Astros Discussing Berkman Deals

5:41pm: The White Sox consider Berkman a backup plan since they don't expect to acquire Adam Dunn, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney (via Twitter).

4:14pm: The Astros are discussing possible trades involving Lance Berkman, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported this afternoon (via Twitter) that a high-ranking executive told him the Astros could move Berkman and start rebuilding.

Like former teammate Roy Oswalt, who was traded to Philadelphia earlier today, Berkman has a no-trade clause and can veto any deal. About $5.4MM remains on Berkman's $14.5MM salary this season. The Astros hold a $15MM option for next year, but they can buy it out for $2MM. Berkman is hitting .245/.372/.436 so far in 2010.


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75 Comments on "Astros Discussing Berkman Deals"


Joey Doughnuts
5 years 1 month ago

*Crosses fingers for White Sox*

Roy Baker
5 years 1 month ago

*crosses fingers for anyone, as we need to rebuild this team* Lets go astros!!!

5 years 1 month ago

to where? Hope not the mets

5 years 1 month ago

Why would the mets want Berkman?? They have Ike Davis…

Dave_Gershman
5 years 1 month ago

To the White Sox for Brent Morel and Kyle Colligan.

Joey Doughnuts
5 years 1 month ago

I hope your kidding. I don’t want to lose Morel.

Dave_Gershman
5 years 1 month ago

A lot of teams fans don’t want to lose top prospects and I don’t blame you, but If the Astros ask Kenny for him and not someone like Danks, Hudson, or Flowers, You have to think he will ship Morel to Round Rock or Corpus Christi. Think about it, they’d be getting draft picks anyway and Morel fits the bill. Plus, (I don’t think this) Many think Viciedo has a better chance to be a solid Major League 3B than Morel. You’d also be getting Lance with a chance to make the post season and go farther than that. Imagine Berkman hitting 3rd or 5th and having Rios, Pauliewood, Berkman, Gordon, 1-Dog, Quentin (not respectively) the first 7 batters in the White Sox order.

Joey Doughnuts
5 years 1 month ago

I think Viciedo is more likely to be a 1B or DH than a 3B. He is too big and slow to stick it at 3B. Morel is a great gloveman at 3B, and I would much rather lose Danks than Morel. I would even rather we trade Flowers before we trade Morel. Morel and Hudson are our top 2 IMO (of the guys closest to the majors).

Dave_Gershman
5 years 1 month ago

You don’t want to trade Tyler Flowers.

Soxman17
5 years 1 month ago

I’d trade Flowers right now if someone wanted him. I don’t think he’s turned out to be what the Sox thought he would, and they are not in a position to have a young catcher on this team any time soon.

foxtown
5 years 1 month ago

Really? Morel is the guy you’re going to make untouchable? I would do that deal in a second if the Astros sent some cash our way with Berkman.

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

Despite how much I like Morel, I feel I’d rather part with him than Flowers, Hudson or Viciedo. However if they like Jordan Danks I’d give the Astros him and keep Morel.

5 years 1 month ago

Way too much to give up for an expensive rental having a lackluster year. There are better options than Berkman out there.

Dave_Gershman
5 years 1 month ago

He could eventually get a team 2 top draft picks. Colligan isn’t all that special but Berkman could use a change is scenery, U.S. Cellular is better for LHB than Minute Maid, and Berkman brings a possitive presence and a leader, something that the White Sox have, but could obviously use a guy like Berkman who has been playing much better over the past month. You’ll see.

VoteForPrado
5 years 1 month ago

The White Sox definitely won’t bank on getting those two draft picks, either. I can’t see Berkman getting a multi-year deal, so declining arb would likely just mean a paycut for him. Unless he just hates Chicago and wants to play for a new team that badly. Of course, there is a chance that he regains form and earns a multi-year deal before the season ends. As you said, he’s been swinging it well lately.

Dave_Gershman
5 years 1 month ago

Overall he is having a bad year, but lately he has been much better and no, there aren’t many options out there that could satisfy the White Sox if Dunn stays.

Red_Line_9
5 years 1 month ago

There’s actually quite a few.

VoteForPrado
5 years 1 month ago

I can’t see Berkman bringing in that much in terms of prospects.. He isn’t performing like the Lance Berkman of old and he’s getting paid a bunch. Maybe a B prospect and a whole lot of salary relief.

5 years 1 month ago

He really isn’t getting paid much at all. He will cost maybe 5 mil for the rest of the year and then can be let go with a team option next year for 2 mil I think. With that said, I agree that he won’t bring much prospect wise, but better than you think IMO.

VoteForPrado
5 years 1 month ago

$7 million is lot to pay for two months of a struggling player. Houston will have to kick in some cash if they want to get a guy like Morel, and even then I don’t see it happening.

