Rob Long and I had an outstanding discussion with fans on Baltimore Baseball Tonight regarding the health and future of Orioles’ second baseman Brian Roberts. Roberts, owed $20M over the next two years, has played just 98 games over the last two season (59 last year and 39 this year) and has not been able to recover from what was thought to be a minor concussion.
The Orioles, now a dismal 47-74, certainly have bigger issues than BRob, but you have to question (and I most certainly am), the durability of one of your most prized possessions going forward. This season, Roberts has earned about $254,000 per game played. Not a bad paycheck. It’s no secret what’s remaining on his contract most definitely takes him off the trading block.
So the question is, how do you handle the second base situation heading into 2012 and is it time to look outside the organization for (gasp) Brian Roberts’ replacement?