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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, 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."



Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2010 10:24 am

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

The biggest question is if this Texas guy can cut it under the big lights of New York. His thrown into a whole new world. The good news is expectations are low and new acquires have seem to taken a back seat of late and given a little more wiggle room. Tex, Granderson and CC come to mind as players who have been graced by the patience of the Yankees fan. Most likely because A-Rod always has the biggest story around him whether it be roids, hip surgery or 600. But also winning doesn't hurt.

Since he is becoming a role player on the best team in baseball the expectations will be low. A few clutch hits, some home runs and RBI’s is all that needed from Berkman. He'll also get to hit against mainly righties with Kearns and Thymes playing while a lefty's on the hill.

The potential for Berkman could be huge though. In the Astro's line-up he was a pitchers main concern if not only, no one else really jumped out at you. However playing in the Bronx he'll fall into the shadows with protection from Cano, ARod, Tex, Swisher, Jeter, Posada, Granderson...... 

So this is a huge opportunity for Berkman to get some late life back in his game- especially in his bat. Going from worst to a World Series contented should also help rejuvenate a player’s enthusiasm.

Since: Oct 22, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2010 8:24 am

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

Awesome move by the Yankees. Berkman being a switch hitter gives the Yankees even more flexability in the line up. Nick Johnson is done for the year so this is a good fit. Berkman was buried in the Houston Astros lineup and you cant pitch around him in New York. With part of the salary being picked up from Houston and the fact that he can be bought out in 2011, this may be a short term solution to building the bench. Throw in Austin Kearns and Cashman has provided the depth the Yankees were looking for. Curtis, Thames, Huffman dont put much of a scare into anyone. Hope that pitching is addressed and the Yankees can add a solid late innings guy. Sounds like Pettitte is ahead of schedule so that may help the decision to not chase after Ted Lilly although it would be good to get him since Phil Hughes is just about at his inning limit for the year.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2010 7:56 am

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

I think Bud Selig loves it when the Yankees get everyone and win the WS.  Baseball is so out of control it's not even funny.  Unless The White Sox are in the playoffs and unless the Yankees get KO'd in the first round of the playoffs, which I don't see happening, I might as well not even watch the playoffs.  The only way to watch the playoffs these days is to NOT see the EVIL Yankees in there. 

Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2010 4:55 am

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

These payroll and salary cap comments make me laugh.  Theres never going to be a salary cap in baseball.  Get over it Yankee haters.  

Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2010 3:08 am

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

And here is something that is not being touched on too much: Berkman is a switch hitter which means it is going to be a nightmare in later innings for a manger to decide who he will bring out of the bullpen (the lefty or the righty).

LOL well actually Berkman is hitting .188 against lefties so i dont think it will be too hard to decide who to bring in...

And i honestly dont like the Yankees...I'm from Philadelphia so that makes me a Phillies fan...But i don't go lying to myself about this being a bad move...All you Yankee haters that need to talk sh1t about the Yankees, just cause they spend the money that your team doesn't, are pathetic...

How could this deal be a bad deal???? They get a proven hitter that makes their already potent lineup better and they gave away almost nothing for it...Wow i think thats a great deal...Yea berkman wasnt his usual self this yr but he was playing for nothing on the worst team in the NL he will only get better by going to a team that is the favorite to come out of the AL...

All you people sound like all the whiners saying that Roy Oswalt isnt as good as he yous to be and the Phillies gave a ja Happ and blah blah blah well the Phillies are the best team in the NL now because they spend money and the Yankees were and still are the best team in the AL because they spend money...ALL you haters are just jealous its not the Yankees fault your teams are terrible its your own teams mangement that isnt willing to spend the money to make your team any better...

Get over the Yankees stuff about them buying there way to a WS...Your allowed to do that in baseball so they do it and yous all would love to see it with your teams...My Phillies team does it(maybe not as much as the Yanks, but they do spend as much if not more then they can) and we win...

Now it looks to me like another Phillies Yankees WS and my Phillies just made their shots of beating the Yankees much better the other day...We now have 3 starters who can handle that potent lineup each day(not saying that they definatly will handle them, but they can on any given day) and we also have such a potent lineup ourselves...I believe yous have the stronger lineup but not by much...But now with i think we have the better rotation for a playoff series..especially with burnett and his troubles this year...I like our chances against the Yankees if we both make it again and i think we would win with the home field advantage...

But good luck to the yankees...and better luck to the Phillies

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2010 2:46 am

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

Nothing better than reading all of the crying and whining from all of the jealous Yankee hating bizzos. This move has nothing to do with payroll and even if it did whho gives a sh1t? No salary cap means they are playing by the rules and just because the majority of owners are cheap bastards don't go hating on the GREATEST franchise in sports history. Great pick up and made them the definite top lineup in MLB. Kinsler being out solidifies that because Yanks and Texas were the best 2 offensive clubs and still are.

Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2010 2:18 am

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

defcon 1  all the teams pay a large tax  the only reason yours is soo big is because the yankees spend soo much more money then the other teams do..  heres one, if your tema is worth 1.5 billion you can afford to spend that.  If your the rangers or the royals and your team is worth 200 million  good luck making the money to spend on a player that gets paid 33  mil a year to juice up    it doesnt hurt

Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2010 2:04 am

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

lol  its basicallly true    baseball is run by tradition  every ten years the yeankees have to win like  2 - 3  ws   its completely gay

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2010 1:12 am

Baseball's not fun

Baseball's not fun, get over it people.  We know who's going to win or atleast be in the WS every year.

Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2010 12:34 am

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

Hahaha ... Hey Calhounshuskies, I suggest you seek therapy kid.  I've seen and heard yankee-haters before, but you got it bad. 

It's obvious that every Yankee win and/or acquisition that may tend to help them win, tears at your every fiber. 

You've got a most severe case of Yankee-hateosis buddy.

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