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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."

 

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Since: Jul 31, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2010 12:21 am
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Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2010 12:20 am
 

So called die hard Yankee fans

By the way, there isn't such a thing as "die hard Yankees fan".  You buy your way to the playoffs every year and most year's choke.  There are die hard Royals fans, die hard Astros fans, die hard Rays fans, you name it....just not "die hard Yankees fans".

I see other posts talking about the "haters" and how the Yankees front office knows how to "take care of their business".  Good morning, ANYBODY CAN BE A GREAT GM WHEN YOUR PLAYING WITH FREAKING MONOPOLY MONEY.  Take any other sport where there is true competition and apply the Yankee philosophy of life.

Boy wouldn't it be fun if Lebron and Bosh went to the Lakers instead of the Heat.  People would tear their eyes out if something like that happened.  Want to know why it can't happen, BECAUSE THERE IS A FREAKING SALARY CAP JUST LIKE IN EVERY OTHER LEAGUE THAT MAKES MONEY AND GETS TV RATINGS THAT'S WHY!!!!

There is parity, competition, every team has a fair shot and an even playing field.  They don't call it a baseball diamond for nothing.  Diamonds are all that matter anymore.




Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2010 12:18 am
 

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

By the way, there isn't such a thing as "die hard Yankees fan".  You buy your way to the playoffs every year and most year's choke.  There are die hard Royals fans, die hard Astros fans, die hard Rays fans, you name it....just not "die hard Yankees fans".

I see other posts talking about the "haters" and how the Yankees front office knows how to "take care of their business".  Good morning, ANYBODY CAN BE A GREAT GM WHEN YOUR PLAYING WITH FREAKING MONOPOLY MONEY.  Take any other sport where there is true competition and apply the Yankee philosophy of life.

Boy wouldn't it be fun if Lebron and Bosh went to the Lakers instead of the Heat.  People would tear their eyes out if something like that happened.  Want to know why it can't happen, BECAUSE THERE IS A FREAKING SALARY CAP JUST LIKE IN EVERY OTHER LEAGUE THAT MAKES MONEY AND GETS TV RATINGS THAT'S WHY!!!!

There is parity, competition, every team has a fair shot and an even playing field.  They don't call it a baseball diamond for nothing.  Diamonds are all that matter anymore.




Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2010 12:09 am
 

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

You don't get to have every player, just most of them.  "Capps was available, what are they waiting for"?  Jesus Christ.



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2010 12:08 am
 

Can we have a salary cap before it's to late?

If this is good for baseball I can't see how.  When one team can outspend their next closest opponent by $100,000,000 something has to be done.  I'm sure it's great to puff out your chest in the Bronx and talk about how great your team is but this makes what the Heat just did look like child's play.  Baseball gets no ratings so what do the owners have to lose but more money.  Lock the players out until they agree to a salary cap.  I mean dear God, put the thing at $150,000,000 just so the one team with the most resources can't make a mockery of what was once fair competition. 

First they tried to get Cliff Lee, because their pitching staff already made more money than 80% of the league's entire rosters and they needed more.  They couldn't get him so they went for the next best thing, get another basher for a lineup that already puts up 7 runs/game. 

I still don't get what pride any Yankee fan can have in them winning a World Series.  It was bought and paid for a long time ago.  The joke is that they've only won one in recent years.  Talk about underperforming.




Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2010 11:35 pm
 

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

What a steal for New York--not only are the Yankees going to get Berkman to help with the already tough hitting line up, but they somehow got the Astros to pay for more than half of the money owed to Berkman.  Add in all that, plus the Yankees are only giving up 2 middle-of-the-line prospects...



Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: July 30, 2010 11:30 pm
 

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

Looking at this trade for Lance Berkman I have to say that overall it is good.

As many people who may have read my various postings might know I am not a fan of trading away prospects no matter what the level because that prospect could turn out to be the next Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripken Jr., Randy Johnson or Greg Maddux and was traded away to satisfy the now without regard for the long-term. So if there was a down side to the trade this would be it. However I know that in order to get something you have to give up something and and so to acquire Lance Berkman we would have to part with something and in this instance it was 2 prospects.

But looking at the even bigger picture this is a good deal because the Astros are eating a chunk of his contract for the rest of this season, and if Lance does not pan out he does not get his $15,000,000 option for next year picked up. However that lingering option does create extra motivation for Lance to step his game up and return to his All-Star form, especially with interest in him in the trade market not having been all that strong. The player who had really stronger interest and was heavy on the radars of general managers was Adam Dunn.

Furthermore the deal will also alllow us to cut ties with fragile Nick Johnson once and for all at season's end. Yell

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). In addition to Berkman you have Mark Teixeira, Nick Swisher, and Jorge Posada all creating difficult decisions in gameplanning for the Yankees, especially in the late innings.

It is going to suck even more to be an opposing manger.Cry Oh well that is their problem and not mine.

Go Yankees!!!!!Smile




Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2010 11:24 pm
 

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

I thought the Yankees already had a 1st baseman.  Guess this will be a one-time end of season deal.



Since: Sep 23, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2010 10:43 pm
 

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

How adult. Nothing like mature discourse......



Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2010 10:29 pm
 

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

If the price is right then this is a huge pick-up considering Berkman will only be asked to be a platoon DH/backup 1B/PH.  His numbers vs. righties aren't all-star but that short porch in right has a way of skewing those totals for the better.  Not Dunn power but considering the cost it was a better value, because the prospects we didn't have to trade can now be used as bait for another trade.  Good move Cash.


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