Yankees acquire Lance Berkman


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The Yankees have their new designated hitter. Joel Sherman reports that the team has acquired Lance Berkman from the Astros in exchange for Triple-A reliever Mark Melancon and Low-A infielder Jimmy Paredes. The only thing standing in the way is a Collective Bargaining Agreement mandated 24-hour grace period because of Berkman’s 10-and-5 no-trade rights, though the five-time All Star agreed to the deal earlier today so the wait is nothing more than a technicality. Sherman adds that the Astros will kick in $4M towards the $7M still owed to Berkman. Bob Klapisch says the team might have some other things cooking beyond this deal.

Ken Rosenthal says a condition of the trade is that the Yankees do not pick up Berkman’s $15M option for 2011, which is fine by me. Olney reports that the Steinbrenners pre-approved the addition of a large salary to the payroll, so that $3M the Yanks are taking on is no big deal. Even though Berkman currently projects as a Type-B free agent, there’s no point in talking about compensation draft picks because the Yankees would not offer him arbitration in fear he would accept. It’s worth noting that Andy Pettitte and Berkman are very close friends following the former’s time in Houston, so that may have factored into the latter’s willingness to accept the trade.

Joe laid out the case for acquiring Berkman earlier this morning. He’ll presumably slide right in as the full-time designated hitter, giving the team another potent switch-hitter. Even though his season line sits at just .245/.372/.436, the 34-year-old Berkman has hit .259/.385/.465 since June 1st, and .232/.404/.521 since July 1st. Knee surgery delayed the start of his season, but it’s not a chronic issue. Even so, Fat Elvis is purely a salary dump acquisition and is strictly a rental for the rest of the season.

It appears as though the Yanks lost some faith in Melancon. He hasn’t performed well during his various call-ups to the big leagues, and things haven’t been going so well for him in Triple-A this year either. The 25-year-old righthander figures to get more of an opportunity with the Astros. Paredes, 21, is a speedy infielder with surprising pop, but he is still several years away from the big leagues.


  1. Guest says:

    More or less complete than the deal we did for Cliff Lee?

  2. Patrick says:

    See Cliff Lee and Dan Haren.

  3. Brooklyn Ed says:

    NICEEEEE…I wonder if the Nats will make one last call to Cashman saying they will lower Dunn’s price.

  4. Stryker says:

    what exactly does berkman offer if acquiring him just creates a platoon DH situation?

    call me crazy but it seems like the yanks are making a move just to make a move.

    • Ross in Jersey says:

      If it’s just 7 million (with the Astros eating some of it) and a lower level prospect or two, it cost them absolutely nothing. Puma is better than any of the part-time guys on the team.

    • Guest says:

      This would be correct…if you thought that Juan Miranda and the 2010 version of Lance Berkman are equal.

      I would posit that they are not.

  5. j_Yankees says:

    Me likey very much.

  6. Bryan says:

    Diggin’ this. I just hope that they stuck with the “TSJC Grab Bag”.

  7. t says:

    His splits concern me. There is a huge difference home/away and vs rhp/lhp. If he starts hitting at other ballparks and vs lhp this is a really nice addition. But that’s a pretty big question mark.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

      Don’t home/away splits lose some significance when you’re acquiring a player from a different league.

  8. Sleepykarl says:

    The $7m should prevent any decent prospects from being moved.

    • vin says:

      Exactly. This is how the Yanks should operate. Use their monetary advantage to protect the farm system whenever feasible.

  9. vin says:

    Odds this happens? 10-1? Will be curious to see what kind of package gets a guy like Berkman.

  10. Jose the Satirist says:

    I always liked Lance Berkman. Hopefully he can wear the pinstripes and not cost a whole lot prospect wise.

    • MC says:

      I think berk will be excelent for the yankees. my concern is where to bat in the lineup, i hope he bat 5th behind a-rod and no behind cano, so a-rod could see better pitches.

  11. JobaWockeeZ says:

    So this means we’re NOT getting him right?

    Verge means ‘not close’ right?

  12. Matty Ice says:

    Thames/Berkman platoon…..works for me?

  13. Guest says:

    If we actually get him, I really like this. Again, the real key is what we give up.

    If its nothing more than whats in the TSJC grab bag, then its a great trade.

