As the Houston Astros continue to search for their
designated hitter for next season, free agent slugger Lance Berkman remains the
team’s top target, reports Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.
Lance Berkman remains at top of #astros DH search. Cost still an issue in bringing Big Puma back to Houston.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 12, 2012
Crasnick adds that cost is “still an issue” when it comes to
the potential of the Astros bringing Berkman back to Houston.
With the Astros joining the American League West and leaving
the league in which pitcher’s fill a role in the regular batting lineup, the
club needs to add a DH this winter. However, Houston only has so much money to
work with as we’ve seen over the last few weeks.
The Chicago Cubs approached the Astros regarding outfielder
and potential DH Alfonso Soriano. However, Houston couldn’t afford the veteran
slugger even with the Cubs picking up a large portion of his salary.
Berkman spent 12 seasons with the Astros, hitting
.296/.410/.549 while being named to five All-Star games.
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