Report: Yankees, 2B Roberts agree to deal
The Yankees are closing in on a one-year contract with free-agent second baseman Brian Roberts, according to multiple reports.
The deal will be worth about $2 million plus incentives and is pending a physical, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi.
The club has not confirmed the deal, which was first reported by Rosenthal on Twitter. Several reports have said the Yankees still aren’t done looking for infield help. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and MLB Network also connected New York to free-agent infielders Michael Young and Mark Reynolds.
With the loss of Robinson Cano to the Mariners, the Bombers signed infielder/outfielder Kelly Johnson earlier this offseason but kept searching for other infield options. Barring any other big moves, Roberts could wind up being the Yankees’ primary second baseman in 2014 if he stays healthy.
Plagued by injuries the past few years, the 36-year-old Roberts has played only 192 games since 2010. He played in 77 games for the O’s last season, hitting .249 with eight home runs and 39 RBIs. A two-time All-Star who’s played his entire 13-year career in Baltimore, Roberts last played more than 100 games in a season in 2009, when he hit .283 over 159 games, scoring 103 runs with 16 homers while leading the Majors with 56 doubles.