The New York Yankees have begun life without Robinson Cano by signing Brian Roberts on a one-year contract, confirmed

Cano signed a $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners in free agency and the Yankees have chosen second baseman Roberts as his replacement.

According to ESPN’s New York website the deal is worth $2m plus incentives for the 2014 season.

Roberts, 36, had spent his whole career with the Baltimore Orioles before the move. He is a two-time All-Star with a .349 career on-base percentage record.

But Roberts has been devastated by injury over the past four years, having only appeared in more than 77 games since 2009. As a result, his batting average has taken a dip in 2013, falling from .278 in career to .249.

Roberts will compete for the second baseman slot against Kelly Johnson and Eduardo Nunez. The move is seen as low risk as the Yankees hope the player can rediscover his pre-injury form, helping to make up the difference left by Cano’s move to Seattle.

New York were interested in a trade with Cincinnati for Brandon Phillips but failed to finalise a deal. They also spoke to free agent Omar Infante, who eventually signed for Kansas City.

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