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Baseball Prospectus opens its blurb on Roberts with this: "They say that those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Perhaps they should also say, 'Those with glass bones shouldn't play baseball.'"
Any projection of Roberts' stats for 2013 has to first account for his vast injury history. PECOTA projects the second baseman to make 250 plate appearances (which would be his most since 2010), and they have him posting a line of .260/.355/.388 with four homers, 15 doubles and nine stolen bases.
While those numbers are respectable, the BP assessment also ends with this: "Even in his brief time on the field last year, Roberts looked to be an absolute mess, and two of his biggest assets, speed and defense, may have declined to the point that he will no longer be a suitable starter even if he recovers from hip surgery."
So, what do you think...
February 20, 2013