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18 Ben Zobrist LF
Height/Weight: 6-3/210 | Birthdate: 5/26/1981 | Birthplace: Eureka, IL | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Kansas City | College: Dallas Baptist | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $5,687,300 | Owned/Started%: 95/81 | Average Draft Position: 93.25
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Royals, Athletics agree on LF Ben Zobrist trade


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/28/2015) The Royals and Athletics have agreed on a trade that would send left fielder Ben Zobrist to Kansas City, CBS Baseball Insider Jon Heyman is reporting.

Kansas City sent one of its top prospects, Sean Manaea , to Oakland in the swap. Manaea was a concensus top-100 prospect by MLB.com and Baseball America. In addition, the Royals also parted ways with pitcher Aaron Brooks in the trade.

For the A's, Zobrist will initially play in the outfield to help fill the void of the injured Alex Gordon. Upon Gordon's return, Zobrist can shift into the infield.


Athletics' Ben Zobrist hits first July homer


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2015) Athletics second baseman Ben Zobrist went 1 for 4 in Friday's loss to San Francisco. 

Zobrist hit a solo home run in the sixth inning, his first homer since June 23 and just his sixth of the year.

Zobrist is just 4 for 22 since July 18. 


Report: Mets discussing trade for Athletics' Ben Zobrist


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2015) The Mets have been in negotiations on a trade that would bring them Athletics utility man Ben Zobrist, per the Daily News.

The trade would send multiple Mets players to the A's, but reportedly no deal is imminent, and sources told Fox Sports that there were no discussions ongoing between the two teams. 


Ben Zobrist reaches base twice for Athletics


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2015) Athletics left fiedler Ben Zobrist went 1 for 3 with a walk in Friday's loss to Minnesota. 

The A's only reached base six times in the shutout loss, and Zobrist produced one third of them, including the only walk of the game for Oakland batters. 

Zobrist has hit in the last four games and is 6 for his last 14. 


Billy Butler gets day off for Athletics, Ben Zobrist moves to DH


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2015) Athletics DH Billy Butler is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game. Butler had started the previous 13 games at designated hitter.

Ben Zobrist, normally the team's second baseman, will get a break from the field and replace Butler at DH for the fourth time this year and first since June 25.

 Eric Sogard returns to second base to replace Zobrist. It will be Sogard's 62nd start of the season but just his third in the last 10 games. 


Mark Canha not in Athletics' Saturday lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2015) Ben Zobrist will replace Mark Canha in the Athletics' starting lineup for Saturday's game. 

Canha has started the last two games and three of the last four. Zobrist has started the last two games at second base. 


Mets eyeing Athletics 2B/OF Ben Zobrist, who might be off table


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) The Mets have interest in Athletics second baseman/outfielder Ben Zobrist, but a recent Oakland surge might prevent them from trading him, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has reported.

Zobrist could be a boon to a Mets offense that ranks second-last in the National League in runs scored and managed to plate just one in a just-completed three-game series against the Cubs. He can also play multiple positions, including third base, where David Wright (back) appears likely to remain absent for quite some time.

The Mets are not alone in their interest in Zobrist. Several other teams have inquired about him.


Athletics 2B Ben Zobrist gets two hits, RBI in loss to Royals


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/28/2015) Athletics second baseman Ben Zobrist went 2 for 3 with a RBI in Sunday's loss to the Royals.

Zobrist is hitting .333 with eight hits, a home run and five RBI in his last seven games.


Athletics' Ben Zobrist hits in fifth straight game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) Athletics left fielder Ben Zobrist went 1 for 3 with a walk in Friday's loss to Kansas City. 

Zobrist had one of Oakland's four hits and one of the A's two extra base hits, getting his 13th double of the year. 

Zobrist hit in his fifth straight game and also drove in his 28th run of the year. It's the third time in four games he's recorded an RBI. 


Report: Mets, A's have discussed Ben Zobrist in trade talks


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/24/2015) Strapped for offense, the Mets have had some preliminary trade discussions with the Athletics involving utility man Ben Zobrist, sources say. Zobrist, a free agent after the season, is a switch-hitter that can play all over the diamond, which makes him a very attractive target no doubt.

