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February 21, 2009

Orioles: Roberts no-trade clause

Since I've been getting some questions about Brian Roberts' contract and the level of no-trade protection included in it, I went and actually cornered a couple of Orioles officials and found out.

Roberts had a very limited no-trade clause for the final year of his previous contract, allowing him to designate four teams to which he could not be traded. That was rolled in when the final year of the old deal was rolled into what essentially is a new five-year contract.

So, this year, there are four teams that Brian can't be traded to, though I have to admit I have not confirmed the list. I'm pretty confident that two of the teams are the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays, but that is conjecture based on a peripheral conversation, so you can't take that to the bank.

The no-trade protection graduates through the next three years of the contract. He will be allowed to designate eight teams he doesn't want to play for next year and 12 teams the following season.

The no-trade clause becomes blanket protection a couple months before Roberts would get it anyway as a 10-5 player. The 10-5 rule in baseball's collective bargaining agreement allows every major league player to veto a trade after he has spent 10 full years in the major leagues and has five full years of service with his current club.

Though the club retains a fairly unfettered right to deal Roberts at the moment, I've been assured by O's officials that the club has no intention of pursuing any trade talks involving him.

Contract update: The Orioles have come to terms with reliever Bob McCrory, leaving eight players still unsigned.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 1:27 PM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Just baseball



What is the contract situation with Guthrie? Is he under our control for a few more years?

Pete's reply: He is under reserve for four more years. Eligible for arbitration next year.

Peter: Who are the remaining eight unsigned players to whom you referred in your contract update today? thank you.

Peter, I was reading an article on the Baseball Prospectus on-line site, and the writer responded to a question about Adam Jones. In his response, the writer commented that he had health concerns about Adam's foot and hip. I am aware of his foot injury from last August, but are you aware of any health issues that he may have at present, or that could be considered as chronic?

Pete's reply: I talk to Adam just about every day and he acts like he feels great and he walks without any indication of any discomfort. I think he's fine.

Wow! I had to get out my dictionay to translate this post. conjecture...peripheral...unfettered...Jeez Pete, don't you know I'm just a poor boy who grew up in the hard-scrabble streets of York, PA? So what's next? Do I have to do the NY Times crossword in under 10 minutes tomorrow? Translate the Koran into eight languages? Stop toying with me with your macho head games!

Very interesting post, by the way.

Chris, geez, conjecture, peripheral and unfettered are words I learned in Golden Ring Junior High and Overlea senior high in 1978-1981.

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