Rotowire: Apr 26 / 11:08a ET
News: Roberts signed a minor league contract with the Athletics on Sunday. He will report to Triple-A Nashville and bat fifth in Sunday's game.
Impact: The Athletics were forced to plunder from their Triple-A ranks with Ben Zobrist landing on the disabled list following knee surgery, so Roberts will give the organization a little more depth in the infield. It wouldn't be surprising if he received a call-up at some point in the near future once he gets some at-bats under his belt with Nashville, but the Athletics probably aren't viewing him as an eventual everyday lineup solution at second or third base.
Rotowire: Mar 28 / 4:52p ET
News: Roberts was granted his unconditional release from the Royals on Saturday, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Evidently, Roberts saw the writing on the wall as far as his chances of making the Opening Day roster, and asked that he be allowed to seek an opportunity elsewhere. The 34-year-old went 7-for-32 (.219 average) with two walks and 11 strikeouts in 18 spring games.