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Rickie Weeks and the Brewers are working on long-term deal

Feb 15, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

Rickie Weeks

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Rickie Weeks and the Brewers are trying to hammer out a long-term contract prior to their scheduled arbitration hearing Thursday.

According to Rosenthal the contract would for at least three and possibly as many as five years. This season is Weeks’ third and final year of arbitration eligibility, so a three-year deal would buy out his first two seasons of free agency. A five-year deal would cover four free agent seasons and keep Weeks in Milwaukee through age 32.

Weeks submitted a $7.2 million arbitration request, while the Brewers countered at $4.85 million. He earned $2.75 million in 2010 while putting together a career-year, hitting .269 with 29 homers, 112 runs, and an .830 OPS while playing 160 games after never staying healthy enough to play even 130 games previously.

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