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Saturday (Japan time) the Swallows noted they'd accepted a $2.5 million bid on Aoki, whom Yahoo's Jeff Passan referred to as "Ichiro Lite, with an emphasis on Lite."
The Brewers will have 30 days to negotiate a contract with Aoki, who has played center field for the Swallows, but also left field for Japan's national team.
The Brewers have Nyjer Morgan in center field, with Corey Hart in right and Ryan Braun in left. Braun, of course, is facing a possible 50-game suspension to start the season.
Aoki hit .292/.358/.360 in 2011, down from his career averages in all departments. He is one of just four players to record 200 hits in a season in Japan.