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Berkman an option as Rangers rental

Posted on: August 29, 2011 1:14 pm
Edited on: August 29, 2011 2:33 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz left Sunday night's game with a strained left hamstring and the odds are pretty good he hits the disabled list. The Rangers won't make any moves until Cruz's MRI comes back, but if he does hit the disabled list, they'll be forced to use two from the group of David Murphy, Endy Chavez and Craig Gentry to flank Josh Hamilton in the outfield on a daily basis. Needless to say, that leaves the lineup void of some significant punch in Cruz's absence. That is, of course, unless the Rangers acquire Lance Berkman of the Cardinals.

Yes, Berkman has reportedly cleared waivers, so the Cardinals could listen to offers from any team. DallasNews.com is reporting that Berkman is an option for the Rangers, should Cruz hit the DL.

A deal is certainly possible. The Cardinals have fallen out of the NL Central race due to an insane surge by the Brewers (27-5 in last 32 games) and Berkman's a free agent at the end of the season. Thus, they probably wouldn't even want much back for him. If Berkman wanted to return to St. Louis in the offseason, he'd be free to do that, too.

The action must be fast, because in order to be eligible for the postseason roster, the Rangers would need to acquire Berkman by September 1.

An interesting twist in the situation is that Berkman chose the Cardinals over the Rangers as a free agent because he -- incorrectly, as it turns out -- believed the Cardinals had a better shot at the postseason. In fairness to Berkman, that was before Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright was injured.

Berkman, 35, is certainly familiar with the state, as he played parts of 12 seasons with the Astros before being traded to the Yankees last season. He's enjoyed a resurgent 2011 campaign, as he's hitting .289/.405/.570 with 30 homers, 81 RBI and 73 runs.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 11:29 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:52 am
 

Berkman an option as Rangers rental

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Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2011 9:05 pm
 

I'd love to see him in Milwaukee...

I have always liked this guy, Berkman; and the fact is, Prince Fielder will likely not be back in Milwaukee.  I think Berkman would be a super fit with the crew.  Of course, it will not happen right now, with the Cards; but a move to Texas could make it more possible for next season.  Berkman has everything that Fielder has -seriously-- but comes with a more reasonable price tag. 



Since: May 19, 2011
Posted on: August 29, 2011 4:41 pm
 

Berkman an option as Rangers rental

You can pretty much guarantee the Cards will not deal Berkman in the division to the Brewers.



Since: Aug 29, 2011
Posted on: August 29, 2011 4:17 pm
 

Berkman an option as Rangers rental

You think Lance Berkman would like to ride the bench as PH and DH for the World Series Champion Milwaukee Brewers?



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 3:01 pm
 

Berkman an option as Rangers rental

Uh oh Ranger$....the Angels are coming!!!  I still think they need pitching not hitting as the fill ins can hold down RF until Cruz returns. He`s consistently missed games & had DL visits, so this is nothing new. Guess playing in 100+ temps can do that to you.  Also realize there aren`t many front line pitching options readily available, but the Ranger$ should entertain it b/c that rotation isn`t scaring anyone other than fans in LF/CF/RF bleachers. 



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: August 29, 2011 2:50 pm
 

Berkman an option as Rangers rental

Thats Mr. Fat Elvis to you bud.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 2:46 pm
 

Berkman an option as Rangers rental

Note to Esoj1211: Carlos Pena is a free agent after the season. He only signed a 1 yr deal. Cubs wont resign him anyways



Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 2:24 pm
 

Berkman an option as Rangers rental

Note to Carlos Pena:  if that fat tub of goo Berkman can become a suitable outfielder, so can you- so that the Cubs can sign Pujols or Fielder.


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