Yankees Designate Brian Roberts For Assignment

The Yankees will designate Brian Roberts for assignment to create space for Stephen Drew, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com (via Twitter).

Roberts, a long-time division rival of the Yankees after spending his entire career in Baltimore prior to 2014, signed a one-year, $2MM deal as a free agent in the offseason. He struggled at the plate in his lone season in Yankee pinstripes, slashing .237/.300/.360 with five homers and seven stolen bases.

Roberts was among the league’s top second basemen last decade, but injuries derailed many of his would-be peak years. He’s undergone hip surgery and hamstring surgery in recent years in addition to dealing with concussion symptoms. In his career, the switch-hitter is a .276/.347/.409 hitter with 97 homers and 285 stolen bases.


55 Responses to Yankees Designate Brian Roberts For Assignment Leave a Reply

  1. ElNegroChris© 11 months ago

    lol i knew it

  2. MB923 11 months ago

    Farewell BRob.

  3. Harris K. 11 months ago

    Addition by subtraction. Love it

  4. Jbruns318 11 months ago

    O’s need to pick him up just on principle. Not to mention he is a better option then what we currently have.

    • YanksFan4EverNamed_Nick 11 months ago

      Trust me he’s not

      • Jbruns318 11 months ago

        I’d have to look at the numbers but I’m pretty sure he is.

        • Damon Bowman 11 months ago

          If you watched him at all this season, you’d realize he’s not.

        • basemonkey 11 months ago

          Jon Schoop has been driving the ball, and has gone on some tears. Yes, the average isn’t good, and he’s been having rookie struggles. But would you rather have spurts of power or a steady stream of bad?

          Schoop’s defense has been excellent too.

        • Gary 11 months ago

          All you had to do was watch his play in the field the last 2 weeks.He looked like he had never played 2nd base before.

    • johnbrooks 11 months ago

      No he’s not. Schoop’s defense is way more valuable.

    • basemonkey 11 months ago

      Sorry, that’s not close to true.

  5. sascoach2003 11 months ago

    Brian Sabean on line 1…Brian, you’re next up on “play 2B for the SF Giants”

  6. Ellis Mitchell 11 months ago

    Love this move!

  7. jimtrrr 11 months ago

    Good move. Brian Roberts has been a ghost out there lately, and his defense has been poor.

  8. JJ 11 months ago

    OMG best news ever.

  9. هذا الرجل رهيبة الكبير خليل 11 months ago

    Roberts was so bad in the field this year, hes like that kid whos afraid of the soccer ball coming at them. Took long enough, and I expect Ichiro to be DFA’d as well

    • Since_77 11 months ago

      I would be surprised. At least Ichiro can still play the outfield. Roberts just couldn’t do it anymore in the field.

    • Aaron Liranzo 11 months ago

      Ichiro has been ok this yr hes still a servicable of and can now be a decent backup to prado

  10. Gumby65 11 months ago

    Look what just fell in your lap, Sabean…

  11. Joshua hatt 11 months ago

    Yes! Roberts was making a lot of defensive errors lately. Drew isn’t great but I like then addition of Prado, he is versatile.

  12. JacobyWanKenobi 11 months ago

    2 PA’s from the $250,000 bonus.

  13. Captain 11 months ago

    I’d rather have Roberts. Drew just can’t hit.

    • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 11 months ago

      Hes also never played 2B in the MLB…ever!

      • mlbaustin 11 months ago

        He barely played SS 😉

        • Captain 11 months ago

          I don’t think the Yankees DFA Roberts, did they? ESPN says Scott Sizemore was DFAed instead.

  14. Frittoman626 11 months ago

    I feel sad for Roberts but he just wasn’t cutting it. He’s not much offensively and has been atrocious defensively. Hopefully a team like the Giants give him a shot since he’s sadly better than what they have (Uggla lol). So long BROB, I’ll remember the go ahead HR he hit against the Angels in Anaheim and the HR on first pitch in first game back in Camden Yards. Good luck in your future.

  15. WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 11 months ago

    Sad part is he may be a better 2B option than Drew.

  16. yawn 11 months ago

    Roberts is old he’s done retire already.

