Brewers give Norichika Aoki incentives

Updated: January 23, 2012, 4:16 PM ET
Associated Press

MILWAUKEE -- New Brewers outfielder Norichika Aoki will make at least $2.25 million over two years under his contract and would earn up to $8,187,500 if his 2014 option is exercised and he has at least 140 starts and 150 games played per season.

Aoki gets salaries of $1 million this year and $1.25 million in 2013. Milwaukee holds a $1.5 million option for 2014 with a $250,000 buyout.

He can make $1,675,000 in performance bonuses this year, $837,500 in 2013 and $1,087,500 in 2014 if the option is exercised, all based on games from 70-150 and starts from 100-140. Half of the performance bonuses earned this year would be added to his 2013 base salary.

Milwaukee is paying a $2.5 million fee for Aoki to Yakult of Japan's Central League. The 30-year-old hit over .300 in six of his seven full seasons and was a three-time Central League batting champion.


Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

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