Posted: 1/5/2013 2:41 PM
2:24pm: Berkman's deal will be in the $10-11MM range for one year, sources tell Rosenthal (on Twitter).
1:26pm: The Rangers finalizing an agreement with Lance Berkman, a source tells Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The deal is believed to be for one year and might include a vesting option for the Moye Sports Associates client.
Berkman will bring offense to a Texas team that lost a good amount of pop this winter and missed out on some of its favorite targets. After the departures of Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli, and Michael Young, Berkman will be expected to be more than a feel-good story in his return to the Lone Star State.
Yesterday, we learned that the Rangers along with the Orioles, Yankees, and Astros were all interested in the veteran's services. Berkman wasn't sure if he wanted to play in 2013, but it would appear that a pitch spearheaded by team president Nolan Ryan was enough to lure him away from retirement.
Berkman, who turns 37 in February, played in just 32 games for the Cardinals last season thanks to a left calf injury and a torn meniscus in his right knee. In his one season and change in St. Louis, Berkman posted a .295/.408/.533 slash line with 33 homers in 177 games.
The Rays and the Red Sox also had documented interest in Berkman this winter.
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LongTimeRangerFan wrote: I don't think Lance will help much. Lot of money...
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CaliRangersFan wrote: I think it's a solid signing. 30 homers guaranteed for 2013. His kind of park. He will fit nicely in he middle of the order, much moreso than Michael -never bat me lower than sixth- Young.
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CaliRangersFan wrote: Berkman has a career OPS of .953, compared to M. Young's .791. for offensive WAR, Berkman was +5 in 2011, and Young was -1 for 2012. Therefore, if they play next year like they did last year (2011 for Berkman due to injury), Berkman should give us an additional 6 wins over Young (not to mention Young's defensive liability).
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"silly goose"??.....been spending time rereading your favorite Jane Austen novels?....I know he was injured last year..knucklehead..( prefer The Three Stooges myself)...tons of great hitters who have injuries late in their careers that never recover their past abilities.......Berkman wasn't even planning on playing anymore and was basically retired until Daniels pulled him back in with a huge paycheck....and you're gonna "guarantee" this guy is gonna give us numbers from several years ago?....pretty strong word for a huge question mark....that's all I'm sayin....I'm still waiting for all the pennants we were supposed to win between 2000-2009 that guys like you were "guarantee"ing me all those years....years of "budding superstars" and game changing additions........we give up one of the top 3 players in the game to our arch rival and pick up 2 stop gap 37 year olds and a reliver coming off surgery....if you want me on your happy train I'm gonna have to see how this plays out...
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