Is the Eagle Finally Landing?
So reports out of Baltimore, most notably by Sun columnist Peter Schmuck yesterday and Sun Orioles beat writer Jeff Zrebiec today have the Orioles and all-star second baseman Brian Roberts closing in on a new multi-year deal.
The deal is rumored to be in the neighborhood of four years and $44 million. Such a deal would put Roberts on roughly the same salary track as Nick Markakis who signed his big 6-year, $66.1 million contract this winter.
Obviously being able to pull in Roberts and Markakis for the long haul sends a big message to not just the players and franchise but also the fans. After years of missteps and disasters the Orioles seem to be focusing on keeping their quality homegrown talent while also keeping two of the more beloved players on the roster.
Should Baltimore lock up Roberts (which could happen as soon as tomorrow), this off-season could go down as one of the best for the Orioles in recent memory.
Obviously fans are still peeved about missing Teixeira but as more and more comes out about that saga it's become somewhat apparent that Baltimore may never have been a serious possible destination for the Mount St. Joe's grad.
But in one winter the Orioles have:
- Locked up Markakis and (presumably) Roberts.
- Created an incredibly young and athletic outfield by trading for Felix Pie.
- Cleared the way for Matt Wieters by dealing catcher Ramon Hernandez.
- And, much to the delight of many fans, re-stitched "Baltimore" on the front of the road jerseys.
Sure they've barely addressed the glaring pitching problem but hey, baby steps are still steps, especially when it comes to the Orioles.
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