Report: Giants remain interested in Rays utility man Ben Zobrist
The San Francisco Giants remain interested in a potential trade for Tampa Bay Rays utility man Ben Zobrist despite their recent acquisition of Boston Red Sox pitcher Jake Peavy, reports Jon Morosi of FoxSports.com.
The Giants gave up two of their top pitching prospects in trading for Peavy and had to take on his remaining salary, approximately $5 million. But that hasn't stopped the team from reportedly still pursuing a deal for Zobrist.
The 33-year-old Zobrist, who has hit .268 this season, would be one of the top position players on the trade market if the Rays were to make him available.
It's unclear, though, if Tampa Bay will be looking to trade players such as Zobrist and starting pitcher David Price now that the team finds itself in contention. After falling to a season-low 18 games under .500 on June 10, the Rays have gone 27-12 and were just 4.5 games behind the second American League wild card spot entering Monday.
The Giants entered the week at 57-48, tied for the first National League wild card spot and 1.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.
- Ben Estes