Ben Zobrist RUMORS & NEWS

  • Ben Zobrist takes out newspaper ad to say goodbye to fans, teammates

    Fox Sports "Ben Zobrist said a heartfelt "goodbye" to his former fans and colleagues Sunday. The two-time All-Star, traded to the Oakland Athletics on Jan. 10, published a note to Tampa Bay Rays players, officials and fans in Sunday's edition of the Tampa Bay Times. The utility man spent nine seasons with..." January 19

  • Nationals, Mets, Rays discussed trade involving Ian Desmond and Ben Zobrist

    Hardball Talk "The Rays sent Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar in a trade with the Athletics on Saturday afternoon. Prior to that, however, the Rays discussed a three-way trade involving Zobrist with the Nationals and Mets, per a report from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. That deal would have sent Ian Desmond to..." January 12

  • The Nationals are “not actively pursuing” a trade with the Rays for Ben Zobrist

    Hardball Talk "The Rays reportedly have Ben Zobrist on the block and he would make sense for just about anybody, but especially for a team who has World Series aspirations like the Nationals. However, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal hears that Washington is “not actively pursuing” a trade for the versatile..." January 10

  • Should the Yankees look into trading for Ben Zobrist?

    Pinstripe Alley "According to recent reports, the Rays may be looking to move Ben Zobrist now that they have signed Asdrubal Cabrera. Although it is somewhat unlikely that the Yankees and Rays would trade amongst themselves, stranger things have happened. If Zobrist is available, should the Yankees look into..." January 06

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    Robert Murray @RobertMurrayDR

    The #SFGiants are talking to the #Rays about a Ben Zobrist trade, sources tell @CoverThoseBases and me. Unknown if anything is close.

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    ben zobrist seems very likely to go somewhere. since he plays just about everywhere, could go anywhere.

  • Time to start looking at Ben Zobrist trade possibilities - because it's coming

    Fox Sports "Surprisingly, relatively little has been written or said about the possibility of a Ben Zobrist trade. That should change soon. There’s a decent chance Zobrist will be traded between now and Opening Day, for a number of reasons: • The Tampa Bay Rays’ financial circumstances dictate that..." December 25

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    Though #Rays are discussing several scenarios of bigger deals, can report that neither Zobrist nor Longoria are involved, so there's that.

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    Joel Sherman @Joelsherman1

    #Nationals top need is 2B, but have been told Zobrist would not be part of deal from #Rays to Wash

  • Rays bring back 2B Ben Zobrist by exercising option "The Rays were expected to pick up the $7.5 million option on second baseman Ben Zobrist for 2015 - and they announced it Friday. Zobrist was among the most productive players on an offense that struggled to score." October 31

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    Joel Sherman @Joelsherman1

    Sense is #Rays won’t move Zobrist before deadline

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Giants remain interested in Zobrist despite giving up 2 prospects in Peavy deal. Giants had 2 scouts watching Rays this weekend.

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Mariners are having ongoing trade discussions with Rays regarding David Price and Ben Zobrist, sources say. No deal imminent. @FOXSports1

  • Rays to get Ben Zobrist back Friday "The Rays are off Thursday, but have already optioned infielder Cole Figueroa to Triple-A Durham because second baseman Ben Zobrist is set to return to the active big-league roster Friday (via, when the Rays begin a three-game series in Boston. Zobrist, 33, is hitting .260/.352/.364..." May 29

  • Zobrist dislocates thumb; DL decision tonight

    Tampa Tribune "Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said the team will make a decision before tonight's game in Anaheim on whether to place 2B Ben Zobrist on the disabled list with a dislocated left thumb or keep him on the roster if the medical staff thinks Zobrist could play in four or five days. “I really..." May 15

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays put Zobrist on DL

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    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    Looks like Ben Zobrist injured his left thumb sliding headfirst into second base. Leaving the game.

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays Zobrist scratched from lineup due to stiff neck, team says

  • Zobrist shares growing optimism

    Tampa Tribune "2B Ben Zobrist reported to Rays camp Tuesday with the same positive outlook on this season as those who reported earlier in the week. “I feel stronger about this club than probably any other club that I’ve seen in Tampa Bay,” Zobrist said. “I feel that this club has the goods to be able to go..." February 19

  • Compiling this season's all-underrated team "There was a time -- and it was not that long ago -- when Shin-Soo Choo was routinely labeled "underrated." A Sports Illustrated player poll in 2011 dubbed him the most underrated player in baseball. Opposing managers would routinely use the U-word when sizing up Choo's skills. When the Reds..." January 24

  • Rays pick up 2014 club options for Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar "As expected, the Rays have picked up their 2014 club options for second baseman/outfielder Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar. They will earn $7 million and $5 million next season, respectively. Zobrist, 32, hit .275/.354/.402 (113 OPS+) with 12 home runs and 11 stolen bases while seeing..." November 02

  • Zobrist RBI gives Rays 4-3 win over Twins in 13th

    Tampa Tribune "Good things come to those who wait. In the bottom of the 13th inning at the stroke of midnight and after nearly five hours of baseball and record-setting pitching, Tampa Bay Rays' All-Star second baseman Ben Zobrist hit a two-out walk-off RBI single to score Yunel Escobar, giving the Rays a 4-3..." July 11

  • Rays' Zobrist out due to grandmother's death

    Tampa Tribune "Ben Zobrist left the team and returned to Illinois because of the death of his grandmother. He is not expected to rejoin the team until Tuesday. With Yunel Escobar out at least three days with a bruised left hand suffered in Saturday's game, the Rays will be shorthanded on the bench for..." May 06

