Yesterday the Mariners created some salary relief with the trade of Mark Trumbo. Today it looks like that extra money was burning a hole in their pocket as the Mariners have signed free agent outfielder Nori Aoki to a one year contract with an additional team option year.
The Mariners now have an all left handed hitting outfield with center fielder Leonys Martin and corner outfielder Seth Smith. It is expected the Mariners will finally be able to assign Nelson Cruz full time DH duties.
Last season, Aoki hit for .287/.353/.380/.733 with 5 Home runs in 93 games for the Giants.