The Chicago Cubs have hit the accelerator over the last calendar year when it comes to rebuilding, adding such names as manager Joe Maddon and infielder Addison Russell.
And as they look to get more competitive, the Cubs could go hard after A's Ben Zobrist, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times:
While the Cubs keep their eye on the pitching market as they mull a buyer’s approach for the trade deadline, one of their biggest targets heading into June is play-anywhere hitter Ben Zobrist of the Oakland Athletics, according to multiple sources.
Zobrist is capable of playing all over the diamond, so he’s a fit for just about every contending team.
But the 34-year-old has a direct connection to Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who managed Zobrist when he was with the Rays, and Wittenmyer notes that Chicago actually tried to acquire Zobrist over the winter.