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.
The Marlins have announced that they have inked manager Don Mattingly to a two-year contract extensions. There’s a third year in the form of a mutual option.
Mattingly is finishing up the final year of the four-year contract he signed with the Marlins prior to the 2016 season. He’s 272-364 in that period and the club has lost 99 games already this season. The current bad run, however, obviously corresponds with a massive rebuild the team began undertaking following the 2017 season and the team’s change in ownership. Mattingly has not had much to work with over the past two seasons but he has likewise, largely, kept the team on as even a keel as one could hope under the circumstances. He has certainly impressed the Marlins’ brass enough to take the unusual step of keeping on a manager they inherited from a previous ownership and front office group.
In other news, the Marlins also announced a two-year contract extension for shortstop Miguel Rojas valued at $10.25 million. There’s a vesting option for a third year. The deal buys out Rojas’ final year of arbitration eligibility and one year of free agency, plus that option.
Rojas, 30, is hitting .285/.335/.383 (OPS+ 92) this year.