Berkman May Leave Astros If Option Is Declined

THURSDAY, 5:00pm: Astros owner Drayton McLane told MLB.com's Brian McTaggart that they'll focus on Berkman's situation "during the season or the latter part of the season."  McLane also noted that Berkman and Roy Oswalt are the heartbeat of the Astros.

WEDNESDAY, 4:26pm: Bernando Fallas of the Houston Chronicle talked to Astros first baseman Lance Berkman, who is prepared to move on after the season if his $15MM club option is declined.  Said Berkman:

"If they don’t pick it up, I'll probably take my ball and go home.  If they don’t pick up my option, then to me that says they may like me to come back at a discount but they don't really want me.  If that's the case, then I'll just see what else is out there."

Berkman, 34, didn't rule out retirement, but said he's likely to keep playing.  GM Ed Wade essentially must decide if he wants Berkman on a one-year, $13MM deal, since his buyout costs $2MM.  Berkman is coming off a fine .274/.399/.509 line in a season some considered an off-year.  The 2011 free agent market could feature a few other big-name first basemen in Adam Dunn, Derrek Lee, and Carlos Pena.


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49 Comments on "Berkman May Leave Astros If Option Is Declined"


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5 years 4 months ago

Mr. Met wants Lance Berkman in NY! But I think that the The Orioles want Berkman more. Thats my pick. O’s!

But You can expect the Braves, Mets, Red Sox, Mariners, Cubs, White Sox, Dodgers, Yankees, Diamondbacks, Rays, and Nationals to hop in as well.

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alphabet_soup5
5 years 4 months ago

James Loney. And also, Yankees probably will want to have the rotating DH after this season, letting their veterans take a day off to DH once in a while.

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Ferrariman
5 years 4 months ago

How would berk play for the yanks? His glove is still good enough. Besides, it would be a shame for berk to play for any other team..

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Guest
5 years 4 months ago

His glove is still good enough. But maybe the idea of Winning a World Series will lure Berkman to the Bronx. Doubtful though. Thats why I think it’s going to be the Orioles, Mets, or Dodgers.

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5 years 4 months ago

What exactly would he do in the Bronx? Not a lot of openings in the Yankee lineup… It’s career suicide for Wade not to pick up the option in Houston. Berkman is god in Houston, and for that reason alone, the option is exercised

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5 years 4 months ago

He could DH for the Yanks.

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Guest
5 years 4 months ago

My point exactly.

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5 years 4 months ago

I guess I am under the impression that is the role Posada is to fill, 4 out of their top 10 prospects are catchers and Posada still has time left on his contract. From what I hear, Montero is supposed to be legit so…

I am an Astros fan, and I can see how most players/fans would love to have Lance on their team, but in the Bronx makes no sense in my opinion.

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5 years 4 months ago

Posada only has one more year left on his contract post-2010. If Montero is indeed ready to get big league AB’s, he could easily split time with Posada at C.

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5 years 4 months ago

I am a little confused as to what you are respnding to. I made that point already, that Posada is to fill the DH role, not a FA (unless a major injury) since he is still on the books till 2012. It’s a given that he will split time with prospects like Montero, or if Mauer hits the FA, NYY makes a run at him and probably parts ways with catching prospects and Posada still fills the DH role. So, not sure what you’re adding here.

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5 years 4 months ago

The original point in the chain was how Berkman could be signed after this season to DH. You said Posada will be the DH since Montero will be ready. My reply was stating Berkman could DH, and Posada/Montero could split time behind the plate–as in, Posada would not be the main DH or C in 2012.

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CosaOne
5 years 4 months ago

Cant see him playing for the Yankees but i can easily see him playing for a different team besides the Astros. Its pretty easy to envision him wanting to go to a team that has a realistic shot at winning ESPECIALLY if the Astros decline his option. Id imagine Wade will want that extra money to sign some more middle relievers. Berkman could go to the Giants and make a big difference or possibly to the Cubs

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Ricky Bones
5 years 4 months ago

The Cubs are out of money for a few seasons.

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fencepence
5 years 4 months ago

There’s no way that Drayton McClane would let Berkman walk, he’s a Texas boy and a fan favorite.

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5 years 4 months ago

The Astros won’t decline his option.

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lug
5 years 4 months ago

Really? I can easily see them trying to get out from under that money. In fact doesn’t Houston have the ability to get out of a lot of money here soon? I would trade Berky at the deadline get some talent and try to get out from under Carlos Lee’s contract also (how many years left? that may be tough) and rebuild. I just do not see that team doing very welll this season. Sure they will hold on and be competitive but eventually come in second or third in the NL Central.

I guess with this economy no option is safe, especially ones of the 14 or 15 million dollar variety. Would he get that on the open market? No. He is awesome though, even though I feel this way.

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GoAstros00
5 years 4 months ago

No berkman can still hit for good batting average. He has pretty good defense too. Here in houston he , along with oswalt, are astro icons. They won’t trade them. Lee is a maybe.

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BoDeGas
5 years 4 months ago

He isn’t going anywhere, he’s one of the fan favorites. He is from Waco, Tx and played college ball in Houston, Tx for Rice. They will pick up the option and make an extention to his contract so that he retires as an Astro.

Of course anyone would love to have Fat Elvis, that’s a no-brainer.