Found December 17, 2011 on The Sports Bank:
            In what has become a bizarre beginning to the Milwaukee Brewers’ off-season, the notion continues with a $2.5 million bid to win the rights to Japanese Outfielder Norichika Aoki. Aoki is one of the best hitters in Japan and has posted a .336 career batting average during his first seven seasons. If the Brewers can strike a deal in the next 30 days, he will join a crowded outfield consisting of Ryan Braun, Corey Hart and Nyjer Morgan. With a deal like this, you can’t happened but wonder whether Braun really will miss 50 games or if a trade involving Hart or Morgan is in the works. Last season, Aoki put up a .292/.358/.360 split which was a considerable slump from his 2010 numbers (.358/.435/.509). Nonetheless, he’s still considered one of the best pure hitters overseas and some have went as far to compare him to the great Ichiro. He’s not a great defender and does not have a great throwing arm. That would most likely put him in left field, the spot where Braun reigns sup...

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What Do the Brewers Do Now?

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Apparently seeking to add depth in the outfield with Ryan Braun facing a 50-game suspension to open next season, the Milwaukee Brewers have entered into the bidding for Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki.

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The only player in Japanese Professional Baseball history to post multiple 200-hit seasons might be coming to the major leagues. The Yakult Swallows accepted a $2.5 million bid by the Milwaukee Brewers for the right to negotiated with center fielder Norichika Aoki, a three-time Central League batting champ, The Associated Press reports. Aoki, 29, and the Brewers have 30 days to sign...
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