The Oakland Athletics are in pretty rough shape right now, and really want to get into some new digs. So its not really that surprising that they’d trade their entire roster, with one exception: Jemile Weeks.
Jemile is the younger brother of Brewers’ 2B Rickie Weeks. Unlike his older brother, Jemile doesn’t have much pop, but what he lacks in power he makes up for in contact. Jemile was a mid-season call up for the A’s and slashed .303/.340/.421, respectable numbers for what many have pegged as a prototypical number two hitter. Like his older brother, Weeks has had some injury concerns, but can really turn it on when healthy. He has above-average speed, but has some work to do on his fielding. All-in-all, I think Jemile will return a great value as Oakland’s first-round pick in 2008.
I bring this up only because Jemile could have been a Milwaukee Brewer. Jemile was originally drafted by the Brewers in 2005, but was one of the few Jack Zduriencik picks who did not sign. Rumor is that the Brewers offer topped out about around $850K, while the family was looking for about $1M. Jemile ultimately decided to take advantage of a scholarship to the University of Miami, and was the 12th pick overall in the ’08 draft.