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Lance Berkman is still a free agent. However, he may choose to retire. Berkman made it known as the 2012 season was winding down that he may call it quits, but as the offseason opened up, he decided to test the market. He previously said that he would return for the right deal. That deal will not be with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Early on, the Cardinals were keeping an open line of communication in case they could (and wanted to) bring Berkman back. However, now neither side has much interest says Jennifer Langosch of MLB.com.
"If anyone is holding out hope that Berkman returns to St. Louis, go ahead and let that go. Neither side anticipates a reunion."
Berkman spent much of the 2012 season battling through injury after injury. He played in just 32 games and hit .259/.381/.444. However, Berkman's 2011 campaign has teams interested still. In 2011, he hit .301/.412/.547 with 31 home runs. If he can recapture any of that production, he may be worth the risk.
Berkman has played in the Majors for 14 years and has been one of the game's best switch hitters. He has a career .296/.409/.544 line with a respectable 360 home runs. No one would fault him from walking away after the career he has had, but he hasn't officially retired yet. There will be interest from other teams this offseason.
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