So, it would appear as though the media fat cats are at it again...wait...
SIs Jon Heyman has some words about a possible Roberts deal saying that Angelos may have already nixed a deal to the Cubs that would have landed the Os "young pitcher Sean Gallagher, outfielder Matt Murton and infielder Ronny Cedeno" or simply may be "balking" (his word) at such a deal because Angelos likens himself to Roberts in a way. This sounds like a bit of a stretch. Based on what I've read in the passed, Angelos likes Roberts' scrappiness and what he brings to the city of Baltimore. He's a positive influence on the community and baseball and, some might say, the silent leader of the team. What's not to love about the guy? Handsome, bastard.
Now, its possible there's some kind of psychological analysis Heyman is employing to better understand Angelos that I, as a hack, don't have access to. He very well could feel a kinship to Roberts. Seeing himself in the short, Eckstein-squared player (meaning he's like Eckstein times Eckstein...well, the good parts of Eckstein times Eckstein) - really, we should note that I've never seen a picture of Angelos where he's looked anywhere near as handsome/attractive as Roberts. All right, fine, that's great. But haven't we all been reading a lot about how willing Angelos is to get the team to its winning potential? Doesn't it seem as though Angelos has trusted MacPhail unlike any GM or Front Office individual in the passed? I just don't see it. It's a stretch.
Also, let's make this clear, Gallagher, Murton, and Cedeno for Roberts is crap. Sorry if there are others on here that have faith in Cedeno but I don't. I've seen him play. I live in Chicago and watch him butcher the diamond defensively and wildly swing at balls well out of the zone in the box. He's not good. He's Corey Patterson's hype minus the defensive ability. Also, I thought the Os were trying to find major league ready talent not "young" guys who didn't pan out for other teams and the Os are picking up as reclamation projects. If they were interested in that kind of player they should have gone after Dukes or that Japanese pitcher the Rays signed who tried to run over his wife thinking he was James Brown.
Murton, on the other hand, I love Matt Murton. I think he could become a very talented major league outfielder. He can hit for average, deliver in big situations, will develop his power, get RBIs, and plays decent defense in the field (he's a leftfielder, lets be honest; which is fine). Plus, that red hair would be awkward in an orange and black cap. Real awkward.
Gallagher, Murton, and Colvin or Tony Thomas for Roberts. Get it done! I'm the new GM! OBEY ME!