02/19/09 1:41 AM EST
Extension for Roberts appears likely
Second baseman, Orioles nearing four-year, $40M deal
By Spencer Fordin / MLB.com
If the deal comes together, it would mark the second such extension for a Baltimore regular this winter. Right fielder Nick Markakis signed a six-year contract worth $66 million, delaying his first shot at free agency by three years.
Andy MacPhail, Baltimore's president of baseball operations, discussed the Roberts negotiations on Tuesday.
"We're still talking," he said. "I think both sides are making progress and closing the gap."
MacPhail also indicated that both sides preferred to reach a deal as soon as possible. Roberts, meanwhile, deferred comment until Thursday and now may delay even further, pending a team announcement.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.