Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 1/7/13
ARLINGTON, Texas Lance Berkman might not be the missing piece for the Texas Rangers to be successful this season. But he may have been the piece that brought the lineup the Rangers will be rolling out to start the 2013 season into focus. Berkman signed a one-year deal for 10 million Monday that includes a vesting option for 2014 that will pay Berkman 12 million of he reaches 550 plate appearances this season. That's a big change for Berkman in an offseason that began with him expecting to retire. That sentiment changed once the Rangers made contact with him over the holidays. Berkman, who will turn 37 next month, is expected to be the team's everyday designated hitter and could also see occasional time at first base and in the outfield. If Berkman, who missed most of the 2012 season because of a balky right knee that led to two surgeries, plays first base it looks like it will be when Mitch Moreland needs a break. Texas general manager Jon Daniels said he expects Ian Kin...
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