7.) Ben Zobrist
A 34-year-old getting a four-year deal worth $56 million. Yep, that’s a win. Zobrist gets to go back to his home state of Illinois and chase another World Series title in the NL Central, the division he grew up dreaming of playing in. The super utility player also gets a reunion with Joe Maddon.
Early in the offseason, it appeared Zobrist would end up with the Washington Nationals or Mets. The Cubs emerged late, and Zobrist signed on right away. In Chicago, the switch-hitter will mostly get to play second base following the Starlin Castro trade. That’s another plus, as Zobrist views himself as more of a second baseman than corner outfielder at this point of his career. All in all, free agency could not have gone better for Zobrist on the heels of his first World Series title.