Cubs Sign Ben Zobrist

 

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Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Finally, the sweepstakes for Ben Zobrist have ended! There were four teams interested in Zobrist (Nationals, Mets, Giants, and Cubs). Zobrist most likely picked the Cubs due to their 2015 success, reuniting with former manager Joe Maddon, and it is close to his house.

In addition, Zobrist is receiving a 4 year deal worth $56 mil, according to Ken Rosenthal. Zobrist brings leadership and versatility help (can play any position and bats from both sides of the plate), but will most likely play more second base with Starlin Castro traded to the New York Yankees. Another good reason on how Zobrist helps the Cubs is by his patience at the plate and the ability to take lots of pitches to draw walks.

Next, the 34 year old had a good 2015 season between the A’s and Royals. Zorilla had a stat line of .276/.359/.450/.809 with 13 homers and 56 RBIs. Zobrist plays excellent defense. Zobrist missed 36 regular season games and played only 126 regular season games due to a knee problem that resulted in surgery.

Grade: B+

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