5 years 1 month ago

So they’re going to trade Berkman and Oswalt, but not Myers???

davengmusic
5 years 1 month ago

still over 72 hours left. anything can happen. who’da thought ed wade would actually make a trade where HE was the fleecer?

dejota
5 years 1 month ago

As long as Drayton doesn’t personally handle this one as well we’ll be fine….
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we’re screwed.

5 years 1 month ago

Yeah I don’t understand the whole Bret Myers thing. I used to think Ed Wade was the dumbest person on the planet, but he gained some respect from me for acquiring Brett Wallace. Flip Lance to angels or white sox. I don’t think the Angels should give up so quickly

5 years 1 month ago

Angels have no chance to get to the playoffs.

icedrake523
5 years 1 month ago

They have a chance. Especially since the Rangers historically struggle in August and September.

Yankeeboy11
5 years 1 month ago

They need to trade Myers and Berkman already. I wouldn’t mind seeing the Yankees get Berkman to DH since their out on Dunn.

The_Silver_Stacker
5 years 1 month ago

you never know if the yankees are out of it, they MIGHT be laying low and swoop in and get Dunn if anything amounts to anything solid in talks with the Nats and Rays, but I don’t think anything will happen

jeter2blue
5 years 1 month ago

Buster Olney reported on twitter that the Yankees and Rays are still possibilities for Dunn

5 years 1 month ago

Come onnnn Giants. That high OBP could really be useful in the middle of the lineup.

bevothephenom
5 years 1 month ago

why so much intrest in a .245 hitter…..

5 years 1 month ago

A .245 hitter with 0 protection. He is still one of the most patient hitters in mlb – look at the OBP. I won’t argue that he hasnt’ lost something from previous years, but the potential of him going on a tear with better protection is good. I think he would be a good pickup for a contending team as long as he doesn’t require his option to be picked up.

5 years 1 month ago

Because hes got a pretty good track record…near .300 career hitter with a good ops. Hes like 34-35 but a change of scenery and he will be a great piece for a team trying to make a playoff push.

csg
5 years 1 month ago

.925OPS in July helps

Ferrariman
5 years 1 month ago

watch it be something like the blue jays 😀

5 years 1 month ago

Im hearing the Angels

Yoni Pollak
5 years 1 month ago

where are you hearing that from?

Ferrariman
5 years 1 month ago

the scary voices in his head.

BattlingRedlegs
5 years 1 month ago

Reds

Tigerfan93
5 years 1 month ago

This is a Rosenthal report, so the only two possible teams that could be interested are the Yankees and White Sox.

5 years 1 month ago

Can he still play Right Field? If so… send him to Atlanta and let Heyward move to CF…

kray1000
5 years 1 month ago

Berkman’s days in the outfield are over. He could be useful at first base though with Glaus struggling.

Paul Ryan Stivender
5 years 1 month ago

whycant tthe rays take puma?

progmatinee
5 years 1 month ago

How many years does Berkman realistically have left?

dejota
5 years 1 month ago

He might be done realistically.

averykelly
5 years 1 month ago

send him to the tigers with brett myers for brennan boesch and austin jackson

Tigerfan93
5 years 1 month ago

That is VERY wishful thinking. Why would you give up Boesch AND Jackson for a guy who says he may retire at the end of this contract and a guy who isn’t guaranteed to come back next year?

budman3
5 years 1 month ago

Berkman and 4 million dollars to the Rays for either Matt Moore OR Jake McGee OR Alex Torrez and Willy Aybar.

5 years 1 month ago

if the A’s had the pieces to get him, could be super fun…almost certainly not happening, but a legit bat in the middle of that lineup could really challenge the Rangers

ThinkBlue10
5 years 1 month ago

sorry but i think at this point nothing will be enough to challenge the rangers. he would be a nice fit with the rangers though.

ThinkBlue10
5 years 1 month ago

berkman and myers to the dodgers for loney

5 years 1 month ago

Why would they go after Loney when they just got Brett Wallace? Dodgers wouldnt give up Loney for Oswalt so why would they give him up for Berkman and Myers?

ThinkBlue10
5 years 1 month ago

they didn’t trade loney for oswalt because they wouldn’t have had a replacement for loney but in this deal berkman would be his replacement and we get a pitcher that is needed in our rotation.

Mystro22
5 years 1 month ago

Thats why they got Wallace he is going to be here this year. There is no way that Wallace falls under the the stay in the minors for years that is always like an Astro prospect. I have to say if they get at least a solid bat and pitcher in return the might have a solid team in 3 years. Chris Johnson is looking like a good third baseman, and watch out for Rogers son, he is absolutly destroying the ball in CC.