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With the Brewers struggling, teams are looking at them as potential sellers. Teams are eyeing their starting pitchers, relief pitchers and now one of their key signings a couple of years ago.
The Texas Rangers, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, are in talks with the Brewers involving Yovani Gallardo, but have expressed interest in outfielder Norichika Aoki in those talks.
Aoki is a great piece for the Brewers and would be a great addition for any team. As Morosi said, he can play all three outfield positions, he hits for contact, drives people in, has an above average arm in the outfield and is a good player. While some people may not have heard of him, I'll try to give you a good player comparison for him. Ichiro Suzuki. Aoki has the same approach at the plate as Ichiro and has a good arm, but not as good as Ichiro's used to be.
If Aoki is traded to Texas, that would instantly improve their outfield as he is a complete player. While he is a good player, don't expect him to hit many home runs as he doesn't hit for power on a regular basis. On the year, Aoki is hitting .298 with four home runs and 19 RBI's. One stat that I find impressive his his strikeout rate. He has struck out only 74 times in 967 at-bats. That averages out to one strikeout in every 13.06 at-bats, which is a very good rate. While the Rangers are expressing interest, Morosi said that the San Francisco Giants would be a good fit for him. While he didn't say they have interest, the connection makes sense. The Giants need a center fielder, they need another contact hitter who isn't over-aggressive at the plate and just need a guy at the top of the lineup to spark the team.
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