Monday, February 21, 2011

Rickie Weeks Contract Extension is About More Than Last Season's Output

Rickie Weeks
I'm not going to cringe every time Rickie Weeks has an at bat in 2011. In fact, I'm expecting him to perform better than last season, when he ended with a .269 batting average. Save for last year, the guy didn't break the 100 games played per season mark in his entire pro career. If it weren't for Fielder's situation coming in 2012, Weeks would have been offered a completely different contract extension.

We have two players that have to prove their worth when you compare their individual numbers to last year. Carlos Gomez is another player who played in 97 games last season, batting .247 for the year. He struck out 72 times in 2010 and that's the same number of strikeouts he had in 2009, but he played 40 more games that year. The concussion he received in early August may have played a role in his performance. Non the less, we need more from Gomez in 2011.