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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
16 6250 .276 .347 .409 105 26.4
Birth Date10-9-1977
Height5' 9"
Weight175 lbs
Age41 years, 10 months, 13 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2001 BAL 23 75 292 69 12 3 2 13 36 0 12 3 .253 .284 .341 68 -10.8 2.0 -6.9 -0.5
2002 BAL 24 38 149 29 6 0 1 15 21 1 9 2 .227 .308 .297 84 -2.4 1.8 0.4 0.3
2003 BAL 25 112 512 124 22 4 5 46 58 1 23 6 .270 .337 .367 91 -4.1 6.3 -0.8 1.4
2004 BAL 26 159 734 175 50 2 4 71 95 1 29 12 .273 .344 .376 92 -6.2 4.3 -0.5 1.8
2005 BAL 27 143 640 176 45 7 18 67 83 3 27 10 .314 .387 .515 132 25.2 5.5 3.5 5.2
2006 BAL 28 138 629 161 34 3 10 55 66 0 36 7 .286 .347 .410 104 6.1 4.4 5.3 3.3
2007 BAL 29 156 716 180 42 5 12 89 99 0 50 7 .290 .377 .432 118 19.5 5.2 7.2 5.1
2008 BAL 30 155 704 181 51 8 9 82 104 2 40 10 .296 .378 .450 118 17.4 3.4 1.7 4.2
2009 BAL 31 159 717 179 56 1 16 74 112 2 30 7 .283 .356 .451 112 12.2 1.5 -11.6 2.2
2010 BAL 32 59 261 64 14 0 4 26 40 2 12 2 .278 .354 .391 108 2.8 0.7 -5.2 0.5
2011 BAL 33 39 178 36 7 1 3 12 21 0 6 1 .221 .273 .331 93 -1.2 2.2 -0.2 0.6
2012 BAL 34 17 74 12 0 0 0 5 12 0 1 1 .182 .233 .182 77 -1.9 -0.3 -1.6 -0.2
2013 BAL 35 77 296 66 12 1 8 26 44 0 3 1 .249 .312 .392 103 1.5 -1.7 2.8 1.0
2014 NYA 36 91 348 75 16 4 5 28 53 1 7 4 .237 .300 .360 99 -0.2 2.9 0.7 1.3
Career14186250152736739976098441328573.276.347.40910557.838.2-5.126.4

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1999 DEL A SAL 0 195 .000 .000 .000 .320 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 FRD A+ CRL 0 191 .000 .000 .000 .353 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 BAL MLB AL 75 292 .264 .330 .424 .282 94 -12.8 8.7 2.4 68 8 -6.9 2.0 -10.8 -0.5
2001 BOW AA EAS 22 95 .000 .000 .000 .329 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 ROC AAA INT 44 190 .000 .000 .000 .302 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 BAL MLB AL 38 149 .260 .328 .413 .259 95 -4.7 4.3 -0.7 84 11 0.4 1.8 -2.4 0.3
2002 ROC AAA INT 78 359 .000 .000 .000 .312 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 BAL MLB AL 112 512 .266 .325 .423 .299 99 -7.4 13.9 -0.8 91 7 -0.8 6.3 -4.1 1.4
2003 OTT AAA INT 44 211 .000 .000 .000 .329 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 BAL MLB AL 159 734 .269 .335 .434 .312 105 -2.8 21.8 -1.4 92 8 -0.5 4.3 -6.2 1.8
2005 BAL MLB AL 143 640 .269 .328 .422 .341 102 34.2 18.4 -0.8 132 6 3.5 5.5 25.2 5.2
2006 BAL MLB AL 138 629 .272 .334 .431 .307 109 -4 18.9 -0.9 104 8 5.3 4.4 6.1 3.3
2006 BOW AA EAS 2 7 .273 .332 .410 .200 91 0.2 0.2 -0.1 112 0 -0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.0
2007 BAL MLB AL 156 716 .266 .328 .417 .327 101 15.4 21.2 -1 118 8 7.2 5.2 19.5 5.1
