Mets Release Outfielder Norichika Aoki

 

Norichika Aoki pic

Norichika Aoki
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Working as a delivery driver for the Washingtonville Pharmacy in New York, Daniel Pezzola is also responsible for creating orders, counting out medication, and ringing out customers. Away from work, Daniel Pezzola is a life-long fan of the New York Mets baseball team.

After the Mets season ended in late October, the team released veteran outfielder Norichika Aoki. Now a free agent, Aoki played with the team for only two months.

Aoki was brought into the team in September, when the Mets struggled to perform with many key players injured. During his time with the team, Aoki’s record stood at .284/.371/.373.

Though the Mets have yet to solidify their outfield roster for the 2018 season, Aoki posed too much of a financial risk for the team. According to the MLB website, Aoki was let go in part over budget concerns, with the Mets needing to ensure they have enough capital to acquire players for multiple positions, including both a starting pitcher and a relief pitcher.

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