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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.

By CJ Holley  |  February 18, 2009; 2:49 PM ET
Categories:  Orioles  
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Roberts who was implicated by Grimsley and independently by Bigbie as a 'roid user and then who made the standard "I tried it ONE time in 2003, but realized it was wrong and it had no real effect anyway" admission/apology is now looking at $11M per year?? Nice. Go ahead kids, abuse drugs -- it sooo pays!

Posted by: dfh123 | February 18, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

How come the O's lock their guys up and we don't? Better for me, I guess, since I moved to Harm City and will be down at the Yard off and on this year. Too bad more people don't appreciate the coverage, it's all good. Funny how the Nats core fans are starting to act like the O's core fans. Me? I just like baseball. The more the better.

Posted by: Brue | February 18, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Roberts who was implicated by Grimsley and independently by Bigbie as a 'roid user and then who made the standard "I tried it ONE time in 2003, but realized it was wrong and it had no real effect anyway" admission/apology is now looking at $11M per year?? Nice. Go ahead kids, abuse drugs -- it sooo pays!

Posted by: dfh123 | February 18, 2009 3:27 PM

So you would prefer Roberts to be more like Elijah Dukes? Get a life loser! I'm sure Roberts was 'roiding for years. He sure looks like it. Gimmie a break. Roberts is 20 times the player anyone on the Nationals roster is.

Posted by: virtueandvice | February 18, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Ha! How does my comment on Roberts being an admitted roid abuser have anything to do with Dukes or any Nats player for that matter??

Why not pick Albert Belle, the O's stalker numero uno, or Scott Ericsson, the girlfriend beater in chief of O's nation, or Miggy Tejada O's all time lair (about his age about roids - is his name even really Miguel?)? Notice how all three of those guys are likely roid users themselves -- hard to find O's that were not shooting up, I guess.

Anyway, Roberts does not need to look the part of a steroid abuser, he admitted it, of course only after he was implicated in the Mitchell Report and two separate federal affadavits, class guy that he is and all. I guess that when you play for a club that has something like a dozen confirmed users in its past, inclduing the newly signed Greg Zaun!, these details about criminal behavior and rule breaking are not much to worry about. Especially seeing as how the O's win so much, why be bothered by it all! I am sure that Roberts will continue to perfom at a high level after he signs the big long term contract and MLB employs the hGH test next year, you can bank on it. Yeah, something like that.

Posted by: dfh123 | February 18, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Why does everyone make a big deal about players not admitting drug use until they're caught?

Do you go up to police officers and ask them to write you tickets because you were speeding driving in to work but they didn't catch you?

Do you lock yourself in prison if you drive slightly drunk? Have you turned yourself in for the pot you smoked earlier in life?

Do you call yourself out if you're playing baseball and you miss the bag by a few inches? Do you argue for a foul in basketball even if you know it wasn't?

We all do the same thing in life, they're no different than us. At least some of them come clean after they're caught and admit to it rather than just lie in the face of the evidence.

It's like the choice you have when an officer pulls you over for speeding and asks if you know how fast you were going. You're going to say no. Then he's going to tell you how fast you were going and you have a choice: admit he's right or argue. Some players choose to argue, but at least some of them are admitting it.

Posted by: adampschroeder | February 18, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Do you lock yourself in prison if you drive slightly drunk? Have you turned yourself in for the pot you smoked earlier in life?

Posted by: adampschroeder | February 18, 2009 6:37 PM

Luckily I live in a state where as long as you have a doctors note you can smoke all the pot you want legally.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 18, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Nats are the worst ran franchise. They spend money on and old man who they thought was a teenager..can't sign Crow. Why Bud didn't you roll this team up? The turn coats in DC could have continued to drive in to Baltimore. But hey Nat fans this is what you get when you turn your back on your team.

Posted by: deadan78 | February 18, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Funny ... I thought Peter Schmuck was the Orioles owner.

::rimshot::

Posted by: diogenes_quixote | February 19, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

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