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DRaysBay Jan 26, 2015

Evaluating the second base market for the Rays

As of now, Nick Franklin and Logan Forsythe are the second basemen of the Tampa Bay Rays for the 2015 season. While they could provide some value, the Rays could still be looking for some improvement in a market filled with possibilities. During this offseason, the Rays traded away their middle infield, sending Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist to the Oakland Athletics. If one of the middle infield question marks was solved quickly with the addition of Asdrubal Cabrera, there is still some uncertainty around the other position. We don't really know yet if Tampa Bay will stick with the...
DRaysBay Jan 26, 2015

Who is Boog Powell?

Is there more to Herschel Mack? Boog (Herschel Mack) Powell is so anonymous that when I went to look up his draft write-up from Baseball America, there was none. That's not uncommon for later round picks, but it doesn't exactly inspire confidence in a player when the primary draft preview site doesn't think Powell is enough of a prospect to mention. And yet, here the Rays have targeted him as a significant piece in the Ben Zobrist trade. Let's start this exercise by doing two things you really shouldn't do: scout the stat line and scout the physical attributes reported. Starting with the...
Athletics Nation Jan 23, 2015

Who's on First? We Know Who's on Second......

Alex Hall makes his weekly appearance on the Phil Naessens Show and the guys discuss what the starting infield might look like. Hey Athletics Nation!! Who's on first for the Oakland Athletics in 2015? We already know Ben Zobrist is on second but what we really don't know is who in the heck is going to be the opening day shortstop for the A's. That's what Alex and I talked about on my daily show today. Let me state right now that as a New York Mets fan I have zero use for Ike Davis. Every time his name comes up I cringe. Sorry. Other than that I'm fairly encouraged at what I see as a...
DRaysBay Jan 20, 2015

Ben Zobrist Takes out Newspaper Ad to Thank the Rays

The Zobrist family takes out a full page in the Tampa Bay Times Its finally real. Ben Zobrist will no longer be in a Rays uniform. I knew it happened, but part of me was expecting hoping he would still be in a Rays uniform this season. But on Sunday, this came across my twitter feed: Ben Zobrist and his wife, Julianna, took out an ad in today's Tampa Bay Times. pic.twitter.com/YEejVA5W7j — Andrew Astleford (@aastleford) January 18, 2015 It's difficult to express the emotion I have felt since I got the call last Saturday afternoon that my time as a Tampa Bay Ray has come to a close....
Athletics Nation Jan 19, 2015

Athletics trade analysis: Ben Zobrist Q&A with Daniel Russell of DraysBay

He can do everything on the field, but can he cook? After the Oakland Athletics completed their recent trade with the Tampa Bay Rays, I asked Daniel Russell of DRaysBay a few questions about Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist. Then Escobar got flipped away to the Washington Nationals for reliever Tyler Clippard, so now we don't really need to know anything about him. Here is the remaining half of the Q&A, for your enjoyment, with a bit of extra commentary to beef things up after the departure of Yunel! 1. Ben Zobrist is known for playing many positions. At which position do you think he plays...
Athletics Nation Jan 15, 2015

Athletics trade Yunel Escobar for Tyler Clippard: Tyler Ladendorf emerges?

One forgotten role to be filled is that of backup infielder after Andy Parrino was designated for assignment following this week's two-step trade shipping out John Jaso, Daniel Robertson, Boog Powell, and Yunel Escobar for Ben Zobrist and Tyler Clippard. Infielder Andy Parrino was designated for assignment to make 40-man roster space after the Athletics sent out just one player on the 40-man (John Jaso) for two from the Rays (Ben Zobrist and Tyler Clippard). Before acquiring Zobrist, the glove-first switch-hitting Parrino had a good chance of making the opening day roster playing behind...
Athletics Nation Jan 14, 2015

