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Storylines: Former Orioles second baseman Roberts retires

Storylines: Former Orioles second baseman Roberts retires
Brian Roberts (Photo: AP)
October 18, 2014
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- Yankees second baseman and long-time Orioles second sacker Brian Roberts announced that he is retiring, ending a productive 14-year Major League career in which he hit .276 with 97 HR, 542 RBI, 285 stolen bases and .756 OPS. He has not done much since the 2009 season as injuries and performance issues plagued him over the past five seasons.

Other news:

- According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, former Padres GM Josh Byrnes is a leading candidate to land a top executive role with the Dodgers and become second in command to newly appointed team President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman.

- Rays executives Erik Neander and Chaim Bloom have been promoted to the title of Vice President of Baseball Operations by the organization.

- According to reports, the Twins appear to be inching closer to a decision on their new manager hire as White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing has been removed from consideration.

- New Rangers manager Jeff Bannister’s deal became official on Friday as he signed a three year deal with a club option for a fourth year in 2018.

- Even though there have been rumors that Royals GM Dayton Moore might be in line to take over the GM role in Atlanta, Royals owner David Glass has shot down any such talk and says Moore will return to the Royals next season. His contract runs through the 2015 season.

- MLive’s Chris Iott believes that the Tigers will let Max Scherzer go in free agency but will resign Victor Martinez. Also he believes that they will do little to add to the bullpen and instead will look to add a center fielder in the trade or free agent market.

-’s Jen Langosch says the Cardinals are not expected to retain any of their five free agents Justin MastersonA.J. PierzynskiMark EllisJason Motte and Pat Neshek.

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User Comments

ViC Venom
October 19, 2014 - 5:22 AM EDT
I CARE about this article and Brian Roberts. Guy was a decent player and the injuries he had to deal with were serious. Let's see you deal with the stuff he did pathofwackness.
October 18, 2014 - 3:21 PM EDT
Slow week for "storylines" heh? in other words, who cares about Brian Roberts...
Canadian Joe
October 18, 2014 - 11:57 AM EDT
Masterson eh ? Maybe one of the Tribe's better deals in the last few years.

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