Written by Tony Pente
All reports this spring indicate that Brian Roberts is a full go this spring. The 35-year old second baseman hasn’t played more than 59 games in a season since 2010 because of several injuries and is coming off an offseason in which he had hip and sports hernia surgery.
Roberts has expressed interest in playing as much as possible this spring and manager Buck Showalter has indicated he will take Roberts on the road this spring, something most veterans do not do very often.
Roberts will be in competition for the second base job with Alexi Casilla and Ryan Flaherty, but Showalter has already stated that if Roberts is healthy, he'll be the opening day starting second baseman.
One concern is even if Roberts does remain healthy, what kind of player is he now at this stage of his career and after missing so much time?
Over the last two years Roberts has put up a miserable .210/.261/.288/.549 line over his last 252 plate appearances and his defense was so bad last year he put up a -0.6 dWAR in just 17 games at second.
Orioles fans should hope that Roberts either proves himself able to help the team or not this spring and that the Orioles don't run out a below-average player just because they owe him $10 million.
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