Scooter Gennett looks to prove Brewers made right call at second base
FEB 24, 4:45p ET | John Pesetski
Rotowire: Feb 27 / 11:07a ET
News: Weeks will work out primarily in left field in spring training and might platoon with Dustin Ackley, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: Manager Lloyd McClendon didn't call it a platoon, but that's how he described it. "I think the combination of both of those guys out there should produce a left fielder where you have a combination of 20-25 home runs and 100-plus RBIs," McClendon said. "Now, you've got something." A platoon was an obvious option when the Mariners signed Weeks to play outfield, but McClendon's description makes it seem likely to happen.
StatsLLC: Feb 12 / 12:00a ET
News: Weeks and the Mariners have finalized a $2 million, one-year contract, adding depth to Seattle's roster just before the start of spring training. The Mariners announced the deal with Weeks on Friday following the completion of a physical. Weeks can earn another $2 million in performance bonuses plus additional award bonuses.
Impact: Weeks gives the Mariners additional versatility in the infield. In 121 games last season with Milwaukee, he hit .274 with eight home runs and 29 RBIs. He became a free agent after the Brewers voided his $11.5 million salary for 2015, a right the team had because Weeks failed to have at least 1,200 plate appearances in 2013-14, including 600 or more last year.
Rotowire: Feb 11 / 9:05p ET
News: Weeks agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mariners on Wednesday, ESPN reports.
Impact: This is a bit of a surprise that could have ramifications up and down the roster. According to the report, Weeks will play left and right field in addition to second base, though he has never played outfield in his career. If he can play left, Weeks might be a platoon option with Dustin Ackley. It also means that the loser of the shortstop battle between Brad Miller and Chris Taylor will be sent back to Triple-A, assuming utility man Willie Bloomquist's injured knee proves healthy.