Brewers Put Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Rickie Weeks on Table
The Brewers approached the Angels to gauge their interest in Fielder shortly after Kendry Morales was injured, but they were rebuffed. The Brewers are expected to try to move Fielder because they don't think they can re-sign him after 2011, but they may have to wait until the offseason if no more enticing deals come up this month, the source said. Fielder is a Scott Boras client, so any team that acquires him is going to be unlikely to sign him long-term before he tests the market after 2011.
Fielder, Hart and Weeks are all arbitration-eligible this winter and free agents following the 2011 season. So far Hart is the one whose name has been mentioned most frequently in rumors, but the Brewers are having some trouble getting a good return on him because teams are skeptical about his performance. Hart's OPS had declined each of the previous two years, from .892 to .759 to .753, before his bounceback 2010 season. Hart is an All-Star, with 19 homers and a .911 OPS.
The Giants are the team to have the most serious discussions about Hart, but so far even those haven't gotten far. The Brewers need pitching and the Giants are unwilling to part with any of their major league arms like Jonathan Sanchez or Madison Bumgarner.
Weeks is an intriguing player whose name has not been thrown about too much so far in this trading season. Like Hart, his career had seemed to be stalled. Weeks, 27, was better last year, but injuries limited him to 37 games. This year's he's put production and health together.His .824 OPS would be his best for a full season. His 15 homers are one shy of his career high.
The Red Sox and Phillies both need a second baseman in the short term, but a player like Weeks may not make sense for them because they'd have no place to play him after their starters return from injuries.
The Giants, who are in more desperate need of offense than any contender, might be interested in putting Weeks at second and moving Freddy Sanchez to third and Pablo Sandoval to first.
Weeks might also be a fit for the Padres,who have been using David Eckstein and, recently, Jerry Hairston at second base.
The White Sox, who have been disappointed by Gordon Beckham's second year, might also be a fit for Weeks.