could be re-emerging in the Bronx in 2013.
The #Yankees are interested in Lance Berkman, but it's not clear whether he'd consider a return to NY given the Texas teams' involvement.— Ken Davidoff (@KenDavidoff) January 4, 2013
But no need to panic Yankee fans, as within the last hour the Dallas Morning Star verified that the Texas Rangers have inked Berkman on a one-year, $10 million deal with an option for a second season pending him reaching specific benchmarks.
In case you might have deliberately forgotten that back in 2010 the Yankees traded two prospects to the Houston Astros for the now 37-year old Berkman right before the deadline at the end of July. *Please refer to end of post for more details on this trade.
Berkman, who had only played for the Astros, was amid the worst season in his 12-year career. His aging body was breaking down and he came to New York already hurt so his time was not memorably whatsoever.
Following 2010, Berkman went to play in St. Louis for the Cardinals and had a career year, hitting .301 batting average, 31 home-runs and 94 RBIs, which was a huge factor in the Cardinals winning the 2011 World Series.
Alas, last season his resurge, from the year before was short-lived as the Big Puma missed most of 2012 because he needed more surgery on his bum knee, an injury that dates back to 1999.
And this is why I was upset by this rumor, as the Yankees already have enough recently injured, post 35-years old players and adding another would be a joke.
So the fact that the Rangers are handing Berkman $10 million for 2013, with an option for a second if playing-time benchmarks are reached but if not he has a $1 million buyout so Texas can release him.
I literally almost threw-up when I read that Berkman could be heading back to the Bronx; and when I told my father he actually yelled at me like I was nuts for even alluding to this possibility.
All I can say is thank goodness Yankee fans will not be forced to witness Berkman play in pinstripes again.
Bottom-line is… injury-prone, veteran players, tend to get injured and play like they are well past their primes.
And don’t you thing the 2013 Yankees have plenty Lance Berkman types to go around already?
I mean my God next thing you know Chipper Jones will be pinstripes or something.
* In return for renting Berkman, the Yankees dealt two unheard prospects at the time, right-handed relief pitcher Mark Melancon who finished the 2012 season as the Red Sox closer; and it was recently announced that Jimmy Paredes will be the Astros everyday right-fielder in 2013. The 24-year-old has potential as he plays plus defense, along with speed, and power potential but he needs to practice plate discipline as he strikeouts a lot and doesn’t draw walks. It is safe to say the Astros got the better of the Yankees with this deal.