Jun 18, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks (23) throws to first base during the seventh inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Trade Deadline: Thankfully the Blue Jays have no interest in Brewers’ Rickie Weeks


The Toronto Blue Jays are headlong  into a playoff push, which naturally gets fans very excited. Couple that the ongoing speculation of what the  team will go leading into the Major League Baseball trade deadline, and fans can get into a bit of a fervor.

Now, we’ve spent our fair share of time discussing the team’s prospective moves, trying to do our best to guess what direction the team was leaning. From starting pitchers, to second baseman, to third baseman, we’ve been all over the board.

I’m glad to say we never once considered Rickie Weeks, and according to reports, neither have the Toronto Blue Jays.

As relayed by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Blue Jays have discussed a range of infielders that include David Murphy, Chase Headley, and others, the Blue Jays apparently see no apparent value in Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks.

Weeks, who is actually playing quite well in 2014 while being used in a strict platoon with Scooter Gennett, is readily available to would-be suitors. The Brewers are hoping that his .265/.331/.409  will entice teams to take on what remains of his $11 million deal for 2014.  The asking price will likely be relatively affordable as well, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the Blue Jays are biting.

As Heyman discusses, the thought of Weeks being an upgrade on the offensive side of the field may be enticing to some teams. However, the Blue Jays put a premium on the ability of players to field the ball as well.

If this was 2009, Weeks would have been a tremendous fielding second baseman, as he put up a 16.6 UZR/150 and was worth 7 defensive runs saved. But like his offensive output over the past several seasons, Weeks has been in a steep decline in the field as well. He’s failed to register a positive UZR/150 in either of the last two seasons, and 2014 isn’t any better as he has been good for a -29.9 UZR/150 in just 220 innings of play this season.

Needless to say, if the Blue Jays have reservations about the defensive capabilities of Daniel Murphy, then they are more than smart to realize that Weeks is even worthy of being in the conversation of any potential deal.

With that all said, the Blue Jays will continue to pursue other options, including third baseman with the thought of moving Brett Lawrie over to second, at least temporarily. That takes away the rush to make a stupid move on an option like Weeks, letting us all rest quietly knowing that the Blue Jays are in better hands.

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  • Wayne Cooper

    Dang. I’ve been pushing Weeks, for weeks now. I was hoping that a new team a new stadium, and a new start would work wonders for the 32 year old. I’d still prefer him to Brandon Phillips, Chase Utley would be great, but I don’t see it happening, even with Philadelphia out of the race already. I still think Lawrie at 3rd and Weeks at 2nd is better than Francisco at 3rd and Lawrie at 2nd. I also have a fascination with Gallardo, and think he’s an ace in the making, and a change of scenery would be good for him. He was always under appreciated in Milwaukee, and with Big contracts for Lohse and Garza, and Peralta, and Estrada needing contracts soon, and Milwaukee being in the NL, the move made sense to me……maybe not.

    • JaysHopeful

      You know, I didn’t think it was THAT bad of an idea to go after Weeks. People hate on him, but he could have been a right-handed platoon with Lind at DH and would have also done some time spelling Kawasaki at 2B. He’s got decent on-base skills and still has some power and speed. If the Brewers were willing to get rid of him cheap, he could have filled some holes in the Jays lineup. He’s neither a great solution nor a long-term solution but if used effectively could have contributed.