Posted December 17, 2013

Brian Roberts, Yankees reportedly agree to terms

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Brian Roberts has played his entire MLB career in Baltimore. (Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

Brian Roberts has played his entire MLB career in Baltimore. (Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

Brian Roberts and the Yankees have agreed on a one-year deal worth around $2 million plus incentives, as first reported by Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal.

The signing is one step in the Yankees’ attempts to bolster their infield depth after losing Robinson Cano to the Mariners. They also reportedly have interest in Mark Reynolds and Michael Young. Roberts is considered the better defensive player among the trio of options.

Roberts, 36, has played his entire 13-year career with the Orioles. He became a free agent after completing a four-year, $40-million deal this past season.

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Robert has battled injuries of late, having played in just 192 games over the past four seasons. He played in 77 games last season, batting .249 with eight homers, 39 RBI, and a .704 OPS.


17 comments
joey311164
joey311164

Nice farm system the Yankees have when they have to resort to an injury-prone part-time player for a glaring need.  Good luck with Roberts lasting even half a season without getting injured.

Jeff16
Jeff16

So a guy who plays 50 games a year and has a .240 batting average (over the last 4 years) is going to replace Cano?  Yeah, OK.


As an Orioles fan I love to watch the Yankees screw up, but this move is just bizarre.

RobinFarbman
RobinFarbman

 Sometimes, just sometimes, becoming a Yankee brings out something special (for a little while, anyway).

blunot78
blunot78

Baseball Prospectus' recent take on the Yanks' farm system:


"[Double-A catcher] Gary Sanchez and a list of interchangeable prospects with reliever profiles or bench futures."


Get used to a yearly diet of FA signings of over-the-hill veterans- see Roberts, Brian- in hopes of some pinstripe magic. Also get used to spending October at home. 

rmeof7
rmeof7

He will give the Yankess a solid 6 games before he hurts himself again........

train805
train805

I dont like this at all. Another aging, injury prone former "star" who clearly is not capable of handling even half a season. They signed Kelly Johnson who could put up 25-30 home runs if he is given more than 500 ab's. They need to get someone like mark Reynolds, or Michael young to fill in at third for when arod is suspended or gets injured again. Heck, Michael young could slide back into 2b and be very capable again. Him and jeets have history together from the WBC also. Less injury prone as well.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

So he magically will NOT get hurt for the first time in 5 years by being with the Yankees? 

Hammer109
Hammer109

Only 36?  He's part of the Yankees youth movement apparently.

Chuckster
Chuckster

Really a no brainer for the O's.   Getting a little long in the tooth, injury prone and not very productive.  Yanks get a solid defensive 2B and him and Jeter make for a decent combo in the middle, albeit probably the oldest combo in MLB.   Now let's see who they replace him with.

jimmyjon_55555
jimmyjon_55555

low risk move...  that simple.  if they get a half season out of him- its a win.  

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

The Orioles really got killed on Roberts' contract.   Paid him $40M for little more than 1 year of service.  He hit just .245 and had a 4 year WAR value of 0.9.  At 36 yo, it is doubtful the Yankees will get much out of him.  Having a middle infield of Roberts and Jeter gives them the oldest and most fragile combo in the majors.

DugoutBoyz
DugoutBoyz

Wow!  Am surprised that the O's did not offer Roberts more than $2 Million for one year....after giving him $10 Million over 4 years.


Concussions are tough....and he seems to be made of crystal.

SteveBienefeld
SteveBienefeld

Good, low-risk move to sign Roberts to an inexpensive one-year low-salary deal.  Roberts is a very good player when healthy (I know, a big if).  Yanks do have Kelly Johnson in the fold already for depth.

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

@train805   Well the Yanks kept it to a one yr contract and they kept the cost way down.


So yes he's old and injury prone, but they didn't sign him for 3 yrs at $24 million either.


One year and only $2 million isn't a bad deal, ESPECIALLY for the Yanks.

inthepresent
inthepresent

@Sportsfan18 @train805 hate the yanks, but this is a good deal for them. and he just may be the "insurance" 2B by the time they are done shopping.