Thursday, February 1, 2007
Roberts signs 1-year deal with Orioles
BALTIMORE -- Second baseman Brian Roberts avoided
arbitration with the Baltimore Orioles, agreeing Thursday to a $4.2
million, one-year contract.
Roberts made $3.1 million last season, when he rebounded from a
serious elbow injury to hit .286 with 10 home runs and 55 RBIs as
Baltimore's leadoff hitter. He scored 85 runs and had 36 steals in
Roberts had asked for $4.6 million, and the Orioles had offered
His new contract includes incentives for making the All-Star
team, earning a Gold Glove or Silver Slugger Award, and being named
MVP for the season or in the playoffs.
The 29-year-old Roberts has a career batting average of .280. He
set career highs in 2005 with a .314 batting average, 18 homers and
73 RBIs, a season that was cut short by an elbow injury that
required offseason surgery.
Baltimore has two players remaining in arbitration: center
fielder Corey Patterson and pitcher Erik Bedard. Patterson is
seeking $4.6 million, while the Orioles are offering $4 million.
Baltimore offered Bedard $2.7 million, but the left-hander filed
for $4 million.