The New York Yankees have reportedly contacted the agent of second baseman Brian Roberts on the first day of the 2013 Winter Meetings. There’s no indication that the Yankees are ready to dive in and ink a deal with the veteran. However, the fact that they made contact with his representation is quite interesting.
In my opinion, New York should stay away from signing Roberts, especially since he would be meant to replace All-Star Robinson Cano. Yankees fans are still upset about losing one of their favorite players. Trying to replace a guy who can consistently hit 25-plus home runs and 100-plus RBI with someone who hasn’t played more than 77 games in a season over the past four years isn’t a good call.
The early notion is that Roberts would be the starter at second in 2014 if signed. The sad truth is that the 36-year-old brings no run production, no power and no durability to the table, which means he serves no purpose for the Yankees. New York is better off finding a more capable second baseman who will be a far better asset on offense.
It’s true that Roberts used to have plenty of skills, which mostly included his above-average speed that allowed him to steal 30-50 bases and record as much as 56 doubles in a season. Unfortunately, those days are far behind him. For New York to believe he’s going to magically supply that kind of production again is ludicrous.
Roberts batted .249 with eight home runs and 39 RBI in 265 at-bats in 2013.