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The New York Yankees seem to have one strategy this off season. They want to sign older players near the end of their careers to 1 year deals, and their interest in veteran Lance Berkman is the perfect example of this trend.
Berkman is entering his 15th major league season and will be the ripe age of 37 at the end of 2013 campaign. The Yanks have their eye on Berkman’s bat, he’s a switch hitter that would DH and could possibly play a little first base whenever Mark Teixeira needs a rest.
In Berkman’s career he has over 800 extra base hits, which includeds 360 home runs. Last season was a lost season for the veteran. Berkman played in only 32 games, hitting .259 with 2 homers and 7 RBIs. However, before last season Berkman failed to hit at least 20 homers once since 2000 and that was back in 2010 when he had a brief stint with the Yankees toward the end of that season.
Berkman when he was a Yankee
In 2010 Berkman played 37 games with the Bronx Bombers. He hit .255, well below his career average of .296, and hit 1 homerun while driving in just 9 RBIs. It’s this lack of production that have led to some skepticism if Berkman would even want to come back to New York especially with a couple Texas teams being in the mix for his services too.
What teams hope to get from Berkman, is that he can return healthy in 2013 and duplicate his 2011 production. In 2011 with the St. Louis Cardinals, Berkman hit .301 with 31 homers and 94 RBIs. That kind of production any team could use.
Berkman, coming off a horrible, injury plagued season, is seen to be the stereotypical low risk, high reward kind of player. This is exactly the kind of players the New York Yankees are looking to fill out their roster with. Hank Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman are dead set on getting their team under the $189 million dollar luxury tax for 2014 and 1 year deals to veteran players is how they plan on accomplishing that goal. So with pitchers and catchers scheduled to report to camp just a little over a month away, players like Berkman are going to become hot commodities as teams look to fill out rosters.
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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 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...
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...
Lance Berkman will try to resurrect his career once again.
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....
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.
Lance Berkman chose the Texas Rangers this time, and is returning to his home state to be their designated hitter in what likely will be the last stop of his career.
The Rangers completed a $10 million, one-year deal Monday after the 36-year-old Berkman, who played only 32 games last season for St. Louis, passed a physical. The deal includes a $12 million club option for 2014 that...
After all that has not transpired this off-season for the New York Yankees the last thing fans wanted to read was a rumor that Lance Berkman, aka the Big Puma
could be re-emerging in the Bronx in 2013.
Well as of two-days ago, Dan Martin of the NY Post reported that bringing back the switch-hitting Big Puma was a possibility and Ken Rosenthal confirmed this via twitter too.
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...
Tomorrow marks the five week mark until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training. And those five weeks are going to be a killer...January is the month that drags more than any other in the offseason. Most of the top free agents have already been signed. Trades are less likely to happen because of elevated costs for the players left on the market. So essentially, we're...