Milwaukee Brewers and Rickie Weeks Avoid Arbitration

Bleacher Report Senior Analyst IFebruary 3, 2009

Rickie Weeks wanted $2.8 million, the Brewers wanted to give him $2 million. Tuesday, they settled just a little over the average of the figures, as Weeks was signed to a one-year deal worth $2.45 millions plus incentives. Maybe arbitration does work, after all.

This year is pretty much make-or-break for Rickie, who apparently has all this potential he is supposed to live up to. Weeks' upside has been one of the things working most in his favor, as he continues to be unimpressive with his rough infield play and .245 lifetime batting average.

I wouldn't have minded seeing the swap for Brian Roberts last season, but it looks like Weeks is ours for another year—until he finally delivers at the end of this season and then bolts to the AL East.

This leaves Corey Hart as the only member of the Brewers yet yo be signed. The difference between the numbers is $1.1 million, so this one will probably go to an arbitration hearing on Feb. 18. Then again, Doug Melvin has never had to go to a hearing as the GM of the Brewers, so we'll see.