While the Seattle Mariners have been hot on the trail of Ben Zobrist, there are a handful of other teams said to be showing interest in the Tampa Bay Rays infielder. There have been rumors suggesting both the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals were looking to acquire Zobrist, but a new team may have joined the mix.
With second baseman Brandon Phillips out for the next five weeks (at minimum), the Cincinnati Reds could have interest in acquiring the veteran utility man who has become one of the hottest commodities on the trade market.
Speaking to Jim Bowden of ESPN, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty wouldn’t spill the beans on if he was in trade talks for Ben Zobrist though did seem to have a glowing review of the Rays talent.
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 20, 2014
It’s hard to imagine the Cincinnati Reds don’t have some level of interest in Ben Zobrist given his flexibility on the diamond and the fact that they’re without Brandon Phillips for the foreseeable future. Of course, it all comes down to price.
Some teams (like the Seattle Mariners) are said to be looking to acquire both Zobrist and David Price in a deal which would essentially put the Reds out of the running as such a price would be far too high for Cincinnati. However, if the Reds could trade for just Ben Zobrist you’d have to think they’d throw their hat in the ring.
Of course, they won’t be the only team doing so as the price tag on Ben Zobrist seems to rise daily.