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(For any other bloggers out there, simply hit F5)Here's Rich Draper's updated story.
Highlights from Saturday's press release --
-- it's a three-year contract; Per club policy, financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.
-- Roberts, who played for new Giants manager Bruce Bochy over the past two seasons in San Diego, batted .293 and ranked fourth in the National League with a career-high 49 steals (in 55 attempts) for the Padres in 2006. The 34-year-old tied the Friars' franchise single-season record with a career-best 13 triples, while also establishing career standards in games played (129), at-bats (499), batting average, hits (146), runs (80), RBI (44) and on-base percentage (.360). He also hit at an impressive .327 clip (34-for-104) with runners in scoring position.
-- Renowned for his baserunning acumen, Roberts is fourth in the majors with 195 stolen bases since 2002 -- his first full big league season. He has posted a trio of 40-theft campaigns during that five-year span, while his 81.3 percent success rate (195-for-240) since 2002 is second only to Carl Crawford's 82.8% mark among Major Leaguers with at least 175 steals.
-- Roberts has compiled a lifetime .270 batting average with 207 stolen bases in 666 Major League games with the Cleveland Indians (1999-2001), Los Angeles Dodgers (2002-04), Boston Red Sox (2004) and San Diego Padres (2005-06). The left-handed batter has spent a majority of his eight-year career in the National League, batting .272 in 546 senior circuit contests.
-- Roberts ranked seventh among National League leadoff hitters in 2006 with a .359 on-base percentage in that role. While winning consecutive National League West titles in 2005 and '06, the Padres logged a 121-101(.545) ledger with Roberts occupying the leadoff spot. In addition to his offensive tools, Roberts boasts a lifetime .991 fielding percentage and experience at all three outfield positions. Primarily a left fielder this past season, he handled 270 chances without committing an error to become one of just four qualifying Major Leaguers (minimum of 108 games played) to post a perfect fielding percentage in 2006. For his career, the 5-10, 180-pounder has logged 422 career games in center field, 207 contests in left field and 17 in right.
-- He will be forever remembered in Red Sox lore for his ninth inning steal of second base in Game Four of the 2004 American League Championship Series. He subsequently came around to score the game-tying run off the Yankees' Mariano Rivera, and Boston defeated New York in extra innings for the first of four-straight victories that resulted in an epic comeback and historic pennant.
-- Born in Okinawa, Japan, Roberts joins Masanori Murakami (1964-65) and Tsuyoshi Shinjo (2002) as the only three Japan-born players in Giants franchise history.