D’Backs Designate Ryan Roberts For Assignment

4:58pm: Roberts has been told a trade is on the one yard line, MLB.com's Steve Gilbert reports (on Twitter).

4:39pm: The Diamondbacks announced that they designated Ryan Roberts for assignment. The move creates roster space for John McDonald, who's returning from the 15-day disabled list, and will spark trade talk involving Roberts.

The Tigers and Rays appear to have interest in Roberts, so Arizona GM Kevin Towers has at least two potential trade partners (the Tigers' interest was reported before they acquired Omar Infante; it may have faded since). Roberts, 31, has handled second and third for the Diamondbacks this year while posting a .250/.306/.357 batting line in 280 plate appearances. He earns $2.01MM in 2012 and will remain under team control through 2015.

46 Responses to D’Backs Designate Ryan Roberts For Assignment Leave a Reply

  1. vtadave 3 years ago

    Guess his stock has dropped a bit this year.

  2. I guess they believe in Wheeler

  3. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    He’ll be on the rays by friday

  4. TimotheusATL 3 years ago

    so i assume we can pretty much book roberts to the rays? seems like there’s zero chance he’d clear waivers, just a question of whether he’d fall to them in the line.

  5. mgsports 3 years ago

    He will be a Ray by Tomorrow in a Blockbuster including Upton or Kubel.

    • I don’t think the Diamondbacks have room for Bossman Junior

      • TimotheusATL 3 years ago

        i think he meant the other upton. either way, yeah, no.

      • Ausome7 3 years ago

        I think he meant Justin upton, the rays have a good enough farm system to get upton and would give them a better offense which is essential

    • ctownboy 3 years ago

      Roberts and Justin Upton for James Shields?

      Thinking maybe the Upton brothers would perform better if they were together?

      • mmiller54 3 years ago

        Shields wouldn’t net Upton by himself. I think if the Rays want Upton, Hellickson is the centerpiece, maybe Hak Ju Lee is in there (or Zobrist), and more.

      • SFrush90 3 years ago

        Not. Even. Close.

  6. DerekJeterDan 3 years ago

    The Giants won the World Series by picking up a glue guy like Cody Ross who had a track record but was struggling off of waivers. Ryan Roberts in my opinion is that type of player. A contending team would be really smart to pick him up. He’s extremely versatile, a fan favorite (well liked in Arizona for sure) and at 31 years old I think he is having his once every other season off year. If he still has something left in the tank., he could come to some interested team (Rays?) at a bargain and pay dividends. I can name a lot of teams in baseball who are carrying worse backup infielders / utility guys.
    He is currently a -0.2 0WAR player and produced a 2.8 OWAR last season.

    • First Bleed 3 years ago

      Ryan Roberts – ‘who had a track record’? Of what? He has a career .250 avg. and a total of 35HR… This man has no ‘track record’, unless you mean terrible. He had ONE good (not great) season. That is all.

    • thatonephillyfan 3 years ago

      Good call.

  7. diesel2410 3 years ago

    Rays for sure. Sad that he’s batting higher than half our lineup

  8. Manfrenjensen 3 years ago

    Have neck tattoo, will travel.

  9. mgsports 3 years ago

    They have Young and Parra for CF and at the moment Drew and Hill at SS and 2B so need for BJ Upton but the Rays could give up Archer/Cobb and so on for a start for Justin Upton/Roberts.

  10. TheReturnOfMrBlanks 3 years ago

    Blue 32 …… Hut hut…3B sneak is on baby

  11. I have always liked Roberts and think he could offer the Reds a few things.

  12. danistheguy 3 years ago

    Roberts/Steve Pearce swap with O’s. Calling it.

    • Lookouts400 3 years ago

      It’s possible. Roch Kubatco of MASN says the Orioles are exploring trade options for Pearce. The question is, do the D-Backs need an outfielder? They have Kubel, Upton(who will not be traded) and Young, with Parra there also, why woould they need Pearce? The Orioles could use a third baseman, Betemit is there pretty much full time now, and isn’t an instant out, but seems mildly indifferent at third. Would R-Rob be better than Betemit? And just think, if R-Rob does come here, they could have R-Rob and B-Rob, if Brian ever comes back.

      • danistheguy 3 years ago

        True, good points. I just can’t help but think DD loves him some utility infielders, so it could make sense. But you’re right, maybe it doesn’t match up.

        • Lookouts400 3 years ago

          I think Double D likes UT guys but would rather have someone who can be out there full time. If Brian Roberts was playing at something approaching his former self, and Reynolds was banging HRs and Betemit was playing well, would Double D be so in search of a UT guy? The only reason he got Omar was to provide a real SS to back up Hardy, any coincidence that JJ got his day off in months less than a week after Omar comes along?

      • Marvin Marshall 3 years ago

        The Dbacks don’t need another OF with AJ Pollock & Adam Eaton waiting in the wings. If anything, they need to move an OF(CY).

    • danistheguy 3 years ago

      He can hang out with Reynolds, former snake.

  13. TimotheusATL 3 years ago

    he’s active on his own twitter. thanking arizona fans and such. i assume we’ll know something pretty soon.

  14. 55saveslives 3 years ago

    Aww Crapballs!! Please NO Sabean!!

  15. Dick Grayson 3 years ago

    He’s definitely not going to the Yankees. I think they have a policy against tattoos covering 99% of a players body. Maybe he should retire and join a bike gang or an art museum.

    • Michael Brown 3 years ago

      Farnsworth played for the Yanks…

    • TimotheusATL 3 years ago

      guess you never really noticed aj burnett or kyle farnsworth. classy comment, though.

      • Dick Grayson 3 years ago

        Roberts has more tattoos than Burnett and Farnsworth COMBINED.

  16. Wait, which one yard line? Are they about to score a touchdown? Or are they backed up in their own end in danger of taking a safety? Knowing the snakes it’s probably the latter.

  17. 3runhomer 3 years ago

    He is now a Tampa Bay Ray.

  18. corey23 3 years ago

    The Dodgers seem like a good fit to me, given Roberts’ neck tattoos. Dodgers fans will love those and feel like they are a part of the team

  19. Michael Brown 3 years ago

    It’s going to be Atlanta, picking up Roberts is a very Frank Wren move. Slots in Diaz’s bench slot.

  20. all right, i declare this year´s deadline moves as the rarest deadline moves in a long time

  21. DCNATS 3 years ago

    ok ill bite why would you get rid of Roberts to bring 37 year old career avg 239 25 HRs over 900 games McDonald how is he even on any big league team i don’t get it??????
    Roberts off bench since break 5 for 6 .429 last 7 days 275 avg in July avg up 20 points last 30 days much better UT guy than McDonald, we would love to have him here in DC over De Rosa off bench salary high but otherwise not a bad UT player

    • GRINGOMHT 3 years ago

      Wheeler will get his at bats but watch for Bloomquist to take over 3rd with Mcdonald coming back he’ll back up Drew.

    • popular_mechanics_for_pitchers 3 years ago

      His defense. KT also loves the player coach types.

  22. 3runhomer 3 years ago

    The deal is complete. He will be a Tampa Bay Ray after the game tonight. That is a solid pickup for Tampa. Their batting averages are pretty pathetic…so anything is an upgrade over half their lineup.

  23. Ron Opher 3 years ago

    I predict Tat-man will be a Nat-Man…good fit with Desmond out, Espinosa can shift to SS and then later Roberts is a good utility type. Desmond may miss more than a month if his oblique is torn as they say, rather than just strained.

  24. I guess snakes fans are sensitive, and currently mourning the loss of their beloved “tatt man”.

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