Orioles' forgotten man Brian Roberts finally begins rehabbing

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After numerous setbacks and false starts recovering from his abdominal injury and subsequent back problems Brian Roberts finally began a rehab assignment today in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, going 3-for-3 while leading off and playing second base.
Roberts said last week that he’s targeting an August 1 return, but president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail would only say that the Orioles “will see how it goes” in terms of establishing a timetable.
He’s been on the disabled list since early April and obviously there’s no real need to rush him back with the Orioles miles from contention.
Roberts is making $10 million in the first season of a four-year contract extension signed in February of 2009, so the Orioles still owe the 32-year-old second baseman $10 million in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Cubs sign Drew Smyly to a two-year, $10 million contract

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The Cubs announced on Tuesday evening that the club signed pitcher Drew Smyly to a two-year contract. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the contract is for $10 million total and allows Smyly to earn another $7 million with performance bonuses. Smyly was non-tendered by the Mariners at the beginning of the month and became a free agent.

Smyly, 28, underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery in late June. He’s expected to miss, at minimum, the first half of the 2018 season. The Cubs are hoping he can contribute to a playoff push in the latter half of the season as well as in 2019.

Smyly didn’t pitch at all in 2017. When he was healthy the season prior, he made 30 starts for the Rays and put up a 4.88 ERA and a 167/49 K/BB ratio in 175 1/3 innings.