Rickie Weeks signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Mariners over the winter, but he was designated for assignment this afternoon after struggling in part-time duty.
Weeks, 32, batted just .167/.263/.250 with two home runs and nine RBI over 95 plate appearances while seeing most of his playing time against left-handed pitching. He exclusively played second base in the majors coming into this season, but the Mariners used him as a left fielder and designated hitter. His role has been diminished since the Mark Trumbo deal, so Seattle decided to turn the page.
The Mariners have called up right-hander Danny Farquhar from Triple-A Tacoma to replace Weeks and will go with an eight-man bullpen for the time being.
One day after trading Welington Castillo the Diamondbacks in the Mark Trumbo deal, the Mariners have called up catcher Jesus Sucre from Triple-A Tacoma while designating outfielder Justin Ruggiano for assignment.
Acquired from the Cubs over the winter, Ruggiano is batting just .214/.321/.357 with two home runs and three RBI over 81 plate appearances this season. However, he has produced an .823 against left-handed pitchers, which is basically what he was brought in for. Rickie Weeks has been worse in part-time duty, but the Mariners decided to keep him around instead.
The 33-year-old Ruggiano is making a $2.505 million salary this season, but he could draw some interest on the trade front.
Scooter Gennett has been Milwaukee’s starting second baseman since pushing Rickie Weeks aside in mid-2013, but after hitting just .159 in 20 games the Brewers have demoted the 25-year-old to Triple-A.
Gennett got off to a slow start, spent two weeks on the disabled list with a shower-related injury, and went just 4-for-34 (.118) upon returning. However, he came into this season as a career .300 hitter in 206 games and it’s not like the Brewers have a great option to replace him, especially with shortstop Jean Segura on the disabled list with a fractured finger.
Milwaukee is 13-24 and has already fired manager Ron Roenicke.