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Brewers sign Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki

Jan 17, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT


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


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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