New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The New York Yankees have added another option at second base, signing free agent Brian Roberts to a one-year deal reportedly worth $2 million.
The 36-year-old Roberts, who played his entire 13-year career with the Baltimore Orioles, is a two-time All-Star with a .349 career on-base percentage, 278 stolen bases and three seasons of 50 or more doubles.
However, Roberts has been plagued by injuries and hasn’t appeared in more than 77 games since 2009.
Over the past four seasons, he’s appeared in 192 of a possible 648 games, missing significant amounts of time with concussions and injuries to his neck, back, knee, abdomen, hip and hamstring.
The Yankees have been looking for a second baseman since Robinson Cano signed a $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners in free agency.
New York explored a trade for the Cincinnati Reds’ Brandon Phillips and talked to free agent Omar Infante, who eventually signed with the Kansas City Royals, before settling on Roberts.
Aside from Roberts, manager Joe Girardi also has Kelly Johnson as option at second base. Eduardo Nunez, who has spent most of his time in the big leagues at shortstop and third base, has made 11 career starts at second.