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Friday, February 13, 2015

2015 FANTASY BASEBALL ISSUES: DOES RICKIE WEEKS TAKE ON VALUE AFTER SIGNING WITH SEATTLE?


Sensing the chance to pick up a proven veteran player on the cheap, the Seattle Mariners signed free agent second baseman Rickie Weeks late Wednesday with the idea of playing him in the outfield.  With Robinson Cano cemented at second base, Weeks’ only option is to claim a spot in the outfield which the Mariners intend to allow him every chance to do so.  At one time a slam dunk top ten fantasy baseball second baseman who could hit for rare power while stealing bases, Weeks has been nothing but a disaster over the last two seasons due to injuries and just plain poor performance.  Now a clear veteran at 32, time is running out for Weeks to reclaim his status as a guy who can help both a major league and a fantasy baseball roster.  So what could be in store for Weeks now that he will be donning a Mariners uniform?

Taking a quick trip down memory lane, it was as recently as 2012 when Weeks hit and ran with authority as he clubbed 21 home runs and stole 16 bases in 588 at-bats for the Milwaukee Brewers.  Unfortunately for Weeks, that season was just about the only one he avoided getting hurt as he was quite possible the most injury-prone players in the game.  Serious wrist and leg ailments ruined more than a few seasons and poor hitting that showed up in some horrific batting averages only helped to push up his exit from the Brewers.  Even in that 2012 campaign, Weeks batted only .230 as his sky-high K rate made him a major liability there.  So in moving from a decent hitting park in Milwaukee to a prime pitching park in Seattle, how can Weeks be expected to help?

Well for one Weeks will pick up outfield eligibility to go with second base which is helpful.  Still with second base being so shallow you want to continue playing him at that spot.  And as far as the hitting?  Listen Weeks is still going to strike out a ton and struggle to hit even .250.  Throw in the vast dimension of Safeco Field and Weeks’ above-average power for a guy who qualifies at second base is not looking so great either.

When you put it all together, Rickie Weeks remains a guy best left on the waiver wire during drafts until we see any sort of sign of progress.  It has been a long time since Weeks was useful and we get the strong suspicion that will continue on in 2015 despite starting with a new club. 

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