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Ben Zobrist (2B,LF)

Chicago Cubs

Bats: B, Throws: R

Ben Zobrist signed with the Chicago Cubs for four years and 56 million that includes a no-trade clause. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist will make an immediate impact with the Cubs, with his well-known versatility and consistent approach to both sides of the game. Zobrist is a much better real player than fantasy, but his positional flexibility makes him worth owning in all formats. Just be cautious on buying in too early/paying too much come draft season as he was only the 17th 2B on the player rater last year.


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The Mets remain interested in free agent Ben Zobrist. However, they are unwilling to offer a four-year deal to the 34 year old veteran. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: If Zobrist signs with the Mets, he will likely hit at the heart of the lineup to replace Daniel Murphy. The Mets are still interested in Murphy, but his price tag might be too high. Zobrist had a .276 average with 13 homeruns last year.


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Zobrist went 3-for-5 with a walk on Sunday. He scored a run and drove one in.

Fantasy Impact: He is a solid player batting .285 while hitting lead-off for a team that can score some runs. There are worse options you could have for second base in fantasy.


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Ben Zobrist has opened September with a .311 batting average, five extra-base hits, and has scored 10 runs. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist has a five-game hitting streak, with four extra-base hits, and has three multi-hit games in his last four games. He has a .371 OBP for the season and has walked (53) more than struck out (41) while slugging 45 extra-base hits. The Royals have enjoyed having Zobrist in the lineup, as he has a .914 OPS, and his eligibility makes him a vital piece of a successful fantasy lineup.


Zobrist went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI Sunday in the Royals 3-2 loss to the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist has played second base and right field for the Royals and filled in admirable in the two hole for their offense. His versatility and steady production have been great for the Royals and fantasy owners alike.


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Ben Zobrist went 0-for-5 during Sunday's win over the Red Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Despite the 0-for, Zobrist has been solid in August. He's posted an OPS north of 1.000 with 10 extra-base hits so far this month.


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Zobrist went 2-for-2 with two walks against the Angels as the Royals fell 7-6.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist continues his strong play for the Royals by consistently getting on base at the top of the order. He's been a tremendous addition for the Royals and his fantasy value has jumped up quite a bit in their potent offense.


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Zobrist went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI as the Royals defeated the White Sox 5-4.

Fantasy Impact: After an off day Saturday, Zobrist was back in the lineup hitting second and playing 3B Sunday. Zobrist is now 9-for-33 with five runs, four walks, three HRs, and eight RBI with the Royals.


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Zobrist went 1-for-4 with an RBI in the Royals 5-1 win over the Tigers.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist got a hit in his fourth straight game for the Royals and again hit in the two-hole, great signs for his fantasy value.


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Zobrist went 1-for-3 with a walk, home run, and two RBI in the Royals 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist hit another home run for the Royals on Sunday after hitting two on Saturday. In his first four games with the Royals, Zobrist is hitting 5-for-15 with three home runs, a double, four runs, and six RBI. After hitting sixth his first two games, Zobrist hit in the two-hole on Saturday and Sunday. If he continues to hit there, he's a great fantasy option.


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The Royals have traded for Oakland's utility man Ben Zobrist. Kansas City gave up minor league pitchers Sean Manaea and Aaron Brooks. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Ben Zobrist will join a much more talented lineup and will probably fill in at left field. Look for Eric Sogard to receive more consistent playing time in the Athletics' lineup.


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Ben Zobrist did his best to help his side against their rivals from across the bay with a 3-for-3 effort from the plate. He finished a home run shy of the cycle and also took one walk. Unfortunately, he was unable to drive any runs home or score any runs himself. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist has been remarkably consistent all season, and owners should expect him to stay that way as his batting average currently matches his career average of .264. There is a very real possibility of a trade in Zobrist's future with Oakland apparently fielding offers from many different teams, and while it is impossible to tell how a trade will affect his value, it most likely will not be negative.


