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Trade Target: Norichika Aoki

I know many of you are reading this saying WHO!? Well Aoki is quietly putting up solid number in Milwaukee, playing all three outfield positions. I will be honest in saying I haven't caught a Brewers game this season, but Aoki was a star in Japan, before coming over to the Brewers. The Brewers are of course, positioned to be sellers, perhaps looking for more controllable players. Aoki however, is signed to a team-friendly deal: 2 year 2.5mil with a club option for 1.5 mil for a third season. This is all according to Cot's Baseball Contracts, which also states the Brewers paid a 2.5 mil posting fee. Aoki is thirty years old, and was noted for his good defense (according to Wikipedia) and power in Japan. His career splits in Japan were .328/.408/.467 playing for the Yakult Swallows. According to Baseball-Reference he has been slightly below average defensively, but given his ability to play center field I am assuming (wrong or right) that he should be an average defensive left fielder. This season he is batting lead off recently, has splits of .279/.345/.430 which is good for an OPS+ of 107 with 100 being league average.

Mr. Duquette has stated recently that the Orioles are in the market for a left handed bat, and I would prefer for the Orioles to stop playing Pearce/Chavez/Tolleson/etc. in Left Field on a daily basis. I believe that it is within the Orioles best judgment to be conservative buyer toward the deadline, satisfying a fan base with an appetite hungry for a winning season, while also staying the course and not trading the stars from the farm. I suggest that we package: Robert Andino to play utility infield who is still controllable for 2.5 years at a relatively cheap price, LJ Hoes, who I personally do not think of as much more than a 4th outfielder, and Nick Delmonico who was the O's 6th round pick and seems to be a low B-level prospect, playing for the Shorebirds, and was recently named the MVP of the South Atlantic League. I don't think any of these pieces are too much to give up for a cheap controllable above average outfielder. I think with this move we do not mortgage any valuable future assets (Schoop, bundy, Machado, even for example a Chris Tillman), and the Brewers reload with cheaper, controllable assets to rebuild the farm system that has been depleted through their deals in recent years for Sabathia, Marcum and Greinke. So what do you guys think? I think the O's offense needs improvement and Aoki could be a decent asset to the team. Andino would represent a gigantic upgrade from the legend himself, Cesar Izturis, at short for the Brewers. Carlos Gomez could adequately fill in for Aoki, while Hoes could be a potential September call up and future 4th-outfielder. I would love to hear your input, hopefully you guys are bigger fans of Aoki than Carlos Lee.

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