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January 22, 2007

On how Chase Utley's big contract will affect the Orioles' Brian Roberts

With the Phillies signing Utley to a seven-year, $85 million deal, Roberts' agent must be whispering in his ear that his value just increased. Is he as good as Utley? No, but he is a lot better than most second basemen.

I see Roberts accepting a "home team discount" before [Erik] Bedard does. That said, I expect both to remain Orioles.

Roberts is one of my favorite players, but he's not a $10 million player for me.

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