Ben Zobrist is one of the Cubs’ “biggest targets”

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Via Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times:

While the Cubs keep their eye on the pitching market as they mull a buyer’s approach for the trade deadline, one of their biggest targets heading into June is play-anywhere hitter Ben Zobrist of the Oakland Athletics, according to multiple sources.

Zobrist is capable of playing all over the diamond, so he’s a fit for just about every contending team. But the 34-year-old has a direct connection to Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who managed Zobrist when he was with the Rays, and Wittenmyer notes that Chicago actually tried to acquire Zobrist over the winter.

If the A’s go into early sell mode — their record right now is 19-33 — this could come together quickly.

Zobrist is scheduled to become a free agent five days after the conclusion of the 2015 World Series.