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“There’s a decent chance” the Rays will trade Ben Zobrist

Ben Zobrist

Tampa Bay Rays’ Ben Zobrist hits a two-run double against the Minnesota Twins during the ninth inning in the first baseball game of a doubleheader on Thursday, April 28, 2011, in Minneapolis. Zobrist set a Tampa Bay record with eight RBIs, hitting a home run and two doubles as the Rays routed the Twins 15-3. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)


Tampa Bay has already had a pretty active offseason following the departures of Andrew Friedman and Joe Maddon, and now Jon Morosi of writes that “there’s a decent chance” the Rays trade Ben Zobrist before Opening Day.

Zobrist has been a regular for the Rays since 2008, playing all over the field defensively while hitting .270 with solid power and good plate discipline for an .804 OPS. He’s generally been one of the most underrated all-around players in baseball.

But he’s also 34 years old, set to make $7.5 million in 2015, and eligible for free agency next offseason. All of which is why the Rays may look to cash in Zobrist to a team in need of a good switch-hitter who can slide into the lineup at basically any position.

Morosi lists the Mets, Nationals, Cubs, Mariners, Rangers, Reds, and Giants as the most likely interested teams.

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