Milwaukee Brewers Rumors: Could Rickie Weeks End up with Yankees?

By Brandon Hemstead
Jeff Hanisch- USA TODAY Sports

With Scooter Gennett as the favorite to win the second baseman job for the Milwaukee Brewers heading into the 2014 season, the Brew Crew could be looking to deal their former second overall pick from 2003.

Rickie Weeks is the longest tenured Brewers player who although showed signs of brilliance in rare spurts, he has failed to consistently take his game to the next level that the second overall picks are expected to. Weeks is coming off a pitiful 2013 season where he batted just .209 in 104 games. He is set to be owed $11 million this year and could find himself in a bench role or traded, even though the Brewers would have to eat a good chunk of his remaining contract.

It has been reported the New York Yankees have been keeping an eye on the 31-year-old Weeks. As everyone knows they have never been one to shy away from bringing in pricey free agents. With the departure of Robinson Cano, who signed a $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners, the Yankees are heading into the 2014 season with uncertainty at their second base position. Weeks has far more upside than Brendan Ryan and Brian Roberts, 36, who are the leading options for the Yankees if they don’t bring in someone else.

The Brewers may be hesitant to rely solely on the 23-year-old Gennett to carry the full load in the 2014 season but seem inclined to give him every opportunity to be the lead dog after his .324 performance in 69 games last season. Do the Brewers want to pay Weeks that much money to carry a bench role? The Yankees could certainly make a move for Weeks in hopes for a change of scenery to revive his career.

Brandon Hemstead is a Milwaukee Brewers writer for Follow him on Twitter @hemi27sp, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.



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