Jul 5, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics infielder Ben Zobrist (18) prepares to throw the ball to first from his knees to record an out against the Seattle Mariners in the seventh inning at O.co Coliseum. The Mariners defeated the Athletics 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
-Zobrist is off the market for now as the A’s have at least temporarily closed the gap in the West, but the Mets and Yankees are reportedly in hot pursuit of the veteran’s services. According to Cork Gaines of Yahoo! Sports, Zobrist ranks third in WAR since 2009 with only Miguel Cabrera and Andrew McCutchen ahead of him. He is exactly the type of guy the Indians value, as he can play nearly every position on the field and succeed. His offensive numbers are down thus far this season, but he gets on base and has hit the occasional power surge. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Mets’ general manager Sandy Alderson is willing to overpay for the utility player, so Cleveland is probably wise to excuse themselves from any conversations. He is a half-season rental player and isn’t worth the Tribe mortgaging their future.
-The Marlins apparently see Prado as a key piece to next year’s core, but so much this time of year is a smokescreen to sweeten the deal. The 31-year-old utility man has been remarkably consistent over his 10-year career. He has hit .270 or better in each of the last three years and puts the ball in play at an impressive clip. Prado is a career .282 hitter with runners in scoring position and could give the Tribe a huge boost from multiple positions and in virtually any spot in the lineup. While this isn’t a sexy acquisition by any stretch of the imagination, the addition of Prado would be a significant contributor through 2016. Is his $11 million salary next season enough to scare off the Indians though?
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