The Mariners plan to use Rickie Weeks in the outfield “a lot”


Early last season Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said that then-Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks was asked if he’d consider learning how to play left field. The reason: a couple of years of bad performance and injury and Scooter Gennett‘s comparatively better production. Weeks, however, declined to take the outfield reps. In fact, in his career, he has played nothing but second base and DH.

Last night he signed with the Mariners. They happen to have a second baseman. Goes by the name of Cano. So, no, Weeks is not gonna see a lot of time in his preferred position. To that end, Jon Heyman reports today that the Mariners plan to use him in the outfield “a lot.”

One presumes that Weeks was aware of Mr. Cano’s presence before signing this deal, so one presumes that he’s on board with the move to the outfield now. It’ll be curious to see if his hamstring — which has given him issues in the past — holds up to that, but if he can pull it off, he could reinvent himself as useful super utility guy.