I think we can finally put this one to rest, at least for a few months. Andy MacPhail told reporters that "a Brian Roberts deal with the Cubs is off the table," according to Paul Sullivan. You can argue the semantics – dead, impasse, off the table – but it doesn’t look like anything’s happening anytime soon. Sullivan doesn’t see it reviving before July.
Since the Orioles couldn’t match up with the Cubs, it might make sense for MacPhail to start engaging other teams about Roberts.