2008 BAL MLB AL 155 704 .261 .326 .413 .341 106 21.4 20.3 -0.9 118 7 1.7 3.4 17.4 4.2
2009 BAL MLB AL 159 717 .264 .331 .420 .318 108 10.1 20.6 -0.9 112 8 -11.6 1.5 12.2 2.2
2010 BAL MLB AL 59 261 .258 .320 .403 .319 114 -1.3 7.2 -0.3 108 12 -5.2 0.7 2.8 0.5
2010 BOW AA EAS 3 14 .286 .354 .455 .500 105 1.2 0.4 -0.1 143 0 0.1 -0.5 0.6 0.1
2010 ORI Rk GCL 5 17 .249 .296 .325 .667 100 3 0.6 -0.2 201 0 0.0 -0.1 1.0 0.1
2011 BAL MLB AL 39 178 .252 .317 .400 .236 104 -8.1 4.8 -0.2 93 12 -0.2 2.2 -1.2 0.6
2012 BAL MLB AL 17 74 .250 .311 .393 .214 104 -5.7 2.0 -0.1 77 13 -1.6 -0.3 -1.9 -0.2
2012 DEL A SAL 2 6 .258 .331 .429 .250 95 -0.3 0.2 0 89 0 0.0 -0.7 -0.1 -0.1
2012 ABE A- NYP 1 5 .181 .311 .240 .000 98 -0.7 0.1 0 33 0 -0.1 0.1 -0.3 0.0
2012 BOW AA EAS 7 21 .264 .336 .399 .231 98 1.8 0.6 0 131 0 0.2 -0.1 0.7 0.2
2012 NOR AAA INT 5 23 .281 .345 .423 .294 93 -1.1 0.7 0 86 0 0.0 0.2 -0.3 0.1
2013 BAL MLB AL 77 296 .249 .313 .391 .267 99 2.5 7.8 -1.3 103 10 2.8 -1.7 1.5 1.0
2013 NOR AAA INT 4 15 .255 .314 .383 .300 93 -0.3 0.4 -0.1 96 0 -0.1 0.2 -0.2 0.0
2014 NYA MLB AL 91 348 .251 .315 .387 .269 99 -3.2 9.0 -0.4 99 12 0.7 2.9 -0.2 1.3

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1999 DEL A SAL 195 167 22 40 12 1 0 54 21 27 42 17 5 .240 .349 .323 .084 0 0
2000 FRD A+ CRL 191 163 27 49 6 3 0 61 16 27 24 13 10 .301 .403 .374 .074 0 0
2001 BAL MLB AL 292 273 42 69 12 3 2 93 17 13 36 12 3 .253 .284 .341 .088 3 3
2001 ROC AAA INT 190 161 16 43 4 1 1 52 12 28 22 23 3 .267 .374 .323 .056 1 1
2001 BOW AA EAS 95 81 12 24 7 0 1 34 7 9 12 10 0 .296 .366 .420 .123 2 2
2002 ROC AAA INT 359 313 49 86 9 7 3 118 30 40 46 22 4 .275 .360 .377 .102 2 2
2002 BAL MLB AL 149 128 18 29 6 0 1 38 11 15 21 9 2 .227 .308 .297 .070 2 3
2003 OTT AAA INT 211 178 36 56 13 1 0 71 15 27 12 19 6 .315 .397 .399 .084 4 4
2003 BAL MLB AL 512 460 65 124 22 4 5 169 41 46 58 23 6 .270 .337 .367 .098 1 4
2004 BAL MLB AL 734 641 107 175 50 2 4 241 53 71 95 29 12 .273 .344 .376 .103 6 15
2005 BAL MLB AL 640 561 92 176 45 7 18 289 73 67 83 27 10 .314 .387 .515 .201 4 5
2006 BAL MLB AL 629 563 85 161 34 3 10 231 55 55 66 36 7 .286 .347 .410 .124 5 6
2006 BOW AA EAS 7 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 .200 .429 .200 .000 0 0
2007 BAL MLB AL 716 621 103 180 42 5 12 268 57 89 99 50 7 .290 .377 .432 .142 4 2
2008 BAL MLB AL 704 611 107 181 51 8 9 275 57 82 104 40 10 .296 .378 .450 .154 6 3
2009 BAL MLB AL 717 632 110 179 56 1 16 285 79 74 112 30 7 .283 .356 .451 .168 8 1
2010 BOW AA EAS 14 14 3 6 2 0 0 8 3 0 2 0 0 .429 .429 .571 .143 0 0
2010 BAL MLB AL 261 230 28 64 14 0 4 90 15 26 40 12 2 .278 .354 .391 .113 2 1
2010 ORI Rk GCL 17 15 1 8 1 0 0 9 0 2 3 0 0 .533 .588 .600 .067 0 0
2011 BAL MLB AL 178 163 18 36 7 1 3 54 19 12 21 6 1 .221 .273 .331 .110 1 2
