Thursday’s roundup: Mariners give outfielder Aoki $5.5M

Associated Press

Seattle — The Mariners continued their offseason makeover on Thursday by finalizing a one-year, $5.5 million contract with free-agent outfielder Nori Aoki with a mutual vesting option for the 2017 season.

Seattle announced completion of the deal after Aoki passed a physical.

Aoki can make another $1.5 million in performance bonuses..

He was limited to 93 games because of a broken right leg and a severe concussion in the second half of last season for the Giants, who turned down a $5.5 million option on Aoki last month.

“Adding Nori addresses our desire to be more athletic in the outfield, as well as more contact-oriented in the batter’s box,” Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement.

Personnel dept.

Former White Sox infielder Gordon Beckham, an Atlanta native and former University of Georgia standout, agreed to a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the Braves.

... The Rangers agreed to a one-year, $975,000 contract with catcher Chris Gimenez.

... Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez isn’t on the trading block, president of baseball operations Michael Hill said.

Around the horn

Joe Torre and Dave Winfield will be leading a baseball goodwill tour of Cuba Dec. 15-18.

This is Major League Baseball’s first visit to Cuba since the Orioles played an exhibition game against the Cuban national team in 1999.

There is the possibility of the Rays playing a spring training game in Cuba next year.

... The Blue Jays hired longtime Indians executive Ross Atkins as their general manager. He’ll join former Indians president Mark Shapiro — a close friend — with Toronto.