Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Nationals have contacted the Athletics in regards to Ben Zobrist. If the Nats were to land Zobrist, Rosenthal writes, he could play left field until Jayson Werth returns, then serve as utilityman, playing in the infield or the outfield as needed.
The Yankees are also interested in Zobrist, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The Cubs are reportedly interested as well as the Mets.
Zobrist spent just over a month on the disabled list between late April and late May due to arthroscopic knee surgery. The versatile 34-year-old is batting .222/.304/.383 with two home runs, 14 RBI, and one stolen base in 92 plate appearances this season. He is earning $7.5 million for the 2015 campaign and can become a free agent at season’s end.
Across the league, scores of minor leaguers have been released in recent days. Already overworked and underpaid, these players are now left without any kind of reliable income during a pandemic, and during a time of civil unrest.
Jon Heyman reports that agent Scott Boras will pay the salaries of his minor league clients who were among those released. It’s a great and much-needed gesture. Boras described the releases as “completely unanticipated.”
Boras, of course, is perhaps the most successful sports agent of all time, so he and his company can afford to do this. That being said, it should be incumbent on the players’ teams — not their agents or their teammates — to take care of them in a time of crisis. Boras is, effectively, subsidizing the billionaire owners’ thriftiness.