    Very good hitter two seasons removed from a .986 OPS (.907 last year not to shabby either) who has hit into some BABIP issues this year. If we get this for very little because of his age/money owed to him, then, what’s not to love?

    That said, if we see some names outside of the grab bag, my opinion will change quickly.

  14. rbizzler says:

    “Berkman would require that any team that trades for him not to pick up his 2011 option, according to Alyson Footer of the Astros”

    No problem Lance, consider that option declined.

    Plus maybe you can offer him arb knowing that he will turn it down and look for a multi-year deal.

    • mikebk says:

      he’s not going to turn down arb guaranteeing him 15+ mil

      • rbizzler says:

        Um, he has an option for $15 million next year. If he was so intent on getting his $15 million, why would he be so adamant about not having his option picked up.

        It seems to me that he is looking for a multi-year deal in a destination of his choosing. My guess is that he declines arb.

        • mikebk says:

          well he also had said in prior years that this contract would be his last and he would retire at the end so maybe he wants his 2 mil as a parting gift.

          • mikebk says:

            besides he is a borderline B FA anyway right now.

          • rbizzler says:

            Quite possible. Two mill is a nice retirement nest egg. Not that he hasn’t made a ton of cash in his career.

          • Ed says:

            He’s already talked about playing next year. He even said he was open to returning to the Astros as a free agent if they traded him away.

            A ton of guys talk about retiring young early in their career and then postpone it. One rather notable one – when Mo signed his first multi-year deal, he said he would retire at the end. He also said that about the second one. Nowadays, he’s been talking about his next contract well in advance.

            • mikebk says:

              the difference is Mo’s game hasnt fallen off. players like berkman and chipper jones (also floating retirement) have, at least from where they were.

  15. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I can almost guarantee this won’t happen, but the idea of Berkman batting sixth or seventh in this lineup is quite a tantalizing one.

    From the Berkman thread. Hours later we are on the ‘verge’ of acquiring him. Funny thing baseball is. I hear you cannot predict it. Then again some other people tell me you can.

    • Total Dominication says:

      This Rosenthal meme caught on quick.

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        It’s a funny case on how bad spots reporters can be sometimes. I mean if he were talking about whether or not Dunn talks make sense to the Yankees or if his source were talking about if Dunn’s chances of being in pinstripes then it would make sense.

        When it’s outright yes or no whether the Yanks are in the race then the conflicting sources are useless.

  16. mikebk says:

    Z-Mac, Pena for Berkman, Keppinger ;-)

  17. Poopy Pants says:

    How much is NJ making?
    How much was Johnny Damon asking for?

  18. Mike HC says:

    If he cost nothing but money, for the most part, I’m all in. Can’t hurt to add another big bat for nothing but Steinbrenner’s money.

  19. Kiersten says:

    “Berkman would require that any team that trades for him not to pick up his 2011 option, according to Alyson Footer of the Astros”


  20. Pat D says:

    As long as those drastic splits from this year subside, I’m all for this. He certainly can’t hurt anything.

  21. poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag says:

    Montero in the lineup=Me likey.

  22. mikebk says:

    “BloggingBombers Source: Yankees deal for Berkman is “imminent” – won’t be giving up any big prospects, but will take on his contract. He’ll be the new DH.”

  23. Anthony Murillo says:

    Berkman is considering four possible destinations, according to Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle (Twitter link).

  24. Anthony Murillo says:

    The deal is “imminent,” according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News (on Twitter).

    • Guest says:

      I think they are all trying to come up with different ways to say “almost done” so they are all able to tweet out this story without quoting someone else.

  25. Mattchu12 says:

    The only thing I don’t like about this deal, assuming it’s coming out of Tommie’s grab bag, is this puts the final nail in the coffin for Jesus Montero coming up this season and being an everyday player. It wasn’t all that likely in the first place, but I was hoping we’d see Monstero sharing catching and DH duties with Posada down the stretch.

    • Mike HC says:

      Agreed that it is exciting to see a new player, especially one with the hype of Montero. But this was a move about winning. Berkman is far more likely to out hit and add more value than Montero down the stretch and into the playoffs.

    • Guest says:

      Just not really necessary. First, he should playout the entire AAA season to get as much time to work on defense as he can.

      Second, while I would take the rest of Montero’s career over the rest of Berkman’s, the odds are extremely high that Berkman would have a better end of season/postseason than Montero.

