Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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 that he certainly would fill that bill," Ryan said. Berkman turns 37 next month. He had two right-knee surgeries in 2012 and played just 32 games for the St. Louis Cardinals. He batted .259 with two home runs and seven RBI in 81 at-bats. "In a way, they have to buy me out of retirement, and I know that sounds crass -- I wish it didn't -- but it's a big commitment, it can put a strain on the family," Berkman told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch earlier in the week. "If I'm going to play, I'm going to give my heart and soul to the team. But if the carrot's not big enough...
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