The New York Yankees and middle infielder Brian Roberts have agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract, according to reports. He should either be the starting second baseman for the Yankees or be a nice depth move there. Since losing Robinson Cano to the Mariners, the Yankees have been looking for a second baseman to acquire. Roberts may have been the guy they have been looking for.
Roberts, 36, hit .249/.312/.392 with 8 home runs and 39 RBI (89 OPS+) in 77 games with the Baltimore Orioles in 2013. Over his career, Roberts has hit .278/.349/.412 (102 OPS+) in 13 seasons with the Orioles. He was originally drafted by them in 1999. Roberts has not played a full season in the Major Leagues (120 games or more) since 2009. This could be a risk for the Yankees if they decide to make Roberts the starter.
This is an interesting move. It is hard to see Roberts coming through for the Yankees for the entire season. They have a good utility infielder in Brendan Ryan, but do they really want him playing second base if Roberts cannot come through? This is definitely a tad bit of a risk for the Yankees, but it could come through for them. Roberts has a good track record.