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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102 Comments on "Rockies Aggressively Pursuing Berkman"


dusto
4 years 9 months ago

If by Rockes, you mean Dodgers, then I am excited.

4 years 9 months ago

Platoon with Helton at 1B?

Seems like an odd place to land to me when he can probably get more playing time somewhere else

bleedDODGERblue
4 years 9 months ago

1. Its the RockIes not the Rockes
B. Isnt Lance Berkman a FA first baseman?

Natinals
4 years 9 months ago

Thats what I was thinking. I dont see the Big Puma squeezing into that outfield…

dbreer23
4 years 9 months ago

He may play some RF to spell Smith against tough LHP…assuming that Berkman remembers how to hit them himself. But point taken, he’s primarily a 1B.

4 years 9 months ago

Berkman would be like…a Brad Hawpe-esque butcher in the corner OF spots

dbreer23
4 years 9 months ago

LOL, I never said he’d be a _good_ fill-in OF…

Moe_Berg
4 years 9 months ago

As an Astros fan, I have seen many games when ol’ Fred Flintstone would pull in some great catches in his spot starts in right/left. He is no Jim Edmonds out there at his age, but can still play a serviceable outfield.

Moe_Berg
4 years 9 months ago

As an Astros fan, I have seen many games when ol’ Fred Flintstone would pull in some great catches in his spot starts in right/left. He is no Jim Edmonds out there at his age, but can still play a serviceable outfield.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

In other words, as long as he’s platooning with Helton, he isn’t hitting because he’d be hitting right handed anymore…He is going to have a -14.0 UZR in the OF?

Isn’t someone like Ty Wigginton a better option for the Rockeis at this point?

thekoshow
4 years 9 months ago

I like this signing. Rockies are making some big moves this off-season.

4 years 9 months ago

oops reply fail

st3akman
4 years 9 months ago

They haven’t signed him yet.

InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 9 months ago

Wow that was a curveball. He seemed like a lock for Oakland.

dizzle4
4 years 9 months ago

Not to be “that guy” – but you spelled “Rockies” without the “i” in the title.

Find this move surprising. Figured the Rockies would go with one of the lesser 1Bs on the market to platoon with Todd Helton.

InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 9 months ago

Don’t be a hero. Nobody likes a hero.

4 years 9 months ago

True.

TartanElk
4 years 9 months ago

Paper Lace even wrote a song about not being a hero, go figure.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

What’s the big deal? Obviously you know that it’s the Rockies…

4 years 9 months ago

Well atleast he was respectfull about it, not “OMG, your writers are lazy, can’t spell simple words right!!11!!!1!1″ like i’ve seen here many times.

4 years 9 months ago

Because this place strives to be professional and I’m sure the writers appreciate it. At least he did it politely, and someone should have pointed it out.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

I suppose. whatever.

thekoshow
4 years 9 months ago

Should be able to hit well in Coors.

dusto
4 years 9 months ago

Dodgers will swoop in and get him. 1 year 10 million.

4 years 9 months ago

Ummm…. This article say the Rockies just signed him……..

dusto
4 years 9 months ago

What part of “pursue” don’t you get?

Guest
4 years 9 months ago

The article has been updated, it originally said the Rockies were close to signing him.

4 years 9 months ago

Even then, close to signing does not equal signed. So any team can still swoop in.

Mdey
4 years 9 months ago

ok

eviola1
4 years 9 months ago

Why would you even bring up the Dodgers? So random. Did you not read? It doesn’t say Rocks aggressively pursuing Berkman, but Dodgers right behind. Donk

InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 9 months ago

You are probably the biggest troll on this forum.

dusto
4 years 9 months ago

trollo trollo trollo trollo trollo….

thump…

gutterr ball.

TartanElk
4 years 9 months ago

If by Rockes, you mean “team who always finishes dead last.” The “rock” of the division so to speak, then I suppose the Pirates are an…interesting fit.

4 years 9 months ago

We always finish dead last? Really? I seem to remember going to the playoffs 2 of the last 4 years and going to the WS in 2007 (Sweeping the D-Backs and Phillies on the way). How are we last.

mkorpal
4 years 9 months ago

It was a joke. Rockies was misspelled Rockes.

4 years 9 months ago

Well, the “we” he was talking about is the Pirates, and they’re last in quite a few ways.

TartanElk
4 years 9 months ago

Bingo.