It is not known whether the Mets plan to make any significant moves before the July 31 trade deadline, but with the team plagued by injuries and ineffectiveness with many of their key offensive players, a trade to bolster the team is not outside the realm of possibilities.

"It would be nice to do something if we could to improve the team and give it a psychological boost,'' general manager Sandy Alderson said, per the New York Daily News.

Zobrist spent about a month of the season on the disabled list with a knee injury, but is hitting .256 with four home runs in 26 game since returning. Throught his career, Zobrist has played at every position besides pitcher and catcher.


A's OF Ben Zobrist goes yard in win over Rangers


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) Athletics outfielder Ben Zobrist hit his fifth home run of the season in Tuesday night's 8-6 win over the Rangers. 

Zobrist hit a two-run bomb in the seventh inning that also scored Eric Sogard. Zobrist finished the game 2 for 4 with a single and also drew a walk. Zobrist now has a slash line of .250/.333/.457 for the season. 


Athletics' Ben Zobrist hits three-run home run


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2015) Athletics second baseman Ben Zobrist hit a three-run home run in the first inning of Friday's loss to the Angels. 

Zobrist went 2 for 5 and added a double, his twelfth of the year. He has four home runs and 24 RBI on the season. 

Zobrist is 5 for his last 10 with six RBI over that span. 


A's opt to give Ben Zobrist a day off Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Athletics manager Bob Melvin opted to give veteran Ben Zobrist the day off Thursday against the Padres. It is the third time in 22 games since Zobrist came off the disabled list in late May that he wasn't in the starting lineup.

Zobrist has been on a pretty good offensive run as of late, which included a three-hit game Wednesday against the Padres. Zobrist has hit safely in eight of his last nine games. He is batting .343 (12 for 35) in his last nine games, raising his season average from .205 to .244 in that span.

He also has one triple, one home run, four doubles, seven RBI, 12 runs and four walks in his last nine games.


Athletics OF Ben Zobrist finally settling into offensive groove


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Athletics outfielder Ben Zobrist drove in three runs during a 16-2 rout of the Padres on Wednesday. 

Zobrist opened the scoring with an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning. He then added a two-RBI double in the seventh inning. He finished 3 for 4 with three runs, one double and one triple.

Zobrist has hit safely in eight of his last nine games. He is batting .343 (12 for 35) in his last nine games, raising his season average from .205 to .244 in that span. He also has one triple, one home run, four doubles, seven RBI, 12 runs and four walks in his last nine games.


Athletics 2B Ben Zobrist goes yard in win over Padres


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Athletics second baseman Ben Zobrist hit his third home run of the season in Tuesday night's 6-5 win over the Padres. 

Zobrist hit the two-run rocket in the top of the sixth inning off of Andrew Cashner on a 0-1 pitch. Zobrist finished the game 1 for 4 and has now recorded a hit in three consecutive games. 

Zobrist has a .227/.316/.387 slash line this season. 


Athletics' Ben Zobrist doubles twice in Sunday's win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) Athletics designated hitter Ben Zobrist went 3 for 5 in Sunday's win over the Angels with three runs scored.

"This is a guy we need," manager Bob Melvin said of Zobrist, per MLB.com. "Get him to square a couple of balls up and get him going. He's got a track record of being a heck of a hitter. … It looks like he's rounding into shape."

Zobrist hit two doubles, giving him 10 on the season. 


Eric Sogard misses fourth straight start for Athletics


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2015) Athletics second baseman Eric Sogard will miss his fourth straight start on Saturday. 

Sogard is suffering from a left wrist injury. Ben Zobrist will replace him at second base for the fourth game in a row. 


A's move Marcus Semien to No. 2 spot; Ben Zobrist to hit third


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2015) With Stephen Vogt sidelined with a leg issue, Athletics manager Bob Melvin shuffled the lineup, moving Marcus Semien back to the No. 2 hole, and moving Ben Zobrist to the No. 3 hole, which was normally occupied by Vogt.

