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Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

Posted on: July 30, 2010 6:42 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2010 11:24 pm
 

The Yankees and Houston have agreed to a deal that will send longtime Astros first baseman Lance Berkman to the Bronx, CBSSports.com has confirmed.

The trade is not expected to become official until Saturday because of a technicality -- Berkman has to waive no-trade rights as a 10-and-5 man, a player who has been in the majors for 10 years, the last five with the same team. But he has agreed to do so, according to a major-league official, and, barring a last-minute change of mind, Berkman will officially become a Yankee on Saturday.

In return, Houston is expected to receive two prospect, neither of them high-level. Several reports have pegged them as reliever Mark Melancon and infielder Jimmy Paredes. The Astros also reportedly have agreed to pay roughly $4 million of the $7 million owed Berkman.

The move fills a DH need for the Yankees, who earlier this season lost Nick Johnson to a right wrist injury, likely for the summer. It also gives them a bit more depth.

But make no mistake, this is nowhere close to an in-his-prime Berkman. At 34 now and a life-long Astro, Berkman was hitting .245 with 13 homers and 49 RBI. In 358 plate appearances this season, Berkman has struck out 70 times and walked 60.

He's also hitting only .188 against left-handers this season with one homer in 64 at-bats. But he gives the Yankees a veteran bat, be it from the DH slot or off the bench, which they hope will aid them down the stretch.

Berkman is due roughly $5 million this season with a club option for $15 million -- or a $2 million buyout -- for 2011. It is not yet clear what the Astros will receive in return, but they are not expected to receive high-level prospects for Berkman. Also unclear is how much of the $7 million or so Berkman is owed will be picked up by Houston.

As for why the deal must wait until Saturday even though Berkman already has agreed to waive his no-trade powers, as Joel Sherman explains in the New York Post, Article 19 of the Basic Agreement provides that trades involving players with 10-and-5 rights cannot be announced until 24 hours after the player gives his consent.

Berkman, who was held out of Friday night's lineup against Milwaukee, would not confirm that he agreed to the deal earlier Friday.

"I'm from Texas," Berkman told reporters in Houston on Friday night. "Heck, I played at Rice. This city is like the womb. I feel very comfortable here. To think about the possibility of going anywhere else is kind of scary.

"My ideal situation is to win a title here. If this organization feels those aims are better accomplished by trying to strip down this roster and reload with younger guys, I don't want to stand in the way of that."

One other Houston icon who was traded in recent days, pitcher Roy Oswalt, thinks the move to New York will rejuvenate his old teammate.

"I think it would be good for him," Oswalt told reporters in Washington on Friday after making his first start for Philadelphia since the Phillies acquired him from Houston on Thursday. "Sometimes you get a change of scenery [and] it turns you all the way around. Sometimes you get in a rut of doing the same thing over and over again."

Berkman acknowledged that Astros general manager Ed Wade approached him two days ago with a list of "probably eight teams" that had expressed interest in the 12-year veteran.

"There were four yeas and four nays," Berkman said.

In the end, as we've seen in the past, the Bronx came up with the biggest yea.

"You don't always get to pick how you leave an organization," Berkman said. "If and when it comes time to move on, I'll do it with as much grace as I can muster."

 

Comments

Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2010 6:37 pm
 

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday


For your information, yes the White Sox are a from a big-market city.  However, we do not spend like maniacs the way teams like The Yankees do.  Heck, our payroll is lower than The Cubs.  It's just that I'm pissed that The Yankees get all the breaks because they spend like maniacs and Bud Selig lets them get away with it.  Bud Selig allows the Yankees to do whatever they want.  He has no guts to stand in there and have a salary cap.  When A-Rod got busted for steroids, he wouldn't admit to doing them at first and Bud Selig doesn't discipline him.  Yet, he would discipline Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz because they weren't on the Yankees.  You see, from being a White Sox fan, I may not be big on the Cubs, but I certainly would take anyone over the Yankees, including The Cubs.  1) The Cubs are from Chicago and while I am not big on the Cubs, I never wished ill feelings towards The Cubs.  2) The White Sox have a World Series so now there's nothing to feel jealous about the Cubs anymore.  And Finally, 3) If Baseball had a salary cap, you wouldn't see The Yankees do squat. 

For YOUR information ...

1.  Selig doesn't let the Yankees get away with anything.  He simply has no say regarding Yankee spending.  There is no salary cap in baseball.  Simply put, the Yankees are playing by the rules.  Nothing more, nothing less.

2.   A-Rod wasn't doing steroids at the time this story was spilled.  It was something he had done in the past, and he ultimately confessed to it.  Manny got busted in the act.  Hence the suspension.  David Ortiz received no punishment.

