O's issue Roberts press release
Guess this makes it official. The Orioles sent out a press release a few minutes ago announcing the signing of Brian Roberts. Glad to hear it. Never would have guessed.
Roberts will take part in a news conference this afternoon, though he basically confirmed the deal and talked about it at length yesterday. He certainly looks like a happier player than the one who showed up at camp a year ago after nearly being traded to the Chicago Cubs.
The deal is believed to have limited no-trade protection for Roberts, but I'm only saying that because it's logical. Not because I know. Can't imagine he would sign a deal that gave the Orioles the right to deal him to the Kansas City Royals next week. He almost certainly has some say over where he could be dealt.
Don't misunderstand. Trading him is not an option anyone is considering right now. The club has made a couple of attempts in the past -- the Braves deal that was vetoed by Peter Angelos and the Cubs talks that eventually evaporated a year ago.