CBS Sports "Uniform numbers can be very personal to some athletes, so when transactions occur and major leaguers change teams, some ballplayers take great lengths to ensure continuity, numerically speaking. Ben Zobrist wanted to keep wearing No. 18, as he did with the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics,..." August 08
Sounds like the A's are deep in Zobrist talks and something could happen soon.
MLB.com "The Royals acquired super-utility man Ben Zobrist from the A's on Tuesday, their second big splash leading up to Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. The A's received right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks and Minor League left-handed pitcher Sean Manaea. Zobrist, 34, was hitting .268/.354/.447 with..." July 28
Even with Johnny Cueto on board, don't think KC is done adding. Hearing they're expected to stay in on Ben Zobrist until the end.
Fox Sports "The Mets are thinking big. Whether they act big remains to be seen. The team, after acquiring Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson from the Braves on Friday, is exploring a number of larger trades, major-league sources say. Here, according to sources, is where the Mets’ various pursuits stand: A..." July 26
Bleacher Report "The A's are in sell mode, but Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting they aren't in a hurry to trade Zobrist due to the interest he is generating. The 34-year-old former Tampa Bay Rays star is putting up average offensive numbers in 2015. He's batting just .254 with five home runs and 32 RBI,..." July 24
New York Daily News "While nothing is imminent, the Mets have gotten as far as discussing pieces with the A’s for a possible deal for Ben Zobrist, a source told The News Tuesday afternoon. The A’s have identified the prospects they would need to send the veteran utility man to New York. Zobrist was identified early..." July 22
Hardball Talk "Via Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes in the Boston Globe … Ben Zobrist, OF-INF, Athletics — Despite not having the best of years, Zobrist remains sought-after, including by the Mets, Yankees, Giants, and Nationals. Zobrist, 34, has played three positions this season — 25 games in left field, 25 at..." July 13
New York Post "Sandy Alderson recently stated he was willing to “overpay” for the right hitter to help his lineup. When he said that, he had one player in mind — Ben Zobrist, The Post has learned. Alderson had expressed his interest to Oakland officials about Zobrist, but has seen the switch-hitter, at least..." July 04
#Athletics reinstate Ben Zobrist from the disabled list and option Craig Gentry to Nashville
San Francisco Chronicle "Ben Zobrist walked in the clubhouse without much of a limp and without much swelling, and he had just spent 20 minutes riding a stationary bike. He was one day removed from arthroscopic surgery to trim medial meniscus from his left knee. “Kind of surprised with the way he’s moving around,”..." April 30
The Score "Ben Zobrist still felt some discomfort in his left knee when he took batting practice Wednesday, but the 33-year-old could nevertheless take the field for the Oakland Athletics this weekend. Zobrist, who hasn't played since banging his knee while sliding Sunday, is expected to do defensive..." April 22
Fox Sports "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..." January 19
Hardball Talk "The Rays sent Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar in a trade with the Athletics on Saturday afternoon. Prior to that, however, the Rays discussed a three-way trade involving Zobrist with the Nationals and Mets, per a report from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. That deal would have sent Ian Desmond to..." January 12
Hardball Talk "The Rays reportedly have Ben Zobrist on the block and he would make sense for just about anybody, but especially for a team who has World Series aspirations like the Nationals. However, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal hears that Washington is “not actively pursuing” a trade for the versatile..." January 10
Pinstripe Alley "According to recent reports, the Rays may be looking to move Ben Zobrist now that they have signed Asdrubal Cabrera. Although it is somewhat unlikely that the Yankees and Rays would trade amongst themselves, stranger things have happened. If Zobrist is available, should the Yankees look into..." January 06
ben zobrist seems very likely to go somewhere. since he plays just about everywhere, could go anywhere.
Fox Sports "Surprisingly, relatively little has been written or said about the possibility of a Ben Zobrist trade. That should change soon. There’s a decent chance Zobrist will be traded between now and Opening Day, for a number of reasons: • The Tampa Bay Rays’ financial circumstances dictate that..." December 25
Though #Rays are discussing several scenarios of bigger deals, can report that neither Zobrist nor Longoria are involved, so there's that.
CBS Sports "The Rays were expected to pick up the $7.5 million option on second baseman Ben Zobrist for 2015 - and they announced it Friday. Zobrist was among the most productive players on an offense that struggled to score." October 31
Sense is #Rays won’t move Zobrist before deadline
Giants remain interested in Zobrist despite giving up 2 prospects in Peavy deal. Giants had 2 scouts watching Rays this weekend.
Mariners are having ongoing trade discussions with Rays regarding David Price and Ben Zobrist, sources say. No deal imminent. @FOXSports1
CBS Sports "The Rays are off Thursday, but have already optioned infielder Cole Figueroa to Triple-A Durham because second baseman Ben Zobrist is set to return to the active big-league roster Friday (via MLB.com), when the Rays begin a three-game series in Boston. Zobrist, 33, is hitting .260/.352/.364..." May 29
Tampa Tribune "Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said the team will make a decision before tonight's game in Anaheim on whether to place 2B Ben Zobrist on the disabled list with a dislocated left thumb or keep him on the roster if the medical staff thinks Zobrist could play in four or five days. “I really..." May 15
#Rays put Zobrist on DL
Looks like Ben Zobrist injured his left thumb sliding headfirst into second base. Leaving the game.
