Jun 30, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Brian Roberts (14) hits a game-tying solo home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Staying Healthy A Key For Roberts

For the Yankees’ 36-year-old veteran second baseman Brian Roberts, staying healthy was one of the key goals for him this year. Roberts who had his best years with the Baltimore Orioles, signed a 1-year, $2 million dollar deal with the Yanks this off-season, but that could go up to $4 million if he can play enough this year.

Performance bonuses: $0.175M each for 250, 300 plate appearances. $0.25M each for 350, 400 PAs. $0.3M each for 450, 500 PAs. $0.35M for 550 PAs. $0.4M each for 600, 650 PAs. Roberts has 324 plate appearances this year only 36 shy of netting him 250k. per NJ.com

The Yankees took a gamble with Roberts even though he has a long history of injuries. From 2010 to 2013, Roberts never played more than 59 games. He signed a 5-year, $40 million dollar deal in 2009. Roberts has managed to stay healthy and he has got to be very happy to be injury free thus far this year. The Yankees are feeling good about taking a chance on Roberts who is having a respectable year.

Roberts is hitting .245 with 20 RBI and 5 home runs this year.

 

 

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