The Diamondbacks have signed infielder/outfielder Rickie Weeks to a minor league contract, as per the team’s official Twitter feed. The deal contains an invitation to their big league Spring Training camp. Weeks is represented by the Legacy Agency.
Weeks hit just .167/.263/.250 in 95 plate appearances with the Mariners last season before being released in June. He’ll provide the D’Backs with some minor league depth at both his natural second base position and possibly in left field, as he appeared in 19 games in left last season (the first time he’d played outfield in his 13-year pro career).
Weeks, 33, was selected by the Brewers with second overall pick of the 2003 draft and delivered some big seasons as Milwaukee’s regular second baseman before struggling to just a .228/.323/.389 slash line in 1457 PA over the last four seasons. That total includes a strong .809 OPS in part-time action in 2014, boosted by terrific numbers against left-handed pitching. With so many right-handed hitting infield and outfield options in Arizona’s camp already, however, it may be tough for Weeks to find a spot on the 25-man roster.