Rickie Weeks had a nice season after being demoted to a part-time role in Milwaukee, but the Brewers have decided to decline his $11.5 million option for 2015.
Weeks has spent his entire career with the Brewers after being the No. 2 overall pick in the 2003 draft, hitting .249 with 148 homers, 126 steals, and a .771 OPS in 1,142 games. He’s been injured a lot and his production has varied wildly, but overall Weeks has been an above-average hitter playing an up-the-middle defensive position.
He won’t get $11.5 million anywhere else for next season, but Weeks does figure to land a regular gig somewhere. Scooter Gennett will remain the Brewers’ primary second baseman after hitting .289 with nine homers and a .754 OPS in 137 games this season as a 24-year-old.
The Marlins designated utilityman Derek Dietrich for assignment, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. This comes amid a flurry of moves on Tuesday night as teams prepare their rosters ahead of the Rule 5 draft next month.
Dietrich, 29, is coming off another strong season in which he hit .265/.330/.421 with 16 home runs, 45 RBI, and 72 runs scored in 551 plate appearances. He played all over the diamond, spending most of his time in left field and at first base. Dietrich also played some second base, third base, and right field.
Dietrich is entering his third of four years of arbitration eligibility. He earned $2.9 million this past season and MLB Trade Rumors projects him to earn $4.8 million in 2019. Cutting Dietrich represents a bit more than 4 million in savings for the rebuilding and perennially small-market Marlins. Dietrich should draw some interest, so the Marlins could end up trading him rather soon.
Wonder how J.T. Realmuto, now the longest-tenured Marlin, is feeling right about now.