Rickie Weeks Has Deadline For Extension Negotiations

Rickie Weeks, who is eligible for free agency after 2011, does not want to talk about a multiyear extension once Spring Training begins, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Once I get to Spring Training, I want to focus on baseball," the second baseman told Haudricourt.

Weeks, 28, is still without a contract for 2011, though we heard this morning that the Brewers are optimistic about working out a one-year deal rather than going to a hearing. Arbitration eligible for the last time, Weeks filed for $7.2MM, while the Brewers countered with $4.85MM.

The Brewers have expressed a desire to sign Weeks to a multiyear deal, but tabled those talks for the time being, while they work on a one-year contract. Even if the two sides agree on a salary for 2011 soon, the Brewers will have to re-open multiyear discussions fairly quickly if they hope to lock Weeks up long-term before his Spring Training deadline. Given how far apart the two sides were when they talked before, Haudricourt says an extension before Spring Training "sounds almost impossible."

17 Responses to Rickie Weeks Has Deadline For Extension Negotiations Leave a Reply

  1. woadude 5 years ago

    Next Rickie Weeks will inform the media he will veto any trade during the season.

  2. Brit Finnegan 5 years ago

    He’s an average defensive 2-bagger. He had one huge offensive year in 2010. Maybe he should not talk negotiation after spring training begins,but worry about his D, and hope/pray for another offensive filled year. He should be happy to be in an offensive stadium in a crap division, all while being surrounded by a ton of offense and the acquisition of a Cy Young award winner.

    • Sam_Lee 5 years ago

      Its not an offensive stadium. The crap divisions are the NL and AL Wests.

  3. jwsox 5 years ago

    whats with all of these guys saying they dont want to talk about an extension during the season…Its easy to do tell your agent what you want, then tell him he has to work on it during the season. If your agent thinks a deal is good enough he can come to you to talk about it if not he wont. Don’t pull this primadona stuff. Why, unless you really want to leave said city unless the money is over whelming, would you not want to talk about an extension. I would think the pressure of going into a season without a contract is harder than dealing with extension talks. At least Weeks is not pulling an albert and saying if im not extended i will veto all trades even though it might make the team better in the long haul. It makes him look like a dick.

    • stl_cards16 5 years ago

      So basically you have a problem with players who use the rights that they have. Weeks has put in his time and will be a free agent after the season. If he is not comfortable with talks going on in the season, he doesn’t have to. If the Brewers want to get a deal done, they had all off-season, they will also have next off-season.

      And you think Albert looks like a dick for using his 10-5 rights? You realize these things are put in the CBA for a reason. He has put his time in and shouldn’t have to accept a deal to anywhere. If he wants to play in St. Louis for this season, that is his choice. and BTW, I bet you cannot find a quote from anyone besides Buster Olney saying he wouldn’t accept a trade. Olney took the easy way out there. He got in on the story, and he knows the Cardinals would never look into trading him, so his “sources” will never be put to the test.

  4. MilwaukeeBravesFan 5 years ago

    Does anyone else wish that Lon Babby was still his agent?

  5. alphabet_soup5 5 years ago

    Good fit in Detroit for 2012 if he doesn’t work things out with Milwaukee? Weeks and Jackson at the top of the order could be great table-setters for Cabrera.

  6. AmericanMovieFan 5 years ago

    Weeks’ sample size is too small to demand all that much money. Also, while his numbers were good in 2010, look at a guy like Nick Swisher, who puts those kinds of numbers up consistently (particularly in RBI’s) and yet nobody really values him above $8MM annually. If I were the Brewers I wouldn’t offer him more than 2 years/$11MM w/ a club option for $7MM. And if I were him I’d take that deal.

  7. SpeedS28 5 years ago

    I just hope Rickie resigns with the Crew. He’s the only Brewer jersey I own and I would hate to buy a new one. Plus, I got one of his game bats! (any buyers?)

  8. Guest 5 years ago

    they would be asked about it in post game interviews and would take a small part in the negotiations. in the end, it is a large distraction and very understandable.

  9. danumd87 5 years ago

    He’s acting like he’s a superstar with leverage, rather than a player who has underperformed most of his career and is coming off the season we’ve been waiting for for several years. Albert Pujols has earned the right to put his team on the spot and say these are my conditions. Rickie Weeks has not.

  10. jwsox 5 years ago

    so thats easy to fix…tell the media “i wont be talking about my extension im letting my agent do his job and handle it all”

  11. YOU ARE RIGHT. If I was a man child playing the GAME of baseball for a living I could not focus if their was a chance I may have to survive on 10 MIL as opposed to 12 MIL. Thinking of the hardships I would have to face if that happened would simply be TO MUCH. So much to think about, so many worries, about security, and possible millionaire poverty, and what I would have to concede in my life if this disaster came to pass. SO LAME!

  12. Guest 5 years ago

    he can say that but he would still be thinking about it. talking about it isnt the distraction, its the mental part of it all

  13. stl_cards16 5 years ago

    Yeah and you know the media, if you tell them you are not speaking about something, they will never ask you about it again. Right? And their won’t be stories on it in the paper and on the news. Players in every sport have avoided contract talks in-season for a long time. Guys alot less relevant than Weeks have done this before. I have no idea why these guys think it’s wrong for Weeks to do it.

  14. Mario Saavedra 4 years ago

    Players have the right to negotiate according to their terms as soon as they hit free agency, not when fans think they do.

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