Tag:Rickie Weeks
Posted on: November 17, 2010 8:59 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2010 5:47 am

Wednesday evening rumor roundup

Hot Stove Wednesday wasn't quite as exciting as Tuesday's rumor-mongering at the GM meetings, but hey, we did get a trade and an overpaid free agent signing, so it wasn't all that different. Here's some of the other stuff that went down -- or has been talked about -- 'round Orlando and beyond.

• The Rockies are interested in Jon Garland, but aren't looking to offer much beyond a one-year deal. (Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman via Twitter )

• The Nationals are one of "six or eight" teams to have talked with Twins free agent starter Carl Pavano. (Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post )

• The Brewers hope to extend second baseman Rickie Weeks, who will be a free agent following the 2011 season. (Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel )

• Jorge de la Rosa will move quickly on signing, preferably signing before the Cliff Lee sweepstakes is wrapped up. He'll jump on an offer from the Nationals or Pirates if the terms are right. (Troy Renck of the Denver Post )

• The Rockies have been aggressive in Orlando with trades and free agents. The team has interest in Oakland third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff. (Renck via Twitter)

• Miguel Olivo is drawing interest from the Rangers, White Sox and Blue Jays. (FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi )

• The White Sox are interested in Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon to fill their need of a left-handed hitter, but aren't expected to make a move until after the Dec. 2 non-tender date. (Chicago Tribune 's Phil Rogers )

• The Phillies have done "extensive" groundwork on a deal for the White Sox's Carlos Quentin, who would replace Jayson Werth. (ESPN.com's Jayson Stark )

• Oakland, Toronto and Colorado have interest in Kansas City's Alex Gordon. (MLB.com's Dick Kaegel )

• Tsuyoshi Nishioka was officially posted on Wednesday (U.S. time), so the bidding will close at 5 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday. The Giants, Twins, Cardinals, Orioles, Mariners, Padres, Diamondbacks, Dodgers and Red Sox have all been mentioned by Japanese media as teams with interest. (YakyuBaka.com )

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 15, 2010 10:32 am

Brewers' Weeks, McGehee on the block?

The Brewers may be looking to deal this offseason, FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal writes, and it's not just Prince Fielder on the block.

The Brewers are open to offers on second baseman Rickie Weeks and third baseman Casey McGehee (pictured).

Casey McGehee Like Fielder, Weeks is a free agent after next season, but with Dan Uggla on the market, could wait until someone makes a move on the Marlins second baseman.

Weeks is a better defender than Uggla (not tough), and had a career-high 29 homers in 2010. He hit .269/.366/.464 in 2010, all a tick above his career marks. Weeks is arbitration-eligible and should get a nice raise over the $2.75 he made last season.

McGehee isn't arbitration-eligible until after next season. McGehee has been a find for the Brewers, who was selected off waivers from the Cubs after the 2008 season. McGehee hit .285/.337/.464 with 23 home runs last season, a year after finishing fifth in the National League Rookie of the Year voting.

To trade either Weeks, or especially McGehee, the Brewers are asking for a top-of-the-rotation pitcher, Rosenthal writes, and few teams are willing to give that up. The Braves are mentioned as a fit, noting Atlanta might be willing to give up Jair Jurrjens, but only for the right deal. Jurrjens is arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason and is under team control through 2013.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 5, 2010 12:11 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2010 1:19 pm

Brewer calls ex-manager Macha 'racist'

Luis Cruz
Brewers infielder Luis Cruz told a reporter in Mexico that former manager Ken Macha was "a bit racist" and hinted that his being Latino was the reason he "wasn't given the opportunity" in Milwaukee last season.

“The truth is that he [Macha] is very dry, very lethargic, a bit racist…but that’s all passed,” Cruz told an editor for Puro Beisbol, according to the blog Baseball Mexico.

I don't know whether Macha is racist or not, but it certainly doesn't look like Cruz, whom the Brewers picked up off waivers from the Pirates last winter, was held back as some sort of discriminatory conspiracy. He spent most of the year at Triple-A, batting .281, and got a September call-up. He played in seven games, starting three, and batted .235.

Cruz's primary position is shortstop, where the Brewers' starter is Venezuelan Alcides Escobar and the backup is 15-year veteran Craig Counsell. He also plays second base, where the Brewers start African American Rickie Weeks.

Cruz has a .221 career average in three brief major-league stints, and at best he's a middling utility prospect. I'm not sure what he thinks Macha was supposed to have done for him, but if he just has a beef over playing time, calling the man a racist is a pretty serious charge.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 7:10 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:58 am

R.I.P. Brewers: Pitching poor

As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Next up: the Milwaukee Brewers.

Two years ago, the Brewers were exciting and a team to watch. They had potential, they had youth, they had star power. This year, they still had a team. It's not that the Brewers were bad -- they weren't good, but they weren't bad -- they were just immaterial. Still, the team has some talent and some hope for the future.


In a word: pitching. in two words: starting pitching.

Outside of Yovani Gallardo, the Brewers starters were not good. Randy Wolf had a winning record, but Gallardo and Chris Capuano were the only starters with an ERA+ of 100 or better, and Capuano was right at 100, but started just nine games. And then there was Jeff Suppan.


John Axford The Brewers certainly have a potent offense -- they were third in the National League with a .759 OPS and fourth with 750 runs.

