Tag:Brian Roberts
Posted on: March 12, 2010 12:37 pm

O's Roberts still not ready for spring games

Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun reports that Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts has been placed on a new anti-inflammatory medication and will need a couple of days before resuming his rehabilitation program for a sore back.

The team still plans on Roberts being ready for the regular-season opener.

The switch-hitter posted a .283 batting average in 2009 with 16 homers, 79 RBI, 110 runs and 30 stolen bases.

Category: MLB
Posted on: March 2, 2010 10:13 am

O's Roberts to miss first week of spring games

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts told the Baltimore Sun that he is slowly "making progress" and plans on sitting out the first week of spring training games as he continues to rehab his sore back.

On Sunday, Roberts took live batting practice for the first time since being diagnosed with a small herniated disc in his lower back.

The switch-hitting veteran, who is about to begin his 10th major league season, batted .283 with 16 homers, 79 RBI, 110 runs and 30 stolen bases last year. He led the American League in doubles with 56.

Category: MLB
Posted on: March 1, 2009 3:54 pm

Odds And Ends: Orioles, Bowden, Nathan

A few links for Sunday afternoon...

Posted on: February 22, 2009 10:33 am

Technically, Roberts Could Be Traded

Following a new contract extension for Brian Roberts, Peter Schmuck and Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun point out an interesting feature of Roberts' new deal:

The club retains a fairly unfettered right to deal Roberts now, but Orioles officials insist the club has no intention of pursuing any trade talks involving him.

Many sportswriters have questioned the fit of this contract for the Orioles, since it keeps a 31-year old second baseman signed on an otherwise young team. With limited no-trade protection, Roberts may or may not be a continued fit for the Orioles' long-term plan.

Category: MLB
Posted on: February 21, 2009 2:18 pm

Orioles Rumors: Roberts Deal, McCrory

Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun has the latest on Brian Roberts' no-trade clause and an Orioles signing:

  • Roberts isn't likely to be dealt anytime soon, but there are four teams he can't be traded to this year. Schmuck is "pretty confident" that the Royals and Blue Jays are two of the four.
  • Roberts can block trades to eight teams next year and to 12 the year after that.
  • Roberts has a complete no trade clause the following year, just before his 10-5 rights kick in for spending 10 years in the majors and the last five with the same team.
  • The Orioles have agreed to terms with reliever Bob McCrory.
Category: MLB
Posted on: February 19, 2009 1:05 pm

Odds and Ends: Griffey, Blue Jays, Roberts

Links for Thursday...

Posted on: February 18, 2009 10:51 am
Edited on: February 20, 2009 11:57 am

O's Sign Brian Roberts To Extension

10:44am: MLB.com's Spencer Fordin reports that the deal is now official.  Put it in the books.  The Orioles have even issued a press release.

FRIDAY, 10:08am: MASN's Roch Kubatko reports that Roberts passed his physical this morning.  The O's will announce his contract extension later today.

THURSDAY, 7:00pm: Zrebiec reports that the deal is done. Roberts confirmed that he took his physical today and the deal will be announced tomorrow. It's a four-year, $40MM extension. Roberts feels that the O's will compete sometime during the duration of his contract:

"I don't think I would've made the commitment to even begin negotiations if I didn't think that at some point in this process of the next four or five years that we wouldn't have a chance to win,"

Roberts also voiced his desire to remain with one club for his entire career:

"In citing the reasons he wanted to get a deal done to stay in Baltimore, Roberts, who was married this offseason, pointed to the importance of loyalty and his desire to remain with one organization for his entire career," writes Zrebiec.

THURSDAY, 10:03am: Roberts on the deal: "Obviously, it's fairly close to done."

WEDNESDAY, 6:09pm: The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec writes that the Orioles and Roberts are "finalizing" the contract:

The terms of the deal have been agreed to, but contract language and other details still need to be worked out before the agreement, which is expected to include at least a minor no-trade clause, is finalized, sources said.

Roberts has a physical scheduled for Thursday morning.  A signature could come Friday.

4:17pm: Steve Melewski of MASN passes along a few quotes from Roberts.  The second baseman spoke of making "huge strides" toward a deal.

3:06pm: MASN's Roch Kubatko says the deal is "just about done," with only minor issues to be addressed.  He says to expect an announcement Friday at the earliest.

11:44am: Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says Roberts and the Orioles are close to a four-year, $40MM deal.  Rosenthal implies the extension will begin with the 2010 season.

9:34am: According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles are closing in on a four-year deal with second baseman Brian Roberts.  Some details still need to be worked out.

Assuming the extension begins with the 2010 season, Roberts will be 36 at its conclusion.  Is this the right move for a franchise trying to get younger?

Category: MLB
Posted on: February 17, 2009 12:10 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2009 9:03 am

Roberts, Orioles Narrowing Gap On Extension?

THURSDAY, 7:59am: Schmuck takes a stab at the numbers on a possible Roberts extension:

The Orioles - according to Baltimore Sun reporting - were holding close to a three-year offer worth $30MM until the past few weeks. Though no definite number came out of the Roberts camp, the word on the street was he was looking for closer to $40MM over that term and would look more kindly on a four-year offer. No one would be surprised if the final deal ends up being four years for about $44MM, which would be about the same average annual salary the Orioles gave Nick Markakis.

Markakis, however, is guaranteed almost $15MM per year for his first three free agent seasons.

WEDNESDAY, 10:51am: Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun talked to Orioles president Andy MacPhail, who said he's "narrowing the gap" with Brian Roberts' agent on a possible extension.  Spencer Fordin's source doesn't believe Roberts' extension has been held up because of Orlando Hudson's free agency.  MacPhail said similar things to Roch Kubatko of MASN.  Roberts does not want to talk about the topic until Thursday.  Perhaps this spring, we'll be spared the constant Roberts trade rumors.

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