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18 Ben Zobrist 2B
Height/Weight: 6-3/210 | Birthdate: 5/26/1981 | Birthplace: Eureka, IL | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Oakland | College: Dallas Baptist | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $5,687,300 | Owned/Started%: 98/91 | Average Draft Position: 93.27
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A's Zobrist to start in RF, Sogard at 2B with Reddick sidelined


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) With Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick likely to miss the start of the season due to an oblique injury, manager Bob Melvin said Friday that Ben Zobrist would start in right field and Eric Sogard would start at second base.

Melvin added, however, Reddick might be ready to play during the team's season-opening, seven-game homestand from April 6-12.


Athletics' Ben Zobrist (back) homers vs. Padres Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Athletics right fielder Ben Zobrist went 2 for 3 with a three-run home run in Tuesday's 13-2 win over the Padres.

Zobrist was scratched from Monday's lineup due to tightness under his left shoulder blade but came back strong one day later, delivering his first home run of the spring. He's picked up at least one hit in seven of his nine spring appearances, going 9 for 22 with four doubles, one triple and one home run.


Athletics scratch Ben Zobrist (shoulder) Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Athletics infielder Ben Zobrist has been scratched from Monday's lineup due to tightness under his left shoulder blade, the Bay Area News Group reports.

Zobrist was slated to play second base in Monday's matchup with the Dodgers. He is 7 of 19 with four doubles and one triple in Cactus League play.


Athletics' Ben Zobrist might see time in RF with Reddick hurt


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) With Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick (oblique) uncertain for opening day, Atheltics second baseman Ben Zobrist could find himself in right field on opening day, per InsideBayArea.com.

“I think Zobrist enjoys moving around some,’’ manager Bob Melvin said. “But you never get as comfortable as possible moving positions. This team is built around depth and versatility, and he is a big part of that.’’


Five Athletics competing to bat second in lineup


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Manager Bob Melvin indicated that five players are competing to bat second in the Athletics lineup this season, the Bay Area News Group reports.

Shortstop Ben Zobrist, second baseman Marcus Semien, third baseman Brett Lawrie and outfielders Sam Fuld and Craig Gentry are all in the mix for the second spot in the lineup.

The Athletics opened last season with third baseman Josh Donaldson slotted second, but Donaldson has since been traded to Toronto.


Report: Zobrist, Desmond were part of failed Mets-Rays-Nationals trade


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2015) 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
(1/10/2015) 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
(1/4/2015) 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
(12/26/2014) 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
(10/31/2014) 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.


Rays expected to pick up option on 2B Ben Zobrist


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2014) The Rays are expected to exercise their $7.5 option on second baseman Ben Zobrist before its Saturday deadline, per the Tampa Bay Times.

The 2014 season was marked by consistency and production from Zobrist, who was voted the team's most valuable player by the local baseball writers. He compiled a stat line of .272/.354/.395, scored 83 runs and added 10 stolen bases.


Ben Zobrist struggling to produce in September


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Rays infielder Ben Zobrist has struggled at the plate in September, hitting just .236/.313/.292 with one home run and three RBI in 72 at-bats.

Zobrist posted a .927 OPS in July and delivered solid production in August despite failing to record a home run during the month. His production has fallen off this month, with only two of his 11 hits going for extra bases. For the season, Zobrist has hit .268/.352/.393 with 10 home runs, 47 RBI and nine stolen bases in 545 at-bats.


Ben Zobrist cranks out four hits in losing effort


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Rays infielder Ben Zobrist cranked out four hits in his team's loss to the Angels on Saturday.

Zobrist reached on a bunt single in the second, singled in the fourth, reached on an infield single in the sixth and doubled in a run in the eighth. He finished 4 for 5 with a run scored, a stolen base and an RBI in a 10-3 defeat. He owns a .280/.366/.429 slash line with nine homers and 32 RBI in 368 at-bats.

Ben Zobrist homers, doubles in two runs


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Rays infielder Ben Zobrist played a big part in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Brewers.

Zobrist went 2 for 4 in the win, and drove in the first two runs for the Rays in the win. He brought the first around on a sixth-inning solo home run, and then drove in another with a double in the eighth.

Zobrist is hitting .271/.361/.421 with nine home runs and 31 RBI in 93 at-bats. 


