Yankees Acquire Lance Berkman

A year ago, the Yankees' big midsummer acquisitions were named Hinske and Hairston, but the team won the World Series. After missing out on Cliff Lee and Dan Haren, Brian Cashman went after one of the more recognizable hitters available and got him. Lance Berkman waived his no-trade clause and will head to New York in exchange for minor leaguers Mark Melancon and Jimmy Paredes.  The deal is now official.

Berkman, who vetoed a trade to the White Sox, brings a .245/.372/.436 line to the Bronx. The 34-year-old switch hitter comes with a substantial price tag, but the Astros are contributing $4MM or so of the $7.1MM owed to Berkman. He can become a free agent after the season, since the $15MM option for 2011 is now mutual (it was a club option). Berkman is in the midst of a disappointing offensive year, but he did post a .907 OPS in 2009.

Melancon had brief stints with the Yankees this year and last year, but most of his pro experience has come in the minor leagues. The right-hander has a 3.67 ERA in Triple A this year with 9.3 K/9 and 5.0 BB/9. The high walk rate is alarming, but the 25-year-old had never posted a walk rate higher than 2.3 BB/9 at any minor league stop before this year. Baseball America ranked Melancon 15th among all Yankees prospects before the season, citing his closer's mentality and strong makeup.

Paredes, 21, is a switch-hitting infielder who has played second, short and third. He has stolen 36 bases in 46 attempts at A ball this year and has a .282/.312/.408 line. Unlike Melancon, he did not place in Baseball America's top 30 Yankees prospects before the season.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that the deal was imminent, that it was complete, some financial details and that the Yanks gave up Melancon and ParedesKen Rosenthal of FOX Sports, ESPN.com's Buster OlneyAlyson Footer of the Astros, USA Today's Bob Nightengale, MLB.com's Scott Merkin and Jon Heyman of SI.com also contributed to the story.


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376 Comments on "Yankees Acquire Lance Berkman"


Yankeeboy11
5 years 28 days ago

Which means the Rays don’t think the Yankees will get Dunn anymore?!!?!?

Katsumara
5 years 28 days ago

And the rich get richer.

Gumby65
5 years 28 days ago

Yanks get fatter.

gulfcoastbiased
5 years 28 days ago

Pinstripes are slimming. Just ask CC.

rsanchez1
5 years 28 days ago

Pinstripes still don’t help him cool off. The man can’t pitch three innings in Florida.

5 years 28 days ago

Crybabies get whinier

Gumby65
5 years 28 days ago

Sir, put the flamethrower down, just casually observin’! :)

geolink2349
5 years 28 days ago

Haters gon Hate.

Gumby65
5 years 28 days ago

No hate whatsoever. George Herman Babe Ruth… CC Sabathia… David Wells… Steve Balboni… Cecil Fielder… Yanks have always been known to have the true giants of the game pass through. Okay, Balboni is a stretch. Seriously tho guys not a Yankee Hater at all, just an opportunity make a little light (no pun) of the Berkman trade; and for the record he’s still got plenty of value and the change of scenery may do him & NYY well.

John Franken
5 years 28 days ago

Maybe no hate from you, G65, but plenty from me. I don’t know why anyone would want to cheer for the pimp daddy of all teams- there’s such suspense every year as to how they’ll manage to lose 50 games. The vicissitudes of baseball keep them from winning from time to time, but the imbalance is absolutely ridiculous. How many times the Marlins’ spending are they throwing out there? The only thing I don’t like about baseball is the complete lack of a level playing field. Lance Frickin’ Berkman- jeez.

Gumby65
5 years 28 days ago

No hate whatsoever. George Herman Babe Ruth… CC Sabathia… David Wells… Steve Balboni… Cecil Fielder… Yanks have always been known to have the true giants of the game pass through. Okay, Balboni is a stretch. Seriously tho guys not a Yankee Hater at all, just an opportunity make a little light (no pun) of the Berkman trade; and for the record he’s still got plenty of value and the change of scenery may do him & NYY well.

geolink2349
5 years 28 days ago

Haters gon Hate.

Guest
5 years 28 days ago

Original comment. I need more of these..

I can see economics was not your specialty. If they are paying for Berkman, wouldn’t that constitute having a higher payroll, in turn having a lesser cash flow?

rsanchez1
5 years 28 days ago

If the trade is what they need to get in the postseason, then it will give them more revenue, so they will get richer. Of course, Yankees fans will say, “Of course we’re going we’re the Yankees rawr,” but it was the Rays that kept them from even getting in October in ’08.

jwsox
5 years 28 days ago

have you seen the rangers moves in the past week….

