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Ben Zobrist | Second Baseman

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (33) / 5/26/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 210
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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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. Dec 17 - 1:52 PM

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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.
Oct 31 - 3:18 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.
Oct 31 - 10:45 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.
Sep 15 - 11:07 PM

Ben Zobrist went 2-for-3 and scored a run in Saturday afternoon's loss to the Blue Jays.

Zobrist also drew a walk in the contest, reaching base safely in three of his four trips to the plate. He's having another solid season atop the Rays lineup, slashing .270/.355/.394 with nine homers and 45 RBI.
Sep 13 - 3:56 PM

Ben Zobrist went 0-for-1, but drew four walks and scored a run in Saturday's victory over the Orioles.

The versatile Zobrist, who has been functioning as the team's leadoff hitter in recent weeks, is now slashing .272/.360/.401 with nine homers, 44 RBI and nine stolen bases on the season.
Sep 6 - 4:39 PM

Ben Zobrist had a nice day at the dish in Friday's victory over the Cubs, going 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored.

The versatile veteran doubled in the eighth inning and came home to score the tying run on an RBI single off the bat of pinch-hitter Matt Joyce. With the three-hit effort, he's now hitting .282/.366/.431 on the season.
Aug 8 - 8:40 PM

Ben Zobrist went 4-for-5 with a double in Saturday's 10-3 win over the Angels on Saturday.

Zobrist threw in his eighth stolen base of the year for good measure. Zorilla's name swirled around many of the David Price trade rumors, but now that he knows he's staying put, he can focus on driving the Rays toward a miracle playoff berth. If four-hit games like this are any indication, he should have a banner second half. On the year, he's slashing .280/.366/.429.
Aug 3 - 12:27 AM

The "sense" is that Ben Zobrist will not be traded before Thursday's deadline, the New York Post's Joel Sherman reports.

Tampa Bay is furiously working the phones to consummate a David Price deal, and taking Zobrist off the table with 30 minutes to go until the deadline should simplify the process for them a bit. Since we have nothing else to add, here's some trivia to stump your friends at the bar tonight: Zobrist was acquired from the Astros back in 2006 along with Mitch Talbot for Aubrey Huff. His price tag has gone up in the interim.
Jul 31 - 3:38 PM

Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 with a home run and an RBI double in Tuesday's win over the Brewers.

Zobrist got the Rays on the board with his solo shot in the sixth inning, and he gave them the lead in the eighth with his RBI double. The homer was his ninth of the season, and Zobrist has scored nine runs in his last 10 games. After a slow start to the year, the 33-year-old has his line up to a respectable .271/.361/.421.
Jul 29 - 10:11 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Giants "remain interested" in trading for Ben Zobrist.

The Giants don't exactly have a loaded farm system and gave up two good young pitchers to acquire Jake Peavy last week, but it seems they're ready to go all-in (so to speak) as they try to keep pace with the Dodgers in the National League West. Zobrist, 33, has hit .268/.358/.409 in 403 plate appearances this season for Tampa Bay. He could play all around the field for San Francisco.
Jul 28 - 8:45 AM

Ben Zobrist went 4-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored Friday against the Red Sox.

Only one of Zobrist's four hits left the infield, but the one that did tied the game in the seventh inning. The Rays would eventually take the lead in the frame, which they wouldn't relinquish. Zobrist, like David Price, has seen his name surface in trade rumors over the past few weeks, but a deal appears unlikely now that the Rays have turned things around in a hurry.
Jul 25 - 10:55 PM

Ben Zobrist hit a two-run homer, walked twice, and scored two runs in a win over the Twins on Friday.

Zobrist started the month red-hot leading up to the All-Star break and he kept it going for the start of the second half. The 33-year-old has seen his name surface in trade rumors recently, most notably with the Mariners, but it's obviously not affecting his performance.
Jul 19 - 12:06 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mariners' trade talks with the Rays have revolved more around Ben Zobrist than David Price.

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reported earlier Thursday that the two clubs were discussing a deal involving both players, but Heyman hears that Zobrist "has been the main focus of the talks, with those discussions going on for weeks." Heyman doesn't dismiss the possibility of the M's going after Price (they were linked to him over the offseason), but it sounds like he might be on the back burner for now. According to Heyman, Nick Franklin's name has been involved in the Zobrist discussions.
Jul 17 - 11:00 PM

Ben Zobrist went 2-for-5 with an RBI in Friday's loss to the Blue Jays.

His RBI single off Mark Buehrle in the fourth inning pulled the Rays to within 5-2 at the time. With the two-hit effort, he's now hitting .268/.353/.406 on the season to go along with six homers and 22 RBI.
Jul 11 - 10:55 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Rene Rivera
2Curt Casali
3Justin O'Conner
4Bobby Wilson
1B1James Loney
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Logan Forsythe
3Ryan Brett
4Eugenio Velez
SS1Yunel Escobar
2Nick Franklin
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Corey Brown
CF1Desmond Jennings
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Alex Cobb
2Matt Moore
3Chris Archer
4Jake Odorizzi
5Drew Smyly
6Alex Colome
7Nate Karns
8Matt Andriese
9Grayson Garvin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake McGee
2Ernesto Frieri
3Brad Boxberger
4Grant Balfour
5Kevin Jepsen
6Jeff Beliveau
7Steve Geltz
8Jose Dominguez
9C.J. Riefenhauser