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In the A's 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Thursday, Ben Zobrist went 0-4 at the plate.

Fantasy Impact: He is close to batting under .250 now (.254) ensuring that he is only a viable option in deep fantasy leagues.


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In Oakland's 2-0 victory over Cleveland on Sunday, Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 with one strikeout at the plate.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist finished off the first half of the season on a high note and seems to have quieted down the possiblity of him being dealt to another team before the trade deadline. While that's good news for A's fans who enjoy watching him play for them, he's still only a viable option for fantasy owners in deep fantasy leagues.


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As the A's lose to the Yankees by the score of 6-2 on Thursday, Ben Zobrist went 0-for-4 with one strikeout at the plate.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist is ice cold at the plate right now and should only be used in deep fantasy leagues.


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Ben Zobrist was perhaps the lone bright spot for Oakland in the loss to Seattle. He finished at 2-for-4 with one single and one double, but he was unable to drive in any runs or score himself.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist has been pretty solid all year at multiple positions. He holds more value in league play and has really only been a factor in daily games when facing weak pitching. A move to the Mets may make things a little worse for him, since there would be less opportunities to score runs or drive them due to his potential teammate's poor hitting.


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The New York Mets would be willing to "overpay" in order to acquire Oakland Athletics 2B/OF Ben Zobrist, according to Joel Sherman of The New York Post. (Source: Joel Sherman)

Fantasy Impact: New York has been reportedly seeking a hitter to add to their lackluster lineup. Zobrist can essentially do everything in the field, as he's manned every position but catcher over his major league career. He's also solid at the plate, showing an ability to get on base at an above-average clip over the course of his career. A move to the Mets would only provide a minimal ballpark upgrade at best for Zobrist, but it could help fantasy-relevant Mets' players, including Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson.


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Ben Zobrist had another nice game in the cleanup spot, this time at 2-for-3 from the plate with two singles. He was able to drive one run in and score one run himself.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist had his five game hitting streak snapped in the second game of the series so getting back on track with a multiple hit effort was nice to see. Zobrist's slugging has barely been seen all season so the cleanup spot may seem a little strange, but he has still found ways to be productive all season and is a solid pick going forward.


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Ben Zobrist went 2-for-3 with two singles, a RBI, and a run scored against the Royals on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist just keeps plugging away in June. He has a .267 average this month, with 21 runs and 19 RBI, with almost all of the production coming since June 14th when his hot streak started. Keep Zobrist active in all fantasy formats.


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Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 with a single, a walk, and a two-run HR against the Rangers on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist continued his recent hot streak, blasting his fifth homer, and having his fourth multi-hit game in his last nine. Three of the five homers he has came in the last seven games, as Zobrist seems to be fully healthy for the first time this season. Keep him active in all but the most shallow fantasy formats.


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Ben Zobrist went 3-for-4 with a single, double, and a triple against the Padres on Wednesday. He also had three runs and RBI in the game.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist is on fire recently, going 8-for-14 (.571) with 10 runs, five RBI, a homer, and four walks in the last four games. It's uncertain how long he can keep up this level of production, but he should be worthy of starting in mixed leagues for the foreseeable future.


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Zobrist had another productive game, this time with his third home run of the season. He finished up at 1-for-4 from the plate and his home run was good for two runs.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist has been on a bit of a role over the past week with a total of nine hits and only one game in which he has not recorded a hit. Do not expect many more home runs from him, but he could still be an affordable option in daily games and provide some value for teams in need in league play.


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Ben Zobrist went 1-for-1 with a single, four walks, and three runs scored against the Padres on Monday night.

Fantasy Impact: The weirdest thing about the four walks was that none of them were intentional, as Zobrist exhibited excellent patience at the plate Monday night. Zobrist has struggled to get on base thus far this season, but after reaching eight times in the last two games he might be on the right track. Keep him active in AL-Only leagues and your fingers crossed.


