Brewers Work Out Aoki

Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki has completed a workout for the Brewers, according to Nikkan Sports via Patrick Newman's NPB Tracker.

The Brewers won the right to negotiate with Aoki after placing a high bid of $2.5MM through the posting system. The bid was accepted by the Yakult Swallows, Aoki's club in NPB, and the Brewers have till Jan. 17 to sign Aoki, according to Newman, or else he'll return to the Swallows.

Brewers GM Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke were among eight representatives in attendance for the 75-minute workout, which reportedly included catch, long toss, batting practice and base running.

Aoki has been a star in Japan, posting a robust .336/.411/.472 line in seven seasons. The Brewers, however, may have a bench role in mind for the outfielder, as we learned last month that they began contract negotiations in the $1-1.5MM range.


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20 Comments on "Brewers Work Out Aoki"


3 years 7 months ago

I just would love to know how this scenerio played out in the Brewer War Room
Of all teams to sign Aoki, the Brewers? Did they know about Braun before bidding for Aoki? Also, Aoki is a bench player? What’s his motivation to come to America then?

Oleson, you’re right, Tim Tebow Rocks!
That is How you get it Done!

East Coast Bias
3 years 7 months ago

There have been a lot of talk about Japanese players in the mlb this year. Seems a lot of them are coming over. Not knocking it in any way, just an observation. 

3 years 7 months ago

With Braun probably out, we need this guy.  The thought of Gomez and Morgan both playing everyday scares me

Runtime
3 years 7 months ago

I was just about to post the same thing

kidsmoke96
3 years 7 months ago

The issue with Aoki is that we have no idea how good/bad he is. Doesn’t sound like the Brewers even know since Melvin in December acknowledged that they don’t scout Japan. So….is it worth $2.5M posting plus an annual salary for a guy who may be another Morgan? If not, there’s gotta be another FA OF bat out there that can be had for cheaper.

3 years 7 months ago

Or a Japanese Gomez.

3 years 7 months ago

I think Aoki’s profile is much different than Gomez.  Aoki has zero power and has shown the ability to get on base at a nice rate.  Gomez has almost zero plate discipline.  Defensively they might be similar, I guess. 

3 years 7 months ago

I realize that most Japanese players don’t have the same level of success in the MLB, but it just sounds weird saying a .336 hitter is gonna be a bench player.

Aj
3 years 7 months ago

True dat!

CyYoungSuppan
3 years 7 months ago

What site am I on again?  Sometimes I might click the wrong button, but I could have sworn this talked about my Brewers in the article…

thekoshow
3 years 7 months ago

Why was my comment removed? lol

3 years 7 months ago

That game was amazing.

3 years 7 months ago

Really, because I do believe the final play of the game was an 80 yard td pass by TEBOW.

3 years 7 months ago

I am not going to get into a big argument over this because it’s football, but that Bronco defense was tired! That was a heckuva play and call by the Bronco coaching staff.

kidsmoke96
3 years 7 months ago

Excellent conversation on the Aoki signing. Carry on.

jwsox
3 years 7 months ago

Watch the replay that was all the receiver. It was a short pass turned into a long run

3 years 7 months ago

Ok, if you insist. What jwsox said, I’m not saying it was all Tebow, but I was just telling Aj that it wasn’t the defense that won the game, it was the team. That stiffarm was nice though.

kidsmoke96
3 years 7 months ago

I haven’t seen anything that says the Brewers knew until after the playoffs.

kidsmoke96
3 years 7 months ago

Very true. Seems like a low-risk investment. I guess i was hoping for a power LH for the bench. I wonder if Caleb Gindl is in the mix? He’s not a power bat, but he does have a little pop.

3 years 7 months ago

Wow, so much wrong here.  Brewers didn’t know, the results were LEAKED out only Braun and his camp knew.  Also the Brewers put in the bid for Aoki at the deadline, after the Braun story had gone public.