Rays Exercise Options on Ben Zobrist & Yunel Escobar | The Process Report

Rays Exercise Options on Ben Zobrist & Yunel Escobar

In what equates to housekeeping more than transactions, the Rays exercised the 2014 options on Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist. Escobar, 31, will make $5 million while Zobrist, 32, will be paid $7.5 million. The club still has decisions to make on options belonging to David DeJesus ($6.5 million) and Juan Carlos Oviedo ($2 million).

Zobrist is a pillar of the organization, having played in 150-plus games in each of the past five seasons. He hit .275/.354/.402 in a career-high 698 plate appearances. The former super utility man started 117 games at second base where he was a gold glove finalist, but also started at shortstop, right field, left field and made an appearance in center field. Zobrist has a remaining option for 2015 valued at $7.5 million.

Escobar flourished in his first year with the Rays. Also a gold glove finalist, he solidifed the shortstop position that was previously in flux. He rebounded from a slow start at the plate to finish a line of .256/.332/.366 while setting the team record for most consecutive games at short without an error. Like Zobrist, he also has a remaining option for 2015 ($5 million).