Lance Berkman Rumors: Friday

Yesterday we heard Lance Berkman could be the next big-name Astro to go, especially with Brett Wallace now in the fold.  The latest:

  • The Yankees are telling teams they can take on salary, but don’t want to hand over prospects, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. They’re now taking a long, hard look at Berkman.
  • Berkman would accept a deal to the Yankees, according to Sherman (via Twitter). Earlier today we heard that Berkman would like to play with former teammate Andy Pettitte.
  • The Yankees are seriously considering Berkman, tweets Sherman. Berkman is one of many bats the Yankees are considering, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com (on Twitter).
  • ESPN's Jayson Stark notes that Berkman could be traded in August given his large salary.  He says the White Sox, Yankees, Red Sox, and Rays have checked in.
  • Berkman could be in play for the Yankees under the right circumstances, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  Rosenthal feels Berkman would probably waive his no-trade rights for a chance to reunite with old friend Andy Pettitte.  A word of caution: an exec who talked to Joel Sherman of the New York Post wondered how Berkman would fare in the American League.
  • Are the White Sox in on Berkman, perhaps as a backup plan for Adam DunnEd Price of AOL FanHouse tweets yes, Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweets no.


57 Responses to Lance Berkman Rumors: Friday Leave a Reply

  1. jwsox 5 years ago

    god i hope the whitesox go after berkman before dunn, yes dunn hits for more power. But berkman is a better fielder, and more consistant(not this year yes but he is turning it around) and a switch hitter. And considering his contract probably a cheaper deal to get than dunn,

    • M4rk0 5 years ago

      Who cares if he’s a better fielder? We need a DH.

      • jwsox 5 years ago

        for when he splits time with konerko…its just a nice thing to have..not a deal breaker but its a nice little thing to have there you know

    • aap212 5 years ago

      The home/road splits worry me with Berkman. He and Dunn are both the kinds of players who fall off drastically in their early-mid thirties. The difference is that Berkman might be arriving at that train stop right now.

  2. averykelly 5 years ago

    berkman to the yankees for andrew brackman , manny banuelos , and slade heathcott

  3. Yankeeboy11 5 years ago

    I wouldn’t mind seeing the Yankees getting Berkman if they can’t get Dunn

    • jwsox 5 years ago

      you gotta love how lace freaking berkman, is a back up plan after Dunn….I would rather havea great fielding switch hitting more consistant hitter in berkman than all or nothing dunn

      • You might want to check your numbers, Berkman’s defense and hitting are WAY down…not awful and would be an upgrade at DH sure, but he is quite inferior to Dunn

        • jwsox 5 years ago

          yes his umber are down this year but his career number are very good he strikes out less, walks more….and gets on base more than dunn…even this year his walks are higher, strike outs are less and on base im pretty sure is better

  4. averykelly 5 years ago

    jwsox , what would you send the astros for berkman ?

    • jwsox 5 years ago

      ha no clue….brent morell+jordan danks+tyler flowers+jeff marquez+one more minor leaguer and i would have kenny take on a good amount of his contract to help make the deal sweeter…berkman is a salary dump for the stros

  5. TwinsVet 5 years ago

    An exec wonders how he’d fare in the AL? What about the obvious issue; he’s not even faring well in the NL.

    • alxn 5 years ago

      Hence the exec wondering how he would fare in the AL

  6. geolink2349 5 years ago

    I’m not quite sure how Berkman would fit with the Yankees…

    1B is already taken care of…DH belongs to Posada/players that need rest…Berkman has played the OF but I like Gardner/Granderson/Swisher.

    • jeter2blue 5 years ago

      im listening to joe and evan on the fan 660AM and they said Lance Berkman would be the DH, play first when Tex DH’s, occasionally play a corner OF, and be on the bench occasionally. Wouldn’t mind if he was sitting on the bench and in a home run situation late in the game hit for Gardner.

