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Lance Berkman has discussed a deal with the Rangers

Jan 2, 2013, 9:56 PM EDT

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FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal has the scoop:

Free agent Lance Berkman still has not decided that he will play in 2013. But he is talking about a possible return with multiple clubs, including the Texas Rangers, major-league sources say.

Berkman — a native of Waco, Texas — considered signing with the Rangers before the 2011 season but instead joined the Cardinals and went on to win his first World Series ring. He re-signed with St. Louis for the 2012 season but appeared in only 23 games because of knee and calf issues.

The 36-year-old could serve as the Rangers’ primary designated hitter this summer — a role manned last year by Michael Young. Berkman has undergone multiple recent knee procedures but is claiming to be healthy.

The Astros are also known to have interest, but “Big Puma” probably prefers to join a contender.

  1. raysfan1 - Jan 2, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Lance–Check out the Rays, they’d let you 1B sometimes too!

  2. iladel90 - Jan 2, 2013 at 10:53 PM

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  3. fanofevilempire - Jan 3, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    the saux will swoop in and give him 3yrs@39 mil.

  4. stex52 - Jan 3, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    So Lance will dabble in the Dark Side, eh? I had rather hoped he would consider coaching at Rice and returning to his (now) home in Houston. But I don’t have 10 MM$ in my pocket. And it honestly doesn’t make sense for the Astros to dump a load of money on him, no matter how popular he is.

    The only strong argument I can see for Berkman in Houston is Carlos Pena at DH. But I’m not sure the knees support a big investment even so.

  5. makeham98 - Jan 3, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    A new Brett Favre. . .

    • raysfan1 - Jan 3, 2013 at 10:40 PM

      Only players who claim to be retired and then come back, multiple times, deserve that insult. Bergman has not declared an intent to retire yet, nor is he keeping any team hanging as he is a free agent.

  6. cardsman - Jan 4, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Good luck to Lance. Without him, no way the cards win in 2011. Stand up Guy. If He is healthy, He will hit. Great in the locker room also. A real winner who also keeps things light.

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