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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||600.00||12.00||.273||66.00||74.00||8.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Cleveland||19||5||0|| .364|| .368|| .263|
|vs House (Career)||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|vs LHP||156||53||3|| .399|| .474|| .340|
|12/26/2014||Ben Zobrist, 2B OAK||Drew Hutchison, SP TOR|
|12/24/2014||Ben Zobrist, 2B OAK|
Marlon Byrd, RF CIN
Jordan Zimmermann, SP WAS
|Alex Rios, RF KC|
Cole Hamels, SP PHI
Jhonny Peralta, SS STL
|12/23/2014||Tyler Skaggs, SP LAA|
Arismendy Alcantara, CF CHC
Clay Buchholz, SP BOS
Carlos Beltran, DH NYY
Drew Hutchison, SP TOR
|Ben Zobrist, 2B OAK|
Dalton Pompey, CF TOR
Jonathan Broxton, RP MIL
|Last 10 Games|
Report: Zobrist, Desmond were part of failed Mets-Rays-Nationals trade
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(1/12/15) A three-team trade involving the Mets, Nationals and Rays, which included players Ian Desmond and Ben Zobrist, had been discussed recently, but fell through after the Mets balked at the Rays asking price, sources told FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal.
The talks unfolded with the Nationals trading Desmond to the Rays for Zobrist and Yunel Escobar, who were eventually traded to the Athletics on Saturday. The Rays would have then dealt Desmond to the Mets, who are looking for an upgrade at shortstop.
Unfortunately, the Mets chose not to pursue the deal after the Rays requested two top prospects from a list of three, which New York considered too much for Desmond, who will be a free agent after the 2015 season. The Rays' list included Mets top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard. It is not known who the other two targets were.
The Mets were also engaged with the Rays in a trade for Zobrist, but once again the Rays wanted two top prospects and the Mets did not want to make that deal. Zobrist will also be a free agent after the 2015 season.
A's acquire Ben Zobrist, Yunel Escobar from Rays
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(1/10/15) The Athletics have acquired infielders Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar from the Rays in exchange for catcher John Jaso and two prospects and cash, both clubs announced Saturday. The two prospects include shortstop Daniel Robertson and outfielder Boog Powell.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle first reported the trade, and CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman confirmed the deal.
Zobrist, a two-time All Star, is coming off a season in which he hit .272/.354/.395 over 570 at-bats. He is entering the final year of his contract, and is due $7.5 million next season. Escobar, 32, hit 258/.324/.340 with seven homers and 39 RBI over 476 at-bats in 2014. He is expected to earn $5 million this season and $7 million in 2016, with a club option for 2017 at $7 million with a $1 million buyout.
The move will likely turn recently acquired Marcus Semien into an "everyday super utility player," Slusser said.
Giants assistant GM confirms interest in Ben Zobrist
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(1/4/15) Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans confirmed the team has interest in Rays infielder Ben Zobrist, according to MLB Network.
The two teams have been rumored to be discussing a deal for weeks, but this is the first time interest was confirmed by a member of either club. Evans said the Giants are staying involved for Zobrist, but are realistic about the possibility of a trade. The 33-year-old Zobrist is coming off a season in which he hit .272/.354/.395 over 570 at-bats.
Report: Giants may look at versatile Rays veteran Zobrist
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(12/26/14) The Giants may look into acquiring Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist, according to Gammons Daily.
Gammons notes that several general managers believe the club will deal prospects to acquire the 33-year-old Zobrist. San Francisco is currently slated to start Joe Panik at second, but Zobrist can play multiple positions. It's unclear where the Giants would elect to use Zobrist the most. He hit .272/.354/.395 in 570 at-bats last season. Zobrist is entering the final year of his contract, and is due $7.5 million next season.
Rays bring back 2B Ben Zobrist by exercising option
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(10/31/14) 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. He placed second on the Rays with a .272 average and tied for the team lead with 83 runs.
Shortstop tiers for Draft Day 2015
Is the shortstop position all about Troy Tulowitzki and whatever else is left? Our Scott White tries to make sense of a frustrating situation in his shortstop tiers.
Spring training positional battles to watch: NL Central
From the Cubs infield (2B/3B) situation to the back of the Reds' rotation to the Cardinals' fifth starter, let's take a look at the positional battles this spring in the NL Central.
Second base tiers for Draft Day 2015
If you don't just have to have one certain player, here's your draft solution. Scott White breaks down six levels of second-base options.
2015 Draft Prep: 10-team, AL-only H2H mock
As pitchers and catchers report, we go deeper with a 10-team AL-only H2H mock draft. Al Melchior highlights trends like where top rookies like Rusney Castillo slot.
Grading the Offseason: AL West
Up next in our series grading each team's offseason: the deep AL West.
|2014 summary: Even as Ben Zobrist entered into his age-33 season, he showed no signs of slowing down as an on-base threat. With a .354 on-base percentage, Zobrist exceeded a .345 mark for the sixth season in a row, and that translated into his sixth straight year with more than 75 runs scored. With 83 runs, Zobrist actually increased his production in that category, but his RBI total fell from 71 to 52. Zobrist's .225 batting average with runners in scoring position played a role in that, but so did the overall decline in the Rays' offense. Two areas in which Zobrist appears to be steeped in decline are extra-base power (10 home runs, 34 doubles) and stolen bases (10 steals in 15 attempts).|
Playing time status: Zobrist had his first visit to the disabled list in six seasons, but a dislocated thumb kept him out for only two weeks. He remains a durable player and a reliable source of plate appearances, and his versatility should keep him in the Athletics' lineup on a daily basis in his first year in Oakland.
2015 outlook: Though Zobrist still offers solid run production for a middle infielder, his pedestrian home run and stolen base totals kept him outside the top 10 among second basemen and shortstops in Rotisserie value. He could resurrect his RBI total with better hitting with runners in scoring position, but his power and speed could continue to wane. At minimum, Zobrist should be in the top 10 at both middle infield positions in points leagues, and his eligibility at three positions (he is also outfield-eligible) helps to make him a solid middle round option in all standard mixed league formats.
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