Update: Brewers beat writer Tom Haudricourt has more.
Sponichi got Brewers owner Mark Attanasio on the record about Norichika Aoki on January 12. Here's what Attanasio had to say:
"It certainly wasn't a tryout. It was an opportunity for our GM and manager to directly see what type of player he is."
"Defensively he was terrific and he's a professional with an established track record, so he took it seriously."*
*Note: translation of a translation.
Sponichi expects the Brewers and Aoki to reach an agreement by the start of the week. The two sides have until the 17th to work out a deal.