The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to trade Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar to the Oakland Athletics. The Rays signing Asdrubal Cabrera allowed them to make this deal. Oakland will send John Jaso and prospect SS Daniel Robertson to Tampa Bay. Tampa also traded Wil Myers earlier this Winter to the San Diego Padres and got Steven Souza and Rene Rivera in return.
Is anyone in the Rays organization communicating with Evan Longoria? This is looking like the pre-Joe Maddon Rays. Going to be a LONG season.
As for Oakland, this Winter they traded Josh Donaldson for Brett Lawrie, Brandon Moss to the Indians, signed Billy Butler and Ike Davis, and acquired Marcus Semien in the Jeff Samardzija deal. So their entire infield will be new this MLB season. Eric Sogard will move to a bench role, unless Oakland plans on using Zobrist and Semien as utility type players.