Brian Roberts deserved better. He earned a chance to play in the postseason for the Orioles, but it never happened.
After 11 years of sub-.500 baseball with Roberts, the Orioles finally made it into the postseason in his 12th year. Except he couldn’t play.
Roberts’ best years with the Orioles were when they were at their worst. It was a coincidence.
In 2013, he finally got his taste of a pennant race, but the team fell short.
Now, the Orioles have moved on from Roberts, and he’s moving on to New York to play for the Yankees, assuming he passes his physical.
Roberts was the last Oriole to play with Cal Ripken. He had teammates born in five different decades—from Tim Raines—born in 1959—to Manny Machado—born in 1992.
The Orioles have a few candidates to play second base: Ryan Flaherty, Jonathan Schoop and Jemile Weeks, but there are few desirable ones left in the free agent market.
According to Fox Sports, Roberts’ one-year deal is for $2 million plus incentives. Roberts is taking a huge pay cut from the $10 million he earned in the final year of a fpur-year, $40 million contract in 2013.
The Orioles surely could have matched the Yankees’ offer, but perhaps Roberts thinks he has a better shot of finally reaching his baseball promised land—the postseason—in New York.
It will be funny seeing Roberts in a Yankees’ uniform. He won’t be able to wear No. 1 because that number is retired, and to see him elsewhere will strike a negative tone for many Orioles fans.
Others may be happy for him, and still others are relieved that they won’t have to live through the annual Roberts’ injury questions.
When many people said he couldn’t come back, Roberts finally did, playing decently. The Yankees don’t visit Baltimore until July, and hopefully, Brian Roberts is happy and healthy then.