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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Yankees Rumors: New York Signs Brian Roberts

By on 12/17/2013 06:00:00 AM

The New York Yankees sign free-agent second baseman Brian Roberts, as first reported by Ken Rosenthal.  The deal will be for one year at $2 million, plus incentives.  Once Robinson Cano signed with the Seattle Mariners, the Yankees have been tied to several second base options, including Omar Infante and Brandon Phillips.  This week, free-agent second baseman Infante signed with the Kansas City Royals.  As for a possible trade involving Phillips, it was reported that Cincinnati Reds’ second baseman wasn’t willing to waive his no-trade clause unless the Yankees increased the value of his current contract, which currently has four years and $50 million remaining on it.

Brian Roberts was one of the few second base options remaining for the Yankees, who already signed Kelly Johnson to split time between second and third base.  Roberts, 36, has dealt with injuries the last few seasons.  He suffered a concussion in September of 2010 and returned in 2011, but again suffered a concussion that May.  He returned from the concussions in 2012, but then sustained a hip injury that required surgery, ending his season.  Roberts came back in 2013, but again went under the knife in for a right hamstring tendon.  Since 2010, the switch hitter has played a total of 192 games.

Last season, Roberts had a .249/.312/.392 slash line in 77 games.  There is a chance he can end up platooning with Kelly Johnson at second base for the Yankees.  After spending his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles, Brian Roberts will be entering his 14th season in the big leagues with the New York Yankees.

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  1. I have mixed emotions about this. Roberts is a very good hitter and second baseman -- when he can play.He is so often injured, and the Yankees do not need to repeat 2013's disabled list. If Roberts can stay on the field and off the DL, then this would be a good signing. That is one huge IF, though.

    1. It's interesting. I'm not sure what the Yankees are doing. At first it seemed like they were done with 189, but now it seems as if it is back in play. Tanaka is expected to be available, so if the Yanks sign him, and go over 189, shouldn't they just have locked up Infante and moved Kelly Johnson over to third base?

      I'm honestly not sure what is going on. I thought they were all about 189, then they sign Ellsbury (McCann was expected) and Beltran to big deals. Then stop at obtaining a quality, steady second baseman. Not sure I understand the plan.