BREAKING: The #Brewers have acquired left-handed pitcher Will Smith from Kansas City in exchange for outfielder Norichika Aoki.
MetsBlog.com "There is a better chance the Brewers trade OF Ryan Braun for Mets 1B Ike Davis than deal OF Norichika Aoki, according to people familiar with the team’s thinking. Milwaukee is trying to make room for OF prospect Khris Davis, and they’re also looking for a left-handed power bat at first base..." November 20
#Brewers didn't wait until after the WS to pick up RF Norichika Aoki's 2014 option. Done deal, and a no-brainer.
CSN Philly "There’s a strange situation going on in Milwaukee, and we’re not referring to Ryan Braun’s perpetual problems with the league office. The Brewers have, top to bottom, one of the best and most talented lineups in the National League. They have the fourth-lowest bullpen ERA in baseball, at 2.97. And..." July 17
Sources: Rangers have expressed interest in Norichika Aoki during talks with Brewers about Yovani Gallardo. (more)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "There hasn't been a tougher player in the major leagues to strike out this season than Norichika Aoki. The Milwaukee Brewers' rightfielder has fanned just 12 times in 262 plate appearances, and he hasn't whiffed in his last 58 plate appearances — a streak that dates to May 25, when Pittsburgh..." June 08
Fox Sports Wisconsin "One of the more interesting questions facing Brewers manager Ron Roenicke this spring is who to bat in the leadoff position in 2013. In second baseman Rickie Weeks and right fielder Nori Aoki, the Brewers have two different, but effective possibilities to consider. "Rick and Nori are the two..." February 18