Brewers win posting bid on Aoki

The Brewers won the exclusive negotiating rights to Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki, after posting a $2.5 million bid for the three-time Central League batting champion. Milwaukee will now have 30 days to sign Aoki or his rights will return to the Yakult Swallows.

The Brewers have not commented on the report or confirmed their status in the Aoki posting.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound left-handed hitter slipped to a .292 average and four homers in 2011, after going for career highs of a .358 average and 209 hits in 2010. He was the 2005 Central League Rookie of the Year, batting .344 in his first full season.

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