Re: Roberts - revisited
Well for the record I've never been fine with crap like Keppinger or Hairston at SS. The team's SS ethos since the Larkin era have been to slot any guy who qualifies as an infielder with a decent arm into the position and forget about it. And that has been a huge liability with the squads for six years going. Defense up the middle in general, save for Phillips these last three years, has been atrocious. The pitching has suffered.
But Roberts isn't the solution. I'd be all for Phillips to SS if it could realistically happen. I think there's a reason it hasn't happened. We would've seen it last year had it been possible. I think he'd be as good as Hairston at SS, sure, but would it help to the team to move a gold-glove caliber 2B to SS just so we had a slightly better SS? Doubtful.
On top of that, Roberts will be expensive to trade for. The O's will ask for more young talent than I am willing to give up at this point. And in a few years, when this team will really be primed for the postseason, Roberts will be simply unaffordable. I'd just assume our FO to stay away from Roberts, however talented he may be, and look for a long-term solution at the middle infield situation.