The Pendleton Panther

Rays Sign Zobrist to Extension

Posted on: April 23, 2010

The Tampa Bay Rays have signed second baseman Ben Zobrist to a three-year extension. The financial details of the extension won’t be announced until Monday, but the deal will probably give Zobrist a significant raise over his current salary of $400,000. Included in the deal are club options for the 2014 and 2015 season. Before last season, Zobrist was considered a utility player who could basically play every position besides catcher and pitcher. However, that all changed last year. Last season for the Rays, Zobrist really caught fire. He hit .297 with 27 home runs and 91 rbi’s. He also stole 17 bases and had a .405 on base percentage. He was also named the team’s most valuable player and was voted into the MLB All Star Game for the first time in his career. The Rays are hoping last season wasn’t a fluke and Zobrist can continue to put up big numbers. He will have to if the Rays have any chance of contending in a division that includes the Yankees and Red Sox.


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