“I don’t mean any disrespect to anyone, but I still feel like I’m our best option [at second base],” Roberts told reporters according to Eduardo Encino of the Baltimore Sun. “I still feel like I can provide a lot.”
That’s obviously a big “if”. Roberts played in 59, 39 and 17 games respectively the past three seasons. He’s a .244/.308/.340 hitter with 7 home runs and 39 RBI over span.
The Birds claimed Alexi Casilla off waivers from the Twins as a replacement for the oft-injured Roberts. Casilla is coming off a .241/.282/.321 season with just one home run and 30 RBI over 106 games. The 28 year old switch hitting middle infielder hits for slightly more power from the left side of the plate than the right, but is seen as more of a defensive replacement at second than anything else.
Roberts, 35, is in the final year of his four year, $40 million extension with the O’s.