Roberts' long run with Orioles looks to be over

Roberts' long run with Orioles looks to be over
December 17, 2013, 12:45 am
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Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts (1) in the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

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Brian Roberts’ long run with the Orioles appears to be at an end. Roberts, who has played with the Orioles since 2001, and is in the team’s all-time top 10 in a number of offensive categories, is likely to sign with the New York Yankees, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

Roberts ended a four-year, $40 million contract with the Orioles this season, and after playing just 115 games in the first 3 ½ years of the deal, rebounded and appeared in 77 in the final three months of the season.

The Orioles apparently did not make a serious offer to keep Roberts, and he becomes the third of the team’s biggest free agents, Scott Feldman and Nate McLouth are the others, to sign elsewhere. The team also traded its closer, Jim Johnson. 

In the last four years, Roberts had two concussions, a back injury, surgeries on his hip and hamstring. Many doubted that he could
come back from the second concussion, which kept him out more than a year, but he returned in June 2012.

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One of the most popular Orioles in recent years, Roberts kept a home in Baltimore and was long active in community affairs. He ends his 13-year Orioles career with a .278 batting average.

Roberts had over 50 doubles three times, and in 2007, stole 50 bases. He was twice named an All-Star.

The Yankees need a second baseman to replace Robinson Cano, and now it looks as if Ryan Flaherty is the favorite to start at second base next season unless the team chooses to go with rookie Jonathan Schoop.