In his latest “Daily Gammons” column, Peter Gammons suggests several GMs expect the Giants to make a trade with the Rays for Ben Zobrist. Zobrist can play a variety of positions, having logged at least 1,000 defensive innings at second base, right field, and shortstop over his nine-year career, and would provide the Giants some sorely-needed depth.
If the Giants do wind up with Zobrist, they would likely put him in left field ahead of Gregor Blanco. He could also serve as a fill-in at third base when Casey McGehee gets a day off.
Zobrist, 33, is entering the final year of a contract signed with the Rays in April 2010. This past season, he batted .272/.354/.395 with 10 home runs, 52 RBI, and 10 stolen bases in 654 plate appearances. Per Baseball Reference, Zobrist has been worth at least 4.6 Wins Above Replacement in each of the past six seasons.