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Nori Aoki agrees to one-year deal with Mariners

Someone stop Jerry DiPoto.

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The Seattle Mariners have signed outfielder Nori Aoki to a one-year deal, per CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. Aoki, 33, was a potential target for the Cleveland Indians who need immediate outfield help with Michael Brantley being out for potential half of 2015. So why did the Indians skip out on signing Aoki?

First off, we do not actually know how hard to they tried (if at all) to sign Aoki. But in the days leading up to this signing, several teams were reportedly in on Aoki, but none of them appeared to be the Tribe. We have yet to see the exact numbers of the deal, and that could play a big part in the Indians disinterest, but grabbing Aoki on a one-year deal with a team option seems like it would have been the perfect short-term fix for the Indians outfield.

Aoki has a career slash of .287/.353/.386 in his four years in the Majors. He does not hit for much power, only five in 2015, which would be a reason the Indians did not bother. However, he still would have been better than just about anything the Indians will be putting in the outfield for the first few months of the season. Not to mention that Aoki could also have been a stop-gap until Bradley Zimmer or Clint Frazier are ready to take over center field duties. If are ready by 2017, do not take Aoki's option, if they aren't, keep him on for another year.

Instead, Jerry DiPoto’s reign of terror over the Major Leagues continues. Just yesterday he executed yet another trade, sending Mark Trumbo and his jumbo-sized contract to the Baltimore Orioles in order to make room for Aoki. Once he has traded with every MLB team several times over, look for him to make some big trades for High School and Little League players—the next market inefficiency.