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Yankees designate second baseman Brian Roberts for assignment

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The Yankees will designate second baseman Brian Roberts for assignment, general manager Brian Cashman announced Thursday.

Roberts, 36, was batting .237 with five home runs and 21 RBI over 91 games this season.

On Thursday, the Yankees traded for Martin Pradoand Stephen Drew, both of whom can play second base.

The Yankees opened Thursday at 55-52, three games back in the American League Wild Card race.

Roberts spent his first 13 seasons with the Orioles, earning two American League All-Star appearances, before signing a one-year contract with the Yankees in December.

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- Chris Johnson