      • mah1121 5 years ago

        Are you nuts? Name me one time this season when they hit for Gardner? They never have and never will. His speed makes him to valuable to sit. If tehy were to bring Berman off the bench, he’d be hitting for Granderson against a lefty reliever.

        • back back back back back back back gone!

          • mah1121 5 years ago

            Joel Sherman from the Daily News is making it sound like a done deal (not a Dunn deal). Anyway, he’ll be the everyday DH and may play some LF against left starters. Gardner will go to center and Granderson will sit. He’s also a FA at years end. To bad for Granderson….he was finally coming on.

      • geolink2349 5 years ago

        LOL Berkman WILL NOT sit on the bench.

        The Yankees are most likely going to play Posada catcher. Berkman the full-time DH and the LF vs. lefties making the OF (Berkman-Granderson-Swisher).

        • alxn 5 years ago

          It would make a lot more sense for a contending team to have a full-time DH than to use the DH to rest regulars. I doubt the Yankees will be doing much resting during the playoffs anyways, which is what they’re building their team for.

    • Yankeeboy11 5 years ago

      Well Posada is currently semi injuried. The Yankees aren’t playing him until that sore ankle heals. when everyones healthy Posada catches most of the games lets say 7 games in a week Posada would catch 4-5 and Cervelli catches the rest. Berkman would be the DH and 1B whenever they DH Teix.

  7. BoDeGas 5 years ago

    I still think the best place for Berkman to go is the Tampa Rays. They have the pitching prospects to swap for Berkman. Hellickson or Davis or Brignac for Berkman.

    • No way any of Hellickson, Davis or Brignac are in for Berkman, he costs more money is is worse than Dunn

      • BoDeGas 5 years ago

        If Dunn gets traded to the ChiSox, then Berkman is a very good option. The Astros could kick in some money in the deal so it wouldn’t be that expensive.

    • Tampa Bay might be a destination, or their interest might just be to drive up the price for the Yankees. No chance Hellickson, Brignac or Davis are moved for him, though, even if they get salary help in 2011 from the ‘Stros. The Rays wouldn’t even move any of those guys for Cliff Lee.

    • Tampa Bay might be a destination, or their interest might just be to drive up the price for the Yankees. No chance Hellickson, Brignac or Davis are moved for him, though, even if they get salary help in 2011 from the ‘Stros. The Rays wouldn’t even move any of those guys for Cliff Lee.

  8. Cyyoung 5 years ago

    Im wondering if Theo Epstein knows he has one of the worst bullpens in baseball.

    • jwsox 5 years ago

      he does, i also wonder if he knows he has one of the oldest teams in baseball

  9. Jayson Stark is an idiot if he think Lance will go in August, the Astros would never put him on waivers, that would a bad PR move. If he isnt traded by tomorrow he will stay with the Astros.

    • alxn 5 years ago

      How exactly is putting him on waivers a bad PR move? And why should the Astros care if it makes their team better in the future?

    • aap212 5 years ago

      Much, much bigger and more beloved stars get put on waivers every year.

  10. Guest 5 years ago

    Would Tampa Bay even give up any of their pitching prospects for Berkman? Moore or McGee would be nice as well…Idk if they’d give any of them up for Berkman though even if the Astros threw in some cash

    • budman3 5 years ago

      If the Astros picked up most of his remaining 6 million(including the buyout) that’s exactly who they would give up(Moore/Torrez or McGee)

  11. mauerfan 5 years ago

    Berkman is a bum now.

    • joshuap 5 years ago

      Thanks for the riveting insight.

      How’s that Capps deal tasting right about now? A little sour I’d think.

  12. Berkman will do what ever a team will tell them to do.
    Hear is the thing If the Yankees want to pay for Berkman It would be Brandon Laird, Ivan Nova and Manuel Banuelos
    but if they wanted to make it intresting Joba Chamberlain and Manuel Banuelos or Brandon Laird

    • Guest 5 years ago

      I’m sorry, I thought this discussion was about Lance Berkman. I must be in the wrong section.

