For Immediate Release

Thursday, November 3, 2016

NORICHIKA AOKI CLAIMED OFF WAIVERS BY HOUSTON
RHP Nathan Karns has been reinstated from 60-day disabled list.
SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto
today announced the following roster moves.

Norichika Aoki, OF, claimed off waivers by Houston
Nathan Karns, RHP, reinstated from 60-day disabled list

After today’s transactions, the Mariners Major League 40-man roster is now at 35 players.
“We appreciate all that Nori did for us this season,” Dipoto said. “Particularly in the second half, he made some key
contributions to our success.”
Aoki, who turns 35 in January, hit .283 this season with 63 runs, 24 doubles, 4 triples, 4 home runs and 28 RBI in 118
games with the Mariners. After hitting just .245 (61x249) in 67 games prior to the All-Star Break, Aoki hit .339 (57x168) in
51 second-half games. He also appeared in 24 games with AAA Tacoma, where he hit .323 (31x96).
Aoki signed with Seattle as a free agent on Dec. 3, 2015. He has also appeared in the Majors with Milwaukee (2012-2013),
Kansas City (2014) and San Francisco (2015) after playing 11 seasons (2004-2011) with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows in
Japan’s Central League.
Karns, 28, was 6-2 with a 5.15 ERA (54 ER, 94.1 IP) with 101 strikeouts and 45 walks in 22 games (15 starts) with the
Mariners this season. Karns was 6-2 with a 4.56 ERA (41 ER, 81.0 IP) in 15 starts. In 7 appearances out of the bullpen, he
recorded 1 save while posting an 8.78 ERA (13 ER, 13.1 IP) with 17 strikeouts and 7 walks. He was placed on the 15-day
disabled list with a low back strain on July 30 and was transferred to the 60-day DL on Sept. 1.
AOKI’s PLAYING RECORD
YEAR
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014

Minor
Japan
ML

CLUB
Yakult
Yakult
Yakult
Yakult
Yakult
Yakult
Yakult
Yakult
MILWAUKEE
MILWAUKEE
KANSAS CITY
NW Arkansas#
SAN FRANCISCO
Sacramento#
SEATTLE
Tacoma
Lg Totals
Totals
Totals

YEAR

CLUB

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

SV

IP

H

R

ER

HR

HB

BB

SO

WP

BK

2011

GCL Nationals
Auburn
Hagerstown
Potomac
Harrisburg
WASHINGTON
Durham
TAMPA BAY
TAMPA BAY
SEATTLE

0-0
3-2
3-0
8-4
10-6
0-1
9-9
1-1
7-5
6-2

0.00
3.44
2.03
2.26
3.26
7.50
5.08
4.50
3.67
5.15

5
8
11
13
23
3
27
2
27
22

5
8
5
13
23
3
27
2
26
15

0
0
1
1
3
0
0
0
0
0

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
1

18.2
36.2
44.1
71.2
132.2
12.0
145.1
12.0
147.0
94.1

2
27
23
47
109
17
142
7
132
95

0
14
11
23
54
11
89
6
62
55

0
14
10
18
48
10
82
6
60
54

0
1
1
1
14
5
16
3
19
11

2
4
3
4
7
1
3
2
5
3

6
27
21
26
48
6
62
4
56
45

26
33
61
87
155
11
153
13
145
101

3
7
5
4
13
0
7
0
15
5

0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1

33-21

3.45

87

81

5

0

2

449.1

350

191

172

33

23

190

515

39

1

14-9

4.41

54

46

0

0

0

265.1

251

134

130

38

11

111

270

20

1

2015
2016

AVG
.200
.344
.321
.346
.347
.303
.358
.292
.288
.286
.285
.100
.287
.231
.283
.323
.294
.329
.286

G
10
144
146
143
112
142
143
144
151
155
132
3
93
4
118
24
31
984
649

AB
15
588
599
557
444
531
583
583
520
597
491
10
355
13
417
96
119
3900
2380

R
1
100
112
114
85
87
92
73
81
80
63
1
42
1
63
17
19
664
329

H
3
202
192
193
154
161
209
170
150
171
140
1
102
3
118
31
35
1284
681

TB
3
245
263
283
235
236
297
210
225
221
177
1
135
3
162
39
43
1772
920

2B
0
26
26
26
29
23
44
18
37
20
22
0
12
0
24
5
5
192
115

3B
0
4
3
2
5
2
1
5
4
3
6
0
3
0
4
0
0
22
20

HR
0
3
13
20
14
16
14
4
10
8
1
0
5
0
4
1
1
84
28

RBI
0
28
62
58
64
66
63
44
50
37
43
0
26
0
28
7
7
385
184

SH
0
18
4
4
1
1
0
0
7
8
8
0
1
0
5
1
1
28
29

SF
0
1
1
3
3
4
3
0
5
3
1
0
0
0
1
2
2
15
10

HB
0
5
8
8
10
13
18
9
13
11
6
1
6
0
9
1
3
71
45

BB
1
37
68
80
42
75
63
51
43
55
43
0
30
1
34
8
9
417
205

SO
6
113
78
66
47
65
61
55
55
40
49
1
25
0
45
13
14
491
214

SB
1
29
41
17
31
18
19
8
30
20
17
0
14
0
7
4
4
164
88

CS
0
7
12
6
9
10
4
3
8
12
8
0
5
0
9
0
0
51
42

SLG
.200
.417
.439
.508
.529
.444
.509
.360
.433
.370
.360
.100
.380
.231
.388
.406
.361
.454
.387

OBP
.250
.387
.396
.434
.413
.400
.435
.358
.355
.356
.349
.182
.353
.286
.349
.374
.348
.402
.353

KARNS’ PLAYING RECORD

2012
2013
2014
2015
2016

Minor Lg Totals
ML Totals

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