2012 NOR AAA INT 23 21 2 5 2 0 0 7 1 2 4 0 0 .238 .304 .333 .095 0 0
2012 DEL A SAL 6 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 .200 .333 .200 .000 0 0
2012 ABE A- NYP 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 .000 .200 .000 .000 0 0
2012 BOW AA EAS 21 16 4 4 3 0 1 10 3 4 3 0 0 .250 .381 .625 .375 1 0
2012 BAL MLB AL 74 66 2 12 0 0 0 12 5 5 12 1 1 .182 .233 .182 .000 2 1
2013 NOR AAA INT 15 13 2 3 1 0 0 4 1 2 3 0 0 .231 .333 .308 .077 0 0
2013 BAL MLB AL 296 265 33 66 12 1 8 104 39 26 44 3 1 .249 .312 .392 .143 4 1
2014 NYA MLB AL 348 317 40 75 16 4 5 114 21 28 53 7 4 .237 .300 .360 .123 1

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 2692 0.5163 0.4045 0.8567 0.5856 0.2112 0.8845 0.7745 0.1433 -0.0062
2009 2871 0.4995 0.4225 0.8788 0.5941 0.2512 0.9014 0.8255 0.1212 -0.0031
2010 1060 0.4896 0.4538 0.8586 0.6301 0.2847 0.8960 0.7792 0.1414 -0.0083
2011 684 0.5058 0.4518 0.8803 0.6012 0.2988 0.9135 0.8119 0.1197 -0.0016
2012 293 0.5324 0.4334 0.8661 0.6026 0.2409 0.9149 0.7273 0.1339 -0.0004
2013 1234 0.5032 0.4190 0.8839 0.5862 0.2496 0.9148 0.8105 0.1161 0.0000
2014 1396 0.4921 0.4907 0.8453 0.6710 0.3159 0.8894 0.7545 0.1547 -0.0077
Career102300.50370.43220.86670.60590.25570.89760.79210.1333-0.0045

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-14 2014-06-17 DTD 3 2 Right Knee Contusion -
2014-05-24 2014-05-25 DTD 1 1 Right Knee Contusion Foul Ball -
2014-04-13 2014-04-17 DTD 4 3 - Low Back Soreness - -
2013-04-05 2013-06-30 60-DL 86 79 Right Thigh Surgery Hamstring Tendon 2013-05-09 -
2013-03-22 2013-03-23 Camp 1 0 - Ankle Contusion Foul Ball - -
2012-12-20 2012-12-20 Off 0 0 - Surgery Sports Hernia 2012-12-20 -
2012-07-02 2012-10-13 60-DL 103 84 Right Hip Surgery Labrum 2012-08-02 -
2012-03-26 2012-06-12 60-DL 78 60 - Head Recovery From Concussion - -
2012-02-28 2012-03-26 Camp 27 0 - Head Recovery From Concussion - -
2011-05-17 2011-09-29 60-DL 135 122 Head Concussion Headfirst Slide Into First Base -
2011-05-03 2011-05-04 DTD 1 1 Face Surgery Root Canal 2011-05-03
2011-04-21 2011-04-21 DTD 0 0 Right Thigh Soreness Hamstring for First Three Weeks of Season -
2011-03-08 2011-03-20 Camp 12 0 Low Back Spasms -
2011-02-23 2011-03-01 Camp 6 0 Neck Soreness -
2010-09-28 2010-10-04 DTD 6 6 Head Concussion Hit Self In Head During Swing -
2010-09-14 2010-09-15 DTD 1 1 Right Knee Contusion HBP -
2010-08-28 2010-08-31 DTD 3 2 Left Hip Strain -
2010-08-04 2010-08-04 DTD 0 0 Left Lower Leg Contusion Foul Ball Off Shin -
2010-05-19 2010-05-19 On-Alr 0 0 General Medical Illness Pneumonia -
2010-04-10 2010-07-23 60-DL 104 91 Abdomen Strain -
2010-03-09 2010-03-09 On-Alr 0 0 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2010-02-17 2010-03-26 Camp 37 0 Low Back Spasms -
