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Norichika Aoki traded to Royals

Updated: December 5, 2013, 8:07 PM ET
Associated Press

The Kansas City Royals acquired outfielder Norichika Aoki from Milwaukee to be their leadoff hitter Thursday, which also means the Brewers are likely to shift Ryan Braun to right field.

Milwaukee received left-hander Will Smith, who spent most of the past couple seasons shuffling between Kansas City and Triple-A Omaha, and between the bullpen and the starting rotation.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said on a conference call that he envisions Aoki batting at the top ...

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