The Nationals are “not actively pursuing” a trade with the Rays for Ben Zobrist

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The Rays reportedly have Ben Zobrist on the block and he would make sense for just about anybody, but especially for a team who has World Series aspirations like the Nationals. However, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal hears that Washington is “not actively pursuing” a trade for the versatile veteran.

The Nationals are currently looking at some combination of Danny Espinosa and Dan Uggla for second base, so there was a clear need even before today, but a deal makes even more sense now that Jayson Werth needs shoulder surgery and will be sidelined for 2-3 months. Zobrist would also be good insurance for Bryce Harper, who has dealt with all sorts of injuries early on in his career. The Rays want a huge return, which isn’t easy for teams to swallow since Zobrist is due to become a free agent after the 2015 season, but Rosenthal ultimately believes that the Nationals should reconsider their position. It’s hard to argue with him.

Zobrist, who turns 34 in March, batted .272/.354/.395 with 10 home runs, 52 RBI, and 10 stolen bases over 146 games last season while making starts at second base, shortstop, and all three outfield positions.