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UPDATE: Nothing “imminent” with Rockies and Lance Berkman

Dec 1, 2010, 10:29 PM EDT

Berkman Yanks

UPDATE: OK, so maybe the previous report was a little premature. Troy Renck of the Denver Post writes that there’s nothing imminent with Lance Berkman, but adds that the Rockies have a “real shot” at signing him.

8:19 PM: Didn’t see this one coming.

The Rockies are close to a deal with free agent Lance Berkman, according to a tweet by Troy Renck of the Denver Post.

Berkman, who turns 35 in February, told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com last week that he still feels that he is capable of playing first base and the outfield. Still, it’s hard to see Colorado as a great fit for him. Berkman hasn’t played the outfield since 2007 and he would likely be part of a timeshare with Todd Helton at first base.

Renck has since expanded on his original tweet by saying that the Rockies have made an “aggressive push” for Berkman, but adds that it’s all in the player’s hands. We know that there are multiple teams in the mix — with the A’s reportedly being the “most aggressive” — so it’s no sure thing he’s Colorado-bound.

  1. Walk - Dec 1, 2010 at 11:25 PM

    Mind boggling rumor. He seemed to have major trouble with the southpaws last year and heltons back up last year was also a left handed hitter. Why get another hitter that is less effective against left handers even if that hitter is a switch hitter. If it is just to get a pinch hitter other players are available for less than the 7 mill berkman wants.

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