The Phillies had to make two roster moves Wednesday to officially get their roster down to the 40 man limit. To clear the room, the Phillies sold the contract of Chris Roberson to the Baltimore Orioles and assigned Pete La Forest to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Unfortunately for Chris Roberson
, many Phillies fans are likely to remember him as the guy who forgot to wear sunglasses to the outfield when he took over as a defensive replacement late in a September game against Atlanta. The mistake was the reason that two balls were able to drop in front of him, giving Atlanta a win in a key game. Had the Phillies not won the division, that game would have become a major point of contention and Roberson would have been doomed in Philly. As it is, the Phillies decided that there wouldn't be room for Roberson on the 2008 roster and since he was out of options, they sent him to Baltimore for cash considerations.
Overall, Roberson didn't play badly in his two auditions with the Phillies last season, hitting .286 in 28 games. He was once considered one of the top outfield prospects in the organization, but his star has fallen in recent seasons and he'll look to regain his status with the Orioles, who are looking for potential replacements for Corey Patterson.
The Phillies also assigned catcher Pete La Forest, who was claimed off waivers from the San Diego Padres last season, to the Triple-A Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. LaForest hit just .091 (1-for-11) in 14 games with the Phillies last season and is a career .196 hitter in the majors with 148 at bats.
The moves were made to officially add pitcher Chad Durbin and outfielder Geoff Jenkins to the Phillies roster. Both had signed free agent deals with the Phillies just prior to Christmas.