  13. If its White Sox Tyler Flowers Brandon Short and you can have him

  14. mah1121 5 years ago

    I would like to see Dunn in the Bronx for no other reason then to see if a lefty could finally put on in the upper deck in right.

  15. Ray R 5 years ago

    Um, why is everyone trying to play Berkman in LF? Are you guys nuts??? The last time he was out there was for 5 games in 2006. And HOuston isn’t exactly the same as Yankee Stadium when talking LF – you really need a CF out there, not a beat up first baseman.

  16. dc21892 5 years ago

    If the Red Sox go after Berkman then you have to imagine Beltre is going to be traded while his stock is high. I don’t agree with it but if that were to happen that seems to be the only logical option.

    • Wtf?? Beltre is having one of the best years of his career….why would the Sox go after Berkman only to trade Beltre. Thatd be a huge downgrade. You may want to lay off the shrooms…

  17. davengmusic 5 years ago

    berkman loses a lot of his power vs lefties. he still hits for average, and still has a decent eye, but he’s not nearly the offensive force righthanded as he is from the left side. i doubt he’ll want to be a platoon player since this is basically his contract year (no one’s going to pick up the option). i’ll be surprised if he approves a trade to the yankees.

    • jeter2blue 5 years ago

      Berkman would accept a deal to the Yankees, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post (via Twitter). Earlier today we heard that Berkman would like to play with former teammate Andy Pettitte. makes you sound stupid = )

      • davengmusic 5 years ago

        hey, if that’s what he wants to do, more power to him. from a business standpoint, it doesn’t make a lot of sense, but i’m sure he’s got enough cash stashed away by now.

      • davengmusic 5 years ago

        hey, if that’s what he wants to do, more power to him. from a business standpoint, it doesn’t make a lot of sense, but i’m sure he’s got enough cash stashed away by now.

    • jeter2blue 5 years ago

      Berkman would accept a deal to the Yankees, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post (via Twitter). Earlier today we heard that Berkman would like to play with former teammate Andy Pettitte. makes you sound stupid = )

  18. berkman’s home/away splits are really bizarre this year… what to make of that
    home BA/OBP/OPS: .287/.384/.896
    away: .194/.357/.700

    also can’t hit lefties at all this year, .188/.279/.559… i can’t see even the yankees platooning Lance Berkman, that would be nuts

  19. berkman’s home/away splits are really bizarre this year… what to make of that
    home BA/OBP/OPS: .287/.384/.896
    away: .194/.357/.700

    also can’t hit lefties at all this year, .188/.279/.559… i can’t see even the yankees platooning Lance Berkman, that would be nuts

  20. berkman’s home/away splits are really bizarre this year… what to make of that
    home BA/OBP/OPS: .287/.384/.896
    away: .194/.357/.700

    also can’t hit lefties at all this year, .188/.279/.559… i can’t see even the yankees platooning Lance Berkman, that would be nuts

  21. berkman’s home/away splits are really bizarre this year… what to make of that
    home BA/OBP/OPS: .287/.384/.896
    away: .194/.357/.700

    also can’t hit lefties at all this year, .188/.279/.559… i can’t see even the yankees platooning Lance Berkman, that would be nuts

  22. Guest 5 years ago

    Is this discussion about Lance Berkman or someone else? I’m confused. I’m reading proposals by some on here and I wasn’t sure if I was missing a name or there was a misspelling somewhere.

  23. JDortmunder 5 years ago

    Red Sox go after Berkman then you have to imagine Beltre is going to be traded while his stock is high.”
    ————–
    If they got a premier RP from a team like the Padres I could see something like that happening. But RS likely want the two picks they will get for AB if they can’t come to a deal with Boras. I personally don’t think he’ll be back. But I also think Youkilis is on 1B for good.

  24. Obviously you guys dont know Drayton McLane

  25. Obviously you guys dont know Drayton McLane

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