Ben Zobrist RUMORS & NEWS

  • Royals GM drove hours to hand-deliver Zobrist's championship ring

    CBS Sports "Dayton Moore's time as Royals general manager has inspired plenty of criticism -- criticism that, though it looks silly following consecutive pennants and a World Series win, was often merited. Yet it's worth remembering that Moore's moral fiber was praised all the way through -- even when his..." April 20

  • Cubs hoping to change offensive identity with Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs guaranteed $184 million to a player who has never hit 30 homers or driven in 100 runs in a single season, paying for Jason Heyward’s age-26 upside and Gold Glove defense. The Cubs also gave a four-year deal to a guy who will turn 35 in May, betting $56 million on Ben Zobrist’s..." January 30

  • Report: Ben Zobrist agrees to sign with Chicago Cubs

    USA Today "Ben Zobrist has agreed to terms on a contract with the Chicago Cubs, according to Fox Sports. Zobrist, 34, was considered the most versatile and among the most valuable free agent targets this off-season, and he was also in deep negotiations with the New York Mets and, to a lesser degree,..." December 09

  • Mets say reported $80M offer to Ben Zobrist not from them, but ‘God bless him if he does’

    New York Daily News "The Mets have been waiting all offseason for Ben Zobrist to pick a team, but if he indeed has a four-year, $80 million deal on the table, he can go elsewhere. A Mets official told the News Tuesday afternoon that the reported 4-year, $80 million offer for Zobrist did not come from them, and..." December 08

  • Ben Zobrist scheduled to meet with Giants

    Hardball Talk "Fresh off signing right-hander Jeff Samardzija to a five-year, $90 million contract, the Giants remain active in the free agent market as they attempt to land another pitcher and a bat. With that in mind, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal hears that Ben Zobrist is scheduled to meet with the club and that..." December 06

  • Report: Zobrist's price rising, seeking 4-year, $60M deal

    The Score "Ben Zobrist is a jack of all trades, and he expects to be rewarded handsomely for his versatile skill set. Zobrist is drawing interest from a number of teams including the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals, and Kansas City Royals, among others. The fierce..." December 02

  • Mets remain interested in Ben Zobrist, but four years not foreseeable

    ESPN New York "Make no mistake, the New York Mets are interested in free agent Ben Zobrist. Still, if Zobrist is capable of landing a four-year deal, it very likely will be elsewhere. Zobrist, 34, hit a combined .276/.359/.450 with the Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals in 2015, and his versatility is..." November 30

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Zobrist #Mets’ No. 1 target, sources say. #Nationals also in, along with #Braves, #SFGiants, others. #Royals not expected to offer same $$$.

  • Cardinals reach out to free agent utility man Ben Zobrist

    CBS Sports " The Cardinals have reached out to Ben Zobrist, sources say. While there are said to be as many as 20 teams in the mix, they are believed to be among the more interested teams, as they love his versatility, especially on the infield." November 25

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    KC still in contact w/ Gordon/Zobrist. Hopeful they can reel one in, realistic they may not as other teams show interest. Nothing close rn.

  • Free agent Ben Zobrist likely too costly for Mets

    New York Daily News "The Mets are looking for a second chance at second base, but it looks like Ben Zobrist is out of their price range. Attempting to get back to the playoffs and this time win a World Series, the Mets are making another run at Zobrist, but a source who confirmed the Mets have reached out to the..." November 17

  • Mets reach out to Ben Zobrist — but Yankees likely scared off

    New York Post "Ben Zobrist will have his share of suitors this offseason — including the Mets — but early indications are the Yankees will not be among them. According to industry sources, the Yankees aren’t willing to spend as much as Zobrist likely will receive on the market, even if he does fill a need in..." November 16

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    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    The Cardinals are among the teams interested in signing Ben Zobrist to a multi-year deal.

  • Ben Zobrist, wife announce birth of daughter Blaise Royal

    ESPN "Five days after winning the World Series, Kansas City infielder Ben Zobrist's whirlwind week wrapped up with a Royal addition to his family. Zobrist and his wife, Julianna, announced the birth of their third child Friday, a girl whom they have named, appropriately, Blaise Royal..." November 07

  • Here's Royals 2B Ben Zobrist's World Series plan if wife goes into labor

    CBS Sports "With his wife due to give birth soon, speculation has swirled around what could happen with Ben Zobrist of the Royals. Might he go on paternity leave during the World Series? The Royals recently added a middle infielder, Raul A. Mondesi, who is inexperienced but could play Zobrist's position were..." October 29

