Eight Teams Interested In Lance Berkman

Lance Berkman tells Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that eight teams have expressed some interest in him this offseason. ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reported earlier in the month that the A's were interested and Rosenthal adds the Cubs and Rockies to the list.

Berkman says Oakland has been the "most aggressive" in terms of contacting him. The 34-year-old isn't ruling the A's out, but he'd prefer not to be a DH and Oakland has first baseman Daric Barton and lots of outfielders.

“I’m not a DH-slash-first baseman," Berkman told Rosenthal. "I’m a first baseman-slash-outfielder.”

Berkman has not played the outfield since 2007, but he says he feels better now that he has recovered from the arthroscopic knee surgery he underwent in March. Berkman has said he'll look for an everyday role and he told Rosenthal that he would like to return to the National League. There will be no reunion with the Astros, however.


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69 Comments on "Eight Teams Interested In Lance Berkman"


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BlueCatuli
4 years 7 months ago

I’d prefer the Cubs stear clear of Berkman. If the Cubs don’t push after Adrian Gonzalez, which I think they will, I think they should attempt to trade for Chris Davis.

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Emanny
4 years 7 months ago

Cubs are not getting A-Gon. You know the Red Sox want him bad, and could definitely put together a better package than Chicago.

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BlueCatuli
4 years 7 months ago

Doubt the package would be that much better unless it included Buccholz as the centerpiece.

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4 years 7 months ago

But OMG!!!1!1!!! Michael Bowden has some good value!!!111!1!!!11

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BillB325
4 years 7 months ago

Completley agree and to be honest I think the only way the Cubs get Agon is if they sent a deal like, Vitters, Wells, Coleman, and another prospect perhaps one like Jay Jackson

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4 years 7 months ago

That’s not close to enough. Vitters is yet to figure out pitching above A-ball (granted he’s only 20 but from what I’ve heard, people in the organization already feel he won’t pan out), Wells is 27 and of no use to the pitching stacked Padres, and Coleman is just a guy. You’d need a lot more for A-Gon, probably Colvin, Vitters, and one of the Jacksons at least.

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BillB325
4 years 7 months ago

From what I`ve heard the Padres want mor pitching with the departure of Garland and probably Corriea, plus Coleman to me will be better then some. Vitters is more of the throw in that probably needs a change of sceanery.

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4 years 7 months ago

I just don’t think two pitchers with good but unspectacular upside would get A-Gon. I agree the Cubs will pursue Gonzo, but I think it will take two of Lee, Jackson and Jackson plus a Coleman or similar player.

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BillB325
4 years 7 months ago

Lets try J.Jackson,Coleman,Guyer,and Barney

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BlueCatuli
4 years 7 months ago

Lee, Archer, Coleman and Guyer would seem more realistic.

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BillB325
4 years 7 months ago

I`m sorry because of the fact that he is only under contract for 1 more year, I`m not willing to give up a 20 year old shortstop who is aspose to be that good, and a 20 year old pitcher in the upper minors.

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BlueCatuli
4 years 7 months ago

I agree with you, but that’s what it would take. I’d like there to at least be some dialogue between the two teams. I really think Chris Davis is a good option.

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BlueCatuli
4 years 7 months ago

I agree with you, but that’s what it would take. I’d like there to at least be some dialogue between the two teams. I really think Chris Davis is a good option.

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BillB325
4 years 7 months ago

I`m sorry because of the fact that he is only under contract for 1 more year, I`m not willing to give up a 20 year old shortstop who is aspose to be that good, and a 20 year old pitcher in the upper minors.

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BlueCatuli
4 years 7 months ago

Lee, Archer, Coleman and Guyer would seem more realistic.

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BlueCatuli
4 years 7 months ago

Padres have inquired on Wells before. Coleman has more upside than you’re going him credit for.

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4 years 7 months ago

I just don’t think two pitchers with good but unspectacular upside would get A-Gon. I agree the Cubs will pursue Gonzo, but I think it will take two of Lee, Jackson and Jackson plus a Coleman or similar player.

