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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: Feb 9, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2010 8:32 pm

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

Thanks for being level headed about this debate/conversation.  I will agree that
I may have overstated Coke's value but in the era when every team seems to
have bullpen issues he certainly would have made a nice contribution this year
with Joba struggling and Aceves on the DL.  After the mid to late 90's when the
Yanks started losing Nelson, Lloyd, Stanton...and so on, they have yet to establish
a great 'pen and I thought they were on their way with Coke and Dunn (who they
also traded in that deal).  Bust after bust continue to plague the late innings for
them like Farnsworth and Bruney.  I guess I'm just bitter that A-Jax was off to such
a hot start and Granderson is just now starting to show any value from that trade.
Good luck to your team this year.  Playoffs are fun no matter who is in it.

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2010 8:27 pm

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

where is berk gonna hit in that lineup ....8?

Since: Jun 9, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2010 8:22 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. This thread was a little boring so i thought i would bring up everyones favorite subject. 

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2010 8:18 pm

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

Think about the playoff lineup....

Cervilli isnt going to catch any games in the playoffs. Berkman is DH, Posada catches...

That is one seriously potent lineup...and IMO right they are still underachieving (and still leading mlb in runs).

I still would like another stud pitcher though...I dont trust Burnett.

Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2010 8:17 pm

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

You are correct that Yankees have produced alot of their own talent or acquired it via trades, but that's not my issue here...just what the hell has Phil Coke proven? He's a very good bullpen pitcher, but he hasn't proven much in terms of accomplishments. Maybe the tem should have been "and a realiable arm in Phil Coke."

Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2010 8:11 pm

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

All-Star Caliber? Well his numbers aren't there, but he is still a solid hitter. Granted his numbers are a result of a low BABIP (.279) and his power is down (.436 SLG) he is still getting on base at a very high clip .372 OBP which is always good in a lineup that features Cano, Jeter, A-Rod, Teixeira, Posada, Gardner and Granderson.

With 60 games still left to play for the Yankees I can see Berkman being more productive- thanks to the less demanding DH slot- anything less then 30 R, 10 HR, 35 RBI, .270 AVG  has to be considered a disappointment.

For those in the AL East, your Yankee dates just got that much tougher.

Since: Feb 9, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2010 8:08 pm

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

Jealous much?  What's sad about the most profitable team adding a cog to the machine?
Don't you think the teams that have billionaire owners who don't spend appreciate those
home games when NY is in town?  The Yankees are full of guys that came up through the
system and they pay dearly to keep or trade them.  A-Rod's salary can only be compared
to the difference between his and Soriano's because they gave up Alphonso to get him.
Jorge, Jeter, Cano, Pettitte, Rivera, Cervelli, Gardner....etc.  They bought CC, Burnett and
Tex and that's about it.  Even Granderson came at the high price of prospects like IPK,
A-Jax and a proven Phil Coke.  Just watch and appreciate.  Stop with all the hate -
#28 will be great!

Since: Sep 26, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2010 8:07 pm

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

A good pick up especially considering the joke of a right field in Yankee Stadium.  On second thought any fat beer guzzling left hander would be an okay pickup for that stadium.  I drove by a softball field the other day and saw a few the Yanks may want to consider.  They'd be a lot cheaper.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2010 8:03 pm

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

Go suck a cock you assclown

Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2010 7:48 pm

Yankees to acquire Astros' Berkman Saturday

Good move by Cashman and the Yanks. Getting an all-star caliber player without giving up any top prospects. This moves solidifies their lineup and fills the void that Nick "always injured" Johnson left.

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