The longest tenured Oriole looks like he has left for pinstripes. Veteran second baseman Brian Roberts, who has played his entire 13-year career with the Orioles and has been the face of the franchise through many of those seasons, has agreed to a one-year deal worth $2 million plus incentives with the rival New York Yankees, according to a FOXSports.com report this morning. The 36-year-old Roberts, who completed a four-year, $40-million deal this past season, said in September that he wanted to remain in Baltimore. “I would obviously love to play my whole career in one place,” Roberts told The Sun in late September. “I love the guys here, I love the team. I love being around everybody. The organization has stood behind me through a lot of stuff and now that we’ve got this organization going in the right direction, it’s a great place to be and a great place to be a part of. Certainly, if I had all my choices, this would be the first one.” In September, Roberts said he would be open to an incentive-laden deal in order to remain in Baltimore. "At this point in my career, it's really going to be about what the opportunities are and where you want to be, where you want you and your family to be and what that looks like,” Roberts said. “There could be a lot of factors that go into it, but certainly money won’t be the No. 1 one." Riddled by various injuries over the past four seasons, Roberts hit .249/.312/.392 this season with eight homers and 39 RBIs in 77 games, the most he's played since 2009. The Orioles made it clear they wanted to re-sign Roberts, but also acquired second baseman Jemile Weeks in the Jim Johnson trade two weeks ago. Last week, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said he liked the existing options at second base – which include Weeks, utility man Ryan Flaherty and top position player prospect Jonathan Schoop – but left the door open for Roberts’ return. Roberts played in 115 games over the first 3 ½ years of his four-year contract, sidelined by multiple concussions, back and hip injuries and a hamstring injury he suffered in the third game of this past season that required surgery.
Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts signs with Yankees
Baltimore Sun | Dec 17