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Rangers, Lance Berkman agree to one-year, $10 million deal

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer
Berkman is headed back to his home state of Texas. (US Presswire)

Free agent Lance Berkman has agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with the Texas Rangers, reports Jon Heyman and Scott Miller of CBSSports.com. The deal also includes a vesting option for 2014 with a $1 million buyout, so Berkman will make a minimum of $11 million with this contract.

Berkman will turn 37 next month, and the odds are pretty good that this would be his final contract as a major leaguer. If so, it's fitting he ends in the state of Texas. Berkman was born in Waco, Texas, went to Canyon High School in New Braunfels, Texas, and attended Rice University in Houston before spending his first 11 1/2 big league seasons with the Houston Astros.

Berkman hit .259/.381/.444 with two homers and seven RBI in an injury-riddled campaign last season for St. Louis in which he had only 97 plate appearances.

In 2011, Berkman finished seventh in NL MVP voting after hitting .301/.412/.547 with 31 homers, 94 RBI and 90 runs. He also won his first World Series ring with the Cardinals.

On the Rangers, it's likely Berkman would serve as the primary designated hitter, though he could spot start at first base. In terms of specifically from the DH spot, the likelihood Berkman could serve as an upgrade from last season is pretty good. The Rangers DH spot produced a line of .265/.323/.432 with 18 homers and 78 RBI in 2012.

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