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Norichika Aoki News and Notes: January 10, 2012

by on Jan.10, 2012 @ 11:50 am, under MLB, NPB

MLB.com's Adam McCalvy has the following update on Norichika Aoki:

There have been varied reports about Aoki's salary last season, but the Brewers' understanding is that he earned less than $3 million. If the club moves forward with negotiations, Melvin would much prefer a one-year deal to see how Aoki's skills translate to the Major Leagues.

Aoki would no doubt prefer a multi-year deal for making the move to the U.S., a common request for players shifting their careers from Japan. As of the start of this offseason, all eight of the players who were posted and signed with Major League teams since the current system was implemented in 1998 received multi-year contracts (though three others inked Minor League deals). The most recent position player is shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who drew a bid from the Twins that topped $5 million and agreed to a three-year, $9 million contract.

Amongst the people that attended the workouts: Brewers GM Doug Melvin, Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio, manager Ron Roenicke, bench coach Jerry Narron, batting coach Johnny Narron, director of pro scouting Zack Minasian, and special assistant Dick Groch.  Nez Balelo, an interpreter, and two other people accompanied Aoki.

Nikkan Sports, Sponichi mention that the workouts started at around 10:30am and included playing catch, long toss at about 90 meters, fielding in center with throws to third, and BP (32 swings with two shots going over the fence).

Aoki will continue his training in Los Angeles until about mid-January, leaving open the possibility a negotiation might be reached while he is still in the US.

The Brewers have until 1/17 @ 5pm (or 1/18 at 7am) to finalize a deal with Aoki.