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New York Yankees Sign Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts, Boston Red Sox LHP Matt Thornton

December 17th, 2013 at 8:35 PM
By Doug Rush

It was a very busy Tuesday for the New York Yankees as they made two more moves to their 2014 roster.

The first which was reported late last night as a likely deal ended up becoming a reality, as the Yankees agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with Baltimore Orioles second basemen Brian Roberts, as Jon-Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reported.

"Brian Roberts and Yankees have agreement for 1-year deal worth around $2 million plus incentives, sources tell @Ken_Rosenthal and me," he tweeted.

Due to Roberts being frequently injured over the last four years, the one-year agreement is an incentive-laden deal which will likely kick the deal up even higher based on games played, being healthy at the end of the season and on the active roster, just to name a few. The most games played by Roberts over that four-year course was 77, which was in 2013.

Roberts will take the place of the departed Robinson Cano, who bolted out of town to sign a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Seattle Mariners and will become the Yankees new second basemen for the 2014 season.

Also signed on Tuesday is veteran left-handed pitcher Matt Thornton, who signed a two-year, $7 million deal as Jack Curry of the YES Network reported later on in the day.

"Yankees have signed lefty reliever Matt Thornton to a 2-year deal. He will make $3.5 million each season," he tweeted.

The Yankees needed a left-handed reliever due to the departure of Boone Logan, who signed a three-year deal with the Colorado Rockies this past week. and Thornton was one of the more consistent names on the market who can help the Yankees considering the fact that he's had a lot of experience pitching in the American League with the Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners and most recently, the Boston Red Sox.

Back in July, Thornton was acquired in a trade from the White Sox to Boston for a minor leaguer; Thornton pitched to an 0-1 record with a 3.52 ERA in 20 appearances with the World Series Champions. Overall for the season, he finished with an 0-4 record with a 3.74 ERA in 60 appearances.

The Yankees are still not done making moves to the roster, as they are still talking to players like Mark Reynolds and Michael Young, plus are waiting to see what happens with the posting situation with Masahiro Tanaka.

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Baseball, Boston Red Sox, Brian Roberts, Matt Thornton, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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