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A two-time All-Star and World Champion with the Royals last season, Ben Zobrist signed a four-year contract with the Cubs, December 8, 2015 ... has played in all or parts of 10 seasons with Tampa Bay (2006-14), Oakland (2015) and Kansas City (2015), playing every position except for pitcher and catcher. Is a career .265 hitter (1,145-for-4,317) with a .355 on-base percentage and .431 slugging percentage, good for a .786 OPS ... has averaged 36 doubles, five triples, 17 homers, 77 RBI, 82 walks and 87 runs per 162 games of his major league career. Since the start of his first full big league season in 2009, Zobrist ranks fourth in the majors with 566 walks and is fifth with 247 doubles. The switch-hitter reached double digits in home runs in each of the last eight years and surpassed 30 doubles and a .350 on-base percentage in each of the last five campaigns starting in 2011. Has logged significant playing time at second base (616 games), right field (336 games), shortstop (229 games) and left field (111 games) in addition to 34 games in center field, 17 games at first base and eight games at third base. Earned All-Star honors in his first full big league campaign in 2009, and again in 2013, both with Tampa Bay. Was the Rays recipient of the MLBPAA Heart and Hustle Award in 2011 and 2012. Played for the United States in the World Baseball Classic in 2013. Is a native of Eureka, Ill., located approximately 140 miles southwest of Chicago ... originally attended Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill. and was drafted by the Houston Astros in the sixth round of the 2004 Draft out of Dallas Baptist University

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