2010-01-20 2010-01-20 Off 0 0 Low Back Cartilage Injury Herniated Disc -
2009-08-09 2009-08-10 DTD 1 1 Left Lower Leg Contusion Shin From Foul Ball -
2009-07-09 2009-07-10 DTD 1 0 - General Medical Illness Flu -
2009-07-07 2009-07-08 DTD 1 1 - General Medical Illness Upper Respiratory Infection -
2009-05-25 2009-05-26 DTD 1 1 Left Lower Leg Contusion Shin -
2009-03-31 2009-04-03 Camp 3 0 Left Abdomen Soreness Oblique -
2008-05-11 2008-05-13 DTD 2 1 Left Foot Contusion -
2008-03-25 2008-03-28 Camp 3 0 - Low Back Spasms -
2007-04-21 2007-04-23 DTD 2 2 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2006-04-29 2006-05-24 15-DL 25 22 Left Groin Strain -
2006-04-23 2006-04-25 DTD 2 1 Left Hip Soreness -
2005-09-21 2005-10-02 DTD 11 11 Left Elbow Surgery Tommy John From Dislocation 2005-09-30
2005-06-01 2005-06-07 DTD 6 6 Right Shoulder Strain Rotator Cuff -
2005-05-25 2005-05-26 DTD 1 1 Left Knee Contusion HBP -
2004-07-27 2004-07-28 DTD 1 0 - General Medical Illness Sinus -
2003-09-09 2003-09-12 DTD 3 2 Right Ankle Sprain -
2003-08-18 2003-08-20 DTD 2 1 - General Medical Gastrointestinal GI -
2003-07-09 2003-07-11 DTD 2 2 - Low Back Spasms -
2000-04-24 2000-07-14 Minors 81 0 Right Elbow Surgery Bone Chips 2000-04-25 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 NYA $2,000,000
2013 BAL $10,000,000
2012 BAL $10,000,000
2011 BAL $10,000,000
2010 BAL $10,000,000
2009 BAL $8,000,000
2008 BAL $6,300,000
2007 BAL $4,200,000
2006 BAL $3,075,000
2005 BAL $390,000
2004 BAL $345,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
11 yrPrevious$64,310,000
11 yrTotal$64,310,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
11 y 131 dMark Pieper1 year/$2M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$2M (2014). Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 12/19/13. Performance bonuses: $0.175M each for 250, 300 plate appearances. $0.25M each for 350, 400 PAs. $0.3M each for 450, 500 PAs. $0.35M for 550 PAs. $0.4M each for 600, 650 PAs. DFA by NY Yankees 8/1/14. Retired 10/14.
  • 4 year/$40M (2010-13). Signed extension with Baltimore 2/20/09. 10-13:$10M/year. Limited no-trade protection (8 clubs in 2010, 12 clubs in 2011, full no-trade clause 2012).
  • 2 years/$14.3M (2008-09). Signed extension with Baltimore 3/07. 08:$6.3M, 09:$8M. Limited no-trade protection (may block deals to "small number" of clubs each year).
  • 1 year/$4.2M (2007). Re-signed by Baltimore 1/07 (avoided arbitration, $4.6M-$3.8M). Award bonuses.
  • 1 year/$3.075M (2006). Re-signed by Baltimore 2/06 (avoided arbitration, $3.6M-$2.4M). Performance bonuses: $25,000 for 600 PAs.
  • 1 year/$0.39M (2005). Re-signed by Baltimore 3/05.
  • 1 year/$0.345M (2004). Re-signed by Baltimore 2/04.
