San Francisco Giants: Under the radar free agent options
Oct 30, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Kansas City Royals second baseman Ben Zobrist throws a pitch against the New York Mets in the first inning in game three of the World Series at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
UTI Ben Zobrist
Perhaps a more expensive but surely more promising utility player is the 10-year veteran and World Series champion Ben Zobrist. Evidently shown by his career 148 plate appearances in the postseason, Zobrist has championship pedigree that can add depth and a little bit of everything to a lineup.
Just look at what he did since being traded to Kansas City this past July in just 75 games (including the 2015 postseason): .291 batting average, 9 home runs, 29 RBIs, and 1.2 WAR. Zobrist also played almost every defensive position this season between his time with the Oakland Athletics and Kansas City.
The ability to use one guy in so many positions is deeply underrated because when injuries and needed rest days become more and more frequent, these utility players end up holding the team on their backs. San Francisco already displayed their interest in him when he was on the trade market prior to the 2015 season. Zobrist would be a bit costly with an expected demand of a three or four year deal between $40-50 million.
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