Brian Roberts

Dead or Not Dead

So ends the saga of Jake Peavy to the Cubs for 7 or more players. But is the deal really dead? In fact, even the Brian Roberts deal isn't exactly dead. These kind of non-transactions take a "life" of their own. So I thought we might play a little game. One of the more common cliche's is "the best trade is often the one not made".

Mark DeRosa vs. That Orioles Guy

The Tribune reports Tuesday that Mark DeRosa is "still hearing about" the Orioles' Brian Roberts, who will be on the field with his Baltimore mates tonight at Wrigley. (Wild thought—the primary sources of the Roberts reminders are those who ask DeRosa about Roberts and then write stories about his reaction to the reminders.)

For what it's worth, here are the 2008 numbers. First, an offensive comparison of Roberts, DeRosa (his total '08 numbers, not just those accumulated while he's playing 2B), and Cubs second basemen in total:

Great Moments In Brian-Roberts-To-Cubs-Trade-Rumor History

Roberts Rumor Process
"The first test of Andy MacPhail's authority as Orioles president of baseball operations will come if a rival club makes a strong push to acquire second baseman Brian Roberts.

"A year ago, Orioles owner Peter Angelos refused to allow his previous front office to trade Roberts...Orioles executives, however, say privately that they are not under orders to keep Roberts.

"The Mets and Astros were among the teams that showed interest in Roberts before signing free-agent second basemen Luis Castillo and Kaz Matsui, respectively.

"The next team to take a run at Roberts could be the Cubs, who failed to land Matsui."

-- FoxSports.com, 12/3/07

Nobody Knows Nuthin': The Roberts Rumor Mill Churns On

Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, appearing Monday night on WGN Sports Central with Dave Kaplan, said he expects the Cubs and Orioles to reach agreement on a trade involving Brian Roberts in "a week to ten days."

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  • Check out John Arguello at Cubs Den for great analysis & photos from Cubs AZ Instructs

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    Arizona Phil 5 hours 18 min ago view
  • soler + hammel for mike trout is pretty much a sure thing. *nods*

    crunch 10 hours 35 min ago view
  • Not an inspired outing by Rondon. Seemingly got ahead of every hitter but had no swing and miss pitch today, slider had no bite.

    Somebody give Soler some smelling salts - yeesh

    Eric S 10 hours 36 min ago view
  • And...now that runner scores on a single...

    The E-Man 10 hours 48 min ago view
  • So where do you think Soler will be traded to this off season?

    jacos 10 hours 49 min ago view
  • And right on cue he throws to third with no chance to get runner on 2nd so the batter takes 2nd easily. How long has he been playing baseball??

    The E-Man 10 hours 49 min ago view
  • Man you cannot put Soler out there late in games for Playoffs. Yuch...

    The E-Man 10 hours 57 min ago view
  • Such is the life of a fatted calf...

    JoePepitone 11 hours 10 min ago view
  • fowler with a triple in the 4th...he's a HR away from a "natural" cycle

    crunch 11 hours 43 min ago view
  • ...and contreras takes one off the hand and he's in obvious pain. sigh.

    he's staying in the game, though he's wringing his hand out during breaks in the action. aside from that he seems to have no issue giving signs or tossing back to the pitcher.

    ...and he's batting in the cubs half of the following inning. sweet.

    crunch 11 hours 47 min ago view
  • his collapse started on august 21st this season...so it's a slight improvement.

    but wow, what a collapse since then...only 2 out of 7 can be considered good/decent.

    crunch 11 hours 59 min ago view
  • I'm really going to enjoy watching Hammel watch the playoffs.

    Jackstraw 12 hours 18 min ago view
  • The always combustible Jason Hammel

    jacos 12 hours 38 min ago view
  • Hammel :(

    Charlie 12 hours 40 min ago view
  • That was fun.

    Charlie 15 hours 39 min ago view
  • "home field advantage through the playoffs?"

    Except for the away games.

    VirginiaPhil 15 hours 52 min ago view