4 years 9 months ago

you guys want him playing in the outfield? haha :)

InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 9 months ago

Thats what I’m wondering. I didn’t think he was still a capable everyday OF. If he’s just platooning with Helton then I don’t understand it. Oakland is offering an everyday job at 1st with decent money and a chance to re-establish himself.

bleedrockiepurple
4 years 9 months ago

Maybe Oakland feels their close to getting Dunn but we just don’t know or maybe he really wants to stay in the NL and face NL pitching or maybe has a weak spot for the Rocky Mountains lol….but your right this doesn’t make all that much sense. Even if Oak was out, I’m sure he would still find a starting job somewhere.

4 years 9 months ago

Daric Barton is at 1st. Berkman would probably be asked to DH 90% of the time with some spot starts at 1st and RF.

4 years 9 months ago

Daric Barton is at 1st. Berkman would probably be asked to DH 90% of the time with some spot starts at 1st and RF.

Guest
4 years 9 months ago

I don’t follow the Rockies closely, so I’m probably wrong, but it seems like an odd place for him.They’ve got Helton at 1st and it doesn’t make sense to play him in the outfield for a full season and I don’t see him becoming a full time pinch hitter, so where does he fit?

4 years 9 months ago

I assume he’ll platoon with Helton and play some RF when a lefty is on the hill. Rockies had two declining first basemen last year, may as well have two for this upcoming year….

4 years 9 months ago

This IS an odd place for him. If this is true, then I suspect Carlos Gonzalez will take over CF and leave Spilborghs and Fowler as 4th OF/depth/Seth Smith’s platoon partner. Offensively, this would make a pretty scary OF versus RHP.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

I would much rather have Wigginton, who could play 1B and 3B and hit RHP better.

4 years 9 months ago

Uh oh, headline change…..

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

And also, there is now a better chance of Adam Dunn signing with the A’s I’m guessing, which I’m very happy about.

corey23
4 years 9 months ago

yea i hope so as well. i’m scared though, eek. please sign dunn

slider32
4 years 9 months ago

This move is crazy! Berkman can’t play the outfield. He can hit and he needs to go to a team that he can play everyday or he can go to the american league and DH some.

dbreer23
4 years 9 months ago

Pure speculation on my part…this might mean that Helton is retiring, or at least willing to accept a role as a PH/part-time player.

mkorpal
4 years 9 months ago

Very doubtful.

mkorpal
4 years 9 months ago

Very doubtful.

pedroiayouk
4 years 9 months ago

this is laughable. Lance Berkman playing in Denver’s spacious outfield is a joke to baseball.

4 years 9 months ago

A bit OT, but I would LOVE to see an outfield of Berkman(LF), Carlos Lee(CF), and Garret Anderson(RF). Preferably on the 2011 Phillies club….

myname_989
4 years 9 months ago

That was clever.

dbreer23
4 years 9 months ago

Headline has just been changed to : “… aggressively pursuing Berkman”

4 years 9 months ago

What’s funny is that they’ve changed the headline, but still haven’t fixed the typo….lol.

bonestock94
4 years 9 months ago

Are typos really that serious? I get the idea of what they’re saying and its still the best place to get all your rumors.

bonestock94
4 years 9 months ago

Are typos really that serious? I get the idea of what they’re saying and its still the best place to get all your rumors.

InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 9 months ago

Jeez they have been off with a lot of headlines lately. “Aggressively pursuing” is much different than “closing in” or whatever it was before. Oakland is aggressively pursuing him too…

myname_989
4 years 9 months ago

Maybe it’s just me, but I refreshed three times and the headline still says “Rockes Aggressively Pursuing Berkman.” Unless Webster pulled a fast one on me and switched the meanings to the phrases “aggressively pursuing” and “signed,” I fail to see how this is a done deal. Lol

dbreer23
4 years 9 months ago

15 minutes ago, the headline stated that the deal was (nearly) done – was revised thereafter.

myname_989
4 years 9 months ago

Ah, I see. Thanks for the heads up. Late to the party as usual. Lol

TartanElk
4 years 9 months ago

Really, you missed the dictionary convention? Man…what a weekend. As they say, however, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

myname_989
4 years 9 months ago

Probably not the greatest of ideas to hold the convention in Vegas, for this reason. Lmao

4 years 9 months ago

No, now what happens in Vegas, ends up on Facebook.