M’s sign Weeks to add depth

The Seattle Mariners moved to bolster their bench Wednesday by reaching a one-year agreement with veteran second baseman Rickie Weeks, who became a free agent after 11 seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers.

The deal, first reported by, is contingent on Weeks, 32, passing a physical examination, which is expected to take place in the next few days.

The Mariners, already armed with perennial All-Star Robinson Cano, have little need for a second baseman but appear to view Weeks as a candidate for duty in the outfield and, perhaps, first base.

Weeks agreed to a big-league deal for $2 million that also contains $2 million in potential performance bonuses. He became a free agent Oct. 31 when the Brewers declined his $11.5 million option for 2015.

The Mariners must make a roster move once the deal becomes official because they currently have no openings on their 40-man roster.

Weeks hit .274 last season, with eight homers and 29 RBIs in 252 at-bats in 121 games. He has career average of .249 in 1,142 career games, with 148 homers.