Brian Roberts agrees to one-year deal with Yankees

December 17, 2013

(Frank Franklin II / AP)

Second baseman Brian Roberts has reached agreement on a one-year deal with the New York Yankees, changing teams for the first time in his 13-year career.

Roberts, the face of the Baltimore Orioles, will replace Robinson Cano, who signed with the Seattle Mariners for 10 years and $240 million. Roberts comes at a significantly reduced figure — $2 million (Jay Z doesn’t get out of bed for that kind of money) and incentives.

With the addition of Roberts, 36, the Yankees will have an infield that certainly is old experienced: average age (including Alex Rodriguez) 36 1/2. Fox Sports first reported the news that Roberts had signed with the pinstripers, who had considered trading for Cincinnati’s Brandon Phillips and negotiating with free agent Omar Infante before deciding to go after Roberts.

New York explored a trade for Cincinnati’s Brandon Phillips and talked to free agent Omar Infante, who eventually signed with Kansas City, before settling on Roberts.

“I would obviously love to play my whole career in one place,” Roberts told the Baltimore Sun just before the season ended. “I love the guys here, I love the team. I love being around everybody. The organization has stood behind me through a lot of stuff and now that we’ve got this organization going in the right direction, it’s a great place to be and a great place to be a part of. Certainly, if I had all my choices, this would be the first one.”

Roberts hit .249 this season, with eight home runs and 39 RBI in 77 games. (He had a .312 on-base percentage and .392 slugging percentage.)

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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