Ben ZobristAnother former Rays player just cashed-in big time.

This time it was Ben Zobrist, who has agreed to a 4-year, $56 million contract with the Chicago Cubs, according to Ken Rosenthal, reuniting the utility player with his former manager on the Rays, Joe Maddon.

Zobrist was reportedly choosing between two similar deals, with the other offer coming from the New York Mets. Of course, it would have been absolutely shocking if Zobrist landed in New York. I’m sure he could have succeeded on the field, but it is hard to imagine Zobrist enjoying living in Queens.

The question is whether or not the Cubs overpaid for a player who may already be past his prime. Zobrist’s production decline in 2015 to its lowest point since his first season with the Rays. His defense declined even further, worth -11.5 runs last season, down from +14.4 the year before.

Of course, Zobrist battled a knee injury. But at the same time, he is 34 now, and injuries are part of the equation, and recovering from them becomes harder at this age.

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  1. Gus says:

    What no article about Stuart Sadberg complaining about being run over by tanks?

    Please sell the team to somebody who has the chutzpah to spend money to make money instead of relying on MLB's corporate welfare.

    PS -- once again the teams that win the winter will lose the summer; paying $14M to Zobrist -- a great guy, but a guy with a bad back on the wrong side of 30 -- is going to be a losing proposition for the Cubs, who have cheaper, younger and better options for the middle infield anyway. And giving Maddon more tinkering options may not be a good thing in the long run.

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  2. Woodrow744 says:

    I love me some Zorilla, but that contract is exactly what's wrong with baseball.

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  3. monte says:

    After he pays all those Illinois and federal income taxes, he'll have hardly enough left to feed his family. Congratulations to Ben, but I too echo the sentiments that players are being paid too much not to produce.

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