While Brian Roberts could be playing his final games in an Orioles uniform this weekend, the veteran second baseman has made it clear that he wants to remain with the team in 2014.
And as the season nears a close, Roberts is building a solid case to consider.
Roberts hit his third homer in his past five games Saturday, a solo blast to left field off Boston Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester that led off the third inning and gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead.
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Over his past 41 games, dating to Aug. 12, Roberts has a .265/.341/.429 slash line with six homers, 22 RBIs and 20 runs scored.
After his homer on Saturday night, Roberts is batting .400 over his past 20 at-bats. Five of his eight homers this season have come in September.
Roberts, who turns 36 next month, becomes a free agent at the end of the season, marking the end of a four-year, $40-million deal mostly marred by injury.
Saturday’s game was Roberts’ 76thof the season, his most since playing in 159 in 2009. Since returning from a hamstring injury June 30, Roberts has been one of the Orioles’ best hitters in working counts, hitting mostly from the No. 9 spot in the lineup.
Roberts, who has played his entire 13-year career with the Orioles, has said he’d like to stay with the Orioles next season and that he is open to signing an incentive-laden deal for less money.