Rising O's wrote:I would have released him after the season ended, which would have allowed for better roster planning on the 25 and 40 man. He showed enough to indicate last year that he was done. The new injuries just cemented it. It might sting him a little, but if he wants to play, he could earn his way through a minor league deal.
The way you phrased this you give the impression that you want to punish Brian Roberts. Why? What has he done to cause you to treat him so cavalierly?
Roberts has always been a high energy player that is prone to injury. That being said I'm not sure there is anyone on the current Orioles' roster that works harder to keep himself in playing shape and be game ready. Have you ever watched him before a game? He spends about 30 to 45 minutes stretching with a trainer to get his back ready. This is a guy who was sitting on a 40M contract and could have just phoned it in.
Did he get injured? Yes. No big surprise that a high energy middle IF was not going to be as productive at age 33 and beyond.
So why is he still on this team? He should have been traded during the 2007 and 2008 off seasons for a pile of prospects to fill a completely barren farm system, but Peter Angelos didn't want to give up one of the few attractions he thought would bring in the fans. His meddling prevented us from getting some talent that would have been part of a winning team now. You could also argue that the 28M in salary Roberts earned from 2009 to 2011 (less the 10M his replacement would have cost) could have been used in the draft and international signings when there wasn't any restrictions on the amount a team spent. Just imagine how we could match up with other teams for trades right now if we had just two more Schoops and two more Delmonicos or Bridwells.
Yes, I'm aware that the package that the Cubs were supposedly offering was a bunch of crap, but we'll never really know what a team that needed a 2B at that time would have offered if Roberts had ever REALLY been put on the market. Imagine one more Tillman or Adam Jones
in our system at this point.
Brian Roberts was given an ill advised contract extension because Peter Angelos thought he knew better than competent baseball people. If you want to be angry at anyone I would suggest you focus on him.