I’ve read this in a few places today, so I’ll go ahead and assume it is all but done.
The Orioles and Brian Roberts have agreed on a contract extension, the terms of which are somewhere in the 4-years, $40 million range. Roch at MASN says the O’s likely won’t make an announcement on the deal until Friday.
This is great news in my opinion. Roberts, long rumored to be nothing but trade bait as the O’s go through their most recent “youth movement,” is still one of the best leadoff hitters in the game, and the O’s are obviously better with him than without him. He’s no spring chicken by baseball standards any more, at 31, but should still have a handful of productive years in his future – they might as well be here in B’More.
Roberts has been remarkably consistent over the past 4 seasons. To whit, his stats over 2005-2008 look like this:
Batting average: .314, .286, .290, .296
OBP: .387, .347, .377, .378
Runs: 92, 85, 103, 107
Doubles: 45, 34, 42, 51
RBI: 73, 55, 57, 57
Stolen Bases: 27, 36, 50, 40
SB Percentage: 73, 84, 88, 80
Those numbers sure don’t scream “I’m on the decline!” Or, maybe more importantly in Roberts’ case, “I was greatly benefiting from steroids!”
Brian is a fan (and owner) favorite, and as good as it would have been to see him get the chance to go to say, Chicago, and play some meaningful late- or post-season games, it will be even better if he gets to experience that in Baltimore some day. The dude has put up with a ton of losing during his time here, but hopefully before this contract is up, he’ll get to taste some winning.
We all know what B-Rob looks like, so instead I’ll leave you with some photos of the new (as of January) Mrs. Brian Roberts, 2006 “Ms. FHM” Diana Chiafair.