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Lance Berkman drawing interest from A’s and Cubs

Nov 24, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

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Lance Berkman struggled for the Yankees after coming over in a July 31 trade and finished the season with an OPS below .800 for the first time in his career, but it sounds like the 34-year-old first baseman is getting plenty of interest as a free agent.

Ken Rosenthal of calls the A’s “his most fervent suitor” and Carrie Muskat of writes that “the Cubs are in pursuit of a first baseman this offseason and one option could be Berkman.”

Berkman has said previously that he’d like to remain a first baseman, but Daric Barton’s presence means he’d been primarily a designated hitter in Oakland. With the Cubs he could play first base and return to the National League, but it’s unclear exactly how interested they are in Berkman.

Even in a career-worst season Berkman got on base at a strong .368 clip and if his power returns somewhat a year removed from knee surgery he could be a nice one-year pickup.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Nov 24, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    I could see a lot of teams taking a gamble on the Puma…a healthy Berkman could be a big-time force for a contender.

    He makes a ton of sense for the Rays. They figure to lose Pena and if they could get a healthy season out of Berkman at a serious discount, they’d be in good shape.

  2. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Nov 24, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Cubs will sign him for 10 years.

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