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Nikkan Sports: Milwaukee Brewers won bidding on Norichika Aoki

by on Dec.18, 2011 @ 10:02 am, under MLB, NPB

Nikkan Sports is reporting that the Yakult Swallows announced that the Milwaukee Brewers won bidding on Norichika Aoki.

UPDATE @ 10:06am - It apparently took the Swallows about an hour to make their decision to accept the bid amount -- they received the bid amount at 7:33am and had the decision by about 8:33am.  The team also wanted to announce the name of the winning team, but did not because they could not receive confirmation.

UPDATE @ 11:01am - Aoki's comment on the Brewers, via Nikkan Sports: "I am honored that such a wonderful team placed a bid on me.  I will leave the negotiations up to my agent as I focus my attention on practices in preparation [for the upcoming season]."

UPDATE @ 4:19pm - It seems the Swallows were not entirely happy with the bid amount (I think they felt he was worth more than Hiroyuki Nakajima), but accepted it because they wanted to do right by Aoki.