BEN ZOBRIST NEWS

Time to start looking at Ben Zobrist trade possibilities — because it's coming

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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays name Kevin Cash manager

            The Tampa Bay Rays have hired Kevin Cash as the fifth manager in franchise history, the team announced Friday. Cash, who turns 37 on Saturday, will be the youngest manager in the majors and has no previous managing experience. Cash has been the bullpen coach for the Cleveland Indians for the past two seasons. Please welcome...
Via Sports-Glory
20 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 ZiPS Projections – Tampa Bay Rays

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Tampa Bay Rays. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Batters Ben Zobrist remains […]
Via Fangraphs
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist wears wrong helmet during at-bat vs Japan (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes.Tampa Bay Rays switch-hitting infielder Ben Zobrist started his sixth inning at-bat with a lefty helmet while batting from the right side in Sunday's game for the MLB All-Stars in Japan.Zobrist reached a 2-1 count when teammate Evan Longoria hooked him up with the appropriate right-handed helmet. Everyone involved, including Japan's...
Via Holdout Sports
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

The MLB All-Stars got no-hit in Japan

It hasn’t been a good tour of Japan so far for the MLB All-Star team that has been sent over there. They’ve lost the first three games in the five game Japan All-Star Series, and on Saturday, they lost 4-0 and got no-hit. Hoo boy. Here’s a highlight video of Samurai Japan’s no-hitter. This wasn’t exactly a mediocre team that the MLB All-Stars put on the field. Stars like...
Via The Outside Corner
November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Japan beats MLB All-Stars again, lead series 2-0

TOKYO -- Leadoff hitter Yuki Yanagita drove in four runs to lead Japan to an 8-4 win over the Major League Baseball All-Stars on Friday in the second game of the five-match series. Yanagita singled, doubled, and tripled at Tokyo Dome. ''Yanagita has a lot of bat speed,'' MLB manager John Farrell said. ''He's aggressive and whether it is against a left-handed pitcher or a right-handed...
Via AP on Fox
November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Longoria's grand slam call: Japanese vs. English broadcast

Evan Longoria is one of three players representing the Tampa Bays Rays -- Ben Zobrist and Jeff Beliveau other the others -- on an MLB All-Star team that has traveled to Japan for several exhibition games this month. In the team's first game Tuesday, Longoria played a major role in the MLB All-Star's 8-7 victory, launching a grand slam in the fifth inning. Listen as the English broadcast...
Via Fox Sports Florida
November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays position analysis: Shortstop

The offseason has arrived, and the time has come for the Tampa Bay Rays to study what went right and wrong from a season that ended short of October. In the coming weeks, we'll break down the Rays at each position. The review will include highlights and lowlights for the players that saw a majority of the action there, and we'll touch on the possibility of their returns. This week...
Via Fox Sports Florida
November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Potential Trade Partners: Tampa Bay Rays

What could make the Tampa Bay Rays interesting to watch this offseason is their habit of trading players during their arbitration years. Tampa Bay operates under tight payroll restraints, which was limited to $76 million last year and won’t get much higher. Just think of David Price and James Shields, and former general manager Andrew Friedman and manager Joe Maddon. The Rays...
Via Mets Merized Online
November 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays Rumors: Ben Zobrist will remain with Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Rays infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist will play at least one more year with the only Major League team for which has has played. The Rays proudly announced Friday that they have exercised the $7.5-million 2015 option for Zobrist, making him the longest-tenured player in Rays history.Back for another year: #Rays exercise 2015 team option for Ben Zobrist. pic.twitter.com...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
November 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist's $7.5M option exercised by Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Ben Zobrist's $7.5 million option for 2015 has been exercised by the Tampa Bay Rays. The two-time All-Star hit .272 this year with 10 homers and 52 RBIs. Next year he could become the first player to spend 10 seasons with the Rays. Zobrist, 33, is Tampa Bay's career leader in doubles (229) and walks (542). He started 74 games at second this season and also...
Via AP on Fox
October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays pick up 2015 option on Ben Zobrist

The Tampa Bay Rays have exercised the 2015 option on Ben Zobrist. Zobrist, 33, will make $7.5 million this coming season in the final year of his contract. Given the Rays needs and his future free agency, it would not be a complete shock if the Rays traded Zobrist this spring. Zobrist appeared in 146 games last season hitting .272/.354/.395 with 10 home runs and 52 RBI. HIs ability...
Via Tireball.com
October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

No doubter: Rays exercise 2015 option on utility star Ben Zobrist

The Tampa Bay Rays made the easy call to exercise their 2015 club option for infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist. The option, worth $7.5 million, means a 10th season in a Rays uniform is within reach for the versatile player who has become one of Tampa Bay's most recognizable presences. He can be the first player in franchise history to play a 10th season with the Rays. "Ben has been...
Via Fox Sports Florida
October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers Rumors: Ben Zobrist could be a fit with the Dodgers

