December 5, 2013 10:20 AM

Royals get outfielder Aoki from Brewers for Will Smith

The Royals landed a new outfielder Thursday morning, but it wasn’t free-agent Carlos Beltran, who held a much-publicized visit earlier this week at Kauffman Stadium. The newcomer is Norichika Aoki, whom the Royals acquired from Milwaukee for left-handed pitcher Will Smith. Aoki, 31, is a left-handed hitter who spent the last two years with the Brewers after eight seasons at Yakult in Japan’s Central League. He batted .286 last season with a .356 on-base percentage in 155 games.

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