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Ben Zobrist | Second Baseman

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 5/26/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 210
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: Dallas Baptist
Contract: view contract details

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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals are interested in Ben Zobrist.
Really, who isn't these days? Zobrist would be a great fit for just about anyone, with teams like the Nationals and Mets reportedly among the most aggressive. The Cardinals already have their infield in place, so they are presumably looking at him as a super utility-type. Zobrist, who turns 35 next May, appears likely to land a three- or four-year deal this winter. Nov 25 - 9:41 AM

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal writes that the Nationals are interested in free agent Ben Zobrist.

Rosenthal writes that the Nationals are in need of a left-handed hitting infielder and outfielder. The switch-hitting Zobrist is capable of playing all over and has been a target for the Nationals in the past, so it's a natural fit. Of course, the same could be said for several teams, including the NL East rival Mets.
Nov 24 - 2:39 PM

Tim Rohan of the New York Times hears from a league source that the Mets are "very interested" in Ben Zobrist.

Join the club. Still, the Mets' interest appears to be strong and genuine, as they met with his representatives at the recent GM Meetings and held a conference call with him on Wednesday. With his versatility, Zobrist is drawing interest from around 10 teams at the moment. Despite turning 35 next May, it's possible he could land a four-year deal this winter.
Nov 18 - 3:46 PM

According to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, the Mets have reached out to the agent of Ben Zobrist.

Davidoff states in the same report that the Yankees are not interested in Zobrist despite their need for infield help. The veteran utilityman has already been connected to close to a dozen teams this offseason after hitting .276/.359/.450 with 13 home runs, 36 doubles, and 56 RBI in 126 games this past year between Oakland and Kansas City. Zobrist, 34, is probably looking for a three- or four-year deal.
Nov 16 - 2:55 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Cardinals are interested in free agent Ben Zobrist.

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation adds that the Nationals and Mets are interested, and the Royals have made it known that they want him back. Zobrist is a fit for just about any major league team because of his defensive versatility, and his market will probably grow to include nearly a dozen teams. He batted .276/.359/.450 with 13 home runs, 36 doubles, and 56 RBI in 126 games this past season between Oakland and Kansas City. St. Louis would presumably use the 34-year-old (35 in May) as a kind of super-utilityman.
Nov 12 - 12:25 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick hears that the Royals are privately more optimistic about keeping Ben Zobrist than their other high-profile free agents.

Zobrist will be 35 years old, so he's expected to get a shorter deal than either Alex Gordon or Johnny Cueto. This could play in the Royals' favor, as they are unlikely to get in a bidding war. Still, Zobrist's production and versatility figures to make him a popular name on the free agent market.
Nov 10 - 12:55 PM

Ben Zobrist said that his wife will not call him during a game if she goes into labor this weekend.

Given that the newest addition to the Zobrist clan isn't due until November 10, the birth likely won't interfere with the World Series. Should an early delivery be in the cards, though, Zobrist's wife won't be summoning the second baseman home from New York (barring an emergency). Julianna Zobrist is well-acquainted with the life of a baseball wife.
Oct 28 - 5:04 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Tuesday that the addition of Raul Mondesi to the World Series roster had nothing to do with Ben Zobrist's wife being due to give birth soon.

Zobrist's wife isn't due until November 10, so chances are it shouldn't affect his availability for the Fall Classic. So, while this is something to keep in mind, it ultimately is likely to be a non-issue.
Oct 27 - 4:30 PM

Ben Zobrist clubbed a solo home run as the Royals topped the Blue Jays in Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday.

Zobrist got the game's scoring started in the first inning, taking former teammate David Price over the wall in left field. It was hit lone hit in three at-bats on the night. Zobrist is enjoying a terrific postseason at the dish, slashing .326/.375/.558 with a pair of homers and six RBI. He'll look to continue that hot-hitting in the World Series next week.
Oct 24 - 12:28 AM

Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 with an RBI double, a walk and a strikeout in Friday's win over the Twins.

Zobrist connected for an RBI double in the eighth inning. It snapped a 1-1 tie and helped the Royals to an eventual 3-1 win. He's done a fantastic job since joining the team just prior to the trade deadline, as he's hitting .288/.369/.461 with seven homers, 16 doubles and 22 RBI over 223 at-bats since donning KC garb.
Oct 2 - 11:40 PM

Ben Zobrist is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

He's just getting a breather. Christian Colon will hold down second base.
Sep 27 - 11:11 AM

Ben Zobrist went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Indians.

Zobrist cracked a solo home run in the second inning to draw the Royals to within 2-1, but Kris Medlen was unable to keep the game within reach and they would ultimately lose by a score of 9-5. The homer was his seventh with the Royals and 13th overall. Between the A's and Royals this season, he's hitting .282/.367/.466 with the 13 dingers and 54 RBI.
Sep 26 - 10:45 PM

Ben Zobrist is not in the Royals' lineup Friday.

It looks to be a simple day off. Omar Infante is at second base following his seven-RBI explosion on Thursday.
Sep 18 - 4:03 PM

Ben Zobrist homered, tripled and walked before being removed for a pinch-runner Wednesday against the Twins.

Jarrod Dyson swiped two bases after replacing Zobrist, but he couldn't failed to score a run in a tie game and not having Zobrist around to hit in the bottom of the 12th might have cost the Royals tonight. Zobrist is hitting .319 with six homers in 37 games for the Royals.
Sep 10 - 12:27 AM

Ben Zobrist went 4-for-5 with three runs scored from the leadoff spot for the Royals on Thursday.

It's almost like Zobrist might be a better leadoff option than Alcides Escobar, who had a rare day off in this one. He's hitting .339 with five homers and a 14/19 K/BB ratio in 121 at-bats since joining the Royals.
Sep 4 - 12:17 AM

Depth Charts

C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
3Francisco Peña
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
2Christian Colon
3Ramon Torres
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Raul Mondesi
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Jarrod Dyson
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Terrance Gore
3Brett Eibner
4Bubba Starling
RF1Paulo Orlando
2Jose Martinez
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
S1Yordano Ventura
2Edinson Volquez
3Danny Duffy
4Kris Medlen
5Jason Vargas
6Kyle Zimmer
7Matthew Strahm
8Alec Mills
Relief Pitcher
R1Wade Davis
2Greg Holland
3Kelvin Herrera
4Luke Hochevar
5Louis Coleman
6Miguel Almonte
7Brian Flynn
8Tim Collins
9Scott Alexander