"Over here, teams trade for you because they want you," Aoki said through translator Kosuke Inaji. "In Japan, there's a negative aspect about getting traded."
As in, teams in Japan tend to trade a player because they do not want him on the team. But the perception is changing, Aoki said.
Aoki is happy playing for the Brewers but appreciates that his abilities are being noticed.
"You could say I'm happy that people see me as a player they want," he said.
Jose M. Romero is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.