  17. JJ 11 months ago

    LF Gardner
    SS Jeter
    CF Ellsbury
    DH Beltran
    1B texeira
    C Mccann
    3B Headly
    RF Prado
    2B Drew
    I hope we can score more with this lineup.

    • mlbaustin 11 months ago

      That sure looks a lot better. It’s going to take a lot of pitching though

    • Tim Leonard 11 months ago

      Still need a No. 3 hitter.

      • Peter 11 months ago

        I’ve been a Yankee fan all my life and always will be; and an even greater Jeter fan; however, I think the time has come for Jeets to move down in the order? He just hits way too many easy ground balls now and as a result can kill a rally. It might be time to see what Gardner can do:

        CF Ellsbury (L)
        DH Beltran (S)
        LF Gardner (L)
        1B Texeira (S)
        SS Jeter (R)
        C MCann (L)
        3B Headley (S)
        RF Prado (R)
        2B Drew (L)

        • Tim Leonard 11 months ago

          Gardner as a No. 3 hitter? An underperforming Jeter as a No. 5 hitter? Clearly, you’ve lost your mind.
          Gardner and Ellsbury should be hitting 1-2. Beltran was signed to be the No. 3 hitter. Then Teix four and McCann five. Headley is sixth, Prado seventh, Jeter eighth and Drew 9th.

          • Peter 11 months ago

            Nah just saying; usually you put your best hitter in the 3 hole – and Gardner has been the most consistent and showing signs of some power lately. Okay, maybe Jeter not in the 5 hole, but certainly not in the 2 hole anymore.

        • Ringo7 11 months ago

          I would put Gardner at Lead off with Ellsbury second and Beltran third. If you get Gardner and Ellsbury on base at the same time good things will happen.

          • Peter 11 months ago

            Still think Gardy should leadoff? He’s totally mashing and is arguably our best hitter. Right now, taking Joe’s lineup from today, I would just flip flop Gardy and Ellsbury.

          • Ringo7 11 months ago

            I see your point but I don’t think he would do as well in the 3 spot. Not just yet but maybe later if he keeps going. Right now he is our best hitter. I like the change with Drew and Prado. We are better. I hope Rogers can do more of the same. This team is showing a little grittiness with this new lineup. Hope it continues.

  18. Baseball Legend 11 months ago

    Wow. I am surprised by this. He wasn’t that terrible and it is very un Yankee like to make such a move this late in the season.

  19. Josh Robbins 11 months ago

    subtraction by subtraction

  20. Sypherman 11 months ago

    Back to Baltimore I bet he goes.

  21. John Smith 11 months ago

    AA to the rescue of Roberts. LoL

  22. Cam Hodgson-Dwyer 11 months ago

    Swapping an average stick/terrible defender, for a terrible stick/average defender.

  23. Riley Cleary 11 months ago

    the Giants are finna go after him..

  24. Ringo7 11 months ago

    I feel bad for him. He tried but it was obvious he is not an everyday player anymore. There were times he sparked the team but lately it has been the other way. I hope he gets a break and lands somewhere where he can help.

  25. Damon Bowman 11 months ago

    If I had told you back during Spring Training that Brian Roberts would play in 91 of 105 Yankees games, start 85 of those 91, not make a trip to the DL all season and would be released before August 1st, you would have never believed it.

  26. Bill 11 months ago

    I will miss Watching you play the game the right way. Hope you sign with another team.

    • JLP 11 months ago

      I’ve always liked Roberts–i’ll concede that the injuries have hurt his overall career and numbers but a proto-typical ball player through and through–but he’s older now and probably showing fatigue; to this day, I can’t wrap my mind around why Cano wasn’t signed whatever the price by NYY…Awful just awful

  27. glenn 11 months ago

    gee, Roberts did have a few clutch moments his on base was .300 do we really need another Red Sox ,why the heat to dump roberts ?

    • Ringo7 11 months ago

      I think it was the right move. I like Roberts but he was really having his share of lapses, both offensively and on defense. He is a shadow of his former self.

  28. glenn 11 months ago

    true enough second base…Cano is a swinger batting over 325 while on the West coast ,how will the Yanks close out the year… where do we go from here …Jett is really leavin,I do remember the 90s what a game we won 115 or was it more , what about our farm system or is it now buy in Europe and the Islands here…

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