Ben Zobrist Confirms Retirement But Leaves Door Open for Return to Cubs in Non-Playing Role

Former Cubs utility infielder Ben Zobrist
Former Cubs utility infielder Ben Zobrist / Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

Though he never made retirement official, former Chicago Cubs infielder Ben Zobrist stunningly confirmed this offseason that he "has no plans" to play baseball in 2020.

The 38-year-old is presently a free agent, and he is reportedly enjoying life raising his children in the wake of an ugly divorce from his wife, Julianna, that had him sidelined for the majority of last season.

As things stand, Zobrist will stay retired, but the former World Series MVP didn't rule out a potential reunion with the Cubs "in some capacity" in the future.

That doesn't sound like a response from a guy who is wholly done with baseball, especially when you consider that Zobrist is with the organization at Spring Training.

It's apparent that the three-time All-Star wants to keep his relationship with the Cubs ongoing. That is hardly surprising after how much he's enjoyed his tenure with the franchise.

Of course, Zobrist was one of the heroes that helped Chicago end its historic 108-year World Series drought back in 2016.

Though Zorilla may be content with family life right now, he may soon embrace a return to the MLB. If that ends up being the case, we'd be shocked if the Cubs didn't present him with that opportunity.