      Let Montero develop, let Berkman mash into the rightfield porch, and do the Montero/Posada DH/C thing next year.

    • Poopy Pants says:

      Montero is 20.

      • Pete says:

        Montero is 20 and has had two good months at the AAA level after two terrible ones. My guess is that if he spent the next two months in the Bronx, they’d look a heckuva lot more like those first two than these last two.

    • TarheelYankee says:

      Montero catching at the Major league level??????? Really, even at a split time, are you kidding? Yes, he WILL have a great bat, but catching!!!!!!! And you think Posada is bad behind the plate… Come on!!!!!!

  26. Bryan says:

    Feinsand says a deal is imminent now…


    /Couldn’t Resist’d.

  27. j_Yankees says:

    Cashmoney doing what he does best. Ninja style…find target. ATTACK. Game Over.

  28. Steve H says:

    This, if true=awesome.

  29. JobaWockeeZ says:

    So this means hopefully Cervelli isn’t playing nearly as much…Oh who am I kidding.

  30. Nice, but I’d love it if they don’t have to give up Nova.

    • Guest says:

      Why? For a team like the Yankees, this is the precise reason why you have guys like Ivan Nova.

      The pitchers from the minors who are actually going to make it unto our staff are high ceiling guys who actually reach their potential–the Hughes, and (presuming they work out) Brackmans and Betances of the world.

      Otherwise, we fill out our starting rotation with high quality FA’s.

      The solid prospects with back of the rotation ceilings are trade fodder that will help provide the team with missing pieces it needs/wants to complete a playoff push.

      If Ivan Nova is in the Yankee rotation in 2015, I’d be shocked. So I have no issues with trading him for a legitimate DH when that is one of the team’s biggest holes.

      • mikebk says:

        rather deal Z-Mac as Nova could be the piece to fill the bullpen this year.

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        I agree overall but it’s gonna be tough signing top tiered starting pitchers when they’re all being locked up long term like King Felix.

        But Nova is only projected to be a 5th starter so it’s moot anyways.

      • Gonzo says:

        I would not include Nova because you are taking on money. The other reason is that Nova can be part of an offseason trade that might net something better than Berkman. I think Cash might be able to extract more value from Nova later (in a trade of course).

        He may not be a stud pitcher, but a close to the majors, 4/5th starter has some value in a trade.

  31. mikebk says:

    “Ken_Rosenthal A twist on Berkman: Due to his 10-5 rts, trade to #Yankees would not be official until after expiration of 24-hr window”

    24 hrs from now would be after the deadline.

    • Pat D says:

      Umm, can’t he just say “I accept” and be done with it?

      • mikebk says:

        wait, update:

        “Ken_Rosenthal Source says he gave approval earlier today, so everything should be OK. But official word would not be until Sat. aft. #Astros #Yankees #MLB”

        • mikebk says:

          “Ken_Rosenthal He can rescind at any point during 24-hour window, but source doubts that will happen. Announcement likely tmrrow aft. #Astros #Yankees #MLB”

        • Guest says:

          So he doesn’t get to play for us until Sunday. Would’ve been nice to have him in the lineup tomorrow night, but c’est la vie.

          • Matt says:

            Well, if the deal becomes official tomorrow afternoon, he could be in the lineup tomorrow night still. If he knows he’s coming to NY, he’ll probably hop on a plane tomorrow morning or afternoon and fly out to Tampa.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      Well he’ll have a good shot of getting past waivers.

  32. mikebk says:

    “#Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said the price won’t come down on Adam Dunn before the deadline. #mlb”

    well we know another reason the berkman stakes heated up so fast

  33. nathan says:

    I will believe it when i see him in the dugout.

    Not real excited.

  34. mikebk says:

    so based on that series of tweets from Rosenthal it appears Berkman already approved us as a destination, but has 24 hrs from whenever he did it to change his mind, after which it would become officially done.

    now we all watch every boxscore to see who doesnt play tonight, lol.

  35. JoeC says:

    They still need a backup third baseman and a RH hitter who can play left.

    • TheEvilUmpire says:

      Guess you missed the game last night, Girardi’s got the answer to both of those needs in Marcus Thames. Best infield throwing arm this side of Chuck Knoblock and Steve Sax, I gurantee.

