Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Brewers’ beat reporter Tom Haudricourt tweeted that the Rangers were “looking at Rickie Weeks today.” One of the hurdles, as Haudricourt notes as well, is the $11 million salary Weeks is due this season. Milwaukee would certainly eat some of that, but how much would be determined by the return they would get.
Adding fuel to the fire was the move by the Brewers to bring infielder Elian Herrera with the club to Milwaukee for a pair of exhibition games prior to the season opener on Mar. 31. Herrera was optioned to the minors earlier today, but has now appeared on Milwaukee’s travel party list for the trip north.
Herrera is a switch-hitter who can play multiple positions, an ideal man for a bench spot. He’d also be a platoon partner for Scooter Gennett, who struggles against left-handed pitching. Either way, the Brewers are covered.
It may be just a precautionary measure, but it indicates there are serious discussions between the two clubs should a trade happen quickly and close to Opening Day.
Another intriguing element to the rumor, and perhaps something that could help foster a move should there be indecision on Rangers’ part, is that Weeks and Texas first baseman Prince Fielder are very close friends. It wouldn’t be surprising if Fielder nudged Texas management into pulling the trigger to play with his pal once again.
Texas is clearly in a win-now mode, plays in a hitter-friendly ballpark, and wouldn’t worry about Weeks’ defensive struggles as a part-time second baseman. It would also give them a variety of options in the second half of the season when Profar would be back on the field.
It would allow Texas flexibility as shortstop with Elvis Andrus and Profar, second base with Profar and Weeks, and even give them an option to use Weeks in the designated hitter’s role from time-to-time. Furthermore, it covers Texas on any future injuries or if Profar has a setback.
It’s difficult to gauge what the Brewers would get in return for Weeks at this point.
Basically, the more money they ate, the better player (in theory) they would want back. It wouldn’t be anyone of great significance, but it could be a guy with a specific skill or a decent arm who could contribute down the road.
It will be an interesting week for the Brewers with Opening Day around the corner and a trade potentially in the works.