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Ben Zobrist had been the subject of trade rumors for several weeks leading up to the deal on Saturday that sent him from Tampa Bay to Oakland.
But the five-player trade still caught the 33-year-old Zobrist by surprise.
In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times on Sunday, Zobrist described the phone call he received from Rays general manager Matt Silverman, who delivered the news of the trade.
"I didn’t hear probably every word that came out of his mouth. My head was kind of thinking pretty fast at that moment," Zobrist told the publication.
While Zobrist would have liked to stay in Tampa Bay, he understands why the Rays made the deal.
"I was hoping that I would be able to stay in Tampa Bay for at least this year. I understand, of course, their perspective in trying to get some younger guys and fill some other holes. Obviously I understand the baseball side of it. It’s tough, but I’m thankful for all my time I was able to spend there," Zobrist said.
After spending his entire nine-year career with the Rays, Zobrist now brings his versatility to Oakland. He was asked about the idea of playing for the A's in 2015.
"I think it’ll be fun to get to know new teammates and new fans and a new situation in Oakland. It’ll be exciting. But part of my heart is still stuck in Tampa Bay right now. It’ll take a little bit for me to move on," Zobrist said.
Tune in as I'll be appearing on Yahoo! Sports Talk Live Monday night, January 12 at 5 and 11pm on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area to talk about the Zobrist deal and take a look at the A's revamped roster for 2015.