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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
Brian Roberts signing with the New York Yankees is one of those happenings that registers very little with the wider baseball world but carries a variety of intense meanings for Baltimore baseball lovers. The interesting thing about Roberts is not the immediate impact of his departure on next year's team. He played 77 games in 2013, and that was the most he had managed since 2009. Roberts is 36 and plays one of the most physically punishing positions in the sport. The odds of him staying healthy for even one more full season seem low. He was the Orioles' most productive second baseman last season, but that's a backhanded compliment if there ever was one. No, I'm thinking more about Roberts' entire tenure in Baltimore and what it meant.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
The Orioles' offseason overhaul took some time to gain steam, but two moves in one day have added a little more clarity to the team's roster for next season. On Tuesday afternoon, the Orioles agreed to a two-year, $15 million deal with former Oakland Athletics closer Grant Balfour, according to industry sources, and also learned that their most tenured player, second baseman Brian Roberts, had agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal, plus incentives, with the rival New York Yankees.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
The longest tenured Oriole left for pinstripes. Veteran second baseman Brian Roberts, who has played his entire 13-year career with the Orioles and has been the face of the franchise through many of those seasons, has agreed to a one-year deal worth $2 million plus incentives with the rival New York Yankees, according to an industry source. The 36-year-old Roberts, who completed a four-year, $40-million deal this past season, didn't return multiple calls Tuesday, but in September, he told The Baltimore Sun that he wanted to end his career with the Orioles.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2013
The Orioles came to the winter meetings with their eyes on acquiring a left-handed hitter to help fill the void in left field and also at designated hitter. And the most likely avenue to snag that player seems to be in a trade, but from listening to executive vice president Dan Duquette speak last night, it seems like the Orioles aren't close to making a deal. While the Orioles continued to talk about trades, Duquette wouldn't describe any current discussions as better than “lukewarm.” That can obviously change quickly.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2013
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said earlier this week that he is content with the team's current options at second base, but manager Buck Showalter expressed his desire to re-sign free agent Brian Roberts during his news conference with the media on Tuesday at the winter meetings. The 36-year-old Roberts is a life-long Oriole and would likely return on a one-year deal. Ryan Flaherty is the front-runner for the position, but the team also acquired second baseman Jemile Weeks from the Oakland Athletics in last week's Jim Johnson trade.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | December 8, 2013
In most years, baseball's winter meetings mark the unofficial starting line of the annual offseason spending spree on free agents. But as the Orioles arrive at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort this week, pay day for several high-priced free agents has already come and gone. Meanwhile, the Orioles front-office members arrived in Florida on Sunday coming off a week in which they dealt 50-save closer Jim Johnson to the Oakland Athletics for unproven infielder Jemile Weeks and a projected $10-million of payroll relief.
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Peter Schmuck | December 3, 2013
When this offseason started, the Orioles appeared to be a couple of key players away from moving to the next level and heading into 2014 with a realistic chance of playing deep into next October. Well, make it three. Now, with Jim Johnson headed to Oakland in a curious salary dump, Dan Duquette and Buck Showalter need to acquire or develop a frontline closer for that to be a realistic scenario, which only makes sense if they know something that you don't. We'll all have to wait and see how this plays out, since Duquette has delivered on his promise to make the Orioles a winning team, but the noise coming out of the Warehouse about "allocating resources" has the hollow ring of small-market philosophy that doesn't jibe with all those glowing reports of increased attendance and television ratings.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2013
Late Monday night the Orioles traded former All-Star closer Jim Johnson to the Oakland Athletics for second baseman Jemile Weeks and a minor league player to be named later. Johnson, who saved 101 games for the Orioles in the past two seasons, was set to make more than $10 million in arbitration in 2014. Instead of paying that much for a closer - and one who had led the majors with nine blown saves last season - the club picked up a young infielder and another minor leaguer and will be able to use the money allocated for Johnson in other ways.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2013
So the Orioles added a second baseman to their 40-man roster Monday. And it wasn't Brian Roberts. It was Cord Phelps, a former third-round pick by the Cleveland Indians who was put on waivers and claimed by the Orioles. According to executive vice president Dan Duquette, Phelps, 26, will compete for the open second base job -- a battle that likely will include Ryan Flaherty and rookie Jonathan Schoop. I don't know much about Phelps, except that he was once highly thought of by the Indians.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2013
Today marks the first day that Major League Baseball's free agents can sign with any club. In the previous period between today and the end of the World Series, players could only sign with their most recent clubs. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Monday that, during the exclusive signing period, he did not have any negotiations with representatives of his seven free agents -- right-handed pitchers Scott Feldman, Jason Hammel and Francisco Rodriguez, infielder Brian Roberts, catcher Chris Snyder and outfielders Nate McLouth and Mike Morse.
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