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.