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Brewers sign Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki

Jan 17, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

Aoki

UPDATE: Aoki and the Brewers have agreed to a two-year deal with an option for 2014.

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With two hours remaining until the deadline to sign Norichika Aoki general manager Doug Melvin told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the Brewers are “close” to a deal with the Japanese outfielder.

Milwaukee got a 30-day window in which to negotiate with Aoki after bidding $2.5 million for his exclusive rights last month and put him through a private workout in Arizona recently.

Based on previous deals with Japanese players through the posting process Aoki seems likely to get around $2-3 million from the Brewers, although that could change depending on the length of the contract.

  1. brewcrewfan54 - Jan 17, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Don’t know much about the guy but this is an interesting signing. Hopefully he brings something to the table.

  2. jleo78 - Jan 17, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    w/ him signing, i think its pretty clear that braun will be out for 50 games. Too bad but hope he can hold his own in lf.

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