  36. larryf says:

    Hopefully our DH will be World Series MVP 2 years in a row. No chance of that with a Miranda or Thames. Boston and Tampa have lots of right handed starters….

    I like it!

  37. radnom says:

    In case you’re wondering, Jesus Montero, Eduardo Nunez, and Ivan Nova are all in

    *heart attack*

    the lineup for Triple-A Scranton tonight.


  38. Jobamania aka EvoluTioN says:

    this is his cruddy season and he still has a .372 OBP

    i like :D

    gotta love veteran experience in the postseason as well

  39. Jobamania aka EvoluTioN says:

    with announcement likely tomorrow………do we see him in the lineup for tomorrow nights game?

  40. Jobamania aka EvoluTioN says:

    any thoughts of getting farns as a salary dump? girardi knows how to use him

  41. Poopy Pants says:

    What’s more likely? Berkman as full-time DH or just vs RHP?
    I’m reading both in different places.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      I say full time but that’s me

      • Chris says:

        I agree. However, he will probably get some (but not all) days off against lefties.

        If he really struggles against lefties during the regular season, then he may sit some in the payoffs.

    • Total Dominication says:

      His numbers this year against lefties have been really bad, but career wise they haven’t been particulary bad. Thames might outhit him, Puma’s BABip is die to a regression upwards.

  42. mustang says:

    4th in batting avg.
    5th HR
    1st runs batted in
    6th in hits

    And they are going to add 7 million to the “budget” to add another bat.

    Oh! Yes the Yankees have a “budget” line alright a endless one.


    • Guest says:

      The Yankees have an exorbitantly high budget, and a potentially flexible budget, but they do have a budget.

      And, if you remember in the off-season, one of the reasons why they didn’t spend as much money as they could have is that they wanted to save money in the budget for a mid-season acquisition if they need arose.

    • Steve O. says:

      Oh come on. Anyone who has been following the Yankees know they operate under a budget which is obviously not endless, but definitely high.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      Yeah the budget is BS. That’s why he signed Matt Holliday to patrol left field, signed John Lackey to be the 5th starter over Hughes and signed Jason Bay to DH.

      Unless you think Cashman’s statements are all lies then the Yankees do have a budget like every other team in the MLB. It’s really not a hard concept for grasp.

      And haven’t people always said the Yankees offseason wasn’t a big one is to save some for upgrading DURING the season? The people saying they have a budget aren’t even surprised by the taking on of salary.

    • mustang says:

      BTW with this they just spend 12.5 million on the DH spot this year.

      5.5 million on Nick ” can’t believe I’m walking” Johnson and 7 million on berkman.

      Can anyone say Matsui or Damon?

      Every-time Cashman tries to go cheap every-time.

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        A. Hindsight

        B. Matsui is struggling. Damon has a .800 OPS. They’re not all stars or gods which some people make them out to be.

        C. Cashman didn’t sign John Lackey. Did he do wrong by going cheap. I’d rather have him than that Hughes guy. And Cashman didn’t go for Jason Bay. Him cheaping out sure hurt us by not getting the 40 HR hitter in Bay.

      • Mike Axisa says:

        Still complaining about Matsui and Damon four months into the season with the Yankees in first place and Matsui having a lower OPS than Curtis Granderson and Damon having fewers homers than Derek Jeter? Really, still?

        • mustang says:

          Nope. But many times when Mr. Cashman tries to save a dime ( in the name of the “budget”) he end up spending .50.
          That was the point.

          Your the Yankees act like it.

          • cg says:

            There are examples of the yanks being “cheap” working and not working. This is the nature of baseball. Some things work, some things don’t. Same goes for when the yankees spend$$$. Some things work, CC, some things don’t, RJ, Pavano, etc. etc. etc. etc.

          • mustang says:

            BTW I don’t think that there is a 5.5 million difference in production between Matsui or Damon compare to Berkman and Johnson.

            At least 3 out 4 are actually on the field.

      • Steve O. says:

        Dude, come on. Matsui and Damon are basically walking corpses.

        The idea of Nick Johnson was actually a good one. There’s no gaurantee that Matsui or Damon would have hit like they did in their youth.

    • Pete says:

      I’m not sure that you understand what a budget is.

      • mustang says:

        When you can get what you want when you want it do you really have a budget ?

        They have a nice line that they can cross anytime.

