Cardinals Sign Lance Berkman

The Cardinals have signed Lance Berkman to a one-year deal, the club has announced (via Twitter).  Berkman will earn $8MM according to Jon Heyman of SI (via Twitter).  The former Houston Astro will be placed in left field with Matt Holliday being moved to right field.

Big Puma identified the Cardinals as one of his many suitors earlier this week.  GM John Mozeliak says that the slugger will be an everyday player in St. Louis, according to Tom Ackerman of KMOX 1120 AM (via Twitter).

β€œHe’s an impact player who not only helps solidify our everyday lineup, but he also brings a wealth of experience," the GM said.

Berkman was likely drawn to the Cards in part because of their ability to offer him a spot in the outfield.  The veteran never ruled out signing on with an American League team as a DH though he made his disdain for it well known.

The 34-year-old last played in the outfield in 2007, and he owns an ugly -2.1 UZR/150 for his career, with most of his work coming in right field. 


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279 Comments on "Cardinals Sign Lance Berkman"


fitz
4 years 8 months ago

Woah didn’t see that coming!

HipNip2009
4 years 8 months ago

It’s an admission that they should have kept Ryan Ludwick.

Queef Law
4 years 8 months ago

Yeah you’re right. Because he did soooo awesome after the trade

4 years 8 months ago

Good platoon partner for Pujols.

Stl_Great
4 years 8 months ago

Pujols will start every game from now on, Playing till the age of 50 and reaching Cal-Ripken Iron Man status.

Berkman will be if left, with holliday switching over, or play in right. (I think he’s playing in right.)

moonraker45
4 years 8 months ago

way to kill the joke.

4 years 8 months ago

I’d take that bet.

4 years 8 months ago

the cardinals don’t pay $8million for a platoon guy, but where is he going to play? It has to be LF. At least he has more motivation to get healthy. I like this signing.

The_BiRDS
4 years 8 months ago

8 Million? HA HA HA .. wait till u see what he signed for tomorrow… youll eat those words my friend.

Mr. Pinches
4 years 8 months ago

You want to platoon the best hitter in baseball?

sorry,did I miss the sarcasm?

4 years 8 months ago

Yup.

4 years 8 months ago

Yup.

Mr. Pinches
4 years 8 months ago

You want to platoon the best hitter in baseball?

sorry,did I miss the sarcasm?

The_BiRDS
4 years 8 months ago

Bitter?

4 years 8 months ago

Nice try, mom.

Guest
4 years 8 months ago

why?

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

Good news about this…Just another reason why Adrian Beltre to the A’s makes perfect sense!!

Guest
4 years 8 months ago

whoever gets beltre is screwed IMO. especially since they offered him a 4 or 5 year deal. he wont be good until the very last year

RepOak
4 years 8 months ago

Span. Your as big as a A’s fan as I am. How you feel about this? Honestly, I was a bit surprised. I thought for sure he was coming to oaktown. But at the same time it might not be as bad as it sounds. What’s next? I think they go after beltre even harder and maybe matsui? What you think? Who else is out there? Chris Carter might have to step it up big time if we can’t come up with someone…

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

Yeah man we are both huge A’s fans! I seriously think that Beltre will sign with the A’s in a matter of days. I think it’s the perfect fit. And I’ll tell you something, ever since the begining of the off-season I’ve been riding the Matsui/A’s train all along. I think he’d be a spectacular unbelievable fit there. Especially in bringing more fans to the ballpark. I’m really excited!

not_brooks
4 years 8 months ago

Maybe you can explain how Beltre @ $15M per is so much more valuable to the A’s than Kouzmanoff @ $5M per.

