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

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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.

Cody Bellinger continues to lead all All-Star vote-getters

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As you’ll recall, we have a new All-Star voting system in place this year. It’s a two-tiered system.

The “the Primary,” is underway and runs through June 21. That’s just the regular “vote for whoever you want stuff.” After it’s over, the top three vote-getters at each position will then be placed on a new ballot — “The Starter’s Election” — from which fans will then vote again during a single 28-hour period to decide who starts the All-Star Game. The results of that will be announced on June 27. The bench guys and pitchers and stuff will be chosen as usual, with full rosters announced a couple of days later.

Major League Baseball just gave us an update of who’s leading the primary. The overall leaders at each position break down thusly:

Here are the more extensive leaderboards, with the shaded names belonging to players who, if voting stopped now, would make the second round. First, the American League:

And now the National League:

Vote early, vote often.