Morning dose of Brian Roberts

Memo to Pete Carroll: Don't do it. You have twice the talent at USC that you'll find in Atlanta. You're a very big fish in a big pond. Think of Steve Spurrier and don't mess up a good thing. Otherwise, two years from now, you'll be interviewing for the Baylor job.

As I wipe the sleep from my eyes and curse myself for turning down the heat to 65 yesterday and forgetting to bump it back up later – it's always fun to wake up shivering during the night and then debate whether you have the energy to stumble downstairs and check the thermostat – I can safely say that Brian Roberts is still an Oriole. And I anticipate him being one when I go to bed tonight, and through the weekend. But nothing is etched in stone, except that someone in the Spears family will become pregnant before spring.


All indications are that talks are continuing between the two sides. There are no indications that a deal has been presented to owner Peter Angelos, that he's approved one or he's nixed one, or anything of that nature. Believe what you want. It's more fun that way.

At this point, I wouldn't be shocked if Roberts and Erik Bedard report to Fort Lauderdale Stadium next month, but the Cubs and Mariners can change that in a hurry. They're on the clock. They know that Orioles president Andy MacPhail won't keep the lines of communication open much longer. It all depends on whether they sweeten the pot. (insert Ricky Williams joke here).


Here are the projected National League lineups, if you're interested. Of course, they're all subject to change. (For example, the Cubs could have a different second baseman on Opening Day):

C – Chris Snyder
1B – Conor Jackson
2B – Orlando Hudson 
3B – Mark Reynolds
SS – Stephen Drew
LF – Eric Byrnes
CF – Chris Young 
RF – Justin Upton
Reserve C – Miguel Montero
Reserve INF – Chris Burke
Reserve OF – Jeff Salazar
C – Brian McCann
1B – Mark Teixeira
2B – Kelly Johnson
3B – Chipper Jones
SS – Yunel Escobar
LF – Matt Diaz
CF – Josh Anderson
RF – Jeff Francouer
Reserve C – Javy Lopez-Clint Sammons
Reserve INF – Willy Abar
Reserve OF – Gregor Blanco
C – Geovany Soto
1B – Derrek Lee
2B – Mark DeRosa
3B – Aramis Ramirez
SS – Ryan Theriot
LF – Alfonso Soriano
CF – Felix Pie
RF – Kosuke Fukudome
Reserve C – Henry Blanco
Reserve INF – Ronny Cedeno
Reserve OF – Matt Murton
C – David Ross
1B – Joey Votto
2B – Brandon Phillips
3B – Edwin Encarnacion
SS – Alex Gonzalez
LF – Adam Dunn
CF – Jay Bruce
RF – Ken Griffey Jr.
Reserve C – Javier Valentin
Reserve INF – Ryan Freel
Reserve OF – Norris Hopper
C – Yorvit Torrealba
1B – Todd Helton
2B – Jayson Nix
3B – Garrett Atkins
SS – Troy Tulowitzki
LF – Matt  Holliday
CF – Willy Taveras
RF – Brad Hawpe
Reserve C – Chris Iannetta
Reserve INF – Clint Barmes
Reseve OF – Cory Sullivan
C – Mike Rabelo
1B – Mike Jacobs
2B – Dan Uggla
3B – Jose Castillo
SS – Hanley Ramirez
LF – Josh Willingham
CF – Cameron Maybin
RF – Jeremy Hermidia
Reserve C – Matt Treanor
Reserve INF – Alfredo Amezaga
Reserve OF – Cody Ross
C – J.R. Towles
1B – Lance Berkman
2B – Kazuo Matsui
3B – Ty Wigginton
SS – Miguel Tejada
LF – Carlos Lee
CF – Michael Bourn
RF – Hunter Pence
Reserve C – Brad Ausmus
Reserve INF – Geoff Blum/Mark Loretta
Reserve OF – Darin Erstad
C – Russell Martin
1B – James Loney
2B – Jeff Kent
3B – Nomar Garciaparra/Andy LaRoche
SS – Rafael Furcal
LF – Juan Pierre
CF – Andruw Jones
RF – Andre Ethier/Matt Kemp
Reserve C – Gary Bennett
Reserve INF – Tony Abreu
Reserve OF – Delwyn Young
C – Jason Kendall
1B – Prince Fielder
2B – RickieWeeks
3B – Ryan Braun
SS – J.J. Hardy
LF – Gabe Gross/Joe Dillon
CF – Bill Hall
RF – Corey Hart
Reserve C – Eric Munson
Reserve INF – Craig Counsell
Reserve OF – Gabe Kapler/Tony Gwynn Jr.
C – Brian Schneider
1B – Carlos Delgado
2B – Jose Valentin
3B – David Wright
SS – Jose Reyes
LF – Moises Alou
CF – Carlos Beltran
RF – Ryan Church
Reserve C – Ramon Castro
Reserve INF – Ruben Gotay
Reserve OF – Endy Chavez
C – Carlos Ruiz
1B – Ryan Howard
2B – Chase Utley
3B – Wes Helms/Greg Dobbs
SS – Jimmy Rollins
LF – Pat Burrell
CF – Shane Victorino
RF – Jayson Werth/Geoff Jenkins
Reserve C – Chris Coste
Reserve INF – Eric Bruntlett
Reserve OF – So Taguchi
C – Ronny Paulino
1B – Adam LaRoche
2B – Freddy Sanchez
3B – Jose Bautista
SS – Jack Wilson
LF – Jason Bay
CF – Nyjer Morgan
RF – Xavier Nady
Reserve C – Ryan Doumit
Reserve INF – Chris Gomez
Reserve OF – Nate McLouth
C – Yadier Molina
1B – Albert Pujols
2B – Adam Kennedy
3B – Scott Rolen
SS – Cesar Izturis
LF – Chris Duncan
CF – Colby Rasmus
RF – Rick Ankiel
Reserve C – Jason LaRue
Reserve INF – Aaron Miles
Reserve OF – Skip Schumaker
C – Josh Bard
1B – Adrian Gonzalez
2B – Tad Iguchi
3B – Kevin Kouzmanoff
SS – Khalil Greene
LF – Scott Hairston
CF – Jim Edmonds
RF – Brian Giles
Reserve C – Michael Barrett
Reserve INF – Oscar Robles
Reserve OF – Paul McAnulty
C – Bengie Molina
1B – Dan Ortmeier
2B – Ray Durham
3B – Rich Aurilia
SS – Omar Vizquel
LF – Dave Roberts
CF – Aaron Rowand
RF – Randy Winn
Reserve C – Eliezer Alfonso
Reserve INF – Kevin Frandsen
Reserve OF – Rajai Davis
C – Paul LoDuca
1B – Dmitri Young
2B – Ronnie Belliard
3B – Ryan Zimmerman
SS – Cristian Guzman
LF – Wily Mo Pena
CF – Lastings Milledge
RF – Austin Kearns
Reserve C – Chad Moeller
Reserve INF – Felipe Lopez
Reserve OF – Rob Mackowiak