Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Rickie Weeks and the Brewers are trying to hammer out a long-term contract prior to their scheduled arbitration hearing Thursday.
According to Rosenthal the contract would for at least three and possibly as many as five years. This season is Weeks’ third and final year of arbitration eligibility, so a three-year deal would buy out his first two seasons of free agency. A five-year deal would cover four free agent seasons and keep Weeks in Milwaukee through age 32.
Weeks submitted a $7.2 million arbitration request, while the Brewers countered at $4.85 million. He earned $2.75 million in 2010 while putting together a career-year, hitting .269 with 29 homers, 112 runs, and an .830 OPS while playing 160 games after never staying healthy enough to play even 130 games previously.
With Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna gone, the next logical step for the Marlins would be to trade away Christian Yelich. He’s be an amazingly attractive trade candidate given that he is under team control through 2022, and is owed a very reasonable $58 million or so. He just turned 26 last week and has hit .290/.369/.432 in his five year career. That’s the kind of player and contract that could bring back a mess of prospects.
Except the Marlins, it seems, don’t want to do that. Multiple reports have come out in the last hour saying that the Marlins intend to hold on to Yelich and to build around him.
That could be a negotiating ploy, of course. They’ll no doubt listen to offers and, if the right one comes along, they’d certainly give strong consideration to trading him. A good deal is a good deal.
The only question, in light of the events of the last week, is whether the Marlins would know a good deal if they saw one.