According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and Sirius XM, the Mariners have signed free agent Rickie Weeks to a one-year contract worth around $2 million. The deal will also carry another $2 million worth of incentives.
Weeks is a shell of the All-Star second baseman who put up 29 home runs and 83 RBI in 2010, but he still managed a cool .809 OPS (124 OPS+) in 286 plate appearances last season for the Brewers and should be a nice bench piece for Seattle. He remains an effective slugger against left-handed pitching.
The 32-year-old can help out at second base, first base, and designated hitter for the Mariners.
He might also be available for emergency duty at one of the corner outfield spots.
CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.
The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.
Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.
“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”
The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.