac, not Gregor Blanco and Justin Maxwell, who are filling in for those starting roles.

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SFG: San Francisco Giants Mailbag: Lincecum, LF Power, Leadoff Spot

Apr 6, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks during opening day at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 6, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks during opening day at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants started off the 2015 season on Monday with their first game of a three-game series on the road against the Arizona Diamondbacks. One game down, 161 to go.

In this week’s Giants Mailbag, we will discuss expectations for Tim Lincecum in 2015, the lack of power from the left field “platoon”, and how Nori Aoki will do as the leadoff hitter, compared to Angel Pagan.

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SFG: San Francisco Giants Mailbag: Aoki, Olivera, Bullpen

Oct 31, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; A San Francisco Giants fan holds up a sign before the World Series victory parade at City Hall. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals in game seven of the World Series. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 31, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; A San Francisco Giants fan holds up a sign before the World Series victory parade at City Hall. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals in game seven of the World Series. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

After a few weeks off, the San Francisco Giants Mailbag posts are back! This is the fifth edition of the Giants Mailbag. In these weekly posts, I answer three questions sent to me by fans through Twitter about the Giants, their offseason, etc.

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SFG: San Francisco Giants: Reactions to Nori Aoki Signing

Oct 9, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Kansas City Royals right fielder Nori Aoki (23) is interviewed before workouts the day before game one of the 2014 ALCS at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 9, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Kansas City Royals right fielder Nori Aoki (23) is interviewed before workouts the day before game one of the 2014 ALCS at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants’ one-year deal with Nori Aoki became official on Monday night, once Aoki passed his physical. Yesterday, the Giants held a press conference to introduce Aoki as the Giants’ everyday left fielder.

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SFG: San Francisco Giants: Aoki or Blanco in Left Field?

Oct 5, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals right fielder Nori Aoki (23) prior to game three of the 2014 ALDS baseball playoff game against the Los Angels Angels at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 5, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals right fielder Nori Aoki (23) prior to game three of the 2014 ALDS baseball playoff game against the Los Angels Angels at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants have reportedly agreed to terms today on a two-year, $7.5 million contract with Gregor Blanco. With this new contract, Blanco avoids arbitration and is set to make $3.6 million in 2015 and $3.9 million in 2016.

In addition to this new deal with Blanco, the Giants also signed Nori Aoki on Friday to a one-year, $4 million deal with the possibility for $1.5 million in performance bonuses. The deal also includes a $5.5 million option for the 2016 season.

With these signings, the Giants appear to be done with their left field search. Aoki could be the starting left fielder as of now, but it’s also quite possible that Bruce Bochy decides to implement some sort of left field platoon with these two outfielders, as one is more defensive-minded and one is more offensive-minded.

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