The trade talks between the Orioles and White Sox regarding excellent leadoff hitter Brian Roberts stalled over Baltimore's request for at least one player in addition to young starting pitcher Gavin Floyd. "They wanted Floyd plus,'' one person familiar with the talks said.
While the talks aren't necessarily considered dead, White Sox GM Ken Williams said to Chicago media outlets through a spokesman that he hasn't spoken to the Orioles since November. And one other person told SI.com that the chances for a deal were "pretty iffy,'' based on Baltimore's requests.
Roberts, who hit .296 with 107 runs scored and 40 stolen bases this past season, is liked by Williams, who seeks to improve the White Sox's team speed and would love a leadoff hitter. Roberts also has been a target of the Cubs for at least a year.
Roberts seemed pleased at the thought of a trade to the contending Cubs. However, he has long been a favorite of Orioles owner Peter Angelos, so the price tag has always been high. The young righthander Floyd showed promise last year, going 16-8 for Chicago.