Over the weekend, the Diamondbacks inked utilityman Rickie Weeks to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that Weeks will earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the major league roster.
Weeks, 33, signed with the Mariners last season, but hit a paltry .167/.263/.250 with only three extra-base hits and nine RBI in 95 plate appearances. The Mariners released him on June 21 and he spent the rest of the season unsigned. With the Mariners, Weeks played in the outfield for the first time his career, racking up 19 games in left field. The Diamondbacks will certainly try to put his newfound versatility to good use.
Weeks was once a top prospect in the Brewers’ minor league system and put together some solid seasons between 2009-11 but injuries and age slowed him down.