Ben Zobrist slugs eighth home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist went 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 3-0 win over the Red Sox Saturday.

Fresh off a 4-for-4 performance against the Red Sox Friday, Zobrist slugged his second home run of the month in the seventh inning of Saturday's win. He has hit .267/.354/.409 with eight home runs, 29 RBI and five stolen bases in 345 at-bats.


Ben Zobrist belts seventh home run Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Rays infielder Ben Zobrist belted his seventh home run Friday against the Twins.

In the fifth inning, Zobrist worked a five-pitch at-bat against Kyle Gibson. On the final pitch, Zobrist hit a 93 mph fastball out to right for the two-run shot. He finished 1 for 3, with two runs scored and two RBI. He also walked twice during the game. 


Report: Mariners talking to Rays about David Price, Ben Zobrist


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2014) The Mariners are having ongoing trade talks with the Rays about starting pitcher David Price and outfielder/infielder Ben Zobrist, sources told FOX Sports. However, no deal is imminent.

Giants could have interest in Ben Zobrist


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) The Giants could have interest in trading for Rays infielder Ben Zobrist, MLB.com reports.

The team has also been mentioned as a potential suitor Rays pitcher David Price, but the Giants have had scouts at Tropicana Field even when Price hasn't pitched. The Rays are believed to have scouted the Giants' Double-A affiliate. Zobrist would give the Giants an insurance plan at second base while also providing help in the outfield.


Ben Zobrist cranks out four hits in win over Tigers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Rays shortstop Ben Zobrist was one of two Tampa Bay players to register four hits in Sunday's 7-3 win over Detroit.

Zobrist singled in a run in the opening frame, and also added singles in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings, respectively. He finished 4 for 5 with two runs scored and an RBI. He is hitting .264 with six homers and 21 RBI in 299 at-bats.


Ben Zobrist batting .289 in last 12 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Rays infielder Ben Zobrist collected three hits, including two doubles, and totaled one run in five at-bats Wednesday at N.Y. Yankees. It was his second three-hit game in his last four appearances.

Zobrist is batting .289 (13 for 45) with one home run, two triples, five doubles, three RBI, nine runs and 11 walks in his last 12 games.


Ben Zobrist homers in three-hit performance Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) Rays shortstop Ben Zobrist went 3 for 6 with two doubles, a home run and two RBI in his team's 12-7 win over the Orioles Sunday.

Zobrist hadn't homered since June 5 before knocking a solo shot in the fifth inning. He also delivered the first run of the game with his first-inning double but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple. Zobrist has hit .254/.334/.298 with six home runs and 18 RBI in 269 at-bats.


Ben Zobrist records first RBI in 12 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Rays infielder Ben Zobrist had an RBI triple in the first inning during Wednesday's 5-1 win against the Pirates. It was his second triple this season.

Zobrist finished 2 for 3 with one walk and two runs. Zobrist entered play Wednesday mired in a 3-for-29 slump in his previous nine games. He had his first RBI in 12 games during the win as well.


Report: Rays could be 'open for business'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) The Rays are rumored to be "open for business" at the trade deadline, according to ESPN.

The club currently sits at 31-48, and are expected to sell of valuable pieces for future talent. David Price is considered the biggest prize, but Ben Zobrist may also be a useful asset. Both players are under contract next season. Price has one more year of arbitration, while Zobrist's deal contains a club option for 2015. 

Lesser players will also likely be available, though Zobrist and Price would be the biggest prizes if put on the market. It's unclear how soon the team is looking to move talent. 


Ben Zobrist set to sit Friday against Astros


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Slumping Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist is catching a break Friday against Houston. He is out of the lineup as Logan Forsythe will man the position instead.

Zobrist has just four hits in his last 23 at-bats and has been hitless in five of his last seven games.


Ben Zobrist notches three hits Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Rays infielder Ben Zobrist notched three hits Friday against the Astros. 

Zobrist wound up just a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. He doubled in his first at-bat, and managed a triple his second time up. In his third at-bat, Zobrist got his single. He only had four plate appearances during the game, and flew out in his other chance. Zobrist finished 3 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI.

Zobrist is hitting .256/.332/.389 over 211 at-bats.