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Weeks could be next in line for new deal

Weeks could be next in line for new deal

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CHICAGO -- While announcing the Brewers' three-year contract extension with Corey Hart on Monday, general manager Doug Melvin said he's had at least the beginnings of similar conversations with the agent for second baseman Rickie Weeks.

Those talks are complicated because Weeks' agent since he was the second overall pick in the 2003 Draft has been Lon Babby, who last month moved on to become president of the NBA's Phoenix Suns. Melvin said Weeks is still in the process of settling his representation for the future.

"We're always open to sitting down and talking about [an extension]," Melvin said. "A lot of times, it's about the timing. A few years ago, the timing wasn't right [with Hart]. We're not going to run out of the room here and sign three more guys, but we will have a plan or at least be open to discussions."

Weeks is healthy this year and having the kind of season the Brewers envisioned when they made him the second-overall pick in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft. He entered the Brewers' three-game series against the Cubs with a .276 batting average, 22 home runs and 67 RBIs. He leads Major League leadoff hitters in home runs and RBIs, and is second among those players with 70 runs scored.

The Brewers own Weeks' rights for one more year of arbitration eligibility before he reaches free agency following the 2011 season. First baseman Prince Fielder is on the same contractual clock, and so was Hart until he signed his extension.

Some of Weeks' teammates said it's logical that he might be next.

"I know there are some other things in the works," outfielder Ryan Braun said with a smile. "Let's see what happens."

-- Adam McCalvy

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