Brian Roberts used to be an All-Star; he used to get on base and he used to steal bases — used to. After sustaining several spinal and head injuries, to go along with the many setbacks he has had during recoveries, Roberts has never been the same player.
The Yankees have signed a player completely based on what he once was, not what he can do now. Roberts has played 192 games over the last four seasons, an average of 48 games a season. His on-base-percentage has fallen dramatically and he is nowhere close to the base-stealing threat he used to be.
Roberts’ glove is great, but the Yankees don’t need another glove nor do they need another middle infielder. If anything, New York needs to be looking at shortstops rather than second baseman. After acquiring Kelly Johnson, a durable player, Derek Jeter is the one who needs a back up. The Yankees have brought in a man who hasn’t played a full season since 2009, has absolutely no playoff experience, has suffered head, spine, hip, knee and hamstring injuries, and oh yeah, he’s 36.
The Yankees are better off bringing up a kid from the minors; at least he would be younger and less injury-prone. After inking Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran, moves like this one make Yankees fans scratch their heads.
If there is any manager that can squeeze the last bit of baseball out of an aging player, it’s Joe Girardi. So the Yankees have that going for them, I guess. However, I just don’t see how bringing in the most injury-prone free-agent is necessary for a team that is already littered with players coming off of injuries in 2013.