Athletics shortstop Ben Zobrist and his wife Julianna took out a full-page ad in the Tampa Bay Times on Sunday to thank Rays fans for their support. Zobrist had been with the Rays since 2006, when he came over long with pitcher Mitch Talbot from the Astros in exchange for Aubrey Huff.
Earlier this month, the Rays traded Zobrist along with shortstop Yunel Escobar to the Athletics in exchange for John Jaso, cash, and minor leaguers Boog Powell and Daniel Robertson. Zobrist, 33, can become a free agent after the season.
Here’s the ad, via Marc Topkin:
Over parts of nine major league seasons with the Rays, Zobrist batted .264/.354/.429 with 114 home runs, 102 stolen bases, and 511 RBI. He was named to two All-Star teams, in 2009 and in 2013.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a five-year $15.5 million deal with pitcher Freddy Peralta. There are two club options as well, which would nearly double the overall value of the contract if exercised.
Peralta, who turns 24 in June, has amazing stuff. He has struggled so far, having posted a 4.79 ERA in 163.1 major league innings across two seasons, but people who follow him closely believe that he’s primed for a breakthrough. For now he’s a reliever — he’ll likely be a multi-inning fireman for the 2020 season — but he has was mostly a starter in his rookie year before assuming swingman duties last season. He could become one again if things break right in his development. Sort of a Brandon Woodruff track.
If that happens the Brewers will, quite obviously, have a bargain on their hands. If not, at least Peralta has some security on his.