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Ben Zobrist came up big from the clean up spot, finishing up at 3-for-5 with two doubles and one single. He was unable to bat in any runs, but he did make it around the bases on all three occasions and score.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist has had a rough go at it so far this year. He has already missed a large chunk of the season, and he rarely looks in form. He is often bat second or third, but he still has not collected many RBI. His career averages are much better than where they are now (.219 batting average and .291 OBP), so look to see if he can rebound before the end of June.


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Ben Zobrist fails to collect a hit

Sat, Jun 6th 7:39am EDT
By CD Hill

In Oakland's 4-2 loss to Boston on Friday, Ben Zobrist went 0-for-3 with a walk. In addition, the Yankees and Nationals have now made it known to Oakland that they are interested in acquiring Zobrist via trade. (Source: Athletics Nation)

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist hasn't done much of late and should only be considered for lineups in deep fantasy leagues.


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Oakland's Ben Zobrist went 0-for-3 and drew two walks in a 6-1 win over the Tigers on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Realistically, Zobrist should only be considered an option in deep fantasy leagues right now.


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Ben Zobrist went 1-for-4 with a Grand Slam home run, a walk, and a strikeout against Detroit on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist was the difference in the game, giving the A's a 5-3 lead with his grand salami in the seventh, a lead they'd hold onto for the W. Zobrist is batting a decent .250 with three extra-base hits (two doubles and Tuesday's HR) since coming back from injury. He's a solid option for AL-Only leagues, and worth a look in deep mixed ones too.


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In Oakland's 3-0 shutout win over New York (AL), Ben Zobrist goes 1-for-4 at the plate.

Fantasy Impact: Ben Zobrist is currently not a player who should be starting in most fantasy leagues, but he is a player most fantasy owners should consider holding on to for the time being. There's still a good chance that he becomes a useful fantasy player down the road.


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In a 6-2 win over the Yankees on Friday, Ben Zobrist goes 0-for-4 with a run and one run batted in.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist is doing just enough right now to keep his must-own fantasy player status in place. That's not to say that you shouldn't start other fantasy players over him (especially if you have more ideal middle infielders on your squad), but he's still worth owning right now, regardless.


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Ben Zobrist goes 1-for-3 with a run scored, a run batted in, a walk and a strikeout in Oakland's 5-4 victory over the Yankees on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist seems to be in a bit of a groove right now at the plate and is a safe start if you're considering plugging him into your lineup later tonight.


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Ben Zobrist goes 1-for-4 in Oakland's 3-2 loss to Detroit on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: It's going to be slow going at first for Zobrist who has just recently returned from a knee injury, so don't expect him to really get it going right away. It's going to more than likely take some time before you start seeing the Zobrist of old again (the versatile double-digit home runs and steals Zobrist, that is, who typically gets on base at a solid rate too).


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In Oakland's 1-0 shutout loss to Detroit, Ben Zobrist goes 2-for-4 at the plate (one hit was a single and the other a double).

Fantasy Impact: If you've waited patiently for Zobrist's return and have owned him since he went down with a knee injury earlier this season, consider Tuesday his way of saying thank you for doing that. He's definitely a player most fantasy owners should consider starting now (especially when he's set up to start in a middle infield position).


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Oakland's Ben Zobrist is set to return to action (potentially) in a minor league rehab assignment on Monday (5/18/15). (Source: HardballTalk)

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist's (a 2B. SS, LF, CF; RF position eligible fantasy player) return to action is a much needed one for the fantasy owners who have him sitting on their DL, or who still have the option in their league(s) of picking him up him via free agency/waiver wire. It also wouldn't be a bad idea to try and acquire him via trade if you could get him relatively cheap. He wasn't off to the greatest of starts before his left knee injury shut him down after his last game on 4/24/15 (was hitting .240 with 8 R,1 HR, 8 RBI and 1 SB before being played on the DL), but he is one of those players that could surprise this season and do better than expected. He knows how to get on base (a career ..353 OBP) and can show some surprising pop some seasons. At the very least, consider taking a flier on him and keep him in mind as a potential player (one way or another) on your fantasy team with decent breakout performance potential.


