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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: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2010 10:13 pm

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

I am so tired of people hating on the yanks. They know how to handle there business and some teams dont. They got berkman for nothing. If thats greedy I dont know what people want the yanks to do pass up on opportunity. So there team can win. Write your team and ask them to put people in the front office that know what there doing.

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Since: Jul 30, 2010
Posted on: July 30, 2010 10:02 pm
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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2010 9:43 pm

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

as an astros fan, i saw it on lance's face every time he approached the plate on wed. evening...i just knew something was up. it was time for this though.

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2010 9:27 pm

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

Will be nice to see Fat Elvis finally win a ring.  Hopefully the Astros don't get as fleeced on this deal as they did with the Oswalt deal (i.e. eating money to trade him away).  

Since: May 31, 2010
Posted on: July 30, 2010 9:09 pm

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

Seems like a good move but who did they give up?  Implication is not much - after the Astros got rid of Oswalt for what didn't seem like much and even paid some salary ($11M!) looks like they have given up on being competitive.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2010 9:04 pm

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

Haters are great: help generate fantastic revenue for Yanks, who then spend to keep the hate flowin': a perfect homeostatic system!

Since: Feb 9, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2010 8:53 pm

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

Hater or just jealous?  MLB would fold up tent if the Yankees cut their
payroll to say $80 million.  And if there ever is a salary cap players will
go to NY just to be there like in the NBA where they take less money
to go to L.A.  Before the cap the Yankees were quite successful from
what I hear.  This is just an entertainment era and they bring the
crowds.  I praise them for fielding a solid team day after day, year
after year. 

Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2010 8:50 pm

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

Good luck Berkman, you have served us well.  He will be GREAT for the yankees because when you put on the pinstripes magic happens.  The yanks have gotten a great player that can help them to win another title and of course he'll waive the no trade clause.
Good Luck buddy!!

Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2010 8:44 pm

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

211 million and counting.....I love it! As a pattern for the yanks, the more they spend the less there chances get of actually achieving their goal of buying a ring.

How is paroll even relevant in a year in which Tex is batting .260, Arod .275, Jeter .274, Posada 267, and A.J's pitching stinking up the ballpark,Granderson .254.  I could understand if these high priced batters were batting .330 and A.J was blowing everyone away.  That is not the case though.

But I understand your rant coming from the multitude of Yankee-haters out there.

It's fashionable to be a Yankee-hater nowadays.  You're just one of the lemmings following the crowd.

Since: Apr 24, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2010 8:34 pm

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

As a die hard Yankee fan I love the deal. I think Berk can jam it i the right field corner however what are we going to do with him. He can spell Teixeira once a week and maybe Swisher once a week and DH hgim but what about the crybaby Posada? Someone is going to be unhappy. Now go pick up Westbrook to cover us till pettitte comes back. Give them Andrew Brackman and that Belencates.



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