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Brewers hoping to lock up Rickie Weeks

Dec 1, 2010, 7:53 PM EDT

Rickie Weeks

Rickie Weeks told Adam McCalvy of last month that he’s “open to listening” about a contract extension and during an appearance on WSSP in Milwaukee earlier today, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin confirmed that the club is trying to get something done.

“We’re working on getting Rickie signed. He’s got a new agent, Greg Genske, who is CC Sabathia’s agent, so it’s going to be a lot tougher than his previous agent, [Lon Babby].”

“[Genske] doesn’t respond as quick. But we’ll be working on it.”

Taking a shot at Genske, eh? Off to a nice start, I see.

Weeks has struggled to stay healthy during his career, but managed to appear in a career-high 160 games this past season while batting .269/.366/.464 with 29 homers, 83 RBI and an 830 OPS. The 29-year-old second baseman is arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter before he becomes a free agent after the 2011 season. He earned $2.75 million in 2010.

Melvin has assigned assistant general manager Gord Ash with the responsibility of getting in touch with Genske and gauging his client’s asking price. The Brewers GM hopes to meet with Genske face-to-face at the winter meetings in Orlando next week. While Prince Fielder is still a near lock to test free agency after next season, they have have a much better chance of keeping Weeks for the long haul.

  1. seattlej - Dec 2, 2010 at 12:42 AM

    Seems like the wrong time to lock Weeks up long term. Why not wait until after next year when he inevitably plays in something like 80-100 games?

    • brewcrewchamps - Dec 2, 2010 at 9:31 AM

      Because if they have one good spurt, melvin hops on the “really long contract extension” train. See: Hart, Corey

    • skipperxc - Dec 2, 2010 at 11:28 AM

      Because he’s a free agent after next year, and somebody will overpay for a top 1/3 second baseman. Yeah, we’ve got Lawrie theoretically, but nobody’s convinced he’ll stick there even if he is ready by then.

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