Semien has started a team-high 28 games at the No. 2 spot. He is hitting .277 with six homers and 16 RBI in 55 games. Zobrist has 17 starts at the No. 3 hole. He is hitting .222 with two homers and 14 RBI in 23 games.


With Drew, Pirela struggling, Yankees are targeting A's 2B Zobrist


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2015) In search of some help at second base, the Yankees are interested in Athletics outfielder Ben Zobrist leading up to next month's trade deadline, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The organization is surprised that Jose Pirela has not done well since his promotion, and that Stephen Drew's bating average remains extremely low. Pirela is hitting .237 (9 for 38) in his first 15 games this season. Drew is hitting .107 (3 for 28) with a double and an RBI over his last eight games played. He is slashing .165/.232/.305 this season.

Zobrist, 34, is in his first season with the A's, and is hitting .222 (18 for 81) with two homers and 14 RBI in 23 games this season.


A's OF Ben Zobrist blasts grand slam in win over Tigers


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Athletics outfielder Ben Zobrist a grand slam in the seventh inning of Tuesday night's 5-3 win over the Tigers. 

The grand slam gave Zobrist his second home run of the season. He's now hitting .258 over his past 10 games. That compares favorably to his .243 batting average for the season. 

Zobrist finished the game 1 for 4 and also drew a walk. 


Report: Cubs to target A's 2B Ben Zobrist before trade deadline


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) The Cubs plan to make Athletics second baseman Ben Zobrist one of their biggest trade targets heading into June, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Zobrist, who played for Cubs manager Joe Maddon for nine years with the Rays, could man left field if acquired by the Cubs while providing flexibility to be moved around the field if needed. However, the A's have yet to make Zobrist available and are not ready to throw the towel in on the season, per the report.

"We’re trying to balance short- and long-term interests," team president Theo Epstein said, when asked about making moves leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. "But we’re in a situation [in which] we have a fairly competitive team right now, and we have some needs. So you don’t ignore that. You keep it in mind. But at the same time you can’t just go out and unilaterally add."

Zobrist has hit .242/.301/.394 with one home run and 10 RBI in 66 at-bats.


A's 2B Ben Zobrist sits out on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/30/2015) Athletics second baseman Ben Zobrist is getting his first day off since his recent return from the disabled list, as he's being held out of Saturday's lineup against the Yankees. Zobrist has played in all four games since being activated from a knee injury on May 26, and has four hits in 16 at-bats over that span.

Eric Sogard will get the start at second base and bat eighth on Saturday.


Athletics' Ben Zobrist gets two hits in first game back


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Athletics second baseman Ben Zobrist returned to the lineup for the first time in more than a month and didn't look rusty.

Zobrist played for the first time since April 24, when he went to the disabled list with a knee injury.

Zobrist went 2 for 4 in the A's shutout loss to Detroit on Tuesday. He hit his sixth double of the year, one of only two extra base hits in the game for either team.   


A's 2B Ben Zobrist returns to starting lineup on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/26/2015) Athletics' second baseman Ben Zobrist has returned to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Tigers. Zobrist, who hasn't played a game since April 24 with a knee injury, is batting third and playing second base for manager Bob Melvin.

Zobrist was activated off of the disabled list on Monday but did not appear in the win over Detroit. But he'll back in there on Tuesday, pushing Eric Sogard back to the bench. 


Athletics activate Ben Zobrist, option Craig Gentry to Triple-A


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) The Athletics activated second baseman Ben Zobrist from the 15-day disabled list on Monday and optioned outfielder Craig Gentry to Triple-A Nashville.

Zobrist has been sidelined since April 24 while recovering from a knee injury, and despite his activation, he will be available off the bench against the Tigers on Monday before starting Tuesday's game, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. He made seven starts in the outfield and five at second base before his injury. Zobrist has hit .240/.304/.400 with one home run and eight RBI in 50 at-bats.

Gentry saw just one appearance in his most recent stint with the team. He is 3 for 38 with the A's this season.