Roberts signs 1-year deal with Orioles

Updated: February 1, 2007, 3:41 PM ET
Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- Second baseman Brian Roberts avoided arbitration with the Baltimore Orioles, agreeing Thursday to a $4.2 million, one-year contract.

Roberts made $3.1 million last season, when he rebounded from a serious elbow injury to hit .286 with 10 home runs and 55 RBIs as Baltimore's leadoff hitter. He scored 85 runs and had 36 steals in 138 games.

Roberts had asked for $4.6 million, and the Orioles had offered $3.8 million.

His new contract includes incentives for making the All-Star team, earning a Gold Glove or Silver Slugger Award, and being named MVP for the season or in the playoffs.

The 29-year-old Roberts has a career batting average of .280. He set career highs in 2005 with a .314 batting average, 18 homers and 73 RBIs, a season that was cut short by an elbow injury that required offseason surgery.

Baltimore has two players remaining in arbitration: center fielder Corey Patterson and pitcher Erik Bedard. Patterson is seeking $4.6 million, while the Orioles are offering $4 million. Baltimore offered Bedard $2.7 million, but the left-hander filed for $4 million.

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