Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 1/5/13
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...
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