BEN ZOBRIST NEWS

Ben Zobrist bids farewell to Rays fans with full-page ad

Former Tampa Bay Rays utility player Ben Zobrist paid an emotional farewell to Rays fans with this full-page ad in Sunday’s Tampa Bay Times. Zobrist was traded to the Oakland Athletics (along with teammate Yunel Escobar, already traded to the Washington Nationals) earlier this offseason. Ben Zobrist and his wife, Julianna, took out an ad in today's Tampa Bay Times. pic.twitter...
Via The Outside Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist bids farewell to Rays fans with full-page ad

Former Tampa Bay Rays utility player Ben Zobrist paid an emotional farewell to Rays fans with this full-page ad in Sunday’s Tampa Bay Times. Zobrist was traded to the Oakland Athletics (along with teammate Yunel Escobar, already traded to the Washington Nationals) earlier this offseason. Ben Zobrist and his wife, Julianna, took out an ad in today's Tampa Bay Times. pic.twitter...
Via Bloguin Best
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Spending Does Not Equate To Success

Cringing because the Mets failed to acquire Ben Zobrist or Ian Desmond? Love to criticize the Wilpons for running a small market team in the big apple? You may disagree with me, but I don’t their either of those opinions are valid, and I’m here to tell you why. I know the Mets’ payroll has decreased each of the last five seasons, to the point where New York’s 2014 figure...
Via Mets Merized Online
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist: Bona fide star or solid utility man?

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Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: The Oakland Trade Machine

Last week was all about the Hall of Fame, but this week has given us plenty to discuss and dissect. Oakland is on pace to make about 132 trades, arbitration numbers are starting to roll in, and teams are finding inexpensive deals for decent talent. Last but not least, however, one team’s specific “claim to fame” this offseason is that their dog won an award. Not only that...
Via The Sports Post
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist takes out newspaper ad to say goodbye to fans, teammates

Ben Zobrist said a heartfelt "goodbye" to his former fans and colleagues Sunday. The two-time All-Star, traded to the Oakland Athletics on Jan. 10, published a note to Tampa Bay Rays players, officials and fans in Sunday's edition of the Tampa Bay Times. The utility man spent nine seasons with the Rays and closed as the franchise's leader in doubles (229) and walks (542). In addition...
Via Fox Sports Florida
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays banking on big returns from prospects gained in recent trades

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Matt Silverman has remade the Tampa Bay Rays this offseason in ways almost no one expected. Change is a reality of winter life within each franchise, from Seattle to Miami and all points in between, but there's a young and different feel to how the new president of baseball operations has conducted business. Silverman has gone far beyond making minor adjustments...
Via Fox Sports Florida
12 days ago  |  Discuss

New A's infielder Zobrist knows quirks of new home ballpark

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Ben Zobrist needs few reminders of the quirks that come with playing in the Oakland Coliseum, his new home. In the 10th inning of a loss last August playing for the Rays, a small opossum scurried alongside the Tampa Bay left fielder and he caught glimpse of the critter out of the corner of his eye. ''Apparently that was a good omen for the A's, and not so much...
Via AP on Fox
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Are Teams Always Insisting On Syndergaard?

As we reported last night, another potential deal for a shortstop – in this case Ian Desmond – fell by the wayside when the Tampa Bay Rays insisted on Noah Syndergaard plus another prospect in return. They also demanded Syndergaard in a trade for Ben Zobrist before eventually trading him to Oakland. It’s amazing how it’s now become practically automatic for teams to ask...
Via Mets Merized Online
14 days ago  |  Discuss

In Ben Zobrist, the Athletics get their rent-a-star (and more)

This hasn’t been the typical offseason for Billy Beane, as we all know. He has traded away… pretty much every one that was on their Opening Day roster last season: Having some fun with the 2014 #Athletics Opening Day lineup on the @CSNAuthentic telestrator. pic.twitter.com/qWaJDVNWnF — Casey Pratt (@CaseyPrattCSN) January 11, 2015 But that shouldn’t surprise anyone, because...
Via Batting Leadoff
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Wisdom and Links: Great Mysteries of Baseball, Links and the Greatest Baseball Player with a Last Name Starting With X

As we continue to wade through that part of the off-season where nothing seems to happen (no offense to Ben Zobrist), today I’m going to talk about Great Mysteries in Baseball History. I’ve written similar things over at the Baseball Continuum in the past, but they remain very interesting. For example, where does Lena Blackburne’s Rubbing Mud come from? For those who don...
Via Hall of Very Good
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Wisdom and Links: Great Mysteries of Baseball, Links and the Greatest Baseball Player with a Last Name Starting With X

As we continue to wade through that part of the off-season where nothing seems to happen (no offense to Ben Zobrist), today I’m going to talk about Great Mysteries in Baseball History. I’ve written similar things over at the Baseball Continuum in the past, but they remain very interesting. For example, where does Lena Blackburne’s Rubbing Mud come from? For those who don...
Via Hall of Very Good
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays Shed Money, A’s Upgrade Middle Infield

