Yankees Ink Brian Roberts to Incentive Laden Deal

  • Ryan Kantor

As reported by SB Nation’s New York Yankees site, Pinstripe Alley, Brian Roberts will be added to the Yankees 40-man roster now that the Alex Rodriguez suspension is official (thank goodness).

Brian Roberts was a premier second baseman from 2003 to 2009 when his WAR ranged from 2.2 to 7.0. Since 2000, he hasn’t reached 60 games played in a single season. Roberts is 36 and with injuries being a major concern, the Yankees smartly used incentives in his latest one-year $2 million deal.

Whether is be due to a platoon role or injuries, it is unlikely that Roberts will reach the 350 plate appearance bonus or beyond. That would make his contract worth $2.35 million ($2,000,000 + $175,000 + $175,000).

Brian Roberts is not someone from which the Yankees should expect much. The former steroid user (coincidentally “tried” steroids before 2003 when he began his ascent to becoming an elite 2B), funky contact lenses wearer, and South Carolina Gamecock is well past his prime, but given the team’s quagmire at 2B, 3B and to a lesser extent SS, he is worth a flier.

With Cano off to the Mariners and A-Rod suspended the Yankees will use some combination of Kelly Johnson, Eduardo Nunez, Brendan Ryan, Scott Sizemore, and now Brian Roberts to fill 2B and 3B. Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira will hope to return to form after missing most of 2013 with injury. The success of the infield may well rely on their health. That, along with the outcome of the Masahiro Tanaka bidding, could determine the fate of the 2014 Bronx Bombers.

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