12/17/2013 9:41 A.M. ET
Yanks reportedly near deal with 2B Roberts
By Quinn Roberts / MLB.com
The Yankees are closing in on a one-year contract with free-agent second baseman Brian Roberts, according to multiple reports.
The deal will be worth $2 million plus incentives, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi.
The club has not confirmed the deal, which was first reported by Rosenthal on Twitter.
With the loss of Robinson Cano to the Mariners, the Bombers signed infielder/outfielder Kelly Johnson earlier this offseason but kept searching for infield help elsewhere. Barring any other big moves, Roberts could wind up being the Yankees' primary second baseman in 2014 if he stays healthy. A CBS Sports report also connected New York to free agents Michael Young and Mark Reynolds.
Plagued by injuries the past few years, the 36-year-old Roberts has played only 192 games since 2010. He played in 77 games for the O's last season, hitting .249 with eight home runs and 39 RBIs. A two-time All-Star, Roberts last played more than 100 games in a season in 2009, when he hit .283 over 159 games, scoring 103 runs with 16 homers while leading the Majors with 56 doubles.
Roberts has played his entire 13-year career with the Orioles. He was among the Majors' best second basemen from 2007-09, when he hit a combined .290 with an .814 OPS and 120 stolen bases while averaging 157 games played per year.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.