        • Pete says:

          Not true. The team does actually make money during the year. My guess is that they make relatively conservative earnings projections at the beginning of the season, make a pre-season budget (which includes some space for deadline moves), stick to it, and then come deadline season, they reassess. If they’ve significantly beaten the projections that configured their preseason budget this season, it makes sense that more room has been added to their current budget.

  43. vin says:

    “#Astros indeed expected to get non-prospect minor-leaguer(s) and payroll relief from #Yankees in return for Berkman.” – Davidoff

    The old “Bobby Abreu.” Nice

  44. Pete says:

    Oh good. Now we can give Jorge FULL days off 4 days a week, instead of having to plug him in at DH while Cervelli is catching.


  45. Chris says:

    I think of Berkman as old and on his last legs. Then I realized he’s younger than A-Rod.

    • Pete says:

      heh, yeah I thought he was older than he is. He’s not the athletic freak that A-Rod is, though, so don’t count on him returning to his former .950 OPS days. That being said, Berkman in the lineup (hopefully) pushes Cervelli/Pena/Miranda out of it. I’d imagine that Thames will still spell him against tough lefties, at least until he (Thames) stops crushing the ball.

    • Rosie says:

      Younger than Alex is his only plus.
      What happens to C. Curtis if Yanks get Berkman?

      • JobaWockeeZ says:


      • Pete says:

        A) no it isn’t. He’s taken a major step back this year, and may be fading fast, but he has always had monster power and excellent OBPs. Those are both pluses. Hell, even in this down year he’s been on base 37.2% of the time.

        B). Who cares?

    • sangreal says:

      I’m always surprised when I remember that Matsui is younger than Ichiro

  46. phughesisgod says:

    Wait, hold on here, are you saying that we are getting Lance Berkman over Adam Dunn? Meh. I mean, I’d love to have Big Puma, but over Adam Dunn, who would make a mockery of the new Yankee Stadium? Meh. Unless that price on Dunn isnt Montero or Romine or Brackman or Betances or Banuelos or Warren or Stoneburner, I dont see why the Yankees arent pushing hard for Dunn. I mean, I’d definitely deal Nova and Nunez and maybe someone else for Adam Dunn.

    • phughesisgod says:

      Also, this could actually help the Rays in there pursuit of Dunn, and that is something I am not willing to do. So, if we do indeed get Berkman, please, Chicago, I beg of you, get Adam Dunn or make sure he stays in Washington.

    • Total Dominication says:

      That’s exactly what the price for done is.

    • Pete says:

      The price of Adam Dunn would be something similar to Matt Garza. The Yankees probably could get him without giving up Montero, but the package would probably be something along the lines of Romine, Banuelos, Nova, and Heathcott

  47. Grandy says:

    Not giving up big prospects. Get a decent bat as the full-time DH. Veteran. Good club house guy. More offense on an already great offensive club. I’m in.

    Now that we have the bat to fill in DH spot, especially for the playoffs…we can focus on getting a viable RP or two, as well as a Bench player. Cash ain’t done yet and this is a good start.

  48. Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

    I love this deal. We’re barely giving up anything for Berkman and we would have to give up a ton for Dunn, both as short rentals. I wonder who the minor leaguer is though…

    • phughesisgod says:

      If its a non prospect, I sincerely hope that the non prospect does not go by the name Pat Venditte.

      • Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

        Yeah, he’s really the only non-prospect I care a little bit about so I hope it’s not him!

  49. Matty Ice says:

    I’m gonna say Z-Mac

    • Total Dominication says:

      Not a non-prospect at all.

      • Bernard says:

        Sadly at this point McAllister really is – he’s been beyond terrible this year (4.99 FIP).

        • whozat says:

          The kid’s 22 and is struggling in his first shot at AAA. He’s still a prospect. As good a one as if he’d rocked out? Of course not. Fans’ opinions of prospects are too volatile.

  50. Xnyles says:

    Nice a Switch Hitter. I like the deal alot if it happens.

  51. Bernard says:

    Not that this is confirmation of anything, but there is buzz that the Scranton Yankees’ radio station mentioned seeing Ivan Nova and Zach McAllister saying goodbye to one another. McAllister has a 4.82 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 5.2 K/9 this year. He’s been every bit that bad as he has 4.97 FIP too. Too bad McAllister has really fallen apart this year but at this point he seems like a non-prospect minor league to me…

    • Bernard says:

      And so Jerry DiPoto can properly evaluate McAllister I should have included that his record is 7-7…

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      It’s one bad year, he’s still very much a prospect.

