Oliver Drake pitched for five — five! — different teams in 2018. Eleven games with the Brewers, four games with the Indians, eight games with the Angels, two games with the Blue Jays and 19 games with the Twins.
Since the offseason began he (a) was claimed by the Rays from the Twins off waivers; (b) went back to the Blue Jays off waivers from the Rays; and now . . .
Assuming he breaks camp with the Rays — no safe assumption; he could be traded or waived eight more times before then — he’ll play of his seventh team in a little less than four years. He’s been everywhere, man. Imagine if he was a lefty! He may have eight or nine more teams in his future in the next couple of years alone.
Oh, as for the pitching: he posted a 5.29 ERA in 44 total games with a K/BB ratio of 51/17 in 47.2 innings. I find it hard to get super animated about that pitching line either positively or negatively, really, so I have no idea why he’s been shuffled so much.
The Athletic’s Sahadev Sharma reports that the Cubs have considered trading super-utilityman Ben Zobrist in order to free up payroll space, which would allow the club to address other areas of the roster.
Zobrist, 37, is entering the final year of his contract and will earn $12 million in 2019. According to Cot’s Contracts, the Cubs project to have an Opening Day payroll of about $204.5 million, just a hair below the luxury tax threshold of $206 million. The Cubs have notably been absent from the free agent marketplace, particularly involving Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, due to luxury tax concerns.
Last season, Zobrist hit .305/.378/.440 with nine home runs, 58 RBI, and 67 runs scored in 520 plate appearances. He played all over the field, logging 100-plus innings in both outfield corners and second base while also spending a handful of games at first base. With Addison Russell serving a 40-game suspension to open the 2019 season, Javier Báez will handle shortstop and Zobrist figures to be the starting second baseman.