  • Drafted by Baltimore 1999 (1s-50) (South Carolina). $0.65M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-08-17 14:45:00 (link to chat)If it was up to you, what would you do about the competitive balance problem in the AL East? I mean even if everything breaks right for the Jays and/or Orioles, the odds are still overwhelmingly against them making the playoffs anytime in the next 3-5 years with what NY/BOS/TB have in place. Speaking as a fan of none of those teams, it doesn't seem really fair but I don't know how you address it either.
(losermix from New York)
Honestly, the fact that you are including TB with NY and BOS sort of answers the question. Yes, the Yankees and Red Sox have competitive advantages, but the Rays were in a worse spot and look where they are now. I don't know how to completely fix it other than some sort of revolving door of divisions that change every couple of years, which just isn't realistic. But I also know that the Orioles and Jays could do much better at developing their teams. When you're relying on Brian Roberts as the top offensive force, that's a big problem. When Lyle Overbay is your starting 1B, that's a big problem. These teams are at a disadvantage but they also are yet to really make good on their own part of it. (Eric Seidman)
2010-05-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)any sense of what to expect out of Brian Roberts when he gets back? Second base seems like a tough place to play with back problems.
(don from lansing)
Can't say I'm too optimistic. Things went so bad so quickly with his ab strain that I'm not sure how healthy he ever was. If he's just in a maintenance state, that's really not good for him in the short or long term. They're giving him enough time to really heal up, so there's certainly hope. (Will Carroll)
2010-05-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)We're approaching 40 games into the season, and the shock of the O's dismal start is starting to fade, and now I can't help but feel bitter. Wasn't this the year they were supposed to make it to .500, beginning an upward trend for at least a few years? Can you help me make sense of it all?
(tmcghan from Bay Area, CA)
Well, losing Brian Roberts for a couple of months is a major blow, but you're right, there's some disconcerting stuff going on there, such as Adam Jones' chilly start, the odd shipment of Nolan Reimold to Triple-A, and the inexplicable continuing presence of Garret Atkins. Still, Matt Wieters is making progress, as is Brian Matusz, and Chris Tillman appears to be coming around at Triple-A. Just remember that a turnaround for an organization with such a back history of losing takes time, and probably a change at the helm -- I'd have bet that Dave Trembley would get the axe before Trey Hillman, and I doubt he'll be around for much longer. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-03-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Where does Brian Roberts stand with his back injury?
(TGisriel from Baltimore)
The Orioles are worried enough that they are calling around to other clubs to see if there are any second basemen available. (John Perrotto)
2009-05-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Joe, no one has been able to answer this for me: When did defensive indifference become a scoring option in MLB? Why? Were so many meaningless late inning bases being swiped that MLB had to institute this rule in order to maintain the integrity of all stolen base records? It makes no sense to me, they stole the base, who determines whether the team cares or not? Stupid.
(Jay from Chicago)
You can't steal something that isn't possessed by someone else. If you're not being held, that's being given the base, not stealing it. It's a good scoring rule.

While I'm here, though...Adam Jones got a throwing error the other night for delivering a perfect throw to the cutoff man. Brian Roberts let it go through to second, and Robert Andino missed it. Jones got the error. There has to be some other way, because calling what Jones did an "error" is completely counterfactual. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-02-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joe, do you like the Brian Roberts signing for the O's?
(Ben from SF)
I'm OK with it, given the organizational hole up the middle. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Steve: Loved the book on Casey. There's nothing else like it. The Swisher trade is a great deal for which Cashman deserves a lot of credit-first of all in finding him, hadn't the Sox put him in the Witness Protection Program? But I digress. I do have the opinion that the Yankees must move on with Robinson Cano. While his trade value has been diminished, wait til you see what it is this time next year! Proposed replacements: (a) Available inexpensively: Mike Fontenot, who is a free agent. Available expensively: Jeff Kent (please NO!), Brian Roberts. Am I jumping the shark on Cano?
