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.