Rays to move Zobrist this offseason?

Though it seems to be nothing more than speculation at this point, FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi writes that there is a “decent chance” the Rays will trade second baseman Ben Zobrist at some point this offseason.

On the surface, trading Zobrist would certainly make sense for a Rays team that has already had a busy offseason. The versatile infielder is set to turn 34 years old in May and is due to make $7.5 million in 2015 before hitting the free agent market after the season. A number of teams would likely be interested in Zobrist, something that could lead to the Rays moving him this offseason before watching him walk away in free agency next winter.

While nothing has materialized quite yet, Morosi lists the Mets, Nationals, Mariners, Rangers, Cubs, Reds, and Twins as potential fits for Zobrist. Again, there is nothing concrete to report on this front as of right now, but it simply seems to be the next logical step for the Rays and is something worth monitoring into the New Year.

— Paul Casella

9 Comments

Like to see the Angels plug him in at second and hit 5th with Hamilton hitting 6th behind him.

I think you should add Giants to the list … as a LF.

I’m sure the Blue Jays would be interested… but whether Tampa would deal within the division is debatable.

Why would the Mariners need a 2nd baseman when Robinson Cano is the everyday starter?

Ben Zobrist can also play right field, and the Mariners need a right fielder.

No you all have it wrong……..The white sox are dancing in the background……Watch and see if i am right…….You heard it here first

Connor Gillespie actually hit for a higher average and had more RBIs than Zobrist. Zobrist wouldn’t be that much of an upgrade and would cost a heck of a lot more.

The White Sox should trade for him and plug the void at 3rd base. What a solid lineup that would bring!

Not much pop as an outfielder and a FA at the end of the year. At $8M he is an expensive 2B, but that is where his best value lies.

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