Yankees Keeping An Eye On Rickie Weeks


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The New York Yankees are reportedly keeping tabs on the Milwaukee Brewers and what they end up doing with second baseman Rickie Weeks.

Weeks, who will be 28 next month, is coming off an abysmal season in which he lost the starting job to rookie Scooter Gennett. He hit .209 in 104 games. While manager Ron Roenicke has refused to name Gennett the starter, it’s clear that he has a leg up. In 2013, the 23-year-old  hit .324 in 69 games.

Weeks has one year, $11 million left on his contract, and the Brewers need to decide what to do with him. If he performs admirably in spring training, Milwaukee could try and trade him. They could also hold onto him and set up a platoon between him and Scooter.

The Yankees, who could use an upgrade in the infield, will be a top suitor for Weeks. The Yankees currently have Brendan Ryan and Brian Roberts slotted to play second base, but Weeks would be an upgrade over both of them.

If the Brewers decide to ship Weeks off, the return will be nothing great. Weeks is too streaky a hitter and teams will shy away from unloading a prospect for him. His injury history also doesn’t help.