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Lance Berkman, Cardinals agree to a one-year deal

Sep 22, 2011, 12:31 PM EDT

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Earlier this week Lance Berkman said that it was all about the money. So the Cardinals came through with the money: they’ve agreed to a one-year deal. The terms have not been disclosed, but some people are tweeting around that it’s a $12 million deal. We’ll update if and when that number is confirmed.

Which is probably right for a guy who has hit .300/.412/.555 with 31 home runs, 91 RBI and a .967 OPS.  You don’t go $12 million in average annual value for him over any long period of time, but for one year? Sure, why not.

Next up: The Cardinals focus on Albert Pujols.  Given that they’re on a winning streak in every way imaginable right now, is there any doubt that gets done before Thanksgiving?

  1. gogigantos - Sep 22, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    closer to
    or farther from signing the monster Pujols???

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 22, 2011 at 1:18 PM

      I look at it as taking care of the house so they are freed up to concentrate solely on ONE big issue once the season ends. Waino…done…Carp…done…Lance…done. That pretty much leaves Furcal…then AP.

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 22, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    I know I am probably one of the biggest bashers of Scott Bor-ass on this board, but I have to say that this is the type of deal he would be best at advising his client not to take. Why Berkman would take $12 million for one year at his age, without even testing the market and seeing what type of 2 and 3 year offers he could get is crazy at best and stupid at worst. I understand that the $12 million is nice and guaranteed now. But there’s a week left and the guy is going to have close to a .300 line with 31 bombs, 90+ RBI and a .960+ OPS. SOMEBODY would have offered him 2 years. Plus, it’s not like the Cardinals wouldn’t have given him a year at $12 million later in the off-season if he didn’t get another offer.

    Bad move for Berkman, IMHO…but a great signing for the Cardinals.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 22, 2011 at 1:32 PM

      I think Lance is more grounded/practical about things in general. By that…he wanted to stay with St. Louis and get it done so he can move on. With this in mind though Chris…I fully appreciate where you are coming from (from the perspective of the Cardinals NOT pulling the offer in the off-season). I don’t necessarily agree that he would have absolutely gotten a 2 – 3 year deal elsewhere. Hell…even Lance openly stated he only wanted a 1 year deal cause’ he isn’t sure how long he wants to continue playing. I know I am happy with the signing. Now…we just need to stay Hot…keep applying the pressure and hope the Brave continue to falter. And it sure would be nice if your Phillies swept them to end the regular season!

    • paperlions - Sep 22, 2011 at 2:37 PM

      I don’t get it. You say you hate Boras, but then act outraged that Berkman field offers to go for max dollars….in short, you would have advised Berkman to do exactly what Boras always advises his clients to do….but…you bash Boras regularly for doing exactly that….I am confused.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 22, 2011 at 3:26 PM

        Paper, in the case of Berkman, who is 35 and not getting any younger, to take this deal now, with a week left in the season, is pretty dumb. First, the risk of injury isn’t as bad with a week left. Second, he would be 100% free in a week, provided the Cardinals don’t make the playoffs. Third, this deal would have likely been exactly the same from the Cardinals in December.

        This isn’t the case of a 27-29 year old with two more years under team control at $10 million turning down a $120 million/8 year deal to wait another 2 years and risk injury/downgrade of talent.

        Again, in this specific instance, I find this is a bad deal for Berkman because I just know there would have been someone out there who would have offered 2 years. And maybe he could have leveraged that deal with the Cardinals and gotten an option year from them or something. At 35, these one-year deals are way too team friendly. This is a GREAT deal for the Cardinals any way you look at it. It’s just OK for Berkman…nothing special, and probably nothing he couldn’t have gotten in two months.

  3. baccards - Sep 22, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Playing for the StL organization and the StL fans should not be discounted in regards to the signing of Berkman and Carpenter…

    • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 22, 2011 at 1:14 PM

      I agree with you here, bac…but in the case of Berkman, do you think the Cardinals would have pulled this offer and not made the same type of offer in December?

      • baccards - Sep 22, 2011 at 1:33 PM

        Both Carp and Lance being offered and accepting contracts that may or may not have been the best monetarily for them is an effort for all parties involved to show Albert the way.
        Or maybe they have a little inside knowledge of how Albert is leaning..and want to continue to be a part of the Pujols legacy

  4. yankeesfanlen - Sep 22, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Since he appears to malfunction in the Eastern Time Zone, better there than here.

  5. danderoo - Sep 22, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    A good move for Berkman. What is with all of the talk about the “advantages of playing for the St Louis Cardinals?” For all their good publicity about being a baseball city and the fans being so baseball savvy, they haven’t won so many World Series titles to make me think of them as a juggernaut franchise. They have a ways to go before they are exalted to elite status.

    • cintiphil - Sep 22, 2011 at 2:21 PM

      Don’t forget that Berkman is counting on Albert coming back, and I am sure that he looks to his one year contract as a way for the birds to afford Albert. Remember when you played the game in HS or college or Legion ball? How great was it to play on a winner? This experience has to be ten times as good. Most players in the league would prefer to play on the same team with a guy like Albert or ARod, just to say they did and get the pride of playing on a that team. It’s not like he is playing for chicken feed. Twelve Mil is a very good salary and you get the honor of being on a team with just about the greatest player in the game. I would do it. How about you?

    • paperlions - Sep 22, 2011 at 2:43 PM

      If you are going to equate status with spending, they will never be elite….but you might want to check and see who has won the 2nd most WS titles before deciding what you think about the franchise itself.

    • spudchukar - Sep 22, 2011 at 2:56 PM

      As PL noted, St. Louis owns the second most WS flags. By your evaluation only the Yankees are an elite franchise. And the Cards do it with 1/2 the $$s.

    • okwhitefalcon - Sep 22, 2011 at 3:39 PM

      It’s without question the marquee franchise in the National League, a destination place for
      free agents and a place where pending free agents want to stay – and take less to do so.

      Moving forward…

      Although I was indifferent to Berkman resigning, it does make sense – especially at 1 year.

      They’re obviously getting their ducks in a row for Albertageddon Phase 2, will Furcal be the next duck to line up?

      Indifferent on him as well…

      • okwhitefalcon - Sep 22, 2011 at 7:08 PM

        Strike that “indifferent” on signing Furcal with a reactionary lean towards “don’t you dare” as I watch him make another game extending error.

  6. cintiphil - Sep 22, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    It appears to me that the birds are just clearing the decks to get all of the others out of the way to determine what the can pay Albert. We were hoping here in Cint, that they would be way over their heads and unable to pay him what he wanted to stay. It looks like now, they will be in a position to pay him a big contract to stay. All along, we felt they were going to be way over their heads and he would be going to the AL Angels. If they get Albert back, and Wainwright comes back strong, we are looking on second or third place in the NL Central next year. It doesn’t look good for us now.

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