Considering Beltre’s numbers in Seattle, I really can’t see how he would be worth the massive contract the A’s will have to give him.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

Because Beltre is actually worth the money, he can hit, defend much better than Kouz, and get on Base.

not_brooks
4 years 8 months ago

Beltre in Seattle: .266/.319/.454

And that’s excluding 2010.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to pay $14-15M per for five years for that.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

I would do it based on last year solely, and even considering his Seattle days, I wouldn’t even think twice about it.

melonis_rex
4 years 8 months ago

Kouz’s 2010 UZR was fluky. If you think the regression in the bat was for real, Beltre makes a lot of sense.

And, its the best non-Crawford improvement the A’s can make—and I don’t see them throwing the 100++ MM needed to nail Crawford.

not_brooks
4 years 8 months ago

My point was that Beltre isn’t worth the $60M investment over five years if you’ve already got Kouz. Sure, Kouz’s 2010 defensive numbers don’t seem repeatable, but he’s still a damn good defender. And with a year of AL experience under his belt, I doubt he’ll be as miserable in 2011 as he was in 2010.

I guess it’s all about whether or not you think a marginal defense upgrade and a .780ish OPS is that much better than what Kouz offers. I, for one, don’t.

4 years 8 months ago

even if Beltre’s getting overpaid, he is SO much better than kouz who had an OBP of under .300 last year and he hit .214 with RISP. Even for a middle of the order hitter he has to do better than that… suzuki has to improve too actually

not_brooks
4 years 8 months ago

After the painful experience that was the Eric Chavez contract, I’m just not too excited about committing to a guy through his 36-year-old season. Especially since we’ve already seen what Beltre can do in a pitchers park in the same division.If there was a decision on a new stadium already and we knew the A’s would be seeing dramatically increased revenue over the life of a five year Beltre contract, I’d be all for it. If the A’s could snag Beltre for just three years, I’d be all for it. I just don’t think that the five year deal that it’s going to take to land Beltre makes a lick of sense at this point.

4 years 8 months ago

yeah I know what you mean, I really wish the A’s got Berkman on a one year deal and I thought they were going to…

I do think Carter will have a solid season next year even though it’ll be his first full season, and that should help a lot.

RepOak
4 years 8 months ago

Yea matsui is a better hitter/fielder than berkman. Not to mention the fans he would bring to the coliseum. It will be our version of ichiro. It’s a slim posibility but if we get Iwakuma that would even better. I heard they have to sign him by Monday 12pm est. I haven’t heard much talk of anyone having much interest in matsui, so the A’s might actually have a good shot of bringing him here.

melonis_rex
4 years 8 months ago

But Jack Cust is better than both Matsui and Berkman. As is Jim Thome, and Magglio Ordonez, and Manny Ramirez.

RepOak
4 years 8 months ago

Melonis. Your either trying to be funny or you just never seen jack cust play. I pretty much seen all 162 A’s games. He swings for the stars and misses 150+ times a year. He has cost the A’s wins countless of times with his play in the outfield. Either with errors or over thrown cutoff man, he is just not MLB worthy..

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

Well Signing Iwakuma would attract Matsui, hand in hand.

RepOak
4 years 8 months ago

Yea matsui is a better hitter/fielder than berkman. Not to mention the fans he would bring to the coliseum. It will be our version of ichiro. It’s a slim posibility but if we get Iwakuma that would even better. I heard they have to sign him by Monday 12pm est. I haven’t heard much talk of anyone having much interest in matsui, so the A’s might actually have a good shot of bringing him here.

Guest
4 years 8 months ago

hes as big of an everybody fan as anybody, arent ya span man lol

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

sure am! :)

4 years 8 months ago

Yeah as an A’s fan I didn’t really want Beltre because of his history of only playing well in the final year of his contract. I wanted Berkman or Dunn if possible, but now that they’re gone I think the A’s need Beltre, even if he’s grossly overpaid.

The A’s just need SOMEONE with power to support their pitching before this window closes.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

Your sure this is the right Berkman? #dontgetit

Ken In Sac
4 years 8 months ago

No mistake. He’s going to look like the old man he is in left field.

hardcoreforhardcore
4 years 8 months ago

LF is the only thing I could think of, but then I remembered they already have a left fielder…and one who’s making a pretty big chunk of change. I don’t get this signing at all.

