Cubs Sign Ben Zobrist To Four-Year, $56 Million Deal
Yes, we live in an age where a .276 hitter can make $14 million a year -- that's what Ben Zobrist hit for the Oakland A's and Kansas City Royals this past season. The Chicago Cubs just acquired Zobrist from the Royals and are giving him a four-year, $56 million contract -- and Cubs president Theo Epstein says a significant trade may come soon. USA Today:
His signing will likely expedite a trade of second baseman Starlin Castro, and multiple reports said the Cubs were engaged with the Yankees on talks to send Castro to New York.
That may be outfielder Brett Gardner, who, although the Cubs need starting pitching, could also fill a need for a leadoff hitter.
Zobrist, who played for now-Cubs manager Joe Maddon for nine seasons in Tampa Bay, is a super utility player and may end up primarily in left field for the Cubs.
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