Brewers’ bid for Aoki accepted

Major League Baseball released a statement Monday morning announcing that the Tokyo Yakult Swallows from Japan’s Central League have accepted the highest bid — submitted by the Brewers — for negotiating rights to outfielder Norichika Aoki.

MLB.com’s John Schlegel wrote this weekend that the Brewers’ winning bid for Aoki reportedly came in at $2.5 million.

The 29-year-old outfielder is a three-time Central League batting champion. A left-handed hitter, Aoki 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.

Milwaukee has 30 days to sign Aoki to a Major or Minor League professional contract.

– Joey Nowak

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