4 years 8 months ago

I guess they’ll move Holliday to RF? Still seems odd. And like a pretty poor outfield defense.

4 years 8 months ago

You’re forgetting about Rasmus’s fresh young legs in Center, he’s going to play a major role in the outfield defense with Berkman and Holliday out there and you got Jon Jay to be the fourth and Schumaker will probably split time as a fifth or sixth outfielder. Like somebody else said earlier, this is definitely an admission that they should have held on to Ludwig but this could be an explosive line up with Rasmus batting leadoff, Freise batting 2nd, Pujols batting 3rd, Holliday batthing 4th, and Berkman batting 5th, or you can bat someone else leadoff and then have Friese or Rasmus in the 6th hole. I’m still not completely satisfied with Mozelik but at least the Birds are finally doing something right, now pay Albert.

jimbabwe84
4 years 8 months ago

Rasmus batting leadoff?? Not going to happen. It’s Tony LaRussa, so you never really know. But Tony’s on record saying he wants more plate discipline from Colby, so one thing he will almost certainly not do is bat him leadoff. Tony changes his lineup all the time, but I think he’ll often use these combos:1. Theriot, Skip2. Rasmus, Freese, Berkman3. Pujols4. Holliday5. Berkman, Rasmus6. Freese, Rasmus7. Skip, Theriot8. Molina

4 years 8 months ago

I guess they’ll move Holliday to RF? Still seems odd. And like a pretty poor outfield defense.

slider32
4 years 8 months ago

Remember the movie, Damm Yankees, I think Berkman is going to look like the old man in the outfield in that movie. I can’t believe it! I thought he would have been perfect for the A’s. He’s a borderline DH.

4 years 8 months ago

Guess this means that albert guy is headed to memphis.

Guest
4 years 8 months ago

i dont get it. what does memphis, TN have to do with pujols?

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

Memphis Redbirds…Cardinals Triple-A affiliate.

TartanElk
4 years 8 months ago

…Memphis is the AAA affiliate of the Cardinals.

Guest
4 years 8 months ago

“okay, that makes sense,” he says as he looks up to see a joke fly overhead.

Jeremiah Graves
4 years 8 months ago

…the minor leagues.

’tis a joke?!

Rough crowd.

4 years 8 months ago

minors

prophetjohn
4 years 8 months ago

what!

Cankersly
4 years 8 months ago

Whoa, that’s out of left field.

4 years 8 months ago

ziiiiiiiiiiing!

Yankeefan4life
4 years 8 months ago

I’d assume backup 1B/OF.

Tyler Sekula
4 years 8 months ago

Ahhh I love twitter πŸ˜› Got this update before it was posted on here.. was wondering why it took MLBTR so much time to put it up here πŸ˜›

4 years 8 months ago

Go back to Twitter douche

WrigleyTerror37
4 years 8 months ago

this is a plot twist!!!

Stl_Great
4 years 8 months ago

Be scared.

ellisburks
4 years 8 months ago

It’s a trap!

4 years 8 months ago

can Berkman really play in the OF?

Slopeboy
4 years 8 months ago

Yes!! And just as poorly as he did 1B for the Yankees!!

Stl_Great
4 years 8 months ago

Oh Emm Gee.

Projected Lineup as of now

Skip Shumaker
Colby Rasmus
Albert Pujols
Matt Holliday
Lance Berkman
David Freese
Yadier Molina
Ryan Theriot/Pitcher
Pitcher/Ryan Theriot

Or have Theriot at second, ethier way. WOOO!

Guest
4 years 8 months ago

you do know that there is no dh in the nl right. berkman has no position. he will be a power bat off the bench.

4 years 8 months ago

Berkman has a position. He is going to be a left fielder. Holliday will be in right field. Jay and Craig will be both on the bench, if STL will not trade one off for a young prospect.

