The New York Yankees agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract with second baseman Brian Roberts and a $7 million, two-year deal with former Red Sox lefthander Matt Thornton.
The agreements are contingent on both players passing physicals.
When the agreements are completed, along with a pending three-year deal with outfielder Carlos Beltran, the Yankees’ projected luxury tax payroll for 2014 will rise to $177.7 million. That’s about the maximum if the team wants to remain under the $189 million threshold, which includes $11 million to $12 million for benefits. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.