Posted December 17, 2013

Report: Yankees ‘likely’ to sign Brian Roberts

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The Yankees are looking at Brian Roberts to help fill the void left by Robinson Cano. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The Yankees are looking at Brian Roberts to help fill the void left by Robinson Cano. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Still searching for infield depth after the loss of star second baseman Robinson Cano, the New York Yankees are “likely” to sign free-agent second baseman Brian Roberts, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported late Monday night.

Earlier on Monday, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported that the Yankees had a trio of infielders on their radar — Roberts,  Mark Reynolds, and Michael Young.

Roberts, 36, played in 77 games with the Baltimore Orioles last season, batting .249 with eight homers, 39 RBI, and a .704 OPS. Roberts has been injury-prone later in his career, and he has played in just 192 total games over the past four seasons. He has spent his entire career to this point in Baltimore.

Reynolds, 30, played in 36 games with the Yankees last season, when he hit .236 with six homers, 19 RBI, and a .755 OPS. But he struck out 31 times in 110 at-bats.

And in 147 games with the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers, Young hit .279 with eight homers, 46 RBI, and a .730 OPS.

As it stands, the Yankees plan to start the newly signed Kelly Johnson at second base, while Derek Jeter will play shortstop and Eduardo Nunez will man the hot corner at third base.

This story has been updated.

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13 comments
mugger79
mugger79

The Yankees will need their own M.A.S.H. unit next season, given the players they are signing.

secondball
secondball

With Grandy Paplebo and the rest of the gang they will go after quite a few ws i def think it would win at least 3 more easily with Grandy and Papbelbon throwing asap go get him now!! 

secondball
secondball

The mets def should consider getting Papelbon and hurry it up!! Stop bs around!!

secondball
secondball

Mets should really get rid of a lot of that bad bull pen and go after Papelbon would be or should be their next move instead of the bullpen they have now which is really not that great colon helps but With Papelbon they should trade for Ike davis or duda for him asap!!

PAZSKY
PAZSKY

Really Cashman? No thanks to Roberts and Reynolds, though Reynolds CAN hit home runs, he is a strikeout machine and defensive liability. Young at second sounds ok, but he is not good at third.

SteveEhrlich
SteveEhrlich

These guys aren't just castoffs. Michael Young can play 5 more years and still be an impact player for at least 3 years. Brian Roberts when he dons pinstripes should be a lot more pumped and Reynolds has a useful role as long as he's just a role player.

OK
OK

Reason No. 16,734 not to miss Jon "Sieg" Heyman at SI.

MrArlington
MrArlington

This trio is as useful as a pile of used TP.

William27
William27

welcome to the over the hill gang

SteveEhrlich
SteveEhrlich

They're all still using steroids. Arod's going to beat the rap and will go right on playing and be awesome in this now fully loaded Yankee lineup which isn't close to finished yet. They'll probably have Papelbon by time all the deals are done.