Mets officials speak with Ben Zobrist by phone


NEW YORK -- New York Mets officials are interested enough in Ben Zobrist to have had a conference call with the versatile free agent. Still, Mets officials indicated last week that they expect robust bidding for Zobrist to ultimately take his next contract to a level beyond which the organization is prepared to go.

ESPN's Jim Bowden projects Zobrist ultimately will receive a three-year, $48 million contract.

The Mets do not have any contract offers out at the present time.

Zobrist, 34, hit a combined .276/.359/.450 in 467 at-bats during the regular season between the Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals. He primarily appeared at second base and left field, while also seeing action at third base and right field.