  • Ben Zobrist may have to go on paternity leave during World Series

    CBS Sports "Tuesday night, the 2015 World Series between the Mets and Royals will begin at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium. Game 1 is set to begin just after 8pm ET. You can watch on Fox. Both teams announced their 25-man World Series rosters Tuesday morning, and each made a minor change. The Mets added a..." October 27

  • Royals' Ben Zobrist could have been a Met - or Yankee - at trade deadline

    New York Daily News "Oakland swapped Ben Zobrist to the Royals at the trade deadline, but the versatile infielder thought the Yankees were the other team that would make a big charge to get him. The Mets, who Zobrist is now facing in the World Series, were also involved, though Zobrist believed the Yankees and..." October 27

  • Yankees GM turned down deal for Zobrist at deadline

    The Score "The New York Yankees' revolving door at second base could have been addressed at the non-waiver deadline had general manager Brian Cashman parted ways with one of his top prospects. Cashman told reporters Tuesday that he turned down an offer from the Oakland Athletics for Ben Zobrist, that..." October 07

  • Ben Zobrist trades leaf blower to Royals coach for uniform No. 18

    CBS Sports "Uniform numbers can be very personal to some athletes, so when transactions occur and major leaguers change teams, some ballplayers take great lengths to ensure continuity, numerically speaking. Ben Zobrist wanted to keep wearing No. 18, as he did with the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics,..." August 08

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: #Royals getting #Athletics’ Zobrist.

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    Jane Lee @JaneMLB

    Sounds like the A's are deep in Zobrist talks and something could happen soon.

  • Royals get Zobrist in trade with A's "The Royals acquired super-utility man Ben Zobrist from the A's on Tuesday, their second big splash leading up to Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. The A's received right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks and Minor League left-handed pitcher Sean Manaea. Zobrist, 34, was hitting .268/.354/.447 with..." July 28

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    Even with Johnny Cueto on board, don't think KC is done adding. Hearing they're expected to stay in on Ben Zobrist until the end.

  • Mets still have their eyes on some potential big-time acquisitions

    Fox Sports "The Mets are thinking big. Whether they act big remains to be seen. The team, after acquiring Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson from the Braves on Friday, is exploring a number of larger trades, major-league sources say. Here, according to sources, is where the Mets’ various pursuits stand: A..." July 26

  • Report: Athletics Considering Multiple Zobrist Offers

    Bleacher Report "The A's are in sell mode, but Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting they aren't in a hurry to trade Zobrist due to the interest he is generating. The 34-year-old former Tampa Bay Rays star is putting up average offensive numbers in 2015. He's batting just .254 with five home runs and 32 RBI,..." July 24

  • Mets trade talks about Ben Zobrist heating up, A’s identify prospects they want: source

    New York Daily News "While nothing is imminent, the Mets have gotten as far as discussing pieces with the A’s for a possible deal for Ben Zobrist, a source told The News Tuesday afternoon. The A’s have identified the prospects they would need to send the veteran utility man to New York. Zobrist was identified early..." July 22

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: No ongoing discussions between #Mets and #Athletics on Zobrist.

  • Mets, Yankees, Giants, Nationals interested in Ben Zobrist

    Hardball Talk "Via Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes in the Boston Globe … Ben Zobrist, OF-INF, Athletics — Despite not having the best of years, Zobrist remains sought-after, including by the Mets, Yankees, Giants, and Nationals. Zobrist, 34, has played three positions this season — 25 games in left field, 25 at..." July 13

  • Ben Zobrist is the mystery hitter Mets would ‘overpay’ to get

    New York Post "Sandy Alderson recently stated he was willing to “overpay” for the right hitter to help his lineup. When he said that, he had one player in mind — Ben Zobrist, The Post has learned. Alderson had expressed his interest to Oakland officials about Zobrist, but has seen the switch-hitter, at least..." July 04

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    Oakland Athletics @Athletics

    #Athletics reinstate Ben Zobrist from the disabled list and option Craig Gentry to Nashville

  • Zobrist aims for quick return from knee surgery

    San Francisco Chronicle "Ben Zobrist walked in the clubhouse without much of a limp and without much swelling, and he had just spent 20 minutes riding a stationary bike. He was one day removed from arthroscopic surgery to trim medial meniscus from his left knee. “Kind of surprised with the way he’s moving around,”..." April 30

  • Athletics' Zobrist to resume on-field activities Thursday, could return Friday

    The Score "Ben Zobrist still felt some discomfort in his left knee when he took batting practice Wednesday, but the 33-year-old could nevertheless take the field for the Oakland Athletics this weekend. Zobrist, who hasn't played since banging his knee while sliding Sunday, is expected to do defensive..." April 22

  • 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

    CBS Sports "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

    CBS Sports "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