Cubs sign versatile veteran Ben Zobrist to 4-year deal: report

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Ben Zobrist #18 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates after scoring a run during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs have made another free-agent splash in the MLB offseason.

According to a report, the North Siders have agreed to a four-year deal with free agent Ben Zobrist.

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal was first to report the news. A source told Rosenthal the deal is worth $56 million pending a physical.

Zobrist, 34, was down to choosing between the Cubs and the New York Mets, Rosenthal reported earlier Tuesday.

Zobrist is a versatile veteran who can play both the infield and outfield. Last year he batted .276 while splitting time with the Oakland Athletics and World Series champion Kansas City Royals.

Before 2015 he had played his entire career with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Zobrist hit .303 in the 2015 postseason.

The move comes the same day the Cubs formally signed pitcher John Lackey.