Ben Zobrist (2B,SS,LF,CF,RF)
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.
Category: Injury Updates
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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Sat, Jan 10th 5:12pm EST
By Chris Zolli
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 O.co 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.
Wed, Dec 31st 3:36pm EST
By Chris Zolli
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.