    • Pete says:

      I could certainly see him being the player, but it’d be silly to call him a “non-prospect”. He’s only like 22, and this is really his first bad season. He has had solid command of a 89-91mph sinker for a while now, and I have little doubt that he’ll pitch in a major league rotation at some point. Just probably not a very good one.

      • Bernard says:

        Regardless of if he is technically a ‘non-prospect’ or not – kind of a silly argument because what does that even mean, McAllister for Berkman is a superb deal. You’re not getting Big Puma for Kei Igawa…

  52. Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

    Is Laird a possibility as the minor leaguer? Or is he considered a prospect?

  53. Thomas says:

    If the non-prospect is Wordekemper, it would both awesome and horrible!

  54. Matty Ice says:

    Berkman as a lefty:

    .261 BA, .395 OBP, .479 SLG, .874 OPS, 12 HR 45 RBI. Not bad.

    Cerainly better than the .000, .000, .000, 0, 0 that Nick Johnson is hitting right now.

  55. ZZ says:

    I don’t think Yankees will be paying the full $7 million.

    Anything over 3-4 million is a lot of pick up at the deadline especially this year for teams, so even if Houston kicks in some money it will still be a salary dump.

  56. Matt says:

    MLBTradeRumors says its official…no word on who the yanks are sending though

  57. Januz says:

    I figure Igawa and either Redding or Wordkemper would not be bad for Houston

    • rbizzler says:

      I guess you missed the post on how the Yanks will not be trading Kei because they don’t want to take the luxury tax hit from his salary being added to the official payroll.

  58. stuart says:

    enough with the damon stuff. he overplayed his hand, is having a fair year at best and not worth getting. Gardner is better at this point much better. he is a better baserunner, better fielder, better arm, and has a much higher OBP with similar homers.

    Damon is old and brittle, move on…

  59. mikebk says:

    “5:09pm: The deal is done and Berkman has approved it, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The Yankees have to wait 24 hours before the deal is officially complete because of Berkman’s ten and five rights.”

  60. Tank the Frank says:

    It really is good to be a Yankees fan… to be able to take on the additional salary in order to save on prospects. I love it.

  61. Mike Nitabach says:

    Now, how about getting a starting pitcher?

  62. Mike Nitabach says:

    BTW, does anyone know what the instrumental song is that they play on Yankees Radio Network before the games?


  63. Carlosologist says:

    It’s a done deal. Great?

  64. Mike says:

    While I like the move, does anyone else find it ironic that we are going pay Berkman $7 million for he remainder of his contract, but we squeezed guys like Damon durng the offseason, and signed Johnson instead. Johnson plus Berkman $13.5 million we could have had Damon for the whole year at $8 million. I know hindsight is 20/20.

    • ZZ says:

      It is not ironic because every team in MLB budgets a certain amount of money for the trade deadline that is completely separate from their preseason budget.

    • Dirty Pena says:

      I know hindsight is 20/20.

      That about sums up your comment honestly.

    • Tank the Frank says:

      Damon also wanted a multi-year contract in his declining years. Berkman is only a rental.

      And that doesn’t take into account that Berkman >>>> Damon at DH. Hell he’s probably better in the outfield too.

    • Cecala says:

      Damon wanted 2 years at 13mil each. He took a 1 year for 8mil because he lost all his leverage from the Yankees. Stop bringing up Damon look at his numbers, Gardner is having a better year and comes at 1/16th the salary.

      • TarheelYankee says:

        Thank you Thanks you……… Stop talking about Damon. Coulda, shoulda, and woulda…. It is a MOOOOOT point now. Gardner is FARRR better(and I was not even a fan of his this past offseason). Kinda digging him now..

  65. mikebk says:

    should we read anything into little CC being in the lineup and Miranda sitting?

  66. phughesisgod says:

    SS Derek Jeter
    RF Nick Swisher
    1B Mark Texeira
    3B Alex Rodriguez
    2B Robinson Cano
    DH Lance Berkman
    C Jorge Posada
    CF Curtis Granderson
    LF Brett Gardner

    Thats like a video game lineup.