(BeplerP from New York City)
Thank you, BeplerP, for reading Forging Genius and for the kind words. The question isn't whether you've jumped the shark on Cano, but whether Cano himself has jumped the shark (I've never heard jumping the shark used to signify that one might be ahead of the shark). I don't think he has, given his age and post-April rates of .297/.326/.448. The problem with Cano is that he seems like he doesn't care half the time. He's locked in for a week, and then he goes 0-for-20 swinging at first pitches and starts making careless plays in the infield. This makes him immensely frustrating to watch, not least of all to the Yankees themselves. How do you keep this guy locked in? They don't know, so the temptation is to make him someone else's problem--and it wouldn't be the end of the world. You could get a 2B who has lower highs but also higher lows, or lower batting averages but is better at getting on base. In that case, the decision to make a change depends on who you can get--the Yankees really need to stay focused on offense. But if your question is, "Will he rebound and improve his value?" I think yes, he will. (Steven Goldman)
2008-10-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)How absurd is the coverage and rumors around peavy going to get this winter? Brian Roberts absurd? Johan absurd?
(Tony from Albuquerque)
Very absurd. Thing is, it's starting early, so maybe they want to get something done quickly to avoid this.

Craig Elsten just dropped a great line, saying he expects Josh Beckett to be warming up and start having blood seep from his oblique into his jersey. That's just brilliant. (Will Carroll)
2008-10-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)T or F: with so much cash coming off the books this year and next, the Yanks will sign CC AND Teixeira. Also do you agree with the logic of trading Cano at what is perhaps the low point of his value?
(james from BK)
I could see it. As long as they sign Teixeira, the offseason will be a success. I wouldn't sign Sabathia, and I would actively warn against it, but there's almost an inevitability to it. Who can leave $15-20 million on the table?

I would not trade Cano for exactly that reason. And if I'm the Orioles, I offer Brian Roberts for Cano and one of the close-to-ready armsm try and steal something. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-08-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Orioles are hitting .311/.372/.511 in the 30 games since the All-Star break and are now 3rd in the AL in runs behind Texas and Boston. Should they sign a few big pitchers next season and make a push, or is this season's offense just a collection of career years?
(Steve from Baltimore)
The latter. There's some good players here--Nick Markakis, Brian Roberts, Adam Jones (now hurt)--but the recent push is about guys like Aubrey Huff and Melvin Mora, who have no future here. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-07-30 12:30:00 (link to chat)I imagine this could get difficult/complicated, but is it possible for the White Sox to package someone like Lance Broadway and Orlando Cabrera for Brian Roberts if the teams could somehow include a framework for a Cabrera extension in the deal? Alexei could then handle short for the remainder of the year. Thanks!
(Matt from Illinois's biggest state park (WI))
That's makes sense on some levels but I think they'd want a better second player beside Cabrera. (John Perrotto)
2008-06-27 14:00:00 (link to chat)I know the Orioles want to break .500 in the win column this year, but, in your opinion, is that worth keeping on to Brian Roberts for? Are they shopping anyone?
(Corkedbat from Dallas)
I think it makes sense for the O's to shop him, but it's also equally clear that they should want a shortstop prospect in return, and there aren't a ton of those close to ready and readily available among the contending teams. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-06-17 15:00:00 (link to chat)I'm a displaced O's fan who will finally get to see his team play this weekend in Milwaukee.....the Booers fans are throwing out the Rickie Weeks for Brian Roberts trade idea and love it. I think it's insanely awful....but do you think that's the market Roberts will command at the deadline?
(Ryan from Milwaukee via Maryland)
I think I may carve my eye out with a carrot peeler if I have to read one more Brian Roberts trade rumor. The one I'm clinging to is that he's going remain with the Orioles and be buried in Peter Angelos' tomb. Until the owner gives the green light to trade Roberts, it's a waste of energy to think that he'll actually be dealt. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-06-04 16:00:00 (link to chat)Any chance the O's deal Brian Roberts for draft picks? Would you advise against it this year?
(Pete from Baltimore)
Draft picks are not tradable commodities. This might change with the next CBA, but don't count on it, as the draft is pretty much a afterthought when those negotiations take place. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-05-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should the Cardinals Go For It and try to get, say, Brian Roberts to plug the gaping hole at 2B? If so, what should they reasonably expect to have to give up?
