The Giants introduced Nori Aoki as the newest member of the team on Tuesday, and the left fielder made it clear he chose San Francisco to win.
"This is a team that has a chance to play for a championship every year," Aoki explained through a translator when asked why he passed up more money elsewhere to join the Giants. "So that's why I chose to sign with this club.
"This is the first time I've worn a uniform of this color so it's a weird feeling right now. But hopefully I will play well and fans can see me play well. And I just want this to be a part of me -- the Orange and Black."
Aoki, who served primarily as the leadoff hitter last season, is expected to slot into the bottom of the Giants order.
"That's all up to the manager, Bruce Bochy," Aoki said through his translator. "Of course, I'd like to hit at the top of the order, but that's his decision."
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"It really helps with Nori Aoki because if something were to happen to (leadoff hitter Angel) Pagan, then he could slide right into that leadoff spot," broadcaster Duane Kuiper said.
Off the diamond, Aoki is looking forward to joining sides with the team that dispatched his Kansas City Royals in the 2014 World Series -- specifically with MVP Madison Bumgarner.
"I've heard that Madison likes to wrestle, so I'm going to initiate the wrestling," Aoki said with a smile.
Aoki will wear No. 23.
This offseason, the Giants replaced a pair of power hitters in Pablo Sandoval and Michael Morse with a pair of contact hitters in Casey McGehee and Aoki.
"The advantage to us with McGehee and Aoki is the ability to get the bat on the ball and to keep the line moving," vice president and assistant GM Bobby Evans said Tuesday. "The ability to put in quality at-bats is really going to bring us the value."