According to Devan Fink of Cover Those Bases (and Rob Murray of MLB Daily Rumors), the San Francisco Giants may be close to a trade involving Ben Zobrist with the Tampa Bay Rays.

The 33 year old second baseman’s name has been thrown around since Asdrubal Cabrera signed with the Tampa Bay Rays, leaving multiple teams in need of a shortstop or second baseman. Other possible suitors include the Washington Nationals, New York Mets, Texas Rangers, and a few others. Last season, Zobrist hit .272/.354/.395 (116 OPS+) with 10 home runs and 52 RBI. 2015 is his last year under contract, so it would be a one-and-done deal in all likelihood.

If the Giants did make the move, it would contradict how the team is set up currently.  The Giants currently have occupants at every possible position Zobrist could play, so there is no place for him.

How close the deal is to being done is unknown and for now is assumed as a low probability.

Over his nine-year career, Zobrist has hit .264/.354/.429 (117 OPS+) with 114 home runs and 511 RBI.


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