Katsumara
5 years 28 days ago

Rangers have been pretty terrible over the last 20ish years. Think it’s about time they were able to get mvoes in.

5 years 28 days ago

damn yankees

geolink2349
5 years 28 days ago

Haters gon Hate

El_Bobo
5 years 28 days ago

bandwagoners gonna bandwagon

geolink2349
5 years 28 days ago

Haters gon Hate

Dave_Gershman
5 years 28 days ago

This would be a really really nice move for the Yankees. The Astros can also pretty much cherrypick the prospect(s) they want from a list i’m guessing. Let’s try to get this done Brian! Keep Brett Wallace though! he hates airplanes!

5 years 28 days ago

It’s Ed Wade…if were Cashman I wouldn’t be worried about keeping my best prospects.

Gumby65
5 years 28 days ago

Well bye-bye Dunn rumors

generalbocephus
5 years 28 days ago

I imagine they will get both. Dunn is an ideal bat off the bench.

Nicolas_C
5 years 28 days ago

Dunn as a bench bat? Hilarious

5 years 28 days ago

Please tell me you’re joking and that Yankees fans really don’t have such a huge sense of entitlement.

rovert22044
5 years 28 days ago

I would say I don’t think the Yankees can get them both; but then I remembered, IT’S THE YANKEES.

rsanchez1
5 years 28 days ago

Platoon at DH!

Guest
5 years 28 days ago

Eh. I don’t know how I feel about this one…there better not be any good names from the Yanks on this.

Jonathan Gallo
5 years 28 days ago

True, but since it is the Astros I assume we are more likely to give them low level (A-AA) prospects since they are in a rebuilding stage.

Guest
5 years 28 days ago

True, and their GM is a moron so I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but in my mind, I don’t think the Yanks needed to go and do this. I love the team that we field everyday and I love what we have on the farm.

5 years 28 days ago

It’s a salary dump, so the Stros will get a couple prospects who will likely never see the inside of an MLB clubhouse.

penpaper
5 years 28 days ago

Which is sad because it feels terrible to see a franchise’s legendary figure leave just because their contract is huge and not get anything promising in return. I guess that’s the nature of the business.

5 years 28 days ago

He’s only going for a few months, he is coming back to the Astros in the offseason, it’s not that big of a deal really.

5 years 28 days ago

Its not a salary dump. He is in the last year of his contract (option excluded). The Astros can afford 8 mil. It is about rebuilding. Hopefully we can get something for Myers and Wandy also before this deadline ends.

rsanchez1
5 years 28 days ago

Two legendary figures. To me, Oswalt and Berkman are (or were) the Astros. Now what?

Guest
5 years 28 days ago

I’m praying that is the way it goes down..

j6takish
5 years 28 days ago

Gotta say, I was not expecting this.

Ferrariman
5 years 28 days ago

thank you yankees :) get him outta their before the cards face the astros. take Hunter Pence while your at it so nothing but a AAAA team is left.

Dave_Gershman
5 years 28 days ago

The Yankees will sign Albert Pujols to a 10 year/1 Billion dollar deal. Oooohhhhh

Ferrariman
5 years 28 days ago

good. means the cards can’t throw 30million+ at a 32 year firstbaseman with injury issues. frees up money for them to sign Gonzalez and Reyes :)

i’m joking of course.

Dave_Gershman
5 years 28 days ago

And well done for extremely making my comment be less funny and stupid and ridiclous than it already was. I always knew you were clever Ferrariman.

jeter2blue
5 years 28 days ago

haha! i love your comment! you wrote “thank you yankees :) get him outta their before the cards face the astros. take Hunter Pence while your at it so nothing but a AAAA team is left.” (i copied it to show people what you wrote before you edit it) dude, you know a AAAA team is a major league team right???

Nicolas_C
5 years 28 days ago

….No it’s not

VoteForPrado
5 years 28 days ago

Swing and a miss. AAAA team, as in a team full of players who were good in AAA, but will never amount to anything in the major leagues.

5 years 28 days ago

actually, it may well mean that, I dunno, but in this day and age, it means a team not worth considering as major league much the way gay used to mean happy. That should be obvious, but you apparently didn’t know.

I don’t even agree with ferrariman, on principle because he’s a cards fan and in truth because, well, as a cards fan he says things that as an astros fan I can’t stomach or make sense of half the time, but even I know this. If you wanna make ignorant comments, put some thought into them. The outcome will be obvious

Ferrariman
5 years 28 days ago

you must not know what AAAA means….