(mikedallas45 from Dallas)
I think they have to make the most of this opportunity. It's not a particularly young club, and the marginal upgrade they'd get at a position like second base is quite large -- they've really been trotting out some sub-replacement level guys there. I don't know what you give up since the farm system depth is not terrific -- maybe someone like Bryan Anderson -- so ultimately you're probably looking for more of a purchase from someone who is sick of paying a big contract. (Nate Silver)
2008-05-05 12:30:00 (link to chat)Bryan, is it true that the Rays are actually considering my namesake to go #1 overall? What has impressed so many about him this year and what is a good 'upside' comparison"? thanks.
(Parker Posey from Filmlore)
That's the hottest and most popular rumor it seems, and yes, I think they are absolutely considering it. Posey was just outside of getting a first round grade out of high school, and the reports have been true. He plays a premium position, has a 70 arm behind the plate and has late 90s Jason Kendall potential with the bat. The Rays simply have to weigh that likelihood against Pedro Alvarez' chance at hitting 40 home runs, and Beckham's chance at becoming Brian Roberts. I don't think they go Posey in the end, and I don't think they should -- but I certainly know they are thinking about it. (Bryan Smith)
2008-05-05 12:30:00 (link to chat)You compared Tim Beckham to Brian Roberts--could you elaborate? Brian Roberts at SS...Brian Roberts with more power...or simply Brian Roberts?
(ddknowles77 from Eugene, OR)
I meant to say Brian Roberts and Brandon Phillips, because those are the types of do-everything players I see as Beckham's potential. Yes, Beckham gets more points because he's a true shortstop, and a truer shortstop than Phillips ever was. If he has more power than Roberts, I don't think he'll have more power than Phillips. He probably won't be as patient as Roberts, though. Some sort of hybrid of those two players is Beckham's ceiling, for me. And that's a pretty good ceiling for a SS, by the way. (Bryan Smith)
2008-03-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think the O's and the Cubs will complete a trade for Brian Roberts?
(TGisriel from Baltimore)
It seems pretty dodgy to me, in part because I don't believe Roberts is an absolute necessity for the Cubs, whereas it's very much in the Orioles' interest to just get it done if it involves anything like the packages that have been discussed publicly. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-03-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is one of the most impressive injury recoveries you've seen in recent years? Personally I was amazed that Ken Griffey Jr. could detach the hamstring tendon from the bone and still play outfield the next year. Thanks for a great chat!
(havybeaks from Michigan)
Brian Roberts without a doubt. Slight edge over Jason Kendall. (Will Carroll)
2008-03-18 17:00:00 (link to chat)Whay kind of impact will Kosuke Fukudome have and will the Cubs ever get Brian Roberts?
(JAX66 from Capital City)
Fukodome will be a nice addition to a team that has struggled in the outfield of late. I don't think he'll be an All-Star, but the Cubs will be happy to have him. At some point, the Cubs might have to start asking themselves if they really need Roberts. If they can pry him loose without giving up too much, then fine, get him. If he costs them real prospects, though, what's the point of the exercise if they're already the favorites to win the division? Please don't say, "for the playoffs," because trading for improvement in a crapshoot is problematic. (Jim Baker)
2008-03-18 17:00:00 (link to chat)I'm in a 10 team AL-only league (regular 5x5 plus walks and quality starts) and I'm facing a draft decision on Brian Roberts. If he gets traded to the NL, none of his stats after the trade will count in our league. Given that, how likely is it he'll be dealt this year to an NL club? And when? And what round should I draft him in?
(roguerouge from jp, ma)
It's been a long time since I was not in a mixed league and I had forgotten how frustrating it can be to see your guy sail out of the picture like this. I hope, at least, you have first right of refusal on anyone who comes to the Orioles from the other league in exchange for Roberts.

I have griped about the process, but haven't answered your question. Are you drafting by defensive position? If so, I think it would depend on your position in the draft. In the league I'm in, if there wasn't a lot of talent behind Roberts, I'd gamble that half a year of him would be better than a full year of many other guys still available. (Jim Baker)
2008-03-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)Joe, do the Cubs really have a trade package worthy of Brian Roberts without including Pie? The Gallagher/Cedeno/et al package being thrown around seems weak for a top-5 2B with two years under contract remaining.
