A’s Interested In Lance Berkman

The A's have been bidding, trading and claiming their way through the early stages of the offseason, and they're also considering a big free agent bat. Oakland has interest in Lance Berkman as a potential DH, according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.

MLBTR's Tim Dierkes suggested earlier in the week that Berkman "can probably find 500 plate appearances in 2011 for around $5MM." The Astros won't be pursuing Berkman, but AL teams such as the Mariners, Rays, Blue Jays, Twins and Rangers could have some interest. The 34-year-old batted .248/.368/.413 for the Yankees and Astros last year, though he now struggles against left-handed pitching.


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59 Comments on "A’s Interested In Lance Berkman"


silverslugger
4 years 9 months ago

Please let this happen! I would love seeing Lance in an A’s uniform!

not_brooks
4 years 9 months ago

With Vlad, Thome, Manny and Matsui all available, I have one question about this.

Why?

safari_punch
4 years 9 months ago

Switch hitter and can play 1B if required.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

But can’t really hit anymore…

In order, I’d like to see Carter, Matsui, and then Vlad.

safari_punch
4 years 9 months ago

One bad year?

Elvis can still get on base….and switch hit. Have to love the switch hitters.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

He really can’t swing the bat right handed though anymore. If they got E5 to platoon at DH with Berkman potentially, then I really like their DH platoon only if they got a 3B like Beltre or McGehee, but I don’t see Berkman as an everyday player anymore either way. Plus, you have Manny Ramirez and Hideko Matsui who will come cheaper, plus Chris Carter who is virtually getting paid nothing and finished the season hitting .318 and is in my opinion, in line for a breakout season and deserves a chance. Berkman wouldn’t be a bad signing, I just don’t think that he’s the best option or the cheapest option out there.

scatterbrian
4 years 9 months ago

No DH platoons! It’s a waste of roster space.

scatterbrian
4 years 9 months ago

also, McGehee and Encarnacion are no different defensively.

not_brooks
4 years 9 months ago

His OPS against righties in 2009 was a terrible .710.

His OPS against righties in 2010 was a pathetic .517.

He can still get on base against lefties, but he’s not much of a switch hitter any more.

4 years 9 months ago

You’ve got that backwards.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

You forgot about Chris Carter.

not_brooks
4 years 9 months ago

I did forget about Carter. The guy was a beast after he got his first hit under his belt: .342/.422/.605 in his final 13 games.

scatterbrian
4 years 9 months ago

Right? Cust had a better season and is still cheaper. Plus, Barton played in 159 games last year, backing him up shouldn’t be that much of a priority.

4 years 9 months ago

An Encarnacion/Berkman DH platoon? Both can also sub at their respective field positions, so it won’t seem like such a burden on the roster.

BleacherBumSF
4 years 9 months ago

the A’s should go after Manny

he would attract more people to the stadium and he’s a better hitter than Berkman

4 years 9 months ago

Well, the fact he can play 1b doesn’t mean anything, as Barton was pretty durable and should have won the GG at 1b this past year anyways.

safari_punch
4 years 9 months ago

Barton can’t hit.

4 years 9 months ago

sure he can, but not like a 1b. Only like a 2b.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

Barton can definetly hit, he can also get on base…

safari_punch
4 years 9 months ago

Send him back to AAA where he belongs.

scatterbrian
4 years 9 months ago

You don’t really know what you’re talking about.

safari_punch
4 years 9 months ago

Don’t I?

He’s not even as good as Lyle Overpaid and everyone thinks he stinks too. Why is he a delightful player? Because he’s cheap? On base skills don’t mean much when he can’t run to take advantage of getting on base and he can’t slug – well he is a slug.

I’d take a chance on someone like Berkman bouncing back then I would in a 1B that never was.

not_brooks
4 years 9 months ago

So in one post, you argue for Lance Berkman, who is as close to done as any former power hitter, saying that he can still get on base. And then in this post, you say that Barton’s on base skills are meaningless.Which one is it?

not_brooks
4 years 9 months ago

So in one post, you argue for Lance Berkman, who is as close to done as any former power hitter, saying that he can still get on base. And then in this post, you say that Barton’s on base skills are meaningless.Which one is it?

not_brooks
4 years 9 months ago

Delightful is actually a nice adjective for Barton.

30+ doubles, 100+ walks and elite level defense at first base, while unconventional, is delightful. Obviously, I’d prefer “dominant” or “monstrous” at first base, but I’ll take a delightful 25-year-old with room to improve over a 35-year-old with rapidly declining skills.

scatterbrian
4 years 9 months ago

this

scatterbrian
4 years 9 months ago

this

not_brooks
4 years 9 months ago

Delightful is actually a nice adjective for Barton.

30+ doubles, 100+ walks and elite level defense at first base, while unconventional, is delightful. Obviously, I’d prefer “dominant” or “monstrous” at first base, but I’ll take a delightful 25-year-old with room to improve over a 35-year-old with rapidly declining skills.

4 years 9 months ago

According to Fangraphs, Barton was the sixth most valuable 1st baseman by WAR, second in the AL to only Miguel Cabrera.

4 years 9 months ago

WHY?

He had the second best OBP on the team last year (.393) and the 9th best of any player in baseball.