Lanidrac
4 years 8 months ago

Jay and Craig are already young prospects themselves. Besides, we need one of them to step up and take over RF in 2012 on the cheap when Pujols becomes expensive.

4 years 8 months ago

Berkman wouldn’t sign with st. louis if it meant he’d be a bench player

Guest
4 years 8 months ago

why not. he had a no trade clause and decided to sit down in new york

4 years 8 months ago

Berkman wouldn’t sign with st. louis if it meant he’d be a bench player

JaySchu
4 years 8 months ago

I see Rasmus leading off and Berkman hitting #2. Berkman’s an OBP machine.

4 years 8 months ago

Colby Rasmus doesn’t have the OBP to be a lead-off hitter

JaySchu
4 years 8 months ago

Neither does Schumaker.

mattevilspawn
4 years 8 months ago

Actually, Rasmus’ OBP/BB-rate is very good. Even with a .276 AVG, his 2010 OBP was .361. And in 1500+ MiLB ABs, his OBP was .366. Are you thinking of someone else, like maybe Brendan Ryan? Rasmus does K quite a lot. That’s one knock against him. His skill set is very similar to Grady Sizemore, who was successful as the Tribe’s lead-off hitter.

Lanidrac
4 years 8 months ago

Rasmus has too much power to lead-off, and with his stolen bases, Theriot is more suited for leafoff than Schumaker, although for the times when the pitcher bats 8th, Theriot’s SB make him more suited to bat 9th.

4 years 8 months ago

I hope they don’t completely give up on Brendan Ryan he is a great defensive player up the middle and with the slugs at the corners in the outfield that is going to be a lot of pressure on Rasmus in center, at least with Ryan out there sometimes you have another plus fielder on the diamond.

Lanidrac
4 years 8 months ago

What do you mean slugs, plural? Holliday’s defense is quite a bit above average.

4 years 8 months ago

i guess they think he can still play right field.

Cardinals06
4 years 8 months ago

No, word is that Berkman will play LF and Holliday will be playing RF. I’ve always have thought that Holliday would be better playing RF, than LF.

Brandon Woodworth
4 years 8 months ago

lolwut?

Steven St Croix
4 years 8 months ago

Guess he really want to stick to the Astros

Mickeyblue
4 years 8 months ago

For some reason Astros players love Stl, Oswalt wanted to go there bad as well and Berkman said he preferred Stl awhile ago before they were even interested.

nelson_c
4 years 8 months ago

Odd, Holliday in LF and Pujols at 1B, where is Puma going to play? RF?

Stl_Great
4 years 8 months ago

Yep.

not_brooks
4 years 8 months ago

And it’s going to be ugly.

Cardinals06
4 years 8 months ago

Wrong …. Berkman in LF, and Holliday in RF.

KeithLawSucksInStl
4 years 8 months ago

No, Holliday is moving to RF. He said that he would be willing to do this around the trade deadline last year.

KeithLawSucksInStl
4 years 8 months ago

No, Holliday is moving to RF. He said that he would be willing to do this around the trade deadline last year.

4 years 8 months ago

no hollidays movin to rf wit berkman playin Lf

4 years 8 months ago

Berkman has not played the OF since 2007. 31 in RF, 1 in CF.

Stl_Great
4 years 8 months ago

True, but if Manny can play the Outfield, Lance Berkman can play the outfield.

not_brooks
4 years 8 months ago

Sure, but Manny can’t play the outfield. At this point he gives up more in the field than he contributes at the plate. The same will be true of Berkman in 2011.

Lanidrac
4 years 8 months ago

Manny can’t play anywhere, while Berkman has proven that he’s decent, or at least acceptable, at 1B. The Cardinals liked what they saw on his physical, so I think they’re in better position to judge whether or not he can still play the outfield with no other evidence out there.

