Yankees likely to add Brian Roberts

Al Messerschmidt

The Yankees may turn to a former division rival to help replace Robinson Cano at second base.

The Yankees are a good bet to sign free agent second baseman Brian Roberts, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Roberts has spent his entire 13-year career with the Orioles to this point, but with Baltimore trading for Jemile Weeks earlier this offseason, it appears unlikely he will re-sign there. Roberts hit .278/.349/.412 in his career with the Orioles and made two All-Star teams. However, over the last four seasons, a number of injuries have plagued the speedy switch-hitter and he has played in less than half of Baltimore's games since 2010. He hit .249/.312/.392 in 296 plate appearances last season, playing in 77 games while battling an early-season knee injury.

Given his history of injuries, the Yankees would not necessarily trust the second and third base positions to the combination of Roberts and Kelly Johnson, who signed with the New York earlier this offseason, according to Rosenthal. They could still look to add another infielder even if they do land Roberts, possibly bring back third baseman/first baseman Mark Reynold's, Rosenthal suggests. Reynolds signed with the Yankees in August last season after being released by the Indians. He hit .236/.300/.455 in 120 plate appearances with New York in 2013.

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