With much of 2013’s roster still intact, the Dodgers were predicted by many to repeat as NL West champs and reach the World Series. The 2014 season has been another marred by injury, as Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Juan Uribe, and other regulars, have spent time on the disabled list.
Along with injuries, defense has been a point of concern, particularly Hanley Ramirez at shortstop. Should the Dodgers continue to be stuck in mediocrity, trade rumors will likely begin to surface. With that in mind, Peter Gammons suggests a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays for Ben Zobrist:
He’s just 33, a switch-hitter who can play a half-dozen positions including both middle infield spots, he’s still got close to a .700 OPS for a battered team with a woeful offense, he is the perfect acquisition for a team like the Tigers, Giants or Dodgers. Gerry Hunsicker talked the Rays into acquiring him from Houston, he’s now with the Dodgers…it makes perfect sense.
Zobrist would not only be able to play the middle infield for the Dodgers, but also third base. The role Zobrist could assume with the Dodgers is similar to that of Chone Figgins, but with Zobrist bringing more to the table offensively.
The 33-year-old Zobrist is hitting for a higher average and has more home runs and RBIs than Figgins this season, but Figgins has the advantage in on-base percentage, .361 to Zobrist’s .325. Justin Turner has played well in Uribe’s absence, but adding Zobrist may be a shot in the arm the team is in need of.
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