The New York Yankees have agreed to a one-year contract with second baseman Brian Roberts, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com. The deal is worth $2 million in guaranteed money, and also includes incentives.
The Yankees have been looking for second base help since Robinson Cano signed a ten-year deal with the Mariners two weeks ago, and had their sights set on Omar Infante and Mark Ellis before they signed with the Royals and Cardinals, respectively. Instead of making a big splash by signing a sure-bet starter at the position, the team has decided to sign Roberts, Kelly Johnson and Brendan Ryan, who will likely all see time at different infield positions. New York could also pursue free agent Mark Reynolds or trade candidates Dustin Ackley and Brandon Phillips, according to reports.
Roberts, 36, has drawn consistent interest all offseason from the Orioles, the team with whom he has spent his entire thirteen-year career. In that time, Roberts hit .278 with 92 HR and 521 RBI, and was named to the AL All-Star team in 2005 and 2007. Injuries have limited him to only 192 games over the last four seasons, and he hit only .249 with 8 HR and 39 RBI in 77 games in 2013.