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Ben Zobrist | Second Baseman | #18

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (34) / 5/26/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 210
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: Dallas Baptist
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 6 (0) / HOU
Contract: view contract details
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Ben Zobrist went 3-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored in Thursday's romp over the Reds.
Zobrist hit a solo homer, his first of the season, off Reds starter Brandon Finnegan early and added a two-run double late in the rout. The three hits matched Zobrist's total from his previous nine games as he was in a bit of a slump heading into Thursday's contest. The veteran is batting .246/.362/.368 overall. Apr 21 - 10:16 PM

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Ben Zobrist went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.

Zobrist singled and scored what turned out to be the winning run in the fourth inning. He's hit and scored a run in two straight games after going hitless in his previous five contests. A grizzled veteran with strong on-base skills hitting in the middle of a great lineup, Zobrist will get his this season despite the slow start.
Apr 20 - 12:12 AM

Ben Zobrist is not in the Cubs starting lineup on Saturday.

It's nothing more than a day of rest for Zobrist who is off to a slow start, slashing .237/.362/.289 with no homers and four RBI. Javier Baez will start at second base and bat fifth for the Cubs against Christian Bergman and the Rockies.
Apr 16 - 10:33 AM

Ben Zobrist went 3-for-4, drew a walk, and drove in a run versus the Diamondbacks on Saturday night.

The super-utility player enjoyed a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a walk on Saturday. He raised his early-season batting average to .400 and collected his third RBI. It could’ve been better, too, as the only out he made was a double play in the ninth inning with no outs and two runners on base. Zobrist has been batting in the middle of a packed Cubs lineup and should remain there following the injury to Kyle Schwarber. After a disappointing fantasy campaign a year ago, he should return to being a top-10 second baseman in all formats.
Apr 9 - 11:22 PM

Ben Zobrist is batting fifth in the Cubs' second regular-season game Tuesday night in Anaheim.

Zobrist hit third for the Cubs in Monday's opener and went 2-for-5 with a run scored. Kris Bryant is batting third on Tuesday. We're expecting frequent lineup changes all season from Cubs manager Joe Maddon.
Apr 5 - 5:22 PM

Ben Zobrist is hitting third for the Cubs in Monday night's season opener against the Angels.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon is probably going to tinker with his lineups all year. And why not? There's quite a bit to tinker with. Here is Monday's edition in Anaheim: Dexter Fowler CF, Jason Heyward RF, Ben Zobrist 2B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Kris Bryant 3B, Kyle Schwarber LF, Jorge Soler DH, Miguel Montero C, Addison Russell SS. 2015 Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta is on the mound versus Angels right-hander Garrett Richards.
Apr 4 - 3:31 PM

Ben Zobrist walked and grounded out in two plate appearances Friday against the Mets.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon didn’t leave his regulars in for long, but it’s worth noting that Zobrist batted third. He’s currently debating whether to use Zobrist or Kris Bryant in the No. 3 spot during the regular season. If Zobrist gets the nod, Bryant would likely slide down to the fifth spot behind Anthony Rizzo.
Apr 1 - 7:26 PM

Ben Zobrist (toe) will be back in Cactus League action on Saturday.

Zobrist will be on the shelf for a few days with an ingrown toenail. He has three hits in 19 at-bats this spring.
Mar 18 - 11:39 AM

Ben Zobrist is day-to-day with an ingrown toenail.

It's probably a little painful for Zobrist, but ultimately this is no big deal. He'll be back in there in a few days.
Mar 17 - 4:58 PM

Cubs signed INF/OF Ben Zobrist to a four-year, $56 million contract.

The deal reportedly includes a no-trade clause for the first three years of his deal. Zobrist was rumored to be going to either the Mets or Nationals for a while, but the Cubs stepped in at the end and now he gets to play for Joe Maddon again. Maddon obviously knows how to take advantage of Zobrist's versatility, but the veteran is in line to see most of his starts at second base. A four-year deal for a soon-to-be 35-year-old is risky, but Zobrist should be a nice complement to the Cubs' young core.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 08:52:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Ben Zobrist is in agreement with the Cubs on a four-year, $56 million contract.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says Zobrist has a no-trade clause for the first three years of his deal. He also got the fourth year he wanted and gets to play for a familiar manager in Joe Maddon. From the Cubs' perspective, giving four years to a soon-to-be 35-year-old is risky, but $14 million per season isn't a bad AAV. Zobrist will mostly handle second base with the club expected to trade Starlin Castro, although you can bet Maddon will play him a little everywhere.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 07:51:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Ben Zobrist will choose either the Mets or Cubs.

He had reportedly been down to either the Mets or Nationals, but the Cubs have swooped in. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick says the Mets' optimism about winning the bid for Zobrist is waning, so it appears the Cubs might have nudged out into the lead here. They might have to trade Starlin Castro before adding Zobrist, though. Zobrist is expected to get a four-year contract and will decide soon.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 06:43:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs are now in the mix for Ben Zobrist.

Rosenthal notes that the Cubs "need other moves to come together" before they'd be able to make a serious run at Zobrist. They've been discussing moving position players like Jorge Soler and Javier Baez for pitching, which could create more of an opportunity for Zobrist. There would be obvious appeal from Zobrist's perspective because he would be reunited with former manager Joe Maddon. Zobrist had been expected to make a decision between the Mets and Nationals soon, but the Cubs jumping into the mix complicates things.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 05:33:00 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that Ben Zobrist has at least one four-year offer in hand.

Morosi doesn't list a dollar amount for that offer. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported earlier Tuesday that Zobrist had a four-year, $80 million offer on the table, but that was shot down by others. The feeling for a while has been that he'll likely wind up with a four-year deal for around $60 million. Zobrist is expected to pick either the Mets or Nationals soon.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 04:48:00 PM

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News was told by Ben Zobrist's agent that his client could make a decision Tuesday night about where to sign.

Zobrist is currently going over his options with his wife, so all signs point to a final decision soon. The Mets and Nationals are considered the two finalists for his services. There was a report Tuesday about a four-year, $80 million deal on the table from someone, but most doubt the validity of it. Still, it will almost certainly take four years.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 02:50:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
3Tim Federowicz
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Tommy La Stella
SS1Addison Russell
2Javier Baez
3B1Kris Bryant
2Christian Villanueva
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Jorge Soler
CF1Dexter Fowler
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jake Arrieta
2Jon Lester
3John Lackey
4Jason Hammel
5Kyle Hendricks
6Aaron Brooks
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Pedro Strop
3Justin Grimm
4Trevor Cahill
5Adam Warren
6Neil Ramirez
7Travis Wood
8Zac Rosscup
9Clayton Richard