With Shaun Marcum under wraps, the Brewers lone unsigned arbitration-eligible player is second baseman Rickie Weeks, and the sides are still working toward a multi-year extension that would buy out some of his free agent seasons.
So said general manager Doug Melvin to former beat cohort Anthony Witrado, who recently moved from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to The Sporting News.
“We’ll get a better sense of where we are in the next couple of days,” Melvin told Witrado on Thursday. “We still have a little bit of time. We’re always optimistic we can get something done, and we’re still engaged in multiyear talks. If we don’t [get that done] then we have to focus on this year.”
Weeks’ arbitration hearing is scheduled for Thursday of next week. He filed for $7.2 million in 2011 and the Brewers countered at $4.85 million. Weeks earned $2.75 million during 2010, a breakout season thanks to a full year of good health.