Early in the season/small sample size or not, I think Weeks and his .120 average has to go. Were any of you confident when he pinch-hit with two outs last night that he would ACTUALLY bring the run home? For me, a Weeks at-bat is similar to the pitcher leading off an inning.... you HOPE they'll bloop one for a hit, but aren't expecting it (my apologies to Peralta and Gallardo who actually have proven they can hit). Perhaps a better example would be when Herrera comes up. He's known for his versatility and defense, but not so much his bat. Which brings me to my point...
Why is Rickie on the team? He is a light-hitting bench player who backs up Scooter, but couldn't that role be filled by the aforementioned Herrera, or even Bianchi? Certainly the drop-off couldn't be that much!
Yes, I understand Weeks' (shudder) $11MM salary makes him difficult to trade, but do you remember a few years back when another light-hitting player with a bloated contract actually was flipped to another team? Bill Hall was sent to the Mariners, and while the Brewers had to eat a lot of his salary, the key is they didn't have to eat all of it.
If Weeks remains with the team the rest of the season, the Brewers will wind up paying him the full $11MM, ditto if they cut him loose. However, if they are able to find a team willing to take Weeks and $8MM for a shot that the "change of scenery" can bring Rickie out of his slump, the Brewers would not only get low-level prospect in return, but shed $1-2 million off the payroll....or enough to cover the 2014 salaries of BOTH Herrera and Bianchi.