Originally written on hardballchat.com  |  Last updated 10/20/14
While it appears as if Lance Berkman may be retired from his days in Major League Baseball, he said that if the right deal came along, he would certainly be tempted to come back and play in 2013. While four teams have contacted Berkman, including the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros, Berkman is not looking for which team would be the best fit. Something else is taking precedence when it comes to exactly what could lure Berkman back to baseball next season. A big fat salary. After having a complete resurgence with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011 on his way to winning the World Series, Berkman played in just 32 games in 2012 with the Cardinals. He appeared all but through before joining St. Louis, and it seems as if his career could be over. Unless a team flashes enough dollar signs before his eyes. That would make him end his brief “retirement” in a  heartbeat. According to the Houston Chronicle, Berkman is waiting for a big offer. More specifically, a big pay day. “I’m waiting to be blown away by an offer,” Berkman said Monday while serving as a volunteer assistant coach for the Rice Owls’ baseball program. “If I’m not, I’ll be out here. If somebody comes in and makes a deal that I can’t refuse, then I have to take it and go forward. That may not happen — and if it doesn’t, I’m fine. If I’m going to hit third for a major league team, then obviously there’s a compensation level that accompanies that,” Berkman added. “It’s just a matter whether the Astros would be willing to pay that or not. If they are not, no hard feelings. I just feel like if you are going to do a job, you deserve to be paid somewhere in the ballpark where the job description entails.” That may be a bit presumptuous. Who says that Berkman can still ht third for a team? Who says he can even start every day for a team? Well, the Astros, perhaps, could play Berkman and have him immediately become one of their best players. Of course, that is more of an indication as to how bad the rest of the team is, as opposed to a glowing compliment to Berkman. For someone who barely played last year and may have had one good season before breaking down for good, seeking a two year deal with a big salary attached may be a bit delusional. After all, Berkman already got his World Series championship. That is not why he is simply looking to sign with a team who gives him the best opportunity to win. Personally, you have to appreciate his honesty. Berkman isn’t simply looking for one more chance to get another ring. He wants one more massive pay day. This is the season for giving.         The post MLB Rumors: Lance Berkman Looking For Big Contract From Houston Astros? appeared first on Hardball Chat Baseball Blog.

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