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The Texas Rangers -- closing in on a new designated hitter -- are finalizing an agreement with free agent Lance Berkman, according to major-league sources.
The contract is expected to be for one year, and also might include a vesting option for 2014, sources said.
Berkman, 36, will need to pass a physical for the deal to become official. He injured his left calf and underwent two surgeries on his right knee last season, appearing in only 32 games for the St. Louis Cardinals.
The season before, he played in 145 games, his most since 2008. He hit .301 with 31 homers, 94 RBIs and a .959 OPS, and helped the Cardinals win the World Series.
Berkman would be a second significant addition to the Rangers' offense, joining free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski. Texas also is in discussions with the Arizona Diamondbacks about a trade for outfielder Justin Upton, sources said.
Earlier this off-season, the Rangers lost free-agent outfielder Josh Hamilton to the Los Angeles Angels, traded third baseman Michael Young to the Philadelphia Phillies and braced for the loss of free-agent catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli.
Napoli reached an agreement with the Boston Red Sox on Dec. 3, but the deal still is not official. A physical examination revealed a problem with one of his hips, sources said, and the two sides have yet to find common ground on that issue.
The signing of Berkman would diminish and possibly eliminate any chance of Napoli returning to the Rangers on even a one-year deal.
Berkman has said he wants to spend more time with his family, and that he is intrigued by the chance to become a voluntary assistant coach at Rice, his alma mater.
But in a recent interview with MLB Network, he acknowledged that money will be a consideration in his decision, and that a team effectively could buy him out of his retirement.
"Well, I think so," said Berkman, who earned $12 million with the Cardinals last season. "It's awfully hard to make the kind of money that we're able to make doing anything else, and I think I certainly have a realization and appreciation for that. So, if it comes down to it, there are definitely amounts of money that you just can't turn down.
"That is a scenario that could happen, although I don't see that as being extremely likely given the fact that I didn't play hardly at all last year. I'm sure a lot of teams would have a question about if I could hold up over 162 games and things like that, so there's some factors there that I think are going to limit the offers that I get from some of these teams."
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After watching Josh Hamilton sign with their division rival, the Rangers made a move this weekend to replace his bat in their line-up, signing Lance Berkman to take over as their DH for 2013. Much is being made of the fact that Berkman got $11 million after spending basically the entire 2012 season on the disabled list, but Major League teams have begun to make the correct shift...
There have been a lot of mixed feelings out in the blogging world on what the Texas Rangers have done by signing Lance Berkman. There is a palpable risk for the Rangers since Berkman only played 32 games in 2012 due to continued problems with his knees. But what if Berkman could play a hundred games in 2013? If that could happen or more, then Lance Berkman will be worth every penny...
The Texas Rangers and free agent Lance Berkman reportedly have agreed to a contract that will bring the DH to Arlington.
First baseman Lance Berkman agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract with the Texas Rangers, ESPN reported Saturday. The deal could reportedly include a second year if Berkman gets at least 550 at-bats this year. Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan told Fox26 Sports in Houston on Friday that the club made Berkman an offer. "We are looking for a designated hitter and we feel like...
Lance Berkman will play in Texas this season. The veteran will play for the Texas Rangers after agreeing to a one-year deal.
With the Rangers, Berkman is expected to serve as the teams primary designated hitter. Berkman will make reportedly somewhere in the $10-11 million range. There is a vesting option for 2014 but it will require Berkman to have at-least 525 at-bats.
The Red Sox still don’t have a starting first baseman — at least officially — for the upcoming season, and the market is now a little bit thinner with Lance Berkman reportedly signing a one-year deal with the Rangers.
The Sox did do their homework on Berkman, though. According to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford, Boston showed interest in the 36-year-old, but the negotiations never...
The New York Yankees are interested in free agent slugger
Lance Berkman, according to Ken Davidoff of The New York Post, but it’s not clear if the veteran would consider returning to the Big Apple given the
interest of clubs from his home state of Texas.
The #Yankees are interested in Lance Berkman, but it's not clear whether he'd consider a return to NY given the...
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At one point reported to be very close to choosing to retire, the longtime Houston Astros slugger is set to sign a one-year, $10 million contract with the Texas Rangers, as originally reported by MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart. The deal includes a vesting option for 2014 should Berkman see 550 plate appearances this season....
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While it is widely believed he wanted to resign with the Houston Astros, budget issues seemed to have reached and impasse, and Lance will apparently sign with the next closest team geographically, the Texas Rangers. According to a @Ken_Rosenthal Tweet:
@Ken_Rosenthal Sources: #Rangers finalizing agreement with Berkman. Deal expected to be one year. Vesting option possible.
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could be re-emerging in the Bronx in 2013.
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The Texas Rangers are close to signing DH Lance Berkman to a one-year deal worth $10-$11mm with a possible mutual option for a second year, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
The signing will help ease the loss of Josh Hamillton, Michael Young and Mike Napoli, but only if Berkman is healthy which is a big if with him. Towards the end of October, Berkman was unsure if he would play...
According to multiple sources close to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports, the Texas Rangers have agreed to a one year deal with outfielder Lance Berkman. The deal is pending physical. Jon Heyman of CBSSports adds that the deal is for 10$ million and that includes a vesting option with a $1 million buyout.
The 36-year old Berkman hit .259/.381/.444 with 2 HR's, 7 RBI's and a .354...
Nolan Ryan and the Texas Rangers were able to convince free-agent 1B/OF Lance Berkman to sign with the team, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Sources: #Rangers finalizing agreement with Berkman. Deal expected to be one year. Vesting option possible.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 5, 2013
As you can see in the tweet above, it is expected to be a one-year deal...
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