“i copied it to show people what you wrote before you edit it!”

oh the irony…..

Taskmaster75
5 years 28 days ago

I really hope this isn’t indicative of New York Yankee fans intelligence….

JK of course ;).

icedrake523
5 years 28 days ago

So where’s he going to play? Are they going to invent another lineup spot?

Jonathan Gallo
5 years 28 days ago

He will DH most days. Spell Tex at first as well as Swish and Gardner at the corner outfield spots. This enables Posada to get more whole days off.

icedrake523
5 years 28 days ago

Berkman hasn’t played the OF in 3 years and for good reason.

d32123
5 years 28 days ago

DH since Nick Johnson is injured. Posada will catch more.

icedrake523
5 years 28 days ago

Johnson has been out since May and thus completely irrelevant. Posada shouldn’t be catching at all.

Guest
5 years 28 days ago

Nick Johnson is done. He will be released by the end of August. There is no way they activate him and use that roster spot. That’s the only reason they are thinking Berkman or Dunn. Every Girardi showed a little frustration yesterday concerning Johnson. It was a waste. I’m not going to blame Cashman. He made a solid move and based on last years production a solid signing, but it just didn’t work out. It happens and it could have cost more.

5 years 28 days ago

Yes itll be the Pitcher’s Fielder spot, The pitcher will stand behind a net like in BP and the fielder will handle any plays on the pitchers mound

5 years 28 days ago

There is a line up spot called “DH”. I think you heard of it.

icedrake523
5 years 28 days ago

I heard of it and that’s where Posada should be 90% of the time.

5 years 28 days ago

Posada is more than competent behind the plate, and really isn’t any worse than Cervelli. Posada should catch as much as he can.

Guest
5 years 28 days ago

Which goes to show you haven’t seen Posada playing regularly as a catcher:

a) his throw is worse this year (yeah, it was possible);

b) he can’t block pitches that bounce in the dirt (well, he has never been capable of that but this year he’s worse at it, altough some pretty good catchers have had trouble with that, like I-Rod);

c) he is getting worse every year at calling games;

d) he never blocks the plate when there’ll be a play at home plate (usually asks for the ball 3-4 ft away from home plate, so as no interfere with the guy who’ll score);

e) I don’t think his knees will last too much, so is better to have him as a DH and teach him to bunt (like with Jeter, there’s always a big probability Posada will hit a weak grounder ideal for a double play).

5 years 28 days ago

a) Yes, his throwing arm isn’t any good. Cervelli’s is pretty bad too. In fact, Cervelli has thrown out a lower percentage of runners than Posada.

b) Neither can Cervelli.

c) There is no way to quantify this, thanks for trying.

d) Prove it.

e) Well yeah, he’s 38. He’s already got knee problems. Teaching him to bunt? That’s a new level of dumb. Posada has only GIDP’d twice this year.

(also the fact that someone liked this post makes that person dumb too)

it’s an epi-dumb-ic

jeter2blue
5 years 28 days ago

he’s gunna he the DH spot in the line-up (i like him more than Marcus Thames lol)The real question is who is gunna be DF’d. haha im just kidding GOOD BYE CHoP!!!

Guest
5 years 28 days ago

DH, 1base from time to time, even field, yeah, he has not played OF in a while but then again he couldn’t be worse than Thames “fielding” (or that horrible experiment of Randy Winn and his 5 ft throws LOL, do you remember that against the Orioles? LMAO).

I don’t think “chango” Park will get DF’d right now, but who knows?

JerseyJohn32190
5 years 28 days ago

I would imagine he’ll DH mostly, play 1B when Tex needs a day off, and maybe some LF if they sit Granderson against tough lefties.

firealyellon
5 years 28 days ago

All good as long as Kenny Williams gets Dunnzo

withpower
5 years 28 days ago

The AL East can suck it. Back to back, baby.

5 years 28 days ago

Nova + Adams/ 2 C- prospects?

Ferrariman
5 years 28 days ago

sounds like a lot. probably just Nova+c prospect. or something of that talent level.

04Forever
5 years 28 days ago

yeesh, not very good news for the sox whom are very quite still with the deadline coming up tomorrow

withpower
5 years 28 days ago

Don’t worry, 2010 isn’t your year anyway.

04Forever
5 years 28 days ago

ouch. were not out of it, 5 games back with two months left isnt impossible.

withpower
5 years 28 days ago

I respect you guys in Beantown. You are no longer the chumps you were for.. what was it, 86 years? 87 years? I forget.

Anyway, you guys have come a long way and you’re with us every year these days. That said, we are going to run away with this piece, son.

