Ben Zobrist Rumors: Yankees out of the running

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It’s no question Ben Zobrist is one of the most sought out second basemen on the market. But even though the Yankees are in the market for a switch-hitting infielder, it’s more than likely they won’t be the team to acquire Zobrist this offseason.

An industry source told the New York Post that the Yankees weren’t willing to spend as much as Zobrist wants on the free agent market. Although Zobrist would have fit on the roster, especially with the failed Stephen Drew experiment last season and the uncertainty of the Rob Refsnyder / Dustin Ackley platoon, it seems more likely that he could end up with the New York Mets, should he choose a New York team.

The Mets recently lost their second baseman Daniel Murphy after he rejected the $15.8 Million qualifying offer and it seems unlikely that the Mets will re-sign him. Both the Yankees and Mets tried to acquire Zobrist before the trade deadline last year, but to no avail.

Zobrist, 35, is projected to command a four-year deal worth over $60 Million. He played 126 games between the Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals in 2015, hitting .276/.359/.450 with 13 home runs and 56 RBI’s. Zobrist has been a consistent .270 hitter since 2011 when he was the second basemen for the Tampa Bay Rays.

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6 Responses to Ben Zobrist Rumors: Yankees out of the running

  1. Celerino says:

    A four year deal for a 35 year old? Pass. They need to commit to Refsnyder at second. Ackley has the same versatility and looks like he may have figured it out at the plate. Coincidentally, Zobrist didn't emerge until he was 27, the same age Ackley is now. Right now, their biggest need is a quality lefty in the rotation.

  2. Bob says:

    Yeah sign Zobrist and then wait for another overpaid aging player to finish up his contract. No thanks , we have enough of those already.

  3. hotdog says:

    Four year deals aren't so bad even at Zobrist's age but the Yankees are trying to cut salary expenses and adding $15mil/year on a 2nd baseman when you have a rookie/2nd year man ready to share the position makes better sense…if they do decide to spend $15mil, it should be on either a reliever or a starter…someone will give Zobrists his payday but we've got 2nd base covered…

    • mosc says:

      Zobrist could have aged into a 4th outfielder and lefty masher but I think that door is closed now with Hicks (and Ackley in some part) in the mix. Even then, the value was in assuming he could replace Chris Young PLUS be your backup shortstop and/or third basemen in 2016/2017 and his infield defense was probably a stretch.

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