Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Going from an always healthy player in Robinson Cano, the Yankees have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the often injured Brian Roberts to take his place at second base, sources tell Jon Morosi Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.

The deal with Roberts will be worth around $2 million, with incentives that could bump up the total pay.

Roberts was once among the best second baseman in baseball, but concussions along with other injuries began cutting down his playing time in the 2010 season.

Rosenthal adds that because of his injury history, signing Roberts doesn't take the Yankees out of signing one of the other free-agent infielders that they have their eye on -- like Mark Reynolds and Michael Young.

With Kelly Johnson already signed to play around the infield, too, the Yankees could use him and Roberts to switch in and out at second and third base, but because of Roberts' injuries and Johnson's no-so-Gold Glove in the field, signing one more infielder would be a more reasonable option.

However, Roberts does hit left-handers pretty well, and platoon him in the lineup with the left-handed hitting Johnson could be a decent short-term fix.


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