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The Brewers are talking to Rickie Weeks about an extension

Aug 2, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

First Corey Hart, now Rickie Weeks?  That’s what Tom Haudricourt is saying, anyway.  It’s in the discussion stage right now, but Rickie Weeks could be the next Brewer with a mutli-year deal.

Weeks is having a great year –.276/.375/.488 this year with 22 home runs — but like Hart, we’re probably seeing the top of his production. Depending on the money it may be wise to lock him up, but no one should expect worlds better from him.  He turns 28 this fall.

What to make of the Brewers’ spending spree?  Just a guess on my part, but I’d make this: they have no plans whatsoever to sign Prince Fielder, and want to do everything they can to lock up as much production as they can right now to lessen the blow of his loss. Which could come as early as this winter if the Brewers play the leverage game correctly.

  1. joshjs - Aug 2, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    The Brewers have a fair amount of money coming off the books in 2011, too, as Jeff Suppan’s and Bill Hall’s contracts are finally over.

  2. bbeer - Aug 2, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    Which have now been taken over by Randy Wolf and Corey Hart (not quite money-wise, but they’re the same guys basically).

  3. joshjs - Aug 2, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    Wolf’s contract isn’t new, and Hart will be making like $2mil more in 2011 than he is in 2010. Hall and Suppan combined are making $20mil in 2010.

  4. walk - Aug 2, 2010 at 11:42 PM

    Its defineltly interesting activity. The options here on the direction they are taking are numerous. This could be a prelude to signing prince and adding payroll and free agents. That of course is dependant on lenght and worth of contract prince wants. If he provides a hometown discount in the name of winning they may indeed add a few players and try to make a run in the next couple of years. Next option is trading prince and keeping rest of team intact. Third option is an offseason or late season fire sale. A multi year contract for ricky weeks and corey hart increases their trade value dependant on terms. Whatever they do i see these signings as adding value to their organisation.

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