Sep 11, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts (1) hits a one-run single in the ninth inning against the New York Yankees at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Yankees defeated the Orioles 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees Close To Deal With Brian Roberts?


Well now, it appears the Yankees are closer to answering the question what’s on second. They also continue to raid division rivals for players.  It could be a platoon of Kelly Johnson and former Baltimore Orioles’ second baseman Brian Roberts. Here’s the latest.

The Yankees had interest in the free agent second baseman among the possible infield free agent candidates like Michael Young, Mark Reynolds and Eric Chavez. It appears they are going with Roberts, though who knows, one of the other three could come along as well.

The last time Roberts played over 100 games was all the way back in 2009. Since then, he has just played in 192 games due to lingering injuries and concussion issues. Roberts was able to play in 77 games for the Orioles last season, his most since 2009. Last year he had a .249/.312/.392 line with eight homers and 39 RBI with just three stolen bases.  Roberts will be entering his age 36 season.

To totally judge the deal, I would need to see the length. If it’s any more than a one year deal, I’m not sure if it makes any sense.. A platoon of Kelly Johnson and Roberts could work, though Johnson does have pretty good numbers against lefties. If Alex Rodriguez is suspended, Johnson moves to third and Roberts starts at second with Eduardo Nunez and Dean Anna fighting during spring training to back up both.

Roberts is a pesky, scrappy kind of player, something the Yankees haven’t had in recent years. This could be a nice fit on a one year pact, but if it’s any longer, look out.

Tags: Brian Roberts New York Yankees

  • Jd

    First off, I must commend you for finally mentioning Dean Anna. Since this whole process about the Yankees trying to find a replacement for Cano, you are the first person who I have seen say anything about Dean Anna. I’ve been saying, screaming this guy’s name since they traded for him. We already have Kelly Johnson, so I don’t see the need to sign Brian Roberts.
    Dean Anna is more than capable of playing 2B and I think can do a very good job. I understand that he’s a minor league player, but his slash lines are pretty good and he’s got a pretty good glove, he’s also a lefty. And I definitely feel that he would do a really good job for us.

    The Yankees either over pay to the point of lunacy for top stars under the age of 30 or they sign 30 something players who are just about past their prime to fill spots. How about, for once, they give the under 30 guy, who’s not a super star a shot?
    He has a good OBP and OPS, and would fit in perfect with the new direction and philosophy of working counts, getting on base and being a more grittier and guttier team.

    I’m tired of signing 35 year old guys we hope have some glory days left.
    Hasn’t this team learned, from last year alone?
    Hafner, Youkilis, Overbay, Stewart, ichiro, Wells, my God, one disaster after another. And yes, I get that some were forced into playing everyday due to unforseen injuries. But must we do it again?
    Roberts, Young and Reynolds, it’ll be the same thing again this year. Reynolds is an all or nothing player, young is okay, but his best days are behind him & Roberts, I think the Yankees already put him on the DL, and they didn’t even sign him yet.

    Remove Arod from the equation for a moment.
    Just make it Anna’s job to lose at second. Let Mustelier get shot at 3B. DFA Wells. Trade ichiro for a bullpen pitcher. Look to package a deal that includes Gardner, Murphy or Romine, Phelps or Warren and a low A ball prospect and get a starting pitcher in here.
    We still have Almonte, who is tearing up Winter ball, and can play all 3 outfield positions, and he’s a switch hitter. Kelly Johnson can play LF. And we could still hang on to Nunez as the utility infielder. And, the Yankees signed another infielder away from Baltimore, Navarro. He can play all 3 infield positions, not first. Doesn’t have elite prospect scouting reports, but definitely has improved his overall play and is becoming a more well rounded, solid player.

    I just think it’s time the Yankees start Letting some younger players get a shot, see what they can offer. Band aids always fall off eventually. And the Yankees have been using a lot of band aids over the last few years.

  • Pingback: Yankees signing Brain Roberts was not on my Christmas list - Lady Loves Pinstripes