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.
~ CBS Sportsline