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Ben Zobrist | Shortstop

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (33) / 5/26/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 210
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Ben Zobrist homered and drove home three runs on Tuesday as the Athletics hammered the Padres 13-2 in Cactus League play.
He missed a day with shoulder tightness, but clearly he's fine. Zobrist also singled, finishing the afternoon 2-for-3 with a run scored. The super-utility man got the start in right field in this one and should see work all over the diamond as Athletics manager Bob Melvin mixes and matches his roster on a nightly basis. Mar 17 - 10:52 PM

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Ben Zobrist was scratched from the A's Cactus League lineup on Monday due to shoulder tightness.

The discomfort is under Zobrist's left shoulder. He told reporters that he would have played if it were a regular season game, so this doesn't sound like something to worry about. There's no reason for the A's to push their second baseman here in mid-March.
Mar 16 - 3:46 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that prior to Ben Zobrist being traded to the Athletics, the Rays, Mets and Nationals had discussed a blockbuster three-team trade.

In the proposed deal, Zobrist and Yunel Escobar would have gone to the Nationals, Ian Desmond would've gone to the Mets and the Mets would've sent top prospects to the Rays. The Mets ultimately felt the price of two top prospects was too steep to pay for Desmond, causing the deal to fall through. While nothing came of it, it shows that the Mets are still in the market for an upgrade at shortstop.
Source: FOX Sports
Jan 11 - 8:05 PM

Athletics acquired INF/OF Ben Zobrist and INF Yunel Escobar from the Rays for INF Daniel Robertson, C John Jaso and OF Boog Powell.

The 33-year-old seems like the perfect fit for the Athletics due to his extreme versatility and the fact that he switch hits. He'll likely see the majority of his time at second base in Oakland, but should also be utilized at shortstop and in the outfield.
Jan 10 - 1:50 PM

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics are close to acquiring Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar from the Rays.

It's unclear at the moment what the Rays would be getting in return for the pair, though it's possible that Marcus Semien would be part of the deal. Zobrist seems like a perfect fit for the A's with their strong preference for maximizing platoon splits and his extreme versatility.
Jan 10 - 1:18 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Nationals are "not actively pursuing" Ben Zobrist.

It's not clear whether that might change following the news that Jayson Werth needs shoulder surgery. Zobrist really seems like a perfect fit for the Nats, as he can play left field until Werth is ready before then taking over as the regular second baseman. The 33-year-old will be a free agent after the upcoming season, but for a likely contender such as the Nationals he could be an ideal piece.
Jan 8 - 7:25 PM

Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans said in an interview on MLB Network Radio Sunday that the club is "staying engaged" in conversations with the Rays about Ben Zobrist.

It confirms a report last week from Robert Murray of MLBDailyRumors.com which stated that the Giants were in on the 33-year-old. Many teams have been tied to Zobrist, and Evans did note that the club is "realistic" about their chances at landing the versatile player. In addition to the Giants, the Nationals, Angels, and Cubs are in on talks for Zobrist.
Jan 4 - 3:47 PM

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution notes that the Braves are not interested in acquiring Ben Zobrist from the Rays.

With increased rumblings in recent days it's looking highly likely that Zobrist is donning a new uniform on Opening Day, but it doesn't look like it'll be in Atlanta. The Giants have expressed interested and have reportedly been in discussions with the Rays on a potential deal.
Jan 3 - 9:37 AM

Robert Murray of MLBDailyRumors.com reports that the Rays and Giants are discussing a trade involving Ben Zobrist.

Murray adds that it's "unknown if anything is close." The Rays are reportedly nearing a deal with Asdrubal Cabrera, which most feel will inevitably lead to them trading Zobrist. The Giants are a great fit, as there are at-bats to be had both at second base and in left field. Zobrist is owed $7.5 million in 2015 before hitting free agency next winter.
Jan 2 - 11:58 AM

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, Ben Zobrist is "very likely to go somewhere" via trade.

Tampa Bay signed free agent Asdrubal Cabrera on Tuesday and the plan is to start him at second base in 2015, making Zobrist expendable. Heyman notes that Zobrist is capable of playing just about anywhere on the diamond, so he's a fit for a large range of teams. The 33-year-old batted .272/.354/.395 with 10 home runs and 10 stolen bases in 2014 for the Rays. He's owed $7.5 million in 2015 and will be a free agent heading into 2016.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 04:28:00 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi writes that "there's a decent chance" the Rays will trade Ben Zobrist before Opening Day.

It reads as speculation, but it makes a lot of sense given how active the Rays have been on the trade front this offseason. Zobrist turns 34 in May and will make $7.5 million in 2015 before hitting free agency. His versatility would make him an attractive target for a number of teams and should fetch Tampa Bay a nice haul. Morosi lists the Mets, Nationals, Mariners, Rangers, Cubs, Reds, and Twins among the teams who could be a fit.
Source: FOX Sports
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 11:21:00 AM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears from sources that the Nationals are not targeting INF/OF Ben Zobrist in a potential trade with the Rays.

The Rays are showing interest in outfield prospect Steven Souza. While Zobrist would fit a positional need, Sherman reported that he had been told that the Nationals and Rays are looking at options that don't include the versatile infielder. The Rays picked up Zobrist's option in late October, but it's likely that they'll be open to moving him at some point given that he is set to hit the free agent market next winter.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 01:52:00 PM

Rays exercised INF/OF Ben Zobrist's $7.5 million option for 2015.

Zobrist didn't have one of his better years at the plate with a .749 OPS, but he's still worth well more than $7.5 million, so it's a no-brainer move even for a team with a limited payroll. That said, it wouldn't be surprising if the Rays shopped him this winter, as he's slated for free agency after next season.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 03:18:00 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are expected to pick up Ben Zobrist's $7.5 million option for 2015.

It's a no-brainer move, as Zobrist is coming off another solid season and remains incredibly valuable due to his versatility. But while the Rays intend to pick up the option, it's been speculated that they might consider trading Zobrist this offseason since he's a year away from free agency.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 10:45:00 AM

Ben Zobrist went 2-for-5 with a game-ending single in the bottom of the ninth as the Rays edged the Yankees 1-0 on Monday.

The game featured 11 hits, 10 of them singles. Three of those came in the bottom of the ninth off Shawn Kelley. Zobrist is 5-for-13 with over his last three games. His homer Sunday was his first since July 29.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 11:07:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Stephen Vogt
2Josh Phegley
3Bryan Anderson
1B1Ike Davis
2Mark Canha
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Eric Sogard
SS1Marcus Semien
2Tyler Ladendorf
3Andy Parrino
3B1Brett Lawrie
LF1Coco Crisp
2Jason Pridie
CF1Sam Fuld
2Craig Gentry
3Billy Burns
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Billy Butler
2Nate Freiman
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Scott Kazmir
3Jesse Hahn
4Drew Pomeranz
5Kendall Graveman
6Barry Zito
7Sean Nolin
8Jarrod Parker
9A.J. Griffin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Tyler Clippard
3Eric O'Flaherty
4Dan Otero
5Fernando Abad
6Jesse Chavez
7Evan Scribner
8R.J. Alvarez
9Taylor Thompson
10Pat Venditte
11Kevin Whelan