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.


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46 Comments on "D’Backs Designate Ryan Roberts For Assignment"


vtadave
3 years 4 days ago

Guess his stock has dropped a bit this year.

3 years 4 days ago

I guess they believe in Wheeler

3 years 4 days ago

they should believe in him. look at his stats with Reno this year.

Lunchbox45
3 years 4 days ago

He’ll be on the rays by friday

TimotheusATL
3 years 4 days 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.

mgsports
3 years 4 days ago

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

3 years 4 days ago

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

TimotheusATL
3 years 4 days ago

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

Ausome7
3 years 4 days 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 4 days ago

Roberts and Justin Upton for James Shields?

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

mmiller54
3 years 4 days 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 4 days ago

Not. Even. Close.

DerekJeterDan
3 years 4 days 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 4 days 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 4 days ago

Good call.

diesel2410
3 years 4 days ago

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

Manfrenjensen
3 years 4 days ago

Have neck tattoo, will travel.

mgsports
3 years 4 days 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.

3 years 4 days ago

Diamondbacks don’t need pitchers.

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
3 years 4 days ago

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

3 years 4 days ago

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

danistheguy
3 years 4 days ago

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

Lookouts400
3 years 4 days 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 4 days 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 4 days 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 4 days 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 4 days ago

He can hang out with Reynolds, former snake.

TimotheusATL
3 years 4 days ago

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

55saveslives
3 years 4 days ago

Aww Crapballs!! Please NO Sabean!!

Gumby65
3 years 4 days ago

He’s not 38. 😉

Dick Grayson
3 years 4 days 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 4 days ago

Farnsworth played for the Yanks…

TimotheusATL
3 years 4 days ago

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

Dick Grayson
3 years 4 days ago

Roberts has more tattoos than Burnett and Farnsworth COMBINED.

3 years 4 days ago

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.

3runhomer
3 years 4 days ago

He is now a Tampa Bay Ray.

corey23
3 years 4 days 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

Michael Brown
3 years 4 days ago

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

Tyler Jedrzejak
3 years 4 days ago

i was thinking this too

3 years 4 days ago

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