04Forever
5 years 28 days ago

will see…

R_y_a_n
5 years 28 days ago

Agreed, even if the Sox don’t make a move they’ll be the same old pesky Sox down the stretch of the season. Who knows, Tampa could still fade as well.

Guest
5 years 28 days ago

Never say never, but the Sox are not in a great position. Agreed?

04Forever
5 years 28 days ago

yeah there not in an ideal place, but with a couple additions in 2 places and that gap closes by September

5 years 28 days ago

He will only be a rental, he has said that as a condition of waiving his no trade clause the new team would have to decline his option for next year so he could re sign with the Astros.

nictonjr
5 years 28 days ago

Berkman doesn’t want his $15 mil option picked up so he can sign a 1/4 mil contract next off season?? Smart Lance….

5 years 28 days ago

He wants to finish his career in Houston, he is not a typical Yankee player who is just looking for money.

thegrayrace
5 years 28 days ago

Not like he needed to request it not be picked up. Nobody would pick up that option anyway. He’s good, but his .808 OPS is the lowest it has been since his rookie year. He’s clearly not worth $15m anymore.

Ferrariman
5 years 28 days ago

so what does the lineup look like now…?

gardner
jeter
tex
a-rod
cano
puma
posada
swisher
granderson

?

d32123
5 years 28 days ago

Jeter
Swisher
Teixeira
Rodriguez
Cano
Berkman
Posada
Granderson
Gardner

rovert22044
5 years 28 days ago

YES! COME ON YANKS! I am so excited to see who we get in return!

5 years 28 days ago

Spoiler: It won’t be anything good

rovert22044
5 years 28 days ago

At least it will be something…

5 years 28 days ago

enjoy certified baseball thrower jon abaladejo

Ryan H
5 years 28 days ago

Anything will be better than the nothing the ‘Stros would have gotten at season’s end when Berkman would have walked away.

BentoBox
5 years 28 days ago

Brett Wallace.

5 years 28 days ago

Brett Wallace is already in the Astros system? Or are you using that as an example of “getting something good”

Because Wallace is barely OPSing above .800 as a 1B in Las Vegas so that’s hardly good.

jarrett_Lauderdale
5 years 28 days ago

Probably nobody special. Just a way to dump some salary to make better draft signings and international free agent signings. We got off on a good start in the international market a month ago so hopefully the savings from the Berkman deal translate to some more money being spent there. Or maybe Drayton will now lower his concession prices so I don’t have to take out a loan to eat at the ballpark.

oremlk
5 years 28 days ago

Berkman is a class act.

Lets_Go_Red_Sox
5 years 28 days ago

Phucking Yankees, where’s he going to bat 7th??? Christ their lineup is ridiculous, they still need bullpen help to win again, IMO outside of Rivera, the yanks pen is just as bad as ours……

d32123
5 years 28 days ago

I agree we definitely need another reliever. However, the market for such is kind of crappy. We also need to upgrade over Pena and possibly get a low-cost starter.

Lets_Go_Red_Sox
5 years 28 days ago

I think you’re rotation will be fine as long as pettitte isn’t out
longer than expected, and ya the releiver market is ridiculous right
now, it seems to be like that every year, then the price gets
realistic at 3:55 on the 31st and into august ( wagner deal in august
last year as a good example )

5 years 28 days ago

Those poor scrappy Red Sox and their minuscule payroll will never be able to compete with the big mean Yankees a bloo bloo bloo

Lets_Go_Red_Sox
5 years 28 days ago

Who said anything about payroll???? Who cares not my money, just an
observation at how nasty their lineup is now, also DONT HATE the teams
that put the money they make back into their teams, not pocket it like
half the owners do, your jealousy is cute………..

5 years 28 days ago

I am a Yankee fan, schmo.

Ferrariman
5 years 28 days ago

that is the reason yankee fans have a bad rep. that stereotypical attitude and sense of entitlement.

get lost.

5 years 28 days ago

Wouldn’t stereotypical Yankee fan behavior be something like

“lol here comes numbah 28!!!! lets go get some pitching maybe dan haren is still available lol”

Guest
5 years 28 days ago

No trust me, the Yanks pen is no where near as bad as the Sox. Your bullpen REALLY sucks. Your closer can’t even be a sure bet. Bard. He’s it!

Lets_Go_Red_Sox
5 years 28 days ago

Oh stop, pap had two bad weeks, he looks REAL good now that he’s
throwing his splitter, and oh ya chan ho park, David Robertson and
Boone Logan are soooooo much better right??? Please. Our pens are
equally terrible this year