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Orioles veteran to join Yankees

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The New York Yankees confirmed today that they had signed infielder Brian Roberts to a one-year, $2 Million deal.

The second baseman had spent all 13 years of his career with the Baltimore Orioles before hitting free agency this off-season. 

Roberts, a two-time All-Star is a career .278 hitter with 1,452 hits and 278 stolen bases.

The North Carolina native was last an All-Star in 2007, but a series of long term injuries has limited his playing time over the last few years.

The Yankees add Roberts to the acquisition of Kelly Johnson in December in order to replenish their infield starters.

Robinson Cano, the Yankees full-time second baseman last year joined the Seattle Mariners earlier in the winter and Alex Rodriguez is likely to miss the entire season with suspension.

That would leave only Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter as infield starters for opening day.

Roberts was drafted by the Orioles in the 1999 first-year player draft. In 2009 he set the record for most doubles (56) by a switch-hitter. He is one of only four players to have three 50-double seasons.

 

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