Finding a good utility player in the major leagues is one of the hardest things to do, but in Ben Zobrist the Tampa Bay Rays have one of the best.  Last July his name was mentioned in plenty of rumors, and this offseason he is sure to again be a topic of discussion.  Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe is reporting that with former Rays General Manager Andrew Friedman now part of...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
October 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays position analysis: Second base

The offseason has arrived, and the time has come for the Tampa Bay Rays to study what went right and wrong from a season that ended short of October. In the coming weeks, we'll break down the Rays at each position. The review will include highlights and lowlights for the players that saw a majority of the action there, and we'll touch on the possibility of their returns. This week...
Via Fox Sports Florida
October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

LHP Jeff Beliveau joins Longoria, Zobrist for MLB All-Star Series

Left-handed reliever Jeff Beliveau will join Tampa Bay Rays teammates Evan Longoria and Ben Zobrist in Japan, as announced Wednesday. Beliveau was added to the Major League Baseball All-Star Series to be held next month in Japan. Last Friday, Longoria and Zobrist were named to the roster, which includes All-Stars and other accomplished major leaguers. The five-game series will include...
Via Fox Sports Florida
October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays' Longoria, Zobrist added to roster for MLB All-Star Series in Japan

The upcoming Major League Baseball All-Star Series in Japan will include Tampa Bay Rays flavor. Third baseman Evan Longoria and utility man Ben Zobrist were added to the roster Friday for the five-game series against Japan's national team. MLB All-Stars and "other accomplished Major Leaguers," per an MLB press release, will take part in the event, the 11th of its kind and the first...
Via Fox Sports Florida
October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays Rumors: Ben Zobrist, Joel Peralta hope to return

The Tampa Bay Rays season has ended. The team finished with a 77-85 record and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2012. Now, with the offseason looming, two important players, Ben Zobrist and Joel Peralta can become free agents at the end of the season, barring team options. #455507148 / gettyimages.com Both Zobrist and Peralta want to remain with the Rays in 2015...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays strike late in 6-2 win at Boston

BOSTON (AP) Ben Zobrist had three hits and drove in Tampa Bay's first two runs during an eighth inning rally for the Rays in a 6-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. Alex Cobb pitched seven strong innings and Matt Joyce added a solo homer in the ninth for the Rays in the series opener between the bottom two teams in the AL East. Cobb (9-9) allowed just one run on five...
Via AP on Fox
September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist's three-hit night leads Rays past Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) -- Ben Zobrist had three hits and drove in Tampa Bay's first two runs during an eighth inning rally for the Rays in a 6-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. Alex Cobb pitched seven strong innings and Matt Joyce added a solo homer in the ninth for the Rays in the series opener between the bottom two teams in the AL East. Cobb (9-9) allowed just one run on five...
Via Fox Sports Florida
September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Odorizzi, Zobrist, Longoria take home BBWAA awards

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Ben Zobrist found Don Zimmer's influence most powerful when discussing baseball's small moments. If attention to detail is present, Zobrist learned, production will follow in time. Zimmer's ethos was wise: Master the job's little duties and large reward will come. So it was appropriate that the utility man reflected on the late Tampa Bay Rays senior adviser...
Via Fox Sports Florida
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist's RBI single in ninth lifts Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Ben Zobrist hit a game-ending single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Tampa Bay Rays over the New York Yankees 1-0 on Monday night. With the Baltimore Orioles' 5-2 win over Toronto, the Yankees were eliminated from AL East title contention in Derek Jeter's final season. Mired in an 0-for-24 slump, Jeter was given the night...
Via Fox Sports Florida
September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist's RBI single in ninth lifts Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Ben Zobrist hit a game-ending single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Tampa Bay Rays over the New York Yankees 1-0 on Monday night. With the Baltimore Orioles' 5-2 win over Toronto, the Yankees were eliminated from AL East title contention in Derek Jeter's final season. Mired in an 0-for-24 slump, Jeter was given the night...
Via AP on Fox
September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Zobrist has RBI single in 9th, Rays beat Yankees

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Ben Zobrist hit a game-ending single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Tampa Bay Rays over the New York Yankees 1-0 on Monday night. With the Baltimore Orioles' 5-2 win over Toronto, the Yankees were eliminated from AL East title contention in Derek Jeter's final season. Mired in an 0-for-24 slump, Jeter was given the night off...
Via AP on Fox
September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Why Daniel Murphy may be untradeable

It’s true. Daniel Murphy just might be the most untradeable person on the Mets. For reasons that make absolutely no sense. Nobody but the Mets sees him as a long term answer at 2B. Many have argued (Joel Sherman of the New York post comes to mind) that he should be pushed as a super utility player, a “Ben Zobrist” type and not as a 2B. Matthew Cerrone on Metsblog.com today...
Via Mets360.com
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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