Outfielder Nori Aoki passed his physical Monday and his one-year, $4 million deal with the Giants is official, CSN Bay Area has learned.
The deal is reportedly worth $4 million, with an $5.5 million club option for 2016.
[RELATED: Report: Giants sign Aoki to one-year deal]
Aoki batted .285 with 63 runs scored, 22 doubles, six triples, one home run and 43 RBI for Royals in 2014. He started four of the seven World Series games in right field against the Giants.
Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow spoke to KNBR 680-AM on Monday morning about the addition of Aoki.
"Aoki is a guy who puts the bat on the ball. He's very, very unique in his approach. Like a lot of Asian hitters, very flat swing and uses the oppoosite field beautifully and I think he's a very difficult guy to pitch to because of that.
"He's not an easy guy to strike out, so in situations where you want to get a guy over or get a guy in, he's built for that ... Aoki is a guy who keeps the line moving and Bochy likes guys like that -- guys that can get up there and get a walk, get a knock, use the whole field, you can't cheat on him defensively," Krukow said.
[RELATED: Krukow reacts to Aoki deal]
Aoki was signed by the Milwaukee Brewers prior to the 2012 season after playing eight seasons with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of the Japanese Central League (2004-11). He finished fifth in National League Rookie of the Year voting, after hitting .288 with 10 home runs, 50 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 151 games with the Brewers. His 101 infield hits in his MLB career are most in the Majors since the start of 2012.
Aoki hit .329 with 84 home runs, 385 RBI and 164 stolen bases during his career in Japan. He won the Central League’s batting championship three times: 2005 (.344), 2007 (.346) and 2010 (.358), and hit over .300 in seven of his eight seasons in the league. Aoki was a seven-time recipient of the Best Nine Award (Japanese equivalent of the Silver Slugger Award), a six-time Gold Glover in center field and was the 2005 Central League Rookie of the Year. He was also a member of both of Japan’s World Baseball Classic championship teams in 2006 and 2009.
He will become the fifth Japanese-born player to wear a Giants uniform, joining left-handed pitcher Masanori Murakami (1964-1965), outfielder Tsuyoshi Shinjo (2002), right-handed pitcher Keiichi Yabu (2008) and infielder/outfielder Kensuke Tanaka (2013).
The Giants media services contributed to this report.