“There’s a decent chance” the Rays will trade Ben Zobrist


Tampa Bay has already had a pretty active offseason following the departures of Andrew Friedman and Joe Maddon, and now Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com writes that “there’s a decent chance” the Rays trade Ben Zobrist before Opening Day.

Zobrist has been a regular for the Rays since 2008, playing all over the field defensively while hitting .270 with solid power and good plate discipline for an .804 OPS. He’s generally been one of the most underrated all-around players in baseball.

But he’s also 34 years old, set to make $7.5 million in 2015, and eligible for free agency next offseason. All of which is why the Rays may look to cash in Zobrist to a team in need of a good switch-hitter who can slide into the lineup at basically any position.

Morosi lists the Mets, Nationals, Cubs, Mariners, Rangers, Reds, and Giants as the most likely interested teams.

MLB homer leader Pete Alonso to IL with bone bruise, sprain in wrist

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PITTSBURGH — The New York Mets will have to dig out of an early-season hole without star first baseman Pete Alonso.

The leading home run hitter in the majors will miss three-to-four weeks with a bone bruise and a sprain in his left wrist.

The Mets placed Alonso on the 10-day injured list Friday, retroactive to June 8. Alonso was hit in the wrist by a 96 mph fastball from Charlie Morton in the first inning of a 7-5 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday.

Alonso traveled to New York for testing on Thursday. X-rays revealed no broken bones, but the Mets will be missing one of the premier power hitters in the game as they try to work their way back into contention in the NL East.

“We got better news than it could have been,” New York manager Buck Showalter said. “So we take that as a positive. It could have been worse.”

New York had lost six straight heading into a three-game series at Pittsburgh that began Friday. Mark Canha started at first for the Mets in the opener. Mark Vientos could also be an option, though Showalter said the coaching staff may have to use its “imagination” in thinking of ways to get by without Alonso.

“I’m not going to say someone has to step up and all that stuff,” Showalter said. “You’ve just got to be who you are.”

Even with Alonso in the lineup, the Mets have struggled to score consistently. New York is 16th in the majors in runs scored.

The team also said Friday that reliever Edwin Uceta had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Uceta initially went on the IL in April with what the team called a sprained left ankle. He is expected to be out for at least an additional eight weeks.

New York recalled infielder Luis Guillorme and left-handed reliever Zach Muckenhirn from Triple-A Syracuse. The Mets sent catcher Tomás Nido to Triple-A and designated reliever Stephen Nogosek for assignment.

Nogosek is 0-1 with a 5.63 ERA in 13 games this season.