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The Texas Rangers, who are in the market for a second baseman, are reportedly looking at Rickie Weeks of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Weeks’ name has been thrown around in trade talks since Scooter Gennett put together a fantastic season in 2013.
As Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel noted, the Brewers owe Weeks quite a bit of money this season. This may cause a roadblock when it comes to trade talks. The Brewers would most likely have to pay some of Weeks’ $11 million salary if they did trade him.
The Rangers are in need of a second baseman because top prospect Jurickson Profar is out 10-12 weeks after suffering a muscle tear in his right shoulder. That leaves former Brewers’ player Josh Wilson and Kensuke Tanaka as the only second basemen on the Rangers roster.
Coincidentally, the Brewers added infielder Elian Herrera among those traveling to Milwaukee for a couple of exhibition games this weekend. This was after the Brewers had already optioned Herrera to Triple-A.
Weeks, 31, hit .209 with 10 home runs in 2013, a season that was cut short due to a torn left hamstring.