According to media reports from this morning, there is a good chance thirty-six-year-old Norichika Aoki will return to the Yakult Swallows with a three-year deal that could be worth an estimated one billion yen and his old uniform number 23. An official announcement could be made soon.
[UPDATE 2/4 @ 2:05am]
The Swallows announced on February 3 that they will hold a press conference for Aoki on January 6. He is slated to join spring camp on February 7.
[UPDATE 2/6 @ 1:04am]
Aoki finalized his contract with the Swallows on February 5. He traveled to Okinawa on the same day and was greeted by about 200 fans at Naha Airport. He will attend a press conference on February 6 and join the team in Urasoe for spring camp on February 7.