Reports from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle have the Oakland Athletics acquiring middle infielders Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar in exchange for C/DH John Jaso and minor leaguers Daniel Robertson and Boog Powell.  For the A’s it an upgrade up the middle with Escobar and Zobrist.  For the Rays it is a pairing of payroll that will save them $11.5 million or so depending...
Via Baseball News Source
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics Acquire Ben Zobrist, Yunel Escobar From Tampa Bay Rays

OAKLAND, Calif.– The busy Oakland Athletics have acquired infielders Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays for catcher John Jaso and two minor leaguers. The teams announced the trade Saturday. Tampa Bay also got infielder Daniel Robertson, outfielder Boog Powell and cash in the trade. The 33-year-old Zobrist is a two-time All-Star. He hit .272 with 10 home runs...
Via NESN.com
16 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s add Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar, continuing surprising offseason

The curious offseason of the Oakland Athletics continues with general manager Billy Beane picking up one of the more coveted players on the trade market in Ben Zobrist. The Nationals, Giants and Cubs had been rumored to be pursuing the 33-year-old super-utilityman, but it’s the A’s swooping in with a January surprise. According to the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Susan Slusser...
Via Bloguin Best
16 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s add Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar, continuing surprising offseason

The curious offseason of the Oakland Athletics continues with general manager Billy Beane picking up one of the more coveted players on the trade market in Ben Zobrist. The Nationals, Giants and Cubs had been rumored to be pursuing the 33-year-old super-utilityman, but it’s the A’s swooping in with a January surprise. According to the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Susan Slusser...
Via The Outside Corner
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s Acquire Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar

According to ESPN’s Keith Law, the Oakland Athletics have acquired infielder Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays for catcher John Jaso and a pair of minor league players. The Rays also received top shortstop prospect Daniel Robertson and outfielder Boog Powell, according a source. Zobrist along with Escobar were mentioned often as possible targets for...
Via Mets Merized Online
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Sources: A's acquire Tampa Bay Rays' Ben Zobrist, Yunel Escobar

The Oakland As have acquired Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays, FOX Sports 1's Ken Rosenthal has learned Saturday.  In exchange, Oakland is sending catcher John Jaso, whom Tampa Bay acquired two years earlier, back to the Rays alongside two minor-leaguers, top shortstop prospect Daniel Robertson and outfielder Boog Powell. The news was first reported by Susan...
Via Fox Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s acquire Ben Zobrist, Yunel Escobar, and why Mets stand pat with Wilmer Flores

The Oakland A’s are close to acquiring utility man Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays for catcher John Jaso and prospects Daniel Robertson and Boog Powell, according to MLB Trade Rumors. Meanwhile, the Mets stand pat with Wilmer Flores as the club’s leading candidate to start at shortstop on Opening Day. Though, If the club was looking to add a shortstop...
Via Around Citi
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Brief Thoughts on Danny Espinosa as Nats Second Baseman

This afternoon, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Ben Zobrist will be headed to the Oakland Athletics. That further increases the chances that Danny Espinosa will be the Washington Nationals starting second baseman on April 6 at Nats Park. There are a number of Nats fans that are less than thrilled about the idea of the strikeout-prone Espinosa getting a...
Via The Nats Blog
16 days ago  |  Discuss

A's acquire Ben Zobrist, Yunel Escobar

After an offseason that has seen him purge the Oakland Athletics of their Major League talent, general manager Billy Beane has apparently pulled off a rather big trade. According to multiple media reports, Oakland has acquired All-Star Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for John Jaso and two minor league players. This move fills a ton of...
Via Sportsnaut
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays Trade Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar to Athletics

The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to trade Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar to the Oakland Athletics. The Rays signing Asdrubal Cabrera allowed them to make this deal. Oakland will send John Jaso and prospect SS Daniel Robertson to Tampa Bay. Tampa also traded Wil Myers earlier this Winter to the San Diego Padres and got Steven Souza and Rene Rivera in return. Is anyone in...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Thus Ends the Ben Zobrist Dream

Billy Beane is nuts…   The #Athletics are on the verge of acquiring Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar from the #Rays, the @sfchronicle has learned. — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) January 10, 2015 More to come, but that seems to take every other team, including the Cubs, out of the running for Ben Zobrist’s services. Stay tuned.
Via World Series Dreaming
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Latest On Growing Market For Ben Zobrist

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Ben Zobrist has one of the biggest trade markets out there. He is being pursued seriously by the Giants, Nationals, Angels, and Cubs. A source told him that the Rays are said to be asking for at least one top prospect and a mid-level one. Ken Rosenthal adds that Zobrist has some added value because he is likely to receive a qualifying...
Via Mets Merized Online
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Angels show interest in Zobrist and Shields, will the Angels trade Hamilton?

The January 5th, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news including Angels showing interest in Zobrist and Shields, how long will Hamilton be with the Angels and much more… The Story: Nick Cafardo claims the Angels have shown interest in both Ben Zobrist and James Shields.The Monkey Says: Cafardo also has no idea what he is talking about, so don’t go getting too excited. Shields doesn’t...
Via Monkey with a Halo
21 days ago  |  Discuss
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