Norichika Aoki (29), Tokyo’s decorated center fielder, will now have 30 days to negotiate with the team that recently bid the highest through the posting system.
The winning bid, which was immediately accepted by Tokyo, was $2.5 million.
The name of the winning team, which has exclusive negotiating rights, has not been divulged.
The bidding window ended at 7AM this morning (Tokyo time), and after reports earlier today that team wasn’t sure when or if it would be able to talk about the size of the winning bid, the Yomiuri newspaper website reported the amount.
Update 4:13 PM (Saturday December 17th, 2011)
Gen over at Yakyu Baka posted this quote from Aoki:
“All I could do was wait, so I feel relieved now. I feel as if I am now one step closer to realizing my dream. I will allow my agent to handle the rest while I focus on my practices to make sure I am fully prepared.”
Update 8:14 PM (Monday December 19th, 2011)
The Swallows have made it publicly known that the Milwaukee Brewers won the bidding contest for Aoki. They said that they were quick in releasing the name of the team to the general public because they were worried that there would be a leak in the US media.