WrigleyTerror37
4 years 8 months ago

This comment is awsome!!

portmexjr96
4 years 8 months ago

I though he was going to the A’s. O well we still gonna get Adrian Beltre.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

We sure are! And I’m extremely excited!

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
4 years 8 months ago

So if the A’s get Beltre, can my Indians have Kouzmanoff? You know, he started there, and while he’s not a perfect guy for third base, the Indians 3rd base has been a black hole since Blake left. Kouz would be an upgrade from black hole and a nice place holder for Chisenhall.

Tell Mr. Beane he can have a cheap bullpen guy for him.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

I think he’d be a really good 2-3 month guy as you said until Chisenhall is ready…It would cost anything more than someone like Hector Rondon…

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
4 years 8 months ago

Ah, Hector Rondon is rehabbing from TJ surgery; if that’s what it takes, the Indians should do that deal.

I’m kind of thinking Beane’s going to want a player currently in better health, and the Indians have no problems dealing with health issues. I’m guessing they keep Rondon. They have other available non starting arms though.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

Goo call. He wouldn’t cost much. Probably a reliever who isn’t spectacular…I keep expecting Yohan Pino to get picked in the Rule 5 and he never does…He would be my guy.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

Goo call. He wouldn’t cost much. Probably a reliever who isn’t spectacular…I keep expecting Yohan Pino to get picked in the Rule 5 and he never does…He would be my guy.

not_brooks
4 years 8 months ago

What’s so exciting about paying $15M per for a sub-.800 OPS and plus defense? The A’s can get that production out of Kouzmanoff for a fraction of the price.

slider32
4 years 8 months ago

It seems like the A’s and the Orioles are getting no respect to this point. It’s almost like they are the Mets. Nobody seems to want to go there.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

The Cardinals might seriously have negative 2 Stolen bases in ’11.

Ferrariman
4 years 8 months ago

rasmus might be able to steal around 20-30 now that he has a good contact hitter behind him and not K machines like Freese who consistently miss hit-n-run tries.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

He does have pretty good SB numbers in the minors…He’s a 5 tool player…I was making a joke before but yeah I can definetly see Rasmus stealing 20+ bases.

quintjs
4 years 8 months ago

I would agree with your negative 2 comment. Rasmus could steal 20-30, you know, if La Russa actually played him everyday.

slider32
4 years 8 months ago

I see Berkman running and lifting weight as we speak to shut us up! But all I see is Fat Elvis.

Lanidrac
4 years 8 months ago

Did you all forget that Theriot has stolen 20+ bases every year for the last 4 years? Rasmus played in 144 games last year and was hurt briefly a couple times for a total of about 25 of the others. He only missed a rare start every now and then like nearly every starting position player to keep the bench sharp as the matchups determined.

arknepp
4 years 8 months ago

i didn’t realize there were 169+ games in a season.

JaySchu
4 years 8 months ago

Molina will be their leader in stolen bases.

mattevilspawn
4 years 8 months ago

Weren’t he and Pujols duking it out for this last year? If memory serves they tripled the 2009 team total by stealing two or three bases each.

Lanidrac
4 years 8 months ago

They were both in double digits. Pujols won with 16, I think. It’s a good thing we’ve got Theriot now to avoid repeating that embassment of our best slugger and our slow-footed catcher fighting for the team SB lead.

brstreet9
4 years 8 months ago

Yeah, last year’s speed demons sort of reminded me of the 1987 Cardinals.

mattevilspawn
4 years 8 months ago

…and what MLB Catcher allows Yadier Molina to steal a base? That still baffles me! πŸ˜‰ And that’s coming from a ginormous Yadi fan!

Cardinals06
4 years 8 months ago

The past two seasons Molina’s sb’s totals have been better than they were earlier in his career. 09 he had 9 sb’s, and in 010 he had 8 sb’s.

invader3k
4 years 8 months ago

Well, they should have quite the lineup, that’s for sure.