(Steve from PA)
I saw a comparison somewhere--or maybe we were talking about it at a Feed--that Mark DeRosa and Brian Roberts had similar stats last year. DeRosa had the higher OBP, Roberts was better overall, but the gap wasn't huge.

Roberts is the better player, to be sure, and getting him would align the Cubs' talent better. However, I'm not convinced that Roberts + Fuld are better than Pie + DeRosa. And I say that as someone not at all sold on Pie.

If I'm the Orioles, there's no way I deal Roberts for a package where Gallagher is the best player. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-03-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any idea how PFM for a 6x6 league (walks included) ranks Brian Roberts 15 spots ahead of Chase Utley? That seems pretty crazy to me.
(Brent from Raleigh)
PFM loves scarcity, and Roberts' ability to steal bases is a huge asset that Utley can't match. But you might want to use the version of PFM that uses Standings Gain Points (SGP), which tends to damp down the emphasis on stolen bases (and other scarce categories) to some extent. (Nate Silver)
2008-03-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much of an upgrade would Brian Roberts be for the Cubs over DeRosa at 2B. Obviously, he'll give you more steals, but their other numbers from 2007 look quite similar. Along the same lines, it appears the Cubs aren't sold on Felix Pie being their starting center fielder, as they seem to be putting out feelers on players like Coco Crisp. Should they be looking for a center fielder?
(sinfonian11 from Champaign, IL)
I was boarding a plane the other day when I heard, of all things, a Cub fan belittling Felix Pie's offense. Which means absolutely nothing, of course, since Freddy the Frequent Flier from Elgin is not responsible for setting the team's lineup. But it does go to show you how these sorts of memes tend to flow from the team brass on through the media and into the perceptions of ordinary fans. Pie got all of 194 plate appearances in the major leagues last year, and much of that time came in crappy situations where he was being shuffled into and out of the lineup and had to press for at-bats. He's hit like gangbusters on the other hand over nearly 900 plate appearances at Iowa the past two seasons. It would be a shame if the Cubs' misunderstanding of small sample sizes got in the way of Pie's development. (Nate Silver)
2008-03-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Two part question. 1) Does this Brian Roberts to the Cubs trade ever happen. 2) How would this affect Roberts' fantasy value? Seems like he'd score a lot more, and maybe even add a few extra dingers.
(Rob from Bloomington, IL)
I'm not sure how many homers he would add, but Roberts would probably start writing love letters to Jim Hendry as thanks for getting him into a real lineup. Getting Roberts would put the Cubs on par with the Mets I think. (Marc Normandin)
2008-01-25 13:30:00 (link to chat)Say the Cubs do get Brian Roberts for 2B, how much worse is DeRosa than Theriot at SS?
(Jack from Chicago)
Generally, SFR thinks De Rosa is an average second baseman and shortstop and a sub-par third baseman.

I had Theriot at +5 at shortstop in 2007 but in watching him you get the feeling that he's average as well.

So in my mind, not much to choose from there. (Dan Fox)
2008-01-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see the Cubs making a move for Brian Roberts or going in with what they have?
(RobP from Chicago)
I'm surprised this deal isn't done yet. I thought they had it done in Nashville and then they kind of had to back off during the Mitchell uproar. Now as teams are prepping to head to FL and AZ, I think this one gets done, though I don't have insight as to what the teams are dealing. I think Roberts is a big upgrade and lets Mark DeRosa be a super-utility guy. (Will Carroll)
2008-01-15 14:30:00 (link to chat)Where would the Rays middle infield rank right now in the AL East?
(RJ from Beyond the Boxscore)
Hey there R.J., thanks for stopping by. Gosh, the AL East middle infields stink. I didn't realize it until now. Boston has half of a good MI in Pedroia, and Baltimore the same with Brian Roberts. Aaron Hill is no great shakes, so assuming that Bartlett hits average for his position while fielding a fine shortstop and Iwamura does the same, they are probably second best. That's kind of scary, no offense. (Marc Normandin)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-10-10 13:30:00Friday LCSRon Darling:this crew::Brian Roberts:Orioles infield (Joe Sheehan)
 

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