  67. Dirty Pena says:

    I don’t believe this deal has happened til Lance Berkman is in pinstripes in the World Series!

    /half the thread’d

  68. Total Dominication says:

    Colin Curtis is DH’ing. man we needed this trade!

  69. YankeesJunkie says:

    I honestly don’t know what not to like about Berkman.

    16.8% BB rate
    .198 ISO
    1.9 WAR
    .382 wOBA versus RHP

    This is a great pick up for the Yankees. Although he has done poorly against lefties he also has a .218 BABIP.

  70. MirrorOnTheCeiling says:

    This is a great move. The Nats are asking for premium prospects for 2 months of Dunn and even though he is better then Berkman he certainly ain’t worth multiple premium prospects.

    Lance for salary relief is a great deal I mean look at his stats from the left side and now he is moving into a great LH hitting park. Even if you sit him once in a while against LH pitching and let Marcus take a day here and there making him a mini platoon guy he should rake enough from the left side to make up for that little minus.

  71. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    This is a nice little pick up for the Yanks, considering they won’t be losing anything valuable except $7 mil. But again, nothing happened today that’s going to make our bullpen any less shitty.

  72. forensicnucchem says:

    Seeing Colin Curtis DH makes me sad. Berkman can’t get here soon enough…

  73. Ross in Jersey says:

    Who gets sent down/DFA’d?

    Miranda? Curtis? CHoP (wishful thinking)?

  74. Ross in Jersey says:

    By the way, saw this in Joel Sherman’s writeup:

    As part of this trade, there was a modification in Berkman’s contract. He had a $15 million team option with a $2 million buyout. The option became a mutual option, meaning that both Berkman and the Yankees would have to agree that he play for that $15 million next year, which almost certainly is not going to happen.

    So that means the Yankees are only paying the 5m left on his salary, and not the extra 2m from the buyout, right? Sounds good :)

  75. T-Dubs says:

    Just posted in game thread but the Twitter rumors have Jimmy Parades and Kevin Russo going to Houston.

  76. Crack Ho Phan says:

    Some of the yahoos over at crawfishboxes.com (astros fan site) say that would be happy with Nova, Mac and Adams….LOL.

  77. Kiersten says:

    It’s worth noting that Andy Pettitte and Berkman are very close friends following the former’s time in Houston, so that may have factored into the latter’s willingness to accept the trade.

    There’s also this:

    NY Yankees 65 36
    Houston 42 59

  78. Phil C says:

    Ugh! It’s the bullpen stupid! What good will Berkman do since Posada will catch no more than 60% and it appears at present maybe only 50% of the games. I don’t care what the Yanks give up for this deal, to me it doesn’t make sense and doesn’t add much.

  79. Pasqua says:

    As long as Berkman stays away from church-sanctioned flag football games until Christmas, I’m good with this.

  80. Mrs. Peterson-Kekich says:

    So, does Berkman platoon with Thames? His career platoon splits are huge.

  81. Marcos says:

    Ooh, seeing we gave up Melancon to get him. Hmm. Can’t say I LOVE that but meh. I didn’t really see much in him but he still seemed to be good anyway.

    Now, promote someone from AA and put my man Venditte in the bullpen down in Trenton!

  82. RIsto says:

    I’m not crazy about the move. I liked having the DH spot open for A-Rod and Jorge when they needed a 1/2-day off. With Berkman, either it means fewer opportunities to spell A-Rod and Jorge; or turning Berkman into a spot-duty guy, something that a lot of every-day players don’t handle well. I’m not going to go nuts since the deal was on such favorable terms to the Yankees, but I really don’t see this as a huge positive. Hope I’m wrong.

    • bonestock94 says:

      So Berkman will rest on those days? I’d imagine Arod and Posada are the superior bats at this point. How about the majority of the week when Arod and Posada aren’t resting, instead of having AAAA Miranda we have Lance fucking Berkman.

      • RIsto says:

        For one, I don’t think he’s Lance “fucking” Berkman anymore. And as I said, a lot of every-day players don’t handle having less playing time well. Since all the move really cost was money and Melancon, I can’t go nuts criticizing it. But since it risks less effective play from A-Rod, Jorge, and Cervelli (who’ll likely see his playing time diminished due to a perceived need to keep writing Berkman’s name in the line-up, maybe this move isn’t quite the boon some perceive it as.

