Thus Ends the Ben Zobrist Dream

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Ben Zobrist is a very hot trade commodity, and of course we know that the Tampa Bay Rays still had Yunel Escobar and probably some other guys who could play middle infield.

But Billy Beane is nuts…

 

More to come, but that seems to take every other team, including the Cubs, out of the running for Ben Zobrist’s services. Stay tuned. Running update:

This next bit makes sense because the Rays might need a better backup catching option than what they have now, so John Jaso gets to go back from whence he came:

The prospect package seems a bit hefty and makes me wonder if the A’s have anything left after breaking the bank on Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel last year, plus Jon Lester…hmmm!

According to Baseball America’s top prospects list, published last month, Daniel Robertson is the best prospect in the A’s system pre-trade, and after the A’s gave up Addison Russell and Billy McKinney in the Samardzija/Hammel trade.  Boog Powell (not the guy from way way back, but a newer version) is the #11 prospect in the system based on MLB.com’s rankings.

It seems the A’s aren’t content to go full fire-sale, and it’s difficult to figure out their plans given the signing of Billy Butler earlier in the offseason and this trade now.  However, Zobrist and Escobar probably mitigate some of the talent loss when they traded Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays, and despite the hit to the farm, the A’s have deadline trade chips that they can use to replenish their farm.  It’s never a good idea to bet against Billy Beane even when we have no idea what the hell he’s doing.

At the same time, given how much the A’s had to give up to acquire Zobrist, I’m even happier now that the Cubs didn’t go all in.

UPDATE 1:32 PM: The trade is official, announced by the A’s…

Now, we wait…will the A’s make even more moves?  Will they flip Zobrist and Escobar for something else?  Will anyone ever figure out Billy Beane?

 

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Rice Cube is the executive vice president of snark at World Series Dreaming. He loves all things Cubs, with notable exceptions (specifically, the part of Cubs fandom that pisses him off). Follow on Twitter at cubicsnarkonia

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