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Monday, September 26th, 2016

BEDARD MAY PRECEDE ROBERTS

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Yes, it’s another Brian Roberts post.

The Mariners have called back outfielder Adam Jones from winter ball and supposedly was on his way to Baltimore for a physical. Baltimore is said to be receiving Jones and a package of other prospects for Erik Bedard.

SI’s Jon Heyman writes:

“If the Orioles do complete the Bedard trade, word is they would likely then send All-Star second baseman Brian Roberts (.290, 12 HR, 57 RBIs, 50 SBs) to the Chicago Cubs for prospects, possibly outfielder Felix Pie and pitcher Sean Gallagher (3-1, 2.66 at Triple-A Iowa). Pie batted .362 with nine home runs and 43 RBIs at Triple-A Iowa but hit just .215 in 177 at-bats with the Cubs in 2007.”

I assume this would mean that Fukudome becomes the full-time centerfielder and DeRosa the full-time rightfielder. Perhaps then the Cubs keep Matt Murton, also rumored to be dealt in recent days. The Cubs have been said to be talking with the Rangers about Marlon Byrd and also with the Padres.

If the Padres went to camp as they are currently constructed, Scott Hairston would be their starter in left field. They have Edmonds in center and Giles in right. That team needs a bat, badly.

So maybe Brian Roberts will become a Cub. Or not.

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  • http://thewaywardbus.wordpress.com Mike O’Donnell

    I like the possibility of Derosa in Right full-time. Not sure about Fukudome in center. He has all the tools, and from what I know he has the smarts. Just not so sure about a foreign player in a new city, new team, new home park, all while handling the press, the pressure, and adjusting to America and on top of that making him play a new position.

    At any rate, Roberts will not hurt the Cubs.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    I don’t think center at Wrigley is all that tough. And if it means getting Roberts, then I’m all for it. There’s going to be some injuries along the way so I like the idea of adding another bat.

  • dhaab

    Wait a minute, I thought the Scrubs already traded for Roberts.

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