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BillB325
4 years 7 months ago

From what I`ve heard the Padres want mor pitching with the departure of Garland and probably Corriea, plus Coleman to me will be better then some. Vitters is more of the throw in that probably needs a change of sceanery.

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xcal1br
4 years 7 months ago

If the Padres get anywhere near what you are speculating for a one year rental, I will literally spitz!!

If, however, you could guarantee at least a five-year extension, then sell the farm Mr. Hendry. Sell it now. He is a once in a generation type of player and is worth anything other than our top three untouchables (Castro, Brett Jackson, Cashner). Go for it!

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jwsox
4 years 7 months ago

A-gon is great dont get me wrong but he is not a once in a generation type of player…because Texiera, howard, Pena(in terms of D and power) votto, caberera and of course PUJOLS would have something to say about that also Konerko had a better season the he did this past season

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4 years 7 months ago

That’s not close to enough. Vitters is yet to figure out pitching above A-ball (granted he’s only 20 but from what I’ve heard, people in the organization already feel he won’t pan out), Wells is 27 and of no use to the pitching stacked Padres, and Coleman is just a guy. You’d need a lot more for A-Gon, probably Colvin, Vitters, and one of the Jacksons at least.

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BlueCatuli
4 years 7 months ago

Doubt the package would be that much better unless it included Buccholz as the centerpiece.

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bobbybaseball
4 years 7 months ago

Cubs can’t add salary unless they move payroll. Even a guy like Berkman is too pricey for them. They will have to get someone on the cheap.

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BlueCatuli
4 years 7 months ago

What kind of salary could he possibly command? He won’t make more than Adrian Gonzalez next year and the Cubs are willing to take on his salary. The Cubs have money to spend even if their payroll is going to be cut by five or six million.

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jwsox
4 years 7 months ago

NO THEY DONT…..Ricketts has said time and time again that payroll will flat line untill hendrys mistakes are off the books then he might try to lower payroll…there is no way the cubs make a big splash any time soon..the owner is trying to save the franchise and fix whats wrong with the stadium first then after a while he might invest into “rich” players

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4 years 7 months ago

Ricketts also said they’d never ask for tax payer dollars to renovate Wrigley Field. That’s already out the window….

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BlueCatuli
4 years 7 months ago

You’re making things up. He said it would decrease this year. That doesn’t mean the team can’t sign free agents. Get a clue.

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BlueCatuli
4 years 7 months ago

What kind of salary could he possibly command? He won’t make more than Adrian Gonzalez next year and the Cubs are willing to take on his salary. The Cubs have money to spend even if their payroll is going to be cut by five or six million.

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jwsox
4 years 7 months ago

hahah the rangers would more than likely just hand the cubs Chris Davis for a bag of peanuts. He has never ever lived up to his potential. He is the first base version of alex gordon. He can mash in thing minors and cant figure out major league pitching at all also he is horrible at first. Trust me you are better off playing colvin at 1st or getting laroach as a stop gap then chris davis

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shockey12
4 years 7 months ago

I would rather the Jays get Berkman over Manny.

A few million cheaper for slightly less production who can be the primary DH that can also help Lind figure things out at first base.

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S8P7W
4 years 7 months ago

The fact that both Lind and Berkman can’t handle lefties is what worries me.

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safari_punch
4 years 7 months ago

Based on one off year.

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S8P7W
4 years 7 months ago

The fact that both Lind and Berkman can’t handle lefties is what worries me.

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4 years 7 months ago

Berkman shouldn’t try to be advertized as a 1B-OF. He is aging and would hurt his value if he wants to field. Same goes for Dunn.

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firealyellon
4 years 7 months ago

you’re gonna be a bench player-unemployed

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4 years 7 months ago

Berkman’s 1b defense is underrated (antithesis of Teixera). Berkman will bounce back next year offensively too. As long as he is healthy that sweet swing will produce. Whoever signs him will be getting a bargain.