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Rangers Sign Lance Berkman

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Posted: 1/5/2013 2:41 PM

Rangers Sign Lance Berkman 


Rangers To Sign Lance Berkman

By Zach Links [January 5 at 2:24pm CST]

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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Posted: 1/5/2013 3:02 PM

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Losing Michael Young should not be used as support for "Losing pop." If anything, it's just the opposite. Freeing up that spot in the lineup will add power to the lineup, regardless of who takes his place. I think he had the lowest WAR for the whole league, other than Jeff Franceuoeiur, last year.
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Posted: 1/5/2013 7:02 PM

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I don't think Lance will help much. Lot of money...banghead
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Posted: 1/6/2013 5:21 AM

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LongTimeRangerFan wrote: I don't think Lance will help much. Lot of money...banghead

I tend to agree.
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Posted: 1/6/2013 8:21 AM

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Nothing against him personally, I just think his tank is about empty.
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Posted: 1/6/2013 11:40 AM

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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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Posted: 1/6/2013 2:26 PM

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Sure hope he can stay healthy. A nice source of pop but not much else.


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Posted: 1/7/2013 6:48 AM

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A lot of money for a DH with injury issues. I guess this means Cruz stays in right field.

I'm not sure this is much of an upgrade over Young. Considering the money we are still paying Young that makes it cost us about 16 Mil a year. He better hit at least 30 HR.

Last edited 1/7/2013 6:51 AM by dato24

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Posted: 1/7/2013 7:22 AM

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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.
I sure hope you're right. He's hit 30 homers in a year just once in the last 7 seasons & twice in the last 10. I hope he is healthy,stays healthy & wins the A.L. Comeback award!!
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Posted: 1/7/2013 12:08 PM

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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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Posted: 1/7/2013 6:00 PM

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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).
I like your optimism & I hope you're right !!
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Posted: 1/9/2013 3:01 PM

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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.
LOL....good grief...what else are yah "guarantee" ing?....the guys 37 .....and it's 2013 not 2006.....sometimes careers just die ...he gave St.Louis nothing last year....showed so little interest in continuing baseball he was practically retired until Daniels pulled him out....probably would not have even played if the team wasn't in Texas and you've got a guarantee of the guy we saw a few years ago?.....rolleyes
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Posted: 1/9/2013 3:10 PM

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Like I said in the last response...if we get the Berkman from 4-5 years ago or even 2 years ago it's a great pickup and a good run producer to add to the guys we have already (not exactly a replacement for Hamilton but a help anyway).....but this smells like the kind of move Daniels would make back in 2007-2009 to patch some "stuff" together with guys like Bradley, Sosa, A.Jones and a bunch of other aging vets or guys coming off injuries...the only one of those type guys that worked was Vlad.....I'm thinking Berkman will not be a contributor by the 2nd half...hope I'm wrong....cause this team has a bunch of catching up to do if it wants to contend this year in the AL West and not just be fighting for 3rd place....

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Posted: 1/11/2013 7:56 PM

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He showed nothing last year because he was injured you silly goose!
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Posted: 1/14/2013 1:32 PM

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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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Posted: 1/26/2013 11:07 AM

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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.

Well, there's risk in this but Texas has brought back to life a lot of players careers. Hopefully Wash has learned not to burn out his players in the Texas sun.
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Posted: 2/21/2013 3:58 PM

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KinghtsOnFire, I think you are my arch-nemesis. This season is going to bery very interesting. I shall call you Moriarty from now on.
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Posted: 2/22/2013 7:23 AM

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On the contrary....it is,my good man, I who will be calling you Moriarty.....ahHa...
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Posted: 2/26/2013 6:46 AM

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If Lance is a DH mostly I think a solid sign. Guy has something left I think. Me think he can be good.
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