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Where does Brian Roberts rank among major league second basemen?

Champagne and party hats are on the bar for all you Brian Roberts fans.

It looks as if an announcement is coming soon on a four-year, $40 million extension for Roberts. And I know it is what many of you wanted.

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Any time the club locks up one of its homegrown stars it's a good thing. And Roberts has said all along that he wanted to stay, so it seems like a good marriage.

And now one of baseball's best second basemen will remain in Baltimore.

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I'm not sure I knew how true that above statement was until The Baltimore Sun asked me to put together a chart ranking the best five second basemen in the majors. That's partially because there is a lack of top talent at second these days and partially because of Roberts' consistency and durability.

The first two, Philadelphia's Chase Utley and Boston's Dustin Pedroia, are hard to argue. You are talking about a potential Hall of Famer after four amazing years and a reigning MVP.

But Roberts has to be in the next tier, along with Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips and Texas' Ian Kinsler. There are a few others, Florida's Dan Uggla, Detroit's Placido Polanco, Oakland's Mark Ellis, Cleveland's Mark DeRosa and Atlanta's Kelly Johnson, who are on the edges of the discussion.

I talked to several people -- two writers, two scouts and a former GM -- and we all agreed about who belonged in the top five. It's the order we disagreed on after Utley and Pedroia.

I went with Phillips third, Roberts fourth and Kinsler fifth -- primarily because Phillips is the best defender of the group. One scout and one writer seconded my thoughts.

The other scout thought Phillips and Roberts should be swapped and the old GM and the other writer think Phillips, because of his low on-base percentage should be fifth.

Really, it's subjective. When comparing players at a position, I give more points to defense. That's why Kinsler, despite his great year with the bat in 2008, drops to fifth for me.

I want to know what you think. Maybe there are some of you who believe Roberts is overrated (I'm not in that camp because of how good he is as a leadoff hitter). And some might think he deserves a nod over Pedroia because of the consistency (but Pedroia is a MVP). I'm curious to hear if the bar patrons are objective here.

Daily Think Special: Where do you rank Brian Roberts among all major league second basemen?

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