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Yankees designate Brian Roberts for assignment

Jul 31, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

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Shortly after acquiring Stephen Drew and Martin Prado in separate trades this afternoon the Yankees announced that starting second baseman Brian Roberts has been designated for assignment.

Roberts has stayed healthy after missing the bulk of the past four seasons with injuries, but he hit just .237 with a .659 OPS in 91 games, struggled at times defensively, and was recently given some time off because manager Joe Girardi felt he was “beat up” physically.

Roberts had a helluva run for the Orioles before injuries derailed his career, ranking as one of the better all-around second basemen in the league for nearly a decade, but at age 36 this could be the end of the line unless he wants to go play at Triple-A for a while.

  1. pisano - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Thank you God.

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      To be replaced by Stephen Drew, who is only hitting about 50 points lower.

      • pisano - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:17 PM

        Yeah, but at least he can field a ball, this donkey made three errors in one week.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:30 PM

        .974 fielding for Roberts, versus .989 for Drew. And Drew has never played second base.

      • rje49 - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:32 PM

        Yeah, but a lot of Drew’s easy fly balls to right will be home runs in Yankee Stadium. He WILL hit better now.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:41 PM

        Okey dokey. I’ve heard that said about alot of players. “Just wait ’till he gets to hit to the short porch” *cough* Brian McCann* cough cough

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:44 PM

        Just another guy pounding balls into the shift dreaming of short porch glory.

  2. mazblast - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Wait just a second. Signing Roberts and Kelly Johnson was supposed to make up for the loss of Cano and “loss” of A-Roid. The Yankees, their more sycophantic media, and the rabid fans said so–and we all know the Yankees are NEVER wrong.

    So how can they undo what were clearly the right moves, as shown by the team’s mighty record and undeniable supremacy atop all of MLB?

    • kpatrick51 - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      Great contribution guy. Pretty sure the Yankees knew they wouldn’t be able to replace Cano’s production. So they picked up veterans with modest price tags. And because they didn’t pan out, they have now upgraded the infield at the deadline while basically giving up nothing.

      • pisano - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:19 PM

        That makes waaaay too much sense for mazblast to comprehend.

    • Jeremy T - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      um… who was it that said Roberts and Johnson were equal to Cano and Rodriguez? I thought the NY media’s reputation was that they were too hard on everyone, not that they were a bunch of sycophants.

    • mattinglyschmidt - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      Please don’t feed the troll.

      – Management

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:41 PM

      Yeah, um… no one, and I mean no one, ever said that. Nice straw man argument, dude.

  3. Ben - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    More like designated for the glue factory, amirite?

    (I kid, I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for Brian Roberts–it’s been really sad to see what’s happened to his career)

  4. deathmonkey41 - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Man, who in their lineup can replace that “Swing at the first pitch no matter what the situation” mentality? Oh that’s right- everyone on that team.

  5. csbanter - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Roberts was awful he had to go, Ichiro better start hitting when his number is called otherwise he’ll be next designated for assignment.

  6. irishlad19 - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    There is a God; the Yankers took Drew from my Red Sox, supposedly with his full salary!
    Now he and Derek can fight over who gets to play SS in the Bronx.
    Don’t have to watch him strike/ground out anymore!

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:47 PM

      Did you honestly say “now he and Derek can fight over who gets to play SS in the Bronx”?

      LOL- Alex F’in Rodriguez couldn’t take the SS position from Jeter, when Arod WAS THE BEST SS IN THE MAJORS.

      Drew will play second. Glad I could clear that up for you.

    • pisano - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:21 PM

      I’ll guarantee the sox are paying some of Drew’s salary.

      • irishlad19 - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:04 PM

        Maybe, but initial media reports are that Cashman ate the whole ticket!

      • jwbiii - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:59 AM

        Source: Yankees assume "almost all'' of remaining Drew money. He had about $5 million remaining.— Sean McAdam (@Sean_McAdam) July 31, 2014

  7. genericcommenter - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    So, hey all the Yankees haters that like to say they enjoy wasting money on old players: Aren’t you impressed that they deliberately kept him from getting 2 PAs, so they could save $250 grand?

    Seems pretty financially savvy- $2 million for a vet to play 91 games at 2B until they could upgrade, and they kept him from hitting any of his bonuses.

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:49 PM

      If he had played well enough to keep his job, he would have kept it. The Yankees wouldn’t have blinked at paying his bonuses if he was actually doing anything to help the team.

      What’s your point? That they should have given the PAs so that he could walk away with more money he didn’t earn?

      • genericcommenter - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:52 PM

        My point was purposely left up to your interpretation. Personally, I think he played about as well as expected for a guy his age who started more games in the 1st half than he did in the previous 4 full seasons. He did not play well, but I think he performed right to his potential.

  8. look8me - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Aging 2nd baseman. Sounds like just what the Giants need.

  9. 1998yanks - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Drew can’t hit a beach ball either. I hope fields better.

  10. tomtravis76 - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    He will forever be an Oriole. He played his productive years for an awful organization,at that time, with terrible leadership. The fans will always appreciate him for being the guy during a very dark period in Orioles baseball history. He did alot in the community and behind the scenes that is very respected and appreciated in the Baltimore community.

    • pisano - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:48 AM

      …and they can keep him.

    • pete2112 - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:48 AM

      Brian seems like a good guy and I’ll always remember him being a pesky hitter when the Yankees played Baltimore in the mid-00’s.

  11. pete2112 - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:39 AM

    I don’t get the whole Drew thing at all and as far as Roberts goes, I never had any reason to believe he was going to come in and play like it was ten years ago, but he did as well as he could and stayed healthy. I think I’m just baffled by everything the Yankees have done with regard to the infield, in general. I don’t see anyone sticking around for next season with the exception of Tex, of course. Maybe Headley will be here but beyond that they need someone at 2nd, shortstop and even a reliable utility guy who can play 1st when Tex is injured. Not to even mention we have no idea who will actually be coming back next season from the starting rotation. It’s complete chaos.

    Last night on Yes they had on game 1 of the 98 world series and it felt like another lifetime to see those players vs. what they have now. Very sad.

  12. ejheim62 - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    over 30 and declining middle infielder….”Mr. Roberts, there’s a Mr. Ruin Tomorrow or something on the phone for you….something about do you want to play for his team?”

    again somebody better hot-tie Ruben, quick

    • ejheim62 - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:04 AM

      hog tie, dang it. My keyboard hates me before 8AM

  13. jackweho - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Isn’t this the same guy that was going to make us forget Robinson Cano? The dumb and dumber brothers aka Sons of George have duped us again. Why can’t we designate them for reassignment? Somebody out there must have the money to buy them out. If the Clippers could find somebody to pay 2 billion for a losing club, the Yankees should be able to find a buyer to get rid of these two buffoons.

  14. vapor54 - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    kind of why the O’s didn’t try harder to keep BRob- he’s worn out

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