Brewers optimistic about reaching deals with Weeks, Marcum

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The Brewers have already settled on salaries for 2011 with arbitration-eligible players Prince Fielder ($15.5M), Carlos Gomez ($1.5M), Kameron Loe ($1.25M) and Manny Parra ($1.2M).

They have only two unsettled cases: Rickie Weeks and Shaun Marcum.

According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Brewers expect to reach agreements with both within the next few days.

Weeks requested $7.2 million and was offered $4.85 million when figures were exchanged earlier this month.  A 28-year-old with a decent glove and decent range at second base, he batted .269/.366/.464 with a career-high 29 home runs and 83 RBI last season.

Marcum asked for $5 million and was offered $3 million from the Brewers.  The right-hander posted a 13-8 record, 3.64 ERA and 1.15 WHIP over 31 starts last season for the Blue Jays, striking out 165 batters against only 43 walks while pitching in baseball’s toughest division.  He was acquired this offseason for top infield prospect Brett Lawrie in a trade that should work out well for both sides.

Rays acquire RHP Drew Smith from Tigers

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The Rays acquired minor league reliever Drew Smith from the Tigers on Friday, per a team announcement. The move will close the loop on the trade the two teams began in January for backup outfielder Mikie Mahtook.

Smith, 23, pitched his first full season in Single-A West Michigan in 2016, turning in a 2.96 ERA, 4.3 BB/9 and 11.5 SO/9 in 48 2/3 innings. The right-hander is still several levels away from making any impact on the Rays’ major league roster, but appears to be progressing steadily in two seasons of pro ball and has delivered two runs, four walks and 12 strikeouts in his first 11 2/3 innings at High-A Lakeland this season. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that he’ll be reassigned to the Rays’ High-A Charlotte this week.

Yankees activate Didi Gregorius from the disabled list

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The Yankees have activated shortstop Didi Gregorius from the 10-day disabled list, the club announced on Friday. Infielder Pete Kozma was designated for assignment to clear roster space.

Gregorius, 27, suffered a strained right shoulder while playing in the World Baseball Classic last month. He’s in Friday’s starting lineup, batting sixth against the Orioles.

Last season, Gregorius hit .276/.304/.447 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI in 597 plate appearances.