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Brewers optimistic about reaching deals with Weeks, Marcum

Jan 30, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

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The Brewers have already settled on salaries for 2011 with arbitration-eligible players Prince Fielder ($15.5M), Carlos Gomez ($1.5M), Kameron Loe ($1.25M) and Manny Parra ($1.2M).

They have only two unsettled cases: Rickie Weeks and Shaun Marcum.

According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Brewers expect to reach agreements with both within the next few days.

Weeks requested $7.2 million and was offered $4.85 million when figures were exchanged earlier this month.  A 28-year-old with a decent glove and decent range at second base, he batted .269/.366/.464 with a career-high 29 home runs and 83 RBI last season.

Marcum asked for $5 million and was offered $3 million from the Brewers.  The right-hander posted a 13-8 record, 3.64 ERA and 1.15 WHIP over 31 starts last season for the Blue Jays, striking out 165 batters against only 43 walks while pitching in baseball’s toughest division.  He was acquired this offseason for top infield prospect Brett Lawrie in a trade that should work out well for both sides.

  1. uyf1950 - Jan 30, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    The problem for the Brewers isn’t salary commitments for 2011 even with Weeks and Marcum arbitration numbers factored in to the 2011 payroll. The problem I assume will come in 2012 when they potentially either resign Fielder and Weeks long term or let them walk. Even with just modest raises in 2012 for their current roster (including say Fielder and Weeks) their payroll could hit $100M if not more. We all know Fielder and Weeks if they hit FA aren’t going to come cheap even if they the Brewers were to consider trying to resign one or both somehow. It looks like the moves they made this off season with Greinke and Marcum have about 1 year (2011) to pay off maybe 2 years at the most.

  2. deathtoallpoets - Jan 30, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    I think if the Brewers make a good run at the post season this upcoming year, go deep into it, it may be easier to re-sign Greinke, considering his issues with big media markets. I think I’d like the Brewers to keep Ricky Weeks and let Fielder walk for the kind of money he wants. Weeks is one of the best lead off men in baseball, he could even move down to a third spot in the batting order with his power. Either way, its going to be a good couple of seasons in baseball here in Milwaukee.

    • brewcrewchamps - Jan 30, 2011 at 8:18 PM

      Can’t agree with everything you said more. Exactly what my thoughts/hopes are for the next few years. I’ll see you out at the field let’s go crew!

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