Sources: #Yankees likely to sign free-agent 2B Brian Roberts.Well I guess that's one way to start plugging the hole at second. This report came out late last night and it hasn't been verified by another of the regular Yankee beat guys, but Ken Rosenthal is a pretty reliable source so I'm taking it as gospel.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 17, 2013
Roberts, 36, is a former All Star-caliber second baseman who's had his career completely derailed by injuries over the last 4 seasons. The most serious one was a concussion and a long bout with post-concussion symptoms in 2011. He's a .278/.349/.412 career switch hitter (.335 wOBA) but his line has been closer to the .230/.300/.350 range since the injury problems started.
There are no details yet on what type of deal it will be, but I have to imagine it will be for only 1 year regardless of the dollars or if it's even a guaranteed Major League contract. Roberts' best days are far behind him and the Yankees seem to already know that if they are not taking themselves out of the running for other better options as Rosenthal reported. At first glance I'm not a fan of this move. I am willing to wait to see where it goes as more information on it comes out, however. There isn't much left out there on the FA market for the Yanks, so I guess Roberts is better than nothing.
* UPDATE 7:47 AM- Via Rosenthal's latest tweet, the deal is official. 1 year/$2 million plus incentives and it is obviously pending a physical. There you go. **