Buck on bringing back Roberts
Orioles manager Buck Showalter held court with the media Tuesday afternoon, speaking for nearly 30 minutes on a variety of topics including his desire to bring back second baseman Brian Roberts, which the organization has remained in contact with.
Roberts, a free agent this winter who has spent his entire career with the Orioles, has attracted other suitors in a thin market that’s already seen high-price Robinson Cano jet for Seattle. Despite his difficulty staying on the field the past few seasons, Roberts —who will likely get a one-year deal— could help the Orioles fill their hole at leadoff and help stabilize second base, a position executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette indicated earlier this week that could go to Ryan Flaherty.
Is Flaherty ready to be a full-time player?
“Could [be],” Showalter said. “The way they do the metrics they profile him out as hitting 20 home runs at second base and playing pretty good defense. That’s a pretty good combo. We have Jemile [Weeks], we have the potential of [prospect] Jonathan Schoop. First and foremost, we have the potential of Brian Roberts. So, I like our options.”
The switch-hitting Roberts was able to stay healthy in the season’s final few months and Showalter said in a perfect world the Orioles roster would include him this spring.
“It’s not always a perfect world, it’s got to fit for him,” he said. “There’s some decisions that have to be made when people start changing salaries and fits…I think Dan [Duquette] has got it wired. conversations that need to be had will be had.”