The Brewers would love to lock-up second baseman Rickie Weeks with a multi-year contract extension but are having trouble getting those talks started, general manager Doug Melvin said this week.
“We’re working on getting Rickie signed,” Melvin told the sports radio station WSSP on Tuesday morning. “He’s got a new agent, Greg Genske, who is CC Sabathia’s agent, so it’s going to be a lot tougher than his previous agent [Lon Babby].
“[Genske] doesn’t respond as quick. But we’ll be working on it.”
Weeks, the second overall pick in the 2003 Draft, was forced to select new representation after Babby took over as the president of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns.
The Brewers had a similar experience with Genske and associate Brian Peters in the lead-up to the 2008 Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, where they finally got a sit-down and pushed hard for Sabathia to re-sign. Sabathia instead inked a richer deal with the Yankees.
Melvin earlier this week assigned the task of reaching Genske and determining Weeks’ asking price to assistant general manager Gord Ash. Melvin expects to meet in person next week at the Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Weeks, for his part, told MLB.com last month that he’s open to the idea of an extension. Genske was not available on Thursday.
“I’ve had one meeting with [Genske], and he said that he’s interested in a long-term deal,” Melvin said. “But once players get close to free agency, they get a little less interested in trying to sign up because they’re so close to free agency and they’ve got some security under their belt.”