Ben ZobristThe Ben Zobrist trade market is heating up. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Giants, Nationals, Angels, and Cubs are all “seriously” pursuing the utility man.

Cafardo adds that the Rays are asking for a top prospect and a “mid-level” prospect.

One thing that makes Zobrist so valuable despite being 33 is his contract situation. Zobrist has just one year remaining on his deal at a very reasonable $7.5 million. And as Ken Rosenthal points out, any team that trades for Zobrist could be in line to receive a compensation draft pick in the 2016 draft when Zobrist leaves for free agency next winter.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Free agent James Shields is believed to have a 5-year contract offer worth $110 million from a mystery team. [FoxSports.com]
  • Here is an in depth look at the trade market for Ben Zobrist. [MLBTR]
  • Grant Brisbee calls Ben Zobrist perfect for the Giants but thinks it would be an upset if he lands in San Francisco because they just don’t have the prospects. [McCoveyChronicles]
  • The loss of Asdrubal Cabrera to the Rays has left the Nationals with a big hole at second base, hence their interest in Ben Zobrist. [NatInsider.com]
  • And LOL… “No matter where we put it, even if it is on the water, surrounded by great restaurants and bars, Tampa will never fill a stadium with more than 10,000 people. Let’s accept it and move on.” [TBO.com]
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  1. Geoff Peterson says:

    Cork, please don't link any more TBO garbage. That piece seemingly was written by some cranky, baseball-hating Tampan who was short on facts and long on opinions. I don't mind differing opinions but they at least need to have basic facts straight if you're going to hype them on a legitimate site like this.

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