NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Dodgers are out on Ben Zobrist as he nears his decision, according to a source involved in the negotiations. Zobrist is expected to make his decision within the next 48 hours, according to the source.
Zobrist is likely to choose between the Mets, Nationals and Giants and could command a 4-year deal as his first free-agent contract. New York has been aggressive with the versatile veteran, as he has visited the Mets in New York as well as paying a visit to the Giants earlier this month.
While the Giants are not yet out on Zobrist, general manager Bobby Evans did not seem too optimistic about signing Zobrist on Monday. Evans cited Zobrist's desire to play second base and likely preference for the east coast as possible factors in the decision, which could be negative signs for San Francisco.
With Zobrist out of play, the Dodgers will have to search elsewhere for help at second base. The team re-signed Chase Utley to a 1-year, $7 million deal on Sunday but is expected to look elsewhere for a better option at second base.