Do you imagine there is excitement in New York over the imminent arrival of Brian Roberts with the Yankees? Muted enthusiasm, perhaps? How about a shrug of the shoulders?
As the second baseman leaves the Orioles, the folks in New York likely have no illusions over what they are getting: a former All-Star who has battled injury and had trouble getting on the field in recent seasons, someone hard to count on as a consistent presence.
“With second basemen dropping off the board daily (Omar Infante and Mark Ellis the latest two), the Yankees may have to glue together the position in the short term,” Andrew Marchand writes at ESPN.com. “Roberts, 36, could be part of the equation as a buy-low candidate who may have some dividends.”
The New York Post refers to Roberts as one of the Yankees’ “low-cost, low-ceiling options.” The New York Times says: “If healthy, Roberts can team with Kelly Johnson and perhaps Brendan Ryan at second base.” The Times also notes that Roberts made the last out at the old Yankee Stadium.
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And at the Big League Stew blog, Mike Oz uses the move as a way to tweak the Yankees:
“The New York Yankees needed a second baseman to replace Robinson Cano. Free agent Brian Roberts needed a team that wouldn't mind signing an oft-injured, ex-All Star who recently turned 36 and hit .231 in limited action the past three seasons. Honestly, could you find a better match?
“Thus, the Yankees have signed Roberts … proving that either the team can't deny what it has become — a team of old injured ex-stars — or it's just trolling baseball bloggers now.”
Welcome to the Yankees, Brian Roberts.