Texas Rangers No Longer Interested In Rickie Weeks?
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On Tuesday, it was reported that the Texas Rangers were scouting Milwaukee Brewers’ second baseman Rickie Weeks. I wrote about the possibility here.
However, the Rangers’ interest may no longer be as the team claimed utility infielder Donnie Murphy off waivers from the Chicago Cubs.
With highly-touted prospect Jurickson Profar out 10-12 weeks, the Rangers coveted a starting second baseman. They settled on Murphy, who coincidentally, is a former Brewer.
Murphy, 31, hit .255 with a career-high 11 home runs in a platoon role with Luis Valbuena for the Cubs in 2013. But with Mike Olt making the roster, Murphy became expendable. Murphy will likely be the starting second baseman in Texas until Profar comes back.
As for Weeks, it remains to be seen what the Brewers have planned for him. He clearly had a better spring than Scooter Gennett, who is competing with Weeks, but manager Ron Roenicke has recently said spring statistics don’t tell the whole story.
The Brewers owe Weeks $11 million in 2014.