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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  • Difference is LaStella sucks, and Chapman doesn't

    /,I need

    jacos 35 min 40 sec ago view
  • My guy Addy

    jacos 40 min 55 sec ago view
  • \m/

    jacos 48 min 42 sec ago view
  • he's attempting a comeback (or he's just very bored) and playing indie ball in the atlantic league...short-lived-cub brad snyder is also on his team.

    very boring numbers for a guy with his experience in indie ball, though not bad numbers...probably not enough to get him a minor league deal at his age (33)

    crunch 49 min 4 sec ago view
  • there goes heyward's gold glove win. bench him and bring up matt murton.

    crunch 53 min 48 sec ago view
  • felt like 36 for sure....

    Rob G. 56 min 51 sec ago view
  • Didn't LaHair hit 36 before the All Star Break? Then none after.

    John Beasley 58 min 22 sec ago view
  • @CarrieMuskat 41s41 seconds ago Bryant is 1st #Cubs player to top 35 HRs since Aramis Ramirez hit 38 in 2006

    surprised me, thought Soriano may have or Rizzo...maybe LaHair or Schierholtz too :)

    Rob G. 1 hour 6 min ago view
  • Twitter tells me more boo's than cheers for LaStella.

    Sigh.

    What was the reaction in Chapman's first game? I was there about a week later and it was all cheers.

    Not that the situations are a one-to-one, but...damn, priorities 'Murica.

    Rob G. 1 hour 10 min ago view
  • bryant is good at doing home rons.

    crunch 1 hour 39 min ago view
  • Word is Patton is refusing to report to Des Moines.

    Charlie 1 hour 45 min ago view
  • lastella's not lost the ability to play 2nd...that's for sure.

    crunch 1 hour 45 min ago view
  • I'd wait til after our last election if I was you.

    Old and Blue 1 hour 48 min ago view
  • i tried...all i got back was comments about beyonce and the walking dead. maybe this should be done in the off-season.

    crunch 1 hour 51 min ago view
  • I'm not making fun of anyone else's losing records until we're in about year 10 of the dynasty and/or Bryant hits his 700th home run.

    Old and Blue 1 hour 54 min ago view
  • The Twins lost their 47th game on June 17. That's all I got tonight. Go Cubs.

    John Beasley 1 hour 56 min ago view