Brewers trade away outfielder Aoki

Brewers Norichika Aoki races around third for an in the park home run against the Colorado Rockies in the fourth inning at Miller Park Friday April 20, 2012. Photo by Tom Lynn/TLYNN@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Image by Tom Lynn

Brewers trade away outfielder Aoki

By James Kust. CREATED Dec 5, 2013

MILWAUKEE - The Brewers have traded outfielder Norichika Aoki to the Kansas City Royals, the team announced Thursday morning.

In return for the trade, the Brewers acquired left-handed pitcher Will Smith.

"Will Smith is someone we have liked for a couple of years now,” said General Manger Doug Melvin. “We had the chance to acquire a 24-year-old big physical left-hander who we feel can be a part of our staff. We could not walk away from the opportunity.”

Smith has a 8-10 record with Kansas City and a career ERA of 4.76. 

After the trade was announced, he talked with media members who sent these tweets:

No, Brewers pitcher Will Smith will not be dressing in black on the field, like the actor/rapper he's referring to:

Aoki played in 306 games for the Brewers across the 2012 and 2013 seasons, and compiled a .287 batting average.

The move could potentially open up space for Ryan Braun and a possible move to right field, giving young slugger Khris Davis a spot in left field.