Cubs Sign Ryan Roberts

The Cubs announced that they've signed infielder Ryan Roberts to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training. Roberts is represented by the Beverly Hills Sports Council.

The 33-year-old Roberts batted .247/.295/.377 with five homers in 173 plate appearances for the Rays in 2013. Though he hasn't matched a strong 2011 season that saw him post a .249/.341/.427 line with 19 homers and 18 stolen bases, Roberts remains a solid defensive player with some pop in his bat. He has experience at second base, third base and in the outfield corners. Roberts does most of his damage against left-handed pitching, as evidenced by his .261/.341/.444 line against southpaws.

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  1. Rizzo44 2 years ago

    Is that the dude with all the tattoos?

    • Jacob Holton 2 years ago


    • Conquerbeard 2 years ago

      Indeed it is

      • Rizzo44 2 years ago

        I don’t know much about him but I’ve seen him play, Good utility guy. He could be a good guy off the bench.

    • tbslim 2 years ago

      Yes, he was designated for assignment to make room for Myers when he was promoted to the majors. “Tat Man” is a decent fielder and an occasional clutch hitter. He was actually pretty popular here but with Myers in right and Zobrist thus moving back to full time 2nd base, there was no room for him. On a minor league contract (read: no money) this is a good signing.

      • Rizzo44 2 years ago

        I was raised a cubs fan but I won’t nothing to do with them as long as the ricketts are the owners. Dude is flat out dumb. He thinks he’s a fan because he saw a game in the bleachers in 1986.

      • Jacob Holton 2 years ago

        He was actually designated to make room for Alex Cobb who came off the 60-Day.

        • tbslim 2 years ago

          You’re right, my bad. In June, he was optioned to Durham to make room for Wil.

  2. alexamato 2 years ago

    i like this signing. He should make the roster and play a little 2B/3B

  3. Conquerbeard 2 years ago

    There’s the big move O’s fans have been waiting for.

    • schaddy24 2 years ago

      This is Ryan, not Brian Roberts of the O’s.

      • Conquerbeard 2 years ago

        I know. I caught myself above. I figured I’d let it stay up because maybe someone’s having a bad day and seeing me being an idiot might make ’em smile.

        • TheoHoyer 2 years ago

          You’re not an idiot, I’ve read a lot of idiotic stuff on this website, you just made a mistake.

          Carry on, sir.

    • Conquerbeard 2 years ago

      Where did I get O’s from? I must be drunk. I’ll leave the original post up for the laughs, though. Sorry, folks!

  4. Guest 2 years ago

    Here come the moves………hopefully

  5. cubtex 2 years ago

    Maybe Barney gets moved now? They’ve got Donnie Murphy,Valbuena, Logan Watkins all on the 40 man who can play 2B. And with Tat-Man…that adds another.

    • Christopher Rioux 2 years ago

      They already tendered him, though. And he’s got negative value with an arb-eligible-level contact. The only hope is for him to reestablish value in a small sample size (unfortunately requiring plate appearances) and them deal him. Otherwise Barney’s a near-certain non-tender candidate for next fall.

  6. ChiMike702 2 years ago

    As a Cubs fan, the last couple seasons have felt like a real-life version of the movie Major League.

  7. kcstengelSr 2 years ago

    A steal for a minor league flyer.

  8. K.K. Kilmister 2 years ago

    I wonder where he ranks on the all-time leader board for tattoos. I know Jon Rauch is up there somewhere, as well as the late Justin Miller. I better go check Fangraphs.

    • BeisbolJunkie 2 years ago

      Did Justin Miller die?

      • K.K. Kilmister 2 years ago

        Yes, he was found dead in his home back in June. As far as I know, a cause of death wasn’t determined.

  9. Ernesto 2 years ago

    Tatman is solid. He’ll make the team.

  10. BeisbolJunkie 2 years ago

    And…. Ryan Roberts has 1 minor league option remaining.

  11. ChiMike702 2 years ago

    The 2000’s was a pretty successful decade.

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