The past few weeks have been quite exciting for the Baltimore Orioles. We recapped their moves and told you that you should be very excited about what’s to come…maybe 2009 won’t be a great season, but the future certainly will be great.
Here’s a brief overview of what the Birds have done if you missed it:
- Signed Japanese pitcher Koji Uehara
- Signed veteran catcher Gregg Zaun
- Traded (P) Garrett Olson for (OF) Felix Pie
- Traded (P) Randor Bierd for (P) David Pauley
- Signed (OF) Nick Markakis through 2014
- Signed (OF) Luke Scott to a 1-year deal
Despite having a skimpy rotation, the Orioles still have a lot to look forward to in the future. Which leaves one question, what do they do with Brian Roberts?
The past couple years Roberts has been rumored to be the front runner in O’s trades, but he has said in Baltimore. Rumor has it that the Cubs have been very interested in Roberts, but we know that Andy MacPhail won’t trade someone of Roberts’ talent for just anyone. Which leads me to believe that once again B-Rob will be a Bird in the 2009 season.
Roberts has been in the Majors 8 seasons and is a career .284 hitter, his defense at secondbase has sent him to several All-Star games. On the bases, Roberts is always a threat, he’s averaged 38 stolen bases with 50 and 40 the past two years.
The Orioles have been getting younger and brining up homegrown talent from the Majors. Roberts doesn’t fit that mold. But he does provide experience and a great glove in the middle of the field. At 31, the Orioles can afford to lock him down for 3 or 4 years.