Free agent second baseman Brian Roberts has agreed to a deal with the Yankees, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi, citing sources.
Rosenthal reports the deal will be for one year at about $2 million plus incentives and won't prevent the Yankees from continuing their search for infield help. He specifically mentions the team has "explored" a trade for Seattle's Dustin Ackley.
Roberts, an AL East lifer with the Orioles during his 13-year career, is a lifetime .278 hitter with a .349 on-base percentage and .761 on-base plus slugging percentage. He averaged 152 games per season from 2004-09 with an .803 OPS.
But the 36-year-old has been beset by a multitude of injuries since 2010, spending time on the disabled list for a strained abdominal muscle, a concussion, groin pull and hamstring strain at different times. He's played a total of 192 games during the last four seasons, reaching a high of 77 games in 2013, when he hit .249 with a .312 OBP and eight home runs.
Robinson Cano had manned second base for the Yankees since 2005, but following his 10-year contract with the Mariners, the Yankees have scoured the second base market for a replacement. They already have Kelly Johnson and possibly Eduardo Nunez and Dean Anna as internal options and reportedly tried to sign Omar Infante before he agreed to a deal with Kansas City.
Further complicating matters is Alex Rodriguez's appeal of a 211-game suspension levied against him for alleged involvement with performance-enhancing drugs. If the suspension is upheld, the Yankees will also have a hole to fill at third base and may need Johnson to man the hot corner, depleting their options at second even more.