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The Yankees are coming off an injury plagued season where the one consistency was their superstar second baseman, Robinson Cano. In 2014, they replace Cano with a 36 year old Brian Roberts, who hasn’t played even close to a full season since 2009. Over the last four years, Roberts has dealt with significant back problems, an abdominal strain, multiple concussions, and surgery on his hip, hernia, and hamstring. During this time, he’s played in a total of 192 games, or 809 plate appearances.
Roberts finished 2013 on a promising note. After recovering from some significantly horrible concussion issues, Roberts returned to the Orioles after hamstring surgery on June 30th, and played 74 games while hitting .241/.307/.387. Roberts looked to improve throughout the second half of 2013, batting .250/.306/.450 in September, hitting 5 home runs in his last 108 plate appearances.
The switch hitter will look to build on his late-season success with the Yankees in 2014.…