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Rangers decline Lance Berkman’s option for 2014

Oct 31, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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Last offseason the Rangers signed Lance Berkman to a one-year, $11 million deal, but he was healthy enough to play just 73 games and hit .240 with a career-worst .700 OPS.

As expected Texas declined his $12 million option for 2014, instead giving Berkman a $1 million buyout and making him a free agent again at age 38.

Despite not hitting much and being hurt a lot for the second straight season Berkman continued to draw tons of walks and get on base at a good clip. He won’t come anywhere close to $11 million this winter, but it won’t be surprising if some contenders view him as a viable DH target.

It’s also possible that he’ll decide to retire after weighing that option last offseason.

  1. perryt200 - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    I loved what he did for St Louis and hope him the best.

  2. docboss - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Great guy. Good hitter. Bad wheels. Come back to Cardinal organization.

  3. dondada10 - Oct 31, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    What’s left of Berkman’s glove? Could he play first, or is he strictly a DH at this point?

  4. straightouttavtown - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Good guy. Still has great plate discipline and an OBP machine. But his body broke down after playing outfield for the Cards.

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