        • Mike Axisa says:

          The less Cervelli the better.

          • RIsto says:

            I guess for Cervelli we’ll just have to hope “less is more” in terms of playing time getting him ready to fill in for Jorge if in a big spot if needed. But of course, Jorge is the picture of health, so it’s probably an unfounded fear.

            • bonestock94 says:

              Cervelli is god awful, I was kind of hoping the Dan Haren and Chris Snyder thing would come true just so I’d never have to see him again. I’d rather have Jose Molina backing up Posada.

        • Abbey says:

          It doesn’t matter how often Berkman is the DH, if Jorge is not catching, Cervelli has to be behind the dish.
          If Jorge is catching then obviously Cervelli is the back up.
          If Girardi decides to DH Posada, Cervelli has tpo catch.

          • RIsto says:

            Bottom line is, someone is going to have fewer at-bat’s than what’s good for him. If on the days that Jorge doesn’t play catcher Berkman DH’s, then you have fewer at-bat’s for Jorge (which will probably tick him off.) If on the days Jorge doesn’t catch he plays DH instead, Berkman doesn’t get at-bat’s and becomes more of a spot-duty player (How will a fairly recent All-Star handle sudden demotion to platoon duty?). If keeping both Berkman and Jorge’s bats in the line-up becomes a major priority for Girardi, that means less rest for Jorge and fewer at-bat’s for Cervelli — who absolutely needs to remain sharp as the team’s primary back-up catcher for a 38-year-old.

            • MattG says:

              Bah, I’m sick of this 1/2 day off concept, as if that’s a good thing. One whole day off might be worth 4 or 5 of those half days off, and if Posada wasn’t forced to DH so often, he could actually catch more. Berkman means Posada can get a real rest. Ticked off? Someone tell him to be ticked off at his 39 year old body. It’s not like Cashman doesn’t want him playing.

  83. Evan3457 says:

    Let’s see…

    Melancon has backslid out of the Yankees’ plans.
    Paredes looks like he’ll be 4th-5th OF, pinch-runner, at best, 3 years from now (23 errors in 71 games at 2B in his 4th professional season).

    The Yanks get Berkman to DH against righties. He can still hit righties. He doesn’t want to be back next year. The Astros are picking up about 1/2 of what he’s owed.

    Can I sign up for 3 of these?

  84. Jorge says:

    While it stinks that the whole “Melancon will be an impact reliever on the Yankees” thing will never come to be, he didn’t show any sign in his limited time with the team that made you feel you wanted to see him out there the next day, and it seemed, from reading DOTF, that there were beginning to be some real issues in AAA. Sad to see him go, but not surprised either.

  85. Crack Ho Phan says:

    If Melancon suddenly turns it around in the next year or two, and becomes the prospect/great closer we thought he was, this trade will have a sour taste in everyones mouth. I still think he has it in him.

    It would be nice to have Axford in the bullpen now….but that is too much fortune telling, and winning the lottery on Brewers part

    I think Pope and Venditte would have been a acceptable substitute (throw in Cox-he’s from TX).

  86. Luca10 says:

    “Even though Berkman currently projects as a Type-B free agent, there’s no point in talking about compensation draft picks because the Yankees would not offer him arbitration in fear he would accept.”

    You sure? He didn’t want his option picked up; why he would accept arbitration?

    If the Yankees offer (and I think they should), he’ll surely decline it and net them a comp pick.

    • Gonzo says:

      I think the only way he is offered arb is if they have a gentleman’s agreement that he will turn it down. Hell this might be Berkman’s way of telling the Yanks that he will turn it down. However, if there is not agreement in place, he probably won’t be offered arb.

      I for one, hope and pray they have an agreement and he turns down arb. That would be one valuable pick.

    • Ristof says:

      He would accept arbitration with the Yankees because it would get him a lot more money than any team would be willing to pay him for 2011.

  87. Philthy65 says:

    what about a lineup like this on a day with a strong utility like wiggington or something;

    1)Jeter SS
    2)Swish RF
    3)Tex 1B or DH
    4)A-rod 3B or DH
    5)Cano 2B
    6)Berkman LF
    7)Posada C
    8)Granderson CF
    9)Wiggington-esque guy 1B or 3B

  88. I miss the Astros. The Yankees too I guess.

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