Athletics trade: Tyler Clippard is not Jim Johnson, Yunel Escobar was no panacea

With word that Yunel Escobar was a chore the A's had to take on to get Ben Zobrist from the Tampa Bay Rays, we should reevaluate just what we thought Escobar would have meant for us. Also, don't compare our new reliever to Jim Johnson. It's not even close. Perhaps Yunel Escobar was not going to be the panacea at shortstop we were led to believe he was. Yes a continuation of a double play partnership would have been neat, but then Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle added this wrinkle to what we knew about the Escobar-Zobrist trade: #Athletics announce the Tyler Clippard...
DRaysBay Jan 13, 2015

Matt Silverman talks Ben Zobrist trade

Matt Silverman joined the excellent Neil Solondz for the weekly Rays podcast yesterday afternoon, and discussed the full scope of the Ben Zobrist - Yunel Escobar trade, the signing of Asdrubal Cabrera, and what John Jaso brings to the table. Early on in the conversation, the focus was the emotion of dealing the last Devil Ray: I don't know if it's going to set in. Ben has been such a mainstay in our organization for so long. We'll always think of him as a Ray. We've seen a number o players move on to other uniforms, but this one is probably the most painful. Silverman then went on to...
San Jose Mercury News Jan 12, 2015

Ben Zobrist could be on the move with Oakland A's

Oakland A's newcomer Ben Zobrist will play mostly second base this season, but the former Tampa Bay Ray expects to play different positions now-and-then because A's manager Bob Melvin likes to move players around.
Athletics Nation Jan 12, 2015

Ben Zobrist on Athletics trade: "It will be a good comfort level knowing Yunel Escobar is there."

Monday afternoon, Ben Zobrist answered questions on being the "perfect A's player," moving to a new clubhouse, and his meeting with the Rally Possum. New Athletics everything-man Ben Zobrist spoke to reporters in a conference call this afternoon to talk about his new teammates, his defensive versatility, and his chance encounter with the Coliseum fauna last year. New clubhouse Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle asked Zobrist about how he felt moving from the Tampa Bay Rays to a new major league clubhouse for the first time in his career. After talking about leaving "behind a lot...
DRaysBay Jan 12, 2015

Classic Player Profile: Dan Johnson

A profile of one of the greatest heroes in Rays history Editor's note: When we were discussing who would be the next great Rays player to cover after re-living all the Aki memories, this name came to the top. No he's not retired, yes he could someday return, and yes the timing of this piece is a bit weird when we should be knee deep in Ben Zobrist trade news, but we can't resist. - DR Player: Dan Johnson Born: August 10th, 1979 (currently 35 years old) Drafted: Drafted on June 5th, 2001 by the Oakland Athletics in the 7th round (#221) of the Amateur Draft from the University of Nebraska at...
Mets 360 Jan 12, 2015

Mets 360 Monday Leadoff: Shortstops, Gee, QBC

Here are some news and notes to get you caught up on all the recent happenings in Mets land. You may know that Ben Zobrist was traded to the Oakland Athletics this past weekend, but according to Ken Rosenthal of…Read more →Related Posts:Tampa Bay RaysCome say ‘Hi’ at the Queens Baseball ConventionMets 360 Monday Leadoff: Dr. K, Top Prospects, Cuban PlayersOakland AthelticsWhat do the Mets have in Wilmer Flores?

Was Zobrist/Escobar better than Desmond/Espinosa?

Another significant trade rumor was reported Sunday night, and though this one can no longer happen in reality, it did raise an interesting question from the Nationals’ standpoint. The rumored trade, according to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal: A three-way deal that would have seen Ian Desmond go to the Mets, Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar come…
Tampa Tribune Jan 12, 2015

Zobrist will take Ray Way with him to A's

As he prepares for fresh start with Oakland, Ben Zobrist says he won't forget all he had here in Tampa Bay.
CSN Washington Jan 12, 2015

Would rumored trade have made Nats better?

The Nats reportedly tried to get Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar for Ian Desmond, but would that trade actually have made them a better team?

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