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12/20/2011: Hisanori Takahashi, Norchika Aoki

by on Dec.20, 2011 @ 4:57 pm, under MLB

Hisanori Takahashi left for Los Angeles on Monday.  Takahashi will continue his workouts in the US before heading to Hawaii in January.

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Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the Brewers will wait to sign Norchika Aoki until they have had a chance to see him work out.

#Brewers, after winning rights to Japanese CF Aoki, plan to work him out in Arizona before determining whether to sign him. #MLB

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Todd Rosiak has posted a bit more.  A snip:

The next step will come around Jan. 4, when Melvin said the Brewers would bring Aoki to their complex in Arizona sometime in order to get their initial first-hand look at him.

"We have the opportunity to work him out. It was agreed upon with the agent," Melvin said. Aoki is represented by Creative Artists Agency, which also represents Braun.

"We had some information on him. That's the purpose of having the workout. We had some contacts and we talked to some people who are familiar with things over there."

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"I think what you read is he's someone that doesn't have extra-base power, more of an average-type hitter," Melvin said. "He is very typical of most of the Japanese players in that regard. Pretty good defender."