Tag:Greg Genske
Posted on: January 19, 2011 9:16 am
Edited on: January 19, 2011 2:13 pm
 

Brewers cut off long-term talks with Weeks

Rickie Weeks The Brewers have gone all-in this season, trading what was left of their farm system to Kansas City to get Zack Greinke. Part of the reason the Brewers are going for it in 2011 is that the team knows it's the last year Prince Fielder is likely to be in Milwaukee. It could also be the last season of second baseman Rickie Weeks.

Weeks has filed for arbitration and is asking for $7.2 million, while the Brewers offered $4.85 million. The two sides had been seeking a multiyear deal, but are now focusing on just a one-year contract.

Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash told MLB.com's Adam McCalvy that the two sides agreed to table the talks for a multi-year deal "to focus on a one-year deal but keep the options open in terms of revisiting a one-year deal," Ash said.

Weeks made $2.75 million in 2010 and produced for Milwaukee -- hitting .269/.366/.464 with 29 home runs, 83 RBI and 11 stolen bases, playing in 160 games. He led the National League in plate appearances in the year after he managed to play 37 games. Before 2010, he'd never played in 130 games in one season. The oddity of the arbitration process -- and the proof that it's very much in the favor of the players -- is that Weeks received a raise after his 2009 season when he had just 162 plate appearances.

Ash said the Brewers and Weeks' agent, Greg Genske, differed on both years and dollars for the 28-year old.

"There's a lot of negotiating that has to go on," Ash said. "He's looking at the player RIckie was this year and [assuming] he will be that going forward. Clearly, Rickie is a player we really value in terms of his dedication and his professionalism and his approach to the game, but we've had some uneven history here in terms of performance. … if there's a belief on Genske's side that Rickie Weeks is similar to Dan Uggla, then we're going to have a problem."

Weeks had an Uggla-like 2010, but will need another one in 2011 to even sniff Uggla-like money.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 28, 2010 6:11 pm
 

Crawford's agents getting creative

Carl Crawford If you're on Theo Epstein's Christmas list, start dropping some hints, because you may get lucky and get a re-gifted iPad for Christmas.

According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times
, the agents for the former Rays outfielder Carl Crawford are sending iPads "preloaded with an impressive video touting the free agent's strengths, showing highlights and offering testimonials" to teams who have expressed interest in Crawford.

I guess when you're about to get a commission on a $100 million contract, you can afford to send out a couple of extra bucks on advertising.

Somehow, though, I'm guessing if Neal Huntington calls Greg Genske and crew about Crawford, he'll just get the DVD version sent to him, but maybe they'll FedEx it to make him feel important.

Topkin notes Crawford, like the other six Rays free agents offered arbitration, have yet to turn down the Rays, but he expects that from Crawford, Rafael Soriano, Brad Hawpe, Chad Qualls, Randy Choate and, well, Joaquin Benoit, who has already signed with the Tigers.

However, Topkin notes reliever Grant Balfour may accept arbitration. As a Type A free agent, he may find other teams unwilling to give up the necessary picks to sign him.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 9, 2010 9:55 pm
 

Nats, Dunn talking extension


Adam Dunn told MLB.com's Bill Lasdon that his agent Greg Genske talked with the Nationals about a contract extension last week when the team was in Houston.

Dunn is a free agent after this season, but has stated he'd like to stay in Washington.

"The Nationals know how I feel about this place. I hope that something can be worked out," Dunn told Lasdon. "Again, I'm not in any hurry. It's probably No. 10 on my list of things to worry about."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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