Rockies Aggressively Pursuing Berkman

THURSDAY, 7:51am: The Rockies' initial offer to Berkman was low, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  It appears Berkman is looking for $8-10MM, tweets SI's Jon Heyman.  Rosenthal notes that if Berkman were to sign with Oakland, he would spend some time in the field.

WEDNESDAY, 6:50pm: The Rockies are aggressively pursuing free agent outfielder Lance Berkman, writes Troy Renck of The Denver Post.  Renck writes that the slugger will likely get offered more money elsewhere but his preference to return to the National League helps Colorado's chances.  Berkman recently said that there are eight teams interested in him this winter.

While the 34-year-old slugger won't rule out being a DH, he says that he is still capable of playing either first base or corner outfield.  Berkman has not played the outfield since 2007 but claims to have made a full recovery from the arthroscopic knee surgery he underwent in March.

In 122 games for the Astros and Yankees last season, the five-time All-Star hit .248/.368/.413 with 14 homers in 481 plate appearances.


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