This gives Miami a third baseman for this year in Juan Francisco, and a pretty good utility infielder in Rickie Weeks. Francisco’s salary is very team friendly and they would control his contract for quite a while, allowing him to potentially move to first base if Garrett Jones struggles, and Miami needs to move him.
Here is what Ben Orr, editor at Reviewing The Brew, had to say about the trade.
If they combined Francisco and Weeks for Morrison, personally I’d be fine with that. It would help alleviate some financial burden that this team has had and we would gain a young first baseman who has potential to do well in Miller Park.
Weeks is already considered to be the backup 2nd baseman in Milwaukee this upcoming year, if Rafael Furcal gets injured, Weeks could fill in at second base. Also Furcal could shift to shortstop if Adeiny Hechavarria was injured. This provides the Marlins with the depth that they sorely lacked last year.
I would absolutely love this trade. Francisco would play third for this year, then platoon with Jones at first base next year, Eventually replacing him after that. Weeks would be expensive this season for sure, his salary is at 14 million dollars, but if he doesn’t hit a bench mark for at-bats he would become a free agent after this year and the Marlins would be free of him.