3.   Regarding the other jiberish on your post ... Get help fast!




Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2010 5:25 pm
 

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

For your information, yes the White Sox are a from a big-market city.  However, we do not spend like maniacs the way teams like The Yankees do.  Heck, our payroll is lower than The Cubs.  It's just that I'm pissed that The Yankees get all the breaks because they spend like maniacs and Bud Selig lets them get away with it.  Bud Selig allows the Yankees to do whatever they want.  He has no guts to stand in there and have a salary cap.  When A-Rod got busted for steroids, he wouldn't admit to doing them at first and Bud Selig doesn't discipline him.  Yet, he would discipline Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz because they weren't on the Yankees.  You see, from being a White Sox fan, I may not be big on the Cubs, but I certainly would take anyone over the Yankees, including The Cubs.  1) The Cubs are from Chicago and while I am not big on the Cubs, I never wished ill feelings towards The Cubs.  2) The White Sox have a World Series so now there's nothing to feel jealous about the Cubs anymore.  And Finally, 3) If Baseball had a salary cap, you wouldn't see The Yankees do squat. 



Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2010 4:53 pm
 

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday


I am a White Sox fan
A White Sox fan complaining about other team's spending.

Oh the irony.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2010 2:29 pm
 

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

Who cares what television ratings want?  I want what should be done.  That is a salary cap.  Do you guys want Roger Goodell to back off and not have a salary cap again in the NFL so that the NFL can get out of control too and have teams like The Cowboys and Raiders spend so much money on all the players and win all the titles?  Is it not right for small-market teams in the NFL like THe Steelers and Vikings to be competitive every year and I don't even like The Vikings?  Sorry.  That's not what I want.  Football has problems now, but they are making every effort to fix them.  Baseball has a zillion problems, but Bud Selig doesn't give a damn about them.  Why doesn't BUd Selig just go away so that Baseball should get what it needs.  A competent commissioner that will implement a salary cap and not let show favoritism to teams like The Yankees.  No wonder The Red Sox have to spend all of their money too because they have to compete with The Yankees.  I am not saying what The Red Sox do is right also, but if Baseball had a salary cap, The Yankees wouldn't even do squat.  The Red Sox would still be good, but not as good as teams like The Twins.  I am a White Sox fan who doesn't even like The Twins, but I always respect them because they do things the right way via their farm system and their great manager. 



Since: Jul 19, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2010 2:24 pm
 

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

Berkman is a good add, he'll do well.





Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2010 2:20 pm
 

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

Look.  Is it fair to see THe Yankees win the WS every year because there is no salary cap?  Bud Selig won't let a salary cap happen because he'll let The Yankees keep winning and baseball will keep getting worse before it gets better until Bud Selig gets canned.  Why do you think I like the NFL much better?  There's more parity and for the last 16 years there was a salary cap and teams like THe Cowboys and Raiders can't go crazy throwing out money to the best players.  If baseball did have a salary cap, you would see small-market teams, especially the Twins win the World Series and the Yankees wouldn't even be competing.  The reason why I'm mentioning the Twins are because The Twins always do well in spite of their small-market value and usually do good.  Even if I'm a White Sox fan, I have way more respect for The Twins than the Yankees because they get their good players via their farm system.  They don't go crazy spending like maniacs.  As for the NFL, true there is no salary cap this year.  However, Roger Goodell is fighting tooth and nail to get the salary cap back and he does not want a lockout.  All I am saying is that I like sports in which EVERY team has a fair and equal chance of winning,  I see that a lot in the NFL and NCAA Basketball.  Now that The Red Wings are not going to get away with it anymore, you will see the NHL become more fair and equal.  I see NCAA Football and Major League Baseball as total out of control that they have commissioners so incompetent that they won't even try to fix any problems.  They'll just let the problems grow and grow so that more people lose interest in them.  Like I said before, I'm firm but I'm fair.   



Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2010 2:06 pm
 

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

Call us what you want!!! Just dont leave out WINNERS!!!!!! Sour Grapes???? LOL!! Wisit was your team right???? LOL!!!
Its over baby!!!!! Just give us the rings NOW!!!!! WHO STOPS THE MONSTER???? NO ONE!!! Thats Who!!!! What a GREAT day to be a Yankee fan!!! Love it!!! Sorry 4 your team!! Tell them to Cowboy up and at least try to win!! LOL! TRY!!! Thats about it.



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2010 1:56 pm
 

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

I'm from Houston and been an Astros fan all my life. With the recent trade of Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman I will now have to choose another team! Thanks Ed Wade!




Since: Jul 10, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2010 1:48 pm
 

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

This may end up, with lesser up-front expectations, much like the Randy Johnson/Yankees outcome.  Randy Johnson played in two bigger markets (Houston and Phoenix) before coming to NY, but he didn't seem to have anything left when he got there, so I don't think it was the huge shock of coming to NY which resulted in a less than stellar outcome of his stay.  And Johnson and Berkman have VERY different personalities, so who knows.

Here's my thought on the Yankees in general: rooting for them is like rooting for the dealer at a blackjack table in Vegas. 

Why?  They should win.  Statistical probability says so.  They go after and sign any player they want.  But that is the greatest thing about baseball, the statistics don't always add up and sometimes the team that doesn't have the "Greatest Lineup" (as stated in a previous, Yankee-loving thread), wins instead.

RIP George Steinbrenner.  Enjoy retirement Lou Piniella (anyone else see the 12 spot the Rockies put on the Cubs in the 8th last night?). 



Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2010 1:31 pm
 

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

they are one game ahead of tampa in the east. so how are they being greedy, its not like theyre running away with the division. i love how non yankee fans cry about every time new york adds a player. just jealousy imo Laughing


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