Looking ahead to the 2015-16 San Francisco Giants free agents

By Danny Vietti
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Jul 28, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants 23 left fielder Nori Aoki (23) gets a base hit against the Milwaukee Brewers in the sixth inning of their MLB baseball game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

OF Nori Aoki

After switching from one World Series team to the other, Aoki got off to a hot start for the Giants, but injuries have hindered him as he has declined ever since his first DL stint in June and July. In 93 games this season, Aoki has hit .287 with 14 stolen bases and 42 runs in the leadoff role.

Should San Francisco retain Aoki? No.

This has nothing to do with Aoki’s character or talent because I love the way Aoki plays the game of baseball. However, it has everything to do with San Francisco needing some middle of the order pop out pr a dominating leadoff hitter of their out in left field. Aoki will be searching for another similar contract as last season (1 year/$4.7 million), and the team has a club option for 2016. I like Aoki and I think he fits with the Giants, but other outfield free agents such as Justin Upton and Gerardo Parra can supply more production than Aoki.

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