Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Gannett To Replace Weeks As Soon As Next Season


Scooter Gannett Milwaukee
Do you hear that sound Brewers fans? I can. That sound is the motor of Milwaukee Brewers prospect Scooter Gennett, currently the second basemen for Nashville, the Brewers Triple A affiliate. With each and every passing day, that motor is getting louder, and louder. People are starting to talk, and there was even an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about Scooter. I am going on record as being the first writer to bring about the subject of Scooter Gennett, in a piece I wrote back in October.

Yes, in time Gennett will supplant Weeks as the second baseman of the Milwaukee Brewers, and with the way that management is talking, that will happen in Spring Training next year. I've discussed Scooter to death, so I won't go into any more details about him. Rather, I would like to take a look at this from the angle of the Brewers current second basemen, Rickie Weeks.

It wasn't too long ago that Weeks was one of the most feared offensive players in the game. He was a player who could hit the ball out of the park and steal two bases in the same game. Well, he isn't that player anymore. In fact, this version of Weeks, just plain and simply put, isterrible, and the only reason he is still the starter at second base is for two reasons. Number one, the money involved. The Brewers are currently committed to Weeks through the end of next season, with a team option involved for 2015. At this rate, there is no chance the Brewers pick up that option. Second of all, and this is a simple one, name only. The name of Rickie Weeks is still very popular amongst Brewers fans, and benching him right now would only make sense to the smarter fans who understand baseball.

So what should Milwaukee do with Weeks then? Well, at this point, he is simply not trade material. Now granted, he could get it going again, and add some value, but I don't see that happening. With the way the Brewers front office is talking, Weeks will be in a Brewers uniform through the end of next season, and if Scooter has a strong spring, Weeks will become expendable. At that point, the only option may be the designated for assignment, which is always a very last resort for every Major League team.

No comments: