The New York Mets announced today that they signed outfielder Norichika Aoki to a major league contract. Aoki will wear #11 and will join the team in Houston today.
Aoki, 35, was released by Toronto on August 29. He hit .274 (64-234) with 13 doubles, one triple, five home runs, 27 RBI and 32 runs scored in 83 games combined between the Blue Jays and Houston Astros this year. He began the year with Houston and was traded to Toronto on July 31 as part of the Francisco Liriano deal.
The 5-9, 180-pounder was hit .305 (222-727) during his career vs. lefthanders.
Aoki has hit .285 with 128 doubles, 21 triples, 33 home runs, 211 RBI, 361 runs scored and 93 stolen bases in 732 major league games with Milwaukee, Kansas City, San Francisco, Seattle, Houston and Toronto.