  • Zobrist tying it all together for Rays

    Tampa Tribune "Ben Zobrist can play second base and right field and shortstop. He can play left and center fields, too. He can play first base in a pinch and third base in a real pinch. Zobrist can bat high in the order or in the middle of the order. He can hit ahead of Evan Longoria or behind him, give..." April 13

  • Tampa Bay Rays' Zobrist to play in World Baseball Classic

    Tampa Tribune "Ben Zobrist is the lone Tampa Bay Ray named to the Team USA roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. David Price, the 2012 American League Cy Young Award-winner, was not among the four starting pitchers selected on Thursday, though Team USA manager Joe Torre said he would add a fifth..." January 17

  • Tampa Bay Rays' Ben Zobrist leaves game with back spasms

    Tampa Bay Times "They were the hugs heard around the Twitter-verse. Except — sorry to ruin a good tweet or two — they never happened. When 2B Ben Zobrist left Sunday's game after the third inning, there was a post on Twitter, which spread rapidly, that he was hugging teammates as he left the dugout, a sign..." August 06

  • Ben Zobrist a late scratch tonight with a bruised hand

    Tampa Bay Times "Manager Joe Maddon has tweaked his lineup for tonight's interleague series opener against the Mets. Second baseman Ben Zobrist (hand) is out; Will "Batman" Rhymes will spell him in the order and play third, with Sean Rodriguez going to second. Zobrist has experienced soreness since taking a..." June 12

  • Who Is The Real Ben Zobrist?

    D-Rays Bay "Since the beginning of the 2009 season Ben Zobrist has put up some numbers that put him in elite company in the American League With the exception of a rather poor 2010 season Zobrist has delivered for the Rays posting a wRC+ of 125 in 2008, 153 in 2009, 103 in 2010, and 131 in 2011. He..." June 08

  • Rays' Ben Zobrist likely to miss at least one more game with minor neck injury

    Tampa Bay Times "Ben Zobrist wasn't in the lineup Saturday and could be out again today due to a nagging neck injury, but it isn't considered serious. Zobrist said his neck stiffened up the past few days, likely due to overswinging, leading to him getting pinch-hit for in the ninth inning of Friday's 3-2 loss..." September 04

  • Zobrist makes young fan's day

    Tampa Tribune "Parker Lentini has been a Ben Zobrist fan from the moment Zobrist joined the Rays in 2006, so when the Make-A-Wish Foundation worked it out for Lentini to spend a day with a Ray, the 12-year-old from Carrollwood naturally picked Zobrist. "Everybody thought he was just going to go down to the..." September 04

  • Rays notes: Zobrist providing double trouble

    Tampa Tribune "Ben Zobrist doubled in each of his final two at-bats during the Tampa Bay Rays' 4-0 win over Boston on Wednesday to raise his total of two-base hits this season to a major league-leading 40. His previous career-best was 28, which he did in both 2009 and 2010. "I really don't have any..." August 18

  • Numbers make case for Ben Zobrist as Tampa Bay Rays' MVP

    Tampa Bay Times "As of right now, who do you think has been the Rays' MVP? My guess is, the vast majority of Rays fans would answer James Shields or Casey Kotchman. Both are having exceptional, career years; Shields has posted a 2.80 ERA and thrown eight complete games, and Kotchman is making a run at the..." August 14

  • Zobrist rediscovering his comfort zone

    Tampa Tribune "The doubles and home runs, the run-scoring hits in big moments. Do they look familiar? They should. Tampa Bay Rays second baseman/right fielder Ben Zobrist looks an awful lot like the super utility Ben Zobrist who enjoyed a breakout season in 2009 and earned a spot in that summer's All-Star..." August 02

  • Zobrist leads Rays to 11-inning win

    Tampa Tribune "They could have wilted in the steamy night air. They could have given into the demands of this long road trip and the fatigue that has set in by now after crossing the country twice. They could have packed it in after the Orioles rallied for the lead once against David Price, then took the lead..." June 12

  • Zobrist earns AL Player of the Week award

    Tampa Tribune "The Rays have put a chokehold on the AL Player of the Week award. UTL Ben Zobrist became the third Tampa Bay player to win it in three weeks Monday, following RHP James Shields and DH Johnny Damon, who shared the honor with Angels RHP Dan Haren. Zobrist hit .440 (11-for-25) with two home..." May 03

  • Zobrist's breakthrough is a great sign for Rays

    Tampa Tribune "It seems the Rays have a different hero every game, but that's how it is when things are going well. They get hits. They get great pitching. They get a wild pitch from the other team when they need one. That's what happened Saturday afternoon at the Trop. Los Angeles reliever Fernando Rodney..." May 01

  • Rays considering using Ben Zobrist as leadoff hitter

    Tampa Bay Times "John Jaso might not be at the top of the Rays lineup after all. Ben Zobrist batted leadoff Saturday for a third straight start, and the Rays are giving serious thought to using him there during the season, at least against right-handers. Zobrist, a switch-hitter, has the most walks and the..." March 13

  • Tampa Bay Rays' Ben Zobrist working to get comfortable at first base, just in case

    Tampa Bay Times "First base isn't versatile Ben Zobrist's first choice for a position. But he reported to camp Saturday saying he is willing to make it his first priority this spring to get more comfortable in case he's used there. "I definitely need that experience," Zobrist said. "At the end of the year when..." February 20

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