Sep 28, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Boston Red Sox pinch runner Quintin Berry (50) steals second base in the ninth inning as Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts (1) does not get the throw in time at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles defeated the Red Sox 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees sign Brian Roberts


The New York Yankees have been in the market for a new second baseman since all-star Robinson Cano decided to sign with the Seattle Mariners.

On Tuesday, the Yankees agreed to terms with former Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts. The deal is reportedly worth $2 million over one year.

Earlier in the offseason, the Yankees gave former Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Rays infielder Kelly Johnson a one-year deal worth about $3 million. He also could be in the mix to start at second base.

The Yankees need to rely on a couple of bargain signings and hope that Roberts is indeed a steal. They’ve already paid $16 million to keep starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, gave outfeilder Carlos Beltran a three-year, $45 million deal, broke the bank to sign former Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury $153 million over seven year and handed out a five-year, $85 million deal to catcher Brian McCann.

Roberts batted .249, had an on-base percentage of .312, slugged .392, hit eight home runs and had 39 RBI in 77 games. He’s play in just 192 games over the last four seasons.

 

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