“We’ve got Kelly Johnson along with a cast of characters that are going to compete for that spot from the right side,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “We look for it to be a platoon situation, a lefty-righty situation.”
Roberts’ deal was agreed to on Dec. 17 and finalized Tuesday, three days after a spot on the 40-man roster opened when Alex Rodriguez was suspended for the season for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.
The Yankees have $22 million extra to spend, which comes at the right time for the Bombers — as they’re targeting Masahiro Tanaka.
The Bombers are still patching together their infield following the departure of second baseman Robinson Cano. The latest piece of the puzzle: former Orioles infielder Brian Roberts.
Nobody expected the Yankees to replace Robinson Cano overnight, but one would have figured they’d be the last team to get beaten to the punch for other players at second base. But yet, that seems to be the case a bit.
The Yankees were hesitant to give Infante more than three years, and the Royals decided to give the versatile infielder an extra year to help consummate the deal.
The Yankees might do it by committee, but they are hell bent on replacing Robinson Cano at second base.
The Yankees have reportedly re-signed starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year deal worth $16 million.
The Yankees have agreed to sign infielder/outfielder Kelly Johnston to a one-year deal in the $3 million range pending a physical, WFAN/CBS Sports baseball insider John Heyman reports.
While Robinson Cano is mulling reported offers for mega millions, the Yankees are not waiting around with baited breath. They are getting busy at second base.
There’s always been this intangible quality about Jeter. You can’t quite put your finger on it. It’s hard to quantify what gives Jeter the supernatural ability not to feel pressure and rise whenever the Yankees desperately need a spark.