With spring training set to begin in a little over a week, former Milwaukee Brewers’ second baseman Rickie Weeks is still looking for a home. The trade to acquire Luis Sardinas has all but assured that Weeks will not be back in Milwaukee, so where will he wind up?
Jon Heyman of CBSSports indicated that the Blue Jays have shown interest in Weeks and that is where I believe he will eventually end up. The Jays’ lineup is already stacked with star-power and set to outhit any team in the league. The only gaping hole from top to bottom is at second base where Weeks’ potential could be a huge upgrade.
Yes, Weeks is not the all-star player that he once showed or the talented star that was selected in the first round, but he still has the ability to be a difference maker and put up above average offensive numbers from an often weak position. In that lineup he could easily hit .250 and have 15 plus home runs playing on an everyday basis.
Although he lost his starting job in Milwaukee as he was outplayed by Scooter Gennett, he still showed that he could be a serviceable bat last year. After the all-star break while many of the Brewers’ numbers declined, Weeks turned things around. He not only led the team with a .302 post-break average, but he also led the team by a landslide with a .938 OPS in the second half. These late season OPS numbers were better than any other second baseman in baseball with over 100 at-bats. On the year his .809 OPS finished 6th in all of baseball, just behind hitters like Robinson Cano and Jose Altuve. Were he more versatile there is no doubt that he would no longer remain on the market.
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With the season about to begin it is just a matter of time for a team like the Blue Jays to swipe up Weeks and they could be in for quite a bargain. While he was often booed at home, stuck out in the clutch, and seemed to lose it in Milwaukee he was one of their key bats for the better part of a decade as he racked up over 1,000 hits as a Brewer. While he is no longer the elite player that Brewers’ fans dreamed he would become, he is destined to show that he has plenty left in the tank in Toronto or where ever else he winds up.