Rickie Weeks had the season everyone hoped he'd have when he showed such promise as a rookie in 2005. Weeks hit .269/.366/.464 with 29 homers and 83 RBI. Corey Hart had a great first half, hitting 21 homers en route to an All-Star appearance, but had just 10 the rest of the season.

John Axford (pictured) was lost in a sea of great rookies in the National League in 2010, but nearly any other season he'd find a way to pick up a Rookie of the Year vote or two as a result of his 24 saves and 2.48 ERA. Kameron Loe and lefty Zack Braddock were also impressive out of the bullpen.


Amaury Rivas was a solid starter in Double-A, but beyond him, there's not much immediate impact in the Brewers' minor leagues for the rotation, which is where the team needs the most help.

The team's best position prospect, Brett Lawrie, plays second base. Weeks is headed to his third season of arbitration, so Lawrie may be a good choice to replace Weeks if the Brewers are out of the race at the trade deadline.


Right after the season ended, the Brewers announce they'd keep ticket prices the same -- that tells you something. Still, most will expect a little better than the 77-85 record. Most will be expecting a record around .500 with anything under the mark as a disappointment.


The Brewers have money to play with -- as they shed the contracts of Suppan, Bill Hall and Braden Looper. Plus they'll decline the option on Hoffman. That will help offset the raises set to kick in to Ryan Braun, Hart and Gallardo.

Prince Fielder They need to spend their extra money on starting pitching -- there's not a whole lot of attractive options out there, but I might go for a guy like Javier Vazquez. Vazquez has been a disappointment with the Yankees, but he's an innings-eater and going from the American League East to the National League Central would certainly help. They can also look through the trash heap at a guy like Kevin Milwood, maybe.

The biggest question will be what to do about Prince Fielder. The first baseman is a free agent after 2011, and this offseason would be the best time to ship him out of town. Fielder got his wish and the team jettisoned manager Ken Macha, but he's ready for his final year of arbitration and then free agency. He may be worth more before the 2011 season, but look for the team to hold on to him until the trade deadline.


The division the Brewers play in can't be stressed enough -- the National League Central has two pretty good teams in the Reds and Cardinals, but it's not as if they have a team like the Phillies or Yankees or Red Sox. If everything breaks right, the Brewers could be in it come September. More likely, though, they'll be comfortably in third place, behind the two better teams but better than the Cubs, Astros and Pirates.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 2, 2010 8:24 pm

Brewers want to extend Weeks

Rickie Weeks The Brewers inked Corey Hart to a contract extension on Monday and are now angling to bring Rickie Weeks into the fold as well.

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reveals that general manager Doug Melvin is speaking to the star second baseman about extending his stay in town. Weeks has been long considered a budding star but only broke through in 2009, his age-26 season. Unfortunately, his .272/.340/.517 line was cut short after 37 games due to a season-ending injury.

He's picked up right where he left off, however, and has posted a .276/.375/.488 mark in 499 plate appearances, jacking 22 home runs. He is due for one more year of arbitration before hitting free agency at the same time as Prince Fielder.

Hart, Weeks and Fielder are the three best Milwaukee hitters, and while Fielder's departure is all but certain given his outrageous demands in salary (thanks, agent Scott Boras), the Brew Crew would certainly love to keep Weeks in the fold.

Weeks will certainly become one of the best-paid second basemen in the game when he signs his free-agent deal, whether that's with the Brewers or elsewhere. Chase Utley is the highest-paid player at the position, earning an average annual salary of $12 million through 2013. Brian Roberts is second with a deal at $10 million. No other second baseman is in double-digits.

Weeks, along with Robinson Cano and perhaps Brandon Phillips, figure to double the amount of second basemen who have deals averaging eight digits, so the Brewers will have to pony up. For a club with limited financial resources, having Hart, Weeks and Ryan Braun (who makes just under $1.3 million but will see his salary escalate rapidly through 2015) can have far-reaching implications on a team desperate to upgrade its pitching.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 19, 2010 5:01 pm

Venters, Cox suspended for hitting Fielder

Jonny Venters Major League Baseball has suspended Braves left-hander Jonny Venters four games and manager Bobby Cox one, according to Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Venters threw back-to-back pitches at Prince Fielder in Saturday's game against the Brewers. He was warned after the first one went over Fielder's head and was successful, hitting Fielder in the back, with the second.

Bob Watson wrote Cox was suspended for "the intentional actions of Venters after a warning had been issued to the pitcher following the first intentional pitch thrown at Fielder."

After the game, Venters (and Cox) denied the actions were intentional, even though it was the second consecutive game Fielder was plunked. In Friday's game he was hit following a Ryan Braun homer and Saturday's came in the next at-bat following his own homer.

Brewers manager Ken Macha said he complained to MLB about his players getting hit too often. Brewers have been hit 47 times, the most in the majors.

Neither of the balls that hit Fielder looked as if they were being targeted anywhere near the plate. On Friday, Tommy Hanson's 92 mph fastball hit the Brewers' first baseman on the thigh. Saturday, Venters hit Fielder with a 94 mph fastball between the 2 and 8 on Fielder's back after Fielder was able to duck out of the way of the previous pitch. Macha certainly has a right to defend his players. Rickie Weeks has been hit 17 times, the tops in the majors, and Fielder is third with 14.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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