Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Today, the Orioles acquired speedy outfielder Chris Roberson from the Phillies in exchange for cash consideration. Roberson will probably compete for the everyday job in center, along with Payton and Redman. This trade also indicates that Corey Patterson will not be returning to Baltimore. In seven minor league seasons, Roberson has hit .278 with 33 HR and 176 SB, but is widely known for his defense. Roberson does have some work to do before he can rewarded the everyday job, but he does he could make for a solid part time player. He does not have a great plate presence, which leads to a lot of strike outs and not too many walks. Nevertheless, it is a solid pickup for the Orioles who give up next to nothing.