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And Leading Off For the Chicago Cubs Is…

Leading off to hit in a baseball game is an under-appreciated art form. There’s many nuances about it that even your standard formulas might not catch. With the additions of Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward to the Cubs’ roster, picking a leadoff man just got complicated on the North Side. What the Cubs need from their leadoff […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals ink pitcher Ian Kennedy to a five-year deal

The reigning World Series Champion Kansas City Royals have had a rather successful offseason. They lost Ben Zobrist to free agency, but were able to retain the services of left fielder Alex Gordon. And that might prove to be the better move for the Royals. More on that in a bit. To shore up a rotation that saw the departure of second-half-hero Johnny Cueto, the R0yals have now...
Via The Outside Corner
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Zobrist Turned Down More Money From Nationals and Giants

James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that Ben Zobrist turned down more money from the Nationals and Giants in order to sign with the Cubs. The Giants and Nationals each offered $60 million over four years, but Zobrist decided to sign with Chicago for $56 million over four years. Zobrist turned down the Nationals offer because he didn’t feel as comfortable in Washington’s...
Via Mets Merized Online
December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist to the Cubs on Four-Year Deal

The Cubs have reportedly signed Ben Zobrist to a four-year deal worth $56 million. That’s definitively not an $80 million deal, but at the behest of agents, all sorts of silly numbers get thrown around in the rumor mill. This number makes a lot more sense. In fact, the deal seems to be paying for floor. Take all the worst assumptions for the Zobrist deal — assume that wins are...
Via Fangraphs
December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist is baseball’s hottest free agent

Don’t look now, but Ben Zobrist has rapidly turned into the most sought-after free agent in baseball. Despite the fact that he doesn’t have a natural position and is about to turn 35, the World Series-winning super-utility man is set for a massive payday. And his price tag continues to rise. As of now, roughly half the teams in baseball are interested in Zobrist, and he is...
Via Rumors and Rants
December 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Figuring Out What To Pay Ben Zobrist

Ben Zobrist has been something of a polarizing figure in the game for seven years now. Ever since his 2009 breakout — where a 28 year old with -0.4 career WAR put up an +8.6 WAR season — his place among the game’s best players has been a point of discussion, with some pretty wide ranging opinions regarding his value. To the sabermetric community, he was a legitimate superstar...
Via Fangraphs
November 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist’s newborn daughter’s middle name is Royal

Ben Zobrist spent roughly 14 weeks as a member of the Kansas City Royals following a July trade, but it’s safe to say his time there made quite the impact on him. Such an impact, in fact, that Zobrist and wife Julianna named their newborn daughter Blaise Royal Zobrist. BLAISE ROYAL ZOBRIST, waited for her...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist could leave Royals to be with pregnant wife

Kansas City Royals second baseman Ben Zobrist might leave the team for a portion of the 2015 World Series to be with his pregnant wife, who is due to deliver soon. The Royals have a commanding two-game lead over the New York Mets in the World Series. All facets of the game are clicking at the right time as they head on the road against the Mets in Game 3 Friday night. A key reason...
Via Sportsnaut
October 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Zobrist’s pregnant wife: Stay at World Series if I go into labor

Kansas City Royals second baseman Ben Zobrist has received clearance from his very pregnant wife, musician Julianna, to remain playing in the World Series should she go into labor. “She said, ‘You better hit a home run,’” Zobrist joked before the Royals’ 7-1 Game 2 victory, via the New York Post. “She already kind of let me know, if we’re in the middle of a game...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
October 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals reportedly acquire Ben Zobrist from Athletics

By Vincent Frank The Kansas City Royals are going all in this season. Just a couple days after landing Johnny Cueto, the defending American League champs have picked up super utility man Ben Zobrist in a three-player deal that should help the team maintain its standing atop the American League Central. Left-hander Sean Manaea and right-hander Aaron Brooks going to #Athletics...
Via Sportsnaut
July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

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