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Ben Zobrist has been out of the lineup the past couple of days with discomfort in his knee. (Source: Susan Slusser on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He did take some batting practice today and is scheduled to do so again tomorrow. He is also planning to run the bases. At that point the team will look into the next step. Arthroscopic surgery is a possibility if his knee does not respond well to the additional activity.


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Ben Zobrist had an excellent day at the plate on Saturday as he went two-for-five with one run and one RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist has been solid thus far for the A's, as he's batting .292 with one home run and four runs batted in on the season. He needs to stay locked into fantasy lineups, which shouldn't be hard to do considering he's eligible at so many positions.


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Ben Zobrist hitless Tuesday

Wed, Apr 8th 12:05pm EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Ben Zobrist got his second straight start in left field for the Athletics on Tuesday. Batting third, he went hitless in four at bats.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist was unable to follow up his sensational debut with the A's on Monday. He should produce nicely this season, especially if he continues to bat third. Look for a bounce back performance today.


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Ben Zobrist didn't take long to make an impact for his new team, smashing a first inning, two-run home run. He also picked up a double later in the game.

Fantasy Impact: The two runs ended up being all Oakland needed as the Rangers were shut out. Zobrist, expected to play all over the diamond, got the start in left field and his multiple position eligibility makes him a useful fantasy player to own. He's back in action tonight against the Rangers.


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Ben Zobrist was scratched from the lineup today with a tight shoulder. (Source: Susan Slusser on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist did mention to reporters that he would have played if this were a regular season game. The A's are most likely just being careful with their starting second baseman.


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Ben Zobrist hit a two-run homer off Arnold Leon in the first inning during Oakland's final intrasquad game. This is Zobrist's first season in Oakland after spending the first nine years of his career in Tampa Bay.

Fantasy Impact: The multiple position playing Zobrist played left field in this time game but also has been playing second base this spring. His multi-position eligibility makes him fun to own in fantasy and it will be interesting to see how Oakland deploys him this year.


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Ben Zobrist will be a utility player for the Athletics in 2015, but should be the starting left fielder after being acquired from Tampa Bay. (Source: SF Gate)

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist has been one of the most underrated players in baseball for years and his vast position eligibility makes him worthy of a draft pick better than his skills ellicit. Zobrist has had an OPS+ of 100 or better in six of the past seven seasons, boosted by his stellar .363 OBP. He has had 10 HR/ 10 SB in each season since 2009 and has also hit 20 or more HR three times in his career. Zobrist has hit 30 or more 2B for the past four seasons and will benefit from the cavernous Stadium for more doubles. Zobrist could be as high as a sixth or seventh round pick because of his positional eligibility and his consistent hitting abilities.


The Yankees are in dire need of a 2B and a pending free agent like Ben Zobrist would be a great fit, but the Yankees and Rays have only made one trade before, a 2006 trade that netted the Yankees Nick Green. (Source: Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ben Zobrist is exactly the player that the Yankees need and would essentially be an upgrade over Martin Prado, a player that filled a similar role in the second half of 2014 before being traded to the Marlins. On top of the fact that Zobrist is less expensive than Prado, Zobrist averages a WAR of 6.2 over the past six seasons, never going beneath 4.5, while Prado's top WAR in his career was only 5.5 in 2012. Zobrist has struggled over the past two seasons, only posting a .753 OPS, but has three 20 home run seasons in the past six seasons while averaging 16 steals at a 76% ratio. Zobrist has played 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, and each of the OF in his career and is still a top-75 player because of his eligibility at 2B/SS/OF for 2015. Zobrist is the type of player whose versility is vital to a fantasy roster and would be a welcome addition to the Yankees as well as a fantasy team.