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Astros owner Jim Crane met with Lance Berkman

Nov 16, 2012, 3:23 PM EDT

Lance Berkman swinging

We learned a couple of weeks ago that the Astros were going to reach out to Lance Berkman to investigate his interest as joining them as their DH.  Now they have reached out, reports Mark Berman of

Houston Astros owner Jim Crane told FOX 26 Sports he met last week with free agent first baseman Lance Berkman.

“We had a chat in my office,” Crane said. “He was just seeing where we were at. He expressed some interest in maybe working a deal out.  “We haven’t gotten to that (discuss contract). I think his knee is still up in the air. So we got to get that all worked out. It was a get-acquainted meeting, really.”

With the new logo and stuff there is a definite “get the band back together” vibe coming from Houston.  And moving to the AL, the Astros do need someone who can DH.  Whether Berkman — a man who just recently said that the AL was a “Mickey Mouse league” because of the DH — is that guy remains to be seen.

  1. bouwel92 - Nov 16, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    I think it would be great to have Berkman back in Houston.

    • stlouis1baseball - Nov 16, 2012 at 4:18 PM

      I hope he re-joins the Club…has a solid year and retires on his own terms.

  2. henryd3rd - Nov 16, 2012 at 3:47 PM


    • paperlions - Nov 16, 2012 at 4:16 PM

      His veteran mentory goodness should be worth at least 20 wins to the young Astros.

      • stlouis1baseball - Nov 16, 2012 at 4:33 PM

        Not to mention his frequent one liners. That should help ease the tension as well.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 16, 2012 at 5:13 PM

        I still think Torii’s Mentoring Above Replacement numbers are higher. 😉

      • paperlions - Nov 16, 2012 at 5:37 PM

        He has higher potential, but he joined a veteran team that is already full of mentory mentorness.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 16, 2012 at 5:41 PM

        You know you can just shorthand that with “MVP.”

      • paperlions - Nov 16, 2012 at 6:01 PM

        Yeah, Verlander is fantastic.

  3. Francisco (FC) - Nov 16, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Get the band back together? Quick! Call Roy Oswalt!

  4. jkaflagg - Nov 16, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Since the Astros will be visiting Anaheim to play the Angels several times next year, Big Puma would have time to bop over to Disneyland and check in with the real Mickey…..

  5. yankeepunk3000 - Nov 16, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    WTF? MICKY MOUSE???? Disney pays your checks buddy…respect the rat…love the rat

  6. Carl Hancock - Nov 16, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Bergman has been vocal about disliking the AL due to the DH but by that same token he’s also mentioned even though he dislikes it, his career could be prolonged because of it.

  7. jeffa43 - Nov 16, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Sign him, there is no risk. Hope he has a solid year, stays healthy….
    And someone in new Astros management sends a “you are waste of space moron” card to Ed Wade…

    He showed fat Elvis no respect…

    Go getem Puma! Unlike pond scum wade we always had
    Open arms for you.

  8. fredverd - Nov 17, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    Maybe he might only hope to maintain minor mentory mentorness (with a major in standby mentory mentorness?).

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