MLB Rumors: Rickie Weeks Sets Deadline for Extension
MLB Rumors: Rickie Weeks finally escaped the injuries and inconsistency that had plagued his first five seasons in the Majors, and broke out in a big way in 2010.
The second baseman set career highs in most offensive categories, including home runs (29), runs batted in (83), and runs scored (112). It was by far his best season since arriving in 2005 as a highly touted prospect. Now, he wants to get rewarded for that output, but only if it doesn't interfere with his preparations for the upcoming 2011 season.
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Weeks and his representatives have set a deadline of the start of Spring Training, about three weeks away, to get a long term deal done. That means if the Brewers don't hurry, they could see another one of their stars walk out the door after this year.
Already, Prince Fielder is widely considered a major candidate to sign elsewhere when he becomes a free agent next offseason, so the Brewers management might feel more pressure than usual to get something done with Weeks now, so they can then turn all of their focus to Fielder when the time comes. That won't stop him from getting a mega-offer from one (or more) of the usual suspects, but it might at least give them a fighting chance.
Or, they could decide to let Weeks walk, with the intention of using the money saved there towards sweetening the pot for Prince. Of course, there could be an option number three that I'm missing here. Who knows?
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