ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Lance Berkman chose the Texas Rangers this time, and is returning to his home state to be their designated hitter in likely the last stop of his career.
The Rangers completed a 10 million, one-year deal with Berkman on Monday after the slugger passed a physical.
"I spent the first part of the offseason really feeling like I was going to retire," said Berkman, who turns 37 next month and had still been working out as if he would play. "The Rangers made a very strong offer, which got my attention. ... The more I thought about it, the more excited I got about it, and that's when I knew I had to come back and play."
There is a 12 million club option for 2014 that becomes a guaranteed 13 million deal if he has 550 plate appearances this season. There is also a 1 million buyout for the second year.
Berkman provides the potential big bat for the middle of the lineup the Rangers were seeking after losing slugger Josh Hamilton in free agency and trading Michael Y...