Milwaukee Brewers Sign Rickie Weeks to One-Year Deal

Lance LeQueAnalyst IFebruary 5, 2009

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The Brewers agreed to terms with second baseman Rickie Weeks on a $2.45 million, one-year contract on Tuesday.

He can earn an additional $100,000 in performance bonuses based on plate appearances from 575 to 650. That would be uncharted territory for Weeks, who made a career-high 560 plate appearances in 2008, when he missed two weeks with a sprained left knee. In previous seasons, he was limited by hand and wrist injuries.

In his first year of eligibility, Weeks was seeking $2.8 million, while the Brewers offered $2 million.

The second overall pick in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, Weeks batted .234 last season with 14 home runs, 89 runs scored and a .342 on-base percentage. Weeks re-injured his left knee in Game 3 of the National League Division Series and underwent surgery Oct. 6 to repair the meniscus but is expected to arrive in Phoenix for Spring Training at full strength.

My Take

Hopefully we'll see a lot out of Weeks this year. I, personally, want this guy to succeed. He's young, and still developing, and I think that some people get on him a little too much. I definitely wouldn't be comfortable having Craig Counsell starting at second base for us, so this was a very important signing for the time being.

Only one more player eligible for arbitration is left to sign—Corey Hart. Here's to seeing an agreement within the next week or two.