We interrupt this lull in Phillies-land for this breaking news bulletin:
Chris Roberson is outta here.
The fleet-footed outfielder was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for cash. Roberson, 28, hit .266 for AAA Ottawa last season, and in his stint with the Phillies, pinch ran and made a bonehead play against the Braves in September, probably ending his chances at a regular shot with the big club. There was no reason to think Roberson would elevate his game to anything more than an AAA-level outfielder. He has some worth to Baltimore as a possible fifth outfielder, but on a contending team with an outfield collection of Burrell/Victorino/Jenkins/Werth/Taguchi/Snelling, Roberson was clearly the odd man out.
Now, back to regularly sheculed programming, which includes part three of my list of the 2007 top-20 moments in Phillies Phandom, coming later tonight.