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Contract: Five years, $6,320,500 (2007-2011)
Stats: 501 hits, 307 runs, 70 home runs
Along with Evan Longoria, Zobrist has been integral to the Rays' success. One of the more versatile players on Tampa Bay's roster, Longoria can play shortstop, outfield and second base.
His breakout year came in 2009, hitting three grand slams, being among the league leaders in slugging percentage and leading the majors in wins above replacement, edging out Albert Pujols just slightly.
While he isn't a superstar, Zobrist is a player anyone would want on their team. If there's any doubt about his worth to the club, here is what Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman said about Longoria when he signed his new contract in 2010, (via tampabay.rays.mlb.com):
When considering a deal of this magnitude, we feel that three of the most important qualities are ability, work ethic and character, which is exactly why we're sitting here today and [that] speaks volumes to what we think of Ben... If the young players in our Minor League system are curious about what it takes to receive a long-term contract, Ben is a great example.