Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Yankees made it official Tuesday
and signed second baseman Brian Roberts to a one-year contract.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but reports last month indicated it to be
worth $2 million plus incentives.
Roberts had spent his entire 13-year career in Baltimore, but has struggled
with injuries since his last full season of 2009. He played 159 games that
year and batted .283 with 16 homers and 79 runs batted in while leading the
majors with 56 doubles.
However, the two-time All-Star has appeared in just 192 games over the last
four seasons. He played 77 games last year and hit .249 with eight homers and
39 RBI. A hamstring injury kept him out from April 5 through late June.
The Yankees hope the 36-year-old veteran can step in at second base and take
over for Robinson Cano, who left as a free agent and signed a 10-year contract
with Seattle after nine years as a Yankee.
New York also signed free agent Kelly Johnson as a potential second base
replacement and utility player.
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