Free agent Lance Berkman still has not decided that he will play in 2013. But he is talking about a possible return with multiple clubs, including the Texas Rangers, major-league sources say.
Berkman's hometown team, the Houston Astros, remains open to bringing him back, even after signing free-agent first baseman Carlos Pena. But the Rangers stand a much better chance than the Astros of competing in the AL West next season.
Either team could use Berkman as a designated hitter, the role that suits him best at this stage of his career. Berkman, 36, 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, batting .301 with 31 homers, 94 RBI and a .959 OPS, and helping the Cardinals win the World Series.
The Rangers still need offense, and Berkman is one of many options they are considering, sources say. The team lost free-agent outfiel...