4 years 9 months ago

Really? He led the AL in walks and his OBP% was top 10 in the AL. Additionally, he is a plus defender and he averaged nearly 5 pitches an at bat.

Say what you will…but Daric Barton belongs in the majors.

Ferrariman
4 years 9 months ago

he led all american leaguers in walks and had an obp of .400 with a WAR of almost 5 and gold glove defense yeah, i think he’s ok…

GriffeyandSizemore
4 years 9 months ago

People are giving Berkman such a hard time just wait til next year i hope he proves everyone wrong and has a .850ops or higher.

I’m ready for everyone to call me stupid haha.

Ferrariman
4 years 9 months ago

he has to shed that baby fat first.

InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 9 months ago

I like what Oakland is doing here. Hopefully it doesn’t all blow up in their face ala Matt Holliday, Jason Giambi, and Orlando Cabrera.

GriffeyandSizemore
4 years 9 months ago

Never put Orlando Cabrera in the same sentence as Giambi and Holliday again please he isn’t very comparable.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

The reason he put them in the same sentence is because Billy Beane likes picking up cheap players and flipping them mid-season for Holliday. In the 08-09 off-season he picked up those 3 and flipped two of them mid-season for what is now Tyler Ladendorf, Shane Peterson, Michael Taylor, and Clayton Mortensen.

Ferrariman
4 years 9 months ago

man, beane got screwed. he would have been better off letting holliday walk and get 2 draft picks. of course at the time, it was Wallace and not Taylor and they wouldn’t have known Taylor was gonna have a bad season.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

If you go back though, they shouldn’t even acquired holliday in the first place. There is this fella named Cargo.

not_brooks
4 years 9 months ago

But what would Cargo and his .775 away OPS look like in a pitcher’s park in the AL?

InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 9 months ago

Those 3 were added in the same season hoping to boost offensive performance for the club. All 3, including Cabrera, performed poorly.

GriffeyandSizemore
4 years 9 months ago

But i also like what they are doing.

4 years 9 months ago

I think Berkman would choose the option to play first so the Chicago teams, Washington and Arizona make the most sense.

Durf
4 years 9 months ago

Yeah, I’m baffled that neither Chicago team are listed…

RepOak
4 years 9 months ago

I would like berkman in a A’s uni. He would fit in. But I also think they would still need a right handed bat. Chris Carter? Just keep Barton at 1st. He was the real winner of the gold glove this year.

penpaper
4 years 9 months ago

Why bother getting a big bat like Manny or Vlad in that park? I know both of those guys get on base at a respectable rate but if the intention is to get someone to get on base, I’ll pick Puma before those two. Now if they want to attract a crowd, Manny is definitely the man.

I just wonder what a guy like that will do to a clubhouse.

4 years 9 months ago

“I just wonder what a guy like that will do to a clubhouse.”

Nothing, just so long as you pay him about four times what he’s worth.

4 years 9 months ago

I’d love Berkman on the A’s. But is that really enough? The A’s need a middle-of-the-order bat and there are better options on the market. Like Jim Thome or Vladimir Guerrero or Hideki Matsui.

4 years 9 months ago

Look for the A’s to go hard after Arizona’s 3B Mark Reynolds. The A’s need right handed pop and Reynolds can provide that. Despite huge strikeout numbers Reynolds would still be an upgrade offensively and a slight downgrade defensively.

Since the A’s and DBacks are very familiar I can see a deal before spring.

Another possiblity would be to get 1B Adam LaRoche from the DBacks. LaRoche is cheap (6 mil) and is a 20 HR/85 RBI with a plus glove.

4 years 9 months ago

Give Beane credit … he said he would be active. And here early on they have been pretty busy.

baycommuter
4 years 9 months ago

I like a Berkman/Encarnacion platoon, but the roster would then contain 15 non-pitchers and they usually only have 13. (Suzuki, Barton, Ellis, Pennington, Kouz or another 3B, De Jesus, Crisp, Sweeney, Berkman, Encarnacion) plus backup catcher, Rosales, Davis, Jackson, Carter.) Jackson’s probably gone under that scenario, but there’s still one to go. That seems to indicate they’re thinking of Encarnacion as a third baseman, then Berkman and Carter could platoon and Carter could pick up some more ABs in the OF.

4 years 9 months ago

This is more like it. Berkman is in line for a nice comeback, he’ll be cheap and he’s way more dependable than Manny.

Randy_McWeen
4 years 9 months ago

this is a freakin perfect fit…even though berkman has always bugged me with his unorthodox style, he would be a great fit for this team…i dont care what his numbers were last year…the dude can still hit and he’d be playing everyday…also, who does everybody think kouz will be traded to?

4 years 9 months ago

I’d bet Kouz stays and Encarnacion is packaged. The A’s – mainly Cahill, need Kouz’ defense.

yankee2195
4 years 9 months ago

who dont the a’s want? lol

4 years 9 months ago

Jack Cust

yankee2195
4 years 9 months ago

true that, but he grew up in the area around where i live soo im still rooting for him to have a good career hopefully

yankee2195
4 years 9 months ago

true that, but he grew up in the area around where i live soo im still rooting for him to have a good career hopefully

4 years 9 months ago

Jack Cust