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Ben Zobrist | Outfielder

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 5/26/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 210
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Friday's win over the Rays.
Zobrist has been a monster since joining the Royals at the trade deadline, racking up 35 hits (including eight doubles and four home runs) over 102 at-bats. During his current little five-game hitting streak, he's 8-for-18. Simply marvelous. For the season, he maintains a .291/.377/.475 triple-slash to pair with 10 homers, 46 RBI and 59 runs scored. Aug 28 - 11:05 PM

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Ben Zobrist went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles, an RBI, and two runs scored as the Royals fended off the Reds on Wednesday.

Zobrist hit an RBI double and later scored in a two-run first inning, then doubled and scored in the second inning as well. He's on a six-game hitting streak, with five of those including multiple hits. The super-utilityman is batting .379 (25-for-66) since joining the Royals. Overall, Zobrist has a .292/.380/.488 triple-slash line with 10 home runs, 46 RBI, and 52 runs scored.
Aug 20 - 12:31 AM

Ben Zobrist tied the game with a ninth-inning home run, allowing the Royals to defeat the Reds in 13 innings on Tuesday.

Zobrist drilled an Aroldis Chapman slider over the fence in left field to tie the game at 1-1 in the ninth inning. He finished 2-for-6 on the night, adding an RBI single for insurance in the 13th. The homer was his first since August 2 and his fourth as a member of the Royals. Including his time with the Athletics, Zobrist is batting .284/.374/.476 with 10 home runs and 45 RBI.
Aug 18 - 11:50 PM

Ben Zobrist reached base in all four of his plate appearances in Monday's win against the Tigers.

Zobrist singled three times and walked, scoring once in the first inning on Lorenzo Cain's double. He was in a mini-slump, batting .222 (4-for-18) in his previous five games, but he's been quite productive since coming to the Royals from the Athletics. On the season, Zobrist is hitting .277/.361/.469 with nine home runs, 41 RBI, and 45 runs scored.
Aug 10 - 11:01 PM

Ben Zobrist supplied a two-run home run and walked in four plate appearances in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays.

Zobrist went yard twice on Saturday, and added another in his fourth game as a Royal. His two-run blast in the eighth inning brought the Royals to within a run at 3-2. Zobrist is batting .272/.355/.480 with nine home runs and 39 RBI on the year.
Aug 2 - 5:02 PM

Ben Zobrist clubbed a pair of solo home runs on Saturday, leading the Royals to a 7-6 victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto.

Zobrist got the scoring started with a solo shot off Jays starter Mark Buehrle in the first inning. He then took Mark Lowe deep in the eighth inning, tying the game at 5-5 and igniting a rally that would lead the Royals to victory. He also doubled in the ballgame, finishing the afternoon 3-for-4 with three runs scored.
Aug 1 - 3:41 PM

Royals acquired INF/OF Ben Zobrist and cash considerations from the Athletics for RHP Aaron Brooks and LHP Sean Manaea.

The deal is official. Zobrist drew interest from a long list of contenders, but the Royals are going for it and paid the price to bring to bring him into the fold. The 34-year-old impending free agent has an .801 OPS over 67 games this season and can be used in the infield and the outfield. He should be a useful piece for Ned Yost and the first-place Royals.
Jul 28 - 2:52 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals are set to acquire Ben Zobrist from the Athletics.

Just in case it wasn't already clear after the Johnny Cueto deal, the Royals are going for it. Zobrist was a great fit for any contender because of his versatility and he could play second base or left field for Kansas City. The 34-year-old is batting .268/.354/.447 with six home runs and 33 RBI over 67 games this season. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN hears that the Royals will send pitchers Aaron Brooks and Sean Manea to Oakland in the deal.
Jul 28 - 2:32 PM

Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that the Athletics are "deep" in trade talks involving Ben Zobrist and a deal could happen soon.

After dealing Scott Kazmir to the Astros last week and Tyler Clippard to the Mets on Monday, Zobrist is likely the next to go. The impending free agent has drawn interest from a long list of teams, including the Royals, Pirates, Angels, Cubs, Yankees, and Giants.
Jul 28 - 1:53 PM

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals are planning to stay locked in on the Ben Zobrist trade talks "until the end."

Zobrist is a fit for just about every contending team because of his defensive versatility, so it's anyone's guess at this point where he's going to wind up after the July 31 trade deadline. Kansas City made the biggest splash yet with its weekend acquisition of Reds ace Johnny Cueto, but McCullough notes that the club still has shoppable prospects. If it wasn't already apparent, the Royals are going all-in.
Jul 27 - 9:27 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that there are "no active discussions" between the Mets and Athletics regarding Ben Zobrist.

This directly conflicts with a report from Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, which said the two sides had already discussed which pieces the Mets would send to the A's. Rosenthal is the best in the business, so you've got to believe his source is legit. Zobrist will be a hot commodity this month.
Jul 21 - 9:28 PM

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that trade talks between the Mets and Athletics regarding Ben Zobrist have progressed.

Ackert says that the two sides "have gotten as far as discussing pieces" and that the A's "have identified the prospects" from the Mets that they want in exchange for Zobrist. However, the report adds that "nothing is imminent." An earlier report suggested that the Mets might balk at picking up the roughly $3 million remaining on Zobrist's contract for this season, but this newer reports suggests that's probably not the case.
Jul 21 - 8:30 PM

WFAN's Eddie Coleman reports that the Mets are hesitant to trade for Ben Zobrist because they don't want to pick up the roughly $2-3 million remaining on his contract for the rest of the season.

That's embarrassing, if true. The Mets' money issues over the last few years have been no secret, but they're in dire need of some lineup help and Zobrist's contract is hardly unreasonable. It's hard to believe they're going to get any kind of real offensive upgrade if they're unwilling to take on any money. Zobrist will have many suitors, so the A's can move on quickly if the Mets are being stingy about money.
Jul 21 - 6:12 PM

Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates have asked about Ben Zobrist of the Athletics.

The Pirates have also checked in on Diamondbacks infielder Cliff Pennington and Padres shortstop Clint Barmes as they try to get by with Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer sidelined. Zobrist is the best player of the bunch and figures to be a very popular target leading up to the trade deadline, so Pennington or Barmes could be more realistic.
Jul 21 - 2:17 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets are willing to overpay to acquire Ben Zobrist from the Athletics.

With the A's winning 12 of their last 18 games, there is hope within the organization that they could still make a run for the postseason, so at least for now Zobrist has been pulled off the trade block. That being said, you never want to give away leverage in a negotiating situation and now that the word is out A's general manager Billy Beane is likely to demand a king's ransom from the Mets in exchange for Zobrist.
Jul 3 - 7:22 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Omar Infante
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
2Jonny Gomes
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
RF1Alex Rios
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Johnny Cueto
2Edinson Volquez
3Danny Duffy
4Yordano Ventura
5Kris Medlen
6Jason Vargas
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Ryan Madson
5Luke Hochevar
6Franklin Morales
7Chris Young
8Jeremy Guthrie
9Tim Collins
10Brian Flynn