Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano now has a quality backup waiting in the wings if anything goes wrong.
The Seattle Mariners are a popular pick to dethrone the Los Angeles Angels as American League West champions due to their young and rising team.
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Their pitching is already elite with a starting rotation headed by Cy Young-caliber ace Felix Hernandez and possible Cy Young contender Hisashi Iwakuma, who has a 38-20 record with a 3.07 earned run average in his first three seasons.
Their hitting continued to struggle last season though, but it was able to improve with the presence of star second baseman Robinson Cano despite his home run production dipping significantly.
The Mariners have decided to give him a quality backup who can platoon with him when needed. Rickie Weeks signed a one-year, $2 million deal after leaving the Milwaukee Brewers.
Weeks has struggled recently since hitting 29 home runs in 2010 and being named to the National League All-Star team in 2011, but he should still provide plenty of power from the bench for the Mariners.
MLB Trade Rumors reported on the Mariners’ latest move on Twitter.
— MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) February 12, 2015