#Rays Zobrist scratched from lineup due to stiff neck, team says
Tampa Tribune "2B Ben Zobrist reported to Rays camp Tuesday with the same positive outlook on this season as those who reported earlier in the week. “I feel stronger about this club than probably any other club that I’ve seen in Tampa Bay,” Zobrist said. “I feel that this club has the goods to be able to go..." February 19
MLB.com "There was a time -- and it was not that long ago -- when Shin-Soo Choo was routinely labeled "underrated." A Sports Illustrated player poll in 2011 dubbed him the most underrated player in baseball. Opposing managers would routinely use the U-word when sizing up Choo's skills. When the Reds..." January 24
CBS Sports "As expected, the Rays have picked up their 2014 club options for second baseman/outfielder Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar. They will earn $7 million and $5 million next season, respectively. Zobrist, 32, hit .275/.354/.402 (113 OPS+) with 12 home runs and 11 stolen bases while seeing..." November 02
Tampa Tribune "Good things come to those who wait. In the bottom of the 13th inning at the stroke of midnight and after nearly five hours of baseball and record-setting pitching, Tampa Bay Rays' All-Star second baseman Ben Zobrist hit a two-out walk-off RBI single to score Yunel Escobar, giving the Rays a 4-3..." July 11
Tampa Tribune "Ben Zobrist left the team and returned to Illinois because of the death of his grandmother. He is not expected to rejoin the team until Tuesday. With Yunel Escobar out at least three days with a bruised left hand suffered in Saturday's game, the Rays will be shorthanded on the bench for..." May 06
Tampa Tribune "Ben Zobrist can play second base and right field and shortstop. He can play left and center fields, too. He can play first base in a pinch and third base in a real pinch. Zobrist can bat high in the order or in the middle of the order. He can hit ahead of Evan Longoria or behind him, give..." April 13
Tampa Tribune "Ben Zobrist is the lone Tampa Bay Ray named to the Team USA roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. David Price, the 2012 American League Cy Young Award-winner, was not among the four starting pitchers selected on Thursday, though Team USA manager Joe Torre said he would add a fifth..." January 17
Tampa Bay Times "They were the hugs heard around the Twitter-verse. Except — sorry to ruin a good tweet or two — they never happened. When 2B Ben Zobrist left Sunday's game after the third inning, there was a post on Twitter, which spread rapidly, that he was hugging teammates as he left the dugout, a sign..." August 06
Tampa Bay Times "Manager Joe Maddon has tweaked his lineup for tonight's interleague series opener against the Mets. Second baseman Ben Zobrist (hand) is out; Will "Batman" Rhymes will spell him in the order and play third, with Sean Rodriguez going to second. Zobrist has experienced soreness since taking a..." June 12
D-Rays Bay "Since the beginning of the 2009 season Ben Zobrist has put up some numbers that put him in elite company in the American League With the exception of a rather poor 2010 season Zobrist has delivered for the Rays posting a wRC+ of 125 in 2008, 153 in 2009, 103 in 2010, and 131 in 2011. He..." June 08
Tampa Bay Times "Ben Zobrist wasn't in the lineup Saturday and could be out again today due to a nagging neck injury, but it isn't considered serious. Zobrist said his neck stiffened up the past few days, likely due to overswinging, leading to him getting pinch-hit for in the ninth inning of Friday's 3-2 loss..." September 04
Tampa Tribune "Parker Lentini has been a Ben Zobrist fan from the moment Zobrist joined the Rays in 2006, so when the Make-A-Wish Foundation worked it out for Lentini to spend a day with a Ray, the 12-year-old from Carrollwood naturally picked Zobrist. "Everybody thought he was just going to go down to the..." September 04
Tampa Tribune "Ben Zobrist doubled in each of his final two at-bats during the Tampa Bay Rays' 4-0 win over Boston on Wednesday to raise his total of two-base hits this season to a major league-leading 40. His previous career-best was 28, which he did in both 2009 and 2010. "I really don't have any..." August 18
Tampa Bay Times "As of right now, who do you think has been the Rays' MVP? My guess is, the vast majority of Rays fans would answer James Shields or Casey Kotchman. Both are having exceptional, career years; Shields has posted a 2.80 ERA and thrown eight complete games, and Kotchman is making a run at the..." August 14
Tampa Tribune "The doubles and home runs, the run-scoring hits in big moments. Do they look familiar? They should. Tampa Bay Rays second baseman/right fielder Ben Zobrist looks an awful lot like the super utility Ben Zobrist who enjoyed a breakout season in 2009 and earned a spot in that summer's All-Star..." August 02
Tampa Tribune "They could have wilted in the steamy night air. They could have given into the demands of this long road trip and the fatigue that has set in by now after crossing the country twice. They could have packed it in after the Orioles rallied for the lead once against David Price, then took the lead..." June 12
Tampa Tribune "The Rays have put a chokehold on the AL Player of the Week award. UTL Ben Zobrist became the third Tampa Bay player to win it in three weeks Monday, following RHP James Shields and DH Johnny Damon, who shared the honor with Angels RHP Dan Haren. Zobrist hit .440 (11-for-25) with two home..." May 03
Tampa Tribune "It seems the Rays have a different hero every game, but that's how it is when things are going well. They get hits. They get great pitching. They get a wild pitch from the other team when they need one. That's what happened Saturday afternoon at the Trop. Los Angeles reliever Fernando Rodney..." May 01